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Faith, Hope and Love

July 16, 2009.  Some dates will stay with you the remainder of all your days.  They serve as labels for events so significant that they cannot be forgotten: dates which memorialize occasions of life-changing experiences at the deepest personal level.  For such dates, you can remember in vivid detail exactly where you were and what you were doing at the very moment you became aware.  Labels for significant events: no doubt you have such dates in your lives.  For our families, July 16, 2009 is now etched in our hearts, our minds and in stone.  A date labeling an event which caused us to question our basic understanding of the universe ... when we searched for answers… when we realigned our priorities and were forced to reassess ... everything

It was a beautiful summer afternoon.  Megan Young and Andy Spencer were in love and very much enjoying life.  They were both working summer jobs and preparing for the start of their respective junior and senior years of high school.  Heady times.  Andy had football practice in the morning.  They had lunch together at Pizza Hut and afterwards intended to have a swim in the pool before Megan was to go to volleyball practice.  But the day’s scheduled events were never completed.  Megan and Andy died in a one-car accident traveling a few short miles on the rural road between their respective homes.  A trip they had both taken so many times before without incident.  There was nothing reckless or illegal involved.  There were no perilous driving conditions.  No one knows exactly what happened that day to cause them to go off the road into a water-filled ditch: there were no witnesses on hand.  It didn’t matter.  What mattered is that they were gone from us.  That’s all that mattered then.  It's all that matters now.  Two bright, beautiful, wonderful people with so much promise and so much more to give … gone.  And they are so terribly missed. 

 

If that is the end of this story, if that's all there is to it, then there is no point in establishing this site.  We already have our newspaper clippings, our shoeboxes and albums full of old photos, mementos, memories … and our pain.  There is no consolation to be had in just sharing our tragedy with new people and receiving additional sympathies and invoking additional tears.  We have already received a truly unbelievable amount of heart-felt sympathy, support and kindness.  We have already shed so very many tears. 

 

But you see, the fact is: Megan and Andy’s story continues still. 

And it is amazing.  The rich legacy and impact of their all-too-brief lives has been at work every single day since July 16, 2009!  The purpose of this site is to share this fact, to share with you the blessings that their lives were, and to share a simple but powerful truth we have come to understand in a more complete way: 

 

So now faith, hope and love abide, these three:

but the greatest of these is love

1 Corinthians 13:13

 

The apostle Paul shared this truth as part of a letter to confused people comprising the early Church at Corinth.  The words are remarkable in the fact that not only did they provide unifying clarification to those confused people two thousand years ago, but that they provide understanding and encouragement to our own confused families two thousand years later.  They describe what give our families the power to continue on each day.  These three things, bound together by necessity for now, as we move forward in our lives.  One day, faith and hope will no longer be required.  For if we accept Christ crucified and resurrected for our salvation, if we strive to follow Him (and that is love!), we will know God and hope will be fulfilled… and only love will remain.  This is the truth we wish to share with all of you. 

 

Megan and Andy are not gone ... they have simply gone ahead.  They are home.  And until we journey home to join them, we must strive to "Live Like A Champion", holding fast to our faith, our hope and our love.

For people who didn’t know Megan and Andy, this site will introduce you to two fantastic young people who shared so much with all of us.  For those of us who did know them, the site provides a treasure trove of cherished memories.  For everyone, it provides the ability to follow their continuing story and, perhaps, an opportunity to affirm or express your faith, your hope and your love. 

 

Do we still miss them?  Every single day.  Do we continue to struggle with our loss: do we still grieve?  Oh yes.  But we do not struggle and grieve as those without hope.  For we have faith.  And faith provides us hope.  And love fills our hearts and fills our lives.  Come and see.

 

God’s blessings to all.

The Young and Spencer Families


Welcome

Welcome to the Home page of the Andy and Megan site!  "Site Under Construction" certainly describes our current status.  We have so many things we will be adding over the next several weeks to share with everyone: pictures (hundreds & hundreds & hundreds of pictures), video clips, scholarship-related updates, planned events and ... I guess we all will just to have to wait and see how this ultimately develops!  We may need to rearrange things every now and then for organization or clarity, to edit text or fix mistakes: hang in there with us! 

