Thursday, December 22, 2016
"God gave you your life for a reason..." Rowan
This picture, which I took in the last hour Rowan had blood flowing through his body, came out blurry. That is what our life feels like right now anyway though, so maybe it was meant to be that way. Everything I look at is blurry...through constant tears. It's hard to breathe, difficult to move, and nearly impossible to function. The silence in this house is deafening. It doesn't mean we have lost our faith, it is just how we are desperately attempting to heal our broken hearts.
I apologize if I do not get back to messages right away, and ask for your understanding if we are not readily available right now. This will take time. We do want to take a moment to thank everyone for your prayers and support though. From everyone at Seattle Children's, Hotel Deca, National Guard, family, friends and even complete strangers. Your prayers, messages, phone calls, texts, and financial donations have been unbelievable. I hope to eventually thank each and every person individually, but wanted to offer this initial thank you to you all for now. The costs associated with getting Rowan back home to Texas, plus the pod of our belongings and our car, on top of the medical, funeral, and burial expenses are astronomical, but you all have helped take a lot of that burden off of our shoulders. We cannot thank you enough! To my dear friend Lorraine, who has helped me by making so many of those difficult phone calls and set up all the unpleasant appointments for me...there are no words. I know you have walked this path yourself, and I couldn't do it without you.
We know that Rowan is at peace in Jesus arms. We do not feel bad for him. He was ready to go. He was never afraid. It is those of us left here on Earth that are having the hard time. We are all trying to channel our inner Rowan, and remember his words of wisdom, though. He wouldn't want us to be sad that he died. He would want us to rejoice that he lived. He would say, "Love your life, God gave it to you for a reason!" You used your life well Rowan. We will try our best to do the same. We ask you to do so too, to honor Rowan's life and his message.
This weekend, I will post the full details for his memorial service and celebration of life. But you can mark your calendars for now:
Memorial Service in San Antonio on Friday, January 6th at 11 am
Burial in New Braunfels on Friday, January 6th at 3 pm
Celebration of Life at Enchanted Rock on Saturday, January 7th at 8 am