I wanted to come and share some Christmas images today. Or maybe celebrate a little over my 10 year anniversary today. But my heart’s just not in it.

Last night our 14 year old neighbor Andy was hit by a car as he tried to cross a street in Huntsville. Today he donated his organs and was taken off life support. Our little neighborhood is grief stricken and my heart is aching for his parents. Andy was his mother’s only child.

Please, please pray for their peace and comfort as they grieve the loss of their dear boy.

RebeccaDecember 30, 2010 - 5:55 pm

Oh, so sorry. I’ll be praying for everyone.

Allison DDecember 30, 2010 - 5:56 pm

I’m so terribly sorry. My family will be praying for you all.

HuyenDecember 30, 2010 - 5:59 pm

I’m sorry to hear about your neighborhood loss of Andy.

Amy CDecember 30, 2010 - 6:04 pm

Oh my goodness! I have been thinking of this all day, since you posted it on Twitter. I can’t even imagine what they are going through. My heart aches for them and I’ll pray for them.

KaraDecember 30, 2010 - 6:08 pm

That is such a terrible thing to happen. We will keep them in our prayers. My cousin was killed in a car accident when he was 17. Donating his organs was one of the few things that helped. At least you have the knowledge of knowing they will live on in someone else. I know my aunt (he was her only child) was very moved when she received a letter from the man who received his heart. Nothing makes it better, but it is helpful to know he will continue to touch other lives through that donation. God bless them.

Lacey RDecember 30, 2010 - 6:10 pm

So, so sorry to hear of this devastating tragedy.

StephanieDecember 30, 2010 - 6:12 pm

I am so sorry to hear this!

CaseyDecember 30, 2010 - 6:20 pm

Heartbreaking. I couldn’t imagine what this family is going through. They will be in our prayers.

JoannaDecember 30, 2010 - 6:29 pm

That just breaks my heart. I will be praying for his family.

Raimie @ The Prairie HenDecember 30, 2010 - 6:35 pm

Dear one,
I am so sad for you and for everyone involved. I will pray for you all… inc. the person who hit him. That is a terrible thing to know you did… out of carelessness, recklessness or pure accidentental means.

Mostly I think of his parents… my heart sqeezes SO hard everyitme I even THINK about losing one of my children.

So, So sad for them.

So glad there is one who knows and cares even more than we ever could.
Hugs From NE

Amanda SamulskiDecember 30, 2010 - 7:13 pm

I’ve been thinking of them (and you) and praying since I saw your post on Facebook earlier today. There aren’t enough words to adequately convey how very sorry I am to hear about this tragedy. I hope his family gets some peace from knowing his organs will bring life and happiness to others.

You are all in my prayers.

PattyLDecember 30, 2010 - 7:40 pm

I wish there were words that could be said to take at least a little of the sadness away for everyone. Prayers, yes, will be said. So very sorry for all. I don’t know how people get through it if they don’t have faith.

Terry DDecember 30, 2010 - 7:45 pm

So sorry to hear this. I will keep them in my prayers.

Sandy BDecember 30, 2010 - 7:52 pm

I lost my daughter in a car accident when she was 18. The pain is unbearable still. My heart aches for this family, and for your neighborhood, and even for the person who was driving. Such a tragedy. My hope for you all is that one day you will be able remember all the joyful moments of his life, without the overwhelming grief you feel today. Love and prayers to you all. . .

quietangelsbDecember 30, 2010 - 7:56 pm

what a horrible tragedy for all. you are all in my thoughts…

KatherineDecember 30, 2010 - 7:58 pm



DaphneDecember 30, 2010 - 8:01 pm

My heart aches for his family. What a horrible tragedy! I thought of Andy all day and held Ben extra tight. Praying for his family, for you, and for your neighborhood!

MGFDecember 30, 2010 - 8:25 pm

tears go out for that family. I hope they are surrounded bu LOVE and warm thoughts of their son.

Janel BarnettDecember 30, 2010 - 8:25 pm

Been thinking about this all day since I saw it on FB. I am so sorry. There are not words. Such a reminder that life is so fragile and to live it as best we can everyday. HUGS to you and yours.

Ellen PattonDecember 30, 2010 - 8:33 pm

That is so tragic. I’m so sorry. Your neighborhood will be in my prayers.

Lori KDecember 30, 2010 - 8:52 pm

I can’t even imagine… will certainly keep them in my thoughts and prayers

KelseaDecember 30, 2010 - 8:52 pm

As a mother of three, that is a heartbreak I can’t even begin to imagine. I will keep the family in my prayers, and may God grace them with peace in the midst of their grief.

MaureenDecember 30, 2010 - 9:00 pm

simply devistating

KathyDecember 30, 2010 - 9:05 pm

What a terrible loss…our prayers go out to his family and friends.

