Sunday, February 6, 2011

My heart is broken...

I lost my best friend of over 15 years yesterday.  She was taken from this Earth far too early.  Knowing that she is resting is Jesus loving care doesn't begin to address the emptiness and hurt that I feel today.

MLive News Report about our accident

Article about our daughter

Brown Floral reaction

Our daughter, Miranda Evangelene Cole, was "delivered" at 2:17PM, about 45 minutes after the crash.  She did not have a heart beat.  She was not breathing.  The doctors were able to start her heart and get her on ventalation.  She was then rushed to Mott's Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.

I fear that our time with Miranda may be short.  I know that hundreds, if not thousands of people are praying for her, and for a miracle, today.  It will take a miracle...

Even with the positives that the doctors keep reporting, the one thing that everything hinges on is brain activity, which Miranda is showing little to none of as we near the 24 hour mark.  The neurologists haven't been in yet, but the pediatric doctors are worried that the neurologists finding won't be any different than their own.

If Miranda doesn't show any improvement by 7:30PM Tuesday evening, it's likely that we'll have to say goodbye to her, too.

I truly appreciate the love that's been expressed to my and Sara's family during this trajedy.  We have felt the touch of angels and yet still find ourselves struggling with the reality of what has happened and what may be yet to come.

My heart is broken, please pray for Miranda.  Please pray for a miracle.  She's a beautiful little girl, and she's fighting, but she needs more help than what the doctors can give her.

Sincerely,
Chad Cole

158 comments:

  1. My heart is breaking for you brother - prayer is constant...

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  2. Chad, Shannon and I are praying for you and Miranda. I don't know what else to say but that I pray for Jesus to be glorified and a miracle for Miranda to manifest that glory.

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  3. There are miracles that do happen.. If Miranda is lost to this earth, she will be with her Mother and Jesus. If a miracle lets her stay on earth, she will have a speacial mission to accomplish. Rest in that prayer, that GOD will provide the right answer. It may not be the answer you want, but it will be the right one. Loss is soooo hard. I know. You survived Chad, there is more for you to do on this earth. Listen and you will hear what that is.

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  4. I am praying for a miracle.

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  5. I am filled with love for you and your loved ones, and pray for the best.

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  6. I am praying for you.

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  7. Chad, we are praying for all of you. For a miracle, for healing, for peace.

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  8. I don't know you or your family. I seen this post on my friend's facebook page. I am so sorry to hear of your tragic story. I can't imagine the loss and devistation you are suffering from right now. Please know this, you, your precious baby girl, wife, and entire family are in my thoughts and prayers! May God grant you some peace and comfort in the days to come.

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  9. Chad, my thoughts are with you, Miranda and both sides of your family. I hope for a miracle for you all. If there is anything at all that I can do for you or your familys please let me know 517-605-2291. Take care of yourself.

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  10. Dear Chad, I am at a loss for words, but wanted you to know that I am purposefullly praying for you and your precious family. You don't know me, but I have had first row seat to a tragedy such as yours and I just want to say I am so so sorry and that I am praying for you. May God bless you, your sweet daughter and your precious wife.

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  11. Chad,
    I am begging God to keep Miranda in your life. I know you must be feeling lost, but do keep your Faith. I hope she hears your voice and respond like the Drs. want her to. I'll be constantly thinking of you and your little girl. May God bless your wishes.

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  12. I have been chronicling this pregnancy from the very beginning. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I hope your baby girl makes a full recovery! I cannot even imagine the pain you must be going through...hang in there

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  13. Chad-
    We are praying for you and your daughter. Words can't convey what I feel for you and your loss. I hope that God blesses you and gudies you thru this tragic time.

    Chad Rose

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  14. I am praying for you and your daughter and your family. Lean heavy on Jesus, our savior.

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  15. My heart is breaking for you, Chad. The kids and I will continually lift you and your loved ones to Jesus.

    Janice Chilcote

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  16. Chad, this is Josh. I just wanted to let you know that my church, my extended family and myself are all praying for you, your family and Miranda.

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  17. CHAD, YOU DONT ME BUT I SEEN YOUR STATEMENT ON MY FRIENDS FB AND I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY TO YOU EXCEPT THAT I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR NEW DAUGTHER AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY. JUST KEEP YOUR FAITH UP AND THINGS WILL WORK OUT AND YOU WILL GET THE MIRACLE THAT YOU WANT TO RECEIVE. I AM SOOOOOOOO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE.

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  18. You and your family and your lil girl are in my prayers!!!!

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  19. Cole family I am praying for you and praying for Miranda such a tragic story my heart goes out to you all. God is faithful and he will see you through this. God hand is around your little baby.

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  20. May God give you strength to get through this difficult time. I am hoping someday God reveals the reasons for his decision as difficult as it is.

