Sunday, November 8, 2009

Another Long Night...

We are so tired.  Tired is probably not even a good enough word for the state we are in.  Watching our child suffering is unbearable.  Gavin spent most of the night with O2 levels in the low 60's to low 50's -- yet he is still trying to keep going.  His lungs are almost completely filed with fluid and his is swollen and grey.  We are having so much difficulty keeping him comfortable.  He is on lethal doses of narcotics and we also started with sedation medications -- but he is still building tolerance as the hours go by.  His CO2 levels are probably so high at this point that he really isn't cognitively intact anymore but it is very difficult to hear him cry out.

I sat with him for a few hours last night and rested by hand of his chest just praying that each breath would be his last -- that he would realize that he didn't need to fight anymore.  He could stop suffering. 

Today we are stopping all fluids is hopes it will help this process.  We are also seeing if we can begin Propofol to help him stay sedated and peaceful.

We can feel your prayers.  Through all of this Adam and I have a sense of peace -- knowing that the end will be a moment of joy and freedom for his tired body. 

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Diane said...

We will keep on praying with you and for you. Know that you are surrounded by the prayers of many in all corners of the world, all day & all night. We have fallen in love with Gavin, and through him, with you all. Our hearts have truly been broken, and we are interceding for immeasurable peace to take over, right now, where you are.

Know that even in the long and dark nights, God is stirring up an army to love you and pray for you. We can't ease your pain, but we believe and trust in God who WILL wipe away every tear from your eyes.

We love you all so much, and are forever captivated & marked by Gavin, and the love you all have.

mrsrubly said...

omy goodness!! i can not fathom what your heart mind and soul is going through after reading this post. gavin~god rest your soul sweetheart. you don't have to fight anymore. my heart thoughts and prayers are so close you and your family right now. may you just find a sense of being and have peace that surpasses all in these last moments w/ Gavin!

Kirsten Yarnall said...

We are praying with you for his little body to rest and find peace. Love you all and wishing you continued peace as well.

Fran said...

Keeping you all so close to my heart.

Hugs,
Fran

Anonymous said...

Praying for your family Karen

Baylee and Blair's page said...

I'm still praying for you all and am checking back constantly for your updates. Thank you for taking the time to do that since we all care about you all so much!

My heart just breaks knowing you have to go through all of this and still see him suffer and in pain. I will pray for a peaceful journey to Heaven where he can run and play and be free of pain!


Big Hugs - Tiffany

Jodi R said...

Karen you are in my thoughts and prayers throughout the days! Praying for peace for your family!

Me and My Boys said...

I'm so glad you feel God's peace. It is such an amazing feeling when you know God is there. We continue to pray for your family. Jessica

beckley said...

You are so beautiful.
Thank you for honoring your children the way you do.
I am so sorry.
So sorry.

Tears pouring.
Just referred to you for the first time by my friend, courtney.
Praying for you, and wishing you grace and peace amidst the terrible pain.

Shalom amidst.
-robyn

Anonymous said...

2 Tim 4:7: "I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith." I'm sure if Gavin's little spirit could talk, he would echo these words. Dear sweet Gavin, you've had courage beyond your years and your life has been a complete ministry to behold... Praying that the "peace that passeth all understanding" will just settle upon each of your lives right now and hover in sweet abundance. Praying...

Anonymous said...

I found myself waking often last night and saying a prayer for your family. I know you are beyond exhausted and need peace. Sweet Gavin is going to be free of pain soon and in the loving arms of Jesus. Hang tough - your family is truly an inspiration.

Dannette

Misty said...

karen, i will continue to pray for peace for your little fighter. i had dreams about him last night, and as the sun rose this morning, i thought of Gavin and hoped he was closer to finding peace.

sending so many prayers your way karen, adam, madi, and especially gavin..

misty

Raegan said...

You all are in my thoughts. Thank you for all the updates. There are so many people that love him.

Tiffani said...

Sweet Karen,

There aren't words on my tongue that I could possible express my heart/grief/empathy for you...

Loving on you and your family with constant prayers and love and peace...

Tiffani in GA

Andrew said...

i only hope the peace of God reighs and his mercy is near Gavin and your family.

i lost a brother at a young age and am comforted by the fact that Gods wipes away every tear and comforts us in heaven.

Christie Gideon said...

I pray that Jesus takes Gavin by the hand and takes him to a peaceful place where he doesn't have to suffer any more. No more medicine, and hospitals. A place where his eyes are always open to watch over you now. You have all watched over him for so long, now it's his turn. He loves you Karen, Adam and Madi so much. He just doesn't want to let go. I pray that God brings him peace. He is and always will be an inspiration to so many people, as well as you and your family. My heart and my love go out to you all. Christie

Alicia said...

Peace. I am still praying.

Just Another Ordinary Miracle said...

Peace +

Tyler's Mommyh said...

sitting here with tears streaming down my face for your sweet gavin has touched my life in a way unimaginable.

i pray that today brings him the peace he so deserves.

once again, much love owens family, much love.

Nena and Reese said...

Sending you peace and light. Nena and Reese

Rich, Stacy & Billy Gerlach said...

We are all praying for you!!!
Mr Fighter, Mr Sweetheart, Mr momma's boy...Daddys sunshine, Madi's little love bug!!!
Know Gavin has been a light to the world to show the world how God is our Life...He has shown so many people how to get to Him....
Praying this Peace and Grace with be with Gavin very soon and your hearts healing feeling him with you.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your family during this time. May the Lord wraps his arms around you all and fill you with peace.

abxmomof3 said...

You and your family are so close to my heart. Gavin is certainly a little fighter. I wish I could do more but know I am praying and thinking of you today as always.

Vickie Heydenreich
Florida

Jennifer said...

My husband is a hospice nurse and he is honored to share this intimate time with many. Your journey has touched him more than any... When I read him your last post he wept and prayed and then prayed more with me. Thank you for keeping your journal and for sharing your precious love.

