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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hope

Today, we very unexpectedly and unaccountably lost our 17 year old son.
He was perfectly healthy, an athlete, and a completely beautiful fine young man. And with no rhyme or reason, we found him this morning, already gone home to be with God.

He loved my quilts and indulged my quilting! :-) He'd picked one for his bed, and I finally, finally got the top done earlier this year with hopes to quilt it for him before Christmas.  He never complained that I was UFO poor or that his top would get pushed back for other projects, other exciting new adventures or techniques or tools.

He was the joy of our home -- a prankster and a ham, with a servant's heart and compassion for stray cats and hurting people, and every single person he met found a friend.  He was a total extrovert.  Every meet he ran in cross country, every 5-K, every Boot Camp, he shook hands and said, "I'm Sam. Who are you?! It's my pleasure to meet you!"

He loved God with all his heart and soul.  When I started this blog last year, he thought he'd give it a try.  We're homeschoolers -- so yeah, that counts! LOL  These were his "Things to Think About."  along with random thoughts on "Chuck" and running and what not here.

His quotes on Facebook included lyrics from Christian rapper LaCrae:
"Living to know God, dying to make Him known."
That was our beloved Sam.

Welcome home, baby.  We'll be along shortly.

"‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’"  Matthew 25:21

Please lift up our family in your prayers.  We are so blessed. We are so grateful. We are so humbled to have been Sam's parents, caretakers of him for a while.

13Now also we would not have you ignorant, brethren, about those who fall asleep [[a]in death], that you may not grieve [for them] as the rest do who have no hope [beyond the grave]. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will also bring with Him through Jesus those who have fallen asleep [[a]in death].  I Thessalonians 4:13-14 (Amplified)

Blessings and Peace,

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Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Oh Mary Lou! {{hugs}} I don't have any words so I am sending lots of thoughts and prayers to you!

Staci said...

Mary Lou--I have no words-I am so sorry. Please know I'm praying for you and your family.

MariQuilts said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your and family. What a beautiful tribute.

Anonymous said...

Mary Lou, I am so very sorry. He sounds like a most precious person. Now Jesus will enjoy some of those pranks! I am so glad his dad was home, and am praying for God's matchless grace and the peace and rest of the Holy Spirit upon you all. God bless you, Becky Wingo.

Missy said...

I'm so sorry. I'll be praying for you and your family. My heart goes out to you.

Sunnybec said...

Oh Mary Lou I am so so very sorry, he looks a fine young man and will be a great loss to you and his friends. I always think things happen for a reason, maybe be needs to be doing something else right now....I am so glad you weren't alone. Hugs Linda xx

Cheryl Palmer said...

Oh my gosh...I can not even begin to understand or relate to your shock...you never expect to read something like this in anyone's blog post! Warmth, hugs, love, understanding, patience, peace and prayer to you and all of your family during this emotional, trying time. My sincere sympathy. You are amazing. I could never have pulled together such a marvelous post as yours on this day.

Janet said...

I hope you are holding Jesus' hand. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

QuiltSue said...

What can I say? I am so sorry, and am thinking of you and the rest of your family.

Brenda said...

I have no words for you. My mother's hart hurts for you as you are left behind. Knowing he is home with his Lord and Savior is a comfort but doesn't take away the pain and loss. Praying for you.

Debbie said...

Heart felt hugs and prayers to you all. Your strength and faith in posting this is a wonderful tribute to your son and our Lord. Praying for your family as you walk thru this time.

Tracy said...

We loved him; we love you ALL. You're in our prayers, and while we weep we also rejoice that Sam is home with his Father, and we know he's living it up!

Anonymous said...

MaryLou , I am so sorry for you loss, Your family was like family to me the same as the Sumners!!! You are an amazing woman of God & to know that Sam is watching over your family sitting at the right hand of God, with the Glory of God shining upon him..... Love you MaryLou & I am so sorry!!!! Love ya ShellyP

Teresa said...

I have no words...only tears. I am so sorry for your loss. He was so beautiful and what an infectious smile. You and your loved ones are in my prayers. May God's grace surround you and your family at this time.

Teresa

Madame Samm said...

YOUR lives were certainly touched by an angel. I know Mary Lou, mine too has been touched. I lost my son just a year ago, and I have heard his heart songs since. WE don't have the answers but we do know our sons, will continue to shine in our minds and our hearts forever. He will forever be as close as the beating of your heart. Lay your hand there, you will feel him...always My heart goes out to you and your family...

pcflamingo said...

