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Dec 16, 2009

Andrew smiles in heaven now

Our beautiful, precious Andrew passed from this earth to heaven yesterday. He was scheduled to start treatment yesterday, Dec. 15, but the aggressive tumors grew too fast. He had been sleeping next to me for weeks and he woke up around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning complaining of a terrible headache. He vomited and asked to go to the hospital, knowing it was the only way to get the pain relief that he needed. A cat scan revealed that his brain was full of the cancer and there was nothing medically to be done for him. Soon he was unaware of anything, although we believe his spirit was aware of our presence.

We stayed beside him and soon family and friends gathered in his room. We prayed, cried, loved on him and told him everything we wanted him to know. We were privileged to have him in our family for 12 years.

We sang and we kissed him. He was not able to breathe on his own. After removing the breathing tube, he never even tried to breathe. Soon he was no longer with us. I lay beside him in the bed and loved him. The nurse and I bathed his body. I gave him his first bath and wanted to give him his last.

Thank you so much for your outpouring of prayer, love and support in so many ways. I will be posting pictures of Andrew at some point. They are pictures to celebrate his precious life with us. I told our children yesterday that we will always be a family of 5. Andrew just made it to heaven ahead of us but I know it won't be long until we join him there. This life is just a breath. God is good.

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  1. I have no words, Melanie. Just love. I am praying for The Comfort that only He can give. We love you.

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  2. There's nothing I can say to make it any easier. I am praying and my love it with you. Andrew has his healing now.

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  3. Melanie, No words. Only tears.
    Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was. Job 2:13
    God is good. I love you, lisa

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  4. *Tears*

    Oh Melanie, I am so, so sorry. Please know that I am praying for you and your beautiful family. I rejoice with you that Andrew is with Jesus now, pain free.

    I love how you told your kids that you're still a family of 5, and that Andrew just made it to heaven ahead of you.

    May God comfort you all. Praying.

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  5. i am weeping for you this morning melanie. i've been taking care of my son who broke his collarbone this weekend and just last night i prayed for you as i laid there looking at my boy and wondering how you were doing. your incredible faith, love and TRUST in the Lord has wowed me from the start and i know that will all continue to carry you thru. i love you melanie.

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  6. DEAR MELANIE,
    I HAVE NO WORDS...JUST TEARS TO COMFORT YOU...I AM REACHING THROUGH THIS MONITOR TO HUG YOU. I REJOICE HE IS IN HEAVEN WITH JESUS WHERE THERE IS NO MORE PAIN AND HE CAN SKATEBOARD ON THOSE GOLDEN STREETS.
    IT IS NOT EASY ON THE ONES LEFT BEHIND BUT YES INDEED YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A FAMILY OF 5 AND ANDREW WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR PRECIOUS SON.
    EVEN WITH OUR FAITH IT IS VERY HARD BUT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT JESUS.
    I AM HERE FOR YOU.,,PRAYING FOR YOU
    LOVE
    ANGEL HUGS
    DEBBIE

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  7. Melanie,

    I left you a message on FB, but just want to leave one here too.

    You are so right, life is truly a breath.

    I know it won't be long for all us to be with our soon coming King. A day we will be together, reunited, a day of great rejoicing.

    Thank you, thank you for sharing Andrew with us all. What a gift God entrusted your family with.

    My life will forever be impacted.


    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, He rescues those who are crushed in spirit...PS 34:18

    He is there, and yes, HE IS GOOD~

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  8. I have been praying for your fmaily, as I began reading about Andrew from another blog. My heart cries.. I know the pain of losing a brother, at 12 years old, due to brain cancer as well. December is hard on me, because my beloved brother, so many years ago, died the day after Christ's birth.. What makes it a little easier to bear, is this in my thinking - Jesus birth is celebrated on the 25th, and my brother, being just 12 years old, and under the care of the sheltered wings of Jesus, celebrated his new " birth' in heaven on the day Jesus took him home.. NOt easy, but helps me to focus on the greatness of God as He loves Craig now..Please know I am praying for you all.. This story has touched me deeply as I have read your posts .. so very strong you have been.. Our Abba, Father, is holding YOU now, and catching every tear that falls into His hands, treasuring them with every falling drop..
    Hugs to you, dear sister..
    karen
    http://www.karensthreadsofhope.blogspot.com

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  9. I pulled up this poetry in motion, which is what I call the poems I write that seem to become melodies of hope in my heart, for either myself or for others.. Today, I felt led to this particular one, and have just prayed Gods peace over your family, as I am pasting it here in this note to you. Sister, just draw upon the Strength of the Father , when you have no strength in the physical or emotional sense. HE is there to provide ALL you need in this most difficult time... You are loved...

    when you cannot close your eyes
    and you think you can't keep going on
    the peace of God comes surrounding you
    and fills your heart with His healing song

    You will find peace in this valley
    you will find such loving care
    you will find hope for all your troubles
    you will find my God is waiting there

    when you cant seem to see ahead
    what I can clearly see for you
    just rest in My arms of love
    as I have my work set out to do

    For you :
    you will find my peace in this valley
    you will find my Presence waiting there
    you will find hope for all your days
    I am a God whose love for you, I will share.

    Nestle into my comfort, Child
    feel my gaze upon your face
    be still and know I will hold you close
    come to my Side, a healing place.

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  10. Melanie, my heart is just breaking. I was so hoping and praying that Andrew would be well here on earth with your family this Christmas. Oh, what a wonderful Christmas he is having....but the hurt is so strong here on earth. Please feel my love through this box and know that my husband and I are praying for your family.

