Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Touch Felt 'Round The World

Jordan & I eagerly await the day when we can tell Isaac of all God did in his life, of the people his journey has touched, & how far reaching his story has traveled. If you've been impacted by his story or follow this blog, we ask that you post your name, city, state &/or country following this post so that we can show Isaac one day of all the lives he's touched. Even if you usually don't leave any comments or don't want to put your name, please let us know if you've been following his journey by letting us know where you're from. USA, India, Guam,'ll be amazing to see where his story has traveled!


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Anonymous said...

Your family has touched my heart in so many ways, I hope your miracle continues to grow stronger and more darling everyday.......from

Phoenix, Arizona

Julie said...

I just read your story and am amazed by your strength and incredible faith. God bless you and prayers are being lifted up. God bless your sweet boy.

Julie Delamarter
Washougal, WA

Anonymous said...

Salt Lake City, Utah

Anonymous said...

Your family is such an inspiration. Blessings from Carriere, Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

May God bless you all,
The Jeffries Family
San Francisco, CA

Anonymous said...

Carey Pace
Kingsport, TN

Anonymous said...

Sue Ellen Williams
Mesquite, Texas, USA

Anonymous said...

Glory to God!
North Carolina, USA

Sonia said...

I'm praying for you.
Sonia Enslow
Post Falls, ID USA

Anonymous said...

Gretchen Beach
Voorheesville, NY

I'm praying for you...

Justin and Christy said...

I heard of your blog from a friend. We have a lot in husband is the worship leader at our church and we just had a son in June. I am praying for Isaac and for your family as you trust God with his life moment by moment.
Christy Wyatt
Roswell, GA

emmyjordan said...

Vanessa, Oakland Park, Florida. I've found Baby Leino through Little Man Ricky's site. Meg has been an enormous beacon of strength and inspiration to me and now you will be, too. Praying for your miracle in Florida. Vanessa

Deborah said...

Hello, Siblings I Look Forward To Meeting Someday! :)

I am from Ohio & I connected to your site from (Melissa) and was going to comment on your most recent post, but thought I'd say hello on your "list post".

I will continue to beseech our Father for you and your *beautiful* baby boy and check back in on you all in the days ahead...

With love from afar...

~Deborah :)

Anonymous said...

As a mom, my heart aches at seeing your little one go through so much so early in his life. As a believer, I rejoice at God's faithfulness and the testimony you have been to so many people. Little Isaac's life as already affected so many other! To God be the glory.

Lynchburg, V.A.

Anonymous said...

Willow Spring, NC
My prayers are with you

Anonymous said...

Amazing....A friend of mine emailed me to read your blog and pray for your family, and I have chillbumps from your story and attitude. Much prayer,

Randi Cross
Knoxville TN

Yvette Correa, Raleigh NC said...

You have been truly Blessed with this Angel. Only our good Lord knew whom to pick as proud parents for Isaac. Your Story is one to be admired and to know that only GOD is the author of our lives and that Faith in Him is the only way we can sustain. You are truly an inspiration to all.
God Bless You and Your Family.

Kristy said...

My name is Kristy McKeown and I am praying hard for your little boy!! My cousin, Marcy Moseley, a member of your church, sent a prayer request to our family this week, and we have all been praying! I am amazed at your courage throughout this journey that the Lord is leading you through. We continue to pray for God's healing hand on Issac. You can know that prayers are being said from your family in Christ in Palatine, Illinois.

mommy of 4 said...

I just heard about you all. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. We will be praying for you and your brave littel boy.

The Hickey Family
Cooperstown, PA

Anonymous said...

Albert Smith
Dallas, GA

Anonymous said...

Cindy Rachmilowitz
New York

Julie said...

Praying for Isaac!
Julie and Seth Nickerson
Woodbridge, VA

Anonymous said...

Suzy Yanez
Redlands California
(I am a heart mom too)

Austin's friend said...

Isaac is in my thoughts and prayers!!! Praying for God's will to be done, and for the peace and understanding neccessary along the way! Isaac is precious!!!
Avey Jane Easterling
Birmingham, AL, USA

Christine said...

I'm Christine from Bethel in western Alaska. I just saw a link to this blog tonight on another site and have been reading your son's story. We will pray for him and you. I had a baby in NICU for 2 weeks and handled it nowhere near as well as you have handled everything that's been given to you.

Teresa said...

sometimes i wonder if the internet is going to be the ultimate fall of our society, but then there's a blessing like this...a friend from MD sent us your prayer requests. enjoy every minute you have as a family, and we'll all remember to do the same, until we all meet in heaven.
fayetteville arkansas

Anonymous said...

