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Joseph Meahan Thomas Craig

April 14, 1997-December 31, 1998

"Our little angel loved life so much. He touched so many people. His smile and his laugh were precious gifts we will always treasure in our hearts and our memories. He brought some wonderful people into our lives. He taught us strength and patience. He brought us great joy. He helped us realize what was truly important in life : family, friendships, acceptance and love. He helped us never to take life for granted and to rejoice every time we could hold him and cuddle with him. He taught us to be better parents. His time with us was too short, only 20 and a half months. We miss you, Joey."

God's Garden Must Be Beautiful

God looked around the garden
And found an empty space.
He looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
For he only takes the best.
He knew that you were weary
And he knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Be well on earth again.
He saw the roads were getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered peace be thine.


May 1, 1999

"We love you and miss you. Every smile you put on your face, it was very special to us. We wish you were here to smile at us again."

Christopher, age 9, to his cousin Joey

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things
We didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time you think of me
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready
In Heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But when I walked through Heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,
He said,"This is eternity
And all I've promised you.
Today your life on earth is past
But here it starts anew."
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here in your heart.

Life was so hard for Joey. Yet he was happy, I think. He smiled for us and for his foster family. He even learned to laugh out loud... at first only when you tickled him but then sometimes when he heard you call his name. He loved to be cuddled. He loved his bath. He loved music, especially "You Are My Sunshine" which will always be Joey's song to me. He started to develop some sight the last few months and had a brown pony and a small stuffed Grover he loved to touch. He was non-mobile but he reached out to touch his stuffed friends sometimes and to touch my face. I miss my Saturday mornings with him when the other boys went down for nap and I could hold Joey in my arms and sing softly to him. I miss how he smelled - always like a new baby.

Joey's Family

Mark and Yvonne

The Boys

Anthony, Joey, Robert