Monday, November 9, 2009

Healing...

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Is it really possible to be healed without actually receiving what most would consider a physical healing?  I think so.  Yesterday at 10:42pm Adam and I witnessed first hand the total healing of our little boy.  While snuggled up with Mommie and Daddy Gavin slowed his breathing and his little heart stopped beating -- his body found complete and total healing.

Gavin's death was one filled with so much sorrow and hurt yet so much peace and joy flowed freely in that room.  Our little boy is healed.  Our hearts are hurting so bad and will forever miss our little fighter yet the sense of peace that flows is so beautiful and indescribable.


You have no need to fight anymore my sweet little boy. 

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Steph Sierra said...

Karen my heart goes out to your family. Your little Gavin was truly a fighter. If you need anything please do not hesitate.

Christy Koury said...

Rest in peace, sweet little Gavin.

Liz said...

Stay stong, he went peacefully with his two favorite people by his side.

Rest In Peace Gavin<3

Kathryn said...

My thoughts are with your family.

Me and My Boys said...

I can imagine Gavin running through heaven right now! Praying for you in the days ahead. I'm so glad we were able to get to know your family. Jessica

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine the pain your family is feeling at this moment...I know just from reading your blog for so long my heart is aching. He was beautiful and the world will never be the same with out that precious smile or those bright blue eyes. Let us know if you need anything....

Anonymous said...

So sorry for all of you- We will keep you in thoughts and prayers!

Farrah E. said...

I am sorry for your loss, but thankful that he is healed. My son was born June 14th, 2007 btw. God bless you.

The Sweet Life said...

I have never met you or your family before. I just happened to find out about Gavin's story by a 'random' tweet from a guy I follow. That 'random' tweet led me to this blog and has blessed my heart so much. Your family has forever changed me. Your quiet strength and faith has been remarkable. Peace that surpasses understanding has really come to life for me through your words. May God continue to richly bless your family as your family has been such a blessing to me.

THE Stephanie said...

Awe. He's adorable. Jesus will take great care of him.

The Fronheisers said...

Our prayers are with you and your extended family.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

Dennis & Cindy

Robbysmom826 said...

Karen,
My children and I sent so many prayers in the last few days. We hope that in some small way it helped. Thank you for sharing your sweet boy. He is enjoying the heavans, I am sure of that. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be sent. Take care.
Cory, Robby and Madison

brandiandboys said...

thoughts and prayers are with you. tears fall as i think about gavin's healing.

Jenna said...

Praying so much for you all right now. Your faith through this valley in life has been such a testimony to so many. Continuing to lift you up...

Jessica said...

No words today...just tears and prayer and peace.

Blessings.

Sara A Broers said...

So sorry for your loss. I'm sure Gavin entered heaven's gates with a big smile! Memories are precious. It's comforting to know that he will no longer suffere in any way. Prayers to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I have never meet you nor talk to you or your family. But one of your followers asked for your family to be in my prayers. So I have been praying for your family. I want you to know that just from reading your blogs that your family has touched me. May God bless you in yoru time

amy said...

Heaven will be that much sweeter now.

Hall Family in MD said...

((Hugs))

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful little boy and now a sweet angel in heaven. My deepest sympathies at this difficult time...may God's grace and love sustain you and your family in the days ahead.

Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

God bless your family. I am so sorry for the loss.

Suzan said...

I am so sorry for your loss but I am very thankful for the healing and eternal life that Gavin has now obtained. Continued prayers for your family during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

My heart rejoices for Gavin. I too have a boy who lives in heaven, and my heart hurts for you as only one who has experienced it can understand.
Stacey

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Adam, and Madison. My heart aches too, but knowing that Gavin is with Jesus, healed, and playing his hardest, brings a smile to my face!! We love you all!
Doug, Sarah, Connor, and McKenna

Anonymous said...

sending you peace and prayers. May God be with you and your family now.

Stephanie said...

I have not met you nor your family but I have followed your blog for awhile. I want to tell you I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are on my heart and in my prayers.

Stephanie in CO

therextras said...

He is healed. A perfect word for his moving into the next life.

My heartfelt sympathy for your loss of his presence here. I will continue to pray for you, and Adam and Madison. I am sad knowing he is not with us, too.

Barbara

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to your family. Praying for all of you. Heaven has a new sweet angel.
www.caringbridge.org/visit/matthewcech
lisa tlcech@charter.net

Kirsten Yarnall said...

Yes it is possible. I think you witnessed it first hand. Sensed it through that peace and joy you felt in the room. I am so heartbroken for the three of you and yet so happy that Gavin is at peace. That seems impossible too. I cannot thank you enough for sharing so openly with all of us. The strength of yours and Adams faith showed through in your posts. I know how much that taught me as a believer but I can't help but continue to imagine the impact it has had on all the people who have followed your story all this time~no matter their stand on faith. God is so great and He has so perfectly chosen your family to show that even in the worst of times~it is His name we will praise. Enjoy the gift that Gavin left for you through Christ~your new home. He will be so happy to see you there knowing that with God's help, he was able to say "Thank you Mommy and Daddy."

BartolucciMR1 said...

I never knew this, but Gavin and I share the same birthday. I will now remember him on that day also...a day God brought a wonderful boy into the world to accomplish so much for the kingdom of God. Thank you for sharing Gavin with the world...He's touched my life forever.

In Christ

Smileyface said...

