Monday, April 7, 2008

In Loving Memory

I don't know how to start this, Greg and I are in complete shock, Abby passed away this morning. I was driving her to her 9am appointment and she stopped breathing, I pulled to the side of the road and gave her CPR and called 911. The paramedics took her to Emanuel and they did everything that they could but she did not make it. I can't tell you how much this hurts - she was home for 12 days and was doing awesome - there was no sign.
I wanted to write this right away to let you all know that Abby is the miracle baby - she touched us all and has taught us so much - please keep your loved ones close to you and thank you all for being our family and for loving Abby - she is an inspiration, continues to be a beam of hope and is our little angel.
We will let you know of services as soon as they are arranged.

The Jacoby Family


Lisa said...

There are no words to express how heartbroken we are for you. Abby will forever be in our hearts and prayers, as will you.

Lisa, Tony, Xavie & Fin

Anonymous said...

Abby blessed so many lives including mine and I'm sure she's watching over us now. Let me know if there is anything I can do. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
- Nicole

Anonymous said...

I can't believe it....she came so far. We so looked forward to meeting her. I have read the blog religiously everyday and felt like I knew her already. My deepest sympathies go to you guys right now. Brian and I wish we could be there to provide support and love.

Anonymous said...

Jenn and Greg - my heart bleeds for you. Abby was such a fighter and you both showed so much caring and patience with all the ups and downs of her hospital stay. My prayers go out to you.
Judy Harding

Anonymous said...

Jenn and Greg,

I won't pretend to know what you are feeling.....only that I wish I could take all the pain away. Abby touched more people in her tiny life then many of us touch in our much longer lives. She was a beautiful baby with her little hair bows and painted nails.....but beneath all that "diva" princess stuff, she was tough and a real fighter. She could not have been blessed with more wonderful parents than you two. She will forever be in our hearts.
- Beth Hammer

Anonymous said...

Jenn and Greg,

Every day I have followed your blog and have continued to be inspired at each event and goal that was reached. This is a sad day and I can only only imagine how hard this has been. One thing I do know is how much I will continue to admire the strength that your family has to somehow get through this. You are truly amazing and special people in this world.

I have no magic words to make all the pain go away. I can only say how thankful we are to have shared in Abby's life through this window you gave us into your world - you are so generous to have shared her with all of us. She was truly blessed in having you both as parents, she will live on in our hearts and inspire us all to remember what matters and take each day as a blessing in this life. Love and prayers to your family,

Tammy, Jake & Eric Moyer

Michelle said...

I am in shock as I read this this morning. I know what you are going through and can't explain the pain. I too have read your blog EVERY DAY and am SHOCKED. I pray for you and Greg at this time and may have give you the strength and courage as you have to bury this beloved child of yours.

Is there any chance you could email me your address to send a card.

my emial is

With Christian love,

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. What an amazing and brave little girl! This is a quote that helped me get through losing a loved one. It is so true.

"I will always cry because I miss her. But I will always laugh because I knew her."

Love and prayers,
Sara McGee (& family)

Jamie Weatherly said...

I Love You Guys!!! Been keeping up w/ the daily updates and this was indeed shocking...God Bless your little miracle and the Love that surrounded her. You are all still in my prayers, and I'm sure we'll talk soon...again, I Love Ya'll beyond measure!!

Anonymous said...

I had looked up abby cadaby when I ran across your blog, and I have been reading it for the past few weeks, I am so sad to read the news and so shocked. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Greg and Jen,
Of course words are very hard to come by right now for us..especially when both of us have this incredible urge to just DO SOMETHING..and don't know exactly what to do. Chris came home from work tonight and IMEDIATELY starting cooking and is making a big batch of Potato Sausage Soup for you to keep and freeze if need be so you won't have to deal with cooking. It's what he could think of to make him and us and your family feel maybe just a little better. It was a very, very quiet day at work with out you there and EVERYONE had you on all their minds. We are both sending up prayers tonight for you and your family and especially "Abby Caddaby". We Love you and are here for you for anything your need. Please just ask.

All our love and prayers,
Danny and Chris

Anonymous said...

Your sweet little girl Abby had such an impact on me and anyone who has heard your story. She was truly sent to this earth for such an important reason.
Our Father in Heaven is holding your sweet angel in his arms and may you feel his arms around you too.

Anonymous said...

Jenn and Greg -- Many of us in the office have been following your blog daily and are keeping you in our prayers. I wish there were words to help heal your loss.

Lisa Nisenfeld

Anonymous said...

Dearest Jenn & Greg, I am only one of so many who came into the PICU today to hear the news about Abby. Our hearts are breaking for you both and we mourne your loss. At the same time we were all blessed to have known Abby and the two of you. You shared so much with all of us and we marveled at your strength and at Abby's. Know that we are thinking of you both, and that Abby will always be with you and so many others. God Bless Lezlie PICU RN

Tania said...

I started reading Abby's blog when Bradford Shellhammer wrote about you all. I was mesmorized by her strenght and how far she had come. I was so excited for you all when she got to go home. My thoughts and prays are with you all. God Bless that little Angel and her loving family.

Anonymous said...

Jenn & Greg,

My heart goes out to you. I am so shocked at the news of your precious angel! I don't know what the right words are for you. But I do want you to know that you are two of the strongest people with strong faith. I will be praying for peace for you and your family!

Love & Friendship,
Missy Leed

Anonymous said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this diffucult time. Abby was a special little girl and touched so many people. Stay strong through this hard time. Love and prayers to your family.

Erin, Van and Brayden

Teri said...

Sending much love to your family.

The Purdin Family

Anonymous said...

Our hearts are broken over your loss. We were also brought together by reading your blog daily and praying for your pecious little girl. And, we celebrated the joys when she came home. The prayers will continue for you now. She truly touched so many lives and brought hope to so many. I wish God could have shared her with us all longer.

