Sunday, June 29, 2008

In Honor of Jacob



There is a very special family that inspires me and I want you to meet them.

http://faithfulfroggers.blogspot.com/

Their slogan is Fully Rely On God- FROG

They don't take this slogan lightly and they have lived it through thick and thin. I encourage you to go and meet them over at their blog. I know you will fall in love with their faith and family as I have. Meet a little guy who will capture your heart the moment you "meet" him in blog world..

Meet Jacob...
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Jacob was diagnosed with adrenocortical carcinoma - a very rare and aggressive cancer - at the age of 3. After a very difficult 28 month battle, Jacob passed away and was completely healed in Heaven on June 12, 2006 - changing our lives forever. He was only 6 years old - but his courage, grace and strength made a lasting impact on those who knew him and he continues to inspire us all. He touched many lives with his contagious smile and silliness and he will live in our hearts forever. Jacob taught us all to FROG (Fully-Rely-On-God) and he showed us that each day is a gift and we must celebrate LIFE, walk in FAITH, hang onto HOPE, LOVE deeply and BELIEVE ! He taught us all to live, love, laugh and always take time to DANCE! He was a most precious gift from God, a miracle, a hero - the most Amazing Jacob. You can read the story of our son on his website . . .
Amazing Jacob
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I found this blog during the time that God was teaching me about compassion. Compassion- to step into someone's pain. See blogs like this are something the old Angel might have avoided. The truth is that Heather has lived through my worst nightmare. She watched her sweet baby die and she couldn't stop it. I still cry regularly while reading this blog. It hurts so deeply for me- I find myself weeping. The old Angel would have wanted to avoid this at all costs- pretend this can't happen. After all- if it happened to Heather it could happen to me. Fear is all about me. Compassion is all about others.


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Still I read and watched Heather walk through the pain of trusting God as He brought her son home to be healed in Heaven. Then watched the joy God brought them as Allie came home from Guatemala. The deep knowledge of pain had not made Heather weaker or broken her. Somehow she had this strength and trust and depth that most of us never get to during this life. I knew it was something I needed to learn.

Reading this blog has been a tiny piece of me learning to not run from deep fear and pain. I am starting to understand that embracing everything God sends brings deep joy despite the circumstances. Surrender can be painful and joyful all at once.
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Heather thank you so much for your heart and passion. I think your family is precious and amazing. You make a difference.

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I wanted to do something to honor Jacob for the change he is making in the world through his precious and courageous momma. So when my Kaitlyn told me she had decided she wanted to cut her hair short I talked to her about Jacob and what he went through and we looked at the
Locks Of Love website together. We decided we would both cut our hair together to donate to Locks Of Love in honor of Jacob and all the little heroes out there like him.
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Soon we decided everyone except Kaiya needed a hair cut and we should just make it a family party. So everyone decided how much to cut and we had a blast.
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I encourage you to let your kids learn giving and compassion in every way you can. Help them give and grow whenever you can. It isn't about what we do as much as it is about the condition of our hearts. Changing the world and lives isn't something we do one day. It's something that happens a step and a time.
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Thank you Jacob! You helped me learn what compassion means. Now you are teaching my children about giving. You have given this world far more than it gave you. We will never forget you. When I walk through heaven I will be so thrilled to hug your sweet healthy body. Thank you for everything. Love, Angel and the Crew



























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33 comments:

Lisa Wright said...

You all look great! This has brought back a wonderful memory for me. My dear friend Heather who went home to heaven on April 17, 2007 donated her hair to Locks of Love too. You all look great just like Heather did. Something so simple and so easy and just think of the smiles your donation will bring. Thanks again for bringing back a good memory!

Tricia said...

((Angel))

Your post made me cry. What a special & incredibly personal tribute in honor of Jacob!!

So awesome!

Mandy said...

What an awesome idea! Zoe looks so grown up with her shorter hair and layers. Kaitlyns bob is adorable. Your children have such huge hearts.

PS. Russ looks thrilled to be getting his picture taken in the salon. LOL.

Jacques & Tara said...

OH Angel (& crew) - this makes me so happy that your family participated in something so special. I've wanted to do this for so long and am trying to grow my hair 'secifically' to donate.

