"Dear Elijah, you will always be in my heart. sometimes i imagine you walking around the house and slapping my brother on the head for no reason. But still, when i hear the name Eli i think of you. Even though in my head i don't remember seeing you to remember your face... I WILL ALWAYS I MEAN ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU!!!"
– Ashley O'Brien, Sister,
Vancouver, WA, Nov 17, 2012
"Samantha...Every loss in life leaves an indescribable feeling...it comes as a shock...resonates...and eventually helps us derive a new perspective...please remember as you journey through life, that death is one of the most influential parts of the journey...and you are only stronger for every brush with death you incur... I created this site to remind us of that...all that are touched by such sadness..I truly hope you take the realization of loss and make it your own...make it an experience worth sharing in a positive way!...and always come back to this forum if you just can not share what you need to get out..Lots of Love from me and Eli!"
– Angela O'Brien, mommy,
vancouver, WA, Nov 09, 2012
"Elijah was my best friend in Kindergarten...I saw him in a yearbook picture this morning,so I decided to look him up. I'm so sorry I had no idea. Elijah was the kind of person who gave this world a fighting chance to be better than it was.The world will be at loss without him."
– Samantha M., Old Best Friends,
Vacaville, CA, Nov 08, 2012
"I was thinking of you tonight. It always seems just when things are getting the toughest, we remember you. Ashley is so upset that we never had the proper burial we should have had with you. She questions why..why did Poppy get so much attention and her own brother did not? I can only explain to a certain extent...final thought is we miss you and you are loved and never forgotten. We miss you sooooooooooooooooooooo much honey!"
– Angela O'Brien, mother,
Vancouver, WA, Oct 02, 2012
My favorite photograph of Eli running down the Beach at Goat Rock, Sonoma Coast, Ca. My tattoo now
"Today was a special day. With a lot of help and support, we are amending Eli's Death Certificate, to reflect my name in the "Mother" section of the document, as it should be. This means more than anything today, and I can't express what this really means to me. I am sure that Brandy was an amazing mother to Eli while they kept him from me, but the point is, she only honored herself with that role because she aided in hiding my son from me. It is all out in the open now, and I have taken back what they abducted from me. I love you Eli and I know you have been with me in this pursuit. We Love You So Much!!!!!"
– Angela O'Brien, mother,
Vancouver, WA, Aug 13, 2012
"To Elijah- I think about you every day, and I miss you every day, but today was a bit harder than most. I am away from Michael and Ashley right now, at a military training event, and I really really miss them. It is the first time we have been apart this long since we have all been back together. As I let the feelings of separation just be felt it reminds me of when we first were apart, a time I loathe to recall. I remember the little sign you made on grandmas front door that said, "I love all who walk through this door." I try to live by these words and apply them to all situations that frustrate me or make me sad. When I feel like I just can't take anymore I think of you and how wonderful and beautiful you are to me and everyone you have touched. You help me appreciate what I have because I know what I have to lose. I love you so much"