Saturday, October 28, 2006

July 20, 2006-October 27, 2006

Our fighter of a son has gone to be with Jesus. We celebrate his life and revel in the fact that he is finally well. We are sad. We miss our son. But do not mourn for us. Celebrate with us. Eliot's life points us all to worship. Join us.

More posts and details will come.

II Timothy 4:7,8
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."

Revelation 21:3-5
"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.' He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!' "

183 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Eliot's life. What a privilege it has been to check in each week and see how the very hand of God has been on your family. May His presence overwhelm your home as you celebrate and remember the life of your child. KNOW that you are being prayed for and that God used Eliot to impact my life in a precious way.
A complete stranger in Texas, but sister in the Lord.

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you both. Eliot is indeed well and rejoicing with our Lord. Eliot's brief but powerful life has touched so many of us. Thank you for being willing to open your lives to us.

You are in my prayers.

Janet Crow

The Walkie Talkie said...

I signed my last post "still celebrating." And as you have asked, we will continue to do just that. Much love, Jenny Beth, Benton, Ben and Whitlee

Sugar Photography said...

Precious Eliot.

I have followed his life for the past three months and don't quite know what to say today.

God bless your family.

Thank you for sharing your journey and Eliot's amazing life with the world.

Joy Primm said...

Eliot is in the presence of Jesus - a place we can only imagine at this point. What an incredibly lucky little man.
My heart as a fellow new parent goes out to you both, and I am praying ferverently for you. God is near, holding you both. You are a precious family, and I thank you for sharing your lives with us.

Cassie said...

What a blessing it has been to read about Eliot. Thank you for sharing your sweet journey with all of us. Eliot's life touched so so many. We love you both, and our prayers go out to you.
Clay, Cassie, and Andie Dodson

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Anonymous said...

Precious Matt and Ginny,

You and your precious son have had such a tremendous impact on my own walk with God. I weep with you and celebrate with you. I can hardly wait to meet Eliot in heaven someday! His courageous 3 months here have led me closer to our Lord. Thank you for sharing your joy and tears with us all. Our prayers for you will continue as you travel the days and weeks to come.

Erin Anderson
Dallas, Texas

Anonymous said...

what a precious life! he lived a life for Christ! Blessings
kaitlin and courtney
Mobile, Alabama

Anonymous said...

God bless you, little man! We were so priviledged to know you. I have no doubt but that you are smiling and cooing your angel's song now. You've made a tremendous and beautiful impact on so many of us and we will never forget. Thank you, Eliot.

Matt & Ginny...thank you for sharing your wonderful son and life with us. God couldn't have chosen better parents for such an angel. May your sadness be overshadowed by the wonderful memories and sensations of loving Eliot. You did good, guys!

Brax and Kim said...

What an amazing glory to the Lord Eliot's life has been and will be! We so appreciate ya'll sharing it with us! We'll be praying for sleep and peace!

Brax, Kim & Thomas Watkins
Atlanta, GA

Anonymous said...

Dear Mooney's
I can't tell you how saddened we are to hear of Eliot's passing. We know he is in a much better place. One day soon I'm sure he and Claire will finally get to meet and rejoice together!
With Love and Gratitude,
Billy & Tammy Cox

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny,
Thank you so much for sharing Eliot with so many people. Our hearts are heavy for you but we know that Eliot is in the presence of our Almighty God whose love he has already experienced through your tender care. We feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to be part of Eliot's wonderful life and admire you both.
Thank you,
Bryan & Erika Lewis

Anonymous said...

As a parent, my heart is breaking right now. As a Christian, my heart is filled with joy that Eliot is with the Lord. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with me.

Blessings,
Heather

Mrs. Olivia said...

Matt and Ginny,Please know how privilrged I feel to have had a window into your journey with precious eliot. I rejoice with you that he is well now and being welcomed by a whole host on the other side. Please know that you will continue to be in my prayers as you journey forward. I am confident that God will continue to enpower you both with the strength,grace and dignity that you have so faithfully exhibited. You have my love and prayers, Mrs. Olivia

Anonymous said...

Eliot, you are inspiring!
Matt and Ginny, your faith is incredible! Eliot is rejoicing in the arms of the angels! Blessings, Anonymous.

Lisa said...

Matt and Ginny -

My heart is breaking for you! I have watched your incredible journey with your son from afar and even though I have lost 3 babies, I never brought them home to care for them before I had to give them back. I cannot begin to image what you are going through at this time. Thank you for giving us all an open window to your life and allowing all of us to play active rolls in praying for you! The prayer will continue from Arlington, TX.

May God wrap HIS whole hands around you both and supply you with the comfort and peace that only he can give. I am truly sorry for the lose of your beautiful son, but I know for sure, he will never be forgotten, not even by complete strangers =)

Lisa Hartsfield
Arlington, TX

Kari said...

Thank you. Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for sharing your son with so many-- most of us-- total strangers. In three months time, Eliot has inspired so many to be closer to Jesus. Most of us can only hope to impact so many. Praying for you and Eliot has been an honor, and quite honestly, a blessing. Reading your journey each week has brought me closer to God than I have been in quite some time. Devon and I will continue to celebrate Eliot's joyful reunion with our Lord and pray for you and Ginny. You two are some of the most incredible parents that I have ever known, which explains why God chose to gift you with such an incredible son.

Still praying for you in California, Kari

Scott Cable said...

I love you guys. It is amazing the testimony a little child could have on complete strangers around the world, but I saw what impact Eliot had out here, halfway across the country. We are all hurting with you... and rejoicing in the thought of a perfectly healthy Eliot sitting at the feet at Jesus.

Anonymous said...

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy!
This words are from a song called "Legacy" by Nicole Nordeman.
Eliot has truly left a legacy. with every breath he took, He blessed the Lord's name. WHAT A MIRACLE!

mpfannenstiel said...

Matt & Ginny,
You don't know me but Elliot has so strengthened my faith. It has been such a blessing to read your inspirational words every week and just be witness to such a miracle. My prayers are with you both.

God Bless you.
Melissa

Anonymous said...

I cannot find the words to express the gratitude I feel towards the Lord right now, that He blessed so many of us with Eliot's sweet life. We are sorry for your loss, but please know that Eliot's precious face and story will forever be etched in our hearts as he will be in yours. Ginny, I am just certain that Mama was right there along with PaPa and Mamarite welcoming Eliot into Heaven. We love you,and join with you in longing to be with our Lord.
Carrie and Mark Uberecken

Kim said...

We are praying for both as you endure this heart break! Eliot has blessed us greatly and we will always remember him! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Kim and family

Anonymous said...

Bless you all. I've followed your blog, and I've been so touched by your strength and grace. Thank you for sharing Eliot's life with us. ~Paula in Georgia

Anonymous said...

