Friday, March 14, 2008

Promoted



Joshua was promoted to Heaven this morning around 3am. He went peacefully. It was good to know he never struggled, never needed morphine, and was with us to the end. He slept between us last night and we are still saying out goodbyes.

67 beautiful days and a bonus 7 hours.
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259 comments:

  1. Oh Sweet Susie,
    How my heart cries for you and your sweet family. Though this walk has been hard, know that Sweet Joshua is sitting in the hands of his Creator as we speak...he is A Glory Baby.

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  2. Continuing to pray for you and your family!

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  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have followed your story from the beginning and you are from my October month on babyfit. I love you guys and are proud of your strength and perserverance with this whole situation. Joshua is sitting at the right hand of Jesus now and is smiling at you.
    Brenda (goddessbaby4)

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  4. Ohhh, Susie. Hugs and prayers. My children and I are praying for you.

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  5. May the Lord continue to be your strength and courage. Your family is absolutely amazing.

    I'm relieved that his sweet promotion was peaceful and in His unique timing.

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  6. I am so sorry for you loss. As a mother myself I cannot imaging losing a child. Please know that we have been and will continue to pray for you and your family.

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  7. I am so thankful for all the time you had with your miracle son. I can't imagine the emotions running through you. Thank you for sharing Joshua with me. My heart goes out to your family and I will keep all of you in my heart, thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Sarah

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  8. My heart is breaking for you and your family Susie. I hope you find peace in the fact that Joshua is now in a better place and he knows how much you all loved him.
    Joshua touched so many people, and I'm sure Jesus has let him know that.
    67 days. What a miracle baby.
    God bless all of you. My prayers are with you.

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  9. I'm so sorry for your loss, but so grateful for the 67 days, plus 7 hours you had with him.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us.

    We love you all.

    Rebecca

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  10. sending you heart-felt prayers and hugs from texas.
    amy (babyfit nov 05)

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  11. 67 days and 7 hours of unconditional love. I hope to be half as strong as you are when I have kids. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Nothing can ever prepare you for it.

    ~Chrissy in PA

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  12. I am so sorry to hear this. You are, as always, in my prayers.

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  13. My heart aches for you and your family but rejoices for Joshua, safe in the arms of Jesus.

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  14. Susie and Matt

    It has been a privilege to follow Joshua's story and to pray for him week by week and day by day.

    I am praying for comfort for you as you grieve. And I am beyond thankful that Joshua will never ever be the other side of Grace

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  15. God Bless you all! You are a tremendous family. I know he is looking down on you now holding onto our Savior's hand. Welcome home Joshua!

    Debbie Lionberger
    Illinois, USA

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  16. Heaven has a beautiful new angel and I am sure will be looking down on you always and be with you forever. He touched more peoples lives around the world in 67 days and 7 hours than most people do in a life time. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family as you say "goodbye for now", Your beautiful angel will greet you at heavens gates with arms wide open and a big smile on his face.

    Caitlin - Woodstock, Maryland

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  17. Praying in Alaska.

    And praising with you.

    ~Leah

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  18. Joshua has become such a huge part of all our lives and he will be missed. But just think, he gets to sit with Jesus! And the Lord gets to look upon that beautiful child. And love him like we do! Thank you for sharing his 67 days with all of us.

    God Bless your family. You will continue to be in our prayers.

    Jan from Texas.

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  19. Susie,

    Praying the Lord's comfort and grace for you during this time. I am continuing to thank Jesus for those 67 days, 7 hours.

    Devin in Illinois

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  20. My prayers are for your family. I have fallen in love with your sweet boy through this blog. I am heartbroken for your loss but love how you say he was promoted - what a wonderful image. He is whole and healed and resting in the loving arms of his Heavenly Father.
    God bless and know that thousands are lifting you all up in prayer.

    Barbara in Nebraska

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  21. Oh, Susie, I don't know what to say...
    I can't even imagine how hard it must be for you to let go of your precious little boy.
    May the LORD give your hearts peace and may he show you his loving embrace in the difficult time to come.
    HE is, after all, a loving god, and he loves you so very much that he blessed you with the little miracle "JOSHUA". I cannot understand why he wanted to take him away from you so soon but I am gratefull for GOD letting you have him at all - the alternative of never having known Joshua at all wouldn't equal all the joy he brought and all the lessons he taught while he was here with you.
    It's difficult for me to express my feelings as English is not my native language, but please know that I am praying for you here in Germany...
    Love
    Dagmar

    Peace be with you!

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  22. I am touched by the beauty of his life and passing, and so sad for your loss of him in your arms. Sending lots of love to you all.

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  23. Heaven has such a beautiful boy there... you gave him such a life of love! I am so sorry and will continue to keep all of you in my prayers!

    Love, Laurie in Minnesota

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  24. Dear Susie,

    My heart was heavy as I read your post, although it was news I knew was coming. You and your family will be in my prayers as you grieve the loss of this precious baby.

    His short life was nothing short of miraculous and it is amazing to realize that one so young could touch the lives of so many around the globe.

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  25. Im so sorry that his physical body is gone.... but his spirit will always be with you. Im so glad that he went to be with his heavenly father peacefully.
    Youre in my thoughts and prayers....
    Love,
    Misti (babyfit feb/07)

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  26. Words cannot express the mix of emotions I feel right now, but know you are all loved and in my prayers.

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  27. We are soooo sorry for your loss.Our hearts ,hugs, and prayers are with you at this worst time of your life.I cant imagine what your going thru and We hope Gods strength will carry you thru.If it were any of my kids you might as well kiss me goodbye too,because there is no way I could go on living,your an amazing family to carry on.God bless and you will be with him again one day.

