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Copy of a prayer intention sent to EWTN and other organizations Dear Friars and sisters at EWTN, te Apostleship of Prayer, Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary, & Intercessors of the Lamb: Please pray for the following people Please keep Michael Hernon, a prolife politician in Steubenville OHio especially in your prayers as well as Senator Brownback. Please alsokeep Martin Doman and His Brother in Law Andrew Schmiedicke, ans Sister Regina in your prayers-it has been a year since the Schmiedicke's lost their little 4-year old boy Joshua. Please pray for the Hernon children especially their most recent and newly baptized James Joshua, Martin Doman's children including newly baptized Lucy Doman, Regina's children including the baby they're expecting, and the baby Dominic & Ginger Salamida are expecting any day.
metronome2006@yahoo.com from S, UNITED STATES
August 7, 2007

I came to the catholic family conference yesterday(08-05-2007) and i was incredibly touched by your talk. I am 21 and married, I just recently became catholic and I even more recently just had my first baby, a son. I am absolutely in love with him, and actually had him, resting in my husbands arms, yesterday during your talk at the conference. he is only 9 weeks old, but i already love him in an unbelievable way, and I hurt for you and your family knowing that you spent even more time with your son and developed even more of a relationship with him before God took him home. I just wanted to post and tell you that you were an amazing witness to me yesterday and it spoke to my soul and really strengthend my walk with the Lord.
Melody from Augusta, Kansas, UNITED STATES
August 6, 2007

Regina, I was so moved by your talk at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference today! My family lost my younger brother, Todd, when he was just short of three years old and, even though that was about two decades ago now, we are all still profoundly affected by it. I ordered a copy of your presentation to share with others I know who are suffering or have, like both our families have, gone through the particular pain of a young child's death. I think my mom will especially love to hear your story and will probably cry all through your brother's beautiful song, just like I did.
Bret from Wray, Colorado, UNITED STATES
August 6, 2007

Joshua touched me in a way I'd love to write about, in a fictional setting-he is a pro life message, he shows the value and impact that one life can have on others. andrew & Regina, know that your dear boy's life had an effect on others and is changing them for the better
DMD from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
August 1, 2007

Happy Birthday, Joshua, my god-boy. We love you, we miss you and we can't wait to be with you in Heaven one day...
Jessica from Coppell, Texas, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2007

I am thinking of you today, Joshua Michael's birthday, and hoping that your family is having a blessed and special day in his honor. God bleses you all!
Alice from Bemidji, Minnesota, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2007

Happy Birthday to Joshua in Heaven... and peace to you and your family. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Julie from Apalachin, New York, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2007

In his dying, Joshua Michael touched my heart in a way I can't explain. God bless you for sharing your grief and faith with us on the web. You and your family have been in my prayers for the past year.
Jean from Saint Louis, Missouri, UNITED STATES
July 18, 2007

I think of you often and I am happy to know you. God bless you. I spoke with mom and dad Doman the other day and heard that Joe took a job in Colorado. Praise God.
Mike from North Wales , Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
July 17, 2007

It has been a year since your tragedy and I wanted to express my condolences. The heroic way you've handled this will make you wonderful godparents. My prayers are always with you.
David from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
July 8, 2007

Regina and Andrew...just wanted to let you know how much we are thinking and praying for you as you approach this anniversary. We really missed you at July 4th this year, but we hope to get together soon! We love you so much! Charlene and Martin
Charlene from Dallastown, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
July 6, 2007

Regina, Andrew and family, Your family has been in our family's prayers for 363 days and will continue to be for many years. We will say some extra prayers this weekend as I would expect that the anniversary of Joshua's going home will be emotional. May God continue to bless you. Terri Rohr
Terri from Audubon, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
July 5, 2007

Know that we are thinking of you and praying for you. We offered up you and your family at our weekly children's rosary group. God bless you all.
Queen of Angels homeschoolers from Akron, Ohio, UNITED STATES
July 5, 2007

Dear Regina, You and I corresponded briefly regarding your article, "Modesty and Beauty" quite some time ago. I remember emailing you Ben Jonson's poem "Freedom in Dress." Lately I thought I'd check your site to see what's new after reading ANGEL IN THE WATERS to my littlest ones. I was so sorry to read of your family's loss. I can't imagine... I told my children that it is sad when any family loses a child, but for those of us who have an understanding (however limited) of a child's place in the plan of eternity, and what it means to bring a soul into the world, it is not just "sad." There is something profound that must take place in a mother's heart that I am unable to put into words... but I think as a fellow "open-hearted" mother you understand. I am praying and praying for you. Your family is in my heart.
Kristyn from Kenockee, Michigan, UNITED STATES
July 2, 2007

Regina and Andrew: I have been thinking of you both and also pray for you always, and for some reason my fingers typed into Regina's website (which I haven't been on this website in a very long time) and came upon the post for Joshua. I want you to know that I have planted a lot of flowers in my garden in Joshua's memory and also for my father, John Doman. Although I did not really know Joshua very well, but I have gotten to know him on what you have written about him in your eulogy and your website. This child is with us always and forever. I love you both. I hope to see you soon. Aunt Maryanne
Maryanne from Batesville, Indiana, UNITED STATES
June 24, 2007

Regina, Your Aunt Maryanne told me that you are expecting. God bless you. I am so happy for you and the family. God sure works in mysterious ways. Be happy. Love Ellen Moore from Alpha, NJ. Aunt Maryanne's good friend.
Ellen from Alpha, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
June 20, 2007

Regina, Andrew - I just wanted you to know how much I think of you and Joshua. He will never be forgotten. I love you all so much. your sister, jessica
Jessica from Coppell, Texas, UNITED STATES
January 15, 2007

Today I received the annual Doman Christmas letter and family photo. When I read about Joshua Michael, my heart was heavy with the news. Your faith life is strong and always has been, Regina. I attribute that to your parents, sisters and brothers. Together you witness God's abiding love and concern. That is a gift that keeps on giving. It has been a long time since I have seen you all, but I hold you dear in my heart and prayers. May Joshua be ever close, as I know he is, and may each of you be enveloped in God's graces throughout this new year.
Sr. Bernadette from New York, New York, UNITED STATES
January 2, 2007

Dear Regina, It has been many years since I have seen you and have thought of you and your family often as you began publishing your books. I remember when you and Alicia from Visitation always taking care of the little kids at church - always with smiles on your faces. I was sorry to hear that Joshua is physically gone but always with you, always watching and waiting for the day you may all dance and play duck, duck goose. Your family has always been one with GREAT Faith. I remember my favorite verse in my own times of trial: "Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.Ē Matthew 28:20 In Jesus' Name, I pray for all that I ask.
Teri from Audubon, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
December 26, 2006

Thank you for sharing such personal memories of your beloved son. My thoughts and prays are with you, as I am sure your dear son is watching over you and protecting with his cloak and sword. May he fly free in God's garden and protect and watch over all those who are with him.
Jennifer from Kalgoorlie , AUSTRALIA
December 24, 2006

Christmas wishes, and Christmas prayers comming your way. I know this Christmas will be bittersweet without josh, so I'm sending you, the Domans, Hernons, etc my guardian angel to help you-I asked him to give you a hug for me, like I'd give you in person if I could, and I asked him to pray with me for you and assist your angels, through the intercession of your chosen saints, patron saints, namesakes, and our Lady. I'm asking the entire Church Triumphant to chime in with their help. Merry Christmas
David from Steubenville, UNITED STATES
December 23, 2006

Hello Regina, I emailed your Aunt Maryanne yesterday and she expressed to me that your spirits are sort of low at this time. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family and praying for all of you all the time. I hope your Christmas will be blessed with much love and joy. I will continue to pray for you throughout the new year. I just know that Joshua is smiling down on all of you. Know that he is happy and keeping a spot warm for all of you in the Lord's Heavenly kingdom. His warrior work is continuing on a daily basis. My best to you always. love Ellen Moore
Ellen from Alpha, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
December 15, 2006

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, please pray for the Domans and Schmiedickes on this their anniversary of the loss of their son Joshua. On the Feast of the Immaculate conception, please grant them special graces to help them through this dark time, dark outside, and dark emotionally. Our Lady of sorrows, Our Lady of the Rosary, help them in their need.
David from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
December 8, 2006

Thank you for sharing your precious memories of Joshua Michael with the world. What a special little boy. I pray that your faith will keep you strong. I wish you peace & joy this festive season :)
Rachael from Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
November 29, 2006

Dear Regina, I am so sorry for your dear son, Joshua. I have always been a great fan of your work and I pray for your family often. I know I can pray to Joshua now... I don't know what I would do if my young son died...I think you are being so brave and courageous. You are a true example of your written work...saintly!! I will always be praying for your whole family, and I know you will get through it with grace and virtue. God bless you always!!
Kristina from Willis, Texas, UNITED STATES
November 24, 2006

Dear Regina and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I recently lost a loved one, so I feel what you are going through. I hope that you get over it soon, and my prayers are always with you.
Natalie from Vergennes, UNITED STATES
November 20, 2006

Dear Regina, Just wanted you to know you are still much in my heart and prayers. I am so happy about the castle, even if it is in a weeping kind of way...I can sort of imagine that being one of the first orders of business Joshua undertook, sending that money to Mom & Dad. May God bless you on Thanksgiving with an outpouring of grace and peace. hang in there. peace,
Kristin from Warren, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
November 17, 2006

Regina, I think of you so often. You will pop into my mind randomly throughout the week, and I feel the Holy Spirit prompting me to stop in my tracks and pray for you. I envision you, surrounded by angels, and our Blessed Mother holding you to her chest most tenderly. I ask our Mother to cradle your heart and to help draw you ever closer to her precious Son. My husband and I suffered 6 miscarraiges in 12 years. Grief is something I know all too well. I know now that our children are up there praying us through this life on earth until we can be united in heaven. I remind myself that despite the joy and sorrow we have here, we are only here for a blink of an eye. That is one of God's mercies for those of us who lose people we love...and yet He continues to send joys into our earthly life as well. We now have two miraculous adopted children...and God's mercy is ever new. I pray that you are all held in the palm of His hand.
Brigid from Budd Lake, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
November 14, 2006

On this anniversary of the loss of your beloved son, st. Isidore of seville can offer comfort:........"The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next. The more we sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future......." I'm still praying for you, especially as the holidays approach. I'll offer up the time I have to spend by myself on thanksgiving & christmas that the Lord helps you get through them. I don't envy the pain of having to celebrate the holidays without that wonderful little boy of yours, so remember that you can celebrate with him if you go to Mass on those days-for at every Mass the angels saints and all who have gone before us in the friendship of God are there celebrating with us though we can't see them. [FROM THE WEB ADMIN: Thank you, David, and God bless you.]
David from Steubenville , Ohio, UNITED STATES
November 8, 2006

Regina and family, I am still praying for all of you. I keep in touch with your Aunt Maryanne. I hope the children are enjoying "Castle Joshua". Your faith in God has truly inspired me. Thanks so much. Ellen, Alpha, NJ
Ellen from Alpha, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
November 7, 2006

Regina.. I just read of you and your family through a link from Barbara Curtis... tears filled my eyes and dripped into my heart with an outpouring of prayer from my lips. Your testimony to the Lord's love and trusting in His plan are deeply burned into my soul. I do not have words to express my sentiment of sharing in your sorrow and celebrating the joy of your littlr warrior's victorious march eastward. I will pray for you and your family to feel the presence of God closer than you could imagine Him.
Janet from Leesburg, Virginia, UNITED STATES
November 6, 2006

Dear Regina, Thank you so much. I received your package yesterday on the feast of All Saints. It was such a blessing. As always you and your entire family are in my prayers. In Christ, Mike
Mike from North Wales, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
November 2, 2006

Dear Regina, we just finished reading "Angel in the Water." We think that it was very inspiring and it touched us. We were very upset to hear about the loss of your son, Joshua. We have been praying for you and your family with this cross that you have to bear.
Kelly, Michelle, Sarah from Newtown, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, We loved your book, Angels in the Water. It was a wonderful story of creation and let us see the world in a whole new way. We also read your eulogy about Joshua Michael. It was very touching and we are deeply sorry for your loss.
Abby, Alyssa, and Kathryn from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

