August 23, 2008

Christian is with Jesus

Our son has passed on to be with Jesus. On Friday morning as we were planning on taking him home and he had an episode where his mind couldn't tell his body to breath. He is such a fighter that he had around 8 episodes throughout the day as Leah and I held him. At 8:00 pm our son went to sleep and Jesus came down and carried is soul to heaven. We were so blessed with the time that we had with him. He was a perfect little man.

Our little man has touched so many hearts and has taught us all how powerful love can be and how time is such a precious gift. We will cherish every minute spent with him until we go ourselves to be with the Lord.

Thank you everyone for your prayers, visits, and gifts. We truly couldn't have walked this path without your help. God has given us strength and comfort knowing Christian will be whole again in his arms.

We are going to have a memorial service for Christian and we will post the time and place on our next post.

Thank you all again and God bless,

Ryan and Leah


Anonymous said...

Praying and thinking of you both from Dallas....So thankful Christian was born alive and you had precious time with him. Rejoycing he is now perfect with Jesus...may you find comfort in knowing you will be with him again.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Ryan and Leah,

Please know that you have friends in California that are lifting you up in prayer. Also know that your precious boy has taught us so many lessons. He has touched our lives very deeply and we thank you for sharing him with us so that we can continue to learn of God's love and lessons.

Thinking of you all in California,

Kelly said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I won't pretend to understand how you feel, but I am a parent, and I know the love you feel for your children. I'm so very, very sorry for your loss.


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Christian knows how much he is loved. I know nothing I say can make it better , but I am praying for you guys. God bless you and your family...

Penny said...

We are praying that you both have a peace that can only come from God at this time. We are so glad that you had some precious time with Christian before he went to be with Jesus.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry! I know in the time he was on this earth he felt how much he is loved! I pray that as you did your own son, our heavenly father will wrap you in his arms and hold you tight! I will be praying for you and your family for I know this will be a long and hard road you are now faced to walk with out your child. I will pray! I will pray! I will pray!

Cathy said...

My prayers are with you are you greive the loss of your precious one.

Kim ( said...

Ryan and Leah,
I am so sorry Christian is no longer with you but am so thankful that he is in Heaven, in perfection with his Savior. I rejoice in the promises of Heaven but my heart still breaks for you.
I am so happy you got to spend some time with your sweet miracle boy.
I will continue to lift you up to God in prayers for peace and
comfort as you move forward in the next hours, days and months. May God hold you in the palm of His almighty hand.
With love in Christ,

Allison said...

Please accept my deepest sympathies at this painful time. Please know that there are friends in the "blog world" praying for you earnestly.

God Bless ~

Kristin Amato said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Yes, your precious son is perfect right now in the arms of a very loving God! You are both wonderful parents, and gave Christian all the love you had to give while he was on this Earth. You are in my prayers!
Love, Kristin Amato

Laurie said...

Leah and Ryan,

My heart is heavy for the two of you as I read this post. I am so sorry and please know I will be praying for both of you. May the Lord carry you both through this heartbreaking time.
I am so thankful you had the precious time with him to love him completely.

Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

Kristen said...

Oh, hun! I'm so sorry to hear that. Big huge hugs!

Anonymous said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you feel God's arms wrapped around you tightly during the coming days. Praying for strength for both of you and your entire family.
Believing in HIM,

Clan of LaVancha said...

Words can not express how deeply sorry I am that Christian is no longer in your arms. I hope you are able to find peace in knowing that he is in a wonderful place waiting to greet you both again someday. I'm so glad that you were able to have some time with him before he passed. I know you both will cherish that time along with all the memories you were able to make in such a short amount of time with him. God bless you all as you go through this difficult time.

Christena said...

Rest in Peace sweet baby Christian.

Ryan and Leah, my heart aches to know that your darling angel has flown from your arms. Although knowing that he is whole and healthy and in a better place where extra chromosomes don't matter, I know there is nothing that can take away the pain your hearts are feeling for missing your precious, precious son. I will pray that the celebration of his perfect life brings you peace and that your sweet boy sends you millions on kisses from heaven to help ease your hearts.

Your sweet boy has certainly earned his wings.


Yvette said...

Leah & Ryan,

Oh sweet friend, I am so sorry to read that Christian passed away yesterday morning. I have been thinking of you and praying for you over the past few months. He was such a fighter and I am so thankful you had 5 precious days with him, days you will forever cherish. I will be especially praying for you in the upcoming weeks. PLEASE know that you can call me or email me anytime, I'm always here and only 5 1/2 hours away!

Love, Yvette Hostetter

Kathy said...

Ryan and Leah,

Words cannot express how sorry I am that your time with Christian was so very short. No little one has ever been loved more and now he is in the arms of our Father.

