Friday, January 28, 2011

A Final Healing

Cash left us and went to meet the Lord this afternoon at 3:50 pm. He was in Wendi's arms as he breathed his last and was immediately at peace.

I'm sure as time goes on I'll have more to say as we reflect on this past year. For the moment, I would simply say we are at peace and thankful Cash is in the arms of Jesus. We were granted the amazing privilege of being Cash's parents for the short time God allowed us to be with him on the earth. We are sad yet rejoice in the tremendous healing Cash has been given and we thank God for His grace, mercy, peace, and love.

We are surrounded by those who love us and words cannot express our gratitude for your prayers and support this past year.


89 comments:

  1. Your faith is amazing. You already know God will give you all you need as you as you navigate the ending of this journey. Cash will always be remembered and your faith and committment has been exemplified through this entire process....God be with you, lots of prayers going up for you. Take Care Parriera's

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  2. We love you all and our mind is totally consumed by your family tonight.

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  3. There are no words, only love. God bless Cash & God bless your entire family.

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  4. Cuz, I cannot believe the strength that You and Wendy have had throughout this. Your faith and commitment to God seems to have carried you through. We love you guys and continue to pray. Love, Ken and Jan

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  5. "Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself."
    — C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)
    May God grant you His peace that passes all understanding.

    Jim & Jenny Van Ry

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  6. Jack and Wendi, our deepest sympathies! You are both amazing and I am proud to call you family.

    Love, Chris, Tony and girls

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  7. Jack and Wendi, Jack Jr and Kingston,
    You have been over the years past, are especially today and will continue to be in many of our thoughts and prayers as you now mourn the passing into glory of your precious son and brother Cash. Your loss is definately Heaven's gain! Praise be to God for His infinate greatness and eternal will and for working such faith in your hearts.
    With love, prayers, hugs and tears from all of us - Larry and Amy, Alaina, Jesse, Lydia, Corina and Jeremy

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  8. Hugs and tears for you. This community of friends and family will pull together and bless you in ways that you have blessed us with your amazing faith.

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  9. We have been following your blog for a long time (shared with us from a friend). Your family and Cash have taught our family so much. We have prayed for Cash and your family, and we will continue to pray for you. Words cannot express the impact you have had on us. Thank you for sharing. He has left footprints on our hearts.
    Thinking of you all,
    The Swansons

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  10. Remembering Cash now, and the countless things his short life taught all of us--about the preciousness of life, about trusting God when times are unspeakably tough, about the things in this world that matter most. What a miracle your son was, Jack and Wendi--and what an honor it must have been to be his parents. We love you dearly and are smiling up to heaven tonight with thoughts of Cash. And as I prepare to welcome a new baby boy into the world, I will be thinking about the precious boy who left this Earth so shortly before his arrival, and the legacy he leaves behind. I'm sure this new baby would have thought Cash was one pretty cool dude. They'll meet someday. Wishing you comfort and rest tonight. Lots of love, Sarah + Jason

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  11. Our thoughts & prayers are with your entire family at this time. Starla called this afternoon when at Jack & Wilma's to let us know that Cash is dancing in Heaven with Jesus now. Your family has been the true image of strength & faith during this difficult journey. Thank you for sharing a small part of your journey with us. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers!!!

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  12. My Sweet friends,
    Your hurt and tears are felt 2,500 miles away tonight from Missouri. My entire family is saddened with you and yet with our faith in God we rejoice also with you that Cash no longer suffers and instead snuggles in the arms of Jesus. We will continue to lift you up.
    Love Troy & Becky Beck and family

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  13. Dear Jack and Wendi, Jack and King,
    Our deepest sympathies go out to you. We are so sad for all of you, yet we know Cash is in heaven with Jesus. You have shown amazing faith and strength throughout this journey. We love you and continue to pray for peace and comfort from our Heavenly Father.

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  14. Holding you up in our prayers while we cry with you. We love you. The Nystrands

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  15. Our deepest sympathies for you Jack, Wendi, Jack Jr., and Kingston. May God be with you until you meet again by Jesus feet in heavenly glory. May He lift you up on his wings and give you peace that passes all understanding.