Jimmy DeWan said...

still praying for him and the rest of the family.

Melissa said...

We all surround your family with prayers, love and peace. May He hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Suzan said...

Reading that made me cry. I honestly can not fathom what your family and poor little Gavin are going through. He truly is a fighter. But I pray that today, the day of rest, will bring his little body peace and final rest.

brooke said...

Thinking of you and your family through this difficult time-I never imagined a little boy and his family that i do not even know personally could have such a huge impact on my life especially as a mother-you and adam are amazing people through all of this and i admire you so much for being so strong for gavin as well as madison-you and your entire family have had such a huge impact on my life without even meeting each other and i thank you all for that...

Anonymous said...

Dear Karen and Adam, Gavin and Madison...we pray for your family that peace will find your sweet son...he has been such a fighter and has not wanted to let go..we know this must be unbearably painful and we pray that the angles will whisper to Gavin to let go...we pray for peace for you and Adam and Madison as well...know that Gavin will have no pain in His kingdom...our hearts break along with yours...and we hope you know how much Gavin IS loved by those both close and far...

In Faith

Andrea Cherry
Kingwood, TX

tripntwinmom said...

Still vigilantly praying for Gavin to be able to let go and find peace.

(((((HUGS)))))) for all of you

Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Karen,

Dave and I join with the countless others who are standing with you and Adam as you wait for sweet Gavin to finish his race. Our hearts are truly broken. How I long to know that he no longer struggles, but instead has found peace in the arms of Jesus. May God surround your hearts with peace as you sit near your beautiful baby boy. You all are loved by many whom you may never meet this side of heaven, but I assure you that someday we will all rejoice together as we watch our children run and play along the streets of Heaven in their new bodies. No longer broken, no longer struggling for each breath. What a day that will be.
Sincerely, Dave and Trish Adams

Lorra said...

Praying that Jesus will end Gavin's suffering and take him home. Karen, you and Adam are Pillars of Strength to us all. You have been amazing parents to Gavin and Madison. May the Lord comfort you as you give Gavin to him. Prayers and tears are continuing along with you and for you. May Gavin rejoice with his Heavenly Father!
Much Love to the Owens family~

Candace said...

How difficult, I cannot imagine. Our thoughts have been with your family all hrs of the day. We pray for peace...

Laura said...

I'm praying for peace that passes all understanding. Dear Lord, bring your precious Gavin home.

Anonymous said...

We are still praying and we will continue to pray. My heart is heavy for Gavin and your family and so I am at a loss for words. God knows what all of you need right now, emotionally, physically, etc. We are trusting that when our words fail it doesn't matter because He knows and He is there with you. God bless your family. The Dotsons in TN

Lisa Marie said...

We are praying... constantly thinking of you and praying. We hope Gavin's little body will stop fighting soon and just be wrapped in peace...you are all so strong... so strong for your little boy. Thank you for the updates, we love you all!

Julie said...

Please ask the docs to give your son MORPHINE. That will gently slow his breathing down as well as remove his pain. He shouldn't have to prolong his suffering like this and you as his mother shouldnt have to prolong your pain watching him suffer.

Sheila said...

Peace to you all.

Anonymous said...

Praying that Gavin's sweet body finds peace soon after a long and brave fight.
Praying for peace and strength for your family
Praying...

Cathy said...

I have been reading your blog for the last week. I cry each time I come here. Those last pictures posted are so beautiful. Praying that God will cradle him and bring him home.

Ashley said...

Gavin and the entire Owens family has been in our hearts and prayers for more than a year now, and I want to thank you for sharing his journey with all of us. You all have touched so many hearts through his life story.
Today, I join the countless others lifting you up in prayer. We pray for peace, guidance and comfort for the entire Owens family and their many friends. For Gavin, we pray for peace and comfort. May he know that his journey was not in vain and that though he leaves them behind his mommy, daddy, and sister will be surrounded by love and will never forget him.
I am certain than many a tear falls for Gavin and your family today.

Peace and Love,
ARC

jennifer said...

As a hospice nurse I have sat with many patients and their families as they go through this agonizing process...and unfortunately it is a process...but have never with a child. It is breaking my heart so much more. You and Adam's strength, perspective, peace and faith is amazing. The only explanation can be the Heavenly Father holding your hands as he holds your Gavin.

What an honor for you to share this experience with us. What an inspiration. Thank you.

Will continue to pray for you and your family.

Kaira said...

There are no words. Praying for you and for Gavin to slip into Jesus' arms and find peace very soon.

Texas Mom said...

Oh sweet Gavin.... please let go. Your family will be ok. They know what awaits you in heaven. God will give them strength that only He can give, as they await their sweet reunion with you.

Until then sweet boy.... make sure you play hard, fly high, and run like the wind..... in heaven.

Ruth said...

Precious child of God your time here is done. Your smile hypnotized many on your journey here. God's grace will lead you into the arms of Jesus. A job well done as many will learn from your visit, many more will have a chance to live from what you have taught. The angels are at your side, they will not leave you, rather they will help you fulfill your next steps.

Be well sweet child, thank you for all that you have left behind in your footprints on this earth.

God speed Gavin,
Pastor Ruth

Kris said...

praying. praying. praying. you all are precious.

Nicole, Drew, Jack, Megan, Sophie, and Lucy too said...

We are praying for GOD to take Gavin's hand and lead him all the way home...

We are continuing to pray hard for GOD to give you and your family all the strenght you need to live through this difficult time.

Go in peace Gavin..GOD rest your soul

grey like snuffie said...

I have walked this path...so grateful you are both at peace...continuing to pray...God knows the very moment. Praying for Maddie as well...thankful He promises to use all for good especially during the times when situations just suck...He is God and I am not.

Sarah M. said...

Thinking of you all. Godspeed, Gavin.

Anonymous said...

