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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Raymond Drew Lewallen

Drew passed away today at 3:29 p.m. CST. He was loved by so many and is already greatly missed. He has finally found peace. His passing was very peaceful. I will write more later.

Thank you to everyone who has followed his journey, it was an amazing one.

70 comments:

Dawn G said...

Jana,

I have no way of putting my feelings into words right now. Sorry and condolences is just not enough. My heart hurts for you and your family. You all will remain in my prayers.

True hugs,
Dawn (firewifeplus4)

April said...

Jana
My heart is breaking for you, Raymond and Ellie. Drew is home now and forever watching over you.

((((hugs)))
April

Anonymous said...

Jana,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I just want you to know that I am thinking of and praying for you and your family, and sending you wishes for comfort and healing.

Hugs,
Michelle (Meshell)

Chelsea Johnson said...

Jana,
My heart is breaking. I don't really know what to say. I guess I still can't believe that he's gone. He was such a precious little soul. I don't know why this has happened. I don't understand. I will continue to pray for you.

baby Jackson said...

We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Love
Adam and Kimberly

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. I'm sure the grief is enormous. May the Lord comfort you during this time. He is not sick in heaven.
Prayers,
Amy

Anonymous said...

Jana,
My heart is breaking too. I don't know what to say other than I will pray for you and your family. Drew's story has really opened my eyes. I'd like to thank you for that.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry! I also cannot put my feelings into words. Drew was very blessed to have so much love during his short stay here and I know he will always be with you. I am so sorry for you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. May God give you comfort and peace during this tragic time.

Tasha

Anonymous said...

Jana,
I am so very sorry. Drew was a true miracle, and in his short life he touched so many people... I know he touched my life in so many ways. He is finally able to rest in peace. I will continue praying for you and your family. May God be with you all.

Katrina (from MTW and the WT's)

Anonymous said...

Jana,
I am so very sorry. Drew was a true miracle, and in his short life he touched so many people... I know he touched my life in so many ways. He is finally able to rest in peace. I will continue praying for you and your family. May God be with you all.

Katrina (from MTW and the WT's)

Anonymous said...

Jana ~ I am so sorry. I honestly cannot think of a single thing to say to you. Drew was truly blessed to have so many people care about him during his too short stay on earth. My heart is aching for you and your family.

Janice

Anonymous said...

You are never alone...rest in the arms of the Risen Christ and know that He is carrying you through these days. Be assured that Drew is safe and loved and no longer suffering but watching over you all...His story and your strength have touched me tremendously, thank you for sharing Drew with the world.

Amy<><

Shawna said...

Jana,
My heart is so heavy and broken for you and your family. I know there are no words in the world that can ease the pain you are feeling, but please know that I am always here for you - any time, day or night. I might not know the right thing to say or do, but I have shoulders wide enough to help carry you and ears big enough to hear everything you need to say whether it be cry, scream, or just sit and know that someone is there for you on the other end of the line. My heart is always with you and I pray that you and Raymond find peace.

(((HUGS)))
Shawna, Joe, Bryce, Ty, & Joey

Mia said...

Oh Jana, I am so sorry. You are such a strong mommy and woman. I don't know what to say here, I keep erasing what I am typing because it sounds so dumb... Hugs and xoxoxx. Prayers to you, R, and Ellie. Baby Drew is in heaven and at peace. Love you!
Mia, Brady and Beckett :-)

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace baby Drew.

Hugs,
Colleen

Donna and Blake said...

I am very sad and very heartbroken for you and your family Jana! Words cannot even express....
Many many prayers going up for you, Raymond and Ellie.

Anonymous said...

Jana,

Words cannot describe my sorrow for you and the family. Please know that we are thinking of you and continue to pray.

Much Love,
Debbie & family

Anonymous said...

Little Drew is a very lucky boy to have felt the love of his mommy and daddy for the short time that he did. Have no fear that he KNOWS how much he was and is loved. You will see him again.

Take care and God bless all of you.

jepmom said...

Jana, i am so sorry to hear that, i was hoping for the best outcome for you all. My prayers are with you and your family.

Dawn said...

My heart is breaking for you.May that little man rest in peace and may his memory burn in your hearts forever.

Cherie said...

Jana, Raymond & Ellie,

I am so sorry. Drew is now in Heaven and free from the physical limitations of his body. May God grant you peace and comfort you in knowing that you will one day see your sweet boy again. I will continue to uplift and uphold you in prayer. Big hugs!

Hugs,
Cherie

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. I pray that God will give you comfort during this time.
Heather(HeatherDF)

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry jana...drew is in heaven looking down on you all. My heart breaks and aches for your loss!!! Love to you all...baby drew has touched us all (even my husband). Hugs!!!!!!!!
Jennifer

michelle towner said...

Jana
My family has been following Baby Drew's journey. Easter Sunday has a whole new meaning for you. Your son died 5 months to the date that my son did of LCDH. Our fight started in Oct when your diagnosis became known....There are no words - the love for your son will always sustain you. Some children in a lifetime never experience that kind of love. Drew must be so proud of his family!
Peace and hugs
Michelle Towner (michelletowner@hotmail.com)
Michelle

michelle towner said...