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  28. You and your family are in my thoughts. What a glorious 67 days and the definate bonus of 7hours with sweet baby Joshua. What an exceptional boy who has touched so many.

    Joanna

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  29. Susie and family, I´m so sorry. He was a miracle baby thats for sure, always praying, Lu in RJ-Brazil

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  30. We don't know each other, but Theresa Dorsey Meis shared your story . . . words can't express, but please know that there are many, many people - some of us whom you will probably never meet - sending you comfort and strength.

    Be blessed.
    ~Michelle in Minneapolis, MN

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  31. Prayers of peace and strength for you and Matt. How awesome that God's grace reigned over Joshua even in his final moments.
    See you in just a little while, baby Joshua.

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  32. 67 days and 7 hours. What a message God used Joshua to bring to us. My heart is heavy for your loss but rejoices for Joshua's eternal home with no pain and his perfect body. I know Joshua is home with our Heavenly Father and knows how much you loved him and miss him.. He will be your baby guardian until you meet again.

    My prayers are with you and your family and friends who have helped you through these last months and days.

    May God keep you and continue to strengthen you and bless you for the coming days.

    In Christian Love
    Sonja

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  33. What an amazing 67+ days you and Joshua had together. My heart is breaking for you and your family. He was a very loved baby and VERY lucky to have had you and Matt for his mum and dad. May you find peace and comfort with his passing. Much love to you all.
    Denise in VA

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  34. I have no words... just know that I am praying for you.
    Heidi

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  35. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Thank you for sharing your story.
    ~Kathy

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  36. Dear Susie,
    I am praying for all of you and thanking the Lord for Joshua's life and for his peaceful passing. What a miracle he is and what a beautiful angel that you have been blessed with.
    darcy

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  37. What dignity you gave Joshua. You are all in my prayers.

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  38. Susie & Family - You are in my prayers on this day! Love, Amee

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  39. I am so sorry, Your lil one has alot of company where he went. My angel is there too..Now they can look after us always.. Stay strong and ask those around you for help, they won't know how to ask and will be afraid, Sending lots of hugs..and prayers...

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  40. Thank you so much for letting us all share in your joy and your sorrow. It has meant so much to me. I'd get up every morning expecting to hear that he'd left us, and every day he held on. He is truly a blessing, thank you.

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  41. Susie, Matt , Oceana and family. I am so sorry that Joshua is no longer with you here. He is now Whole and Healthy with God. You had a wonderful time these past couple months getting to know his beautiful soul ... you did such a wonderful thing choosing to give him life when many others would have terminated and although Im sure It hurts to lose him more than I could possibly imagine - God blessed you with far more time than you expected and for that you have been blessed. He was probably so peaceful and content passing with his loving mommy and daddy right there beside him guiding him to the Lord. Theres no words to console you in what your going through I only offer you my prayers . Take comfort in one another.
    Elisha Canada

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  42. Praise God. What a miracle baby Joshua is. You have never left my thoughts in the last 24 hours. I am so thankful you were blessed with so much time with him after his cele broke. Joshua did a great job picking his parents for his short but very accomplished 67 days and 7 hours on Earth.
    You will be reunited one day and it will be so sweet.
    Bless your family, you remain in my good thoughts and prayers.
    All my love.

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  43. Praise God. What a miracle baby Joshua is. You have never left my thoughts in the last 24 hours. I am so thankful you were blessed with so much time with him after his cele broke. Joshua did a great job picking his parents for his short but very accomplished 67 days and 7 hours on Earth.
    You will be reunited one day and it will be so sweet.
    Bless your family, you remain in my good thoughts and prayers.
    All my love.

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  44. praying for you and your family!!

    Kristina
    Brookville OHIO

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  45. Dearest Susie,

    From someone who's own angel has flown to heaven, I am so sorry for your loss. It has been such a pleasure to follow Joshua's miraculous life through your honest and beautiful telling of it. That sweet boy is now whole and healthy. Your darling son is now your guardian angel for the rest of the days of your life. He will always be so tangibly present in your heart and your deeds. The beauty and goodness that he has left in your lives and in the lives of so many will be his enduring legacy.

    I will be praying for you as you continue this journey, now unfortunately into the sad days of grief. However difficult, I see such strength, faith and love in you that there is no doubt you will emerge in one piece and a better person for having been blessed with such a wonderful treasure for 67 amazing days.

    A hug to you,
    Christena

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  46. What a tough life for such a sweet little angel. My heart breaks for you and Matt.

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  47. I have been checking the website all morning. (I'm in California). I am so sorry to here that Joshua passed. Your family is in my prayers.

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  48. hugs from Illinois. I am so sorry. Promoted is a great way of saying it.

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  49. My heart is breaking over your precious little boy's passing. I am so grateful that you were able to share the 67 days and 7 bonus hours with him...what a blessing. Sending you love, thoughts and prayers now and always.

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  50. Oh, sweet Sams family,
    I am praying for you all right now. How my heart aches for you as you let go of this precious little gift that you were able to enjoy for those beautiful 67 days. I'm sure Joshua felt every ounce of love you gave him in those precious days & now he is being loved in person by his Creator. I will continue to lift you all up in prayer. I am amazed by your willingness to share your journey with so many & you have truely touched my life.
    Love,
    Emily

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  51. Joshua was lucky to have such a loving and patient family; I'm sure that's why God chose you to be his.

    Although I didn't know Joshua, he will always be imprinted in my memory~ and I will remember your love for this precious little boy.

