Friday, March 25, 2011

Not Going To Our House; But Preparing to Go HOME to Heaven

Caleb began having great difficulty breathing this morning around 2:30 a.m. His breathing is erratic & he's struggling for every breath. The doctors are saying that he may not make it through the day today.

We are singing his favorite praise & worship songs to him in hopes of easing his transition from this side of heaven to the other. We know that Jesus is waiting for him with arms wide open.

We will update when the time comes. Thank you for your prayers.

Richard & Angel

84 comments:

  1. May God place his hands upon Caleb and hold him tight with comfort.

    Nikki (Chas's Cousin)
    St. Amant

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  2. Laura Jeffers AlmondMarch 25, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

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  3. Thoughts and Prayers are with your family and Caleb.
    Charleston IL

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  4. I am praying for COMFORT and peace for your entire family during this difficult time! Since reading this blog on Wednesday, I cannot quit thinking about your family. God will continue to prevail in this dismal time and He will lift you and Richard up, I'm confident! I love your precious family and will continue to pray for you in the weeks, months, and years to come!
    Wendy Mays
    Palestine, Texas

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  5. God picked the most blessed parents in the world to be with one of his precious babies while he waits to go home. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Angela.

    Debbie Lewis

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  6. Richard and Angel, praying for peace for Caleb. He has been so strong and has was given two strong parent to walk thru this journey with him.

    Sheila Dancer Nivens

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  7. Praying for Caleb and you family.
    Stephenville, TX

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  8. Caleb has touched so many lives. What an amazing little boy. God is waiting for him with open arms welcoming him. I am on the LEAYSA baseball board and we are going to wear are ribbons proudly on Saturday in great honor of Caleb and his amazing fight.

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  9. Angela, I am praying fervently for sweet Caleb and for you and your husband. May angels from heaven surround you and God's strength support you.

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  10. Praying for all of you.. but especially for Caleb.For peace that surpasses his mind. For no pain for him. For the Lord's amazing strength for you and Richard. For God's angels to surround you and remind you that God is carrying you through this.

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  11. I'm so sorry Angela. I'm praying for your family.
    Cathy (FB)

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  12. Sending love and hugs to you all.
    Jacquie (FB)
    Milton Keynes, UK

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  13. Praying for you all during this time. May you all be at peace during this time. God Bless.
    The John Family in PA

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  14. I am praying for Caleb and the entire family. You helped remind me how much we should treasure each moment with our loved ones. I will go home and hug my daughters and husband tight and remind them how much I love them. May God's peace abound in your hearts.

    Lisa Smith
    Sugar Land, TX

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  15. Caleb, you are such a brave sweet little boy. You have touched SO many people in your short, sweet life. I never got to meet you this side of heaven, but you have touched my heart in so many ways. You are one special, special little boy. You have blessed SO many people in so many ways.

    Angela & Richard ... I am humbled and in awe of the type of parents you are. God knew what He was doing when He CHOSE y'all to be Caleb's parents. I am lifting ALL of you up in prayer...I pray for God to hold each one of you, that He comforts you, that He makes HIS presence known in a very real way, that He will wipe your tears, that He gives you a peace that can't be understood, and a strengh knows no boundaries. God has a plan for each of us, and though we may not understand them, His love for us never fails. Angela, as a mommy of two little boys myself, I can't imagine the pain you feel. My heart breaks with yours...and I continue to stand in prayer for you.

    I am sending as many prayers and as much love as humanly possible to y'all today and in the following days.

    Praying, praying, praying...
    Lesley Maglapit

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  16. Don't know if you'll get to hear this Caleb, but we're praying for you and your family in New York City. :)

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  17. Saying prayers for Caleb and his family. My family has just spent the last year with a successful battle with a brain tumor found on my wife. I pray for comfort for all.

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  18. God is wrapping Caleb in His arms. May you feel His comfort, too.
    Melissa, Frisco TX

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  19. Richard, Angela, Caden, Caleb and family:

    I have followed Caleb's amazing and difficult journey since day one, and have had everyone in my thoughts and prayers daily. I know this is a difficult time for all, yet at the same time it can be a most joyous time as Caleb goes "home" to be with Jesus. Please remember that I keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    I have put out a special request to my daddy, who I lost in 2006, to be there to help greet Caleb. My daddy was often considered to be "Santa Claus", due in part to his look, as well as his personality and love for children. I'm sure that not only will Caleb be smiling and happy when he meets Jesus and his family that are waiting for him, but will also enjoy spending time with "Santa".

