April 30th

Here I sit on the floor of Elijah’s nursery writing this email with a heavy heart. Today April 30 Elijah Thomas passed away while we held our son in our arms.The song “Son of God” played in the back ground over and over again.(If you are not familiar with this song you can go to Rivchurch.com and look under the music link and there you can hear Dan Price singing with Kristen Cambern singing out to God from one of our services) The Lyrics speak for themselves I would love if you please listen, writing these lyrics right now may be to hard for me to do. This song just played over and over while our son took his final breath from his exhausted little body and went to his heavenly father for comfort and love that we could not provide him. I felt a calm rush over me as Ron sits holding the head of our son and he looks into our eyes one last time.We are alone with our boy as he passes no more nurses , or doctors, or machines just Elijah’s three parents Ron, myself and God. After a few minutes Dr Jason Christensen  steps in and unwraps the blanket he listens no more broken little heart beating. I hold him, I can’t let go, I sit rocking my baby boy.

After a while Jen our amazing nurse steps in and asks if she can finish unhooking Elijah from the machines that had been sustaining Eli’s life. I hand her our baby and go to the grieving room where our parents, Chris and Wendy sit listening to Dan Price a Pastor from our church read bible verses to them.

To take a step back. Before Eli is taken off his ECMO support everyone got to see Elijah unhooked form his ventilator and see his beautiful face while Dan prayed over us and read scripture as well. The song “Let Go” by Matt Hammitt plays over and over.We ask our family to leave so we can share our final moments, with Eli. We again tell him our love, of how proud we are of what he has accomplished on his 12 days on earth, how strong he was, and how it is ok to go be with God.  We pass our son from one parent to another into Gods hands.

We then go to  sit with a room full of my loved ones, I tell them how E passed on to God and Dan reads more scripture, I am thankful for this.  I tell everyone about what Elijah was brought to earth to do because I want no one to forget what an amazing job he did at this. He brought people together in love, and prayer. He has more than 20,000 followers of his blog, these people read and post, people from all over the world 20 different countries follow this little baby boy on his journey to go live with our Heavenly father. We have posts from every nomination church praying for Eli at service, or in life groups, prayer chains, etc. He was amazing even through death he is our miracle, people were brought together with love and compassion. Lets never forget this so Elijah will live on.

We talk about Funeral arrangements and what has to be done and I am at a loss of words or thought. Jen steps in and tells us Elijah’s body is ready to be held. Grandparents hold the body of Elijah but his spirit is living in our hearts. Everyone cries, I have changed the music in the room to “Little Light” by Matt Hammitt. Everyone is done holding him. I get Elijah back in my arms and hold him swaying to the music “Beloved” by Kari Jobe. I hold him, and hold him, I can’t let go. Jenn steps in and I am sobbing over her taking our baby from me. She gives me more time. It’s just Ron and I, I sway, I rock, I kiss my boy all over his body, I can’t hand him over. Ron talks to me, he finally says I will take Elijah and hand him to Jen. I sob, I can’t breath, Ron takes him and kisses him and hands Eli’s body to Jen. He is wrapped in his blanket, I run I kiss his little head and we leave.

I can no longer write for today I will fill everyone in on Elijah’s funeral and other thoughts later.

I leave you all with Thanks.

A post to the music link.

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  1. Sarah

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Tera. Elijah was a very strong, brave, little boy. He was such a fighter. God has special plans for Elijah and he will take good care of him. Sending lots of hugs and love to your family!

  2. I sit at my desk in tears. You do not know me, but I went to high school with Rebecca S and have been following & praying ever since she posted about Elijah. I am so very sorry. My heart breaks for you. I lost a baby in February at 20 weeks pregnant and also held my little boy after he was born without a breath. I know the pain and I am so sorry. But you are right. Their life goes on and their energy goes on. I posted recently on FB that other children will leave and live their own lives, but my Gabriel is with me always. I feel him in the air and I see him in the trees. May God comfort you in this time. I send you hugs and prayers. Rebecca A.

  3. Dan Price

    Tera, you and Ron are amazing examples of strength and faith. So sad for you guys right now, but glad for Elijah and his glory. It was good to meet your family, although I wish it had been under better circumstances. Let me know what I can do.
    Dan
    Btw, that song that was playing was me and Kristen Cambern singing.

  4. Sheila Johnson

    I am so sorry. I wish there were something I could do or say to take this pain from you. Love you and know I’m here for you.