"Angel in the Waters" was a beautiful and compassionate story and reminds us that God is always with us and we are all protected by a guardian angel.
Jacqueline and Ruth-Anne from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, We truly enjoyed reading your story "Angel in the Waters." It was touching and showed us that since day one we have always had an angel. We are praying for Joshua every day, and believe that he is happy in heaven with God.
Liz & Bailey from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Your book "Angel In The Water" was the cutest book we've ever read! It really touched our hearts and opened a world we've never even thought of. The thought of a baby being guided by an angel into the world was very touching. We've always believed in Guardian Angels. Lindsay believes her great-grandmother is her Guardian Angel and is always watching over her. We believe Joshua is your Guardian Angel.
Sarah and Lindsay from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Your book was very touching and inspiring. It makes us think about having children and what it would be like to have a baby inside of us and have real conversations with him/her. I am very sorry for your loss for your son. He seemed like a beautiful little boy and a bundle of joy. I hope your life has been getting better since your loss. We will always pray for you.
Madeline and Leandra from Everett, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, Your book "Angel in the waters" tells a good story of how the angel is always with the baby, in the waters and after he was born. We also read the article on Joshua and thought it was very heart-filled. Thank You for sharing these stories with us.
Elizabeth and Sara from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, We just finished readying your book "Angel in the Waters" it was very inspiring and touching. We are very sorry for your loss and pray for you and your family day after day.
Colleen and Dominique from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, Your book, angel in the water, was a very touching book, we are very glad we had the oppurtunity to read it. We're sorry about Joshua Michael and your loss. You and your family will be kept in our prayers.
Stacey and Carolyne from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, We thought Angel in the Water was a very cute and descriptive! Good job and keep up the awesome story writing!
Coll & Dom from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, The book you wrote, "Angel in the Waters," was inspiring and beautifully written. We pray for you and your family in class very often. We loved your book and it touched our hearts.
Lauren, Mary Lee and Taylor from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina: We just finished "Angels in the water" in religion class. It was beautifully written! We are very sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for you!
Olivia and Morgan from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

We read your book Angels in the Waters. We enjoyed it and we also prayed for you and your family in your time of need.
Paige, Marissa, Katelyn from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, we read your book angel in the waters. It was very inspirational and it touched our hearts. We pray for you and your family alot. God bless you and stay strong. Love Alyssa, Chandler, and Kaitlin
Chandler , Alyssa, and Kaitlin from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

I just read your book "Angels in the Water" for Religion class. I thought it was very good and different because it shows the baby's side of the story before it's born.
Alyssa from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Regina, We read your book "Angel in the Water" in class today. My fellow classmates and we thought it was cute and touching. We also read an article about your family in class and we're sorry about your loss. God Bless and you're in our prayers.
Kim, Drew and Emmie from Philly, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Hi Regina, We just read your Angels in the Water book and it was very sweet. We also read about Joshua and we pray for him and your family. Your a very inspiring person and writer.
Megan and Brittany from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, I read your book, Angel in the Waters, and I was truly touched. I'm not exactly sure what to say, because this story was so beautiful. I wish you the best of luck with your family and your faith.
Erin from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

The children's story you wrote angels in the water was a very inspiring book. I also read your article in class and it touched me very much. My prayers go out to you and your family when you conquer your worst nightmare.
Ashlyn from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

You are such an inspiration to me. Everything you have been thru inspires me to better myself as a person. I do not have much respect for life and you showed me how precious it can be. Joshua was an amazing kid from what I read and I am sorry for your loss. I could not have lived thru what you have. Keep strong. I am overcome with respect for you. Thanks so much for altering my life.
Jess from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

We read your book, "Angel in the Water" in class. We thought it was very good and we also read the article about him in class. We're truly sorry about your loss. We'll continue praying for you every day.
Arianna and Tina. from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Hi Regina.We just read your book "Angel in the Waters" in our religion class. We really liked your book. We also read your story about Joshua and are very sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family. God bless you!
Amy and Rebecca from HOLLAND , Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, Your book is very inspiring and touching. It is a beautiful story for both the young and old. I enjoyed reading it and I couldn't help but smile. We prayed for your family and Joshua in class and reading your atricle. I'm so sorry for your loss but I want you to know that you are in our prayers. God bless, Chelsea
Chelsea from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, We read your book, "Angels in the Water" today in class. The book has a good message, and we enjoyed it very much. I thought that it was interesting to look at everything from a baby's point of view. I am very sorry for your son, Joshua, and he and your family are in our classes' prayers.
Brittany from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, Your book is so inspiring. It's such a beautiful story of creation. I read it in my religion class, and I really enjoyed it. I also read your eulogy about your son Joshua and it really touched me. I'm very sorry for your loss, but it seems that you have done wonderfully coping with it and sharing your story was a very brave thing to do. I think by sharing your story, you will help other parents who are suffering a loss cope better. Our class prays for you, Joshua and your family and we always will.
Murphy from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina - We had read your book Angel in the Waters. We liked it very much. The story was very touching and moving. You and your family are in our prayers. Your Friends, Lizz & Lexie
Lizz and Lexie from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Your book was very inspiring and touching. I also read Joshua's eulogy, it was very touching. My class and I pray for your family. May God bless you and your family.
Kaitlin from Holland , Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, We were deeply touched by your book "Angel in the Water." It had a good message to it , and we enjoyed it. I loved the pictures and it greatly described the story. My class has prayed for your son, Joshua, and your family. You are in our prayers. Sincerly, Karen and Megan
Megan and Karen from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

We are very sorry for your son. We read your book Angel in the Waters. It was very specific and graphic. :) (:
Kait and Rose from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

We read your book, Angel In the Waters, and it touched our hearts. We also pray for you and your family in our religion class, we are very sorry about Joshua. p.s. Mr. B says hi.
Jenn and Lee from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Your book is really touching about angels and will give kids a better undertsanding of children and their emotions too. I'm sorry about Joshua and we pray for him and your family every day in religion class.
Heather and Kerri from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

We enjoyed the book "Angel in the Waters". We are praying for Joshua and your family.
Emily and Brittany from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

It was a good book.
Kylie from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, We read your book "Angel in the Waters". We loved the book and its message about angels always being with us. We also read your eulogy about Joshua. It was very inspiring. We pray for you and your family everyday, and we hope that God will bless you in your lives. - Marisa and Jackie
Marisa and Jackie from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, I'm am truly touched by your stroy Angel in The Water. I loved it. I really enjoyed looking at birth in a different point of view. Thank you for writing this book and giving my class the blessing of reading more about the giving of life. I am truely sorry for your loss of Josusha Michael and I( pray for you and your family everyday.
Nicole from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, Your book is so touching. It's such a beautiful story of creation. I came to read it in my religion class. I also read your eulogy about Joshua and it really touched me. I'm very sorry for your loss, but it seems that you have done wonderfully coping with it and sharing your story was a good idea. Our class prays for you, Joshua and your family and we will continue to. God bless.
Erin from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

The story was adorbale! Angels are most favorite thing, and it fit perfectly into the story. I found it every touching and made me feel like I was the little baby again.
Marina from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

We read your story and we thought that it was cute. It was very interesting and we enjoyed it. We also read the story about your son, Joshua Michael and we are praying for you.
Chidi, and Megan from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, I recently read your "Angel in the Water," and thought it was a great book and that it gave a new perspective on children, as well as their mothers. Congratulations on all of the copies you have sold of this terrific book! We are all praying for your family and your son each day. <3
Rachel from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Hi Regina. My name is Stephanie. I am in Mr. B's religion class and I just read you're book it was very touching. I am praying for you and Joshua Michael everyday.
Stephanie from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, I really enjoyed your book, The Angel in the Waters. I think it depicts clearly the relationship between children and their angel. I would also like to tell you that I am praying often for you and your family with the lost of your son Joshua. God Bless You!
Victoria Ettorre from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, We just read your book called "Angel in the Water" and we thought that the book was really adorable! We hope that your family is doing well and we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. P.S.- Babies are so CUTE!!!
Tori and Rory from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

We loved your book. We thought it was very powerfull and really cute. We pray for you everyday and will continue to do so. God Bless.
Sara, and Kylie from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

We read your book in class and thought it was very good and are sorry for Joshua. And we found this book very inspirational and thank you for letting us read all about what happened.
Taylor and Caroline from Richboro, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, In our religion class we read your book. I really enjoyed it and I think it is great for children. We also pray for you in our class everyday.
Taylor from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, I just read your book "Angels in the Waters" I thought it was a great book for children about their guardian Angels. Also in our Religion class I read your eulogy for Joshia Michael. It was a very touching story and I'm sorry for your loss. You're in my prayers and I hope everything works out for you.
Lindsey from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Ms. Regina, my class read your book, Angels in the water, and I found it very inspiring. We've also read earlier this year about what happened to Joshua, and I'm sorry. He seemed like such a sweet child, it must have been hard to lose him, but he's in a better place now.
Katrina from Newtown, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, We recently read your book Angel in the Waters in our religion class. We loved your book and we thought it was a great message to children about angels. Our teacher, Mr. Bolognese, also had us read your eulogy for Joshua Michael. It was very touching and showed your love for him. We pray for you, your son, and your family daily. God Bless. Hope everything works out, Erin, Breanna, and Courtney
Erin, Breanna, Courtney from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, I read your book, and it was beautiful. I thought it was uplifting to read, and I was glad I had a chance to read it. It was a spritual way of the creation of life. I think it is wonderful that you are able to write such an amazing book after your tragedy. I am actually thankful to you for writing a such amazing article, because it really made my day better. I hope my angel will be with me during my social studies test today. I came to know about your book in my religion teacher's classroom, my teacher is Mr. B. A couple of weeks ago I read an article on your eulogy, and I am inspired that you were able to give a euology with some of that context. I had to give a eulogy at my pop-pop's funeral and I started balling my eyes out after the first paragraph. Your whole family has inspired me, and I am uplifted everyday when we pray for your family in religion class everyday. Thank You so much for your inspiration to my life. I am also very sorry for your loss. I just wanted to post this message to show you that through all of your hardships that you influenced at least one teenager's life.
Laura from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, I read your book, it was wonderful. I loved your thougths on a child's angel and how we all have our angels there for us. Your book was very spiritual and inspiring. I am also very sorry for your loss and I can not imagine the pain you feel. I would like you to know that you and your family are in my prayers, and I am also praying for your son.
Christine from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Hi. My name is Rubina and I am in Mr. B's Theology class. I read your book and I really enjoyed it. I think it was adorable and it really inspired me. As I read I really didn't want to stop. I just wanted to let you know that I am praying not only on my own but as a class for Joshua and your family. God Bless.
Rubina from Bensalem , Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Regina I read your book "Angels in the Water". It was very intersting and gave me a different perspective on the development of babies. In religion class we also read the story of your son, Joshua. That was one of the most tragic stories I have ever heard. We are all praying for you and your family.
Magge from Richboro, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

I read your book for Mr. Bolognase's religion class. I think it's amazing how you've coped with your loss, and we pray for Joshua everyday. I'm sure that Joshua will always watch over you and keep you and your family safe.
Mary from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

We both read your book and we thought it was very nice. We both think that it's great that you have such a wonderful Catholic Faith. We are sorry for the loss of your son and we pray for him and your family every day in religion class.
Jen and Liz from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, I really enjoyed your book "Angels in the Water." During Religion class we read your's and Joshua's story and we are all praying for you and Joshua. What happened is very sad and tragic, but it's really nice of you to share your experiences and faith with others. There are many people praying for your family.
Jessica from Holland , UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Regina, I thought that your story was beautiful. It really did have meaning to me, and made me smile. Thank you for writing such a wonderful story. I'm always praying for Joshua.
Sara from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Regina, I recently read your book about Joshua Michael. I thought it was very cute and uplifting. We are praying for your son and your family during Religion class at school.
amy from jamison, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Your book was really good. I liked it. I thought it was cute and very nice that you wrote a children's book. We will always be with you and congratulations on your book.
Ariel from Holland, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

Dear Regina, In our religion class we read your book. I really enjoyed it and I think it is great for children. We also pray for you in our class everyday.
Chelsea from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

I recently read your book, and in a way, I thought it was sad, but happy at the same time. It was a beautifully written short story with the infant and the angel. I will keep you and Joshua in my prayers.
Diane from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

I am sorry for you loss. Josha was an angel on earth. I prayed for Joshua. Your book was very good.
Amber from Holland, UNITED STATES
October 24, 2006

I'm still praying for you. Each moment that goes by is another moment closer to our happy reunion with those who have gone before us.
Dave from steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
October 23, 2006

Dear Regina, Andrew and family, my girls absolutely love your books and I love reading Angel in the Waters to the little ones. Thank you for sharing memories of a wonderful little boy with all of us. It is good to think that Jesus has got a lovely plan for each of us, even though part of it involves pain and suffering. It is hard not to believe that your daughter's dream was a supernatural message from God to reassure you that your warrior is having a great, great time up there.
Jenny from Romford, UNITED KINGDOM
October 12, 2006