    My heart aches for you, and I'm holding back my tears as I type this, but just remember we'll all be together again someday :)

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  52. I'm so happy to hear he left this world surrounded in the love of his family. What an inspiration to every parent. I will share his story with everyone.

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  53. I am so sorry for your loss. Joshua has touched so many lives all around the world. I know you know how truly amazing that little life was. Joshua is now perfect in EVERY way. May God bless you and your family in your time of grief.

    -Kera (Babyfit May 07)

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  54. Susie-
    Everyday our little family would check in to see how your little family was doing. Last night, no one in our house slept. I was up all night praying, as was Ty, and the baby must have sensed our restlessness, as he was up all night, too. In our spirits, we were with you and praying for God's peace and strength. Little Joshua will always have a place in our hearts. We will continue to pray. Thanks for sharing all 67 days with us.

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  55. Our heavenly Father is now holding your dear one in his arms. Heaven rejoyces as we mourn this precious ones death. It was very courageous for you to allow us to witness his wonderful little life. What a blessing he was to all that witnessed his miracle after miracle. Know that your family is loved!

    Your sister in Christ,
    Ashley, Columbus, OH

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  56. You didn't have to share his life with us, but thank you so much. Joshua has taught me a lot about life, more then he or you or I will ever know.

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  57. May you have peace in the coming days and weeks.

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  58. I'm so sorry for your loss. I just found your blog today, and am just touched by your beautiful family and spirits. I'll be keeping the four of you in my thoughts. - Liz, Seattle WA

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  59. Hi,

    You don't know me, I'm a friend of Melissa's. But just the same please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

    Best wishes,
    Katie

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  60. I have never left a comment before, but I have been following your blog for quite some time. My heart is aching for you and your family and friends. Just know that Joshua touched so many people's hearts in his 67 days and 7 hours.

    I will be keeping you, your husband and your beautiful daughter in my prayers.

    Jodi - Michigan

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  61. Susie-
    God Bless you and your family!! Joshua was an amazing little guy!!

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  62. Ohhhhh....although I knew the moment was coming, seeing it still took my breath away. I can't imagine your saddness or your pain. I hope you find moments of peace in the coming weeks. And I hope your sweet Oceana's cherub face can make your healing just a bit easier. I know he's with God--but I just wish he was still with you.

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  63. I didn't want to check today, somehow I just knew. God's amazing peace to you all. What a tremendous blessing Joshua was, which I know you know, but he was a blessing to me too. My hubby and I will praying for you guys!

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  64. I know this blog must have been particularly hard for you to post. Please know that you are in my prayers. Your sweet boy is in Heaven playing with other sweet children that have left this world for a world where there is no hurt or pain or body defects. His body is healed and he's looking down at his loving parents thanking God for choosing you as his parents. God Bless you and keep you safe in your time of grief.

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  65. God bless you and your family, as well as the newest angel looking down on you.

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  66. I am so sorry for your great loss.

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  67. I am so thankful that God provided you and your family with 67 beautiful days and a miraculous 7 hours. ALl the time He gave you was a sheer gift and blessing. My thoughts and prayers are now with you and yours...I will pray for your healing and pray that God bestowes upon you all his grace and mercy. Joshua will remain a beautiful child of God, whose short time on this planet will not be forgotten in the hearts of all he reached.
    God bless you all...Heaven shines brighter tonight with the addition of once remarkably precious angel.

    Trisha
    San Diego

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  68. My heart breaks for you and your family, but what a fitting picture and message you wrote about him. He did have 67 beautiful days on this earth.

    You are still in my prayers Susie.

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  69. Promoted to a perfect body in a blaze of Glory! Joshua's life is a testament of God's true word - may He continue to use the time Joshua spent on this side of Heaven for His good. God's word has been heard around the world because of your little boy! Thank you for sharing your life, your story. It has touched me more than you know.
    From one Mommy to another, my heart aches for yours, Susie. May you, your husband, your daughter, and the rest of your families know the peace that surpasses ALL understanding. I am praying for you.
    Beth in Michigan

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  70. I am so sorry for your loss, I am sure that you will always treasure the time that had with him. Big hug to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story with us, I hope that you will keep us updated.

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  71. May The Lord bless you and keep you.

    May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

    May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

    Amen

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  72. We are so sad to hear this news. We grieve with you at your loss, and know the pain of having to say goodbye for the time being, but at the same time, we rejoice with you that Joshua was in no pain, and that he is now in a place more wonderful than we can imagine, awaiting the day when you will cuddle him again. We will be praying for you over the coming days and weeks. With much love XXX

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  73. I am so sorry he's gone, but glad it wasn't terrible for him. I will be thinking of your family.

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  74. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Joshua's story is so moving, thank you so much for sharing it. I am praying for you and your family.

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  75. My heart aches for you and your family, but rejoices that Joshua went peacefully and was with you and is now with the Father in Heaven. I will remember you in my prayers.

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  76. darling sister and brother in Christ Jesus... my prayers of peace are with you now... i look forward to meeting your lovely son in heaven one day...

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  77. God bless little Joshua and your family. He is resting peacefully with his Saviour and anticipates the day he will be reunited with his loving family. What a wonderful gift the Lord has given to this world in Joshua, even if for only a short time. Your baby boy has left his little handprints on my heart forever. My prayers are with you!

