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on 08/25/2006 at 15:41

Dearest Hannah & little Gabriel,

We couldn't pass up this opportunity to tell you again how much we love you and how proud we are of Gabe and his heroic sacrifice for our freedom! Our hearts are unspeakably overwhelmed with sadness and hurt at this time, but there is something even more overwhelming... and that is the beautiful grace and hope God gives as we realize that He has an amazing plan for all that has taken place — a plan that is bigger and more awesome than we could possibly understand. (Rom. 8:28, 29) No one loves both of you (and Gabe) more than our Lord, and we know He's going to honor Gabe's life and sacrifice by touching thousands of lives for good. Even as we write this note to you, we honor Gabe by remembering his sacrifice and by purposing to love the Lord and others more than before.

Hannah, you are such an inspiration to us. Behind every great man stands a great woman, and we are so grateful to have you as our beautiful sister and friend. God has a wonderful plan for little Gabriel as well, and you can rest assured that nothing will keep the Lord from raising him up to be a man after God's own heart — just like his dad.

"Heavenly Father, we ask you to bless dear Hannah and little Gabriel with warm comfort and with a peace that words can't even describe. Give them strength and hope — a hope that knows you will honor Gabe by drawing the hearts of many, many people closer to Yourself."

All our love, Chris & Ruth
on 08/25/2006 at 13:57

First I wanted to say that I am so sorry for your loss. My name is samantha smith. I was in the army for 7 years. I had never been to Iraq but many of my friends have either been seriously injured or lost their lives to the war and it has been very heartbreaking for me. I do not personally know SGT DeRoo but I was stationed on fort lewis and have seen him around. Even though the war has had some good outcome it still doesnt cover for the pain that we all may have for losintg a loved one. I served my country proud. The one thing that I have learned is that I can not live in the flesh and that god has a purpose to all. The cards in my life were not dealt to me very fair and didnt have my parents in my life and I sacrificed serving for my country like all the soldiers do. However I know it is through god that I was able to get through all this and although it will be hard for you to be without him I know that gods love will give you peace in these hard times and his life is a shining example to what a good christian man he is and how others have come unto christ. My deepest condolences for you and your family and I will be praying for you all. Its people like him whos shown the way and the truth to come unto christ and make me greatful to be a christian. God bless you all.
Samantha Smith
on 08/25/2006 at 13:02

Dear Hannah and Baby Gabriel,
Words cannot begin to express our sorrow. Our hearts go out to you and little Gabriel during this time of loss. You are continually in our thoughts and prayers. We are proud to have known Gabe. We were humbled by his character and selfless attitude, his endless love for his family and his unwavering faith and commitment to God. He truly made each of us reflect on our own lives and want to live life to it's fullest, taking advantage of every moment. Today we honor and celebrate the life of Gabe and the sacrifice he made for our freedom and this country. He is a hero and we hold him in the highest respect! We also thank God for you and friendship you have given. You are such an example and testimony of Gods love! God has such an amazing plan for you and little Gabriel and is going to use you to impact the world in such a powerful way. We are here for you every step of the way and want you to know how much we love you! We look forward to the day we will once again be reunited with Gabe and our Lord! And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus! (Phil. 4:7) All our Love.
on 08/25/2006 at 12:32

Dear Hannah and Family -

Though our family never had the privelage of meeting your wonderful husband, Gabe, our hearts are greatly impacted by your loss. Thank you, for the sacrifices that you and yours have made for the greater good of our nation. The selflessness, dedication, and love that you have shown for our country, our God, and our fellow man are appreciated beyond what words can express.

Our hearts ache for you and for your loss. Please always remember in your grief that Gabriel's service and his bravery will live on forever. You and your family will remain in our prayers and in our hearts.

And above all, remember this: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

And - 2 Corinthians 4:18 - ......."so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." This verse has helped me in my grief over someone I loved dearly, as I hope it may help you.

Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss and comfort that you and yours are in our prayers.

In Christ,
Ben Baker & family
on 08/25/2006 at 12:27

Dear Hannah,
Our hearts ache with yours. We, too, honor Gabe as a true hero, both as a soldier in the US Army and as a soldier of Jesus Christ. Everyone who knew him had the utmost respect for him and immediately were won over by his kindness, sincerity, his genuine love for His Savior and concern for his fellow man, and his example as a Godly husband and father. God makes no mistakes and He specially chose Gabe and you, knowing the eternal impact it would have on so many. May our loving Heavenly Father surround you with His love and tender mercies and be your strength and hope in the days ahead. Thank you for being such a wonderful example to the rest of us in so many ways, as a wife, mother, and in your faith in God. Little Gabriel is blessed, and God will watch over you both with His everlasting love. We love you and honor you, too, Hannah, and will continue to pray for you and for many to come to Christ through this. In Christ's love, Al and Cheryl Rogers
on 08/25/2006 at 10:48

Dear Hannah,

Gabe was a man of righteous character, strength and faith. We will miss his ever present smile, easy going personality and kindness. We express our sorrow at his loss with many tears and great pain.

We are humbled by the great sacrifice Gabe made for his country and for us. For this we thank him and honor him as a noble hero. We also thank you for being such a loving supporting wife for him.

Although our hearts feel as though they will never beat again we know that our God is faithful. May you be comforted by the love of our heavenly Father who allowed His own dear Son to be sacficed on our account. Even in the midst of this dark time our eyes have become more aware of the glimmering ray of hope that calls us heavenward through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psa 126:5-6

Caleb, Christina, Naomi, Mishael and Noelle
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