William "Lamon" Thompson

October 7, 2008 - January 23, 2009

Lamon ThompsonFrom the day he was born, Lamon's grin captured his mother's heart. She loved the way he would look up at her with "the sweetest grin on his face" whenever she would pick him up. "I got that grin at 4:00 am on the morning he was lifted by our Heavenly Father to be in the Kingdom," Andrea, Lamon's mother, says.

Lamon and his daddyCoping with Lamon's death has been difficult for the baby's parents, Andrea and Vidal, as well as for his 18-year-old sister, Kristina.

"You have to take it one day at a time," Andrea says. "You have to be able to stand strong in whatever your faith is."

Andrea has taken special comfort in prayer and in being around other mothers who have suffered the death of a child.

To say a final goodbye to her baby brother, Kristina wrote a poem for Lamon. Together, the family has tried to cherish the memories they have of their baby boy while coming to terms with his death. This poem is one way they've been able to express that delicate balance.

God’s Little Blessing

Why?
We question
Looking for the answer
But afraid to seek it
Knowing that nothing you say
Can change or erase
What we feel
Or make our hearts heal
Any faster because we think
This isn’t how life should be
But ultimately
We know it’s in God’s hands
And he has a plan
A purpose for this life
That He gave to all of us
And I thank Him everyday
That I could even say
I love you little brother
And that’s a blessing in itself
Every time you laughed, you played
Every time you smiled, every cry you made
That’s a blessing
And for the short time in our life
What a difference you have made
You brightened up our days
And gave us so much joy
Now the Lord is watching my brother
Your precious baby boy
Lamon Thompson