    In His love,
    Erin (babyfit Sept 07)

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  78. 51,400 people Joshua touched in his life time! That is WAY more than most of us will ever influence. Sending my love and prayers to you. While my heart sank as I refreshed the blog for the umpteenth time today I know Jesus is holding Joshua in his arms at this very moment. God bless you Sams family.
    Danielle Harnsberry
    seattle wa

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  79. 51,400 people Joshua touched in his life time! That is WAY more than most of us will ever influence. Sending my love and prayers to you. While my heart sank as I refreshed the blog for the umpteenth time today I know Jesus is holding Joshua in his arms at this very moment. God bless you Sams family.
    Danielle Harnsberry
    seattle wa

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  80. Susie, Matt & Oceana~
    Joshua has forever imprinted himself on my heart. You are an amazing family and now you are being watched by the sweetest angel there ever was. Thinking of you and always praying!
    The Mason Family
    (goofygirl03)

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  81. Susie,
    I feel like I've grown to know you over the past couple of months. My heart goes out to you and your family. I can't imagine your grief, yet knowing that Joshua is in a better place. Thanks for teaching me about living in the moment and how important the little things can be. You have made me feel even more blessed with my daughter. We are praying for your family.

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  82. So many prayers still being sent your way. We're lifting you and your family up especially now, but not stopping today.

    Since music is what I do and how I express myself, I'm just going to share with you that when I read your "Promoted" post, these words flooded my heart. (I don't mean that we are rejoicing in the fact that Joshua has left his loving earthly family. Rather, we can praise the Lord that Joshua is one of so many singing praises to our loving Father at the foot of his heavenly throne.

    "Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
    And great our rejoicing through Jesus the son:
    But purer and higher and greater will be
    Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see!
    Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
    Let the earth hear his voice!
    Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
    Let the people rejoice!
    O come to the father through Jesus the son;
    And give him the glory - great things he hath done."

    What a great thing He has done in sharing Joshua with this world. May Joshua's impact continue to do great things for the glory of God for years to come.

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  83. Thinking of you all at this time.
    your beautiful boy was so brave and strong.

    Megan in Australia

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  84. Joshua's legacy will live on and I for one have been immensely touched by his life!!

    I'm still praying for you!!

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  85. I am so sorry for your loss. The legacy of your precious boy lives on in the lives of those who knew him. Our prayers are with you!
    Brenda

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  86. I am so sorry I am so glad you had the time with him to say your goodbye it never makes it easier but you are in my prayers and thoughts

    Teresa

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  87. I am amazed how God has taken a child that the worldly standards don't deem perfect and has exalted him before the world as a perfect picture of God's unconditional love for us. To us he was perfect, without blemish. I am praying for your strength and healing

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  88. I'm so sorry for your loss, but am glad that it was peaceful for little Joshua.

    You're in my thoughts.

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  89. Dearest Susie, I have no platitudes. Just a very, very full heart... I will continue to pray for you all day, and into the coming days.

    I'm sure, whe Joshua was promoted, it was you who got the badge. Wear it proudly. I'm sure it will hurt from time to time as the pin sticks in, but it will just remind you of Home, and how desperately you want to be there.

    You have amazed me with your strength, dignity, grace and unwavering desire to do the best for Joshua. You have encouraged me, moved me and impressed me. To have such strength and faith!

    I am sending you big, big hugs. I truly hope we can meet some day this side of heaven. You are one of what I call my Warrior Women...

    Thankyou for the blessing you are. Thankyou for sharing Josgua with us. Thankyou for taking the time out of your precious last hours to keep us updated. Thankyou for, in the midst of your grief, letting us know so we can mourn with you. I am eternally humbled.

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  90. Thank you for sharing him with us. I hope and pray you will find comfort and peace in his wonderful life and the light he brought to all of us.

    May his light shine everlasting.

    I will keep all of you in my thoughts.

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  91. 67 Days and a bonus 7 hours with your little miracle from Heaven. I am so sorry for the pain in your broken hearts right now. My heart breaks for you and having to let him go. He blessed you by hanging on with extra time to love him. I will continue to be praying for all of you, asking the Lord to gently lead you through this valley. Praying for Oceana's heart too. May you all feel Jesus's arms around you, the same arms that now hold Joshua, healed and perfect.

    Love and Prayers and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

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  92. There's nothing I can say that has already been said by everyone else here. Just wanted you to know that yet another person here is thinking of you and your family.

    raes3boys (Babyfit)

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  93. i am so sorry for your loss, you and your little fighter are truly an inspiration. I will keep you and your family in my prayers, Nicole, New York

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  94. Zaviers_Mom (NICU Moms)March 14, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    May I go now?

    Do you think the time is right?
    May I say goodbye to pain filled days
    and endless lonely nights?
    I've lived my life and done my best,
    an example tried to be.
    So can I take that step beyond
    and set my spirit free?

    I didn't want to go at first,
    I fought with all my might.
    But something seems to draw me now
    to a warm and living light.
    I want to go
    I really do.
    It's difficult to stay.
    But I will try as best I can
    to live just one more day.
    To give you time to care for me
    and share your love and fears.
    I know you're sad and afraid,
    because I see your tears
    I'll not be far,
    I promise that, and hope you'll always know
    that my spirit will be close to you
    wherever you may go

    Thank you so for loving me.
    You know I love you too,
    that's why it's hard to say goodbye
    and end this life with you.
    So hold me now just one more time
    and let me hear you say,
    because you care so much for me,
    you'll let me go today

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  95. May I go now?
    Do you think the time is right?
    May I say goodbye to pain filled days
    and endless lonely nights?
    I've lived my life and done my best,
    an example tried to be.
    So can I take that step beyond
    and set my spirit free?
    I didn't want to go at first,
    I fought with all my might.
    But something seems to draw me now
    to a warm and living light.
    I want to go
    I really do.
    It's difficult to stay.
    But I will try as best I can
    to live just one more day.
    To give you time to care for me
    and share your love and fears.
    I know you're sad and afraid,
    because I see your tears
    I'll not be far,
    I promise that, and hope you'll always know
    that my spirit will be close to you
    wherever you may go

    Thank you so for loving me.
    You know I love you too,
    that's why it's hard to say goodbye
    and end this life with you.
    So hold me now just one more time
    and let me hear you say,
    because you care so much for me,
    you'll let me go today

    NICU Moms @ Babyfit
    Zaviers_Mom

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  96. I am so so sorry for your great loss. Joshua was a beautiful and amazing little boy. He was a fighter and made such a huge impact on this world. I sit here in tears at a loss for words. God bless

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  97. Our prayers.
    Brian, Elizabeth, Timothy, Julian and Lillian
    Orange Park, FL.