My thoughts and prayers have been consistently with you the last couple of days. I have posted prayer requests on my blog.....know that you are covered in prayer and may the peace of God that passes all understanding hold you and your little family close in the coming days, weeks, and months.

The Gustafson Family said...

I found your blog via Amber Farrell's blog and I just wanted to send my condolances and prayers to your family. I am truly so sorry for your loss.

tripntwinmom said...

Rest in peace brave little warrior. You are an inspiration for people of all ages.

Hopefully Mommie, Daddy, and Madison can smile knowing that you are running through the fields of heaven free of the tubes and wires that held you down here on earth...May you shine evr so brightly as you watch over all of them. What a gorgeous guardian angel you are!!

Lisa said...

My eyes are filled with tears and my heart hurts for you. I do know his body is HEALED and he is painfree. May God bless and annoint you in the days ahead.

Alisha said...

I am so sorry for you loss! He will make a sweet angel.

Missy said...

Your family has been and will continue to be in our prayers. What a gift you have given us in sharing your family over the past years. Your faith and strength have been an inspiration for me and my family.

Hugs from a fellow mito mom,
Missy

Shari said...

I can only imagine your pain and sorrow right now. Gavin is running free in Heaven! My heart goes out to you! Tears fall as I think about his complete healing and your great pain!

Chelle said...

We are absolutely heartbroken and yet at the same time, relieved. Gavin was so special, words alone are not enough. We have been blessed to know him and your family. still praying that now your healing can begin.

the Cates Family

ronnie lowenfield said...

thanks for being a living, real, current example of real healing. God has been most glorified because you have been most satisfied in Him, through this suffering. praying for you all - praying strong.
rest in peace Gavin.
love,
ronnie

Mark Lopa said...

Our prayers and thoughts will continue to be sent your way. Gavin has touched us tremendously. He is truly a blessing.

Jen said...

what a beautiful boy.. what a brave fight..praying for peace to cover you all..

Just little ole me said...

Praying for strength and comfort for you in these days ahead. Rejoicing with you for Gavin's life and death with Christ our Savior.

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine, what it will be like, when I walk by your side. I can only imagine what my eyes will see, when your face is before me, I can only imagine....Reality for Gavin as he runs and plays, safe, in the Presence of Jesus. We will always remember is big blue eyes and that contagious smile. Praying for you, Adam, Karen & Madi
~Randy & Marilyn

Misty said...

karen, what a beautiful post, picture, and beautiful words. i am so very sorry for the loss of Gavin, but it is so comforting to know that he IS HEALED! and i pray for your healing and for the healing of Adam and Madi.

how beautiful and comforting for him to be snuggled with his mommy and daddy as he got his wings.

many many prayers for you all.

misty

Anonymous said...

The pain you are feeling right now, I would never wish upon anybody. I can't even imagine what it must be like. Gavin's name will forever remain with me. I am grateful to have "known" such a wonderful human being. Thank you for allowing us into your lives. May peace be with you and your family. I pray that Madi will be okay. God Bless.
John Bravo
Keizer Oregon

Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! said...

I'm praying for your family... thank you so, so much for sharing with us.

JayCee said...

Our deepest Christian sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Thank you for your faithful testimony throughout all these long, hard months. We appreciate how open, honest and real you all have been. Praise the Lord that Gavin is walking in true healing and peace right now!

Lisa Marie said...

Rest in the arms of Jesus, sweet Gavin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Katie said...

So sorry for your loss.
"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." Job 8:21
Blessings

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious little boy, but you are so right, he is now healed. I've been reading you blog for a while and wish your family peace at this time.

grey like snuffie said...

I forgot that Gavin and I shared a birthday...sweet peace. He's dancing unencumbered!

Lori said...

I have just resently started following your blog. I am amazed at your strength and faith. I am so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you and your family. Rest in peace sweet Gavin.

Anonymous said...

Gavin now can do what little boys should do run and play. He has no pain no more. He is free and safe with the Lord.
Sorry for your loss.
Gavin was a true fighter till the end.

Heather L said...

My heart burns for you and yet it also rejoices. Gavin is now without and pain and awaiting you in heaven. I pray that the Lord blesses you with strength and peace, making it through each day as they come.
God bless
Heather L

Anonymous said...

Dear family,
Gavin has blessed me in ways that i dont understand yet but i am really starting to realize that God has a purpose for everything but it may be hard. I am almost possitive that God set this picture in my head from Friday night. that Jesus says to Gavin, i have been waiting for you and i am so glad you came to me. i also see Jesus and Gavin playing tag with each other! Gavin= my HERO and that will never change! i love you and am praying for you!
RIP Gavin! June 14,2006- November 8,2009! thank you Jesus!
Love always Heather Reinhard from Bechtelsville Pa, MSF

Deborah said...

I grieve with you as if I lost my own sweet son. I've followed your family's suffering and courage for several days now. Gavin is at peace and I pray that as you mourn the peace that kept you as you cared for him continues.

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog behind the scenes for quiete some time now. I am saddened to hear of your loss, but happy for Gavin that he is now at peace. He is a beauty and your strength as a family has been uplifting to read. My heart goes out to you as you are dealing with this loss right now and the days ahead. Hoping for peace and strength for you all right now.
~Crystal

Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

Now... my prayers are with you...

Connie

Anonymous said...