LisaDecember 30, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Oh, I am so so sorry to hear this. My heart is heavy and I am brought to tears for you and this family. I will pray that you all will be comforted with a Peace that passes understanding… having lost a child I know the pain and I wish I could give hugs and prayers in person. My prayers are with them and with you for both your loss and for the ability to be there for them in the way they need right now. God bless, Erin.

Lauren HoppleDecember 30, 2010 - 9:13 pm

As the mom of a little boy, I cannot even imagine. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

mistyDecember 30, 2010 - 9:16 pm

oh my! i am very sorry for their loss and your sadness. the world now has a wonderful angel looking after it. peace be with your family and the neighborhood as you all grieve. i will pray for his family.

MeganDecember 30, 2010 - 9:17 pm

Oh, I am so very sorry. I cannot even wrap my brain around such sadness, but your neighbor will definitely be in my prayers.

j.j.December 30, 2010 - 9:20 pm

Oh, God. Prayers, thoughts.

chesleyDecember 30, 2010 - 10:02 pm

oh my word, Erin! I am so so sorry! Praying for his family!!

BridgetDecember 30, 2010 - 10:24 pm

Oh my goodness 🙁 Will be praying ♥

MindyDecember 30, 2010 - 11:36 pm

a mother’s worst nightmare…devastating….prayers for peace…

HeatherDecember 31, 2010 - 1:11 am

I am instantly drawn to tears in an incredible amount of sadness and joy at the same time. I know this sound incredibly insensitive but quite opposite is true. I have a best friend that lost her son and it nearly killed her. I almost lost my stepson 10 months ago. But the joy part comes from knowing that in the moment of all this pain the choice to donate organs was made and because of that a life will be saved. MY step son is withbus today only because of a donor and NOT A DAY goes by that our family doesn’t pray for the donor family’s pain to be lifted and for them to feel our forever gratitude. I can’t stop the tears and my heart aches for that family and your community. I am so sorry and so grateful forth tough choice they have made. My dear Lord please please please convey my hearts message as my words do not do it justice. Please Lord rest your hand on their hearts and give them the ability to breathe as they feel they cannot.

LoriDecember 31, 2010 - 1:45 am

My heart hurts and aches for the pain that Andys mother is enduring right now. Just couldn’t read and not comment- so although there are no words that can help her pain, I will pray. I’m so very sorry.

MichelleDecember 31, 2010 - 2:30 am

I seriously cannot imagine. All the power and comfort to Andy’s mom – I don’t know if I would have the strength to go on. They will surely take comfort in their supportive neighbors. What a nightmare.

AliciaDecember 31, 2010 - 3:00 am

It break my heart 🙁
I’ll be praying for them.

CathyDecember 31, 2010 - 5:36 am

Someone in Michigan is praying.

MyraDecember 31, 2010 - 6:34 am

This just breaks my heart. I will be sure to keep this family in my prayers.

nancy bootheDecember 31, 2010 - 7:33 am

When I read this I got a wretched pain in my stomach. I can’t even imagine the pain of the family. Only God’s love and the continued prayers of many could help someone survive such a loss. I will be praying too.

CamilyDecember 31, 2010 - 7:49 am

I am praying for everyone now. My heart aches for Andy’s family.

StephanieDecember 31, 2010 - 8:31 am

I am so sorry for the loss of your neighbor’s son. I will pray for everyone.

GretchenDecember 31, 2010 - 8:49 am

I am so sorry to hear of that tragic loss!! I will pray for the family and your neighborhood!!

what a wonderful gift to donate his organs so others can live.

LaraDecember 31, 2010 - 8:53 am

Oh, Erin! Andy, his family, and your entire neighborhood are in my thoughts and prayers. Of course, Andy lives on in the selfless gift that his parents gave to the world…twice…when they brought his life into this world and when they gave life to others through him.

ColleenDecember 31, 2010 - 9:06 am

I’m so sorry to hear that, how tragic. I’ll be thinking of him and his family, and your whole neighborhood.

RhonaDecember 31, 2010 - 9:08 am

As a mother you can’t imagine what the family are going through and as a mother of a 14 year old my heart breaks for them. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and all those touched by this terribly sad loss. xx

KelliDecember 31, 2010 - 9:26 am

What a horrible thing to happen. I feel so sad for his parents.

DebsDecember 31, 2010 - 9:30 am

oh I am so very very sorry. Will pray.

MelissaDecember 31, 2010 - 9:47 am

I just cannot believe that. Been thinking about it since yesterday and how quickly it all happened. Their only child too–not that it matters if they have one or five because losing any number would be tragic. Thankful he’s able to give life to others, but so sad that had to happen. Praying for all involved.

Kelly W.December 31, 2010 - 10:07 am

What an awful tragedy. I will definitely send up prayers for peace for Andy and his family.

Lorena MoraDecember 31, 2010 - 10:36 am

I am so sorry for their loss, I will keep you all in my prayers as it has affected all of you as I know you are all so close.

ShawnaDecember 31, 2010 - 11:03 am

So sorry to hear this. Will be praying for strength and peace for this family.

