Saturday, August 11, 2007

Our Thanks

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this week & who came out for Isaac's Memorial Service, particularly those who traveled long distances to get there. We were overwhelmed by the love & kindness from everyone, coming to celebrate the life of a little boy they'd never met in person. Isaac has left an indelable mark on all our hearts.

We will write more in the days ahead & try to post the slideshow from his service, but for now, we're away for a much-needed vacation. Thank you again to you all - for your love, your words, your cards, your gifts, & for simply standing with us through this journey.

44 comments:

alli tiner said...

Thanks so much for taking time to give us the updates on Isaac. I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation.
You guys have been a big inspiration to me.

Anonymous said...

God be with you and may he give you the well deserved rest you need. We love you both.
Love, The Hilemans

Anonymous said...

The two of you are such an inspiration to us all.... Enjoy some time together and much needed rest. You'll continue to be in our prayers especially for the next few months of adjustment. Take care of each other.
Sharon & Jimmy Jackson

Anonymous said...

I don't know if this would be something you would be interested in at all or may have already heard of, but I thought that I would let you know anyway. In our newspaper a few weeks ago, there was an article that I read about a place called "Faith's Lodge" in Wisconsin. It is a place for parents who have lost a child or who have seriously ill children to go. Here is a link to the article if you want to check out what they have to say about the lodge:

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1316771.html

They only ask people who stay to make a $25 donation, but they say that no one will be turned away for financial reasons. The owners themselves lost a daughter and they wanted to do something in her name and in her memory, so they created this lodge for parents to go and grieve and be together and to be with families going through the same thing, if they choose to.

I hope that this information is helpful and that the plans would work out if this is something you choose to do!

Anonymous said...

The link that I tried to put on didn't work, but you can search for the story on:

www.startribune.com

In the search box put Faith's Lodge to read the article in the paper or you can check out the website:

www.faithslodge.org

Pete, Alison and Charlie said...

Patience and Jordan,
I'm glad you've managed to get away for a bit of a break - it's a good thing to get away, just the two of you for a little while. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, and will continue to do so. You are two remarkable people, with one remarkable little boy. Hang in there, we're all here for you if you need us.
With much love, Alison, Pete and Charlie xxx

Anonymous said...

We love you guys very much. Thank you for allowing us walk with you on this journey. Rest well and know that your Heavenly Father loves you.

Anonymous said...

well I wanted to let you know Martha rocked c3 tonight with one of her soul shattering prayers speaking the truth of our lord.As Bily Graham use to say " are you right with God"..You guys were on the minds of many tonight I'm sure, I know you were on mine, and I prayed for the both of you.Be safe and find confort in each others embrace And as you embrace each other God will embrace you both.

Anonymous said...

I want to thank you for sharing your journey with us. Your faith in God and His ultimate plan have helped me in my faith walk through a loss of a young life in my own family. I have contiually been amazed and inspired by your walk with God through such a trying time, and even more so that even through the pain and grieving of your loss you have done it so publically. Your family has touched more lives than you may ever know, and in reading other's posts I have seen that your walk has brought others back to the Lord and for that I praise God.
May God continue to provide you with newness each day and the comfort and strength to face the road ahead, and may Isaac's legacy continue to touch lives around the world. Thank you again for sharing yourselves, and the awsomeness of our loving Father. My prayers continue to be with you.

Anonymous said...

Jordan and Patience,
You are an Inspiration for all. We hope you find all the Peace you need at this time and always. Enjoy your much needed get away! You are in our prayers and on our minds every day. Thankyou for everything.
Lots of Love,
Darrell, Lisa, Brian and Alyssa
C-3 Family

Anonymous said...

We have been out of town for 2+ weeks with minimal internet access but we wanted you to know we having been praying for you from across the country.

Your faith is a true testimony and your boy is an inspiration. We are grieving with you.

In His love,

Bruce, for Cindy and David

magiemae24 said...

hi i just wanted to say that i am so sorry for all the pain you have had to go thru these past months and the suffering you had to see your beloved son go thru but i pray that God will give you peace in your hearts in the days and months ahead.

samdanmas@yahoo.com said...

Patience & Jordan,

I'm so happy to hear that you guys are taking a well deserved vacation.

I pray to God that he will continue to comfort you thru this time and days ahead.

Just as an fyi, my husband, son and I also took some time off when Haniel passed away. It was much needed and very helpful. However, I must say that coming back home hit me very hard, so please pray alot a prepare yourselves to walk to a house full of memories. Now, it's been seven months and Haniel's room remains the way he left it, and now I can say that it helps me to keep it like this. I love going in there and just spending a couple of minutes speaking with him. I know it might sound weird, but I believe he see's and hears me from up above.

I will continue to check your blog, and of course waiting to see Isaac's slideshow.

God Bless You!

Sam, Dianett & Melo

Anonymous said...

