For the 14 1/2 years of Kiara's life I was a self-employed work-at-home dad, meaning she went everywhere with me and I went everywhere with her. There were numerous vacations and day trips, family meals, conversations, athletic, cultural, religious, studious (including tutoring), medical, and entertainment events and activities, and piano, dance, and acting lessons and performances. I especially miss driving Kiara back and forth to school, our daily 20 minute walks through the high school corridors, the daily lunches with her at all her schools, the awards ceremonies, chaperoning field trips, the bedtime prayers, the sharing of Holy Communion, swimming with her in our backyard pool, playing with toy ducks in our hot tub, our mall walks on winter Sunday afternoons, Kiara's robotics competitions, and dancing every dance with Kiara at family weddings and the annual father/daughter balls. I am at a loss without that and at a worse loss without my darling Kiara. All I can say to her is, “So long, we’ll be together again. I taught you how to swim, how to catch a ball, and how to ride your bicycle, and started teaching you to drive; you taught yourself how to melt my heart by jumping off kitchen counter tops and swimming pool decks, always landing in my welcoming arms!" 😪
Lorraine and Kiara are loving children!
Kiara and her third grade classmates on a field trip. She's the short beauty, front row center.
Everywhere I roam my heart melts as I think of Kiara's winning smile. I tell her that I forever cherish that moment in the hospital on Monday afternoon, 4/10/2017 when she responded to my voice, "Kiara it's Daddy and I love you" by opening her eyes and looking lovingly at Lorraine and me before returning to Heaven.
It’s 10 months now since Kiara was called Home, and just now as I walked Lisa through our neighborhood, missing Kiara for not walking with us, I remembered the beautiful gown she bought for the 2017 father daughter ball. Kiara was no longer here at ball time, but when it’s my turn to go Home, then God willing, I’ll dance with my daughter at the father daughter ball in Heaven! May God bless each and every one of you!
David Cutting, February, 2018
Baby Kiara in Daddy's arms, Tampa, FL, 2003
Celebrating the Life of Kiara Anne Patricia David Cutting
Daddy, Kiara, and Lorraine, July 2012
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On Saturday, 4/8/17 at 10:30 pm Kiara said, “Good night Daddy, I love you.” These turned out to be the final words of the Earthly Kiara.
Seven months later, on Sunday night, 11/26/17, I went to bed, but quickly realized I could not sleep, and rapidly opened my eyes, to behold Kiara. She said, in her own voice, the voice I always remember, "I love you Daddy," and then returned to Heaven. I view this as God's way of letting me know my daughter is safe and happy with Him, and Kiara's way of telling me to share her love with all those who love her.
Kiara was wearing a new and beautiful blue dress and her long brown hair was perfectly combed. Everything about her glistened, and her smile was contagious. She did not wear jewelry or make up, and her beauty without them was bountiful. I had no time to respond, and went immediately into a peaceful sleep, my first without night sweats since Kiara’s passing.
All praises to the Lord!
Lorraine, Mommy, and Kiara, in the Philippines, Summer of 2016