Our beloved son Austin Thomas Hills went home to be with the Lord on May 2. He just had his 17th birthday the week before.
It is the Lord your God you must follow and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
We had a memorial service for Austin, it was a beautiful tribute to him. Tom wrote this and read this to everyone who was there.
I stand before you a broken man, a Father that is crushed.
Yet, I will praise the name of the Lord!
This is God's plan, not mine.
And the hardest thing is that my hands are tied behind my back.
Yet, I will still praise the name of the Lord!
We are still a family of Seven with Five children!
We are not a broken family, just a changed family!
Austin didn't just show up in heaven,
God was waiting for him!
Again, I will praise the name of the Lord.
Austin Thomas Hills, my son, my flesh and bone, I have loved you from the second you were born and I always will. It hurts me deeply as I realize how much pain you endured each day. Forgive me for not identifying and helping release your anguish.
Without hesitation, I would sacrifice myself and trade places.
My heart aches to see you, touch you, to hold you, to say that I Love YOU!
All your pain is gone now and you are in perfect peace
with your Heavenly Father.
I can not wait to see you again.
That reunion will be heavenly!
Always thinking of you and with all my love, Dad
Finally I will praise the name of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We feel like we are living in a terrible nightmare, one that I wish we could wake up from.
I look to God and He is giving us the strength to go on:
I pray that from His glorius, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit.
We LOVE YOU Austin