Monday, September 10, 2007

Ultimate Healing

Once again, I'm not sure the best way to say this, so out it comes.

My dear beloved Amy has gone home to meet her Lord. Shortly after 4:00 PM on this, September 10th, 2007, she took her last sweet breath. Moments before, she leaned up to me, and with much effort, told me she loved me - and gave me a kiss through her oxygen mask.

As someone else said on another blog when their dear one passed away, I never knew one could be at so much peace and have such a broken heart at the same time.

Thank you once again for all of your prayer.

And know that for all of you we've come to know that are still fighting your own battes that we're still praying for you.

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Anonymous said...

I had just pleaded with God about Amy before reading the update. I am going on my knees right now in prayer for you all, that He will wrap His arms around you and not let go.

Tina

LilyLakeMom said...

I am so very sorry. Praying for you all.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your family. I got to know about Amy through her blog, and have prayed for you this past month since finding it. I will continue to lift you and your family up in prayer.

Beth F. said...

I am so sorry. There are no other words. Amy fought so hard and will be remembered by so many.

My prayers are with you and Amy's entire family.

April said...

My heart is breaking, the tears refuse to cease. For someone I never met personally, Amy certainly embedded herself in my heart and will always be thought of dearly.

I pray that you and your entire family will have the strength and courage to meet these challenging days. I pray the Lord will give YOU healing, comfort, peace, and grace.

Brandon, I will continue to pray for you and Gary and God to shower you with blessings and to help you cope with your loss.

I am in shock, saddened, but most of all happy for Amy that she is no longer in pain and is now with her blessed Saviour.

weavermom said...

I'm so, so sorry. My heart just breaks for you and for your sweet little guy.

May God hold you close, close.

Especially Heather said...

Words cannot express how heavy my heart is for you.

Through the tears, I am rejoicing in her Homecoming, and praying for your strength to know that she loved you and her son very very much.

-H

Jane Anne said...

I am sorry for your loss. I found you through Heather's blog "Especially Heather." My prayers are with you and you are surrounded by God's love.

Della said...

My heart aches for you and all of Amy's family. May God be with you all during this time of loss. I love you all.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry. I've read and followed Amy's story for many months now and have prayed without ceasing for her and you and Little Gary. Amy's strength and courage have impacted me in ways that I would have never thought possible. Sometimes it seems that God needs our Earthly Angels in His Heavenly Home. I will continue to pray for you and Gary, that God will wrap you in His arms and bring you comfort and healing for your heart.

Again, I am so sorry.

With God's Love,

Peggy

Traci said...

God used Amy to touch my life so very deeply. May he hold you in the palm of His hand for now and all eternity...until your family is together once again in heaven. Thank you for sharing your story.

Anonymous said...

Brandon, I am so sorry. Talking with you today I could feel your heart in pain. I just want to share with you the chorus of the song I wrote for my mom when she passed.

We all know the price Jesus paid,
So when this day comes we won't be afraid, to take hold of the angels hand, and walk with him into the promised land.

Call me anytime day or night if you need to talk.
I love you Brandon, Greg

Anonymous said...

So very sorry for your loss. Amy fought the good fight of faith, and she's won her prize! May the Lord hold you all close to His heart as you grieve the loss of your dear Amy.

Karen F. said...

Continuing to pray for your family . . . that you will know the tender mercies of God like never before.
What started as a painful and hard day for Amy has ended with her complete healing before the presence and glory of our Redeemer.
It's still a painful day for you, though, and we'll continue to pray.

Anonymous said...

Brandon, I am so sorry. I will be praying for you. Amy will always be remembered for the wonderful woman of God she was. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Emily Baker

Anonymous said...

Praying through tears for you and your family and the loss you now experience but rejoicing in Amy's celebration time. As with many others, I found ya'll through a friend last fall. Your journey through this trial has been a blessing for me and my family and it has been a blessing to pray for ya'll. My prayers and empathy are with you as you continue your earthly journey until we are all finally Home!

Mindy said...

I am so sorry.
Still praying for you and your family as you continue on.
Amy was such an inspiration to me in the past 6 or so months since I found her blog.
I won't forget her!
May God grant you comfort!

Jenny said...

Thanksgiving and Prayer
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints— the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth...
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Collosians 1-7,9-14

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50

Her life continues. In our hearts, in yours... and in eternal glory. I'm convinced she has a crown of splendor. Know that you who have to remain are covered in much prayer.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your families loss. Amy was very brave and I checked on a daily basis on each step of the day. I pray for your family and may God bless you all.
Amy will rest in peace and fly high with the angels. She always lifted me each day with her lovely words of courage. I am glad she is no longer suffering in pain.God Bless you all.

Molly Coddled said...

I am so sorry. I am praying for strength and comfort for your family. I have no other words...

Vivi said...

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." My dear little sister is finally seeing the One whom her soul loves. I rejoice for her, and will continue to pray for you and your little guy and extended family. It was a privilege to pray for her from Central Texas. Her life has brought, and will continue to bring, much glory to God! "Pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us." Hugs to your dear mother-in-love.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you and your family.

Colleen said...

Please know how much we care…

The Moellers

Amber D.M. said...

