2.07.2009

Kyle Jacob Roger
January 17, 2001 - February 7, 2009

Kyle passed away peacefully at home surrounded and loved by his family.


Waterbugs and Dragonflies

Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in awhile one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.
"Look!" said one of the water bugs to another. "One of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where do you think she is going?" Up, up, up it slowly went....Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. Its friends waited and waited but it didn't return...

"That's funny!" said one water bug to another. "Wasn't she happy here?" asked a second... "Where do you suppose she went?" wondered a third.
No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together. "I have an idea". The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he or she went and why." "We promise", they said solemnly.

One spring day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up, he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broke through the surface of the water and fallen onto the broad, green lily pad above.

When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn't believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings...The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from the new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly!!

Swooping and dipping in great curves, he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere. By and by the new dragonfly lighted happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends, the water bugs! There they were scurrying around, just as he had been doing some time before.

The dragonfly remembered the promise: "The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he or she went and why." Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water...

"I can't return!" he said in dismay. "At least, I tried. But I can't keep my promise. Even if I could go back, not one of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I'll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too. Then they'll understand what has happened to me, and where I went."

And the dragonfly winged off happily into its wonderful new world of sun and air.......

177 comments:

Anonymous said...

Blessings and peace to all of you! Our hearts go out to you- Praying that "the peace that passes all human understanding" washes over you knowing that he is with Jesus and He is holding him safe and secure in His arms. Deuteronomy 33:12 The beloved of the Lord rests secure in Him, for He shields Him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.
Much Love and Prayers,
Denise, Tim and "The Stinky Boys" (Benj,Nick and Alex)

joelle said...

I am so sad - my heart and love and prayers are with all of you. What an amazing, wonderful boy.

Gil said...

I am so grateful to have been part of Kyle's life. He lived every day to the fullest and always made the best out of any situation. I have so many good memories with him that I will keep close for the rest of my life.

Kylie's got the powa (forever)!

Gil.

Amy said...

I am blessed to have been a part of Kyle's life even so remotely. He was the "man" in so many ways. My heart and prayers are with you today as they will continue to be.

Much love,
Amy, Shannon, Fischer and Hayden

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all during this incredibly hard time. I am so sorry to hear about Kyle. Tracy Cereghino is my cousin and she always kept me informed of his brave fight for life. I am sure he is at peace and knew how much he was loved.

Best wishes, Viki Tucker (UK)

Jill DeJong said...

My heart is with you Christin, Jocelyn and Nicolas and everyone else who loves Kyle. I count myself among the lucky who had the opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful life. From the first day that he walked into my classroom he began to teach me so many powerful lessons about love, determination, and compassion. Thank you for sharing Kyle with me!

With love-
Jill DeJong

Jonesie said...

Christin,
My heart is with you and your loves today, knowing that Kyle is the magic that lives in you now and forever.

Cindee Jones

nmgeary said...

I was glad to hear you were all surrounding Kyle as he left us to begin his new journey. I am grateful to have met this wonderful boy, and am so happy I was able to spend time with him last weekend.

All my love and prayers to you all,
Noel

Anne-Marie said...

I'm very sad for you and your family. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,

Anne-Marie & Chris

lisa imus said...

The Imus family is praying for all of you....Kyle was one special little boy and we appreciate you sharing him with the rest of us.

Lisa, Jamie, Maryn and Larsen Imus

Kayley Westra said...

Know that you as a family and Kyle as an individual could not have fought harder and that you have inspired and touched all those around you. We are grieving with you through our tears and prayers.
Love Always, Kayley Westra & Family

Anonymous said...

Hi Christin and Jocelyn (and Nicholas). Kyle was such a good friend, and I will miss him so much. But I will always remember him, and all the fun we had together.
Love Erik (and Cole, Brian, Stephanie)

Anonymous said...

Peace be with you Wilhite and Roger families. Erica Horton

Amy H said...

Kyle's outgoing smile and engaging conversation will forever bring smiles to our faces! What a joy! Our love to you all and many hugs to come. Love, The Healy Family

Rachel said...

I feel certain that there is one dazzling, fearless and fun-loving Kylie dragonfly zooming around his next adventure. Kyle was such an amazing person and he will be missed dearly by all of his "waterbug" friends.

Love and hugs,
Rachel

Anonymous said...

hi
i'm sory kyle died.i will miss him a lot. I'm glad he was my friend.
love,
megan

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you,I feel so blessed to have gotten to know Kyle and serve him lunch at HV, what an amazing boy! He taught us all many life lessons, big and small!
Pam

tracey c said...

We are so blessed to have known such a wonderful little boy. Kyle filled our hearts with his adorable smile, his infectious laughter and his amazing courage. He is a true hero and will always be remembered. Our prayers and love surround you all.

With Love,

Tracey, Harold and Hazel

Carrie said...

We are so sorry.
Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
With love,
Harvey, Carrie, Sarah and Hannah

Mrs. White said...

I have always been inspired by the dragonflies that hover over the lake as I swim by. From now on I will always think about one of my favorite little buddies when I see a beautiful insects! Kyle would always do something to make my day ever so happy in the lunchroom at Happy Valley. He will be greatly missed, but will still be in all of the lives he touched forever. I know he will be in mine. Your family has been so ever blessed to have had the love of this wonderful little boy! Nick, you know that Kyle would want you to hold your head high and be proud of him!

Linda White(Mrs. White,Happy Valley)

Anonymous said...

kyle was very special.I am glad he
was my friend. I will miss him. He was a good friend and I am sad that he passed away.



from:emily little - my desk was right beside Kyle's

The Thibeau's said...

Why does God take children? I am so sad. Kylie blessed so many lives and was such a light to this world. I love you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

greg johns said...

Kyle touched so many people and will never be forgotten by those of us lucky to have met him.

RIP Kyle. You are a shining star.

Anonymous said...

Our hearts are grieving with yours...we will surly miss Kyle.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Erika, Craig, Andrew, Kelsey and Lydia Palmer

Leah Tipton said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Kyle was an amazing boy, and I feel blessed to have known him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Leah Tipton

Michelle McManus said...

We will remember Kyle always. His amazing ability to touch each person he met is an inspiration to us all.

Love,

Greg, Michelle, Taylor, and Megan

Anonymous said...

I thought I heard the "Football Siren" go off at Husky Stadium this morning. Now I am pretty sure it was Heaven welcoming it's star player. I visualize Kyle running through the tunnel hearing the cheers of those who love him and have been awaiting his arrival.

Roger & Willhite families, our thoughts are with you. Thank you for sharing the gift of Kyle's life with us.