I keep you in my thoughts.


Anonymous said...

Michelle~Praying for Isaac in Portland, Oregon.

Alice said...

I'm a friend of Sarah Samek's, amazed by your story...and praying
Alice Barnard
Charleston SC

Charlotte said...

I have read your entire blog today and I am touched by your story. I thought I had a difficult time becoming pregant and carrying a child to term, after 6 miscarriages we have a happy 10 year old.

May god continue to hold your little Isaac in his loving arms daily till he reaches his full potential in life. God has a plan for each of us and only he knows it. May his angels sing to Isaac each night before he takes a rest and each as you talk to him you are his angle singing to him.

God bless your little family and may he walk with you all thru this journey in your life.

Charlotte Sepulveda
San Antonio, TX USA

Anonymous said...


clayton , nc
C3 church member

Anonymous said...

You are in my prayers!
Durham, NC

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

God bless you and your family.

Mike, Terri and Matthew King
Las Vegas NV

Angel said...

Angel Weir

Texas, USA

Anonymous said...

Praying for you!

J. Davis
Clayton, NC

Anonymous said...

I can not even begin to imagine the ways God is working in your lives. Throughout everything, you have showed so much strength. I know at times you want nothing more than to just break down and for the pain to end, but God has bigger plans (as you know). You have touched so many people. Isaac has had a greater impact on more people than most do in a lifetime. He is a beautiful baby and everything that he has brought to the world has only made it better. I can't imagine what you’re going through, but your strength is astounding. God Bless you and your lives immensely.

Meg-Dan-n-Eli said...

Praying for you!! Isaac's story has deeply touched us. Thank you so much for sharing.

Megan, Dan & Elijah Porta
Minneapolis, MN

Anonymous said...

We're praying for you.

Lauren (Montag) and Chris Afdahl

Anonymous said...

Chris, Debi, Noah & Sawyer Pipes
C3 Church
Clayton, NC

Laura said...

Havertown, PA USA

Anonymous said...

As I sit at my computer reading your story and holding my 6 week old baby girl, I truly thank God that she is with me. She was born with HLHS and we too have been on an amazing journey with her and with God. God is good and I am so happy that baby Isaac is no longer suffering.

Our story is at

In Christ,
Kerri Pennington
South Carolina

Anonymous said...

Carolyn Powers (Connie's Mom)
Wallace, NC

Anonymous said...

Connie and Arista

Clayton, NC

Libby said...

Thank you for sharing this journey with so many people.
God has been glorified through you and Isaac.

Libby, Terry, Eli, Eden & Silas Foester

Anonymous said...


Washington, DC

Anonymous said...

Cory & Krystal Bolduc
Clayton, NC

Anonymous said...

Mike & Lynette Gentile
Smyrna, Deleware

Anonymous said...

You guys are a true inspiration to me.
Sarah Smith, Shady Side, MD

Meghann said...

Jordan & Patience,

I just happened to stumble upon this blog today (August 17, 2007). As I started to read about your precious little boy, I realized this story was going to change my life. I cannot imagine the range of emotions you have felt in the last 18 or so months. Your faith in God and complete trust in Him is inspiring to me. I hope that you continue to find comfort and strength in Him and that your faith in Him continues to grow. If ever there was someone who could provide you with comfort and strength, it would be our most holy Father God. I pray that He will overwhelm you with His presence.

Meghann Dominie
Raleigh, NC

Anonymous said...

I am a friend of Gregory Johnson's and he shared your story with me. I am sitting in my study, my healthy 10 month old daughter sleeping just a few feet away, with tears streaming down my face as I read about the miraculous life of little Issac. In the short time he was here on earth he touched many. I know that you love and miss him but won't it be glorious when he greets you in heaven. I am reminded to pray thanks to God daily for the health of my daughter. Your story about the love offering was a testimony to the faithfulness of our Lord. Amazing! Thank you for sharing your story. May God bless you and heal your hearts.

Sabrina Waters
Morrisville, NC

Anonymous said...

This story has touched my heart it's a reminder to me to be thankful for every day.

Heather Massengill
Clayton, NC

Anonymous said...

prayers and love your way!
rachel spears
cincinnati, ohio

Anonymous said...

Our family has kept your family in prayer since before Isaac's birth. We had conflicted feelings over the news of Isaac's passing. Sorrow for your loss, but joy for Isaac's healing in God's presence. Our prayers are still with you.
Roger, Dechelle, Greyson & Grant Rome
Virginia Beach, VA

Lynne said...