My heart aches for you and your little boy. You are all in my prayers. I hope that peace comes to Gavin soon so that he can go home to the Lord where his suffering will be over. I hope that peace comes to you as well as you endure this suffering along with your son. What a blessing his life is to yours and what a blessing you all are to him. God bless you!

Chelle said...

Karen & Adam,
we are here. We have never stopped praying. Praying for peace every second. I know God is surrounding you. His hand will see you through every minute. Today is the Lord's Day, may it also be the day of peace and freedom for sweet Gavin.

Loving you,
Chelle

Angel and Randy said...

I have been praying for Gavin's peace and for our Lord to wrap him up in his arms and take him home.

My heart is so heavy for all of you...

Still praying.

MFA Mama said...

Oh how awful. Hoping you can find meds that bring Gavin comfort in his final moments and allow a peaceful passing. Thinking of your family today.

Anonymous said...

Praying that your sweet boy will soon find rest and comete healing in the arms of Jesus.

Suzanne in SC

Beatrice said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Just about a year ago, my Mother-in-Law suffered a stroke and by the time we knew that she was not getting better and flew from NJ to MT to be with her, she was no longer with us in spirit, only in body. She hung on for another 4 days and it was so difficult, knowing she was already gone but still we couldn't say good-bye. It just wasn't right, she spent all her life loving and taking care of everyone and seeing her like that (even though we were told she was not suffering), was almost unbearable. Saying good-bye every day, not knowing if we would see her alive again. When she finally passed on, it was such a relief.

Not that that's anything like what you're going through, I can't even imagine losing a child!! But I do know how hard it is to watch someone just keep hanging on.

I will be praying that Gavin - and your whole family - will find peace soon.

Beatrice
Praying in Bozeman, Montana

Anonymous said...

Please know that Gavin and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many people. I do not know you or your family but admire all of you for your strength and courage. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Still constantly going back to Gavins page, I actually have not closed it. I have kept it up since Friday. I have thought about Gavin all weekend, as I left home I would log on with my Blackberry to keep myself updated. I have 2 children, Landon is 1 and McKayla is 7, and I cannot imagine going through any of what you have. Your son Gavin, has become a part of many people that have never physically met him, but hope to meet him in heaven. Not many people have the courage your little Gavin has, he is such a strong little fighter. I am so sorry that he has to go through all of this pain, he is stronger than I could ever be. I PRAY his passing is quick and peaceful. I have said God bless you in my previous comments, but now to me, it is quite clear he already has. Rest in peace Gavi, you have taught people to not take life and love for granted. I will always hold a place in my heart for you, thank you for being such an amazing person at such a young age.
John Bravo
Keizer Oregon

Anonymous said...

I keep praying for thet peacefull time.i love you son, miles away from where you are, but as I twitter the other day: " love, faith and support don't need faces, the only face whe need is the face of Jesus". I admire the endurance that you ,your husband and Madison have and I pray that the spirit of God will guide you through this process.
I pray that Gavin go back home in such a peacefull way that will bring joy and peace to your heart, as he will be in the hands of His creator.

love and support,

Tainna

Tamara said...

Praying sweet family, praying, shedding tears with you and praying!

Anonymous said...

Karen and Adam - we sang this in choir today - Cried all the way through it because I just kept thinking of you and Gavin

I Will Rise

There's a peace I've come to know, though my heart and flesh may fail.
There's an anchor for my soul and i can say it is well.

And I will rise when He calls my name, No more sorrow no more pain.
I will rise on eagle's wings. Before my God fall on my knees and I will rise.

There's a day that's drawing near. When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear and my faith shall be my eyes.

I will rise - I will rise

Praying for you!
Joy

Cammie Heflin said...

Praying and praying Karen, I asked for prayer for him at church today, I pray he is free soon so he is out of pain and discomfort, love from Missouri. Cammie

Anonymous said...

I have prayed all day for Gavin. Asking the lord to grant him peace and comfort. By my faith, I believe in the immortality of the soul. Just as we give up worn out garments to try on a new one, much the same way, an embodied soul gives up one body to accept another. Much like the clothes that we wear do not represent the real state of our physical body, the state of our physical body does not represent the truly unchangeable and permanent nature of the soul that resides within it. I believe Gavin is in a state of comfort and happiness, under God's loving care.

Suzie said...

Just found your blog yesterday and will continue to send peaceful thoughts your way as you go through this journey with your son.

Jason O'Connor said...

All of you are in our thoughts and prayers today. Praying that Gavin can find peace today so that your family can begin to heal.

The sun is shining bright here today and I can not help but think of Gavin's smile shining down on all of us.

Jason, Deb, Ryan, & Sam

Ellen said...

What a little fighter! Praying Gavin finds the peace he deserves! Praying for your family! Big hugs!

Tina said...

We all prayed for you in church this morning. We are all hoping that you soon find peace.

Susan Hart said...

Just want you to know that I continually pray for you all and for little Gavin. God grant him peace and rest and keep him pain free. God grant you and Adam peace and give you the strength to go through this. I continue to lift you up in prayer.

Anonymous said...

Gavin's story has touched my heart so deeply. He is such an inspiration for so many people. It's so amazing that one little person could impact this world the way he has and will continue too.

I found myself waking up quite a bit last night, and all I could do was pray for your son. I pray that you will both be wrapped in the peace, and comfort of our Father. I pray Gavin will go be with Jesus to enjoy the life he was made for.

He is a beautiful little boy, and that smile will be stamped on my heart forever.

Prayers and thoughts are with you in this time,

Hannah

Aunt Becky said...

My heart is breaking and I'm praying.

Heather said...

Praying for peace.

perfectly p said...

My family has been following your blog for a while and we still don't know what to say. we have not walked your path but know as always, God is with us and what is happening right now is nothing compared to the joy that gavin is having, You brought him into this world and have helped to go home.

Anonymous said...

Your family has been in my prayers ever since I found out about your little angel, Gavin.

