Monday, September 10, 2007

Ultimate Healing

Once again, I'm not sure the best way to say this, so out it comes.

My dear beloved Amy has gone home to meet her Lord. Shortly after 4:00 PM on this, September 10th, 2007, she took her last sweet breath. Moments before, she leaned up to me, and with much effort, told me she loved me - and gave me a kiss through her oxygen mask.

As someone else said on another blog when their dear one passed away, I never knew one could be at so much peace and have such a broken heart at the same time.

Thank you once again for all of your prayer.

And know that for all of you we've come to know that are still fighting your own battes that we're still praying for you.

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Terri said...

I've been keeping up with Amy's story for a couple of months now and have been so encouraged by her amazing faith.

I'm sad for you and your family, but rejoice with you in knowing Amy is perfectly well and whole at home with her Father.

I will continue to pray for comfort and peace for you and your family.

Chad and Sandy said...

I have no words....just love and prayers....What an inspiration.

Sandy

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you and your family...I am so very, very sorry.


~Krissy Evans
Pittsburgh, PA

Jen said...

Prayers coming from Kentucky...

slburton3 said...

I have been following Amy's story since the beginning. I thought of her fighting spirit so often in the battle against the big C. My prayers are now for Gary and Brandon and the rest of the family- what a joy to have known and loved such a sweet woman. Comfort and peace be upon you all.

KimberlyDi said...

I knew it yesterday when I read your blog. I couldn't say it though. I knew her difficult battle was nearing the end.

No more pain for Amy! Isn't that a blessing!? And Lizzie was spared the pain of donating marrow.

You were lucky to be able to say goodbye. I wasn't so lucky with my mother and I regret that every day. Amy was blessed to have such a loving family.
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My prayers go out to you.

Distybug said...

So sorry for your loss. We will continue to lift you up for comfort and peace.

LadyBugCrossing said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this very very difficult time.
LBC and Family

FARMERS WIFE said...

I am so very sorry to hear...I had been praying for her and the Lord's will be done.

She is smiling with Jesus...in her new body...what a comforting thought.

I'll be praying for you Brandon and Gary and the family.

serina said...

My heart is broken for you all right now. I praise God that Amy is at peace and healed now. I pray peace and healing for the rest of you, too.

Everyday Mommy said...

Our deepest sympathies and prayers for you and your family, as we lift our praise heavenward for He has indeed healed Amy.

Kerry said...

May God wrap you in a blanket of love during this time.

Laura in KY said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. May God grant to you the peace that surpasses all understanding during these very difficult times. Prayers for all who Amy leaves behind.

Aunt Boo said...

I am sorry for your loss. It was a good fight, she was a very strong person. I will be praying for you and your family!

Amanda

Stacey said...

We are so sorry for your loss. May you know the comfort of our Lord as you all curl up in His lap for a time of grief and healing.

Many prayers....

PEA said...

My heart goes out to the family, my prayers are with you.

Shelli said...

I am so very sorry. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Amy's strength and encouragement helped me through losing my own brother to cancer this past summer. I am so sorry for everyone's loss, but know she touched many lives while here on this earth. Her testimony was awesome and I know God is now sayiny, "Well done my good and faithful servant". My prayers continue to be with you all through this difficult time. Tami

Brenda said...

Sorry to hear about Amy!!! Will say a prayer for you and her family!!!!!

Wendy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for all of you, especially you and Gary.

I'm going to miss Amy. I started reading last year when she was first diagnosed. She has impacted so many people through her strength and trust in the Lord.

agodlyhomemaker said...

there are no words. i am so sorry and my prayers are with you.

Joni said...

Crying with you today. Praying for you as well.

Wendy said...

I got to know Amy through her blog - she has had an amazing impact on my life through her faithfulness. Her courage and strength, her obvious love for her family, and her firm faith in God's love all came through in her words and photos.

Brandon, I am grieving for your loss and praying for you and Gary and for Amy's family for strength during this time. Amy was a truly special person - she will be missed and remembered.

julie said...

I'm so sorry. I'm praying for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

May God's peace, comfort & love be with you.

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, but I've been following your precious wife's story for some time now. I have been praying for her. And I will be praying now for you and your dear son.

Anonymous said...

Although I live far away in another country I have been following Amy's blog for several months. How sad I was today to read that she has passed away, please know that my heart goes out to you and your lovely little boy. May the Lord bind up your broken heart and may " the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort who comforteth us in all our tribulations" (2Cors ch1) be very near to you.

Morgan said...

I am so very sorry for your great loss. My family will be praying for all of you!

The Fritz Facts said...

I am so sorry for the loss your family and friends are feeling. Amy was an inspiration to many, and gave hope to us all.
My prayers are with you.

Abby Y. said...

I didn't know what to say last night when you posted this and I still don't. I'm so sorry!
Now all my prayers are for you all!

Anonymous said...

Amy was the most amazing woman I've ever known. I am so sorry for you and Gary, but I am so happy for her. No more pain. Prayers from Ohio.

Julie Fink said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, I will be praying for you and your dear family.

chefstinsonfamily said...

My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have been reading your blog for months constantly pryaing for your family. You are all SO strong and amazing.

