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About Us

or Who We Are and Why We Are Blogging

We started our blog in early April 2011 to tell our family and friends about our family happenings and to also share our Christian faith. We chose Ephesians 5:16 as the title because our goal is to redeem the time for God’s glory in these last days (something that we continue to try to improve upon :-)). Considering that we had four youngsters under the age of 11 at the time and the adventures that we experience as a “home schooling” family living in a rural area of the Susquehanna Valley, we were anticipating a fun and frequently updated blog. However, we could not have anticipated the sudden and drastic change in our lives that occurred just a few weeks later.

In the twilight hours of Monday, April 18, 2011, our beloved firstborn son Isaac was promoted to Heaven as the result of a tragic accident. Since then, our blog postings have primarily focused on our journey through grief and crying out to God. The first year after Isaac’s death, we learned so much about grieving. Grief is a common life experience that we ignorantly did not understand until we were intimately confronted with it. We hope that through sharing our journey, you will come to a better understanding of the grief experience, especially of someone who has “lost” a child (I hesitate to use that word, since we believe that our son is not really “lost” but is in Heaven because of his childlike faith in Jesus Christ). We mostly hope that you want to seek God and/or grow in your relationship with Him.

As we move forward on our journey, we will continue to post as we feel inspired.  We will write about our family happenings, grief, or whatever else the Lord lays on our hearts.  We pray that in some small way we will bless you and bring some glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Us in February 2016.

 

April 2011 – Isaac and his bright eyes and smile. We miss you buddy.

About Isaac

Below are two videos that highlight Isaac’s life here on earth:

  • This first video below was shown at Isaac’s funeral and memorial services and includes images from Isaac’s 10+ years here on earth.  The songs “Grace Like Rain” by Todd Agnew and “Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns were two of his favorites.  They are the first two songs on a “favorites” CD that we kept in our mini-van.  When we would leave on a road trip, the first words out of Isaac’s mouth would be “can we listen to your favorites?”.  The song “What a Ride” appears on a CD titled “Richest Man on Earth, Songs for Fathers” published by Above Rubies.  The song seemed fitting to close out the slide show:
  • This second video was created to commemorate the first anniversary of Isaac’s death.  The images used were taken during his last year here on earth (there are many duplicates from the first video).  The music is from the soundtrack of a movie that had a significant impact on us during the first year after his death and seemed fitting for the occasion:

We hope that you are blessed by viewing these snippets of Isaac’s life here on earth and gain some understanding of the character and personality of our precious son.

Not to us, but to God be the glory.

 

19 responses to “About Us

  1. Betty Martin

    April 3, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Hi,

    Love your blog, and hope to keep more up to date with you. I have been thinking and wondering about you lately. I am battling the shingles, ouch, no fun. I am also sellling lawn care right now, and very busy, when I am not sleeping. The meds make me dowsy. I would appreciate your prayers. Give my love to all.
    Betty

     
  2. *amber*

    May 11, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Thank you for stopping by my blog (The Miles Back to You) and leaving a comment. Imagine my surprise when I just read your About post and found out that you are in South Central Pennsylvania…because I live in York County. My husbands passing was very tragic and very unexpected, as I believe was the case with your son; my husband always wanted a son as we had 1 daughter together and he had 3 daughter in a previous marriage…I hope they have met and have become great pals. Only God really knows why he allowed my husband to die, but I choose to believe he had a good reason, and I try to find my comfort in knowing that because Jesus died for our sins I will one day see my husband again…I just need to learn patience. I don’t know how the loss of a child compares to that of a spouse, but at the end of the day we’ve all lost someone so very special to us and we miss them and ache for them. There will be days where you will surprise yourself at how you made it through the day, and then out of the blue you have uncontrollable crying, grieving is very unpredictable. Blogging has helped me a lot, I keep a journal that I write to my husband is, and going to the cemetery gives me a place to “talk” to him…it’s my way of getting through it. Anyway I’ve gotten rather long winded so I had better go. If you want to contact me privately my email is asullivan441 (at) gmail (dot) com.
    Take Care, and many blessings.