May God grant your family strength during this difficult time and may Gavin be granted peace.

God Bless.
JC

Sally said...

I have been following your story and pray that peace will come to sweet Gavin. He is such a little fighter! I will hold your entire family, especially him, in my prayers today that he will be able to find peace and comfort in the Lord's hands.
Sally Taylor

Anonymous said...

Praying for a sweet, peaceful, God filled passing from this life to the next. May He give you the strength to go through the unendurable--He is able! Blessings from a friend of Ashley Adams....

Lisa said...

Father God you know our hearts and you know Gavin's need. We ask that you hold him in your arms and give him the peace and comfort he needs. We ask that you give this family peace and calm during this time. Father you know it has been a long, long road for this family and we thank you for the blessings that have come from the daily trials, Gavin and his family has touched many of those who have come to know them thru his blog, thank you for that blessing. Please bring peace for Gavin, and may mom and dad take peace knowing Gaivin will be sitting on your lap healed and whole pain free, and waiting until the day for the family to be reunited once again.
Amen

Jennifer said...

Adam & Karen, we are all so privileged to have known you through your blogs and to have shared in your family's life, both the good and the bad. You have allowed us a glimpse of what true love looks like...lugging bags & tubes & wheelchairs and always striving to give your kids the very best life you could, never letting these obstacles stand in your way. I've learned never to take a single day for granted. Never to take my kids' good health for granted. To be thankful that a runny nose or sneeze won't send one of them into a downward spiral. To be really present with them when they want to tell me all about their day, or when they just want to sit in my lap & hang out.
Gavin has touched more lives and had a bigger impact in his three short years on this earth, than most of us can ever hope for in our own lifetimes. I am so thankful for his life and yours. Always praying for you.

Cjengo said...

man thoughts and prayers.

Angela said...

Please God, let Gavin find his eternal peace with you soon and be free of any pain and suffering. Karen and Adam, praying for you guys as well. May you find the extra strength to get through these next minutes, hours or days. We will not stop praying!!

Anonymous said...

I firmly believe that you're little boy's spirit is already in Heaven with Jesus. Praying that his body will rest, and that you will find peace in knowing that he is waiting for you in Heaven.

Lynne Eppehimer said...

We continue to pray or you and your family during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to you all and our prayer is you will continue to experience God's perfect peace.

Your extended family at WCA has been praying for Gavin for so long. Thank you for being a Godly example to those students.

We will continue to carry you through this in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Karen and Adam I know your heart is aching right now but know that GOD will see you through this situation. I no it may be difficult but maybe Gavin is holding on for the chance that maybe he can go home to see his new room before saying goodbye to his family.
No matter how or where Gavin is when he finally decides to take his rest just no that we love him dearly in all our hearts and our prayers are always with you.

Jennifer said...

My heart aches for your family. I just found your blog this week and have felt such sadness for what you are dealing with. I pray the Lord will give you peace and take little Gavin home soon.

Jennifer
Lexington, KY

My name is Sarah said...

Praying for all of you.

Emma said...

I watched my baby boy die also and it is unbearable. Praying for you all, and for Madison that the Lord will help her and heal her emotionally.
All life has a purpose. I believe after we die we continue to have purpose in heaven, even for babies who die in the womb. Gavin will continue to live, and although he will not come to you, one day you will go to him, and see God's purposes for him in heaven.
Jesus be with you all in these days, and may Gavin be freed from suffering- when our son Michael died I rejoiced that he was receiving a new body, one that you strong and perfect, that would cause him no more suffering.
Love to your whole family.
Emma

Emma said...

I watched my baby boy die also and it is unbearable. Praying for you all, and for Madison that the Lord will help her and heal her emotionally.
All life has a purpose. I believe after we die we continue to have purpose in heaven, even for babies who die in the womb. Gavin will continue to live, and although he will not come to you, one day you will go to him, and see God's purposes for him in heaven.
Jesus be with you all in these days, and may Gavin be freed from suffering- when our son Michael died I rejoiced that he was receiving a new body, one that you strong and perfect, that would cause him no more suffering.
Love to your whole family.
Emma

Anonymous said...

I am praying that Gavin finds the peace and rest that he deserves

Kathy in Texas

Anonymous said...

I want you to know first I'm praying...

I cannot take your pain...

As a Hospice nurse.. PLEASE know your son is not suffering... YOU are...Having sat through many deaths... your baby is not aware...

The process is like that of a birth...birth to Heaven...Ecc. 7:1

Again, I don't know your pain...but I will pray...that he is at peace soon as you are...

Connie

Shari said...

Please Jesus, give Gavin the rest he deserves. May it be soon. Please comfort the family as they say good bye to such a fighter and example named Gavin.

Tracey - England said...

I have been following your heartbreaking story for the last few days, I hope Gavin finds peace very soon, I can't begin to imagine how hard it is on you. I am thinking of you all x

Dawn said...

I don't know you and haven't followed your blog from the beginning. I just happened across it from another blog I follow.

I just wanted you to know that my heart goes out to you and your family. I'm sending good thoughts to you.

Anonymous said...

we are praying for you guys! When I wake up inthe night to feed the baby, you are the first things to come to my mind and I spend that time praying for you all... praying for God's peace to surrond your family! Love, the gardners

Phyllis said...

still praying for peace for you all...

The Carr Family in Fairfield, OH said...

I am praying for your family as you sit vigil as your precious little one is preparing to transition from your arms to the arms of the Father. God bless you and hold you close to Him as you face the minutes, hours, and days ahead.

Catherine said...

I was looking at videos of when Gavin was younger when my 3 year old daughter came up to me. She saw them and asked who he was. I showed her some of his pictures and told her that he was a very sick boy and was going to live with Jesus where he would feel all better. I also said that we need to pray for him. She immediately lowered her head and said, "Dear Jesus. Please take care of Gavin. Amen." Then she had me pray 2 more times. I hope you felt them:)

Mindi_Jo said...

