Grieving parents prepare to farewell ‘miracle’ Ellia
THE young couple who tragically lost their toddler when she was run over on their rural property cherished every second with their little "miracle" and urged other parents not to take a moment with their own children for granted.
Marcos Xabier and Marta Malaxetxebarria tragically lost their 15-month-old daughter Ellia when she was run over on their rural property on Sunday.
Her father had hoped she would grow up to be an engineer and said she loved animals and helping out in the garden.
Ellia will be buried in the nearby Rosevale Church of Christ Cemetery, which is visible from their 4ha property.
They are still working out a date for a service.
"I miss my Ellia so much," Mrs Malaxetxebarria.
"Children are a miracle.
"The work of a parent and, especially a mother, is one of the most privileged work I think in the world.
"Not even angels have that privilege."
Guided by their strong Christian faith, the couple have just bought a new 60ha property a short distance away to establish a missionary training school.
The pair are Seventh Day Adventists and live on a self-sustained property in Rosevale, where they were also married.
Mr Malaxetxebarria decided to take a step back from his construction business to be able to spend more time with his young family.
The success of a manufacturing venture he started three years ago from his shed allowed him to be close to home.
"We were just thinking about having another little person to enrich our lives further," he said.
"I said I want to sell the roofing business and focus full time (on his family).
"I just loved (Ellia). I loved being with her. She'd come out in the garden with me and she'd be pulling out everything that I just planted.
"She used to love helping me plant. She used to love coming out on the farm with me.
"She was just the happiest little girl. She'd get cranky with Marta being stuck inside because she wanted to go outside and play.
"I thought she'd be an engineer or a hippy. I'd prefer an engineer."
The couple had only just purchased a new property in the hills.
On Sunday, Mr Malaxetxebarria was coming back with some new doors for the house on the property when Ellia was hit by the vehicle in their driveway.
He said she did not suffer.
They will name the property after their late daughter.
"I think Marta and I are doing well compared to what a lot of people would be doing in these circumstances," he said.
"I don't have any question about where she is.
"The suffering we have right now is mingled with hope. I believe she will be in heaven.
"For if there is no hope, what we do is meaningless as I learnt very strongly Sunday.
"You don't want to take it for granted. People told me that when I had Ellia and my own conscience told me that. I don't feel like I took her for granted.
"There was probably more time I could have spent with her. Even the day she died I was physically holding her for 10 or 15 minutes. She was with me in the garden … pulling out tomatoes."