He Would Have Been 12

22 Sep

Today marks the twelfth anniversary of Isaac’s birth. I remember how Isaac used to extend his birthday celebration for almost an entire week! He would bargain to watch his favorite movie, eat his favorite food, or play his favorite activity for several days before and after his birthday. He really enjoyed celebrations, whether it was for his birthday or another person’s milestone. He liked to receive gifts but also had pleasure in watching others open their presents. Isaac’s favorite toys for most of his young life were trains, although he mostly played with Lego’s during his last few years. I really miss him, especially during this past week when he would have been so excited.

Here’s some pictures of birthday milestones throughout the years:

1st Birthday with the customary cake face

2nd Birthday with a bunch of balloons (Daddy had to go back out to buy a second football balloon after he accidentally let the first one fly away)

3rd Birthday at the Strasburg Railroad’s “Day Out With Thomas”

5th Birthday with sister and cousins

7th Birthday

Isaac’s 10th birthday

As I reflect back on Isaac’s 10-1/2 years here on earth, I am moved to lift up this prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father:

You know what this day means to us. We thank you for the years that you entrusted us with Isaac. We trust You and Your goodness, even when we don’t understand Your ways. We rejoice that Isaac is in Your presence and exploring the wonders of Heaven, yet ache because we miss him here. We would never ask for him to come back, for that would be so selfish, yet we long just to see his face and feel his presence. I don’t know if it is proper to ask this, but if it is, please tell Isaac that we remember him with much love on his birthday and that we can hardly wait to see him again. Most of all, we anxiously anticipate the day that we see Jesus and feel those nail-scarred hands (the ones that took the nails for our redemption) as they wipe away our tears. Amen.

For more images from Isaac’s life, click here and here.




Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Family Updates


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14 responses to “He Would Have Been 12

  1. Peter Wiebe

    September 22, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Amen. It’s a beautiful prayer. May God help you through these difficult days and provide you with much hope through the comfort of His Holy Spirit.

    Our Jesse also loved trains and also experienced a “Day out with Thomas.” We have a similar picture of him with Sir Topham Hatt.

    With so much in common, I am hopeful that the two boys are great friends in Heaven already.

    • Ephesians 5:16

      September 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Thank you Peter. We share your same hopefulness – our boys seem like such kindred spirits.

  2. Cheryl

    September 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    I heard something on a video the other day by Nancy Guthrie In this video she says (because your loved one passed) they deserve a great sorrow. As the days/weeks/months/years go on we still mourn the passing of our children. They were so loved and that is why we mourn so much.

    Praying for you and your family during these difficult days.

    With Hope,

    • Ephesians 5:16

      September 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Thank you Cheryl. We look forward to watching the entire Nancy Guthrie clip when we can set aside some time. We valued the Guthries’ insight so much throughout the GriefShare sessions and their sharing about their double-heartaches.

      We like how you stated “They were so loved and that is why we mourn so much.”

  3. Butch Dean

    September 22, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Heartfelt prayers and thoughts for you.

    • Ephesians 5:16

      September 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Thanks Butch. We appreciate your prayers and godly wisdom.

  4. Bonnie Dean

    September 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Thinking of you!

  5. Sam and Janali

    September 22, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers were with you all today. Thinking of your family and remembering the times we celebrated Isacc’s birthday with you all. We thank The Lord for those times and pray His grace remains strength enough to carry you through.

    With our prayers,
    Sam and Janali

    • Ephesians 5:16

      September 23, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Thank you so much Sam and Janali. Your family was such a blessing in Isaac’s life. We have fond memories of our times together. God’s grace is our strength and is enough to carry us through, for it is all that we have.

  6. Ken and Nan

    September 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Your anguish today and your joy for the time you had with Isaac are clear in your heart. Andy, you are a blessing as is Isaac. We love you, Ken and Nan

    • Ephesians 5:16

      September 23, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      Dearest Ken and Nan – I have no words to express my gratitude to you. We have so many blessed memories of those summer evenings spent together when Isaac and Isabella were so young. We love you so very much and miss our time together. Thank you for remembering – you were a big part of Isaac’s life.

  7. Donald Henderson Jr

    October 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Hello Andy and Brenda,

    I was reading a hymn history Blog and came across this story. Thought that I would pass it along

    It was a sunny day in the early 1880′s. Louisa M. R. Stead, her husband, and their four-year-old daughter Lily, were enjoying a day at the beach on Long Island Sound. Suddenly, in the middle of their picnic lunch, they heard cries for help coming from the sparkling sea. Quickly, Mr. Stead plunged into the water to rescue a frantically struggling boy. But as sometimes happens, when he reached the boy, the terrified child pulled his rescuer under. Both of them were drowned, as Louisa and Lily looked on helplessly.

    For Louisa Stead (1850-1917) the tragedy raised serious questions. Why had God taken her husband, a man so committed to serving Christ? Why had she been left alone, with a young daughter to raise? There were no specific answers–as many times there are not. But the Lord seemed to say, “Trust Me. Trust Me, even if there seems to be no logical explanation. Trust Me even if I choose not to explain.” And Louisa did. She opened the Word of God, claimed His promises, and rested in His infinite wisdom and love.

    It was a time of great spiritual growth for her. She learned the truth of God’s promise, “You [Lord] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isa. 26:3). With the peace of God flooding her soul, Louisa Stead composed the words of a simple hymn. ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus is the only song she has given us.

    ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
    And to take Him at His Word;
    Just to rest upon His promise,
    And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

    Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
    How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
    Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
    O for grace to trust Him more!

    After she lost her husband, Mrs. Stead went with her daughter to South Africa, and later to Southern Rhodesia, serving there for 25 years as a missionary. In the words of her hymn, her testimony was, “I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee, / Precious Jesus, Saviour, Friend.” At her death, her fellow missionaries commented, “We miss her very much. But her influence goes on as our five thousand native Christians continually sing this hymn in their native language.”

    • Ephesians 5:16

      October 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Thank you Donald. We are helped through these real-life stories of faithful brothers and sisters in Christ who have persevered through tragedies.


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