    Sheila

  5. Alisha

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve been following little Eli through Holly Corr’s updates…be strong and trust in the Lord. You will see Eli again one day ❤

  6. Victoria

    I know there are no words in any language to relieve your pain Tera and family. My heart is aching for you. You will be a constant in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace sweet angel Elijah.

  7. Jeri Kay

    No words will ever be able to help ease the pain your family is feeling at this time. Just know that there are many many people praying for your comfort and peace. Go fly with the Angels Elijah – you are free from pain now – God Bless your family

  8. Lu McCall

    Tera,
    God’s grace will continue to carry you, give you strength and get you thru this difficult time with your loving friends and family. I have hung on every word that you have written and you are an inspiration to everyone with whom you shared E’s story.
    Love, prayers and hugs-
    Lu

  9. Debbie Owen

    Elijah’s family…Tears are running down my face like I was right there with you. I know I will never know your grief and the great lose you have to endure, but, my heart goes out to you and your family. Knowing that he is with the Lord gives me comfort, for he was a fighter and he fought the fight well, letting you know he loved you with all that he was. Rest in peace little fighter, little angel of theirs. God speed to all of you!

  10. Shannon Vlasic

    Tera, I already wrote you on Facebook… But from one mommy to another, my heart truly aches for you. You are amazing, and Eli was so lucky to have you in his short life. You’ve always been a strong girl, since I have known you. I can’t imagine how weak you felt today. May God hold you in his arms, burly. Thinking of you and Ron today, and praying for peace for you. Elijah is home…

  11. Bethany Krueger

    My heart breaks for you. Your beautiful son did indeed bring people together in prayer!

  12. Jennifer Graber

    We lost our baby girl this past October before she took a breath. My heart reaches out to you in your grief. I am so sorry that this is your journey, but this mama knows the love you have for your sweet son. In my experience, I wouldn’t trade one single second that I spent with my Josephine Faith, not one. You don’t know me, but I’m here and know and I am praying for you.

  13. stacy king estes

    I’m so sorry Ron and Tera! You are in my prayers. I totally understand what you are going through. I lost my so as well in 2008. He had hydrops. I’m here if you need to talk.

  14. Amanda

    I cannot even begin to imagine how hard this is. My heart is broken for your family & I hope you find peace. You all have been in my thoughts through this difficult time & I send all of my love. Rest peacefully Baby Elijah.

  15. Sherrie Nunheimer

    Tera & Ron, I am sitting here in tears as I read this. I am so sorry this happened and yet know God will (has) used your little miracle boy to make great things happen. He is with God now, no machines, meds or doctors. We will continue to pray for you all. There is no doubt that Eli knew how much you guys loved him. Please hug your family and friends and let them hug you back. We love you and grieve with you.
    Sherrie & Dale

  16. Cheryl Calimazzo

    You all have been and will continue to be in my prayers. Our Lord as received a special Angel today. I m so sorry.

  17. Vicki Schroeder

    What an amazing little man. Tears are running down my face you and Ron are an inspiration. God has a plan. Rest in peace Elijah you beautiful beautiful little boy.

  18. Bev and Keith Schroeder

    Tera and Ron we are devastated. We cannot think of any words that express how terribly sorry we are. We pray that your strength and love will continue to get you through these times. Our love to your children and parents.

  19. Currie Alexander

    My heart and prays go out to you.

  20. stephanie russ

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love to all. Stephanie

  21. Ginger Every

    I too sit at my desk crying. Tera I am so sorry. As you know, “Son of God” is one of my favorite songs at Riverview. The part that you wrote “Elijah’s three parents Ron, myself and God,” is absolutely beautiful, and I will think of Elijah, You, and Your family now when I listen to it on my playlist. I pray for you and will ask others too as well in this time of sorrow. Elijah is a son of God, and his soul is at peace.

  22. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Elijah put up a great fight. God will take care of him until some day you will see him again, happy and healthy in heaven. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  23. Tera I heard about little Elijah from Lesa Cruz, and was so taken with him when I saw his picture. I know You must be so lost but know we all are praying for yo
    u ,Ron and your families. God Bless you, your little angel is watching over you!!.

