Dear friends and family,
Zachary James Tate's new life began last night. At approximately 6:40pm, 12-day old Zach went to be with our Lord.
It was the perfect worst experience of our lives.
Our day began with a sermon (delivered by our adorable Youth Minister, Shaun Hartsell) so fitting, it seemed to be tailor made for Jimmy and I.
Zach's day was spent in the arms of family. Jimmy's mom, "Bebe", spent most of the morning holding him, singing to him, and reading to him. He was peaceful and content. Carter, Jimmy, my mom (Paula), and I came to the hospital for the second shift of holding, cuddling, and singing. We even got to give him a bath!
On the way home from the hospital, we received a call that we should return. Zachary was fighting for his little life. It was as though he waited for us to leave to make his own departure. Upon our return, Sarah, our amazing nurse, had him cuddled in her arms and was surrounded by 2 other nurses. We held him in our arms as he took his last breaths.
It was unbelievably peaceful. No pain, no suffering, only God's will - just as we have been praying for.
We had 12 delightful days with Zach. He hung on for Father's Day...and split the day with Jimmy and our ultimate Father.
It rained last night for a bit, followed by the most glorious sunset. I swear I saw the letter "Z" in the clouds.
We'll update you soon with our plans for a celebration of Little Z's life! Think balloons, champagne, and bare feet...Additionally, we are setting up a foundation in honor of Zachary.
With love and unfathomable gratitude,
Kristen, Jimmy, Carter, Addison, and Zachary
Click on the link below to listen to Shaun’s sermon from yesterday speaking of the ultimate sacrifice: A father putting his faith in God above all else (Genesis 22: 1-13)
http://www.commpres.org/Portals/0/Media/20080615C.mp3 (It will take a minute to load, but it’s worth it. Make sure your volume is on, because it just starts playing.)