Please sign the Guestbook on the right to let us know of your visit & to share a brief comment.  Be sure to access all of the various contents of this site using the navigating tabs displayed across the top of each page.  There is a dedicated "Pictures & Videos" page where we will be posting our photo albums and video clips of Andy & Megan.  These pictures can be downloaded to your PC and prints can be purchased through Shutterfly.  We encourage you to upload and share your own pictures of Andy & Megan memories here!  We've created a specific "Comments & Blog" page where you can enter more lengthy commentary and where you can initiate or join in on various discussion topics.  There's a "Calendar" page for noting upcoming planned events.  And there are still other pages accessed through the "More" tab, such as Scholarship News.  Check out the links to our Favorite sites listed in the section immediately below. We are genuinely excited about establishing this site for the reasons we've described. 

We encourage everyone visiting to become a Shutterfly member and request membership to this site.  There is no cost and no obligation in doing so.  Based on our own first-hand experience, we believe Shutterfly is a great service: that is the reason why we chose this venue to share Megan and Andy's continuing story and its message of truth!

It our sincere hope that this site will allow all of us to interact, share and form lasting relationships through two wonderful young people who remind us daily to hold fast in our faith, our hope and our love through Jesus Christ.   

Mike 09/20/10


Favorite sites

Whitley County Community Foundation - Scholarships
Youth For Christ - Campus Life
Faith Luthern Church, Churubusco, IN
Saint John Bosco & Ege Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Eagle Memorial Garden

Family & friends

Michael S
Cathy S
claudia f
Dee Dee M
Jana S
Jessica P
Judie S
Justin C
Lee Ann B
Lindsay C
Marcus F
Mark S
Robert S
Samantha W
Tamara Egolf
Tanya Young

".. that where I am you may be also." John 14:3

Guestbook

2/13/2014 10:09:55 AM - 003091450392
Sitting here just wishing I could give Megan and Andy a big hug to remind them how much I love and miss them EACH AND EVERY DAY.

I am so blessed to have watched two amazing people love and touch so many others lives.....and still continue to do so in many ways.....

Not gone....just gone ahead....until we meet again.........
10/3/2013 2:22:25 PM - 005365334870
I found a memorial balloon from the 2013 Memorial Picnic for Andy and Megan when my daughter, a friend and I went out to the grape vines at my mother's house in Port Clinton, OH to pick grapes last weekend. The tag was nicely nestled amongst the grape leaves . What a touching tribute and way to keep their memory and life story alive.
9/22/2013 10:15:05 PM - 002030835080
Found a memorial balloon in Dekalb County, Indiana near Ohio state line. Thank you for sharing your story and may God continue to wrap his arms around you all as you continue throughout the years to come.
The Ball Family, St. Joe, IN
9/18/2013 6:18:37 PM - 007017328349
My husband was checking his cornfields this morning near the Henry-Defiance County Line ( Napoleon OH) and came upon a 2013 Memorial balloon. The sun is shining beautifully today on the countryside and God must have lead him to it. One of the greatest gifts God gives us is children. Andy and Megan are certainly wonderful examples of that gift. Continued prayers and peace to you all. Rod and Jeri Bostelman
9/16/2013 12:56:57 PM - 007016830333
We just discovered a balloon on our school campus in Avilla, Indiana and were compelled to add to this touching website. Thank you for sharing your story of these two beautiful individuals. ~ Kelly @ Oak Farm Montessori School
7/16/2013 11:34:40 PM - 003065598571
Four years since we lost you two and it seems like it just happened! In my heart, I know you are well cared for, but it doesn't make it easier!
Always remembering you kids.
Grandpa
4/25/2013 2:04:15 AM - 003065598571
Just thinking of you two and Sam! What an appalling loss!
Grandpa
3/20/2013 9:51:20 PM - 003065598571
As Easter again approaches it gives me hope for two wonderful kids, as well as all who believe in the true meaning of the day! The sacrifice that Jesus made is our only hope for salvation!
2/14/2013 7:09:10 PM - 002064353952
Was thinking of you two a little more than usual today ... afterall, it is Valentine's Day. So I thought I'd drop in here and leave you a brief message. It seems I'm not the only one that thinks on today and ends up reflecting on the charming couple the two of you are :) You two are like a poster advertisement for today's occassion. When I consider my children lives now, each one comes as part of a matched set. Each complimented by the companion they chose to give and commit themselves to. You cannot completely define any one of them without their companion. I thank God for this blessing.
2/13/2013 11:05:20 AM - 003091450392
Thinking of Valentine's Day always makes me remember the love that Megan and Andy shared for one another. Their relationship was very genuine and loving. Something I hope everyone experiences in their lifetime.