Wonderful - MAN, Zoe looks so grown up now!!! What a beautiful girl! Kaitlyn & you as well!!!

Congrats!

Sarah said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly Angel! Jacob and his family (especially his mommy, Heather) are truly AMAZING! I followed Jacob through his journey and became friends with his mommy (though we have still never met) and they are the most inspirational family EVER! Their faith and never ending HOPE brought me closer in my faith as well...

YOu have paid tribute to a very deserving family and I am so proud of you and your girls for your donation to LOCKS OF LOVE! Love your new "do's" and love how you live your faith every single day.

Bless you, my friend!! And give those sweet girls a big hug and kiss for me!

Love, hugs and FROG!!

Nikki said...

You guys all look awesome- what a wonderful thing to do! I have been wanting to do this for awhile, but my hair takes sooo long to grow and I heard you need to give at least 12 (or was it 10?) inches. I have short layers that need to grow out! Anyways- awesome job, and love to see the three girls together!!

Stephanie (Maya's mommy) said...

Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful!! That's one each for each of your beauties! And Russ...well, what can I say?/!! :>)
What a special thing you did in honor of another family!! It is such a gift to teach our kids these things...thanks for sharing!!
Steph

Alicia said...

Love the haircuts!! Ya'll are all so cute!!

I too have followed the story of Jacob's precious family. Stories like theirs give us all hope and allow us just the tiniest glimpse of how much God loves us.

I would like to share another family with you. This past week their 7 month old baby girl died due to many complex defects in her heart. The strength and courage of her parents is totally awe inspiring. Their web address is www.catecantrell.blogspot.com

God Bless,
Alicia

Valerie said...

Three outrageously beautiful girls!!! What a fantastic idea to do as a family, and the part with Russ joining in just made me laugh out loud -- too cute!

Anonymous said...

Awe Angel Face, Zoe and Kaitlyn! Mopsy would be so proud of you all! What a beatuiful expression of love. I love the hair cuts too!

Bek and I just looked at this from the pool area where we have internet access!

I love the way you are raising your babies!
Mia Momma

Faithful Froggers said...

Oh, Angel, I just don't have the words for how very special your update was to me. It made me cry and it made me smile. Thank you so much for your kind words and for donating such beautiful "locks" in memory of Jacob.

Compassion is a difficult thing to learn - but you are teaching it so very well!

Can I just say that your girls ROCK?! You all look beautiful with your new haircuts and I am just so touched by your family's thoughtfulness and generosity.

Thank you for remembering Jacob! Your compassion has touched me greatly.

Amy said...

Love your haircuts- but LOVE your hearts even more. ((HUGS)) Amy

Tracey said...

What a wonderful thing to do as a family! I love all the haircuts. So cute.

Anonymous said...

GREAT idea! You and KK's hair looks os cute! I like the short hair. Zoe looks so grown up in her hair style. They look GREAT!

Reba said...

What a neat thing to do together! I have followed Jacob's journey (now the family's journey) for some time now. They are indeed a special family with an amazing message of hope and faith.
Reba

Michelle Riggs said...

Thanks for telling us Jacob's story. I look forward to following their blog.

I love your families new haircuts. What a great lesson for your girls.

Tessa said...

I LOVE how you took Kaitlyn's simple request to get her haircut and turned it into a lesson of love ... a family event of giving ... and a tribute to a special little boy. I have followed Jacob's story since May of 2006 and Heather inspires me everyday also! I have a little boy Jacob's age and there have been many moments when I have thought of Jacob when I am with him. I have also experienced donating to Locks of Love and I love that you can use a new haircut to share with others about their cause!

Christina said...

You guys are AWESOME!!!! Love the new haircuts too.

Lilysmom said...

What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing. I feel inspired.

Mindy said...

Y'all look so chic! Thanks for posting this. It was great to show this to my girls and explain it to them. Even the baby enjoyed watching the clips of the girls getting washed and coiffed...my 6-year old says she wants to donate her hair someday, too.

Love you guys,
Min

Anonymous said...