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  98. I cannot begin to understand what you are going through. But I do understand the power of prayer. We will continue to pray for you.

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  99. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints....Joshua (and you as his family) have been a huge blessing and factor in my spiritual growth as I read your journey. My prayers are with you as you grieve his absence/the gaping hole in your family and lives. I am glad God gently carried Joshua home without suffering to a beautiful world of love -- that your love prepared him for. Praying now and in the months to come. Michele Walsh

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  100. oh susie, all of my friends and family send their love and condolences as I've shared your story with them over the past 67 days. I'm so sorry youve had to go through this, it's not fair.

    Love

    Mary, Matthew, Jen, Elizabeth, Hank, Victoria, Shannon, Liz, and everyone else who's thinking of you in NYC.
    <3

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  101. My heart is hurting for you right now, though I know you have an eternal hope that you will see him again someday. Still, I know you miss him and will always miss him. I've been watching and reading for some time now from my home in Canada. You loved Joshua well with all of your being. If God ever lets me carry a pregnancy to term and be a mother, I want to love my children the way you love yours. I will be praying for you as you grieve the loss of your baby's presence here on Earth, and as you go through the coming days and months. May the One who loves us most wrap His big arms around you, carry you, keep you close to Himself and to your loved ones, and may He comfort you in these days. Joshua was loved well during his time with you here, so very well. I'll never forget that.

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  102. Susie, I know your future will always have a place reserved for Joshua. A Mama's heart is never the same. God chose a beautiful family for Joshua.

    Praying...

    Karen in TN

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  103. We are praying for you Susie & Matt. Thank you for sharing Joshua with us. He has blessed our lives and will never be forgotten.

    I was reading this and crying when my daughter came over and asked what's wrong (she's 3). I told her that this was joshua, the little boy we have been praying for, and I told her what happened. She turned to me and asked "Is Jesus holding him now?"

    What a beautiful picture that would be.

    We will continue to pray for you and your family.

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  104. Thank you for sharing Joshua's life with us.

    Many prayers with you.

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  105. I am so glad that your son went peacefully. It is a blessing that you got all that time with him but I know you would have liked to have a lifetime but as you mentioned in another post, you did get to enjoy a lot of things with him. Take care of yourselves and your daughter. Take the time to miss him because I am sure that it will take lots of time.

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  106. There are no words that I can say that could take away the pain of losing a child, but I know that you take comfort that he is being held in the arms of the only one who loves him more than you do-His Creator. I will miss checking up on him every day, and know that Joshua touched many people on his short stay here on earth. Your family will be in our prayers, and thank you so much for the privilege of getting to know Joshua. He IS a miracle baby!
    Sherri in North Carolina

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  107. What a blessing Joshua has been. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    Much love,
    UNC NICU RN

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  108. May the God of peace fill your hearts with comfort in this devastating time. Brian and I send our love and symoathy.

    Still praying for you all

    Debbie

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  109. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family will continually be in my prayers. What a sweet, precious blessing you had in Joshua!! Thank God he was able to be with you for as long as he was and that his passing was on his terms and was so peaceful. You will always have the precious memories of his 67 days and 7 hours. My thoughts will be with you in the difficult days to come. Hugs and prayers to such a special family....

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  110. How wonderful the 67 days and 7 hours that you had with your beautiful son. May you be comforted during this difficult time. We praise God for this perfect child He created, and the time he allowed for you all to have with him.

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  111. What a perfect promotion to heaven. Safe with Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, the God of Comfort, Joshua can be whole and well praising God and living with Him for eternity in Heaven.

    "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." - 2Cor. 1:3-4

    It's an honor and a privelege to read about his life story, and your family as you traveled this journey with Joshua. Thank you for sharing it so openly. Keeping you and your family in prayer,

    Andrea
    (CANADA)

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  112. What an impact this little boy has made in the lives of so many people. I miss him already and I never even knew him. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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  113. Dear Susie,Matt and Oceana,

    Three of you have the most amazing,precious son/brother fought his life to be with you for 9 weeks and 4 days and that is the most precious time of his life as part of yours and always will be. I am so amazed by his determination to stay this long, and even more amazed that you all three spend so much time and even get to see his first milestone(tooth). He is the most gorgeous baby to have fought this long.
    I keep you in my heart and thoughts each day.
    He is now with lord, looking down on you, smiling on you, thanking you for giving him a life to live to be with you as a important family.
    Lots lots of love and hugs,
    Kerri-Anne and family

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  114. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby boy. Your family will be in my thoughts during this difficult time.

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  115. My heart goes out to all of you guys. Joshua was an amazing little miracle who definitely wanted to go on his own terms. What a little fighter. My prayers are with you.

    BTW, I LOVE that picture of him. I think its my new favorite picture of him.

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  116. I stumbled across your blog today and read it all. I am so sorry for your family's loss. Your little boy was beautiful. Know that he is in Heaven now. I will pray for your family. Stay strong and God Bless!

