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August 05, 2013


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Praying for you, Kirsten.


Dear Kirsten,
I pray that the next weeks are filled with joy as you share this adventure with your family.
Oh how strong you are.
I will pray for you that all goes as God wills as you have the strength and grace to endure.
God Bless


Praying for sweet baby Thomas and all of you. God bless your beautiful family.
Pax Christi,
Karen in FL (Sussette and Lorrie's friend)


Oh Kirsten! I read every bit of Joshua's story and am speechless! Just from a a couple of my children overseeing my reading material, we have already had some meaningful conversations about life and God's unknown purposes for each and every life! "You mean he was born to just die?"... "Yes, aren't we all?"..."Wasn't Jesus?"... WOW! Thomas' little life is already having such an impact on so many! Love you Kirsten! I admire you SO MUCH for enduring this unbelievably heavy burden for our Lord! He will lift you up!


Wow wow wow!! Just read all about Joshua, I held it together pretty well until I got to the poem on the first birthday post. I'm not sure how to say this right, but your family is blessed to have Thomas. Reading about how Be Strong and Courageous handled their gift of Joshua, and knowing your family as I do, I know God picked you for this gift and challenge, though our human understanding can't know why it has to be this way. I'm not sure this is making much sense, but I mean... I love you all, I love Thomas, I pray that the time you get with your angel here on earth will carry you through the struggles. And once he gets to heaven he will intercede and help you get through it.


Praying for you and the family, Kirsten. Amazing story over at Be Strong and Courageous!

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