((HUGS)) I too am so sorry for the loss of your darling son, Joshua Michael. I too have come across your son's site (via a msg I saw from Jo (below) in Australia). Know that your words of love are far reaching. Such a wonderful mother and family. I am sure that Joshua had a life full-to-over-flowing in his almost 5 years, much more than some poor children feel in their 'full' lifetime. Thank you also, echoing Jo's words, for perspective... I too will hug my children a little tighter, and not stress the small stuff so much. I will tell Kieran (my 5 year old, born 31st July 2001, so very similar age to Joshua) about Joshua tonight, and ask him to say a special prayer for him, and his family. My thoughts are with you, Megan xo Joshua, ^i^ Rest in peace little man, play in God's almighty playground, as loud and as boystress as you want. I am sorry that you didn't get to stay with your 'earthly' family for very long, but know that they love you and you are always in their hearts... as you are in mine, all the way Down Under in Kellyville, Sydney, NSW Australia. Bless xo
Megan from Sydney, AUSTRALIA
October 12, 2006

Please know you and your family have never left my thoughts. You are all sword warriors-my heart has broken with you. I send my strength and prayers.
Rachel from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, UNITED STATES
October 11, 2006

Regina and family, I have been thinking about you all so much. I pray all the time for you all. God bless all of you. Ellen from Alpha, NJ
Ellen from Alpha, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
October 11, 2006

Today I stumbled across your website while searching for a completely un-related topic on Google and what a gift it has been. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss, your faith in this hard time gives me hope for the world. Today I will hug and love my two year old son a little more than usual and I have you to thank for that.
Jo from Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
October 11, 2006

I'm still praying for you and I'll never stop. Yesterday was the third month anniversary. I'm so terribly sorry.
Dave from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
October 9, 2006

This is a day late, but I wanted to express my condolences on the anniversary of your loss. We will all be reunited with our loved ones again someday, but the real pain is in not knowing how long we have to wait to see them again. Try and take things one day, one hour, one minute at a time. Each minute is a minute closer to our reunion when there will never again be any pain or sorrow or death.
DM from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
October 9, 2006

Regina and Andrew and Children, As people around go about their lives, and you attempt to get your family back to "normal", I know that you will feel the terrible abyss left by your dear son's death. Remember that we have not forgotten you, nor do we forget to pray for you in this first year when the pain is so sharp. I am still praying for you --- don't ever doubt the power of those prayers and the faith that so many of us share with you -- even in the darkest of days.
christine from gillette, UNITED STATES
October 8, 2006

Dear Doman Family, I know that my sympathy and prayers are only an incredibly tiny part of what so many people are feeling for you right now, but I felt like I wanted to say something about what happened to Joshua. I am so sorry that you have had to go through this, but you're not going through the pain alone. Not only all of your friends but also Joshua is with you, and will be forever. Marygrace's dream is so relevant to life in general. We all are running a race together, and someday we all be together as winners. I cannot wait for the day when I will not only be with my brothers and sisters who died (miscarriages, but also with all of God's children. Joshua will be there with us, too. All of God's love be with you
Lindsey from Ham Lake, Minnesota, UNITED STATES
October 5, 2006

May God Bless You and hold you close and sustain you each day until the glorious day comes when you are reunited with Joshua again! What a celebration that will be--after the long, long race, where we all win and have the wonderful party! Our own little Jennifer Rose died at age 3 as well as three siblings in the womb and I have not a doubt that Joshua and all our children are playing happily together. Your "sword warrior" seems to be one who will intercede and continue the fight--just as St. Therese the little Flower wanted to do good from heaven. Today, on her feast, I beg that she would give you comfort and peace--with Joshua at her side--interceding and blessing you. It has been 11 years since our daughter died...I so appreciated your beautiful words of the many "holes" in your lives. I believe that Joshua will help to fill those gaps and that many graces will come. If you ever want to write, I would be honored. God Bless You and your beautiful family.
Charlene from Twin Falls, Idaho, UNITED STATES
October 1, 2006

Dear Regina, I only wish I could help you and your husband through this time. All of my 120 students have read about Joshua and have prayed for you and your family. I teach at an all girl school named Villa Joseph Marie High School, and it has meant a great deal for them to read the eulogy that you so bravely gave to those who were there for you. I thank God for your sharing your love for your son and family. Mike Bolognese
MIke from North Wales, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
October 1, 2006

Our Lord continues to provide us with directives on our journey to Him. Many of us struggle in bearing our crosses, overwhelmed with responsibilities that seem to have little light at the end of the tunnel. Jesus does not remove these burdens of ours, but He does help us to bear them. "When it seems to you that your suffering exceeds your strength, contemplate My wounds," He says (Diary, 1184).
David from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
September 27, 2006

At every Mass you stand before the cross spiritually next to Mary and st. John, and arround us are all the angels, all the saints, and our dear loved ones. At every Mass Joshua and all the Saints are reunited with us, celebrating with us in the holy sacrifice. We can't see them, but in faith we believe they are with us. I hope that thought gives you comfort.
David from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
September 19, 2006

Our Lady of Sorrows knows what you're going through. May she intercede for you in your pain.
thoughts from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
September 15, 2006

Triumph of the cross- Children were always the Lord's favorites because they were trusting and innocent and eager to be close to him. Your beautiful child Joshua was described so well in his innocence as the sword-warrior. Andrew, you envisioned him with a golden sword after his death. The touching story about just how much he worried about not being close to God shows his desire to be close to God. Your sword-warrior is making an impact in my life. His zeal for being holy at such a tender age is so inspirational. Joshua conquered caanan. Michael vanquished the Devil. Your Joshua Michael inspired me in a special way to pray more and pray harder and to stop going AWOL in the Church Militant. Michael is also my middle name, and your Joshua Michael is a role Model for me. St. Michael and the St. Michael Chaplet have become my best friends. I'm standing tall as the soldier in the Church militant awaiting my orders. No more will I allow my brothers and sisters to be slaughtered as casualties of the spiritual warfare that plagues this present darkness. The triumph of the cross is that even through our suffering Christ triumphs through his servants, who like your son, fight the good fight as long as we're asked to. Joshua led the Israelites to the promised land, Christ to the heavenly promised land. May St. Michael our Church's Gaurdian angel protect us, your family, and relatives from the snares and temptations of the Devil unto a glorious family reunion that will last all eternity, provided we don't let the amorites scare us off. Jesus triumphs through the cross. Read Revelation 21-22 and see if it doesn't bring tears to your eyes and hope of reunion. I'm also reminded of the song: "Lord God of Israel." I hope Martin reads these posts too because a musician like him can problably find the words to the song for you without me typing it out-"the Lord God of Israel who keepeth covenant and showeth Mercy unto his servants who walk before thee with all of their hearts," -Like Josua and those who learn from the example of a little child who was wiser in his four years of life than many like me.
David from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
September 13, 2006

Dear Regina, Andrew, and children, Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures and stories of Joshua. You, Regina, have been on my heart every day since this happened. I know so many of your siblings- Martin, Jessica, John, Paul, and Joe, but never had the privilage of meeting you yet! My husband is an old AMDG member and we were thrilled when Joe joined them and kept teasing our friends in the Brothers!!!! Anyway, I can relate to your pain because I lost a sister to a car accident 10 years ago. She died in May of 1996, the day after she had graduated from college. I remember how hard it was for me to go back to school at Franciscan where I was a sophmore at the time. It was this time of year, like it is for you guys, I was trying to get back into the swing of things, after the summer, but really wishing time would just stop- or just fast-forward through the year- so I could take a break from the exhausting journey that grieving is. I remember waking up each morning and just sighing, it being so hard to make myself face the day, knowing how sad I would be feeling, and how hard it would be to act like I was okay, when reallly inside my heart was broken. When she died, I thought I would never really be happy again. But now, looking back, I see that God has brought so much joy into my life since then. My heart still waits for her, it still is broken from missing her. In some ways, though, because of this, my heart is able to pour out love more freely, and accept it more readily. So I experience love more deeply than I did before I lost her. And it seems almost like God, in his goodness, tries to make up for the suffering I've had to go through. I know He will do this for you, too. He understands the love you and Andrew have for Joshua, and the deep pain you and the children are experiencing in loosing him so suddenly. And He will not let you suffer from love without returning love back to you a hundred-fold. God has a mysterious goodness about Him, because He does not have to do this, comfort us in our misery. But He does, and in ways we would never be able to guess beforehand. He can make good come out of the worst suffering, as Jesus on the cross has shown us. Just hang in there through the days when all you do is sigh, and it seems like it's been forever since you held Joshua, and will be forever till you do again. It's been 10 years since I heard my sister's voice, but in my heart it seems like yesterday. Sometimes, when I receive the Eucharist ( and one of my four children isn't jumping on me), I feel my sister's presence with me so strongly, just as strong as I feel Jesus'. And there is this silent meeting of two hearts who are longing for each other. It is such a treat because I am able to be with her in the present, not just in the past of my memories or in the hope of the future. It's in those moments I know she is still herself, and I am still myself, and our love hasn't gone away, only grown stronger. In those moments I know I will be with her again, and I am given the strength I need to wait until it's time. And not just wait, but live and thrive. God will do this for you too. All my love to you and your beautiful family.
Kate from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
September 8, 2006

On Our Lady's birthday I find myself watching my 14 year old daughter read ,"The Shadow of the Bear." A week ago Monday she was hit by a truck. I understand all the more that our children are really not "our" children. Our daughter lives today strictly because God designed it so. She has a broken femur and is waiting to recover. I think of and pray for you often. I ask prayers from Joshua to show my daughter how to serve the Lord with her life. Blessings to you all. With love from Steubenville, Holly
Holly from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
September 8, 2006

On this second month's anniversary of your son's death I am offering a special suffering of my own up. This is the birthday of our Lady also. She understands what you are going through. My prayers are with you.
a friend from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
September 8, 2006

The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember... Noah was a drunk Abraham was too old Jacob was a liar Leah was ugly Joseph was abused Moses had a stuttering problem Gideon was afraid Samson had long hair and was a womanizer Rahab was a prostitute Jeremiah and Timothy were too young David had an affair and was a murderer Elijah was suicidal Jonah ran from God Naomi was a widow Job lost everyone and everything he cared about Peter denied Christ The Disciples fell asleep while praying Martha worried about everything The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once Zaccheus was too small Saul was too prideful ..AND Lazarus was dead!
annie from mcity, Ohio, UNITED STATES
September 6, 2006

Joshua's Castle is beautiful! We too have a little boy who is facinated by swords, knights, and castles. Each time that I watch him swinging a sword around (which often is a hose attachment that he's swiped from the vacuum!!), I think of you all and say a prayer for your family. Know of our continued prayers for you all. God's peace be yours.
An FUS Grad from WV, UNITED STATES
September 5, 2006

I'm a friend of Dominic Salamida, and Dave Costanzo. I've been praying for you. While I was praying the Rosary, third Luminous mystery, which focuses on the preaching of the kingdom, the image of the good shepherd came to mind. I think this was my own imagination combining a prayer intention with the image of the good shepherd, which is part of the preaching of the Kingdom, but the image was of someone bringing the good shepherd to a group of bleating sheep, and the minute he saw a bunch of sheep surrounding two others who were staring at a small sheep that wasn't moving, he immediately reached for the two sheep, put one on each shoulder, holding them close to his heart and he began crying with them because they were in so much pain, and he pulled the others who were standing arround close to him too and began consoling them too. I didn't get the sense that this was necessarily from the Holy spirit, but if the image can serve to help console you, take it for what it is worth. I love your family very much because it is such a witness of faith and what a true Christian family should be. Please stay strong in the faith. I'm praying for you and all your friends who love you are praying for you. Please allow God to let this crisis make you stronger.
A spiritual from Steubenvile, Ohio, UNITED STATES
September 5, 2006

My heart has been filled with sorrow over your tragedy. I have been keeping your family in prayer. We are fans of "Angel in the Waters" and have given away about 20 copies of the book as baby gifts to expectant friends and family. I am so glad I visited the website today, because it filled my heart with joy and peace, instead of the questions and sorrow. We have a four year old son too, and after reading about Joshua, it sounds as if they are much alike. Your family is beautiful. May you continue to feel the comfort and peace of Our Lord and His Mother.
Justy from Odessa, Florida, UNITED STATES
August 31, 2006

I heard about your loss through an internet e-mail group. I just wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I can see that Joshua was and will contine to be a huge blessing in the lives he touched! What a sweet, sweet smile and playful imagination...a true treasure. May your faith in God and the knowledge that he is in a perfect place now keep you strong. Thank you for sharing his story...your words and website are a wonderful tribute to him. Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is discord, vision. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Ay from Wichita, Kansas, UNITED STATES
August 31, 2006