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  16. Many of us are taking a second look at our family tonight -- hugging them a little longer and saying we love them as a result of your son's journey. Your journey and transparency has helped me and my children remember God is first and foremost love. The love you have shown for your son and your family is truly an inspiration to us. May He continue to embrace you with His love and peace. I am grateful to have a constant reminder at work of your son -- a very large M&Ms container filled with the colors of the rainbow. I know I will have the privilege of spending an eternity in Heaven to get to know your little boy -- and to thank him for the many, many lessons he taught us in all in two very short years. Love you guys much. Kat, Michael and RoxAnn

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  17. We are so grateful to your family....what a testimony of your complete trust and faith in Our Heavenly Father. Thank you for sharing this journey - our prayers will continue to be with you as you mourn the loss of your precious child. Sympathies and much love to your family.
    Merri Lynn

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  18. lifting your family up in prayer...may God wrap His arms around you, when it feels overwhelming and you do not think you can do it, just keep looking up...
    I pray God will hold you and comfort you, lean on him.

    always,
    melody

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  19. Our deepest sympathies! Our hearts break for you in the loss of your special little Cash. We know how much he was loved and cherished. We pray that the Lord will heal your hearts and fill them with His love. You will continue to be in our thoughts and daily prayers.
    Much love to your family.
    Clint & Becky Lewis

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  20. GOD SAID "COME TO ME" AND AN ANGEL WENT HOME.

    You don't know me, but I have been following your blog (shared with me from a friend.) I have a son the same age as Cash, and your journey with your sweet little boy has touched my heart beyond words. Your faith is truly truly amazing. I hope that you are finding comfort in knowing that your beautiful boy is at peace now and in the arms of Jesus, and no longer suffering. Cash was an angel on earth, and now is an angel in Heaven. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of unimaginable loss. God be with you now and always.

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  21. Our prayers are with you guys. May God's presence be felt in miraculous ways.

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  22. Our hearts are aching for you..... but are also so happy for Cash that his body is cancer free and able to dance and sing with Jesus! We will be praying for you as you continue on this difficult journey. A verse that continues to come to mind is Ps. 46:10-11 "Be Still and Know that I AM God......The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our Fortress."

    May God's grace continue to carry you,
    Jessie and Brett Hendricks

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  23. Prayers's and Blessing's to you and your family. What an impact little Cash has made on so many lives he has taught so many people faith and trust in such a short period of time. May God keep his arms around you all during this difficult time. Know that the angles are rejoicing while he get's his wings.
    Bro. Jack Jazzy sends her prayers and says Cash will be missed

    The Robersons/Wheeler Family

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  24. O soul, are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    There’s light for a look at the Savior,
    And life more abundant and free!

    Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
    Look full in His wonderful face,
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
    In the light of His glory and grace.

    Through death into life everlasting
    He passed, and we follow Him there;
    O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
    For more than conqu’rors we are!

    His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
    Believe Him, and all will be well:
    Then go to a world that is dying,
    His perfect salvation to tell!

    My prayer for you right now is that as you turn your eyes to Jesus, you will see the light of His glory and grace and that your sorrows will grow dim and that He will comfort you and fill you with His peace. The joy Cash has experienced in the few moments since he has gone to his eternal home is far more than he would have experienced had he lived 100 years on earth.

    Julia dB

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  25. Tears keep coming... It is so heart breaking to think about you and your family tonight. But when I think about little Cash in heaven smiling down on you all, it brings a smile to my face. No more pain... he can run and play with the other little kids. God bless you all! Thinking of you tonight and praying that God will give you some much needed rest.

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  26. Our prayers will continue to be with you as you make the next transition in your life. -Jim and Laurie Baron

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  27. I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious Cash. I have never met him but he has really touched my heart. Your whole family is amazing and a true example of Gods love and grace. I am crying tears with you but know that Cash is so full of joy right now. I am praying for your family as you go through this difficult time. God bless all of you!

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  28. Grace is an amazing thing - I found this blog just this morning and read through much of it during the day. My heart goes out to your family and I'm inspired by your faith!

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  29. Bro. Jack and Sis. Wendi. My prayers are with you. Comfort and peace comes knowing he has made where we are all trying to go. In God's loving arms. I love you all and will continue to pray for your strength.

    Sis. Mary and family.

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  30. Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortal. Cash has touched my heart like one of my own sons. His memory will live on though all of us. Bless his sweet little soul. Bless you and thank you Jack and Wendi for the your grace and your unending faith.
    Davina

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  31. Praying for you and your family right now that you would feel God's peace and be wrapped in his comfort and love.

