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A Letter to my Nephew

Dear Jaron,

It’s amazing how one tiny life that left us far too soon could have such a profound impact on my life today. In the midst of that terrible heartbreak and the darkness of the valley while in the shadow of death, we experienced the light of God’s love and peace and hope shine through a tiny baby boy and his parents that night. In the midst of our heartache, I believe we caught a tiny glimpse of heaven as you opened you eyes in the arms of Jesus.

Happy birthday, Jaron. We love you. We miss you. I know you would have been so excited to be a great Big Brother to your brother and sister. I imagine you would have been dancing around the airport when we brought Mihret home.

And I know you’ll be dancing around in Heaven when we finally come Home and see Jesus with you face to face. We only held you for a time that was all too brief. But our hearts will never let go. We will never, ever forget you.

Uncle Matt
(Your favorite uncle. I don’t care what anyone else says)


My name is Matt Todd. My wife and I have three kids, a dog, and a guinea pig. We adopted our youngest daughter is from Ethiopia. We're definitely not opposed to adopting again. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces and the Indiana Hoosiers.


  1. Lizzzzzzzz says:

    Thanks for the tribute Matt. Thanks for walking with us through that time. You guys were amazing… Christ-like in the most practical way.

    You know, the journey with Jaron was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. But, it was also the greatest journey of my life. If I had the chance, I would live that day over and over and over. I’ve never experienced God’s grace like that and I doubt that I ever will until I’m face to face with him. I would give anything to have Jaron here, but I am also at peace with him not being here. He’s where he belongs. I can’t wait to see him again someday. I can’t wait for Caedmon and Graely to meet him someday, too.

    …and think of this: Because of Jaron, my brother will someday be in heaven. Thanks, Jaron. Thanks, God.

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