KC Zoo Tiger Donation

To help fulfill Mason's dream and help the Tigers:
KC Zoo Attn Laura Berger "In Memory of Mason Kempf" 6800 Zoo Dr Kansas City, MO 64132

For the beauty of Snow and Magic on Christmas :
Elves of Christmas Present PO Box 3535
Olathe, KS 66063

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's SNOWING in Heaven

I am running through the fields with strawberries so red, as snow falls on my head. Loved ones embrace, the tigers and I are having a race. Thank you Jesus, I am ME once more, rejoice my friends; Heaven opened the door.. Remember me, live, love, laugh... I AM FREE!!
We love YOU!!!


Anonymous said...

Bless your sweet boy! My thoughts and prayers are with you all, today and always! Love, Heather K.

Anonymous said...

Lots of prayers coming your way. Mason touched so many lives and was such a positive influence on everyone that knew him!


Anonymous said...

Mason taught so many people so many things. Some day I will meet and play with him!

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mason showed so many people how to live, love and laugh. He is in the loving arms of God now. Hope you can find peace knowing that.

dawn leeker said...

Mason was an inspiring little boy. Know he taught many of us valuable lessons about life. You are all in our prayers now and always. God has welcomed him home where the snow will always sting his cheeks. Love you guys!

Anonymous said...

We will remember all of his smiles and his strength that he showed to everyone. Prayers and thoughts are with your family.

Anonymous said...

Thoughts & prayers for you & your family....

Liz said...

Prayers for you and your family. Mason is our hero! What a wonderfully courageous child! So happy for him that he is free of all pain and discomfort. He will always live on through your memories and be forever with you in your heart.

Celeste said...

We read There's a Party in Heaven last night to our girls. What a wonderful book! It really makes Heaven such a tangable place. We daydreamed about what our Heaven would be like. As I read your blog, I look to the right--only to find so many things that such a young man has done. Many people 6 times his age cannot list these accomplishments on their resume. Please celebrate all the things that both he and you did. Thank you for all the things you have done for us too.

Anonymous said...

You and your family are in my thoughts, Glad to have met you. BH

Anonymous said...

What a testimony your family is to God's grace....He's given you the strength to handle something no parent thinks they can handle....it dawned on me Sunday at 3:00 that the beautiful snow was a gift from God for Mason.....

Angie B
A Brookridge Mom

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the scores of family and friends. Mason touched our lives, and we are comforted to know he is now free in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Anonymous said...

Andria and Eddie and family -- my heart breaks for your loss but know God will keep him safe and well-loved --- such a strong young boy -- he touched our lives in ways he never knew -- our thoughts, prayers and love are with you -
Rick and Suzie

Anonymous said...

Rejoice for Mason is healed and at peace. Continued prayers for your family through this difficult time. Mason will be missed by so many!

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Mason has touched a lot of peoples lives, I know he has touched mine just threw reading his blogs and looking at all his pictures. Mason has made me look at life in a whole new perspective. Live everyday to the fullest.

Anonymous said...

Heaven Just got a little better.


Anonymous said...

I wish I had words to say to make this easier but there are none. I will tell you that Mason has many DIPG Angels there that are rejoicing to have another friend to play with. Please know you are in my prayers for strength for the days ahead.

With Love and Understanding,
Michelle - Proud Mommy of Angel ^^Ethan^^

Mary Laurinat said...

HO! I know how at this time that it hurts so very much to lose a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I know that GOD has his arms wrapped around you all so tight. I'm glad that Mason is running through the fields with the tigers and that he is glad to be free. My tears I still can't hold back. I feel so blessed to have had the privilege to know your family and the stength you all have. GOD love you all and comfort you. Love a friend

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, the number of immediate responses just shows how many people have been following Mason's journey home to heaven. What a wonderful tribute! Bless you, Andria, Eddie, Maverick, Allie, Kay, Gayle and the rest of this wonderful family! Marjorie

Misic Family said...

Our prayers are with you.
"How Great Is Our God"

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

Name above all names
Worthy of our praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Anonymous said...

I just had a feeling with all the snow this week that it was a sign from God that he was ready to receive his snow angel. We have all been so blessed to have had the opportunity to know Mason and his incredible family.