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  11. Melanie, I received the news yesterday evening. Please know I'm now shifting my prayers for you and your family to experience comfort and strength. I trust you will feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as He embraces you with love during this time. And now I wonder: Do you think God allows skateboards on the streets of gold? If so, I can imagine Andrew giving lessons to his Mamaw Williams. :-)

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  12. As I read this, I am crying tears of sorrow for you, but I am also crying tears of joy for Andrew. No more pain...he sits in the arms of his Heavenly Father!
    Sending love, prayers, and hugs,
    andrea

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  13. Oh Melanie. I am crying here. I have been thinking and thinking of you all. Oh my heart is broken. I am praying for you and your family that you will be comforted by our Father in Heaven. He is in Jesus' arms now. big hugs.
    Sandra

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  14. I came across your blog from another site and havebeen following your story for a while. My heart is breaking for you. I have no words other than you know he is in a better place and completely healed. Sitting at the feet of Jesus. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

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  15. I don't know what to say. I cannot imagine your pain and sorrow, but neither can I imagine the blessings and bliss that Andrew must be experiencing now. "No more tears" for him.

    sending love
    xx

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  16. Melanie, I just don't even know what to say except that I'm so very sorry. Truly this is one of the saddest pieces of news I've read in a long time. My family will continue to pray for yours.

    Stacey Keeling

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  17. * TEARS * of sorrow and joy. I am so sorry for your families loss. I love and pray for you all. You are such a beautiful blessing, The Lord knew that you were the perfect family to be blessed with an amazing little boy.

    God Bless you

    May the Lord bless you all

    And may the Lord be holding Andrew's hands.

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  18. This life is a moment, compared to the ETERNITY we will spend together and "Death will be NO more."

    A day is quickly coming, when you will wrap your arms around precious Andrew again....and so will I. I want to give him a BIG hug and you as well. We are a family because we love Jesus, and that love connects us all. Not even death can sever your love for your child.

    I pray these days are bearable for you all. I pray Father God picks up the pieces of your hearts, and begins the healing. I love you friend.

    Andrew's life means so much, to so many of us. Our lives are forever changed, having traveled this journey with you.

    You and Andrew will be close in my heart.

    Always,
    Brandi, at bbmommy2.blogspot.com

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  19. Oh Melanie, I am in tears and cannot think of any words. It is good that Andrew is no longer in pain, but I know that you and your family are in pain. My prayers are with all of you. laurie

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  20. Oh Melanie, Andrew has a place in all of our hearts. I'm so glad you were able to gather and sing over him. You will always be a family of five plus all of us. We love you and praise Jesus for eternal life. B

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  21. Dear Melanie,

    I was nugged by God yesterday to say a prayer out of the blue for Andrew and your family. I now know why. I pray that you and your family will find the comfort that only our God can give at a time like this. I will continue to pray for your family as you face this unimaginable loss.

    Gods love and peace,

    Sherry

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  22. Dear Melanie, I have been praying for Andrew and your entire family. I have a prayer list. Just found out from Debbie that he had passed into the arms of Jesus. What a wonderful loving story to give him his first and last bath. God bless your entire family with love from another mother's heart.
    QMM

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  23. So sorry...Praying for your family

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  24. Melanie, I just came over from poofing the pillows and reading your story has touched me in a profound way,reading of Andrews passing has shattered my heart...I don't even know you but my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time...
    From one mom to another...much love xx

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  25. Melanie when I got word last night about Andrew via text message, my heart broke. I cried in my soul and later, when alone cried aloud. The pain you bear, even knowing where he is, is a familiar pain to me.
    You are right, God is good. Even when times aren't so good.

    You will remain in my prayers.

    Much love to you dear.

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  26. I just saw this on Poofing the Pillows and came over to let you know I am praying for your family. I hope you will take comfort in The Lords presence with your family.

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  27. So, so sorry for your loss. How very sad to lose a precious child. I guess the bright spot is that he is finally healed. God bless you and your family at this sad, sad time.

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  28. Hello Melanie,
    I came over from Stacey's to offer my condolences. This is my first visit but your story touched me and I cried as I read about Andrew. May the good Lord grant you peace as you go through this difficult time.
    Much love,
    Sue

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  29. Melanie, my heart is breaking for you! You and your family will be in my prayers.
    Blessings,
    Shelia ;)

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  30. Melanie, The tears won't stop flowing down my face. I have been following your blog and gotten to know little Andrew. I have been praying for him and your family. May the peace and comfort of the Lord be with you and your family. Andrew smiles from heaven free from pain. He is resting peacefully in our Lords arms.

    Love and Hugs
    Jan

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  31. "I'm sorry" seems so inadequate to express what I am feeling for you and your family. I am praying that the God of All Comfort, will comfort you as only He can.

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  32. I give you my Love....My humble prayers....
    Love,
    Marilyn

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  33. Oh, Melanie. My heart is broken.

    My prayers are now for God to comfort you and your family ~ giving you His peace that passes all understanding.

    Much love and big hugs.

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  34. I am so sorry Melanie for you and your family..He was a precious little boy..my prayers are with you..may you find peace..

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  35. Oh Melanie, I'm so, so sorry. My prayers are with you during this time. Yes, his soul knew you were with him and loving him and always will. M

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  36. Dear Melanie,
    I am so sorry to hear of Andrew's passing. My prayers are with you and your family. The Lord bless you all!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  37. Oh Melanie, so, so sorry to hear this. You have been in my prayers daily and will continue to be so. (((hugs))).

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  38. So sorry for your loss. You will all be reunited again and what a reunion that will be. May the love and peace of Jesus surround and flow through your family right now.

