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.
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Lorraine, Mommy, and Kiara, in the Philippines, Summer of 2016
On Saturday, 4/8/17 at 10:30 pm Kiara said, “Good night Daddy, I love you.” These turned out to be her final words. Seven months later, on Sunday night, 11/26/17, I went to bed, but quickly realized I couldn't sleep, and rapidly opened my eyes, to behold Kiara. She was her usual beautiful and smiling self, but this time her face and hair were glistening, as was the beautiful blue dress she was wearing. She said, in her own voice, "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. All praises to the Lord!
Lorraine and Kiara are loving children!
Baby Kiara in Daddy's arms, Tampa, FL, 2003
For the 14 1/2 years of Kiara's life I was a 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. I especially miss our daily 20 minute walks through the high school corridors, the daily lunches with her at all her schools, the bedtime prayers, the sharing of Holy Communion, and the father/daughter dances. 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 and how to ride your bicycle, and you taught yourself how to melt my heart by jumping off counter tops into my arms!"
David Cutting, June 2018
Celebrating the Life of Kiara Anne Patricia David Cutting
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