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and that I believe that Caleb is a wonderful little man. As much as it may hurt those of us left behind, we also know that Caleb will be in a better place, and that God's plan for him is much bigger and much more important than what he can do here on Earth.

    Just remember, Caleb will forever be your Guardian Angel to watch over you.

    All our love and prayers,

    Melissa Sheppard (FB, Hatchling Helper)

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  20. Caleb, sweetie, I know I never met you but I have been praying for you. I pray that you go in peace, I pray that Jesus just wraps his arms around you and takes yo so you do not have to suffer any longer than you already have. Say Hi to Zach & Lucas for me {twins in my town that passed away} and have fun playing with them and the rest of the kids , and I hope to see you when I get there.. God bless you baby boy :) Love you !!!!
    Cynthia M

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  21. I am praying for his comfort and peace may god bless this family through this journey

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  22. Caleb you are a brave young man. God's has a plan for you. My heart goes out to you Caleb, and you Angela and Richard. Your steadfast faith in Christ not only comforts you, but those that have followed this journey with you. May God wrap his loving arms around you Caleb, and give you Angel Wings. May God bring peace and comfort to your family. We love you very much.
    Beth and Ted Current and family

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  23. I am Angela Babin's Mom and she told me about Caleb. Just want you to know that you all are in my prayers.

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  24. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Caleb, I am sorry I never met you; you are an amazing young man and a special angel!!
    Angela, Richard and Caden, God will give you the strength to endure through his love and yours for each other. You are such a special family.
    God bless you!

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  25. Caleb began studying last year with my son Joel Oquendo, and we are praying for you sweet heart. Caleb mom, if we can do anything for your family or Caleb, please let us know!!!!!!!!!. GOD BLESS YOU!!!. E-mail: co.71@att.net

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  26. Caleb and family, peace and the Love of Our Father be with you today. Caleb the angels are preparing a great celebration for your home coming. I'll see you there. Thought I'd share this with the family from Max Lacado:
    "The day you die is better than the day you are born" (Eccles. 7:1). Now there is a twist. Heaven enjoys a maternity-ward reaction to funerals. Angels watch body burials the same way grandparents monitor delivery-room doors. "He'll be coming through any minute!" They can't wait to see the new arrival. While we're driving hearses and wearing black, they're hanging pink and blue streamers and passing out cigars. We don't grieve when babies enter the world. The hosts of heaven don't weep when we leave it.

    Love to you all
    Gena (Paulette Lee's friend) from Louisiana

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  27. I am praying for you all. May Jesus comfort you and keep you and bless you now, and forever more. Much love!!
    Natasha's mom -M. Green (Dallas, TX)

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  28. Prince of Peace I pray your presence would be upon Caleb and in his room and upon all of his family and friends in tangible ways and that your Love for all will touch them as well.

    Praying many other prayers for you all as well,
    Beth B

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  29. Seth Andrews, he went to preschool with Caleb and was on his lobos football team, where we won the championship....Seth asks about Caleb on a daily bases every night before bed we have been praying for him, that Jesus would and has already healed him. I don't have words just tears, I am not even sure what im going to say to Seth since he was looking forward to passing the hat and wearing the yellow ribbon tomorrow at his baseball game, all I know to do is to say a blessing over your family, and pray that God give you comfort in this time and strenght for the next journey ahead, I believe our God is a God of healing, I believe he gave us that when Jesus died for us, I don't know past that, I just know that. I pray that God shows you in all of this answers if he hasn't already and thank you so much for sharing this very difficult time with us, im am humbled by your words, God Bless (Seth,and the Andrews Family)

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  30. I am praying for all the families to get there and see sweet Caleb. For them to hold him and say how much they care for him. Caleb is a wonderful little boy. Although I have not met Caleb myself, I have followed his story and prayed for him daily. May god bless him and keep him holy forever!

    John 14:1-4
    Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God[; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.

    Nikki

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  31. My heart is breaking for all of you and hoping that Caleb doesn't have to suffer any longer. Soon he'll be walking with God and feeling so much better. My thoughts and prayers are always with you.

    All My Love,

    Misty
    West Palm Beach, Florida

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  32. Romans 8:25-28 specifically "for we do not know what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us."

    And thank you for your beautiful testimony of faith.

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  33. Caleb,
    I wish I had gotten to meet such a special little man! I've been reading all about you since your daddy told me about you. You have been so brave through all of this, so much more brave than even I could ever be!