I hope the two of you are getting some rest. I am keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. I just wanted to thank you again for writing this blog. I also wanted to thank you for talking about your church and your church family. My family and I went to services on Saturday night and I just wanted to say that the experience was awesome. Everyone enjoyed it!! I have not felt that close to God in a long time. I left with a great feeling and had a wonderful time learing the songs and got a great message from the sermon. The sermon touched me so much that I had tears in my eyes and a heavy heart. I definetly could feel Jesus in my heart!! Thanks so much for your inspiration as it has brought me back to church. I have been without Jesus for a while and it is a great feeling to have him back in my heart. Thanks again and I hope to make C3 a part of my family. Thank you for the inspirations and I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Elle said...

Jordan and Patience, this is the only thing that has been coming to my mind since I heard of sweet Isaac's death. It is a song by Natalie Grant. I am praying for you both.

-Elle

Two months is too little.
They let him go.
They had no sudden healing.
To think that providence would
Take a child from his mother while she prays
Is appalling.

Who told us we’d be rescued?
What has changed and why should we be saved from nightmares?
We’re asking why this happens
To us who have died to live?
It’s unfair.

This is what it means to be held.
How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive.
This is what it is to be loved.
And to know that the promise was
When everything fell we’d be held.

This hand is bitterness.
We want to taste it, let the hatred numb our sorrow.
The wise hand opens slowly to lilies of the valley and tomorrow.

This is what it means to be held.
How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive.
This is what it is to be loved.
And to know that the promise was
When everything fell we’d be held.

If hope is born of suffering.
If this is only the beginning.
Can we not wait for one hour watching for our Savior?

This is what it means to be held.
How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive.
This is what it is to be loved.
And to know that the promise was
When everything fell we’d be held.
This is what it is to be loved.
And to know, that the promise was when everything fell, we'd be held

Anonymous said...

I would have given anything to be at the memorial for Isaac and be able to witness just a few of the lives he touched.
As you go away for a while, I pray God's hand upon you for protection, REST, and renewal of your spirit with joy and peace.
Isaac left a legacy to usall.
Love you and continuing to pray for you,
BB

Anonymous said...

Isaac and this journey will always be in my heart...

Anonymous said...

Please make sure to get some rest.
We love you
Dave and Tina Patterson

Jane-Jane said...

your family will forever be in my heart and prayers. Rest and breath in God's love ....we will see you when you get back!

Tonette said...

our prayers are still with you just relax and let God help heal the hurt, love you all your friend in Christ

Melissa said...

I will pray for incredible refreshment as you get away.
You are loved!

The Saunders said...

May you be surrounded in love by the countless believers around you. May you have sweet reminders of your little boy around every corner. Reminding you two of the Lord's promise to open the gates of Heaven for you as well. His blessings on you for your incredible love for Him and your little one.
Love, The Saunders Family

Anonymous said...

Hey kids--
Just remember that God's strength is made perfect in our weakness, and don't be afraid of your weak moments.
--a friend of grandma Chris

Anonymous said...

Not good with posting comments, but wanted to say that we are truly thankful to you and Jordan for allowing us to share in your walk up to now and in times to come. Thank you for your perserverance, love, devotion and dedication to live out loud for Christ. You two are a mirror for me and so many others. Stay blessed and let us know if you need anything.

Love,
Larry

Anonymous said...

Jordan & Patience,
You two are thought about each and every day. I along with many friends and family have been thinking and praying with you every day. Enjoy your much needed vacation and keep strong. Thank you for the updates on your "little one."

Love, Krystan Phelps
Appomattox, Va
-friend of corrine at Liberty

Anonymous said...

God bless you both! We love you very much and pray that God would truly comfort, encourage and hold you both in this time. Little Issac is with Jesus dancing and singing....and you will hold him for all eternity one day soon!

With love and prayers,
Jason and Mary Powell
Riverside, California

Anonymous said...

Patience,'Marcine Kevin and Chelsea are thinking of you, and though we are sad to hear of Issac's passing, we know he is in much better health up with God. You should tell my dad to look out for him make Issac into a good lacrosse player just like you were!
Love the Thomas Family

Ashley Robinson said...

My name is Ashley Robinson, I am so sorry to hear about your precious baby Issac. He is now with my sweet baby Ella Jean in the presence of our Holy God. My baby Ella Jean entered Heaven on March 22 2007, she was just 15 days old. We stayed at the RMH in Chaple Hill and there I met the sweetest girl she was there with her baby boy. That girl was you!! I would love to talk to you more, please e-mail me. Again I am so sorry to hear about sweet baby Issac, but I believe that Issac is free and whole just like my sweet baby Ella Jean. I love you both and you are in my prayers, please keep me in yours. Hope to hear from you soon. Ashley

Delea said...

You Rock Patience for even thanking us! I look up to you more than you know. I hope you enjoy your vacation. You and Jordan both deserve it big time.

xxxo

Anonymous said...

