Saturday, July 16, 2011

Jamesie Beat the Tumor

At 3:50 P.M. Jamesie beat the tumor. We had our angel for eight months. That's a long time to spend with an angel.

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  1. My heart hurts for you and with you. We hope God blesses you in the midst of the pain.

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  2. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family

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  3. Know that you are in the hearts and prayers of so many. My prayer is that you are surrounded by love and support and that the Lord places His hand of comfort and peace on you.

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  4. Your last few days with him have been sweeter than so many parents are patient enough to enjoy over years. Blessed to follow your journey, and blessed to both grieve and celebrate your special boy. I couldn't have imagined that he'd beat the tumor this way, but he certainly is victorious. Love you three, amie

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  5. I am so, so sorry. He is a true angel. My tears are flowing freely for you. I am heartbroken for you. A-M xx

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  6. My heart hurts for you. I am so glad that you got to spend the last little bit of time you had with him at home where you could focus on him and keep him where I'm sure he wanted to be. I will continue to keep you in my prayers as you grieve for this beautiful angel. My condolences to you and your entire family!

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  7. Much love and prayers to your family. When you get a chance, I would like to know if there is a place I can send donations in honor of brave Jamesie.

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  8. Prayers for both of you and your family. I am so glad he got to spend his last days surrounded by love in the only home he ever knew.

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  9. I have no doubt that James truly is an angel,and heaven became especially beautiful today. My heart breaks for you. I pray that God will continue to provide you with strength and comfort.

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  10. I do not know you guys but know of you from friends because we all went to Baylor. I want you to know that I am also praying for your family and for God's peace to pour over you right now. God bless you for your strength and love for such a precious angel. Heaven certainly did become more beautiful today.

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  11. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in knowing that Jamesie is truly an angel in Heaven now and he will always be watching over you. Remember how much joy and laughter he brought to you during his short time here with you, and know that you will see him again someday, in Heaven. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love.

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  12. You don't know me and never will but I just wanted to say that your boy's story touched my heart. You have received many, many prayers for your sweet James from Tucson, AZ the past few days and I pray he's floating on a cloud surrounded by giraffes right now. You made me hug my babies harder and realize how precious life really is. Many prayers and lots of love,
    Renee

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  13. I've been praying for you. I'm so sorry. I know that doesn't help your pain, but I am so so sorry. And I'm going to keep praying.

    You are such brave, brave parents. And the best parents that sweet James could've ever possibly had. He was so lucky to have you in his tiny little life, and blessed. And now, forever more, you're going to have an angel looking over you.

    I am so glad that hes comfortbale now in the arms of our Heavenly Father!

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  14. Praying for you and your family. James' story touched me deeply and I will love my baby boy stronger and never take a second for granted. I will never forget James. I know he knew how much he was loved. I am so sorry.

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  15. Sweet Sikes Family,
    I wish I had words to comfort you but know there are none at this time. May God lift you up when you feel like falling, hold you when you are sad and reunite you all in Heaven one day.
    Prayerfully,
    Yvonne Wall- coworker of Valarie

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  16. James is at peace, and knows no pain. Your story has touched me so deeply, as our son is only a month older and reminds me of Jamesie so very much, from the way he crooks his back in sleep to the way he laughs at daddy. I have weeped with you so many times in reading this story, and I want you to know that I have held my son closer, been more patient and loved him more than I even thought possible. James will forever remind me that what all children need, at the end of the day, is love. I am a better parent and stronger human because of him. My deepest, deepest sympathies go to you today and in the long road of healing to come.

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  17. I'm an outsider looking in. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. As a father, I can't imagine how I would handle such a journey. Through your words and courage, I have learned what being a true father is. I've prayed for you for a week. More than I think I've ever prayed before. For strength, for peace.

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  18. I am so terribly sorry, your hearts must be shattered. Keeping you all in my prayers.

    Bec xxx

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  19. Praying for you and your family...your boy is whole and perfect for that I am thankful but I know that won't take your pain away...Praying He surrounds you in love and gives you peace only he can...

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  20. Praying for you. May God's love continue to uphold you in the days to come.

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  21. Two angels went to Heaven today. My Grandma passed away this morning. She loved babies and I know she will be looking for James. Jamesie is truly an angel. He has touched so many lives with his courage and reminded us all to hold our loved ones a little tighter. Your family will continue to be in my prayers.

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  22. My heart goes out to you all. It has been an honour to know James through his beautiful parents eloquent writing. Your words express how very precious your son is to you.

    I'm holding you close to my heart & sending love across the oceans.

    I am so very, very sorry.

    With love.

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  23. Praise God that James is now at His side and completely at peace. My heart breaks for your family and know that I will continue to pray for your strength and comfort. James beautiful eyes and head full of hair create a picture that will long be in my heart and in my mind. Know you are loved!