Mishele, Todd, Quin, Avery & Nate Barnard

Hieu said...

jocelyn,

in the past two years, you have shown us faith, optimism, and devotion so gracefully with kyle... always with an open heart and being a teacher you dont just teach us educational fundamentals but have taught your students life lessons... those that we carry with us past high school walls and kyle is a direct representation of the way you teach your students how to approach life. through struggle and victory, to always have faith and love. you have so much to be proud of... for yourself, kyle and nicholas. you have been just as influential to others as kyle has been to others and i hope you realize it. you have made a big difference in other peoples lives and i celebrate that as well as kyle's luminous spirit.

with my greatest respects and love,
hieu do

Anonymous said...

Christin, Jocelyn, Nicolas, Kyle:

We love you so.

Sati

Emma said...

As my step brother I'll miss him forever. But he is with my puppy who passed away at 9 months on the tuesday of last week of January. He has someone to look after him and for him to look after in heaven. And each day I'll think about all the pokemon cards that we traded and will cherrish them always, as well as the pokemon pictures that I drew him before his death. My dad only told him about them. I never got to give them to him. I've lost the one who helped me plot against his brother and my siter. But in spirit he will always be my best friend and my partner.

I love you always Kylie,
Emma

Anonymous said...

my heart aches for your lose today...Kyle will be missed...i know you will stay strong for Nicolas...your blog is inspiring and hopeful...you may not remember me, but i will never forget your wonderful boys... they were always a joy to see at the Gold Gym Kidz Club...you may not know what kind of influence you have made on so many people over the past 2 years...many you will never meet...Thank you is not enough...you have opened your heart and soul for everyone to share...my prayers are with your family...Tish

Laura Henkel said...

We met Kyle officially this year thru my son Willie who made a proud new friend Kyle. We are so lucky to have met Kyle and his family. Kyle is a wonder. He taught us all how to find joy, delight and humor in life despite your circumstances. Kyle was a wise soul. Kyle was a gift. He adapted to his situation with amazing grace. As have his family.

I will never forget the afternoon we came to visit and he wanted to let us know he knew 8th grade math and posed some Algebra questions to both his teacher and Willie...this was all done on the white board pointing to letters...numbers and using his own sign language. He next proceeded to tell us that his class should have a fieldtrip to his house...PARTY...he clearly let that be known.

Proud, determined and climbing.

Thank you for sharing Kyle with us.

Love,
Willie, Laura, Steve and Ben Henkel Henkel

Anonymous said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I send you and your family my strength and love.

Love,

Kaija

Bill said...

There are no words that could possibly convey the incredible sadness we felt when we heard that Kylie had passed this morning. He was such a sweet boy with a huge heart and joy for life……we are so blessed to have known him. You are in hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Bill, Raquel, Ella, and Grace

Carson Gutierrez said...

Kyle,
I am glad you were my friend and I am really sad you passed into heaven. You were a great friend to me. I will always remember the fun times we had. I am lucky to have a friend like you. I will see you again someday.
Love Carson

Carpenter family said...

We are so thankful that we got to be part of Kyle's life. Lane often talked about how Kyle was the smartest kid in his first grade class, especially in math. He felt certain it was because of his "brain bump". Our prayers are with you.

Blessing to you,
Joe, Heidi, Lane, Isabel and Peter Carpenter

Anonymous said...

Words escape us, but our thoughts and prayers are with all your friends and family, all the lives your family touched, and especially with Kyle, Nicholas and Cristin.

With Love,
The Greer's (Megan Emily and Brenda...your neighbors)

Anonymous said...

Dear Christin, Words elude me.

I am blown away at the amount of love that has risen around you and your family.

From reading your blog over the past six months, you have given me a big gift in showing me how to love and how to live.

While absurd, as you go through this dark time, maybe on the verge of despair, may you be surpised, flabberghasteded really by an inexplicable joy: an abiding joy of knowing true love.

Our hearts break with you,

Wake and IVy Gregg

Anonymous said...

We are so sorry for your loss! Kyle was a special guy but you certainly do not need us to tell you that. We are thinking of you and praying for you all. May you find strength in memories and the love you all share. Much love, Brian, Shannon, Briley, Christina and Tommy Funk!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know kyle or the family but I saw his story from a friend. I am very sorry for your loss. He sounded like a great kid... Kyle and his family are in my prayers.

Tiffany Gutierrez said...

Christin, Jocelyn, Nicolas,

Thank you for sharing your precious Kylie with Carson and our family. We will forever be greatful for all the precious time we got to spend with him and all of you. The impact of Kyle on our lives is forever. We will always love him! His determination, strength, courage, his deep love for his family and friends will forever be how we remember Kyle. He truly lived every minute of every hour of every day....he refused to miss out on anything.

Today, as I was driving up to your home I saw a bald eagle soaring literally above. He was magnificient, strong and graceful. I couldn't help but smile.

May you find peace and comfort in knowing that God holds you and your family in the palm of his hand. You are never alone. We will continue to pray for your family as you begin to heal.

Love and prayers,
The Gutierrez Family (Tiffany, Jon, Carson and Hailey)

Jessica said...

All my love to you & your family-- and to all the many, many people who loved Kyle so.

Jessica Sankey

Kathy said...

Peace and blessings to all of you. I am so grateful to have learned about your beautiful family. We will keep you close in our thoughts and prayers everyday.

The Wilson crew said...

Kyle will live in our hearts and minds forever. He taught us so much about strength, determination, love, and life. We simply are lucky that Kyle has been a part of our lives. Our thoughts are with you all. Please call on us if you need anything.

Love, The Wilson family
(Scott, Amy, Zachary, Hannah, and Benjamin)

Wallflower said...

You have been an inspiration for all of us to live each day to the fullest. I've so appreciated this blog and your strength. We will continue to lift your family up in prayer. May the comforting arms of Jesus surround you all tonight.
With Love- The Wallace Family

Anonymous said...

Kyle's illness, and his family's love for him, reminded me, and I suspect many others, to cherish and savor the time we have with our children and loved ones. Although I am saddened by Kyle's passing, I believe his life made a lot of lives, including mine, a little better. So thank you, Kyle. ~Ethan

Anonymous said...

We have lit a candle for you Kyle. May your new journey be as amazing as your one on earth.

Love and Peace,
Carrie Brown(Happy Valley) and Gabriel

Anonymous said...

There aren't any words that can fill your void. I can only offer love and prayers and give you my thanks for sharing your journey with us. I hope you will find love all around you to carry you through the next chapter of this journey.
Thank you for helping me to stop and be grateful for the life is around me. I send you love and a hope for a sense of peace during these dark days.
Katharine, Chris & Wes

Paul said...

