Kayleigh Erceg
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May the winds of love blow softly,
and whisper for you to hear.
How much we love and miss you,
and wish that you were here

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 Kayleigh's Birthday
♥1st October 1999♥


Kayleigh's Angel Day
♥14th January 2000♥

This site was created in memory of

our beautiful little baby girl

Kayleigh Siobhan Erceg

who was born in New Zealand

on 1st October 1999

and left us to get her angel wings on

14th January 2000

We will love & miss her forever


♥A gift for such a little while,♥

♥ your loss just seems so wrong,♥

♥ you should not have left before us,♥

♥it’s with loved ones you belong.♥ 




My lovely Mum & beautiful grandaughter Kayleigh

Loved & missed always.







































xxxx I love you Mummy xxxx

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May the winds of love blow softly,
and whisper for you to hear.
How much we love and miss you,
and wish that you were here
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The world may never notice
If a Snowdrop doesn't bloom,
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.

But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way
For all eternity.

The little one we longed for
Was swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.

And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do.
Every beating of our hearts
Says that we love you.










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♥made by mummy♥

Your life was a blessing
your memory a treasure...
You are loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure

Kayleigh Siobhan
 sent from above
a sweet little angel
for us to love

Life is cruel so they say
but we were so happy 
that special day
You came into the world
 a tad too soon
but Kayleigh sweetie 
we were over the moon

You had some problems
right from the start
your wee little lungs
your wee little heart

But you made us all so proud
as you fought each day
and little by little
our fear went away
but then came the day
you had to go
Kayleigh Siobhan
we all loved you so.

It just was'nt fair
our hearts were broken
there were no words
that could be spoken
15 weeks are all we had
a precious time for us all
especially your mum & dad.

Time goes by
and we still cry
but darling Kayleigh
thoughts of you will
never die

We all love and miss you
so very very much.

Please do not copy



Some people only dream of angels
   We were given one to hold




A thousand word's can't
bring you back
I know because I've tried
and neither can a million tears
I know because I've cried.









If snowdrops grow in Heaven,
Please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Baby's arms,
And tell her, they're from me,
Tell her I love and miss her,
And when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek,
And hold her for a while,
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
But there's an ache within my Heart,
That will never go away.



This poem was sent
to us by
Matthew Sturzaker's mummy

Guess how much I love you?.

( written by Sam McBratney )

Little Nutbrown Hare,
who was going to bed, held
on tight to Big Nutbrown Hare's
very long ears.

He wanted to be sure that Big
Nutbrown Hare was listening.
"Guess how much
I love you,"he said.

"Oh, I don't think I could guess that,"
said Big Nutbrown Hare.

" This much," said Little
Nutbrown Hare, stretching out
his arms as wide as they could go.

Big Nutbrown Hare had even
longer arms. "But I love YOU
this much," he said

Hmm, that is a lot, thought
Little Nutbrown Hare.

" I love you as high as I can reach,"
said Little Nutbrown Hare.

"I love you as high as I can reach,"
said Big Nutbrown Hare.

That is quite high, thought
Little Nutbrown Hare. I wish I
had arms like that.

Then Little Nutbrown Hare
had a good idea. He tumbled
upside down and reached up
the tree trunk with his feet.

" I love you all the way to
my toes!" he said.

"And I love you all the way up
to your toes," said
Big Nutbrown Hare,
swinging him up
over his head.

" I love you as high as I can
HOP!" laughed Little
Nutbrown Hare, bouncing
up and down.

" But I love you as high as
I can hop," smiled Big
Nutbrown Hare- and he
hopped so high that his ears
touched the branches above.

That's good hopping, thought
Little Nutbrown Hare. I wish
I could hop like that.

" I love you all the way down the
lane as far as the river," cried
Little Nutbrown Hare.

" I love you across the river and
over the hills," said
Big Nutbrown Hare.

That's very far, thought
Little Nutbrown Hare.
He was almost too sleepy
to think any more.

Then he looked beyond the
thorn bushes, out into the big
dark night.Nothing could
be further than the sky.

" I love you right up to
the MOON,"he said,
and closed his eyes.

" Oh, that's far," said
Big Nutbrown Hare. "
"That is very, very far."

Big Nutbrown Hare settled
Little Nutbrown Hare into
his bed of leaves

He leaned over and kissed him

Then he layed down close by and
whispered with a smile,

" I love you right up to the

AND BACK!!!." 