I will never know how you are feeling now, but I recently lost my mom to the degenerative disease ALS and I understand the mix of emotions that come from watching a beautiful whole person being set free from a whithering body. Gavin's healing is now complete, I hope the rest of your family can begin to heal as well. Thank you for sharing your story, it has helped me deal with my own loss.

bridget said...

Rest in peace Gavin

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss, but happy that your sweet little boy is finally away from all his pain...
Much love to your whole family.

Anonymous said...

hi,
i am sophie from greece.i just happen to read your blog today.a so very difficult day for your family.i am so very sorry.may your little heroe rest in peace.may you find the rest and the peace that yoy need after such a struggle.i am thinking about you.
regards-sophie
sophie_costi@yahoo.gr

Anonymous said...

What words can I tell you?????
Go with the angels Gavin, you were a STRONG little boy.
Hoping the rest of you will heal from this with the angels by your side.

Anonymous said...

Karen,Adam and Madison... As your little boy was a truly fighter, now he is a true angel!. I just send all of you my prayers, love, encouragement for every day. As mom, my heart is with you both and y pray tha God give you the strenght to cope with all this sorrow and hurt. Your son is now whole.you are right!.

He is with his healer.his creator, his father<3

love,

Tainna,miami.

Anonymous said...

You don't know me, but I was recently brought to the attention of your family's and Gavin's story by a posting from a high school friend on Facebook (CJ Mills). I was so intrigued (meaning that I balled my eyes out) by the most recent post that I decided to try and go back and read everything from the beginning on this website- but I didn't make it through everything. Even though I didn't make it through everything it was easy to see how Gavin and your whole family is filled with amazing fighters. I kept thinking to myself, how does this child that is facing such horrible health issues smile? Well, I think that was the grace of God shining through. God's grace does shine through kids a lot of the time because they are so innocent and beautiful. Yes, Gavin or how you guys often called him "Gavi" was an amazingly beautiful child that has touched the lives of so many people that even your family will never know. His story will live on and thus he will live on in the hearts of everyone who has been blessed to "meet" your little fighter. Thank you for sharing your family's and Gavin's story. I feel truly touched to have read about the amazing efforts of such an amazing family facing such amazing adversity- but you all handled it with love, grace and strength. You are an inspiration for anyone who faces adversity!

I think God may have realized that it was time to give your whole family a little break. May Gavin rest in peace and may your family be peaceful with the fact that he is no longer in pain- he is healed!

If there is anything that I can do even though I'm a stranger, please let me know.

With love,
Jessica Dierckman

JLD82FTW1@aol.com

Mindy said...

I imagine him running and playing with my little boy who is also in heaven. Been thinking of you alot as you have been going through this. Will be thinking of you still.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for you and your family. You have taught so many people how to be strong and courageous and what love really means. I didn't know you or your family personally, just through the blog...what a tremendous gift you all have given to so many people. Sending hugs and prayers your way. You know Gavin heard "Job well done my good and faithful servant"
Donna

Rich, Stacy & Billy said...

sweet Gavin...rest now!
Watch over mommie & daddy and maddie..they need to feel you...
Run sweet boy, and wait for us....
Praying for you and your family!

Cindy Buchanan said...

A few MSF friends were talking about how we were picturing Gavin feasting on yummy food, all and as much as he desired, at God's banquet table today.
We rejoice at the thought of your reunion in heaven some day soon.

Anonymous said...

Today he is in Paradise...
What a comforting thought. My prayers are with you, Adam, and Madi. Gavin has definately changed my prayer life...I know now what it means to pray without ceasing.... I'm exhausted from prayer yet I've never felt better spiritually. THANKS GAVIN and thanks for sharing him Owens family

Still praying for your healing.

Joy Rota

Tonya said...

again I hope your hear, i don't know you... but you've touched my life... God's glory is boldly strong through you. I am sure that it is hard to envision life with out Gavin tangibly visible but that is where faith and hope come in and make you strong and press knowing that your house is built with treasures. Faith in something we can not see and hope in a confident expectation.

wonder dog rescue said...

I am a friend of Matthew Cech..... please accept my heartfelt condolences over your loss.... a brave and beautiful little boy........

linda beenau
(erica beyea's aunt)

Susan said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a beautiful healing but great loss. Thank you for sharing his life with us.

Kate said...

He is healthy and whole and in the presence of our Creator! Oh can you imagine what that would be like?

The image of him nestled so lovingly between his parents as he entered into Heaven makes my heart ache with the beauty of it. What a wonderful way to pass into Eternity.

You are in my prayers, sweet sister.

Kate

Paige said...

My thoughts are prayers are with your family. Rest in peace sweet angel.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

My thoughts are with your family as they have been all weekend.

Gavin is in peace.

Team Carter Jay said...

Rest in peace sweet little Gavin. I only just found out about you, but my life is changed FOREVER. Prayers for your family to find peace.

Ellen said...

My heart is breaking for you! Gavin was one tough little guy, who I will never forget! My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Praying for stength for you all!

Lisa said...

I have not been able to stop thinking about your family and your precious boy since I found your blog a few days ago. I'm glad he has found his peace...I'm just so very sorry that it took him leaving you for it to happen. Much love going out to your family.

gmbenson said...

So many prayers are going out to you and your family right now. Your son and his story have touched many lives, and your family continues to touch many hearts.

Tamara said...

My heart is broke for your family, but sings with joy his healing! Thought and prayers with you!

Lindsey said...