Jen SpainDecember 31, 2010 - 11:32 am

I am so very sorry for the loss of your neighbor’s son. I cannot imagine the sorrow they must be going through, and my heart breaks for them. I received a form in the mail today with my new driver’s licence, and after talking to my husband and children I registered to be an organ donor as well. I know that nothing would take away the grief of losing a loved one, but I would hope that if something happened to me, I would be able to give life to someone else.

TinaDecember 31, 2010 - 1:33 pm

My heart is so sad for this family, and for everyone who knew Andy. Many prayers have been, and will continue to be said for his family and those that know them. May God give them the comfort and strength to get through each day.

VickiDecember 31, 2010 - 5:00 pm

I am so sorry for the family who has lost their son. Losing a child or loved one for that matter is heart wrenching. I will pray for the family of Andy and for the friends of his family.

JenCozzDecember 31, 2010 - 6:42 pm

So, so sorry. You will all be in my prayers.

jennifer mcguireDecember 31, 2010 - 8:41 pm

praying for you all.

Andrea LopezJanuary 1, 2011 - 2:38 am

Almost 8 years ago my brother died in a car accident. I missed my brother dearly and couldn’t imagine a life without him, but what was worse was imagining the pain my parents were going through. I wasn’t a mother at the time, but now that I am I can’t imagine the pain.

Organ donation is an amaziing thing and hopefully Andy’s mom will eventually get a letter from one of his recipients. When she does it will bring back some of the pain but more importantly it WILL put a smile on ger face.

I’ve heard a lot of quotes, but for me this is the most honest…
…the very worst part of grief is that you can’t control it…the best we can do is let ourselves feel it when it comes…and let it go when we can… -Grey’s Anatomy.

My love and strength go out to your family, Andy’s family, and your community.

PamJanuary 1, 2011 - 7:21 am

Erin, I am normally just a reader and tend to commend very rarely but I had to say just how sorry I am for the loss. I will keep Andy’s family in my prayers as well as everyone that was affected by this loss.

AngelaJanuary 1, 2011 - 10:50 am

Erin—What a devastating loss for you and your friends. I don’t want to imagine how horrific the past hours have been for them. I want you to know that his life will go on. I am a 2 time heart transplant recipient. I had my first transplant when I was 12 and another transplant 3 years ago when I was 32. I believe so strongly in the gift of life, because that’s exactly what it is. I pray for my donor families every single day and communicate with both families. I pray that all of the families that have been blessed by the selfless gift will try to communicate with his family in the next year. I have to believe that knowing that your loved ones life goes can shed some of God’s light and peace on an otherwise dark nightmare. I encourage you to not only pray for his family, but for the organ recipients, that their bodies will accept and thrive with the gift they’ve been given. I believe that God makes all things new and that He has the power to create miracles out of tragedy. Blessings and love to you and his family!

Janelle AndersonJanuary 1, 2011 - 2:38 pm

So many praying for this family. A true tragedy…my heart breaks! My friend recently lost her brother at a young age of 21. It’s been 39 days since his death and one friend commented that it’s 39 days to remember him and his awesomeness. Each day is hard but each day is a tribute and a time to remember this young man who died much too early. Big HUGE hugs to you all!

sonjaJanuary 1, 2011 - 4:14 pm

So tragic. Our oldest son turns 14 in two weeks–I can’t imagine losing him so suddenly…that poor family. Prayers for them, and for all those who knew Andy.

JillJanuary 1, 2011 - 5:23 pm

4 years ago my cousin, only 23 at the time, was killed by someone that crossed the center line due to being on a cell phone. He had just graduated from college and began a full time job as an engineer. His family, too, donated his organs and since then have been able to meet the recipients and hear his beating heart. What a tragedy for this family and all the people that it affects. I can completely relate to the sadness you all must be feeling. It’s hard to find the words at this time – but I do wish for his family and all the people that this affects comfort and peace and know that prayers are being said.

MarciJanuary 1, 2011 - 7:04 pm

I am so sorry. What incredibly sad news. I will keep them in my prayers.

Melissa HunnicuttJanuary 1, 2011 - 7:37 pm

I am just catching up… Heat breaking!!! I am so sorry for their loss & the loss of your community. What generous parents to allow life from their loss. =(
I’ll say a prayer that they find peace.

Jennifer FJanuary 1, 2011 - 9:09 pm

I’m so sorry… I will say a prayer for all of you. How heartbreaking.

Carol MJanuary 2, 2011 - 6:17 pm

No words can express how I feel – this is so sad. When I read this it brought tears to my eyes. This family will need alot of support and it sounds like your neighborhood is there to help them through this tragedy.My prayers are with the family and your neighborhood.

PennyJanuary 3, 2011 - 10:51 am

My hearts breaks over this. My prayers are with them. God bless and let Him touch their minds and hearts with comfort.

SierraJanuary 3, 2011 - 4:18 pm

Oh my…I am so very very sorry for their loss. 🙁

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