Please use this blog to help us remember Joshua Lee Anderson, who made the tragic and fatal decision to take his life on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Please post any memories or thoughts you may have in the comments.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Recent Years Slideshow

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Emily for posting all the pictures of Josh and the family. There is so much love evident in them. We are mourning with all of you as we remember a cheery youngster, eager to follow the big kids. You are in our prayers.
Much love, Neil and Cheryl

Anonymous said...

The 1st time we met Josh was back in mid-90's, he must been 4 or 5, in Oregon, when he was visiting his grandma (my sister). I remember him smiling all the time and enjoying roasted seaweed with rice. We'd play Korean cards and he seemed like winning all the time. He would count his cards with big smile on his face, and boy, he could count, adding several cards at a time. He was such a joyful and bright young kid... Josh and his family are in our prayers.
Love, Uncle Jin & family

candy spain said...

during this time in your life . Not much can really be said that can make sense of your challenges. My hope and prayer is that you will be comforted in knowing josh was greatly loved and that love is also here to comfort you during your loss. my prayer is that god will give you peace of mind and calm your pain

Fernanda said...

These are beautiful pictures! I am so gratefull to be able to share in these wonderful memories. May God's angels wrap their arms around your family, in order to calm and comfort your souls in this tragically painfull time. I am deeply sorry for your loss. You all are in my heart and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I remembered when I first came to the Anderson's home to babysit all 4 of the kids. I especially remembered Josh because he was the youngest and most expressive. I instantly liked him. He really was a great kid and very protective of his siblings. The Anderson family, my heart and prayer go out to you guys. I am truly sorry for your loss. Josh was a wonderful kid. Love Ketly

Anonymous said...

Dear Tim and Sue,
We are so saddened to hear of your loss of Josh. We have so much love in our hearts for you, and so many special and lasting memories of our time in Acton. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love John and Rose

Douglas and Joyce said...

We know many others feel this way as well, but "as for me and my house"...Josh has a special place in our hearts that will never be forgotten or replaced. He brought pure joy to us in all that we experienced in knowing him. We feel so blessed to have known him his entire, sweet life. We are reminded of the "sumo" baby that he was. Thanks to your family for sharing him with us. We witnessed your love for him through the years and the miles traveled together. We are eternally grateful for the blessing of Josh.
As we heard so many pour out their memories and love for Josh we were especially moved and inspired as person after person, teen after teen, shared that they had never heard an unkind word from him. What a testimony to his wonderful life and what an upward call to all of us who knew him and loved him.
Our thoughts and prayers are constant for your family, each of you, name by name. May God's love and the love of all those around you give you some peace and strength as you make your way through this journey.
All our love, Douglas and Joyce

Anonymous said...

The pictures are great! I wish I could have gotten to know Josh better. He always had a smile on his face and was a really sweet guy. I know he touched a lot of hearts. Rest in peace. Josh and the Anderson family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

now you're in a better place
But I wish that I could see your face
I miss you I miss your smile
And I still shed a tear
even though it's different now
You're still here somehow
My heart won't let you go
But I need you to know
I miss you

RIP Josh we all miss you

Anonymous said...

These are such great shots of Josh, what a wonderful way to share his life with us all! The pictures of all of you together over the years are such treasures. We love you all and our hearts and prayers are with you.
Love, Matt and Stacy

Anonymous said...

Although the distance prevented us from watching Joshua grow up, we thank you for posting these photos. And I know we've always looked forward to reading the end-of-year recaps that Susan faithfully sent each year with their Christmas card to keep us all connected. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and please know that you are much loved by all of us.
The Choi, Park, You, Chung and Yoon Family

Anonymous said...

Though our memories of Josh are from long ago, we now are comforted by thinking back of the chubby,huge sumo baby that little Josh was. Tim, Sue, Tyler, Lauren, and Gillian: we pray that you guys will also be comforted by all the wonderful memories of Josh and will be cheered by the posts of those wishing you all well... Roy and Bonnie

Anonymous said...

