Sunday, February 24, 2008

Happy Birthday, Isaac


Beloved child::

One year ago today, God's miracle met us face to face. On a rainy night in Chapel Hill, our eyes beheld your precious face & looked into your eyes for the first time. At 3:40am, we held our breath as you entered this world with quiet strength. And from the moment we saw you, sweet boy, we were certain: you were perfect.

Sweet boy, we've never loved anyone more! You opened our hearts in ways indescribable & showed us the beauty of completely loving someone without limit. And that love simply grew by leaps & bounds with each passing day. Our lives are full because you have been here. It was amazing to see you grow, to see you open your eyes that became bluer with each passing day & your hair become so red. As soon as it was safe, we held you more than anyone has ever been held. You barely touched the bed once we could have you in our arms. What a joy to hold you! You'd always surprise us...sleeping soundly & the next thing we'd know, you'd be awake & looking straight at us with the sweetest look on your face. It always warmed our hearts to see you looking at us.

Isaac, you are the bravest little boy! No one has more strength than you. We remain amazed at all you endured with pure innocence & peace in your eyes. We would have given anything to take your hard road from you...oh, sweetheart, we would have given anything. On the days we were most afraid for you, its amazing...you seemed so at peace & at times, would look at us. Silently, you communicated volumes to us - that you were going to be alright & we could trust God with you. You taught us so much & showed us strength when ours was gone. "And a child will lead them..." Mommy & Daddy love you so much & could not be more proud of you if we tried. Even the doctors & nurses fell in love with you, coming to visit you every time they were on campus & calling in on their days off just to check on baby Isaac. What a charmer you are! You are the darling of our hearts & of all who know of you.

Do you remember the day we brought you home? You slept the whole way! But once we had you settled, wrapped in your fuzzy car blanket, & rocking in your glider...your eyes opened with happiness shining through them. You were home! You were safe! Every moment home with you remains precious in our minds. You loved playing with Daddy...you would light up for him in such a special way. If you were hurting or sad, he'd simply put his hand on you & speak into your ear...and you'd relax so peacefully right away. A father's love. Mommy always enjoyed wrapping you up after a bath, snuggling you warm in your frog towel. Remember how you loved light? Whether a lamp or a window or the shiny birthday ribbons from Maima, they fascinated you! It was probably incredible to see the lights of heaven that day Jesus took you home. Did you love to see them, the shiny golden gates & all the precious stones shining in the light of the King? We can't wait for you to show them all to us...

We miss you, Isaac. We're overjoyed that you no longer have all the tubes & tests, that your heart has been made complete & you can laugh all day long. Sweet boy, you changed our world. You changed the world. We know you're happier than we can fathom. We do miss you though. And given the chance, we'd have you back in our arms & home again in an instant, tubes, machine, & all! You were worth every bit of it! It was our absolute joy & honor to take care of you, sweetheart. Sometimes the love of a parent rejoices in their child's gain even when it comes at their own loss. We cry only because we love you so very much & miss you...miss holding you, kissing your cheeks & belly, rocking you while you sleep & playing with you while you were awake. We love everything you are, Isaac.

A year ago, rain fell from the sky. Today, its beautiful outside. The shining sun turns our thoughts to you & the beauty you must be beholding this very minute in heaven. We love you, Isaac. We are so proud of you. We miss you but will see you someday soon.

Happy birthday, Isaac!

::Daddy & Mommy

A Tribute Remembering Our Son


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52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have been thinking of you all and praying for you today! God Bless you and give you peace, comfort and strength for today! Still praying for you whenever I think of you, which is often.

Sherry-LU SOL

Benjamin Canady said...

Love you guys so much!

Your young family has taught all of us so much about the value of family, the strength of family, the perseverance of family, and the love of family.

Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for being a friend. Carlyn, Makayla, and I are thinking about you guys today on this special day.

Love you!

Kristina said...

Happy Birthday Isaac!

Love you guys,
Kristina

MilePost13 said...

I was so happy when I woke up by Tricia's window this morning with the bright, white sun glaring in my face...I thought of you and the beautiful day that God created just for you and Isaac.

Be blessed.

Nate&Tricia&Gwyneth

c&v said...

What a precious little boy! We are praying for you both today and in the days to come! The strength the Lord has given you is amazing.

-valerie

rebekah and chad king said...

Patience and Jordan, we love you very much and have been so inspired and challenged by your touching story. It is exciting that you have impacted so many by sharing the story of baby Isaac. You have shown us what true worship is really. True worship amidst the storm. We are thinking about you both and are praying for ultimate peace, joy and comfort.

Chad and Rebekah

Anonymous said...

My day began with prayers for you both.

We are thankful for Isaac. Though we wish the miracle healing had come, we celebrate his life -- and all the miracles it has brought -- today!

With much love,
Rob and Karen and your buckeye buddies

Jane-Jane said...

still praying for your family!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Isaac---- have fun playing in heaven with Jesus

anita said...