I only know about Kyle from a t-shirt drive.
and this still makes me depressed
Im sorry about your loss.
he sounded like a cool person

Paul said...

I only know about Kyle from a t-shirt drive.
and this still makes me depressed
Im sorry about your loss.
he sounded like a cool person

The Scent Lady said...

I'm deeply saddened to hear of Kyle's passing. While I never met him, I felt a special connection; he and my husband both have programmable brain shunts.

May happy memories of time spent together help to heal your heart.

Respectfully,
Sue Nadel, NYC

Donna Maria @ Indie Business said...

I'm a mom far away who knows of you through one of your supporters in Washington. I am so sorry to know of your loss and wish your family love, peace and warmth from the special memories you have of your time with Kyle. May God bless you and your special family.

Huish Family said...

May you be blessed with much peace and comfort at this time... our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love, The Huish's
www.sadiehuish.blogspot.com

Yasir said...

I never come to tears, and hopefully no one else I know in our honors chemistry class reads this =p.. but Im startin to dehydrate myself..probably should stop now.
Honestly class hasn't ever really been the same without Mr. Roger, everyday that thought would always be in the back of each of our minds, wondering when he'll come back. More troubling than his lengthy absence though was his reason.
The strength both of you have is unlike anything I will ever see, and has set an example of myself of what strength really is. But besides making excuses to not workout anymore,I truly and sincerely wish the best for you and Mr. Roger in the future, which undoubtedly will hold great treasures as you've discovered before.
Keep that head high, your smile vibrant and glowing, and never forget, that even though the days seem rainy, short, and dark now... that down the road, all there is to look forward to is sunshine, brightness, and prosperity..

Best of Wishes,
Yasir Ahmed

Anonymous said...

Kyle is, and always will be, an amazing inspiration to me and my family. I have never met anyone with such vitality and pure joy in all that he does. This is not the end for Kylie; he was simply meant for greater things and his spirit will live on in us, reminding us of what is truly important and all that we should be thankful for, every single day.
Christin, Nicolas, Linda, Gordy and Issy - thank you for sharing Kyle with us. We are the lucky ones to have been touched by his presence and he will NEVER be forgotten.
Love, Jeff, Kirsti, Gabrielle and Camille

Anonymous said...

The strength you have shown through these two years is amazing. Sharing with the community your love for Kyle and your family. It has allowed so many of us to be blessed by this amazing life of a such a golden boy. Thank you for letting us share your grief and love and triumphs and trails. Your family has enriched ours.
May you find peace as the angels have their turn to be with Kylie.
Kate and Rachel Foster and family

Anonymous said...

Christin,
Be assured, he was here for a reason, his life mattered, he will NEVER be forgotten. His little life, although far to short, impacted more than most could ever hope or dream of. This world is a better place because he was here. Thank you for so graciously sharing him with all of us. Thank you for teaching our community to be in the moment, to be present for the ones we love, to never stop hoping, dreaming, loving, caring... to see the joy and the blessings despite the pain and the sorrow. Oh how my heart aches, but how thankful I am for I had the priviledge of knowing him.
Courage...Peace...Hope...Love...
T

Michelle said...

I am so sorry for you all. Thanks to all of you for showing us how to love and cherish and appreciate who we have in our lives. Peace be with you.

Michelle Jackson Enebo

Anne-Marie said...

Christin,

As the news has slowly spread around Bellingham, the comments and sadness I am feeling and hearing is showing the depth of breadth of Kyle's impact on this community. Everyone that I've interacted with today either knew Kyle or had heard great things about him and most people I spoke with today had a charming and impishly Kylie story to share. Your son (and you) made a positive mark in many peoples' lives that won't be forgotten.

Love, A-M

The LeTavec Family said...

We are so deeply saddened and will miss Kyle. Thank you for sharing Kyle's amazing journey with our community, you will never know what a wonderful gift you have given us.
The LeTavec Family

Linda Stevens said...

Christin, Jocelyn, and Nicolas,
My heart and love and pryers are with you all....Kyle was so strong, courageous,inspiring, brave, smart, determined,full of humor and love because of you. How grateful I am to have been a small part of his life.
I love you all.
Linda Stevens

Christine said...

I just read your blog yesterday. I love that picture you posted of Kyle running. I wish I could tell you something that would ease your pain, I know there are no words. I wanted to share something that brings me a little peace and I hope it does the same for you.

The Brave Little Soul
By: John Alessi

Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. She especially enjoyed the love she saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day she saw suffering in the world. She approached God and sadly asked, “Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?” God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people’s hearts.” The little soul was confused. “What do you mean,” she asked.” God replied, “Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.” The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, “The suffering soul unlocks the love in people’s hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love – to create this miracle - for the good of all humanity."

Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain herself. With her wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied, "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people’s hearts! I want to create that miracle!" God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you. God and the brave little soul shared a smile, and then embraced.

In parting, God said, “Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed.” Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through her suffering and God’s strength, she unlocked the goodness and love in people’s hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys – some regained lost faith – many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased.

I will be thinking of your family in days to come. If you would like to talk, cry or scream please call I am here anytime. 321-698-8538

With Hope,
Christine
Angel Alicia Mom
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/angelaliciamartin

Willie said...

Dear kyle I will always remember you!
I cant wait to see you again in heaven! you were the best friend ever. I will always remember you in my heart! I love you you you you you!!!!!

wil H.

JJ's mom said...

May your entire family be blessed by the peace that passes understanding.

May you always feel Kyle's love in your hearts and see the evidence around you.

The Lipski Family
www.jjsmiracle.com

Sheila said...

Christin and Jocelyn,
Last night, Joe and I were coming home from dinner. We were talking about all of you and about Kyle, and Joe said, "The sad thing is that this can happen and people can just go on without there lives having changed." And then we had one of those marital moments that are really better for the car than the restaurant. I shot back (which I feel slightly bad for, because I think he was trying to be supportive), "This isn't that kind of situation!" I then went on and on for minutes about the profound impact that Kyle and his journey have had on every single person that his life has touched. No one has gone unchanged, painfully changed, but in large part, we are all profoundly better people for having known each of you.

I think it's really profound that Tiffany saw an eagle take flight and thought of Kyle. I had the same experience. I was coming home from Dream Dinners at about 11:00am and I'd just heard about Kyle. As I turned toward my house, I watched this incredibly strong, beautiful bird take off in front of me and soar toward the sky. I had this incredible sense of ease in knowing that Kyle now has the opportunity to soar again.

Love each other, be well, and please don't hesitate to ask for anything you need.
Sheila
(Mrs. Clark)

Anonymous said...