I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Your love for him just shines through, as well as your confidence that he is now in the best place ever. May your faith sustain you through the darkest of times. Virtual hugs and literal prayers coming your way.

julieQ said...

My arms are around you and my prayers are with you. I know your son is in heaven smiling down. I am so very sorry, Mary Lou.

Carol Taylor said...

I am touched deeply by your words of your beloved Sam. God is the God of all comfort and you know Him as did Sam. My mother's heart is grieving with you as I cannot imagine, also being the mother of two sons. Know that our prayers lift you up to our Father in Heaven. God's Spirit is within you and does carry you during this time. I know you are resting in that and have the peace that passes all understanding. Sam is an amazing young man and will be missed by many, but he would have been the first one, I believe to say let it be me, if it uplifts your name and brings more into the kingdom. Bless your family and we love you.

Jo said...

You write such a beautiful tribute to your son. I am sure he would be all that and more had I ever met him.

Kristi Kitzmiller said...

Oh my goodness, I am so sad for you all. Sam was an exceptional young man and I am so blessed to have known him for a short time. You all are a very special family to me and I will be praying for you all often. Please let me know if you need anything!

Stray Stitches said...

Mary Lou - Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Diane said...

My heart aches for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration. We love you guys and will pray blessings and peace so that you may find strength to get through this time of need.

Anonymous said...

naMary Lou, this post sums up Sam so well. We will all miss him here but there is such joy in knowing that he is at the feet of Jesus and loving every second of it! Sam was such a role model for younger kids and the kind of young man that you would want your daughter to marry. He was a blessing to all who knew him and that magical smile of his will never leave my mind. Love to The Casada family from The Hobbs'!

Natasha said...

I lack the works to eloquently say how I feel. My thoughts are with you and your family as you work to find peace.

Teresa in Music City said...

God's peace on you and your family as you go through this time of loss! As Christians we rejoice with the loved one who gets to go home to Jesus, but we grieve for the loss of them in our lives. My heart breaks for you today!

Sarah Craig said...

Oh, Mary Lou, my heart just breaks for you! I know that you are secure in the thought that Sam is with his heavenly Father but I am sure you wish he was with you right now. I admire your strength in writing such a wonderful tribute to him. You were lucky to have him here with you for a while, and I'm glad you know that you will be reunited with him someday. I love you, and will be praying for you and your family.

beth said...

So sorry for your loss.

Lori said...

Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry. I wish we could understand why God calls home some of his family so early. My prayers are with you.

Tonya said...

My goodness, I am so sorry! What a testament for your faith in our Savior in this blog post.

I felt guilty as I read. I keep pushing back my sons quilt top too...I guess maybe I should get that started.

A big hug to you today...and in the coming days. Thank you for your wonderful witness and strength, yet I know you are human. I'll be praying for you and your family.

rooee said...

So sorry for your loss.

Snoodles said...

As a sister in Christ, my heart is rejoicing in your testimony to our God. You show the faith and strength that I would love to present to the world. I will be much in prayer for you and your family. He will be with you in your heart and memories. Blessings to you and yours.
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Belinda said...

I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. What a blow that must have been. What a wonderful legacy your son left! And how awesome to know where he is now!
I pray God will hold you in the palm of His hand, and give you comfort as only He can.

Sue Daurio said...

Mary Lou, you were so blessed with the time with him. My heart goes out to you and your family. Words just can not express the sorrow I feel. But as someone else posted, now there will be pranks going on in heaven! Thoughts and prayers are headed your way. Hugs.

Mariliz said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to you on this and forthcoming days.

Quilter in the Gap said...

Words won't do today but the prayers I have for you and your family will. I know the comforts of the Lord and His Comforter!! Love & Prayers in Christ.

Cheri said...

Mary Lou I am so very sorry. May you and your family feel God's loving arms around you. Your post is beautiful and the title says it all, hope. You, your family, and everyone who knew and loved Sam are in my prayers.

Cheri Walker

Crispy said...

Oh my dear Mary Lou, my heart aches for you and your family.

I went to Sam's blogs and am in awe of the man he wanted to be.

I see him standing next to Jesus and saying "I'm Sam. Who are you?! It's my pleasure to meet you!"

You and your family are in my prayers.

Love and Gentle Hugs,

Crispy

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Sorry for your loss. What a great tribute to your son and to your faith. I have truly met some wonderful people through H2H and feel that we have become a special group stitched together with love. May God Bless.

diane said...

Dear Mary Lou-This is a beautiful tribute to your son and also of your strength you have gained from your faith. I don't think I would be able to think of such beautiful words if put in your same situation.With love and prayers for you and your family.
Your H2H swap partner, Diane

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Many blessings to you and your family at this time.