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  21. Chad, we went to school together at Spring Arbor. I just wanted to tell you that I will be consistently praying for you and your precious daughter. I pray you might find some comfort and peace in the midst of this tragedy...
    Terri-lyn (Mowat) Earle

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  22. Chad, I read about the tragic turn of events in your life through a FB posting from a lady you went to school with-Janelle. I have reposted in my FB.

    We in South Florida a pray God's perfect peace to guard your heart in mind. In my devotional last night, Beth's Moore Praying God's Work, I was reading from the chapter Overcoming Despair Resulting from Loss with your family in mind. There are alot of great prayers to meditate upon and encouraging storie.

    Here is one prayer:
    I love you, Lord, for you heard my voice; You heard my cry for mercy. Because You turned your ear to me, I will call on You as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the Name of the Lord; O Lord save me! Lord because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me PS 63:7-8 Help me trust in you at all times; help me pur out my heart to you God for You are my refuge ps 62:8
    Chad put your hope in Christ, cling to your Rock and He will not let the waters overtake you or the fire burn you.

    My spirit will be praying for your family and I pray that your heaviness will be transferred to those who will uphold you and prayer and you may walk in a peace that will testify of Gods mercy to you.

    Lord I pray in Jesus name that you would bring life to Miranda's brain and bring it in the fullness of life without any impairments .....in the name of Jesus....Live Miranda live.... Jeanne in South Florida

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  23. I do not know you but read of your story and am praying that God wraps you in his arms at this very difficult time. Praying for your little angel.

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  24. chad and family- I don't know you, I saw ur story through a friend of mines fb page. I just wanted to say that my family and I are praying for you and baby miranda. There are not words strong enough to truly comfort you in this time, I know, I lost my baby on superbowl sunday two years ago, so my hope and prayer is for you to feel Gods ultimate comfort and love. He is there for us to depend on and lean on when we are too weak to even think. May God grant you the strength, hope and love you and your little miracle need. Our prayers are with you.

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  25. Dear Chad,

    We are praying for you and for Miranda, and have been doing so since we heard the news yesterday afternoon. May you feel the arms of God around you and Miranda at this time.

    Everyone at our church and many of my friends are praying as well. May God be with you and your family.

    Love, Lynda and Neil Childs

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  26. Chad, I know of your heartache through a dear friend, Ryan Berkhaw. My prayers are for you and your precious child. May God give Miranda the miracle that she needs; may have give you strength as you go through the days and weeks ahead; and may he give Sarah the peace that passes all understanding. God be with you.

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  27. Chad - please know our church is praying for you as well.

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  28. I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your baby Miranda will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  29. Chad, you and yours are in our prayers.

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  30. Hi Chad, (My husband and I went to Spring Arbor with Aaron.) Our hearts are completely in line with your family and are praying for miracles! Let God be glorified through this miraculous Miranda. Hang tight to Jesus, brother. And we will continue to pray for you and your spirits to be in line with God's plan and His word. And come what may, God never changes. His love will continue to be bigger than anything we will go through in this life. Remember He is FOR YOU. And there is NOTHING the enemy can do to destroy what really counts. I pray you will find strength to endure your days, knowing that Sara is surely with Jesus.
    Nick and Lauren Lamoreaux

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  31. I cannot begin to describe how sorry I am for your loss. I am praying for you & sweet Miranda.

    Kim, MN

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  32. Hi - You dont know me, I saw this through my friends FB page. Words cannot even begin to express the empathy and sympathy I have for you. This is a very tragic loss and situation you have been placed in and all we can do is pray and ask God, "why?"....we may never get a response back but knowing that she is safe with Him is better than nothing....Prayers are coming your way 24/7.

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  33. I hope that god gives you and everyone around you to go through this painful period you are going through and despite everything you carry her in your hearts forever

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  34. Chad,

    We are at a loss for words. Not sure there are any that can ease the pain of the grief you are in. We can tell you that we, along with many friends and family are praying for that miracle that your heart desires. Your story is on prayer chains all over Big Rapids. God is the Great Physician. We are so very sorry for the agony of your loss and the uncertainty of your little one. We know how long you waited for her. Some things in this world just do not make sense. Our hearts ache with yours. Todd & Jan

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  35. I just want to say that my heart goes out to you and your family!! I am sure Sara is now resting next to Jesus, she's an Angel looking over you! I am a firm believer in Miracles and I pray that your baby girl will be ok. God bless you and give you strength to go through the pain. He will never leave you!

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  36. Chad,
    I too do not know you or sara personally but went to hs with Ryan.
    I just wanted to offer that we are praying for a miracle and to encourage you to believe that miracles do happen. I have one...7 yrs ago,at his birth, my son was flown to Mott's with a 2% chance of survival, and our prayers were answered. I believe it was the power of prayer that kept him on this Earth. Mott's is wonderful, they will care for both of you. There is a room right across from the NICU for family of the most critical cases. If you are not in it already, ask for it. Our hearts go out to you, we will pray continuously. Warmly,
    Shana (Daily) and Darrell Badgely

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  37. Chad, I am just a relative of a friend, and I have never experienced this kind of loss, so I can't say that I know what you're going through. But I know this must be extremely heart-wrenching, and so I've been praying for you and Miranda as well. May God be with you both in a way that the human heart can't even comprehend.

