Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Celebration...

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We are so excited to celebrate Gavin's life and the impact our little boy had on this world.  We want you to join us!  We don't care if you have never met Gavin in person -- if he has made an impact on your life then we want you to join us in remembering the spirit of hope, joy and love he spread to this world.

In the midst of our sadness we find hope and joy knowing how many people's lives have been forever changed by Gavin's three short years of life here on earth. 

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Join us on Sunday, November 15 at 3 pm for a Celebration of Life to honor Gavin Owens. From 3 - 4 pm there will be time to express your thoughts and condolences to Adam and Karen Owens. At 4 pm, a special service will be held to celebrate Gavin's time with us and rejoice that he is now very much alive in Heaven. (Childcare will be provided for children ages 5& under in the Church Nursery from 3-5pm.)

Services wil be held at Morning Star Fellowship : 100 Limkiln Rd, Bechtelsville, Pa 19505

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to 3E Patient Care Unit at the Alfred I Dupont Hospital for Children. Your contribution may be mailed to Nemours Partnership for Children's Health 1600 Rockland R. Wilmington DE. 19803

96 comments:

Muriel said...

I never met Gavin in person but his smile and strength touched me. On days when i was down his smile would leap across the computer screen to me and bring a smile to my face. Gavin will always be with me and my thoughts will be with you to continue to feel his love and peace surrounding you always.

Stephanie said...

I would love to be there if I could! Your little guy has definitely made me awe at this life and look towards the next. I will be thinking about you and your family that day as I have for a long time now.

Stephanie in CO

Mona Parker said...

Would like to be there but unable to. Will be thinking of you and celebrating with you from Arkansas! Love to you all . . . .

Taria M. said...

You guys are amazing... your faith an incredible example of holding fast to His promises. If I didn't live in CA, I'd be there celebrating next to you. Gavin's courage and strength was so very inspiring to me, and I cherish the that I am able to pray for your family and your beautiful son. Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives.

Anonymous said...

I have never met any of you - but Gavin and your whole family has touched my life beyond words - I love looking at his big beautiful smile and those sparkling blue eyes!!! If it wasn't for the fact that I live in Texas - I would be right there with you all celebrating - but I will be there in spirit and thinking of all of you....

Blessing

Kathy in Texas

Cory said...

We would love to join you in your celebration for Gavin and look forward to meeting you as we are right down Rt. 100 from you! We will be there pending no illnesses in our house!

Our continued prayers for strength through this difficult time.

Cory, Madison and Robby

Brooke said...

I SO wish i could go! I've been following Gavin's blog for awhile and pray for you guys often. The love & faith in your family is overflowing and i'm praying God allow you to see the joy through the pain. Is there anything we can do from afar? Cards to Madison? Loving and praying for you guys!

Brooke in VT

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to celebrating Gavin's life with you, your family and friends, our church family, and everyone else that Gavin has touched, this Sunday! Be blessed and be safe in Him! ~Debbie Heisey

Anonymous said...

Wish I could come celebrate with you but living on the other side of North America makes it a little difficult. I will miss your little guy but the world is a better place because he was here. Peace be with all of you.

kathleen

Michelle said...

We will be visiting family in California this coming weekend but will remember Gavin with you on Sunday during your memorial. Stay strong - I know Gavin is smiling down on all of those whose lives he touched.

britta said...

I so wish I could come, but I will be thinking about you guys during that time. Well I think about you guys all the time actually.

Love ya!

kyna said...

Karen, I really wish I could make it. I would love to come celebrate sweet Gavin! And I sure would love to hug your neck and meet your sweet family. But for some reason God has not yet blessed me with unlimited resources :) So I celebrate with you from Tulsa, thanking God for Gavin's life and the lives that he has impacted and will continue to impact.

I love you!
Kyna :)

Franchesca Cox said...

Karen, Gavin touched my heart. His short life has made a difference in me.

Sending you big (((HUGS)))

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers from Kansas will be sent your way during the celebration of Gavin's life. Thank you for sharing him with so many of us that are so far away, but so close in prayers. I too have been so impacted by his beautiful spirit and am thankful you were willing to share your family's story.

Dannette

Rachel said...

I stumbled across your blog at 3 am the night that Gavin went to Heaven. I was grumpy and nursing my demanding 6 month old, while my 2 1/2 year old son was once again, up with a cough, and wanting attention. By the time I was done nursing Josie(and engrossed in Gavin's story), Nicholas had already gone back to sleep. I laid the baby down and walked into his room and just watched him breathing and then just picked him up while he was sleeping and held him close and cried.

