Saturday, July 20, 2013

With Heavy Heart

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today.  Steve passed in the night.  As with every step along this journey, he did not walk alone.  He was in the company of family and continues to be surrounded by your thoughts and prayers.  The light provided by every single person has helped immensely and I am humble in knowing that the same light will become brighter, to help us all find the way as we move ahead.  

Steve forged a life with passion and determination.  We all need to take his example of steadfast courage and begin to face the following days to pay honor and to learn to live anew.  It won’t be easy, we know this, but the love in our hearts will not let us waiver.  

I task upon you to continue your support for Denice.  The story of the Lanes might have been more solitary had she not taken the time to let us in.  It was unmistakably difficult to read at times, with tears in my eyes, but I'm grateful she did.   



  1. Josh,
    What a beautiful words to commemorate the journey that he and your mom forged through the last 13 months! She is so fortunate to have you and your brother to stand beside her as she moves through the next chapter of her life. God has surrounded her with many loving people to comfort her in this time. Steve will be missed by many! We look forward to seeing him again some day in heaven!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  2. I can't imagine what you all are feeling right now. I read this and it really brings it to the surface for me. I'm sitting here in tears that I feel I have no right to. Through this last year, knowing Steve's condition, I somehow always believed he would surprise us and pull off a miracle. I always felt Steve was capable of anything so why not beating cancer too? Sadly, it was not to be. Steve will have a legacy carried on through every life he was a part of and every life he touched. Steve will always have a permanent place in each of our hearts. We will miss him dearly. I will miss him dearly. My Sincerest Sympathies to you all. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    To Steve: If there are cars in heaven, Paint your masterpiece and then drive it like you stole it! We will see you again my friend.

    Scott Rice

  3. Josh give you mom a hug for me. I did not know Steven well, but I knew your mom and it took a special person to steal her heart. As I read you moms blogs to keep in touch this was very evident. I will be keeping you all in my prayers. God bless you Steven as you are now healed in the arms of the heavenly father. I know you will be missed by many. My thoughts are will you all.

  4. Thank you for letting us know. God Bless you all. I will continue to pray for everyone.
    Nancy Hammond

  5. Josh,

    Thank you for the update. Even though I only met Steve once, I have known you almost you whole life and I have known your mother since 1980. I am sadden by all of your loss and I will continue to pray for your mother and you boys. Please let her know my heart goes out to her and if there is anything I can do from Arizona please let me know.

    Lewis Spencer

  6. Sorry to you and your family for this difficult loss. No loss is easy, but I know that God will give you strength. It's easy from my side of things to remind you how God doesn't give us anything greater than he has prepared us to handle... but in your case, Denise, I believe it more than ever, because I see the support system God has surrounded you with. Take one day at a time, and know that in addition to the support God has physically placed around you in family and friends, you also have a body of believers that you may not personally know, but we are holding you and your family up in prayer through this difficult time.

  7. Josh, you are a beautiful writer, you have a wonderful way with words....we all appreciate you writing this heartfelt blog - it had to be difficult. It is really great seeing how you and your brother have been there supporting your mom through all of this....she is really lucky to have you.