Sarah said...

May Jesus give you all comfort and strength like only He can give.

Happi said...

I am so so sorry, and my heart aches for all of you. I have followed Amy's story for so long and I grieve with you. Please know our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all during this difficult time.

Misty said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your precious family.

Lisa said...

I just found your blog a few days
ago and prayed for Amy yesterday
afternoon. Sending more prayers
for your family and young child
from Maryland...

Karen said...

Your family is in my prayers.
Amy's posts have been a great testimony of her unfailing faith.
What a blessing she has been to so many people including me.
God Bless and comfort you all at this time.

Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy [shall be] upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; [and] sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Amy's life touched me very deeply. Many prayers for you and Gary. May the Lord comfort you in these days.
Kristi

Jennifer said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I just found this blog a short time ago, but the news of her passing sent me to tears. I pray that He wraps his arms around your family at this hard time. God Bless.

Belle-ah said...

I am so sorry that you are without your sweet, wife. Prayers for you all.

Lynn K said...

I am so sorry for your loss, I have been following nearly everyday, though I have been praying, I have never commented.
I pray for eternal peace for dear Amy. And for healing for her family and friends...

Tina said...

I am so sorry for you loss. I will hold your family in my prayers. ... Thank you for updating us, as we truly care and Amy has inspired so very many of us!

Candace said...

I'm so sad for you, Brandon. It breaks my heart to think of you and Gary without Amy.

It seems that Amy bore witness to the Truth in her dying, and I'm sure therefore bore much fruit.

What must she be seeing this morning? I wonder if it feels like she's seeing her very first morning? Is it possible that she is already somehow enjoying you and Gary, and all the fruits of her labor, in some way?

Thank you for the sweet testimony you and Amy have shared over the past year or so.

Gwen said...

Like so many others I never met Amy in person. I heard about her story from another blog. I have followed and prayed for months. I sit here in tears at this moment although I too am so thankful that Amy is no longer in pain. She is with our Savior and for that I am grateful. Amy taught me so much about strength and courage. You probably have no idea how many lives your family has touched that you will never meet in person. That is an amazing thing. I am forever changed because of your family. I will never forget and I will continue to lift you, Gary and the whole family up in prayers as you move forward from here.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story. It was truly an honor to walk take the journey with you. God Bless you and your family.

Tara said...

Brandon- We are so sorry for your loss. Amy has left behind an amazing legacy of unwavering faith & trust in her Lord. She was an example for us all!

We will continue to lift you, gary, and all the family up in prayer. May the God of comfort be near to you.

Chris & Tara Daukas

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the loss of Amy. Although I never met her, she has been a great inspiration to my step-sister, Marie, as she will begin the process of her transplant on Wednesday. Marie posted Amy's blog site on her own and asked everyone to pray for her. We are also praying for the rest of Amy's family, as well.

Bethany & Dusty

Anonymous said...

Praying for you all.
Take care, Rhonda

striving... said...

unfortunately I had not heard of Amy until today. I am keeping you and your son in my prayers. It is bitter sweet, knowing she is with God, sweet. Anyway, in my prayers.

Monica C. said...

Amy, please know that your life touched the lives of so many people. Your legacy is a true blessing that will live on and on. To Amy's family, please know that your precious Amy is truly missed by those who did not even get to meet her, and that you will remain in the hearts and minds if many. God bless you,

Linda said...

There are no words right now. I simply pray that Jesus will wrap all of you in His great arms of love and carry you through this difficult time.
Praying for you.

3carnations said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I had not followed the story of Amy's struggle, but the amount I've seen so far, it sounds as though she was an extraordinary woman, wife and mother. I'm so sorry.

Shelby said...

My sincere sympathy to you and your family..

Adrienne said...

My heart is touched by your loss. I do know the sense of incredible peace at the same time your heart is shattered. My prayers will be with you, your little son and the entire family through these difficult days. ~Adrienne~

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss,your love. Just been following your story for a couple of weeks...my life has been touched. Praying for you all,Ivy
Alberta, Canada

Anonymous said...

I just heard about your dear Amy and just wanted to say I am greiving with you in your loss and celebrating with you as you rejoice that she is home with our Lord. I can't imagine being in your shoes and losign your best friend and being there for her last moment here. My sympathies, your sister in Christ. Elisha

Lauren said...

You guys are always in my prayers. I did not know Amy, but I found her blog through a friend a few weeks ago. She has touched my heart so much, and I have never met her. I am so sorry for you loss. You will continue to be in my prayers. Love you all.

Tammy Richardson, TEXAS said...

Amy was an inspiration to myself and many more, I imagine. Amy put her whole heart into trusting God, never doubting his promises and often reminded us of those very promises, even at times when her pain seemed overwhelming. At times, it seemed as though she were more focused on reminding us of Gods promises, rather than be consumed by her illness. I loved that about Amy. Even though I never had the privilage of meeting her in person, she has impressed me more than any other person I know. God be with you Brandon as you raise Gary to know how truly incredible his mother was and what an inspiration she was to so many. God speed.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Amy. I can't imagine your feelings. I'll continue to pray for you, your son and the rest of your family. Take peace in knowing that Amy glorified God through her journey. I'm a friend of Dave Hardy's through his church in O'Fallon, MO.