I just found your website and read your stories. I am so sorry to see your sweet boy has passed away. My baby had a VSD problem, compare to Isaac's problem is nothing. I thank you for taking the time writing th detailed updates for Isaac. ISaac is in God's hands, pain free, stress free, and all those meds,iv's, etc. God bless you all!!!!!

Meghan said...

Enjoy your vacation. Corey and I are sorry we were out of state and unable to make it to Isaac's memorial service. If you do end up posting the slide show, we would love to see it. We are also planning on making a donation to Isaac's memorial fund at the beginning of October.

Anonymous said...

The 2 of you and your amazing baby have touched all of us. You will never know how many people have learned to lean on Jesus because of your amazing journey with Baby Isaac. May you have a relaxing time away...you have been thru so much. May God bless you richly for your faith and trust in him.

Anonymous said...

How awesome it is that you didn't let this chance to be a witness pass you by. How easy it would have been to curl up into a ball upon hearing about your boy's situation, but instead you seized the chance God gave you to proclaim His grace, mercy and love. It reminds me of John Piper's book, Don't Waste Your Life. Little Isaac's life accomplished more for the Lord in a few short months than many of us accomplish in close to a century upon this earth. Praise God for your faithfulness!

Anonymous said...

May God refresh you in ways you didn't even know you needed it. May He continue to give you peace, strength, endurance, and hope. May He continue to guide your steps and direct you.

Enjoy your time away.

Brieanne Robson
Ontario, Canada.

cdcollum said...

Thank you for sharing baby Issac and your faith with us. My name is Cathy and my sister Jackie Penny told me about Issac and had asked to pray for him on numerous occasions. I am sad that you are missing your little boy but I rejoice that he is with our Lord. I pray that your hearts will soon heal and that your faith will increase. I am dealing with a new grandson born July 31st at 1 pound 6 oz. He is in the NICU at MUSC in Charleston. We are blessed to live so close to such an awesome NICU. So far he is progressing but it's a day by day thing and he struggles with some of the same issues that Issac had. Please keep him (Bryson) in your prayers. Again thank you for sharing. Your story is such an inspiration and I will continue to pray for you.

Crystal said...

Patience & Jordan-
Please know that you two and precious baby Isaac have touched our lives forever. I am so deeply sorry for your loss and know that there are no words to comfort you all. I pray that God touches your hearts and calms the pain. May Isaac's beautiful smile continue to shine down on all of us. Please continue to say prayers for Shelby as she approaches the next surgery. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Crystal and Baby Shelby

Anonymous said...

Love you guys so much and am always keeping you in my prayers!!

love the Sepulveda's said...

God be with you for the rest of your journey thru life. May he grant you a beautiful baby someday as he did me and my husband after 6 miscarriages and endless trips to the doctor we finally had a angel 7 years after our first horrible encounter with life loss...God speed on the rest of your life....

Anonymous said...

I hope you enjoy yourselves.
I just want to let you know that you have served as a huge inspiration to me. I know a friend of yours, Eric. He's a youth pastor at my church, and he told us about this. I've been praying for you ever since I heard, and wish you all the best.

Anonymous said...

Jordan and Patience;
I also attend Riva Trace with our youth pastor Eric.
It makes me so incredibly sad to hear about such a heart-wrenching story. I just wanted to let you know that people hundreds and thousands of miles away care about you and your family. My prayers are with you and I can't imagine anything inspiring me than your dear baby Isaac did. God sent him to us all for a reason, and I am more than certain that he saved the lives of people by bringing them to God.
I'm hope you enjoy your break; God knows you both deserve it.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I hope that you know you are loved very much. You are loved by your friends, by God, and even people who don't know you personally. If I could put into words how truly srry I am for your loss and how absolutely changed I am by this journey your son has brought me on, I would. I cannot thank you enough times.

Edgewater, Maryland

Anonymous said...

Jordan&Patience
God will watch over you, and he has a reason for everything that he does, Baby Isaac is in a better place than we are and
he will always be your guardian angel!

love,elizabeth
i pray for u guys everyday!

Adrienne said...

Dear Jordan and Patience,
I am so sorry that Isaac is no longer in your arms. I am sorry. He was a beautiful boy. Beautiful, and now, as you have said, he is whole...
Praying for the days and years to come.
Adrienne
(Noah's mom)

Anonymous said...

Patience and Jordan,
My thoughts are with you all. You have been and will always be the best parents you could possibly be to Isaac.
Blessings,
Dana Irons (PICU)

Anonymous said...

Know that you are not alone. Many here have shared in your journey. I, like many of them, appreciate what you have done on this blog. Many more will rely on it for a release. Even more will know they are not alone.

My wife and I lost a day old son. Each of our loses (yours, ours those that have written, and those that haven't been spoken) are unique. Some think it's the worse thing to happen. Others know of the lifelong miracle joy from such a short time here on earth. I know I learned more about life in one day than years of joy and strife. Others go through what I cannot comprehend.

Thank you from untold others who will look at this journey and allow their hearts and souls to be opened.