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  38. Oh, Chad. Please know that we are praying for you and for those closest to you. We are heart broken for you and are praying for God's peace and His purpose.

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  39. Chad - I'm one of Ryan Berkaw's friends and you don't know me, but my wife and I prayed for you and your family yesterday and today. Words just aren't adequate for what you're going through, but we're praying.

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  40. Dear Chad,

    I was crushed when I heard the news on Saturday. I hope you are doing ok. My family and I are praying for you and Miranda. She is in good hands at U of M. I pray there are only positives to come. I am heart-striken. I just saw both of you on Monday in the office. Our whole staff has you in our prayers, as well. I hope you find solace that Sara is in heaven with God. She will be missed but I know she is in a better place. I pray for you and your family to begin to heal. God Bless.

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  41. Sorry Chad, I forgot to sign my post. Again, God Bless.
    Laura McCully

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  42. I came across your story on Mlive, and sent it out to friends to ask for prayers for you.
    There are no words for this horrible tragedy, your precious baby girl just HAS to be ok.

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  43. My Dear Chad,
    I am so heartbroken at your loss. There really are no right or wrong words to share. You and Miranda are in God's great and wonderful hands. You are covered in prayer by hundreds of people. I grieve deeply for you and your loss and hopes for recovery for Miranda. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS ALSO.
    With Love, Nancy Barnes

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  44. my family & i are praying for you & your precious baby girl.

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  45. Wow, my heart goes out to you... As i wipe the tears from my eyes know that my prayers and healing karma coming your way.

    Julie Collins
    AVol2

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  46. Chad, our prayers go our for you and your precious little one. We pray for God's healing hand on her life and your heart. We will be waiting, watching and hoping for a miracle.

    Brian and Kelly Meagher

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  47. I am praying so much for you all. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  48. Chad,
    You do not know me. I am a friend of Amber Easterling. I am so sorry for the loss of you wife. I will pray for you and your precious little baby, Miranda. You are both in God's loving hands.and I pray that God will give you comfort and strength during this tragic time. I pray for complete healing of your precious little baby girl. Love, Kathy Coryea

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  49. My heart is sadden for you and this great loss. Take comfort in knowing that Sara is with Jesus and that through Him will you find strength to get through this terrible time. Your sweet baby girl is in my prayers, may God place his healing hand on her.

    Emily (Kopicko) Furman

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  50. More thoughts and prayers coming your way! May God bring you strength and peace.

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  51. There aren't words. No one else knows the depth of the loss you are feeling and the hope you have in your heart for little Miranda. Just know that there are tons of us out here praying for you and supporting you, your baby and your families.

    There is a saying amongst my friends that we use when you want to show support, but know that there is nothing you can say to help: LY. MI. (Stands for Love you. Mean it.)

    LY. MI.

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  52. I don'r know you but am a friend of a friend. Our prayers g out to you in this impossibly difficult time. I can offer hope in that I have a relative who works in the NICU at UM and she's great. My cousin (as an infant) endured many life threatening heart surgeries etc. The doctors there are fantastic and have performed miracles. Have faith and give that baby all the love you have.

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  53. My family has been thinking of you and praying for you since we heard of the news. I remember you from Western School District. I pray for your heart to heal in time and hoping and praying for a miracle for your daughter.

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  54. Tears have been shed for Sara, Miranda, you, and your families here in Washington. Prayers are continuous and what doctors can't fix -- Jesus can! Know that your story has touched people all over this NATION and that they are praying for YOUR family. You are in the hearts and on the minds of thousands of people.

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  55. You don't know us, but my husband and I are praying for you and your little girl. We pray that you find comfort in Christ and that his peace which transcends all understanding will come upon your heart. We're praying for Miranda's little body and her doctors. May God be with you.

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  56. May Angels watch over your little girl and guide her towards Gods will.

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  57. Praying for your family Chad. Keeping you in our thoughts and in our hearts.

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  58. Hi Chad....it's been "forever" since we were at SAC together, but I want you to know that I'm praying for you and Miranda tons, as are so many of my friends. I believe in miracles and am praying for one in Miranda. I can't even come close to imagining the heartache you are feeling. God will never leave you, even though I'm sure He feels distant right now.

    Blessings and prayers,
    Erika (Hagen) Yonker

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  59. Chad...I don't know you but seen this on a friends FB page as well as read the article in MLIVE...Please know you have hundreds of people praying for you, Miranda and your entire family! May God Bless you and heal Miranda so you can share a life with your baby girl...

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  60. Chad, I don't know you, but a friend posted this on her profile....I am praying for you in your time of need.