My dearest friends! My heart and love goes out to you all. It is still so hard to believe that Amy is walking with Jesus at this very moment. I know how dearly she will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are still with you all.

With all my love,
Amber

Max's Family said...

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

Abbi said...

I was so sorry to read these words! I have been praying for Amy and all of you this afternoon since I read your earlier post. What a comfort, even though I never met Amy, to know that she is with the Lord and free from pain.

I will be praying for you all over the next few days and beyond. I'm amazed how someone I never met can have such a profound impact on my life and my perspective, but Amy's has had just that in my life. Often I was encouraged by her courageous spirit and the strength from the Lord that she claimed to fight for her husband, sweet baby and the rest of her family. I know it sounds selfish to say, but often, Amy's updates gave me a healthy dose of perspective to the things that I am tempted to complain about on a regular basis.

I will be praying for you!

Rocks In My Dryer said...

My heart aches for you all, beyond words. I will be praying for your whole family in the days to come.

Anonymous said...

I am so, so very sorry to read this update...know that you will continue to be in my prayers. Thank you so very much for the lovely shining testimony you and sweet Amy have shared through this blog. Please know that you are held in the everlasting arms, which will never let go. God Keep.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.

We will continue to pray for your whole family.

Thank you for sharing Amy's journey...the faith she had will always be an inspiration.

Ashley said...

Although we never met I loved her very much. Her strength, her testimony, her faith touched my heart deeply. Tonight my heart aches for your loss,and I am praying for you and your precious family. Thank you for sharing her with all of us and for allowing us to love your family. Trish

Anonymous said...

Blessings to you and your family. We pray for peace and comfort as you grieve. We are praying for you.

Alaina

Israel Wayne said...

We are grieving with you Brandon, and Amy's family. I'm thankful that I will be able to meet Amy in person in Heaven. She was an amazing lady. You picked a good one, Brandon. Gary had a good mama, and he has a great dad. We love you and Gary. We need to meet Gary sometime. --Israel and Brook

Lyric said...

Heartache and tears here. Prayers will continue...May you have an abundance of His comfort and peace.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh my, your family is in my prayers. I am so sorry for this tremendous loss. May angels comfort you and the love of God surround you this very moment...

Stephanie

Anonymous said...

Brandon I am so sorry, I pray for comfort right now. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. May the Lord hold you close now more than ever. You are in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

My profound condolances to you and your family Brandon..

Blessings,

Jim K.
Waukesha, WI.

Anonymous said...

Your grace in sharing your story is an inspiration. Sending all the strength and angels I know to give you peace and comfort on this sad day of loss and homecoming.
Thanks be to God that love never dies.

Anonymous said...

Brandon and Family-
Words can not express how I feel now. I know she is at peace and I cry tears of joy, but at the same time I know you have such a heavy heart, and therefore, I cry tears of sadness. But...she is with Jesus and has fought the good fight. I am sure she heard, "well done, thou good and faithful servant." Know I am still praying for your precious family.

Shari

Brenda said...

I am so sorry. I will continue to pray for you and your family that your hearts will be healed and your faith strengthened.

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Even though I never met Amy she really made such an impression on me. You, Gary, and your whole family are in our prayers.
Cheri

Leigh said...

Brandon,
My heart breaks for you and your family. You and Gary will be daily in my prayers. I rejoice that Amy is in the arms of her Savior. I am thankful for the legacy of Faith she has left behind in her words on this blog. I am thankful that Gary will one day see how great God is, through all his mother said. God is great in our weakness. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. Thank you for sharing Christ.

My life has been forever changed, because God worked through Amy and Brandon Wilhoite. I am confident Christ will continue to change lives through your family.

Praise be to our Savior!
Leigh Taylor

mini and brother said...

I'm so sorry. Thinking of Amy with the Lord is such a joy. Her life has been an encouragement to me.
Praying for your whole family.

C.D.O. said...

My heart is so heavy reading this news. I know you are being enveloped in prayer at this very difficult moment. Amy was so courageous in faith. There is no doubt she has received her reward.

Kevin P. Larson said...

Brandon,

We're here in Columbia-- for you. Let us know how we can help. We will pray for you.

Kevin

Mari said...

You have my sympathy and prayers. I don't think Amy knew how many lives she touched. It is a blessing that in the midst of pain, we know Amy is now in perfect health and joy and with the Savior she loved.

Anne said...

In tears for you all now. May Gary know how long and how hard Amy fought to be with him. May you all know God's peace at this time.
My love and prayers
Anne

Megan said...

I join everyone else in giving my sincere condolences and shedding tears on your behalf. I'm so sorry.

Anonymous said...

(I'm crying). . .

She "flew away" Psalm 90-- We'll see her again in the Gloryland.

Sorry, so sorry for your loss. I will miss reading her words and thoughts here on her blog.

Because of Amy's testimony, I am more thankful that ever for God's wonderful sovereignty and goodness.

Thoughts and prayers to you. I just can't believe this news--in a way it seems unreal.

Anonymous said...

My deepest condolences to you and your family in your time of loss. Shortly after my grandmother passed my mom found a newspaper clipping she had saved in her bible. Simply stated, it said that when someone dies it's a bit like watching a boat sail into the horizon...until you can no longer see it anymore. And as you sadly wave goodbye, you must remember that there is someone on the distant shore, waving frantically to welcome them to the other side. I hope you find peace in the coming days and support when you need it most. You will remain in my prayers.
Martine in Webster, NY

cnfidelis said...