Your family is so strong. Gavin is looking down saying thank you to his wonderful family. I hope Madison is doing okay. It is such an abstract thought for her to understand. He is in the best place, in God's hands. I hope your family finds peace just like little Gavin did last night

Erin Beighlwy said...

Heaven has just received the bravest little man! He's free now to be the little boy he didn't have the chance to be!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!!

Maria Gbur said...

Karen, Adam and Madison, may God bless you always. Sweetest little Gavin, rest in peace. With deepest sympathy and love.

Janice said...

Only when you have witnessed the struggle can you see the peaceful healing that comes when Jesus takes someone you love home. May He bless you all.

Erin Beighley said...

Heaven has just received the bravest little man! He's free now to be the little boy he didn't have the chance to be!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!!

Shan said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Heaven has a new angel on the playground! Much love to your family.

Carol said...

Words cannot express how sorrowful we are for the loss of little Gavin. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Holly said...

I'm so sorry.I've been following your story through Ally's site and I also lost my three year old daughter.my deepest thoughts are with your family.

Melody said...

I can't imagine what you are feeling. So, all I can say is God Bless you and your family. May He surround you with his love and peace! Gavin is such a beautiful child...he is laughing and dancing now! : )

tytysmom said...

I STILL WOULD HAVE CHOSEN YOU

If before you were born I could have gone to Heaven to see all of the beautiful souls, I still would have chosen you.

If God had told me that this soul would one day need extra care, I still would have chosen you.

If He had told me that one day this soul may make my heart bleed, I still would have chosen you.

If He had told me that this soul would make me question the depth of my faith, I still would have chosen you.

If He had told me that this soul would make tears flow from my eyes that would overflow a river, I still would have chosen you.

If He had told me that our time spent together here on Earth could be short, I still would have chosen you.

If He had told me that all that I know to be normal would drastically change, I still would have chosen you.

Of course, even though I would have chosen you, I know it was God who chose me for you.

Thank you God

Cammie Heflin said...

Rest in peace and comfort Gavin, praying for your family.

Mo said...

Gavin was and will always be a special, beautiful soul.

Peace to your family as you navigate the difficult days ahead,

The Hefelfingers

Katiebear said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to you!!! I wanted to share with you Karen Taylor Good's Precious Child lyrics:

In my dreams, you are alive and well
Precious child, precious child
In my mind, I see you clear as a bell
Precious child, precious child
In my soul, there is a hole
That can never be filled
But in my heart, there is hope
'Cause you are with me still

In my heart, you live on
Always there never gone
Precious child, you left too soon
Tho' it may be true that we're apart
You will live forever... in my heart

In my plans, I was the first to leave
Precious child, precious child
But in this world, I was left here to grieve
Precious child, my precious child

In my soul, there is a hole
That can never be filled
But in my heart there is hope
And you are with me still

In my heart you live on
Always there, never gone
Precious child, you left too soon,
Tho' it may be true that we're apart
You will live forever... in my heart

God knows I want to hold you,
See you, touch you
And maybe there's a heaven
And someday I will again
Please know you are not forgotten until then

In my heart you live on
Always there never gone
Precious child, you left too soon
Tho' it may be true that we're apart
You will live forever... in my heart

Stephanie said...

I thought of you this morning when the Jeremy Camp song "There Will Be a Day" played on the Word FM. Yesterday was Gavin's day for the burdens of this place to be no more. He sees Jesus face to face! May God continue to bless you with HIS peace that passes all understanding. Your MSF family loves you!

Kate said...

Heaven welcomed home an incredible little boy last night.

Many prayers for your comfort as you mourn the loss of your most-precious little boy.

Anonymous said...

I believe God had a great purpose to allow you to be Gavin's parents and to share life together as a family.I pray that God will continue to bring great comfort and peace to each one of you as the days go by.Please, know that you're loved by many and that your family is a great testimony of God's grace and His love.
With love and sincerity,
Renata M.

Angela said...

If Gavin only knew the impact he had on so many people's lives. He will live on in our hearts and minds forever. So glad that he is resting in peace and will never have to indure pain or sickness again. He is at peace with his eternal Father and we will all miss him greatly. Rest in peace Gavin - you are loved.

Heather said...

Sweet Gwen asked if I wanted to meet her and fly right to you.Two moms,who loved your son and would do anything,absolutely anything, for you, if we thought it would help.

I send you my prayers of peace and strength to you and Adam and darling Madison.

And to Gavin,Godspeed little man.

suetoo23 said...

Goodbye Little Gavin. You will be missed....
All my thoughts and prayers are with you, Karen and your family.
Susan Pytel

Anonymous said...

My heart is sad for your family from the void that is left by Gavin's passing, but I rejoice with you in the knowledge that he is with God and is feeling no more pain. Thank you Jesus for Gavin's healing!

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time. Gavin was such a handsome, strong little guy that touched the lives of so many people. He will forever be in our hearts and will never be forgotten!

Aunt Becky said...

Rest in Peace, sweet Gavin. My heart breaks.

Sending you love and light.

Krystena K. said...

Again, I didn't know your precious Gavin but my face fills with tears every time I come back to your site. I've been praying for peace and for Gavin to let you know he is safe with Jesus. I know your lives are forever changed. Oh, little Gavin.. what a beautiful little boy you are. I am so sorry your life here on Earth with your Mommy, Daddy and Sissy was so short but I'm sure you made the best of times. May your soul be happy and free in the arms of our Jesus.

Rebecca said...