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  61. Jenni Johnson PirlotFebruary 6, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Chad - My heat is breaking for you. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are all praying for you and baby Miranda. God bless.

    SAU Alum - Jenni Johnson Pirlot

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  62. Chad, we continue to pray for you, the kids and the whole extended family. All our love, Chad and melody

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  63. Chad - Praying for you and your precious baby. I hope you can feel God's arms wrapped around you loving and comforting you.

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  64. WE have never met.... but my prayers are going out for you and your family. I have also put out a prayer request to friends of mine across the world. I am so sorry for what you are going through.

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  65. Praying for you and Miranda, that there would be a miracle - and for peace in the midst of this storm!

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  66. Chad, May you feel the comfort of God's love and the love of your family and friends at this tragic time. I am praying for strength for Miranda and wisdom for those caring for her. My heart is breaking for you and your family. Michael and Carrie's Aunt Janet

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  67. Chad,
    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and little Miranda all day today. Our hearts go out to you during this time of pain.
    Glenn and Leeann Yamakawa

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  68. Chad,
    Praying for you and Miranda here in Iowa. May God bless and keep you both.

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  69. My family sends our heartfelt prayers.

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  70. Prayers for miracles for your precious Miranda! Also prayers for peace in your heart at such a difficult time. May God bless you in ways you cannot even imagine!

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  71. Dearest Father, Thank you for loving us and providing for our needs. Your power is great and no need is unmet when requested in faith. Please help Chad. The pain he is feeling is unbearable. Only you know his needs. Only you can understand his loss. Give him strength to face this situation and cover him with your love. Help him to find his way without Sara. Protect baby Miranda and bless her in all ways. Heap your healing knowledge on the doctors that care for her. God surround this family as they go through the next hours, days and weeks. We know that life will never be the same but you can make good of the worse situation life can throw at us. In your name Amen!

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  72. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your baby girl. I am deeply sorry for your indescribable loss.

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  73. Chad we don't know each other but god knows us all and he will be there for you and baby Miranda, just believe and he will see you through. The Lord is with you and your Family. GOD BLESS

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  74. my heart aches for you chad..... i read your post and just cried. i was at lowes when i heard about the accident. love and prayers being sent to today, tomorrow and in the future!!!

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  75. saying many prayers for you ALL!

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  76. Leah Schwalbe GormlyFebruary 6, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Chad,

    I just learned what happened. One cannot even imagine your grief and loss. My heart aches for you and your family -- I can't even imagine what you're going through right now. I pray that those who are reaching out to you now will help you through the days and weeks ahead... especially for your little girl.

    Sending prayers for you and your family,
    Leah Schwalbe Gormly

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  77. Chad, I can't even begin to imagine the pain you are going through. God works in mysterious ways and I pray that you and your precious princess make it through this rough time. Napoleon United Methodist Church members are praying for the both of you.
    Kate J.

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  78. Feeling unbelievable grief for you...feeling a heart that is heavy for you all...we are friends of Ryan and Joelle from the Cleveland area...keeping you in most reverent prayer. Praying for a miracle from God. Praying you feel our prayers and hoping they keep you lifted High enough to feel the presence of the Lord. Love from strangers who are a brother and sister in Christ,
    Dave and Laurie Weiser

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  79. I cannot begin to tell you the heartache I feel for you and your family. What a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that God gives you the strength and courage to get through this time. I pray that Miranda will be home with you soon with your beautiful wife looking down on you. No one can ever take her away from you. She will forever live on in your heart. God bless you and your family.

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  80. God works through mysterious ways and the power of prayer is so powerful. I had 27 week twins almost 6 years ago and they are still with me today by a miracle as their survival rate was 10%.Miracles do happen everyday and I am praying for one for you.

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  81. Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family - extra prayers for Miranda and you!!

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  82. I am praying for a miracle for Miranda and that God gives you the strength to get through this. God Bless.

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  83. Chad and family - I'm another one who has never met you but am a friend of a friend of your mom's. Hopefully, knowing that literally hundreds of people are lifting up you and Miranda in prayer will be of some comfort to you. May the memories and pain of the tragedy fade quickly and be replaced by the special ones you shared with your precious wife. And may the loving arms of Jesus wrap themselves around you and Miranda during this time.

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  84. Dearest Chad, My heart is heavy with sadness for you and your family. In reading these posts you could not ask for a better support group. We are all praying for you, Miranda and your family. Talk to God he does listen. You may be angry with him or just asking "why"? Ours is not to reason why, we may never know the reasons things go the way they do...they just do. Miracles do happen through the power of prayer. May God bless you and keep you.

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  85. You don't know me, but your story has really touched my heart. Saying prayers for you family and a miracle for your precious baby.

    Becca, NJ

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  86. I am so sorry for your loss...your family is in my prayers. I pray that your sweet daughter pulls through..God Bless you.

