Our Angel Baby

We are so sad and heartbroken, but Arthur, you are more than we could ever have imagined or wanted. We know you are healed and whole now. We love you so much, dear son.

Arthur went home to his Heavenly Father tonight peacefully in my arms with his Daddy holding his hand, just like he came into the world. Thank you all for praying for us and for him. God has given MUCH grace to us. Arthur has brought us much much joy and has changed our lives forever. Please continue to pray for us over the coming days, weeks and months ahead.


32 thoughts on “Our Angel Baby

  1. Nicole says:

    There are no words to convey how sorry I am for your loss. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family & story with all of us. I am so happy you were able to have some amazing moments with Arthur. Thinking of you all.


  2. Alona Weddine says:

    Arthur and his entire loving family have encouraged and inspired many. You all remain in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your journey with others. Alona


  3. Whitney Sherry says:

    Hi Kittery and Artie,

    I am an old friend of Keri’s from college. I’m a pediatrician and couldn’t help but notice her sharing your blog post a couple months ago on Facebook. I have followed your family’s journey and sit here tonight with a full heart that there are such strong and amazing people like you all out there. I am in awe at the strength, poise, positivity and grace that you have had throughout this journey. Arthur’s life was short but so full of love and he is such a very lucky boy. Often times at my job we are unable (or find it too difficult) to truly understand what goes on when patients and families leave our office or the hospital. Your story has made me a better person and physician and I thank you, Artie and Arthur for that.

    My husband and I wish you all the best and will be praying for you all.

    Whitney and Rob Sherry

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  4. Dana says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Arthur I’d in Jesus’s arms and you are being blessed for the love you gave him in his far too short a life. My prayers remain with you.


  5. Sandra Harrison says:

    Kittery and Artie,
    My heart hurts for you tonight. You have been such an inspiration to all of us. You have been and continue to be in my prayers and thoughts. Love, Sandra Spooner Harrison (Kelly’s cousin)


  6. Omar Pickett says:

    Artie and Kittery, I am so sorry for your loss and I pray that God’s grace covers you. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal, and his grace is sufficient in weakness. I marvel at the courage you guys displayed throughout this ordeal. Just know you have a son in the arms of Jesus, and a brother that is praying for your family.


  7. Anne Blythe says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of baby Arthur. Praying that your family will feel God’s love and presence in the days to come and realize what a blessing you have given to each of us by sharing this journey and your faith.


  8. Nancy Marquis says:

    I am so sorry…Arthur has touched so many lives in his short life. You can be at peace knowing he is now a sweet angel baby. Thanks you so much for sharing your sweet baby boy with us…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ™. Gary and Nancy Marquis


  9. Amy Gunnett says:

    Artie and kittery

    I’m Ashley’ s sister in law. I can’t tell you how heartbroken I am for you all. I know God gave you a very special gift with Arthur. Your story is one that has been shared by many and has even helped other parents bring their children back to Christ. For nothing can explain Arthur’s life but the love and grace of God.

    Your story has truly been a story of faith love and strength. Know that we are praying for you all. God bless!


  10. Nora Avery says:

    I know how precious these hours with your Arthur have been. To know he is home with his creator, healed and whole, will be a comfort through the grief that lies ahead. May you find rest in our Heavenly Father’s loving arms.
    Nora Avery (Wickham)


  11. Jeri Madsen says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers to your whole family. So happy that you were able to bring him home – if only for a little while. Now he is home forever with our Heavenly Father. I’m sure he was welcomed by his Grandfather Artie when he arrived. My God continue to bless you all as he has done on this journey he lead you on.


  12. I am so sorry for your loss, but thankful for the time you had with Arthur. I have been reading your blog and of course talking with your mommie. You are blessed to have such deep faith and an amazing support system surrounding you. Love to you and sending prayers for you all.