Jana
My family has been following Baby Drew's journey. Easter Sunday has a whole new meaning for you. Your son died 5 months to the date that my son did of LCDH. Our fight started in Oct when your diagnosis became known....There are no words - the love for your son will always sustain you. Some children in a lifetime never experience that kind of love. Drew must be so proud of his family!
Peace and hugs
Michelle Towner (michelletowner@hotmail.com)
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Lana and Family,
I am in tears as I type this right now.I never knew your family,but I felt I knew you,every time I read Drew's blog.Drew opened my eyes to his condition and the fight that these CDH babies have.Me is at peace now.
Heather and Family.

God, Take This Child....
by Nancy Scott

Sweet child whom we never really got to know,
It’s hard for us to let you go.
We waited and we wanted you.
We had so many dreams for you.

We think of smiles we'll never see.
We think of events that will never be.
There will be no first steps and no first teeth.
There is only a void and our own grief.

We planned to take you to places far and near.
We yearned to keep you safe and free from fear.
We hoped to show you much of your new world.
We wanted to teach you as your life unfurled.

It’s hard to understand why you, our baby, died.
We feel so numb right now, many tears we’ve cried.
We have so many questions and no answers seem to come.
We tried so hard to save you; nothing could be done.

God, we stand before you broken-hearted
and ask you to heal these lives that must be parted
from this little one we can no longer hold,
who will always be a part of us, even when we're old.)

God, take this child in your loving arms.
No more can he suffer any harm.
Bless him always and bless us too.
Be with us and help us to make it through.

Tina and Chi said...

I'm so sorry Jana. I want to thank you for keeping us updated and allowing us to share in Drew's journey. I never got to meet the little guy, but I fell in love with him. Your family is in my thoughts. Drew is at peace now in God's arms, looking down and protecting your family now. We will always remember your little fighter.

Anonymous said...

I have been following Drew's story for a while. I am so sorry. He is with God now though and will no longer feel sickness or pain.

Anonymous said...

He came into this world and touched alot of hearts. My deepest condolences.

Anonymous said...

Jana, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby boy! I am Chelsea's friend - I met you briefly at Jake's birthday party in January. I have been praying for you and your family since then and reading your blog. You will continue to be our prayers as you mourn this loss. Though I have no idea why this happened, I do trust that the Lord's ways are higher than our own. He must have something so awesome planned for Baby Drew! Seek comfort in Him and your family. With love.

Melisa

Anonymous said...

Jana, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby boy! I am Chelsea's friend - I met you briefly at Jake's birthday party in January. I have been praying for you and your family since then and reading your blog. You will continue to be our prayers as you mourn this loss. Though I have no idea why this happened, I do trust that the Lord's ways are higher than our own. He must have something so awesome planned for Baby Drew! Seek comfort in Him and your family. With love.

Melisa

Nikki said...

Jana, I dont know you but i've followed your story. My heart is breaking for you. I hope that you find peace and comfort knowing that sweet Drew is with God now.

Much love in your time of need
Nikki

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to tell you how much Baby Drew has touched so many people. My thoughts are w/ you and your family.

Lisa (lgrimaldi)

Natalie (lilladybug) said...

Jana,

My heart is aching for you and your family. I am really at a loss for words right now. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry.

~Natalie

Emma Harvey said...

Jana, Raymond and Ellie. I'm so sorry :( Words can not express, thank you for keeping us updated on Drews journey, God Bless Baby Drew.

Emma & Family

Hiskes6 said...

Oh Jana I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers!

Crystal said...

I am so heatbroken for all of you right now. I have been following you from the beginning. God Bless all of you! I will continue to pray for you all.

Anonymous said...

Jana,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Drew was such a blessing to so many people. I pray that you and your family find comfort in God and know that there are so many people out there praying for you.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm not sure how much my words can comfort you but i am praying that somehow you can find comfort in this very difficult time.
L

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathies. God bless Drew and the rest of your family

Andreanna said...

Jana,
Im am soo sorry abotu Drews passing. Drew is healed and in heaven keeping watch over you and your family. You know me and how hard it is to find words. So I will just say your son touched my life and I dont think I will ever forget his fight and your family's strength through it all. God Bless you all and rest in Peace baby Drew.

Anonymous said...

We don't know each other, but I wanted to wish all the best to your family. I am so sorry about your loss. May little Drew rest in peace. He was so lucky to have such a wonderful family around him.
Brooke

marchmommie06 said...

Jana,

I'm from the DIM board and I have been following your story. Words can't express how sorry I am for your loss. I'm glad Drew has found peace. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Samantha

Anonymous said...

Jana and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss.My thoughts are with you and your family.
Heather and Family

Anonymous said...

Don't think of him as gone away
his journey's just begun;
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know, today,
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.

Anonymous said...

Jana, I just keep thinking about you and your family. I can't get you out of my mind.... I am just so sorry for your loss and will continue to Pray for your family in this hard time.

Love ya girl!
Danielle

Anonymous said...

There is nothing that I can say to take away the sadness your family is going through. I only hope that you all will be able get through this hard time together. Your little angel will never be forgotten. And your family will be in my thoughts.