Stephanie Pangilinan

mabel said...

I am so sorry. Your family will be in my thoughts and my prayers.

Rachel said...

There are no words, but I am so sorry. Heaven has another beautiful angel now.

Amy has been such an inspiration to so many.

Praying for you all. God bless.

Diane said...

I'm at a loss for words as I sit here in tears. May God comfort your hearts in the days to come, and give you strength.

{Karla} said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss.

Praying for you all.

Blessings,
Karla

Baba/night owl said...

Brandon, Words can not express the loss of your "beloved'. May God bless you, your son and family. Baba

Anonymous said...

Oh Brandon,
So few words, so many tears. I am so sorry and yet so thankful to God for the mighty work He has done in your lives. A faithful and beautiful saint has gone home. May God hasten the day that we will go and join her in His presence! We are grieving with you and will miss your sweet Amy.

Much love,
The AZ Hansen Family

Anonymous said...

How very sorry I am for the loss of such a beautiful person. May memories provide strength to you and your family. How beautiful that you experienced marriage and parenthood alongside each other, however short it was. Our world is better for having Amy in it. Her faith walk has been such witness to so many. God Bless you all. Kate :)

Bryan and Sarah said...

I will praying for you and your family. May God bless you as only He can during this time. May He wrap His loving arms around and hold you tight.

Tammy said...

I am so heartbroken for you...and your family.

We may never understand everything here on earth.
Some things are just hard to find the answers to.
I do know life seems short for everyone of us, though, even if we live to be 100, in light of all eternity...and I'm so thankful Amy is now welcomed into it with the loving arms of Jesus.

But right now I can't even imagine the heartache your family is going through.
Your strength is amazing...

I will be praying for you all this week that He will give your incredible comfort during this time.

Jessica said...

I am heartbroken at this news! Amy and your family have been heavy on my heart since I heard her story. I am SOOOO very sorry to hear about your loss, but I am, as I am sure you are, comforted to know that she is pain-free and cancer-free and resting in the arms of our Savior! I hope you find comfort in knowing that God has used Amy's struggle to bring many closer to Himself and to encourage me to trust Him in EVERY situation.

I will continue to pray for your family and especially you and your little boy!

Deena said...

Amy's ultimate healing leaves you wounded...and I am so sorry. Father, wrap Your arms of love around this family, and let their memories be sweet and their love be strong. Provide, Dear God, whatever is needed at the perfect time. You have healed our precious sister...now we pray healing for her family. We don't understand, but we trust and we love You.
Amen.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to add my name to so many who were profoundly touched by your dear wife's willingness to share the faith she was given by our gracious God. I praise Him for ushering her into the victory Christ won for her! I will miss her encouraging words. I have felt the pain of loss recently and will listen and sing my favorite song for Amy also, knowing she's forever free of the bondage of sin. I know in spite of all you are comforted with you would give anything to have her back so I will also pray always for you, her family.

"I'm free, I'm free from the bondage of sin,
No longer a slave to the 'old man' within,
I am free, I'm free like a bird on the wing,
With a new song I'm now free to sing,
I'm Free!!!
And whosoever the Son has set free,
Is now and FOREVER free indeed!"

Anonymous said...

I have been following Amy's blog for almost a year now. My heart is so heavy with sadness for your family. I am praying that lives will be touch and hearts will be changed by Amy's testimony and that Our Heavenly Father will wrap you in his arms and comfort your family.
Love in Christ, Amanda Williams - St. Louis, MO

my4kids said...

So so sorry for your loss...

momrn2 said...

You and your family have come to mind so many times since reading and hearing the news yesterday. Words escape me. I am praying...

Anonymous said...

Though I don't know you, I'm extremely saddened by this news. I'm sorry for your loss and I pray that you find strength and comfort. Just remember that you will see Amy again, and that God will elevate her in the next life because of the patience with which she fought in this one. I can't imagine what you are feeling right now, but my heart is with you.

Jenny said...

Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family!!!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I will pray for you and your family and that God will continue to be glorified as you experience deep peace.

Anonymous said...

i am so very sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers with you at this sad time
katy

Katieskreations said...

I am so sorry to hear about this but at the same time I know she is in the loving arms of our Dear Precious Savior and in a much better place. But my heart goes out to you that were so close to this wonderful example of trusting in the Lord. I am so sorry for your loss but I also rejoice with you that she is in her Heavely Father's place of rest and no more cancer or suffering will be brought upon her body any more! I will indeed pray for you all and may the healing hand of the Good Shepherd be upon your broken hearts this day. I greive with you and rejoice with you also.
May God fill that void within you.
In His wonderful Grace,
Kate<><

KT said...

There are no words for your pain. My heart breaks for her young sweet family. Know she is healed in heaven and that my prayers are with you. I have read her blog from the beginning. HE bottles your every tear.

Katy

KT said...

There are no words for your pain. My heart breaks for her young sweet family. Know she is healed in heaven and that my prayers are with you. I have read her blog from the beginning. HE bottles your every tear.

