Monday, February 7, 2011

She who must be admired....

The nursery here at the hospital is quiet right now. Shift change just ended a few minutes ago. I sit here beside "she who must be admired" and wait for our miracle.

The walk to the Holden NICU felt strange this morning. I realized that it's a path thousands of other parents have walked before me, and thousands more will walk after. It's an emotional path to walk, each step bringing you closer to your little loved one. It's hard not to get emotional on a walk like that...but I'm praying that I get to travel that path for many days to come.

Yesterday was a long, hard day. But it was a wonderful day, as well. The neurologists did not have a good report. Medically speaking, Miranda still does not have much, if any brain activity. They are going to do a full EEG today. Miranda spent yesterday surrounded by loving family, some of whom even got a chance to hold her, including me. I can not express in words how much it meant for me to be able to hold my precious little girl.

I have been "accused" of showing extreme courage and fortitude over the past couple of days. Don't be fooled folks, any strength you see is God. I'm so broken on the inside. Waves of despair, pain, and frustration do occasionally break over the levee, but I know that Jesus is there holding the flood back.

Today will be another long day, but I know that Miranda and I will be surrounded by family and love, both figuratively and literally. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him all creatures here below. Praise him above, ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

181 comments:

  1. I continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. One step at a time... one breathe at a time. Your faith will carry you through whatever the coming days may hold.

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  2. Dear Chad,

    I worked at Somerset Beach Campground with Jared and Aaron. Currently I see your sister in law Sarah at foster care events as I am a foster parent.

    My husband, Kent and I live in Spring Arbor. We have been praying for you and Miranda and your entire family and the medical team.

    I am deeply sorry for the loss of your dear wife. I am so sorry!

    Praising the Lord that you know Him. Cling to His care, as a sheep to His Shepard. He will be faithful.

    With many prayers,
    Marilyn Fannin

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  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Miranda. I'm so glad you were able to hold her.

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  4. Chad,

    We're praying for you & Miranda.

    "The Lord is close to the brokenbearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

    Steve & Kelly Burkhart

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  5. Woke up asking Jesus to be as close as your next breath. This is my prayer for your family today.

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  6. Praying for you and your beautiful baby daughter.

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  7. Hi Chad,
    I've never met you but I went to school with Jared and learned about the accident from his Facebook page. I wanted to let you know that I've been praying for you and for Miranda, and that God would continue to breath life into her little body. I've shared your story on my Facebook as well, asking my friends to lift you up in prayer even though they have no connection to your family. I trust that there are thousands praying for you, doing what little we can to (attempt to) share to your load during this difficult time. I pray that you will feel the presence of Jesus today in a very real way.

    ~Erin Kinzel

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  8. Chad,
    I met you when you were helping the teachers at Columbia get to know Powerschool---recognized your name and situation right away! Want you to know that since Saturday I have held you, your wife and precious daughter in my prayers and thoughts--and have had a constant yearning for things to be better for you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers as I move about my day knowing that you are holding these moments dear--glad you are having these times with your daughter!

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  9. Praying for the "peace that passeth all understanding" for you and your family.

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  10. Chad, My heart is broken with yours with this news. I shared your and Sara's hope and joy when I learned you were expecting Miranda. Now I share your hurt and disappointment. I will pray for God's comfort and strength to continue to sustain you through this hard, hard experience. Our love to you and all your extended family. Barb and Tom Ball

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  11. Chad...you and Miranda are in my thoughts and prayers as well as all the grandparents and family. Keep your faith in God and we'll keep the prayers coming. SO Sorry for your loss of Sara. God has his plans.
    God Bless you all.

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  12. I’m deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your wife and Miranda’s current condition. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for God to give you comfort and strength thru this extremely difficult time.

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  13. Chad,
    I have been following your story via facebook from your cousin (Tina Hayes). I wanted to reach out to you as a little over 2 years ago I sat in a similar situation as you, a father waking up each morning and making the walk into the NICU to visit my daughter as she struggled for her life (the picture of you holding her looks all to familiar). It is not an easy road to navigate and the days ahead will be difficult. I understand your pain, confussion, and being broken. My faith in God is the only thing that gets me through the day. God will provide you the strength to survive this ordeal, as through him all things are possible. May god bless you and your daughter.

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  14. My heart breaks for you even though I do not know you. I've learned of this through my daughter's FB page. As I have went back and read this entire chronicle, I feel that regardless of the outcome you should consider publishing this. I've never read anything so beautifully written!! I'm sure it would be an inspiration to many more. I keep you in my prayers....

