Chad, Amy, Lauren and Carson,
I have thought a lot about you all over the past days and prayed for you all, even though I have been away and out of touch. My heart aches for you.
It is amazing how broken hearts brought us together from across the world. Because of Severin's broken heart and mine, the Lord knit our hearts together with love. I am so sad to say goodnight to my friend but also so happy for him, for now his broken heart is mended for ever. I wonder why he should have to go so young when I, with my old failed heart, am still here after a full and active life. I just want to spend my remaining days doing all I can to help others with broken hearts. I pray God knits my broken heart to others with similar needs.
I want to thank you for allowing me to be Severin's friend. I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family; to share in your joys and your grief. I promise to keep you all in my heart.
I will pray that the God of all comfort will be your comforter. I pray that the testimony you have shared, the love and support you have shown to others and the faith you have exhibited throughout the past couple of years, will lead many with broken hearts to find the One who heals broken hearts.
My precious friends, I commend you to God's grace. May you prove in your experience the truth of Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJV
with love and prayers from Ireland
your 2heart friend
Heath Hoagland August 03, 2004 at 07:22 AM CDT
Sounds like your relaxing, get your mind clear trip to the lake was nothing close to relaxing. Sometimes it must feel like you have a bulls eye over your body. It doesn't make sense. My prayer is that you soon will find some much needed pampering and feel sheltered in the all sufficient love of God.
We will continue to pray you through this long, painful journey.
God IS good, all the time,
Laura, Heath, Olivia
Steve Hale August 02, 2004 at 11:48 PM CDT
I hadn't checked my email for a while and was shocked when I found out that you had lost Severin. I am so very very sorry. He held on as long as he could for you, but it was too much. It's so unfair and so sad. His suffering is over and he is enjoying his new perfect body in heaven very much I'm sure. Just imagine him running and jumping and laughing and singing and playing with all his heart angels. He's very very happy. Heaven will be even sweeter for you when you are reunited with him again. I pray that the Lord will comfort you as you grieve for your son. I can only imagine the huge gaping hole you must feel in your lives.
This is the verse that goes with the meaning of Nicholas' name "Triumphant Spirit". 1 Cor. 15:54-57 Then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christians have victory over death. It is only temporary. We all will be together again forever!
You are in my prayers.
With much sympathy,
Mom to Nicholas, HLHS
Thinking of you daily
Monica Canale August 02, 2004 at 08:58 PM CDT
Amy and Chad,
I have tried to write this message so many times, but then I think I will just call you. I do much better over the phone rather than write. Words cannot express my heart felt sympathy to you and your family. Jamie and I were together when we learned of Severin's passing and we were both devestated. I was so sorry to have not been able to come with Jamie to the service. However, I am very glad Jamie was able to be there. All I can send is a very big hug. I cannot tell you what it meant to Jamie for you to be there with us that night with William. She has spoken of it often. I was so glad to see that your family was in Michigan with you. I know it will be a very long road to "what" I don't know, but I will be thinking of you all the way. You made a great impact on my life, and I will forever pray for your family and hug my son tighter each day because of William and Severin. Please forgive me for not writing sooner. I assure you it is only because I have wanted to call instead. Much love and sorrow,
Thinking and praying....
Colleen A Schomaker August 02, 2004 at 04:00 PM CDT
...for all of you today. Also that your photos are returned (unbelievable to add to your immense pain and sorrow). Truly I have no 'words',...but just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers every single day.
..Colleen, Mike, Matthew, Tommy (HLHS) and Genna (Michigan)
Laura Wright August 01, 2004 at 04:24 PM CDT
WHoever took that camera, has to have a heart right?/We all have our soft spots, surely once seen (if the perps even looked at the pics), they will grow a big heart (like the grinch lol), and realize just how precious those pictures are. Im also sorry to hear about your fall, hope youre feeling better from that fiasco. I continue to pray for your family, kinda silly but when i pray now, i ask severin to watch and protect our heart kids. GRrrrrrrr still gets me so angry to know someone stole your camera, well i hope they grow a concious too.