I don't know if you remember me from several years ago at EP, but we used to be in the Youth Group together. I want you to know that I have been praying for you, Jordan, and Isaac, and will continue to. I really admire you and Jordan and your faith, and I'm so glad Isaac is now face-to-face with his awesome Maker. :)
~Lynne Wheeler
Gambrills, MD

Anonymous said...

Donna Walker
Garner, NC

Anonymous said...

Sarah Lucas
Syracuse, NY

Annie said...

God is awesome and your faith in Him through it all is very touching. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Gibbs
Smithfield, NC USA

Tripp said...

Tripp and Heather Flythe
Raleigh, NC

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your miracle. He is gorgeous.
Portland, OR

Lindsay said...

Patienc~ I'm still praying for you and your family and I'm already excited for what the future holds for you and Jordan. I have truly been encouraged by your story and your amazing faith! Keep on trusting Him!
Lindsay Dunbar Donaruma
Lynchburg, VA

Anonymous said...

Kelly H.
Leavenworth, KS

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear of your sweet baby's passing. There are no words I can say to make it better. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Annette Dauner Olson
Hillsboro, ND

Melissa J said...

I have been reading this blog since a friend of mine sent the link to me. I have been praying for you both & little Isaac. I am glad that he is home with our Gracious God. Continuing to pray for you.
Melissa Johnston
Hoffman Estates IL USA

Makeba said...

Makeba Greene
Seattle, Washington USA

Lincoln Michael Carter said...

Just read your story! Many emotions fill my heart! Isaac is partying with our first son, Elijah (had HLHS), in heaven right now! You're in my prayers tonight!
Kristen Carter
Clovis, CA USA

Anonymous said...

Los Angeles, CA

Anonymous said...

Franklin, TN

Jen4 @ Amazing Trips said...

I just came across your blog for the first time, tonight. Isaac is an absolutely beautiful baby and your faith is absolutely inspiring.

I am so deeply sorry for your loss, but rejoice that your baby is home.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and have spent hours reading your entire journey. your faith is amazing, what a witness you guys have been to all who read this. I'm so happy that Isaac is in heaven with Jesus, but so sad for you both. Praying that you feel God's grace while you miss your sweet little Isaac!
Love & Prayers,
Lancaster, PA

Braden & Mason said...

You have truley inspired us. We just have to say we love you and are praying for you.
Anacoco, La

Andrew said...

Patience, Jordan & Isaac,

I Love you guys and Keep you in my prayers!

Cousin Drew

Minneapolis, MN

Anonymous said...

jessica, orange county, california. i'm so sorry for you, but isaac is safe--as you know. i believe he was sent to you for a reason, to teach you something about love, about yourselves, i don't know what, but there is a reason. keep your faith!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your story. Your faith is such beautiful testament. Isaac is a beautiful little boy. Thank you for taking the time to write back to me earlier. God bless you. Boston, MA

Baby Seaton said...

I have just come across this blog in my research. I am 29 weeks pregnant with a son who has HLHS. Isaac's story has touch me to immeasurable means. I hope my son has even an ounce of the strength Isaac had. As I go through this journey I know that Isaac's spirit and story will follow me, and give strength to me in hard times. You are blessed.
London, Ontario Canada

Kate said...

I found your blog through a comment you posted on Copeland Farley's site. I went back and read all of the posts and was once again amazed by your honesty and faithfulness. Prayers and Blessings to you and your husband.
Kate Yeager
Franklin, TN

Anonymous said...

Beth Cochran
Brighton, Colorado, USA

Anonymous said...

We have truly felt like adopted grandparents of that precious baby boy, even though we never even met him.....and we can hardly wait to get the opportunity to see him one day and tell him what an impact he made on our lives. We continue to keep you and Jordan in our prayers.
In Christ,
Rick and Shelia Creech
Princeton, NC
(C3 family)

Anonymous said...

We love you guys and have followed this journey with you all the way.Please know that we pray that God gives you the strength to carry on.

The Truelove Family,

Christia said...

Thank you for sharing your experience. Your faith and strength are truly inspirational. Your son's life has brought awareness and a deeper sense of compassion and faith to many...even those who don't know you personally. God bless you!

Christia Gordon
San Diego, CA

Anonymous said...

Your precious son has made an impact on my life forever.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kb in Ohio

The Gossett's said...

Your family is a blessing! We love you guys!
David and Emily Gossett
Huntsville, AL

Tammy Allen said...

May the Lord continue to comfort you in the days ahead. Your faith and strength is an inspiriation to us all.

Tammy Allen
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada

Anonymous said...

You've been an incredible inspiration and light to so many people around the world.