How blessed our family feels knowing how much Andy cared for Megan. And he wasn't afraid to show his love by his actions. He always put her first. Everyone knew how much he cared for her.

Andy was special....like a son. How blessed I am to have witnessed Andy's presence in Megan's life. I couldn't think of a better person for her to spend her time with.

An amazing kid comes from an amazing family.....a Christ filled family. And our family has become part of Andy's family. I thank God every day!

Don't waste a second....Live every one of them in God's name and honor as we prepare to see Megan, Andy & Samantha again!

Tanya
2/12/2013 5:40:48 PM - 003065598571
For those who read this page, share Christ with all, as we know not what this earth holds!
R.C. Spencer
1/3/2013 6:11:51 PM - 002064353952
My dearest Megan - Too many birthdays without the both of you. Too many trips out to light candles at gravesites instead of on birthday cakes. Too many flowers placed there, instead of into hands. Too many one-sided conversations & pouring myself out into journals. We, your 'extended family' ... we never had the opportunity to do it up right with you ... to celebrate your special day without the ever-present pang of loss and separation. To just be ... happy ... without reservation. We are left to simply imagine & wonder.

But for you, I KNOW January 1st was a magnificently splendid day - you had such incredible companionship to share your birthday with! I know of one guy in particular who undoubtedly doted on you the entire day! I told your Mom & Dad that it must have been cookies & milk for everyone. Celebration - in the overwhelming presence of the Lord. That's how I wish to envision it, at any rate. But however you observed it, I know it was absolutely ... awesome. It comes back to faith. My faith assures me of this.

But we still miss you here so very much.

Megan Young @ 20 ... what a most beautiful thought. Happy birthday, sweetheart.

Love,
Mike
1/3/2013 11:35:44 AM - 003091450392
Megan....another birthday has come and gone. You would have turned 20 this year. What a fine, beautiful woman you already were. Your dad and I were able to do so many wonderful things in your honor like; eating at House of Hunan on New Year's Day as you would always choose, steak and shrimp dinner with two of your closest and dearest friends, ringing in the New Year with an amazing family--the Spencer's. None of it was the same without you, but we remember and thank God for all of the many blessings you have given us and how you have touched the lives of so many still yet today. You were an amazing daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU EACH DAY MEGAN.....can't wait to see you again.............


Love,
Mom
12/25/2012 5:45:36 PM - 003065598571
Missing you kids everyday!
Grandpa
12/25/2012 5:44:45 PM - 003065598571
Missing you kids everyday!
Grandpa
12/16/2012 12:05:58 PM - 003091450392
Andy....Wow do I miss you. I was thinking of what an amazing person you were and hoping that more people in the world could be like you. How I would have loved to share your 21st birthday with you. I did celebrate with the gratefulness of the "gift" that you are from God. I am so grateful you have touched Megan's life and continue to touch each of our lives....each and every day. I love to share stories about you with people who never even got to meet you here on Earth. You are truly one of the best people I have ever known. And each day I feel blessed that God brought you into so many lives. Until we meet again......I love and miss you Andy!
12/16/2012 6:12:08 AM - 002064353952
Andy ... Saturday, December 15th, 2012 - come & gone without the fanfare it deserved ... without the celebration that I had always anticipated. Happy 21st birthday, son. It was not a very happy day here, by any account ... missing you too much for that. And while it was not a very happy day, it was and always will be special for me ... since the day you were born. Four years now since we last celebrated your birthday together. So much has changed. And more nearly unbearable sadness & sorrow. Missing you, now missing Samantha ... all the birthdays & Christmas piled one atop the other... all that goes with this.. it's an all-out blitz. This has been one of the toughest stretches of my life. I was reluctant to write anything here at all ... I didn't want my depression and sadness to overwhelm my comments. But it is your birthday. And my faith assures me that, for you, it is a happy birthday.