Eliot,
Thank you so much for teaching me about the depth of God's love and how no matter the circumstances, He is there.
Matt and Ginny,
I thank God for everything He has taught the two of you and the things He will continue to teach you. God bless you and the rest of your family.
Emily Eaton

Stephen said...

Eliot's life blessed our family more than words, and so did you and Ginny in your care of that precious little guy. We celebrate with you the life and the love shared between a precious family. We love you so much and thank you for sharing life with us.
stephen, tamara, cooper, jack, & kate.

Anonymous said...

Job 1:21

"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."

Our hearts break and rejoice with you. You all have been such a blessing and powerful testimony to us. We thank you for allowing us the opportunity to meet little Eliot at his party, even though we crashed it. We will continue to lift you up in prayer.

Much Love,
The Baugh Family

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny - My heart is breaking for you both at this very difficult time. But you are right, Eliot is now well and at peace in the Lord. And Carrie's right. I find comfort in picturing "Miss Sherrie", Mamarite, and Papa and many, many others taking Eliot into their arms today.

I have been humbled by your testimony and feel privileged to have been a part of your journey and time with Eliot, as do so many others. He has been a true blessing and precious, precious gift from the Lord.

Praying for you today!

Love, Sara (Terral) in Houston.

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny thank you so much for sharing Eliot's life with us. We have been so blessed over the past three months by your testimony. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
The Walker's
Bret, Jayme, & Molly

amy said...

You know my heart is hurting for you both but I am rejoicing for Eliot. He's finally "cordless" and perfected. His life has been such a testimony and the Eliot lessons you have shared have touched so many lives in ways we don't even know. I thanked you once for sharing Eliot with all of us when you could have just kept him for yourself. Thank you again for letting us in during a time that you could have claimed for your own. James 1:2-3 tells us to "consider it all joy" and that is what I am doing. Sometimes the joy is not as obvious as other times, but it is always there ready to be discovered if we would just look. There is joy in Eliot's life and there is joy in his physical death. We won't be able to join your celebration time, but know that I will be wearing a bright color and praying for your family on that day.I might even wear red! Picture Eliot with giant grin today, a twinkle in both of his beautiful perfectly focused eyes, two ears that can hear every word spoken, hands and feet that can clap and dance with the angels, a perfectly constructed heart that beats with pure joy, and lungs big enough to belt out praises to our Lord! That is what I am picturing.

Love you guys a ton,

Aunt Amy

Anonymous said...

I have been forever changed from the sharing of your precious Eliot and his fragile life.
Thank you for sharing him each week!! Many prayers and love from a sister in Christ from Texas.

David and Erin James said...

Thinking of you, thanks for sharing with us and letting us learn things along the way with you. I think it is soooo good that you took so many pictures celebrating each day with him.

Kelly said...

Matt and Ginny,

Words just can't express how little Eliot impacted my life. He taught me hope, courage and demonstrated to me the type of faith I desired. I thank you for sharing his story with me. I would be more than honored to celebrate Eliot's life with you two.
Kelly Scott

The Arnspergers said...

We love you and are full of tears but we share in the same hope with you that we will see our children again and that they are with the King of Kings and are perfect and well.

We have been honored to share his life with you. What a miracle that you have had as long as you did! Jesus is so good.

Grieving, but with hope,
The Arnspergers

Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

Matt and Ginny,
thank you for sharing your story with people you don't know; Eliot's life has obviously touched so, so many people, and the Lord's Name has been glorified through all three of you.

I'll continue to pray for you, that God will hold you securely beneath the everlasting arms in comfort.

Anonymous said...

Such GLORY of the Most High God have I, WE, seen in your family!!! Thank you Lord, and thank you Ginny, Matt, and Eliot too. Love and prayers, Carole Terral P. S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ginny!

Anonymous said...

The mixture of intense pain and overwhelming joy is bewildering. And yet our trust, our hope, our faith and our assurance are certain that it is all for His glory.

I'm sure there was an amazing chorus of angels singing throughout the heavens upon Eliot's arrival into Jesus' loving arms.

LF

Sean and Heather said...

Thank you for allowing so many of us who have never met you or your precious son to be apart of your lives. I have followed his story for about a month now. I have been blessed by his strength as well as your courage and strength to take care of such a special little boy. I pray that the Lord will bless you and allow you to use Eliot`s story to minister to other families.

In Him,
Heather Hughes

A stranger in Memphis said...

I want to thank you for letting so many of us share in the incredible journey of Eliot's life. I have been encouraged and inspired by how in just a few, short months, the Lord has taught so many so much through your precious son. I know you miss him, but rejoice in the fact that he is whole and in the presence of our Savior. Eliot went straight from your arms to His.

Judie said...

Matt and Ginny,
How my heart can ache and rejoice at the same time amazes me, only through our Lord. Eliot can run with the angels on streets made of gold, and rest in perfect peace that he will welcome you at the end of your journey. I love you both and will see you at Eliot's celebration. I continue to pray for His amazing grace and peace at this time and want you to feel His loving arms holding you right now, Judie Ledbetter and the prayer team in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Eliot's life with us! I just became aware of your blog a few weeks ago and accidently clicked on it today only to find that he has a new home! He is a perfect little boy now! Please know that we are praying and mourning with you as sisters and brothers in Christ.
The Fisher's

Anonymous said...

I am - Nicole
The winds of change,
And circumstance blow in and all around
us so we find a foothold that’s familiar,
And bless the moments that we feel You nearer
Life had begun, I was woven and spun,
You let the angels dance around the throne, who can say when,
But they’ll dance again, when I am free and finally headed home!
Every time I think of Eliot, I know the angels are dancing because Eliot is finally headed home where he will be forever healed. GOD BLESS ELIOT!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I live in California and have been following the celebration of Eliots life. We heard about Eliot from a friend of a friend in Texas. We've been praying and seeking the Lord for his healing whether it be in the beautiful arms of his parents or the precious healing arms of Jesus. Our hearts mourn with sadness today yet celebrate all the Lord has done through this precious life He shared with all of us. Your testimony has been an inspiration to more than you could ever know and will continue to draw more near to the heart of God as His kingdom draws closer everyday.
John & Andrea Pascua
Southern California

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny,
Thank you for sharing Eliot's precious life with us. We are so thankful that you all shared his life with us here in Fort Worth. In such a short time Eliot's life changed ours forever. Much love and prayers to you both, Debi and Brent Hicks and family

Anonymous said...

I do not remember exactly which passage in the Bible says this, but is says we, believers are not to mourn like those without hope.

I pray for your continued strength and joy through the sorrow of Eliot's passing from his earthly home.

I thank you for sharing your family with us.

Praise the Lord!
Anne and Andy Fullerton
Fayetteville, AR

one smarmy mama said...