  13. Dear Kittery and Artie,
    All of your friends at Oak Hall are sending you their prayers of peace and healing, and our thanks for sharing this journey with us. It has been a tremendous inspiration to us all, to witness your love and acceptance of His hand in your lives. I wrote to your mom this morning to express my conviction that while Arthur may have been incompatible with this life, he is certainly perfect for the next. We will all rejoice in that. Much love from Gainesville. Libby Karow


  14. Sherry Hendrix says:

    Our hearts are broken with you. Sweet Arthur’s life was brief but not a moment shorter than our Lord intended. Not many people, with many years, have the impact that Arthur has had in a few short hours. The Lord has been greatly magnified in your lives as well. We are praying our Father will continue to give you much comfort and strength. We love you. Pastor Gary and Sherry


  15. Jenni Swink says:

    Kittery, I am so very sorry and very thankful you had time with Arthur at home. So many mixed feelings you must be having. The Lord has brought you to my mind so often and most especially these last few days to pray, I know He will continue to do so. I will lift you up to our God who is our Love, Comfort and Peace. He loves you so very much.


  16. Sheryl Heinicka says:

    Thank you for sharing your hearts with the rest of the world. Arthur has been made whole and rests with the Lord. I am so grateful you were given the time you were to get to hold and love on your little one. God blessed you with that time and has used you as a witness to his love and graciousness. You will never be the same and your family will never be the same, but the joy that came to us all through this little child near Christmas time shows that his life was not in vain. He had a job to do – to pass on the love of Christ and our Heavenly Father, and he did it exceptionally well. God rest and keep you all in the days, months, and years ahead.


  17. Alyson and David Massengill says:

    Psalm 34:18
    “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Lifting your sweet family up in prayer now and in the days to come.


  18. Grace Harding says:

    It has been a privilege to pray and follow thru Sandy and Amy– my niece and Nephew walked this same path a few months ago! Oh the deep deep love of Jesus who carries and cradles us in these times๐Ÿ˜˜ praying still๐Ÿ’™


  19. Margaret Weaver says:

    Kittery and Artie, My condolences go out to both of you, and also to the strong support family surrounding you at this difficult time. Both of you showed grace and hope for your son Arthur. My prayers will continue to be with you.


  20. Keeley Kriskey says:

    I have been following your story since Jessica first mentioned it. I am in awe of your strength and faith. I am so happy that you were able to love him, hold him, kiss him even if it was for such a short period of time. God bless you!


  21. Dotsie says:

    Kittery and Artie, We are so sorry, and we continue to pray for you. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His [little] saints.” Psalm 116:15.


  22. Sheron Bucknir says:

    Just remember you will see your baby again , as Jesus renews us your baby will be renewed, this time without spot or blemish. God shall wipe away all tears from your eyes , Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe all tears from their eyes; there shall be no more crying, sorrow, death nor pain for former things shall pass away and all things shall be new, I will make mention of you as I pray that God will comfort you as take comfort in him, Sheron b


  23. Wendy says:

    Kittery and Artie – My heart breaks for you, but I rejoice for Arthur. He’s in the presence of God. We can only imagine the magnificence, but he’s seeing it first hand. I rejoice that you got time with him – unexpected, wonderful, precious time.

    I have a friend who passed away several years ago from cancer. She was a foster mom to nearly 200 infants while they awaited forever homes. I don’t know how heaven works, but I like to think that now she’s a foster mom in heaven to the children who are awaiting the reunion with their own parents.

    Thank you so much for sharing Arthur’s story. You have touched so many by doing so with such honesty, emotion and most of all, such amazing faith.

    While I don’t know you personally (I’m a friend of Stacy and Bruce), I am your sister in Christ, and I love you all as family.

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. May the grace of God comfort you and bring peace to you at this time.


  24. Dot Branson says:

    God has truly been glorified through your reliance on Him. Ps. 16: 8 has been demonstrated in your lives. May God continue to bless you with His love, peace, and strength in the days ahead.


  25. Glenda Haglund says:

    Remembering you in prayer……………….Arthur received such great love from you in his time with you and he gave so much love to you and all of us who have followed your story. Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your lives. May the God who created Arthur and who numbered his days, be ever close and present in your lives now. May He comfort and strengthen you. May He help you in your grief and encourage you in the moments, days, weeks, months and years ahead.


  26. Shadora Abraham says:

    My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you guys!! I have no words, besides may God bless you all with comfort and peace in this trying time and continue to guard your little one.


  27. Lynn Wellman says:

    Kittery & Artie – I know that it was your great hope to bring Arthur home and am so pleased for you that you were able to do so. I stand in awe of your love, faith, strength, joy … and will keep you in my prayers as you continue to miss and to grieve the loss of this most special little angel.


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