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  15. Praying for you and Miranda today.

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  16. Praying for wisdom for you and the medical team there. And for peace in the midst of the storm.

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  17. Dear Chad,

    We have not met but my mother-in-law is Esther Byler. She told me about this story earlier this morning. My heart breaks for you and my husband and I are praying for you and your little Miranda.

    Kindest Regards,
    Brandalyn Byler

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  18. Chad,
    I continue to pray for you and Miranda, as do many of my friends. I can't imagine what you're feeling, but my heart is heavy for you, but also love how much you are giving glory to God for the strength you are showing.

    Erika Yonker

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  19. Chad,

    From across the snowy states to the middle of the desert, my continued prayers and sympathy are with you and your family! God only gives us what we can handle in life. May God bless your baby with life, that she may continue in her Mommy's foot steps.

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  20. Chad you have no idea of the number of people who are praying for you and your little girl; people you don't even know from coast to coast. All are praying for a modern day miracle that Miranda pulls through. I pray that God gives you respite from some of the pain and the strength to move forward.

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  21. Chad -
    I went to Greenville with Jared, and heard the news of the accident via Facebook. You are in the forefront of my mind and prayers. Words are so empty at times... I know how hard it is to wait on a miracle- my heart aches for you and your family. May the Holy Spirit hold you closer and closer and shine a light through the darkest of nights.

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  22. Dear Chad,
    I met you only briefly at Aaron and Sarah's wedding. I just learned of the horrible accident that claimed the life of your dear wife and the early arrival of your darling daughter, Miranda. I can't begin to tell you how my heart is breaking for you!! I am praying for you all and will continue to do so in the days and weeks to come. May you feel the presence of God as close as His breath on your cheek. Praying for comfort for you and total healing and restoration for little Miranda.

    Janice Smith, Wallaceburg, ON Canada

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  23. Chad,
    My prayers are with you, Miranda, and your family. The LORD bless you and keep you;
    the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.

    Blessings, Roni (Smith) Okubo

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  24. Chad,
    Praying for a miracle for your little miracle. May the peace of God be with you and your family.

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  25. Chad:
    I am a total stranger who was immensely touched by your story. I pray God will continue to give you the strength you need during this time. I will keep your family in my prayers. You are truly inspiring. God bless you!

    Sincerely,
    Erika

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  26. My cousin Julie Marroquin has shared with us and even though I don't know you I have been praying for You. I pray for you, Miranda and everyone else daily. May God lift him in his time of need.

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  27. My cousin Julie Marroquin has shared with us and even though I don't know you I have been praying for You. I pray for you, Miranda and everyone else daily. May God lift him in his time of need.

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  28. Although we have never met (I went to HS w/ Ryan Berkaw) & I have not had to go through anything of this magnitude, I felt I must in some small way reach out to you in this most difficult time. I know you are a man of great faith, which I know will give you strength, and down the road, peace. God is forever faithful & he will stand strong beside you as you walk this road. I know that whatever happens to me in life, I must believe that somewhere, in the mess or madness of it all, there is a sacred potential - a possibility for wondrous redemption in the embracing of all that is. Hold tight to your faith. God's peace be with you.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

    Sincerely,
    Tracey

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  29. Chad, The verse "You are wonderfully and fearfully made" keeps running through my mind. I often question God's wisdom during these types of situations, but you have touched me when you say it is God who holds all things together. I talked with my sister yesterday and they have put Miranda and your family on their prayer list at their church. My husband and I will be praying and holding Miranda up to the Lord for the miracle that you await so patiently. May God continue to give you the "Peace that passes all understanding" and the wisdom, strength and endurance to travel the path that He has set before you. I saw a sign at a church the other day that said; "Lifes trials are to make us better, not bitter." I realize it is sometimes easier said than done, but from the sounds of things you are heading in the right direction.

    Carolyn Adams

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  30. Chad,

    Amber and I are praying for you and for Miranda, may God and the love of friends and family see you both through.

    Ben Muscott

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  31. Praying for you and your precious baby Miranda

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  32. It's ok to keep your tears, so many are crying out for you. May the peace of our Lord stay with you and calm your storm. You are such a Godly man and I pray miracles and for a storm of brain activity. Love from afar.

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  33. God knows the number of our - and Miranda's - days, and that number hasn't changed. My hope is that the number of her days is a high number; my prayer is that you will be comforted in these days.