  24. Kelley Bacheldor

    Tera, Ron & family, my heart is breaking for you at this time. I’m Ms. Kelley from Oakland I work there at lunch. I have been following Eli’s amazing story, he’s was truly a stronge little man, and he put up a good fight. I really don’t know what I can say right now, except that your family will always be in my prayers, the Lord Jesus Christ is with you always and forever, all things are possible through him. Always rely on God and he will bring you through this. I don’t know Paige or Ryan real well, but I do know Carter, but if there is anything I can do for you or any of your children please let me know. This is a tough time, but know you all are loved and are being prayed for.

  25. Laura Imlach

    You don’t know me…I’ve been praying for Elijah through Holly Corr’s updates, and reading today’s post brought sobs. Your pain is very close to my heart, and I grieve with you. I also rejoice with you that Elijah is whole, pain-free, and safe with Jesus. Laura Story’s song “Blessings” keeps running through my heart…seeing how God uses music to speak to and comfort you, I pray the words of that song minister to your aching heart. Sending you prayers and love

  26. Krista

    With a heavy heart I lift you up in prayer. Praise God for His Fatherly care, grace, and love, during tough times like these. Thank you for sharing your journey, what a beautiful testimony amidst such a dark time. Thankful to be a part of your Riverview family. ~Krista

  27. Mary Haley

    Sorry for your loss. I know you don’t know me but I saw your blog on facebook through Melissa Winkel. Please know that Elijah put up a fight for you and his family, and is in my thoughts and prayers. He is now in a better place and won’t have to suffer anymore.

  28. Pamela

    Tera and Ron, am sorry for your loss here on earth, but so glad Elijah is with his heavenly Father. Heaven is a brighter place now. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Pam Green

  29. marilyn ervin

    I am so sorry for your loss of Elijah. May God wrap his arms around you at this time of sorrow and give you peace!

  30. J T Branneman

    So sorry for your loss I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. God is with you always!

  31. Baby Elijah’s brief appearance on earth was truly a miracle that will be felt for eternity. He was the flutter of a butterfly’s wings effecting the world. His monumental ability to have people from around the world who had not had the privilege of being in his presence forget all of their own needs and problems and pray for him is truly a special gift that he gave to the world. I know that I will always remember how reading about his tenacious will to hang on long enough for so many people to be taught the lesson that we are all in this together.

    Your and Ron’s dedication to and support of Elijah’s will is truly inspiring. Your honesty with Elijah and God and your trust and support of allowing them to determine Elijah’s path was selfless and beautiful. I will tell the story of Elijah for many years to come. This is not a sad story. This is a love story that will be one of the most inspiring and touching stories I will ever know.

    My wishes to the family that they will find peace soon. Elijah is at peace already. He is in a beautiful place. He is free from struggle and is now able to watch over all of you and help you navigate your paths, just like you all helped him navigate his.

    • Wow this is the message we hope everyone was taught from Elijah and to know that even 1 person understands makes his time here worth while.
      Thank You Tera, Ron and Family

    • Beautifully said…your little gift from God was only here for a short time but has touched many hearts. Your faith and strength have been an inspiration to all that have followed your story.

  32. Lisa

    I’ve been reading your blog through a mutual friend. My daughter Abby is in your oldest son’s class. Please please let me know if there is something we can do for your family. And tell Carter, Abby will be thinking of him and she is there if he needs someone to talk to. She is a very sensitive girl and would be happy to be a shoulder for him.

  33. One Of God's Chosen

    I have been in your shoes with the loss of my baby brother – continue to look unto the hills from whenst cometh your help – he will never leave you or forsake you – peace and blessings to you and your family during this time of bereavement.

  34. Susie Danziger

    I don’t know your family, we also go to Riverview. I have been praying for your son, Eli. I’m so sorry for your pain and your loss. I will continue to pray. Psalm 63:8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

  35. Jackie

    I am very sorry about your son’s passing. My heart is heavy and my eyes are wet with tears. I, too, have been a prayer warrior via Holly Corr’s FB posts. Peace be with you and your family~

  36. Kate

    My heart breaks for your family…I will light a little candle in my window for your sweet boy.

  37. Stephanie Joseph

    I am heartbroken for all of you…although I don’t know you, I have been following your journey through Jeff’s updates. Elijah was such a tough little guy, I prayed for him constantly. I can only hope that you find peace knowing God is holding your beautiful baby in his arms & he is no longer in pain. My heart is with you all in this time.