Gregory said...

Bless you all and everyone who has helped through this whole experience. Ed, Andrea, Maverick, Ally and the rest of your family... May you continue to feel the love of God touching your lives for being the best parents and family to Mason. His life's story will be told on and on. He is a fine example of appreciating life and giving everyone an understanding of how we should take advantage of appreciating the life God has given to everyone.
Loves, hugs, and prayers to you all.

Gregory Harris

Anonymous said...

God bless you all. Snow will forever remind me and my family of Mason.

Anonymous said...

Every time I see a snowflake, I'll smile and think of Mason. Thank you for sharing his story with us.

svetlana mena said...

I thought God was calling him when all the snow was falling. Words are hard to come by in your hour of such loss, but I am very honored in knowing Mason.

Svetlana from preschool and also a Brookridge mom

Anonymous said...

No amount of words could ever console such a heartache and loss. No more pain and no more suffering. Know that you are not alone and you are loved SO very much.

Anonymous said...

So many lives all around the world were changed by Mason. So many people will be there in heaven some day with Mason, because you wrote his story for all of us to share in. The effect he had on the world was awe inspiring. Who could have guessed that your son would have touched so many? How funny that we are in the middle of lent, thinking about another son who touched the whole world.

Anonymous said...

May you all find peace in the knowledge that God has opened his arms to receive Mason. It is heartbreaking, but an amazing full circle gift that you got to be with him in birth and his return to the Lord. My love to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kempf Family
My heart is heavy as I read your blog today...yet know Mason is no longer in pain. He was so blessed to have such a wonderful family and likewise, you so blessed to have such a wonderful young man. Thank you for sharing your journey with us...our lives will never be the same...as we know life is short, things can change overnight, and we need to not take anything for granted. You have lived life to the fullest the past 11 plus months, creating memories that will last a lifetime and hopefully these will bring back smiles. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)

Brandie said...

Mason's journey will continue to touch the lives of many who are fighting this battle. He is a true hero and an inspiration to us all. We had the privelage to call him a friend, our dear sweet Mason. I love you all so much and I am so glad my grandparents are up in heaven giving him hugs and telling Mason how proud they are of him for being so strong and compasionate for others. So many of us are better people because of what Mason has taught us about life.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for all of you in these difficult days ahead. Mason is with God, and He is with you. God bless you and your family!
Gabriele, mother of Jack, forever 11 and probably playing with Mason.

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you my Friend.


DJ said...

How very sad for the family. Maverick and Ally - you are both such wonderful children for taking such great care of Mason. Eddie and Andria - the parents most aspire to be. Mason is an amazing young man who taught many great lessons to the world. Prayers continue and it has been an honor and blessing to share this journey with you and Mason. God bless you all.

Tara said...

I am so sorry. It doesn't make sense why Mason's time here had to be so short, but I know without a doubt that he could not have had a more wonderful family while he was here. Hugs to you all.

jalex said...

I found out about masons condition Saturday afternoon and it has touched me in such a strong way. I prayed for mason and your family last night. I send my love and prayers your way. You had such a beautiful and amazing son.

Karin Solimine said...

Heaven has a new angel. REJOICE that Mason is healed! How special you all are, that God selected you to care for him during his earthly stay. May He bless and keep you always.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite old Gospel songs says "When we all get to Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be!"

Mason will be waiting for you with loving, healthy, and open arms...

May God keep you wrapped in his arms...our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love the McCormick family

Anonymous said...

A girl came into the salon and cut off 13" of hair last night and donated it to Locks of Love in honor of Mason.

Anonymous said...

Words cannot describe how my heart hurts today. Love, hugs and prayers to all of you.


Anonymous said...

To the Kempf Family,
For every parent it is different and I know you pain In Nov 09 I lost my dear son Noah to Neuroblastoma at the tender age of 5. Just shortly after his passing I ran across this in a christian bookstore and I wanted you to read this as well

The Reunion
Since Heaven has become your home
i sometimes feel I'm so alone;
and though we now are far apart
you hold a big piece of my heart.

I never knew how much I'd grieve
when it was time for you to leave,
or just how much my heart would ache
from that one fragment you would take.

