We just wanted to give everyone some details for the next few days.
If anyone is wanting to come see us at the hospital, we are asking that they do it on Thursday before 8:00pm. We are asking for no visitors on Friday, please.
Noah’s memorial service will be at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 15th at Red Rocks Church (www.redrockschurch.org) – located in the northwest corner of Heritage Square in Golden. Dessert reception to follow. Childcare will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution to a non-profit of your choice in honor of Noah – maybe something that is dedicated to helping children.
Dear Noah’s Family,
I pray that Noah will be healed by God and if he goes home to be with Jesus, I hope you’re not sad. Noah will be in your hearts and mine always.
CCS 4th grader
dear graves family.. this is a poem i thought i would sahre with you, and i hope that it will inspire you to keeps noahs legacy going by continuing this wonderful blog.. what you know now, can help brighten tommorrow
may god be with you and your family in this time of need
~What I Know, Now~
* I KNOW NOW..that you can’t make someone love you.
* I KNOW NOW..that even when you think there’s no hope we find strength in tommorow.
* I KNOW NOW..that it can take years to earn trust and only an instant to destroy it.
* I KNOW NOW..that honesty is everything.
* I KNOW NOW..the importance of saying I LOVE YOU.
* I KNOW NOW..that our past may be who we are but our future is who we will become.
* I KNOW NOW..that people we love the most can be taken away tommorow.
* I KNOW NOW..what love and fullfillment a child can bring.
* I KNOW NOW..that life is too precious and should be celebrated everyday.
* I KNOW NOW..that it does’nt hurt to admit when we are wrong.
* I KNOW NOW..that there are many ways of loving someone.
* I KNOW NOW.. that words left unsaid can fill you with regret.
* I KNOW NOW..that when you say something hurtful it can leave you with a life time of pain.
* I KNOW NOW..that family & friends are more important than money & materials.
* I KNOW NOW..that even in this world today we can find comfort in a complete stranger.
* I KNOW NOW..that writing can ease the pain.
(Blogger’s note: Daniel, the ringbearer in our wedding 12 years ago, lost his battle with cancer July 12, 2006. He was 16.)
For all who have followed the Graves’ journey and grieve at their decision, I hope that you grasp the depth of what the Lord has shown us through baby Noah.
Consider this: God knew before he placed Jesus in Mary’s womb that Jesus would die innocently. He knew at 7 months, at 16, and all the way to the cross. And yet HE CHOSE US. He chose to give us a way back. Imagine God’s pain in knowing; now imagine His joy when we return to Him again!
Boo boo & Jay, we are so proud of you and so blessed to know you, walk alongside you, and call you friends. Even now – you bless us tremendously and teach me more about Jesus.
D,C,L,K,E & A
“I have learned that some pain cannot be healed, but must be endured. I believe our God will help us to endure and find peace. I loved the boy with the utmost love of which my soul is capable and he is taken from me – yet in the agony of my spirit in surrendering such a treasure, I feel a thousand times richer than if I had never posessed it.”
William Wadsworth – 1812
In Christ’s love… Meghan Johnson http://www.littlemanricky.com
To Jason, Adrienne and Emily,
I read your entire blog just tonight, and it amazes me to see your strength and courage and your strong, strong faith through all of this. You are an inspiration to me! I listened to U2 on my iPod all the while, stopping many times to say prayers for all of you and lift you up to Him. I wish there was more a person could do, but please know you will continue to be in my prayers. Your son, Noah, is a sweet sweet boy, and so handsome. My heart breaks for all he has had to endure, but I know he will be in a better place soon, if that is God’s Will.
I knew Jason in high school, though not well. When I heard about your story, I was so surprised it was happening to somebody I knew(sort of anyway), someone from Watertown. I am living in Grand Junction,CO now, and am a nurse(though currently I’m a stay at home mom.) Please let Jason know that I am thinking of him and praying for him along with the rest of your family. You sound like such a strong woman, Adrienne, both in faith and character. Even keeping your sense of humor through all of this. Though I don’t know you, reading your blog entries and learning about Noah has touched my life.
Peace to you all,
I have never enjoyed funerals. But man, if God decides to take sweet Noah home on Friday, how I will long to be with you all come Monday. The road trip from AR would prove a little long, so constantly being in my thoughts and prayers will have to do. Though we have never met in person, I know we would be friends. Though I have never held Noah, the night I sat and read about your new found peace, I lost it. There is no doubt in my mind that you must be so in touch with the heart of God in making such a selfless decision. I have been in awe of you all from the very beginning of this journey and my admiration has only grown. I have been praying for 5 months now, I have checked your blog each day…there are no words to explain the way you have connected us all.
Love, Kiki Carpenter
Jason and Adrienne- Although I haven’t spoken to either of you in years, I’ve always felt like fellow ORU’ers have a special bond and you both, especially have always had a special place in my heart. Just this morning, I was sent this blog thru another ORU alumn and I haven’t stopped crying since I read and re-read the comments you’ve posted along the way. I don’t have the words to express how very sad I am that you all are going thru this. Noah sounds like a precious angel that will surely be missed. I will be praying for you all and your sweet little Em today, tomorrow and for much time to come. You all sound so strong and I know this strenth comes directly from God. But I know you will all still need prayers….and though we are not in contact anymore, please know that I will NOT forget- I will have you in my heart for always.
We are pregnant with baby #3 and so my heart is naturally softened as a pregnant mom, after reading your struggle…..Adrienne, you have always been so beautiful inside and out and I see from the pictures you are still glowing… Jason, my engineering buddy, I know you have such a sweet, Godly heart and can lead your family thru this…I will pray for all of you, especially tomorrow. Take care, God bless and know that I am one of many of your prayer partners while you go thru this time. I know God is in control. I pray HIs peace on all of you.
Love and so many tearful prayers-
Wendy (Solomon) Lewis
May God be with your family i came upon this story and couldnt stop reading it, I will pray for noah and your family! Baby noah is such a cutie and i am sure is loved by everyone. When i saw a picture it went straight to my heart,and will stay there forever he is so precious. I hope peace may be with you and your family for God will take care of him now.
Mel, Mike and Samantha from Erie, PA
Praying for peace and strength for all.God Bless You !!