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  32. With heavy hearts, we rejoice in the fact that tonight Cash is now happy and cancer free!, and in the arms of the Lord. Jack and Wendy, you have truly been an inspiring testament of faith though these unimaginable circumstances. Praying for peace and God's grace to help you, your children, and your friends and families through this time of grieving.
    Love,
    Mike and Steph Eshuis

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  33. Dearest Jack and Wendi,

    Our love and prayers are with you and your family. What a precious gift is the hope that is ours and enables us to grieve, but not as those without hope. And what a precious gift to have a Savior who has walked through death before us and carries us in His arms into eternal life. Glory to God for the victory. We love you.

    Pastor Robert and Phama

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  34. So sorry for your loss. My sister loved Cash very much and babysitting him was one of her favorite things to do. Cash will be missed but it is good that he is at peace now. You guys will be in my prayers.

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  35. Cash will always be with you and now he is with the Lord looking down on you smiling and at peace we love you aaron and missy

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  36. Wow, what an impact this blog has had on our lives. I connected with it thru Jodi's blog (my sis also lives in Lynden) so heard about the fundraisers etc. I just dont' know what to write, other than, I can't stop thinking about you. We have a son the same age as Cash. It just seems to really hit home. Your faith thru this all is an inspiration to us. May God keep and guide you in the days ahead.

    Steph Hampson

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  37. I never got the privilege of meeting your beautiful cash, and I cannot even BEGIN to imagine what you must be going through. But what I do know, is how much you and your family have deeply and truly inspired me with your faith. I have never heard a testimony quite like yours but I am so deeply blessed by it. Your continued faith in God in the good times AND the bad is so incredibly inspiring. I feel as though I myself, am already questioning God's judgment in some of my own situations, and they're not even close to being as important as yours. So just HEARING about the incredible faith and trust you still have in God after going through what you've just experienced, just brings me to tears. Your story has made SUCH an impact in my life, and I respect you in so many ways. Thank you for being such inspiration. God has ALREADY used you and your beautiful family in more way than you'll ever know. God must know how incredibly strong you are, because he never gives us more than we can handle, and right now, he's given you SO much.... But I don't even have to meet you to see what kind of character you have. It's been clearly shown throughout your difficult journey. And I reeeaaalllyy hope you know, you'll be in our prayers every day. <3 <3 <3 Thank you for the blessing this has been.

    -Anonymous.

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  38. Oh my gosh. I am so sorry! Praying the Lord gives you all the peace and comfort you need on this earth until you see your son again in Heaven someday!

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  39. I only got to meet you in the hallways of NQA a few times and got to enjoy the light of little Jack as I picked up my son, but I am completely moved to the core at the amazing strength, testament of love and faith that your entire family and community has exemplified. Wendi and Jack- as a parent I hold you in my arms.........I know the Lord has lifted your family up and celebrates Cash and the love that surrounds him. Your son has touched so many lives and lives into our future. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.....
    Renessa and Zak Melang

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  40. Our hearts break...and we know that ONLY GOD can wipe away all tears. We will continue to pray for you precious people. With love, Dave and Debbie Black

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  41. On behalf of the Middlebrook Family, allow me to express that we are praying for you. We have been standing with you, and we continue to do so.

    In grace,
    Sam Middlebrook on behalf of Charlie and Mollie Middlebrook

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  42. Words cannot express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. My heart breaks for all who knew and loved Cash. What a precious little boy God blessed you with. Your faith in God shines and may HE provide you with the ultimate peace and comfort you need during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily.
    Chad, Trina and Asher Baron

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  43. Tears...and prayers for you family. No words...

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  44. I did not die young
    I lived my span of life
    Within your body
    And within your love
    There are many
    Who have lived long lives
    And have not been loved as me
    If you would honor me
    Then speak my name
    And number me among your family
    If you would honor me
    Then strive to live in love
    For in that love, I live
    Never ever doubt
    That we will meet again
    Until that happy day
    I will grow with God
    And wait for you
    -anonymous


    Jack and Wendi,

    I'm Reid's sister and have followed your blog with a heart that has ached with the setbacks and has leaped with the victories that you have experienced during this time that Cash has been sick. Yesterday my mom told me about Cash's passing and this morning as I read it through your eyes....tears are streaming down my face. I prayed and prayed for my daughter's healing to come and she too, was only made perfect in the arms of Jesus. There was relief....that the suffering was over, that she no longer had to fight anymore...but also the overwhelming sadness that a prayer that I prayed continuously could not be answered with her still on this earth and in my arms. I pray for you and your family Jack and Wendi...you have the Greatest Comforter on your side, he too lost a child. He will be faithful. I wish I could give you a huge hug to you and to your extended families. What a day it will be when we get to see our little ones in heaven again and they are fully healed. My words feel insufficient. My thoughts and prayers are with you...may God's strong hand uphold you in the coming days and may the Glory of His faithfulness shine through Cash's story, through your family's story in the years to come. Love you you all.