There are no words. I just feel so lucky and blessed that you guys made the choice to share your beautiful son with all us strangers. We're so lucky and blessed.

I will pray for peace for you guys. You are such wonderful parents and such a great example for the rest of us.

Much love.

Jena Griffin Baker said...

Matt and Ginny,

I am so sad to hear about Eliot. Thank you so much for sharing his life with so many. I have been praying for your family and now I will continue to pray as you learn to live without. Maybe Eliot is meeting the little angel that we have in heaven already. We love you.

Mike, Jena, Noah, and Grayson Baker

Jena Griffin Baker said...

Matt and Ginny,

I am so sad to hear about Eliot. I have been praying for your family and now I will continue to pray for you both as you learn to live life without him. Maybe Eliot is meeting my angel that is Heaven already. We love you/

Mike, Jena, Noah and Grayson Baker

Anonymous said...

You don't know me. I stumbled on your site through a friend on Hannah's Prayer.

Thank you for sharing your story. As someone who has yet to be a mom, I can understand your celebration in every moment of your child's sweet life.

We celebrate with you -- miles away.

poshiggity said...

Thanks for sharing Eliot's story. It has reached Denver...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for letting us know Eliot these past 3 months. He will not be forgotten. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Lindsay Warren and family

jan margrave said...

i have followed eliot's story since the beginning through andrea and joe mitchell. i haven't posted but have followed silently and prayerfully. i checked the blog daily - casually i checked again today and am so saddened and, yes, shocked. eliot was SO loved and SO tenderly cared for by his precious family that it was easy for someone so removed to believe he would defy the odds. my heart aches for you. know that there are many who you don't even know who are part of eliot's brief life. much love and prayers, jan margrave

Anonymous said...

God bless you, Matt & Ginny, for sharing Eliot's life with us!

Sister in Christ from Kentucky

Anonymous said...

How blessed I feel to have had a small glimpse into Eliot's life. Thank you for sharing your journey, your faith, your joy, and heartache. I will continue to pray for you both.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing the journey of your little angel, Eliot with all of us. What incredible parents you two are. I will continue to pray for you both. Just know that this precious baby has touched so many lives in his short three months and he will never be forgotten. What an honor to have known Eliot through this site.

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny
What a beautiful life!! He was precious in the pictures and wish we could have met him. Thank you for giving all the glory to the Sovereign Father. Thank you for choosing Joy and celebrating everyday of your son's life!
May God continue to give you strength!
Mike and Melanie Connell

Max and Amy Teague said...

Matt and Ginny,
Thank you for sharing Eliot's blessed life with us. He taught us more in his short time on earth than you will ever know. He was very blessed to have you as parents and we are blessed to have you in our lives as such great examples of Christ's love.
Max and Amy
Teague

miss katie said...
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miss katie said...

Thanks for sharing Eliot's story with us! My prayers are with you and your family.
Rome, Georgia

Linda said...

I'm so sorry I didn't know about Eliot sooner, but please know my prayers are with you. What a joy to know that the Lord is indeed in control of all things - even those things that are so difficult to understand. And our great hope is that one day in heaven we are reunited with those most precious to us - for eternity.
Bless you.

Peach said...

My heart is heavy and light at the same time. My mama heart is heavy for the feelings that we share as mothers. My Christian sister heart is light as I know our precious Jesus is rejoicing over Eliot right now!

What an incredible life this little boy lived. He has taught more people more than many of us do in 75+ years here on earth.

May our Lord draw you close to Himself and strengthen you moment by moment.

Much love and prayers are being sent your way!

Anonymous said...

What a testimony to God's authority, grace, and love was Eliot's life on Earth--and it is just beginning in his home with his Heavenly Father. We are celebrating the life of Eliot, and we are praying for your family. You are truly inspiring, Matt and Ginny.
We love you,
Wes and Kate

On Fire For Him said...

I am so sorry and yet so thankful that He is with our beautiful Lord. I pray for much strength and rest for both of you. I know that He will surround you with His prescense.
Bless you and thank you for sharing Eliot and yourselves with all of us.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for Eliot's story. It is amazing to see all of the lives he has touched; I feel blessed to have known him through this site. I smile today because I know that Eliot is smiling down on us. He is with our God in heaven and knows we will join him one day.

May God continue to give you strength Matt and Ginny.
My prayers are with you!
From Atlanta, GA

Anonymous said...

Right now, I pray for continued peace that passes all understanding to flood your lives. Thank you for letting complete strangers feel like they knew Eliot without ever even meeting him- he was absolutely precious to so many!
Bek, Josh, and Ruthie Phelan

Anonymous said...

Thank You for sharing your precious Son's life with us! As a Mom, my heart hurts for you, but as a sister in Christ I shout for JOY that he is in Heaven with our Lord and Savior not hurting at all! Please know ya'll are being covered with prayer!!! Eliot and his story was such a testimony to so many people! Much Love!!

melissa said...

this is my first visit to your blog and i was touched by the strength in God you have during this time. may God continue to bless your family.

a fellow hog fan in arkansas.

Anonymous said...

I just spent the last little while reading about the amazing journey you have been on. This is my first time visiting (got here through Sarah's blog). I will definitely be praying for you guys...that God will hold you ever so close and comfort you today and in the days ahead. May He give you the strength that you need each day, as only He can.

Your son's life has touched many people, that is plain to see....you are an awesome mommy & daddy and he was blessed to have you. What a sweet reunion it will be in Heaven.

Love & Prayers, Amber

Mayhem & Miracles said...

I became aware of your amazing story only tonight, but you will be in my prayers for many months. I won't forget because my niece is right now in the fight for her life, and when I pray for her, I will pray for you. I just spent a while going through so many of your posts to read about your story, and two things struck me most - your overwhelming love for your amazing little boy and your complete honesty about all your worries and fears and trust and hope. I will be praying for you the peace that passes all understanding. God Bless your entire family.

Anonymous said...

It has been a true blessing to me to get to know Eliot through your blog. I am saddened to hear of his passing but know for sure that he's being cradled by our Lord right now. With all sincerity, Eliot's blog has made such an impact on my life. THANK YOU for sharing. Lean HEAVY on our Lord right now. My prayers will continue to be with you as parents. Know that His comforting arms are around you right now. I know the pain must be enormous but He is there!! PRAYING for you. Much love to you two.
Lisa in S.C.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your precious son's story. He has touched many lives, even us strangers, and will never be forgotten. Eliot is an amazing baby boy, a miracle of God. May God bless your family and my prayers are with you.

Theresa R.S. Thurman
Parsons, KS

JenMom said...

Your lives (Matt, Ginny & Eliot)have been an INCREDIBLE testimony to all who have witnessed this chapter...even if only via the Internet. God Bless You from Georgia!