Dear Regina & Andrew and children and family & friends - it's hard to put thoughts into words after finding out about something like this. I'm so sorry for your loss - and yet, your thoughts about Joshua in Heavan, with his earthly cares swept aside - such a vivid and beautiful image. If there was one thing I could do, one prayer that I could pray, that could help take away any of your sorrow and pain, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I had heard on the Mother of God mailing list about the accident - and we were all praying for you and your family. I didn't know about the website. I never made the connection between you all and the books I've been carrying around all summer. I'm so very sorry. I'm glad to see that the kids are getting joy out of the playscape. May you continue to heal, as you lean on the Lord, and seek His will in your lives. May Mary's mantle wrap you all in the warmth of her love. May God bless you and keep you, turn His face towards you and be gracious to you, and may He grant you all His holy peace. God bless.
Lisa from Westfield, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
August 31, 2006

Dear Andrew, Regina, and children, Please permit me to add my prayers and condolences to the many others here. I have nothing profound to add, I merely wanted to let you know that I have shed many, many tears for all of you, especially Regina, since the accident happened. I just spent an hour reading all of these beautiful messages, and have literally been crying the entire time. We're expecting our seventh child within a few weeks, and our next-youngest is a little boy only a few months younger than Joshua, so your story has really hit close to home. In fact, a friend and I were standing in our own church parking lot a few days before the accident, talking about how careful we need to be there because there are always so many young children running around. She was telling me one of our deacons has a habit of standing outside the car while his wife backs out of the parking space, just to make sure there aren't any little ones running behind them (and in fact was able to prevent a tragedy just a few weeks earlier because of this). I can't begin to imagine how you must be feeling, but I do hurt for you all and lift you up in prayer, asking especially that God pour out His profound peace upon you. I too believe that Marygrace's prayer was a beautiful message and assurance from heaven for you all. (FUS '89 and '90)
Jim and Sharon from Shelby Twp., Michigan, UNITED STATES
August 30, 2006

Regina, I just read about "Castle Joshua" and it brought tears of joy to my eyes. Doesn't the Lord work in mysterious ways? That castle playset sat at that lot for one year and now it is in your yard. Joshua sure did pray for that one. I really hope your children get much enjoyment out of it, and I am sure your son Joshua is smiling upon them and enjoying himself also. You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers.
Ellen from Alpha, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
August 30, 2006

Dear Regina, Andrew and all your children, I am Joelle Garello's sister and we met us last year in Washington. We spent some hours together with you, Andrew's brother, Matthew....in a restaurant. It was wonderful to meet some people like you. Regina you were pregnant and we spoke about children. What happened to your little boy is terrible. But God and your nice family and all your friends will help you to find happyness again.
Marie-Claude from Villarodin-Bourget, FRANCE
August 29, 2006

Dear Regina, I am not a religious person. At least, that's what I always say. But my heart knows better. I lost my mama last year. I hope she's with that endlessly good Father of ours. I am always touched by his creation. My heart feels deeply for all his creatures. People, animals, plants. Take good care of us, Lord, I always say, and take good care of all the people in your heaven. Take good care of my mama and take very good care of little Joshua and his mama.
Mia from Erbusco, ITALY
August 27, 2006

Regina & Andrew, I just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers...Fr. Benedict's words are strikingly the same as a singer we met a few months ago, who, when diagnosed with a deadly illness faced that same reality: to not ask why, but what. His answer to "what" in turn helped our family find hope in a very dark time, and helped us find our way a bit more to "what". But whys are so insidious, and they creep in when we aren't ready to fight... Our family faces a respite, a likely break from chemo after 2 years of nonstop treatment, surgeries, transfusions, and hospital coffee...I feel like maybe we can get a better handle on what, even if we only have a few months before we have to gird for battle again. I pray you can find moments of respite, where God floods you with the grace you need to ask What?, and the strength to fight the Why? may you have peace,
Kristin from Warren, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
August 26, 2006

Dear Regina and Andy, I will offer many prayers for your dear little son, Joshua, for your family, and for you both, and I will ask our Sisters to pray. You are ever in my heart and prayers.
Sister M. Immaculata (alias Stacey) from South Amboy, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
August 24, 2006

If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint...for there is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for His own great sacrifice of boundless charity. Saint Ignatius Loyola
A spiritual from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
August 23, 2006

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears! Let all the nations gather together, and let the peoples assemble. Who among them can declare this, and show us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to justify them, and let them hear and say, It is true. "You are my witnesses," says the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. Isaiah 43
A spiritual from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
August 22, 2006

Your whole family is in our prayers. I love your books so much, and admire your strength in this terribly difficult time. Your eulogy is so beautiful. Please be assured of the prayers of so many Christians whose hearts are with you. I wish you the peace that God alone can give. God bless.
Kathryn from Plano, Illinois, UNITED STATES
August 21, 2006

You and your family will always be in our prayers. He is definitely ok now because he is with the Father. Joshua is an angel now. He will be there to watch over his brothers and sister always. GOD BLESS.
Shumone from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
August 21, 2006

You are blessed to have a saint in Heaven praying for you!
Kristy from Austin, Texas, UNITED STATES
August 20, 2006

Dear Regina and family, Even though we have never met and probably never will, I want you to know how deeply and profoundly Joshua's life story has touched my life. I asked the Lord to give me some of the pain to bare so that your load might not be so heavy and He, ever faithful, obliged. I have grieved so for your loss this past month, marveling in the fact that I have never known you or Joshua. I have also offered many, many prayers. Your words have touched me so deeply and your strong faith has inspired me more than I could ever explain. Then, I found myself, this week in a hospital room holding a dear church friend in my arms as she wept over the tragic and accidental death of her two year old. Being such a wimp and crybaby myself, I could not understand how my vision was so clear and how I was not at all afraid. I learned firsthand the awesome power of grace. You have been such a powerful help to me and now indirectly to this family that has not even heard your story. When the time is right, I will share it with them and point them to this website. God bless you and know that you have my deepest sympathies and steadfast prayers. Thank you for sharing this intimate time of your lives with the world. Yours in Christ, Sarah
Sarah from Shreveport, Louisiana, UNITED STATES
August 20, 2006

Dear Regina and Family, I was so sad to hear of the death of Joshua Michael. I will be praying for you and also I have had a Mass said for Joshua at our home parish of St.Agnes. Love and Prayers, Aubrey Heesch
Aubrey from Ham Lake, Minnesota, UNITED STATES
August 18, 2006

You don't know me, but I've met Regina's parents in PA. Such a wonderful and prayerful family. Thank you for the beautiful words posted on this website, especially Marygrace's dream. You will continue to be in my prayers.
Sharon from Keller, Texas, UNITED STATES
August 18, 2006

Many prayers from Derwent, Alberta and beyond.
The McDonald Family from Derwent, CANADA
August 17, 2006

Regina and Andrew, thanks for putting up this memorial site. Joshua was born after I moved out of your place, so I never knew him as well as I do the older ones. But I do have vivid memories of that rubber sword. I was touched by Marygrace's dream. Thanks for sharing all this stuff. Please do let us know whenever my family and I can help in any way.
Lewis from Front Royal, Virginia, UNITED STATES
August 16, 2006

Your words about Joshua have gone straight to my heart. Please know that my daughter Felicity always remembers Joshua in her nightly prayers. She is always talking about him, and remembers him. We are so sorry for your loss, and truly admire your faith and strength.
Paige from Linden, Virginia, UNITED STATES
August 14, 2006

My family and myself were all so sorry to hear of your loss. I have been praying for you and your family ever since I found out. May God bless you and give you His comfort.
Elena from Nottingham, UNITED KINGDOM
August 14, 2006

Regina, Andrew and family....thank you for sharing the story of your Joshua and family....it is truly inspirational....it will help us hug and kiss our children and grandchildren more often, and to truly understand that they are His Children....what an awesome gift of grace and faith you have been blessed with....it is good for all of us to witness....may God continue to hold you in the palm of His hand....until that day you are reunited with your children in heaven.... may God bless you all....the Barry family
Sue from Millsboro, Delaware, UNITED STATES
August 14, 2006

Shari and I are so sorry to read about the loss of your beautiful son Joshua. Our family has prayed for you and asked God to give you His peace and comfort in this very difficult time. Our son Samuel died as a result of complications from a congenital heart defect this past April 17th; he was 2 years and 9 months old. It has been a time of great sadness at the loss of our beloved son and we miss him so much, but it has also been a time of abundant grace. Without God's grace I don't know how we could have survived Samuel's passing. We look forward to seeing our little Sammy again one day in heaven and trust in the special care that Jesus and His Mother Mary are giving our son. Know that we are praying for your family and we pray to Joshua for his intercession. With Love, Jerry & Shari Mersch and Family
Jerry & Shari from Brookville, Indiana, UNITED STATES
August 13, 2006

Your family is in my prayers. Thank you for sharing the story of Joshua's life with us.
Jean from Worcester, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
August 12, 2006

Regina and Andrew, I am sorry for your loss. My first child was born just a few days before Our Lord took Joshua. I felt tremendous pain for both of you because for the first time in my life I understood the miracle of God's love parents have for their children. May Peace come to you in the time of heartache.
Barry from Springfield, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
August 11, 2006

John Paul II said all suffering has Value even when we don't understand why it had to happen it can help others if we nail it to the cross. I can't imagine the agony you must feel and I'm praying that no one in your family allows this to weaken their faith, but that some good can come out of your terrible tragedy. If someone else hadn't already asked you to pray for them, I wouldn't dream of burdening you with this in your own grief, but since someone has asked you to pray for others in similar situations, and if you are willing, Please pray for my friend Jason, a University of Steubenville student who took his life, and please pray for the Lyons family, who are not handling the aftermath of their son's death as well as you're handling Joshua's. Jim Lyons was 16 when he died in 1982 and his family has recently shut down and isolated themselves from everyone they used to know, possibly even God. I will pray and offer sacrifices for you as I have been.
A friend from steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
August 11, 2006

Dear Regina, Andrew & Family, Though you probably don't remember me, I remember you both from FUS. The two of you always struck me as a very special couple. I am so very sorry for the loss of your Joshua. I have been praying for you all since I heard about your tragedy. With all my heart I've been praying Our Lord and Our Lady hold you all close to theirs.
Suzanne from Columbus, Ohio, UNITED STATES
August 10, 2006

Your son Joshua has inspired our family to pray and offer sacrifices~ on your behalf, especially, and for so many others... We were at Christendom as your son crossed the threshold of Love, and you have been with us ever since. You will remain with us- as the clock ticks... Thank you for your generosity in sharing this story, and for your devotion and love for Our Lord.
Peggy from Fayetteville, North Carolina, UNITED STATES
August 10, 2006

What a gift Marygrace's dream is! We still pray for your family every day and we will continue. I'm glad you did the website. Mark, Allison, Clare and Bridget Miller
Allison from Norristown, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
August 8, 2006

Your family is always in our prayers ~ Thank you for sharing Joshua's story with us. What an angel! Love and prayers, the Wells Family
Janie from Louisville, Kentucky, UNITED STATES
August 7, 2006

Andrew and Regina and family, I am from Coastal community Church in Scarborough, Maine, I heard about your tragedy from one of the church friend's there (Paul and Dianne Uni). Sorry it has taken so long to respond as I had computer trouble. My heart is with all of you and so very sorry to hear about your loss. I pray for all of you and may you have great peace knowing that your boy is with our mighty savior. Take care of each other and always hold each other close. I recently moved to Alaska with my children and husband and I treasure every moment with them. God Bless you all in His name .. Take care Shelley
Shelley from Anchorage, Alaska, UNITED STATES
August 7, 2006

All my prayers go out to you and your family. The story of his life touched me deeply. What a wonderful child. It is amazing that you have such a wonderful warrior for you in heaven.
Jacinta from Sydney, AUSTRALIA
August 7, 2006

Your family is in our prayers--All our love, the Beverleys
Katie from DeKalb, Illinois, UNITED STATES
August 6, 2006

Thank you for sharing your beautiful son's story with me. Marygrace's dream was truly a gift from God. I love your book "Angel in the Waters"
Arleen from Front Royal, Virginia, UNITED STATES
August 6, 2006

Joshua and his whole family are in my prayers
Becca from Rochester, Minnesota, UNITED STATES
August 4, 2006

May God comfort you in your sorrow & loss. May you always remember your precious son with joy & thanksgiving for his life. Reading your beautiful testominy about Joshua reminds me to treasure my own children even more, each & every moment. We will continue to pray for all of you. (We are friends of Dian & Mike)
Patricia from Morgantown, West Virginia, UNITED STATES
August 4, 2006