Praying for you with heavy yet uplifted heart. My father in law died 2 years ago today....I am sure he is thrilled to see Gavin, as he has grandchildren the same age here. What a meeting! At church yesterday, a lady sung a special that made me think of Gavin. It was about Heaven and what the people there are thinking. In part it said, "Wish you were here, it's such a beautiful Place. Wish you were here, nothing but clear sunny days. It never rains, no one complains, and we haven't seen a tear. Having a great time...wish you were here" Praying, praying, praying for you all.

Abell said...

We will continue to pray for your family that God will hold you close during your time of heartache.

Danielle said...

My prayers go out to you and your family always.
Rest in Peace, Gavin.

Kim said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I found your website just the other day and was instantly in love with your sweet little baby boy! I can't imagine the pain and hurt you feel, but while you are sad, he is dancing in heaven right beside God at this very moment. Your family has been such a blessing and inspiration to myself and many others. Thank you for sharing your story.

Kait said...

My heart is with you and your family. Rest in peace, sweet Gavin.

beverly said...

We all grieve for our loss. I hope we can celebrate his short life. God Bless you, Gavin

Anonymous said...

I heard of Gavin's story through an email meant for someone else. But I firmly believe there was a reason I did receive it. Even though his time was short, Gavin was an amazing little boy. I hope you find peace in knowing he touched the lives of many people. Prayers for all of you. God bless.

Molly said...

Rest in peace sweet baby boy

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace little one.
You are now playing with Jesus, completely healed.

Praying for you all

Em
from
Australia

Laura said...

Praying for you and your family. No words to really say. But know of how much you are loved and the difference that Gavin made in this girl's life.

God bless

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to your family...I pray for peace and comfort

Kathy in Texas

Heather said...

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Ashley Hoppus said...

We have never met, nor will we probably ever meet. However, through this blog, your family has taught me so much about what it means to have 'blind faith.' Your family is the perfect example of Hebrews 11:1 - "Now faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see." Through Gavin's story, you have touched the lives of so many people. My prayer is that you are able to find a peace that only God can provide as you cope with the loss of your sweet little boy. May you find rest knowing that your little fighter is no longer fighting, that his body is whole again.

Ruth said...

I know that Gavin is fully restored. He has realized his glory and blazed into heaven leaving footprints of love along the way.

May God's grace grant you comfort and peace until once again there is a mother & father & child reunion.

Peace be with all of you, may the Lord's light shine upon each of you.

Pastor Ruth

Amber said...

Gavin has complete and eternal healing now. His body is free of pain and discomfort. He is truly healed, by every meaning of the word. What an incredible thought.

Praying for you all. You have rarely left my mind over the past few days. So many of us are storming the gates of heaven on your behalf for continued peace through this difficult time.

Prayers from another mito mom...

Twinkletoes said...

I am so unbelievably sorry. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers throughout the difficult times ahead.

Tyra said...

Gavin is resting peacefully with the Lord now. So much happier walking the streets of gold! It makes me smile that you guys can find peace in the loss of your boy. Nobody believes me when I tell them I had a great peace the moment our daughter passed away. It's a feeling you just can't describe. I will still keep your family in my prayers as you continue to heal!

Anonymous said...

Gavin,

Remember to slow down and smell the flowers. Know that you are gone but NEVER FORGOTTEN...

Karen and Adam, now you can start a new life, Gavin will always be with you, you just can not see him.

Go have fun sweet Gavin. Than k you for all you have showen me. You are one big brave boy...

XXOO

Julie Kreisman

Franchesca Cox said...

I was praying for your sweet Gavin and your family. I will continue to think about you guys and pray for you. I'm sure Gavin and my Jenna are playing together with other angels in their healed perfect bodies.

xoxo

Anonymous said...

Sweet beautiful Gavin. You're in Paradise now! My thoughts and prayers to your family.

Anonymous said...

I have not met you or your family. I have only been following your blog for a few days. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
I worked with your sister Jennifer in Portland, Or. and she told me about your little Gavin.

Linda

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace, Sweet boy.

Amy
Birmingham, Alabama

Raegan said...

Your family has touched my life in so many ways over the last year and I cried with you last night when I read the news. Rest in Peace sweet Gavin.

Baylee and Blair's page said...

Karen, Adam and Madison... my heart is breaking for your family yet so relieved that Gavin doesn't have to suffer anymore.

I will be praying for your strength and comfort during this time!

Hugs- Tiffany

Anonymous said...

God Bless you, Adam, Karen and Madison. You were so fortunate to have Gavin in you life for three years, and he had the best family anyone could ask for. Rest in peace, little guy.

dstein812 said...

God Bless Baby Gavin and your entire family. My husband and I with our daughters Ella, Anna, & Lena prayed for him every night before bed. May he rest in peace. I'm so sorry. You're an amazing family and one of the most incredible mother's I know. God bless all of you.

Bambi said...

That is the cutest pic of Gavin. He's just amazed by the world he saw. Now he sees a new world that we can only dream about. Prayers for you and the family as you transition. God is good and he will be good to you.

Michelle said...

My husband and I hugged our daughter tight when we first learned of Gavin's fight, and haven't let go since! We sent lots of prayers your way. Yesterday was my birthday - and though it broke my heart to know a sweet angel left us on my birthday, we hope it eased your suffering and brought you much peace. Thank you for sharing your beautiful son and family with all of us. You have impacted so many people for the better.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Gavin has touched our lives, and we are so very, very sorry for your loss. Thank you for inspiring and sharing. You all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless you all,
Debbie S. in CT

Tiffany Lockette said...