Thank you so much for honestly sharing your story and giving this mom (and photographer like you!) a kick in the pants about small blessings.

Demeter said...

My prayers go out to you and your family in this time of mourning. (((HUGS)))

Hailey said...

I have been following your blog for the past few months and I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful family you all are. Gavin definitely changed my life and I will always remember him! Thank you for sharing this journey with others. May God richly bless you and your family!

Hailey in NC

Jennifer said...

There is a song that they are playing on the Christian station down in Houston and everytime I hear it I think of you: His Hands by JJ Heller. Just thought I would let you know as I am praying for you.

Anonymous said...

I have never met anyone in your family and if it wasnt for the fact that I live in MN I would be there to celebrate Gavin's life with you.

Anonymous said...

I never met any of you either, but have followed your blog for over a year. My husband and three children all regularly asked "how's Gavin doing"? Many, many prayers and sympathies. Thank you for sharing your life and relationship with the Lord so openly.

I love the idea of cards for Madison. Is there a P.O. Box or third party address we could send cards to? Your church? Just a thought.

JayCee said...

We live in St. Louis, Missouri, but we will be praying for you all on that day and the days/weeks/months ahead. We will also be celebrating Gavin's life and the fact that he is now in heaven with Jesus!

Anonymous said...

I will be there, looking forward to a beautiful service on Sunday.

Steve

Tina said...

Wish I could be there, but I will be there in my heart. Too bad you couldn't webcast it. :)

Carla said...

I will be there with my thoughts and prayers. I'm thinking about you and praying so you and your husband get the peace you need during this difficult time.

(HUGS)

~ Carla - mom to ^Joseph^ (CDH, 2.3.09-2.26.09)

Anonymous said...

I wish we could attend. Gavin and your family have impacted our lives forever.
Debbie S. in CT

Michelle said...

Our family will be there in spirit and prayer! Gavin's service WILL be amazing because Gavin is amazing (his legacy lives on). :o) So much work accomplished for the Kingdom in such a short a life - a beautiful testament to his parents (and sister!) and their love for life and the Lord. I love getting to see all of my favorite pictures of Gavin. I also love going back through Gavin's site and celebrating his precious life. Continued prayers for your family (included- but not limited to, mental rest).

Blessings on your precious family,

Michelle

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers from Joplin Missouri....A beautiful child and beautiful family. I cannot stop thinking and praying for all of you. You are a strong witness to His power...God Bless.

Anonymous said...

I've never met Gavin or your family just found out about you around a year ago through Travis Cottrell's blog and clicked on the link to read and pray. God had reminded me of your little boy several times and I would click on your blog through the months since and pray for him and your family. I knew this day was drawing near and today I decided to check and see and all I can say is thank you for sharing your remarkable little boy with all of us. He touched my life and I cannot wait to see his shining face one day in heaven.
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May God richly bless your family.
Lori Wright
Neosho, MO

Katie VanderDonk said...

Know that I will be thinking of all of you and reflecting on the life of Gavin and the impact he has had on my life. Although I cannot make the service in person, I will be there in spirit. And praying for you all from here in Australia.

Gavin has touched my heart, as I have followed your story for some time now. I fell in love with him the first time I saw him, and each day that has only been strengthed. I admire his strength and courage and the amazing fight he fought.

Know that there are so many people thinking of you and praying for you, your family and close friends that knew Gavin personally during this time.

Love and Prayers
Katie VanderDonk xxx

Lisa Marie said...

We will be there! we are excited to see you and to share our love for Gavin and how he's changed our lives--so much for the better.
See you Sunday,
Lisa and Michael Walk

Misty Rice said...

Oh how I love looking at these pictures. A celebration is exactly what is will be. Amazing fighter, who sparkled with radiant joy and sweetness. Precious, Precious little boy. How sad it is for those who knew him here, or didn't know him, such as myself. But the peace and joy to know he is not suffering, but instead is healed.

Sometimes we want to be selfish to keep those we love with us. I can't imagine having to be in these shoes and making that choice. I fear I would fall too week or too selfish.

I am continue to be amazed at the peace and love these two parents gave to their little boy. He was loved and will forever be a painful empty place in their world, but they loved Gavin with such grace and strength.

God Bless.

Jess said...