Rebecca P said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you & your family will be in my prayers. I know God will wrap His comforting arms around you.

Anonymous said...

I use to come to MLQ with Sandy Trammell and Debbie Taylor several years ago. WAs so saddened last night to hear of your loss. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family. May God wrap you in HIS arms and you feel his presence with you now. You now have an angel watching over you. God Bless! Deborah Lowrie Rich

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss....know he was a Treasure. We lost our son, a month before his 22nd birthday, in a car accident. He'd have turned 32 today.

God Bless you & your Family. You're in our prayers...and sendin' you Hugs from Ohio.

RobinH said...

We do not know you or your family. But, have heard Sams name mentioned several times from homeschool kids who went to camp with him in TN. They were excited that he was going to be their leader this summer. We will be praying for you and I know that so many others are as well. We have one son who is 11 and as tears are running down my face, I can not even start to imagine what you are going thru. I know that we serve a mighty powerful God, and that he will be there to carry you. We will also have our church and other prayer warriors to remember you and your family also. Robin Hensley

Karen said...

I cannot imagine what it is like to lose your child. Blessings to you and your family.

Monica said...

I have no words to express my profound sadness at the news of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Mary Lou,
we love your whole family and are praying through the tears.
love,
the Whites

Loris said...

My heart goes out to you. I can only pray and trust that God will hold you and your family close as you deal with this shock and severe loss. Hope is what you do have though as you will be with him again someday. God's peace to you.

Spontaneous Threads said...

May your faith, family and friends, with their collective strength and love-be a guiding light for you during this sad and unspeakable time. May the memories you now cherish, of your beloved Sam, bring you glimmers of hope in the darkness, and may your strong faith in God provide the bridge that carries you forward. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Stephanie

Kathie said...

I am so sorry to hear this, my prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family.
Kathie

Michelle said...

Mary Lou...I am sitting here stunned. I am so sorry for your loss...there are just no words. I can feel your peace knowing that your son is with our Lord this very minute. God bless you all.

Quilt Hollow said...

God has given you incredible strength to write such a beautiful post and tribute about your loved one. God must have needed a very special angel and he waited for Jeff to be by your side. My thoughts are with your family dear friend. I sit with heavy heart.

StitchinByTheLake said...

My heart is hurting with you. My eyes are crying with you. Your faith is going to lift you up and carry you because our Father who instills that faith is stronger than anything we live here on earth. May He surround you with His grace through all those who are there comforting you. blessings, marlene

Robin said...

"The future is as bright as your faith" Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Your post lets me know you have a lot of faith and while missing Sam desperately, are still hopeful for the future.

Each year when we celebrate my deceased son's birthday I figure I'm one year closer to seeing him again.

Geri Centonze said...

My mind won't even allow me to imagine this happening in my life....what a testament to your profound faith in God. You are an inspiration. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

Karen said...

Mary Lou - May knowing others are praying for you and your family bring you comfort. My deepest sympathy to you.

Melva said...

You & yours have been constantly in my prayers since I heard late yesterday afternoon. Your family has been lifted up in prayer at Souls' Harbor and Solid Rock churches.

I'm only a key stroke or phone call away, anytime!!!

Love you!

angiejmq said...

My son is the same age...my heart breaks for you...know you are in my prayers.

Mad about Craft said...

I am so sorry, I can't say any more than that!

A beautiful son!

Lynn said...

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your family.

Carol said...

Mary Lou my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

tram9596 said...

Mary Lou, I'm at a loss for words, I pray for peace for you and your family, God Bless You All.

Carliea said...

I only know of your son thru Joseph K. but I have had wonderful things about him and about the time they shared at camp. I am praying God continues to help you as I know He is now and I am also praying for your family.

Carliea Shelton

Maureen said...

My thoughts are prayers are with your family as you come to grips with Sam's death. He made mention of "It Is Well" at the end of his blog, and I recalled the pain that gave birth to that song. In the midst of your pain, may you know God's love and care in a powerful way. My mother's heart aches for you.

Colleen said...

Prayers and love. God is with you.

Lynn Dotson said...

Mary Lou, Pam and I are deeply saddened by your great loss. We are praying for you. I thank God that we had the great privilege of knowing him and that he passed our way for a season. We love you.

Wendi said...

What a lovely tribute. What a comfort to know your sweet son is sitting at the feet of Jesus. As a mom, my heart breaks for you. May your family be filled with God's comfort and peace. I'm praying for you and your family.

Miriam said...

