Monday, April 18, 2011

Ethan Thomas Gauchay

Our Little "E" returned to his Heavenly Father on April 12th. We had the wonderful opportunity to spend 7 wonderful days with his little spirit. It's hard, it's bittersweet. But we will cherish forever the time we were given to be his parents. After a long hard fight, Ethan passed peacefully in our arms. As hard as it was, we will always treasure those last moments with him. We had a beautiful graveside service with family and close friends on Saturday. We're so very grateful for the love and support that we've received through the difficult time in our lives.


I will hold on hope.

I'll find strenghth in pain.

I will change my ways.

I'll know my name as its called again.



For Ethan's Story, scroll down (it's in 5 parts)

46 comments:

Amberlee said...
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trishcook said...

What a beautiful tribute to your amazing son. He was so blessed to have you both as his parents for eternity! We love you Sharee, Geoffrey and Ethan. You will always be in our prayers.

Amberlee said...

Sharee...What beautiful pictures and tribute to Ethan. Thank you for sharing with us. Love you!!

Ashley & Donnie said...

WE LOVE YOU BOTH! I am so glad you had the week with baby Ethan! You are both so strong.

I love this quote:

"It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers."

Gordon B. Hinckley

Let us know if you need anything!

Deckers said...

The pictures are beautiful. What a special time of year it is that we celebrate and remember the greatest event in history. Christs resurrection. The "bands of death" were broke. Christ lives, and therefore we will live again. If we remember this, then it can make the sting of death hurt maybe a little less. You will be able to raise your baby Ethan.....someday....
Hang in there!
With Love,
Emily

Klay said...

We love you guys! Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures and little E's story with us. Although it's so hard to say goodbye, I know Ethan is looking down on you guys and couldn't be prouder to have such amazing parents! He is yours forever and someday you will get to hold him and raise him in a perfect world where his body will be absolutely perfect.

BTW... we're still waiting on that trip up to Boise. We're sill a little mad you didn't come last time. :)

Lindsey said...

Oops, that was me. But Klay loves you guys too. :)

Mardi said...

Oh, my heart goes out to you. You are still in our prayers.

bernie said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us. We love you, Geoffrey and baby Ethan. I pray daily that our Heavenly Father will help carry you through this experience. You and Geoffrey are an inspiration to me. I pray that your hearts will heal and that your body will heal as well. We love the Gauchay family.

tracie said...

Those pictures are precious. We are so sorry we couldn't make it on Saturday, but know our thoughts and prayers were with your family. Love you two.

Amy said...

What beautiful posts Sharee! Thank you for sharing your story with us. Baby Ethan is so lucky to have you and Geoffrey as parents. I hope the prayers of so many who love you are comforting you at this time.

Vickilyn said...

I am at a loss for words as I read your blog. I know there is nothing I can say that can help with the pain you both must be feeling. all I can say is that you both have been in our thought and prayer for the past few weeks. I am so sorry for your loss but am so glad that you got to spend the time you did with him. Your blog was full of courage and strength and full of faith. I feel so blessed to know you guys. We love you and think of you often. You will always be in our prayers.

Wildingkids said...

Thankyou for sharing your story with us! Ethan was a strong little guy! LOVE the pics! We love you guys!!

Dustin said...

these were such beautiful posts. i've been thinking about you guys constantly. he is beautiful! we love you guys and are praying for you.

Dustin said...

--oh that was from kelsey and dustin!

Robyn said...

Sharee,
My heart broke for you as I read your story. I'm so sorry. Your pictures are perfectly beautiful. So is your son. You will for sure be in my thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Robyn

Ashley W. said...

Thank you for the post so that we could get to know more about Ethan. I love the pictures and know you will cherish them forever. Grateful that he made it to this earth and was able to spend time with his wonderful parents and left this earth with a perfect spirit. Love you and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mandi and Adam said...

Sharee and Geoffrey, thank you for sharing your story. I was bawling as I read it and Adam was crying for you too. I don't know what to say, but know that we are thinking of you and that we love you guys! I will always remember how you were there for us when we had our miscarriage. Please let us know if there's anything we can do for you (even from 1250 miles away). I don't know if you knew the Campbells from the ward in Logan, but they also lost a baby a while back, also named Ethan. Janae has written a beautiful blog that you may be interested in. It's http://ethanangel.blogspot.com/. Love you guys! You are truly incredible.

Amber and Eric said...

Sharee, I have cried for over a week for you! I can only imagine your pain. Your words are absolutely beautiful! I love you, please let me know if and when I can do anything for you.

Lynette and Anthony said...

You don't know me, I chanced on your blog through Emily's (we were college roommates).

I'm so sorry. (There really isn't anything else anyone can say.) We had a similar experience last year at this time so I know some of what you are feeling. What a beautiful blessing to have had your son for a few days, you will cherish them always! Through everything I think the biggest lesson I learned was to trust in the Lord. It's amazing that His plan is so much better than anything we could imagine.
You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Love, Lynette Vance

Rich, Britt, Nate, and Tate said...

My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. But Geoff you know your mom is playing with him and loving him. My prayers are with you.

Cheryl -N- Kids said...

Such a beautiful post for your sweet little spirit. He is so lucky to have parents like you. I am so sorry for your loss, and wish I could have been there more for you. I hope you are doing well and if you need anything let us know. We love you all.