Nanny & Her princess

Bath Time


I was given an Angel 
to cherish and love
So tiny, so perfect,
 a gift from above
When I looked at her face
 it was calmness I found
And that peace seemed to spread 
to all she was around
Her love touched my heart
 like fine threads of spun gold
And I thanked God for giving 
me this Angel to hold
But I did not know then
 that time was my foe
And too soon with a whisper
 my angel would go
My heart almost breaking 
a touch soft as lace
Seemed to wipe at the hurt 
as it coursed down my face
I still have my Angel 
to cherish and love
Those gold threads now 
shimmer from heaven above
And though I can't see her
 or cuddle her tight
I won't say goodbye,
 little Angel, Goodnight



We thought of you with love today
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday,
And days before that, too.
We think of you in silence,
We often speak your name,
Now all we have are
And your picture in a frame.
memory is our keepsake,
With which we'll never part.
God has you in His keeping,
We have you in our hearts

There is a special Angel in Heaven
 that is a part of me.
It is not where I wanted her
but where God wanted her to be.

She was here but just a moment
like a night time shooting star.
And though she is in Heaven
she isn't very far.

She touched the heart of many
like only an Angel can do.
I would've held her every minute
if the end I only knew.

So I send this special message
to the Heavens up above.
Please take care of my Angel
and send her all my love.

Love Always

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5th November 2006
from Nanny

You stayed long enough to state your claim
to the part of our hearts we give to your name,
You stayed long enough to let us all know
when the music was playing you'd put on a show,
You stayed long enough to enjoy what you had
to give wonderful
memories to your mum and dad,
You stayed long enough, but i think on reflection
what we were given was a glimpse at perfection
Thank you Kayleigh, for giving perfection back
in your wonderful brothers Alex and Jack.

Written by Uncle Gary xxx


A little bump in her mummys tummy
for all a very happy day
we in England never saw the bump
as we live too far away
she grew and grew, Tracy too
and arrived not much bigger than a glove
but she knew it in her parents arms
that she's a special little girl 
in a big big world of love.

She had to fight it out to her very best
now thats a challenge I would say
but god interveind and said 'this is not fair'
and rescued Kayleigh on that day.
I beleive that she's in his care
and can see us from skys above
and god she does know it!! 
with a twinkle in her eyes
she's a special little girl 
in a big big world of love. 

Written By 
Kayleigh's Mummy's cousin

On the day God took you
I thought that I would die
I wondered where the time went?
I asked alot of whys??
With people all around me
I felt alone inside
From all their words of comfort,
I couldn't seem to hide,
I thought I might be dreaming
That I'd wake and find you here,
I thought "This can't be happening."
As I wiped another tear.
On the day that you were laid to rest
My heart broke yet again,
I wondered if the pain would end,
But mostly, I wondered when??
It's hard to be without you,
At times the days seem long,
Sometimes I just sit crying,
When there's really nothing wrong.
I wish we'd had more time,
Before your life was done.
I hope your resting peacefully,
My precious little one.





Sorry I didn't get to stay.
To laugh and run and play.
To be there by your side.
I'm sorry that I had to die.
God sent me down to be with you,
to make your loving heart anew.
To help you look up and see
Both God and little me. 

Mummy, I wish I could stay.
Just like I heard you pray.
But, all the angels did cry
when they told little me goodbye.

God didn't take me cause He's mad.
He didn't send me to make you sad.
But to give us both a chance to be
a love so precious .. don't you see?

Up here no trouble do I see
and the pretty angels sing to me.
The streets of gold is where I play
you'll come here too, mummy, someday.

Until the day you join me here,
I'll love you mummy, dear.
Each breeze you feel and see,
brings love and a kiss from me.

By Sandy Eakle




Thankyou Christine
Angel Hendryx Mummy


Thank you so much Christine
Angel Hendryx Mommy
We are connected, my child and I,
by an invisible cord not seen by the eye.

Its not like the cord that connects us at birth,
This cord can't be seen by any on earth.

This cord does its work right from the start,
It binds us together, attached to my heart.

I know that it's there though no one can see,
This invisible cord, from my child to me.

The strength of this cord, It's hard to describe.
It can't be destroyed, It can't be denied.

It's stronger then any cord man could create.
It withstands the test, Can hold any weight.

And though you are gone and you're not here with me.
The cord is still there, but no one can see.

It pulls at my heart, I am bruised, I am sore.
But this cord is my lifeline, as never before.

I'm thankful that God connects us this way.
A mother and child... Death can't take it away!







