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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Time for Veggie Tales

I wanted to tell a cute story about Jace.  For a while I was worried about him.  I would say, "Jace do you love Jesus?"  Jace would answer, "Nuh uh."

This kind of devastated me.

A few months ago I started getting him to watch Veggie Tales.  At first he was like, "No, Barney!" I was steadfast in my resolve though, and Bob and Larry eventually won him over.

We watched Dave and the Giant Pickle over and over as well as other episodes.  It was from Veggie Tales that Jace learned "I'm a child of God!"

The best part though was the theme songs.  We would sing it and instead of the word 'celery,' Jace would say, "cereal."  It was the cutest thing ever.  Then duing the last line we would sing, "IT'S TIME FOR VEGGIE TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALES!"  as loud as we could and then laugh ridiculously.  It was one of my favorite things to do with him.

I tried to get it on video once, but he would only whisper cereal.  Really I credit Veggie Tales for making a difference in his life.  He started talking about Jesus more and the last time I took him to church with me, he wanted to go in the big service to sing.  He stood up singing - or at least making music without singing words.  I'm grateful to the veggie tales creators for helping us teach Jace about God before he died.

I still miss him so much that I feel like I can't breathe half the time.  The funeral will be Monday.  I just hope we can honor his life in a way he deserves.  Alot of people are asking about donations or memorials, etc.

Cards and stuff can be sent to us at c/o Christview 2525 S Garnett Ave Tulsa, OK 74129

Friends have started a Justice for Jace fund that will be used to help with funeral expenses and any left over money will be used to start something in Jace's honor to help other children.  I think they will add a pay pal to this blog at some point.

Thanks again for every word.  They have meant a lot to us.
This is what Jace looked like when he first came home from the hospital.  

15 comments:

  1. Wonderful story. What a blessing he was to you all. I'd like to be there for your mom & dad. Will the service be at Christview and what time?

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  2. Praying for you! We also loooove Veggie Tales.

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  3. aunt monkey (margaret)June 19, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    seth and kaylee both watched veggie tales at my house. wonderful teaching tool.

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  4. I always think of "Asparagi" and "The bunny, the bunny, oh we love the bunny" randomly. Thank you for sharing your stories about Jace with us!

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  5. As long as you keep talking about him, he will live in your heart. My granddaughter used to love veggie tales. She called them Bob and Lelee. Now Jace is in Jesus' arms where all Christians long to be.

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  6. what a sweet boy, love to hear your stories about Jace. I will continue praying that God will give you the strength to get out of bed each morning and let Jace's legacy live on.
    Lisa Burkett Read

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  7. You know Stacey, Veggie Tales may have helped to introduce him to God, but you guys are the ones that did the work. Had you not been there to introduce him to Veggie Tales, and had you guys not taken him to Church and had you guys not been the example for him... then he wouldn't have known... but YOU all are the ones that were that influence for him... You guys showed him who Jesus is.

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  8. i love the story, i hope to read more of your memories about this beautiful boy. I agree with Natalie, you did a wonderful job parenting him and teaching him the way of the Lord. i can only hope that i teach my son the same. :) God bless you, Jace, and the rest of your family. Continue living in his honor!

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  9. sweet, funny story!

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  10. My thought are with you today. Hold on to the good memories, they will help get you through.

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  11. Cheryl your neighborJune 21, 2010 at 6:51 AM

    Praying that you feel the love and comfort of God surrounding you as you lay Jace to rest today.

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  12. Jeannie Smalygo (friend of Melissa Bowlin)June 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Praying for you and your family. I still miss my Cameron everyday, and even after 7 years I still feel him laying in my arms. It feels so real that it hurts.

    I pray for justice for Jace. I pray that the monster who did this to him will be served the punishment he deserves for committing this heinous crime against your innocent little boy.

    Thank you for sharing your precious little one with us. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.

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  13. Thinking of you today. Your family has been in my prayers throughout this day.

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