In memory of our beloved son

I want to take a moment to thank all of you. Our family has been truly overwhelmed by the love and kindness of our community. From the ambulance service sending flowers, the nurse who came to the viewing, the anesthesiologist telling us he saw his own children there on the operating table and total strangers who came across a link on the internet who felt moved to comment, pray and offer support.

We’ve been asked over and over what we need, but we truly are blessed to not have any physical needs. My dad and brother fixed the plumbing. A man from our church came out and fixed the chimney. The funeral home donated its services. The newspaper donated the space in the paper. My husband’s work took care of the fact he left without contacting a supervisor and is giving him the time he needs to be home during this time.

I cannot begin to recount the kindnesses shown us. For those of you who feel moved to give, please consider donating to Tiny Hands International, a ministry working in Asia to rescue children from poverty and sex-trafficking. It would mean a great deal to us if some of the overflowing generosity we have been shown could benefit someone who has true physical needs.


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Sallie
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Dana, the video is very touching..the photos and the music you chose for it!! Mattias’ smile is so beautiful and engaging… his eyes are smiling… I love that about babies!! {{{HUGS}}}

Dena
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Dana, my heart and love and hugs go out to you. I have no words to express how I feel. Your family is beautiful and this slidshow is wonderful. I pray you will alll find comfort through one another and your extended family. God bless you.

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Laura
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Thank you for sharing your beautiful boy’s life with us in this video. I will be praying daily for you all.

Phyllis
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What can I say? The slideshow is beautiful. The music is perfect. We all still grieve for you and your family, but as you know he is in peace waiting for you. Bless you for your strength and your kindess to care so much for all of us. If trying times test our charcter, you have passed with flying colors.

Carmen
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Dana,

I found you through Kendra. My heart is so sad for you and your family. You are in our prayers. Praying for comfort, strength, and hope.

In Him,
Carmen

Beth
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Dana,

my friend Louise posted about you on Monday and gave me your blog website. My heart aches for you all. My prayer is that you continue to rely on Him who is the source of our strength. May He wrap you in His arms of Love and gently guide you through this difficult time. My family will be praying for you and yours.

In Christ Jesus,
Beth

purejoy
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dana…
my heart breaks for you. i had a friend whose kindergardener was killed by a chest of drawers… it’s just such a random tragedy, but i believe that nothing is random to God… may He continue to bathe you in His presence and may His peace and love hold you close in the days and weeks ahead. what a brave soul you are… telling his story. press on, sweet sister. may God bless and keep you all.
xxoo in Christ
kimberly

Carol Piepho
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Dana and John and family,
This is a beautiful video. Beautiful because it shows not only the joy of little Mattias, but the family love he was surrounded with each day. The words and the music you chose are a testimony to each person who views it. Thank you for posting it and sharing your heart with us.
I am praying for all of you and wish I could be there this morning to give each one of you a hug.
Love,
Carol

April
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Bless you friend. You boy is beautiful, and now beautiful and perfect. I’m praying for you on this very hard day.

Janet
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I am so sorry for your incredible loss. I have also lost a child. We must look to the day we will be reunited. Think of all the pain and suffering they will not experience on this earth. They are with our Lord and Savior. May God surround you with His love, peace and strength at this time. I pray you see our Lord in every detail allowing you to feel and know His prescence. My heart just breaks for you. Will be praying for you and your family.

Sheri
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What a beautiful tribute. Bless you all. Hugs.

millicent
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what a beautiful little boy!!! Thank you for sharing with us. As a mom my heart is hurting so much for you. When my husband comes home today we’ll be checking our furniture.

Chrisie Lim
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Dana and Family – I’ve been praying for your family all week. Despite the fact, we have never met we are bonded together through the family of Christ and we can share in His sufferings. I cannot fathom the pain you are going through right now, but what reassurance to know that we are only saying “See you soon” and not “Goodbye forever.” I know that must bring comfort to your heart right now. I will continue to pray for you in the difficult weeks and months ahead, as you adjust to a new normal in your family. Chrisie Canyon… Read more »
Tara
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Dear Dana, My heart is breaking as I read of your loss this morning. I am holding my children close. I am listening to your words and looking around my home. Thank you for sharing the video of your sweet boy.
Praying for God love, peace and strength to surround you and your children.

Melissa
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Dear Dana and Family,

I saw a post about you on the internet and am so sorry to hear of your loss. This was a beautiful video. I am praying for you and your family. I am a mother of 6 and cannot imagine what you are feeling. I am praying God surrounds you today and the days to come with His sustainable grace, love, peace, strength and comfort.

In Christ Jesus,
Melissa

Tammy Wheat
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Dana, On Oct. 23 we lost one of our grandsons to an accident. He would have been 13 tomorrow. I just want you to know that we serve a MIGHTY GOD! I have walked thru the darkness with my daughter and have seen first hand the sorrow of a mother’s heart grieving for a child. Please know, the accident that took your son’s life was no surprise to our Lord. The day that he went to be with our Lord was ordained and written in His book.I am so sorry that you have the burden of the ‘what ifs’ Please… Read more »
Christine
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I heard about you through two of my FB friends just today. One of those friends is Marsha Drews, who lost her sweet son over 2 years ago, I feel those same pains today that I felt when I heard Christian had gone “home.” Praying God’s peace, comfort and strength for you and your family.

Joy
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Dana,
I will continue to pray for you and your family. Blessings to you and your family during this challenging time. Lean unto God and He will guide you through.

Robin
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What beautiful eyes Tiggy had, what a beautiful smile. May the Peace that passes all understanding fill you right now as you go through this time. Although it’s a role you would have never chosen for yourself, you have reminded all of us Moms to hug our kiddos a little bit tighter today and not get so worked up about stuff like “oatmeal” flung everywhere. Hugs to you.