The Child God Lent
Raining Hearts
I'll lend you for a little time
a child of mine, He said.
For you to love the while she lives
and mourn for when she's dead.
It may be six or seven weeks
or twenty years or three.
But will you, 'til I call her back,
take care of her for me?
Raining Hearts
She'll bring her charm 
to gladden you,
and should her stay be brief.
You'll have her lovely memories
as a solace for your grief
I cannot promise she will stay
since all from earth return
But there are lessons
 taught down there
I want this child to learn
I've looked the world over
in my search for teachers true,
and from the throngs
 that crowd life's lane,
I have selected you.
Raining Hearts
Now will you give
 her all your love,
Nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come
to call her back again.
I fancied that I heard them say:
"Dear Lord, your will be done"
For all the joy our child shall bring
the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter her with tenderness
we'll love her while we may,
and, for the happiness 
we've known,
forever grateful stay.
Raining Hearts
But should the 
angels call for her
much sooner than 
we've planned
We'll brave the bitter
 grief that comes
and try to understand.

Raining Hearts





God sent an angel to the earth... 
The sweetest angel too
and for such a tiny little thing,
she had so much to do. 
She knew she did not have
much time upon this earth to stay, 
so she did not waste a second;
she got started right away. 
Her eyes were bright and sparkly,
she took in every turn. 
She did not miss a single thing,
because Angel came to learn!
God sent her here to touch the 
hearts of those he could not reach...
She taught them courage,
strength and faith,
because Angel came to teach.

Her tiny little body
was so full of God above,
you felt it when you held her,
because Kayleigh came to love.

In fifteen short weeks she managed
what many never will.
When she went home to Jesus,
her purpose was fulfilled.
She learned and taught,
loved and played,
she learned her lessons well.
I know he was so proud of her
when she went home to dwell.

But when I miss her OH-SO-MUCH,
I can almost hear him say, 
please understand, her work was done...
Kayleigh did not come to stay

For my daughter Tracy,
 mummy of my beautiful princess Kayleigh
My Daughter 
You'll never really know, my dear,
Just how much you mean to me,
A mother's love, buried so deep,
That only my heart can see.
When I sit and really stare at you,
All I can do is grin,
Somewhere down deep inside,
I see myself within.
I'd never change a thing in you,
I thank God that your so fine,
Even when your at your worst,
I'm so proud that you are mine.
The roads we have traveled,
were not always that good
I would take back all the pain you've felt,
Only if I could.
I know that I'm not perfect,
It's the best that I can do,
But everyday, I thank the lord,
For  a daughter as special as you.   

A heart of gold stopped beating,
two shining eyes at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove,
He only takes the best.

God knows you had to leave us,
but you did not go alone,
for part of us went with you,
the day He took you home.

To some you are forgotten,
to others just part of the past,
but to us who loved and lost you,
the memory will always last.

 My Rainbo
I saw a Rainbow yesterday,
It shone so bright and clear,
I thought for just a moment,
is that an Angel song I hear?
 It stood proudly there

in the heavenly skies above,
It's message very clear just now 
it was sending our Angel's love.

The sight  was quite haunting,
not grim, nor aching or sad,
it cautioned me,
 Be greatful...,
for the treasures that you've had. 

 felt it tell me a story,
and it's moral was to show,
the love and peace
of Heaven, 
in colour,
         in the beauty of the rainbow


with lots of love 
from Aunty Vicki xxx

For you Kayleigh with love
 from Ellie     

Lots of love 
from Stephanie xxooxx





They  say it's a beautiful journey.
From the old to the new
Someday I will make that journey
Which will lead me straight to you.
 And when I reach that garden
   In which there is no pain
I will put my arms around you
  And never part again.

I love & miss you so much
xxxxfrom  Nannyxxxx

If I could have a lifetime wish,
A dream that would come true,
I'd pray to God with all my heart
for yesterday and you.
A thousand words can't bring you back;
I know because I've tried.
And neither will a million tears,
I know because I've cried.
You left behind a broken heart
And happy memories too.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
An angel In The Book of Life
Wrote down our baby's birth
And whispered as She closed The Book
"Too beautiful for Earth"


Our darling princess 6 years 
since you got your wings. 
We still love & miss you just the same,
that will never change. 
You & grt nanny Kit share an angel day
 so I hope you are having a great party 
with all your angel friends.
 Love you soooo much princess,
 in our hearts forever. 
love & kisses from
Nanny & Grandad


Gods Garden

God looked around his garden
and saw an empty space.
He looked down from heaven
and saw your beautiful face.