Dear Owens Family,

You do not know me but a friend of mine had your link on her blog. I can't image what your family has gone through. My heart breaks for your family. I just wanted to say that I admire your faith and willing to let your son go to the Lord. Peace be with you and your son, Gavin.

Mindi

Anonymous said...

please know that the congregation of St. John's Luthern Church and the 2nd grade Sunday School class are praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Wish I could be there to prayer with you during this difficult time

Anonymous said...

Praying for your family tonight in Ft. Myers, FL

Jess said...

We will keep praying... he's a strong child for sure!

Alisha said...

I will pray.

memorysdaughter said...

Continuing to pray for you and Gavin here in Michigan, and I have asked everyone I know to do the same. I pray that you will find peace and comfort, and that God will give you strength in these last hours.

Amy Bucher said...

Praying for peace, for all of you. Sending love your way...

The Bucher Family
Amy, Rick, ^^Arden^^ (forever 3), Grayson (almost 3), and Zoey (2 days)

Marsha L. said...

I have prayed and will continue to pray for your family. My heart aches, as any mothers heart would, as I read your posts. Crying out to God on your behalf.

Marsha L. said...

I have and will continue to pray for your family. My heart aches, as any mother's heart would, as I read your posts. Gavin, precious child of God, I look forward to meeting you one day.

Brynne said...

Karen, you are in our hearts and our thoughts. We don't have the words to express our feelings of sadness for you, Adam, Madi and Gavin and gratitude for the experiences that you have shared with us that have reminded me to hold my babies close even when I "don't have the time". What a brave and generous family you are. May Gavin finally have the peace he deserves and the you the peace that you need.

All of our love,
Rasteen, Brynne, Calen, Ellisande, and Taige

Anonymous said...

Praying for your family.

Erin said...

Praying for PEACE for you all.

Erin
www.caringbridge.org/visit/braydenthomas1

Kathy said...

I have been through this also. It is the hardest thing you will ever have to deal with. You will get through.

Heidi said...

oh little man...where do you find the strength to keep fighting...

So may tears have fallen for your boy these pass few days, I cant think of much else...nor can I fathom the pain youre going through when you hear him cry out...continuing to pray he finds peace and is free from his body soon.

Thanks for continuing to share his journey with us, so many are praying for all of you.
With much love,
Heidi and Jack.

Anonymous said...

May the LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Anonymous said...

We will keep your family in our prayers. Gavin, find peace with your lord. I saw this and thought of your family. May it in some small way help you. Everyone is praying for peace for your family.

Don't Tell Me
Please don't tell me you know how I feel,
Unless you have lost your child too,
Please don't tell me my broken heart will heal,
Because that is just not true,
Please don't tell me my Gavin is in a better place,
Though it is true, I want him here with me,
Don't tell me someday I'll hear his voice, see his face,
Beyond today I cannot see,
Dont tell me it is time to move on,
Because I cannot,
Dont tell me to face the fact he is gone,
Because denial is something I can't stop,
Don't tell me to be thankful for the time I had,
Because I wanted more,
Don't tell me when I am my old self you will be glad,
I'll never be as I was before,
What you can tell me is you will be here for me,
That you will listen when I talk of my child,
You can share with me my precious memories,
You can even cry with me for a while,
And please don't hesitate to say his name Gavin,
Because it is something I long to hear everyday,
Friend please realize that I can never be the same,
But if you stand by me, you may like the new person I become someday.

Even once Gavin has left us please remember all of us out here praying for you.

Julie Kreisman from Wisconsin

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your pain.

Praying for your son to find peace, and for God to fill your hearts with it as well.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, what a strong little boy...but we already knew that. He wants to make sure we know, GAVIN WAS HERE.

Michelle said...

Praying that Lord gives you, Adam, Madison, and the rest of your family sweet rest, peace and comfort as you wait for Gavin's earthly body to give up its fight. Gavin is with his sweet Lord and Savior. Rest in that knowledge.

Our prayers will not stop for your family for a long time to come. As you spend the last moments with Gavin, we will pray. As you say your very last goodbye, we will pray. As you move into "Gavin's House", we will pray (what a neat reminder to all of Gavin's precious and inspiring life!). As you learn to move forward without your little boy, we will pray. The body of Christ is here, lifting you up.

It has been blessing and an honor to pray for your family.

Peace and rest,

Michelle

Anonymous said...

Praying for you all.

Cindy Buchanan said...

"People say that time will heal
But you know that they don't feel what you feel.
Times are hard, but God is so good
He'll never leave you,
He said He never would!

He sees your tears,
He fights your fears.
Hold on, help is on the way,
Help is one the way.
He said He'll never leave you nor forsake you
Stay strong, help is on the way.

(Michael W. Smith)

our family said...

Praying for peace for you all and perfect healing for Gavin. May you feel God's presence as Gavin leaves the loving arms of you and enters His heavenly father's arms.
Hugs and Prayers
Rachel in PA

Mrs Butterfly said...

Keeping you all in our prayers. ..May God our Father in heaven be with you all as you endure this difficult journey... As a retired nurse I can not believe he is still fighting... bless his little heart... Norma and Mike Schwieterman

tytysmom said...

May peace continue to be with you on this journey.

I don't know if you'll remember us but I so remember many days of passing your beautiful family in the 3rd floor halls at AI last October. Your sweet Madi in her Sumo costume brought smiles to Tyra (my Tiffany girl- a little blue box) and I. Again our families were just doors apart in the PICU this Spring. It was during that visit on March 6th that I held Tyra in my arms as she took her last breaths. This just over 2 weeks after lapsing into a coma while on 3F as a result of a metabolic disorder. The disorder not diagnosed until after the crisis by our mutually amazing & kind Dr. R.

How I wish you were not joining the sorority of grieving mothers. I have smiled at the JOY clearly evident in so many of Gavin's photos & pray that it be these memories that fill your mind and not those of this transition.