Katy

Lisa M said...

I've been praying for Amy for so long. I'm so sorry that she has been taken away at such a young age. I'm sure heaven is blessed to have another angel. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

Brandon, Our hearts break for you, but we rejoice that Amy has entered her Rest and is free from pain and confusion. I'll be praying for the God of all comfort to surround you with His presence. (Popped over from Wendy's site at Showered with Grace.)

Anonymous said...

It was an honor to pray for Amy. I look forward to meeting her one day in Heaven.

Praying for you and your sweet little boy.

Amy

Rachel said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for all of you. praying for the peace that only God can give you during this time.

Jamie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Amy's testimony has helped me more than she will ever know.

MrsMama said...

Amy has brought glory to God by her words that she shared here and her faith, which was unwavering - even though the fire.

Thank you for sharing her journey with us; we are blessed because of it, because of her.

Praying for comfort and strength in the days to come.

Amanda said...

To Brandon, Gary, and the whole family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. What a precious wife, daughter, and mother to have had. May His peace and comfort shower down on all of you.

Kimmy said...

You don't know me, but I am very sorry about this. Be strong.

Kari Lynn said...

My heart aches for all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Maxine said...

Grieving with you in your loss; rejoicing that she is beholding the face of Jesus.

Tori :) said...

God bless you. You are in my prayers.

pipsylou said...

Well done, Amy. What a legacy you have left.

Anonymous said...

I heard about Amy through baby Livi's blog. So sorry! We're praying for you & your little guy!
Brandi(Lancaster, PA)

Devoted Heart said...

Thank you, Amy. To live is Christ, to die is gain.

laura said...

I've been praying for your family regularly for over a year now. I am so glad that Amy is no longer suffering, but my heart is breaking for you, Brandon, and little Gary. I will continue to pray for you, and for the rest of your loved ones as you continue on and care for Gary. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. You and Amy gave up part of your privacy and allowed hundreds of perfect strangers into your lives. Amy's faith has touched so many people! May our loving Father give you peace and comfort during this time.

angelbear7 said...

i am vvery sorry for your loss and i hope this will help you as much as it did me when i recieved it good luck and god be with you and your family's

When you're down to nothing, God is up to something."



She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: "How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him?"

The surgeon said, "I'm sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn't
make it."

Sally said, "Why do little children get cancer? Doesn't God care any
more? Where were you, God, when my son needed you?"

The surgeon asked, "Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he's transported to the university."

Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good bye to her son. She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair. "Would you like a lock of his hair?" the nurse asked.

Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy's hair, put it in a
plastic bag and handed it to Sally.

The mother said, "It was Jimmy's idea to donate his body to the
University for Study. He said it might help somebody else. "I said no at first, but Jimmy said, 'Mom, I won't be using it after I die. Maybe it
will help some other little boy spend one more day with his Mom." She went on, "My Jimmy had a heart of gold. Always thinking of someone else. Always wanting to help others if he could."

Sally walked out of Children's Mercy Hospital for the last time, after
spending most of the last six months there. She put the bag with Jimmy's belongings on the seat beside her in the car.

The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty
house. She carried Jimmy's belongings, and the plastic bag with the lock of his hair to her son's room.

She started placing the model cars and other personal things back in his room exactly where he had always kept them. She laid down across his bed and, hugging his pillow, cried herself to sleep.

It was around midnight when Sally awoke. Laying beside her on the bed was a folded letter. The letter said:

"Dear Mom,

I know you're going to miss me; but don't think that I will
ever forget you, or stop loving you, just 'cause I'm not around to say
"I Love You”. I will always love you, Mom, even more with each day.
Someday we will see each other again. Until then, if you want to adopt a little boy so you won't be so lonely, that's okay with me. He can have my room and old stuff to play with. But, if you decide to get a girl instead, she probably wouldn't like the same things us boys do. You'll have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like, you know.

Don't be sad thinking about me. This really is a neat place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see everything. The angels are so cool. I love to watch them fly. And, you know what? Jesus doesn't look like any of his pictures. Yet, when I saw Him, I knew it was Him. Jesus himself took me to see GOD! And guess what, Mom? I got to sit on God's knee and talk to Him, like I was somebody important. That's when I told Him that I wanted to write you a letter, to tell you good bye and everything. But I already knew that wasn't allowed. Well, you know what Mom? God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter. I think Gabriel is the name of the angel who is going to drop this letter off to you.

God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him 'Where was He when I needed him?' "God said He was in the same place with me, as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as He always is with all His children. Oh, by the way, Mom, no one else can see what I've written except you. To everyone else this is just a blank piece of paper. Isn't that cool? I have to give God His pen back now. He needs it to write some more names in the Book of Life. Tonight I get to sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I'm sure the food will be great.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. I don't hurt anymore. The cancer is all
gone. I'm glad because I couldn't stand that pain anymore and God
couldn't stand to see me hurt so much, either. That's when He sent The Angel of Mercy to come get me. The Angel said I was a Special Delivery! How about that?

Signed with Love from God, Jesus &Me.

Kalah Domer said...