What great pictures to remember such a handsome man. I (Lauren) remember seeing the family picture of everyone in their Georgia gear and thinking what a great picture and handsome family! Our hearts ache for the pain your family must feel. We are praying that God will comfort you in this. Love, Jamison and Lauren M.

Anonymous said...

We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying you will feel the love of the God of all comfort during this difficult time. Love, Ed and Nancy D

Anonymous said...

We are very sorry for your terrible loss. There really are no words for something like this, but please know that we are praying for your family to find comfort in God's arms.
With Love, Bill and Tana

Anonymous said...

The lose of joshey is obviously something i never thought i would see. i cant help but to remember all the times playing video games, watching sports, and of course all the times at camp. i will never forget the unbelievable heart, and the joy that joshua brought to everyone he came in contact with. my heart and prayers go to out to the anderson family. joshua certainly will be missed. i love you all.
eric t

Anonymous said...

I am up in the night, unable to sleep, thinking of all of you. We are heartbroken for you, and are praying for God to somehow comfort you. We remember Josh (and all the Anderson kids!) as bright, beautiful and loving kids, and we have always loved your family. Jon and I are thinking of you nonstop and will continue to pray for each of you.

Love, Ceci and Jon G.

Anonymous said...

There are obviously no words to ease the pain you must all be feeling right now. Please know that we've been thinking and praying for you since we heard about Josh. If there is anything we can do to help or serve you, please don't hesitate to let us know. Love, Doyle & Mia C.

Anonymous said...

Words seem so inadequate at times like this. Please know our hearts hurt for you and you are in our prayers constantly. We have such fond memories of when you were here in New York. Those beautiful pictures are priceless. Thank you so much for sharing them.
Love
Steve and Leigh K

Anonymous said...

We love you so much and wish to send our very hearts to you. The only words that come to mind are from Aeschylus "...and even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until in our own despair, against our will comes wisdom from the awful grace of God..." We wish all the love and peace that seems impossible for you at this time to comfort you still. We love you...
Steve and Lisa

Anonymous said...

When we first met our cousin, he was probably about five years old. You could instantly tell he was a kind, gentle soul. And although we couldn't see him grow up, these precious photos of Joshua make us feel proud that we were part of the same family. Words aren't enough to describe the shock and loss, but we're thankful for the moments we had with him and we will forever remember that sweet face.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, and we love you.

Uncle Bob, Tina, Janet, and Alice

Anonymous said...

Having received the dreadful news of your brother, Josh, we write that our deepest sympathy is entwined with your sorrow at every moment. Let us express the idea that we hope will be consoling to you that even as you ache for your loss, you are honoring him. Look for him in your heart as you will find him there.
Love, Don and Jackie H

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts, prayers, and tears are with you. Our memories with you in New Jersey will always be a treasure to us. Thank you for sharing these pictures of Josh. We love you...
Scott and Patricia C.

Anonymous said...

We cannot even imagine how you deal with a loss like this. But we do know that God comforts and uses those that have been where we are to comfort us as well. We have been praying for the family constantly. The pictures are amazing..thanks for sharing them.
Rick and Kathi N.

Nadine said...

We send you warm hugs all the way from India. I have photos of Josh the year he and Luke went to camp together. Josh has a big smile on his face. You are a wonderful family. We are praying for you.

Debbie C said...

Sue
From one grieving Mum to another, I am here hunnie, when you are ready please call me.
You and I have always been strong women and trust me you will recognise your strength in the next few months and years, the great fear and sadness you feel now WILL get easier in time, I promise... I didn't believe it, but Sue, the sun WILL come out again. Grieve and mourn and scream and cry, all the pain you feel now.... well our boys are worth it because we love them so much, in life and in their death. I love you Sue, I will never forget the night when Tyler stayed with my Ben and how happily they played together as boys.
Debbie C.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anderson Family,
We are so very saddened by the loss of Josh. Thank you for sharing these pictures, for us all to remember him by! You are all on our hearts and prayers.
Love,
Bob and Jami L.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Tim and Sue - we are so saddened by Joshua's death. We love you all so very much. You are always in our hearts and our prayers will go up to God for you. You are forever our family -- with much love, Vicki and Stan

Anonymous said...