A butterfly lights beside
us like a sunbeam.
And for a brief moment its
glory and beauty
belong to our world.
But then it flies on again,
and though we wish
it could have stayed,
we feel so lucky to have seen it.

Cathy Davis said...

Bless all of you. Will continue to pray for you all.

Dolores Derstine (Hopewell Christian Fellowship) said...

Been praying for your family especially much these last two days. Can't imagine what you are going through. May God give you the grace to walk through this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Father God, I pray for this child of yours. I ask Padre Pio to intercede for Gavin, if this be Your will Father. We know that you are in control of all things and you hear the prayers of the faithful. If it be Your will Father, hear the prayers of Blessed Padre Pio and bless Gavin with strength so that all may know the wondrous miracles you perform. If it be Your will Father that Gavin is called home to you, please bring peace to him quickly and understanding to his loving family. I ask all this in your precious Son's name, Jesus Christ, Amen and Amen.

Jennjilla said...

What a strong boy...

Peace be with you all! Praying for your family...

christine said...

let go sweethheart. rest x

Mills Family said...

My daughter Regan died of Mitochondrial disorder 18 months ago. My friend Shannon sent me an email about your blog. I feel your pain. It is the weak who lead the strong. I am praying for you...God isn't missing a moment of your journey...

Lindsey said...

Oh, he is such a fighter, which is part of the reason that he has touched so many lives. We are praying for you and for sweet Gavin, for peace and rest that only God can give.

Anonymous said...

I have fallen in love with the pictures of Gavin 'special little guy', sending prayers to you.
He's still hanging on. When I was little I had many times, where the drs. thought I wouldn't live.
I wowed 'em. It was a tear in the placenta, its ok if I keep blaming Mountain Dew.
Prays are sent to God on your behalf.

Tyler's Mommy said...

continuing to check in on you, continuing to pray for you....

sending you all our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Lord please hear the prayers of this family and relieve Gavin's pain and suffering and that of his family's. Give him and them the peace of your love.
Your Will Father.

Jamie Zirkle said...

My name is Jamie Zirkle, Sarah Zirkle's husband. She was in your Bible study at Morning Star not too long ago. I only met you and your husband once but I remember looking at Gavin, often, when we were in worship service. I have prayed for him often. In 1993 my mom was diagnosed with HIV. She contracted this virus, unknowingly, 10 years prior through a blood transfusion. For over 2 years I watched her suffer. Finally, on the last night that I saw her alive, in the hospital, it became too much. I went over to our church gym, walked through the front doors, went to an upstairs classroom, hit my knees and yelled "you either heal her or take her home, enough is enough!!". A few hours later she was finally at peace. My prayer is the same for Gavin!

Christina said...

Found your blog through another and felt compelled to post. You have a gorgeous family! Gosh what sweet bright eyes Gavin has. I am SO sorry that you are enduring this. I pray that Gavins body find peace and so do your hearts.

Reagan Leigh said...

You are certainly still in our constant thoughts and prayers.

Susan said...

So thankful for his healing. Praying for each of you.

Tyler's Mommy said...

welcome home, gavin. i am so thankful that peace is now yours.

Anonymous said...

Just read your latest Tweet. Praise Jesus, Gavin is healed! May our Lord and Savior comfort you in the coming days. While my heart breaks for your loss, I rejoice in knowing that he is with our Heavenly Father. Love and peace to your entire family.

Erin in OH.

Robyn said...

May peace be with you as it is now with Gavin. What an amazing journey little Gavin has been on with such loving parents and family with him. Thank you for being the caring family you have been and for sharing with us. Gavin is watching with no pain and a freedom like he has never experienced, all by God's side now. May God continue to bless you and bring you comfort as he has brought Gavin. My heart aches but I know he is God's angel and he has many purposes. Peace and love.
Robyn from North Carolina

Big Mamma said...

Rest sweetly little guy. Our thoughts are with you Owens family forever.

Anonymous said...

Thankful that Gavin is now rejoicing, and mourning with all of you as you will miss him so much. We will continue to pray for all of you in the days and weeks ahead. We do not know your family (heard about you on FB), but we rejoice in the same Savior who will carry you through.
Sarah

Anonymous said...

Oh how bad I feel. I have just came to your page again...and I cannot help but cry. I do not know exactly how you feel, I can only imagine, but I feel as if I have lost someone close. Gavin is such an incredible little man, so strong and courageous. Words cannot express the way I feel...I just keep hearing him say, "I love you too" in that video of him covered in gloves. Such a sweet little guy, I pray that you all can make it through this. Poor little Madi must be so confused. I pray she will remain strong. I am sorry he was not able to make it to his house, but he has now made it "home". May God be with you all. Gavin is now looking down on you, thanking you for giving him life. God Bless.
John Bravo
Keizer Oregon

Shari said...

Gavin is now running and playing free in Heaven with no pain. Oh, my heart breaks for your family. I wish I had better words.

Anonymous said...

I am happy for Gavin, he is whole again. I am so sorry for you and your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie S. in CT

Kelli said...

My heart breaks for you. I am so very sorry. I'm familiar with MD because I have a similar condition. God be with you all.

Alicia said...

Words can't express what I am feeling for your family right now. Your strength is inspiring, and your faith is overwhelming. Know that in the three days that I have known of Gavin, he has changed something inside me. Love and peace.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your family. Gavin is whole again without any limitations. Hopefully you will find peace in "Gavin's Home" and have many memories to remember and share.
~Love from Missouri and Illinois

Misty said...

Karen and Adam, My prayers will be with you and madi always. You held an angel in your arms here on earth, and now that angel watches over you without pain, without fear, without suffering. I am so glad to have 'known' him through your blog for the past two years. He has been a special angel to so many. I will never forget his bright blue eyes, and his smiles through the pain. thank you again for sharing his journey with us.