Kym Brinkley said...

I love you both so much, and I wish I were there to hug both of your necks. Know that I am praying for you as you miss your sweet Eliot.
Thank you for sharing your sweet son with me. : )

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny,
I have been following along, and I am so sorry for you loss.. but I am thrilled you had the time you did. Eliot was a true blessing and an insperation of ones will to fight. You are both strong in your faith, and that is what will help you through.
Darlene Burnham. Southaven Ms.

The Keeters said...

Texas sheds both tears of sorrow, yet tears of joy. We have all been so blessed by you all and know that your kingdom assignment was both difficult but glorifying in ways that only the King could design and accomplish through your family. You have touched so many lives and hopefully, they too, can turn to our Lord in the persistant way you have shown all of us. Thank you Matt and Ginny, for sharing your family story with us... Thank you Eliot for inspiring us all and glowing in the name of our Savior, Christ. You have been an angel in all of our earthly eyes. And now you continue in our eternal resting place, Heaven. We will continue to celebrate your life here in Texas...God Bless you~ The Keeter Family

Anonymous said...

What an amazing testimony of God's grace and mercy you have been to so many people! Hold on to Jesus and know that you will never walk alone. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing Eliot with us. We are forever changed by his life.

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny,
I am so sorry to hear of Eliot's passing. Thank you for sharing his life with us. He and Claire have changed my life forever.
Rachel
Mobile, Al.

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny,
The Browns in Dallas are praying for you. We are so proud of the way you have represented Christ through this time. Know you are loved and that God is writing your story and now Eliot is with our Good God. May you be comforted and may our Lord draw close to you!

Braun and Angie

Lori Shipman said...

Matt & Ginny,

As parents, you have been a true testimony of what God wants from us. You have realized from the beginning that Eliot was yours only as long as the Father chose. Many of us would be wise to keep that in mind as we raise our kids instead of taking every breath for granted. Thank you for the precious reminder to cherish each day.

I also want to thank you for letting every minute, hour, day, week, and month of his life be to the glory of the Father.

You have said before that you did not know how you were doing it. You have now entered a new phase of grieving parent. God understands every aspect of that; the sadness, the anger, and every other emotion that comes along in our healing process. Allow yourselves to feel each of them without guilt. Turn to him and he will be your comfort.

Much love and many prayers,
Lori

Anonymous said...

My heart is so split...As a parent I feel devestated for your loss, but also rejoicing that Eliot is with His Maker! I have been so blessed by him and so impacted by your faith, strength, courage and love. Matt and Ginny...Eliot is so precious and his short life impacted me. I thank you for sharing him with us. Eliot is well now and at peace in the Lord. You will continue to be in my prayers as your journey continues! Missy Holt

Anonymous said...

My name is Lisa and I, too, lost a precious child when she was 13 days old. She is survived by her twin sister and we are ever so grateful for each and every moment we have with her. It is not until you go through something like this that you truly realize how precious each and every minute of every day is. I love the way you celebrated each day of your son's life. You lived each moment with him the way we should live each day - without any regrets. You have a beautiful account of his precious and amazing life. It is so awesome to read how your faith has carried you through. God provides us with strength to endure the unthinkable and I praise Him for allowing you to know your son for so many more days than expected. He was beautiful and I can't help but think that he is smiling down on you as our precious Sarah smiles down on us. They are in the presence of our Lord...what better place could they be? Much love and prayers are sent your way. Lisa

Anonymous said...

Thank you for letting be a part of your family and we join you in celebrating that he now is with the Lord and healty and happy. It is my prayer that you both continue to walk with the Lord in faith and see who much you have been blessed to have Eliot in your life even if it was for a short time. The Lords plans are always perfect and his timing is perfect. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

God bless your family!!!

Dallas said...

I am so happy that Eliot is no longer in pain and having difficulties, but I mourn with you in your loss. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. I was faithful to keeping up with your journey with him. I will be praying for both of you as you adjust to a new kind of life. Dallas Henderson

Anonymous said...

God Bless you Mooney Family. What a beautiful testament of faith you are showing in your post. Praying for God continue to lay his healing hands on you during this phase of your journey. May the infinite grace of God sustain you.

Leslie Stanley

Sarah said...

I've followed your journey for almost two months, now.

You and your son have been such a powerful testimony of God's grace to me over these last weeks.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Sarah

The Keeters said...

I know exactly what you are going through this day... I'm over- flooded with mixed feelings, yet am confident that you two are embracing His comfort. This song touches me when I think of my daughter Savannah in heaven... I hope it can provide you with a compassionate embrace:

"Someday" by Kenny Chesney

Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
I feel you everywhere I go.
I see your smile, I see your face,
I hear you laughin' in the rain.
I still can't believe you're gone.

It ain't fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell I've been through,
Just knowin' no-one could take your place.
An' sometimes I wonder,
Who'd you be today?

Would you see the world? Would you chase your dreams?
Settle down with a family,
I wonder what would you name your babies?
Some days the sky's so blue,
I feel like I can talk to you,
An' I know it might sound crazy.

It ain't fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell I've been through,
Just knowin' no-one could take your place.
An' sometimes I wonder,
Who you'd be today?

Today, today, today.
Today, today, today.
Instrumental Break.

Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
The only thing that gives me hope,
Is I know I'll see you again some day.
Some day, some day, some day.

Melanie said...

May God keep you in His Peace. I look forward to meeting your son one day.

Glen and Lydia Farell said...

From Springfield, VA to Dallas, TX to Little Rock, AR, your precious family is in our prayers. Thank you for sharing your son's life with us and for teaching me what it means to rest in the arms of our Savior and depend on His faithfulness.
Sharing in your joy and sadness in Dallas, TX,
Lydia

Belle-ah said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet, angel with us through your photos and words. He is indeed a miracle. God must be so glad to have him in His arms again. I will pray for you both. Thank you for your love, faith and for sharing that gift.

Kris said...

I found your blog from Claire's, and I am very deeply touched by your son's very short life. I am happy that he is home w/ no pain or suffering, but I know that you must be hurting inside, and that you will miss him greatly.

God bless and grant you peace during this difficult time!

Thanks for sharing your son's precious life here!

carol said...

My heart aches for you at this moment. I know how blessed you were to have Elliot in your life for the time you did and no one will ever take that from you. I want to thank you for sharing this journey with so many people. You have taught us so much. I will be thinking of the two of you for how much you miss him but as you said... Eliot is in a very good place right now. God bless you!
carol

Beth said...

Your story has made a lasting imprint in my mind. Eliot not only captured your hearts, but mine and many others as well! Thank you for sharing his and your life with us. Not many people could see beyond the circumstances to find that there was beauty, joy & grace in it! I am forever changed to my CORE Mooney family~
Blessings to you,
Beth

Anonymous said...

