Sunday, September 6, 2009

Preserving Memories

Tonight, Jeramie and I found out about the passing of one of our heart friends. Jack was an incredibly special little boy and was about a month or so older than Ethan. Jack & Ethan were roommates for a couple of weeks and this allowed us, and Jack's parents, to form a friendship that will not be soon forgotten.

Tonight, I am completely heartbroken. I cry for Jack's mama & daddy, for his older brother, for his twin sister. I cry for the numerous family, friends, nurses, and doctors who loved on and cared for this little boy. I cry because I'm reminded of the other babies who have gone on before us.

Tonight, I promised another family that their little boy would live on in our hearts forever. I promise that Ethan will always know of his first friends, whether they be here on this Earth or not.


All of this got Jeramie and me thinking about how we can preserve such tender memories. Sure, we have thousands of pictures, and this blog will document my thoughts and emotions along the way. But how will Ethan remember those people who have impacted our lives so greatly? We've started small, and set up an e-mail account for him.

Right now, this will be a way Jeramie and I can send letters to tell him about what an amazing life he's had. We can tell him all about Jack, Lucca, & Trevor, and make sure he always knows about these incredible boys. And, if you feel so inclined, you can e-mail him too ( I've received HUNDREDS of e-mails, Facebook messages, and blog comments from y'all in the past 6 months ... and I've saved every. single. one. I plan to forward these to Ethan's e-mail account and keep them organized there.

So, it's a start. I pray that Ethan will read these letters and messages one day and not only realize how amazing he is, but how important others have been to our story.


Rest in peace, sweet baby Jack. We'll see you later.


Jeffrey Scott said...

That's such a cool idea. One day he will realize what an incredible thing it is that you've saved all of these emails and blogs for him to read.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. The loss of a child is something that should never happen.

Keep fighting strong for Ethan. I can't wait for him to be able to see what amazing parents he has.



Jamie Fenley said...

I am heartbroken to hear about baby Jack. It weighs so heavily when other moms and dads lose their little ones. I can't imagine.
I am glad Ethan will be able to see God's work in his life from such an early age through all of the messages. I think God uses these little ones to bring US to Him. Take care Joye, and hang in there until the 14th. He's gonna hop through this next one so much faster!

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