I'm so thankfull that Amy is at peace. I just started to read her blog maybe a month ago and couldn't believe her faith through everything! I used to go to church with Amy, and although I hadn't talked to her in quite awhile, I know that she was an amazing person. She will be missed by many, and I pray for her entire family and any friends that are missing her, but I think that her beautiful life was a testament to so many people.

-Kalah

Lynn Domer said...

How gracious is our blessed Lord! I am so thankful that I knew Amy and know that her life and death have been a truly precious thing to see and share as a great testimony to the strength that out God is to His people! Praise the Lord!

Tamara said...

what a testimony you guys have been in this fight. I praise God for the light you've been in a dark world. My heart aches for your loss.

Anonymous said...

we have been praying for the whole time I think.. now each of us must pick up the baton Amy has handed back to us and run our race with the same endurance she did..Brandon and family, we continue to uphold you in prayer. God has a greater plan. His ways are always Goodness. Thanks for the opportunity to be drawn closer to Jesus by this time of walking with our dear sister and her family.

Jenny said...

:( Still praying...

Emma said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Amy has been in my prayers for a long time now, and she and your family remain in my thoughts now.

Emma in Australia

Amber said...

How sad for us, yet how wonderful for her to be with Jesus and free from suffering. She showed a grace and maturity few of us have. Prayers for your family.

Amber

Tendrils said...

I just lost a very special woman in my life to this dreadful disease.....my mother-in-law. My hubby and I also just celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary......and we too have a little guy. I am so sorry for you!!!!!!

This morning, a friend of mine sent me this poem to help me get through this difficult time.....May you find some comfort in it as well....and then be on the lookout for dragonflies!

God bless!


The Dragonfly

Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads,
there lived a little water beetle in a community of water
beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond
with few disturbances and interruptions.

Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of
their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and
would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their
friend was dead, gone forever.

Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge
to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would
not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what
he had found at the top.

When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the
surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so
warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body
changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful
blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body
designed for flying.

So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole
new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never
known existed.

Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking
by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and
explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been
before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.

But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could
not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he
understood that their time would come, when they, too, would
know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off
into his joyous new life!

~Author Unknown~

Robin said...

I am so sorry. Praying for you all

Happy House Quilts said...

I have never been to this blog before but on this day 6 years after September 11th...i remember the overwhelming horror of seeing so many moms and dads loose their lives. They are now with Amy and she is not alone...nor are we, to have such guardian angels in heaven. Blessings to you and your son!

MagistraCarminae said...

Lifting your family in prayer. May the Lord hold you in the coming months, and continue to supply you with that peace which passes our human understanding...

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you and your family during this time. We pray the Lord will give you strength and comfort that only He can give.


Love
Kent,Susan,Emily & Garrett

Tammy said...

We are praying for you and your family. May God Himself wrap His arms around you so tight that you feel the security and peace that only comes from His presence. May He overwhelm you with grace that is beyond our own understanding and enable you to continue to bring Him glory through deep loss. Thank you for sharing with those of us that will probably never even meet you on this side of eternity. We are forever grateful for the privilege to join you in prayer through your journey.

Anonymous said...

To be absent from the body is to be present with JESUS. Oh I'm so jealous yet I'm so sorry for your loss.

May God give you grace and peace on this journey.

Anonymous said...

I know you don't know me, but I am so sorry for your loss. I rejoice with you tho that she is in Heaven with our Dear Jesus praising Him and thanking Him. Please know that you and your family are in my thoghts and prayers
cameronjv

Michelle said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful wife. She fought so bravely through all of her trials and tribulations w/this terrible disease. Praise God for the faith you both have in knowing you'll see each other again some day. My prayers continue to be with your family as you go through this difficult time. May God lift you up and bring you peace.

Erna said...

My heart sank when I read this news and tears wet my eyes. I'm glad she's in the arms of the Lord but I know that doesn't relieve the heaviness of your heart at this time either. Peace and yet a broken heart . . . not easy at all. I will be praying for you and your family at this time. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Brandon, I prayed sleep would come easy for you last night... I will continue to pray for peace and comfort for you and beautiful Gary. My heart is full of hurt for you, such few words to say, so I will instead just pray.
with love and missing Amy,
April Martin

V. said...

Prayers from Canada...

V.

Anonymous said...

Dear Amy's family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I sure saw the beauty in Amy from her blogs, beauty inside and out. Her faith in God and her fight to stay here for her son, husband and family were so great. I hope you print out Amy's blog so someday Gary can read his Mommy's heart. You will all be in my prayers.

Cara said...

Please allow me to add to the chorus of how terribly sorry we are for your loss. I am so sorry.

Amy touched me - I found her story at a time when my faith was (and admittedly, still is) very new - and her strength and faith appear unrivaled. While I am glad that she is no longer in pain and has received the ultimate healing, my heart hurts for you and your family.

May the Lord be with you.

Jules said...

I am so very sorry to hear this heartbraking news. Amy was the most courageous and sweet warrior and her precious walk with Jesus is something so beautiful. My tears won't cease for a long time as I grew to pray daily for this girl and my three little ones did as well. We will continue to lift up your family in prayer as this loss is so difficult.
We love you Amy, and can't wait til heaven when you great us with a smile and a hug.