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  24. I am so terribly sorry. My prayers are with you and your families.

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  25. Matthew, I am a friend of your dad's from Winnfield. I have followed your blog and prayed for you. I cannot begin to know what you have endured. But know this: Jamesie made an enormous difference in his time on this Earth. You and your precious family have touched at least hundreds of lives and been a testimony of love that can only come from God. You will continue to be in my prayers.

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  26. I'm so very sorry. My heart breaks for you. Baby James has united so many in prayer. Thank you for sharing the story of your special, sweet angel. You and Kara have demonstrated a courageous walk of faith through the worst of trials by fire. Praying for God's comfort and strength to surround you and your family. May God bless and keep you in his care.

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  27. Words could not express the heartache that goes out to you guys at this time! James will always be with you-watching over you! Keeping James and the family in our prayers!

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  28. I stayed up until 3am reading each and every post on your blog. Lots and lots of tears last night. I prayed for you and for sweet + beautiful James.

    I want to thank you for sharing your angel with us. I want to tell you how incredible I feel it is what you went through all of this with such love and grace for your boy. I know you will continue to love and honor your sweet boy for as long as you are here. His story will go on. He will continue to change lives.

    Sending you lots of love and prayers.

    Danielle

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  29. My heart aches and breaks for you and your family. Been praying for your family and James since I was first directed to your blog. I continue to pray and ask God that he give you strength and comfort. Thank you for being so brave to share James and your story with the world. God Bless you.

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  30. My heart cries for your loss...know that we all are keeping you and your family in our prayers, thoughts and in our hearts.

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  31. Just a Momma from Ohio wanting you to know that I am praying for you!!!

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  32. Sending so much love to you all. My heart breaks for your pain but I rejoice that James is at Peace. His strength for such a wee man was awe inspiring and I feel blessed for having even heard his name. Thank you for sharing him with me. X

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  33. My deepest sympathy for your loss, my heart hurts thinking about the pain you must be in.

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  34. I live in NE Louisiana not too far from where your family is from. I am so sorry that you have had to endure this, but I am so thankful that God is giving you the strength that you need to make it through. He escorted that precious baby to heaven and is cradling him in His loving arms even now, lavishing Him with love that only comes from our loving Father.

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  35. I am so sorry. God bless.

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  36. Blessed to have "met" you the last couple of days! My heart hurts for you but I truly understand your heartache. Praying for His strength to carry you...

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  37. I am so sorry. I've been praying for peace for James and now that he is at peace, I pray for peace for you and your entire family. God Bless.

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  38. I am so sorry <3 my heart hurts for you all so much and prayer will continue for you and your entire family. James is at peace - what a perfect little angel he is.

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  39. I pray that God will comfort you and be with James.

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  40. My sympathies to your entire family. James was a blessed boy to be surrounded with so much love.

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  41. I am so truly sorry for your loss. I wish I had better words of comfort for you, but I hope that you may be able to gain strength from the many people whose lives you have touched over the last few weeks. Sending you love and prayers from New York. God bless.

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  42. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am shocked by the speed at which AT/RT grew. I will keep you all in my prayers. What a wonderful job you all clearly did parenting this very special boy.

    Much love,
    Stacie Smith
    fellow AT/RT mama

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  43. I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

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  44. I am truly sorry for your loss. Now sweet James will only know comfort, peace and love. Heaven is getting a gift today with that sweet boy. Thank you for sharing your journey. You've reminded all who've read your story what it truly is to love.

    Deepest sympathies-

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  45. Through James and your words, I think I've learned everything about what it means to love.

    - Swanburg

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  46. I am so so so sorry.
    Please Lord watch over your newest angel's Mommy and Daddy. Let them find peace knowing your loving arms are wrapped around Baby James right now.
    Amen.

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  47. All my prayers are with you on this day

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  48. There simply are no words.

    Peace, love, strength, tranquility, and support be yours in immeasurable amounts in the coming days.

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  49. I have been praying for your family so much since finding your blog. Your story has touched my life more than you know. I pray that God gives your family strength and peace through this time. Your angel will never be forgotten.

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  50. Thank you for sharing your sweet baby James with our family. Know that he changed four people in Winnipeg, Canada.

    Love Kimberly & Family

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  51. prayers for your family. May you find comfort in your beautiful memories of Jamesie.

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  52. My heart aches for you and your family. James has earned his angel wings today and Heaven is more beautiful place now. Please know that the Dermatology Department and our families are praying for you and your family. It has been a please getting to know James through your beautiful words and his Grandfather's wonderful pictures of James's wonderful hairstyles. We all gathered around to see the precious blue-eyed boy with "all that hair"!