We are so sorry for your loss. We will continue praying for you and your family.

Our hearts are so sad for you and yet we rejoice that Amy is with her savior now--free from pain and rejoicing in his love.

With our prayers,
Ashley and family

Anonymous said...

Brandon and Family,

No words can comfort as we wish they could but our prayer continues for the Lord to be the Complete Comforter to you all now.

Your dedication, love, patience, gentleness, wisdom, and care giving in these many months is a tribute to faith in our Living Lord Jesus.

We are thankful for the day yesterday, and for the peaceful close today. May the Lord continue to give you strength and wisdom now.

Love to You All,
Don and Lilan

Anonymous said...

Dear Amy's family, I am so sorry to hear of Amy's passing on to glory. I know your hearts are broken, but rejoicing that she is in His precious presence. I pray God's comfort Brandon, Gary and the rest of your family. In His Grace, Laurie Sigel

Carey said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your son and your family. I will continue to pray for you all. May God be with you.

Heather said...

I have been following Amy's story and praying for about a year--I think. My heart aches for you and your son. Praying for peace.

Heather said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of Amy. I know she's fought so hard. We've been praying for her and our prayers for you and your sweet son continue.

Kim in MI said...

I'm so sorry to hear this.
Praising God that she knew Him and He has welcomed her home, that she is pain free and rejoicing with Him. But praying for you and your family and your broken hearts.

Summer said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Aimee said...

Praying for you all and wishing you peace in the days to come.

nancygrayce said...

My prayers are with you and your family! I'm so glad Amy knew where she would be and that you all have that assurance in this time of grief.

Jen Jen in Jakarta, Indonesia said...

I am so sorry.
I have been praying hard for your family for months. My thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of loss.

read2kds said...

I have been praying for Amy for many months and have such sadness and joy to hear of her passing. I am certain she was thrilled to hear the words of the savior she loves so much. "well done..." I will continue to pray for you Brandon, Gary, and her extended family that God will reveal to you the extent of her impact on His Kingdom. I did not have the privilege of knowing her on earth, but look forward to meeting her in heaven!

Many Blessings,
Amy M.

Karen said...

As Adrian Rogers once said, "Take comfort in knowing this is not God's FINAL plan." Amy has touched many lives and is leaving a legacy for her son and family - we will never know until we all get to Heaven just how many people have been changed because of her testimony. Praying for God's strength and comfort for you, Gary and the rest of your family during this especially difficult time.

Leslie said...

It has been a privilege to pray for Amy and her family this last year. So many are grieving with you guys tonight, and praying for God's grace and comfort to cover you. I am so thankful for Amy's testimony of the goodness of God to her through this trial. She blessed me! Though I'm sad (especially for those she leaves behind), I rejoice that her desire to be done with sin is fulfilled and that she is experiencing all of pleasures of Jesus right now.

jtcosby said...

I am so sorry for your loss and still amazed at your strength. We will continue to pray for your family.

Alissa said...

My prayers are with you.

iamchanelle said...

we are so sorry - much love to you and gary.

clint and chanelle r.

Kim said...

I just read of Amy's homegoing and am so saddened to hear the news. I will continue to pray for your family, as I have prayed for Amy all these months. Amy's strength and testimony were such an encouragement and blessing to me, another cancer patient.

~Kim, in Houston

Sun said...

My heart breaks for you and your entire family - this blog has become so precious to me - please know my family will be praying for you and your friends and family. Sunshine

Dunn Family said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Amy was so special to so many. Her life touched all of ours. We will be praying for your family in the days ahead.
In Christ,
Gina Dunn
P.S. We are however rejoicing that Amy has gone "home" and will never know sickness again.

lori said...

Praying for you and your family. So sorry for your loss. May you feel God's love and peace at this time of sorrow.

Becky said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers. God bless.

Cori@SAHMbles said...

I am so sorry, so very sorry. I'm praying for you all.

peach said...

I am so sad for your loss, Brandon. May the Lord sustain you through your darkest days. You will continue to be in our prayers.

Katina said...

I've never met you all, but was directed to this blog some months ago. I have been praying for Amy and was often uplifted by her posts and convicted of my lack of gratitude and unthankful spirit as I read them. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing your lives with me. I will be praying for you and Gary and for the extended family.

Amy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I came here from Rocks in my Dryer. I will pray for all of you!

annb said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but thankful that Amy will now have perfect peace without any more pain. She was truly a woman of God and has been such an inspiration to me throughout this difficult time in her life. I pray that you as Amy's family can draw from our Lord and from His family on this earth for comfort during such a time of loss. I know that she will be missed.
In His Love and Blessings,
annb

Melissa said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, and will continue to pray for your family in this time.

Melissa

Jillans said...

Precious Amy is with the Lord and I know what a comfort that his to all of you. My prayers for your precious family as you grieve. May God comfort and keep you always. Blessings and Love.

Pam said...

The song I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me comes to mind. I know Amy was welcomed with open arms. She fought so hard.

Tammy C said...