    Jill Kooiman

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  45. Jack and Wendy,

    We've been following diligenty this past year, and mourn with you from afar. We pray that God's peace will come to you and remain. We rejoice with you that Cash is in HIs presence right now. Our thoughts and prayers with you and yours...

    Much love,

    Robb and Marea Bouma

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  46. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We serve the God of comfort, hope and strength, He will hold you up during this difficult time.
    Love,
    Chris and Kara Boyd and family

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  47. We celebrate the time you had together with Cash, but we mourn with you in his death. May the Lord be close to you through your grief and tears.

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  48. "Now the Lord of hope fill you with all the joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost." Rom 15:13 Praise be to God for the pillar of strength He as been and will continue to be for you at this time. We have been following your story of faith and love closely, and rejoice with you that Cash is home with Jesus. Our tears are flowing for you and our prayers are constant. Looking forward to seeing you and all our family in a few days.
    Love
    Jake, Amy, Raquel, Nicole and Jordan DeHoog

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  49. We are so sorry. So sorry for all the pain you now experience in losing a child. Know that we are grieving with you; constantly remembering you both and little Jack and Kingston. We are praying that God will be near, upholding you all, and giving you His peace. We rejoice with you also in Cash's ultimate healing, and are so very glad that we have the assurance of eternal life. Today we can picture Cash in Heaven, living in perfection, free of all cancer! Thank you so much for sharing your journey on this blog. It is truly a wonderful testimony of God's grace and love.
    -Tessa and Brian Kooiker

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  50. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God's peace and love surround you and your family.

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  51. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I know there are no words that will comfort you but may you feel Gods arms around you as he welcomes little Cash into His Holy Kingdom. I have been so inspired by your faith over the last year and will continue to pray for healing for your entire family.
    Kristin (VanderGiessen) Beard

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  52. May the Man of Sorrows walk not quietly but loudly in this long journey of grief. I hope to never know this pain, but how you have taught us how to walk it. Thank you for letting us all in your story, what a gift you have given us...So we now surround you with our love and prayers and our sadness. Heidi Price

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  53. Praying for God's love & peace to continue to surround you in the coming weeks & months when life tries to go back to "normal". Hugs to you all & if there is anything we can do please let us know.

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  54. I only know Cash through your words on this blog -- I am a friend of a friend. You have been on my heart the past weeks and continue to be. Hoping for peace for all of you.

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  55. I remember hearing about Cash befor I moved away from Lynden and I have heard updates from differant people throughout the year. It breaks my heart to hear that he is gone but he is no longer in pain and he is in the most amazing place ever! As I put my daughter to bed last night and told her Cash's story she cried and cried and said his family must be so sad and the house must be crying right now,then she said but he is with Jesus so they will be happy about that. Im sure I wont be able to look at my baby boy without thinking of yours for a long time. We will continue to pray for your family.

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  56. Praying for you during this time of mourning. That you would be very aware of the Lord's comfort and presence.

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  57. Jack, Wendi, Jack Jr and Kingston~
    Our hearts are saddened by the homegoing of precious little Cash. But our souls rejoice in his perfect healing and in the promise and blessed hope that you will be reunited some sweet day! Just know that you have an entire community and beyond that shares your heartbreak and is praying for you and loves you. Thank you so much for sharing your story of faith, hope, love and grace. Our hearts and lives have been touched and changed by a beautiful little boy named Cash! He has left footprints on many hearts!
    Our prayers and love~
    Jack & Saralee Lathrop

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  58. I am so so so sorry for your loss. I hope you guys know you have set such Christ like examples for everyone around you in all that you have gone through. I am glad you know he is healed and in the arms of God. How amazing! We will continue to pray for you and your families. Grant and Tara Dykstra

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  59. Isaiah 40:11 KJV

    He shall feed his flock like a shepherd : he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young .

    our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    Randy & Marky Stuit

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  60. Our hearts are breaking for you, but we are praising God for complete healing and a new body for Cash in heaven. May you continue to feel God's comfort, peace and love in this difficult time. We'll keep praying for you.