Heaven is a little sweeter with Eliot's presence with Jesus. Thank you for sharing your lives so openly these past few months. I know God will honor your testimony in ministering to so many of us. May you sense His arms of love, peace, and comfort around you now. God bless you both.
Patricia E
Madison, Mississippi

Anonymous said...

"But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:23

I am sure you have clung to this verse for the past 3 months, and we pray that this hope which does not fail us, will continue to abide in you both.
With all our love and prayers,
The Hales

Lisa said...

Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you in Texas at 1:30pm today and wearing bright purple in celebration of sweet Eliot!!!

Lisa Hartsfield
Arlington, TX

Anonymous said...

Dear Matt & Ginny,

Thank you so much for sharing your and sweet Eliot's life with us all. You have given us hope and inspired us. You have made us tear up while reading your eloquence each week and cringe as the pages were loading, as we hoped that this update wasn't the update that no one wanted to come. He was so beautiful and I really enjoyed reading about him each week...I received your link from a friend of a friend and immediately got sucked in by his precious face and story. I know there are many out there like me, just anonymously reading and praying for you all.

Much love to you and thank you again for opening your hearts and your door. You really have touched so many.

My favorite picture by far was the recent of Ginny with Eliot in her arms...motherly love. It captured it all.

Hugs to you from Atlanta, GA

Stephanie said...

Matt and Ginny,
There are no words...I just heard an immediately begun to cry. However, I am celebrating the life of a boy who God used in a powerful way to encourage and inspire a fallen world. He truly used Eliot's life to further the Kingdom. What a son...to the parents who are missing and rejoicing....you are both in our prayers...
Bobby, Stephanie and Abby Kate Qualls

Anonymous said...

I am heartbroken to hear of Eliot's passing but rejoice to know that he is healed. So sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Leslie Knight
Monroe, LA

Kelly Sprayberry Akers said...

Thank you for sharing precious Eliot with us these past 3 months. I have been so encouraged by your faith and your joy in the midst of trials. I praise God for every sweet moment He gave you with your son! You are both in our prayers.

Julie Floyd Jones said...

Ginny & Matt -
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have been keeping up with you and Eliot since Jenny Elliot Ballentine sent me the link to your site over a month ago. I have looked forward to each week's post and seeing how you 3 were taking advantage and making the most of every little minute that you had together. You and your son have touched my life and inspired me more than you will ever know. I am so sorry for your loss.
Sincerely,
Julie Floyd Jones
(AXO with you, Ginny, at Alabama)

Anonymous said...

My heart is so heavy for the both of you. I was never able to hold my little one that God received into His arms 9 years ago. We were never able to celebrate his/her days, but I knew I was still a mommy. Thank you for celebrating each wonderful yet difficult moment. What a joy your lives have been to follow. May the Jesus who has strengthened you so far be ever more close to you at this very moment.
In Christ's love,
Christy Edmondson McMurrian

Anonymous said...

What a blessing to read about the celebration of Eliot's life.

My thoughts and prayers are with you both through this time.

Blessings, Karla

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that you have readers in Charlotte, NC. My husband and I have been moved by your story, and as fellow Christians we rejoiced with you about your son's life and now join in your sorrow with his death. Remember that Christ will bear your burden.

I also was noticing that Eliot and I share a birthday...what an honor. I will remember your sweet little boy and as I celebrate my birthday, I will celebrate his life and your dedication to him and the Lord.

Joe and Susie said...

what a privilege it has been to know eliot only through your blog. thank you for sharing his life as well as yours with all of us. i have been humbled and encouraged by your faith and journey. eliot's sweet life has touched so many people. know that you are being prayed for.
susie lovekamp

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny,
We don't know what to say in this time other than we love you guys and are praying for you. Baby Eliot has blessed our lives and taught us many things. Thank you for sharing his life with us- and your incredible and godly perspective throughout his beautiful life. God bless,
cooper and missy

Anonymous said...

I know that Jesus is embracing Eliot and rejoicing that he is finally home.

Thank you for taking us along with you and Eliot and sharing his life. I have been blessed beyond what you will ever know.

I know that the journey doesn't end here. We'll keep walking with you!
love-katyo

Debbie said...

Heaven is a better place with Eliot there. Your little angel will always be with you. I have followed your site, thanks to Andrea Mitchell, and have prayed for you and your incredible family. you will continue to remain in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Eliot's story!

May God's peace be with you!

God Bless,
Jobie
Greenwood, IN

Rachel Norris said...

There is not much I can say that hasn't been said. Thank you Matt and Ginny for sharing your son and pointing us all to Christ as you trusted Him daily with sweet Eliot. It is evident that all of you touched many lives and have increased all of our faith. We are praying for you as you both grieve and rejoice. We love you-
Rachel (Wood), Jeff, and Samuel Norris

Anonymous said...

Dear Ginny and Matt,
I was so sorry to learn of Eliot's passing...Katie called me today in Memphis. I can only think how inadequate my words are, but I want you to know I am praying for you both. I, like everyone else, delighted in Eliot's all to brief life. Thank you for sharing so much of him and yourselves. It was a true testimony to your strong faith. God truly did bless you with Eliot, and Eliot with you. All my love to you both and to your families.

Leigh Mullen

Kristen said...

I have been trying to think of what to write....but there truly is nothing to say when you lose a child. It just should not happen, but in an imperfect world, it does. I lost my first baby boy as well - Connor - and I am sure he is embracing Eliot right now in heaven. People say that once you are gone your memory, your difference, your earthly life is soon forgotten. I know that NOT to be true. Because of the death of my son, the airlines changed their policy about changing your tickets due to the loss of a pre-term child (we were supposed to be flying when we learned our son had died at our ultrasound and the airlines, at first, would not give us our money back because we didn't experience a "death"). I read the posts from others and see how the short life of Eliot has changed so many -- many that have never met him or you (such as myself). Revel in the fact that he has made a difference. Revel in the fact that he will never have another problem, pain, or tear. Revel in the fact that you were priviliged, however so briefly, to know him, hold him, see him, love him. And believe that you will be with him again. I believe God will bless you for your love, your sufferings, and your faith.

Leslie Moore said...

Matt and Ginny,

When I think of you and Eliot, I just close my eyes and smile as I whisper, "Thank you, Lord, for this sweet little family."

God was honored and glorified by Eliot's life. Eliot painted a beautiful picture of our Father who loves us so very much.

It comforts me to know that Eliot is now Home and in the presence of the One who formed his whispy mullet hair-do, chubby cheeks and tiny feet. Eliot is Home. He is whole. We will see him again one day.

Thank you for reminding me of what it really means to live in the moment and celebrate...

Praying for you now,

Leslie Cooley Moore

Anonymous said...