I'm sure I'm not the only one .. thinking on what it would've been to have you here today. You at 21... I can only imagine. I smile (cause you always made us smile). I laugh... I cry. Based on your 17 1/2 years with us here, I know we would all be just as proud, pleased and thankful for you at 21 as we were then. And I imagine you & Megan now on break from college, all of us celebrating together, cake & ice cream at the dining room table... awaiting sharing Christmas together in a few short days. No Dad was ever more blessed than I have been to have such wonderfully amazing children. But I miss you. I'm always missing you. Happy 21st birthday, slugger.
11/14/2012 10:33:58 PM - 006019497055
Hello...some amish friends of mine found one of your balloons rom the (2012 memorial picnic) in their field a few days ago in Grabill. They asked me to look this up for them and let you know if was found. God bless you all. Sorry for your loss.
10/22/2012 1:22:09 AM - fb:524345958
Megan && Andy,

I miss you guys so much. I remember when you guys first stated dating and Megan would always use her hair spray and sometime it would spray me and Andy would be like Megan you just got Nichole with you hair spray and she would be like I'm so sorry! I would say its okay and just laugh. The following year when school started and Megan was not there beside me at our lockers it hit me. I tried to hard to make it so I would not cry. I still get chocked up when I talk about them or say anything about them. I have their picture in my room with R.I.P. on it. Everyone that comes into my dorm room asks me who they are and I have to explain and I start to cry every time still. I know they are in a better place but it sucks losing people we care about dearly! I cannot wait to see them again someday.

Miss You two like crazy.

XOXO Nichole Renee <3
9/25/2012 3:20:01 PM - 004000880199
To the Spencer and Young families,

I saw the article in the Post and Mail about your annual memorial picnic. It's wonderful that people come out to support this remembrance of your children and the scholarship program you have established to help other Churubusco students. My cousin, Cindy Zollinger, is an educator at Churubusco Elementary and my brother is a resident of Churubusco, so when news came out on this sad tragedy, naturally it affected a wide group of people, including those of us in other Whitley County areas. I did not know Andy or Megan, but I did get to see Megan's sister Morgan play basketball when Churubusco played at Whitko. I also was touched by the loss of another Churubusco student, Andrew Comparet, as I had worked with his father Dan at basketball games. When something like this happens in our communities, we come together in grief and solace for each other and for those of us who have children, are reminded to hug them a bit more often and tell them that we love them! I can't imagine how difficult the loss of a child is or understand how it would affect me if it were one of my children. Because of your references to Paul's writings and the entries in this guestbook, we can be assured that God does not leave us in our times of trial and sadness. I wish you peace and comfort in the continuing days ahead!

God bless your families!

Nathan Myers
9/23/2012 8:34:48 AM - 003091450392
Andy & Megan,

Not a day goes by that we don't think of you......In a short time, both of you have truly touched many lives of those who knew you and those who didn't ever get to meet you. Your story and love for one another continues to be a testimony each and every day. As parents, we are so proud to call you our son and daughter! We love you Megan & Andy and continue to keep your spirit alive with our amazing family and friends. We love an opportunity to share with many new friends. Thanks for being such amazing people. We can't wait to see you again someday........

Love,
Mom (Tanya)
9/18/2012 5:42:37 PM - 003065598571
It was so nice to see so many at the 3rd Andy & Megan Memorial! The continued support of the community, whether in person or in spirit is awesome! May our Christian God bless you all!

R.C. Spencer
9/18/2012 1:38:29 AM - 002086956641
Well another picnic with 100's of family & friends. Some new faces too! It never ceases to amaze me how blessed we are to have the Love and support of sooo many people. But no matter how many come, there is always two missing. I know You guys would love these parties! Andrew and Megan gave us a gift beyond anything anyone could ever receive, the Love of all of these people! And as far as I'm concerned...We want to share your love for the rest of time with everyone!!
7/14/2012 4:33:01 PM - 003091450392
In just a few days, you will have been gone 3 years. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and other times it feels like a long time ago. Either way.....we still miss you both each and every day.......