I am so proud of you guys - I love you both immensely and am joyous yet weepy with you today...

Anita

Anonymous said...

We love you Jordan and Patience. Happy Birthday Isaac!!! It is such an encouragement to read your story on this day as you cherish the great moments and milestones of your journey.

Love, Mike, Erin, Lilly and Lila

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Isaac!

Thank you for touching our lives! You'll forever be in our hearts!

Sister in Christ
Annapolis, MD

Rebecca said...

Happy birthday, Isaac.

Julie Miles said...

Happy Birthday Isaac! You and your parents taught us so much during your short life. Thanks for all the strength and encouragement your family has been to our family. Our life has been changed forever and for the better by knowing you and your amazing journey. God Bless you all, we love you!

Blessings and Heart Hugs,

Julie, Dan & Ethan Miles

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sweet isaac! We love you!

Yaw family

The Eckerts said...

Happy Birthday Isaac!

Pai and Jordan, I pray you have a wonderful day celebrating this miracle you were given!

The Figs said...

to the best mommy & daddy ever. happy birthday, isaac!

you guys inspire us...

mucho amor,
the fig 5

kidsworld said...

God reminded me this morning that it was not only my wedding anniversary but your sweet boy's birthday. Your story has touched me in ways unimaginable. Your strength and constant faith amaze me. Thank you for sharing this journey with a complete stranger.

Take comfort in knowing that your gentle child's life will be celebrated and prayed for year after year as I celebrate all that I am grateful for in my own marriage and family.

Happy Birthday, Isaac...

Jani said...

Once again the beauty of your abilty to convey such pure emotion through your words brings me to tears.

Happy Birthday Isaac. You changed my life so much. All three of you did. You showed us truly what God intended when He created a family.

I know you are having a wonderful time basking in the Light of the Father, as we celebrate how much light you gave all of us down here.

Gina Witcher / Runnermom4 said...

Today must be very tough. Oh to imagine what it will be like in heaven... so many there waiting for us that have left us broken. We are praying for you today and the months to come. We miss you...

Gina & family

Victoria said...

Happy Birthday Isaac!

Love yall!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Issac! I can't believe it has been a year. Y'all are always in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and continue to let God's grace comfort you.

Love the Ryder's
Healing Place Church

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday sweet boy.

Patience and Jordan, how can I ever thank you for sharing your story with the world?

I hate that it such a bittersweet thing. Knowing he is out of pain and surrounded by the eternal love ... but wishing he were surrounded by our love.

Have a blessed Day Patience. Remember every good moment.

Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Dear Patience and Jordan,

I have a picture of Isaac on my wall in my office along with the picture of his marker and I think of all of you everyday. The lessons of life are continuing to be learned as you share from your heart the love God has given you for this little saint. Thank you for allowing us to share in your family's journey. Blessings, Uncle Bob and Aunt Margaret from Minnesota

Anonymous said...

We love you Jordan & Patience. You are on our hearts so often, and today, especially. You are dear to us. We pray you will continue to know the enduring love of the Lord, when your heart aches, that you will feel His arms around you. That He will be your joy, and your comfort. We rejoice with you for the life of Isaac and for the testimony that is displayed through both of you and Isaac.
We are standing with you in all things.
Love, Brian, Kim, Becky, Sarah, Ian & Travis

Patty Honeycutt said...

I love you both so much! I think of you daily and remember Isaac. Yesterday as we celebrated my husband's birthday, my joy was tempered by the sadness I felt for your loss. He was incredible and taught so many people so much about God's faithfulness. The three of you, by sharing your life and faith, helped increase my own faith and reliance on God. We are so blessed to have you in our church family!
Love,
Patty Honeycutt

Lara said...

Happy Heavenly Birthday, sweet Isaac.

You have touched the hearts and lives of so many.

Hilary Pearce said...

We have been thinking about you and Isaac today. May God's comfort and blessings surround you. Happy Birthday Isaac!

Love & Prayers,

Hilary & Bryant

Anonymous said...

thinking about you both each day this week... lots of love -tricia

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Isaac!!!
We all miss you here and can't wait 'till we see you again. You are a treasure we look forward to.

With Love,
Your Uncle David

Anonymous said...

Patience & Jordan,

You guys are amazing!! May God continue to bless you both.

Dianett

Jenn said...

Please know how much your story has encouraged me. My precious Tyler joined you sweet Isaac in heaven this past Christmas. My heart hurt for you when I watched the video, but it also felt the joy that you must have felt during that treasured time with him. God bless you!

Happy Birthday, Isaac!

Holly Crosley said...

What a beautiful letter to a beautiful boy. Your precious family has been such an inspiration to me and my family. I think of you all so often and you are still in my prayers. May God continue to richly bless you.

Love,
Holly (Nicholas) Crosley

Anonymous said...

I'm still praying for you each and every day.

Alli

Anonymous said...

