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Gerry DeYoung
Gerry DeYoung
Dear Gina:
I haven't visited Evan's caring bridge page for too long, and just now on my new computer I had to do a search for Ryan Verkaik and 'Happy Heavenly Bday Evan' was the first site that came up so I just read your latest journal.  So sorry to hear about your cancer and pray that the treatments will all go well.  You are a great warrior and will be running that marathon next year for sure.  We are praising God today as Michael, Colleen and Ryan returned from Minnesota after his successful BMT.  He has had some very rough days but he too, is a real little (but very tall now) warrior and neighbors and friends welcomed them home at 6:30 am today after they arrived home.  Congratulations to Alaina on the 16th birthday celebration and a successful drivers test next week. Our 16-yr-old grandson got his in May, and his Dad said they haven't seen much of him since.  Congratulation to both Mary and Derek on their accomplishments.  You have so much to be proud of.
I had a rough start for 2013, when I developed an enterococcus infection in the original surgical incision for my hip replacement.  A total of 4 weeks in Good Samaritan Hospital, LA, 7 surgeries, 10 units of blood and a month recuperating at our daughters home, I'm doing fine now.  Husband Al, has been confined to the Artesia Christian Home for almost two years as a result of Parkinson's disease he is unable to walk except with help and the Adam walker.  I visit him every day. It is hard to believe it has been this long since I was able to help with a couple of the drives.  Ryan's donor was a young man from Germany, so we waved both American and German flags as they drove into their driveway.  
Take good care of yourself.  With Love,
Bruce Steiger
Bruce Steiger
Hi Gina,
Hard to believe it's been 6 years.  Always thinking of you, your family and Evan.  Rick and I drove past the Ronald McDonald House today and were just commenting on how we can't believe it's been over 5 years since we moved out of there.  Time goes by too quickly.  Saw your message on Krystie's CB site ... we were in Maui from 7/28 - 8/4, so we would have missed you but it would have been great to see you if we were there at the same time.  Hope our paths can cross again sometime soon.
Take care,
-Bruce, Rick & Krystie
Tina Wagner
Tina Wagner, LeSueur, MN
Gina! I thought of you yesterday... And that day Evan left this earth for Home.. It is so vivid and even painful for me now that my eyes fill with tears writing this. Yep.. My eyes are leaking again. Not for him and getting to depart this life for Home a little early, but for the Evan hole that will exist until you are (all) in each others arms again with Jesus right there beaming... And making the Truth of the situation known!  I can't wait to see him. Your perfect boy. Death is really only a comma,not a period huh? Love that this is true!
Yesterday you were so strong in my mind because Saturday I shared our God-Journey with the United Methodist women's annual meeting,, and now am invited to share with my catholic friends next Monday. I should probably get some Bah-Bad cards to hand out at these things to let people have a connecting point after I am done!! 
Yesterday all day I was helping a dear friend whose husband made his exodus for Home .. With a smile on his face.. Being reunited with 5 children who had gone home ahead of Him throughout the years.... Hard to fathom. Only 2 are left... Sometimes I am envious that my boy doesn't have to go through ANY sadness or pain (these kids endured so much!). 
So just wanted to share how this past weekend was a constant reminder of 'that weekend  here in MN' 6years ago... and I see how these little lives that were entrusted to us have set us on Paths so different but both bringing glory to the same God! Love you my friend- and your faithful husband who adores you, and Mary who floats across my mind many times when I think of the 'U', and your other 2 with all of their achievements!! No matter what, your family will always hold a deep place in my heart!! And you Will Beat that cancer thing that tried to be sneaky!!! But brought into the marvelous Light to be exposed and vanquished!!! Always praying for that! So from MN to CA.... Love and Blessings Multiplied !!  
Tina - Forever Joel's mama.... :-) 
april pezman
april pezman
Dear Gina and Family,
I thought about you guys all day yesterday, knowing it wasn't easy, thinking of the range of emotions that each one of you must be encountering remembering sweet Evan, while getting organized for the Alaina's party. Then I was proud of you for embracing the moment, celebrating forward, living out this life. 
Love and prayers,
April and Tom  
Sandy Barker
Sandy Barker
Dear Couseneau Family,

You have been in my thoughts and prayers as you remember Evan's 6 year ^^angelversary^^ and celebrate Evan and Aaina's birthdays.  It truly is so bittersweet.  What a blessing to have our son's in our lives...but the duration feels wayyyy too short!

