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Your story has amazed and inspired me from the first day I found your blog. Eliot was a wonderful light in this world and he will NOT be forgotten, thanks to your effots to chronicle his life.However, he is not the only one that will not be forgotten. You amaze and inspire me as parents. You took such a hardship and turned it into something gloriously wonderful. God was blessing Eliot beyond words when He sent that little boy into your arms. He was a very lucky little boy.Not only will I never forget Eliot, I will never forget the wonderful people who got to be his parents.I hope you will continue to blog and share your life with us. You have an amazing faith and strength. You are truly blessed, as are we, to share in your story. God bless you!
I found a link to your blog from a friend named Kate (The Tate School).As a Mother, your blog dedicated to your beautiful child, has touched my heart deeply. And I sit here with tears in my eyes, and down my cheeks for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and you family, and all those who loved Eliot.I will hug my 2 children a little longer tonight, and kiss them just one more time before I say goodnight to them.Thank you for sharing Eliot with us in the blog world :)God Bless you!
Wow, this was not the post I was expecting when I logged on tonight...I'll pass on a few of the words our good friend and pastor read at Nathaniel's funeral. Col 1:15-17 reminds us that by him (Christ) all things were created: things in heave and on earth, visible and invisible... all things were creathed by him and for him."Eliot was created BY Christ and FOR Christ. Though his life was short, it was obviously not without purpose since everything and everyone is created to reflect the glory of God.We know that Christ takes pleasure in all that He has created, and surely He took great pleasure in Eliot. From the moment of conception until his last breath, Eliot's life was a testimony to the glory of God. Eliot was a miracle and God took pleasure in him! Matt and Ginny, surely God also took great pleasure in you depth of love for Eliot and the love your friends and family (and strangers!) showered on him.At Church this Sunday, the pastor mentioned something about those whose children are not walking with the Lord. As I thought of my sons (both of them) I was struck with the knowledge that Nathaniel is LITERALLY walking with the Lord!At first it was hard for me to feel like every day that passed was pulling me further from Nathaniel and my memories of our time with him. Then someone at the T18 site reminded me that every day here on earth actually brings us one day CLOSER to our precious ones. Mourning with you; rejoicing also.Amy (in Canada)
Words cannot express my sorrow for for your loss, and admiration for your strength in the one who holds you in His hands. Twila Paris wrote this song for a friend of hers. It seems as if she wrote it for Eliot and his precious family.A Visitor from HeavenIf only for a whileA gift of love to be returnedWe think of you and smile.A visitor from heavenAccompanied by graceReminding of a better loveAnd of a better placeWith aching hearts and empty armsWe send you with a nameIt hurts so much to let you goBut we're so glad you cameWe're so glad you came.A visitor from heavenIf only for a whileWe thank Him for the time He gaveAnd now it's time to sayWe trust you to the Father's loveAnd to His tender careHeld in the everlasting arms And we're so glad you're thereWe're so glad you're thereWith breaking hearts and open handsWe send you with a nameIt's hurts so much to let you go But we're so glad you cameWe're so glad you cameTwila ParisBeyond a DreamStar Song
Ginny and Matt, the comments from Amy and Anonymous, Just T, and the Imperfect Christian were all so precious to me today. I was so glad that the website was still here. You are dear to me and I am praying now for your joy to continue. Love, Carole Terral
I will miss coming on to little Elliot's website and watching his miraculous life unfold.I will still visit the site to see any updates.He is and always will be a miracle! Elliot's story is much much more than miraculous, it is blessed and miraculous. I found out about your site about 3 weeks ago on Claire's and couldn't wait to see his beautiful pictures and updates, I will truly miss seeing that happy faceCourtneyMobile, Al.
Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of Eliot's life. What a blessing it has been to me. I can't wait to meet him in heaven! I hope you will be able to keep up the blog, as we will continue to remember God's little miracle.Thank you, Matt, Ginny & Eliot. It is an honor to serve on the battlefield with you. I hope we can meet some day!Christi, Lucas and Lucas2
Dear Precious Matt and Ginny~ An e-hug seems hardly adequate! We too, in this family, know the heartache of losing a precious little one whose testimony will forever outlive his life (see my blog in Ode to Mike) - though it only scrapes the surface of little Josh's life!I am sure at this very moment Josh and Eliot are playing tag with our Savior! Thank you for sharing! Blessings!
A silent observer until now..I have been visiting your blog since Eliot was first born, you all have inspired me so much, your love of God, of each other and especially your extrodinary love for your precious baby boy. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you, I also lost a son, it will be 6 years for me on 11/21. He was only 5 months old. I lost my faith when I lost my Jacob and thanks to your loving, inspiring words and Eliot's beautiful life, I am finding my way back from the dark place that I have been. From reading the words that you wrote every week I feel like I can/will be the best mother to my girls and it's all thanks to your angel. You will never know how that beautiful baby has touched my life and the life of my family. Thank you, Matt and Ginny and thank you precious angel Eliot ^i^Debi~ Mommy to angel Jake ^i^
I've re-read Eliot's story and am in such awe of him and of your love and celebration of his life. What a wonderful blog this is. I truly hope you will continue to write and share your lives with us. May God continue to bless you and your entire family. *Many hugs, much love*
I am just finding this blog for the first time today. I cannot describe how moving it was to sit and read Eliot's story. Your faith, your conviction to celebrate his life to the fullest, your dedication to find joy...these things moved me to tears of joy and sadness myself. Those these things were provided by God, they speak volumes of your relationship with God and of your character. What wonderful parents you are. What a blessing Eliot has been to you and to so many others. I pray that God continues to provide these things for you, that He will carry you from day to day. I pray that Eliot's impact will not fade, but burn like a continuous light. I pray that you will have peace and comfort, strength and joy, rest and hope, for the days to come. In HIM, "Another Mommy"
I just wanted you to know that I was missing Eliot today, sad because there will be no new pictures tomorrow. I can't wait for you to get to heaven to see "pictures" of Eliot while he was there waiting for you, for him to tell his story of what he got to do with Jesus while he waited for Mom and Dad. Just feeling the loss with you...Catherine Arnsperger
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