Tanya Young
6/30/2012 12:23:07 AM - 005016742420
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Andy and Megan, so I will not pretend to understand the degree of pain and sadness you all felt, and still feel, because of their loss. However, I do think it's amazing that God has given you the strength to not only move on, but to do so while remembering and sharing this story. I am confident Andy and Megan are together in heaven, proud of the courage their loves ones are showing and patiently waiting to be rejoined with them once again.

Mike, thank you for sharing this site with me. I wish you continued strength. God Bless.
5/1/2012 10:24:04 PM - 002064353952
My first waking moments ... each and every morning for so long now ... are of the two of you. And how much I miss you. Believe me, there are no words ... I keep trying. I'm sorry I haven't added to the site in awhile. There's so much more to add ... more and more every day. I will try to gather some momentum over the next couple of months and kick it in gear. It's just so hard sometimes. But isokay :).
2/14/2012 4:31:43 PM - 003065598571
I realize life goes on and is very demanding. However, I would ask that those who read this website might take time to reflect Remember the quotation, "for whom the bell tolls - it tolls for thee"!
2/13/2012 11:48:19 AM - 003091450392
My wish today is that people will love each other the way that Megan and Andy loved one another. The two of them were so amazing to watch as they always put the other first. May each of us think of God in that way and do things the way HE would want us to......each and every day!

-Tanya Young
2/5/2012 2:12:59 PM - 002057582178
Teresa: On the afternoon of the memorials (Andy and Megan had a combined memorial at the High School Gymnasium, where almost the entire town showed up to show their love and support), as everyone was leaving that evening, there was a large, bright, double rainbow over the school. It was a "we're okay" message, as far as we're concerned. How could it be anything but? Thank you so much for taking the time to read the story and for your prayers.
~Samantha (Andy's sister)
1/29/2012 3:39:34 PM - 004011949009
Job well done on the web site. A place to keep all the special memories and express love until..... I was wondering if there was a story behind the double rainbow picture. It's a beautiful reminder of a journey together.
Prayers always.... Teresa
1/8/2012 12:03:40 PM - 003091450392
Megan & Andy,

Several holidays have come and gone....many of your family and friends have entered 2012 with both of you strongly in our hearts......we think of you both still each and every day and smile...........My hope is that you both felt the tremendous love in your precious but short lives....you both impacted so many and continue to help us all strengthen our faith and look forward to seeing you again!

Love,
Mom & Tanya
12/27/2011 11:49:34 PM - 003065598571
Well, another Christmas has come and gone without you two, and it doesn't get any easier! We all miss you terribly, as we miss other loved ones and friends that have gone on ahead! But, without Christmas there would be no hope of ever meeting and being together again, and only faith in Jesus Christ can fulfill this!

