Kai ATRT brain cancer

Two Year Heavenversary

Here I am admitting yet again that I really wish I didn’t have to write this post. Two years? How is that even possible? Two years ago we said goodbye to the sweetest, cutest, most fun, and lovable two year old nephew of ours. Two years ago on this day, and on my brother and sister-in-laws anniversary, they had to say goodbye to their firstborn son.

You know those stories that you read about? Maybe on the news or stories of a friend of a friend of a friend. The ones you never think will happen to your family. Well it did. My 2.5 year old nephew got diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away 15 days later. We weren’t prepared for it, but then again is anyone ever prepared to experience tragedy and loss?

It is amazing how fast two years can go by and yet things feel as though they just happened yesterday. I can’t describe all the mixed emotions that come when I think about Kai. There is so much happiness that he is in heaven with Jesus. I mean really… that is unfathomable to think about. He is healed. He is cancer-free. He is with the King. I get a little jealous at times when I think of all the pain he has to skip here on earth. But, then there are the emotions of sadness, pain, wonder, and longing. I am so sad and heartbroken he isn’t here and I long to see him. I can easily experience all of these within a matter of minutes or hours.

No matter what emotion I am feeling, today (and every day) I am choosing to honor and celebrate the very full life he lived here on earth. Not a day goes by where you aren’t thought about and remembered, sweet boy. Love you and miss you. Love wins. 

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  • Amanda
    Posted at 07:29h, 21 March Reply

    He is such a beautiful little boy! So sad for your family but thankful for the hope of heaven.

  • Amie
    Posted at 07:51h, 21 March Reply

    What a precious little angel. Thinking of you and your family today Caroline. HUGS

  • Tanya
    Posted at 07:51h, 21 March Reply

    Hugs to you and your family. I’ll be thinking about you and the sweet, beautiful Kai today. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 08:32h, 21 March Reply

    2 years has gone by so fast. Big hugs to you and your family today my dear.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 09:07h, 21 March Reply

    Oh, sweet Caroline! I am SO sorry! I know so well how hard anniversaries like these can be to get through. May Jesus just wrap His loving arms around you today…may He hold you ever so close to His loving heart. Wish I could just reach out and give you a big hug…I am so thankful HE can do that. If you need to talk, I am here for you. Praying for you now and sending you much love.

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:41h, 21 March Reply

    I cant believe its been 2 years….
    You can only imagine the life he has now in Heaven… brings a smile to your hurting heart, I’m sure.

  • Amanda Greav
    Posted at 10:02h, 21 March Reply

    I think of Kai often especially now that I have a friend who’s two year old was diagnosed with a super rare lung cancer that spread to the brain. Fifteen days. Gosh, in fifteen days you haven’t even processed the diagnosis, and then he was just gone. My heart hurts so badly for your family. Celebrating him with you today and lifting your family up and praying for peace and comfort.

  • Erin
    Posted at 10:43h, 21 March Reply

    Lifting you and your family up today.

  • Samantha Lee-Wiraatmaja
    Posted at 11:17h, 21 March Reply

    Precious. Whispering a prayer for you and your family today.

  • Alexis
    Posted at 11:50h, 21 March Reply

    I don’t think I realized how quickly he was diagnosed before he died. How hard that would have been! He was SUCH an adorable little boy. Thank God we have the assurance of where we is spending his eternity AND that someday you will be reunited! Sending you love today!

  • Jessi Wallace | LifeAbundant-Blog.com
    Posted at 12:30h, 21 March Reply

    Oh mu goodness, the giggle at the end about burst my heart. Thank you for sharing. <3

  • Neely Moldovan
    Posted at 12:53h, 21 March Reply

    What a sweet boy. So sorry you guys went through this. Praying for you, your family and him

  • Dawn
    Posted at 13:36h, 21 March Reply

    Sending you love and hugs! It does feel like it wasn’t that long ago that you were writing about the 1 yr anniversary. 🙁

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 13:39h, 21 March Reply

    That sweet little laugh, this brought a tear to my eyes, thinking of your family today. Heaven gained a sweet little angel.

  • Shelly
    Posted at 14:30h, 21 March Reply

    So sorry for your loss…prayers for your family today and every day.

  • Katina
    Posted at 14:53h, 21 March Reply

    Prayers for you and your family. He didn’t have much time here but I know he’s feeling better and happy.

  • Mihaela Echols
    Posted at 14:55h, 21 March Reply

    Amen. Each day is a day of grief not just today. Beautiful post.