Ashley King said...

We're keeping you in our prayers. What a beautiful little boy he is. The pictures are beautiful.

Anna Bergevin said...

Sharee-- saw your link on facebook. I am so sorry for your loss. I came across this website recently, not sure if it can help you in the coming months: http://www.agoodgrief.com/ I'll say a prayer for you and your husband.

paulandtania said...

Thank you for sharing your story. My heart goes out to you. I can't help but sob. I remember feeling so scared when the doctors told me that I was at risk for pre-term labor and such relief at each little milestone. I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your little family are in our prayers. I wish I could say or do something more.

Kari said...

I am so sorry sheree! I can't imagine what you're going through, but I do know the relief of knowing someone is in a better place and without pain. those pictures you have are great.

Natalie said...

Oh Geoffrey, I can't imagine what you and your sweet little wife have gone through this past week. What a beautiful baby you will get to raise in the next life. I remember you as a little guy and watching your sweet mother wishper story books in your ear during sacrament meeting....I remember her telling the story of the truck rolling and your arm getting broke and how worried she was about her little boy. I remember your mom craddling McKenzie in her arms as a brand new baby. I LOVE to think that your mother is once again craddling a baby...this little baby in her arms and loving on him in heaven. She will be a great caretaker for him until it will once again be your turn! My heart hurts for your family and you are in my prayers!

Jami said...

Ethn truly is a beautiful baby and spirit. You have continually been in my thoughts and prayers. I can't tell you how many times I said on Sunday how I just wanted to stay for a few weeks just to take care of Sharee (imagine how I could have driven you crazy!). I love you both so much. You are some pretty incredible individuals.

Ty & Jill said...

What a beautiful baby!

Jana and Brett said...

Ethan is a beautiful boy. You and Geoffrey are amazing parents! Brett and I have been thinking of you a lot these past few months. We love you guys and our prayers are with you.
(Ethan and I share a birthday!!!)

Riley said...

I've haven't been able to stop thinking about you since we last talked. I wish I could say something to make it all better... but I know I can't. I hate that you are suffering right now.

You had one special little man, just by looking at the pictures you can see his sweet, strong spirit. Hold on to the faith that Families are Forever. I love and pray for you!
Love,
Cassie

Sara Lou said...

Sharee, we are so very sorry to hear about your little Ethan. You and Geoffrey are amazingly strong with such eternal perspectives. Ethan is so precious and beautiful. We will be praying for you guys.
-Bob and Sara Rich

jo eckersell said...

Hi My Darlings, (Sharee mostly:) Aunt Judy told me you had updated this and I'm so glad she did! You're words are so tender...you did a fantastic job remembering the emotions you two went thru woth Ethan. I know how much you love him, I'm really sad he couldn't stay longer. Love all three of you!! Jo

Lisa A said...

Sweet Sharee and Geoffrey - tears are streaming down my face as I read of the trials you have endured. I have always admired your strength and sweetness Sharee and the tender love that you and Geoffrey have for each other. I read your beautifully written tribute to Ethan and once again admired your strength and the tender love that you and Geoffery have for each other and now for Sweet baby Ethan. I am so touched by the stories of the father's blessings and the knowledge that you will be an eternal family and hold Ethan in your arms again. My love and prayers are with you both.

Lisa A said...

Oh, and the pictures are a priceless treasure. How beautiful!

Kristine said...

Geoffrey and Sharee-
That was a beautiful post, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I am so sorry your time with Ethan was short, although it sounded so sweet. You are truly in my prayers.
Love,
Kristine

Michelle 2021 said...

Our hearts go out to you. We love you so much. I hope you can feel what you feel and take your time through all of this. Big hugs from us.

Luke & Natalie said...

Thank you for sharing that incredible journey. I can only imagine what you must be feeling right now. Keep praying to the Lord, he will help you through this. We are praying for you.

The Kelley Korner said...

We are thinking and praying for you and our hearts go out to you. The pictures are beautiful.

Melissa & Cameron said...

What a beautiful boy! He was so blessed to have you As a mommy! My heart and prayers go out to you!

The Warrens said...

You don't know me...I am sister to Tiffany, a close friend of Marissa. I am also a NICU nurse at IMC. I am so SORRY for your loss of beautiful Ethan. I know there are no words, but as a professional who has been witness to situations similar to yours often, I just wanted to let you know that your sweet baby will live forever in the hearts & souls of those that took care of him. I know you will never forget him and he will live forever in your hearts & be a part of your family. I don't know if it is helpful to know, but I am sure he will also be remembered by those people you enabled to be touched by Ethan & allow to care for him. It is our priviledge to meet these little souls & care for them while on earth.
You are in my prayers & thoughts at this difficult time.

The Hills Family said...

Sharee, Thank you for sharing your story and pictures. I cried through all of it. You are such an amazing person. We love you!

Jana and Brett said...

Hi! Here is our new non-private blog:
http://unslumpingyourself.blogspot.com/
Come on over and leave a message so I can send you an invite to our private family blog.
Thanks!
Jana
*Love you guys! Hope you are doing well!

Nurse Heidi said...

Happy birthday today, little angel! Been thinking about you all day!

Jami said...

Just been thinking about you and your family this week. Just thought you ought to know.

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