Roger Family -

Thinking of you and saying a prayer for your family.

Kyle spirit was amazing and I know he will be in your heart forever.

God Bless,
Margaret

Ben Henkel(Willie's brother) said...

Dear Kyle's family,
I wanted to let you know how much of a treasure it has been to know Kyle. Thank you for all of the joy you have given me. RIP Kyle, I will meet you at the gate.

Ben Henkel

Anonymous said...

Your story of the dragonfly is both moving and beautiful. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Nancy & Taylor Howard

Lise Waugh said...

Christin... I did not know till I googled your blog this morning. So glad to have spent time with you and Kyle on Friday- offering peace and as much ease as possible. When you are ready, I am here for you.

Lise

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort. Sue Rooney

Andrea said...

It has been a true blessing to know Kyle. He has taught me so much and will always be in my heart. I know Kyle will save me a seat up there in heaven.
Hugs and Kisses,
Andrea Davis

PHDavis said...

Dear Kyle,
I know you will have a good time in heaven. I feel glad that you can run and play again. I miss you a lot.
Your buddy Shane

Heidi said...

Christin - my heart is broken for you and your family. Thank you for opening yours up during all of this, and teaching so many of us the meaning of true love and living each day to its fullest. I hope you are feeling the love right now that surrounds you.
Heidi

Anonymous said...

Our hearts ache for you. We love you!

Mara Adams Family

Anonymous said...

Jocelyn and family--
Words cannot express the right type of sympathy, but I can say that we are thinking of all of you and sending our prayers to you. Kyle, I'm sure, is in peace, out of pain, and smiling!

For all the tragedies of life, we are left to make sense of them. Look at ALL of the people across the country that Kyle and your family has touched. His suffering (and all of yours) has taught the rest of us many lessons. For that we are grateful.

I wish you all peace and solace at this time. Gwen Nyman (Squalicum High) and family

Anonymous said...

Christin, Jocelyn and Nicolas,
I am deeply saddened by Kyle's passing. Peace to you all. I will light a beautiful candle for Kyle today. Thank you for letting us share in the joy of knowing Kyle and allowing us to help out however we could (dog walking). I wish there were more I could do. Kyle was beautiful and came from an incredible family. He knew he was loved.
Sue

Anonymous said...

Kyle will be greatly missed. What an amazing young man. He was always so full of life and love. I have never seen such strength in my entire life. My thoughts and prayers to his family. God bless you guys.

Thoreson Family said...

Words cannot express the sadness we feel over your loss. Kyle was an inspiration to all who knew him. He will live on in our hearts forever. Every day for the past two years you have had to find strength to face each new challenge. Over these next months you will continue to find strength that you still do not even know you have, as I am afraid the darkest days are yet to come. Now you are wondering how you are going to get through the rest of your lives without precious Kyle. It seems an impossible feat. The hole that appeared in your hearts yesterday at 10:30 will always be there. But, it will not always be filled with darkness. Gradually, it will be filled with light; light from the memories that you hold so dear and the gratefulness for time spent together. Your lives were changed forever the day Kyle was born and they were changed again yesterday. You will never be the same again. But, you will not always be sad. You will be able to laugh again. Some days you will take two steps forward and the next day ten steps back. But, eventually, you will only go forward. Take it one step and one day at a time. You will survive. I know these things to be true because 24 years ago I walked in the shoes that you are walking in now. You are in my prayers.

Lori Thoreson and Family

Tommy's mommy said...

Kyle will live in our hearts forever! May you find comfort in knowing that many lives are forever changed because of him.
Much love and many prayers,
Hughes-McMillan family

Anonymous said...

My heart is filled with sadness. We are all thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.

You have all touched this community and are deeply cared for. Kyle was such an amazing child, he will be missed greatly.

With Love,
Michele, Phil, Sam & Evan McNamee

haleyl25 said...

Chrisin, Jocelyn, Nicolas and family,

May your little dragonfly visit you in your dreams and his spirit be ever present. Your beautiful boy will be missed by so many and we will say our prayers to him often.

Wishing you peace and love,
Carrie, Jason, Cali, Max & Ava

Jeanette said...

Christin and Family, you have been in my thoughts and prayers everyday and continue to be. I said the rosary at church in honor of Kyle last night and I know he's in a peaceful and happy place. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Love you all,
Jeanette

The Bakkens said...

Our neighborhood came alive when Jocelyn and the boys moved next door. We would smile at the sound of the voices and laughter of two little boys. There is no greater sound. When we think of Kyle, we remember his raspy little voice and his energy that was such a life force. He taught us that strength and courage could come in a small package. You have reminded us all of the power of the love of a family.

You are in our thoughts,
Ken and Sally

kayaksuccor said...

I wish there were words I could say that would make things better. I am so sorry for your loss. I was inspired by Kyle's adventures and wonderful attitude. -Rodger Funk

Eve said...

To Christin, Jocelyn and Nicolas...
No one knows better than you three what a special, amazing person Kyle was... I've never known anyone else with the ability to make people fall in love with him so quickly.
I am so glad I got to spend those last three years babysitting for Kyle and Nicolas. Hanging out with the boys never really seemed like a job, it always felt more like I was getting paid to play. When I first began babysitting Nicolas was 6 and Kyle was 4. Being the older brother, Nicolas had a few more playdates and school commitments, so it was often just Kyle and me hanging out. From the very beginning it was like spending time with a little adult. We'd play yahtzee and checkers and monopoly and Kyle could always add, subtract and calculate mortgages... he had the uncanny ability to always win too :)Of course, whenever I'd have forgotten that I was with a fun silly little boy he would remind me. I'll never forget telling him a story about going on vacation with my parents and his response was "ok... but how big are their butts?" Kyle always kept me laughing, he was able to make everyone around him happy.
I hope that you can take comfort in the positive impact Kyle had on so many, he was a blessing to everyone.
Love and prayers to you,
Eve

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. I have been rooting for Kyle, and praying hard. Know we are thinking of you and you are not alone.
Love
Meg
www.caringbridge.org/visit/tylerhibinger

Alicia said...

I feel so blessed to have got the chance to meet such an amazing young boy. Kyle was so strong and could always make me smile, even when he didn't know. His joy for living and his smile were contagious. Something I'll never forget.
Alicia (from the pool)

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Kyle or your family but my heart goes out to you. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers through this hard time.

Coni Kangley (South Dakota) said...

No words can take away the sorrow you all are feeling right now, just hold your memories of Kyle close. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

Melissa Lukeris said...