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  34. I saw the article about your wife and daughter today - and clicked on your blog and read through all your posts from beginning to end...and my heart was so happy for your love for your wife and the new baby she was carrying and then my heart was broken reading your last few posts....I can't imagine the pain you must be going through....It's just so sad...I have 7 yr old twins and could never imagine losing my husband and children as you did in that way. I'm so sorry you are going through this heartbreak - and I will pray fory our little girl everyday. Our thoughts are with you and know that you are not alone in your loss...

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  35. I do not know you or your family but your story has touched us so deeply. My 4-year old twin girls and I are praying for you and Miranda hourly. May God see give you comfort in this difficult time.

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  36. Keeping you and Miranda in my prayers. Shared the request at my church yesterday too.

    Val (Anderson) Kelley

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  37. Chad,

    My heart aches for you. I am praying for your baby girl and you.

    Steve

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  38. I am so deeply saddened to hear about what's happening in your life. The pain of the losing her can only be endured through God and His mercy. I sense so much inner strength in you and I am in awe of it. We are praying for you and Miranda and the entire team at her side. We pray for both families and that this time can be used to the glory of God. I pray right now that your dear baby will be brought through this.
    Hang on to the promises of God and know that He will not forsake you at any time or any time. Rest in the comfort that many are lifting you and Miranda in prayer.

    In Christ,
    Esther Byler

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  39. You and your loved one are in our prayers. I am sorry. I am encouraged by your faith and your honesty. Be strong and know that He who created everything is holding you. We are sending positive thoughts, love and prayers your way, Chad. Rebecca Mossman Marcum

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  40. Chad, we are friends of Ryan and Joelle. We are praying continually for you and for a miracle for sweet Miranda. May you feel God's loving arms carrying you through these difficult days!
    Jason & Melissa Curtis

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  41. Lord Jesus, please embrace this entire family. If anyone can perform a miracle it is you.

    We love you Chad. We are praying for you all

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  42. Chad,

    My heart goes out to you. You and Miranda are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you both and bring you safely through this,


    Karisha

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  43. My heart is aching for you and your family. What a blessing to know your wife Sara had trusted in Our Lord and Saviour! She will be saddly missed, but you will be reunited again someday, Praise God!! We are in constant state of prayer for your beautiful little girl, God can surely do this if it is his will. Stay strong in your faith and fully rely on God, he will see you through all things. Enjoy every moment with that sweet baby girl, Praying for miraculous healing in her.

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  44. I am a father too, and my heart is broken for you!

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  45. There are no words for the emotions you expressed in this blog. Your faith and God-given strength is a testament to God's grace. Thank you for sharing such deeply personal experiences with your community. It is an honor to share the grief and the joy that you are going through. Thank you for your example, I know your wife is smiling at you from heaven and has no doubts that your daughter has the best father she could ever have.
    I am praying for you to have the peace that we can't understand!

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  46. chad.. as a stranger who came across this story through word of mouth, i have cried a few tears for you and little miranda today. i am so sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you in the hard times to come. i hope you can find love and comfort in the family surrounding you and who is grieving with you.

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  47. Chad you will never know how many tears have been shed for you, your loving wife, and your beautiful daughter. Everyone in the field and in the emergency department that day was devoted to saving their lives, and we were devastated to lose Sara. I want you to know how sorry the whole team is, that we could not have performed more miracles that day. We have prayed for Miranda to pull through, and for you to stay steadfast in your faith, as that is what will see you through this more than anything. Your beautiful words give others comfort, at a time when we should be the ones comforting you. While I am sad I was witness to such a horrible ordeal, I am proud that I was part of the team that worked on your precious family. May God keep you strong, and may you feel the power of our prayers.

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  48. Praying for you and your little girl.

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  49. Dear Chad: We cannot imagine all your feelings, emotions,thoughts, and pain, but we do feel so much sadness for you, some of the hurt, some of the feelings,and emotions and we cry for you, we hurt for and with you. We are so encouraged by your words, knowing that the Lord is with you, He holds you, He sustains you, He is with you and will ALWAYS be...we will continue to lift you up in prayer.....our love

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  50. Chad, Mr. H and I send our love and we will continue to pray...this is unfathomable....don't know what to say; your whole family is important to us and we ache for you right now...Lorraine hampton

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  51. Dear Chad,

    I go to church with Josh Knechtel and am heartbroken to hear of your loss. I'm praying for you, Miranda, and the rest of your family. May the Lord bless you with peace that passes all understanding, and strengthen and sustain you as you walk through this valley. Know that you are being lifted up by many! Your faith is inspiring.