I just don't have the right words.. may the Lord bring you both peace. Thank you for sharing Eliot's journey....

Anonymous said...

My prayers and thoughts are with you. I have followed Eliot's story for the 2 months and I have been touched by it. May God bless you and be with.
-A sister in Christ from Iowa

gracie said...

Matt & Ginny...Eliot's life and your faith have been an inspiration and a gift of grace. Thank you for sharing him with the world! You two are the most amazing parents and your attitude to the joy and suffering of this journey has made a difference to me in my own parenting. Praise God from whom all blessings flow...
Thoughts for you from Australia,
gracie

Anonymous said...

I wish i were an eloquent writer at a time like this- knowing just the perfect thing to say to momentarily ease the pain in your heart. But I'm just an ordinary person, at a loss for words.

My heart goes out to you both. Eliot has become part of my family over the past three months- even though I do not know the Mooney family. I think about him every day... I pray for him every day. One thing I do know for sure- I will forever be changed by Eliot. He has changed the way I approach spending time with my young daughters and has stregthened my relationship with God. Thanks be to God for sharing Eliot. Many people will be better parents and stronger Christians because of your son.

-Garrett
Florida

Jenny said...

Matt & Ginny -
I found your story today and read it all. I have been blessed in reading Eliot's story. Your faith is inspiring. It has also been a reminder of how precious each and every day is and to not take things for granted. Thank you for sharing your story. God bless you!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing Eliot's life with everyone. You all have touched my heart and life in a way that I will never be the same. I pray that you will feel God's loving arms around you. Please know that you are in our prayers.

The Michels Family

a bra that fits & a can opener that works said...

I weep for your loss of Eliot here on this earth. But I rejoice with you, because I know Eliot will be there to meet you both when you get Home. remember the song a few years ago,that played on Christian radio,
"Jesus has a rocking chair"? HE does and I bet Eliot is snuggled right there in His lap!
I pray peace,comfort and understanding for your family

Erna said...

God bless you both for your desire to celebrate the life your son had with you and now has in Heaven. I lost your blog address a while ago and found out about Eliot's arrival in Heaven. May God put His loving arms around You during this time.

Cary Murphy said...

Sweet Matt and Ginny, I feel so far away. Thanks for this blog--it helped to bridge the distance these last few months. I am very proud of you guys and the beautiful picture you gave all of us of joy and faith. Eliot's life changed mine. I hope that I can see you both soon.

Shelly said...

Wow, what a beautiful testimony of a precious baby boy. He truly was a miracle. You will always have the memory of Eliot in your hearts and minds as well as the wonderful pictures you took of him on this journey of life. Peace and comfort to you both that you know where your precious boy is right now. You truly were the best parents for him and I will remember you and your loss.

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny, We were just putting Ben to bed and saying our nightly prayers. As we often have done in the last several months we said a prayer for you all. In the process Ben created a new name for the two of you Matt and Gooney- no Mooney just Matt and Gooney. He wanted to call and talk to you afterwards but we told him we could do that some other day. Know that we are praying for and thinking of you, Matt and Gooney. Love, JennyBeth and family

Erin From NY said...

Thank you so much for sharing eliots life with all of us across the country. He gave us all hope and made me look forward to every wednesday. Take care Matt and Ginny. You are blessed for the time that you had with sweet baby eliot

Anonymous said...

You all have touched my life in an amazing way - I cannot wait to meet Eilot when I go to meet the Lord - I know he will be whole and be an amazing man for God. Please know that I am praying for all of you - I cannot imagine your pain, but I do believe that the Lord is there holding you in His arms.
God Bless!
karen robbins
sallisaw, oklahoma

The Mitchells said...

I thought of you as I read this tonight:

2 Corinthians 7-10
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake,I delight in weaknesses,in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Thank you Ginny and Matt for sharing your hardship of the illness Trisomy 18 with us, and the difficult times you shared as a family...it has made all of us out here stronger in Christ.

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you.

Karen F. said...

God is good. We know it's true. We saw it in Eliot's life, and I pray we will all see it in his NEW LIFE now.
Thank you for sharing his life with us. Thank you for pointing us to God, who is good and worthy to be praised.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you guys know that I have been keeping up with your blog for a while and eliot's passing has really brought me to realize how precious life really is. Even though I never go to see Eliot, his life has touched me. When i heard about Eliot, I didnt kno what to think or say. My dad and Tammy didnt know about it yet, and i wasnt quite sure how to tell them, knowing how much they loved him even thought they didnt know him. I just told them to go look at your website. When I walked back into the room, Tammy wasnt there, but my dad was. He was staring blankly at the screen, wondering what to write for a comment. When he realized I was in the room, he turned around to see me, and when i saw the tears in his eyes my entire heart dropped. Ive never in my life seen my dad so emotional! I really realized how precious life is and how much my dad cared for Eliot and how much he appriciates you guys for sharing your testonomy, I really believe it has helped him through Claire's life. I'm sure one day Claire and Eliot will finally meet and when that day comes, we will all rejoice in happiness that they have both been healed and strengthened. Even though little Eliot isnt with us anymore physically, he is spirtiually. I am continuing to pray for you guys and your entire family. Thanks for the prayers and comments on our blog!
--Emily Cox (Billy and Tammy's daughter)

Anonymous said...

Over the past month I have checked this site frequently, looking at Eliot's precious face and reading your beautiful writings made me appreciate life so much more. He is gone now and I will forever remember his journey. Thank you so much for sharing and may God bless you both.

Anonymous said...

I just came across your blog via another blog that I read... I must thank-you guys for sharing your precious son's life with us... Even without intent, your lives and Eliot's have made a big difference in mine. My heart goes out to you guys, yet I smile imagining little Eliot in the arms of Jesus! I cannot wait to meet you all in heaven!

Love and Prayers,
Amber Coote; Alberta, Canada

Anonymous said...

I have followed Eliot's blog for a little over two months. Your words of wisdom and strength have been amazing to say the least. Please know that I will continue to pray for your family. Baby Eliot will never be forgotten and we will all rejoice together on the other side!Praying for peace and comfort for your family,
Dallas, TX

Renee said...

As a former Razorback and U of A graduate transplanted to Colorado - I kept tabs on your precious life story of little Eliot! Thank you for sharing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. How precious to know that our Father in Heaven is caring for little Eliot!

Blessings,
Renee, Daniel, and the kids

Anonymous said...

Continued prayers and cyberhugs from Minnesota...

Corey, Kelle, and Jack Franklin said...

Thank you for sharing Eliot's story. You are in our prayers.

"May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may he show you His favor, and grant you His peace" Numbers 6:24-26.

Mindy Truly said...