  38. Holly Corr

    Born with a broken heart…yet full…and now healed. Thank you, Tera and Ron, for bringing Elijah into this world and thank you, Jesus for passing his spirit around the earth. Though we hurt and ache, Eli is now whole.

  39. Katie

    I know that words cannot even begin to express my sympathy for you. As I sit here reading the last few weeks (I saw this on fb), I am uncontrollably sobbing. I hold my little girl a little tighter after hearing your story. My daughter has had 2 open heart surgeries (we learned about her heart condition after she was born) at U of M. Dr. Crowley and all of the staff are amazing. I can remember feeling very similar to you in your previous posts. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Elijah was such a strong fighter and will continue to watch over all of you as he is looking down on you all. God bless your family!

  40. Allison Elliott

    Tera and Family,

    My heart breaks for your family today. It is times like these I turn to my faith and know that it is God’s plan and not ours and even though we do not understand it always we simply must have faith. I thank you and your family for sharing Elijah’s story with so many. He is a true example of a warrior sent here by God to touch the lives of many. We will continue to pray for your family and hope that you will find a calm in knowing that your little angel is at peace and that you will always have a true angel looking over you.

  41. Shanna Austin

    My hope is that through your pain and loss, someone reading these posts has come to love our savior Jesus Christ! May He provide the peace and strength to get you through each day.

  42. Mary Jo Lott

    My heart grieves for your loss, but rejoices with you that Eli is in God’s arms tonight, held and comforted beyond our human comprehension. In Christ’s love, Mary Jo Lott (a friend of Cecilia Stajos)

  43. Melissa Thill

    So, so sorry to hear of your loss. I have been praying for you and your family even tho we don’t know each other. I have been sharing your story with my 5 year old son. When I told him this news today he said “I’m sorry about your baby going up to heaven. He is an angel now. I can’t wait to meet him there”.

  44. Renee & Eddie Cloutier

    We’re so sorry you had to say goodbye to Elijah. We also go to Riverview and I know you have many friends to love you through this, but we’re here for you if you ever need someone who’s been through this.

  45. Gina Bremer

    The Brave Little Soul
    By: John Alessi

    Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, “Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?” God paused for a moment and replied, “Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people’s hearts.” The little soul was confused. “What do you mean,” he asked. God replied, “Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.” The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, “The suffering soul unlocks the love in people’s hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this – it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer – to unlock this love – to create this miracle for the good of all humanity.”

    Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied. “I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people’s hearts! I want to create that miracle!” God smiled and said, “You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you”. God and the brave soul shared a smile, and then embraced.

    In parting, God said, “Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed.” Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God’s strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people’s hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys, some regained lost faith – many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased.

  46. Summer

    I am so sorry for your loss and heavens gain today! You don’t know me but I have been praying for your son and you! I would like to send you a gift! My mom makes beautiful personalized hand stamped jewelry and I want to order you a necklace so you can wear his name by your heart always! If you are willing please send me your info so I can mail it to you! Also the full spelling of your sweet babies name and birthdate! I know it’s not much but I feel like it will make you smile! You ate in my prayers!!!! -Summer Frediani

  47. Elaine/Dic Putnam

    Our hearts go out to you! It is with a heavy heart that we send our thoughts and prayers you and your family. His short journey through this world, I am sure, brought many closer to God. An amazing apostle
    – Blessings
    Elaine/Dic Putnam

  48. Tera, Ron, and Family –
    I am so sorry for the loss of your little fighter. I know that nothing anyone can say is going to make this any better. When my brother passed away last year two quotes were shared with us that were so beautiful I thought I would share them with you.

    “God saw you getting tired, a cure not meant to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come with me.” With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you fade away, although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, your tender hands at rest. God took you home to prove to us he only takes the best.”

    and

    “Cuddled in Heaven”
    We had so little time to share, Too soon, I had to leave. I know how much you love me. I know how much you grieve. I know how sharp your pain is, I feel the aching in your hearts. My life so quickly ended before it barely had a start. I remember how you held me, and kissed my face and hands. You cuddled me so gently, but God had other plans. I was your perfect angel from God you knew I came. Suddenly he called me home again, and now God holds my hand. I know you’ll always miss me, I understand your pain is hard to bear. Just remember that I’m in heaven and we’ll see each other there. So smile when you think of me and wipe away all your tears. I’m cuddled now in heaven by our family members here. I’m waiting here in heaven, and on the day we meet again, I’ll be the first to smile and greet you, when God calls you home to him.