Angel,

You are amazing. I've followed your blog for awhile and have never left a note. Your adoption journeys are inspiring to me. You have a beautiful family. I have also followed Heather's site for a long time, through their jouney of losing Jacob. I agree whole heartedly that she is an amazing example of a woman fully relying on God and His grace so fully shining through her.
It must have been the weekend for Locks For Love. My daughter, almost 9, just donated 10 inches of her hair to LFL. It was an amazing day and she was so excited to be able to give that gift.
Thank you for sharing your life jouney. Keep on!

elizabeth engelhardt creations said...

You are such an inspiration and an example! You have such a great heart. Blessings...

Laura said...

You all look GREAT! Thanks for continuing to inspire us all!

Amy S. said...

Angel,
What a wonderful tribute to Jacob! You are such an inspiration. I must say you girls "Rock". :)

Love and Hugs..

Holly said...

Amen! Thank you God for Your perfect ways and for the Promise of NO MORE sickness, no more weeping, no more suffering- You will bring all of this to pass! Thank you that even now you are preparing a place for us and Jacob is one of the precious ones in Your presence! May we grow in compassion and mercy as we share in one another's lives.

Angel- I've done Locks of Love and think it is a fantastic idea! You girls are beautiful AND your lopped locks will be put to a great purpose! I am almost ready to donate again... last I donated it was 10 inches for LOL, but only 8 for Pantene Long Lengths- they make wigs for children AND women, where as LOL just makes them for children.
Russ got his hair cut too, huh? He's so great with all those girls at home! (Maybe a few boys in your future? Okay, a bit soon... sorry! ha ha)
Love your hearts! Shining for Jesus girls- beautiful!
Holly

Lisa Johnson said...

What an awesome thing to do! My daughter donated to Lock of Love a couple of months ago, and then her best friend surprised her by donating last week!

I am thinking you live close by to me??

Karen said...

Angel,
I found your blog some time back through all the different adoption sites I follow and have thoroughly enjoyed your journey to bring Kaiya home and the inspirational posts you do here. Now the crazy thing is that I have followed Jacob's story for YEARS... back to his days on caringbridge when he was still undergoing treatments. And of course I read Heather's blog now and I agree with you, they are an amazing family. Every time my little nephew starts dancing he reminds me of Jacob because that was one little boy who loved to dance. Blogland is such a small world!!
Karen

Leeann said...

That's fantastic.

I love Heather and her family. I started following Jacob's fight way back in the early Caringbridge days and he just stole my heart. I think of him every single day, without fail.

Thanks for leading more people to the Duckworth's and their story. And I love your quote about compassion. I want to commit it to memory.

All the best,
Leeann
niccofive.blogspot.com

PeWee said...

God Bless Jacob!

Congratulations on your donations! You all look beautiful with your new do's!

Becky said...

What a beautiful tribute! I'm a longtime reader of Jacob's family's sites. I read yours many months ago, during your struggle to bring Kaiya home, but lost the link after a computer change. Imagine my great surprise to be linked from Heather's site to yours again, then to see a photo of your family including Kaiya!! Congratulations to you all and best wishes!

Anissa Mayhew said...

I'm a friend of Heather's and the mother of a little girl who was once VERY VERY bald. I know how precious those braids of hair are for the girls who cannot stand one more stare, one more pointed finger, one more "WHAT happened to your hair?!". You are raising some tremendous young ladies there, it is touching to see how enthusiastic you all were in your giving. The Duckworths are inspirational every day, for those of us going through the cancer battle and those of you who are not. We learn how fully faith can carry you, when you feel like your legs no longer can.

Thank you for taking the time to let the world, and the Duckworths, know what their pain, struggle, joy and faith have meant to you. We search hard to find God's purpose for our lives, especially through when there is devastation to endure, and when you see that you have touched someone's life in a positive way, you feel like maybe that was part of it.

Please tell your girls I admire them very much and they've made someone out there very happy.

f.r.o.G.
--Anissa
www.hope4peyton.org

Tammy said...

Angel, great tribute to "The Amazing Jacob"! I have been a blogland famliy/friend to the Duckworths for years now, could'nt live life without knowing how they are doing day to day, they are one very special family! Thank you, and your girls for donating your hair, you've made some little girls very happy! Hugs from Fort Worth!

Erica said...

Oh wow! I followed this sweet families journey through Jacobs fight as well. I wasn't blogging then and lost touch. I'm SO glad you posted this. It brought tears to my eyes to see that they've adopted. What an awesome God we serve!