If you are in the Milwaukee area 96.5 will be covering Owens story and notes from the blog at some point. Never thought I’d be apart of the miracle network rather than a donator.
I just went down there to grab some breakfast and almost went up to the interviewer sign in to see what I could do. I feel that some are afraid to ask me about it, but I’d rather scream Owens story from the roof tops. Maybe someone could benefit or not feel alone. Some good has to come of this.
Bless you for being so strong… bless you! For you are amazing….
Stopping by from another blog. I am praying for you. For Owen. For your whole family.
Good will come of this, in time, if that is what your wish is. I lost my daughter, Mikayla Grace, 11 months ago and my son, Chase Gabriel, 1 month ago. In February, my husband and I started a non profit, called Mikayla’s Grace (www.mikaylasgrace.com) that helps us give back to both babies in the local NICUs and bereaved parents and although I would rather have my babies in my arms I am glad that other people can have a more positive experience because of my child’s life, even if it was brief.
You are very brave for doing this so soon, it will take a lot of strength. I believe that Owen can see your actions and feel that love though. I will pray for your strength and for other’s to be touched by Owen’s life as I have. This is one of my favorite quotes, “A life so brief, a child so small. You had the power to touch us all.”
I know that the next few days and months will be very difficult for you, but please know that if you need to reach out to another parent who gets the pain of losing a child I am here. It may seem strange to reach out to a “stranger” over something so personal, but in my journey I have found that the people that have helped me heal the most are those that didn’t even exist in my life 1 year ago.
Your story needs to be shared with all. Owen was a blessing and will contiune to be a blessing for those he helps. He will live on in his brothers, his father, his mother and all his family. He will live on in the hearts of us all and his story will be passed on. Be a rock for the other little ones and a sholder to cry on for doug. Your family will hold you up and let you weep. We will all be hear with open ears and hearts to help with anything you need. You are strong. You are a fighter. You are loved. Owen was, is and will always be loved. He is safe and content watching over you and living on in everything you do. Keep your spirits high.
I am from Canada. There are many out here who have heard your story. We too are praying for you. We are crying with you. Your story hits every parent in the heart. I pray for courage, strength, grace for your family, but especially for you and your husband. You will have a rough road ahead of you, but our Lord knows your pain and he will carry you until you can walk on your own.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will only have 96.5 on the radio now. My heart is in my throat when I read your story. Stay strong and keep your faith alive. Owen has been called home to God and he will be watching over you.
You are so amazing and strong. Such a difficult time and you are thinking of how this can help someone else. Bless you and your family! Good will come of this for sure!
Melissa, you don’t know me but I am a fellow triplet mom, and, I lost one of my little girls on Jan 16, 2011. She was 23 months old. I am praying for you and your family to get through what will be the most difficult time in your life. My wounds are still so fresh and there isn’t a day that goes by where I am not angry. There also is never a day that I dont’ sob for what seems like hours. If you would like to e-mail me directly, please feel free to do so. I do think that there are a few things that we have to deal with because we are moms of triplets that others who have lost children don’t understand. For one, the “are they twins” questions. Yes, it happens and it happens every time I leave the house. My surviving girls are identical so I can’t so much as take them to the park without a complete stranger asking is they are twins. What do I say? If I say yes then I feel like I’m not even awknowledging that my other daughter exhisted, but if I say no then the inevitable next question from that stranger is “where is the other one?” How do we explain to their siblings that they are triplets, not twins as society will call them for the rest of their lives. It is all just so hard. I am so sorry that you and your family are going through this and I will keep all of you in my prayers. And if you want to chat, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I heard your about Owen from Dan, then just heard the broadcast on the radio. My love and prayers to you all.
I want to cry with your family even though we dont know each other. There is only one thing i can offer you – the only physical thing you know to be true. The only thing that has power, the only thing that breaths life, the only thing that truly comforts you……Gods Word. Luke 2:49 is the story of the prodigal son and in it the son returns to his family. His mother turns to him and asks him “why have you treated us like this. Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you” The son replied “Why were you searching for me? Didnt you know I had to be in my Fathers house?”
I truly dont know what to ask God for you…I have prayed that God would use this opportunity to show His might…but would it be for us to see…or rather for His Will to be done. Right now you may be praying for a miracle….and across town another family could be praying for one as well. Thats a hard thing to comprehend – that someones death can become someones life. I have 3 children and cant even imagine the heartbreak.
God is real. His Love in unconditional. His mercies are new and He WILL see you through this time. Your story has touched my life and for this you can thank your God.
Miracle……your on your way
My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Thank you for sharing your most intimate thoughts and feelings thorought Owen’s fight. I have been trying to understand why this would happen to an innocent child but perhaps that is not God’s will…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own
understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He
shall direct your paths.