Meghan Maginnis
Washington, DC
LU Alumni, Class of 2004

Sherry said...

loveland, Co

Anonymous said...

Thank you for having such a profound impact on our lives. We will continue to pray for your family. Isaac, you will never be forgotten- your courage will live with us forever.

Traci & Mike Carlson
Crofton, MD

Amy said...

Franklin, TN

amanda said...

Amanda Jones
Grand Rapids, MI
I have NO idea how I came across this blog, but I'm glad I did. Thank you for sharing your sweet Isaac's story!

Anonymous said...

Libby Kozlowski
Bowie, MD USA

The Blonde Renstroms said...

We love you guys-
Daniel and Danielle Renstrom
Raleigh, NC

Anonymous said...

Warsaw, Indiana

Anonymous said...

Julie Hubbard
Palermo, Maine

Phil & Gretch said...

Gretchen Courtney (Natalie Renstrom's sister) Chugiak,AK

Sdwyer said...

How I fell in love with a little boy I dont even know.....

Staci Dwyer
Yonkers, NY

Anonymous said...

Bedford, Massachusetts

Anonymous said...

I will always remember Issac. He was so special to me. I still check the blog every week to see if you have posted anything new. I feel like a stalker but it helps me to remember to pray for you guys. Much love in Christ, Shawna and family from Tahlequah,OK USA

My Goodness said...

God Bless You!
Tina in Tennessee

alicia said...

Alicia Ballard
Raleigh NC

Anonymous said...

God Bless You,
Johnson City, TN

Terre Kaiser said...

Patience: I love your mother. I loved Isaac and the way he changed my heart's perspective. Annapolis, MD Terre Kaiser

Kathi said...

Kathi Combs
Vienna WV USA

Jen said...

Many blessings to you,

Jen Smithson
Elkridge, MD
(neighbors to Steve and Leslie)

Anonymous said...

Rebecca Anderson
Lawrenceville, GA

Anonymous said...

The Hickey Family
Cooperstown Pennsylvania

Lisa said...

Baby Isaac -We've followed your amazing journey and were incredibly blessed to have our hearts touched by your presence on earth. Your strength and your parent's faith in Him brought me back to church, and my life is forever changed. Thank you Isaac. We pray for you and your parents everyday.

Lisa and Kristin Pressley
Holly Springs, NC

Anonymous said...

Renate Howk
France and Germany

Melinda Watkins said...

You don't know me, I am Matt Ousdahl's mother in law..His wife, Melissa, is my daughter. I saw your comment on their blog and looked up Isaac's story and watched his video. I too am touched by his story and your wonderful testimony. I am glad that Isaac is now enjoying heaven. May the Lord bless you in the days to come. Watching your video made me realize how real heaven is and how much God loves us. Thank you for sharing this.
Melinda Watkins
Wilmington, DE, USA

The Ousdahls said...

Dear Patience and Jordan,

What a blessing it was to read your sweet comment on our blog. The true blessing from that was the fact that we were able to read your story and be touched by your faithfulness to God through this and by Isaac's life.

The pictures are so precious and we think that it is great that you have the blog as a type of journal to continually look back on to remember the gift that Isaac was and is to you and see how God has brought you closer to Him through all of this.

This truly is our prayer for you...that because of Isaac, you both will draw closer to God. Being parents ourselves, it is heartbreaking to think of all the sorrow you are experiencing, but praise God that this time on earth is a tiny speckle of time compared to the time we will share in Eternity with God in Heaven. Isaac is in God's presence with a perfect body worshipping our King of Kings...and one day we will be blessed to join them.

Please keep on posting...we look forward to seeing all that God has planned for you guys.

With Much Love and God's peace, Matt and Melissa Ousdahl
Wilmington, DE

Carla Felton said...

Carla Felton
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

Co-Worker with Patience's Dad @ CBN

Anonymous said...


We have been praying for you guys and you are still on our hearts. We can only try to imagine what you've been through and how it would be to go through something like this. Your story has truly blessed us and your faithfulness is amazing. Thank you for being so transparent.

Naomi Jones
New Zealand

Anonymous said...

Still praying
Rutland, MA

Anonymous said...

Karen Burns
Harvest, AL

Jon and Amanda said...

Jon and Amanda Scott
Virginia Beach, VA

Muriel and Jerry said...

Chicago, illinois

Anonymous said...

such a sweet little boy. May God continue to heal your hearts, knowing your precious son is in the BEST possible hands!

Richmond, VA

Gen said...