Regina and Andrew - We continue to grieve with you, and pray with you during this dark time. May the light of Christ strengthen you each day. The Fast family Derwent, Alberta Canada
Ken from Derwent, CANADA
August 4, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew, May god help you all in your time of trouble. I'll keep you in my prayers. I am humbled by your strong faith and sharing. In Christ's love.
Bruce from Puyallup, Washington, UNITED STATES
August 4, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew and family, your story is so sad and so moving. It makes me think...so many things...but mainly I think about the saints. I think about how God chooses some people to suffer so much in order to help others reach Him. Maybe there is no real answer to why these things happen, but in my mind, the closest would be for the salvation of others. Maybe that is so obvious. but it seems, sometimes, when bad things happen, we do get caught up in the wondering about the plan in our own lives. I was reading your story and thinking, wow, look at how much faith this family has... and how much that faith has resonated with other people. And so I guess I will just say thank you, and thank Joshua. because, just maybe, ultimately someone like me can make it to heaven because of him.
mel from ojai, California, UNITED STATES
August 3, 2006

We were so sorry to hear about little Joshua, we were on vacation when the accident happened, your family is in our prayers With love, Naomi and Ted Zepeda
Naomi and Ted from Front Royal, Virginia, UNITED STATES
August 3, 2006

Dear Regina, This is Elizabeth, one of the many girls who asks you questions about The Shadow of the Bear series. All I can say is when my mom and I found out about Joshua, we both cried. It was especially heart-wrenching because I have a little four-year-old brother of my own, named Joshua Joseph. I just wanted to hold my brother tight. My family and I will continue to keep you in our prayers. Marygrace's dream about Joshua is beautiful.
Elizabeth from Hamilton Square, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
August 3, 2006

I read your story two days ago and it has been on my mind every moment ever since. Your Joshua was born on the due date of our Caleb -- July 26, 2001 -- but I developed toxemia and Caleb was born by emergency C-section on June 30th. (Oddly, he was born on the birthday of one of my best friends, who had died a couple of years before.) Joshua sounds so much like Caleb, who can't go anywhere without at least one sword, and has many interesting theological theories. If you want to, you can go to this link for a glimpse of him, heavily armed: http://somehavehats.typepad.com/some_have_hats/2006/07/our_own_iigo.html I can't imagine your pain. I've often thought that I don't know how I'd be able to hang on to my faith if anything happened to Caleb, who was a "surprise" when I thought I was too old to get pregnant -- born when I was 45. I especially don't know how I'd be able to trust God again. Your faith in the wake of this tragedy will long be an inspiration to me. I know nothing can lessen this pain, but I thought I should tell you that since I first read Joshua's story, I have been much more aware and appreciative of every moment I've spent with Caleb. I think of Joshua when I am too tired to play superheroes one more time, and I play anyway. Caleb is getting twice as many hugs and kisses, despite his protests -- they slow him down -- and he will continue to, because of what you said about how you treasured every hug. So if anything "good" could come from such a horrible tragedy, I hope it will help you to know that because of Joshua's story, one mother will be less likely to take precious moments for granted. "Tired" will lose its power over me. And my family will remember yours in our prayers.
Karen from Orlando, Florida, UNITED STATES
August 3, 2006

Sending my prayers and hope for peace and healing for your beautiful family. Joshua was so very loved on earth and he is loved beyond description in Heaven. You are an inspiration to my sometimes wavering faith, as your grace in the profoundest suffering that a family can endure is a true witness to the power of God's love. May he make all of you to shine like the sun and hold you in the palm of His Hand during this sorrowful time.
Angela from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
August 3, 2006

Regina, Andrew and family, I am a friend of Martin and Charlene's and I attended FUS. Please know that you all have been in my constant thoughts and prayers. Your faith is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your son's life and your family's love for our Lord. May the Blessed Mother and her angels guide and protect you.
Marykate from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
August 2, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew, We continue to keep you in our prayers.
Mariangeles and John from Hamden, Connecticut, UNITED STATES
August 2, 2006

I have been praying for you, and will continue to do so. I cannot imagine the loss you feel, but I also understand the hope that you have in Christ Jesus. Many many prayers for you and your family, that you feel the healing touch of the Master's hand in your lives. Your sister in Christ,
Theresa from Homestead, Florida, UNITED STATES
August 2, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew, You don't know me -- I am just another soul who is praying for your family during this difficult time. And I have asked the convent of Carmelite sisters in town to pray for your family as well. And my extended family is praying. And we will all keep praying. God bless.
Jennifer from Dallas, Texas, UNITED STATES
August 1, 2006

Mrs Regina, this is Kayla, the girl who asks you way too many questions! I just found out about your tragedy and want you to know how much I hurt for you. Your website made me cry like a baby, I'm still crying! I have sent my guardian angel to comfort you many times since I learned of this terrible news. I know how much it must hurt you to lose your little boy. Amidst all this suffering, it is hard to realize that this is not a time for intense sorrow, but intense joy, because your little boy can never be hurt ever. I know this message must mean relatively little to you compared with your sorrow, but I couldn't leave without expressing my sympathy. I am praying for you. "Let the little children come to Me."
Kayla from Woodstock, Georgia, UNITED STATES
August 1, 2006

As I knelt in prayer before Mass today your family again came into my mind and I lifted you up in prayer. May the Lord guard your hearts, protect you from all evil, and in your unfathomable suffering may he console you and encourage you beyond all you can hope or imagine. May the abyss of darkness that awaits you in the days ahead not overcome you. Peace.
Derek from Huntsville, Alabama, UNITED STATES
August 1, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew, We wanted to let you know that so many people out here in Nevada have been praying and thinking about you and your family. Your example of deep faith has touched so many lives including ours. We are certain that your suffering will bring about so much conversion and healing in our world. In our Lord's mysterious plan, it seems that this tragedy occured for the benefit of many souls. May He be your comfort and strength now and always!
Tami and Rick from Las Vegas, Nevada, UNITED STATES
August 1, 2006

Regina, I cannot think of words sufficient enough to express my sorrow. I am amazed by your faith, hope, and love of our Father. My prayers and many others go out to you. I hope that it helps. I thank God that you are so surrounded by people that care, and I know that that will at the very least help you. Tons and tons of love all the way from CA! Bless you
Sarah from La Habra, California, UNITED STATES
August 1, 2006

My prayers are with your family. May it be a comfort to you that at the Steubenville East youth conference last weekend, 3000 young people were praying for Joshua and your family. Remember, our goodbyes on earth are not the end!
Emily from Manchester, New Hampshire, UNITED STATES
August 1, 2006

Your story is so heartbreaking, but your countenance and fortitude in the midst of such devastation is inspriational. Keep strong and courageous, knowing that while Joshua's earthly absence is temporary, he is doggedly praying for you and is awaiting your arrival to that Much Better Place.
Nick from Stratford, Connecticut, UNITED STATES
August 1, 2006

I have been praying for you. You might find Pope John Paul II's letter, "The Christian Meaning of Human Suffering", to be a source of strength and vision at this time.
Fr. Stephanos from San Diego, California, UNITED STATES
August 1, 2006

Hi, I had the opportunity met you at a conference at St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, NC last year. I was very sad to hear about Joshua. I'm so very sorry for your loss & will be praying for you and your family in the months to come.
Viktorija from Asheville, North Carolina, UNITED STATES
July 31, 2006

I'm wholeheartedly sorry for your family's loss of this wonderful Joshua Michael. Thank you for posting Marygrace's beautiful dream. I do not know your family, but through losing 1 fullterm and several miscarried babies, I have seen God's incredible work in my life. Like Job, I cannot understand His Ways, but over and over I see good come from bad. I pray that His Grace help you through the aching days and years as you recover from this pain; already He has touched many hearts through you! (Compassionate Friends is a wonderful resource too.) God bless and keep you all. Hugs.
Michele from Jacksonville, North Carolina, UNITED STATES
July 30, 2006

Dear Regina, Andrew, and Family...my prayers are with you during this difficult time. Regina, I was at Steubie U while you were there and on a few occassions chatted with you. I have a prayer chain with my household AWJ and they all are praying for your family. This past week (July 21st to July 28th) I was in Medjugorje...I thought of you much and lifted up your family. I believe with all my heart that OUR LADY has her arm around you now. She knows your pain. MIR..Peace
Doreen from Jersey City, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
July 30, 2006

Dear Regina and family, It was heart wrenching news to hear about the death of your son Joshua and all that has been happening ever since that day. I went to school at Franciscan University with your brothers Paul and John. I just wanted to let you and your family know that all of you have been in my prayers and that I have celebrated Mass a couple of times for the repose of Joshua's soul and for your consolation. My 5 siblings and parents have also been praying for you all. Please be assured of my continual prayers.
Fr. Justin from Augusta, Georgia, UNITED STATES
July 29, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew and family, may God Bless you and keep you and your family strong after the loss of your beautiful son and brother Joshua.
Shirley from London, UNITED KINGDOM
July 29, 2006

Dear Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your son. We hope the family is well and can get over this. By the way, thank you so much for letting us read your book without having to pay. That is very thoughtful.
Anita from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
July 29, 2006

Dear Regina and Family, There are no words....only prayers seem adequate for times like this. Be assured that you have been very much in our hearts and prayers ever since your dear little boy went to be with the Lord. May your hearts and souls be comforted through the countless prayers that are being lifted up to the Throne of Grace on behalf of your precious family. Praying, praying. praying for you still.
Another family that has known earthly grief and lo from Nashville, UNITED STATES
July 28, 2006

We lost our son 8 years ago in a tragic accident and, although he was an adult, we have identified so well with some of your descriptions of true life for Joshua. We have been blessed with indications of David's presence with Our Lord. One of the greatest gifts a mother & father can receive is to know their son is in Heaven with Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Thanks for sharing your story with us. You will be in our prayers. God bless, Jim & Maureen
Jim from Gilbert, Arizona, UNITED STATES
July 28, 2006

My name is Sarah Schutte. The third child in my family is named Joshua Michael. I am ten years old, and the oldest child in my family. I just read your story today, and it was really, really sad. My mom came in our room one day while I was playing in my bed and she told us your story and I was too sad to say anything. Today when I found out that your son's name was Joshua Michael I thought of my brother. He loves to play swords and build things, too. I am going to tell my godmother to read Marygrace's dream because she had four miscarriages already, and I think she might want to read this. I was amazed at how you wrote about this so that we could all read it. Your faith through this has made an impression on my life. I am going to find a novena to the Sorrowful Mother and pray it for you and your family. Please tell your family that I said hello and that I am praying for them.
Sarah from Beavercreek, Ohio, UNITED STATES
July 28, 2006

Dear Andrew and Regina and your beautiful family, Even though we are half a world away from where you are, our family is with you in your sorrow. We are all going on the same journey: its just that Joshua has arrived earlier, but rejoice in God's love and that you have a very special angel praying for all of you in heaven. Allen and Family Sabah, East Malaysia.
Allen from Kota Kinabalu, MALAYSIA
July 28, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew and children...Joshua is up in heaven with Aunt Cindy...Glory to God in the Highest...Uncle Stevie
Steve from York, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Please accept my sincere condolence to the recent lost of your beloved son _ Joshua Michael. Joshua is so adorable! I read your eulogy with tears. I did not have an opportunity to meet your beautiful son when he was alive. But his adorable face and characters had touched my heart deeply. My prayers are with you and your family.
Anna from Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

God bless you and your family. Joshua is a beautiful child, and what a wonderful spirit. He's an angel in heaven now, I'm sure of it.
Sweatt family from Hampton, Virginia, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

"A Grief Unveiled," about a man who lost his son in a car accident has been very helpful to many people going through what you're going through. [Editor's Note: Thank you. We have a copy of it that someone sent us.] I've sent a Mass card to your donation address and I've been saying a 20 Decade Rosary and doing many penances remembering, among other things your intentions to help you and your whole extended family. You're handling this better than most. I'm praying that none of you or your extended family will ever let the devil rob you of the light of faith because of this tragedy, but that somehow, you will turn to the mother at Calvary who lost a son, once when he was missing three days and they had to worry that something could have happened to him, and again at Calvary. I really mean this, this isn't just an empty gesture, I don't have money, but if there is anything else I can do for you, e-mail me at regnumchristi2006@yahoo.com. If I can, I'll try and have a 30 day Gregorian mass novena said for him. Tell your talented musical brother Martin and your whole family that I'm praying that the flame of faith and love will burn brighter in your hearts (And I've asked Joshua to pray for you too. I told him his family misses him very much and need his prayers.)
Brother in Christ who loves your family very much from Steubenville, Ohio, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