Beautiful Gavin, rest in peace sweet baby boy. You will be missed by so many. My prayers are with all of you.

Shannon said...

No words...I'm so sorry for your pain.

Karen said...

We lost our beautiful 19 year old daughter to cystic fibrosis 5 months ago and like you the peace when she passed was weird but wonderful. It is what has go us through such a painful experience. Our thoughts and prayers are with all three of you.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace sweet baby boy

Anonymous said...

I somehow found your blog over the last couple days. I am so so sorry for your lose. I glad that Gavin isn't hurting anymore, but I'm still sorry it had to be this away.
My aunt passed away yesterday too. I'm sure her and Gavin are so happy in heaven.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you. The strength and dignity that you all have shown is an inspiration to me. Please know how much you have positively impacted others from so far away. May peace continue to surround you.

Dannette

Rachel said...

My thoughts are with your family.

Brad & Bethany said...

Gavin's sweet beautiful eyes now look down upon you. He is free.
Gavin ministered to hundreds of people at New Hanover UMC on Sunday as he spoke through our pastor.

Anonymous said...

I do not know you or your family, but I have been praying for you and am thankful you have peace in the midst of sorrow. May God Bless you in the moments, minutes, hours, days and years to come.

Anonymous said...

Adam, Karen, & Madision, words cannot express how truly sorry I am with the passing of your son and little brother. What an incredible and courageous battle he fought! He may have lost this battle, but he gained heaven! How difficult to both mourn and experience healing at the same time. I pray that the promises of God will provide comfort and peace as you continually remember Gavin and the impact he will continue to have on so many, including those who never met him. "He (God) will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone FOREVER" (Revelation 21:4, CEV). Enjoy your new home as Gavin enjoys his and waits to be reunited with you guys one day in heaven. What a glorious reunion that will be!

Andy

Anonymous said...

Karen my heart goes out to you and your family...Gavin was a true fighter and was called home too soon. God must have big plans for a soul as strong as his. May he rest in peace in His house and may you all find peace in your hearts and soul knowing that Gavin has found eternal light, love and health.

In Faith

Andrea Cherry
Kingwood TX

Just Breathe said...

I am glad that he is at peace with God. I am so sorry for your loss and the suffering you had to watch for your baby. My heart aches for you and your family. I will keep all of you in my prayers. When you have a chance I would love to have your full name and address to mail you a handkerchief to catch all your tears. dpucci9972@gmail.com

Jodi R said...

Karen, Adam and Madison: I am very luck to have met you all and I thank God for that. Thank you for letting us in your world. Your presious little Gavin brought such joy with them blue eyes and giant smile, he will be deeply missed in my household. I hope to still keep in touch with you. Enjoyyour beautiful new home! RIP Little Gavin

Anonymous said...

Adam,
Michael W. Smith wrote a beautiful song "Hello/Goodbye" for a friend who lost his young son Noah at a very young age. Here are the lyrics and music. It's a bittersweet song, but offers hope for the future family reunion in heaven with Gavin. Gavin's name has been inserted for "Noah" in the lyrics:

Hello, Goodbye

Where's the navigator of your destiny
Where is the dealer of this hand
Who can explain life and it's brevity
Cause there is nothing here that I can understand
You and I
Have barely met
And I just don't want to let go of you yet

Gavin, hello, good-bye
I'll see you on the other side
Gavin, sweet child of mine
I'll see you on the other side.

And so I hold your tiny hand in mine
For the hardest thing I've ever had to face
Heaven calls for you
Before it calls for me
When you get there save me a place
A place where I can share your smile
And I can hold you for more than just a while

Gavin, Hello, Good-bye
I'll see you on the other side
Gavin, Sweet child of mine
I'll see you on the other side
Ohhh, Oh, Oooh
I'll see you there, I'll see you there,
I'll see you there, I'll see you on the other side
Ooohh

Gavin, Hello, Good-bye
I'll see you on the other side
Gavin, Sweet child of mine
I'll see you on the other side

Gavin, Hello, Goodbye
I'll see you on the other side
Gavin, Sweet child of mine
I'll see you on the other side

On the other side

Song (cut/paste in your browser): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KEGhfdhiNw

Life Happens said...

Last week, I was led to your blog by a friend of mine. I read a lot of your blog in the last couple of days. I prayed for your family and for your precious Gavin. Now that Gavin has received his wings, we know that he is at peace in the arms of a Father that loves him. Some day, you will all be reunited and I can only imagine what that will be like! I picture Gavin running towards you with no cords, no tubes, no pouches. Just completely healed and perfect in every way!

I am so sorry for the loss that you must be feeling right now. I hope that you take comfort in the fact that you touched many lives by sharing Gavin's story. He was clearly a very special boy! I will continue to pray for you and your family in the days that are ahead.

God Bless You,

Evonne

mckennah said...

sweet sweet gavin. although i know you will be missed so much by your mommy, daddy and madison. you are now free to run, play, breath, laugh, taste, touch, smell and really sweet boy, just be. so happy you are at rest and no longer in pain.

Lisa G. said...

Adam, Karen, and Madison...Our thoughts and prayers have been with you in this most difficult time.

