Each of the rooms in Jacob’s House has a special story.
We encourage you to read these powerful stories and excerpts. The stories show the passion and love that has gone into every space in Jacob’s House.
Our only son Jacob was a beautiful gift from God who brought love, compassion and light to our lives for 24 years. He was our hero. His Mom, his sisters and I would always love to spend just a few moments with him so we could connect with his contagious sense of humor and the wisdom God had given to him beyond his years.
As I was scanning the newspaper one of those beautiful, sunny afternoons at our home on Rainbow Canyon in Temecula, California, I came across an article so dramatic and moving that I had to share it with our 10-year-old son, Jacob. In the is article, a father had decided to take his son fishing along the California Aqueduct somewhere in Central California. The aqueduct’s pump system requires a significant amount of power to transport water from Northern to Southern California and is therefore extremely dangerous, but the father had obviously not seen the warning signs.
As the two fished together that calm, sunny day, the son suddenly lost his balance and fell into the aqueduct. In a split second, the pump system swept the boy underwater. Without hesitation, the father jumped in to save his precious son. They found both the father and son a mile down the aqueduct several hours later. Both had drowned.
When I had finished telling him about the article, Jacob looked at me with so much love and concern. He said, “Dad, what would have happened if the father would have fallen into the water first?”
“Jacob, even if the son was a grown man, he would not have been able to save his father,” I replied. “The pump system is just too strong. If the boy would have jumped in, he would have died too.”
Jacob gazed at me with his beautiful green eyes, and as tears began to flow down my son’s sweet face, he said, “Dad, if you fell into the aqueduct, I would jump in after you.”
As my own tears welled up, I whispered, “I know, Jacob. I know.”
Somehow with God’s amazing grace, we have purchased this beautiful home in memory of our precious son Jacob. As a family, we dedicate this room to his loving memory. There will never be a day that goes by for as long as we have breath where we don’t long to look into his beautiful green eyes…his light brown hair…his half smile that changed our world forever.
Until that perfect day,
Shawn & Stephanie Nelson … Jacob’s Parents
Don’t count the days…make the days count!
Jacob Andrew Nelson
This room is dedicated in the memory of the beautiful Sara Margiotta. Sarah was born in 1997, full of light and laughter.
Sara’s captivating smile, never-ending energy, and generous caring were what made her unforgettable to all that had the pleasure to meet her.
Although, in 2007, Sara passed away from head trauma suffered in a collision involving a drunken boater, her legacy of compassion and service live on. In her 10 years on earth, Sara reflected amazing love, joy and laughter wherever she went.
Sara’s family hopes that this room will be a source of comfort and peace to all who stay here.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.