Taking our Lion Home

20130903-203901.jpgOne year ago today we looked down at a positive pregnancy test that would forever change our lives. Our hearts were overjoyed with the news of a beautiful baby that would be joining our little family. Exactly one year later our hearts are shattered. God has answered all of our prayers by showing us what path he will be taking us on with Owen and he will be sending us all home. The echo revealed that the gradient has nearly doubled in one weeks time. Our lives have been decided by one number. We are shocked and doing our best to process the information. We are grateful that God has answered us so clearly and we have faith that he will be holding our hands through this. We prepared ourselves for this should it happen and preparations are being made by the team so we can take our Lil’ Lion home. We would like our family of four to enjoy every minute of every day together free from machines and nursing assessments. We are learning what that means and what it will look like for our family. There are so many questions and I’m sure even more that will come up.

We wanted to express our gratitude for all of you. Your love, support, tears, encouragement, and daily comments have lifted us up so many times. We are overwhelmed by the number of lives our son has touched around the world from his tiny hospital room and we know that his story is not over. We are unsure how long we have with him but we vow to spend every second enjoying every breath, every smile, and every first. We will do our best to update you as the days go by but we’d appreciate your understanding should we go quiet for some time. Think of us anytime you see a heart or hear a lion roar!

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10 thoughts on “Taking our Lion Home

  1. Jeff and Alyssa,
    I have been checking your blog periodically to see our our little lion heart is doing. My heart breaks for you, but I have faith that the Lord will give you strength only He can provide. All of you are in my prayers daily. I haven’t been to work in over a week and won’t be back until Friday. If you are already home by then, please give Owen a kiss and a snuggle from me. God bless you!
    Warmly,
    Brianna (CTICU)

  2. How cruelly life goes on when we as individuals and families face tragedy and supreme heartache . It is a lonely walk and a minute at a time. You can blame God, be mad at him and ignore him, but he knows you are both his children because he chose you to parent Owen. Your candidness has allowed Owen to feel love from thousands of people. You have given him a gift most children will never know. It matters not if your son was here 2 months,
    6 months or lived to be a military man…you are Owens parents and that will never change.
    Love,
    Lou, Patty, Sean and Kelly Yore

  3. Thankfully Owen has been able to enjoy two of the best parents in the world, and we’re sure that he will enjoy meeting your dog, too. It has certainly been great getting to know Owen through your regular posts and seeing his happy face.

  4. I want to thank you, deeply, for posting this latest news about Owen. I cannot fathom how difficult that must have been. I can only speak for myself (but am pretty sure others feel the same way). I look forward, daily, to news about Owen and his latest antics; smiling, breathing on his own, breaking wind and all things little ones do. He’s such a wonder. I wish you peace on your journey HOME and that you find comfort and strength in God’s love. Most sincerely, Carol

    1 Peter 5:6-7
    Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

  5. I pray you-all have a safe trip home and that it is a happy homecoming for the three of you. Hold onto one another and enjoy every second you spend together, wrap your love around each other and have lots of fun and laughter. I have been where you are now and I know the love you have will fill your hearts forever.

    Love strength and prayers, Patty

  6. Hi darling, Between tears, You, Owen and Jeff are in our thoughts and prayers every minute of every day. It’s hard to fathom what your little Owen and family have been through and the strength and grace you have shown through Owens young life. Whatever the future holds you, Owen and Jeff have become an inspiration to us all. Owen is one lucky little man to have such an amazing beautiful mommy like you. Stay strong and know we all pray for miracles for Owen. If any little man deserves one, its your beautiful Owen. We love you guys and are here for whatever your family needs. With love and prayers, Greg

  7. I feel honored and privileged to be one of the so many people who have been blessed and touched by your story. Thank you for sharing your strength, fears, humility and joy with us all.

    Although I don’t know sweet Owen or your family, your story has touched my life and reminded me to cherish every moment and remember that tomorrow is never a promise. Our paths may never cross, but I wanted to also share that I will be taking part in the CHOC Walk in the Park in October and would like to dedicate my walk to Little Lion Heart Owen and your family. I wish you nothing but blessed moments as you spend time at home.

  8. I pray for your little lion all the time. I pray for your family too. To say that your post didn’t bring me to tears would be a lie. I am so sorry. I will continue to pray for you all and send wishes of happy memories to be made in your home with your beautiful little man.

  9. Praying for your sweet Owen and for the two of you. I pray that you find peace and comfort with one another as you live out this next chapter of your lives. Owen is such a cutie pie — my heart cries for you as I cannot fathom the pain you must be feeling.

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