I am so proud of your whole family for different reasons.  You all are doing a great job honoring the amazing legacy of Evan, while also excelling in so many things.  I'm sure Even is in heaven beaming!!!

We love you and are honored to have you as friends.  I wish we would have been able to meet Even, but we will someday!

Love you all,
Sandy, Gary, Garrett, Kendall, and ^^Christian^^ Barker
www.caringbridge.org/christianbarker
Terry Garton
Terry Garton
Thank you for sharing this wonderful recap on these past few years in your family's life. Evan is a wonderful creation of our Lord and perfect as you put it so well. And so I wish Evan and Alaina a very Happy 16th Birthday. I miss Evan very much but know that he has left his mark on this world and in the short time that he was with us here the impact that it's made on so many will forever reign. What a blessing to see Alaina grow up to be such a beautiful young lady. Mary and Derek are amazing young adults as well. I see the Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ work in all of you and through all of you. All Praise and Glory to Him. XO Terry Garton
Mandy Chappell
Mandy Chappell
I know you haven't heard from me in a long time but please know you all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Evan has been on my mind a lot lately and when I read your latest post, I realized why. It's so hard to believe it's been 6 years yet as I watch my boys grow, I know it has. Your family is amazing and such an inspiration. I wish you all well and will continue to hold you in my prayers. 
Deana Drews
Deana Drews
Good Morning, Gina!
I knew there was a reason your family was creeping in my mind today!  I still think you all often and pray for you to continue to heal.  My daughter is 16, did her first BAHBAD recruiting event at the University of MN and can't wait to turn 18 to swab her own cheek.  She doesn't understand why everyone wouldn't want to be on the donor registry! 
Wish Alaina a belated happy 16th and continue on your journey of healing and understanding!
Much love your way-
Deana and Taite
Jennifer McNair
Jennifer McNair
Awesome tribute to Evan and your entire family. I think of you often. I think of Evan often. You may not remember but I too have a now 16-year old Evan so I am reminded of your Evan more often than perhaps some of your followers. I came to meet you at Riley children's hospital when you came to Indianapolis.
Congratulations to all the accomplishments of you and your whole family. Blessings over all of you. And Happy Birthday to Alaina!
greta medrano
greta
Gina,
On Friday in mass.......I was thinking about all of you and the journey of BEAUTIFUL Evan......the journey of your family the past 6 years...... how incredible your kids are..... and you and Mark as parents of those children.... Thank you for sharing continually with us.....there are such valuable lessons to be learned. Hope Alana Baby had a wonderful Birthday celebration!!!
God's continued blessings!
Gerry DeYoung
Gerry DeYoung
Dear Gina:
I haven't visited Evan's caring bridge page for too long, and just now on my new computer I had to do a search for Ryan Verkaik and 'Happy Heavenly Bday Evan' was the first site that came up so I just read your latest journal.  So sorry to hear about your cancer and pray that the treatments will all go well.  You are a great warrior and will be running that marathon next year for sure.  We are praising God today as Michael, Colleen and Ryan returned from Minnesota after his successful BMT.  He has had some very rough days but he too, is a real little (but very tall now) warrior and neighbors and friends welcomed them home at 6:30 am today after they arrived home.  Congratulations to Alaina on the 16th birthday celebration and a successful drivers test next week. Our 16-yr-old grandson got his in May, and his Dad said they haven't seen much of him since.  Congratulation to both Mary and Derek on their accomplishments.  You have so much to be proud of.
I had a rough start for 2013, when I developed an enterococcus infection in the original surgical incision for my hip replacement.  A total of 4 weeks in Good Samaritan Hospital, LA, 7 surgeries, 10 units of blood and a month recuperating at our daughters home, I'm doing fine now.  Husband Al, has been confined to the Artesia Christian Home for almost two years as a result of Parkinson's disease he is unable to walk except with help and the Adam walker.  I visit him every day. It is hard to believe it has been this long since I was able to help with a couple of the drives.  Ryan's donor was a young man from Germany, so we waved both American and German flags as they drove into their driveway.  
Take good care of yourself.  With Love,
april pezman
april pezman
Dear Gina and Family,
