"Our Little Trooper"

"Our Little Trooper"
"Let me live, that I may praise you!" Psalm 119:175

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Special walk for a special friend...

Today marks an especially sad anniversary for Rowan's "girlfriend in heaven" Chrissie Patterson. Two years ago today she went in for her massive open heart surgery, and it was the last day they saw her precious eyes open and heard her precious laughter.

Chrissie passed away in the PICU here 31 days later. She died from complications from that surgery. If you've followed Rowan's story or read the past blog posts here, you will see what a special connection these two children had, though they never met while she was alive. Amazingly enough, just last night, while he himself is back here in the same hospital where they originally "met", when they stayed for a month straight each, Rowan sat up in bed and asked: "Am I on that floor where Chrissie's leaf is on the memory tree?". When I told him yes he was, he said "Can I go walk there tomorrow?". Rowan couldn't have known the date, or realized that "tomorrow" was "today", the very day she went into that surgery. Not to mention that he has spent the past 12 days here in bed, half of it in PICU again, and hasn't walked or even stood up on the floor for those 12 days. But I knew that wouldn't stop him, and I didn't want it to. Here he is making this special trip for his special friend on a very special day. And I couldn't help but sense that I was witnessing yet another miracle, another special Chrissie/Rowan miracle. Blessed beyond words...hope it blesses you too!

"Good Morning Mom-Can I go to see Chrissie's Leaf now."

"C'mon. Lets Go!"

"This is hard work pushing this pole with all these pumps."

"I remember where her leaf is on the memory tree. There it is!"

"Chrissie Patterson"

"Big Kiss"

"This is the leaf I want to be on someday. Right by Chrissie." (tears)

"Does this remind you of me and Chrissie?"

Special Prayer for Chrissie...

Special Prayer for Lorraine and Matt. (got down on his knees for this one)

"A blue butterfly and a pink flower! She'd LOVE those."

(I don't know what it is, but something so special about this photo, with his name showing on his hospital id bracelet and her name on the tree, yet they are so connected.)

"One more kiss."

Blowing her kisses.

"Bye Chrissie. See you in my dreams and in heaven..."

"Remembering you today and every day Princess Chrissie!"

"I love you-My special Girlfriend in heaven. Love, Rowan"


  1. Oh my gracious, Rowan and Carrie, what a blessing to read this and see these precious photos. I continue to be amazed by how God has linked the hearts of these two special kiddos, and God uses Rowan (and you, Carrie) to bless our family beyond measure over and over and over again. Please give Rowan big hugs from our family, and thank him for praying for us, on his knees and everything. Precious, precious, precious boy!!! We're praying for him to get well and come home soon!!! Love y'all!

  2. I saw this on Lorraine's blog and it brought me to tears. I wanted to send you a lil' message too and let you know that I'm praying for your family and your little boy.

    xo, Alisha
    from www.newmerciesdaily.blogspot.com

  3. Came over from Lorraine's blog...what an amazing little boy God has given you. I was so touched to see him praying so earnestly for Chrissie's family. Hugs!

  4. I also came from Lorraine's blog. It brings tears to my eyes to see the kisses to Chrissie. I am sure others have noticed, however in each pic of Rowan kissing Chrissie there is a special light on him that looks as I'd Chrissie is kissing him back. So sweet and endearing to see the love Rowan has for Chrissie. God bless you Rowan and may you feel better soon