Friday, April 5, 2013

Ready to go Home and say Goodbye

Good Morning my Beauties.
You may have noticed that I have been missing for a week.
I had planned on many DIY posts while we were gone on
vacation but it was not meant to be.
We lost a Beautiful member of our Family this past week.

A little boy who taught us everything.



and HOPE!
My sister wrote a BEAUTIFUL story about our Great Nephew
So I will let her tell the tale.
 Once upon a time there was a very special boy name Ethan Blake Woodhams. Now, this little boy wasn’t just special because I say so, you can ask anyone who ever met him, he was very special. Ethan wasn’t like other little boys, he couldn’t run or play ball, but he had fun and some days he had A LOT of fun. He didn’t speak words, but he was able to communicate his love. And he couldn’t see the faces of the people who loved him, but he heard their voices and always knew how very much he was loved.

Ethan had 3 boy cousins and 6 girl cousins. The boy cousins were just like any other boys, they liked running and swimming and playing games. They liked trucks and bikes, and the littlest boy loved robots. And they loved Ethan. They came to his house and swam in his pool, they showed him their toys and shared their hiking and biking adventures.

The girl cousins loved everything girly. They wore pretty dresses and played with dolls, and they like to read stories. One of those girls really liked to read stories to Ethan, and it made him so happy to hear her funny little voice, telling of princesses and fairies in faraway places.

One time, one of Ethan’s girl cousins got sick and she had to leave and go live with Jesus. This made everyone sad.

Many times in Ethan’s life, he became ill, but he was so strong that he could get better. The nurses took such good care of him so he could stay in his house with his mommy, daddy, meemaw and papa. His other grandma and grandpa lived very close so they could come and love on Ethan whenever they wanted. He had great-grandmas and great-grandpas, and lots of aunts and uncles too. Oh how everyone loved holding Ethan, playing with him and telling him stories. He loved listening to music, and the sillier the song, the better. But he liked his oldies too, especially the Beatles and Michael Jackson.

Ethan touched so many lives, even those of people he and his family didn’t know. One sunny Saturday, there was a woman that went to the hospital to have a baby. I don’t know her name or her story, but on that same Saturday, Ethan got sick and had to go to the hospital too. His family came and stayed with him while the doctors gave him medicine to try to make him feel better.

In this hospital, every time a new baby is born, music is played so everyone knows of this new life. So the woman that was getting ready to have a baby was getting very excited to meet her child, and hear that music. But God was looking for a special soul to give to this little one. He had a lot to choose from, but he knew this child would need to be strong and stubborn and silly.

And so, as Ethan was surrounded by so many who loved him, God asked him to come home to live with Jesus and his Bushia, and to come play with his cousin Marcy. And at the very moment that his family was sending him home to live in Heaven, the music of a new life played throughout the hospital. God had picked the perfect little soul for his new little angel on earth.

I love and miss you Ethan

Love, Aunt Chrissy

I couldn't have said it better myself.
So if you don't see me around for a couple more days, now you will know why.
We will be saying Goodbye to our special little boy.
In addition to that we lost my husbands cousin this week too.
While we had a great vacation it was a great reminder to how fragile and short life is.
Live it to the fullest EVERY BEAUTIFUL MOMENT!
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Unknown said...

I don't think anyone could have said it better - big tears falling down my cheeks as I type this........
Beautiful moving powerful words for a Beautiful moving powerful little boy.
So happy he has Marcy to read him stories now - although where he is he can now read them to her too.....
Much love,

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

What a sweet story, Karin! This really made me tear up. Thanks for sharing this story and all the personal photos. I am so sorry for the losses in your family this week but happy that you have so many good memories and the comfort of knowing that they are in a better place! Blessings to you and your whole family. Love, ~ Jamie
Philippians 4:7

MaytagNMom said...

I cried, in JOY that you knew and loved him, Karin.

He is with God now.