    With hope,
    Jenn

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  52. When prayers go up blessings come down.

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  53. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

    Sending prayers up. <3

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  54. Just wanted to let you know that even though I do not know you, Sara, or Miranda, I am praying for you. My heart breaks for the pain you must be feeling but soars for the peace I know the Lord Jesus is giving you. Stick close, He will carry you and Miranda through. Truly, honestly, lovingly, I carry you in my heart and my prayers today.

    Rev. Dr. Carolyn Ross
    Canada

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  55. I am a friend of Jared's- I have cried out to God for you constantly today.

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  56. Chad - Its been a while, but your parents allowed to stay at their home in spring arbor in the mid 90s as a favor to Mike and Cindy Miller. I have fond memories of that time and ache for your loss. I wish you, your daughter and your family every comfort both now and in the future. Kathleen (Holmes) Conley

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  57. My heart breaks for you. I cannot fathom going through what you are at this point. The faith you are showing in a good and gracious God is something we all should strive for. Know you are in the thoughts and prayers of hundreds of people out there. God bless you both.

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  58. Chad, I don't know if you remember us from Oakwood Wesleyan Church, Joan & Michael Anderson and son Brian.. But I want you to know how sorry we are that you lost your wife and that baby Miranda is fighting for her life.. You are in our prayers and all I can find on fb to pray.. God is in control and His grace is sufficient. I pray for God's mercy and grace upon you and Miranda..

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  59. Jenni Johnson PirlotFebruary 7, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Chad - May God grant you and your family strength and peace as you go through this. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and yours.

    Jenni (Johnson) Pirlot

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  60. Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee
    Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jeusus.

    Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    May our holy Mother be by your side.

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  61. Chad- My parents and I were the 3 people who came by the hospital yesterday, the ones who know Dan and Mr. & Mrs. Fisher. We and the rest of my family and many of my friends are continuing to lift you, Miranda and all of the family up in prayer. (I have been checking Mr. Fisher's and Dan's and Kay's facebook accounts multiple times a day for any updates, and then I share them with my family and friends.)

    May God sustain you in every way and grant His peace and comfort through this stormy time--
    Debi Sweet

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  62. Chad, I never met you, but heard your story on the news last night --I am praying constantly for you and your precious baby girl. I have shared your heartbreak with several others who are also praying without ceasing for you and dear little Miranda.

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  63. Chad,
    You have been on my mind and in my prayers. I continue to lift you and Miranda to Jesus and pray for the miracle we all want. I pray for God's grace, mercy and healing to wash over you both. Thank you so much for allowing us to come along this journey with you and lift you in prayer.
    -In Him-
    Kate (Philpott) Flavin

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  64. Chad,
    Our prayers are with you and Miranda and your whole family. We pray that God grants you all a miracle of healing for Miranda and all of you.
    Love,
    Sharon and Bruce Huntzinger

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  65. Dear Chad,
    You have been in our thoughts and prayers since we heard. We admire your strength and courage and now realize where it comes from after reading your posts. Long after whatever the outcome, we shall remember you and your family in our prayers. May the Lord bless and keep you.

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  66. Chad, my heart aches for you and your family and I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved wife. I am praying for a true miracle for little Miranda that she makes a full recovery. You will continue to be in my prayers that God will surround you with love, peace, strength, and comfort.

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  67. CHAD, Ive never met you but you went to school with my boyfriend Jon, i just wanted to let you know we want to send our prayers and thoughts your way and for the angels watch over the little one and help her fight for her life...
    as a mother i could only imagine the pain you are feeling with the loss, and now trying to stay strong for the obstacles ahead......

    "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1

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  68. You don't know me but I came across your story and I cannot even imagine the pain you are going through right now. I truly hope that you get the miracle that you are praying for and I will be praying for both you and Miranda as well.

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  69. So many prayers are with you and your families..this story has haunted me since Saturday. I hope you can find peace with whatever God lays in your path. God be with you and yours.

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  70. Praying God would give you His complete peace....and A superhuman portion of His strength for you and Miranda.

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  71. My heart breaks to read this blog from the joy for having your first child, to the loss of your wife and your thoughts on you and your daughter at this time. I am praying so very hard for your daughter, your family and you.

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  72. Though I do not know you, I learned about this from a friend on facebook. My heart goes out to you. Tears were streaming down my face as I felt your pain. May God be with you through this time. I pray that He heals your daughter 100%. I am also praying for you and your family as you grieve the loss of your wife.