My heart breaks for you and you are in my prayers.Thanks for allowing us to be be a part of your life in the past 15 monthes.

Joe.Karen said...

Dearest Brandon, Gary, Anita, and family...

Oh, how I was hoping and praying that I would never have to read this entry. It is so eerie how Amy and Joe's journey started to look so similar. I imagine they are hanging out together and eagerly awaiting the day when we can join them.

My heart breaks with yours. I will continue to pray for each one of you. For healing, comfort, and peace. And...I do hope one day to meet able to meet your wonderful family.

Amy was a beautiful person. I don't need to tell you that. And though we never had the privilege of meeting here on earth, she was an inspiration to us.

Love always,
Karen

Susan said...

I have been following Amy's story for a few months. I lost my seven year old son to cancer in July and I also have a baby girl the same age as Gary. I am so very sorry for the loss of Amy. I truly hope that my little boy has met Amy and that she will be one of many helping to take care of my son until we can be reunited.

Anonymous said...

Our love and peace go out to you. I hope you will consider putting the contents of all of your blogs into a Book.

AMY'S Journey

God be with your family!

Rose said...

Brandon and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have been reading along and praying for many months. Amy touched me so much through her blog with her words of faith and her love of God. Keeping you and your family in my prayers during the difficult days ahead.

lightshines said...

I am so very very sorry. Peace be with all of you.

Holly said...

Brandon and Gary (and the rest of the family),

I am beyond sorry for your loss. I know it must be bittersweet, knowing Amy is rejoicing in the Lord and no longer suffering. May you find comfort and peace knowing she'd want you to find joy in her victory.

I pray you feel God's mercy and love surrounding you during this blank time.

I will continue to pray for all of you - likely for the rest of my life.

Anonymous said...

Special prayers and praise for Lizzie, who was ready to do what she could. For some reason this cup and this opportunity passed but her willingness is not unnoticed or unappreciated.
May you all find comfort in the shelter of each other and your faith.

Anonymous said...

My dear Brandon, Gary, Anita, and family,

My heart aches for you and I wish for a different outcome, even as I rejoice in Amy's partaking in the final victory over sin, pain, and death. I'm glad her suffering is over, but am so sad for you Brandon, her love; Gary, her baby; and for her parents and dear brothers and sisters. May God sustain you in the upcoming hours and days and months and years, and may he be real to you in the pain, just as he was to Amy.

I love you, and my prayers, and Duncan's, will be with you every day, just as they have been during the last year.

Rebekah

Anonymous said...

Rest in the arms of your creator and mighty God Amy. Your family you have made strong, your son you have given faith. I am in awe of you. Your strength. Your faith. You. God bless those left without your sweet presence. May their hearts be filled with your memories and strength. They all have one amazing angel guiding them.

Joyful Days said...

Heartfelt prayer for your family. May you feel the LORD's hands holding your family during this time.

Lyn said...

I am glad she went in peace. I am sad you have lost your wife, mother, daughter, friend...

Anonymous said...

((HUGS))
Praying that you feel Gods arms of love surrounding you during this difficult time.

I am so sorry for your loss.

lindsay said...

'will i dance for your Jesus, or in awe of You, be still?'

Amy is DANCING before her Healer today. As relieving as it is to know she's now complete and whole, I am so very sorry for your loss. You'll be in our prayers as you grieve.

Laura said...

I am continuing to pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Amy touched my life and that of so many. She will be remembered well - a fitting legacy for such a courageous and beautiful person!

Carrie said...

I am so sorry for your loss and we will continue to pray. We love you in the Lord.

Anonymous said...

I have never posted before but check in almost everyday. I am so very sorry for your loss and will continue to keep you all in my prayers.
Although I only knew Amy and her family through this blog, she deeply touched my life.
God Bless

Kim

Julie said...

My deepest sympathies. My prayers will be with your family.

Laurel Wreath said...

It has been a privileged to pray for Amy through this journey. I count it a privileged to pray for your family at this time. May God comfort you beyond your understanding.

Kim said...

I am so sorry to hear this. She was a priceless gem...a beautiful shining example for us all. She is a godly woman who I greatly admire. I will miss her. I will always remember how she pointed to God and His goodness always....even through the hardest of days.

I know you will miss her. I will pray for you and Gary. May His grace carry you through.

Blessings and prayers for you all,
Kim

gracie said...

A profound thank you... from this small poet sitting in Australia's sunshine knowing that where you are the sun has set on your saddest day.

Sharing the suffering has strung a web of prayer around the world, hands held through keyboards and hearts holding their breath each time Amy's words spoke her hope and pain. She was heard, and one by one we gathered around her words as you gathered around her bed and we all spoke to the Father on her behalf.
And now we cry out to Him on your behalf, knowing that in the days ahead you will need His presence and comfort more than you ever have before.
We have all been changed.

Thank you.

Sonny said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I had just said a quick prayer as I read my sisters post on her site. Once again I am truely sorry and will continue to pray for you and your family for the days to come. God Bless you all.

Rachel said...

I'm so sorry Brandon-my heart goes out to all of you.



~Rachel E

Kara said...

I am so sorry (((hugs))) your family will continue to be in my prayers at this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry and pray for strength you and your son. Tanya

Tara said...

