Thursday, February 22, 2007

Saying Goodbye

I just wanted to take a minute to post an update. David Elisha Nale was born at 9:44am on Monday. He weighed 5 lbs. 10 oz. and had lots of golden hair. We were blessed to be able to spend time with him both in the NICU and in our room before he passed away somewhere around 3:30. We saw many answered prayers in the events of Monday, and at some point I'll be able to share more about all of that.

For now, we are at home healing from surgery and beginning to heal from the loss of such a precious little boy. We have a small graveside service planned for tommorrow through Massey Funeral Home in Jackson, NC. We have been blessed to be surrounded by family and support, and everyone at the hospital was wonderful to us.

Eventually, we will have professional photos of our time with David, but I will leave you today with one my sister took. Thank you all so much for the prayers and encouragement.

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  1. GIANT HUGS and condolences to you all on your loss.....

  2. I have Google Alerts set to detect postings containing the name "Nale" and thus I have seen various references to your recent loss. May I , as a stranger, tell you how sorry I am that you are having to deal with this sadness. (Scotland)

  3. Prayers for your sweet little one, and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  4. Anonymous4:36 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers....

  5. Anonymous5:27 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the picture of David. Praying for you and your family.


  6. Crystal,

    Words can't express. I know that nothing can ever take away the pain, but please know that you're in my prayers and my heart. You are strong, and you've got a lot of support around you. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to ask. I'll be thinking of you.

    Love Lauren
    Avery's Mommy 3/17/06 - 4/3/06 LCDH

  7. Anonymous2:33 AM

    I am sorry for you loss and I pray that He gives you the peace and strength that you need during this time. What a tender photo and he is beautiful. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family (((gentle hugs)))

  8. Anonymous9:07 AM

    I am so sorry for your family's loss. David is a beautiful baby! Thank you for sharing that photo.

    Your family will be in my prayers.
    Jennifer (JenJules from 2peas)

  9. Crystal,
    David is just so beautiful. Thank you for sharing him with us. Please know that you and your family are uplifted in my prayer. I am thinking of you always...but especially today.

  10. David looked a delightful little boy. May he continue to thrive and look after you from above. God bless.
    Barry, Lindsey and Imogen Dyson - Uk

  11. Anonymous12:30 PM

    Justin and Crystal, You continue to be in our constant prayers. The God of grace will keep His promises to you. We love you. Joel and Leah, AL

  12. Anonymous4:42 PM

    You have been in my prayers. He is so precious. Thanks for sharing the picture. I will continue to keep you and your family lifted to HIM. Lots of ((hugs)). Kelli

  13. Anonymous11:51 PM

    How precious. I feel the love in this photograph. I am sorry your time with him was so short. I am thinking of you. I am here if you need anything. Sweet David, I know you were met at the Golden Gates by many Angels, one being my Donny. I am sure he took you by the hand and is being a "big" brother. You are so loved.

    Love to you all, Theresa
    Donny's mommy (BOH)

  14. I just want to say that I LOVE YOU! You, Justin, Jonathan, and David all hold a special place in my heart. You have been an encouragement and challenge to me, as a wife, sister, and one day a mother. Know that I am here whenever you may need me day or night. I may not have always been the best sister. But I will do the best that I can. So glad to call you sister, brother, and nephews. Love you!

  15. Anonymous7:03 AM

    Dear Crysral,
    I have been thinking of you lots. I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photo of your wonderful little son. I am sending lots of hugs and my thoughts remain with you and your family.

    Lots of love Debbiexxxxxx

  16. I have been through this, and I am very sorry.

  17. Anonymous9:57 PM

    I'm so sorry. I saw your blog link in a forum I'm on and I'm crying just reading about your family's experience. It's great that you were able to spend those hours with him and just remember that you'll hold him again someday.


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