Lilly Elizabeth Acosta took her first breath at 2:51 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. In the 11 short hours she was in this world, she stole the hearts and forever changed the lives of many. Her mother, Faith Elizabeth Acosta, her maternal grandparents, Frank & Elizabeth Acosta of Vermillion, her uncle, Ian Gabriel Acosta and countless friends and talented care givers at Sanford Health of Sioux Falls were blessed with the chance to hold her hands, sing her songs and shower her with tears, prayers and boundless love.
At 35 weeks, Lilly was 3 pounds, 15 oz. and 15 & 3/4 inches long. She had the most beautiful deep Navy blue eyes, a full head of dark brown curly hair, her grandfather's nose, 10 fingers and 10 toes. After a beautiful baptism by Pastor Sandy Aakre of First Baptist Church, Lilly took her final breaths in her mother's arms as Faith made the ultimate sacrifice to pass her back into Jesus' awaiting eternal embrace.
While Lilly's uncle and aunt, Chris & Olivia Acosta of Bellingham, WA, and her great- grandmother, Lourdes Marquez of Houston, TX, were not able to meet her in this world – their love for Faith has automatically embraced the life and loss of Lilly indelibly in their lives forever, too.
A remembrance of Lilly was held at First Baptist Church in Vermillion on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Your presence, prayers and simple understanding were greatly appreciated and a blessing to our family.
Lilly's Prayer – No matter what, it is our greatest privilege to know your unconditional love. God, thank you for this precious gift and help me to not walk through life with blinders on, but be open to the presence of your angels everywhere.