My heart goes out to you and all of your family during this time since losing your sweet Joshua especially today on his birthday. [Editor's Note: Joshua's birthday is actually on July 26.] I first heard of your story through the Alumni Newsletter from Steubenville (I went there and am acquainted with a few of the Domans also my husband went there though only one year.) Then I heard it again in a homily on EWTN last Friday, the Feast of Mary Magdalene. I don't often watch EWTN and so I was surprised to hear of your story yet again. I know something of loss since I lost my first born son shortly after birth and also suffered a miscarriage though these losses are different from yours, our hearts have ached for our children in heaven and I know well something of the holes you were speaking of in your eulogy. My heart and prayers are with all of you. I can only think of the song by Dana "We are One Body" and know that we are truly connected as the Body of Christ. Also, I so love the book you wrote and plan to order some for those close to me. Melissa (Ronning) Gemmell and family
Melissa from Northern, Minnesota, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

The book, "Angel in the Waters", has been placed in the Richland Public Library, Richland , Iowa In memory of Joshua by Jamie and Michelle Snyder and family, of Richland, Iowa
Michelle from Richland, Iowa, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dear Regina, Andrew and Family, My prayers continue to be with you and your family. I just read Marygrace's dream. We just had our fourth miscarriage this week and it was so comforting to read about Marygrace's dream. Your family is a gift in the lives of many. May God continue upholding you through the love, thoughts and prayers of others!
Dena from Lenexa, Kansas, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dear Regina, Like you, we know someone else who lost a son on July 4, 2006. This boy's name was Jeremy Best and he was hit by a car crossing the road. Jeremy was 14 years old and he was the second child in a family with only two children. God loves you very much Regina and Andrew. You took care of one of his special warriors. As I began to read your Eulogy of him as his mother, barely getting to the second line, I had an image of St. Michael the Arch Angel in my mind. Funny thing that as I began to read further you were actually telling me and everyone else about your young warrior. Also about how his middle name is Michael and I got goose bumps as the story unfolded. I just could not imagine how I picked up on this before actually reading too far down to know this was true. I think you are anointed as parents because all of this is extraordinary! God really hand picked you to raise this young Michael! Just like Mrs. Best was chosen to be the mom of Jeremy. I don't know if the void in your life will ever be filled. My mother lost our oldest brother, the oldest of 12 kids when I was 14. It was surreal. I never dreamt for a moment that one of us would die and leave this earth and hurt my mother in such a way that would thrust her into a position she did not ever want to take. Born and raised Roman Catholic, my mother accepted this as one of her many crosses in life. My father died as well before I was two years old leaving my mother the widow of 9 children. That was way back in 1965. She always explained that we must accept our crosses and God's plan for our salvation. It wasn't his plan in our life, it was his plan in our salvation. Hardships are all over the bible as you know and of course people on earth have to face a multitude of them as this was the intent of the devil. I am certain that in these times God is calling up all of his brave and heroic warriors to fight in St. Michael the Arch Angels Army. Satan is using all of his power now to destroy what is meant for good. Your son Joshua has a job to do and you and your husband and your family helped him to train for this job. As you said it was curious how many photos you have of him with his sword. I love the photos because as a parent you took pictures of him in his glory. You actually have photos of the warrior you raised and God called home. Think about the way society is today actually and how interesting it is that you even allowed him to play with a sword. I can tell you that where I am living on Long Island swords and weapons of any kind are frowned upon because of the image of fighting and war in which it supposedly imparts on young minds. So because you allowed him to play fight with swords and developed him with his bible stories and the simple understanding of right and wrong and good and evil, you were probably doing your part without realizing it, in God's plan. I accidentally found your site, it was not something I went looking for, so I was meant to see this and you and your words gave me a lot more courage to deal with some really bad stuff right now that is a huge form of evil and it has to do with municipalities and politics and lawyers and lawsuits and its robbing our family of everything. However, when you hear of stories such as yours and Jeremy, you ask God to spare you troubles like those and you are embarressed to complain about troubles like ours. I just hope that you find your peace with your son's death. You are correct that his life is finished on this earth, but his heavenly body is with our Father in heaven and his spirit is free to be with you and your loved ones when the Father is not needing his attention. You and your husband have been truly blessed even though you have suffered such a terrible loss. That wonderful child Joshua of yours was a loan, and he was loaned to you to bring you so much happiness and so much joy and love and light. We cannot keep our loved ones forever, which is easier to say then to experience for real. I am sorry that you are suffering in your heart and that your life is now changed dramtically because of the death of your child and if there is one thing I can do, I know it is to pray for you all. This is something we can all do for one another and the prayers will be to heal your pain and allow the hope to grow for peace no matter where you are or what you do all the rest of your days. God Bless you and God Bless Joshua, I hope he is one of God's warriors for the sake of God's kingdom!
Madeleine from West Islip, New York, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dear Regina and family I read your story today and I will be praying for you and your family; I have lost a son my only natural child years ago and I know the pain of losing a child, I have never felt pain like that before and it has been 38 years and I still miss him he was not 2 years old yet, but God is so good and my husband and I have an adopted daughter and she is married now with 2 boys and there are 5 and almost 6 and the oldest ones name is Joshua and the youngest is Cameron and we will go and light candles for your Joshua and say the Hail Mary since that is our Joshua's prayer that we say for people who are sad or sick. Just know that our prayer goup and all my family will be praying for you and know that we will all be together some day. God bless you and your family.
Dee from Blarisden, California, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dear Andy, Regina and the kids, We are so sorry for your loss and I think of you everyday when I look in the faces of my own three young children. I pray for you often and that God is a great strength for you.
Megan Schmiedicke from Berwyn, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Regina and Andrew, I want to express my deepest condolences in your loss of Joshua Michael. Andrew, your Aunt Laura (Van Vliet) is my VERY BEST friend in the whole world. I lost my youngest son, Michael, last year and she, and God were my sustenance throught those first dark days, and she still is. He was much older (29) than your Joshua - and even though I had known for a few years that he would die young - the shock and pain are unbelievable when it happens. As soon as Laura told me about your Joshua, I immediately asked my Michael to find Joshua and give him a big hug. I also asked many friends, prayer groups and my pastor, Fr. Dan to pray for you. (Fr. Dan was my Michael's practically "adopted" father - so he also understands your pain). I wa SO very happy to read your words. I had been praying for your Faith to sustain you - as it has me - there are times when that is all we can hold onto - that and the LOVE that comes from everywhere, especially Heaven. My only advice to both of you, after being down the road from my own loss - is to just "go" with it. Talk about him, laugh about him and when you feel like it - cry about him and always know he is right there with you. Keep him in front of you and celebrate him. I just want to reiterate what one of your messages said - when Fr. Dan and I first saw Michael in the funeral home - he said "I wish he would just sit up and talk to us".....and I said, "like "Hi Mom. Hi Dad (Mike always called him "Dad") - and he said "Yes....but you know that if I could raise him up right now and I would...he wouldn't want to come back. He's with Heaven now, where he belongs." Again, I offer you all my love and prayers - and it so good that you have each other to cling to through this - hold on tight! And don't EVER forget our Jesus of the Divine Mercy....He loves you so VERY much! AND - I KNOW he has a special place in His Heart for those with the name Michael - they are ALL special to Him. Love, Basia If I can do anything for you at all (besides praying) - please do not hesitate to let me know.
Barbara from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

May the wonderful memories of your precious son comfort you and your family as times of sadness arise in the days ahead. Our prayers for your healing will continue.
Mark from Madisonville, Louisiana, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dear Regina, Andrew and family, Thank you for sharing Joshua with us. We will never forget the beautiful, angelic face of your sweet little boy. We are grieving with you and praying for you. May your entire family feel the loving arms of our Lord Jesus wrap around you and immerse you in His peace. Your will be lifted up in our rosaries.
Steve & Chris from Fisher, Minnesota, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

A True Witness to Hope...of Eternal Love! Thank you , God Bless... May God hold your whole family in the palm of his hand. You will all be in our prayers. I am a father of 4 beautiful children. And thank you for your wonderful ANGEL in the WATERS!
William from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Although we know that there are no words sufficient to bring you all any comfort at this time, please know that all of your friends here at EWTN are begging our dear Lord and our Blessed Mother to wrap you tenderly in their arms and to cover you with graces of consolation and peace. We send our deepest, heartfelt wishes and prayers for you all, and our love through Christ.
Julian from Birmingham, Alabama, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Regina, Andrew and kids... I still fail for words. Thank you for posting such beautiful memories so the world can help you honor not only Joshua's life, but your courageous embrace of life. From your words, I feel like I know Joshua, and I like him very much. We will continue to lift up your family in prayer as you brave this heartbreaking loss.
Christine and Mike from Hillsborough, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

God bless you and your family, and God bless the soul of your beautiful child.
Ashleen from New Braunfels, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

God be with you in this trying time. My prayers are with you and your family.
Sherri from Birmingham, Alabama, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew, What a beautiful precious gift from God is Joshua. As I was reading your story I couldn't help but cry.You have so much love to give him which he gave to you in return. Your story is a wake up call to us all. God simply wants us to love each other like a little child. I hope he will come visit me in my dream so I could perhaps ask him about the babies I deliberately lose unborn. Thank you so much for sharing your joys, your sorrows and your triumph of love through this wonderful angel,Joshua Michael. I too has a son Michael Dominic. I will pray for him and to him to continue to be a good mother. Thank You Joshua for the shining light of your sword.Be our sword warrior in heaven.
Connie from staten island, New York, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dearest Regina, Andrew and littles~ I cannot tell you how much my heart broke for you all. We too, have six children and three of them are very close in age to your own. Only a mother's heart can break so profoundly. Even Jesus' foster father did not have to bear the agony of the crucifixation, but His mother did. Your family are deep in our prayers and our Masses have been offered for you all. My own precious six year old son and my 4 yearold daughter have cried for you. Please know that I can not thank you enough for sharing your son with us all. My 16 year old has read and enjoyed your writings and she is suffering with you all as well. There was in your Eulogy a place where you said that you always responded to Joshua's call to show you something. Now, I make it a priority to ALWAYS come to my children's call. Thank you and may God be with you and comfort you all, as will your Warrior in Heaven.
Angela, Rick, Felicia, Trisha, Kimberly, Matthew , from Hagerstown, Maryland, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dear Regina, Andrew, and children -- My heart grieves over your loss. Thank you so much for sharing little Joshua's story with us. Our God is a just and merciful God. He knows what is best for each of His children. I pray that He will give you comfort and peace in knowing that Joshua is with Him now, free from this world of limitations, free to praise and worship Him with all of his being, free to be cradled in His loving Presence for all of eternity. Regina, as a mom of four myself I can only imagine your deep, deep sorrow over the accident that took Joshua from you. My womb is struck, and my own heart pierced. I pray that Mother Mary will be with you in this time of trial and cover you in her mantle of grace. In Christ's Abundant Love, Pia
Pia, Selina, Chrisi, Ricky II, and Kathi from Escondido, California, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dearest Regina, I have just finished reading your book Angel in the Waters and can't help but know and feel in my heart that your little Joshua Michael is being comforted and well taken care of by his "special" angel- the very one who was there with him from the beginning- the one who promised to take him to another world -a better world- when the time was right. May your whole family find peace in knowing that little Joshua is safe in the loving arms of His Heavenly Father and will be waiting there to greet us all when our time is right. I'll look forward to meeting him on that day. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you. Stephanie Land
Stephanie from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

I am captivated by your story and the life of your sweet precious son, Joshua. How my heart aches for you and your family. May God's peace and grace surround you as you grieve the loss of your child at such a tender age. God bless.
Elaine from North Providence, Rhode Island, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Our family has been praying for your daily and your suffering the loss of your sweet son and witness to accept this cross will be a life long example for all of us.
robin, david, carlie, tony, daniel,tessa, evan,gem from FAll City, Washington, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Regina and Family please know that I have yet ceased thinking about all of you. My prayers are with you each and every day and will continue to be. God Bless.
Peggy from Cincinnati, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dear Regina, Andrew and family.... Thank you for sharing Joshua with us....To know for certain that a new little Saint is now in heaven is so beautiful..Even though there is such pain in loosing him...What joy there is in believing what God has promised ... Thank you for sharing your strong faith .... Your words touched me deeply...One sentence reached out and spoke volumes to my heart..... "God, in His strange and mysterious mercy has not chosen to spare me that trial." To know this and believe it with all our hearts is an awesome gift.....Your words and actions, at this time, allow others to see what God can do, when we put everything in His hands and trust in His perfect will for our lives... We can only do this through His grace... We are not called to understand....we are called to believe...Then we are given true peace ....the one only God can give... You and Andrew are the instruments God is using at this time to help others to see His grace is sufficient ... Thank you for sharing your Joys and sufferings with others....One day your precious family will all be together in Heaven and you and Andrew will hear the Father say to you.. "Well done, my good and faithful servants" :) Jesus I trust in You... Holy Family, pray for us... Amen Blessings with much love and prayers Marie Ü
Marie from North Bergen, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
July 27, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew, We are sure St. Anne and St. Joachim will console you everyday of your lives- We intend to pray for you always- God bless you especially today. With our love and prayers, Tom and Sally Wallace ( Several of our children know your siblings.)
Sally and Tom from Endwell, New York, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

