Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sweet Baby James

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Thank you all so much for the outpouring of love, prayers, and sympathies in regards to sweet baby James. I knew I had great readers, but you all have just outdone yourselves in kindness. The amount of traffic on James' blog exploded on the day I posted his tribute, and the many comments you all left there have been a great source of comfort to his parents John and Abby and the rest of their family.

James' funeral was this afternoon (the video will be posted on his blog soon), and during the service his dad not only read one of the comments one of you posted, but also mentioned Cake Wrecks readers in general - that's how much of an impact you've had on this family. So, on behalf of them and myself, thank you.
Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] said...

I'm sad I didn't know about James and his family before this week. I live in Orlando, and maybe I could have met him or the family.

My condolences.

HeatherPride said...

Sweet baby James, indeed. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet such an amazing little soul.

Sleepwalker said...

How could anyone not be moved? Cake Wrecks was created to spread laughter, but it was there as an ideal tool to get the word out about James' family and spread the empathy as well.

faithstwin said...

I was in tears after reading the comments left here and it got worse after I went to Baby James website. His parents and family are amazing and he is now an angel watching over us all.

Anonymous said...

Good post man . Just keep and maintain the blog at regular interval. You have given fine post

Take care

Concrete Mama said...

we've been praying for James' family and friends. thank you for sharing his story.

MaryO said...

Lots of love and prayers to Sweet Baby James and his family. A terrible loss. luv.m.

Leslie said...

I check your blog daily (some times more than once!) and when you posted about Baby James, I watched the video of his first year, even though I knew I shouldn't (I have three children, 6, 3 and 18 months and almost anything involving children brings to me tears). Baby James was such a sweet baby, his beauty came shining through on the video. And the love he recieved in his short life is more than many people ever get.

I apologize if I am not making much sense. Just writing this is causing the tears to well.

Thank you for sharing his life with us, your many anonymous readers. My heart is with you and his family.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about James. My heart goes out to all of you.

Janet R said...

My name is Janet and I live in Orlando too. God gave me a child like your Sweet Baby James, and she went to be with the Lord two years ago (she was 6). I was so touched by seeing the photos, and would you mind if I share this poem with you? Many blessings, Janet

I wanted you to be born healthy and strong, but you showed me God’s strength was perfected in your weakness.

I wanted to teach you to eat and drink, but you showed me my need to feast on God’s word.

I wanted you to see my face and respond, but you taught me to seek Jesus’ face and trust.

I wanted to teach you to hold things in your hand, but you taught me to loosen my grip on the things of this world.

I wanted you to learn how to speak, but you showed me how to pray.

I wanted to teach you to stand, but you taught me to walk with God.

I wanted you to sing in the children’s choir, but you taught me to praise God in times of despair.

I wanted you to learn to be quiet in public places, but you taught me humility instead.

I wanted you to learn about this world, but I learned this world couldn’t even recognize your worth.

How can a student be so hard to teach?

How can one be so slow to understand?

God made you the teacher, didn’t He?

Yes, you were the teacher, not I.

Anonymous said...

Like many others, I check your blog daily. Thank you for the fun but thank you also for sharing about Sweet Baby James. He had a special purpose to bring joy and love, and show us a little glimpse of God's face. I, too have a special child. He is now 46 years old. Like James' parents, my husband and I share a blessing of knowing beyond a doubt that our children mirror God's spirit. We have had a rare privilege of seeing the face of Jesus in the kindess of a friend, the laugh of a child who wasn't suppose to be capable of showing emotion, the gentle touch of caring doctor or nurse, the tear of a stranger touched by our son. God's spirit is here on earth. We've seen it.

Along our journey, a friend gave me a book, called "The Power of the Powerless" written by Christopher de Vinck. Mr. de Vinck tells the story of his brother who was profoundly handicapped and the lessons of love, perseverence and courage that were taught because of him. Perhaps the book would be helpful to others, too. Thank you again. Ann J

Timeless Memories - My Bygone ! said...

With lot of prayers for James' family and friends. Thank you for sharing his story.Thank you for sharing his life with us. My heart is with you and his family.

Meichelle said...

Thank you for posting. I cannot even start to tell you how this has changed my life. I am hugging my little one even more than normal because of this. I haven't stopped crying and praying for this family. Please tell them that we love them. I am so grateful for allowing me to catch a glipse into their lives.

stashmuffin said...

Jen?! Like, THE Jen??? jen, I saw your cakewrecks through craftlit podcast shownotes. Chris and I looked it over and laughed and laughed a few days ago.
thanks for being there for Abby. I was soooo upset when I heard about James. How are they doing?
I am grieving,
Laura Ricketts

LiLi said...

My heart goes out for the family, two great losses in one summer. I cannot fathom, but I know the Lord embraces them and is seeing them through. Praise God there is hope, when it feels as though all hope is gone. James and Dora are united together in the arms of Jesus, and if that is the only blessing in all of this, then what a wonderful blessing it is.