Goodnight sweet Gavin.

Chelle said...

We just saw your tweet. Our love and prayers are with you. May God send his Angels to surround you. We rejoice for Gavin.

We love you guys.

Sean & Chelle

Jim said...

Thank you so much for sharing Gavin's life with us - it has definitely made an impact on my life. I am thankful that he is resting in the arms of Jesus, yet mourning for you and your family.

Jenn in Colorado

Susan said...

God bless you Karen, Adam & Madi. God has already blessed Gavin.

Amy said...

As a mommy my heart breaks for you, but as a Christian my heart rejoices for Gavin. I don't know if you like music a lot but I find that it can minister to my heart when nothing else can. There is a powerful song titled "Held" by Natalie Grant. If you feel up to listening to it, here is a link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W1CEppIPQk&feature=related

I can just imagine Jesus holding Gavin - so proud of His child. I also know that he is holding tight to the rest of your family that is still on this earth. Just know that there will be so many continued prayers to carry you through these next few days, weeks, and months. Thank you so much for sharing your family with us. You guys are an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Back again, I find myself constantly coming back to your page. I hurting so much for you all, but I am also happy. Gavin is in peace. He was such a happy boy through all that he had to endure. I have a feeling that he now wants all of you to rejoice and celebrate a life lives so strongly. He is just such an amazing child, but I still cannot come to the fact that he is no longer physically here on earth, but I feel his spirit lives forever. God Bless.
John Bravo
Keizer Oregon

kyna said...

Gavin, we will miss seeing your sweet face, but you are in the most wonderful place. Karen, Adam, and Madison the leyvas love you and are praying for you. May Gods grace strengthen and uphold you.

Anonymous said...

May God bless you all. Gavin, may you finally have the peace you so deserved! Run, laugh and play in heaven with all the other angels! Karen,Adam and Maddie, may you feel the love and thoughts and prayers we are all sending you. Your strength and courage is beyond words. I will keep you in my heart forever.

Samantha Neider
Sinking Spring, Pa

Janice said...

Hold tight to your faith, and know that the Lord is holding Gavin. May He bless your family and give you rest and peace.

Team Carter Jay said...

Our prayers are with you and with Gavin.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you.

May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you all and fill you with peace, strength, hope and faith.

Em
from Australia

Emma said...

Praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

I pray for peace tonight that passes all of your understanding. I pray that you can feel God's arms around your family so tight.

I know that Gavin is up in heaven, smiling with Jesus right now. He was such a beautiful boy who touched so many people with his life. His courage and strength will always be an encouragement to me.

I pray that in your darkest moments in the coming hours, days, months, that you will truly be blessed by God's love and peace. Please know that we are all continuing to lift your precious family in prayer.

Amanda in Texas

Lorra said...

Thank You, Lord, for taking Gavin home. His little body is made whole again and free of pain. Bless Karen, Adam and Madison as their hearts heal, and give them rest. In Christ' Name. Amen

Anna said...

I have been following your journey with sweet Gavin and praying for your wonderful family. Thank you for sharing his courageous journey. I am inspired by your determination to create good memories as a family, you are such wonderful and loving parents to Gavin and Madison.

I am thankful he is now in peace and healed.

I pray for your hearts to heal and for you to have peace. A special hug to big sister Madison during this difficult time.

carrie-anne said...

Heavenly Father, Help Gavin's mommie and daddie and his big sister maddie feel your loving embrace. Comfort their hearts and minds. I pray they find peace knowing that you have the most precious angel baby watching over them. Amen.
Our hearts love and hugs are with you always. Gavin's life has impacted us greatly, in so many ways. thank you.
love and peace to you,
Steve, Carrie-Anne, Ashley and Alexa.

Anonymous said...

I'm happy Gavin found his peace and healing. Eileen

Ellen said...

I am also glad that Gavin has found peace in the Lords loving arms! Praying for your family!

abxmomof3 said...

I am so happy that Gavin has found oeace but I know for your family it will be a rough transition. KNow that there are many people thinking and praying for you. Gavin was such a strong little boy and did so much good in his short time here on Earth. I hope you have peace in knowing that he is now in the Lords loving arms.

Take care,

Vickie Heydenreich
Florida

ISO (In search of) said...

Thankful for Gavin's final healing. Praying your family receives yours. May you find comfort in knowing there is no more pain for Gavin. May you find rest and release and soon again may you find unspeakable joy. God bless you all.

Krystena K. said...

May your little Gavin have enternal peace and freedom. Please forgive me. I don't know what to say. I am at a loss for words. My heart is broken for your entire family. I will be praying for you.
Much love.....

Anonymous said...

Dear Owens Family,
I have been checking in on Gavin for awhile now. Never posted just kept checking to see how he was doing. R.I.P Gavi, You have touched so many lives for such a little guy. You were truly a fighter & will never be forgotten. My prays are with the family in their time of need.

Anonymous said...

Praying for your son Gavin as he descends to Heaven....and praying for strength and comfort for your family. May you all be healed in heart and soul by His hand.

Andrea Cherry
Kingwood, TX

therextras said...

I am incredulous at this post but grateful for your continued sharing of this most personal experience. Still praying. Sending love. Barbara

Anonymous said...

My heart is breaking for all of you. May you all find comfort and peace in knowing that Gavin is no longer in pain.

Kathy in Texas

therextras said...

My sincere apologies. I forgot to read the tweets. Prayers for your family continuing. Hoping you can get some healing rest before celebrating his life and release from pain. Barbara

mandie said...

give Jesus a big hug for us, will you Gavin? tell Him to give your mommy and daddy and madi boatloads of peace, too. they're going to need it.
while the human side of us wants to mourn and be sad, Heaven is truly rejoicing because one of their own has returned home...and he has been made whole! i know that your arms and heart ache for him, but find peace in the factthat Gavin is probably snuggled up close to Jesus...pain free.
my prayers are with you, Owen's family. again, thanks for sharing your sweet baby boy with us.