Anonymous said...

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

nora.lakehurst said...

May the Lord our maker be with you at this time. I feel a deep sympathy for you and your family. I pray that you can find a peace that you will never forget and the love of your wife and knowing that she is always there for you. I have never been to this site till just today and I feel a sorrow for you than I have ever felt for anyone before. "God be with you till you meet again"

Jo-Ann said...

I don't know you or your family personally but want you to know that I have gotten to know who you are through your blog and ask that you accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your beloved wife and mother. May you feel God's presence as you go through the upcoming days.

Karie said...

My heart is breaking for your precious family. What an awesome thought that Amy is resting comfortably in her Heavenly Father's arms. You are covered in prayer. May you feel God's peace that passes all understanding

Cathy said...

I have no other words except to say how sorry I am. Although I never knew your family personally I feel as though I have suffered the loss of a close friend. My prayers are offered up for your family.

robnt said...

We are so sorry to hear of Amy's homegoing...ultimate healing is so appropriate though, isn't it? May those thoughts and many more comfort you during this time of grief.

May the Lord wrap you in the comfort of His love and peace,

The Goulds

Barbie@ Mamaology said...

I am so very sorry for you! I will be praying for your entire family.

Amy was an amazing woman! With such faith and courage.

Nancy said...

mMy heart hurts for you & your little guy. I lost a sister-in-law to leukemia in 2004, leaving my brother with a 6 year old daughter, they have held tightly to each other & are doing well today. Please know you are lifted in prayer & the arms of our loving Savior will hold you through this trial.
Sure;y I am with you always. Matthew 28:20

Katie said...

I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Trish said...

I'm so sorry. Your family is in my prayers.

Randall said...

No words, just know that I am praying for your strength and peace.

jen said...

I am so sorry. May the love of the Father hold you together as you walk this road! It occurred to me that Amy is not "Living with Leukemia" any more, yet she is living!

Laura said...

May God hold you all tightly in His hand. Praying for you...

Amy said...

I have no words of healing for you. Your family is in my prayers. I know well the trials that AML can cause. My mother had this also. You are all in my prayers.

Sandy said...

My deepest sympathy is with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss - the angels are rejoicing in heaven and I hope you find comfort that Amy is completely healed now - no more pain and treatments... This is just a temporary separation - you will be together again!
With love and prayers,
Debbie

Regina Clare Jane said...

I didn't get a chance to respond to this till now but I wanted to send you and your family my most heartfelt comdolences and sympathy on the passing of Amy.
I felt the same way- relief and grief- when my dad passed last year.
I can't say it is any easier almost a year from that time now, but I feel God's presence in my life so much more deeply now- like He is holding me ever so close to Him during this very hard time. I know He is holding you as well...
God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Praying...

Alivia's Momma said...

Oh the aching.

It will be ages before you wade through all the comments people leave. I still haven't gone through all of the ones on Alivia's blog and it has been 2 months.

My words are insignificant and won't fix a thing. I know you will get tired of hearing how sorry everyone is. I know you will feel you are in a fog for a while. I know that you are assured that Amy is in Heaven and I know you aren't sad for her...your sad for you.

I will pray for you and hold you in my heart. I am weeping for your loss.
*Emily

Christopher M said...

Hi,

I am coming to you from another reader of mine that I read all the time, Lyn over at a AOL Journal,

And I was reading her, and she was talking about the death of Amy, and in the entry, I saw the link to this blog...

So, I just wanted to let you know I am sorry for your loss and May you know that shes not suffering anymore.

You have my Condolences :(

Christopher

http://journals.aol.com/cmarlow480/ChristophersJournal/

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss and so grateful for your peace. My deepest sympathies.

Anonymous said...

I am amazed by the number of comments on this site. You have to know that God was working through Amy to touch so many people. What a story she has told and what a story she will continue to tell in heaven. Thank you so much for your openness and honesty. May God comfort you on this side for your loss of an incredible woman. Praying for you.
Jaime in Georgia

Kathleen Marie said...

God Bless you and be with you during this difficult time. You are in my prayers.

Anne said...

Please hold and cuddle with your children for they are all that matters besides you, don't ever let them forget how hard mommy fought to stay with them.

Michael said...

I only found Amy's story tonight, and after a couple of hours of reading, I know that you are a blessed family. Not only the strength of faith that Amy showed, but also the faith that you, her family have. My tears pale next to yours, but I also know your joy also far exceeds mine for having known such a brave, warm woman, wife, daughter, mother.

Blessed be the name of the Lord. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.

Angela said...

The Lord is with you...I will pray for he REAL presence in your lives. Amy now sits at the feet of her loving Lord and Savior!!! She is whole and healthy and happy!

In Christ,

Angela

Anonymous said...

Brandon,

You have been strong as a husband and a father. You and Amy have both been an inspiration through the journal of your journey.

I will continue to lift you and Gary in prayer.

Camden

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry.

Donna Miller said...

Our family has been greatly blessed over the past 1 + years of hearing and reading about your sweet Amy. Thank you for sharing Amys, yours, your son and the familys journey. God was so glorified each step of the way. Amy will be one of my Christ like examples etched in my mind and heart.