To beget a child is dangerous, a step out onto thin ice to commence what you hope is a lifetime passage to your own destiny without falling through that perilous surface. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. "...every tear shall be wiped away. We shall see You as You are, and become like You, and remain with You forever." Requiem in pace, Joshua Michael.
FMHJ from Melrose, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

JMJ Your child of God, Joshua, story came to me this day. I am deeply touch and in tears for I too am a mother (of six). I can not imagine your grief. I then realized this day is Joshua's fifth birthday! As I prayed the Glorious Mysteries with my children, your little angel was at the heart of my prayers. May God reward your courage and strength.
Beth from Flemington, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

Peace to you and the family on this/his birthday. I also lost my precious 4-year old within the last year and had to endure *the birthday* w/o her. I keep you and your family in my daily thoughts and prayers.
Marty from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

Happy Birthday to Joshua in heaven. We all miss you even though we never met. All of you are in our prayers and thoughts daily. We are friends of John and Michelle.
Paul & Cindy from Oaks, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

Dear Regina,Andrew and Little ones, God Bless all of you.Your intentions will be added to my daily Rosary. I wanted to share a little story about Joshua. Some time back I was walking over to the church. I was very sad and needed to talk to the Lord. I had a frown on my face. I looked up and your children were walking back. Joshua was behind the others. Our eyes locked and low and behold we had the same face on. In that moment we both smiled. I have never forgotten that precious smile. My love and prayers, Charlotte Gasper(Heather O'Neill's mom)
Charlotte from Front Royal, Virginia, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

Dear Andrew, Regina, Caleb, Rose, Marygrace, Thomas, and Joan, You and your family continue to be in our hearts and minds daily through prayer. May God's grace be upon you through the intercession of His Most Holy Mother as you unite your deep suffering with His.
Jennifer (Sonnen), Chris, Mark, John, Luke, Matthe from St. Paul, Minnesota, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

You are in our prayers. We heard about your loss through an email from HEAV. God bless you and keep you.
Zina and Victor from Richmond, Virginia, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

Thank you for posting the "dream" of Marygrace. I have been praying for your family since I heard from another family (the Hanus's) about this "tragedy". My prayer was that your family would be consoled. I believe this dream is God's answer. Many of the faithful have been feeling a renewed call to urgently work for the coming of the Kingdom, the "race". May your little saint interceed for us down here as we "exercise". May we all be consoled at the multitude who are working for the triumph. Thank you for your personal sacrifice, God must love you very much to ask this of you. Be assured of my continued prayers, as I have eight children and a boy the same age.
Jennifer from Waldorf, Maryland, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

Dear Regina and family, We have been praying the Sorrowful and Joyful mysteries of the Rosary daily since we heard of Michael's death the following Monday. God bless you and your little ones. We will also keep fasting for your intentions.
R from King George, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

Dear Family, this news of your little boy saddens me greatly. I have a son the exact age and also one that is 6, and I cannot fathom losing either of them. This truly is a parent's worst nightmare, and I grieve with you. God has him now, that precious boy. You will see him again.
Joyce from Tallahassee, Florida, UNITED STATES
July 26, 2006

I love you so much, Regina! Please know that I haven't yet ceased thinking and praying for you every day.
Jessica from Coppell, Texas, UNITED STATES
July 25, 2006

Dear Andrew and Regina, Caleb, Rose, Marygrace, Thomas, and Joan, I am writing to send my condolences when I learned of the news of the loss of your precious Joshua. As a father of two children: William, age four and Francesca, age 9 months, I am deeply saddened. Joshua reminds me of my son in many ways. I am at a loss for words and send my familyís sympathy to you. In honor of Joshua I am writing the following: Godís grace is abundantly flowing like water in ways we do not comprehend. This earth is Godís orchard where he plants us to flourish, With the love you have for your children and theirís for you, growing with no end. Godís painful cutting of the family tree allows each pruning to nourish, And grow in His paradise establishing roots to spiritual rebirth. I am a member of the Household: Salt of the Earth, graduating in the class of 1990. Please do not hesitate to contact me if ever you need anything. In Christís Love, Bill, Kim, William and Francesca
Bill from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
July 25, 2006

Dear Andrew and Regina, Caleb, Rose, Mary Grace, Thomas and Joan, You have been in our thoughts and prayers daily since we learned of Joshua's death. Please know how incredibly sad we are for you -- our hearts were heavy for you when we learned of the tragedy. At the same time, we are honored to know your little saint in heaven. Last night, as we were saying prayers, Jack interrupted the Angel of God prayer to say, "Mama and Daddy, when you die, you can find me in heaven. I will be playing with Joshua." So matter-of-fact, so innocently. I don't know what made him think of that right then. Please know we continue to pray for you. We will not forget your Joshua.
John and Maria from Front Royal, Virginia, UNITED STATES
July 25, 2006

Dear Ones, I just read of your lost. I received this information from a HEAV email. I pray that you will each one be comforted by the Holy Ghost at this time, rest in the arms of Jesus for because He Lives each of you can face all your tomorrows. God will make a way for you and your entire family to get through this sad time, forever He is Faithful! Have a Blessed Day, Pastor & Mrs. K.D. Huff and family
Pastor & Mrs K.D. from Staurts Draft, Virginia, UNITED STATES
July 25, 2006

Dear Schmicdicke Family - I have thought and prayed for you all since hearing of this tragedy. I will continue to do so. I wish you all much peace now and in all the days ahead.
Michele from Simsbury, Connecticut, UNITED STATES
July 25, 2006

Dear Andrew, Regina and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in my prayers. And thank you, thank you so much for sharing Joshua with us. (FUS '96)
Meredith (Cavallo) from Alexandria, Virginia, UNITED STATES
July 25, 2006

Dear Reginia and Andrew, I am so sorry for your loss. I have 4 beautiful children of my own and 1 in heaven because of a miscarriage. I could not imagine what you have been going through. I will pray for both of you and your family. Please keep your eyes on Jesus and don't let this break your family apart, but closer together. That is what Joshua would want.
Joni from Amelia, Virginia, UNITED STATES
July 25, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Joshua. You and your family are in my prayers.
Leslee from London, UNITED KINGDOM
July 25, 2006

Dear Family, We don't know each other, but as a mother my heart is sad. It also rejoices knowing that your precious boy is with our Father in Heaven. Thank you for having the strength to share his story. I've stepped on more train tracks/cars than I cared to, but now I'll look at them a bit differently! Your words have gently reminded me to unselfishly love my three boys more and more every day and to make the most of the time that we have together. May God grant you his peace - Robin
Robin from Doodlum, Virginia, UNITED STATES
July 25, 2006

Dearest Regina, Andrew & Family, Praised be Jesus Christ, now & forever. Your beautiful little boy continues to touch lives across the country. I attended the Called to Lead conference in Minneapolis, MN two weeks ago where you & your intentions were lifted up during the petitions at Mass. Regina, your brother Martin was performing his beautiful music there and I wanted so much to go over and offer my condolences. Instead, I prayed silently and fervently in my heart and offered up my communions for you. I am a homeschooling wife and mother of five little ones here and one in heaven. I will be asking Joshua to intercede for two of my dear friends Tina and Suzette (both also mothers of five) who are undergoing chemotherapy this summer. May the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts be your consolation. Love to you all in Christ.
Margaret from Eagan, Minnesota, UNITED STATES
July 25, 2006

Dearest Regina & Family, I have asked Our Lady of Guadalupe from Wednesday 19 through Friday the 21 of July to console you and hold your hearts tenderly and compassionately next to hers. We offered up Mass for you and your loved ones those three days as well and left our petition for you at the feet of Jesus at the Old Basilica next to the Kings chair where He sat in a HUGE monstrance. May Jesus and Mary be in your hearts always.
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Mexico City, MEXICO
July 24, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew, My heart is both grieved at your loss and inspired by your faith and courage. Your story has touched many here out west. There is so much I want to say and the words will come in time. Please know, I have cried with you, prayed for you, and not a second of the day goes by when I am not thinking of you. Thank you so much for sharing Joshua's story and allowing all of us to be a part of celebrating his life. It means so much. All of my love and prayers are sent your way.
Karen from Phoenix, Arizona, UNITED STATES
July 24, 2006

Be assured of my prayers for all of you. I have offered many Masses for you all in your time of need. May the peace of Christ rest always in your hearts.
Fr. Jim from Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES
July 24, 2006

Many of us in the wide online community are praying for you all. May the peace that passes understanding abide in you during this terrible ordeal. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.
Julie from Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES
July 24, 2006

Dear Andrew and Regina, I was so sad to read about your loss. Liz (Rockwell) and I have three children of our own, and I can't imagine how we would feel if God called one home early. You are strong in faith, so I know that God will use your loss for good, but I want you to know that you and your family have our deepest sympathy and our prayers are with you. We will offer up a rosary for your precious son and your family this week. God Bless, Gary Nied (Class of '93)
Gary from Irving, Texas, UNITED STATES
July 24, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew, Our hearts are heavy learning of your beautiful Joshua's death. My parents too lost my 7 yr old brother Johnny. Msgr. Walsh's consoling words were: "Eileen, if Johnny had a choice to come back to you or stay where he is, he would choose to stay where he is..in Heaven." Mom's favorite prayer became, "Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, I've asked you for many favors, but I beg and beseech Thee for this one. Take it, place it in Your open, broken Heart, and when the Eternal Father sees it covered with the mantle of Your Most Precious Blood, it will no longer be my prayer, but Thine. Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee. Amen" We will continue to pray for your family.
Dr. James and Mrs. Marie from Upper Arlington, Ohio, UNITED STATES
July 24, 2006

Dearest Regina and Andrew and children, I am a very good friend of your Aunt Maryanne Haynes. When she emailed me about the tragedy I immediately started to pray for you, Regina. After I read the eulogy you gave at Joshua's funeral I was still saddened but relieved, because I knew then that your faith would carry you through this terrible time. You are a woman with a strong faith in the Lord and the Lord will embrace you in His everloving arms and care for you always. After reading about you beautiful son, Joshua, I cried and cried, and I must say I felt like I knew him for years. What wonderful memories you have in your heart forever. My children Tracey 21, Daniel 18 and Steven 18 (they are fraternal twins) are all grown now, but when they were small I too, like you, always made it a point to go to them whenever they called me to come see what they had done or were doing and they remember now how I took that time with them. I know Joshua remembers also. May God bless you and your family and I will pray for you always.
Ellen from Alpha, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
July 24, 2006

Your loss has touched me deeply. My prayers are offered up for you and your family. You may find comfort with Morning Light Ministry , a Catholic outreach for bereaved parents. They were a tremendous comfort to me when I miscarried.
Eva from Castlegar, B.C., CANADA
July 24, 2006

May the tears you have shed wash away your pain and may you receive the strength of Christ on the Cross as you carry on. Your fortitude is inspirational. Imagine the host of angels surrounding Joshua! He now speaks into the ear of God on behalf of his family. God bless you, be strong, and know that thousands are praying for your little saint and your family.
Erin from Sacramento, California, UNITED STATES
July 24, 2006

May God bless and comfort your family. Our Catholic friends all over the country are praying for your beautiful family. We are inspired by your wonderful faith, and pray that God will comfort and sustain you.
JoAnn and Kenny from Longmont, Colorado, UNITED STATES
July 23, 2006

Dear Regina & Andrew, My heart is so full for you both, and for your children...you are in my prayers, especially in this birthday week (we have 2 in our house this week, too). I bet they have some spectacular cake in heaven. If you need anything, please let me know. You are in the thoughts and prayers of so many here (and one of my online bt/nf (G's stuff) friends from NC said SHE had gotten a prayer request for you all from a friend who knew someone...in God, the world is a small place). storming the gates on your behalf, hoping for solace and comfort and more beautiful dreams of your saint-- peace, Kristin, Dave, Andrew, Genna, & Rosie Camiolo
Kristin from Warren, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
July 23, 2006

