Friday, January 29, 2010

Baby Sam

from Sam's journal:

1/28/10, 12:41 pm

"His surgeon just came and spoke with me. It was not good. He said that there was nothing more they could do for Sam, and we have two options right now. We can wait and see what he does in the next couple of days, or we can take him off of the ventilator, and he will pass away."

1/29/10, 11:04 am

"Aunt Julie here....

Just a short time ago a decision was made to stop Sam's dialysis. Tonight he will be rocked to sleep with a new body in the arms of our loving Father.

Kurt and Joy are holding him now. They are surrounded by their family and friends. It won't be much longer now.

Joy showed me a book last night that one of Sam's nurses bought for him. It is called "Kiss Good Night" and I find it fitting

"And she bent way down, kissing Sam once and twice and then twice more.

Outside, the wind blew and the rain came down.

In the little white house, Mrs. Bear was taking out the light whispering, "Kiss good night, Sam... kiss good night..."

And Sam went to sleep..."

Sam will go to sleep today and wake up in heaven. How many people can say that they got to take their first steps in heaven?"

1/29/10, 1:40 pm

"Just a short time ago little Sam left the arms of his earthly father into the arms of his Heavenly father. "

1/29/10, 9:27 pm

"This morning Samuel's x-ray and lab work came back. His x-ray showed severe distention in his belly, and his lab work showed complete kidney failure. His digestive system was starting to shut down. There was nothing more that could be done. His body was weary, and God was clearly telling us that it was time to give our sweet baby boy back to Him. We wept, but we did not weep for Sam. We knew that today he would leave our arms and be in the arms of his Savior. And he did.

Kurt and I laid in bed with him, our faces against his cheeks, with both of our arms around him. We told him we were proud of him, that we loved him so so much, and that we were so thankful to have him as our son. We told him that Jesus was waiting for him, and that He would hold him until we could again. We prayed for and with him. Sam was ready to go. What we were told could take hours took only seconds....

We are rejoicing for our sweet baby. His heart and his body are healed, and he looked upon his Heavenly Father's face today. So, while we sorrow-we sorrow not for Samuel, but for us."

Thank you for caring for my friends, and their sweet boy, for his short time on earth. You will never know what it meant to them. If you have been following Sam's life, please visit his journal and read Joy's complete entry -

"Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest..."

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