Patience and Jordan:
You guys are so awesome! Thank you for sharing your journey with us - for being so open about the joys and sorrows that have been such a part of your life over the last year. Thank you for sharing Isaac with us - he is so precious! When we get to heaven, I'd like for God to let everyone "line up" whose lives have been touched by Baby Isaac! What a sight that would be - what joy this little guy has brought to so many!
Thank you!
Amy Phillips
Decatur, IN

Christal said...

What an amazing kid. A child after God's own heart! We know that he is looking upon his mom and dad with love that only the heavens can give and whispering, "Thank-you for loving me unconditionally as our Father in heaven. Thank-you for making every minute on earth precious to me. Thank-you for calling me your child and walking with me through the flames. Thank-you for having faith like none other. I love you mom and dad."

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Isaac!

Patience and Jordan: We love you! We are amazed by your faith and strength! Thank you so much for including us and the rest of the world on your journey.

Be Blessed,
Gwen & Amaya Wall

Anonymous said...

Isaac's life was a such a blessing. It is amazing how God used Isaac's sweet presence to create incredible clarity to the purpose of HIS Son's life.

Laura

NC Krol Family said...

Little Isaac made us all stop and think about the important things in life. We are continuing to pray for your family.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to your precious boy. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers with each day. We love you, and you and Isaac taught us all so much.

Laura said...

You've been on my heart lately for i am sure that there are days that are hard. Your faith in God has been shown and you and your family are a testimony.
Have a blessed day.

Anonymous said...

Patience and Jordan,

Wow, it's hard to believe it's been a year. Continue to stay strong and rest in the fact that you will see him again one day. I can't wait to meet Isaac and you all in heaven :)

Jessica

Grandpa Roddy said...

Happy Birthday Mighty Isaac...I wonder what kind of cake they made in heaven to celebrate you day...Angel food I would guess.

All of you CBN family around the world was so touched by you amazing mom's tribute. Not a day goes by that your face and your tender determination to handle it all doesn't fill me with awe that we were all invited to share the miracle that began February 25th, 2007 and will never end.

Enjoy your oh so special time with our Lord. Imagine...without ever cracking a book, you have already had revealed by the creator of the universe...all that is able to be known.

Yes, Isaac you are definitely head of the class.

We love you and want you to know how amazing your mom and dad are everyday bringing the joy to others who are hurting and soul searching for the answer to Why...

Love

Grandpa Roddy

Jennifer said...

I was in labor on Isaac's birthday and truly thought my litle Elijah might share your precious son's birthday! Didn't work out that way, but was thinking of you and praying for you on that wonderful day! God Bless!

nicole said...

What a sweet, sweet anniversary! You guys continue to be in our thoughts and prayers, especially in these past few weeks. We are so thankful and honored that our paths crossed with Isaac's and yours.

Much love to each of you.

We love you Isaac!

~Josh, Nicole & Alanna Coyle

K said...

Thank you for sharing Isaac's life through your blog. My heart is full.

Anonymous said...

I pray that God will give you the peace that passes all understanding during this day and future days. My thoughts and prayers are with you often.

God bless,
Sara Cosenza

kate said...

I had no idea where I was going when I followed this link from the cfhusband blog this morning, but I am so thankful that God brought me here. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your faith. I have been struggling with laying my children at God's alter and allowing Him to write their story and entrusting them to Him. Fear has been gripping me and today you have given me strength and reminded me that our God is trustworthy! May God return the blessings to you ten-fold!!

Happy Birthday Isaac! (I know it is a happy one for you. I can't imagine what face to face will be like, but you already know!)

In Him...

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

i was led here by Confessions of CF Husband and inspired to read your story. I am truly sorry for your loss and I know you feel it everyday. I had a baby in 2005 with HLHS, she lived for 15 days, got the first surgery, thrived, and then bam she was taken away because of a blood clot that blocked her pulmonary artery. I miss her everyday and will for the rest of my life but I know she is in a better place with a perfect body for her perfect little soul. So glad you got to spend 6 months with your son.

The Burgess Family said...

that first birthday is a doozie... i remember my daughter hope's and how i cried... i cried for two reasons.. one, i miss her. the second, was because on her first birthday, june 14 07, you two were bringing home your baby boy and i remember thinking how awesome that was that another family had such a wonderful story for such a memorable day. i still pray for your family and i just know isaac and hope are still dancing with the angels...
willow springs, nc

Anonymous said...

That was so beautiful, tender and sweet! Happy Birthday, Isaac.
We pray continually for your precious family...
Love, Hugs and Prayers~
Claire Adams <><
Raleigh, NC

Pete, Alison and Charlie said...

Hi Patience and Jordan,
Hope you are doing ok. You've been in my thoughts a lot today - don't know why! So just thought I'd drop in, say hello, and let you know that you are still thought of and prayed for in our home at least once a day! Take care now - sending you love and hugs from across the pond. XXX