I will be there in thought!

ali morby said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family

Heather said...

My heart breaks for loss. Your precious Gavin is healed now.

Anonymous said...

We will be with you in spirit and prayer on Sunday morning. Gavin will always hold a very special place in my family's heart.

Erin in OH.

Jennifer said...

Thoughts and prayers from Germany - yes, Gavin did make an impact across borders and continents!

Dee said...

I am from the Reading area, moved to Delaware many years ago and continue to read the Reading paper. This morning I saw Gavin's obituary and must comment on you and your husband's love, faith and strength along with your family, too. Yes, Gavin is healed and the journey you all have taken with Gavin is heartbreaking and amazing.
I know of no words to take away your loss and pain, and may GOD gently guide you through this difficult time. May precious memories help ease your sorrow. There certainly is another angel in heaven! God Bless Gavin and Gavin's Mommy, Daddy, Sister and Family.

Anonymous said...

We will not be there in person but in spirit. Gavin hear our prays. Rest our little one. Thank you SO much Karen for sharing you beatuiful son with us. We will never forget those big blue and that smile. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Julie from Wisconsin

amy said...

another that will be there in spirit. wish i lived closer.

Anonymous said...

Would be glad to join you if we could, unfortunately we can not make it,So we will be remembering and celebrating Gavin all the way from Crowley,Texas many prayers we love you guys.

Cheryl said...

I read Gavin's obit in the Reading Eagle today. I do not know him or your family but when I saw Gavin has his own web site I needed to check it out. Just one look at that truly angelic face with the biggest blue eyes and an impish smile led me to believe he was a really special child and is now a special angel in heaven. To see him beaming with joy even while attached to tubes and machines is humbling. I have a 2 year old grandson, Aidan, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Gavin, both having bright blue eyes and silky blond hair.

Karen, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Gavin obviously was a fighter and loved his family so much he had trouble letting go. But he is at peace now and fully healed in heaven. But I believe you can still "feel his presence" on earth in your thoughts and memories.

Sincerely,
Cheryl
Reading, PA area

Chelle said...

How wonderful to open the website and see his smile. Warms my heart. Thinking about you a lot. Wish I was there to give a hug.

love,
Chelle

Anonymous said...

I never met Gavin or your family. I found your website through his obituary. Gavin's smile & eyes are magical! I am reminded that the little things we complain about everyday just don't matter. Every day is a gift. Thank you Gavin for reminding me of that.
I hope your family finds peace.
Melissa
Valley Forge

Tiffany Lockette said...

Gavin Owens will be forever in my heart. What a blessing he is to the angels above. What a kindred spirit. I am happy he is no longer in pain but my heart aches for the loss all of his family must feel. Sweet dreams baby boy. Rest in Peace.

Anonymous said...

I have just been directed to this site by my wife who heard about your testimony through Travis Cottrell. Please know that Christians across the world are praying for your sweet family. Your child glorified God with his entire life and now you are glorifying God with yours. I pray that God sends a multitude of Angels to be by your side and to continuously give you a peace that surpasses all understanding. I pray that every time you think of Gavin you see him in the arms of our Loving Jesus who now holds him. God bless all of you, see you in eternity.

grey like snuffie said...

It has been a privilege to pray for all of you...it will continue as He leads...the journey continues in a new way..thankful that God will prove Himself faithful to walk it with you all.

Anonymous said...

I have been touched by
Gavin's story and the strength and love of your family. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Gavin's life and light will continue to touch lives for a long time to come.

Gavin and Taylor's mom said...

I learned about Gavin through a friend of mine that I work with. I cried for days when I read your blog posts - and am tearing up now just thinking about his beautiful face. He was an amazing, beautiful boy with so much joy and life! Gavin has truly touched my life in a positive way. He has the same name as my son and you are holding his celebration on my son's 10th birthday! Gavin's struggle with life was something that tugs at my heartstrings and makes me realize how precious life is. I enjoy my children more now because I feel so lucky to have them each day. To see these life struggles puts everything into a bigger picture perspective for me. I no longer worry about trivial things... My kids are my world! To be honest with you, I envy your lasting faith in God, because hearing about children enduring such pain and suffering makes me wonder if there is one. I would like to believe there is... because I want all children who have to experience death to go to a better place. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us. I am so sorry for your loss... your loss is every parent's nightmare, and the way you have dealt with this sorrow is truly inspirational.

Elle Evangeline said...