I sent a card yesterday ( the 7th) to Kyle and Nicolas and all of the family- it should have been done much earlier and I wanted to apologize for that- your family has been in my heart- still is- and I didn't know what had happened- I just want to say I am sorry it didn't come sooner but I hope Nicolas will open it and know that the community is thinking of you all and sending love your way.
Melissa Lukeris

Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my thoughts & prayers. I first met Kyle through the Lucky Dawg program with Husky Football and Make A Wish a couple seasons ago. I then saw Kyle the next season and he came up all by himself to tap me on the leg and say hi. We've had many Lucky Dawgs, but Kyle will always be my favorite.
Love,
Amy Wilson

Anonymous said...

There are no proper words to convey the overwhleming saddness connected with your loss. We pray that your sweet little angel rests in peace. May you derive strength in the love that surrounds you still on this earth. May the cherished memories of your blessed child bring comfort to you.
Jodi, Brad, Elliott and Max

Anonymous said...

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Larry W.

Leah said...

We have been following Kyle's story through school and the blog. It is amazing how many peoples lives that Kyle was able to touch. He was a really great boy!

Love and prayers for the family!

Aaron, Leah, Alex, and Emily Dutton

Barbra Jorgensen said...

Christin, Nicolas, Jocelyn and families -
My heart goes out to you. I have been following Kylie's story for the past two years and I'm grateful to you for sharing him and your journey with us. I am a better mother fot it. I know that there is nothing else I can really say except that Kyle's left footprints on the hearts of everyone who's even heard of him and none of us will ever be the same. I keep thinking of your beautiful voice, Christin, singing "Candle on the Water" - you've found another talented voice in your blogging about Kyle. I know you have the strength and grace to eventually move forward with an incredible Angel on your shoulder. My thoughts, prayers and strength are with you and my door, phone and e-mail are always open for you.

With love and prayers,
Barbra Franklin Jorgensen

Anonymous said...

What heartbreaking news. Kyle gave and got an incredible amount of love while he was here. It's a rare thing for someone to come so close to truly knowing how much they are loved and the extraordinary feats of giving their precious life inspires.

Our thoughts are with you,

Mauri & Lee

Jackie and Matt said...

Kyle was such an amazing kido. He had this energy and smile that would draw you in and melt your heart. My sister Tiffany and nephew Carson loved him and I know they will miss him dearly. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family and journey have touched our hearts and we will forever be changed. We are all praying for you. Take comfort in knowing he is with the Lord and he is Free. God Bless! - Matt and Jackie Yoakum

Anonymous said...

Your family is in our prayers.

God Bless

Tim Alderson said...

Christin,

You are such an inspiration as a Mom and a friend. Laurie and I are thinking of you during this time and please call on us if there is anything we can do!

Teri MacPhee said...

We are all so very blessed to have known Kyle and experienced his zest for life. I don't think there is another 8 year old on the planet that has made such an incredible impact on the life of his friends, teachers and the entire community. We will never forget Kyle and the lessons that he taught us all. He has left an imprint on all of our hearts that will be there forever.

Our love and prayers are with you Christin, Jocelyn and Nicolas.
Love,
Dan, Teri, Madison and Nicholas MacPhee

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful little boy who taught us adults how to live to life to it's fullest! God's love and peace to the family during the difficult days ahead. We love you Kyle!!!

Anonymous said...

Christin,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Much love,
Ashley Raby Dolan

Marianne said...

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of Kyles family. He touched all of us and he was my little hero! My business collected cards for him and was amazed at how many lives he touch. He is in the arms of Jesus now. God will hold him close and I am sure his angel wings were waiting at the gate. I am praying that god will ease your pain and he might help all of you with the loss of your sweet little boy. With much LOve The Split Endz gang.

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Amy Millman said...

I am so sad to learn Kyle passed. I've followed your story since it was in the paper because I find it so heartbreaking for children to go thru illness when they've barely been here. I was so inspired by your posts and how your family has handled this. I think Kyle was a very lucky boy and while his time here was short, he knew he was loved. I wish your family peace and my deepest sympathy in your loss.

Anonymous said...

Kyle is an inspiration to us all and a true blessing. Please know that there are a lot of people praying for your family. God bless and love you all.

Anonymous said...

I learned about Kyle from Andrew's site.

I am soo sorry for your loss!!

I pray that God would comfort you and give you peace.

Love in Christ,
C.O.L.E. (caring openly, loving eternally) prayer team
www.colesfoundation.com
Sandy Daron

Rich said...

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with Kyle's family during this difficult period. My 8 year old son Matthew was "Lifted Up" in March 2007 also from a DIPG. I know that Matthew and all of the other wonderful children were there to meet Kyle upon his arrivial into heaven.

I love the Dragonfly story you posted. Matthew's big sister (then 11 years old) read this story at his funeral. It is a story that brings us a lot of peace. We have seen many dragonflies since Matthew's passing and are sure that is his way to communicate with us his is ok and he misses us as much as we miss him.

Please know I hope the love and memories you have for Kyle will help you during this difficult time.

Thank you so much for sharing Kyle's journey with us. I will keep you in my prayers everyday, I will never forget Kyle and his family.

God Bless.

Rich ~Angel Matthew's Dad~
DIPG Parent
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/matthewmcgowan

Anonymous said...

I found out about your son Kyle after reading Andrew Smith's caring bridge site. Please accept my condolences over your son's passing. I pray that God's comfort, love, and peace be with you always.

annettemom5 said...

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. God Bless you all. Kyle will be surrounded by many wonderful little angels.
Annette (angel aimee's mom)
www.caringbridge.org/visit/aimeedickey

Anonymous said...

My heart is aching for your loss, raw and weak at the moment. Kyle was such an astounding child and his soul is even more now!His life was rich with royalty and goodness, the love he gave so freely will be everlasting in my heart and mind. He was fair, kind, patient and understanding of those who were not as able as him, but yet he remained those things,his true self, during the time that he was slowed down in these last days. He will be missed immensely, each and every day, we will feel blessed to have been a small part of his life here in this world.

Praying for every single one of you, we love you all!

Terene, Kim, Corey, Fiona and Micah

Michelle said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It is such a sacred and HARD time...I hope you can find peace through the prayers and thoughts on your behalf and through the comfort of our Father in Heaven.

Michelle Crane
-Mara's aunt-

Anonymous said...

Kylie was such an amazing boy who will always be remembered as someone who lived life to the fullest and didn’t let cancer stand in his way. Our prayers and hearts are with you

With love,
the Chorvats

Anonymous said...

Some day all the sad tears will be replaced with happy ones.