God lets this tender hole remain
reminding me we'll meet again,
and one day all the pain will cease
when He restores this missing piece.

He'll turn to joy my every tear
with thoughts of you I hold so dear,
and they'll become my special way
to treasure our Reunion Day.

The McGinnis Family said...

You are an amazing family and Mason was an amazing little boy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The McGinnis Family
Newark, DE

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Mason's story, your family's story, for in knowing the struggles, joys, heartaches, and smiles we can then be more compassionate people. In allowing the public, strangers and all, view your day to day routine, we can then be grateful for the things we take for granted. Thank you for these gifts, Mason's gifts, and thank you for so poetically and spiritually being honest. My heart is heavy today and my thoughts and prayers are with your family. I wish for you the Peace of Christ.

Jessica J. said...

May God bless you and keep you. I'm so sorry for your loss. I never met Mason in person, but felt like I knew him through your blog. My heart aches for you all so much.

Anonymous said...

Eddie and Andria you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mason is such a beautiful soul and will be missed but never forgotten. God picked you to be his parents to walk him through this journey and what wonderful parents you are. Love is patient,love is kind. It does not envy,it does not boast,it is not proud. It is not rude,it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,always hopes, ALWAYS PERSEVERES. Love never fails. 1st Corinthinians 13-4. May god comfort you through this time and know how much you all are loved. Lots of love being sent your way! Love, Kimberlee,Dylan and Ayden Neal

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for sharing Mason with us. Our lives will never be the same.

May God hold you in his arms and bring you comfort and the peace that surpasses understanding.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

Anonymous said...

Mason was a special boy, and your family is in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Love and tears from this mother's heart to yours.


stephanie said...

How my heart rejoices for Mason because he is free, my heart cries for his family left behind.
I'm so very sorry.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your familys' journey through this with the world.You have forever changed our lives.Mason has touched so many people,Andria YOU are an amazing mom and Eddie a wonderful father,my husband Rick always shared such kind words of your family everytime he left your home.There hasn't been an hour go by that we haven't thought about Mason and the family.Please know that you are in our prayers and have made a huge impact on our lives. Mason is truly an angel now...

in Gods love,

Rick Thein & family

Anonymous said...

I'm a stranger to you but I've watched Mason's journey here and have come to love this strong young man. What an amazing spirit! Y'all have been in my prayers and will continue to be in the difficult days ahead.
Jo in Utah

Anonymous said...

Andria & Eddie,

I'm soooo sorry for your loss! Mason was a wonderful young man! Sending prayers your way to heal your family. Mason will be so missed every day. I will always remember his smiling face!
Please let me know if you need anything!

Karen & Shannon Webb

Anonymous said...

Our Prayers go out to your family. Mason was a great friend and classmate to Kaylee and showed us all how strong one little boy can be and thought us to take advantage of the little things while we can.

Anonymous said...

Remembering Mason today...there's a giant (tiger) pawprint in my heart. My love to all the family ~Stephanie F.

Anonymous said...

You do not know me, but I want to thank you, all of you for sharing this incredible journey with us. God bless you and yours.

Anonymous said...

God Bless you all.

Anonymous said...

No words. Just love. Lots and lots of love.

Anonymous said...

Mason was a great friend and classmate to Kelly.
Sending prayers your way.
Donna J.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss,I don't have the right words,but please know I truly am sorry,Mason was a beautiful child and you are wonderful parents,you have my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Mason was blessed with amazing parents and you were blessed with an angel. He is at peace and you are surrounded with love. Liz

Anonymous said...

Mason touched so many lives; near and far. He was blessed to have amazing parents, siblings, and friends. Your family is our thoughts and prayers. Love, Kathy, Gary, Molly & Danny

Anonymous said...

Andria & Eddie ~ This has been a difficult, heart wrenching journey but you two always made smart decisions for Mason and acted swiftly and intelligently. You gave Mason an awesome life --- I can't imagine any other parents more perfectly suited to his needs.
My heart is so heavy. I would love to wrap your whole family in hugs.
With Love & Admiration, Rhonda Dennis

Anonymous said...