Our hearts go out to you in this time and we have been praying and will continue to do so as you go thru this incredibly difficult time. I'll always remember Josh at camp the year he and his team won the camp olympics for his age group. He had the most beautiful smile and sweet spirit. I'll cherish that. I remember spending NYE 2000 together wondering if everything would shut down at midnight! I'll always remember all of our kids making Christmas ornaments after a yummy Thanksgiving meal. These are only some of the memories but I'll hold them close. Thank you for sharing your son with our family and I pray that all the love being poured out and all the prayers bring you comfort. Love, Bill and Arie Lea

Anonymous said...

Hi Tim & Sue,
There are not words strong enough to express how sad I am over your loss, and how heart-broken I am about Josh. I pasted below what I wrote on Facebook, but it only scratches the surface of how deeply this has impacted me. I haven't seen you or Josh in four years (since I left VA), but my memories of him are so vivid. I cannot recall a time when he was not joyful or not smiling. I have cried several times over this and Josh was a light in my life a few years ago.

I can't think of anything to comfort you other than to say that I would be proud if my son David touched hearts the way Josh touched mine and so many others.

Again, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers, as is Josh.

Greg C.

My posting from fB:
Josh always seemed to have a smile on his face. I still see it in my mind's eye. He touched me enough that I still remember him fondly after not seeing him for years. My love and prayers go out to Tim and Sue and the whole Anderson family.

Anonymous said...

Dear Tim and Sue,

Our family attended, and was deeply touched by, Josh's service. Though they were young, my children remember Josh from Sunday School. Bob and I loved having Josh in our second Grade Bible Class. . .he was kind, always smiling, and willing. Our hearts are hurting for you, and we know that God will see you through this storm. We will keep you in our minds and prayers.

Love,

Leah E.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anderson Family - You have been in our hearts and prayers all week. I (Betsy) remember being Josh's Sunday school teacher - it was my 1st time ever teaching the kids at church. I will always remember his big smile - it would melt me. I'm sure he got away with alot from me:) We send big hugs to each one of you. We love you always. Love, Gabe and Betsy S

Anonymous said...

Remembering josh is one of the easiest things for us (the langley students)to do because he did the most memorable things from brightening everyones day to laughing off any issue he was having so he could focus on making ours a top priority. I nor any of my friends know anyone who has ever said anything negative about josh, its just impossible to think of something he did that wasn't appreciated. The picture board, the videos, the service, and everything that you guys made for him was beautiful. This site is amazing and i have a feeling no one is ever going to stop posting stories, memories, and or thoughts we have about josh and the family. We love you and were here to help you get through this. Your in our prayers

Love,
Sarah

Anonymous said...

Josh was certainly one of the most geniune people that I have ever met. He was a great friend who always cared for everyones well being. His unbeatable smile was sure to warm the room. Although Josh was not a very verbose person his brief unexpected jokes during class lightened the mood and always made me smile. Josh was a kind, fun-loving, funny, smart, and respectful person who is going to be greatly missed by all. I feel very privlaged to have been blessed with his precense. Josh was a spectacular person with indiscribeable charm and I am deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to the entire family and Josh.
With Love,
Carlie

Anonymous said...

Andersons,
Much love from our household.
Would love to come and see you soon.
It is clear that Josh will be rememberd by so many and that Your family are so loved.
May Our God wrap his almighty and powerful arms around you at this devastaing time and may he grant you Peace and Comfort in all th days to come.
Much ,much love from your friends
Keith and Linda

Anonymous said...