God bless you and may He meet all your needs as you face the difficult days ahead. Praying for that peace that passes all understanding as you make arrangements to celebrate his sweet little life.

When you can please let us all know how you two are doing. Lifting you two in prayer. God bless you both.

Erika said...

I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful precious little boy & how very blessed he was to have such amazing & loving parents as you. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts & prayers.

Melissa said...

I am so sorry to hear this....I know you two were so looking forward to bringing Christian home with you. But as you know, he is with a loving, wonderful God with no more sickness or trouble breathing. The memories of those few days will be the most precious of your lives. I will continue to pray for your family as you go through this phase of the grieving process.

Anonymous said...

Our condolences and sympathies to you as you grieve the passing of your precious baby son. May God grant you the strength you need for each day. Our hearts go out to you at this most difficult time
Anne, Ian, Michael and Georgiana

Anonymous said...

Leah and Ryan,
I am so sorry to read that, although we know Christian is with God, he is no longer in your arms. I know how very much you love him, and how hard you fought for time with him. He is a very blessed little boy that you and Ryan are his mommy and daddy, and I know he has touched the hearts of the doctors and nurses helping to care for him and for you. His life has great meaning for others, and not just for you.

I will not stop praying for you, that God will provide you comfort, and hope that your church family and friends will help to meet some of your physical needs.

I feel so blessed to have gotten to know of you and Christian, and to see the miracle of you holding him ... the proof that hoping against the no-hope predictions, and fighting for HIM, the baby God chose to give to you, is not wasted hope. I think Angie, Chrissy, Kenzie, Kim, Yvette, Emily, Karen, Kristy, Susie, and others, have all shown us this same truth. Your beautiful boy was created intentionally, and was fearfully AND wonderfully made. As you know.

Please continue, as you are able, to share ways that we can support you, and specific prayer needs that you have. I love you, Leah.


Judy said...

My heart is so heavy right now as tears stream down my face. I'm praying for you, Leah and Ryan. I'm so thankful you were able to make some sweet memories with Christian. What a comfort to know that his is being held in the arms of Jesus now. I know that there are some long days ahead and I will continue to pray for you.

melinda said...

Hey guys, I have been reading for a while but like many others never offered a comment. I just wanted to tell you both how beautiful Christian is in the pictures! I am so sorry to read that he passed but thankful that you were able to hold him, know him, and love him. I will hold you all in prayer.

Julie said...

Oh I am so sorry for you guys, I can't imagine how you must feel. I have been following your story for a couple months and it has touched me. I am so glad you had time with your son, even though I am sure it wasn't enough.

Pam said...

Leah & Ryan, Although we haven't met, I feel like I know you both. I've learned so much about both of you and your incredible journey thru Patti and Mike and through your beautiful blog page. Know that I have been praying for you and Christian for a long time...most of our church (South Shore in Sarasota) has. We love you guys and our hearts go out to you. I can't help through the sadness and tears to still praise Jesus for answered prayer...for the time you had with your precious baby boy. For every poopy diaper, every wet one, every cry ... every moment. God gave you that precious skin to skin, heartbeat to heartbeat time and I know you will remember those moments forever. Christian was very blessed with two remarkably strong, loving, faithbased parents who wanted only the will of God for him. He is now in our Daddy's arms and as Ryan said...your son is whole is His arms! What a precious thought and I pray that gives you a glimmer of peace and comfort. Continue to love each other and stay close to Jesus...He loves you both and loves Christian more than words could say. Know that we are here for you in Sarasota, and can be in Naples...should you need ANYTHING. Continued Love & Prayers for you & your family. Blessings, Pam

Betsy McK said...

Lifting prayers up for you in Arizona. I'm so glad you had 5 days to love on your sweet precious boy. May you find comfort knowing you will be with him again one day. Thanks for sharing his beautiful pictures with us.

Karen Z said...

Leah & Ryan,

I am so sorry that your little boy is no longer with you. I thank God for the 5 beautiful days you had with him and that because we serve a risen Lord, you will hold him in heaven again one day. I will continue to lift you up in prayer.

In Christ's Love,
Karen Z.

Darlene said...

Dear Ryan and Leah,
We have been praying for your family, and we continue. We are so saddened by your loss! Christian is BEAUTIFUL! I just love the pictures of his precious, sweet face. It is amazing how God is using his life, and I cannot wait to see how He will continue to use it.
God bless your family,
Darlene and Matt Weir

sea star said...

I am so sorry for your great loss at this time. My love and prayers are with you.

Keith and Dana Calleja said...

Hey Guys -- Been following the story from Atlanta; so sorry we could not be there but please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you. The love you have for each other and for Christian positively radiates out from every picture of the precious time you had with him. We are very sorry for your loss but glad you had the time to meet the young man and experience those gentle moments. Love and kisses from Keith, Dana, Xander and William.