    FlowerLady

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  39. My heart is breaking so for you...there are no words. Rejoicing for Andrew though. And your right, he's already there waiting for the rest of you where you will be together for all eternity. Our lives here are but a vapor in comparison. How I praise God that you will have Him to carry you through this season in your life. Praying for you all...Hugs, Debbie

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  40. Melanie,
    I am so sorry for the passing of precious Andrew. You have so boldly and faithfully shown us faith in the face of incredible trials. I pray the peace of Jesus envelopes you and your entire family.
    Blessings,
    Kelli

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  41. Melanie, I'm praying for you and your family. What a thought to give your son his first bath and his last.

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  42. Hello Dear Melanie,

    No words at present, but know I and my dear husband are praying for you and your sweet family. Little Andrew is now safe in the arms of Jesus. God bless you my sister.

    Beverly

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  43. I am so sorry .I will be praying for and your family.
    Blessings
    Ann

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  44. Melanie,

    Last evening when I found out that Andrew had gone to be with Jesus, I just sat and wept. Tears are streaming down my face again. My daughter, Ellie (14) came in last night as I was reading and saw me crying. She asked if he had died...her heart broke. We will never know this side of heaven the impact that Andrew's life has had.

    As I wrote on my blog...if God chose not to heal Andrew here on earth then HE has to have a greater purpose. But it sure is hard!!

    Love you. Praying for each of you.

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  45. Melanie:

    I look forward to seeing the pictures of your son from the 12 precious years that God gave him to you.

    Andrew has stolen all of our hearts - but most of all the heart of JESUS. Yes, our life is only a breath... therefore, let us fix our eyes on JESUS - the author and finisher of our faith!
    Andrew is the privileged one to be in the presence of Almighty God today!

    Your pain is deep and your heart must be allowed to grieve. Run to God and His Word to find your own "healing" there!

    I love you, dear sister, and I'm praying through my own tears for you! May all of Andrew's life be used to bring glory to the Father - Who loved him most of all!

    Choosing JOY, Stephanie

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  46. No words, just tender prayers. Grateful for the privilege of meeting your precious son here. I'm humbled by your strength and faith.

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  47. I am so sorry. I'm praying for you all. *hugs*

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  48. I am so sorry. Words are inadequate but prayers never are and I will continue to pray for your family and Andrew's friends.

    In Christ,
    Denise

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  49. I'm so sorry Andrew is gone, but at the same time, I am glad he's no longer in pain. He touched so many lives here on earth with his great faith!

    I know he's in Heaven looking down on y'all and waiting for when you'll be together again!

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  50. Melanie,
    I just want you to know that I love you so sweet one, and am praying.

    Dawn

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  51. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. You will most definitely be a family of five forever.
    ~Hugs~
    Karrie

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  52. Dear Jesus,
    I pray Your heavenly comfort over this sweet family during this hard time. What a testimony of steady hope in You they have been to me during these past few months. Let them feel Your presence, Jesus. Hold them close.
    In Jesus Precious Name,
    Amen

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  53. I am so sorry for your pain right now, Andrew will have his best Christmas ever while you will be going through perhaps your worst...your faith will see you through this painful time. I pray you love and support each other through the grieving process and know that Andrew may have left you physically but will be with you always in heart and spirit. I loved how you spoke to your children and yes one day you all will be reunited again....:-) hugs

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  54. We hurt with you at this news, but we rejoice with Andrew that he is at peace now and he is with the One who brings peace for us all. We pray God's presence and peace for your hearts. Warren

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  55. The Lord laid you and your family on my heart early Tuesday morning and I was praying for you all day. My heart goes out to you and I pray you will feel the presence of the Lord as you go about the next few days, weeks, months and years without your precious boy.

    What a beautiful way to put it, "He just made it to heaven before us." Beautiful.

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  56. The grace with which you post all that, and your unwavering faith in God, is amazing; and it's proof that your children all have lead a beautiful life. I will pray for all of you.

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  57. Dear sweet, Melanie, Thank you for this precious post. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank God He heals the brokenhearted. I just received that scripture verse in the mail today. You are precious in His sight and mine. Love and Hugs, Cathy

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  58. :o( I am so so sorry for your loss. What a precious young man. Prayers for you all!

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  59. Lots of tears and prayers for all of you now.

    We love you all!

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  60. I am so sorry for your loss. This is the hardest pain to endure. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

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  61. You're in my thoughts and prayers. I was sharing this with all my family this morning - telling my Dad how you had prayed for him while he was so ill. We are upholding you in prayer.
    Hugs,
    Joy

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  62. I don't have the words right now. I am praying for you and your family.

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  63. I have joined with Lisa today at my blog...

    Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was. Job 2:13

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  64. We don't know eachother but I have been following and praying alongside of many others for you and your family. From a mom of younger children, I get scared about what could happen to my girls, but your strength and words bring much comfort and reassurance about our God. Thank you for that. Praying now.

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  65. I am so sorry. My daughter and I are praying for you. Love and hugs being sent your way. Sandie

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  66. May God hold you all in His arms for comfort ... I pray you know our love for you. RIP forever Andrew. God bless you all.

    I have lost a child, I know your pain, I cry for you & with you in your loss.

    Hugs of love, Marydon

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  67. Thank you for allowing my heart to share this burden with you over the last few months. Today, I grieve alongside you and pray for God's peace to be your portion as you unpack your heart before the Father... and others.

    I love you Melanie and commit my heart to prayer on behalf of your family.

    Andrew is a gift to us... to his Father... to all of heaven.

    He is at peace.

    May God grant you all the same fullness in your heart this day and in the days to come.

    ~elaine

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  68. Precious Melanie, my heart is so very heavy for your family. I only have tears, so much love for you dear sis. Praying for you.

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  69. We love you Melanie! And your family. You have been such an amazing testiment of faith through this suffering.