"My precious child," God answered, "When your life had pain, I knew; The single set of footprints were the times I carried you." - and he will forever carry your little angel.
God Bless all of you, Lisa, John, Casey, Ryan, & Aidan

AnneMarie said...

May you forever rest in Jesus' arms, sweet Gavin!

~♥Alli♥~ said...

Rest In Peace, sweet boy. ♥

Lisa Beth W. said...

May God's balm pour over your hearts. Praise the Lord for Gavin's eternal life! Praying for you.

Foster mama K said...

A tiny flower lent not given, to bud on Earth, and bloom in Heaven. shine bright little Gavin

Tyler's Mommy said...

cannot get sweet gavin, or you all, out of my mind.

thinking of you and continuing to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Louise said...

May our Lord give peace. Thank you for sharing the remarkable story of this precious child. Thank God he IS healed and will share eternity with you, with all who know Christ as Savior.

Anonymous said...

sweet Gavin, thank you so much for touching my life the way you have. Thank you so much for smiling when your Mommie took your pictures...and smiling with your eyes when your little body was too tired to smile with your face. Thank you so much for letting so many people love you from all over the world. You have touched so many so deeply.

Rest in the arms of Jesus sweet boy, until we see you again.

Phyllis said...

Following Erin and Calvin I learned about your family. The struggles you have been through the past few years are unimaginable. Gavin is such a beautiful little boy. I hope are able to find peace in the next few weeks and months. I hope your family and friends continue to support you in the days, months and years to come. I will be praying for you both and for Madi.

Emily said...

I have tears flowing, but they are not all tears of sorrow. Mixed in are the tears of thankfulness for all Gavin has taught those who knew him (either in person or through your blog, as I did), and thankfulness that God has him wrapped in His loving, healing arms right now.

My prayers are with you and your family.

Kristie said...

Karen and Adam
My heart is in so much pain for you. You are brave and your testimony is amazing. I am glad Gavin is no longer in pain. Now I am praying that your pain will subside.

Lots of Love,
Kristie

Sue said...

We have never met but I have been following your blog for awhile now. My heart goes out to you and your family. I'm so very grateful that Gavin was able to find peace. I told my son today that there is one more angel looking down at us today.

ryan guard said...

My wife and I are praying for you guys. So so sorry...

Martha Can Remember said...

Godspeed Little Man

Tina said...

You have a beautiful little angel now who will be looking after you while you all heal. You did so much for him, now he will be there for you. You all are truly an inspiration. I really hope you keep blogging. I feel like through the blog I know you, and I, like everyone else who has been reading, mourned with you, and will continue to mourn. You all have touched so many people with your strength and faith, and you've made me a better person for it. Thank you.

Love from Saskatchewan

Trisha Larson said...

I am so, so sad to hear your news. It's such an incredibly hard road. I have 5 kids. Our 5th born, Nate died at 25 days of a heart defect back in March 08.

I don't wish this path on anyone but it is possible to make it through. God is good. He will carry you when you feel that you are too weak to walk. He will show you the way.


After our son died, we were surprised by how many family and friends walked away from us. They couldn't (or didn't want to) deal with it. I wrote about it on my "drowning" post and I also added several other posts to help friends and family know what to do. Please feel free to reference it if you think it might help in the future.

Hugs from a mommy who knows,
Trisha

mrsrubly said...

i know you do know me. my heart is still with your family. gavin has changed the lives of many people i see. continued prayers for these moments days weeks to come. bonny in tx! fly high on angel wings gavin i know your mommy and daddy could not be more proud of you.

Adrienne said...

I don't know you, but a friend directed me to your sight. Your strength is an inspiration to all of us and a reminder to cherish every day we have, even when the little things bring us down. I've been praying for your family and will continue to do so. May God bless you and grant you healing. Rest in knowing you will see your precious angel again one day!

Anita J. said...

Karen, I am both thankful and sorry. I lost an aunt to cancer and I remember that feeling of grief mixed with joy. I am thankful that your little boy has been freed from his suffering. You and your family are in my prayers as you go through this time of grief.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Ozzie said...

Karen & Adam,
I heart goes out to you at this time. My heart breaks for your loss. I can not even imagine what you have been and still are going thru. Your strength and faith are a testimony for your love for Gavin, Madi and eachother. Vicki and I both believe that Gavin was put on this earth as the angel for Morning Star and now he is standing with Jesus still being an angel for Morning Star.
Thank you so much for sharing your precious little boy with all of us.
God Bless you and our prayers are with you.

Trisch said...

So sorry for your loss. Although I have sweet little ones with the Lord, too, I have never had to go through this particular valley.

My prayers are with you, and may you feel God's arms around you, supporting you, overshadowing you....peace, sweet peace from the Prince of Peace.

In Him Who Is Our ALL~

Trisch

Beckypdj said...

Thank you for sharing your son with us. We cry and rejoice with you even though we've never met. Hugs to your family

ashley.marie said...

I just stumbled upon your blog via another blog I follow. I am so very sorry for your loss, Gavin looks like such a cute, sweet boy. I pray you will find God in this and He will help you find a way to live without your precious boy. You are in my family and I's prayers!

Anonymous said...

To the Owens family...you gave your son a gift of knowing that he was surrounded by love. He truly now is healed, enjoying his whole, healthy, tube-free body while remembering the happy times he shared with his mom, dad, and sister on earth. Thank you for sharing his story and reminding us that a child does not have to be born into this world "perfect" in order to give and receive a loving life.

May God give you comfort in this time.