    Angela, Richard and Caden, my heart and prayers go out for you. I don't know that I could maintain such grace and understanding under such a test. God knew what He was doing when He chose you to be Caleb's family, as He always knows.

    I wish you peace...

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  34. Also just now got my Team Caleb shirt in the mail today. I will wear it tomorrow for Caleb Day...

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  35. We are praying for all of you. Our hearts go out to all of your family and we ask that God's angels be dispatched to make Caleb's trip Home one of peace and security. May He calm and comfort your hearts and help you through this very difficult journey.

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  36. I am praying that God will carry Caleb out of this world and into heaven. I pay that Caleb will be comforted by Gods loving arms and that they remind caleb of his mothers hugs
    Freya, Las Vegas, NV

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  37. Praying for Caleb and family!

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  38. Caleb, Angel, Richard, and Caden, Jesus is with you! I am praying Philippians 4:4-7 over you; the Lord is near to you right now, and I pray that His mighty peace that is beyond any of our understanding would put a fortress of protection around your hearts and minds. God is good, and His love endures forever - praise His name! Please give Caleb and Caden a hug and a kiss from us. Love, the Wright family (Nate, Mandy, Kate, and Gwen)

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  39. I love hearing that you guys are singing his favorite worship songs to him. Here are the words to one of my favorites about heaven.

    You Hold Me Now
    Hillsong United
    VERSE 1:
    On that day when I see
    All that You have for me
    When I see You face to face
    There surrounded by Your grace
    All my fears swept away
    In the light of Your embrace
    Where Your love is all I need
    And forever I am free

    PRE CHORUS 1:
    Where the streets are made of gold
    In Your presence healed and whole
    Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

    CHORUS:
    No weeping no hurt or pain
    No suffering You hold me now
    You hold me now
    No darkness no sick or lame
    No hiding You hold me now
    You hold me now

    VERSE 2:
    In this life I will stand
    Through my joy and my pain
    Knowing there's a greater day
    There's a hope that never fails
    Where Your Name is lifted high
    And forever praises rise
    For the glory of Your Name
    I'm believing for the day

    PRE CHORUS 2:
    Where the wars and violence cease
    All creation lives in peace
    Let the songs of heaven Rise to You alone

    BRIDGE:
    For eternity All my heart will give
    All the glory to Your Name

    Tag
    Your kingdom come your will be done
    Here on earth as it is in heaven

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  40. It seems so unfair that this sweet little boy may be going home to Heaven already... Praying for his peace and comfort as well as yours. Knowing that this is the hardest thing any parent can face. We may never understand God's plan but we know there is one...and He is ever faithful.

    Jer. 29:11

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  41. Be healed in Jesus name. Live Caleb!

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  42. From Little Elm - the Bodnars.

    I just found out about your beautiful Caleb, and he will certainly be in our prayers tonight, as will your entire family! Without faith in the Lord, what we we have in such trying times as this.

    The thing that makes me always feel better when family member has passed, told to me by my Uncle Johhny, "We will see them again!" And we will.

    Go in peace Caleb - you will not be forgotten!

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  43. No words will come - my heart hurts - love you guys

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  44. I am praying for ya little man that God touches you and heals you.

    We love you.
    Get well soon.

    Sincerely,
    Jeremiah Thacker

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  45. I just learned of this beautiful child this morning, and my heart is literally a lump in my throat. My prayers are rushing to you, Caleb, as I type this. I have been trying to catch up with the blog as much as possible, stopping to wipe the tears away momentarily. We live so close to you, yet never knew of your situation. Having 2 young boys myself, I can't even begin to imagine how you, Richard and Angel, are still standing! My prayers for your entire family will continue to rush your way, and I will implore anyone I pass in the streets to pray, pray, pray. I know God will be the first one to embrace him when he goes home. And remember, it's not goodbye. It's "I'll see you soon."

    Greg Goree
    Cross Roads, TX

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  46. The Gardner Family, Little Elm, TexasMarch 25, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Caleb do not give hope. I know you are fighting as hard as you can. No body is going to say that you gave up hope, because we all know how much you have been fighting. Just know that when you are ready, God is ready for you to come Home to Him. Remember this God also knows how much your mom and dad love you and He will make sure that they are looked after.
    If today is the day that Caleb goes "Home", let the angels rejoice for he is with God. Caleb has touched many, many hearts. Not because of his sickness but cause of his heart. His work here on Earth may be complete but there will be a day that we will all surely meet.