    Kristin, Nebraska

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  87. Audrey Kimmey (Brian's sister)February 6, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Chad, I wanted to let you know that we have been praying for you and baby Miranda and your extended family during this time as well as friends from our church are also praying. God can still do miracles!

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  88. Chad and Miranda~ So many of us are praying for you over here on the West side of the state. Stay strong in the love of Christ; we are so sorry for your loss of Sara. She sounds amazing. You will have so much to tell Miranda about her when the time comes. Constantly praying...a Fellow SAC grad

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  89. Chad- There are no words, but I trust it provides some measure of comfort to know that you are greatly loved and carried to the Father in Prayer. Comfort and peace to you and your family. We are praying especially tonight for your precious little Miranda.

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  90. Chad,
    We are praying for you and your darling daughter. God can and does work miracles. I have seen this many times through tragedies in and around my family. Including a baby girl born more than a year ago that was on a ventilator. She survived and is still doing well to this day. God Bless you and yours.

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  91. Chad,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Please know that we will not cease to pray for you and the healing of Miranda.

    Ken and Theresa Davenport

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  92. I dont know you,but I found out thru your sister in law Joelle of this tragedy,you your new baby and entire family are in my prayers.

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  93. I've been thinking about you all evening, Chad. You're loved.

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  94. Chad, I am so sorry for your pain and sorrow that you are feeling. It's so bizarre how God wants the ones you love the most, but hold in my friend it's not over. I will pray for you.


    Sincerely, Heather

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  95. Kristi (old friend)February 6, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Chad, Just read the message from Erika Yonker about you and your family. I don't know if you remember me, but I also went to school with you at Spring Arbor. (You were my cheerleading partner). My heart goes out to you! May God comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time. My husband and I will also be praying for little Miranda. Our sympathy goes out to your breaking heart. REMEMBER, YOU WILL SEE SARA AGAIN! God bless you and take care!

    Kristi Van Leeuwen (Dengler)

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  96. Chad, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Miranda and your family. You have so many people that you have touched and I am sure they are all praying for you & Miranda. I am praying for you and your little girl and I am so sorry for what you are going through and for your loss! I don't know what to say other than we will keep you in our prayers! Joe(Miller) & Elaine

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  97. Dear Chad,

    I don't know you, but my daughter, Bridget Brown, does, and I know your brother, Jared, through theater and your mom through Jackson Public Schools. I am also a Spring Arbor graduate. Please know I am praying for you and for your beautiful Miranda as you go through this most difficult time. Remember that when you can't even think of the words with which to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes for you with groans that words cannot describe. May God wrap his loving, healing arms around both you and your baby. He truly is a God of miracles, and I pray with all that is within me that He grants you one at this time for your precious baby.

    Denise Weber

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  98. With tears in my eyes and prayers for your family on my lips and in my heart. Kristi Martin

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  99. we prayed for you in sunday school today. AND I'm doing so often
    Tammy Caswell

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  100. Chad, Our family is mourning with you. There are no words, but know our prayers are with you.

    Jamie (Hawkins) Malcolm. Your old babysitter from Concord.

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  101. Chad, I was heart broken when I heard this story. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers as you navigate through this extremely difficult time. We will say some special prayers for baby Miranda.
    ~ Christina & Steve Kim

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  102. Chad - so very sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet Sara. This tragedy has robbed you of so much and it's just not fair, but praise God that this life on earth is not the end. May you take comfort in knowing Sara is with the Lord and that one day you and Miranda will be with her as a family. Praying for you and your precious baby girl for both physical and emotional healing.

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  103. Chad, I don't know you but I have been praying for all of you since the crash. I pray that God does what is best for Miranda and that you find strength in Him to get through this most tragic time in your life. I lost a brother and I know that's not even close to what pain you are going through now or in the future. I can just say that the pain never goes away but does get easier to deal with as time goes by. God Bless you and your family. We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers.

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  104. Tears are flowing for your heartache and loss...Words cannot even describe how I am feeling for you. Our family is praying for sweet Miranda and although God has ushered your wife into His presence what may seem premature to us, He DOES have a plan that we don't always understand. Praying for you as you are facing probably the MOST difficult thing a person can face, please keep us updated as you can. Sara is resting at the feet of Jesus...

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  105. Chad - I really can not find the right words to express how badly I feel for you. I am glad you are finding comfort as God wraps his arms around you and Miranda, hold on to that... People all across the US (and possibly the world) are praying for the two of you. We will continue to pray for her recovery. My heart is with you...

    Jackie

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  106. Blessings to you and little Miranda, Chad. We learned of your great loss and challenges from our mutual friend, Sarah Gallimore, who has galvanized prayer up here in the Traverse City area through her posts and updates. We are praying for your comfort from the Father, and for Miranda's miraculous recovery! Thank you for expressing yourself so beautifully in this blog. You are on our heart and in our prayers.