Grandpa
12/16/2011 4:27:13 AM - 002064353952
Happy 20th Birthday, slugger. The words escape me ... they've been absent all day. Thinking of the cake, candles & ice cream we all should have shared together this evening. And the smiles and laughter that always seemed to surround you. How I miss that ... how I miss you. Happy Birthday, Andy.
10/12/2011 3:19:01 AM - 002064353952
Missing you both ... so much ... every single day
9/22/2011 5:18:49 PM - 001060628309
I found a balloon tag from the 2011 Memorial Picnic in Kendallville, Indiana at the entrance to the Kendallville Sports Complex. So sorry for your tragic loss. Thank you for sharing Megan and Andy's legacy with us!
9/22/2011 4:24:55 PM - 002057582178
How wonderful! Another balloon found! Thank you so much for your prayers and for taking the time to record your balloon findings on this site, Mr. & Mrs. Rupp! God Bless!
~Sam (Andy's sister)
9/22/2011 12:22:01 AM - fb:1440115204
I found a balloon in my yard today,in Archbold Ohio,from the 2011 memorial picnic.I did not know Megan and Andy,but looks like they are wonderful angels in heaven that are missed on this earth according to this site.Hope to meet them one day in heaven.Remember God uses all things (good and bad) for his glory!! Prayers ,a brother and sister in Christ Rodney &Bridget Rupp
9/20/2011 7:09:58 PM - 002057582178
I hope people will start recording their balloon findings soon! I'm so anxious to see how far they went this year! Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest for taking the time to record your findings and for the well wishes and prayers. It means so much to us.
God Bless~ Samantha (Andy's Sister)
9/19/2011 12:52:10 AM - 004042564607
Bobby & Vicki Forrest - September 18 ,2011
Today we found a balloon with a tag on it for the 2011 Memorial Picnic. We live north of Waterloo, IN. We did not have the pleasure of knowing Andy & Megan and our hearts go out the the families of these 2 wonderful kids.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
7/10/2011 6:25:16 PM - 002057582178
I think it's wonderful that a balloon tag was found so long after the release last year. I hope that this year's release will send balloons even further. Thank you, KarenA285 for sharing your prayers. ~Samantha Wagner (sister of Andy Spencer)
7/8/2011 5:36:19 PM - 001040499128
Our daughter found a balloon tag yesterday from your 9-19-10 release. We live in Fort Wayne. We are so sorry for the loss of these two beautiful people, and will be thinking and praying for you, especially during the anniversary of their deaths next week.
6/13/2011 2:49:26 AM - 002057582178
None of us can ever forget Andy or Megan. They were both wonderful people, and the memories and cherished moments with them will always remain. However, this weekend, I hope that everyone will take a moment to remember Megan Young, as she would've graduated this weekend with the class of 2011. Congrats to the Churubusco class of 2011...Megan and Andy both would've been proud, guys.
5/1/2011 10:42:37 PM - 004010507920
This is a great site and wonderful tribute to Megan and Andy. Megan was a very special girl and though I never met Andy, I hear he was quite special also. Miss you Megs!
3/30/2011 4:55:57 AM - 004001413557
What a wonderful way to remember Megan and Andy. I was lucky enough to meet her when she worked with me and others at Kroger's. She was such a good girl and such a great worker. Miss you Megan!
3/4/2011 4:45:33 AM - 003092819052
Great tribute to Andy and Meagan both phenomenal people. Love you all
2/9/2011 4:54:16 PM - 003090789845
The website is amazing mike! Awesome job! Its hard to believe its been that long ago. Still hard to believe they are gone sometimes. miss both of them so much.

Sincerely,
Andrew G
1/1/2011 5:26:47 PM - 003056379245
Happy Birthday Megs! I love and miss you so much!

Love,
Mom
12/26/2010 3:04:40 AM - 003082710974
Merry Christmas Andy and Megan. I love and miss you. Andy, Christmas isn't the same without you. I think Evie was dancing for you too. love, Aunt Angie
12/25/2010 3:53:34 PM - 003056379245
Merry Christmas Megan & Andy. We all miss you so much! Not a day goes by that we don't think about you and smile. Until we meet again.........
12/16/2010 5:53:45 AM - 002064353952
Happy Birthday, Slugger. The day is now just past, but I couldn't go to bed without logging on to wish you happy birthday here, as well. It's been a very hard day. While you are loved and missed EVERY single day, today was just one of those days where it was especally hard. I've spent most of it with you and Megan ... Happy 19th, son. Love, Dad
12/16/2010 3:18:58 AM - 003056379245
Happy Birthday Andy! We miss you so much!

-Tanya Young
11/13/2010 4:40:47 PM - 003068754248
It is so wonderful to know that people can share commonalities such as the love, understanding, and caring for the ones we love so dearly. Thank you all for your kind comments that will be embedded in our hearts and minds forever.

I had the privilege to talk to Megan & Andy that love does not discriminate. It comes when you least expect it, from birth to death, that is why it brings us security. GOD could have not placed two people together so deserving of his love as these two. Please continue to share your enriching strength with all of us!

Love and Prayers ,
Mamaw Toy Widmer
-Megan's mamaw
11/3/2010 7:32:14 AM - 003056379245
Thanks to so many people for the generous donations to Megan & Andy's scholarship funds. Both funds were able to collect several thousand dollars through the September 19th picnic and fundraiser.