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  47. Angela and Richard, I can only imagine what you are feeling right now. We are all praying for strength and peace for you and your family. If Caleb ends his earthly journey today, at least he will know how much he has been loved and cherished. May God be with you all.

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  48. I'm praying 4 u all that God will keep His Hands on u all through all of this, my heart aches so bad 4 y'all, thanks 4 all the updates you've kept up 4 all of us, know u have a lot of prayers going up. I'm so sorry. Love y'all even if we have never met but it feels like I know you. Betty Edwards Wells Canton Ms

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  49. Luke 16:19-31, it says the beggar (Lazarus) died and in verse 22 it says the Angels came and carried him to Abraham's bosom. God bless you all. Jim, San Antonio

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  50. Praying for for all of you. we're feeling your pain as our even we haven't met. Caleb is the miracle of love.
    God bless you Caleb and your family...We sincerely love and admire you deeply.

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  51. Oh, there are no words to comfort when this kind of heartbreak is suffered. My heart aches for you! It would be so much easier to see our loved ones go if our spiritual eyes were opened to the wonders of heaven! Even so, there is such a loss in what we imagined life would be like. You are in my daily prayers. I pray that God comforts you in a supernatural way, that you will tangibly feel His peace as He steps you through this process. Angela and Richard, you are both so strong by God's mighty power.

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  52. Many have been following your families journey, thank you so much for sharing with us. Lord please be with this family, I pray the moment Caleb crosses into heaven is peaceful and Lord comfort his parents and family. Amen
    Much love and many prayers from
    The Garcia's of Little Elm

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  53. My heart literally breaks reading that update. I can hardly write the words I want to say, but I will try...

    Richard and Angela, Raema and I love you guys and are praying for you every day all the time. May the Holy Spirit bring you peace and comfort in this time and most of all healing to your hearts... We will be there for ANYTHING you need.

    Caleb, we love and miss you big man. I know that you will be playing football and building Lego's again with Jesus soon. He is waiting for you and can't wait to show you all the amazing things heaven has to do and the places it has to explore. You are the greatest fighter I have ever known... Darth Vader would never have stood a chance.

    -The Mauriello's
    (Praying and claiming Isaiah 53:5 over and over and over)

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  54. Our thoughts, hearts, and prayers are with sweet Caleb and his wonderful supportive family. Along with Jesus, I'm sure there are angels to fearlessly guide him to heaven. May peace, comfort, and happy memories remain with you.
    Kelley & Stuart Rickert

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  55. Caleb will finally be at peace and pain free. My heart is with you all at this hard time. Im sure you will all have some great memories. Remember he will be waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge with a smile on his face and love in his heart. I pray he does not suffer in these last days and hours. God be with him and his family. xoxo

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  56. Lelys Adrian-Español (from MOPs) and my family is supporting Caleb and all your family in our prayers. See you tomorrow.

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  57. Praying for Caleb and your family. May God somehow bring you peace during this time.

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  58. I love you Caleb, caden, Angela and Richard! You make me a better person and thank you for sharing every memory with me. Know the angels are camped around you. Our Heavenly Father who previously created you us near!
    Love, Mrs Gibson and your Hackberry family

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  59. Praying for Caleb and his family! May god give you piece and let his will be done. May the lord welcome him with open arms and give his family strength.

    James 4:8 Draw near to god and he will draw near to you

    Ronnie and Renee Mabile
    Pierre Part, LA

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  60. Lifting Caleb and the entire family in prayer. May God comfort all during this time. No fear, no pain for Caleb and peace for the family.

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  61. Still praying. You are a beautiful family. May God and your family sustain you and hold you (Angela, Richard, and Caden) during this time of weeping. Mary Nan Maberry /Midlothian,tx

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  62. Go with God, young warrior !

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  63. God bless your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing Caleb's journey, your faith, his faith, and your testimony. We should all be surrounded by such love and wrapped in faith when it is time for our Homecoming! Wishing for the blessings of peace and comfort for you in the days to come.

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  64. How awesome of you to share your precious son Caleb and his story with us. What a testimony God has given you. I cannot imagine your pain but I know your joy at knowing Caleb's meeting his Savior Jesus. What a reunion that will be and to know you both will see them both when you meet him in heaven. I work with children in the medical field and have lost many. My heart is with you and your family during this time. I pray that Jesus will lift you and hold you in His arms so you can feel His never-ending love and that peace beyond understanding that only us as believers can understand when we are faced with such pain. I pray that He will continue to guide you both during the months to come with the memories of Caleb and be able to use Caleb's life as a testimony to witness to others. I will share Caleb's story on my facebook page and I am grateful to have seen it so I can share in reading about his life and also share my heart and soul with you in during this difficult time. May you always be lifted in prayer. My deepest sympathy. In Christ.