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  107. You and your family are in our prayers. Words cannot explain our deep sympathy for you. As the days progress, we will continue to pray constantly and whole-heartedly.

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  108. Chad--you and your family have been in my prayers constantly.
    -Kirby Runyon

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  109. I heard of your loss through friends and my heart goes out to you and your family. I will pray for your baby girl and the family. With God all things are possible.

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  110. Chad,

    My wife and I prayed for you, Sara, Miranda and your beautiful family last night.
    We're heartbroken.
    But meeting your parents showed me how strong your family and faith are.
    My job today is to report more on this tragedy adn I would like to come meet with you for a few minutes.
    Your Dad has my number.
    Shawn

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  111. Chad,

    I'm so sorry for you and yours. I found about this from Andy Owens FB. While I don't know you, my heart still breaks. Please know you are being lifted to the throne of grace by myself and obviously many others. So thankful that God gives us His Holy Spirit to intercede on our behalf during times such as this, when we're at a loss for how to pray.

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  112. Dear Chad,
    You don't know us but a friend of your wife's, is a friend of my daughter and she just called me about you, Sara and Miranda and gave me your link. Please know that we are all praying here for everyone, and for little Miranda. We are praying for a miracle and that through this miracle that God may receive all the glory. We pray that you and your families will gain strength through our Lord Jesus to get through these days and that we have the hope of seeing our loved ones again. That it is never goodbye just see you later. And even though we have never met I will tell you the tears are flowing as I write this. Talk and sing to that precious baby and touch her ever so gently. May His peace and love surround all of you at this time and may they strengthen you for all you need to face.
    The Oord's

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  113. God Bless you and your precious child! I know there's room in this world for one more miracle.

    May your wife, best friend, rest in peace.

    Regardless of what happens, keep the faith, carry on for them.

    We can only hope now that a miracle does occur.

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  114. I am so, so sorry that this has happened.

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  115. Chad--

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    But also glad that you've met your little daughter. Julie's fb post says that she is a beautiful baby.

    We're praying for you and her and the medical staff-- and hoping for a miracle with Miranda's name on it.

    Terri (Joughin) Reynolds

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  116. Chad - I am so sorry... Know that you are being lifted by name to the Father who knows the pain and loss you are feeling and whose heart is breaking along with you. May you sense His peace and presence in the most profound ways as you face the days ahead of you.
    Dalton McNulty

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  117. Chad, we don't know each other. I'm a friend of Angie Wensley and heard the news through her. Just want you to know that my heart is breaking with yours, and I'll be praying for Miranda, and for you too.

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  118. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your little girl. May God wrap you in His loving arms and carry you in your time of need. I will be passing along this info to my cousins who are preachers so that their churchs may pray for you too.

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  119. It's hard to know what to say right now. I will pray for you and for Miranda that she will receive the miraculous touch of God to bring her health and life, but that you will know His touch at this time to comfort you over your loss of your wife and in this regarless of what happens.

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  120. Dear Brother in Christ-- Praying for your sweet baby girl as she is fighting for life. My heart breaks for your loss...losing a best friend is hard but when your best friend is your spouse it's hard to even fathom.
    Praying for you and Miranda.

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  121. I do not know you or your wife but I have been sobbing the whole time I read your story. I am so sorry for your loss of your dear wife. I hope that your daughter survives and you are able to raise her. Your wife is looking down on you and your daughter. I know it must be hard to lose someone so dear to you, but please know that many people are praying for you. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  122. I do not know you or your family. A friend of mine had this on their facebook page. I am praying for you and your family at this difficult time in your life. My prayers are with that sweet innocent baby to survive and lead and happy life. My heart breaks for you and your family...all the comforting words in the world could not possibly ease your pain right now but, try to take some comfort in the fact you have an enormous circle of people praying for you during the most difficult time in your life. Thoughts and prayers are with you Chad and baby Miranda.

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  123. Chad, you probably don't remember me, you probably knew my sister Cathy. I barely knew you from camp...I knew your brother Jared better, although very little too. Anyway, our hearts break for you. The Lord be with you, comforting and sustaining you through.

    Heather (Turner) Hakim

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  124. Chad,
    Words can't even express the sadness I feel for your loss. I am praying that our Lord and Savior will lift you and your precious Miranda up and hold you and provide for all of your needs right now, whatever they may be. May His will be done, and may He give you the strength you need to endure this tragic time in your life. I will continue to pray for a miracle for your baby girl...We can not ever underestimate God's power.
    Alicia Dickens

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  125. Though I don't know you, and can't imagine your fear and pain, I do know that God is holding you and baby Miranda now. I pray for His healing presence to overcome you and your little girl. In Jesus name, I pray that God allows you a full, rich life with your little angel and may the glory be His. I am so sorry this is happening to you and your families. May Sara rest in peace and may God send a miracle your way.

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  126. God has brought you to mind throughout the day and even during the night. Each time I just ask Him to surround your family in mercy, grace, and love.

