Joshua is with God

April 12, 2010

Joshua Levi Campbell went to be with the Lord on 4/11/2010 at 10:15pm after extubating him at 9:37pm.  He passed in Kelli’s arms very peacefully and did not fight it any longer.  He was ready to go and this confirmed our feelings and that we made the right decision.  As hard as this is, Kelli and I both know that he is much better off because he is now in a place that is void of suffering, pain and the anguish that this life can bring.  We are now left to pick up the pieces of shattered hearts and dreams.  With prayer, lots of help, and our son Matthew, we will make it.  What now will life have for us?  What type of changes did this bring to our lives?  Only time will tell how we will honor Joshua’s memory.  One way of honoring him is to donate to Cherubs Organization.  They are a CDH support website that has brought us much comfort and information.  You can find them at  Thank you all for your continued support and praying for that miracle that Joshua was.  Please continue to pray for all of us that we will grieve properly and honor Joshua’s memory when we are ready.  Thank you all!


21 Responses to “Joshua is with God”

  1. I am so so sorry to hear your news, I haven’t spoken to you before but have been following your blog. My son Joel also lost his fight with cdh in April 2006. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    Much love Debbie

  2. I am so so sorry to hear this news. I haven’t spoken to you before but have been following Joshuas story. My own son Joel also lost his battle with CDH in April 2006. Thoughts prayers and much love being sent to your family right sorry
    Much love Debbie

  3. Jennifer Tenney said

    My heart breaks for you. What a special angel you have and it has been absolutely amazing following his special story. He had such a short time on earth but I just know he is going to make a huge impact. He has changed and impacted me, a complete stranger. I don’t understand it, but the only thing I can think is that some souls are meant to do great things from heaven.
    Many prayers for comfort and peace,
    Mom to Dakota

  4. Reno and Penny Salazar said

    What a tremendous journey you have taken all of us on mighty Joshua and we were blessed to have been able to share in it through your loving parents. Resting in the arms of God we know you will find peace tiny one…

  5. Candice Summers said

    God bless you.

  6. Debbie Mitchell said

    Jeff, Kelli, Matthew – You all are in our prayers. As parents, you fought as hard as you could for Joshua. He fought hard, too. But you also did an unimaginably hard thing when you let him go, and that proved the immensity of your love for him. No parent wants their child to endure pain and hardship if there is anyway around it. Everything you have done these past weeks – and months – is evidence of your love for your son. Yes, Johsua made an indelible change in your lives, but now all you feel is the pain – the grief. One of our former ministers always said, when talking to a grieving family, and now I say it to you, “Heaven is nearer and dearer because Joshua is there.” And in that Heaven, I can see Joshua Levi running and playing with a happy grin on his face. And his number one playmate? Jesus, of course.

    Joshua, you have gone to your eternal life – one filled with joy and happiness – where there are no tears, no pain, no sorrow, no death. But you made a deep impression on everyone here on earth, whether we met you in person or not. I look forward to one day meeting you, little man! I always like to meet God’s servants!

  7. CWeaver5485 said

    I am so sorry for you loss, as the mother of an angel baby myself I can relate. I pray God gives you the strength to cope during this most difficult time in your lives. Joshua has touched many souls across the world via this blog in his short stay on this earth, they say to touch a soul of another is to walk on holy ground. He is now resting in the arms of our Lord, without pain or suffering. God bless you !

  8. Pam said

    May peace and comfort be with you both. It is truly amazing to me, what awesome parents your where for your little angel. He is with our Father now and will always live in all of our hearts.
    I would like to thank you for keeping us informed of this heart wrenching journey! I know we all have learned a lot from this experience.
    May God bless you

  9. Beth Brown said

    I know your pain and feel so very sorry for the journey/ long path you must now take, being a bereaved parent. I am so very grateful that you got to spend so much precious time with Joshua. I am also grateful that our prayers were answered and you found comfort in the decision, and the path that you chose.

    Kyle and I are here for you. If you have any questions about feelings that are maybe a little strange to you, or you just need to explain your pain, we are available. We truly are sorry that the battle was not won, but believe that this is the path God laid for you and Joshua. Now he has his wings. I pray that Amberlee greeted him with open arms.

    Peace over the next few days. Relax and do what you want to. If that is nothing, then that is ok. This wound will take awhile to heal, if not forever. But it will get easier.


  10. Joyce Rethmann said

    Thank you for sharing Joshua Levi’s story with us. We not always know the whys of what God does but we do know we can trust Him for His best. God will use you to pass your story with God on to encourage others along the way. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and bless you with His peace, His comfort and strength in the days ahead of you. Deut. 33:27a ‘The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.’ It has been a privilege to pray for this little one and his family as many lives have already been touched by your story.