I hadn't found your story until today and I can not express how deeply your faith and strength have touched me. May God continue to bless your entire family and may Isaac continue to smile down on you and know how much he has touched so many people!
Genevieve Angeloff
Iron Mountain, Michigan

Anonymous said...

Brenna from Grand Rapids, MI

Angie said...

Raleigh, NC

Gila said...

I got here from Confessions of a CF Husband and have been reading your story with tears in my eyes. Lots of love and admiration from Tel Aviv, Israel.

Toshander said...

the Andersens from Utah,

Jodee Leader said...

I just came across your blog (January 2008). You were so blessed to be Isaac's parents.

Jodee Leader
Lincoln, NE

Kim said...

Kim Bagley
Plano, Texas

Anonymous said...

Found you via Confessions Of A CF Husband and read your moving account of Isaac's life on earth.

With such gifted storytellers for parents, won't he have some stories to tell you, one day, about his life in heaven!

Connecticut, USA

Sarah H said...

Just found you for the first time and wanted to leave something. I'm amazed at your faith and the journey you've had over the last year. God bless you all.

Sarah H
Kent, England

Judith said...

Judith Wolfe
Round Rock, TX USA

Matt and Laurie Beardsley said...

Your story continues to point others to God. Our prayers are with your family.

Laurie, Martinez, CA.

Anonymous said...

I came across your site while searching for the lyrics for a song we sang at church this past Sunday. I'm a nurse on a PICU in Chicago and was very touched by your story.
Alyssa Kirk
Chicago, IL

Jen said...

Jennifer Cortez
Naperville/Urbana, Illinois USA
(I'm a college student so I switch frequently between each place) :)

em said...

emily & joshua smoyer
asheville, north carolina

i found your blog through nathan & tricia & gwyneth's. thank you for sharing the blessing of isaac with us all. how great is the father's love! i pray he gives you comfort and joy as you await your reunion with your sweet boy.

Anonymous said...

Holly Walters
Manteca, CA

Amanda said...

Amanda Escue
Bono, Arkansas USA

Thank you for sharing the story of your beautiful son Isaac. His life, though short in our terms, is so full of purpose. May God bless your family.

Anonymous said...

Menlo Park, CA

charlotte sepulveda said...

God be with you and your family always and baby Issac is watching over you as an angel in heaven I believe this as I believe mymom is doing the same for my family.

charlotte sepulveda
san antonio, TX

Gabe, Kiley , Eli and Cora said...

Heter Family - Boise Idaho

I am encouraged by your relationship with God. It is true that we can do nothing alone. He gave you the strength to keep going with Issac, He gave you peace, joy and love for this little man, He increased your faith in Him. What God puts in our lives to draw us to him (or others for that matter) is incredible.

My husband and I do family worship with our 2 kids (eli 5 and cora 7 months) about everynight. We read the same scripture at the beginning and one of the passages we read is:

Psalms 105

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.

I pray that God continues to comfort your hearts. What a great gift He gave you.

Thanks for sharing with us...

Anonymous said...

Rexurg, Idaho USA

Kali said...

Blessings to you & yours

Kali Shields
Millington, TN USA

missourimom said...


Missouri, USA

Leah said...

Leah Spring
Eagan, MN

Found your blog from one of your comments on "Confessions of a CF husband" and came to have a look. I'm so happy God gave you the opportunity to know an angel.

CL#5 said...

i stumbled onto this blog by accident when googling my own name...i didn't think there were any other Rachel Wentlings out there.

what a touching story. your faith is an inspiration. sharing your most intimate feelings during the darkest and happiest times is what makes this blog so captivating. i started reading it and couldn't stop...45 minutes later i sit here with tears.

i wish you the best as, i'm sure, you continue to learn to cope with the loss of your precious isaac. i couldn't imagine going through such a difficult time, but i hope, that if i were in the same position, that i could handle it with the same faith and grace as you.
Hays, KS USA

Brandy Selos said...

Brandy Selos
Clayton, NC
New Member to C3

Mrs. Needham said...

Ami Needham
Winchester, KY

ibjoyful said...

I was referred to your blog by my daughter...truly I do know what it is to live a "God Centered Life" with all the journeys & trials as well as the various lives which intertwine with yours...& you just "KNOW" that..."if but only 1 soul has been touched by the life that you shared for the Father; then it has all has been worth it, just 1 soul ~ just 1 soul makes it all worth it...thank you for being such a blessing to so many souls, I know that Father God is so proud of the both of you, for that is why He chose you for Issac....

Anonymous said...

jodi ellen
san francisco, ca

Megan and Nick said...

Simply Amazing.
Megan Barron
Lithia, FL

slscites said...

Gallipolis, Ohio

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