What a beautiful family! Like many, I was led to your blog by a friend. . .one who hoped that my prayers might bring peace to Gavin and comfort to your family. How richly blessed I am to have found your family and "met" your little man. Through Gavin's life story, you have shared lessons in love, will, determination, and God's grace. . . all with a perfect stranger. God bless your "little warrior," and may you find comfort in knowing that his time on this Earth was spent feverishly delivering God's message and love to so many. There will always be a special place in my heart for Gavin Owens.

All our love and prayers,
The Dutkiewicz Family
Adriane, Shawn, and Elle

Rhea said...

I'm going to miss that beautiful smile and all his funky hats. Praying for you Adam, Karen and Madison. Blessings!!!

Reesha said...

If I lived on the East cost I would be there in a hot min! I am so glad that you guys are opening up the celebration of his life with the rest of the world! Amazing! Just like Gavin!

Jill said...

What a beautiful smile.

Anonymous said...

I've never met Gavin or any of you in person...I'm just another lurker that followed his blog and prayed for him during the past 2 years. I was deeply touched by your son--his big beautiful smiles and love for life. His enduring fight and his tenacity for life...Gavin and you all LIVED life to the fullest despite his illness...and it was nothing short of remarkable on all accounts. I know Gavin has received his healing and is rejoycing with the Lord above. There is no pain or saddness within His Kingdom..know that Gavin looks down on you all from above with nothing by pure love. I hope you can feel his presence in your heart and soul, as he will never be further away than your sweetest memories of him....Your devotion to Gavin and your faith are amazing. Gavin was blessed to have parents and a family like yours. We will be celebrating Gavin's life from afar this Saturday...please know our hearts and prayers are with you and your beautiful son.

In faith,

Andrea Cherry
Kingwood, TX

Anonymous said...

I was hoping to be able to come celebrate Gavin's life but I have my daughter's birthday party from 2:30 to 4:30 on Sunday...of course! Anyway, I started following your story when I learned of your family through Erin's Dream. Your story has inspired me to not take things for granted. I hope you and Gavin have found peace in this situation! Stay Strong!

Melissa said...

Please know that you are surrounded by prayers of support and love. We will all be with your family and friends in spirit on Sunday. God bless Gavin, Madison, Adam and Karen. You have all fought the good fight.

Hugs From CO.

Tyler's Mommy said...

tears once again roll down my face at what you are about to endure today. gavin, i'm sure, is smiling down on you, asking mommie and daddy and maddie not to cry, but instead celebrate his life. we never had the pleasure to meet...but if it is possible, you are my heroes. i don't know if i could face the same challenges you had with the same grace, courage and zest for life...you made sure gavin lived his life to the fullest, and for that, i bow to you.

continuing to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

and how appropriate, the rain today. god too will be crying for you.

much love, owens family, much love.

Jennifer said...

Thinking of you all today as you face this next challenge and praying for peace and comfort.

Michelle said...

Praying for your family on this very difficult day. I cannot imagine...

Lord's blessing on your family for peace, strength and comfort.

Lisa Marie said...

Friday: Hang in there you guys... we will be praying for strength and peace for you today. God is with you and wrapping you in His arms and holding you close.... as He is Gavin! Much love, The Walks

Jenny♥ said...

I used to see you and Gavin in the new Target often. He was such a precious child and always looked so happy. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers, and your little angel will always be a part of everyone he has touched, and his spirit will live on forever.

Jennifer & Dominic from Pottstown.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all and praying especially today. May winds of mercy blow as you have Gavin's burial.

Lorra said...

Dear Heavenly Father, Please be with the Owen family today as they lay little Gavin's body to rest. May they look to you for strength today and always. Grant them peace, Father, and shower blessings upon them. Thank you, Jesus, for Gavin's life and the wonderful memories his family will always hold close in their hearts. So many people have come to know Gavin without ever meeting him and I thank you for that, Lord.
Gavin will always be remembered.
In Christ' Name. Amen
Much Love to Karen, Adam and Madison ~ God Bless you all at this difficult time.

Lori Cichocki said...

Hello, I am Lori. I am sitting here crying looking at your beautiful angel that passed away. I fully understand what you are going through. I had twin boys that were born 4 months too early. My angel Tanner also passed away at 3 years old. Tanner had a brain bleed at birth that was causing his brain to shrink as he got older. It has been 3 years since Tanner died and I still cry for him. I must say that the strength of God and my family has helped me get through this difficult time. Thank God that my other son Tyler is still here with us. If you ever need someone to talk to please call me at 610-948-5541, or email me at tylertanner@verizon.net. My prayers are with you and your family.