Matt & Ginny,
This is my first time at your site. I don't quite know what to say, but you said without posting you would not know I had been here. I want you to know I was here, and that my heart aches for you two, and that I was changed by Eliot's story. Thank you for sharing with such honesty. You are in my prayers.

Sincerely,

Mindy Truly
Dallas, TX

Michelle and Tom Purvis said...

Matt and Ginny,
Thank you for living the last three months as an open book. Your words have touched so many hearts and lives. God bless you both and your precious Eliot.
You are in our prayers,
Michelle and Tom Purvis
Thompson and Melissa
Fort Worth

Anonymous said...

You will never know how many people Eliot touched in his short life. May God comfort you in the days ahead.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Eliot with us. How many of us could impact so many lives in three months as this precious little boy did. Our prayers are with you Matt & Ginny. What an incredible couple you are!
God Bless!
Steven & Leann Johnson
Siloam Springs, AR

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your son's story, what a blessing he has been to so many people. In his short time here, he left a legacy. I am praying for you both and I know that God's presence will continue to overwhelm you in the time to come.

Ivey Elizabeth Sirmans said...

Thank you for sharing Eliot with us all. Your angel touched many lives and we are all better for knowing him through you. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for you.
Gwen

On Our Way said...

We love you and are praying for you. We're going to miss this little guy! And his inspiration. We look forward to seeing him on the other side. God Bless! MaliMai & Co

Anonymous said...

We love you all and know you are hurting. I know Jesus's arms are holding you up. Your family has been a blessing to more than you can imagine. Thank you for sharing precious Eliot's time here with all of us. Love, Nancy, martin and William McDonald

Rhonda Adams said...

The worship celebration yesterday in honor of Eliot's life was one of the most sincere and genuine examples of faith I've ever seen. Your love for each other and your faith in God has made my own grow deeper. Keep loving each other every day, and please continue to find some comfort in knowing that we pray for you every day. Love, Rhonda

Becky Page said...

Matt & Gin, no words suffice. Heaven gets sweeter. And there is a little guy waiting at the Eastern Gate for you both. Ginny. Your birthday. I can't imagine.

"Absent from the body, present with the Lord." I love sweet Eliot and am so grateful I will meet him in eternity.

Becky Meredith Page

Anonymous said...

Matt & Ginny,
Life is certainly full of valleys and mountaintops. If not for them, we would not understand the Love of our Father for us. Thank you for sharing your valleys & mountaintops with all of us. God has blessed us all through you & your precious Eliot. I pray God continues to bless you to the fullest. Love from Kentucky,
Brenda Cantwell Wilson
I Thess. 1:2-3

Anonymous said...

Praying for you in Knoxville, Tennessee.

the voice said...

As I rejoice that Eliot is now with Jesus, and no longer living in an imperfect body, my heart is saddened by your loss. My prayers are with you. May God bless the both of you always, Ken

Rebecca said...

God has definately blessed you and will continue to keep you! Eliot was truly loved by many.

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny,

My heart hurts and celebrates the life of Eliot. The Glory of God is so amazing, yet it can hurt so much. I love you guys I wish I could be there to give you guys a hug. The example of Christ your family has set before me leaves me in awe! Acts 17:25-26 "He himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God." It is amazing to think that God placed Eliot in our lives for an appointed time to touch so many! I find Joy in the thought that God worked so mightily in Eliot's time on earth! My heart and prayers go out to you!

In Him
Tim Adams

sam said...

Thank you so much for sharing your life, and Eliot's, with us these past months. I have been back through the archives and it is so easy to see the hand of God on you all. May he continue to bless you both and may you rest confidently in the anticipation of seeing your precious son again. God bless!

Anonymous said...

Matt & Ginny,
We have faithfully followed your blog, thanks to the Mitchells. We have been and continue to pray for your family. We rejoice with you that Eliot is in heaven and look forward to meeting this precious child. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. We are forever changed because of it. We pray you will find rest in God's peace, which surpasses all comprehension.
In Him,
Bryce & Kara Hutson
Dallas, TX

Anonymous said...

July 20, 2006 DASH October 27, 2006... The dash is what matters, what a precious little boy. May you feel His love and our prayers.
Erin Hansel

Anonymous said...

matt & ginny,
my prayers are with you. heaven just got more beautiful. what an incredible picture of God's love you are to so many people. i pray that you can vividly envision sweet eliot at the throne of Jesus, healed. know that you are on our hearts.

janet (phillips) wisner

marlee said...

"Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one he loves rests between his shoulders."
Deut 33:12

I'm still lifting you up from istanbul...

Anonymous said...

I have followed your story, checking in each week. Thank you for sharing Eliot's life with me. I pray that God will continue to bring glory to Himself through you (Matt & Ginny) and Eliot.

april said...

Thank you for sharing your incredible journey with us. Your story has touched many lives. I will continue to pray for your family.

april said...

Thank you for sharing your incredible journey with us. Your story has touched many lives. I will continue to pray for your family.

SJ said...

Matt and Ginny,

I just stumbled across you blog and found our story. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your strength is inspiring. Thank you for shaaring your story. May God bless you.

Susan
Conway, AR

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being so transparent and thoughtfully reflective as you traveled the road God ordained for your family. To the One who gives and takes away be ALL the glory. I pray that the lessons He taught you (and those of us blessed to read your blog) through Eliot would continue to transform your lives and that God would comfort you as you continue to seek after Him.

Trinity Grace said...

Dear Matt and Ginny,

As from so many, thank you for opening your hearts and your lives to so many. Thank you for sharing your and Eliot's journey. What a testimony to our faithful and almighty God that you have been. I can't help but to think of David when his servants came to give him the news that his son had died. The Scripture then says, "So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the Lord and worshiped." Your faith in Christ has been a great witness to many. My children and my family have wept with you and we also rejoice with you. May God's tender mercies truly be new to you every morning.

In His Grace,

The Miller Family

taylor said...

Matt & Ginny-
Thank you so much for sharing your sweet boy with the blogger community these past 3 months. Please know that you have had the prayers of a huge community behind you... and you still do. The Lord has used little Eliot's life in such a huge way & I am grateful that you have allowed Him to work through your family.
Your sister in Christ-
Taylor Hill
Dallas, Texas

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny...
Our hearts hurt so badly with you...we've been sitting here crying our eyes out. At the same time, thank you thank you thank you for allowing us to walk with you through these precious and glorious days...we are so moved by your faith and trust. Eliot's life has deepened our own Faith. Ginny thank you for your mustard seed, it has touched us deeply. Matt, God has so gifted you to poetically convey deep Truth. Know that we will continue to pray for you guys and that we love you both so much.
love,
Chris and Lindsey Wheeler

Amy D. from St. Louis said...