    Our pastor just spoke about the sufferings of the believer - not the glamourization of Christianity we see often.

    We continue to pray for you all. Thank you for sharing sweet Andrew. My boys are sad of here and happy for Andrew!

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  70. There are no words to bring comfort. Continued prayer going up, my friend. What a journey ...

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  71. I have been praying and thinking of you and your family and now I am crying with you. May the God of all peace comfort you as only He can.

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  72. I am a new reader but I am still so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  73. My heart grieves for your loss. I am praying for God's loving mercy, kindness, peace, comfort and love to surround you, bind you, lift you up - give you strength. I rejoice that Andrew is free from pain and is with our Lord. Love, hugs and prayers...

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  74. So incredibly sorry for your loss. We have carried you all in prayer and will continue to lift you and your family up as you deal with this loss. Rejoicing in his life on earth and that he is at his eternal home in heaven.

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  75. Crying and praying and celebrating his life with you all. Thank you for sharing Andrew's journey with us, and your faithful walk as well. Praise the Lord that you will be reunited in heaven.

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  76. Melanie, I emailed you earlier. Words come hard here. I am brokenhearted and seeking understanding from our loving Heavenly Father. I am sending my love, and praying God's presence and comfort for you all.
    Debra

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  77. Melanie, I have been following your blog off and on and praying for Andrew. I don't know what to say. I am stunned. You and your family have been so brave and continue to be brave and it is an inspiration to me. At least now, Andrew is no longer in pain. He is light and free. He is an angel. God bless you all during this difficult time. God is truly good.

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  78. I just sat down to my computer and visited your blog. Oh, how my heart broke for all of you. I have no words to share except I will continue lifting you up to the same Heavenly Father I have been lifting you all up to the last many weeks of life. I am so sorry!!! Yes, you will always be a family of five. Tears streamed down my face as I read your words, " I gave him his first bath and his last" I am so sorry!

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  79. I found your blog when you first started this journey with your son. I have prayed, cheered you on, and had hoped for that miracle along with you. I can't imagine loosing a child, but I ache for you and what you are experiencing. I pray that you have a peace that passes all understanding, knowing that you will be with him again in a better time and place. He is spending christmas with our Savior. What an experience. You will be in my heart and prayers during this time. Blessings, Debbie

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  80. I don't have adequate words. My heart aches for you and your family. I pray that you are filled with the hope, comfort and peace that only God can give...peace that passes all understanding or comprehension.

    Prayers being said for you and your family. Thankful to know HE is listening!

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  81. Your family is in my prayers. I am so terribly sorry for your loss and pray that God will ease your suffering. What a great testament of faith you have shown through this whole ordeal. You have blessed many others more than you can imagine!

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  82. Love and prayers to you and your family. So very, very sorry.

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  83. I have not commented before now. I can't even remember how I found your blog, but I have followed Andrew's journey from the beginning. I am so sorry for the loss of your son, but am so blessed by the knowledge that he is with Jesus and pain free. Your posts have been uplifting and a blessing, even in your darkest hour. God will use this for His Glory and His Good.

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  84. I am so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express how my heart breaks for your family. I pray that the Lord would just reach His everlasting arms around you all~
    Much prayers,
    Vikki Goedmakers

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  85. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

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  86. I sit here with tears streaming down my face. I do not know you, I did not know Andrew but I hurt. I hurt for you and your story, your experiences and the pain I can only imagine that comes along with it. As a mother of a 3 year old and 5 month old, I pray daily that I do not see them leave this earth ahead of me. Please know that I am now praying for each of you and know that even though I cannot say that I know what you are going through, I grieve with you. Please also find comfort in knowing that you and your story have touched me.

    Hugs to you.
    Torry Turnbow

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  87. Dear Melanie. I'm a friend from Debra's A day in the life. I read about Andrews passing and I'm so sorry Dear. My heart aches for you and your families loss. I don't have anything I can say to comfort you but I can let you know that even though I didn't know him, the worlds loss is Jesus' gift, who I'm sure is holding him in his arms now.

    God bless you, love, Tracy

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  88. Melanie,
    I can only say that God will take you through this. He must have needed Andrew there to sing with the angels.

    Please know that even those who only know you through this world of blogging, cry tears for you and all your family.

    I am sorry for your loss but know that only through faith can we all go on.

    Bless you,
    Charla

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  89. Dear Melanie,

    My heart aches with you in your suffering yet it rejoices in knowing that sweet Andrew is in heaven with our precious Jesus.

    My prayers continue for you and your family that God will continue to cover you with his unfailing love, grace, comfort, peace, joy and so very much more as you continue to press into Him more and more with each passing day.

    I love you sweet sister.

    Hugs,
    Alleluiabelle

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  90. Even thought I don't know you or your precious son, we are one in Christ! My heart breaks for you even as it rejoices over the healing of your son! Please know many, many are praying for you as you go on this journey!

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  91. My eyes are so full of tears and my heart is so heavy for you. What a blessing to know he is with Jesus, even though he is not with you. I can't imagine the pain you are in right now. I am praying and will continue to pray for the Lord to hold you in His arms and help ease your pain. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

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  92. My heart goes out to you and your family. Praying for courage, faith and love. Take care.

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  93. Melanie - this is my first visit to your blog, as I learned of your situation through Cathy at Melodys and Hymns.

    I am so sorry for your loss, yet rejoice with you that your son in safe in the arms of Jesus and no longer feeling pain.

    I pray for God's comfort on you and your family.