Andria and Eddie, Just want you to know how sorry we are for your loss, but you are not alone, look at the love and prayers from people around the world and then remember how many people life's were touched by Mason and your story of life! Even though we have never met you or your family we feel like we know you and we are praying for you!
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15

With Much Love, Rick and Sharon Perry

Joy said...

I have only been reading your blog about Mason for a couple weeks, and in that very short time alone he has impacted me... he's been on my mind and in my prayers every day.
Like everyone else has said, I'm happy that he is free and healthy and whole in Heaven. I know that that is a huge consolation to you. The loss of him, though... I know that there aren't words to even speak to that. Your loss and your pain are precious in His sight. He is El Roi, the God Who Sees. He sees your pain, and he sees that you have been both a warrior and a caretaker.

Anonymous said...

Eddie and family,

I told my 10 year old daughter Avery about Mason and she just can't understand why someone so close to her age could be taken from us....she wrote the following:

"I feel very very sorry. It must be very hard to lose your son. We must pray our best for Mason and wish he has a good time in heaven. Avery."

I am certain Avery is right...Mason is having a really good time in Heaven and he will be looking after each of you so closely. My heart aches for you in this time of immeasurable grief, but as others have said Mason has touched so many. I am proud to have known Mason even if only through this blog and the words of his incredibly proud Dad.

John, Terri, Josh and Avery Bieri

Anonymous said...

Even though my heart is filled with sadness, I can't help but smile when I think of Mason, (as well as your whole family). I think of all the acts of kindness that people came together and did in honor of Mason, the garage sale, the school dinner, the parade, the thousands of Valentines, the elves and snow. I have seen joy and laughter, compassion, caring and Gods' love and a family share their faith through difficult times. A brave,handsome young man has done more "good" in a short time then most people will ever do. Thank you for allowing me to walk in this journey with you. In God's love, Doug and Missy Brown

Anonymous said...

As sorrowful as this day is, I am forever grateful & inspired by Mason's life and his courage. He has taught me to look at my life & surroundings as something to be cherished and valued. Every day matters. Life happens for a reason. Mason's life is an inspiration for all & to live life to its fullest. Mason did that and for as long as I live, I aspire to learn from that inspiration.
-Greatest sympathy and wishes for healing,
Mike Scherman

Zachary said...

Sad news to take in today, know that our family is praying for your family and the difficult days ahead. It's difficult to understand the "why" and comprehend God's wisdom about things like this when it makes so little sense to us. We're all here for a reason and we all leave this world with a purpose. I think Mason's purpose was a great one. He taught me that life is fleeting, to make it count every day. He was an inspiration to me and to many people. He was one of a kind. Just like God makes every snowflake in a storm unique and special, he does the same with us. Mason was one special little guy and I feel lucky to have known his story of strength, courage, and perseverance. Hang in the Kempf family, God loves you!

Anonymous said...

God has blessed your family with a wonderful boy named Mason. He will live on in the many memories and his wonderful sweet spirit which are going to be impossible to forget. We rejoice for the time we have, and we are sad for the time we lost. Most importantly, God has embraced Mason now. It is a true celebration. God Bless the entire Kempf and extended family. Maggie Garner, Birquest Birmans

Anonymous said...

Our nephew, Danny Wiskur is a friend of Mason's and we have been praying for your family from afar in PA. Your family is an inspiration to all that have followed your brave journey with Mason. May God Bless all of you. Thank you for the lessons of love you have taught all of us. May all of the prayers that surround you give you the strength you need at this time. In Sympathy, The McKay Family, Chester Springs, PA

Anonymous said...

My heart broke when I read the blog today. I am however very glad that Mason is no longer in pain. I wish we could heal the pain in your hearts. Hold tight to one another and find comfort. You are an amazing family.


Anonymous said...

Peace be with Mason and his family. We send our love and prayers.

Amy said...

I am so very sad to hear of the devastating loss of your special son and hero, Mason. Andria, through your beautiful and honest blog you and Mason and the rest of the family have inspired me and so many others of what the most important things in life are. Each day you celebrated both the big and the little things. You inspired me to slow down and smell the roses, too. Mason's spirit will forever be in my heart. And I will always see his smiling face with every single snowflake! I love you all.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about Mason. I read his blog everyday and think about what a great boy...He taught me a lot and I will never forget him at all.I hope u and your family just hold each other and thanking God that Mason is in good hands and pain free..