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  73. DEAR LORD
    TAKE THIS CHILD IN YOUR ARMS LORD AND IN THE NAME OF GOD HEAL HER TAKE HER AND COMPLETE HER TO BE WITH HER FATHER AND FAMILY I KNOW SHE IS IN GOOD HANDS WITH SOME OF THE BEST DOCTORS AROUND LORD BUT U CAN HEAL HER AND ALLOW HER TO COME HOME WITH HER FATHER AND FAMILY LORD THIS IS A MIRACLE THAT I KNOW U CAN PROVIDE SO IN THE NAME OF GOD PLACE YOUR HANDS ON HER AND HEAL HER IN JESUS NAME I PRAY AMEN

    P.S.
    CHAD YOU ARE BY FAR A STRONG MAN I DONT KNOW U OR YOUR FAMILY I JUST FEEL THE NEED TO PRAY FOR U AND YOUR FAMILY LET THERE BE A MIRACLE THREW GOD

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  74. Although no words can help to ease your immense loss, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. Prayers are being said for your darling Miranda's healing and for your wisdom and peace in all decisions regarding her. May you feel God holding you close.

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  75. Dear Chad, Jim, Kathy, and Family,
    Our hearts go out to all of you and our praying seems continuous for you during our waking hours. Our Lord never makes mistakes & we have experienced His miracles. Miranda is beautiful by the way. Touch her, hug her, hold her, sing to her, take photos, pray with her and make all the memories that you possibly can.
    We love you all! Love, Dave & Darleen

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  76. Dear Chad,

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I have been praying for your baby and family since Saturday, before I even knew who was involved. I believe in miracles from God an no one deserves it more than your precious little girl. If it is God's will tha Miranda be in heaven with her mother, I will pray for your continued strength and endurance in the wake of this tragedy.
    Nan Embury

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  77. Chad--

    My name is Kelley and I went to high school with your brother Aaron and was a student teacher at Jackson High a few years ago. Although I do not live in the area now, I heard from others about your story and I wanted you to know that it has touched me and many others deeply. I know words are sometimes empty at a time like this, but I just wanted you to know that I am praying and thinking of you and your family. I wish you & Miranda all the love in the world. God bless you all ---Kelley Youmans Cusmano

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  78. Our family is lifting prayers up to our Lord for baby Miranda tonight. Chad, may you feel God's loving embrace as he holds you through this time.

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  79. I will be praying for you and baby Miranda. I pray God will hold you close and put his healing hand upon Miranda and keep you also.

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  80. Hi just a note to say you and your family are in my prayers. May you feel the love of God and his arms wrapped around each and everyone of you at this most difficult time. God bless you all.

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  81. Chad,

    It's been many a year since I talked to you and Sara but I still remember how happy you both were on your wedding day.

    Happy memory... Sara was the very first friend I made at Brighton when my family moved to town my sophomore year and she's always held a special place in my heart for that. She's always been an amazing girl...

    I am praying for you, Miranda, and your family and have shared the news with my church. We're all praying for the miracle you're waiting for.

    Much love to you and the family as you walk through this tragedy.

    Sue Parzych

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  82. I pray for you and your sweet baby girl. I went back and read your blogs. I pray someday that you will be reading these memories to Miranda.

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  83. I went to school with you guys at Spring Arbor. I just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I am sending hugs and lifting prayers continuously for your family!
    Licia Layson Gerber

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  84. Chad and family, I have thought of you every moment since I heard of your accident Saturday. I live in Spring Arbor. Keeping you in my prayers every moment does not seem to be enough, and yet it is all I can do. Miranda - you are loved by so many. God bless you all.
    Thank you for the updates, Chad.

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  85. I am so very sorry for the loss of your wife and the situation that you are experiencing with your daughter. :( My heart aches for you as I know all too well time spent just praying, begging, bargaining, anything next to your child's bed. We sat at the bedside of our first child for 9 long weeks at Mott. I pray that your beautiful little girl will come home and bless your life for a long time to come.

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  86. Just another stranger who has been deeply touched by your family. I was so saddened to hear about the tragedy, yet remain hopeful for baby Miranda to recover. Praying for you & your family.

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  87. One of my friends, is a friend to your friend, Angie. I am so sorry about the loss of your wife. I am praying for you and your precious daughter, Miranda. May God work through the doctors and nurses at that hospital.