When people ask how I am managing seeminly well after loosing my husband two months ago to cancer, I remember all of those who lost their lives YOUNG. The Lord had Kevin on his earth for 55 loving years, but Ethan was only here a short time, and was such a Blessing to those who knew him. That is the question when I ask "why so young?".

God Bless you all, and comfort you.
~Suzanne in NW Illinois (formally why? cuz I can)

Unknown said...

Oh!! That touched deep in my heart! What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful boy. He can now run and play, ride bikes and splash... he can play with his little cousin now. and laugh ans see her face.
These reminders do make us realize just how fleeting everything is... how fragile and tender. I am a firm believer in living in the moment! We never know... so I grab life with two hands and LIVE!! I LUV! I LAUGH!
I am so sorry for the double loss your family has suffered.
Big HUGS to you my friend!
Luv and prayers going out to you and yours...

Anonymous said...

We are the most blessed people,and to have the opportunity to have one of God's angels for short period is a wonderful thing,just think,Ethan is SEEING,TALKING,AND HUGGING JESUS right now.
Thank you for sharing this sweet story.It's things like this that feels our hearts to overflowing.
God be with you and yours and wrap his loving arms around each and everyone.
I'm giving you a hug right now,and I will say a prayer for the family,for comfort and peace in JESUS name.AMEN.

srpprcrftr said...

How hard it's been for your family. I can only say I'm so terribly sorry for your losses and hope God will help you all to have peace. Bless that little guys's heart, smiling in the photos you showed. We wonder why and how people are picked to go be with their Lord. Ethan was needed to make everybody in Heaven happier.
Bless all of you in your time of sadness and grief.

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

My prayers are with Ethan and your family and you.

PamLuvsPink said...

To Karin, my dear friend,

I'm sorry to hear this sad news. Losing a child has to be the most retched experience of all.

He looked incredibly happy during his short life and you and your wonderful family could not have loved him any deeper than you showed. He knew this and soaked it in.

He was extraordinary in his little personality and during my reading of your sisters beautiful letter and seeing the beautiful pictures...I could almost hear him laughing, playing in the water or listening to his beautiful cousins who read to him. They are very special!!

Losing loved ones is devastating and for you and your family to be going through 2 is heartbreaking.

Last April when I lost my dad, I turned to the Scriptures for comfort. I'd like to share a couple with you. When your alone in a peaceful area, look these up and I hope that they will also bring your comfort!!

Psalms 37:11, 29
John 5:28-29
Revelation 21:4

Take care my friend and know that you and your family are in my prayers....


betsy said...

What a beautiful story. I am so sorry for your loss. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand and comfort you.

Sumaya at Evocative Vintage said...

This beautiful story moved me so much Karin, touched at my heart strings and at the same time brought a smile to my face. How wonderful that God gave Ethan the time to touch so many hearts and to bring joy to so many people. Life is fragile and short, that's so true. My husband has been battling cancer for 6 months, and I am so aware of how precious our time is on this earth.

Ethan has joined all God's little angels in Heaven!

I wish you peace and comfort during your time of sadness.

Blessings to you and your family.


Kathy's Fistfull of Daisies said...

I am sitting here sobbing and rejoicing at the same time. I am am grieving for you and your family, but I am rejoicing for that beautiful little boy who is the arms of Jesus!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- Karin- I am so so so very sorry. I missed this post somehow earlier. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. We, too, lost a beautiful grandchild (due to hospital error) and our lives were forever changed. You now have a very special angel to watch over you...and I am bawling like a baby sitting here- xo Diana

Art and Sand said...

Today is my first visit to your blog. I am in tears as I read. What a beautifully put story of the sweet Ethan. The adults and all of the children in your family sound like they are pretty special too.

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Oh girl, so sorry to hear this news. He looks like the best darn kiddo ever. Please know I am thinking of you all during this hard time. Sending my love love love XO Jen

Unknown said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Karin. I've noticed your posts about Ethan and he seemed like such a blessing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family, girl. You're right. Life is fragile, don't waste a second. Love you!