When God calls one of his own it leaves us feeling alone. Judge not his soul for God alone knows the path that he would take. Remember Mercy and Grace he owns. Trust in faith and bear this not alone. God hears your cries, your questions why, he listens and he hears. Do not place blame, just relish in his name. Trust in the love in him as John the Baptist did when he asked “Are you the one or shall we seek after another”. Remember the response and bear with it tonight. God knows the very path each of us must go. Draw near to God today trust and keep your faith. Feel your pain and learn its wisdom for in it knowledge you will gain. Josh was a bright star and to him life seemed very hard. But trust in these things we know our God is merciful. Reach out not in vain but trust in love again Christ will provide away to understand this day. In every heart Josh will live eternally. Generations will speak of him with sincerity. Memories do unfold the gift of life he told.God bless you. Rene

Anonymous said...

JOSH was such an amazing guy. always so sweet in every situation. he birghtened not only my days but alot of others. I'm going to miss his smile and his sweetness. i hope he knows that we all miss him... my prayers go out to the family and josh.
Josh, you will always be with us
-natasha

Anonymous said...

as everyone else has clearly said. josh was an amazing person and his time was cut too short. no one will ever forget the amazing things he did for us and how he continuously brightened our days. His family will always be in our hearts and prayers and we're all her for you in your terrible time of loss
Love, Emily S

Anonymous said...

Josh had the warmest smile and calm spirit and i used to love watching keith jr , Bryce and Josh run about your house when they were no older than like 7 or 8
Our whole family is praying for you all and are here for you all.
I am sure not many people can understand the pain you all are feeling right now but if anything please know that you are all sooooo very loved and supported worlwide at this very difficult time.
We love you all soo much
Tami

Anonymous said...

I did not know Josh very well, but all I can think about is his smile. I know my father has done all he can do to help and to keep Josh's memory alive. We both miss Josh so much, and we will never forget him. He was an amazing person. I'm pretty sure I've written his number on about every shirt that I have. We are very sorry, and if your family ever needs anything (i'm sure my dad has said) we are always here. I'll never, ever, ever forget Josh.

Ellie

Biggie-Z said...

Joshie, we miss you. Had a dream last night that we were all just hanging out, as usual.

Terry said...

I only just recently learned of Josh's passing a few days ago. I cannot even begin to describe the shock and disbelief I felt, let alone try to express how sorry I am to his family for this terrible tragedy. The last time I saw Josh was when he was ten years old, a happy go lucky kid me and Tyler used to give pink bellies to. I never got to know him as a young man. Never got to see the person he was becoming. Josh, You will be missed little bro.
~Terry Pak

Roxanne said...

Thank you for posting the new pictures and also the play list. I have enjoyed listening to the music so much! I have been scanning in pictures to share also and hopefully will have them ready in a day or so. It seems sooo important to find each and every photo taken, each memory which has been saved to share about our precious Josh. Each photo shares a story and there are so many stories to share. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Love you so much Roxanne

Emily said...

I did not know Josh. I read about him in the Washington Post this AM and cried. I have a 15 yr old son and I am tring to get him through the tough teenage years. I can tell you are a loving Mom and that Josh knew that. Please do not beat yourself up for what you could have done. I know it is not easy. Maybe this will help others and help get the rules changed. I am praying for you.

Anonymous said...

I read josh's story and am outraged over the zero tolerance law that led to your heartache. Smoking pot is not the end of the world. I smoked pot in high school and could have been one of those students dealt such a heavy hand, but I wasn't. I got steller grades, graduated with a bachelors degree, and have a great job. If I had been treated the same as josh, I may not have gone on to a successful life. Millions of adults smoke pot. The people who implemented the policy should be held sccountable for josh's death. They're likely hypocrits smoking pot and drinking their drinks in their personal time. My heart goes out to you all for the loss of your son, friend, or brother. He was just being a normal boy.

Anonymous said...

I didnt know josh particularly well but i wish i could've. his death is a reminder to us all that when we loose some one so amazing as he is, it affects us all so deeply. I asked the pastor from our Church St. Thomas a Becket to ask for prayers for Josh which he did the last two Sundays. I wish that Josh could still be here today sitting in class with all of us, mostly sleeping, and these pictures of him remind me how much i miss him and how much i will forever.