Saying Goodbye

It’s been a busy, tough, strange week. But my journey has officially begun. I write this from the road.

I said goodbye to friends, went to Church camp, and vacationed on the breathtaking southern Oregon coast. A dear friend gave birth to a healthy baby boy, while another couple of our dear friends gave birth to a beautiful baby who had already gone to be with Jesus.

Asher Kai, they named him.

I’m not even sure what to say about this, as his parents are private people, and it feels presumptuous to try to tell their story on my blog. At the same time, it feels weird, almost silly to post about anything else…as if anything else matters right now.

Amy and I delayed our trip for a day, and went to Asher Kai’s burial and graveside service on Saturday. He lay in his little casket, that beautiful, perfect little boy, and we saw all the things that could have been but will never be.

As my friend Esta said so eloquently, “There are no earthly words for the inconceivable loss of a tiny, perfect son. Only tears.”

5 responses to “Saying Goodbye

  1. Best wishes! A great photo, by the way!

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  2. I am pained by the loss of your dear friend’s baby boy, just weeks ago I thought I was not only going to lose my grandbaby boy but also my daughter-in-law. I’m overwhelmed with emotions that seem so close to the surface it is difficult to contain myself and in reading your blog I am filled with sorrow for your friend but I am gladdened that they had you there for comfort. There no words for loss so deep as that of a child. My deepest and sincerest condolences.


  3. Emily, I am sorry for the sadness you had to face this past week!! I am glad you could comfort the baby’s parents and other family members.
    Blessings on your travels.


  4. Bon Voyage, my friend!


  5. Prayers for the parents and friends. đŸ˜¥

    “Them also which sleep in Jesus shall God bring with Him” :’)



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