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.
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.