The scholarship funds are a very important way to honor Megan & Andy while also encouraging other athletes of Churubusco High School to believe in themselves! Many family members and friends have helped us continue to grow these funds in order to sustain the scholarships over time through and endowment at the Whitley County Community Foundation.

And most importantly, thanks for remembering Megan & Andy. When you lose a child, your greatest fear can be that they will be forgotten and our families strive each day to remember and honor two very precious people!

-Tanya Young
10/17/2010 11:12:36 AM - 003062516609
Mike & Cathy, I really think you know the saddest I feel & no words are the right words,just know I will always have your family in my heart. Prayers go out to Megan's family also. Jan-Keith
10/14/2010 5:54:38 PM - 003061972240
What a wonderful tribute to your two beautiful children Andy, and Megan. Thank you Tanya for sending me a note with the link to this site. I have heard many comments about both your children and how well liked they were and both so athletic. As a bereaved parent myself I know how much you miss your children. Although it has been almost 9 years since my son Justin died, the gnawing pain will always be in my heart. Sharon Brockhaus - Chapter Leader - The Compassionate Friends, Columbia City, IN
10/8/2010 11:47:37 AM - 003060440096
I was mowing my yard yesterday ( in Middle Point Ohio) and I found a deflated balloon in one of my bushes. I am deeply sorry for your loss!! When I went to your site, I had a feeling what I might read. I didn't know that it would literally move me to tears. I have a beautiful daughter that plays volleyball. I can't imagine what your families have gone through. Sending warm thoughts and prayers to you!!!

Bethany Foust
9/26/2010 5:28:34 PM - 003056379245
The Young & Spencer families appreciate everyone's continued support. There will be more details regarding the success of the benefit/fundraiser coming soon. Thanks for loving our children. We feel truly blessed!

Tanya Young
9/21/2010 8:00:02 PM - 003056690238
Robin has taken Andy to Purdue with her. His picture sits on her shelf above her desk. She has her "Andy" bracelet and wears it often. I know she misses his laugh but he lives on in her memories and she carries his memory forward with in her life. May God's peace be with both families and know that you and yours are loved.
Kathy Berghoff
9/21/2010 12:36:18 PM - 002057582178
It is wonderful to hear that some of the balloons have made it to spread the story of Andy and Megan... Not just the tragic death, but the wonderful and amazing life. We miss them both so much. Thank you to all of those who took the time to read the site after receiving balloons!
LIVE LIKE A CHAMPION
9/21/2010 10:23:32 AM - 003056379245
It is great to hear of the balloons being found. Thanks to all of you who have responded. We released about 240 balloons!

Also, thanks so much to all of our family and friends who loved Andy and Megan as we did. May we all continue to feel God's love and presence as we walk through each day!
9/21/2010 2:48:56 AM - 003056528693
Megan will be missed daily. Love you Tanya, Chris, and Morgan. I look at Megan picture with my son and her all the time. He still talks about her. What a great family. I would like to add a poem for the family.

I Made Her Because I Love Her

I made her…she is different.  She’s unique.  With love I formed her in her mother’s womb.  I fashioned her with great joy.  I remember with great pleasure the day that I created her.
(Psalm 139:13-16)

I love her smile.  I love her ways.  I love to hear her laugh.  She brings me great pleasure.  This is how I made her.
(Psalm 139:17)

I made her pretty and not beautiful because I knew her heart and that she would be vain.  I wanted her to search out her heart and to learn that it would be Me in her that would make her beautiful…and it would be Me in her that would draw friends to her.
(1Peter 3:3-5)

I made her in such a way that she would need Me.  I made her a little more lonesome than she would like to be…only because I need her to learn that she must depend on Me…I know her heart; I know that if I had not made her like this, should go her own way and forget Me, her Creator
(Psalm 62:5-8)

I have given her many good and happy things…
Because I love her.  
(Psalm 84:11)

Because I love her, I have seen her broken heart….And the tears she has cried alone.  I have cried with her, and have had a broken heart, too.
(Psalm 56:8)

Many times  she has stumbled and fallen alone only because she would not hold My hand.  So many lessons she’s learned that the hard way because she would not listen to My voice.
(Jeremiah 29:11)

