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Friday, February 20, 2009

In Loving Memory

I’m sure you all remember mentioning the birth of twins in my family. My brother and his wife have enjoyed the unique trials of newborns X2 for nearly three months. Those babies are so cute and have been a big part of my families lives since their arrival. It is the first time we had wee ones to fuss over since my son was born nearly twelve years ago. Needless to say, we were spoiling them rotten.

Yesterday morning, rather than being greeted by bright blue eyes and a playful smile, my brother was greeted with the horror of all horrors. Noah James Goodman passed away in his sleep.

Aleah (his twin sister) is alive and well, I have them all here with me for a couple of days as we try to come to grips with such a horrible tragedy.

I know he was only with us for a short time, but we have a lifetime of memories to remember him by. Losing him just hurts so bad, I feel like a piece of me has been ripped out.

Death is hard on the living, even more so when it is the death of a child. There are too many whys and whatifs and no right answers.

I have so much more to say, but I know it is just a rant and full of emotion and likely not to anyone any good so I will leave it at that.

Please keep my family in your prayers.





At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, James. I'm so sorry. You definitely have our prayers. Your whole family does. I'm not going to give you pretty words. I don't think they do the pain justice.

Go be with family and know that we lift you up however far away.

At 12:12 PM, Blogger lime said...

oh james, how truly awful. it's just not the natural order of things. i am so deeply sorry to hear the news. your family is indeed in my prayers.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger g-man said...

I am so very sorry.
This is indeed an unthinkable horror.
My heart and prayers go out to your family...Galen

At 1:01 PM, Blogger ciara said...

(((james))))i'm so sorry. you all are in my thoughts.

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

James I am so sorry to hear this. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


At 6:17 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

Oh honey, you and yours are in my heart and thoughts.


At 7:47 AM, Blogger Brynn Paulin said...

James, I'm so sorry. My deep sympathy for your family. You're all in my thoughts.

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Cindy Spencer Pape said...

James, you and your family have my deepest condolences. Will keep you all, especially Noah, in my thoughts.


At 10:18 AM, Blogger Dakota Rebel said...

James, I am so sorry for your family. You will be in my thoughts.

Dakota Rebel

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Bronwyn Green said...


There are no words to express or comfort an anguish like this. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


At 1:58 PM, Blogger Regina Carlysle said...

Oh James. I am so so sorry. My prayers and my thoughts are with you all.

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Anny Cook said...

What a beautiful little boy! Please give his sister and parents an extra hug for me. No words can express the grief or make it better. Only time and love. Of course you will all be in my prayers.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Magdalena Scott said...


I'm so sorry for your loss. May the strength of prayers, passage of time, and love of friends and family help ease your burden.

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...


There are no words. I'm so sorry, and of course, you and your family are in my prayers.


At 2:53 PM, Blogger Fran Lee's Romance Blog said...

My prayers are with you.

Innocence fleeting on the wings of angels is a transient, fragile thing...a thing to be treasured in its time and remembered with fond love forever and a day...FRD

All our love to you and yours.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Annmarie Ortega said...

I'm very sorry to hear about the loss in your family.

At 7:40 AM, Blogger Minnette Meador said...

James - I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. We'll keep you and your family in our prayers. I'm certain you are being a rock for your brother and his wife...just make sure to take care of yourself, as well. ~hug~

At 8:52 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Thank you all for your kind words. I am truly touched by the outpouring of support from my friends.

I know the pain of loss never goes away, but it is also true that love and friendship can help dull the jagged edges and for that I am truly grateful to have so much of each from you.

I've passed along your wishes and prayers to my brother and the rest of my family and they very appreciative as well.

The funeral is Monday. We will lift each other up and hold heads high as we celebrate the short but love-filled life of little Noah and together we will find the strength to move on and manage plenty of smiles and hugs for the surviving children.

Never miss an opportunity to hug a child, kiss them ever chance you get. Burn the feeling of their little fingers wrapped around yours into your memory. Remember the smell of their hair, the twinkle of wide eyed wonder and the smile that will force anyone who witnesses it to reciprocate.

We are all here on loan, sometimes the favorites get called back before the rest of us are ready to let them go...

Thank you again for the support.

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Lyn Armstrong said...

Oh honey,

I am so sorry to hear that.

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Love Lyn

At 6:34 PM, Blogger Donnetta Lee said...

James, many prayers for you and the family. What beautiful children. Little guy came to your family for a reason. I'm sure it was fulfilled even though he visited a short time. And the memory of him will last forever. D

At 9:11 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

Hi James, I wanted to stop by and check up on you and give you a smile :). I pray that God be with you all to lift you up and give you peace and strength during this time of loss.

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Jerry said...

Prayers and thoughts are with you now in your time of loss.

Take care,

At 11:32 PM, Blogger budh.aaah said...

James, this is the first time I visited your blog and. I am so sorry - you all will be in my prayers..

At 1:48 PM, Blogger IM Cupnjava said...

There are no words. I'm so sorry.

At 7:37 PM, Blogger jillie said...

I don't have children and I couldn't even imagine the horror of that. That precious little bundle of life. His short life will live on long.

My prayers are with you and your family.


At 7:51 PM, Blogger Suzette Saxton said...

I'm so very sorry for you loss.


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