Scenes from Visitation 5/19/2012


James with his brother







Some of James and Jerard's little friends saying "see you later"


a Filipino tradition is to play card games at the visitation.
Ben is playing Uno with JR, LoriAnn and Lani Lou.




So thankful for friends and church family.


Arlene and Jake. Jake put together a wonderful slide
show that shows during visitation. Arlene has been our
faithful steady helper throughout the years. We call her
James' and Jerard's Lola (Grandma). Pray for her as she deals
with her grief.

through the years














A Visitor From Heaven Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EginYNcQvnE

A visitor from Heaven
If only for a while
A gift of love to be returned
We think of you and smile
A visitor from Heaven
Accompanied by grace
Reminding of a better love And of a better place
With aching hearts and empty arms
We send you with a name

It hurts so much to let you go
But we're so glad you came We're so glad you came


A visitor from Heaven If only for a day
We thank Him for the time He gave
And now it's time to say
We trust you to the Father's love
And to His tender care
Held in the everlasting arms
And we're so glad you're there We're so glad you're there

With breaking hearts and open hands
We send you with a name
It hurts so much to let you go
But we're so glad you came We're so glad you came

(lyrics by Twila Paris)

A Day of Moving On........8th Grade Graduation 5/18/12

Kirsten graduated from 8th grade tonight. It was a very nice ceremony. The 8th grade girls did a really great job singing, too!
A day of loss, a day of moving on - Kirsten to 9th grade; Jerard to heaven.

Kirsten with her friends in 8th grade

the elementary kids singing the Philippine National Anthem




A Visitor From Heaven

Jerard died this morning. Just stopped breathing. We rushed him to ER. They worked on him but he is with Jesus.

Visitation starts today around 4pm and funeral will probably be Tuesday morning.

Pray for us.

The song, "A Visitor From Heaven" by Twila Paris plays in my mind.

A visitor from Heaven
If only for a while
A gift of love to be returned
We think of you and smile

A visitor from Heaven
Accompanied by grace
Reminding of a better love
And of a better place

With aching hearts and empty arms
We send you with a name
It hurts so much to let you go
But we're so glad you came
We're so glad you came

A visitor from Heaven
If only for a day
We thank Him for the time He gave
And now it's time to say
We trust you to the Father's love
And to His tender care
Held in the everlasting arms
And we're so glad you're there
We're so glad you're there

With breaking hearts and open hands
We send you with a name
It hurts so much to let you go
But we're so glad you came
We're so glad you came