So many times I have sat back and watched her go her way alone, only to watch her return to My arms, sad and broken.  
(Isaiah 66:2)

And now she is Mine again…I made her, and then I bought her… Because I love her.
 (Romans 5:8)

I have to reshape her and remold her to renew her to what I had planned for her to be.  It has not been easy for her or for Me.  (Ephesians 4:22-24)

I want her to be conformed to My image.  This is My goal I have set for her…Because I love her. 
(Romans 12:2)
9/20/2010 11:15:57 PM - 003056669938
hey i found a balloon at the van del drive in in middlepoint ohio. the van del is and all of the employs are sorry for the lost. if u need anything you can email me at dunnkid95@yahoo.com. its very unfortuante and we are deeply sorry and can help in anyway possible
9/20/2010 10:29:12 PM - 002002669602
Sarah Barbour found a ballon in Halifax County VA on Sept. 20, 2010...sorry for your loss!!
9/20/2010 10:27:31 PM - 003056468865
i live in convoy ohio and i just found one of andy and megans balloons behind our house in the feild at first when i picked up the balloon and read it i though it was a scam or soemthing stupid and i wasnt going to go to this site but i am glade that i did i am glade that u mad a site and let people read thsi they munst be loved and they always will be. u will alwasy love a lost one i lost my dad when iw as very young 7 months old and no i didnt no him but i heard alot of great stuff about him even no i dotn no him i still love him with all my heart and i always will no matter what any oens says about him he was someone that u really cared about why wouldnt u love him. when i read this story about andy and megan it broke my heart it brought tears to my eyes sto read this story they sounded liek wounderful people and i am glade that i found andy and megasn balloon i am glade i got to read about thim they sound like they where wounderful people it is sad that they were so young when it happened. my mom always says to me when i am upset about my dad that god needed him for something that is why he is gone i think ever day what my life would be like with my dad if it would be different. it is sad bc u think. that everyday every holiday every birthday but u no thatthey r still here with u u might not be able to see them but they r here in ur heart and right beside u now have 2 angels looking after u keeping u safe and those to angels would be andy and megan. i hope u guess have a happy life and hope the greatest for u and thank u for shareing ur story for me i am glade i got the balloon meagn was a pretty girl and andy was a handsome guy they were very nice people they look like
9/20/2010 8:10:46 PM - 003056565401
My mother who lives in New Haven IN just found a balloon that was let loose for Andy And Megan. It was stuck in a path of trees behind her home.
This truly tugs at my heart strings as I have a 16 year old son. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and all who knew these two wonderful young people.
Nikki
9/20/2010 3:33:45 AM - 003004799473

Mike and Cathy, Bobby and Samantha, Chris and Tanya and Morgan. Thank you for opening your home, your hearts and your love to all of us as we gathered today to celebrate the lives of Andy and Megan!  

The balloon release 9/19/10, was inspiring! Pictures came to mind as the balloons rose up into the big blue! Together going up across the sky as if holding hands, so as not to lose touch.

All of the many faces, young and old standing as one, were together in faith and hope and 
released balloons wrapped in love! 

It became real to me that "together" we will always be. Our lives are forever tied together with heartstrings! We will remember together, we will lift one another up, and we will face all of our tomorrows together!

Then the balloons as tiny dots in the sky, were glittering as the sun reflected on the little laminated cards attached, and then they were gone, and we weren't able to see them anymore.

Andy and Megan were the light in our lives, then one day in the blink of an eye we were no longer able to see them. But their light in our lives did not go out, it merely fades into a place where together we will be one day. 

We will have a family and friends reunion party, and send up some more balloons! We will hug and love on two sweet loving kids as we join them in the perpetual journey of life and maybe even have some chicken nugget soup! 

Love you all! Aunt Tammy

9/19/2010 4:04:16 AM - 003056724187
Mike,

You have done such a great job on the website.  You and Cathy have been such a great support for Chris, Tanya & Morgan.

Love,
Toy
9/15/2010 1:17:49 PM - 002057582178
Hey, Dad...
I just wanted to say that you did an excellent job thus far. The write-up is infinitely better than I would've done myself, and I am glad you took the bull by the horns, so to speak.

Love you!
~Sis

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