  11. Tammy deQuack said

    Jeff, Kelli and Matthew,
    I am so sorry to hear about Little Joshua. God has welcomed yet another angel into his Kingdom. Please know that our thoughts a prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Tammy & Family

  12. nicolle said

    Thank you for sharing your journey thus far with me, I will be here to support you on the next part of your journey as well. Thinking of your family. Fly Joshua fly, breath easy little guy.

  13. Brendan said

    Jeff and Kelli,

    Death and loss sucks.

    Today Joshua is in heaven and you will see him and worship with him. That’s our hope.

    We are praying for you.

    Brendan and Lisa

  14. Tracy Meats said

    I cry today as I read your post…even though we have not met in person, Joshua has touched my life and he is a warrior. He came out fighting and was blessed with a family that loves him so much. Praying for comfort and strength for your family in the days to come. Joshua you are a precious angel of God.

    God bless,
    Tracy, Ian’s mom from CHERUBS

    “These are my footprints,
    so perfect and so small.
    These tiny footprints
    never touched the ground at all.
    Not one tiny footprint,
    for now I have wings.
    These tiny footprints were meant
    for other things.
    You will hear my tiny footprints,
    in the patter of the rain.
    Gentle drops like angel’s tears,
    of joy and not from pain.
    You will see my tiny footprints,
    in each butterflies’ lazy dance.
    I’ll let you know I’m with you,
    if you just give me the chance.
    You will see my tiny footprints,
    in the rustle of the leaves.
    I will whisper names into the wind,
    and call each one that grieves.
    Most of all, these tiny footprints,
    are found on Mommy and Daddy’s hearts.
    ‘Cause even though I’m gone now,
    We’ll never truly part.”
    ~Author Unknown

  15. amy kroeger said

    Kelli and Jeff,

    Joshua is blessed to have you as his parents and is blessed to now live with Jesus. Like many others, I am praying for you.


  16. Friends said

    We are so sorry.

    Together with you, we long for the day when our King Jesus will make all things new… (Revelation 21:5)

    We look forward to meeting Joshua in a perfect world.

    With tears,

    Friends from afar…

  17. Rhonda Hodges said

    Hi Kelli=

    I’m with you diring this time if there is anything I can do. are you in Riverside? I will keep you in my prayers.

  18. Diane Kolb said

    My heart breaks thinking of the pain you all are going through, which I honestly cannot imagine. I will pray daily for the strength you will need to face the coming days. Joshua is in God’s hands now and free of the pain. I will thank God for giving you the ultimate wisdom and strength to make that decision. Thank you for sharing your journey with so many of us, you have been a true inspiration as has Joshua!

  19. Karen Brooks said

    So sorry to hear about your loss. We were all praying for you and your family. I thank God that He is a God that is victorious over death and baby Joshua is now in the arms of His savior and Lord. He is at rest and so full of joy to be with the one that gave him life and called him home. I don’t understand Gods ways and the whys of His doings, but know that He knows what is best for us all. Isaiah 55:8 He loves you so, so much.
    We will continue to pray for God’s glory to come out of all this as we are assured it will and for your broken hearts.

  20. Linda Mages said

    My Dearest Kelli and Jeff:

    My heart is so heavy for you
    I can barely speak
    But my love for you is everlasting
    Even as I weep.

    They say God’s Grace
    Is enough for us
    Through every circumstance…
    But for the moment, life seems to have stopped.

    How steep the mountain
    How rugged the trail
    Even using all of our strength
    We often stumble and fail.

    Yes, the road is rough, the struggle sometimes unbearable
    But remember there is Comfort
    In His Words…Yes, they give us Strength
    To face today and all our tomorrows.

    God’s gentle, quiet Spirit
    Nudges us along
    Whispering… don’t give up
    Never quit, I’m right here within you.

    For I share in your struggles, I feel your pain
    Keep climbing the mountain of life
    I will strengthen you
    I will be your light.

    Look ahead, to where we are going
    To a place so Peaceful and True
    To a place of Love and Glory
    To a place of Everlasting Thanksgivings.

    To a place of Unending Love and Joyful Reunions
    With our Special Loved Ones who have gone ahead of us
    That’s what God has waiting for us
    When we all get to Heaven.

    By: Linda Jean Proffitt Mages

    In Memory of
    Joshua Levi Campbell
    March 27, 2010 ~ April 11, 2010

  21. Brandee Glover said

    Jeff and Kelli was so sad to read about Joshua noone can take away your pain but I am so sorry for your loss.
    mom to Gwenn 2-2-09 to 2-26-09

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