Leslie Anna said...

Your are an amazing family! I saw your blog off of Misty's which her son is Mason...if that rings a bell. :) I am sure you have tons of people sending your family praises and prayers. I thought I had a overwhelming little life. When I see families like yours I know my family will make it. There are always brighter days. Your little boy was gorgeous & Im sure I cant even start to imagine how funny sweet and unbelievable he was.Your daughter is also gorgeous & seems very charismatic. One of our daughters had CdLS and she has had a rough run her first year, she has a trach/vent & is tube fed,(which leads to tons of equipment for we have to lodge around with us) and when we go to appointments or just go out in general I always feel like we are taking a little space ship out for Kaylee to ride in. Sometimes I get down & out because I think about how unfair things are - how I feel Kaylees life should be so much easier on her, in all reality I cant complain the least bit. It could be harder on her. God Bless your family I hope you are all doing well in this time of need.

Kerri Lopa said...

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

Michael Batz said...

I only heard about Gavin the day he went to be with the lord. After looking back at how hard he faught and how much support he had, it shows much hope in a world where it seems to lack it. God bless everyone that had an impact on this situation and let this impact their life.

Michael Batz & the staff at Linda's Speedway

Misty said...

i will be thinking of you all this weekend.. :) prayers continue for you all!

Stephanie and Gary said...

I just came across your site accidentally - my heart and prayers go out to your family. May your son, beautiful Gavin, rest in peace and may his name and memory live on forever. Wish you strength and peace always ...
Stephanie
NYC

Kristin said...

I am so sorry for your loss but I am so thankful you had 3 years with a little boy who appears to have exuded joy and a zest for life.

Wendy Whitlow said...

I couldn't help to feel this knot form in my throat as I read a few of these post. It only thickened as I clung to each word you wrote and as I was captivated by Gavin's precious blue eyes.

But I also had a sense of peace at the same time. I know Gavin is having a great time now in the presence of our Heavenly Father...but the peace I was feeling was for you and Adam. I know that in time your heart will heal...but for now I am asking God to provide the pair of you the peace that surpasses all understanding. I am asking Him to bring you spiritual comfort that only He can bring. Especially when it seems everyone has forgotten.
Your faith is an example to all...and it has even taught me to remember we are really here for such a short time...but something so much better awaits us.

Your sister in Christ,
Wendy

Heather said...

Will be sending you all love and prayers of peace of strength for tomorrow.You know,I would be there in a second if I could but my spirit will be beside you,celebrating Gavin's amazing,beautiful,courageous life.

Anonymous said...

Just have to let your family know we are thinking and praying for your family. Gavin send mommy and daddy a kiss down from heaven. They will need all the strenght they can get for Sunday.

Julie from Wisconsin.

Jen D said...

I'm sorry I am unable to make it to Gavin's Celebration tomorrow.
Your little boy touched so many hearts, including mine, and I will always remember him.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

God Bless,
Jen DiMeo

zealandsmom said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Anything else, I write doesn't seem to measure up to how both sad and joyous I feel. Words just cannot describe. Forever Gavin will live in my heart.

Thomas Family said...

Although we are too far away to be at Gavin's celebration in person we will certainly be celebrating his life and joining you in spirit. Sending your family love and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Although we've never met in person, my heart has been touched while reading about your precious family. Gavin has made an impact on more lives than you will probably ever know. I loved his beautiful smile & those bright blue eyes! I will never forget him. God bless you.

Lisa Marie said...

Sunday:
Adam and Karen and Madison,
We were planning to be there today but ended up not being able to go since my Grandmother went into the hospital with heart failure. We want you to know we're thinking of you and praying for you all. Hope your celebration of Gavin's life today is beautiful and perfect!!! In God's love, The Walk family

Katie said...

Gavin's story has touched so many lives including my own. Thank you for sharing. All my love and prayers for your family during this tough time.

Jennifer said...

Although we couldn't make it to the celebration, I watched my own children playing in the beautiful sunshine today and said a prayer of thanks that Gavin is now healed and made whole. Can't help but think that he had something to do with this gorgeous weather today, like he's smiling down on all of us. :-) continuing to pray for your family!

Anonymous said...