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  88. I can not imagine your pain. Please know that so many are praying for you and your sweet daughter. While I am a complete stranger to your family I feel we are connected through Him. May His grace be upon you through these tough and trying times.

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  89. Chad,

    We remember well that walk down the hallway to the Holden NICU and thinking of the thousands of other parents who had made that walk before. Please know that our thoughts, our prayers are with you and Miranda, that God will continue to surround you, even overwhelm you, with His comfort, His love, His strength, and His peace.
    Lissa & John

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  90. Your an amazingly strong person...thoughts and prayers are with your precious angel. Stay strong for your baby girl. May God be with her team of nurses and doctors and pull her through this.

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  91. I have been praying for you, your sweet Miranda, and all of your wife's loved ones.
    I am speechless at the thought of how life can change so dramatically in a split second and I am so sorry for your loss. Though we never know what the future holds, I thank God that you know Who holds your future. To travel this road without Jesus by your side would be unimagineable. I am a friend of the Sweets and have been praying ever since Debi put out the call to prayer.

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  92. I remember that walk oh so well chad....words cannot express it....thoughts and prayers ongoing.

    I forgot that Dylan's photo is in the hallway at Holden, group of babies in a circle...He's in M Shirt. It CAN happen.....

    Praying for your miracle baby Miranda.

    Shana

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  93. Though I have never met you and have only heard about you through a facebook friend, my heart goes out to you and your family! I can't even imagine how you are feeling. I am so thankful to hear of your strong faith in God because that is what you can lean on in these times. As I was participating in a Worship Team rehearsal tonight, we were preparing songs for our communion service on Sunday morning. As we were singing the song "In Christ Alone", I was struck by the last verse which says, "From life's first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand; Till he returns or calls me home, Here in the power of Christ I stand." May you rest in his mighty power as you go through whatever lies ahead!
    Kim

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  94. May you continue to find strength and courage in the loving arms of Jesus. May you feel His embrace at every moment of this painful journey. May you feel peace as you hold your precious daugther Miranda. May you feel the outpouring of love and prayer lifting you and your family even during your darkest hours. Our prayers for you and Miranda will not cease. God bless you.
    Josh and Angie Videto

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  95. Chad,
    We have never met but yet I feel the need to send my condolences. I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through right now. I pray that you know that you and Miranda are being held in the arms of the Lord. I will continue to keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  96. I too learned about you through a Facebook friend.
    As I sit here reading all of your posts, I feel a real connection with you because I personally understand all that you and Sara endured to get your precious Miranda. And as I read the many posts by both those you know and don't know, I am completely overwhelmed by God's love and grace. God is so good!!!
    I want you to know that my children and I have made it a point to pray for little Miranda every morning during our homeschool prayer time. She is especially precious to me you see because she was born on my birthday:)

    God bless you Chad and Miranda.

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  97. Chad, you have a whole community praying for you, your loss is an tremendous burden and my heart reaches out to you and your family. We pray for your precious baby Miranda. God's will be done. Enjoy your precious moments with that innocent child, your love for her and her mommy will never end!

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  98. i have been praying for you and your little girl and will continue to do so. so sorry for your loss

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  99. My wife and I are praying for you and your precious daughter's health, and for the hand of Jesus to comfort your family. We are sorry for your loss and pray for a miracle.

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  100. That is what will get you through. Lean on your friends and family and somehow you will find the strength and courage to get through. I pray that Miranda will be with you to help you with this process as well. Still praying for you and your family.

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  101. Chad, Jim, Kathy and family,
    Be still and know that I am God and that I hold you in the palm of My hand. On Jan. 18th our family had an angel go to see Jesus. Even though our stories are different it has made our hearts break for you in a very sympathetic way. But we too know that our Natalie is in Heaven with Jesus just as Sara is. And we are praying for God's will in Miranda's life. We holding you all up in constant prayer.
    Gale Hartung, John & Juanita "Hartung" Payne and family.

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  102. God Bless you in your time of sorrow as you need the stregnth to go on enjoy every second you have with miranda as your wife would expect you too. She is there with you greiving with you as well. I have never met you nor did i even know you before this but your story has gone viral and you have thousands praying for you and your family.

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  103. I am praying for a miracle too!

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  104. Chad

    You are living every husbands/fathers worst nightmare. Words cannot even describe the sorrow I feel for you. There is nothing anyone can say or do to even take one ounce of your pain away. I have had a heavy heart since I heard of this horrific tragedy. I was there when you and Sara toured the L&D. You looked nervous, but Sara was glowing. She is with you, and she is with your baby girl. My heart, as well as thousands of others, is broken for you. Talk to God, he listens.

