Paige loved her family more than anything. Every story she wrote at
school was about how much she loved them. Her diary was filled with love
notes to them, and her sharing time at school was always centered on
something fun she had done with her family.
Paige had a very deep
sense of right and wrong. If she felt someone had been done an
injustice, it broke her heart. She once cried because she thought she
might have hurt her friend’s feelings. If someone was sitting by
themselves, Paige went to that person to make them feel welcome and
comfortable. She even tried to put every penny she’d ever saved into her
Lenten offering box (Mommy and Daddy made her keep some of it)!
was also very spiritual. Not that she understood that term, she just
knew that God was always with her and always would be. Paige put her
unshakable, unwavering faith in God. There was
absolutely no doubt within her that she was a child of God and that
someday, when her work was done on Earth, Jesus would come to take her
And that is exactly what happened on Wednesday, September
20, 2006, when she came home from her first night of speed skating for
the season. Paige had a very sudden, very unexpected, very massive brain
aneurysm. Paige hung on until the next day, so her family would have
time to say goodbye to her -- so mommy could hold her just a little
longer, so daddy could kiss her forehead just one more time, and so her
brother could hold her hand for the last time. There was time for one
more, “group hug”, the last her family would ever have without an empty
space in the circle and in their hearts. On Thursday, September 21, 2006
Paige gave up her body and returned Home to await her family’s reunion.
She knows we will have more group hugs, and she waits patiently for us
to do our work here on Earth so we can begin to re-join the links of our
We can’t understand how Paige’s work here could
have been finished so soon, but maybe she was here as a teacher, not a
learner. She taught us to love everyone, to enjoy every moment we are
given and to cherish our families.
P.A.I.G.E (Precious Angel In God’s Embrace) is our way of carrying
on Paige’s work of love and giving, and putting our faith in God. Each
year we will choose one charity, hospital or research organization that
helps children in need in the St. Louis, Missouri area. We will then
conduct fundraising events to financially help this organization to
continue its work.