    I hope you find peace and strength in your faith and love for God. He will be there for you during your time of need.

  49. rahrah2424@gmail.com

    I can’t even imagine your sadness right now, but am in awe of your strength. You now have your very own angel who smiles down upon you in God’s loving arms. My prayers are with you and your loved ones. God bless you!

  50. Deb Freeman

    Praying for all of you and thankful for your testimony and sharing your faith with all of us. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling but reading your words and listening to the song you attached I know you will make it.

  51. heather

    So sorry for your loss. Your son is in Heaven with our little girl. I feel your pain and my heart aches for you.

  52. Kim

    My heart aches for you. I was sobbing as I read your post. I’ve been worried all day. I’ve been following your blog and praying for you for nearly 2 weeks now, though I’ve never posted a comment. I want you to know that I’ve lost two daughters. They never took breath outside of the womb, but I delivered them and held them and had to release them to the nurses as well. I know that pain. I also attend Riv. If you ever want someone to talk to, about anything, please feel free to contact me. I have a loss site too at http://astillheart.com/

    Again, my heart breaks for you. You guys are so strong. Thank you for sharing Eli with us. He seemed like one cool dude and he will be missed. You are in my prayers and my constant thoughts.

  53. Sandee Kingsley

    I am so sorry to hear of Elijah’s passing. Words can not express my sadness. I will miss reading Elijahs’s courageous journey. For a brave little boy we never had the chance to meet, he will be dearly missed.

    • Sandee I will still write of his courageous story. Please stay tuned. I love you and your support of the past few weeks and even during my pregnancy journey with Elijah.
      Tera

  54. ebethannsmith

    So many hugs. My heart aches for you and your family. We lost our heart baby when he was 4 days old. Reading your story and seeing the photos brings back many memories of when our son was here. Sending you prayers as you navigate this road.

  55. Mandy D

    Add me to the list of people who don’t know you but still have tears streaming down my face.Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. You are truly an inspiring mother. I hugged my baby a little tighter and a little longer tonight and thought to myself “This hug is for baby Eli. And this one is for his mother.” His little life had a big impact!

  56. Jill Vandlen

    May God wrap His loving arms around you and your family. Thank you for sharing Elijah’s story with all of us. By sharing E’s story you also shared Jesus and His love.

  57. sarah schaefer

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. You have been an inspiration to me with your strength through all of this.

  58. Thank You Lord for this time with Your precious son Elijah. He is in Your arms. Let Your perfect peace flow to his family today and the days to come.

    • Nancy Hentsch-Jacobson

      My heart too is broken I had hoped God’s plan was to allow his struggle to have a good ending. He was such a brave little boy. As you and Ron gave us such an outstanding example of your faith. He has gone to be with his heavenly father. Thank you for sharing his life with us. Elijah will always be in my thoughts as I remember to be thankful for my life, my family, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. May your sorry be less each day and the glory of the Lord fill your hearts.

  59. Penny Adams

    I was warned not to read your blog today if I didn’t want to be sad and shed tears, well I knew I would do both of those things. Having a granddaughter with the same heart condition, we have been lucky. She is now 5 yrs old. I also lost a daughter in 1985, not a day goes by I don’t think of her and talk to her often. Take comfort that God will hold you in his arms as well as Elijah. I’m sure God has a very special place for him in Heaven. God needs little children also, even though we may not alway understand. My Love and Prayers will be with you through the difficult days ahead of you.

    • Barb Currado

      I will never forget the incredible strength and love it took to not only be there every moment for your heavenly angel Elijah, but also to share this journey with all those of us who visited your blog daily, praying with you and hoping for the best. My heart grieves for you all, but Elijah is now at rest and you can know that you all did your very best while he was with you. He lives in heaven now with a healed heart filled with the all amazing, selfless love you showed him here on earth.

  60. Lindsay Fast

    I am so sorry for your loss! Unfortunately I can relate. Nothing will ever make you forget but the pain will subside somewhat. My sister bought me a necklace that I wear almost everyday that says “I hold you in my heart” and on the other side it says “Until I can hold you in heaven” and it has his name. It’s the small things that help you hold on, I hope you are able to find your special something. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!

  61. Steven Marvin

    Tara and Ron as I am sitting here reading the mourner’s kaddish I cannot express how sorry I am for your loss, I know Elijah is with G-d now, our prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family.