My heart goes out to you at this time.

Barb @ A Chelsea Morning said...

Oh, Brandon, I'm so, so sorry. My heart breaks for you and little Gary.

I so hope that her passing was peaceful and I know that her last "I love you" is something you will treasure forever.

Her courage and her faith through all of this has inspired a whole world of people.

God bless you. God bless you and your sweet family.

My prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Thank God that we got to know Amy, for even a little while. She was a treasure.

Mrs. Pharris said...

Earth's loss is Heaven's gain, I'm certain.

May God bless you, hold you in the palm of His hand. May he grant you peace in the midst of this terrible storm.

PEZmama said...

May God bring peace and comfort to you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

My heart breaks for you and your son and the rest of the family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Dawn said...

I have been reading and praying for over a year. Amy has been such a blessing to me. And to so many other people. Thank you for sharing with the world. I am so sad for all of you, but so very happy that Amy is out of her pain and mystery.

My grandkids are sitting here wondering why I am crying. IT is amazing how close to someone you can feel whom you have never met. But we WILL meet in heaven someday. God bless all of you - I can tell you are a wonderful family.

Paige said...

I am so very very sorry for you. I know that comments from people you don't know at all may not be much comfort at this very very difficult time, but please know that there are people out there who care.

God is looking out for you, still, and now you'll have your Amy as your own personal Angel to look out for your little family and bless you from Heaven.

Christy said...

Dear Brandon - My heart is full and overflowing for you and your little son and for all of Amy's family. What a beautiful woman you had in your life, a precious gift. Thank you for sharing her with us. May God's grace continue to flow over you and keep you and comfort you.

Theresa said...

I didn't know Amy but came to the blog from Lifesong's blog and would pray whenever I visited. I am sorry that she lost her earthly battle and so sorry for yours and your sons loss. I am glad that she went peacefully and that He is giving you peace as well. Keep holding on to Him as you learn to go on.

Mitzi said...

Your family is in my prayers. May God give you peace beyond understanding.

Melanie said...

My deepest sympathy as you let her go on to be with Jesus. I am so grateful that her suffering is over, but so sorry for your loss and for your child. Praying that you will be comforted by the Peace of Jesus Christ.

Teresa said...

Our hearts are heavy for you and your family Brandon. Thank you for letting us share with you those last precious moments when Amy again showed her strength and determination. Thank you for loving Amy through the better and the worse and being an example of Christ's love of His Church. We are praying for you and your family tonight.
Teresa

terry said...

I was with my 30 year old niece when she passed away with IBC. She never looked more beautiful than she did then. Shortly before she passed away she told her mother that she saw her grandmother waiting for her. The beauty and peace in her face was a comfort to everyone that day. It was another sign from God that she was in his care. The peace of God be with you as Amy is in his care.

Anonymous said...

"Somewhere in the midst of all of the emotions I had an overwhelming sense of peace. Ever since the Urgent Care doctor had called, the song "Blessed be Your Name" had been running through my head. "Blessed be Your name, when the path's marked with suffering, though there's pain in the offering, blessed be Your name." I told Brandon, "The Lord gives, and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord." In the midst of everything known and yet unknown, all I could know is that He had me. I wasn't anywhere I wasn't supposed to be, this was the path I had been called to, and He wouldn't give me more than I could bear."

Brandon, I have never met your family (found you through Especially Heather's blog), but have lost two dear friends to cancer teh past year or so. The words above are Amy's from her first post where she wrote about her diagnosis and reaction to it. Your wife was beautiful and strong, and I know you are proud of how hard she fought. I pray that your will find rest and peace in the Lord's care, that you will never question His love for you, and that you will have all the human support you need in the weeks and months to come as you enter this new chapter. Please continue to update regarding how you and your little man are doing.

Anonymous said...

There are no words - please know you are loved - all of you... May the Lord wrap you in His arms...

Boomeyers said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds as though Amy was ready to go to the comforting arms of our Father. My prayers for strength go to your family, for healing and peace.

Carol Mahan said...

My heart goes out to you Brandon, and to you Anita, and to your whole family. I am sitting here crying and trying to type this, and am just so very stunned and so very sorry for your loss.

Amy was a beautiful girl with a beautiful heart and soul, and her spirit shined forth with every post that she wrote on this blog. She was determined and oh so brave fighting the good fight and perservering through so much pain and testing.

And you know what? SHE WON! She got to go be with the One who created her and the One who loves her more than anything...she gets to go and be with her Father and have a body that is complete and whole in heaven. No more pain or no more struggle, SHE IS FREE!

I will be praying for you to have His strength and peace as you go through the grieving process and realize the deep sense of loss of your beautiful wife, Brandon, and your precious daughter, Anita. I know it will be hard but I believe that the Lord will give you Himself as you draw near to Him, and He will comfort you and draw you in, and you will know that Amy is in a perfect place and the heart of her heavenly Father is very pleased with her journey of faith and endurance and perserverance, and that of being a precious daughter in His sight.

In Him,
With Love,
Carol and Aaron Mahan and Family

Anonymous said...