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  105. I don't have words...am just praying for you, Miranda and yo8r family

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  106. We are praying for you and Miranda. We know that miracle do indeed happen and we are believing for a favorable report!

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  107. Chad, we love you and are praying for both you and Miranda.

    Josh and Julia Salsburey

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  108. Praying for a miracle. May God bless you and your family and work a healing on your precious baby girl.

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  109. Dear Chad, we discovered your desperate need of prayer today when our friend Kristi (Dengler) VanLeeuwen let us know of your circumstance. Our hearts broke when we heard the news, but we also know and believe the power of prayer and miracles of God. We are praying and believing this to be so in your circumstance for your precious baby, Miranda. When we read your closing comments today, we immediately thought of the Hymn, "It is Well with my Soul". If you have not heard of the history of why Horatia Spafford wrote this beautful hymn, we encourage you to read it when you get the opportunity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Is_Well_with_My_Soul. May it minister to your heart like the word of God does when we do not fully understand or comprehend what God has layed before us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." We will continue to hold you up in our prayers, Joss & Mary Walter, Colorado Springs

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  110. My prayers are with you Chad and Miranda!! May you feel Jesus' arms around you and may He give you peace during this hard time!!

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  111. You will be in my thoughts and prayers . . . my heart aches for you. Thank you for letting your testimony and peace in God shine through. He WILL carry you through this shadow of death. Remember with shadows, there has to be light - and He is close beside you.

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  112. Dear Chad -- My heart aches for where life finds you at this moment in time. May the (light - love - power & presence) of God (surround - enfold - comfort - protect and watch over) you and Miranda. Praying for you in Detroit.

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  113. You don't know me, but I want you to know that I'm praying for Miranda. God is still in the miracle business! I've personally witnessed many miracles. God is good ALL the time!
    Prayers also for you, for your healing process through all of this heartache. I'm so glad you are leaning on Jesus. I can't imagine how anyone can endure anything like this without Him!
    ~Deb
    Lansing, MI

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  114. Chad, I haven't been able to get you and Miranda out of my mind...Ted and I will keep praying for that miracle.

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  115. Praying for you, Miranda, and your family today.

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  116. My prayers are with you and you daughter daily. May you find peace and comfort with your precious miracle.

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  117. Chad,
    I wanted to send you a little message letting you know that I have been thinking of you, Sara and Miranda. We don’t know each other well, but I still feel compelled to write to you. I have been thinking and praying for all of you since the accident. My mom, my daughter and I were about a ¼ of a mile behind you on I-94. I was praying in the car. I didn’t know at the time who it was or really what it was. None the less I wanted you to know that I started praying for you when I was stopped on the highway and still continue to pray.
    I have read your blogs since the accident. WOW! What strikes me most is your faith in God; it is beautiful. As for now, you, Sara, Miranda and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    May God Bless You & Your Family,
    Nicole Kelly

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  118. Chad,
    My friend that knows your family told me of you. My heart breaks for you. I wish I could take your pain away. I have been in prayer regarding Miranda. I also passed this prayer request on to all the prayer warriors in my church. I pray that God will surround you with comfort. That Lord Jesus will heal Miranda's little body and that the Holy Spirit will breathe into her so that she will do more than survive, that she will thrive.

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  119. I just heard of your tragedy and although I do not know you or any of your family members, I want you to know that we are praying for you. God can do ANYTHING.....I had a nephew born weighing only 1 pound 10 ounces back in 1993 and doctors told us time and time again that he would not survive. Well, God said otherwise! He is now 17 years old. I pray that God continues to provide you strength and wisdom with whatever He has in store for little Miranda. May God bless you and your family.

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  120. I watched the news yesterday and learned what had happened and when I got to work I learned that I work with one of your friends, I am so sorry for your loss, I also want to send out my prayers to you and your family for God to give Miranda the strength she needs once the vent has been removed, Chad she came in this world strong and there is no doubt that she will continue to be a fighter Chad you continue to be strong for your little girl Miranda, May God keep you and Miranda strong.

    Charese

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  121. Chad,
    I've wanted to post on here but read earlier you had shut it down. I'm going to try anyway. I have shared your story with as many people I can think of to request prayer for you and Miranda. My heart breaks for you, Miranda and your families. I have had you all on my mind and in my prayers since Saturday afternoon and have shed many tears for you. Your blog is so beautiful.
    Verna Minier (Philpott)
    Be still and know that I am God.