Dear Regina, I just wanted to tell you how sorry we are for your loss and that you and your family have been in our prayers. We were told about what happened and were asked to pray for you through a homeschooling email group. My husband, childern and I also met you last year at the Catholic Marketing Network show in PA. Once again, our prayers are with you.
Allison from Tallahassee, Florida, UNITED STATES
July 23, 2006

Regina & Andrew, my prayers and love to you & your family in this difficult time. Thank you for the witness your lives are to others, and for sharing the inspirational life of Joshua with us on this site. God's ways are mysterious, but how beautifully did little Joshua Michael's being and spirit image and glorify Our Lord! O precious, yet Mighty Sword Warrior, intercede for us all!
Jen from Bathgate, UNITED STATES
July 23, 2006

May God be with you and your family!! We heard about this from Judi Wacker-McGinn
Judi from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
July 23, 2006

Hello Regina and Andrew: Just wanted to let you know that my family is definitely praying for you. I have let many people know about this story so that they can pray for your family too. I am a long, lost friend of Alicia's from Visitation and Kenrick. Regina, I know you know who I am. I am at a loss for words for this tragic incident. I wanted to let you know that even though we are miles apart that you are in my prayers. It was important for me to send you this message to offer your family support. It just has to be comforting to know that there are people out there that do not even know you and your family that they are praying for you. I have sent a letter to my MOMS club to ask them for continued prayers as well. Please be sure to give my best to your family, especially Alicia. Sincerely, Judi Wacker-McGinn Pottstown, PA
Judi from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
July 23, 2006

Dear Regina, Our hearts are breaking upon hearing the news of your beloved Joshua. We don't know each other, but my teen daughter has always loved your books. I am expecting our seventh child, and I know what kind of woman, what kind of Catholic, what kind of mother you are. I just want you to know that you are not carrying this cross alone. Many of us in the Body of Christ are weeping with you, and helping, in our small way, to lighten the burden. We will keep praying for your family. May your faith remain strong, and may your dear son, now your most powerful intercessor, be ever present to you, your husband, and your children. Thank God for our Faith. We know, without doubt, that death does not separate Christians. Our deepest condolences.
Leila and Dean Miller and Family from Phoenix, Arizona, UNITED STATES
July 23, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew, I heard the news of your beautiful boy the day after it happened. I am so sorry. I cannot begin to express. I read about Marygrace's dream and you are right! It is important, and I hope that she always remembers it. It is not often our Lord offers us such a consolation! I am in the middle of my 3rd miscarriage. I had a dream, just the other night as I was falling asleep of my first child that I miscarried, his name is Matthew, picking up and holding his small brother of sister, with another small child stading next to him. All three of my lost children together and watching over us. I did not name Matthew, he told me his name in a dream a few years after, and I don't know my other babies' names, but I know they are together, perhaps playing warrior with your Joshua. I am so glad that you saw how good and important your little girl's dream is! You have been in my prayers and constantly in my thoughts. I continue to offer my prayers for you and your family. My heart is with you! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I will pray that you find healing. God Bless you!
Megan from Minerva, Ohio, UNITED STATES
July 22, 2006

Thank you so much for the beautiful and artful development that continues on this website in honor of Joshua Michael. Regina and Michael's words are truly inspiring to ponder again and I refer the website to others who have read Angel in the Waters but heard only verbal relays about Joshua's last battle. I'm looking forward soon to seeing a button for Deacon Richard Demers' truly inspired funeral homily. The number of people who tell me they are praying for you and the whole family is just countless ... the latest, comes from Peg Perry at Maria's Garden in Berkeley Springs, WV.
Kristin Regina from Front Royal, Virginia, UNITED STATES
July 22, 2006

Regina, May God bless and comfort you and your family. My youngest son is Joshua's age and I gave him the "Angel in the Waters" book for Christmas in 2004. Whenever we read it, by the middle of the book, he would insist on turning it upside down. He wanted that baby right side up, not understanding that head-down is a normal position prior to birth. Your eulogy is something a mother cannot help but ponder in her heart. While this is a time of great sadness and loss, your faith is your strength because you know that, in the end, your family will be restored. What a contrast this is to those who, in this world, appear to be happy now, yet have no regard or concern for their eternity. My youngest brother has left the Church, and the anniversary of his civil marriage is the same day as Joshua's birthday. I am grateful to you for sharing your "Sword Warrior" with us, as he is my new favorite saint of whom we plead intercession. Somehow, in God's plan, Joshua must certainly be fighting bravely beside St. Michael in the fierce battle for the hearts of families so that they may spend a happy eternity together! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Diane from Lewis Center, Ohio, UNITED STATES
July 22, 2006

Dear Schmiedicke Family, My husband and I heard of you tragic loss recently and wanted to express our sincere sympathy for the hole that has been made in your family and in your hearts. Regina, I used to come to playgroup with Laurie so that I could keep an eye on Samuel. At this time Jashua could not have been more than eight or nine months old. You and your family are in out prayers
Liz from Grand Rapids, Michigan, UNITED STATES
July 22, 2006

Be assured of our prayers for you and your family.
Jon and Marie from Front Royal, UNITED STATES
July 22, 2006

Dear Regina, My heart is united with yours in prayer today. I will lift you all up at the tomb of Pope John Paul II. May Our Lady comfort you in an especially tender way and bring you all into her Motherly Heart. Christine, Rome, Italy
Christine from Rome, ITALY
July 22, 2006

Sara,my daughter and a "Little Flower" sent me your tragic news and we too are praying for all of you. I have added your intention to the web prayer chain I participate in. May Gods blessings be felt by all of you through these prayers. Thank you for your incredible witness and reminder that heaven is a beautiful place that we should view with childlike eyes! Your little warrior is enjoying unparalled joy right now as he charges through heaven!
Melissa from Casper, Wyoming, UNITED STATES
July 21, 2006

Dear Regina and Andrew and family, I'm Beth's mom and her brother David and your brother, David were classmates at Koinonia Academy (sharing the Math award as seniors!) I'm also so very saddened at the loss of your Joshua Michael. As Beth said, she was at Christendom at the time of the accident. As we were praying at the request of your Aunt Regina all I could think of was letting Beth know so she could pray and be of comfort to you all. You have no idea of how many and vast the prayer cover was and still is for you. Regina, having a sudden death of my dear husband this day 7 months ago, let me assure you that the greatest gift you have given Joshua was the gift of Baptism! May God bless you in the days to come with the peace that passes all understanding and the confidence that you will meet again!! May your broken heart be comforted by our Sorrowful Mother as you walk the way of this cross. Our family's prayers are with you all. God Bless You.
Linda from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
July 21, 2006

Dear Regina and Family, I'm from the People of Hope Community in New Jersey, and I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You have all been in my prayers throughout these weeks- I attend Christendom College, and was actually there visiting a friend the weekend of the accident. Having just lost my father 7 months ago today, I can somehow identify with your grief. To lose a loved one so suddenly can leave one wondering what exactly God's plan is...know that your faith and example as you persevere through this time has inspired and comforted me. I pray that God continues to give you grace for the moment, joy in your suffering, and the peace of knowing that young Joshua is enfolded in the Heavenly Embrace of our Eternal Father. May God bless you all abundantly with His love!
Beth from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, UNITED STATES
July 21, 2006

Regina and Family, Although we have never met, my heart goes out to you for the loss of Joshua. I learned of your tragic news on the Rosary Army podcast and I have grieved and prayed for you all often ever since. May God continue to walk with you and watch over your beautiful family and may your strong Catholic faith continue to be an example to others. My prayers are with you.
Julie from Apalachin, New York, UNITED STATES
July 21, 2006

My husband and I were in the parking lot at the time of the accident. I remember driving up to the church parking lot and seeing you in your vehicle. Although we didn't see the accident when it actually happen, I was part of the crowd as the paramedics took Joshua to the hospital. Our hearts are heavy to learn of his death. Although we were only visitng Front Royal for the weekend, we felt horribly sad for your entire family. May God bless all of you and grant you His mercy, strength and comfort.
Laura from Arlington, Virginia, UNITED STATES
July 21, 2006

My heart goes out to you Regina, your husband, your children and all of those that love(d) Joshua. I have no children myself but just last year lost my nephew Christopher at the age of 21 due to a medical mistake by a Dr/Nurse. The pain that my sister is going through is so heartbreaking. These children are just loaned to us and I know they are in a better place...a place that we cannot even imagine how wonderful it is. But we will meet again, thankfully. God Bless you and your family........... My nephew's Everlasting Memorial Site: http://www.mem.com/display/biography.asp?ID=983627
Janice from San Jose, California, UNITED STATES
July 21, 2006

Dear Andrew & Regina with beautiful family blessings, Our family has been praying our daily rosary for your family since we found out about your loss of Joshua. We are so sorry for your loss and have also been adding prayers through out our day for you as well. We can only begin to imagine just how hard this sacrifice is on your family.Know you a wrapped in prayers. Thank you so much for being such a shining example to all of your Catholic faith. May God continue to wrap you in His mercy,
Robert & Janet from Lisbon, Ohio, UNITED STATES
July 21, 2006

I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I first read about Joshua on Danielle Bean's website, and I have been grieving ever since. My days have been filled with prayers for your whole family. The Lord brings you to mind literally almost every hour, and I have been praying that He wraps you in His love and truly carries you through this. I also have 6 children... almost the same ages as yours, and in the same order (boy, girl, girl, boy, boy, girl). May He give you the strength, grace, and courage to go on... May He wrap you in His love and comfort you with that peace that transcends all understanding... and may Joshua be a powerful intercessor for your family. God bless you all.
Kathy from Clemson, South Carolina, UNITED STATES
July 21, 2006

Regina and Andrew: I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your son which was mentioned on local Catholic Radio. I was so shocked. My husband and I went to Steubenville and knew your brother Martin. My husband and I just had a miscarriage yesterday, our third, so this child, "Gabriel," joins its siblings "Michael" and "Raphael" at the throne of our dear Lord. I was 8 1/2 weeks pregnant. I know this cannot possibly compare to the loss of your 4 year old, but to a very small degree, I understand. I think of these children often and ask them to pray for me and our family, which consists of 8 other children. I am very blessed and happy to have them, but I will always miss the other 3. They are all uniquely created by God. It is a great joy to me that they have achieved Heaven. I'm sure our children are playing together. But they will also be "bugging" Jesus for us and asking Him to get us there too. I will pray for you and your family, and for your comfort and peace.
Laura and Robert from Amherstburg, Ontario, CANADA
July 20, 2006

Regina, I saw the link to your site on Amy Welborn's site. I don't cry, but I did. My wife and I had our second baby (Augustine Ambrose) July 3rd. By the evening of July 4th he was attached to a heart-lung bypass machine at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania fighting for his life. When I saw the photo of Joshua Michael, that beautiful boy, I immediately asked for his intercession. Augustine came off the ECMO bypass machine last Friday, and was weaned off of his ventilator this Wednesday. My wife and I held him for the first time since he was born on Wednesday. I would like to think that your little Saint's prayers had much to do with his recovery. Joshua Michael, pray for us His Mercy Endures Forever, Peter
Peter from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
July 20, 2006

Hi Regina- I feel like I know your family because in the last week I have felt closer to heaven and the communion of saints than ever before. I just learned about Joshua and was asked to pray for you by two different people on two different occasions. I am a pro-life, Catholic midwife. We just attended a birth this week of a baby named Tobin (God is Good) Benedict (Blessed) He died in his mother's arms after the delivery at home with us attending. Later we found out he had a congenital heart defect. We attended his funeral this morning. The family is very Catholic and have a profound understanding of their baby's place in heaven. Also God has taught me more this week about intercessory prayer and how powerful it is. I know you will be delivered from all these trials and that the persecution is just part of getting your and Joshua's story to more souls. I also know that we must make much reparation for abortion and that there is something special going on with all these babies and their intercession. I just today read your book "Angel in the Waters" I LOVE IT!!! I want to buy a copy for everyone I know. Thank you for your life, your faith and sharing it with others. In JMJ, Kami
Kami and Ben from Covington, Louisiana, UNITED STATES
July 20, 2006

Dear Regina, My family's deepest condolances to you and your family. Last night our prayer group, Gianna's Mamas met. There are 8 of us, including our friend Christine who knew your brother from Steubenville & shared your story with us - indeed, a mother's worst nightmare. All of us mothers of 3 or more have taken your family's loss deeply into our hearts and prayers. Be assured that you all are covered in mercy. In Christ, Mary Beth
Mary Beth from Covington, Louisiana, UNITED STATES
July 20, 2006

Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss. God be with you and your Family. He was quite a Boy. Our prayers are with you.
Gene and Pat from Niskayuna, New York, UNITED STATES
July 20, 2006

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