I am praying for your family. Have checked your site at least daily and sometimes more, and was praying. Praise the Lord for the grace He has given you all to get through this. I am praying specifically for little Gary that God would use him in a great way. I'm sure this is what Amy desires.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. May the Lord comfort and heal you and give you peace.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family Brandon. I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray the Lord have mercy on Amy's soul, comfort her family and friends and protect her baby boy.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you all....

Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you. I look at these posts and all of the people Amy impacted. She had a strong testimony and love for God. I know she will be missed but rest in knowing we will all join her one day.

Anonymous said...

Brandon,
We prayed so hard for her but God wanted her to come home. We yield humbly to His decision. We will continue to pray for you and Gary and please know that we share a profound sense of sadness. She was the first female grandchild of our family and as the first of all the nieces and nephews that followed and the boys who came before her, she set the standard for Christian living and unselfish love. We miss her dearly already. It will be hard to sleep tonight and for many nights to come, but we know she is seated at the Lord's table enjoying the perfect peace of heaven. We held her when she was just a baby, you held her as a wife, and we'll all hold her again when we too are called home. We loved her dearly.
Uncle Cliff and Aunt Karen

Mrs. Pear said...

I am so very sorry.

I have been reading and praying quietly in the background for a long time, but wanted to tell you how sorry we are.

We will continue to pray for you and your family.

Paulette said...

Brandon and Family,
I just returned this evening being out of town and came by to check on AMy and found she had left to see the Father.
I had always told AMy how she reminded me of my dearest friend Linda who I was able to help in her battle with cancer. I spoke of Linda often yet never told Amy she died.
Linda always said at the end of her life that the ultimate healing may not be on earth but with the Lord, and I know Amy is rejoicing with the Lord right now, though we are the one's who are grieving.
I am so thankful that Amy is no longer in pain, truely grateful though I will miss her so deeply.
I will continue to pray for you Brandon as you raise your precious son.

The Roaming Southerner said...

I found this blog today through a series of other blogs and could not stop reading. Even though I have never met her, I truly believe her to be a role model for me now. What amazing faith you all have, and to put something so monumental into God's hands is a lesson for me to trust in the small and large.

To be honest, I have been spiritually numb for awhile. This blog and Amy's words have hit me so hard...I thank God that He gave her the wisdom to write this blog and for directing me here.

I am definately praying for all of you. I know it means little in comparison but thank you.

I am so sorry and will be praying for all of you.

kristin said...

I have been following your blog for a while now. My heart truly breaks for you at this news, but it is also such a comfort to know she is with her Father now in Heaven. Praying fervently for all of you.

geminirn said...

So very sorry for your loss.My prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Lisa said...

Brandon -
Amy left such an impression on all of us. I will never forget her courage,her praise for God and her devotion to Him right to the end, and the way that she fought so hard to stay here with you and your precious son.

May God bless you in this pain. As the spouse of a Leukemia patient, I know the depths of pain and faith this journey takes us through!

Praying for you and your family!
Lisa

Lory said...

Brandon, we are so sorry. Our hearts and prayers are with you. What a comfort and joy to know that Amy is now home with her Savior. We will be praying for you and Gary.
Jon and Lory Payne

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I cried a lot when I read this post. I've been praying for Amy for months now and although I never knew her I had come to care about her (and Brandon and little Gary) so very much. I'm so, so sorry that God chose to call her home. That is, I'm glad she's home and at peace, but I'm so sorry for those of you still here without her. I'll continue praying for your family.

Summer in FL said...

I am so very sorry. We will be praying for you all.

Jenny said...

I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Praying for you.

Jenni Halley said...

I could only hope that I could face something like this with the grace and dignity shown by Amy. I was at Ellis today with my husband for an appt. and I prayed for her. I had checked the blog late last night and of course did not see the 11am post this morning since we were in Columbia. I prayed that she would be able to come back to Columbia soon. Even knowing her plight, I was still shocked when I saw the blog tonight and learned of her passing.

No doubt, the trumpets blared today when she entered Heaven. Well done, good and faithful servant.

Please take time for your own healing and to find a way to come out of this in a healthy way. Amy will always be with you, and may you be blessed in a special way today and always.

Jenni and Brian Halley

Anonymous said...

Amy has touched my life in ways she never knew. Her faith through this battle has been truly inspirational.

Praying for you from Lansing, Michigan.

Tara said...

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Gassid Boys said...

"The Lord your God is with you, He is MIGHTY to save! He will take GREAT delight in you! He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."
Zeph 3:17

"The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and GIVE YOU PEACE."
Num 6:24-26

Brandon and precious Gary and family, we are praying these verses over you! We will be lifting you up in prayer these next couple of days! Even though I don't know you personally, I am grieving along with you! What an AMAZING LEGACY your precious Amy has left on this Earth! How many lives she has blessed. May all glory and honor go to our Heavenly Father. Thank you for sharing your life with us!
Jennah

Denise said...

I too am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have been praying very hard for Amy to be able to fight through this but the Lord answered our prayers in a different way. I will be praying for you to make it through all of the difficult days ahead. Amy was truly a FIGHTER! She is with the Lord now and her body is at rest and healed. May God's peace be with you as all of us continue to lift you up in prayer.

A Dusty Frame said...

I am so sorry for your loss.
You and your son are in my prayers this evening.
Lizzie

Shelly Rawlins said...