Touched in SW Washington.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your story and Kylie with the SQHS fans. Your story has made everyone stop and treasure moments. It has been wonderful to watch the high school students show so much compassionate thoughts, prayers and conversation. Our family will be praying for all of you!!
Kathy Herndon

Alan Roberts said...

Christin: I can't begin to express my sympathy to you and your family. I am heartbroken for all of you. I also want to let you know how touched I've been with how much joy you brought to Kylie's short life. No mother has ever done more! Please give Nicolas, Melissa, and your Mom & Dad a very big and long hug for me.
I love you all,
Alan

Tore said...

I'm very sorry to hear about Kyle's passing. I lost my own daughter Hannah 2 1/2 years ago to the same tumor.
I wish you Peace and comfort.

Tore and Allie Hatlen
www.hannahsheroes.com

Anonymous said...

Christin, when the raw grief subsides, I hope most of all you will remember that few children are loved as warmly as Kyle was.

100 percent of his life was spent with a mom with a strength of devotion most kids will never know, even into their early adult years.

Grieve for yourself and Kyle's loved ones, but please keep in mind his every day was exquisite -- thanks to you, even the sick ones.

All my best.

jan

melissa wilson said...

you are in my thoughts and prayers. such a beautiful, kind, brave, incredible boy. we will all miss you deeply...

Anonymous said...

While I only knew of Kyle and had never met him, I am so sorry for your loss. You provided him such a wonderful life and so many great experiences that he is blessed in the time he had with you as his family. Peace to all of you,
Kristi Meyers

Dina said...

I did not know any of you but learned of Kyle's story through Andrew's page. My deepest sympathy to all of you. What a sweet and adorable little boy!!! Prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Marnie said...

We are so honored and blessed to have known Kyle! He was such an amazing boy! He always brought a smile to our faces! We have wonderful memories of Kyle from birthday parties, soccer games and basketball games. We will always hold these memories close to our hearts. Thank you for sharing your wonderful boy with us!!
Our hearts go out to you all! We are here if you need anything!
Constant thoughts of you..........

Love,

Marnie, Tony, Mac and Colby

Anonymous said...

I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. The courage and love you have shown inspires us all. Kyle was a promise unfulfilled. He represented the very best of what could and should have been. Our thoughts prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

Anonymous said...

What an example Kyle made.

Our thoughts are with you.

-another Bellingham family

Rikka said...

I prayed for you and your family at CTK over and over.. all the time, then I saw you at the SQHS game and I can't believe the strength your family has! You are all amazing people and your son was completely amazing!!! Both of them! I am blessed to know of your family as it has deeply enriched me.. My heart is breaking for you.. as I can't imagine what this is like.. I am in constant prayer for you all! God is With you!!! I can only promise you that!! Love, Rikka Johnson

Peggy said...

I am so sorry for your loss---I can't begin to imagine all you are feeling and going through now. My thoughts and prayers are with you . . . .
Peggy, a friend of Mara Adams

Abby said...

Our sincerest condolences go out to the Roger family. The story of Kyle and your family's journey has touched us deeply. Thank you for bravely sharing your journey. You have inspired many and your son and brother's memory will live on and continue to transform lives. Thank you for reminding us to truly live each day and be grateful for those around us. Cheers to brave little dragonflies who learn to fly in a beautiful place. May God bless your family and bring you peace at this time.

Hayden, Abby and Merritt Patten

Adam said...

I never met Kyle, but someone gave me one of his cards last year. I am sorry to hear of your loss, and send warmest wishes and hopes for wide open spaces for dragonflies.
Best,
- Adam

Anonymous said...

Wishing you peace and comfort. Your family truly lived each day to the fullest throughout his illness. Thank you for sharing your journey both in words and amazing pictures. I am available anytime if you want to talk to a parent in the Seattle area who is on a similar journey having lost our daughter Sydney to DIPG three years ago.
Maryann Einarson
(Sydney Coxon's mom)
www.sydneycoxonmemorial.org
www.pinkpolkadotsguild.com

Shirley said...

He is such a wonderful and brave child. We will always remember him..
Liu's family

Cindi said...

Christin,
Sending love and hugs to you and your family. Kyle sounds like he was such an amazing little boy. Much love and peace to you,
Cindi (Newell) Elsom

Drew said...

Kyle has shown me what an impact a life, a beautiful life, can have on everyone around him. He has made an entire community smile, and every person who has been inspired by Kyle is better for it.

Anonymous said...

I am so blessed to have gotten to know Kyle just a little bit when he attended Happy Valley. It was always great to have him come in to visit us in the office as he always had such a wonderful attitude and contageous smile on his face. I will never forget him.

I came across the words of a song that I thought might ease your pain and sorrow that I know you are feeling right now.

'If you Could See Me Now' - Words and Music by Kim Noblitt

Our prayers have all been answered, I finally arrived; the healing that had been delayed has now been realized.
No one's in a hurry, there's no schedule to keep; we're all enjoying Jesus, just sitting at His feet.
If you could see me now, I'm walking streets of gold. If you could see me now, I'm standing tall and whole. If you could see me now, you'd know I've seen His face. If you could see me now, you'd know the pain's erased.
You wouldn't want me to ever leave this pefect place if you could only see me now.

I hope this helps just a little bit.
My prayers and thoughts will continue to be with you and your family,
Michele Davis, Happy Valley Secretary

Anonymous said...

We were lucky to know Kyle. Our boys were always excited to play with him. He was patient and kind to them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Martins (Maria, Kevin, James, Michael and Colin)

Anonymous said...

Kyle's story, his life... touched me deeply and with that i am forever going to keep him in my heart. And when the goin' gets tough... i'll keep on goin' and movin'. keeping in mind little Kyle shows amazing love that will always stay within me;

Dear Family, Friends,
I'll never forget the courage; the strength.

you are all beautiful people.

-love.

Sara said...

I wanted to share this story with you because it has made me see how your son has touch the lives of my children and many others around him....We heard about Kyle this weekend while participating in a basketball tournament in Ferndale. It filled our hearts that we wanted to do something to honor him. My son, Tanner a 6th grader at Fairhaven, asked me to take him to get black bands for his team to wear in their next basketball game. We went to Prostock and did just that. He shared with the team who Kyle was. Many of the boys knew Kyle as they attended Happy Valley with him so they were all onbaord to wear the black bands as well as dedicate the game to him. They ended up beating Ferndale, a team they battle against everytime, with 13 seconds left on the clock, the score tied, the ball was in Tanners hands... he drove to the hope on the final play and scored the winning bucket!!! That night 3 or 4 of the boys slept with their armbands on and wore them again the next day!!! My son as well as some of the other boys have decided to they will continue to honor Kyle by wearing the armbands and have dedicated the rest of their season to him!!