  62. Karlene

    I am so sorry for your Loss, I am sending Prayers and Hugs from Blue Ridge Mtns in Ga.

  63. Tamara Bashore-Berg

    I am so deeply sorry, Tera. Keeping you all close in heart & prayer; I feel like I love Elijah through you and your words, and his brief life was truly miraculous. With love and deepest sympathy,
    Tam

  64. Marcie

    My family has been praying for Elijah and your family. Matthew, in particular, has been asking for daily updates, and he told me yesterday that his whole 6th grade class at St. Gerard has been praying. He was very sad last night when I shared the news. but I assured him that Elijah was happy and not in pain now. We are going through some tough times too, and I told him he could now pray to Elijah as his special angel. Your faith through all of this is amazing!!! We will continue to pray:)

  65. Sherrie Nunheimer

    Tera and Ron, I haven’t been able to get your family out of my thoughts since reading your blog yesterday. It made me think how much Eli did during his short stay on earth. He brought people all over the world together in prayer. There are not many of us who will ever do that! I’m sure is story made a tired parent hold their child a little closer last night as I’m sure you held yours. As a Christian our goal is to be with God in Heaven someday. Eli just found a way to do his job on earth on be with God sooner than the rest of us. I thank you both for sharing your miracle boy with us. Try to fill that empty spot in your heart right now with the joy he brought to you and the rest of us as well as the joy of knowing he is safe in Gods arms. Hugs and lots of love. Sherrie Nunheimer

  66. Amber Pedersen

    We do not know each other, but seem to have a mutual friend. When she posted your story on facebook, it broke my heart into a million pieces. Now, reading your posts about your sweet Elijah…I feel like I do know you. I just want you to know that I am praying for you and your family in this difficult time. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain you feel with such a devastating loss. I can tell that you are strong in your faith, and I highly respect and admire that. Elijah will live on forever in your hearts, and be at “home” with God…until you meet again someday in Heaven. May God bless you.

  67. Melissa

    Tera and Ron,
    I don’t know you, but I’ve been following Eli’s story and I have been praying for you all. My heart aches for you. Tears are falling down my face as I read this. My son just asked me what was the matter and I told him of Baby Eli’s passing. He was sad to hear this. He then asked how I knew of Eli and I told him that a friend had his link on her FB. He then said, “So you didn’t know Eli or know any of his family members?” I told him that was correct. He said, “Wow. He was truly an angel on earth. He had people that never even met him praying for him in life, and now crying for him. Wow — to be able to make an impact on tons of people like that — that’s amazing!” As a follower of Jesus, I try to live my life like He did, hoping to someday make a difference in someone’s life — Eli did that in his short 12 days!!! His story touched, inspired, and impacted many people’s lives — and your strength and faith in God in your time of trouble is awe-inspiring! I’ll continue praying that you find peace and comfort in God’s promise that you’ll see your baby in Heaven again someday! God bless you all! Melissa

  68. Jenny Vandlen

    Tera – I am just heart broken for you and Ron. I don’t have words to express or to try and comfort you in this grief. I can just tell you that you and your family have not left my mind or heart. I am folding socks and praying for you, I making dinner and praying for you. I wake up at night praying for you. Praying for peace, comfort and hope. Praying that Elijah’s story will continue to grow and move and that through it lives will be changed. I pray that you will see and feel how much purpose his life held and that God uses all situations – even those filled with so much sorrow – to draw people to Him. I pray that you and Ron and the kids will feel all the love and prayers of all the people your story has touched. Hugs and lots of love and prayer!
    – Jenny

    • Jenny, Thank you so much for your prayers we feel all the comfort of everyone lifting us in prayer. I pray that Eli’s story will never be forgotten and that he will live on not only in my heart but in the heart of everyone that shared in his life and death.
      Love Tera

  69. Be assured that who has been missing in your hand today will be replaced by a much better pleasure

  70. Anne Brand

    Tera– I am so heartbroken to hear this news, and hope that your faith and the love of your family will continue to comfort you. Your strength is amazing.

  71. Robin

    We are so sorry for your loss. Beautiful song and may God help strengthen and comfort you.

  72. Jane Akroyd

    There are no adequate words of comfort after the loss of a child. I am deeply sorry. http://youtu.be/WB6jhbtDUZE

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