Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thank you, friends....

John Matthew Ennis
November 28, 2009-November 29, 2009
Beloved and cherished first-born son and miracle

I cannot even begin to explain how comforting the thoughts and prayers from all over the world are. You have touched our hearts in such a deep and profound way, we are forever grateful.

Many have asked about what they could do....if you are so inclined to send flowers or something, please consider donating to the worthiest of causes... Steven Curtis Chapman's "One Little Heartbeat" has been a staple of my pregnancy music, and I dreamed about the impact my little Matthew would make on the world...one little heartbeat at a time. Now, though he is no longer with me, his memory can be honored by helping fund an EKG machine in Kyrgyzstan, and one little heartbeat at a time, he can help save other babies' lives. The information is as follows:

http://actofkindness.blogspot.com/2009/12/in-matthews-memory.html

You may also make checks payable to
Society of Cornelius

Memo: orphan account .EKG
and send them to

Possibilities International
Suite 253
525 Highland Road West
Kitchener, Ontario
N2M 5P4

The picture I am attaching is from one of the talented photographers who graciously give their time for these remembrances. The organization is Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and I can now say from experience, it is a priceless ministry. The info is as follows:

To donate to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep by web, click http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/donate/ or you can mail your check to:

The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation
7201 S. Broadway St. #150
Littleton, CO 80122



With so much love to you all,
Lori and John

52 comments:

  1. He's so beautiful! Too beautiful...

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  2. Dear, dear Lori, Thank you again for allowing us to share in Matthew's life and memory. You are a testament to faith and grace. My life has been forever changed by Matthew's. With love and prayers, Terri

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  3. What a beautiful baby boy! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. I hope all of the comments, thoughts and prayers are truly keeping you going.

    Love, Mel

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  4. He looks so peaceful in that picture. I'm thankful you had such a talented photographer there to capture pictures of your precious angel.

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  5. Dear Lori and John,

    Matthew is such a beautiful baby.

    With love and support, Jenny

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  6. Matthew is such a beautiful boy! My heart is aching for you right now. We continue to keep you in our prayers.

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  7. Sweet, sweet boy! He is beautiful! Hugs and prayers being sent to you and John.

    Love,

    Shannon

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  8. He is absolutely beautiful! His short life is going to have a very long lasting impact on MANY people and children around the world. Thank you for sharing him with us. Anara noticed the baby on the computer and came right over to see him :)

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  9. Thank you for shareing sweet Matthew with all of us, he is beautiful just beautiful,again please know all 3 of you are in our thoughts and prayers

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  10. He is absolutely breathtaking. He has made a lasting memory in our family and will never be forgotten. We are keeping you, John and Matthew in our prayers.

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  11. Lori and John, He is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing him with us. My children also noticed him right away and wanted to look at that sweet face.

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  12. Thank you for sharing this amazing photo with all of us. Your strength and grace is truly amazing. John Matthew was absoultely beautiful just like the hearts of you and John.

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  13. I would just like to say that I learned of your precious son from a friend of mine. I was deeply saddened by this news and would like to just that we are praying for you and your family. He was a beautiful little boy, so precious. I will continue to pray that you are able to find some peace at this very difficult time.

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  14. I, too, just learned of Matthew's story from a friend. He is simply beautiful, and what a precious photo to cherish. Many, many prayers for you and your family.

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  15. He is Incredible!!! Thanks so much for sharing him with us!

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  16. Dearest Lori,
    Thank you for allowing all of us to be touched by this precious baby. He truly is beautiful and will forever be remembered. All of our love and prayers to you and John.
    xoxo, Eric and Erin

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  17. Oh, thank you for sharing Matthew's beautiful face with us--it is so touching to my heart.

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  18. I couldn't read without posting... even though there are no good words. Matthew is beautiful and I am so very sorry.

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  19. Matthew is such an angel. Thank you for the beautiful picture and for how we can honor his memory.

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  20. Feel us all with you...sending our hearts from afar.

    Much Love,
    Monica, Carl and Alex

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  21. Lori and John. Know that my heart was with you even as we boarded the plane yesterday. How I wish our joy could be shared! I want you to know that I will be doing something for the orphans we meet in Matthew's memory and will let you know what that is and send you photos. It will be something we hadn't thought of or planned, but will be solely for Matthew and with only his memory in mind.

    May your pain be lessened by those who love and support you lifting you up. May your love of Matthew and his life cut a wide swath across the world!

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  22. Such a beautiful baby...so perfect. How wonderful to get those photos. I know I treasure the pictures of my angel babies and wish our hospital had such a service. I will donate to them, in hopes that they continue to do this always.

    My heart continues to be with you, Shelly

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  23. Hi Lori and John.
    My name is Shay Piemonte. I knew you when you worked at Dixon Elem. Matthew is so beautiful. I too lost my first born son. His name is Aiden. I know the pain you are feeling right the many questions and the tears that just seem to show up. When I lost Aiden my family had a beautiful poem made to hang on our wall. It fits both of our boys. If you would like to read it I would be glad to share it with you. My email is
    Shaylaa2000@yahoo.com
    Shay

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  24. Hi Lori and John.
    My name is Shay Piemonte. I knew you when you worked at Dixon Elem. Matthew is so beautiful. I too lost my first born son. His name is Aiden. I know the pain you are feeling right the many questions and the tears that just seem to show up. When I lost Aiden my family had a beautiful poem made to hang on our wall. It fits both of our boys. If you would like to read it I would be glad to share it with you. My email is
    Shaylaa2000@yahoo.com
    Shay

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  25. Such a beautiful baby! You're in my thoughts and prayers Lori.

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  26. I too learned of you and your son from a friend of mine. So sorry to read of your loss, may God be with you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers to you.

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  27. absolulty adorable... he's a doll.. love ya so much.. praying...

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  28. My heart goes out to you and your family for this terrible sadness - I've been checking in on your blog over the year, and am inspired by your strength and fortitude. He is a beautiful baby and was loved so deeply -- may you find a way to move forward - your heart has so much to give -- and there are more children waiting for you. Hold faith in that. it will happen.

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  29. Lori - Checking in on you. I am sending you huge hugs and lots of love.

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  30. Dear John and Lori,
    Our hearts ache with yours. Matthew is charming, sweet, and beautiful. We are praying for you.
    Doug and Linda Mitchell

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  31. Oh Lori, I am so sorry. Words cannot express the sadness I feel for your and John. What a gorgeous baby boy. My heart aches for you all. Please know that you are in my heart and thoughts every second of the day.
    April Taylor

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  32. I'm sorry for your loss. :( He is simply beautiful.

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  33. Wow, Lori. Matthew was a beautiful baby. I'm in awe of his perfection. I am so sorry for your loss. This is a horrible journey, one no one should ever have to take. I'm glad you're blogging. Hopefully, you feel you're not alone in this. Sending love and support.

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