Anita I sent a note to you last week via this but if you did not get it because I pushed the wrong button...my mother's heart goes out to you. We can take real comfort knowing she is in the arms of her loving Savior...yet I know for all of you it still really hurts!

Sending Christ love and hoping for a good measure of comfort to come to all of you,
Donna Miller (Balaea (Davis) Miller Mother-n-law)

Ryan S. said...

Praying for your family.

Jen said...

May the piece of God comfort you and your son now, and forever more...

Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

I have followed your journey over the last year and am sorry to come to it tonight and see this post--I am praying for you as you go through the next days.

Candy said...

I am so sorry for your loss and your son's loss. I just found your BLOG tonight and I have cried will reading all you past posts. Oh how my heart breaks for you and your precious son.

Anonymous said...

prayers and love are with youand your family! after reading several entries i am looking forward to meeting you and amy in heaven where we can all rejoice in HIS PRECIOUS LOVE.

Pia said...

i am lost for words. just said a prayer for you and your family. may God comfort you especially now. i'm really sorry for your loss. my heart aches for you.

Amanda said...

I didn't know her but it appears she touched the lives of many. I pray for peace for you and your family.

bobby grow said...

Brandon,

I am so sorry, and saddened by this. I'm so thankful we don't have to grieve like the world, but we still grieve, don't we? She indeed is in the presence of the Lord, restored to perfect health, and resting at His right hand where there are pleasures forevermore.

I am praying for you and your young family.

golfwidow said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

JMom said...

I have been following your story for several months. Prayers for your family. I rejoice that Amy is no longer suffering and pray God's incredible comfort for those who loved her.

Pajama Mommy Community said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Kimmie said...

May our God wrap you in his loving arms and bring you His comfort as you mourn the loss of your precious wife Amy. There are no words that can be said, but God has all the words and comfort that can bring you peace.

Praying that you feel the arms of God around you and that He fills your heart and home with his Love and encouragement as you go through the coming days.

my love and prayers
Kimmie
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Anonymous said...

Brandon and Martins,
I know at LEAST 358 people have already said that they are praying for you, and I am adding to that right now.
Amy was so amazingly strong, I wish I could have met her. I am so glad that she is in the pressence of God at this very moment I type! What an amazing thought.....

Mama Russell said...

What a time of hardship and peace. I know that Amy must be resting in her Savior's arms now. I am so sorry for you and your precious son. God's blessings.
Kelly

Anonymous said...

Someone in my office was complaining about something petty. I pointed to a photo of Gary and told his story. They decided that what they were complaining about was not really so important. Gary helped to show them God's perspective on life. I am praying for God's peace in your life.

Linda Gifford

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to Amy's family. I didn't know her, but I can tell that she was a beautiful, faithful, godly woman. I know she will be greatly missed. :( Praying for your family...

ECC

Heather said...

I like so many have been following for about a year now. There are no words...I am praying for you all. I am just weeping with you.

Janelle said...

My heart hurts for your family, but rejoices for Amy. The whole family will be in my prayers.

Jennifer said...

Although I never met her, Amy touched my life in such a positive way. I will be praying for you.

Thank you for allowing us the wonderful opportunity to know such an amazing lady.

Page said...

You all are in my prayers.

Amy Lu said...

(gasp!)






(tears)




“This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:4b

(((((hugs))))))

Anonymous said...

Although Amy's time here on earth was way too short, she achieved all she ever wanted, the man she loved in Brandon, her pride and joy in Gary, and sharing her faith in her Lord with thousands around the world.

Brandon, Gary, and the Martin's, while I cannot imagine the pain you all are suffering right now, I know there is comfort in knowing that Amy is with her Lord.

Steve and Anita, I can only pray that I raise my daughter to be the type of woman you raised Amy to be. Amy was one of a kind, something I'm sure does not have to be said to you.

Brandon, although there was no way near enough anniversary's to celebrate, never forget the ones that you did, and know that you were the world to Amy.

Little Gary, your mommy lived to be just that, your mommy. There was nothing more that Amy wanted than to be a mother. Know that throughout your years your mother will always be there with you, smiling down on you with the pride and love that only a mother has.

My deepest condolences to all of you throughout this difficult time. While we on Earth lost an Angel, it is comforting to know that Heaven gained an amazing one.

Anna Beckett

Len Rosol (biglenr at wis) said...

Hey -
Your friends at whatifsports heard the terrible news today.

Can't explain how crushed we all are to hear this.

We're praying for strength for you and your son. Be strong. He needs you.

Nothing I can say will help you feel better, but know that we're all praying for her soul, and your strength.

Good luck, and keep in touch when you have time.

DutchBitch said...

Here thru NYCWD

Condolences on the passing of Amy. I didn't know her nor did I read her blog, but I read some of the older posts and she seems like a wonderful person.

I wish you and your family strength!

Jenni said...

Having lost two relatives to cancer this spring, and having another "living with Leuk", my heart deeply goes out to you, and I am saying a prayer for comfort and strength to you and your beautiful child.

Jenni P (thru abbas_princess, a.k.a. Jenny)

pam said...