    I am so very sorry for your pain and may God be with you through this hard time.

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  53. Prayers for you and your family. My God comfort you and give you peace in these next few days.

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  54. I only began reading about your angel the other day, and my heart is just broken for you and your family. I am thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers, that you may find peace and comfort in Him.

    Much love to you both.
    xo

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  55. Your love for sweet James is so evident through your words here.Every child should be so fortunate to experience the embrace of love that you have for James. He was one special baby boy. Holding you in prayer. God Bless.

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  56. I hope that the Lord covers you with peace and love during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have a beautiful son.

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  57. Praying for your peace and comfort a midst a difficult time. May your hope, your memories, and God carry you.

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  58. My sister is Katy Braden. I have been following your story since close to the beginning, and have been praying for you all. I will continue to do so. You had a beautiful baby, and I can't even begin to imagine what you are dealing with now. Please know that you are being prayed for by so many people!

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  59. Sweet and perfect peace for your little man. He was sent here to change people's lives, and he has truly done that. Sending love on the saddest of days. Alana - Australia

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  60. Praying for you and your family. I pray that you feel God's comfort and peace.

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  61. My heart hurts for you. I'm so glad James got to have his special birthday party before going to Heaven. He is your beautiful angel, and he will continue watching over you. I will be praying for you and your family as you mourn this great loss. Thank you for sharing your sweet baby James with us. He has touched lives all across the world.

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  62. I am so sorry for your loss.
    He is just beautiful.
    Praying for you as you carry on in this life to spend eternity with him in the next.

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  63. Jamesie will forever live in the hearts of many, but his body will suffer no more.

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  64. I was only alerted to your story yesterday and read the entire blog from start to finish. I am so sorry for your loss. May Jamsie be pain free and at peace. What an amazing little boy. Go gently while you grieve for all that you miss. xox
    Thank you for sharing this painful journey with us.

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  65. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your son with the world. He made a huge impact in his short little life.

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  66. May he rest in peace. Sweet Angel.

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  67. May the Lord comfort you as you grieve for James. I am so sorry to learn about this and heartbroken for you knowing the road in front of you will be dark for a time. May He guide you ever always toward His light. I pray you are surrounded by love on Earth knowing that James will shower his love on you from Heaven.

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  68. And what a precious angel he is. All the angels are singing and welcoming that sweet boy into their arms. I am so sad for you all. Please continue writing on the blog.

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  69. I am so sorry. I believe that your angel will never leave you...he's now watching over you with all the love and grace and faith you gave him when he was here with you....

    You will be in my prayers...prayers for hope and healing and peace.

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  71. Sending love to you on such a sad day. Sad to our eyes, but so joyful in heaven's eyes. Thank you for keeping us updated. I will continue to pray for your family. Jamesie touched our lives so much. I will never forget that sweet little face. Praying for strength and comfort during this time!

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  72. You are in my prayers. I have been following your story and praying for your precious little one. I have faith he is watching over you from heaven, playing without any pain, laughing again and waiting for you to join him some day. God bless you.

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  73. Praying for your family. James truly is a little angel, may he rest in peace.

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  74. My heart is broken for you. What a beautiful little boy. Rest in peace beautiful angel.

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  75. I stayed up late last night reading your blog from start to finish. Sweet little Jamesie united so many people in prayer, what a blessing. I am so, so sorry for your loss, and I squeezed my little 4-month old a little tighter. As she grows, I won't ever forget him. I will continue to pray for you and your family that you can find peace. Love to you all.

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  76. There just aren't words...I am so very heartbroken for you. Praying for all of you...

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  77. Sikes family,
    Like so many other people that have left thoughts for you, you don't know me. You have been in my thoughts & prayers over the last few weeks as I have kept up with James's fight & you will continue to be in the weeks & months to come.
    Jenna

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  78. Dear Matthew and Kara,
    Words cannot express how terribly sorry I am for your loss. I know in my heart that Aunt Doris Jean and Uncle James and rocking and singing to baby Jamea in heaven. May God bless you and comfort you.
    Love,
    Kelsea (Moore) Varnado

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  79. Love and peace to you. Thank you for sharing your story, and sharing Jamesie with us all.

    Such a lovely boy. I, like many others, shall not forget him.

    I pray that you'll find comfort in the times ahead, and that you'll always feel Jamesie's presence to comfort and guide you. His flesh may have failed, but his spirit lifts us all.

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  80. Just today we heard your story, a friend of us told us about the little James, we so sorry, he really touched our heart, you both are in our prayers, and we know for sure that brave and beautiful james is in the presence of God.
    Hugs and love from Chile!
    Rojas- Bravo Family

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  81. I've been praying for Peace for your family. I hope God's love and your sweet memories can soothe your hearts in the coming days.