~Liz
(a friend of a friend)

Sheldon said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. My son also had a rough start in life & I understand some of what you have gone through. It is a horrible feeling that I would never wish on anyone.

I deeply saddened by your loss & have said a prayer for Drew's tiny soul while he smiles at you from heaven.

Anonymous said...

Jana I am so sorry. I have not stopped thinking about you guys since I read the news last night. my heart is aching for you guys and I can't seem to stop the tears. I do know that your sweet baby Drew is in Heaven now and he is looking down on you all, no longer in pain. He is at peace. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

Jessica

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Baby Drew is in the arms of the Lord now and what a comforting place it must be. Prayers are going up for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for you, Raymond, and Ellie. Lean on each other for support and know that you will remain in my prayers.
Amy (mom2Noahannah)

Anonymous said...

Jana,

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. Your baby was so special and he was such a fighter. May he rest in peace.

Hugs,
Monica (mongoel)

Anonymous said...

I was asked by a friend to pass along this scripture to you and your family in hopes that it might bring you some comfort. Again I am so sorry!

Hugs and condolences,
Tasha

Here is the scripture:

Romans 5:1-5
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we[c] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Shawna said...

Jana, Raymond, and Ellie,
I am so very sorry Drew didn't get to live a longer life here on Earth.. But just imagine the peace he felt when Jesus held out his arms to gather your son and he wasn't sick.. Imagine the joy he is feeling finally being free of the tubes and machines.. It's really unfair as a parent to lose your child after such a small time. You were definetly called to be his parents and he was so very lucky to have had you both....

Anonymous said...

Jana,

I am so very sorry for your loss. It must be so heartbreaking. I am praying for you and your family as you go through your grieving, that you can find some comfort in each other, and hopefully faith that he is at peace.

Sue, Helena and Veronica

ellie_may12 said...

I'm so sorry! Praying that the Holy Spirit will comfort you in your loss!

Lori Ann

Kristina Wilson said...

Jana,
We are so sorry for your loss. Drew touched so many people in his short life.
God bless you and your family.
With love,
Kristina and family (from MTW)

Lea said...

Jana,

Words just simply do not feel adequate enough, and will not convey just how sad I feel for you and yours. Please know that Drew's amazing journey and your amazing strength in sharing his life with us was truly inspirational. Drew is an angel watching over you, your husband, and his big sister Ellie. You all continue to be in our prayers.

The Nelson Family (Lea--MTW)

Lea said...

Jana,

Words can not adequately tell you how sorry I am for the loss of your little boy. Please know that Drew's short journey here on Earth, and your amazing strength in sharing it with all of us is truly inspirational. I do believe that Drew is an angel now and is looking down on you, your husband, and his big sister Ellie. You all continue to be in my prayers.

Lea

Bambee said...

Jana, Raymond and Ellie,
I am so sorry for the loss of your precious son. If you need someone to talk to who has been through losing a baby I am here. April has my phone number and e-mail if you need it. You guys remain in our prayers and thoughts.

Bambee

Lisa said...

Jana,

My heart aches for you and your family. I wish I knew exactly what to say. Please take comfort in the fact that Drew is healed and watching over you. He is at peace now.

May hugs and prayers,

Lisa, Jim, Zach and Emily.

Lisa said...

Jana,

My heart aches for you and your family. I wish I knew exactly what to say. Please take comfort in the fact that Drew is healed and watching over you. He is at peace now.

Many hugs and prayers,

Lisa, Jim, Zach and Emily.

Anonymous said...

Jana and family,
I was so sorry to learn of your loss. Drew was such a beautiful little boy. Easter will bring a new meaning for you now, but I can't think of a better time to go home to Jesus. My heart aches for your family. My prayers will continue on for all of you.

Pam Holman

Amy said...

Jana, words cannot even begin to express how sorry I am. My heart is just breaking for you and your family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Amy and family (Amyandkids from MTW)

Anonymous said...

Peace be with you and with baby Drew. My heart just breaks for you and you are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Jana,
I am so sorry to hear about Drew. I have been without internet for three days now and just read the news. You and Drew and your whole family have been in my prayers. There is nothing anyone can say to make it better, but just know that Drew is in a good place with no pain and suffering and he is watching over his family. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
Jill and Zane
Gymboree

Anonymous said...

Jana,
I wanted to let you know how sorry I am for the pain you and your family has and is still going through. I can't even imagine. I think of you often and will be praying for you and your family. Drew has touched me in a way I can't even explain.

God Bless,
Jamie
momsboard

Anonymous said...

Jana,
I'm truly sorry that you and your family had to endure such heart ache with precious baby Drew. He was a beautiful baby and I'm sure the short weeks you were able to share with him were bittersweet. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Raymond and Ellie.

-Heather

Dennis van der Stelt said...

I have no words, and what could I ever say? As April said, my heart is breaking for you. I can't imagine what it would mean to loose a child.

Don't ask yourself why he's gone. God doesn't give us what we all want, He gives us what's best for us. Although we can't see the big picture, trust that He does.

Laura said...

I am so so sorry, Jana. Our warmest thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.