Tina said...

I cried with you all last night, as I'm sure most of us did when we read. Now that Gavin has grown his wings, his little body is finally at rest. Lots of love and prayers for the next few days for you all.

grey like snuffie said...

Rejoicing for him...weeping for you..

Rich, Stacy & Billy Gerlach said...

Lord please be with this family...Thank You for not making Gavin suffer anymore but know how much the family and friends will be and be with them...wrap Your loving arms around them....
In Your Holy Name, Amen!!

Anonymous said...

Adam and Karen, you have been in our families prayers and thoughts constantly over the last couple days. We are so thankful to hear that Gavin has no more pain and suffering. I can only imagine his sweet little face and beautiful bright eyes up in heaven. Know that you will continue to be in our prayers as you start a different journey. We will pray for your peace and healing. Love, Brad and Lisa

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen,
I am thinking about Gavin and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I can't even begin to comprehend what you are going through right now. Praying for peace for Gavin, he really has been a fighter.
Heather (critical care nurse)

Lok said...

Praying for your family - from Brandon, MS. We are so sorry for your enormous loss. So happy for Gavin's enormous gain.

Abell said...

We will continue to pray that God will hold you and big sis Madison in His hands and comfort you in your time of need. Gavin is present with the Lord, where there is no pain or suffering.

AnneMarie said...

you are in my prayers. your sweet Gavin and Madison will be on my mind...

Katiebear said...

I have been checking in on Gavin for awhile now. I am thinking about Gavin and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as he has earned his wings.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss of your little boy but how wonderful he must feel today. He is basking in the love and care of God and many many loving angels.

Nathan said...

Dear Owens family - you don't know me, but I stumbled on Gavin's website this morning and it brought tears to my eyes. I'm not normally an emotional guy, but I cannot imagine what you guys must be going through right now. God bless you guys and may he wrap his loving arms around you, just as he is doing to Gavin right now in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Your beautiful son is now enjoying the blessings of the Heaven you so strongly believe in. I am so sorry for the loss you have experienced here on earth. I hope that your faith that you will one day see him again as a happy healthy boy can provides some counterbalance to the deep sadness that you must also be feeling. As so many before me have said, your journey - Gavin's journey - has left an indelible imprint on more people than you could imagine and Gavin's legacy is strong.

April Fronheiser Moser said...

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Praying so hard for your entire family. May you find peace and comfort.

Mona Parker said...

Rejoicing for Gavin as he is healed, whole, running and playing this morning - very much alive and thriving in the Presence of Jesus. Continuing to pray for you all as you transition into life here without him. I'm believing for God to comfort you and fill you with the peace that passes all understanding so you can continue to run and finish your race with joy - knowing that Gavin is not in your past but in your future - never to be separated again! Love and prayers to all!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for you guys and Sweet Beautiful gavin. My heart breaks for you. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for your family. Take Care The Fogel Family

www.tarynshope4life.com
our daughter Taryn also suffers from a mitochondrial disease.

A Journey for Joshua said...

I've never had the opportunity to meet you, but I feel so much love and heartache for you and your family. May God give y'all rest and may your Sweet Gavin be at peace with Him in heaven soon. Love and prayers all the way from Texas!

Cristy said...

Sending you all the strength and peace and courage to face the coming days, and hoping you know that your love for Gavin is an inspiration to all of us who have children with mitochondrial disease. Please, if there is anything that I can do to help your family, just raise your hand and let us support you.
Cristy Balcells (MitoAction.org)

Mark Lopa said...

I just learned about Gavin this morning...the first full day of his experience of Joy...and have such mixed feelings: so incredibly sad Karen and Adam had to go through this, but happy that Gavin's pain is gone and his is happy and playing with the Lord.

I'm sorry...I don't know what else to say. God Bless both of you and your entire family.

Amber Schmidt said...

My heart is full of prayers and joy that Gavin is with his Savior. That he is running and dancing. At the same time the tears come without permission. I know that this is what we have all prayed for but cannot imagine how you all must hurt at the same time. I will be praying for peace for your beautiful family!

Hollie said...

Praying for little Gavin and your entire family.

With Love From a Stanger

sarah said...

my thoughts and prayers are with you at this moment in time i also lost my 11 month old to mitrocondrial 11 august 09

lot's of hugs
love sarah xx

Michelle said...

Grieving for you today as I get to do "normal" things, knowing that you are missing your little one. Continued prayers for your family!

Anonymous said...

My prayer for all of you is that the Lord will provide the comfort and peace that you need and he will keep Gavin out of pain. May you feel his loving arms around you and know that he is with you every step of the way. In his precious and holy name we pray. Amen.

Anonymous said...

Your little boy has captured my familys heart. He has forever changed me as a person and as a mom. I will keep praying for your family to find comfort in the loss of your warrior. He truely was fighter and for that you should be so proud.

Please let everyone know if you need anything at all....we are all wanting to help.

Anonymous said...

I continue to think of your sweet Gavin and I am praying really hard for him, he is such a beautiful little soul. May God continue to watch over him and protect him. God bless

Rochelle said...

So sad for you. Praying for peace and comfort. I'll miss checking on Gavin each day, but will continue to check in and pray for you, Adam, and Madison. He was such an amazing and beautiful little boy. A great fighter. Praying you'll all feel God's arms around you. Looking forward to meeting Gavin in heaven someday.

Gilda said...

For Gavin what a beautiful little angel you are with those big blue eyes. May you feel the peace of being in the lords arms today...No more pain baby boy no more pain.My heart goes out to the entire family who are missing dearly your precious Gavin. May the lord comfort you and give you all healing in this time of loss.

Robin said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Wallace said...

Thinking of you all and wishing you peace x

Courtney said...

i am so sorry.
yet glad for healing for gavin.
praying for you and adam and maddie.

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