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  82. I just don't know what to say. I am heartbroken for you. I am sure though that sweet jamesie went straight from your arms to the arms of Jesus, which he never really left in the first place.

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  83. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know your pain all too well. I will be praying for you and yours. May the Lord comfort you all in a mighty way.

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  84. We've been sending our many prayers, practically every minute of every day. Know that James has touched so many lives, he is truly an angel. I know God is holding onto him tightly, right this very second.

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  85. crying as I write this - Jamesie was one special little boy - who had wonderful parents who fought right alongside him. Thank you for sharing your story, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Going to light a candle in his honor and memory right now.

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  86. Praying for you this evening and in the days to come....I am so sorry

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  87. I am so sorry. May you feel peace in knowing that James got his wings and is at the foot of God.

    In Christ,
    Kristen

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  88. Rock-a-bye, Sweet Baby James. Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your journey. I never met James, but he's had quite an impact on me. I look forward to meeting him one day.

    I know your hearts must ache in excrutiating pain. You are in my prayers.

    Love, hugs, and prayers from a stranger in Chicago!

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  89. I have been praying for James and will continue to pray for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing James with us, I will never forget your little angel.

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  90. A sweet, sweet angel indeed. May the Lord wrap you in his comforting arms.

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  91. I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

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  92. I am so sorry. I have been praying for James and your family. I will continue to pray for peace and understanding during this difficult time. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering. Good bless you!

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  93. I'm so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Thank you for sharing your story with us. James has touched so many lives.

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  94. Oh God. My heart breaks for your family. Your precious angel has been in my heart and mind for days and days. I won't forget your boy.

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  95. My heart aches for your family. Rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus Sweet Baby James.

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  96. Thank you for sharing this journey. I have learned from you and from James. I am humbled at the strength displayed by you, his parents, and most of all by him. I weep for your loss, and yet rejoice that his pain is over and he is in perfect happiness. I bet Jamesie is having a blast playing with real giraffes in heaven.

    Sending a lot of love your way.

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  97. My heart is broken for your family. Sweet baby James is a beautiful angel. My thoughts are with you guys right now. I am giving my baby son extra hugs tonight in James' honor. I wish peace for your family.

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  98. I am so sorry and will be praying for y'all. I found your blog almost by accident and it has had a impact on me that I will never forget.

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  99. I am so sorry for your loss ... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time ...

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  100. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

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  101. I'm so deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful angel James. May god be with you all through this very sad time.

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  102. You all are truly amazing, and I am so sorry for your loss. God will be with you until you are with your precious son again.

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  103. You're family is in my constant prayers. I pray you all find comfort in knowing sweet James is with Jesus right now. Being held and loved.

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  104. I am truly so sorry for your loss. Your story and journey with little angel Jamesie touched me in ways you will never know. My son's middle name is James and he also ADORES giraffes. Your son is at peace now- no more pain- and now he will watch over you. He was so blessed to have you as his parents. I don't know either of you, but I would be honored to someday. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you continue your journey in life. I have shed many tears reading your blog and I hope some day to be half the parent you are.

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  105. I have been profoundly touched by James' story and hope I'm forever a better mother because of the realization your story has given me ... my truest, deepest love is all my daughter really needs, the same love you have for sweet James. My prayers are with you.

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  106. Thank you for sharing your story - it has touched me more than you know. I will be praying for peace and strength for your whole family. James is truly an angel and will not be forgotten.

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  107. I was so sad to hear that James died today. He was a very lucky boy to have such caring parents, who obviously loved him with all their hearts. You were lucky to have a son who gave you such joy and love back.

    I was so happy to read that you were able to have his special girafffe party before he went to heaven. His spirit did beat the tumor.

    Continued prayers for you both and all who loved James that you find moments of peace in the days and weeks ahead. I hope you continue the blog if feels appropriate.

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  108. I have been profoundly touched by your experience and truly thank you for sharing your amazing son. What a perfect boy! I cannot express the emotions that I have felt since beginning to read your blog. I truly have become a different person through reading your journey. Your son was so very lucky to have such loving, selfless, amazing parents!! He will forever be with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  109. I am so sorry for your loss. Words can never begin to explain the impact you have had on me and how I will parent. Saying so so many prayers for you.

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  110. Your precious angel touched my life and he will leave an everlasting imprint on my heart. Prayers coming your way.

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  111. Thinking of you and sweet James today. So very sorry that he had to leave. Hugging my 2 here on earth a little closer tonight, and asking my angel Hannah to keep her eye on James up in heaven. She loved being a big sister, so I know she'll make him smile.

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  112. Thinking of you all, and sending love and strength from Australia.Take care of yourselves.