    Matt & Joy

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  61. I'm so sorry for your loss. Cash was a beautiful little boy! I rejoice knowing that God has healed him and he's sitting on the lap of Jesus!! I've cried and I've smiled reading your blog these past few months. Your faith and trust in God through all of this has been amazing. I've seen God working through you in your blog, and I thank you for sharing your story with the rest of us. May God wrap his loving arms around you all today and in the coming months. May he bless you and give you peace, and may you find comfort knowing Cash is now your angel watching over you.

    Kelly

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  62. I'm sorry to hear about your beautiful little boy. I will continue to pray that the Lord extends his grace even greater upon you. I wonder what Cash's face looked like and what he felt the first time he saw Jesus face to face. My 3 year old little boy Rylee was diagnosed with cancer at 6 months and by the grace of God healthy today. When I heard the news about Cash today I broke down, it's so close to home. Again I am so sorry. We will be praying for you.
    The TenKley family

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  63. I, too, have been following the news of Cash through a friend, and my heart has been heavy for all of you. We lost a son a few months ago, and the loss has been overpowering. Although grown, he loved little children, and I know that he will watch over Cash now.

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  64. Although we never had the joy of knowing Cash here on earth, we look forward to meeting him someday in God's house. Our hearts hurt with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers MUCH today! We will continue to lift you up. HE will carry you through.
    Love~
    Ryan,Traci,Samuel,Maxwell & Jackson Likkel

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  65. Psalm 55:22
    "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;he will never let the righteous fall."

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

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  66. Dear Jack and Wendi and boys,
    My prayers are with you and your family.
    What inspiration you are by sharing your story through the heartwrenching journey. Your Faith and courage is simply amazing.
    May God be with you.
    Kimberlee Campbell

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  67. our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. words cannot express our sympathies.

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  68. Don and I found your blog and with tears in our eyes, we read your most recent post. While we didn't know Cash, it's so obvious how loved he was and is! A brother, a son and a hero to so many. Our prayers are with you and your family. Don and Jennifer Kenney

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  69. You have been blessed to have Cash, and to have the faith that has brought you through this period. Our prayers are with you.

    Pamela and Paul

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  70. The goal is not the absence of sorrow in our grieving, but rather that we refuse to grieve “as those who have no hope.” (1 Thess. 4:13)

    Jack and Wendi, through Cash's cancer journey, you have shown us how to put our faith, hope and trust in God. Hundreds of lives have been touched by your journey and unwaivering faith. Now we grieve for you and what's been lost. Cash will forever be in your hearts and in the hearts of so many of us who came to know him and love him through your BLOG.

    "Who wants M&Ms?"
    "I do."

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  71. We cannot begin to find the words to say in this moment...Perhaps the words of this song will offer you comfort:

    Children of the Heavenly Father
    Safely in His bosom gather
    Nestling bird nor star in heaven
    Such a refuge e’er was given

    God His own doth tend and nourish
    In His holy courts they flourish
    From all evil things He spares them
    In His mighty arms He bears them

    Neither life nor death shall ever
    From the Lord His children sever
    Unto them His grace He showeth
    And their sorrows all He knoweth

    Though He giveth or He taketh
    God His children ne’er forsaketh
    His the loving purpose solely
    To preserve them pure and holy

    Here is a great rendition of this song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV3MelnO90c&feature=player_embedded

    May God's love and peace envelop you and your family in the days, months and years to come...

    Reid & Melissa

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  72. Dear Bro. Jack and Wendi,

    You two are true heroes. Throughout your ordeal I have followed your blog and have often been amazed at your resilience and consistent trust in our Heavenly Father. I am grieving with you for your loss, yet rejoicing with you that Cash is now whole again and seeing Jesus face to face. One day we will all get to play with him again and enjoy his sweet smile with no more pain, sickness, or tears.

    Praying for you all,

    Kelli

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  73. Bro. Jack, Wendi and boys,
    My heart is broken for you...I have no words. I read a comment that Cash is a hero, and I could not agree more. Your faith is truly inspiring and I hope it brings you peace in the days, weeks, months ahead. Cash will always be with you. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers constantly. I did tell some former Zion teachers who I am still in touch with (Rachel, Nicole, Maria)...I knew they would want to know, also.

    Hold on to each other tight and be each other's strength.