  • Shane Prather
    Posted at 15:26h, 21 March Reply

    I am so so sorry to hear of your loss. A life lost far too soon. Prayers for your beautiful boy <3

  • andrea
    Posted at 16:52h, 21 March Reply

    sometimes it’s best to celebrate the time that we were blessed to have someone on this earth

  • Chelsie
    Posted at 19:29h, 21 March Reply

    I know the complicated emotions that come with a loss like this. Just know that I understand in every way.

  • Jean
    Posted at 19:37h, 21 March Reply

    Thank you for posting that beautiful video tribute. I love the way Kai would laugh. I miss him very much too. My prayers are will all of you.

  • Jo Dean
    Posted at 20:04h, 21 March Reply

    I was thinking about him the other day. Prayers.

  • Ashleigh
    Posted at 21:57h, 21 March Reply

    Oh man, I’m so sorry for your family’s loss, yet, the way you described it was so beautiful. I lost my brother a couple of years ago and to be honest with you, have never thought about it the way you just told. You have really opened my eyes as to how loss can be felt. Thank you.

  • Rebeca
    Posted at 22:07h, 21 March Reply

    Praying for you and your family Caroline.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 22:51h, 21 March Reply

    I’m weeping tears of both joy and sadness over sweet Kai. Praying for your family and rejoicing with you all at the promise of seeing him again in paradise.

  • Kerry
    Posted at 22:57h, 21 March Reply

    What a precious baby boy. Thinking of you and your family today ❤️

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    Posted at 23:44h, 21 March Reply

    This is so sweet, what a gorgeous young man. when I hear stories like this my heart breaks, and I agree, you always think that it’s one of those things that doesn’t actually happen to people you know, but no one is exempt. I believe that your brother and sister-in-law will get to see their sweet son again someday, and how wonderful that reunion will be!

  • Grace Treherne
    Posted at 23:51h, 21 March Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He is precious.

  • J. Matthew Barnes
    Posted at 13:28h, 22 March Reply

    What a beautiful picture and what a beautiful commitment to honor this little guy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy
    Posted at 13:37h, 22 March Reply

    May God bless you, your brother and your sister-in-law. I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. It’s so not fair. And on their anniversary??? Ugh. May the Lord keep their marriage strong and bless them with answered prayers and many blessings. We posted about a loved one dying from brain cancer the same day . . . St. John Paul II commented that, “for people of faith, there are no coincidences, only aspects of God’s providence that we have not yet fully understood. “

  • Rachel
    Posted at 18:20h, 22 March Reply

    🙁 I am sad that such life ended so soon, so sad for the family most of all. It is a comfort and a genuine relief to know that there is no one else that can take care of him better than our heavenly father. He is safe in his arms!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 21:52h, 22 March Reply

    Sending prayers for comfort for the entire family. What a loss. Loved the video.
    It does seem like I had just read the one year heaveniversary post. Wow how time flies.

  • Jennifer Bly
    Posted at 21:59h, 22 March Reply

    I can’t believe it’s been two years either. How heartbreaking. I love your honesty and perspective. He is cancer-free and dancing in heaven with our savior. One day I will meet Kai too –

    Bless you my friend… and big hugs to you.

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 22:44h, 22 March Reply

    How absolutely heartbreaking! Absolutely precious boy. So sorry for your loss but so grateful for the hope we have in Jesus alone.

  • Jen B
    Posted at 07:36h, 23 March Reply

    I can’t imagine the pain you all must have gone through. May the Lord bring your family heart-healing.

  • Ifeoma Samuel
    Posted at 10:11h, 23 March Reply

    it is well, friend!
    You have a positive swing to everything. God is your strenght

  • brianna george
    Posted at 23:18h, 23 March Reply

    Oh my. My heart hurts thinking about any parent having to go through this. What a sweet looking boy. I am so glad the peace of Christ surrounds his memory.

  • Jed
    Posted at 07:34h, 25 March Reply

    So sorry for your loss. I love the phrase heavenversary. I’ve never heard it before. It’s such a beautiful phrase that sums up both the loss and reason for joy so well. What a beautiful tribute to Kai on this two year heavenversary.

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 14:35h, 16 April Reply

    This video gets me every time. My heart hurts for you and your brother & sister-in-law and the whole family. He is so beautiful and adorable. You were so blessed to have known him.

  • Laura @ Making Baby Provence
    Posted at 22:41h, 19 April Reply

    Your family will always be in my prayers on this day.

  • Olga Parker
    Posted at 02:08h, 08 December Reply

    I really love your family and this little cute kid! And I’m really sorry… God bless you!

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