My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Your love of your son and your faith in God shine through in your post.
Praying for you and your family.

Ann Marie said...

It broke my heart to read your blog today, as I have two daughters just a few years older than your son. As a parent, it must be the worst thing to have to do. I am so sorry for your loss, and love the tribute you gave your son. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers this evening.

Teresa said...

I am so sorry for your loss. As a mom of a son, my heart breaks for you. As a Christian mom, I pray for your family and pray that you will feel the comfort of God.

AMKreations said...

I am so sorry...I'm just reading this and my heart is breaking for you. I'm only finding comfort to know that he's at home now. Praying for your family...May God wrap you in His arms of love and comfort your hearts as you grieve the loss of a precious son!

Nancy said...

My sympathies to you and your family. Losing a child is just hard to imagine; but am so happy for you that you have Christ in your life. May he carry you through this difficult time. God Bless, Nancy

Taryn said...

Mary Lou, I am so very sorry about your son. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank you for sharing such a shining example of faith at such a dark time. Keep your hope and know you've given hope to all of us who have and will face such loss.

Anonymous said...

Mary Lou--I am so sorry. The tribute you wrote to your precious son was so humbling. I am also a blessed mother of a l7 year old son. Even though we haven't been personally introduced, my family and I attend Hawk Creek. I watch and listen to you when you are in the praise and worship team. Please know that my heart is breaking for you tonight. We will be praying that God will keep his arms around you as you face the coming days.
Your friend in Christ,
Cindy B. Durham

Tricia said...

Please know that there are many people out here in blogland who are thinking of you and your family right now. There are so many of us who have enjoyed reading your posts and feel like we know you and your family! I hope you feel some comfort in knowing that we are all praying for you.
Tricia

Sallie said...

Praying for you and your family.

Sheila said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. He was a beautiful person, a fine young man. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Pat V. said...

Mary Lou, my heart aches for you and your loss. May the love of Christ and the love of friends comfort you in this trying time.

Truffle queen said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear son. May the Good Lord wrap his loving arms around you and bring you peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead.

Wendy said...

May God grant you peace in your heart and in your head ... I know you will see Sam again one day, but for today, I am so very, very sorry for your emptiness and grief. Warmest and sincerest heart felt prayers and sympathy.

Pokey said...

I'm sorry for your loss, but praise God with you on Heaven's gain. Ah, the blessed hope we have in our loving Saviour.
Hugs from a caring heart, pokey

Jean - Oksewnsew said...

Oh God Bless You, Mary Lou. Please know all our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. (((((hugs)))) That was such a wonderful tribute to Sam.

Jean
Edmond, OK

Rhanda said...

Mary Lou, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and pryers are with you and your family.

schmidt1016 said...

I can totally relate to the terrible loss you've suffered. I lost my 23-year old daughter 7 1/2 years ago with the very same circumstances. I found her on the floor of her room where she had fallen and died the night before. No reason could be found through autopsy. I have heard of something called ventricular arrythmia that can't be detected unless one is checking for it at the very time it occurs. Some things aren't ours to know. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Leslie S. in MN
esclante at comcast dot net

CJ said...

What a wonderful blessing that you know where your precious son is right now and that you will see him again. Beautiful post. {{hugs}} for your aching heart, I can't even imagine but I hope if that time comes for me I will be as faithful as you.

Sue said...

Dear Mary Lou, sending you lots of love and prayers all the way from Australia... Our thoughts are with you and your family.
"You will look at photos and think of the times. Never to be forgotten and never to be replaced. The happy times you will keep, for ever within." My Compassion and thoughts are with you dear quilting friend. Love Sue.

Carolyn said...

Mary Lou, as a mother, my heart breaks for you. I can't imagine what you are going through, but I will say this. Just from reading this one post, I know what a most Godly woman you are. I know there is a hole in your heart that only God can fill....and He will, in His time. But you already know this because you know Him. You know how much He loves you. May it bring you comfort knowing that as the world was telling Sam goodbye, our precious Lord and Saviour was telling him hello. Crawl up in His lap. Let Him rock you to sleep. Feel the love, joy and comfort that ONLY He can give. And know that there are many, many people praying for you and your family. Bless your heart. Hugs from Texas...

Frog Quilter said...

Hugs and lots of prayers.

dianehobbit said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

Mary Lou you are an amazing woman and an inspirational Christian. While all Christians "know" their loved ones have gone to a better place, it is still very difficult to accept their passing. I don't have the words to express how calm your words have made me feel, and have helped me come to terms with the more distant losses of a lovely lady from church, and my mum's gentleman friend this week. The thought that you, with your loss, have helped me, is humbling. My prayers are w ith you and your family.