    Carol Lee, Chris Lee's sister in Ohio

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  127. I am so sorry about all of this! My prayers go out to you and the family most of all Baby Miranda. I sat down tonight and read all of your blogs, I feel like I know you and your family, my heart breaks for you. In Jesus name, I ask for guidence, peace, love and mercy. Lord be with this family in their time of need and I life Baby Miranda up to you Lord, I pray for brain activity, lung function and most of all a long wonderful life. In Jesus Name, Amen
    All our love and prayers in Virginia Beach, VA

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  128. Chad

    I am praying for you and your Miranda. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ uphold you and keep you under His tender care. I pray that you may be provided with a miracle and that you will be blessed. I pray that God may comfort and strengthen you during this time. God bless you and Miranda.

    Bill Kolkman (PSUG-MI)

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  129. Like many others, I do not know you personally. I cannot understand your pain firsthand. But this I know: babies are incredibly strong. My twins were born at 28 weeks. They are now healthy 4 year olds.

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your wife. My heart breaks alongside yours.

    I'm sending your family and precious Miranda all of the prayers and positive energy I have. I pray that God wraps His protective arms around her and strengthens her.

    A friend in Indy,
    s

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  130. Chad,
    So many hearts are aching for you, and have both you, Miranda and your family in our prayers. Miracles happen every day, and our prayers are that one is sent your way and your sweet beautiful daughter. May God bless you and Miranda!

    "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

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  131. My heart hurts for you, and my prayer for you is that our Father will guide you through this dark road. I am praying for you right now, and praying that Jesus shows you grace and peace, and so much overflowing love. from a fellow parent and believer in Jesus!

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  132. Wrapping our arms around you and your family in prayer.

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  133. Dear Chad,

    My Brain though language cannot express how sadden I am for you, My heart is blessed in knowing you and Sara and I and praying so much during this tragic time. Please know that my family is praying at this time for you and Miranda. All God's Love

    Dr Brad Double,

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  134. My heart and prayers go out to you, Miranda and the rest of your family. I pray that God will bring you through this situation and that He will bring healing to your hearts.

    God Bless,
    Amanda Smith

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  135. I heard about your blog through my sister. I just want you to know MANY people are praying for you and your little one. I have read back through your previous posts. You are a man of faith. Do not loose the hope you have in Christ. You are in a fiery trial right now. May He walk with you, comfort you, and guide you through this terrible time. I will be praying constantly for you and Miranda.

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  136. Chad,

    My heart breaks for you and your family. I have been praying for your beautiful little Miranda.

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  137. Praying. Wish there was more I could say or do, but nothing can ease what you are going though, so I will continue to pray, pray, pray.

    Jody

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  138. Chad, don't lose faith. The hole in your heart is big now but with each breath and every day that passes, it will grow smaller and smaller and will start to heal itself. Don't despair. Rely on those around you and don't be afraid to ask for help.

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  139. Chad, I don't know you... I am really just a kid from Michigan... or rather, I once was. I just happened to come across this news on a mutual friend's Facebook page.

    If it helps, know that a complete stranger offers most sincere condolences, and deepest prayer for you. Among those of us on this earth, clearly you deserve blessings from high up.

    Miranda IS a special girl, a precious angel, and a ray of light who's touch is profound. Whether she stays here to spend more time with us or not, her name and your life's story stretch across the inescapable reaches of the internet.

    If you manage to make it this far down your page, and read my words, I pray that you take some solace from knowing that the world does indeed care. I cannot express, truly, the deep sadness with this news strikes, my polished words fail to capture the emotion, the moment, the feeling within this event.

    I struggle to find words of inspiration, some message of hope without sounding trite or cliche, some way to offer relief from the shock which you must wholeheartedly feel.

    Know then, that if nothing else, at this moment, a stranger out there willingly shares your pain. I pray for you brother, from my own corner of the world.

    -Cameron Eugene Bean

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  140. Chad, I cannot even imagine what you are going through and there are no words to express my sorrow over your loss. Its going to be a long process but rest assured your beautiful baby girl and wife are safe now in the arms of Jesus and you will one day be united. Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Your sweet little angel brought together so many people in prayer that is a miracle itself. God Bless you.

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  141. Chad, I don't know you personally but I'm so devastated about this tragedy. Please know than my prayers go out to you and your family, may God be with you and comfort your heart.
    Despina, Greece

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  142. Chad, I attended the Milan Free Methodist Church and have lots of friends who went to Spring Arbor, including Tim Whitaker. I am also an RN at UofM Hospital, although I no longer work in Mott and am in the Cardiovascular Center now. As another common thread, I went to school with Stephanie Mortimer, who I think you know from work....she's a Speech Pathologist in the Jackson schools somewhere. I saw this post on their walls and my heart just goes out to you. I can't imagine what you are going through right now, even though in my line of work I have seen my share of tragedy. Please just know that there is one more person praying for you and little Miranda. I know you don't know me, but if there is anything I can do to help, I would be glad to.