    James will never be forgotten by your thousands of readers.

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  113. My heart aches for you and your family. Your little boy has touched so many lives. I'm so sorry for your loss. I too have been hugging my children tighter each day... Prayers will continue to come your way. God needed another angel in Heaven today....

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  114. There is nothing that I can say to take your pain away. But, please know that I have been and still am praying for peace in your hearts. Your whole family have been in my prayers. Matthew, I know that you don't remember me, but I taught with your mom. You and Kara have made it through the last 24 days with your sweet baby James and you have shown him love. He is healthy now and waiting for you in heaven. When there is a day that you can bring yourself to read again, I highly recommend reading the book: Heaven is for Real: a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back. By: Todd Burpo (the father). It will shed light that you've never seen before. You are all in my prayers. Love,
    Kristen Ramsey

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  115. Sweet Baby Jamesie has made such a HUGE impact on so many lives. My heart hurts for you. He's flying high with God now. I'll say again, I don't think I've EVER seen such a more beautiful little boy. Prayers and thoughts are with you. I would be happy to make a donation to any cause of your choice on behalf of Sweet Baby James. Please, when time allows, post your thoughts or preferences. Much love to your entire family. James' light will shine forever. ♥

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  116. I am so terribly sorry for your loss but I'm glad sweet James is in a better place! I am in constant prayer for you both during this time and hope that God provides peace for you both!!! James will forever be on my heart and his memory lives on!! God's blessings to you!

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  117. Sikes family,

    I don't even know you, but I have a 7 month old baby right now, and I have been hearing about you on Facebook. I have said so many prayers for you and your entire family, I feel like I know you. It is so comforting to know that James accomplished his life purpose. I hope that I have as much an impact on people in my lifetime as he has. I pray that you continue to hear about how his life has drawn people closer to Christ and how he has been an inspiration to people all around, even those that never got to meet him.

    May the God of all hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    LQ

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  118. I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious boy James. Please know what an amazing impact that he and your beautiful love has had on so many people. I will be lifting you up in prayer.

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  119. I have followed your story from the beginning. James has never been far from my thoughts in the past few weeks. His story has touched my heart! You are both so lucky to have had such an amazing son and James was so lucky to have you as parents. My heart breaks for you both.

    Prayers from a stranger in Houston.

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  120. Prayers sent from California. James was so loved.

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  121. Sikes family, my heart is absolutely broken for you. I am praying that Jesus would wrap his arms around you all and that he would give you immeasurable peace and comfort during this difficult time. I don't know you, but jame's story has touched my heart, as well as many others. I know James is cuddled up in the arms of Jesus right now. You are continually in my prayers.
    Love from Dallas,
    Brittany

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  122. praying for peace and comfort

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  123. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of amazing Jamsie with us. His physical beauty is breathtaking, and hearing about the heart and soul of your amazing son lets me know his inner beauty is even more breathtaking. Jamsie touched my heart and I'm so honored to have had the priviledge of getting to know him through your words and pictures. May God wrap you in peace and love.

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  124. My heart aches for you and your darling wee boy. He knew so much love in his wee life and I know he is now forever safe and at peace.I only hope your many precious memories bring you a measure of comfort. I am so terribly sorry.
    Emily

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  125. Prayers for strength and peace and comfort. I am so sorry.

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  126. I am so saddened by James' passing. Please know that so many people are thinking of you and are praying for you. Thank you for allowing us in your life and sharing your journey. James has touched so many peoples' lives. You have such a precious angel waiting for you in heaven now. I pray that God comforts you in this painful time.

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  127. I just came across your story 5 minutes ago through a friend. Words cannot express how so sorry we are for your loss. From what I have read he's a very special blessing to those he came in contact with. My God bless you and your family during this time and know that little James is looking down on all of you with that angelic smile.

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  128. May Gods peace reign supremely in your hearts during this time. I am moved by all the people's lives baby James has touched. I've read where people who've never prayed have prayed and I wanted to say thank you so much for opening your hearts and sharing this precious time with us. You have encouraged and inspired my heart as a mom and wife and Christian in your darkest hour. Praise Jesus He paved the way for all of us to meet in heaven someday. Rest in God's peace and take His strength.

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  129. In the words of so many others, Thank you for sharing your beautiful,brave Jamesie with me. I am forever changed.I grieve this profound loss with you and am praying for your family.

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  130. Thank you God for your love, thank you God for your presence, thank you God for your grace, for your son. thank you for blessing us with james life. thank you because when some people are complaining about life's little nuances, james parents are being a tremendous of example of bravery, faith and of celebrating life to the fullest. thank you because we cannot escape from you and because i know you are carrying this family in your arms and embracing them.

    Amazingly, these were the verses on my daily devotional for today...i share it with you.
    Psalms 139
    13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
    15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
    16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
    17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
    18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you

    be certain that your family does not leave our thoughts and prayers....we will continue to pray for you.
    all our love....

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  131. Safe journey home beautiful angel.

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  132. I have been following your story and have been so touched. God has used Jamesie short life to touch more people then most people do in a lifetime. Your family and friends have truly been in the presence of Gods beautiful angel!!

    Love,
    Kristen Dale

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  133. My heart aches for you. Thank you for sharing your sweet angel with so many. Rockabye sweet baby James!

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  134. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know nothing I say can help. But just know in this moment I am thinking of your sweet angel. He was so beautiful in life and is even more beautiful in heaven.

    Prayers and peace.

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  135. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:22

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  136. My prayers are with you... I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious boy. What a sweet angel. Thank you for sharing his story.

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  137. We will continue praying for you. May God grant you comfort as he welcomes James into His loving arms.

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  138. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong....

    I am so sorry. James is wrapped in Jesus' arms and he is healed from all his pain.

    Praying for you.

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  139. May you find comfort and peace as you remember your sweet James. You will be in my prayers as you navigate through the coming days. James is a true angel.

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  140. Jamesie was welcomed into the comforting arms of Jesus today and what a wonderful site it was for him! He is free from pain, suffers no more, and is sitting with the angels, for he is certainly one. That is certainly not to discount your pain, for I, too, am weeping.You both have been so brave to share your incredible journey with everyone.

    Take time for yourselves to grieve your precious son. Please advise a memorial for donations.

    Sid and Pam Terry

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  141. I am heartbroken for you.....that's all I can say :( My prayers are with you and your family.....bless your sweet angel James.

    ~ Leah - a stranger blog reader

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  142. I am so so sorry. Your family is in my prayers.

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  143. You were indeed blessed to have your sweet angel James for eight months, but he was equally blessed to have you as his loving parents. May God continue to bless you and carry you through the days ahead. My heart and prayers are with you. Ellen

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  144. A fellow mother's heart cannot help but break when reading your story. Thank God that our hope lies in Him...otherwise, HOW could we possibly find it? I am praying that He makes his hope, kindness, and faithfulness known to you immediately.

    With sincere kindness,
    Elizabeth Swanson

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  145. Heartfelt prayers to you and your family.

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  146. there will be a day with no more pain! Praise God for that!!!

    Will be praying for peace for your family.

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  147. Today is the first day I found your blog. I read your whole story. I am sincerely praying for you and your family.

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  148. There is little that I could say that hasn't been shared here already. Know that his story has stirred my heart like no other. Words fail me now. My heart is breaking for your family. Praying for you…

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  149. Sikes Family,
    Thank you for sharing your angel with all of us. I never thought that people I have never met could touch me so much. As a parent I cannot imagine your pain, but I admire your strength. I will continue to pray for your family everyday as you will need that strength everyday. God bless you.

    Angela Crawford

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  150. Words simply cannot express how I feel. I have been following your blog since a friend shared it with me. I am so very sorry four loss. I am happy you and your family/friends had a party to celebrate him yesterday. Surround yourself w/ all the beautiful memories of him. He will be watching over you. May you and your family have peace.

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  151. I'm so sorry for you loss. My god wrap his arms around you both through this difficult time.

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  152. May your sweet angel rest peacefully in heaven. He will be loved forever by all who have known his strength, courage, and most dear spirit. May God bless you and embrace you with His love and peace.

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  153. My heart is heavy with grief for you. I know we all know James is back with God but I know it is still hard to say goodbye to him here on Earth. I pray and pray that you will find peace and God will comfort you.

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  154. We are praying for peace and comfort for you that surpasses our human understanding. You can tell by all of the comments left by readers that your sweet boy had a life changing impact on so many.

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  155. Thank you for sharing your wonderful son with us. I'm heart broken that he is gone, but relieved that he is at peace. I will continue to pray for your family.

    God bless.

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  156. Praise the Lord for those precious eight months. Your blog has impacted me in ways you may never know. Will be praying for your peace and healing.

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  157. there are no words to express my sympathy...so i will say, i am truly, deeply sorry that James is no longer with you, but very joyful that he is in the presence of Jesus! may God comfort you and be your rock during this time. what amazing people you must be to have been given the gift of your precious boy. this story has touched me in a way i can't describe. blessings, peace and strength be with you!

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  158. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. Jamesie touched many people through this blog and his life. I have shed tears and smiled and your stories of your times with Jamesie. I will be praying for you.

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  159. God bless you, both. God give you strength that only He has right now. God give you happiness and healing and love for each other. God give you sweet memories and lots of support. Praying for your precious family. For your future and for God to give you hope. Thank you for sharing his story. James really touched me as a mother... Kara, I am praying for you specifically. I know James is happy, healthy, and at peace in heaven waiting patiently to be reunited, but leaves a heartbroken mommy and daddy. Praying for you.

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  160. My heart hurts for you. May our loving Lord hold you close and offer you peace. Thank you for sharing your sweet baby James with the world. He has changed my life. God bless you.

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  161. Praying for you and your whole family. I am so sorry for your loss. No parents should have to go through something like this. From only reading your blog, it was plainly apparent that you two were amazing parents to your sweet son. He was so blessed to have you as his mom and dad. I pray that the Lord holds you near during this difficult time.

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  162. Praying for your family. I have been stuck in a (seemingly) never ending cycle of bad luck lately. James' story really touched my heart and made me realize the blessings I do have and how trivial all of the (so called) big things actually are. I'm so sorry for your loss, but know that I am forever changed by your family.

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  163. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!!

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  164. thank you for sharing your sweet, beautiful boy with us. i'm so sorry for your loss, but glad to know he is completely healed. i pray the lord comforts you the only way he knows how during this time and years to come.

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  165. Well done, James.
    Well done, Matt and Kara.

    God IS the God of James, Matt, and Kara. And God is not the God of the dead; he is the God of the living! I cannot imagine living my life here while my child lived life elsewhere, but I am rejoicing (through tears) in your testimony of James going from one set of loving arms right into another.

    May God greatly bless you and be tender toward you as you continue your journey here. May your lives (all of them) continue to be a blessing to many. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing. I wish I could know you to help you on this leg of your journey, but my prayers are with you in these quiet days ahead. May God's words to you fill the silence.

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  166. James is an Angel, and a blessing to us all. Thank you for sharing his story, and your incredible faith. I continue to pray for you, your family, and for your beautiful Angel watching over you. He will provide you the same strength that you have given him. May he rest peacefully with God in heaven.
    God Bless.

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  167. I am so sorry for you all. I will be praying for peace for you at this time. James' giraffe party was wonderful; I'm sure he liked it. :)

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  168. My prayers are with you as you find strength to cope in the days and months ahead. May you learn to console each other and to find comfort in each other as well. I have been a parent for 25 years but you have taught me some things about parenting that I never knew. God bless baby Jamsie.

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  169. James will forever be an angel. I have shed many tears, but you made the best decisions for James and he couldn't have been a more loved baby. I wish I had all of the right words to say, but please know that you are all in our thoughts - and James has taught us all to love to our fullest ALL of the time.

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  170. Sikes family,

    Nothing I say can take any of the pain away, but I want you to know how much you three have touched the lives of others. All glory goes to God, as you posted. Jesus' arms are wrapped around sweet James now and he can smile down upon you as you continue your journey in life together. Praying for you both and your families. May God Bless you...

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  171. There are no words. My heart breaks for you all. Prayers from Virginia....

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  172. I am literally in tears and and don't know how this could even be possible. I can tell you one thing, James was the most loved little boy and you and your husband are AMAZING parents. Thank you for sharing your story, it has touched soo many and I guarentee you and James have changed the way we parents look at our own kids and never want to take them for granted again. I kissed my sweet 8 month old today (James and her share the same birthday) and reminded her how blesssed we are. Kara Matt and James you are truly incredible people and its safe to say God is holding James in his arms tonight and reassuring him he will never feel pain again.

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  173. I'm in tears, because I just can't imagine the heartbreak you must be feeling. Your little James touched more lives in his 8 months than some people do in 80 years.

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  174. May God wrap his arms around you and your family and comfort you. I'm so sorry to hear about baby James. I just found your blog on Thursday and stayed up all night reading it. I graduated from Baylor and ended up nicknaming my baby girl Lyla Bear when she was born too. I'm praying for you and your family. The road is hard but always remember God is there seeing you through. My heart breaks along with you. Praying for y'all.

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  175. I have thought of your family often since I heard Jamesie's story. I pray for you all every time my baby cries or smiles or reaches for a toy and I think of you and sweet, beautiful James. I am amazed by how strong and full of grace you all are. God bless you all!

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  176. I do not know you, but heard of your sweet boy James through a friend. I read your journal posts and the tears just flowed as I was rocking my little one. I'm so sorry beyond words that your little angel has returned home to heaven. He has touched SO many people. He was so courageous and fought all the way until the end of his earthly life. I can't even begin to imagine your pain, and questions to God for taking your sweet boy. I pray for your family that you can trust in the Lord and lean on him through these dark days, weeks, months and years. May the Lord lift you all up and show you how to continue on with the joy you felt with your angel while he was here. And, give you the strength to trust one day you will all be reunited and understand why. Sending you love from Iowa. Your little James as found a spot in my heart for eternity! God Bless you and keep you!!

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  177. Beautiful, beautiful family, my heart breaks for you. Know that you are blessed, cherished and remembered by so many darling James. x

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  178. Jesus loves James this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong. James has been made whole and well again and is rejoicing in the arms of His Maker. So so sorry for your loss, our hearts and many prayers go out to you. You both are amazing parents and James couldn't have been loved any more. Blessings to you.

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  179. I am so sorry. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

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  180. May God give you comfort and understanding. Although we don't know each other, your family has become part of mine. James has touched us in a very special way, and I want to thank you for sharing him with us. Many ways you lifted us with your words, and not a lot of parents would have done what you did. Yet it shows the tremendous faith you have in God, and the trust in His wisdom. James is our angel. No more sorrow, no more pain. We have to be really good from now on so when is our turn to go HOME we can see those beautiful blue eyes and that big smile that fills our hearts. My arms are around you, and my prayers are with you. From my family to yours. God bless always.

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  181. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious baby boy. Thank you so much for sharing James story with us. I never had the privilege of meeting him but I am blessed simply by knowing his story. I pray for comfort and peace for your family in the days ahead.

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  182. I am SO SO sorry :( I really was hoping to not see this post for a long time. You are loved by so many people Jamesie. {{{HUGS}}}

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  183. No one will ever know the full extent of the legacy and impact of James' life! He has taught and reminded us all how to live every single moment to the fullest and with such thankful hearts. What a wonderful life and important purpose God had for him! I celebrate him with you today and mourn with you as you are not able to be with him for a time. Our family is praying for you all. Thank you for sharing James' life with us. We are different because of him.

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  184. I am so sorry. Heaven got a lot sweeter today. Praying for you all.

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  185. I am forever changed because of Jamesie.

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  186. Sending you strength and support from Australia. I am so so sorry, he is just gorgeous, definitely a true angel. X

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  187. Kara and Matthew - so many have been moved, changed even through the sharing of your story. You demonstrated such strength, bravery, and love throughout it all, and everything you did was so obviously driven by your love for Jamesie. It is so apparent in your words, your photos, your actions, and the video. I am so sorry for your unimaginable sorrow, but also so appreciative of the example you have provided us all, of true, unconditional love. Thank you for sharing, and please know that you DID do everything you were supposed to ---- you LOVED that little angel.

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  188. I have read your entire blog today. While there are no words to ease your pain, please know that I am sending prayers during this most difficult time. I am honored to have known your sweet baby through this blog. The grace and strength with which you both have walked this journey has been truly touching. Jamesie beat the tumor indeed! He is whole and healthy and in pain no more. May God carry you both and grant you peace that passes understanding until you are with your sweet angel again when all things are made right. Oh, what a day that will be! Love and prayers,

    Kelly Johnson

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  189. Words cannot express the sadness that is in my heart for your loss. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so transparent in sharing your story. Your story has touched me in so many ways that I can't even begin to express. As another person commented, you have showed us all what it truly means to love. I know I will be a much better mom because of reading your story. Your faith and strength through this ordeal have been an amazing testimony!! You have been in my prayers constantly since I found your blog. Please know that I will NEVER forget your story and sweet baby James. I will continue to pray for your family.

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  190. I am a friend of Denise Moore Dean's and I have followed your blog of your sweet James. My heart is aching for your loss but heaven gaines an extremely special angel today. Please know that we in Alabama are praying for comfort for you and your families. May God bless you and keep you in the days to come. Your precious little boy has impacted so many for the Kingdom of God. I know he's in heaven now laughing with those BEAUTIFUL bright blue eyes shining down on his loving parents. Peace be with you.

    Robin Pichelmayer

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  191. I stumbled upon your blog just a few short days ago and i have been beyond blessed. Thank you for sharing James with us. I pray that God will wrap you in his comfort and bring you a peace only he can provide. James rests comfortably in his arms. He was so blessed to have you guys for his mommy and daddy. You will be in my prayers.

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  192. You're right - he beat it...while heaven is a happier place...here on earth, it's much too sad. Support, hugs and prayers...and peace...

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  193. Your little man is now an angel watching over you. My heart goes out to you in this great time of need. Know you have so many praying for you. I have prayed for you since I first read your blog. You are loved around the world. We will keep praying for you for the strength you need right now.

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  194. James was lucky to have such amazing parents as you two were. Like some others, I also have not met you, but heard of your story through a friend. I have kept James and you two in my thoughts and will continue to do so as you heal.

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  195. I cannot begin to imagine what you're going through. I pray that God gives you strengh. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss.

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