Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Be At Rest Memorial, For Jake Apple

Jake Apple is a little boy who has touched many hearts without even trying. In addition to his loving family, he has touched the hearts of hundreds of others, moved by his story. Jake never knew a moment of hate in his short life, and surely must have a pure soul as pure as any could be. If any human soul could ever become an angel of Heaven, it would be Jake.


Jake, we will miss you. We will keep your parents and your siblings in our prayers, that they find peace and comfort. That they may cope with the tragedy of losing you. Know that you were loved by many, and will be remembered.


Lord God,
source and destiny of our lives, in Your loving providence You gave us Jake Apple to grow in wisdom, age, and grace. Now You have called him to Yourself. We grieve over the loss of one so young and struggle to understand Your purpose. Draw Jake to Yourself and give him full stature in Christ. May Jake stand with all the angels and saints, who know Your love and praise Your saving will.


From the beginning...

Born at 36wks, 6 days, Jake entered the world in a startling way-full placental abruption. Once delivered, Jake was resusitated and immediately went into seizures. After a 3.5 week NICU stay, Jake came home only on meds for seizures.

Over the years, this medication list grew and grew as we learned more about the complexities of Jake's medical status. Currently, Jake's diaganosis includes:

~failure to thrive (resulting in g-tube at age 17 months, j-tube at age 6, two j-tube revisions-both at age 7)

~GERD (leading to a surgery to band his stomach at age 19 months)

~cerebral palsy (Jake is non ambulatory and non verbal)

~ epilepsy (seizures are a daily occurance w/our Jakie)

~tracheostomy (at age 6)

Despite his medical conditions and physical limitations, Jake is the happiest kid. Truly, his smile lights up the room and is impossible to ignore-just ask his mommy!

To the end...

Jacob William Apple

heavenly birth, December 21st, 2007

Late Friday evening, at 11:05 pm we surrendered our precious child into the arms of our Heavenly Father. Jake's final hours were anything but peaceful, the innate will to survive swallowed the room. Jake fought as fiercely for his final breaths as he did for his first. It is our prayer that our sweet son is now resting easy in eternity.

Rest easy
have no fear
I love you perfectly
and perfect love drives out fear
I'll take your burden
you take My grace
Rest easy
in My embrace
Rest easy, rest easy
rest easy, in My embrace
Rest easy

~Audio Adrenaline "Rest Easy"

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