Elijah Daniel Johnson, infant son of Kip and Cathy Johnson of Moorhead, died Feb. 15, 2010, at Fairview Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
Elijah was born on November 21, 2009 at Matthews Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews, N.C. and went home to be with Jesus on Feb. 15, 2010. We welcomed you into our arms on November 30, 2009. We fell in love with you the minute we met. You were the most precious gift we had ever seen. We had hoped and prayed for you for a long time and we knew that God had a special purpose and plan for your life.
We saw that purpose and plan for you grow everyday. You brought us a lifetime of joy in the short time that we had you. We would race to your side to see who could be the first one to pick you up from your crib. We loved the way you held our hand when we fed you your bottle. We loved the hugs and kisses we got to give you many times a day. We loved singing you your favorite songs. You loved "book time" with mommy and "cuddle time" with daddy. You loved squeaky toys, especially ones with bright lights. You heard us tell you "I love you" an immeasurable number of times. You had so many friends that loved and cared about you. Your grandpas and grandmas loved hearing stories about their little E-Buddy, and the new things you were doing and learning.
You were so strong and brave. You amazed everyone with how beautiful you were, even in the midst of your sickness. Your smile brought so much joy to your family, friends, doctors and nurses. The sparkle in your eyes could tell us everything you needed to say. You were a miracle many times over.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls with the Rev. Vern Baardson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls. Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include Kip and Cathy Johnson of Moorhead; his paternal grandparents, Arlen and Holly Johnson of Wadena; and maternal grandparents, Carl and Diane Selvig of Drake, N.D.
Elijah means "The Lord is my God," and you are most certainly loved by your Heavenly Father. We praise Him for your life. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."