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  117. I'm sorry for you pain. It's sad that he passed away but celebrate the time that you got to spend with him. Joshua touched so many peoples lives. I'm glad that he had so many people that love him around him when he passed. Take care and you will be in my prayers.

    ~a fellow babyfit momma, sugamomma~

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  118. Our heart breaks for you. Your family will continue to be in our prayers. I just keep thinking that now Gideon has a playmate.

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  119. I'm so sorry that you have lost your little darling. My heart aches for you. I was so sad when I came home from work and read your post. I'm praying for your family.

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  120. Susie and Matt, and Oceana, hugs and prayers to all of you and your extended family. I have been checking in with your blog for a few days, and as with other blogs I have been reading from families in similar situations, I am inspired and awed by the strength of your faith. Joshua is a beautiful baby - as another poster said, I know he is now with God, but I wish he was still with all of you! Many hugs to you, I will be holding you in my prayers and thoughts -

    J. in OH, USA

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  121. My heart breaks for you, but it rejoices for Joshua. He is in the presense of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God bless you and your family. I will be praying for the comfort that only our Father can provide will be upon you in the days to come as it has been in the days that have passed.

    Love in Christ,

    Amy V.
    SC

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  122. My heart breaks for you, but it rejoices for Joshua. He is in the presense of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God bless you and your family. I will be praying for the comfort that only our Father can provide will be upon you in the days to come as it has been in the days that have passed.

    Love in Christ,

    Amy V.
    SC

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  123. 67 days and 7 hours what a blessing to have that time with your sweet baby boy!! I pray that your memories will continue to bless your everyday. You are in my prayers.

    Texas

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  124. Good for Joshua! I'm so glad he died as he lived. That's a credit to you, Susie, and your family.

    I'll continue praying for you and your family as you go on without Joshua in your home. He'll be in your heart forever, but it's hardly the same, is it? I pray that you feel Joshua's legacy of strength and courage as much as you can and when you can't, I pray that you find comfort all around you.

    In California, where I am, one can take up to 72 hours with their loved ones before they need to be taken to the funeral home, though for frail people, the funeral home prefers to have them not later than 24 hours.

    When my grandmother died, it was in the early morning hours and I didn't have the funeral home people come until 5pm that evening. I would have liked to have taken longer, but there were practical considerations and it did feel okay. The hardest part for me was letting her physically go. As long as she was in my home, she was still with me. It was nice to see her again to dress her and then again right before her burial. I'm sure you understand completely how that feels. I'm glad you are taking your time and doing things your own personal way.

    I'll will continue to read your blog and keep up with your family's journey through life.

    God bless you always!

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  125. Your precious Joshua is an angel- what a gift he was to so many people- people living all over the world.

    Jesus is now craddling your sweet Joshua- who now needs no hats...

    We will continue to pray for your dear family....

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  126. much peace & love over all of you.

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  127. While his pain is over, I know yours is just beginning. Prayers go up for you, Matt, Oceana and your families.

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  128. Heaven has a new angel. I'm sorry for your loss. And am grateful that you shared your Joshua's journey here on earth with us all. Much love and prayer to your family.

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  129. My heart grieves for your lose, but my soul rejoices because Joshua is with our Heavenly Father now. He was such a little fighter and I am thankful for the time you had here on earth. Goodbye for now baby Joshua.

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  130. God bless your sweet family!

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  131. Susie, you and your family have been in my thoughts since before Joshua's birth. I am so sorry that his time on earth has passed, but so glad that he was embraced and adored by such loving parents during the time he had with us.

    May peace find you.
    Carla in Ohio

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  132. Thank you for sharing your amazing boy with us. I'm sorry for your loss. May you find peace knowing he was loved by all who got to know him through this blog!

    Rebecca
    California

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  133. So sorry for your loss. I'll continue to pray for your family.

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  134. We have prayed for Joshua and your family over here in Arizona. May the good Lord comfort you and keep you in his embrace.

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  135. Heaven is lucky to have such a sweet mericle with them. I'm thinking of your family and glad that you had those days to spend with your son. You both will meet again. Take care.

    -Jessi (MAOFMANDY from babyfit)

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  136. I am amazed by your strength, and your selfless-ness, to give Joshua what he needed, when he needed it, but to never "fix" him as the world thinks he shoudl be, but to love him as he was given to you. May God hold you and your family close in this time.
    Krysten

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  137. I am so sorry for your loss. I cant imagine how you feel. I am praying God, every evening, that I never experience something like that.

    But let in that pain some joy, because one day when you meet him again in Heaven, he will not be sick and quiet, he will be healthy, smiling angel baby boy. He is that now.

    I am praying for your family and for all children in the world.

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  138. I am praying for you and continued strength.

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  139. I am so sorry. Congratulations on 67 days with your beautiful boy, and on an eternity to be spent with him after this brief pause. Mourning your loss here in Cleveland, Ohio, US,
    Fern

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  140. Thank you for sharing your story. God has another beautiful angel in Heaven.

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  141. Praying for your family. You and Matt have done so well in your care for both your children. May your faithfulness be greatly rewarded as you grieve the loss of your dear little boy.
    Lori in VA

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  142. God bless all of you

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  143. Our deepest sympathies. Our prayers are with all of you.

    In Him,
    Pierre, Mirjam, & Adrian

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  144. I dont know you, but i read you blog, your stosy is so inspiring, all my preyers for you and your beatiful family as you go thourgh this. May god lift you up and heal your hearts.