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  94. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been reading and praying for him thru a friend's blog. There are no words for this time but pray that God will comfort you. As a teacher we have several children and it is always hard. "90 minutes in Heaven" helped me thru my mother's death. And you know what- I bet Andrew is skateboarding down those streets of gold now and in no more pain!! That is the image I get from knowing him through here!
    May God comfort you during these times! Melissa

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  95. No words, just tears...

    God bless you, Melanie, and may He ease your pain. Praying for you and your family night and day.

    Love in Christ,
    Mary

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  96. Melanie, I just read about this on Debbie's blog, and I wanted to come over and express my deepest sympathy. There are simply no words, but please know I am thinking of you and your family at this time and praying that the Lord holds all of you close to His heart.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  97. No words I say right now will do any good, but... know that we are praying and standing with you during this time. I loved what your daughter wrote on her FB wall-God IS faithful and God IS good.

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  98. Melanie,

    My heart is very full for you and your family. It has been an honor to walk the road with so many of praying for your precious Andrew. Andrew fought the good fight and finished his race and is now whole and rejoicing in the LORD and I look forward to the day I greet him in heaven along with all of you.

    My prayer is for the comfort of the HOLY SPIRIT and the strength and outpouring of LOVE from GOD would saturate and strengthen your family and friends at this time.

    Much love in Christ...

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  99. I am very sorry for your loss. I really can't even get the words out. I have been following Andrew's progress thru another blog. I was hoping to see that he was healed and I can say that he truly is, but maybe not the way we all wanted. I will be praying for your family.

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  100. I am praying for you and your family during this time of loss. The loss of a child is one of the hardest challenges we have to bear. I know our God is big enough to carry us during this time...but the pain remains. God Bless you,

    Sonia

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  101. When I saw this, I said, "Oh, no," & the tears started. Through them, I read parts of this to my husband, & he too had tears streaming down. I feel like I know you & your family (especially Andrew) having travelled the journey of prayer with you since it all began. But I can't begin to know the suffering you all (EXCEPT Andrew!) are going through now. Your beautiful way of sharing this last day was SO touching, & all of us who are moms could just picture the tenderness in your last act of service for Andrew, loving him the way only a mom can. Thank you for allowing us to come along on the journey & letting us get to know this wonderful child who we will one day (just a breath away...) get to meet.
    I will be praying for your whole family (well, except for Andrew who no longer needs any prayer.. he already has everything he will EVER need!)

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  102. You and your family are still in my prayers.

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  103. Dear mother...my heart breaks for you...and your family...I have followed Andrew's journey and just been amazed at the wisdom and strength you have shown throughout this...you and Andrew have blessed so many others that you may never be aware of all of them in this lifetime...as comfort comes in on the Holy Spirit's wings, please rest, dear child, and let others be strong now...as precious memories of your son help you make it through each day, and the blessed hope of a reunion gently cushions you as you sleep each night....

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  104. I am deeply sorry for your loss....although I've been following your blog for some time I've never commented until now. Your strength inspires me...take care.

    Abby:)

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  105. There are never words adequate enough to comfort a parent when they lose a child. I am so terribly sorry for your loss.
    My family and I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    May God grant you that peace that passes all understanding.

    Rose

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  106. Melanie, I found you through Debbie's blog.I have no words to say. I will pray for the peace and comfort that only God can give to your family.

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  107. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I don't know the right words to say - I can't imagine losing a child/grandchild. God bless you.
    Glenda

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  108. I have no words, only love and prayers. Just know that my heart broke and tears were shed. Love and ((hugs)) from under His wings.

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  109. Melanie, I have no words, either. I grieve and weep with you dear sister. Be assured of my continued prayers for your family. I rejoice in that Andrew is now free, healthy, and with Jesus. Love, ginny

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  110. No words can heal the hurt or stop the pain. I cry for your loss. My prayers for you and your family. May God bless.

    Marilyn

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  111. Melanie, So thankful you had those precious last moments. Praying that our dear Lord will continue to sustain you and your family. May you find comfort in your precious memories and the promises of God. None of us are here to stay. As you said, Andrew got to get there early. God bless you and keep you in His care in the coming days.

    Caring, Maxine

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  112. I so wish I had posted a comment earlier to let you know that I have been praying for your family, and I linked up Andrew's prayer button on my blog to bring more awareness to his prayer needs. However, everytime I tried to post a comment - I had no words. I have a 12-year-old daughter, and this one really hit close to home. I'm usually one not at a loss for words, however this time was different. But God heard my groanings - I know that to be sure. I also know that God WAS, IS, and WILL BE good! Please know that my prayers will not cease, as I continue to ask Him to carry you through the days ahead. Your faith has been incredible, and I have learned so much by watching the way you've handled this news for the last few months. May you feel the God of all comfort surrounding you now!

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  113. I don't have words, but I will continue to pray for all of you. With love,

    Julie Salva

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  114. Dear Melanie,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God surround you with peace in knowing that your beloved son is safe in His Arms.
    Blessings,
    Erin

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  115. Praying for you and your beautiful family!

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  116. I don't even know you and my heart is aching for your family. What a beautiful faith you have. I am so so sorry for your son's passing, I can't even begin to imagine. May the Lord hold you tight and may you feel his love like never before.

    LeAnn

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  117. My heart has been grieving for you since I heard the news last night. You were in my prayers before I even got out of bed this morning, and tears have filled my eyes more than once today as I have thought of you. I have no words to express how deeply I ache for you. Your faith in God is an awesome testimony as you lean into Him for strength and comfort.

    Much love to you Melanie.

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  118. Precious one, you are so heavy on my heart. Our family is keeping yours close in our thoughts and prayers. May the God of all peace and comfort surround your hearts and your minds.

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  119. Praying for you and your family!!!!

