We wish to offer our prayers, love and our deepest condolences to Josh and Amanda Sherwood for the loss of their sweet baby boy, Andrew, who left this world to return to his Heavenly Father one week ago today (July 13th, 2006).
Marylynn and I were babysitting Josh and Amanda’s two boys, Zack and Andrew last Friday. We had put Andrew down for a nap only to discover that he had passed away in his sleep shortly thereafter. It was every parent’s (as well as every babysitter’s) worst nightmare. At this point, all signs point to SIDS, so there was nothing we could have done to prevent it. It would have happened either at our place or if he was at home.
So with that in mind, it is obvious to us that the Lord had some reason he wanted us to be involved – and that reason, we believe is to ease the burden from the Sherwoods so they wouldn’t have to go through the ugly part. We are so blessed that they feel the same way and we have been drawn closer through this. We both feel like this was one of the reasons we ended up in New Jersey – to be there for each other through this.
We were also blessed to have family come out right away to help support us through this. John, Jaime and their kids came out right away and Sarah (Marylynn’s sister) and Mary (Marylynn’s mom) flew out from Califonia the next morning. They were with us for a few days, and Quang happened to be in town on Wednesday so we got to feel like ourselves again. Everyone at my work was really sympathetic and incredibly supportive. They let me take most of the week off to be with family and recoup. The funeral was Wednesday and I was honored to be a pallbearer and walk alongside Josh. The burial will be held on Monday in Orem, UT. The Sherwoods are such an amazing family. Our hearts just weep for them, their little boy Zack and the memory of sweet little Drew. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Andrew Michael Sherwood
April 4, 2007 – July 13, 2007