How AWESOME that God has touched the lives of at least 163 people and their families (the number of comments before mine) through your precious Eliot. Make that 164! I'm so glad that you all loved Eliot with everything you had while he was with you. Thank you so much for the gift you have given us by sharing the story. Your healing and your marriage are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

God blessed many hearts through little Eliot. Thank you for sharing with us a part of your journey. It's an honor. May God continue to bless your family. Eliot is dancing with Jesus.

Candy Avera
Auburn, AL

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Eliot's life. I love what one commentor said, that he went from your arms to His. I will never forget Eliot and all that he has taught me through you.

Anonymous said...

You will absolutely never know how many lives your little man has touched and changed. I've shared your story with many, including friends who are young in their faith and experiencing the heartache and helplessness of watching their child suffer. Through the sharing of Eliot's life, your words and experience have been able to speak to their hearts what my heart has wanted to say but was unable to. Thank you for that. I have had to close the door of my office this morning and shed a few tears for you. What a beautiful life your little guy lived here. I have been blessed by him, and by the wisdom our awesome God has given you as you've sought Him out. Thank you for sharing, and for the pouring out of God's love and grace as He has poured into you. Can a person love someone she has never met? Because I do believe I have grown to love your precious Eliot.
Much love and prayers are sent your way today from this stranger in Arizona.

Kate said...

What an incredible testimony you all have been. SO many lives deeply moved, hearts touched. Thank you for sharing your struggles and joys with us. As a parent, it's heart wrenching, as a believer, it's a celebration. What a privledge it will be to meet Eliot one day, face to face. I will be praying for you all continuosly, for God's abundant peace and love to overflow.
Much Love -
Kate in GA

The Casey family said...

Matt and Ginny,
Thank you for sharing Eliot's life and the celebration of his Homecoming with us. We have been praying alongside you, the Davidson's and many others since Eliot was growing in Ginny's womb. What a tremendous blessing Eliot's story continues to be and an amazing testimony of God's wondrous Grace. We'll be praying for you even still as the Lord sees fit to direct you on this path. May His loving arms continue to uphold you and be your strength.

The Caseys
Daniel, Jennifer, Brenna & Amber

Amy from Alabama said...

God bless you and your family. Eliot is just where I hope to be someday; celebrating with Jesus and all the joy and beauty of heaven. How happy he must be! I've shed tears reading his story, but feel my heart nearly overflowing with happiness to see how you've rejoiced in having your precious son in your life. This has impacted my life in such a positive way. Thank you SO much for sharing Eliot's story with us. God bless!

Amy said...

You are amazing. Your faith and strength are humbling.
My cousin was born with T-18 22 years ago. I was ten and I remembering thinking "there's nothing wrong with her! She's perfect and will live forever!" Your blog brings back so many special memories. Thank you
Amy

Holley said...

What an amazing story of such a brave little boy. And what a blessing to have parents as special as Matt and Ginny. I'm praying for you guys and will continue to celebrate Eliot's life.
Love,
Holley J.

Anonymous said...

I miss Eliot.

Whitney said...

Your beautiful son has touched the hearts of many people. Many of whom you will never meet. I have followed little Eliot's story and witnessed what an amazing little boy he was. Thank you for sharing. I will be praying for you and your family at this difficult time.

Hummel Family said...

Wow, what a journey you've been on. We, too, lost our son to Trisomy 18. Only we didn't get to spend as much time with him as you got to with your sweet Elliot. How precious he is. I can only imagine Breckin and Elliot playing in Heaven right now. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

Breckin's site:
www.breckinhummel.blogspot.com

JoEllen Hummel
(From Ohio)

Tiffany said...

I have just seen the video of your son from a friend's blog. I couldn't help but crying. I have a 10 month old son who has brain damage from not breathing when he was born. I can't imagine losing him. Thank you for sharing your son's life with us all - it is such an encouragement to see how God has given you the strength you needed during all of this.
Tiffany Kuenzi
Pottstown, PA

Anonymous said...

I know This Does Not Mean Much But It Does To Me Your Son Was Born 3 days Before my birthday and he die just 4 days before my son was born (strange) But your story really touched me and made be cry the very thought of what you and your family had gone thorough scares me so much that i fear that one day i too will have to bury my son i just don't think i could handle it the way your family did what i am trying to say is the you and your family give me hope may i can make it thorough the bad times but i do pray that i wont live to see them so thank you for my hope
god bless
Anna Wyatt
Scottsboro Alabama

Andrea said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your son was a beautiful little boy. Your story is heart-touching.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story with the world.... it has touched me in more ways than you will ever know. I know you only got to spend a few short months with your son but what a blessing he must have been... it truly shows the miracles of God God bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to meet Eliot in heaven. Thank for letting me get to know him before I meet him in our forever dwelling place. He is loved in Idaho :) Stefanie Coleman

Anonymous said...

I applaud the outlook you take on the entire situation. His story has inspired me to actually present an informational speech for Public Speaking on Trisomy 18. Eliot is one of the two inspirations for the speech. To the Best of my knowledge Eliot will be extremely missed, for the intensity of love that he obtained from everyone while we were in his presence here on Earth. The old saying is that "The good dies young." But in this case it was His choice to call up an amazing soldier of God. What a story to acquire! Thank you for the outstanding chance to be able to share in the Good times of his journey and the following years within his impact on the world. "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will find troubles. But take Heart. For I have overcome the world." -John 16:33

A stranger in High School that has been extremely impacted, Alexis Wagner

Sending Love and Suport from Texas (:

Anonymous said...

I applaud the outlook you take on the entire situation. His story has inspired me to actually present an informational speech for Public Speaking on Trisomy 18. Eliot is one of the two inspirations for the speech. To the Best of my knowledge Eliot will be extremely missed, for the intensity of love that he obtained from everyone while we were in his presence here on Earth. The old saying is that "The good dies young." But in this case it was His choice to call up an amazing soldier of God. What a story to acquire! Thank you for the outstanding chance to be able to share in the Good times of his journey and the following years within his impact on the world. "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will find troubles. But take Heart. For I have overcome the world." -John 16:33

A stranger in High School that has been extremely impacted, Alexis Wagner

Sending Love and Suport from Texas (:

Leeeeeeexx. said...

I applaud the outlook you take on the entire situation. His story has inspired me to actually present an informational speech for Public Speaking on Trisomy 18. Eliot is one of the two inspirations for the speech. To the Best of my knowledge Eliot will be extremely missed, for the intensity of love that he obtained from everyone while we were in his presence here on Earth. The old saying is that "The good dies young." But in this case it was His choice to call up an amazing soldier of God. What a story to acquire! Thank you for the outstanding chance to be able to share in the Good times of his journey and the following years within his impact on the world. "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will find troubles. But take Heart. For I have overcome the world." -John 16:33

A stranger in High School that has been extremely impacted, Alexis Wagner

Sending Love and Suport from San Antonio, Texas (: