Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Remembering Ethan, Part II- I Want You to Know


I want you to know…
That Ethan was one of the friendliest, kindest children God ever created. He would go out of his way to welcome everyone. One could find him at a restaurant, waiting patiently to dine, and he would be the one holding the door for adults—smile on his face—enjoying helping others. I want you to know that this little man loved to read! In fact, he would wake up early every morning, quietly go into the homeschool room, and read for about an hour. He simply couldn’t read enough! I want you to know that Ethan loved Geograhpy. He loved it so much that he nearly had the entire United States map memorized. He could tell you where a state was, and was excited to learn about that particular state. I want you to know that Ethan refused to listen to “secular” music. He once said,” I only want to listen to music that praises God.” I want you to know that Ethan’s best friend was his little brother Evan. Ethan would’ve given his life to save his little brother, that’s how much he loved Evan! I want you to know that Ethan loved to run. He would run around our living room in San Antonio, non-stop in huge circles for almost fifteen minutes straight (at about age 2). Shortly before he passed away, he was running nearly a mile at age 7. I want you to know that Ethan was tender-hearted. It broke his heart to see others hurt. It confused him when others were mean and didn’t accept him. It baffled him that not everyone in the world loved one another. I want you to know that Ethan loved his trees, windchimes, trucks, cars, and construction equipment. He wasn’t into sports and action figures—he had a heart for nature. And he liked his cars because of his daddy’s love for cars!

I want you to know that Ethan will always be with each and every one of us—in our hearts. He is smiling down from heaven. He longs, just as his Heavenly Father, for you to have a relationship with Jesus. He wants you to love one another, to live by the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12) and to take the straight path to God (Proverbs 3:5-6).
We miss you sweet boy. No one could ever take your place.

6 comments:

loveanjel4! said...

Aww, how sweet Shannon! He was definitely a sweet boy, I see Cam in him by your words as well!

PGM35/Paulette said...

Wow -this is beautiful Shannon. I hope you are doing well.

amaroney1 said...

Thank you for allowing those of us who didn't know Ethan to get a glimpse of the beautiful boy he was. And, for allowing us to follow you on this journey of yours.

Still lifting you up in prayers and thinking of you often,
Alicia

sasicas said...

What a wonderful boy! What a blessing he is to your family and I am positive he all those things and MORE in Heaven with the Lord right now.

I am praying for you all!

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

thank you for sharing ethan with me. what a precious boy!

Melanie Christenson said...

Thanks for sharing about your precious son! What treasured memories!