( I have to share, the word verification reads as "beloved". Thank you Lord, what a super word for Mary Lou)

Jodi said...

Ohhhh! What a comfort, knowing that he's home with his Heavenly Father! I, too, share your faith and have said a prayer for you and your family. May God continue to give you peace and comfort.

Anonymous said...

Bless you in your strength & this tribute to your son. I grieve for your loss, as I too have 2 sons @ 18 & 21, & do not know what I would do without them. I pray for your continued strength in this time of deep loss. Blessings to you & your family.
Cathy T.

Jane said...

I am so very, very sorry! Will keep you and your family in my prayers.

meppalmer said...

Mary Lou...My mothers heart and love for the Lord goes out to you and your family. Your piece on Stash Manicure made me smile thinking others had the same problems with their quilting room as I do. Then at the end I read the sad news about your son. I know he is going to be missed and NEVER forgotten. Your words are so true about taking the time to love those God has brought into our lives. Not knowing when He might call them home. Thanks for sharing your son with me a young man that sounds like a son- grandson I would love to call my own. I pray the Lord will comfort and give peace of heart. you and your family.

meppalmer said...

Mary Lou...My mothers heart and love for the Lord goes out to you and your family. Your piece on Stash Manicure made me smile thinking others had the same problems with their quilting room as I do. Then at the end I read the sad news about your son. I know he is going to be missed and NEVER forgotten. Your words are so true about taking the time to love those God has brought into our lives. Not knowing when He might call them home. Thanks for sharing your son with me a young man that sounds like a son- grandson I would love to call my own. I pray the Lord will comfort and give peace of heart. you and your family.

meppalmer said...

Mary Lou...My mothers heart and love for the Lord goes out to you and your family. Your piece on Stash Manicure made me smile thinking others had the same problems with their quilting room as I do. Then at the end I read the sad news about your son. I know he is going to be missed and NEVER forgotten. Your words are so true about taking the time to love those God has brought into our lives. Not knowing when He might call them home. Thanks for sharing your son with me a young man that sounds like a son- grandson I would love to call my own. I pray the Lord will comfort and give peace of heart to you and your family.

Debbie said...

Oh Mary Lou, I am so sorry. Hugs to you and yours.

Brigitte said...

dear Mary Lou, I'm sending all my positive energy your way! Can't imagine to go through this, but sending a friendship hug
Brigitte from Germany
words are not enough

Kathy said...

Mary Lou- I was so sorry to read of your loss of your son. May your deep faith and the prayers of your friends and followers bring you comfort.

Jen W said...

Dear Mary Lou, Words cannot express my heartfelt sadness for you and your family and the joy for Sam that he is with his Lord. And what a comfort for you to know that he is with our Lord and Savior and you will see him again! I can't wait to meet him someday!
I have three sons myself - my oldest being 17. He was born with a congenital brain defect and was not supposed to live to be 10 but we're closing in on 18. He has a 75% chance of dying at any time...
God truly holds him in His hands so my heart truly aches for you and your family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayer.
God Bless, Jenny (your Stash recipient)

Dawnmarie said...

I am so sorry. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. May God grant you peace in the days ahead.

Dorian said...

I'm so sorry MaryLou, Sam sounds like a wonderful person. My thoughts are with you and yours.

Charity said...

I came over from stash manicure. I can't imagine the loss that you and your family are feeling. Our prayers are with you. May the memories wrap you in a blanket of comfort.

Sara said...

Your son had such a heart for God and YOU have such a heart for God--He has blessed you with faith and hope. You are in my thoughts as I have a 3 yr old son and teared up reading that post. God Bless.

Mary said...

Mary Lou, I am so very sorry about your loss. Please know that we all hurt with you and that you are in our prayers.

kutiequilter said...

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. There is joy and peace knowing he is with Jesus. God bless you.

Linda said...

I can't even imagine your pain and sorrow...even in the midst of your joy and celebration.
Prayers for strength and grace for the day.

Deborah @ Passions and Pursuits said...

Dear Sister...I have just read your post on Stash Manicure and when I read Madam Samm's editor's note, my heart skipped a beat. I can't say I know how you feel, because I don't. But...I do have a son that I love just as you loved your son. I can only tell you what I know for sure. You have invested your hope in the only One who can guarantee that one day you will live with your son again. But for the here and now, you have my prayer support as you and your family grieve. May God be your strength and your comfort.

Renea said...