Adam, Karen, and Madi,

We are so sorry we couldn't be there to celebrate Gavin with you. He has been an inspiration to us in what it means to not let the negative things of life get you down. We are praying for you as you continue on this new part of your journey. Thank you for being the perfect parents for Gavin. He was blessed while he was here on earth to have you as his family. We will continue to lift you up in prayer.

Love,
Teri, Rusty and Josh M.

Lorra said...

What a beautiful day to celebrate Gavin's life! He is a very special little boy to be remembered. I wanted to thank-you, Karen, for all of the updates. You had so much going on in your life and you still managed to let everyone know how your family was doing and especially, Gavin. Because of your strength, you have touched many people through this blog, people who have come to love you and your family very much. I pray that God will bless you and continue to bring you peace. May Gavin's House always be filled with love.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful service today - so glad I could be there to join the the celebration of Gavin's life.

Steve

Becky said...

that was the most beautiful celebration of a life today and we're praying that many more lives were touched by Gavin's life! Thank you guys for the beautiful song... we love you all so much and are praying for you guys! The gardners

Anonymous said...

Dear Karen, Adam and Madison,

Celebrating the life of your little superhero along with you all.. We heard through Kate and Ed Leong that his celebration of life was beautiful. Keeping you all close in heart and prayer...and keeping your superhero forever in our hearts and the lessons he's taught all of us close so they can be shared with others...you are such a wonderful and couragous family. May the Lord bless you and keep you in your time of need. We pray for peace and healing for your hearts during this time. May you remember that beautiful smile and sparkling eyes and tenacity to which Gavin pursued everything...carry it with you in your heart and know he is never that far away.

In Faith

The Cherry-Burkle Family
Andrea, Will, Lily and Aiden
Kingwood, Texas

Anonymous said...

Those beautiful blue eyes have touched so many hearts! Thank you for sharing his and your story. Your family is in my prayers!

Jessica Dierckman

JLD82FTW1@aol.com

Anonymous said...

P.S. I am from Indianapolis, IN

I know it is interesting to see where your family's "fans" are from :)

Jessica Dierckman

mrsrubly said...

stoppin by to check on the Owens! still in prayer for ya'll.

Rich, Stacy & Billy said...

Praying your Celebration was as beautiful as Gavin! Praying for Peace and Grace for the three of you!

Anonymous said...

I have to still come and see those pretty blues everyday. Gavin is such a gift, you will never understand how he has touched our lives. We will always remember him.
Julie

Elle Evangeline said...

Karen, Adam, and Madi,
I visit Gavin's site often, and not a single day has passed, since learning about your story, that I have not thought of your little boy. As I rock my own baby at night, we say a special prayer for the Owens family and send kisses up to Heaven for Gavin.

You're in our thoughts,
Adriane, Shawn, and Elle

Kirsten said...

The service was so beautiful. I hope it was everything you wanted it to be and more. Once again, you guys inspired me. Your strength and your faith in God was shown to everyone in that church yesterday. I saw people admiring you both while you worshiped at your seats. Seeming to be in amazement at your peace and strength. I pray that the coming weeks and months will be just as peace filled for all of you. Sending blessings your way.......

twinkle said...

You know he was a warrior. He is now reporting for duty to our Lord. I can only imagine...

The Rowe Family said...

I stopped in today, after being away from the computer a while after having our baby and my heart is broken to learn of Gavin's passing! I never met Gavin, but I've followed him over the past year and his smile always touched my soul. Tears of sorrow and of joy tonight for Gavin!

Anonymous said...

When I look at Gavin's little face I see an angel that has just spread his beautiful wings! Gavin and your family have been such an inspiration to so many people including myself. Although we have never formally met, we attend the same church and my family has been praying for yours and will continue to do so! Thank you for your amazing faith and please know that your church family loves you!
~Jen, Allen & Emma~

Anonymous said...

your little man is so adorable my thoughts and prayers are with u and your family. may god richly bless you in your time .

Jeff Bumgardner said...

Here I sit in CA, looking forward to the birth of our new baby girl in January. My heart breaks for you as I sit weeping in front of my computer at the news of Gavin's home-going. As a believer, I celebrate in the fact that he is healed and home with Jesus. As a parent, I can't fathom the death of one of my children.

My prayers and heart-felt compassion are with you. Our children are aware of Gavin, your family, and we will share with them of his going home. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey, your life, and the chance to know Gavin - if only from a distance.