I feel honored to have been able to coach Kyle in basketball and for me to have my son desire to honor him on a basketball court, where my children and I first came to find out about Kyles condition, was a perfect way to tell Kyle we loved him and that he will always be with us!

God Bless Yor Family!
Sara Ryan-Clark

Anonymous said...

I have never met your family, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. It is obvious from these posts that Kyle has touched the lives and hearts of many and I have no doubt that he can see and feel this out-pouring of love. ~Crystalyn

hexennacht said...

Hi. I came upon this blog by chance... please accept my sympathies for your loss.

I am 30 now, but when I was only 6 one of my classmates died of a brain aneurysm. I had a pencil box that he liked very much, and I still have it with me to this day. It's sitting on my bedside table, in fact. I'll never get rid of it because it reminds me of my friend. He was such a kind, happy little boy and I always want to remember him.

Kyle's friends will remember him. I promise they won't forget just like I've never forgotten my old friend Bryan.

Your family is in my thoughts, and I'll keep your darling Kyle in my pencil box of memories.

Carie

Ian said...

My dearest Christin,

All of us could only hope to be half the person Kylie Wylie was. I want to be half the mother you are. The number of comments that have appeared on this blog in two short days is evidence that countless lives were touched by his undefeatable spirit. That spirit lives on and he will NEVER be forgotten.
Your family remains in our thoughts, prayers and deep in our hearts.
All our love and forever hugs,
The Carpenter Family
Trey, Dana, Quinn, Ian & Ben

Gayle said...

Christin,
My heart and blessings go out to you and your family. Thank you for sharing Kyle's life with all of us.You are such an inspiration to all. Please take care of yourself and Nicholas. Lot's of Hugs from your friends at the SCMC

Bourlier Family said...

Dear Roger Family,

Our hearts go out to all of you. We will always remember those soccer games and basketball games we shared with Kyle. May the precious memories of him bring you peace and comfort.

with love,
Joyce, David, Benjamin and Nicholas Bourlier

Kylie said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I feel so lucky to have met Kyle. You all inspire me with the strength, courage, and love you have. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
-Kylie Zehnder

Anonymous said...

Our daughter asked us the other day if we were still sad about Kyle. Of coarse we said 'Yes'. She said 'Don't be sad because Jesus has made Kyle all better.' We love you guys and want you to try to be happy!

Love,
The Thibeau's

Anonymous said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you. What amazing grace you have shown by sharing Kyle's story with our community. May the love and prayers of those around you help you through the days ahead.

Helen, Scott, Caitlin & Charlie Bertelsen

Anonymous said...

To Kyle's Family-

What a strong little guy, who taught our kids so many things. I remember when as 3rd grades my son and some of his friends decided to do the Sea to Ski Jr. race and race for Kyle. They had the shirts and everything, they didn't win but the spirit and determination they had to try for him was wonderful. Amazing how kids can bring out the best in all of us, young or old. That's what Kyle did. Andrew said that the saddest thing would be not seeing Kyle at school anymore. That's so true what an inspiration he was and you as his family were.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that he is with Jesus and is going to be such an awesome angel!!!!

Hugs and Love The Muljats (Dianne, John, Andrew and Ashley)

Margie Kimberley said...

What gifts you have all given so many as you courageously allowed us to share with you, learn from you and stand in awe as you journeyed forward with honesty, love, and yes, even joy. My heart is with you now.
This little piece is one I love. It is titled YES and is by Judy Brown.

The pain of endings,
real, anticipated,
swamps the living
that is possible
before the end.

The joy and grief
are all about a
single thing:
what matters most.

If I deny them,
either one,
I am denying life.

And so to
both of them,
the joy and grief,
I say a silent
"YES."

Thank you for teaching us to remember what matters most!

Margie Kimberley

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to post my condolences and tell you I was deeply moved by reading about your son. It sounds like he was an amazing little boy and Heaven gained a great person! Your family will be in my prayers. Peace be with you and God bless!

Jeremy

Jen Martin Studios said...

Thank you for sharing his life story with us - his bravery and yours...are amazing and beautiful.

I dont know what to say except that I hope that when you close your eyes - you see his smile and know that his life has touched so many more than he/you could have ever imagned.

I ache for you.

Kaari said...

I never officially met Kyle but I know my life was touched by him.

My cousin is Kim Lund, so therefore we got a glimpse into Campbell's relationship with Kyle what it was like and how special that was.

His life was a gift to everyone who came in contact with him or just read about him.

He was an amazing little boy!

Kaari Haaland

Anonymous said...

I have been following your story and am so sad to learn of Kyle's passing. Kyle is finally at peace and pain-free. He's earned his angel wings and will be watching all of you from heaven. I hope that thought brings you some small comfort in this very difficult time. I can't even imagine the pain and sorrow you feel in your heart and soul. My prayers are with you.

Toma Crane, Missouri

Anonymous said...

Dear Christin, Jocelyn and Nicolas,
We lovingly remember Kylie whose life made a difference to many. Through his daily struggle to survive, this wonderful, courageous and sprited boy showed others the meaning of life. Thanks to your unwavering care, optimism and devotion, Kylie lived the present, laughed often and loved generously. He will always be our hero.
Love,
Larry and Gail, Scottsdale

The Artist said...

May God keep his little soul,what a wonderful child,Kyle and family are in my prayers!!

Kim said...

I am Heather Adams' sister and just read on Mara's site about Kyle's passing. There are no words that can make you feel better I know, but remember that you are in many people's thoughts and prayers. Kyle touched so many lives during the short time that he was on earth and I thank you for being willing to share that journey with so many people!

With love,
Kim and Ben Center

HAdams said...

So sorry to hear of your sweet son's passing. I'm Mara Adams aunt and we have had the experience of feeling the pain and joy that is associated with the lives of these special children. Our prayers are with your family, may comfort find you.

Much love,
Heather, Erik, Lincoln, Rulon and Ellis Adams

Anonymous said...

Christin,

We are so very sad and so very sorry. Our thoughts, our prayers, and our tears are with you and for you and your family.

Much love,

The Smartts

Harold said...

Kylie had the Power - the power to remind us all of how wonderful children are...the power to make us laugh every day... and the power to share his incredible enthusiasm for life

We love you Kyle!

Harold

Brenda said...

Dear Roger family,
We are so very sorry and sad to hear about Kyle's passing. What an amazing boy. I will always remember that wonderful smile and generous heart. Our hearts & prayers go out to you and your family. Love, Brenda, Bob, Johanna & Josh Dentel

Jennifer said...