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  145. Hi Susie, you don't know me - I got to your blog through Tarah Goodson. I've been reading since the beginning, and praying for you and the fam the whole way. Joshua has blessed my life beyond words. I have been praying for you guys so much the past day or two, and I will continue through the days to come. My prayer is as it says in James, "but He gives us more grace," - that He would provide the grace you need. My heart breaks for you but also knows that He knows the pain of losing a child more than anyone else - and knows how to bring comfort.
    Love in Jesus - Emily, in NY

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  146. I am so sorry for you loss. What a wonderful 67 days and 7 hours. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of Joshua's life.
    May God be with you and your family.
    Jess babyfit Sept 05

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  147. My god bless you and your family and that little angel that has, as you so lovingly said it, has been promoted to heaven. It made me smile to read about how your little fighter held on to give you just a few more hours of his precious presence. Your strength as a family is really quite amazing. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

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  148. I am so sorry for your loss. Joshua was a wonderful person and I'm so glad I had the chance to get to know him and your family for the last 67 days, he truly touched my heart. Joshua touched more people in his 67 days then most people do in a lifetime, Joshua and your family are truly an inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

    Amy
    New York

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  149. ***HUGS*** Prayers for your family during this time. I've been following Joshua's story since I first saw your post on Babyfit. God bless you sweetie!

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  150. May God Bless your family and know our prayers are with today and always.I have no word that can convey the comfort I want to share. Bless you all, Cindy

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  151. May God Bless your family and know our prayers are with today and always.I have no word that can convey the comfort I want to share. Bless you all, Cindy

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  152. Susie, matt & Oceana

    I am so sorry. Thank you for letting us all in on his testimony. He has reinspired my faith and I am so glad to have been privileged to be witness to a miracle. I love you guys. Praying always.....

    Love, Josh, Danielle & Samuel

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  153. I've been praying for and will continue to pray for you and your family.

    I'm glad Joshua went to heaven peacefully, and was able to be loved on the way by his wonderful parents/family.

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  154. Oh Susie - my heart breaks with you, though I do not know the depth of what you are feeling, but I do know he is in good hands with Jesus. His life touched so many - his welcome must have been great! We love you guys and will continue to pray.
    John & Anna

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  155. Susie and family, My heart aches for your loss. I could never even fathom the pain you must feel. You, your husband and family or the strongest people I know. I am glad to hear Joshua went peacefully, that must be such a relief. My prayers are with you in this horrible time. Your son was/is absolutely adorable. God Bless you and yours. Lots of love, The King Family

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  156. I'm so sorry .. but I'm glad that Joshua is with Jesus now. Your family has been on my mind constantly since I first heard about you just over 24 hours ago .. my husband and I prayed for you tonight and then I came online and saw this post.

    Many hugs and prayers for you and your precious family. God bless you.

    Love,
    Zeah (& Othon & our baby Stavros)
    Trinidad WI

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  157. I've been following your story and I am so touched with the strength and dignity of you and your family. As the mother of two little boys I cant imagine what such a loss must feel like. May God keep Joshua safe and continue to hold you all in his arms as you find peace.

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  158. So sorry for your loss! Praying hard for all three of you!

    --Rebecca

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  159. I am so sad and have been praying for your family for some time now. I wish Joshua peace and comfort in heaven! Hugs to everyone. My heart goes out to you! What strong little boy!

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  160. My husband and I are thinking about you in Brooklyn. I've been reading your blog since before Joshua's birth and am awed and inspired by the strength you have shown throughout the experience, and the love you were able to share with your baby.

    Our best wishes are with you.

    With love,
    Jo

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  161. *HUG* that comes with many tears but no words.

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  162. God knew before Joshua was conceived that he would have 67 days and 7 hours with you. What love your family showered on him, but that doesn't even compare to the love that he is experiencing now. His life on earth is complete and he touched many lives and his earthy life will continue to touch lives for Christ. His heavenly life has only just begun. He is truly safe and healed in the arms of Jesus.
    My prayers are for you and your family. The Lord heals the brokenhearted. May you feel His comfort in the days ahead.
    Carolyn in Maryland

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  163. When your heart is empty, filling it with hapy memories can help you find your smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, matt and oceana and family during this time.

    Pauline and Tim

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  164. I am so sorry for your loss. I just don't have the words to express how I feel for you. Love to you and your family.
    Irishembi (Feb. 07 Babyfit)

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  165. Asking the Lord to lead my little girl to Joshua. She has been there for over eight months now and I'm sure she would love to show him around. ;)

    I will be praying for you in the days to come. His grace is sufficient for you.

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  166. Praying in Indiana for you and Matt and Oceana!
    Codi Strong

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  167. Most people only dream of angels. You got to hold yours- for 67 days and 7 hours.
    You, Joshua and your family have been an inspiration. He touched our lives and that's why he was here with us all for so long. Thank you, Joshua.
    (Effie2- Jan-08)

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  168. Thank you for sharing Joshua with us. Through your story, you have helped me to treasure my precious baby boy more and be a better mom.

    My heart aches for you, Matt and Oceana. I have been praying for your family since I first learned of Joshua shortly after his birth. I'll continue to ask that God give you the strength to face the days, weeks and months ahead.

    God bless- Cathy, in Texas

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  169. sweet boy ... we'll all miss his daily pictures and updates. We're praying for strength for your family.

    Rose in Michigan

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  170. Ohh, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Joshua's story has touched my whole family. I wish there was something I could say, or do...

    Joshua was such a beautiful, perfect little baby and he is a beautiful, perfect little angel now, too.

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  171. Praying for you and your family in SC...

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  172. Susie,

    You don't know me and I never had the pleasure to meet little Joshua, but I feel so fotunate to have known him in some little way through your blog. Thank you for sharing him with us. He has touched so many lives already and will continue to do so now that he has left this earth.

