Archive for June, 2007

In memory of precious baby boy Wesley
June 21, 2007

It is with immense sadness that I pass this along.  Many of you may remember that we asked for prayer for this family.  They received a fatal diagnosis for Wesley in January of a Krabbe’s disease.  I had the opportunity to meet Wesley in person last Thursday night June14th.  He was absolutely perfect and so darn cute that I just wanted to pick him up and love on him.  It is a moment that I will always treasure.

I questioned whether to share this with you on the blog.  The last thing we want to do is cause anyone additional pain.  But when I walked into the funeral home last night for visitation and I looked into the face of yet another broken mother; forever changed by the premature loss of her baby, I knew I had to share my thoughts.  I remember when I lost my baby how much I wished it wasn’t me facing this.  I wanted to be the person comforting the mother not the mother who lost her baby.  This time I am not “the mother” who lost her baby.  But I have lost the ability to pretend it doesn’t matter….that peoples lives haven’t been shattered regardless of how acutely I can feel it.  There loss doesn’t affect my breathing pattern and I can wake up and have it not be the first thing I think about…..but they can’t.  I know what that is like.  I’m so sorry that they have joined those of us who do. I feel compelled through all this to address the issue of God in all this.  Not knowing for sure where each one of you are in your faith or even if you have one at all I can only write what I know to be true.  If there is a God, how could He allow this to happen to Wesley?  I won’t pretend to have all the answers.  In fact, I may not have any answers at all.  I can only tell you that I do believe there is a God and I do believe that He hurts when we hurt.  I believe that this life is only a blink of an eye compared to what he has prepared for those who believe in Him.  I believe that Wesley’s life is only a chapter in this book and that only God knows how the story ends.  I believe that He collects every tear and will someday replace those tears with a peace and understanding that words can’t possibly describe.  But until that day, we will continue to hold onto this Truth while holding the hearts of all of you who know what it’s like to lose your child. Anyone who would like to send a card to the Fisher family, please feel free to do so.  It’s Kris and Ryan Fisher 9105 Deerfield Hwy., Blissfield  MI  49228.   

Wesley Robert Fisher

BLISSFIELD — Wesley Robert Fisher was joyously welcomed to his earthly home on July 15, 2006, at the Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, Mich., by his family, Ryan, Kristen and Abigail Fisher.

Wesley’s short sweet life proved to all that it takes a village to raise a child. Wesley was returned to his heavenly father on June 18, 2007, at the age of 11 months. He is now free to run and enjoy his eternity.

Wesley will be sadly missed by his parents, Ryan and Kris Fisher of Blissfield; grandparents, Harry (Phyllis) Gentz and Bob (Mary Lou) Fisher, both of Blissfield; great-grandparents, Kathleen Ries, Marian Gentz, Beulah Fisher and Albert “Shorty” Neyrinck, all of Blissfield; aunts and uncles, Brian (Aimee) Fisher, Kristy (Dean) Suiter and Craig (Karla) Fisher, all of Blissfield; and cousins, Logan and Gavin Gentz, Devin, Kelsey and Dakota Suiter and Spencer and Kipp Fisher, all of Blissfield. And lastly, he leaves behind his best buddy, his big sister, Abby.

Funeral services for Wesley will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 N. Blissfield Hwy., Blissfield, with the Rev. Gary Leking officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery in Blissfield. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the Tagsold Funeral Home in Blissfield from 2-8 p.m. and on Thursday after 10 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and also the church.


Invisible Wounds
June 20, 2007

     Wow . . . what a fantastic guest speaker we had!  Yvonne Prowant, an RN from Grand Rapids, MI came and spoke to us as well as our significant others, families, and friends last Monday night.  She shared a fresh perspective to the pain of emotional loss by drawing from her nursing experiences, personal losses and Christian faith.  She took the time to compare a physical wound, both intentional and unintentional, to that of an emotional wound.  This included discussing the intital injury, the healing phase, and the scar formation.  Who would have thought that a physical wound would compare so easily to that of losing a baby?  It was awesome to be able to put somehting concrete to something so abstarct as grief!  She was a terrific speaker and we were so blessed to be able to have her make the trip to Adrain to share with us.

     We will be back to our regular schedule next month meeting on the third Monday of the month (July 16th) at our normal time of 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  Don’t forget we will begin working out of our new devotional Greiving the Child I Never Knew.  You can pick up a copy at any Christian book sotre!  Hope to see you then!



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The Gathering 2007 Video
June 10, 2007