I thought about you guys all day yesterday, knowing it wasn't easy, thinking of the range of emotions that each one of you must be encountering remembering sweet Evan, while getting organized for the Alaina's party. Then I was proud of you for embracing the moment, celebrating forward, living out this life. 
Love and prayers,
April and Tom  
Terry Garton
Terry Garton
Thank you for sharing this wonderful recap on these past few years in your family's life. Evan is a wonderful creation of our Lord and perfect as you put it so well. And so I wish Evan and Alaina a very Happy 16th Birthday. I miss Evan very much but know that he has left his mark on this world and in the short time that he was with us here the impact that it's made on so many will forever reign. What a blessing to see Alaina grow up to be such a beautiful young lady. Mary and Derek are amazing young adults as well. I see the Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ work in all of you and through all of you. All Praise and Glory to Him. XO Terry Garton
Deana Drews
Deana Drews
Good Morning, Gina!
I knew there was a reason your family was creeping in my mind today!  I still think you all often and pray for you to continue to heal.  My daughter is 16, did her first BAHBAD recruiting event at the University of MN and can't wait to turn 18 to swab her own cheek.  She doesn't understand why everyone wouldn't want to be on the donor registry! 
Wish Alaina a belated happy 16th and continue on your journey of healing and understanding!
Much love your way-
Deana and Taite
greta medrano
greta
Gina,
On Friday in mass.......I was thinking about all of you and the journey of BEAUTIFUL Evan......the journey of your family the past 6 years...... how incredible your kids are..... and you and Mark as parents of those children.... Thank you for sharing continually with us.....there are such valuable lessons to be learned. Hope Alana Baby had a wonderful Birthday celebration!!!
God's continued blessings!
Bruce Steiger
Bruce Steiger
Hi Gina,
Hard to believe it's been 6 years.  Always thinking of you, your family and Evan.  Rick and I drove past the Ronald McDonald House today and were just commenting on how we can't believe it's been over 5 years since we moved out of there.  Time goes by too quickly.  Saw your message on Krystie's CB site ... we were in Maui from 7/28 - 8/4, so we would have missed you but it would have been great to see you if we were there at the same time.  Hope our paths can cross again sometime soon.
Take care,
-Bruce, Rick & Krystie
Tina Wagner
Tina Wagner, LeSueur, MN
Gina! I thought of you yesterday... And that day Evan left this earth for Home.. It is so vivid and even painful for me now that my eyes fill with tears writing this. Yep.. My eyes are leaking again. Not for him and getting to depart this life for Home a little early, but for the Evan hole that will exist until you are (all) in each others arms again with Jesus right there beaming... And making the Truth of the situation known!  I can't wait to see him. Your perfect boy. Death is really only a comma,not a period huh? Love that this is true!
Yesterday you were so strong in my mind because Saturday I shared our God-Journey with the United Methodist women's annual meeting,, and now am invited to share with my catholic friends next Monday. I should probably get some Bah-Bad cards to hand out at these things to let people have a connecting point after I am done!! 
Yesterday all day I was helping a dear friend whose husband made his exodus for Home .. With a smile on his face.. Being reunited with 5 children who had gone home ahead of Him throughout the years.... Hard to fathom. Only 2 are left... Sometimes I am envious that my boy doesn't have to go through ANY sadness or pain (these kids endured so much!). 
So just wanted to share how this past weekend was a constant reminder of 'that weekend  here in MN' 6years ago... and I see how these little lives that were entrusted to us have set us on Paths so different but both bringing glory to the same God! Love you my friend- and your faithful husband who adores you, and Mary who floats across my mind many times when I think of the 'U', and your other 2 with all of their achievements!! No matter what, your family will always hold a deep place in my heart!! And you Will Beat that cancer thing that tried to be sneaky!!! But brought into the marvelous Light to be exposed and vanquished!!! Always praying for that! So from MN to CA.... Love and Blessings Multiplied !!  
Tina - Forever Joel's mama.... :-) 
Sandy Barker
Sandy Barker
Dear Couseneau Family,

You have been in my thoughts and prayers as you remember Evan's 6 year ^^angelversary^^ and celebrate Evan and Aaina's birthdays.  It truly is so bittersweet.  What a blessing to have our son's in our lives...but the duration feels wayyyy too short!