Anonymous said...

We are so sorry for your loss but Abby's will has touched so many. She has provided a gift many families in the future. Your sweet Angel is watching over all of us and will continue to warm our hearts. Lots of love and affection,

Jason, Kim and Katherine.

Anonymous said...

Greg and Jenn, When Paul told me about Abby Rose, my heart broke in two for you both. My first thought was why now once she finally got to go home? But once I thought about it, I was just so thankful that she got to go home to a house that was filled with joy and people who loved her so much. Abby Rose touched so many lives and will forever be remembered for her beauty, her strength, and her courage. You both have also touched and inspired Paul and I and so many other people with your love for Abby, your smiles and your unwavering attitute of hope and acceptance. Every day that Abby Rose was with you was a cherished and blessed day and she could not have asked for better parents who could love her more. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Love, Paul and Debbie Sword

Heather said...

Greg and Jenn,

I ache for you. I loved your little girl's strength and spirit, but even more, I admire yours. The way the two of you faced every challenge that came at you with grace and courage was such an inspiration and motivator for me when I faced similar, but less dire, circumstances. Reading your story got me through such dark times and I will never, EVER forget you or your darling girl. I hope someday we will all find comfort in the face of something so terribly unjust.

Schona said...

So sorry to hear this news...but I am thankful she had such wonderful caring parents and was shown all the love in the world while she was here. She is in heaven now and there is no more pain or sickness holding her back.
I am glad you had her home with you even for the short time you did....thanks for this blog.....

Anonymous said...

To the Jacoby family
You've all amazed me every time I read about Abby and her family and the daily milestones reached, the unconditional love for one and all, and pray that God will continue to give you all strength during the difficult days ahead. Barb

Anonymous said...

I was directed to your blog by Missy Leed and was suprised to see that I believe Jenn and I went to the same church. I went to Redeemer and I believe we were in the same confirmation class.

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. My heart is just breaking for you. Many prayers and hugs to you during this difficult time.

Amy (Witmer) Ebersole

Aunt Maria said...

Greg and Jenn,

Our hearts go out to you. THere are no words to help but please know that Abby touched many lives and will always be a part of us. We love you and wish we could be with you at this time. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Aunt Maria, Uncle Mauro, Dominic, Laura and Pop-Pop.

Mindy Culp said...

Jenn and Greg,

I have never met you, but I have followed Abby and your family for several weeks now. I found out about your blog through my fiance's mom Donna Dull who works with Jenn's mom.Abby was and still is an inspiration to our family. She had such strength and heart and I know it has inspired Derrick who is undergoing his own battle. She is a miracle and a beautiful little girl. Our prayers will continue to be with your family.

God Bless,

Mindy Culp

Marion Olsen said...

Greg & Jenn:

I have only worked with Greg for a very short time and I have not ever had the pleasure of meeting Jenn...but please know that my family is praying for yours. In times like this no words will heal the pain and we often wonder why this happened. But rest your hearts in knowing Abby was brought here for a reason and was an incredible inspiration to us all. She was an incredibly special girl and touched the hearts of many. You'll likely only brush the surface of hearing the impact she had on so many people's lives and the incredible way she touched them all in such a short amount of time. I thank God she had such caring wonderful parents and staff at Emanuel to care for her and show her love. We are all thinking of you and your family and will continue to pray for you.

Marion Olsen

Anonymous said...

Jenn and Greg
Our love and prayers from our church group here in Devon, England. We have followed Abby's progress through your blog since you started it and our hearts go to you and your family at this moment.
Elizabeti and Peter McKibbin

PinkStar said...

Greg & Jenn-

I cannot express how heartbroken I am for you. I've checked in for updates since she was born, and when Kim told us she had passed away, I was shocked. I can't pretend to know how you feel, but please know that my prayers are with you & your family. Abby truly was a Supergirl, and she touched so many lives. You have both been truly amazing parents, and you're both so strong. I will be praying for you.

Ivy Edmonds & Family
(Friend of Kim Fritz)

Anonymous said...

OMGosh you guys....I'm so Sorry!!
I just read this today (Tuesday).

I'm in shock!

Not only was Abby a blessing to so many, but you two are such a beacon of hope and inspiration that I know we can all learn from as well. You were indeed a Blessing to Lil Miss Abby too.

My thoughts and heart-felt prayers are with you and your family today.



Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry. I wish I knew what to say, but words cannot come close to telling you what a tremendous impact your daughter, you and your entire family has made to everyone that knows you. Incredible strength and courage came from such a tiny little girl. Abby will forever be in our hearts.

You are in mmy prayers,
Laura Whitehorn

kakisky said...

Your Abigail Rose was AMAZING and will live on forever in the hearts and minds of everyone who read your lovely diary of her life.

Thank you for so generously sharing Abby and her story with the world. We're all better people for it.

To say Abigail's passing is heartbreaking is an enormous undestatement.

For some moments in life there are no words.- Willy Wonka

Kris Kisky

amy and kids said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little girl. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families through this difficult time.


Shirley said...

It has taken me this long to be able to read this. Everyone has already said was is in my heart. I believe we are all born with our "book" already written. I'm so sorry that Abby's was such a short story. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Joni Sampel said...

I'm not sure if you will get this, and I hope you don't mind my commenting. I found your post by accident, as I was searching for pictures of Abby Caddabby for my little Abigail. I was looking over your blog, and my heart broke when I got to this post. I can't begin to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. Our daughter Piper was stillborn on April 7, 2004. Our daughter Abigail was the light at the end of a very dark 3 years. She was born Nov. 22, 2006. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Thanks for sharing her with us, she was very beautiful.