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  120. I am so sorry. Andrew has his final healing and you are so right...this life is just a breath. I pray to our Father to hold you and your family closely in his loving, heart-healing arms.

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  121. I am so sorry Melanie. I read this post and the tears came. How precious that you gave him his first bath and also his last.
    You are right....this life is just a breath. We are here for such a short time. What a comfort to know that Andrew is with Jesus and your family will see him again soon.
    Please know that prayers are being lifted up asking our faithful Father to give you and your family peace only He can give.
    I look forward to seeing those pictures celebrating Andrew's life. :)
    I love you!
    Valerie
    Oklahoma

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  122. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I could not imagine the pain that you are going through losing a child and at Christmas. I hope that you will find the strength to get through this difficult time.

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  123. This was for me the first time that I read your blog and my heart was full of love for you and your wonderful family. God is good and he now has your beautiful son at his side, what a glorious sight that must be.

    I hope you don't mind but I just want to leave you with this poem. I do not know who wrote it but I hope it will help one day.

    I Did Not Die....

    Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.
    I am not there. I did not die.

    Blessings to all of your family, Maureen.....

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  124. Dear Melanie:
    I learned about you and Andrew through Marydon at Blushing Rose. I, too, live on Florida's west coast, just south of Sarasota. Know that my prayers are added to the multitude of wishes being lifted up in your name and in the name of your family.
    You have had a long journey. Perhaps it's time for a little rest.
    Hugs and sympathy.
    God Bless,
    Donna

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  125. I have no words....
    only prayers and tears.

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  126. Oh, Melanie, your sweet boy is healed. I am praying you will continuously feel God's loving arms of comfort around you.
    xo...
    Kathy

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  127. At times such as this, I can never find the words to say what my heart feels...except in prayer. And prayer is what I am offering you and your family.
    May God Almighty send you the comfort you are needing at this time.
    xo bj

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  128. praying for you and your family.

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  129. Cannot even begin to imagine your hearts pain..... I am a sister in Christ and I will pray for the Father to hold you and the family close.... HE weeps with you...

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  130. Precious Melanie,
    At a loss for words. Only tears come readily. Just praying. Comforter abide here... God of Peace, reign.
    Most High, bring rest and refuge....

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  131. I just can't believe he is gone. I can't stop crying. I am so sorry. I will I could just hug you. I am so sorry. I will pray for you. I know that Andrew is at long last healed. God is good. Martha

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  132. I wish I had eloquent words of comfort, but all I have are tears.

    I am praying for you.

    Kate

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  133. Your son's short life were spent in bringing MORE people to think on Christ, than many entire lifetimes.

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  134. Of course, you are still a family of five. Praying for your family; you are special people and a remarkable example to us all.

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  135. Just stopping by to let you know that you and your family are close in my prayers during this difficult time. God Bless You ALL!

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  136. I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

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  137. Our hearts are all broken and yet rejoicing in that your Andrew is free from pain. What beautiful memories you share and he really is with you always. You are surrounded by God's love through the manifestations of out poured love from so many. God will see you through step by step and we are here for you.

    Love,
    Pam and Ray

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  138. I just found your blog via Poofing the Pillows and want to send my heartfelt condolences. I know the pain of losing a child as I have a baby girl in Heaven. This is a journey parents never want to travel. Your family will be in my prayers.

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  139. Melanie
    I am so sorry to hear this news. I have been following this so closely and praying for you. God is good and knows the whole picture. We can only trust Him through times like this. Three years ago on Christmas eve we lost our 8 year old grandson. What mixed feelings we now have of the holidays but again God is good. We look forward to our reunion with our Jason one day right after we are greeted by Jesus. God bless you and your family right now. Carol

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  140. You are loved beyond measure. Your large, extended family will continue to pray without ceasing as you walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Am listening to Donnnie McLurkin's "I Will Sing" and thinking of you. I always feel closer to those who reside in heaven when I praise Him.

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  141. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

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  142. Melanie-I have never written you a note here, but have sent cards through Laurie to Andrew. He (and you) have been in my constant prayers. I pray for you that God sends you exactly what you need for each moment. You have my hearfelt sympathy.

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  143. Melanie, I have no words, except to say that much love and many prayers are being sent your way! ...and for your dear family as well! ~love, Rhonda

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  144. I am a stranger who lives far from you and only recently happened upon your blog. I've been praying for your son and for your family.
    This morning after I read about Andrew's passing, I found myself with my face in my hands, sobbing. I am truly so sorry for all your family has endured, and for the hard days still to come. Yet I see the Anchor to which you hold fast. May you continue to cling to Him as you walk through deep waters. "Weeping may endureth for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
    1 Thess. 4:13-14 / Heb. 6:9, 10:23
    Praying On, Tary

    This is a song by Stephen Curtis Chapman called "With Hope"

    This is not at all how
    We thought it was supposed to be
    We had so many plans for you
    We had so many dreams
    And now you've gone away
    And left us with the memories of your smile
    And nothing we can say
    And nothing we can do
    Can take away the pain
    The pain of losing you, but ...

    We can cry with hope
    We can say goodbye with hope
    'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
    And we can grieve with hope
    'Cause we believe with hope
    (There's a place by God's grace)
    There's a place where we'll see your face again
    We'll see your face again

    And never have I known
    Anything so hard to understand
    And never have I questioned more
    The wisdom of God's plan
    But through the cloud of tears
    I see the Father's smile and say well done
    And I imagine you
    Where you wanted most to be
    Seeing all your dreams come true
    'Cause now you're home
    And now you're free, and ...

    We have this hope as an anchor
    'Cause we believe that everything
    God promised us is true, so ...