– Proverbs 3:5,6
Just wanted you to know we are praying for your family. You are a wonderful mother and your story has strengthened our faith. Praying for God’s strength and peace to be with you. Psalm 91 says “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty….vs 4. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” May you rest in His care.
Someone I know sent me your blog, and I have been reading and praying so hard. I lost a daughter when she was six weeks old. I remember all the tests, and all of the praying and wishing and hoping, all of the bartering and all of the exhuastion. Please know you have a lot of people lifting you up in prayer. I pray that whatever happens you are comforted and given the strength you need.
God bless! you are so strong and doing such a great thing. Not only are you providing a miracle for other babies out there you are spreading awareness, which is invaluable!!
Your strength and faith is so evident in your writings, that I almost forget you are dealing with the greatest pain a mother can have. God’s light is shining through you, trust your desire to share Owen’s story, and keep these words close: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (NIV).
P.S. I am still praying for a miracle, God is able!!!!!
You are truly amazing…
I am holding my own 6 month old daughter a little closer this morning, and praying for peace for your family.
Good will come from this Mel. You are amazing.
I just wanted to let you know that I have been truely inspired by your story (and heartbroken). I am a mother to a 2 yr old in NH and I am lucky to be able to say he is healthy. I know that is not always the case for everyone, so in Owen’s honor, I have set up a monthly donation to St. Jude Hospital to help those who need it. Love and prayers!
Shout your story from the roof tops! It is a powerful story of love, trust, faith and determination. Your words help others to cope and know that they are not alone. Your actions will be helping others with the selfless act you are about to commit. Owen is a special child that will live on forever. He has touched so many through your blog and he will continue to touch others through your donation. We are all so lucky to have been a part of his/your world that you have so beautifully shared with us blog-followers. You are a wonderful mother and example for all of us. Trust in the Lord, He will provide for you.
You and your husband have been so strong throughout this. I have cried for your family and prayed endlessly. Remember to look up during this hard time, it’s ok to be angry and upset, but know that God is your strength.
God is crazy about you.
He sends you flowers every spring and
a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen.
He can live anywhere in the universe,
and He chose your heart.
Mel– Im still praying and still leaving a light on for Owen. You have truly touched many lives and you’ve touched mine a little more… I dont think I could be as brave and strong as you are. But your a very strong mama and Owen knows this. Were still praying for him sweetie and will continue too for you and your sweet family. Im waiting to hear Owen’s story on the radio havent heard it yet and I wish I didnt have to hear it at all. I wish this all was just a nightmare and when we awoke Owen would be here with you and doug and his brothers. But theres a reason, I dont know what it is or why it had to happen, but were all here for you. Friends, family and even strangers are reaching out to you and your family and little Owen. Your not alone. Your in a room full of love and many prayers. I will continue to pray mel and I will contiune to speak to God and try to find in my own heart why this had to happen… God Bless you and your family & sweet little Owen…
My heart breaks with sadness for your family’s loss. Owen’s journey on earth, while too short, has made a tremendous impact on us all. Owen will live on through others and through everyone that has heard and read his life story.
Oh little Owen, my heart aches every time I read your mom’s blog. I ask myself why, why at such a young age must you become an angel. I guess God has better plans for you. I do not blame your mom for being angry, because I think I would be too. The love of your family is so strong. You are going to go on to do wonderful things, things that your mom never even dreamed possible. You truly were a mircale in many ways. If God has called you to his home, look how many lives you are going to change here on earth. I hope your family gets to meet all of them, and watchs you live on inside of them. There is no greater gift than to give of yourself.
I continue to pray for something to change, a mircale here on earth. It is so hard to keep reading this blog because I cry and cry, but I can not stop coming back. Your family has touched so many lives just by these postings. I pray for peace and strength in the days ahead. May God be with you.
Melissa, I’m so sorry to hear about Owen. I found your blog through a friend on FB. There are so many people praying for your family right now, it is such a powerful thing but can be so confusing when we feel like our prayers aren’t being answered. I lost one of my triplets shortly after he was born, it has been the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with. Praying and praying for a miracle, and then realizing that God had a different plan. I can late to your feelings of this will be “easier” with only two, and wanting to get rid of things in your house that you have three of. I often wonder why God would have us go through something like this, and I truly believe it is so that I can relate to others in similar situations. My heart goes out to you and your family, your strength is amazing to see, although you probably feel like you are doing the only thing you know how, relying on your Father. He gave us His son and that means so much more to me now than before I lost my baby boy. I pray that God will provide you with peace as you deal with these next few weeks and the strength to make the many decisions you never thought you would have to make.
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”. Jeremiah 29:11
My prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and continue to give you strengh!