I am so proud of your whole family for different reasons.  You all are doing a great job honoring the amazing legacy of Evan, while also excelling in so many things.  I'm sure Even is in heaven beaming!!!

We love you and are honored to have you as friends.  I wish we would have been able to meet Even, but we will someday!

Love you all,
Sandy, Gary, Garrett, Kendall, and ^^Christian^^ Barker
www.caringbridge.org/christianbarker
Mandy Chappell
Mandy Chappell
I know you haven't heard from me in a long time but please know you all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Evan has been on my mind a lot lately and when I read your latest post, I realized why. It's so hard to believe it's been 6 years yet as I watch my boys grow, I know it has. Your family is amazing and such an inspiration. I wish you all well and will continue to hold you in my prayers. 
Jennifer McNair
Jennifer McNair
Awesome tribute to Evan and your entire family. I think of you often. I think of Evan often. You may not remember but I too have a now 16-year old Evan so I am reminded of your Evan more often than perhaps some of your followers. I came to meet you at Riley children's hospital when you came to Indianapolis.
Congratulations to all the accomplishments of you and your whole family. Blessings over all of you. And Happy Birthday to Alaina!
Bruce Steiger
Bruce Steiger
Hi Gina,
Hard to believe it's been 6 years.  Always thinking of you, your family and Evan.  Rick and I drove past the Ronald McDonald House today and were just commenting on how we can't believe it's been over 5 years since we moved out of there.  Time goes by too quickly.  Saw your message on Krystie's CB site ... we were in Maui from 7/28 - 8/4, so we would have missed you but it would have been great to see you if we were there at the same time.  Hope our paths can cross again sometime soon.
Take care,
-Bruce, Rick & Krystie
Tina Wagner
Tina Wagner, LeSueur, MN
Gina! I thought of you yesterday... And that day Evan left this earth for Home.. It is so vivid and even painful for me now that my eyes fill with tears writing this. Yep.. My eyes are leaking again. Not for him and getting to depart this life for Home a little early, but for the Evan hole that will exist until you are (all) in each others arms again with Jesus right there beaming... And making the Truth of the situation known!  I can't wait to see him. Your perfect boy. Death is really only a comma,not a period huh? Love that this is true!
Yesterday you were so strong in my mind because Saturday I shared our God-Journey with the United Methodist women's annual meeting,, and now am invited to share with my catholic friends next Monday. I should probably get some Bah-Bad cards to hand out at these things to let people have a connecting point after I am done!! 
Yesterday all day I was helping a dear friend whose husband made his exodus for Home .. With a smile on his face.. Being reunited with 5 children who had gone home ahead of Him throughout the years.... Hard to fathom. Only 2 are left... Sometimes I am envious that my boy doesn't have to go through ANY sadness or pain (these kids endured so much!). 
So just wanted to share how this past weekend was a constant reminder of 'that weekend  here in MN' 6years ago... and I see how these little lives that were entrusted to us have set us on Paths so different but both bringing glory to the same God! Love you my friend- and your faithful husband who adores you, and Mary who floats across my mind many times when I think of the 'U', and your other 2 with all of their achievements!! No matter what, your family will always hold a deep place in my heart!! And you Will Beat that cancer thing that tried to be sneaky!!! But brought into the marvelous Light to be exposed and vanquished!!! Always praying for that! So from MN to CA.... Love and Blessings Multiplied !!  
Tina - Forever Joel's mama.... :-) 
Terry Garton
Terry Garton
Thank you for sharing this wonderful recap on these past few years in your family's life. Evan is a wonderful creation of our Lord and perfect as you put it so well. And so I wish Evan and Alaina a very Happy 16th Birthday. I miss Evan very much but know that he has left his mark on this world and in the short time that he was with us here the impact that it's made on so many will forever reign. What a blessing to see Alaina grow up to be such a beautiful young lady. Mary and Derek are amazing young adults as well. I see the Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ work in all of you and through all of you. All Praise and Glory to Him. XO Terry Garton
Jennifer McNair
Jennifer McNair