So sorry to hear of your lost. I lost my oldest son 5 years ago. He was 26 years old and passed away 6 weeks after we found out he had brain cancer. My thoughts are with you and your family. Keep your family and friends close as they will be a great source of strength for you.

Tamie said...

May your family feel the comfort of God's arms around you. Sam sounds like a blessing to all whose lives he touched.

Kate said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. :(

Anne said...

Mary Lou -- I am so very sorry for your family's loss. Thank you for sharing a little about your precious Sam -- undeniably a remarkable young man. My family and I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

kelley said...

Mary Lou, I am so sorry for your loss...Sam sounds like the son everyone would love to have, a friend to everyone...my thoughts and prayers are with you...

Elaine D. Allen said...

I saw your guest post on Madame samm today and was going to write anyway and then I saw her comment about your son. I loved that in your post you lovingly and graciously brought in our need to always be looking for the soon return of our Lord. You showed your faith in a forum that doesn't always do so. Thank you for your faithfulness. We will join the many others here in praying for God's strength to surround your family in this very difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy for your son, who is with his Lord this morning and always

Karen said...

I do not know what you are going through, as I have never lost a son, but my heart goes out to you and your family. I found this passage several years ago after my father passed away. I hope it brings some comfort to you and your family.

"What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead."

ga447 said...

I am so sorry, I will pray that God gives you the strength during this difficult time.

Owner, Orderly Places said...

Mary Lou, I am so sorry for your loss but your son completed his mission on planet Earth and now you can rejoice, through tears, that he is enjoying his reward. What a wonderful young man! Congratulations on a job well done as parents. Mary Frances

Michelle said...

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
My prayers go out to you and your family. God bless you all.

Mommarock said...

Oh Mary Lou! My prayers are with you and your family at this time. I cannot imagine your pain at this time. You raised a precious wonderful boy. Heaven has a jewel!

Alice R. said...

There are no words for a loss like this. I hope my prayers will help. Thinking of your family.

Marcia said...

Bless your heart and Sam's too ...

Sharon Stroud said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Ann Champion said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. May your faith help you and your family through this difficult time, and know that one day you will be reunited.

soren2go said...

May the Lord bless and keep you at this time. My own son passed away from cancer at the age of 32 just two years ago. God is my strength, my hope, and my promise as I can see He is yours. Grief is a journey and a process. It ebbs and flows but does not end. The lesson that I have from Stephen's death is that in ALL things, God will be revealed. I send you love and prayers.
Leslie in California

Kerri said...

Dear Mary Lou, meeting you through your blog uplifted me so much this morning, yet you have just experienced the greatest loss on this earth. Your faithful words and trust in Jesus Christ our LORD and savior are beyond courageous. We homeschooled our three sons who are now in college and know that you had that precious time with your beloved son. My heart is broken for you and your family, but my prayers to GOD our for his grace to cover you with the certainty of being with your son for eternity.

andsewon said...

My deepest condolences on the loss of your wonderful son Sam. Your faith is amazing. I pray it will carry you and your family through this very sad time.
Hugs,
Lola

Carla said...

Mary Lou, my eyes are wet with tears for you as a mother who will miss her son so much, but joy knowing that he is in heaven waiting for you. Thank you for sharing so eloquently your faith. This saying comes to my mind: Mothers hold their children in their hands for a little while but in their hearts forever.

Irene Onderweegs said...

Loosing a child is like aquiring an angel. We all want the child, but most of us are not ready for angels...
I do trust in God to give you courage to stand up to embrace your angel.
Hugs, Irene

Dee said...

Wow, you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart hurts for your loss -

Karen K said...

There truly are no words. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing your love and family with all of us. Hugs to all.

Pots and Pins said...

Mary Lou - I loved your post about your son, he sounds like a wonderful young man!! Your faith in God will be such a help for you and your family, please know you're in my thoughts and prayers and thank you for telling us about your son, that had to be so very difficult. xo, Nan

LuAnn said...

Mary Lou - My heart just aches for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all of you.

Carol Sc said...

I traveled from Stash Manicure --- my prayers join others for your son, you and your family. My heart is heavy for you, but I believe your faith will comfort you.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Sam sounds like he is an amazing young man and will be welcomed home. Our prayers are with your family.

Karin said...

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It sounds as if your son was a light to the world and that he blessed everyone who came across his path. What a beautiful testament for Christ's love. May you and those who loved Sam, take comfort in God's presence and thank you for sharing a bit of Sam with us. This is a lovely tribute.

ANudge said...

What a beautiful tribute, Mary Lou. There is a new angel in Heaven and his name is Sam.

