Monday, December 1, 2008

Ethan

About 5 years ago I was in the hall way with my less than quiet baby, Ethan, during church.  A sweet lady was also pacing the halls with her less than quiet baby.  We discovered that not only were our boys were less than a year apart, but they were also both named Ethan.  I remember watching our boys crawl with their bald heads side by side, and their little fingers streaking the glass on the doors.

Shortly after the church boundaries were changed I only saw Ethan and his mother occasionally at stores or the library.  But when we moved into our current home we were once again going to the same church services.  It was nice to see them!  I taught a primary class and Ethan sat behind me during the primary singing time.  He was a content little boy who was happy to be included in everything.  With a small voice he would quietly sing the songs, I Am A Child Of God and A Child's Prayer.  This content little boy singing "Jesus Loves Me This I Know" was suffering from cancer.  Ethan's a fighter!  With his loving parents, best friend brother, and little sister by his side, he fought that disease until there wasn't any fight left.

Ethan returned to Heaven a few days ago.  Madison was able to babysit his siblings at the hospital while Ethan was receiving medical treatments.  Together, Madison and I will be going to Ethan's viewing.  We want to express our gratitude to his parents for giving us the opportunity to know Ethan.  I'm certain Ethan's singing I Am A Child Of God with the angels now.

5 comments:

Grandma J said...

Katrine, my heart goes out to Ethan's family. I pray that our loving and merciful God will shower them with His graces as they continue their journey without Ethan.

God bless you and your family as you offer your support and prayers. It's tough going to a young childs viewing or funeral.

Melissa said...

I'm sorry to hear about little Ethan. I remember him as the cutest little toddler. He was about a head shorter than all the other kids. He was so adorable. His mom reminded me a lot of my younger sister, so I found myself watching her often. She was a great mom to that little man. My prayers are with their family. What a difficult situation to have to deal with. You are a good friend to give them the support when it is surely needed.

Kira said...

My heart and prayers go out to his family and those who knew him.

Jason said...

UGH!!!

And in the meantime, our government funnel billions of dollars into the space program and other less important things.

I'm sorry.

Mimi said...

What a horrible thing to have happen. May sweet Ethan's Memory be Eternal, and prayers for God's peace during this difficult time.

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