    Sarah Henning
    sarhenn0402@gmail.com

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  143. The world prayes with you. The world cries with you. I cant imagine how you are feeling, I just wanted you to know I'm crying with you.

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  144. I'm so so so so sorry for your loss. My heart is completely broken for you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you all of my love and strength.
    -Tiffany

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  145. Chad,

    My heart aches for you. Please know that I will pray and continue to pray that the levy of Christ's love will be far stronger than the gales of the storm which rage around you. May He grant you His peace now and always.

    Blessing,

    John K. Crupper

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  146. I'm so very sorry for your loss...my prayers are with you.

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  147. Chad,
    I do not know you but wanted you to know I have been praying for you. For the peace that only our Father can give you at this time of such tragic loss and pain. In my heart I pray for your beautiful daughter and wife that left you to complete what God has set before you, please know that one day you will all be reunited in His house...my tears flow unchecked for you and I will continue to pray....May God not just pick you up but hold you so close to His own heart that you can hear that heart beat and know it is the sound of peace and love....

    Melana
    Missouri

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  148. All I can say is my heart aches for you. I pray that you will continue to gain strength from the Lord and knowing that so many people that you will never have the opportunity to meet that are praying for you. I know that words cannot possibly take away from the grief you have to be feeling, but I am terribly sorry for your loss. Psalm 27:4-5
    One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

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  149. Chad, I am not sure if you will get this. May God's love surround you. My son & daugher-in-law are cousins of one of your friends. Lyndsay is pregnant and is due in 3 weeks. I have been reading your blog and have been with you in this journey. Trust that God has also been with you. Kathy

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  150. Dear Chad & Family - I too am just a stranger who saw your story via a friend's FB page. My heart is broken for you & God has been teaching me so much through the past week as I've followed your story, with tears & many prayers. I & many others here in WY have been & continue to lift you up in prayer. Praying for God to deliver His promises to you...the peace that passes all understanding, a yoke that is easy & a burden that is light. There are no words I could ever say to heal your hurt but as the body of Christ, we are called to encourage one another & so I wanted to remind you of what God promises & pray that He will draw you near to Him for comfort, peace & strength that He alone can give. Remember that He knows all, sees all & has everything in His more-than-capable, faithful hands. You will not be forgotten in prayer in the coming days, weeks, months & years as you face life as you have not known it before. Tap into God's grace, which is sufficient to carry you through the darkest valleys. I will continue to pray without ceasing...
    Jaime
    from Pinedale, WY

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  151. Dear Chad,

    My heart breaks for you as I read your posts. Even as I sit and type this to you, tears are streaming down my face. Although I don't know you, your precious Sara, or Miranda, but reading through your posts I feel like I do. I was praying right along with all these others for a miracle for your precious little girl. But I know that God had a bigger plan for her and for you! He always has a reason for the things he makes us go through, even if we don't know what that reason is! You keep clinging to that Rock, and ask God to grant you the comfort that you need during this time. You take all the time you need to heal and be able to function again. My prayers have now turned to ones that the Lord will wrap you in his peace and comfort you and your family and Sara's family. I don't think that anyone will blame you for not posting here for a while...you need to take some time for you! I pray with everyone else that during the coming days, weeks, months and years that the Lord will guide you and show you clearly the plan that he has for you. Pleased know that You, Sara and your precioius baby will always be in my heart! Your strength and ability to cling to the Lord through this has touched my heart and life and for that I thank you! Keep clining to that Rock!

    Melissa Nelson

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  152. I'm sorry for your loss. Your story inspired me to write a short story. It is what I imagined would be a perfect day for you.

    I hope you get the opportunity to read it

    www.thelostart-formofliving.blogspot.com

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  153. I heard about your story from Matt Hammitt (from Sanctus Real)


    I had a chance to read through your blog entries and what broke me was how tender you are towards your wife and your child, while she was still unborn.

    I was weeping over you last night. Please know that my husband, myself and our children are broken for you and praying that our sweet Savior will minister to your wounds. Praying that He can be with you and as you try to figure how to breathe, how to live. I'm soo very thankful that you know Jesus. He IS the only hope.
    You've been on our hearts these last couple of days and wanted you to know that we are interceding on your behalf. If anyone can understand all of your feelings, emotions etc it's God the Father who had to watch His Son suffer for us. Run to Him. He will carry you.

    Blessings
    myfourwords.blogspot.com

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  154. Our most sincere and deepest prayers are with you and your beautiful angels. We are very sorry for your loss.

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  155. Dearest Chad,
    I'm not sure if you are still reading these and I have already posted. But I just wanted to let you know, you are still in my constant thoughts and prayers. I am concerned for you.
    From across the ocean
    Sarie
    xx

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  156. Praying for you as you and the family go through this.

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