    We wait with hope
    And we ache with hope
    We hold on with hope
    We let go with hope

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  145. I am a friend of Jennifer Walker and found out about y'all from Facebook. Words are sooo empty...they cannot fill the void. Christ, He is the only void filler for times such as these!

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  146. I do not know what to say except that I am so sorry for your loss but I want to also say thank you sooo much for sharing your story and your faith with us all. God is good and thru this all Jesus is still the same. We have been praying for your family on Wednesday night's ever since I found your blog and we will continue to do so.

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  147. Dear Melanie-

    I am a stranger at your door right now who just learned about your dear son.

    The overwhelming power of young Andrew's gift to all of us, known and unknown, is love.

    Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

    In love,
    Laura

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  148. Oh Melanie. How sweet you and your family are. Praying God's best for you over the coming days.

    Prayers and blessings,
    Rebecca

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  149. As a sister in Christ, I will be praying for you and your family and asking God for the comfort that only He can bring.

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  150. Melanie, {{{HUGS}}} I pray the Lord Jesus gather you and your family in His loving arms.
    This is the only words of comfort I can say.

    Miriam

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  151. There are no human words to give you the comfort you need in this time, but He is close to the broken-hearted. I'm so deeply sorry for your loss.

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  152. Melanie, your brave son and wonderful family have been such a testamony to all of us! God is good and He gets all the Glory. You were absolutely correct that Andrew beat you to Heaven and you will see him again. God is with you Melanie. He will bring all of you comfort sister. I am praying.
    Love in Jesus Christ our Savior.
    Lilly

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  153. Melanie, I am so sorry. So, so sorry. You are right, we will be in Heaven soon too...it won't be long before our Lord comes for us.

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  154. Oh, Melanie, tears for you and yours, yet joy that precious Andrew no longer suffers. I cannot imagine the pain of having watched him suffer for so long. I will be lifting you and your family up in prayer, and know that Our Lord God, Emmanuel is with you and can comfort so much more thoroughly than any human words. The testimony of your family has reached long and wide as so many in the blogging world have watched, seen, and been a part of your putting this in the hand of the Almighty.
    Much love,
    Suzanne

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  155. My heart hurts for all of you.. I can barely see for the tears..may God bless you and keep you in your time of sorrow..but YES
    you will be with him again.. This life is
    just a pass thru..

    Much love , Many Prayers, and ReJoice
    Christ the Savior is born..

    fondly, Deena

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  156. Footprints in the Sand


    One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
    Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
    In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
    Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
    other times there were one set of footprints.
    Thiss bothered me because I noticed
    that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints.

    So I said to the Lord,
    "You promised me Lord,
    that if I followed you,
    you would walk with me always.
    But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
    there have only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?"

    The Lord replied,
    "The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,is when I carried you."

    A big HUG for you all, I'm praying for your family.

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  157. I found you thru Debbie. My heart aches for you and your family. You have lost your precious son but HEAVEN has gained a PRECIOUS ANGEL.
    Hugs,
    Lynn

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  158. Melanie, I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. May God bless you and your family and bring you comfort and peace. Love, Lisa

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  159. There are no words, only tears here. May Our Lord carry you through this.
    Hugs from a sister in Christ.

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  160. My prayers will continue to be with you and your family. Your story has been so inspirational to me and many others. I pray you will continue to feel the peace that surpasses all understanding from the only ONE who can give it. I will hold my 13 year old son a little tighter tonight and thank the Lord for the gift He gave of His Son's life for me. I rejoice in knowing that Andrew knew the Lord and will be celebrating Christ's birth with the angels in heaven. God bless you and your family.

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  161. My heart goes out to you. My prayers remain with you.

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  162. Melanie, I am so very sorry. May God bless you and give you the strength and peace you need right now. I pray you'll feel the Lord's presence with you. Kathi

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  163. my heart grieves with yours. i am so sorry. i wish i had some magic words but i just don't. i will pray for you to have strength, courage and peace.

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  164. I read this blog, because of Valerie's blog, "Enter into his gates..." I don't even know you but tears are streaming down my face, from one mom to another
    ...I have no words, but my heart goes out to you. I will pray for you and family, for you have tough times ahead. Your faith will keep you going.

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  165. I read this blog, because of Valerie's blog, "Enter into his gates..." I don't even know you but tears are streaming down my face, from one mom to another
    ...I have no words, but my heart goes out to you. I will pray for you and family, for you have tough times ahead. Your faith will keep you going.

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  166. My prayers are with you and your family. May God's grace and love ease the pain and give you peace that he is at home with God.

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  167. Melanie,

    My wife and I will be praying. We have a 13 year old son and can't imagine losing him. We can't imagine the grief that you must be feeling right now. Please know that there are many, many folks praying.

    Tim

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  168. Lifting up prayers for peace and comfort as you walk this difficult path.

    Blessings,
    Kimberly

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  169. Heartfelt love for you and your family...from Florida.

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  170. Melanie,

    There are no words that seem adequate - even appropriate - when a mother's world is completely shattered. But as a grieving mother, I know our Heavenly father is able to be all you need and I promise to be praying for you...for all of your family...that He will be exactly that.

    In the days and weeks ahead...please feel free to contact me if should ever want to talk - for any reason. My email is emjt143@yahoo.com and my number is 703-753-3447.

    Promising to pray as we long for the day to be with our boys again - in the presence of Jesus!!

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  171. Words are never enough, and so hard to know what to say but I just want you to know that I am praying for you and your sweet family. I am so sad for you! God will help you walk through each and every day.

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  172. I, too, pray for peace and comfort for you and your family at this very difficult time.

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  173. Melanie, I am so deeply sorry. You and your family are in my prayers tonight.