    -Sis. Jen

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  74. Dear Jack & Wendi

    My thoughts & prayers go out to you...I am happy Cash is finally at peace. My heart is saddened, once again with a precious little Angel taken from us, by Cancer. I wish you both peace and love . . . . .

    Stephanie Schweizer ( Bernhart)

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  75. Your faith and strength is amazing. My heart is breaking for you and my thoughts are with you.

    April

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  76. Wendi & Jack,
    I feel compelled to write this post on behalf of my sixth graders. Since the beginning of the school year, they have prayed for Cash everyday. Your journey of trust in God has been a powerful testimony to all of us. You have taught us about suffering, heaven, eternal life, God's sovereignty and grace. You're authentic faith has touched our hearts and strengthened our faith. Praying Psalm 23:4 for you.
    Sandy VZ & 6C students

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  77. Love to you all and many prayers. May our God, the God of comfort, comfort you and give you his peace.
    You are much on our hearts,
    ~Uri and Melissa and family

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  78. Wendi and Jack,

    Heaven is REJOICING and is a better place with your precious son joining all who have went before us and with our beloved Savior.
    Our heavenly Father grieves with you, He knows your pain and sorrow.
    While following your blog you have reminded me of the joy that comes with walking daily and closely with the our heavenly Father and your faith and faithfulness. God has blessed all of us that have followed your blog, thank you for sharing your joy and pain with all of us. One day when you join Cash you will know what kind of impact you had for the Kingdom Of Heaven. That is our home that we all should long for; you now will long for it more.

    My heart aches for you and your children.

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  79. I am so very sorry for your great loss. May God's peace continue to pour over your sweet family in this most difficult time.

    xo*tricia

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  80. Jack and Wendi,
    May the peace of Christ guard your hearts and minds in your difficult hour. Blessings, Chris

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  81. What an incredible testimony of faith your story has been. May the Spirit that dwells within you give you the strength to face each new day and a peace that passes all understanding.

    Emily Kooistra

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  82. My heartfelt sympathy to your entire family.
    You are amazing parents, and Cash needed amazing parents. Not many could have taken this journey God lead you through with such amazing faith, strength, and abundant love. You have been very blessed to have the short but absolutely special time God gave you as parents of Cash. I'm sure you will cherish the memories forever. Cancer is a horrible, horrible disease..but
    Cancer cannot cripple love, shatter hope, or corrode faith. It cannot destroy peace, kill friendship, or suppress memories. It cannot silence courage, invade the soul, steal eternal life, or conquer the Spirit.

    (Just would like to share this poem with you)

    You weren't like other children,
    And God was well aware,
    You'd need a caring family,
    With love enough to share.

    And so He sent you to us,
    And much to our surprise,
    You haven't been a challenge,
    But a blessing in disguise.

    Your winning smiles and laughter,
    The pleasures you impart,
    Far outweigh your special needs,
    And melt the coldest heart.

    A precious gift from Heaven,
    A treasure from above,
    A child who's taught us many things,
    But most of all - "Real Love".

    Thank you keeping us informed and letting us be a small part of Cash's life. Hope you realize what an impact your family has made on many of us readers. I know I feel God has blessed me through you. I will continue to pray for your family.

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  83. We are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful little boy. Sending you much love and prayers.

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  84. Jack and Wendi,
    What amazing parents you are and have been so blessed with such beautiful children, we are saddened by your time being cut so short with Cash, and our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with your family during this time to grieve for and celebrate Cashes life.
    The McCains

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  85. I have been praying for cash alot and when I heard He went up with Jesus I cried so hard. You guys are such a good example to me. Just think now he is in heaven with Jesus having the time of his life! I'll keep praying for you!
    Ellie Vander Veen

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  86. Jack, when you were just a kid we were neighbors. I heard of your son who was so sick and heard again when he passed on to glory. I've just spent the last hour reading thru your blogs and all I can say is; how awesome is our God to give you and your wife and family such faith and trust in his will. Having 9 grandkids of our own now I just cannot imagine the struggles and burdens you and Cashes grandparents have gone thru. The peace and trust you have as you give your precious son back to his maker is a gift from HIM and to His name be the glory. May you feel HIS string arms around you in the days ahead. In HIS love, Jack and Evelyn Hoekstra

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  87. Cash was such a precious child. I know he brought much joy to your lives. When I found out about him, it made me cry. But God has chosen to take Cash to his real home, where there is no more pain. My class and I have contined to pray for you, and I hope you will be comforted with God's love.
    Rachel Mason

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