Sending thoughts and prayers.

~Laurie~ said...

I am so sorry your your family's loss - I have a feeling lots of prayers are being delivered in your behalf. How lucky our Heavenly Father is to have your son with Him now - you did a wonderful job as his loving Mom - you have had to to have had your son called home so soon. He must be a special soul!

Me and My Stitches said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your son. We will all keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Ryan Cornett said...

A beautifully written tribute. I'm praying for you and yours.

Sue said...

I want you to know that I am lifting you and your family up before the Throne of God. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. So thankful that he is with the King.

Sharen said...

Heartfelt thoughts and many prayers are being sent for you and your family. Blessings!

rubyslipperz said...

I am so terribly sadden by your loss. My heart is aching to hear this news...even tho, you don't know me, nor do I know you except thru your blog. We lost a dear SIL 3 years ago to leukemia. My prayers are with you. We were told that in time we would heal...but we would never forget...

love and hugs... most sincere HUGS!
annie

Paula said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers from Texas.

Sharon said...

My heart hurts for you, yet I can see that you will find solace in God's arms. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

Rita said...

Mary Lou, I found you through Mary at Quilt Hollow. I am so very sorry for your loss. I also have a 17 year old son and can't even imagine what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Mary L. said...

Mary Lou, I don't know what I can say. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Praying God will wrap you in his arms and comfort you with sweet memories .

Crafty Mama said...

Mary Lou, I don't know you, but my heart breaks for you. Your strength, faith and courage amaze me. What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful son. Your family is in my prayers.
God bless you

Sue said...

In this time of deep grief, your writing really shines the conviction and devotion you have with Christ. It is so inspiring to read. My heart hurts for your great loss. He sounds like a wonderful young man. How fortunate you were to enjoy 17 years with him and his bright smile.
My prayers for you and your family.

Pat said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. Find comfort in your memories and faith.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. What a wonderful young man, now in Heaven helping others.

Judy said...

Just read about the loss of your son through the Fabric Therapy and Madam Samm blogs. I will lift you up in prayer when you come to mind.

Beverly said...

I went to your site from Stash Manicure because of the verse you put at the end and was shocked to find that you lost your son (on my birthday). I am so blessed by your confidence in the Lord. I am with you in your beliefs and will pray that you will continue to know His comfort that goes beyond all reason. Underneath are His everlasting arms as you walk through this valley.

Anonymous said...

Even in your time of loss, you are a blessing to others with your faith. I am humbles by your faith and praising God in your loss. It makes me think of the song - "He gives and takes away, my heart will choose to say, Blessed be the name of the LORD!" I praise God for your faithfulness.

Vicki quilternp said...

Positive thoughts and good wishes to you and your family

Janet said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your son. May God comfort you and your family. Your post is so full of hope. How wonderful to know you'll see him again. I'll be praying for you.

Chris said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. There really are not the words to express it. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

The sudden departure is sometimes hard to understand - don't go there. Put your hand in Heavenly Fathers hand when sorrow overcomes and He will sustain you and give you peace. Your love of your son and knowing where he has gone comes shining through - you are cared about and will be remembered in my prayers.

Becky said...

Oh Mary Lou, my thoughts and prayers are with you. What a fine young man you returned to the Lord! With love and prayer!

Natasha said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family and friends.

Teresa said...

Oh my goodness! My heart is going out to you and your family. I just read your blog on Madame' Samm's blog, and thought I would check out your blog. I am so sorry for your loss. I can not imagine losing one of my children. You are in my prayers.
God Bless,
Teresa

Char said...

Read your post on Stash Manicure. I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers sent for you and your family.

LynCC said...

You don't know me yet, but I'm lifting you in my heart and prayers. I just stumbled onto your blog during a quilty surf. I'm so sorry for your loss. Even with your faith and assurance of future reunion, it has to hurt more than anything else could.

I'm adding your blog to my blogroll because I see so many commonalities to my own life. We homeschooled for many years. Thank the Lord for bringing that into our lives against any expectation that I'd ever do that! Even more funny - I've been working on my body this year for health also - same body type, it looks like, same measurements work, same start weight in January and same current weight with very similar pattern of loss. I was starting to wonder if I'd written that page up myself!!

When you're ready, perhaps you can swing by my place. We could be quilty friends. And health buddies. :)

http://whatahootquilts.blogspot.com/

Anne Ida said...

Mary Lou, my heart goes to you and your family! I'm so sorry for your loss, but I love the fact you are grateful for the years he has been with you. Take care! Big hugs from me

Roma said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
There are no words to describe the pain one feels from the loss of a child. I know!
Just keep your eyes on Jesus and He will see you through..