From, The Richards Family

Anonymous said...

Eddie, Andria and family,
Our hearts are heavy for you. Thank you for sharing Mason with us. What an amazing spirit he will always be. God bless you and your amazing family.
From, The Carr Family

Brigette Weber Jones and Family said...

Andria and Family~

As I heard about Mason, my heart broke. I read your blog about Mason and all the wonderful stories you have shared. What a joyous time you had with him. God certainly gave you a precious gift. Now that Mason has his angel wings I hope you find comfort in the memories you've created and the love that will continue to carry you through. Your little boy is a true hero and such an inspiration! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
God Bless!
Brigette Weber Jones and Family

Anonymous said...

Kempf Family-

Mason has truly been a blessing in each of our lives. He fought a strong battle and is a hero to us all. I am so lucky to have known Mason. He showed each of his classmates how to be strong, kind, and to never give up. Mason will always be remembered.

Thinking of you, Heather Martasin

Jeramy Zimmerman said...

Andria, you came up in my Facebook feed this evening and I clicked through because I didn't know what it was about. Now I've been reading your blog and I'm heartbroken. I'm so sorry for your loss. You've certainly been through too much and I can see that you have a loving family and lots of friends to support you and Mason was clearly an exceptional and well-loved boy. Although we haven't spoken for many years, know tonight that my thoughts are with you. I hope that you and your family can find peace.

Anonymous said...

Our hearts and prayers are with your family right now. We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. We wish you and your family peace and happiness. ----Scott and Breanna. Brookridge father and student

Anonymous said...

It is an honor to know you Mason and a privilige to have been a small part of your amazing and selfless life. Thank you for everything you gave me and thank you for all you accomplished in life.

~ Jeff

Anonymous said...

This blog, and Mason's story has touched so many lives. Thank you for letting us get to know him. There are people all around this world that are sending you prayers and love. God be with you.
~ The Boozell family Des Moines, Iowa

Anonymous said...

We started reading your blog in January when we heard about the Valentine's Day card project for Mason. Though we've never met it feels as if we know each of you through your beautiful writings. Our hearts are grieving with you. Please know that many, many people will be praying for you, Eddie, Maverick and Alli in the days to come. Mason and your family have inspired me to cherish our own boys (who also love Star Wars Legos and soccer) more each day. Thank you so much for sharing Mason with us. May God hold each of you in His arms.

I heard this song by Matthew West and thought of you.

Save a Place for Me

Don't be mad
If I cry
It just hurts so bad, sometimes
'Cause everyday it's sinking in
And I have to say goodbye all over again

You know I bet it feels good to have the weight of this world off your shoulders now
I'm dreaming of the day when I'm finally there with you

Save a place for me
Save a place for me
I'll be there soon
I'll be there soon
Save a place for me
Save some grace for me
I'll be there soon
I'll be there soon

I have asked the questions why
But I guess the answer's for another time
So instead I pray, with every tear
And be thankful for the time I had you here

Save a place for me
Save a place for me
I'll be there soon
I'll be there soon
Save a place for me
Save some grace for me
I'll be there soon
I'll be there soon

I wanna live my life Just like you did
Make the most of my time Just like you did
And I want to make my home up in the sky Just like you did
Oh, but until I get there...
Until I get there...

Save a place for me
Save a place for me
I'll be there soon
I'll be there soon
Save a place for me
Save some grace for me
I'll be there soon
I'll be there soon

Mrs. Nikki Wyatt#125 said...

My prayers are definitely with your family. May GOD bless your family. Love ya!!!!

friends from the Upper Peninsula said...

Mason's journey and courage was life changning, Mason's families strength, inspirational. With deepest sympathy we are sending our thoughts and prayers for peace and healing.
friends from the upper peninsula...

Anonymous said...

Mason will be missed around the world! Riley, Thomas and I feel so blessed to have been on this journey with Mason and your family this past year. You are truly an inspiration to all that know you, and he touched our family deeply. We were so happy this past Sunday when it snowed so many different sizes of flakes "for Mason!" Hugs & prayers always...