Anonymous said...

I don't know your family but heard about Gavin through another blog. God bless your family and Angel Gavin.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the story of your beautiful child with so many. Little Gavin has had more impact on people during his short life than many could possibly have in a lifetime. He has forever changed me. May your family find peace knowing he is in such a happy and pain free place now.

Carly said...

Eternal rest grant unto Gavin, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

You're in our prayers,
Carly

Lorra said...

Gavin was an amazing little boy. Many people will talk about him for years to come. You and Adam were by his side when he went to sleep, how wonderful, God gave you more time. Keeping you, Adam and sweet Madison in my thoughts and prayers. Bless your family as your hearts begin to mend. I am sad, yet I rejoice that Gavin is without pain and in the arms of Jesus. Much Love to the Owens family~

ben and erin said...

i just found your blog a couple days ago. and this afternoon you came to my mind to pray for you. so sorry to hear about your loss, but joyed to know your sweet little boy is now healed and in the presence of Jesus! praying for your family as you continue your healing process.

gavin richardson said...

i grieve your loss with you & take comfort that he is comfortably playing in heaven. shalom, -gavin

Anonymous said...

I did not know your Gavin and my heart goes out to your family for your loss.I know how hard it must be to lose a child.Rest in Peace Little Gavin
Janet Richardson.
mother of Gavin

Anonymous said...

Our family will be praying for you all!! Thank you Lord for taking care of Gavin and his family!!!

The Kiessling family
Fresno, California <><

Anonymous said...

Karen,
I have followed you for over a year. I talk about Gavin as if he is my own child. Your family has been a part of my life daily. You amaze me with your grace and poise. I have prayed and prayed. I know you will receive hundreds of posts in the coming days, but still had the need to leave a few words. May you rest comfortably tonight knowing that Gavin rests easy in Christs arms. He is in Heaven with my little girl and for that I am greatful. To know that he is at peace and no longer suffering brings peace and tears of joy to my heart. I have prayed in the last couple of days that the Lord would take him quickly to spare you the anguish of seeing him suffer. I hope that you find the peace that you desperately need. Your family will remain in my prayers. I hope you continue to blog. I know I would still continue to follow your journey.

With much love and prayers,

Jessica Davis
The mom to two healthy kiddos and one Angel in Heaven

Anonymous said...

I also have a little daughter in heaven. My mommy heart will be in prayer for you and your family.

Laryssa Krauss
Charleston, MO

April D said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family.

Sarah said...

Praying for your family. RIP Gavin...Angel fly!

IFEA said...

I am so sorry for your loss but very happy that Gavin found peace and is with our LORD now. I found your blog thru one of your followers and it touched me so much to read about your family. I can not imagine your familys pain but I am grateful your son was sooo very much loved and you got to be with him when he went home to the LORD. He is a happy, healthy, cute little boy in heaven and while he is waiting for being united with all of you he takes comfort you will remember him every day. I don't know your family at all but I am crying right now. I hope you will find peace and comfort one day thru your faith. All of you will be in my prayers, blessings, Iris from Germany

Synaptic Jen said...

Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I'm a mito fighter too. Hang in there and know that you are not alone in your pain. Love and peace, Jen http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jenelle

Lori said...

My heart is breaking for your family. I have been following Gavin's blog since almost the beginning - he is in a better place and safe in Jesus' arms. I saw Gavin in my dreams last night. He was in heaven, playing, running, smiling and laughing - it brought some comfort. We will continue to pray for your family to find comfort and peace.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts as I read of Gavin's dying was that it was if the two of you were walking him to Jesus.
Nancy

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

Our prayers continue for all of you in this time of healing.

Rest in peace little Gavin, you are healed!

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you. Rest in Peace sweet Gavin. You will truly be missed.

Diane said...

David & I are still standing by you, covering you all in prayer. Our lives are completely, irrevocably changed by Gavin. He has taught so many people so much about what it means to live, and that can never be forgotten.

Our hearts are aching for you, Adam & Madi, and will be here, whenever you need, for whatever you need, in whatever way we are able to help.

We are so happy that Gavin does not have to fight or suffer any more, but we realise the void he has left. We pray you will be surrounded by people near you who will love and care for you.

Sending you so much love from Australia.

Rachael said...

*crying*

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May you find peace in knowing that Gavin is healed and watching over you with all of God's Angels...
Rest in Peace Gavin

C.O.L.E. Prayer Team
www.colesfoundation.com
Jessica D-S

YMCA Board Member said...

Rest In Peace, Gavin. May your Mom and Dad, your family and friends, and our community find strength and comfort knowing your burden has been lifted. Lift us up, lttle one.

gilda said...

I want to thank you and your husband for sharing your sweet beautiful Gavin with the world. You guys have really shown me what a true hero is. I think we as adults think life is so hard that we can not bare to take on so many things. But if a little boy can carry such a load of being sick all the time and still manage to have that beautiful smile on his face our problems are not that bad.I think we need to slow down and look at our life in another perspective.Be proud Karan and Adam because your Gavin through this blog has changed so many lifes thats alot for such a short time. May god continue to hold you during your time of loss.

Michelle said...

Continuing to pray each day for your family.

Holly said...

Continued prayers for your family. What an amazing little boy Gavin is and will always be. We are heartbroken that Gavin is no longer with us, but very happy that he is healed and walking with Jesus now.

Much Love your way,
The Gray Family

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Sending you love and peace.

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