He put his arms around you
and wispered come to rest
His garden must be beautiful
He picks only the very best.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you did not go alone,
A part of us went with you,
the day God called you
our thoughts are always with you,
a million times we've cried,
And if our love could have saved you,
You never would have died



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My Mummy is a Survivor 

My Mummy is a survivor,
Or so I've heard it said.
But I can hear her crying at night,
When all others are in bed. 

I watch her lay awake at night,
And go to hold her hand.
She doesn't know I'm with her,
To help her understand. 

But like the sands on the beach,
That never wash away...
I watch over my surviving mummy,
Who thinks of me each day.
She wears a smile for others...
A smile of disguise!
But through Heaven's door I see,
Tears flowing from her eyes. 

My mummy tries to cope with death,
To keep my memory alive.
But anyone who knows her knows,
It is her way to survive. 

As I watch over my surviving mummy,
Through Heaven's open door...
I try to tell her that angels,
Protect me forevermore. 

I know that doesn't help her...
Or ease the burden she bears.
So if you get a chance, go visit her...
And show her that you care. 

For no matter what she says...
No matter what she feels,
My surviving mummy has a broken heart,
That time won't ever heal. 

Kayleigh, Nanny & Mummy
3 generations

Scrapbook page made by mummy


My Daddy is a Survivor

My daddy is a survivor too
which is no surprise to me.
He's always been like a lighthouse
that helps you cross a stormy sea.

But, I walk with my daddy each day
to lift him when he's down.
I wipe the tears he hides from others;
He cries when no one's around.

I watch him sit up late at night
with my picture in his hand.
He cries as he tries to grieve alone,
and wishes he could understand.

My daddy is like a tower of strength.
He's the greatest of them all!
But, there are times when he needs to cry...
Please be there when he falls. 

Hold his hand or pat his shoulder...
And tell him it's okay.
Be his strength when he's sad,
Help him mourn in his own way.

Now, as I watch over my precious daddy
from the Heavens up above...
I'm so proud that he's a survivor...
And, I can still feel his love.

Kayleigh, Nanna & Daddy

Made by Sarah Porter


   Kayleigh Siobhan, we will love you forever and a day 

Kayleigh our very own 
3rd October 2006

Hi Kayleigh your brother Jack love Winnie the Pooh
but not as much as he loves you.




To my cousin Kayleigh I love & miss you
I am going to see your  mummy daddy
and brothers in February.
lots of love & kisses from
Ellie & baby bump

I love you Kayleigh
from Nanny

In a baby castle just beyond my eye
My baby plays with Angel toys
That money cannot buy.
Who am I to wish her back,
Into this world of strife?
No, play on my baby,
You have eternal life.

At night when all is silent,
And sleep forsakes my eyes,
I'll hear her tiny footprints
Come running to my side.
Her little hands caress me,
So tenderly and sweet,
I'll breathe a prayer 
and close my eyes,
and embrace her in my sleep.

Now I have known a treasure
That I rate above all other,
I have known true glory,
I am still her Mother. 





I love you with every
beat of my heart

The day you became an angel 
my heart split in two,
 one side broken
 and the other left with you. 
all my love forever
Nanny Irena

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♥Happy Birthday Kayleigh♥   / Tracy &. Stefan Erceg (Mummy & Daaddy )
  Happy 12th Birthday baby girl. Wow! Only one more year and you would have been a teenager!  We love and miss you more than ever!  Lots of love always and forever from Mummy and Daddy  xoxoxoxoxoxo  
Six Years since you left us.   / Mummy
It's been six years since you left us and not a day goes by when we don't think of you, wondering what you would be like now if you were still here.  I know Nanny Kitty will be looking after you and I'm su...  Continue >>
Pretty Angel   / Nanny Irena
Miss you always.   / Aunty Vicki (Aunty)
Little Kayleigh. I wish I could have met u to see your pretty face. You will always be in all of our hearts and thoughts forever. Miss you so much angel xxx Lots of love always Aunty Vicki & Ellie xxx  
Our little Angel   / Sarah Hill (Aunty)
Darling Kayleigh, Miss you so much,We sent you a balloon for your birthdayand send hugs and kisses too, so sorry we never got to hold you in our arms,you are always in our thoughts and we love and miss you so much. I bet Nanny Kitty is giving yo...  Continue >>
Happy 10th Birthday Sweetie  / Mummy, Daddy, Alex And Jack Xxxxx (Family)    Read >>
Happy Angel Day Baby  / Mummy, Daddy, Alex And Jack (Her Family )    Read >>
Happy 8th Birthday 1st October  / Nanny Irena (Nanny)    Read >>
Happy 8th Birthday our darling angel xoxoxox  / Mummy, Daddy, Alex And Jack (Her Family )    Read >>
To My Princess Kayleigh  / Nanny Irena 1st October 2006     Read >>
A Mother's Love  / Jo-Ann Pacenta Lauren's Mom     Read >>
Thinking of YOU....  / Barbara^i^ Caroline Scanlon's ~Nana~     Read >>
Thinking of YOU....  / Barbara^i^ Caroline Scanlon's ~Nana~     Read >>
To Kayleigh  / Lana Nystrom (Friend)    Read >>
With love on your angel day xxx 14/01/2011  / Georgie-Holly's Mum (Friend of Nanny )    Read >>
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Kayleigh's Story  