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mason lived short, but he lived brave.
Jahani Family

Anonymous said...

So very sorry for the loss of Mason......our thoughts and prayers are with you....

Anonymous said...

Mason has touched our family very deeply. We pray every day for God's loving arms to surround you all...

Anonymous said...

We are all so blessed to have known Mason. Your family is on our thought and prayers.

Roger, Shannon & Nolan

Anonymous said...

Blessings to you ALL.

Anonymous said...

Our heartfelt sympathy to the Kempf family for your loss of a brave young man. Know that he is at peace now, as he runs the fields of heaven. God bless each of you as you carry on for Mason

Rick and Sharron Majors

Q said...

Eddie & family,
It's hard to put feelings into words at a time like this. It's obvious from reading the posts that you have a HUGE support system in place and that your journey has touched and enriched so many lives!
I hope you will find comfort in the knowledge that Mason's struggle in this life is over and that he is at peace and surrounded by love and those who have gone before us to our Father's house.
You have so many family and friends that love you and now there's one more Angel in heaven to look out for you...
John Quinton

ScrappyStuff said...

Much love being sent your way! ~ love to Kay and her family ... "A Lifetime's not too long to live as friends & a quilt is not too small to sew them in!"
... comfort to you ...

Chris Culp said...

Eddie and Family,

It broke my heart to read about Mason's illness but his will to fight and your family's spirit deeply touched my heart. I am so sorry for the loss of your son...

If you will allow, I'd like to share with you a simple but beautiful composition from over 100 years ago by Peter Christian Lutkin that comforts me in difficult times:


The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord lift His countenance upon you,
And give you peace, and give you peace,
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you, be gracious,
The Lord be gracious, gracious unto you.

- Chris


+Blessed repose & eternal memory for your precious son, Mason. May Our Blessed Mother Mary enfold him in her tender embrace.
With prayers for you,
The Johnson Family in Morgantown, WV

Anonymous said...

I've been following Mason's blog for months now, and I am overwhelmed with the love and compassion that is shared here daily. What an amazing young boy that had the ability to brighten dark corners. He will now be a light for the angels.
Love Heather and Greg Ford and Johnny and Jacob Mesa AZ

Anonymous said...

Blessings to the Kempf family.

The kids will find a green Easter Egg during their hunt this year - with a tiger sticker inside. Mason, I will remember you, sweet child! Enjoy your run!

Love from Texas,

maria mcdaniel brookridge mom said...

Thank you for sharing Mason and his story with all of us. I think I speak for many of us when I say "Mason in a way was our child too". When he rejoiced so did we. When he was sad so were we. His accomplishment will never be forgotten. Rest in peace young man.

Becky Patrick said...

What a life! This little boy touched the lives of people he didn't even know, and changed some forever. When my sophomore classes read the play Our Town by Thornton Wilder (a play about appreciating the simple things in life), I learned of Mason's illness. As an assignment, I asked them to make valentine cards and we mailed them to Mason. This morning I had to tell them that Mason went to heaven. Although they knew it was coming, they were saddened for Mason's family but excited at the idea that Mason's body is now healed. Please take comfort in the knowledge that Mason made his short 10 years count for more than some people do in a very long lifetime. I will pray for you as you adjust to the new normal that has forced itself upon your life.

Mary, Alexandra and Tim Werth said...

From the day I met you, I admired your parenting and love you showered your children. God knew that you were the ones that were to be chosen to adopt Mason, long before you were in the hospital to watch him be born and cradle him. He knew you would be the most loving parents and that you would have the heart, talent to write and inspire others throughout the entire world through your blog. Mason was mature beyond his young years to accept God's plan for him. Please pass on my love to Meme too.

"God of all mystery, whose ways are beyond understanding, lead us, who grieve at the untimely death, to a new and deeper faith in your love, which brought your only Son Jesus through death into resurrection life."


I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesus'love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still,
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remains,
You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!

Dionne said...