I am so very sorry. My heart just breaks for you all. still praying for peace and comfort.

Shelly

kathryn eli said...

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to your entire family.

gleea said...

I'm so sorry. You and your family is in my prayers.

Sheila said...

I am soo sorry for the loss of your love. Know that we are praying for you and your family and Amy is suffering no longer. I know your heart is heavy and words can only offer so much comfort. You will have your sweet Amy with you everyday in your son. God is Good and thank God for giving you that little boy who will bring your heart joy thru this pain. You both are part of Amy and she is never leaving you, she is in Heaven watching over her loved ones waiting for you. As the days ahead are hard know that there are many prayers going to our father on your behalf. God Bless you and I pray for your heart to be comforted....
Sheila

Kristy said...

I am so very sorry.......
Praying for all of you.

Anonymous said...

I am a stranger to Amy but have kept up with her for almost a year. I have prayed many times for her. She is to be ADMIRED for her strength and faith which were incredibly strong despite her terribly weak physical state. I am so very sorry for the loss and pain that you, Gary, and all family are experiencing but I pray you find peace in knowing she is rejoicing in Heaven, well, and pain free. I will always remember her though I never met her personally. Continued prayers for strength & comfort for you, Gary and all family members.
Lisa

Tricia said...

I am very sorry for your loss....

Nick Watson said...

I'm sorry to hear this. Dave told us about it. I'll be praying that God strengthens you guys in this trying time.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Brandon, Gary, Steve, Anita, and family, My heart aches for all of you tonight. Amy fought the good fight, and she WON her fight. She is now with her Savior and her precious grandma Dottie. May God give you peace and comfort knowing that Amy is with the Lord and not sick or in pain anymore. I love you all and hope one day to meet you, Brandon, and Gary too.

Jackie Dennison

ManyBlessings said...

I am so sorry. Prayers for all of you who will remember her in love. My deepest, deepest sympathy.
d

Carrie said...

Brandon,
Our hearts mourn with you. May the God of comfort be with you and your loved ones. Amy's faith in our Lord Jesus strengthened our faith. This morning she woke up on earth in pain and tonight she will joyfully dine with her Father, face to face. What a legacy Amy has left behind for Gary! May he grow up knowing that his mother was a Godly woman.

Keith & Carrie

Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

I never met Amy. I only joined this journey a few weeks ago, spending a night reading through this entire journal. And so I took up the prayer walk, this faith walk, with you.
She has soared Home: the destination.
Our flight will called be soon, too.
Until then...I hold your hand tight, and pray with you.

~tears~

All's grace,
Ann

Jeanne said...

My heart breaks for you and your family. I logged in tonight hoping for good news. I've been reading about Amy since February and through this time I have been amazed by her strength and grace. May she rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

I did not know Amy, but she has touched SO many lives in addition to mine. Even with the most physically weak of His children the Lord finds ways to use them for His glory. The things I have read on this blog I will never forget.
I'm so sorry for your loss, you will be in my prayers. God bless you guys.

Anonymous said...

Heartfelt prayers from TN for Brandon, little Gary - that he would be filled with the faith of his mother and father- and Amy's parents. I can't imagine the pain of losing a child, even as an adult. The Lord bless you and keep you all and make his face to shine upon you. Love, Amy

Debi said...

My life has been greatly touched by Amy; I feel so blessed to have had the change to know her story...to hear her trusting heart, and to pray for her and for you, her family...I am still praying for you and know that He will continue to carry you through this time of loss as He pours out grace and peace that passes all understanding!!

Debi

stacey said...

praying for you; your broken heart and for immense comfort. praying for gary; that God may fill his heart and soul with wonderful memories of his mother as he lives his life in the years to come.

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Praying for you today!

Anonymous said...

may the lord comfort you all at this time in your lives

peace be with you always

Grafted Branch @ Restoring the Years said...

:( Sorry.

Very sad and sorry.

Episcopollyanna said...

I am so sorry. Please know that you are in my prayers still, as you have been daily since I discovered your blog. My heart breaks for you.

It's funny how you feel you "know" people through blogs even though we never meet face to face.

God is holding Amy right now and He will wrap His loving arms around you as well.

My deepest condolences and prayers to all who love Amy.

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bless you with the balm of Gilead and hold you within His arms as the pain of your sweetheart's leaving overwhelms you.

Julie's Jewels said...

Thank the Lord she has been healed. She was going to be healed either way. We will be praying for the family as you go through this difficult time. I know God's grace is sufficient...but there is still sadness we go through. She isn't even my family member...except in Christ and the tears are flowing. Partly tears of rejoicing and partly tears of sadness. I know she will be missed but there will be a glad reunion day!! We love you all!!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about your loss. My heart breaks for your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers

Anonymous said...

Brandon, Gary, Anita, Steve and entire family,


We are so sorry for the loss of Amy. Our sorrow for you is great.
So many memories of her life have come through my mind as I have thought of her years here on earth. I too held her as a baby, watched her grow to be a young woman, wife and mother. But I also watched her grow spiritually to be an incredible woman of God. She shared her difficult journey with us and we learned in the midst of all of her suffering that her love for the Lord was a constant. We also know of your wonderful faithfulness to her through this
whole time. And the way God used
her testimony was far-reaching as I read the responses tonight.
Steve and I will continue to pray for you all for the days ahead of you--that God will strengthen and hold you up.
We love you all,
Aunt Kathy and Uncle Steve

Kim said...