    My deepest condolences.

    Melissa

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  173. Hi guys... wow. I just read through some of the comments from all over the world for you and your family! It's so cool that you have world-wide prayer support as you grieve the loss of your precious son. As others have said... your strength has been God-given, and inspirational through this journey with Joshua. All of us in the school have been praying for you heaps - especially the last couple of days. I was thinking last night about how Joshua's little body has so struggled... but his spirit was always 100% perfect - and now all is complete in Jesus. May God's unexplainable peace and comfort saturate you right now.

    Patty, and all of us in the DTS

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  174. I have been following your blog daily along with all the mommies on the Oct 06 board on babyfit. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Joshua is definately a mircle baby!! Can't wait to met you all in heaven someday soon...
    Sinerely,
    Laura from Ohio

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  175. Youe little guy made such an impact on so many peoples lives in just a short 67 days and 7 hours! I'll be praying for you and your family during these difficult days ahead.

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  176. I'm so sorry for the loss of your precious and beautiful son. I wish peace and healing for your family.

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  177. Heaven is a little brighter tonight. Joshua's light will shine on you forever.

    What a special woman you are Susie. You have touched my heart forever.

    May you always have the strength and courage you have shown here on your blog.

    God bless you and yout family always.

    You are in my prayers tonight...and for a long time yet.

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  178. You will most likely never meet me this side of heaven, but please know that a family in Missouri are upholding your family in prayer. I just stumbled upon your blog yesterday. Thank you for sharing Joshua with us all. We will continue to pray for you and your ministry to others - God never wastes anything - may he use Joshua and your testimony for His glory!
    Tamera

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  179. Hey Sams family,
    Caleb, Sara, Cathy, Scott and family love ya'll very much and you are in our continued prayers,
    Your family in Christ

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  180. I prayed and cried for your little man last night.You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.Joshua was such a gorgeous little man, strong and brave.
    Jodie

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  181. There is no way I can understand the pain you are going through. You are in our prayers!

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  182. What a sweet goodbye. Thank God you will be with him again when you go home.
    Praying for you tonight.

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  183. Hi Susie. It's been a while since I've seen you and Matt, but I just had to send you a message today. I'm so sorry for your loss of Joshua, but I'm also so impressed with the grace and peace with which you have walked through this time. Thank you for sharing his story, and yours, through this blog. I can't imagine how you feel right now, but I know that you have the right perspective by simply trusting in Jesus.

    I'm so sorry for you, Matt, and Oceana. You all continue to be in my prayers.

    Bob K, Lima, NY

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  184. I wish a gentle journey for you and your family. Joshua and his family will forever be in my mind.

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  185. Susie, my heart and prayers are with you and your family. We have lost a true miracle baby but heaven has gained a wonderful angel. Joshua will forever be with you, Matt, and Oceana. I am truly sorry for your loss. Your strength is great and your heart is loving, its easy to see. Joshua was so lucky to have you as a Mother. Please know that when you hurt, we are all here for you.

    Love,
    Dana in Virginia

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  186. You don't know me - I found your blog through a friend. I spent hours reading over your blog the other day and was so inspired by your story and by your miracle baby Joshua. What a blessing!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Jenn in MO

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  187. God bless you all and especially your sweet little boy, what a fighter he was.

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  188. I'm so sad you couldn't stay, little guy! But you had an amazing life, and an amazing family. You'll never be forgotten, buddy, and I know you are finally whole.

    Hang in there, Susie. Thanks so much for sharing him with us!

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  189. Thank you, Joshua Matthew, for giving me reason to believe in miracles. Dance with Jesus, sweet boy.

    Susie and family, may you be blessed with comfort, strength, and sweet memories.

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  190. We're standing with you in this time. Let others help you carry the burden. I'm so glad you have family there guys. Oceana is lucky to have you both.

    Kristin (and Brian)

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  191. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I just found out about your story on your photographer's blog and decided to check out Joshua's site and read that he just passed away. I am truly sorry and deeply touched by your story. I wish you all peace. Your photos are very beautiful and special!
    Tandra

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  192. My comment didn't show... I must not have entered it correctly, or you may not have had time to approve it just now.

    Still, just incase, I wanted you to know I'm praying for you, and I looked up the biblical meaning of Rubies. Truly amazing. I will e-mail it to you... how they represent Joshua so perfectly!

    The Lord bless you and keep you, Susie, Matt and Oceana. The Lord make His face shine upon you all, be gracious to you and give you peace.

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  193. 1,615 hours on this Earth, what a blessing. Still praying for you, your family, and your little angel. I hope you all find peace and healing as Joshua moves on to the next part of his journey, and you all continue on yours. He really was beautiful. I'm crying for you.

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  194. Matt and Susie,

    I pray the Lord holds your broken hearts close to His as He now holds Joshua. What a blessing to know that he passed from life to life eternal with dignity and strength. I have never known a baby who touched my heart so deeply as Joshua has. He is a true miracle and his life has touched so many. I am so sorry that he is not with you and the emptiness his loss has left
    behind for you to grieve. You are in my prayers continuously as always.

    Love, Laurie in Ca.

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  195. Thank you Susie and Joshua for what you taught the world and the amazing love you showed. God sure knew what he was doing when he put you together.

    Hugs to you and your beautiful family.Joshua was truly blessed to have such a family.I'm sure you feel bleesed to have had him.You will be in my prayers.

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  196. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

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  197. A beautiful boy....truly. And what a wonderful promotion. I am in awe of your family. And you are all in my prayers.

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  198. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort in this difficult time.

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