    Tia Stasko
    Gonzales, LA

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  65. May the joy of the Lord be your strength and His love constantly surround you throughout this journey.

    Much love and prayer,
    Donna Weems
    Florence, Ms.

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  66. Our family has been with family members at the time of their passing and singing our favorite hymns from church has brought us great comfort and an amazing Spirit to the room. Our favorite is "Until We Meet Again." I pray that Heavenly Father brings much peace and comfort to Caleb and your family during this very difficult time. You are in our every prayers. With Much Love, Jonathan, Amber, Matthew, Emma, and Ava Bunn (Little Elm, TX)

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  67. My Thoughts and Prayers goes out to you all...

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  68. Keeping Caleb and your family in prayers. May you gather strength through the Lord.

    Janet and Martin Ermel

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  69. We are praying for all of you here in Hutto Texas. We are friends of your friends The Mabry's. May you find strength and peace during this time. May God Bless you!

    Kyle and Adrian Bruce

    Lilian (6) and Logan (21 months)

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  70. Praying for you, we lost our daughter almost 3 yrs ago and it's tough. God is your saving grace that gets you through each day. Will pray for Caleb as he is about to be healed and walking with our Heavenly Father. Will pray for all of the family today and all the days to come. Much love to you all!

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  71. I pray you will all feel the nearness of God now and in the days to come.

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  72. Your family has been on my mind all day and your story had me in tears. I love caleb and I don't even know him. I will pray for him.
    Amanda(Albany,La)(Brandons sister)

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  73. My family had special prayer time tonight for yall and Caleb. Please know that you are loved. You are all on my mind constantly.

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  74. steffen and rachel wilsonMarch 25, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    hey we just wanted to let you guys know that we are thinking about you and have been praying for you guys for awhile. we love you and miss you!

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  75. Bless his little heart! Praying for you all in MS.

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  76. I just pray God's Grace and Mercy will comfort you and Caleb; and that God's peace and love would surround you. In Thessalonians, it says that Jesus will come down on a cloud, in a flowing white robe, and gold! Trumpets will be sounding. Then He will raise those of us dead in Christ, then those of us alive in Christ and we will all be together with our Lord and Savior! What a glorious day!

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  77. i am so sorry i hope you guys are doing allright. I am in mrs popes class and she has been talking about you i have been praying for you guys i am so sorry to hear this it just brakes my heart

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  78. Thinking, Praying and Loving on your family! I have never had the pleasure of meeting Caleb or the rest of you... but I do know Caleb touched many hearts close to mine! I pray for comfort, healing and know Jesus has a beautiful home waiting for you Caleb!
    Sunshine Armstrong & the Armstrong Family

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  79. My niece says she went to school with Caleb's mother and request that our family pray...I just wanted you both to know that we are all praying and I will pass the word on also for more prayers...God Bless him and the both of you....

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  80. Bernie and Jennifer we are praying for you and wish we could do something to help. We love you and we love Angela and Richard even though we have not met them. I dont have any words to say just tears.... Because of what our Sweet Jesus did on the cross this is just the beginning for Caleb not the end. We will continue to lift you all up in prayer daily.

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  81. Praying, Praying, Praying!!

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  82. The bravest little boy I have ever known and the most amazing parents any child could ever have. I will continue to pray for you all. All my love and prayers are with you.

    Love,
    Teri

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  83. So many prayers, so much love, Caleb and Family...though some people would disagree, I see countless, hidden blessings. I ask our Lord, Jesus, to hold this family close to His Loving heart. Lord, let them hear the beat of your love for them. Lord, You said, "Let the children come unto me.". If it is God's will, I ask that Caleb be healed. "The Lord is my Shepard. There is nothing I shall want." May the Angels greet you, sweet boy, and raise their voices to declare that your journey has brought you safely to your Heavenly Home!!

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  84. My heart breaks for all that your family has endured. I hope knowing that there are strangers out there like me, who don't even you you personally, but have been affected in so many ways by Caleb's story, praying for your family. Know that heaven has gained a precious angel!!
    Hugs from our family in Austin, Texas

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