Isaac Bryant Anderson Casteel

It’s been a week since we buried our little boy, Isaac. It feels too early to post about this experience, but I’m afraid that later it will feel too late.

Isaac had been diagnosed with Trisomy 18 fairly early in the pregnancy, so we knew for a while that he wasn’t going to make it. We gave him a name and enjoyed the time that Kelly was pregnant with him, knowing that we wouldn’t have long with him in this life, but not knowing how short that time would be.

We’ve stayed pretty private about the situation, and although I’m not sure if we’re ready to stop being private, one thing that I do know is that Isaac changed our lives. I don’t want him to go unnoticed and unknown. So even though I’m not ready, I’m posting here so that our friends will know that he’s part of our story.

Kelly’s sister Fara wrote this beautiful obituary for Isaac, so I’ll let her do the rest of the talking for us.

Though he never was able to feel the sun on his skin or the kiss of his parents’ lips upon his cheek, though he never heard the sound of his own voice or saw a bird alight on a tree branch beyond his window, Isaac Bryant Anderson Casteel has marked this world with his presence, he has claimed his place as part of an eternal family, and he has changed the lives of those who love him.

Isaac passed from his mother’s womb to his Heavenly Parents’ arms on Sunday, May 20th, 2012, after 35 weeks of growing with his earthly family.  While he was never to look on his parents during this life, they were able to hold him in their arms and look upon his face after a labor of love on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Isaac is the first child of two surviving parents, Bryant and Kelly Casteel, of Kirkland, Washington.  His short life was filled with their love and their joy.  He will be remembered and celebrated by his parents, his grandparents, his aunts and uncles, and his cousins.  Isaac’s presence here on Earth, his existence, will never be forgotten; he will greet his parents as they meet him in the next life, and they all will be reunited and grow together into the eternities.

(You can read the full official obituary on the funeral home’s website, but I’ve quoted it on here for the sake of our own family history.)

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