Today we remember…

18 Apr

…Isaac’s first life here on earth – September 22, 2000 to April 18, 2011

Isaac "I'm Free"

If I could communicate with Isaac today, I would share something like this:

Hey buddy.  Wow – we really miss you.  We miss your smile and contagious laughter.  We can’t imagine the joy that you are experiencing now.  Though we miss you badly, we rejoice that you are free from the burdens of this world.  Your mama is healing, especially the latter part of this second year.  Your sisters and brother remember you often (especially Isabella :-)).  Your friends and extended family also miss you and offer great encouragement to us even as they grieve.  We really appreciate when they mention your name and share a memory of you.

It is hard to fathom that two years have passed since you left us.  So much has happened.  It is true (as you know now clearer than any of us) that God does work all things together for good to those who are His children.  Not that we are worthy of any of His blessings – it is only because of His mercy and grace.  Though that day and the following months and even the first year were the worst of our lives, we’ve purposed to “redeem the time” for God’s glory.  We’ve formed new friendships and enriched some current ones.  We’ve met other people who are part of a community that nobody would volunteer for.  We encourage each other as we share our grief, memories of our departed loved ones, and learn to trust in God.

We continue to see how much of an impression you left on this world and its people during the short time that you were here.  In your honor, we’ve continued to support the Children’s Bible Clubs so that other children can believe in Jesus just like you did.  We remain inspired by how you sacrificed so that those children could be reached with the Gospel.

These past two years I’ve realized how proud of you I really am.  I don’t know if I adequately told that to you.  I am learning to surrender my regrets to the Lord and learn from them.  I want this experience to mold me into the best Christian, husband, and father possible.  Besides my desire to serve Jesus, I am motivated by my hope to see you again.  We all anticipate that glorious reunion – soon.  As the Good Book says:

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev 22:20)

I love and miss you,


Recently, somebody sent this image to us in an email.  After living with grief for two years, I have come to realize this:

Grief Quote


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8 responses to “Today we remember…

  1. Cheryl

    April 18, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    *tears* Such a heartfelt post, as all of yours are. I am missing Isaac too just from knowing him through you and your wife. What a beautiful boy/life! I will continue to pray for your family.

    —every day is one day closer to seeing Isaac again ❤
    With Hope,

  2. Peter Wiebe

    April 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Ah…no adequate words come to mind. A great big hug from me to you, Andy, from our family to yours.

    Even so, Lord Jesus, Come.

  3. John Mallonee

    April 18, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Andy, Brenda, Isabella, David, and Gracia, Our prayers and thoughts are with you as we remember the precious one who is now worshiping our Lord in His very presence. May His presence in your hearts continue to comfort and give you peace. You have been a blessing to us and a true example of faithfulness in suffering and hardships. We love you all! The Mallonees

  4. Ray's Mom

    June 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Reblogged this on JUSTICE FOR RAYMOND and commented:
    There are no words to fill the void of losing a child. This post describes the sadness, loss that time never heals. God bless everyone who has lost a child.

  5. Ray's Mom

    June 15, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    I can relate to these words. God bless.

  6. Denise

    June 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I am blessed that not one person I’m close to has ever suggested anything like there’s a timeline on my grief. I am so sorry for your loss; every child’s death chips at my already broken heart.

  7. Julian's Real Mummy

    June 2, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Wow! Powerful.


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