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Apr 25, 2011

A Bitter Sweetness

October, 2009 ~ so glad to be out of the hospital and home

Family ski trip

Andrew flies! (Click to enlarge.)

A summer day at the skate park

One of my favorite pictures

December 2008

Andrew and Teddy

 (excerpt from "A Faith that Endures")

 There are many words I could say today but I'm feeling quiet. Fourteen years ago at 12:58 p.m., Andrew was born to our family. We rejoiced. A few years later as a little boy, he asked Jesus to be His Savior and the Lord of his life. The angels rejoiced! We love him. We miss him. We long to see him. One day we will.
I'm ready.

In the meantime, I'll just keep sharing the message of the Gospel. Remember, "God loves you and He has a plan for your life."
And as you walk out the plan, you are not left to do it on your own; Jesus is praying for you.

As always, thank you for your encouragement and prayers these past many months.


  1. Happy Birthday to your wonderful boy in heaven. Coming from a baker's heart, I'm sure the cakes in heaven have nothing on my earthly creations.

    Your sweet family is in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

  2. Thinking of you & praying for you today.


  3. Happy Birthday Andrew! I'm looking forward to meeting you one day...

    And thank you Mel, for sharing that beautiful boy of yours with us all.

    What a gift, what a gift...

  4. Melanie:

    If Andrew could see you and hear you standing firm and sharing God's grace, (and maybe he does) he would be so proud of his mom.

    The price you have paid as you stand and proclaim that God is faithful, cuts right into the heart of those of us who listen, and I'm one of them.

    Keep sharing sweet girl, it's part of the gift of Andrew's life, and so many are listening.


  5. Beautiful testimony, Mel! Absolutely beautiful ~ Praise God!

    With love and prayers~

  6. Happy Birthday, Andrew. I'm thinking the cakes in Heaven are unbelievable. Through tears, I picture you there celebrating today.

    Can't wait to meet you. See you there.


  7. Love to you Melanie. Happy Birthday Andrew! We love and miss you!