I have checked daily on your family for months now and I am so sorry for the loss of a beautiful person - a wife, mother, sister, daughter - she meant so much to so many. I read of her passing Monday evening but didn't know what to write, except that I admire her courage and her will to stay with her family. I know she has found peace and her love for you will always be with you. I will not forget her!
Love to you all, Pam

Katie said...

Brandon,
We are so sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking. Please know that you are in our prayers.

-Katie and Matt

Christina. B said...

So sorry for your loss, although i am glad her suffering has come to an end.

Last night was when i first read this post and i cried myself to sleep.I have never known anyone who has passed away, and although Amy was not known to my flesh she was a sister in Christ as you are a brother in Christ. It cut deeper than I thought it would but it was later shown to me what a GLORY her testimony is. Her persona throughout this just glorifies Our Lord

Through her story many (myself included) grew stronger in their faith.

Blessings to you both.

My prayers are with you all.

The Lord used Your Blessed Wife to touch many souls.

Anonymous said...

May her spirit live through you and your child.

Stay strong

anne said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. I've followed Amy's journey faithfully for over a year now. I'll be saying prayers tonight for you all.

Anne

Indiana Amy said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Angel said...

I'm so sorry to learn of your loss. I'll keep your family in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss, you are all in my thoughts and prayers, what an inspiration your family has been to all.

Brett & Debbie Myers said...

My sincere sympathies to you and your family. I met you and Amy at my Dad's church in AZ a few years back. What a sweet couple you were... just engaged I believe! A friend of mine found your blog and shared it with me a while back. What a powerful testimony! I e-mailed Amy a few times and have been praying for you all. I'd shared with her about losing my Mother to ovarian cancer late last year, but not about my Father-in-law who also passed away from Leukemia a year ago. It's a tough road to travel, but God is faithful, has taught us many things... and has carried us through the grieving process. I pray He will comfort you and your family now and forever until you see Amy again in Heaven one day.

Anonymous said...

Dearest sympathies from 6900
Many of us took care of Amy some more than others, however Amy's life touched us all on this floor. To the Wilhoite Family our prayers are with you.

UMKC Bookstore said...

Brandon,

we just got word about your wife. At this time. The staff here at UMKC are thinking about you and wishing you peace as you move on.

Eric M Schumacher said...

Amy's faith was an inspiration.
We're praying for you.

The Laughing Gulls said...

I have never been to this blog before, but found out about Amy's passing through Emily Haughery's blog. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Neysa Thomas

Mel's Mom said...

While I prayed for His ultimate healing, I also prayed for comfort for your dear Amy...

JEN said...

I don't know what to say honestly. I work in BMT and followed her blog and her very brave fight. In heaven there is no pain or sickness or suffering. That is my consolation.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Shalee said...

What sorrow this is... Tears of sadness are streaming over your loss. I'm praying for you and your sweet boy right now. Although she may not have been healed on this side of the cross, you can rest assured that she has been healed on the other side.

Mrs. "M" said...

I am so sorry. I will pray for your family.

Jodi said...

Brandon, Gary, and family,

I found your blog a couple weeks ago and have had the priveledge of praying for Amy over the last two weeks. I am so sorry for your loss.

The hymn "This is My Father's World" comes to mind and that last line: "This is my Father's world, The battle is not done; Jesus who died will be satisfied, And heaven and earth be one." I am looking forward with you to the day when heaven and earth will be one.

Continuing to pray,
Jodi

Anonymous said...

May the Lord's peace be with you.

Julie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Everytime I came to read your blog I was always relieved to see that Amy kept up her fight, tonight my heart aches for you as I have come to your blog and she has lost her fight, but gained peace in the Lord.

Matthew Beaty said...

I'm so sorry,
We've been praying for all of you,
I don't think I've ever met you Brandon, but I did meet Amy and her family some eight or nine years ago. It's so hard to accept it when God calls a loved one home, I pray that God will give all of you strength.

God Bless,
Matthew Beaty

Here's a poem I really like-

I Had a Dream

One night I had a dream
I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets
of footprints in the sand,
one belonging to me
and the other to my Lord.
When the last scene of my life shot before me
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
There was only on set of footprints.
I realized that this was at the lowest
and saddest times in my life.
This always bothered me
and I questioned the Lord
about my dilemma.
"Lord, you told me when I decided to follow You,
You would walk and talk with me all the way.
But I'm aware that during the most troublesome
times of my life there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You most,
you leave me."
He whispered, "My precious, precious child,
I love you and will never leave you
never, ever during your times of trial and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints
It was then that I carried you."

Anonymous said...

Amy was a blessing to so many through this blog. My heart goes out to you. You're in my prayers. -JD

Anonymous said...

I'm so very sorry to hear this news. I never met Amy but read her blog and prayed after a friend linked to it. I was really challenged by her faithfulness to God and her courage. I will keep praying for Amy's family.

Kate

gold said...

I am so sorry.I am praying for you and your family.

gold said...

I am so sorry.I will be praying for you and your family.

Christine said...

We are praying for you; she was quite an example to us.May God be with you.

Queen to my 3 Boys said...

I am sorry.

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