Awesome tribute to Evan and your entire family. I think of you often. I think of Evan often. You may not remember but I too have a now 16-year old Evan so I am reminded of your Evan more often than perhaps some of your followers. I came to meet you at Riley children's hospital when you came to Indianapolis.
Congratulations to all the accomplishments of you and your whole family. Blessings over all of you. And Happy Birthday to Alaina!
april pezman
april pezman
Dear Gina and Family,
I thought about you guys all day yesterday, knowing it wasn't easy, thinking of the range of emotions that each one of you must be encountering remembering sweet Evan, while getting organized for the Alaina's party. Then I was proud of you for embracing the moment, celebrating forward, living out this life. 
Love and prayers,
April and Tom  
Mandy Chappell
Mandy Chappell
I know you haven't heard from me in a long time but please know you all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Evan has been on my mind a lot lately and when I read your latest post, I realized why. It's so hard to believe it's been 6 years yet as I watch my boys grow, I know it has. Your family is amazing and such an inspiration. I wish you all well and will continue to hold you in my prayers. 
greta medrano
greta
Gina,
On Friday in mass.......I was thinking about all of you and the journey of BEAUTIFUL Evan......the journey of your family the past 6 years...... how incredible your kids are..... and you and Mark as parents of those children.... Thank you for sharing continually with us.....there are such valuable lessons to be learned. Hope Alana Baby had a wonderful Birthday celebration!!!
God's continued blessings!
Gerry DeYoung
Gerry DeYoung
Dear Gina:
I haven't visited Evan's caring bridge page for too long, and just now on my new computer I had to do a search for Ryan Verkaik and 'Happy Heavenly Bday Evan' was the first site that came up so I just read your latest journal.  So sorry to hear about your cancer and pray that the treatments will all go well.  You are a great warrior and will be running that marathon next year for sure.  We are praising God today as Michael, Colleen and Ryan returned from Minnesota after his successful BMT.  He has had some very rough days but he too, is a real little (but very tall now) warrior and neighbors and friends welcomed them home at 6:30 am today after they arrived home.  Congratulations to Alaina on the 16th birthday celebration and a successful drivers test next week. Our 16-yr-old grandson got his in May, and his Dad said they haven't seen much of him since.  Congratulation to both Mary and Derek on their accomplishments.  You have so much to be proud of.
I had a rough start for 2013, when I developed an enterococcus infection in the original surgical incision for my hip replacement.  A total of 4 weeks in Good Samaritan Hospital, LA, 7 surgeries, 10 units of blood and a month recuperating at our daughters home, I'm doing fine now.  Husband Al, has been confined to the Artesia Christian Home for almost two years as a result of Parkinson's disease he is unable to walk except with help and the Adam walker.  I visit him every day. It is hard to believe it has been this long since I was able to help with a couple of the drives.  Ryan's donor was a young man from Germany, so we waved both American and German flags as they drove into their driveway.  
Take good care of yourself.  With Love,
Sandy Barker
Sandy Barker
Dear Couseneau Family,

You have been in my thoughts and prayers as you remember Evan's 6 year ^^angelversary^^ and celebrate Evan and Aaina's birthdays.  It truly is so bittersweet.  What a blessing to have our son's in our lives...but the duration feels wayyyy too short!

I am so proud of your whole family for different reasons.  You all are doing a great job honoring the amazing legacy of Evan, while also excelling in so many things.  I'm sure Even is in heaven beaming!!!

We love you and are honored to have you as friends.  I wish we would have been able to meet Even, but we will someday!

Love you all,
Sandy, Gary, Garrett, Kendall, and ^^Christian^^ Barker
www.caringbridge.org/christianbarker
Deana Drews
Deana Drews
Good Morning, Gina!
I knew there was a reason your family was creeping in my mind today!  I still think you all often and pray for you to continue to heal.  My daughter is 16, did her first BAHBAD recruiting event at the University of MN and can't wait to turn 18 to swab her own cheek.  She doesn't understand why everyone wouldn't want to be on the donor registry! 
Wish Alaina a belated happy 16th and continue on your journey of healing and understanding!
Much love your way-
Deana and Taite