Brandon,
I am so sorry for your loss today. I cannot imagine the feelings you are having and will have over the next months. I rejoice that Amy is with our Lord and completely healed. I hope you can feel the strength of all the folks around the world praying you through this hard time.

Carrie J said...

God Bless and keep you. Amy's story is something I will always remember and I will pray for you all.

PastorMac's Ann said...

So very sorry for your loss.

She was a brave faithful mighty woman of God who heard today, "Well done, good and faithful servant!Come and share your master's happiness!"

Praying that the Lord Jesus would comfort you and and Gary and all those who will miss Amy.

Jules said...

There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said.

I have only read the blog for a month or two and Amy's courage was a blessing and an inspiration to me.

You are all in my prayers.

Overwhelmed! said...

I'm so very sorry. Amy will be missed! I'm praying for you and your family!

Jessica said...

We are praying for your family.

eph2810 said...

I know you have heard it often today, but I am so sorry of your loss. Amy is healed -- not in a way we were all hoping for.
I pray that you will find comfort and strength for the days ahead of you.

Mishel said...

I'm deeply sorry for your loss Brandon and little Gary. I came to Amy's blog months ago and her life and testimony of love for her Savior and her family greatly impacted me. We continue to pray for you...

Barb said...

I am so sorry to hear of Amy's passing. I just read of your loss on Marie Spence's site. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Barb Y

Christie said...

I'm so sorry - I've followed Amy's blog for several months and was so terribly sad when I read today's post.

I'm just so very sorry...

Mrs. C said...

May the Lord give you the comfort and peace that can only come from Him. Your family will remain in our prayers.

Barb said...
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Toni in the midst said...

I'm so brokenhearted for all who knew, loved and treasured Amy, especially her family. God, be of great comfort to them now, even as I join others in praying for them.

texastanya said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure Amy has heard, "Well done, good and faithful servant" and is rejoicing with her Savior.
May you be filled with the peace that passes understanding.

Minivanmomma said...

Unsure of words to say. I only learned of your family today and all I can say is from our family to yours we send you hugs and prayers. Reading your family's posts really touched our family.

From our Arizona family to yours our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

I did not have the privilege of knowing Amy, but was touched on many occasions by her strength and her faith and most of all by your love for her. My sympathies are with you all, especially her sweet young son, dear husband and family members. Amy was such a fighter, and through it all there was a quiet serenity about her. Through her words, it was obvious that as hard as she was fighting and being hopeful and optimistic ... she was very much at peace with the fact that God had a bigger plan for her. Her faith was unwavering. I know the gates of Heaven opened wide to welcome her home.

My deepest sympathies,
~ Tiffany

Micala said...

Brandon...may God's arms be so comforting to you and your little boy.
Praying.

Linds said...

I am so sorry to hear the news, Brandon. Amy will not be forgotten. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

dillyweed said...

I never met Amy, but have been praying for her for months now, holding her and you all in my heart and thoughts daily.
As I read this post, my breath was taken from me, and my heart aches for this loss.
She was an inspiration and a testimony for so many with her faith.
What a beautiful soul.

Betony said...

I am in tears, and I don't know what to say - no words of mine could begin to compare to the tribute she left in her own words. Amy was one of my 2 closest friends growing up, and although 11 years have past since I saw her, my heart is breaking. I am so proud to have known her - she was an inspiration to so many through her bravery & faith. There can be no doubt that she is with God at this very moment, yet the world is a poorer place without her. May God help her family through this time of suffering, and may her son grow up knowing what an amazing woman his mother was. Amy, I am glad for you that you are in peace, you have been such an amazing inspiration for my life. Thank you for the gift of your frindship.

Much Ado said...

My prayers are with you.

marie said...

Oh, how I wish that I was able to spend more time with Amy! My heart is heavy with grief for you and your family. As mere mortals here on earth it is often overwhelming to try to deal with such an enormous loss. I am greatful that she has been released from her pain and now lives in glory. I'm trying to take comfort in her peace as my own tears fall freely. Her strength in the battle to stay here for her family has given me great encouragement as I start my battle. Know that we are thinking about you and praying for your serenity.

Pamela said...

I read each update. I rarely comment.
Good bye sweet sweet Amy.

I will miss you.

MiPa said...

My prayers are with you and your family. May you feel God hold you close to His heart. I am so sorry for your loss.

Marc and Charity said...

I'm so sorry Brandon and Gary, and family, for your loss. We praise the Father that she is with Him right now!

What an incredible life-story of faith, strength, and love.

We are praying.

Susanne said...

My heart is breaking. Please know that our prayers are with you and your family. Your blog is such a great testimony of Amy's (and your) faith. What a legacy to pass down to your son. May God continue to comfort you in the days ahead.

Willowtree said...

Please accept my sincere and hearfelt condolences on your loss.

Debbie said...

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

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. I found you through Heather's blog, «Especially Heather». I'm praying for you all.

Lara

Lynne said...

Prayers are with you for you and your family.

Suzy said...

Praying

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