As a former student of Kyle's dad, I was never fortunate enough to meet him. I was in class the day the diagnosis and since then I have been awed by the support and optimism showed by everyone involved. By all accounts Kyle was a truly amazing little boy. Kyle made the most of his short life and my thoughts are with his family in this hard time.

Tiffany said...

Kyle, I really wish that I had gotten to know you better. You are such an amazing, courageous little boy. I want to tell you that ever since I learned about your diagnoses two years ago, in the face of adversity, I always think of you. Your strength brings hope to us all, Kyle. Even though you are now in God's arms, your spirit and presence will always remain with the countless number of people who have been changed because of you. We love you Kyle.

Nicolas, hang in there. From what I've seen, you have been an amazing brother to Kyle, and you always will be. Know that your family and friends love you so, so much.

To the rest of the Roger family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that Kyle is in now a better place, watching over us all now. Jocelyn and Cara, we love you. So many people love you and are praying for you every day. Please know that you can ask anyone for help and we will gladly come running.

Anonymous said...

I so sorry for your loss. The dragonfly story was truly beautiful. Kyle was, and will forever remain, an inspiration to everyone. I will continue to keep your family in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

Amanda Bolander

craftyhala said...

My heart heart goes out to you all at this difficult time. I was told of the blog just yesterday by my daughter, a student at Squalicum.
I will light a candle for you.
Mahala

Malory said...

To you all,
I hope that you may know how truly renewing it was for me to know Kyle. His short time in my life has forever changed me. You all have brought so much insight to those around you... may we take from your experiences and learn how important each moment of our lives truly is. I felt lifted this Sunday when I was battling my sickness, and trying to make it up to the 24th annual Banked Slalom at Baker... the sun was shining, there was a recent snow on the ground, and everywhere I was, I felt Kyle there with me. Perhaps the elevation makes me feel closer to heaven than ever before- or maybe because he is with me. He is with all of us where ever we want to take him. That day was Dylan's real first day at Baker on a snowboard and boy he amazed me. He soared down the hill at least 50 feet his first run on the rope tow. I enjoyed watching his child like faith in action. His sense of being totally protected and comfortable in a completely new environment was astonishing to me. It made me wonder if perhaps he felt Kyle's presence there too. Children are like snowflakes each one beautiful and unique. I will take Kyle everywhere I go- without knowing him I would be a different person entirely. Love you guys!!
Love and Smiles,
Malory

April said...

I send my prayers and deepest heart felt love at this difficult time. Kyle has always reminded me of a charismatic, courageous and playful little bear cub. I think God has a purpose for us all and for Kyle, maybe it was to teach us all about the gift of life. What he has taught everyone he has touched is immeasurable. The way he grabbed onto life and made every moment count, and no matter how hard life got, he could always find the good in it and persevere. Kyle's beautiful, dynamic and colorful soul is still shining brightly and always will.

Love and Peace,

April ,Thomas and Lauren Hanich

Anonymous said...

I am a friend of Mara Adams' family. Heather's told me of Kyle's strength and the comfort they have found in your friendship and support. I just wanted to offer my sincere sympathy at Kyle's passing. I am so very sorry and pray the Lord will send comfort to your family at this time.

Marie Driscoll

Michael said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you guys during this tough time. Kyle was a true inspiration and will continue to touch lives for a long long time.

Locker family said...

Christin & family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. I know words cannot heal your pain but I hope you find comfort through faith, friends and family. Thank you for raising such an amazing young man and sharing him with all of us. He truly touched our son and our family. His spirit will live on with us always. God Bless you.
The Locker Family

Anonymous said...

I'll never forget the day that I walked into Kyle's classroom this fall and he must have recognized me from sitting in on French classes at Happy Valley. He came over and gave me the hugest hug. It really made me feel special all day.

We will all keep Kyle in our hearts forever.

Peace and strength to you Christin, Joecelyn and Nicholas!

Chris, Dave, Nicole and Kenny Carlson

3wallins said...

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Kyle and the love that your family has shown throughout these last two years. There are not enough words in the human language to express what I feel for you all. Kyle has made a difference in the lives of everyone he touched and his enthusiasm, courageousness and love will live on forever. In the summer, we visit my parents who live on a lovely little lake. Each summer, the dragonflies come out in full force and dip down to the water. The air is so colorful with them flying about. I have always been drawn to their beauty and now I know why. Know that you are in my heart and I think of you all daily.
Love, Christina Wallin

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. We count ourselves as one of the lucky ones to have had our life's path cross with Kyle's (Gabe was in his preschool class at St Paul's). His life and your recent journey have affected so many people in a profound way. May you find the love that surrounds you a warm and comforting blanket in this difficult time.
The Hughes Family

gongjubyung said...

My heart aches for your loss but am assured that he is living without pain up in heaven. I pray for you and your family during this very difficult time.

markchallender said...

Christen and Jocelyn,

I'm sorry for your loss but am glad to know that your son helped others to see that life is more than just the "here and now"

I remember when Melissa decided to do a benefit concert for Kyle for her Senior Project....... peace to you and your family.

Mark Challender

Anonymous said...

You are in my prayers.

Love, Holly (UK)

Anonymous said...

Christin, Jocelyn, and Nicolas,

We have all been blessed and touch by Kyle's life, and the way your family has allowed everyone to be a part of it. Your strength is amazing, and we cannot express our sympathy for the loss of Kyle. We are thinking and praying for you all.
Love, The Bertucci's
Craig, Donna, Jessica, and Haylie

Megan hall said...

Hi-
"I'm glad kyle was my friend!"
love,
megan
hall

Anne-Marie said...

The funeral today was amazing. Christin, you did such a great job organizing it and the entire thing typified Kylie's fun and infectiously happy spirit. I know he would have been very happy to hear the music, see the great collections and eat the junk food. It was a fitting send-off to a very special little boy.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful story to illustrate Kyle's story. Thank you for sharing his story. I pray for peace that is beyond your expectations.

Anonymous said...

Dear Roger family,

No one who met Kyle went untouched. He had the ability to Brighten your day just by smiling at you. Everyday day when I saw him at school, he had the biggest smile on his face! It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

Kylie was a brave, strong, smart, and powerful boy. His positive outlook on life inspired us all to be thankful for every day God gives us.

His legacy lives on all over the world. It is proven by all of the comments on this fabulous blog how loved Kylie was and how many lives he touched.
The increadable amount of support from your whole family was outstanding. Your courage, support, and bravery was truly inspiring. Kylie lived everyday to the fullest, leaving behind no regrets.

Kyle, you and your family are always in my thoughts and I hope you all stay strong during this emotional part of the year<3

Much love,
Mairin Heffernan