     
    • Rebekah

      May 13, 2011 at 8:43 AM

      That is a great thing that you write things down Amber to take with you to see your husbands grave and have things to talk about. God Bless you as I’m sure he has! Rebekah

       
    • ephesians516

      May 14, 2011 at 4:37 AM

      Amber – Thank you for your comment. We have appreciated you willingness and ability to open yourself in the manner that you do on your blog. Blogging has helped us a lot also. It is our public journal so that we can share our journey with others. We have are finding comfort and strength from God through the prayers and encouraging words of others. We hope that you continue to find comfort and strength from Him.

       
  3. Rebekah

    May 13, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Those painted and colored pictures are always going to be sweet memories of Isaac. How sweet that must have been to find that rose picture. Finding his report on the Museum must have been neat too. I’m sure you will find things, see things, hear things that remind you of your wonderful son Isaac. These will be all too bittersweet I’m sure. Maybe you could keep a notebook and write down every memory you have of Isaac and day by day as you remember new things about your life with Isaac, you could write them in that notebook. Maybe just a way to keep track of all the wonderful things you remember about your son. I know you probably don’t need the notebook because the most precious memories are in your hearts and minds. Love to all of you! Rebekah

     
    • ephesians516

      May 14, 2011 at 4:32 AM

      Rebekah – Thank you for your tender and encouraging words and the suggestion about recording our memories. You, your husband and children are a blessing from God to us. We are thankful that the Lord placed our lives together just prior to this time.

       
  4. Peter Wiebe

    June 6, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    May the Lord give you grace until the day you are re-united with your son and brother. Even so, Lord Jesus, come.

     
    • Ephesians 5:16

      June 6, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      Peter: Thank you for that prayer on our behalf. We pray the same for you and your family and anticipate following your journey. We appreciate the sincerity of the postings on your blog and are so sorry for your pain after the promotion of your son, Jesse. And, yes, may our Lord Jesus come soon.

       
  5. Susan B

    June 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Oh, the video of Isaac is bittersweet – what a beautiful family. (Someone is good with a camera). Isaac was truly a bright eyed child with an engaging smile, and I think a sweet heart, apparent in the way he holds the hand of his siblings. There is NO grief as abysmal as the deep, dark pit of losing a precious and innocent child. I feel the weight of his loss of life from this world, and I never met him… you, his family are hurting. I wish you endurance and continued Hope.

     
    • Ephesians 5:16

      June 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Susan: Your words touched us deeply. I am thankful that you were able to get a sense of Isaac’s spirit and personality through the video. Each day, we feel the weight of his loss from this world and cannot wait to see him again. Thank you for your encouragement. We also wish you endurance and continued hope.

       
  6. mercifulwords

    June 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Tears for you and your beautiful family! Your testimony is glorious and I praise God for the wisdom and comfort He has blessed you with this past year.

     
  7. Godversations

    August 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    God Bless you and your beautiful family. I am always inspired to see how grief and suffering in the lives of the faithful can work for the Kingdom of God. He indeed turns our tears into dancing!

     
  8. Becky

    April 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    He is such a beautiful child. Heaven is richer because of his presence. God bless your family and may He continue to hold you in His arms.

     
  9. Andy Oldham

    June 10, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the celebration of his short life with me. As one who has lost a son myself, I know the struggles you endure. My prayers are with you! Blessings!

     
    • Ephesians 5:16

      June 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Thank you Andy for your comment and prayers. I am sorry about your loss also. Blessings to you!

       
  10. Claire

    January 24, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    My mummy heart breaks with yours and for your family. I can not even imagine the pain. The video of his life is such a testament to your grace and courage in the face of devastation. And it keeps Isaac’s smile and kind eyes beaming brightly.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing Isaac’s life with us all.xx

     
    • Ephesians 5:16

      January 26, 2015 at 9:13 AM

      Thank you, Claire, for commenting and for your kind words of encouragement. Most of all, I thank you for your prayers. This journey is not easy, but I am so grateful for the prayers and for the Lord. The Lord is my strength…..He carries me and keeps me going.

      Blessings to you and your precious family.

       

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