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  174. My heart hurts for you. Thinking of you and your family, praying for peace and comfort.

    drea.

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  175. Oh, Melanie, I just want you to know that I am and will continue to pray for you and your family. God is holding you in His mighty hand right now and His love will hold you up. He loves you all so much no matter what.

    Big Hugs,
    Carol
    (I Throw Like a Girl)

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  176. Melanie,

    I am so sorry for the lost of your precious son, Andrew and that nothing in this world could ever replace him. I am so encouraged by your faith in every step of his fight. You remain a shining light for so many that even now are in the midst of their own personal battles. Your spiritual character is a true testimony of your sincere and unwaivering faith in Jesus Christ.

    May God continue to pour out His grace upon your family at this time and provide so many opportunities to see His love for all of you.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  177. Melanie, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine your pain. I am praying for your family and you. ~Katie Murphy, Birmingham, AL

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  178. Our Hearts go out to you and the family, I will keep you and the family on our prayers.
    No words can express just how sorry We are for yalls loss.

    Huggs Renee

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  179. Oh precious sister, no words can heal your broken heart and nor fill your aching, empty arms.

    I've prayed for you all for months, and now I continue to pray for you and your family.

    No words, only tears and lots of love and prayers.

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  180. From Casablanca: You and your family are in my prayers. May God's grace be evident as you go through some difficult days -- and nights. HOLD tight to your loved ones.

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  181. Melanie,
    Thank you to you & your husband for bringing Andrew up in a Christian home. How tragic the end of his life would be if he had not known his Savior! Praising God with you for the 12 years He let you love on him and the many more your love for him won't stop.
    Thank you for including us and trusting us to pray for your son. What an honor to be asked to go to knock on the door of the throne room and put in a request for your son's life to his Creator.
    Thank you for sharing his life with us from the beginning in August to the beginning December 15th.
    Rest assured Melanie that your boy has heard "Well done" from the King's lips....over and over again since Andrew slipped into His holy arms.
    Love you much,
    Lelia

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  182. I'm here from Lelia's page and want to pass on my condolences at Andrew's passing, now safe in the arms of Jesus.

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  183. I too have no words...just sorrow. So sorry to hear this but so thankful that your sweet boy rests in the arms of Jesus. Much love and hugs....

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  184. Melanie,
    On Tuesday I almost lost my three year old due to a freak accident. I prayed that if God would've asked for my son,I would've handled it with the strength and grace from knowing my Savior. I have been following Andrew's story and praying for you all since the fall. Thank you for sharing your journey and your son with us. Praying for you still, on the new journey you will be on. "Unusual ministry" indeed.

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  185. Praying for your family. So sorry for your loss.

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  186. Precious friend, jut want you to know that I am praying that the God of all comfort will old you very close today and in the days to come.

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  187. Melanie,

    My heart is connected so deeply with yours at this very moment. Our son, Nick, passed away from brain cancer last November at the age of 13.

    I am here for you in your sadness.

    I am praying for strength, comfort, and peace in the days ahead.

    I know you know this:

    You are never alone.

    Much, much love,
    Tammy Nischan
    www.tammynischan.blogspot.com
    JOSHUA 1:9 (Nick's favorite verse)

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  188. Melanie,

    My heart is connected so deeply with yours at this very moment. Our son, Nick, passed away from brain cancer last November at the age of 13.

    I am here for you in your sadness.

    I am praying for strength, comfort, and peace in the days ahead.

    I know you know this:

    You are never alone.

    Much, much love,
    Tammy Nischan
    www.tammynischan.blogspot.com
    JOSHUA 1:9 (Nick's favorite verse)

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  189. I cannot tell you how deeply saddened I am for your family's loss ... Andrew was your special gift from God and I know he will live on in your hearts all the days of your lives here on Earth. We may never fully understand God's will for each of us, but peace only comes when we accept His great plan. He truly knows best and He obviously wanted Andrew with Him. Loving the Lord the way we do, my Husband and I accepted His plan for our only child's life ... Michelle, who passed into Heaven on 4/28/07 after battling Crohn's Disease for 23 years. I'm sure she and Andrew will very quickly become best buddies :) Much love and many prayers to you all as you go forward with each new day.

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  190. Your Andrew is a part of my heart. Always and forever. Thank you for sharing him with us. Through the power of prayer, we've all become one.

    I'm full of tears right now.

    I love your family, Melanie. Sure wish I would've met you when I was in Florida.

    Maybe someday, Lord willing, here on earth. If not, in heaven for sure.

    Until then, I'm praying for you and yours. Yes, your family of 5.

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  191. Bless you all. I'm praying He gives you comfort.

    Huge hugs from Georgia,
    Dina Lettre

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  192. Melanie,
    I don't know you but I know your pain. I read your blog today and I am so sorry for the pain I know you will walk through in the days ahead. My prayers are with you and your family. I lost my son last year so this is my second Christmas without him. As a believer, I was still shocked at how hopeless I was, even knowing that my Jonathan is with the Lord, I still overflow with grief and despair. But truly joy does come in the morning and now there are days when I think mine will come back. A new commitment to the truth and even more JESUS in my life replaces the confusion and doubt. Something you said to your children really blessed me, "We will always be a family of five." I have had a difficulty saying I have three children when I know I have four, so I too began to say that one is with God. I am sure that you have already learned so many things through your son's illness and I am sure you know that sometimes Jesus is all we have so we hang on tighter. Blessing to you and I am truly sorry for your loss. Meg

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  193. My heart aches for you. Praying. Praying. Praying.

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  194. I am so sorry for your loss. Clearly, Andrew has touched so many lives as evident by all of the comments. I will be praying for the comfort of your family during this time. May God bless you.

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