Andria & family, My heart breaks for you in the loss of your beautiful son!!! May you find peace in your hearts that Mason is walking the streets of GOLD, COVERED in SNOW and watching over his precious family. He has been released of all the pain and suffering and has been returned to his perfect self!!! I believe that GOD and Heaven has greeted him with open arms and he is again enjoying doing everything he loves...free of restriction. I know that you all terribly miss him - and the world has lost a precious little person - but we are all here to help you through this difficult time. Mason was a true gift from above! Our thoughts and prayers are with you ALL! Love, The Morse Family (PS our number is 816 304 9638 - call ANYTIME for ANY REASON!) :)

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. He was a beautiful child.

Anonymous said...

The heavens lit up with Mason's arrival as our world grew dim. We are all better for knowing Mason and have learned so much from him these past 11 months. His quiet courage has inspired us all. His mission from God is completed and he will now bask in the warmth of heavens love. Enjoy the party in heaven Mason!

From NJ

Stacey said...

Thank you for sharing Mason with the world. The strength of Mason and your family has touched us all. You are in my thoughts and prayers now and always.

Deborah (and son Jeremy) said...

Mason touched me, my son, and a dear friend of mine tremendously. We always take some moments each day to talk about Mason and ask each other, "Did you read about Mason today?" We have enjoyed sharing with each other about cards we might have sent. My friend and I were particularly grateful to be allowed to send Mason cards, and we thank you for inviting us to send the valentines. Our hearts are SO grateful that you shared Mason and your entire family with us. It is an honor to have known him and the entire Kempf family, even if only through all of the love shared on this blog. I will draw inspiration from Mason's bravery for the rest of my life. May peace be with you.

Anonymous said...

Little Ally has a direct line to God's wisdom!!!!So very sorry for your gigantic lose!!

Jessica J. said...

I've woken up every morning thinking about Mason and your entire family. Your loss is being felt around the world. Mason was such a wise, sweet child...as are your other children. I know that the days and months ahead will be difficult, as you adjust to life without your dear son (and brother.) I hope that will feel the love and support of this community that you created just by sharing your story. We are holding you in prayer and spirit.

Anonymous said...

As I have read about the many special moments you have shared with us I have been reminded of a book I read in high school by Dale Evans called "Angel Unaware". She and Roy Rogers lost a child and believed she was an angel sent by God to touch their lives. Truely, Mason was an angel and you his emissaries as your stories wove around so many hearts and changed lives. For myself, he deepened my faith beyond measure. I love and respect you for yours as I have come to know you over the past few months as I never would have were it not for your angel, Mason. God bless him in heaven and you here on earth. One day you will all party with him there. --Aunt Karen

JenJ said...

I am so sorry for your loss, but know that Mason is pain-free and dancing in the snow in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Kempf family. You faith in God is a testament to others, and we are so grateful you shared Mason and your story with the rest of us. May God watch over all of you, and grant you peace.

Anonymous said...

I'm one of Kay's friends who made Mason the green quilt with some of his favorite things on it. I hope it kept him warm and comforted, and he felt the love that was quilted into it. He was so special. So is his family.

Eren said...

I have been following your blog since a friend told me about Mason's wish for Valentines & we sent one in. My heart breaks for your family's loss, but I am rejoicing that Mason is healed and whole and with the Lord. Prayers and peace to you all. Thank you for sharing your precious son with us.

Anonymous said...

We are so very sorry. We know that Mason is in Heaven & is now pain free. We also know you will all see him again & be with him.

Our heart & prayers are with your family. May God wrap you in His comforting arms & give you healing & peace.


Anonymous said...

Godspeed~by the"Dixie Chicks......

Meryl Jefferson said...

I just got online because Mason was on my heart and I wanted to say hello. I was at first shocked to read that Mason had passed on to be with Jesus, but I see that you are at peace with his passing. Mason is absolutely in his healed body now. He is sitting at the feet of Jesus and smiling. I want to still keep in touch with you. You and your family have a special place in my heart and in the hearts of my students. Love and prayers to all of you!!!!!

Traci - Manatee Bay Elementary Weston, FL said...

Even though Mason has left us, he will remain in our hearts forever. It's comforting to know he'll be an angel looking over his family and friends. He can now run and play with no pain, no sickness, no medicine. RIP little angel...we'll never forget you.