An Update on ‘J’

Remember this post? I told you about a little boys named ‘J’ whose mother had died recently.

I have more info to share with you all:

J’s mom died very suddenly. While she was not a real healthy person, she was not terminally ill. One afternoon in late August she told her older son that she was going to take a nap and went and laid down. J was not home at the time. Around dinner time the older son went in to wake her up and she did not respond. He called his grandmother, who instructed him to call 911. The paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. She had a blood clot in her leg that travelled to her heart.

J and his older brother have been mostly living at their grandparents house just around the corner from us, although I know that there is an aunt who is in the picture also. J has spent quite a few afternoons playing at our house in the past couple of weeks. He is a great little boy. Very respectful and nice. The handful of times he has eaten dinner with us he has been super polite and NEVER complains about having to eat salad or veggies!

One evening I walked him home and spent some time talking to his grandmother, who is a very sweet lady. She and her husband were just getting ready to retire and do some traveling before their daughter died suddenly, so she is a bit overwhelmed by the reality of having to raise children again. She did tell me that J’s dad is in Minnesota but is no longer in jail there, so they fear that he may try to get custody of him. One would hope and pray that doesn’t happen, knowing what little I know about his history.

Please continue to pray for this little boy. He is dealing with a lot of pain and although he tries to mask it, I can see that it is there. I want him to feel safe and loved at our house and know that it is a place that he can come to anytime. J doesn’t have much in the way of clothes or other worldly possessions and we are in one of the more affluent school’s in our district. I have seen first hand some of the kids flaunting what they have or snubbing others for what they don’t have, and while I know that not all kids are that way, it can be rough for those who do not have.

Please also pray for Ben. He knows a lot of the details of J’s rough life and has really stepped up to the plate to be a good friend to him. Please pray that this continues.



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9 responses to “An Update on ‘J’

  1. Tara

    Thanks for the update, Trish! I'll keep your family & J's in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so happy that J has Ben as a friend, He is watching over J. May God bless you all!

  2. Hot Tub Lizzy

    Gosh my heart just breaks for him, and his grandparents too… it can’t be easy to go from thinking your about to be free and easy and then go back to raising kids again.I wish kids weren’t so mean to each other…. God bless Ben for being J’s friend…

  3. Kat

    That is such a hard line to define. I mean I want my kids to know about others that don’t have anything close to what they have. I want them to appreciate thier posessions – and what we are able to do as a family. Yet, it’s quite another thing to have a name, a face, and an actual personality to put with that. Good for all of you for reaching out. Keep doing it. You are making such a mark on him that he will be able to carry with grace through the rest of his life.

  4. meleea

    great job on reaching out to this boy! praying for you all.

  5. JourneytoFamily

    Oh that’s so sad! A couple of years ago a friend of mine (that was also not healthy) died very suddenly of a blood clot as well, leaving behind a 9 year old daughter. I’m really glad you’re able to reach out to this family during such a hard time.

  6. Debbie

    I was just thinking about that whole situation this past weekend. I am glad you filled us in so now we know what we need to pray for. What a blessing it is for you to be nearby lovin on him. And what a witness Ben can be for this little boy. God has a purpose and a plan for HIM. He wouldn’t have put that child in your life otherwise.

  7. Jennifer P.

    Prayer said. I hope it makes some kind of difference. When I hear heart-breaking stories like this, I want to just say—hurry up Jesus! come and make everything alright again!!! Too much pain and sorrow and suffering!I bet you are soooo proud of Ben though. What a wonderful thing to reach out to another so in need of a friend.

  8. Gina

    Hey, Trish, how big is J?Just have my wheels spinning a little…

  9. Trish

    a little rounder than Ben, not quite as tall.probably size 8 husky and 10-12 shirts?

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