Remembering Connor

On March 23, 2019, we celebrated the life of our sweet Connor. It was such a bittersweet mix of heartbreak and joy. It was also absolutely beautiful in a way only God could have made possible. We were given a very special horse drawn carriage ride by one of Connor’s earth angels; a kind man who heard about Connor’s story and wanted to help a grieving family he had never even met. When we arrived at the church, everyone was outside waiting to greet us. Several people in the crowd let heart-shaped balloons go for Connor. Then we carried Connor’s Superman urn into the church. There was a simple cross as we walked up the stairs with a purple sash for lent. There was a beautiful light up cherry blossom prayer tree where guests could take a ribbon, say a prayer and tie the ribbon on the tree in remembrance of Connor. We chose the cherry blossom tree after learning that it represents the beauty and fragility of life. There was a table with pictures of Connor in his Superman costume with a quote on the back, Superman pins and buttons, and Forget-Me-Not seed packets with a poem attached that guests could take. The service was a deeply touching tribute to Connor. Afterwards, we had a reception dinner which was basically a big, fun party where we were surrounded by family and friends. We know Connor was looking down from heaven, smiling and shakin’ his booty to the music! 🙂

We wanted to share some videos and photos for those who were there with us in spirit but not able to attend.

Connor’s Memorial Video – Credit: Tanner Baisden

Connor’s special horse-drawn carriage ride to the church.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate Connor’s life with us! Special thanks to:

My Mom for helping with the planning and coordinating things in Colorado for us.

Dad and Kelly for paying for the hall, catering, and other funeral expenses.

Tanner Baisden for creating Connor’s beautiful memorial video and Corwyn’s Cause for making it possible. We will cherish it forever!

Father Steve at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish for the most beautiful service for Connor.

Jim and Jill for the amazing horse-drawn carriage ride!

All of our awesome family and friends who helped set up and clean up after the party!

Connor’s Service Update

Just a quick update on Connor’s service:

  • Celebration of Life Service at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish on Saturday March 23rd at 6:00pm – 1730 W. 12th St., Loveland, Colorado 80537 – Connor, Tom, Jake, and I will be arriving at the front of the church via horse drawn carriage at 6:00pm so if you would like to see that part, we suggest gathering on the sidewalk in front of the church.
  • Reception dinner/party following at First Baptist Church (a short drive away) – 1003 W 6th St, Loveland, CO 80537 – There is parking in the church parking lot and along the street. For the kiddos, there is a play area inside and a little playground outside. And of course there will be a great variety of awesome music thanks to Papa and Jake!

Angel Wings

This afternoon, our sweet Connor traded in his Superman cape for angel wings. We read him his favorite books, played his favorite music and movies, sang to him, talked to him, prayed with him and held him tight as he fought like a warrior to stay with us. When and only when he was ready (typical Connor style), he ran into the loving arms of Jesus where he belongs. He is finally free from all of the pain and suffering; able to see again and run, jump, walk, fly, and eat whatever he wants. Today is Connor’s birthday in heaven and while our hearts are broken into pieces, LOVE remains. There is a very special book my Mom gave me called “Jesus Calling – Enjoying Peace in His Presence” by Sarah Young. I highly recommend this book. There is a short journal dialogue for each day of the year and I wanted to share today’s with you as it just seems so relevant.

“CONTINUE ON THIS PATH WITH ME, enjoying my presence even in adversity. I am always before you, as well as alongside you. See Me beckoning to you “Come, Follow Me.” The One who goes ahead of you, opening up the way, is the same One who stays close and never lets go of your hand. I am not subject to limitations of time or space. I am everywhere at every time, ceaselessly working on your behalf. That is why your best efforts are trusting Me and living close to Me. ” Hebrews 7:25; Psalm 37: 3-4

We want to let everyone know that the Celebration of Life service for Connor will be in Loveland, CO (likely in the next few weeks to allow for people from out-of-state to make travel arrangements) and we are planning another special get-together in Idaho. We will let you know as soon as we have all the details. Thank you to all of our family, friends, and followers for the outpouring of the love, prayers, and support throughout this journey! A special thank you to Corwyn’s Cause, Connor’s amazing medical care team at St. Luke’s, Idaho Pediatric Therapy Clinic, and Heart n’ Home Hospice for their outstanding care, kindness, and support for our family. We love you all!

We would like to dedicate this special song to Connor tonight! Well done Superman!!