On Friday 1 October Kayleigh Siobhan Erceg was born weighing 1034 grams (2lb 4oz). I saw her very briefly before they whisked her away to the neonatal unit. It wasn't until the next day that I could get out of bed and go and visit her, by that time she had been put on a ventilator to help her breathe and was being given phototherapy to help treat jaundice. She had also been given chest x-rays and blood test and she had tubes and wires coming out of everywhere. A scan of her heart showed that a valve hadn't closed properly but the doctors were hopeful that it would fix itself. On Sunday 3 October the news wasn't good, Kayleigh's weight had dropped to 884grams (1lb 15oz) her colour had changed and her breathing was worse, it was a very worrying time but things did improve. When Kayleigh was a week old she was taken off the ventilator and put onto CPAP, the phototherapy was also turned off. On 9 Ocotber, the day after she was taken off the ventilator, I was able to have my first cuddle. I didn't want to put her down. By Friday 15 October Kayleigh was taking 2 mils of milk every 2 hours through a tube. 
We got Kayleighs blood test results back and was told that she had a chromosome abnormality, ring chromozone 22. We had to go and see a genetic specialist on 10 November and we were told that she would grow up with severe mental disabilities, it was heart breaking but we still had a beautiful baby girl that needed us more than ever now.  Kayleigh had good days and bad days over the next week but on 17 November she was put on low flow oxygen and taken off CPAP, she need to stay on oxygen because the ventilator had given her lung disease. She carried on doing well and on 21 November (7 weeks and 2 days old) she had her first bath, which she really enjoyed. After her bath she was put into a cot for the first time (instead of an incubator). It was so nice to be able to go in a pick her up when ever I wanted. On Tuesday 23 November we were able to transfer her to our local hospital in Whakatane which was great, I hadn't been home in 8 weeks. Everything was going great and the Doctors were talking about sending her home but then on 11 December she got pneumonia and ended up back in an incubator. She had to have an oxygen box (which is like a big helmet) put over her head. After a dose of anti-biotics she was on the mend again and was well enough to take home, on oxygen, on Christmas Eve. That was the best Christmas present anyone could ever get.
The next three weeks were great, Kayleigh seemed to be doing better and better, she was feeding every 4 hours, mostly from a bottle but also from the odd tube feed. Then at 2.00am on Friday 14 January 2000 I was in the kitchen preparing her night time feed, Stefan was working nights, when I heard her apnoea alarm going off. I ran back into the bedroom and she had stopped breathing. I turned her oxygen up full and started giving her CPR. When I couldn't get her breathing I phoned an ambulance and then I phoned my mother-in-law so she could get hold of Stefan. I carried on with CPR until the ambulance arrived. We got to the hospital and there were doctors and nurses all over the place, I don't really remember much else until Stefan and my in-laws turned up, that's when we were told that Kayleigh had died, she was 15 weeks old. We took Kayleigh home and she stay with us until her funeral on 18 January 2000. We had her cremated and her ashes are in a beautiful white box in our home, where she always has beautiful fresh flowers


A beautiful little princess forever in our hearts.  
My blond haired, blue eyed Angel  

Kayleigh's Birth stone  


Opal - Purity, hope and health

For Our Princess  


 A Rose
A rose once grew where all could see it.
Sheltered beside a garden wall and as the days past,
it spread its branches straight and tall.
Then one day a beam of light showed
through and it had spread wide.
The rose bent gently toward the warmth,
then passed beyond to the other side.
Now, you who deeply feel the loss, be comforted.
The rose blooms where its beauty
is even greater nurtured by God's own loving care.

Author Unknown

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