Laura, mom to kailey 9, hlhs
Catherine Deutsch August 01, 2004 at 02:38 PM CDT
I was just coming to the computer, after thinking all morning about you losing those pics, to say the same thing that someone else posted about going to the newstation. Glad to hear Kare 11 will run the story! We will pray for their return. I am sure they are incredibly precious photos. And hopefully, whoever had the balls to steal the camera will see how important they are. That is so infuriating!
Hope you are on the mend from your fall. Ouch.
Severin and your family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
It thundered and stormed a bit here last night. Ella asked if it were the angels playing up above.
And I said, that yes, I suppose it is.
She said "and Baby Severin too?'
I said oh yes, for sure.
She said, "to let his Mommy & Daddy know he's ok?"
And I said yes, to let them know he's ok.
In my thoughts daily
Wendy and Dan Romans August 01, 2004 at 02:36 PM CDT
I am known by my Mom as Grace. I remember when my Mom was in the hospital after her stroke, I tripped over some of her hospital equipment. The first words out of her mouth were...well, grace. That's me.
I will be praying for a miracle that you will get your precious pictures back. I know you must be heartbroken to not have them. I am so glad you were able to spend some time with Kitty. I hope it helps to have each other to lean on. Remember none of us are far away, whether it be in spirit, a phone call or a visit. We love you guys and are hurting with you.
praying for you
Lauren Daves August 01, 2004 at 11:41 AM CDT
I remember not taking calls and still don't always take calls. Grief is a very private and lonely thing. It is hard for people to understand. They will try hard...but they just can't.
I am sorry for your pain and loss. For also not having some last tangible photos of Severin. I will pray for ya'll everyday. It is early yet in your journey...it has only been 4 months for me...sadly, I think it gets more difficult. I will cover you in prayer during this time.
A verse I have been trying to rely on...I have no idea if it will speak to your heart or not...I just want to share it as my heart breaks for your family.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11
I am putting my faith in the Lord's promise to give your family a sense of future and hope.
Logan Elise hlhs angel
Amy Frank August 01, 2004 at 11:26 AM CDT
...I know this story well. Once I tried to look "graceful" leaping from the boat to the dock and caught it with my chin, needing 17 stiitches:) "Sometimes, I'm clueless and I'm clumsy, but I got friends that love me and they know just where I staaaannd. And na- thing chang-es whoooo I am....:)
Just trying to bring a smile on your face in the midst of everything. I hated reading that you lost those pictures. The house may be different, the pictures gone, but Severin will ALWAYS be with you. I think it was on Ella's page, where Laura shared that she would just close her eyes and see Ella in her dreams, or go to the computer and "feel" her.
You are loved; Amy
Richard & Lauri Vestlie August 01, 2004 at 09:39 AM CDT
I am so sorry to hear that your camera was stolen and such important photos lost. The last pictures I took of my grandmother, the only pictures of her with Kaylyn, were lost and I remember how devastated I felt from that. I will pray that somehow there will be a miracle and your pictures will turn up. Have you considered running an add in the local paper asking for their return, no questions asked. Or maybe contacting the local radio and TV stations to see if they can run a spot on it. It may be a long shot but maybe someone out there knows something that could aid in the return of the memory stick. Adding insult to injury can't be easy for you.
You and your family continue to be in our prayers.
Lauri, Richard & Kaylyn
Still in our thoughts and prayers
David McFarland August 01, 2004 at 05:26 AM CDT
Chad and Amy
I wish I could have been there with all those dear friends. What a special "heart family" you have!
I want to assure you again of our prayers in Ireland. We feel for you in your pain and grief and feel it so "unfair" that so many other sad things happen to you at this time. I've just stated reading Charles Sindoll's new book on Job. If ever a man was treated unfairly, it was Job. I pray you get all the grace he got to continue to trust the God Job trusted.
Thank you for sharing about Shay. She is one I do not know but will pray for her and her family. Does she have a Carepage?
Carson and Lauren have been much on my heart and I will continue to pray for them as well as both of you. With much love.
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. NIV