Impera_Magna said...

My heart goes out to you and your family... please know that I'll be praying for you all!

Yvette said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Patty D from NC said...

I am so sorry to hear your news. My prayers are with you.

bobjenjack said...

I am sending prayers and hugs your way. I am at a loss as of anything to say but that my family and I are praying for you and yours.

Elly D said...

Dear Mary Lou,
I am so sorry to hear that your beautiful boy has passed away so suddenly. My heart goes out to you and your family at this very sad time.
I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
HUGS
Ellyx

Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog but came across your post through another blog. I am so sorry for your loss. You did a wonderful job raising your son. May God hold you in His arms and cradle you through the times ahead.

Denise D.
Dunbarton, NH

Darlene said...

I'm terribly sorry to hear about the loss of your delightful son! You and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathleen said...

Mary Lou...I don't what to say...I am sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers...

Sherry said...

I am so sorry to hear the passing of your lovely son. I remember how my father was when my brother passed away. You will be in my prayers and thought in the few to weeks come.

nonniescedarchest said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray that your grief will be replaced real soon with the wonderful memories of your dear son.

JCnNC said...

I will pray for you to have the strength you will need to endure the days ahead. This was a beautiful tribute to someone that had so much to give and life was ended so suddenly. Judy C

Anonymous said...

Strength and peace to all of your family.... may you be aware God being "a very present help in times of trouble"

Shannon said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I have three kids ages 19, 16, and 15 years old. I can't even imagine what you and your family are going through.

Janet said...

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sam sounds like a wonderful blessing. May God raise you up in the days ahead. Your post has been a blessing to many.

SewCalGal said...

I am truly sorry for your loss. I raised my nephew and he passed at an early age. If you ever need to talk, just let me know. In the meantime, please know there are many that are sending positive thoughts and prayers your way, including myself.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Dear Mary Lou,
My heart goes out to you and your family. Sincere condolences.
-Livy

katyquilts said...

I am at a loss for words....feel like I know you from reading your blog. May the God of all comfort be with you and your family and His presence strongly felt. Praying for you.

Linda said...

I am. So sorry. I am at a loss for words. My heart and prayers go out to you.

Dianne Giles said...

Please accept my sympathies to you and your family at this sad time. My prayers are with you all. Dianne

kathyros said...

Dear Mary Lou and your family, your son sounds like a beautiful young man, you will miss him dearly. sending love and prayers, Kathy, Tasmania

kathyros said...

Dear Mary Lou and your family, your son sounds like a beautiful young man, you will miss him dearly. sending love and prayers, Kathy, Tasmania

Peg said...

We never know why God takes our children home before us, it breaks our hearts but we can be assured He will take good care of them until we meet up again. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Gentle hugs to you

Peg x

Angie said...

I am so terribly sad for all of you! What a beautiful tribute to you, your husband, your wonderful son...Holding you close in my heart and prayers.

sandra said...

Mary Lou what can one say except that he is home with God and happy. He sounds like such a wonderful you man. Only the good die young. I will pray for you and family. Blessings

Laurie said...

May God's peace rest in your hearts

LindaB said...

Dear Mary Lou and family...I am speechless...my thoughts and prayers are with you...hugs
LindaB.. Melbourne Australia

Little Creatable said...

Your strength is a testiment of yor love. Thank you for being the woman you are!

Jennifer @ Stitchin' Thyme said...

Mary Lou I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Fran said...

Your whole family is filled with God's love and blessings. So sorry for your son's sudden death.
Fran

Karen said...

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

Wishing you and your family strength and peace.

Dawn said...

Thank you for sharing your precious thoughts with us, your tribute to your son is a true inspiration. Our prayers of comfort and peace are with you and your family.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

my thought sand prayers are with you and your family.

Becky K. said...

Your words carry such love and conviction of a life lived in a way to have impacted people deeply.

Your son must make you very, very proud....both in his life and in his testimony of assurance of life eternal. One that he has just begun.
Can you just imagine? Knowing that death is no longer in the equation? So hard to fathom.... But wonderful too.

May God allow you to know His presence now....and later. It sounds as if you have awesome friends to be there for you in the months to come.
(I came from Tracy's blog.)

Michelle said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It's hard to understand the why of it all. Hang on to those beautiful memories, and you will be together again some day. Thank you for sharing. Praying for your family, and sending hugs.

Darlene B said...

My prayers to you and your family. What a witness he must have been in his short 17 years on this earth. Blessings....

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