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  122. I heard of your story through a Facebook friend, who is friends with your family. I've spread the word for more prayer warriors and thoughts for you and little Miranda have been sent and prayers are being prayed. There are so many people lifting that precious angel up in prayer. May your faith keep you strong in these trying moments! Miracles happen everyday, big and small, and I hope Jesus will help keep Miranda here with you. Your words are so emotional and touching. Please continue to share and hold dear that precious life! God's peace and comfort surround you and your family!

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  123. Chad, my heart and Naomi's heart goes out to you in this very difficult time. Our hearts ache along with so many others for you. May our Lord's loving presence be so very real to you, Miranda and your surrounding family.

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  124. Chad,
    I don't know you, and you don't know me but please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. I could not begin to imagine how it would feel, and I am grateful that you know God is there for you. Find comfort in Him, we are all praying for a miracle. You're surrounded with love, don't forget that. I will continue to read and pray for you and baby Miranda.
    Rachel

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  125. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God comforts you and keeps you in his arms. I pray for a miracle with little Miranda, I pray that God keeps her here on earth with you.

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  126. Chad
    You don't know me, I came across a friend's post on your situation yesterday. It brought me to tears. I pray for you and your little Angel. You are in our thoughts across the ocean here in Australia.
    I also wanted to direct you to another blog http://www.mattlogelin.com/ Maybe not now, but maybe some time in the future you maybe able to read and take some comfort from Matt. Please reach out if you ever need to talk, don't bottle it up, so many people will be ready wanting to help you.
    Kindest Regards and my deepest sympathies

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  127. Chad,

    Our family has been praying for you and your family. Especially now, in this hour. It is currently between 7pm and 8pm on Tuesday. We hope and pray for your healing in the difficult days ahead. And remember... there's an angel in your pocket.

    An Angel In Your Pocket

    I am a tiny angel ...
    I'm smaller than your thumb;
    I live in people pockets,
    That's where I have my fun.

    I don't suppose you've seen me,
    I'm too tiny to detect;
    Though I'm with you all the time,
    I doubt we've ever met.

    Before I was an Angel ...
    I was a fairy in a flower;
    God, Himself, hand-picked me,
    And gave me Angel power.

    Now God has many Angels
    That He trains in Angel pools;
    We become His eyes, and ears, and hands ...
    We become His special tools.

    And because God is so busy,
    With way too much to do;
    He said that my assignment
    Was to keep close watch on you.

    Then He tucked me in your pocket,
    Blessing you with Angel care;
    Saying I must never leave you,
    And I vowed to stay right there!

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  128. I do not know you. But am deeply touched by your blog. As a mother to four wonderful blessings, I couldn't imagine. Keep your head up and Know your wife is in good hands and your darling daughter whatever may happen will be in good hands. Take care and God Bless.
    Crystal

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  129. We are praying for baby Miranda, you, and the doctors right now!!!! We are friends with Emily Hawkins in Kansas and were asked by her to pray. Many prayers are being sent from Kansas!

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  130. I have been praying and praying for you guys all day. Your story breaks my heart and just caused me to give my little boy an extra hug and kiss! I don't know how soon you will see this but having gone through an infant loss myself, I highly recommend having someone contact Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. They are an organization of professional photographers who will take photos of your sweet girl for no charge to you. They are my most precious keepsake from my daughter's short life! www.nilmdts.org Lifting you up in prayer at this moment! May God grant you his peace in this awful time!

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  131. I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through and I am so so sorry. Praying for you.

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  132. hello,
    i just wanted to say how sorry i am for all the pain all of u are going thru i know what ur going thru i had a son that passed away it so hard even to this day he is my angel and i know he is happy in heaven and one day i will be with him. but my thoughts and prayers are with u and ur family. xoxo

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  133. As I'm reading and crying, these words keep going through my mind... "Jesus loves you, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves you. Yes, Jesus loves you. Yes, Jesus loves you, the Bible tells me so."

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  134. Found a link to your blog through facebook, and I wnat you to know and be encouraged dear brother in Christ youare being lifted up in prayer by many you don't even know you and your precious Miranda... May God have all the glory...

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  135. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss - I'm sitting here in tears weeping for a family I do not even know. Lean on God and the prayers that surround you - He WILL bring you through this. Trust in God. He loves you so much. His heart is breaking for you as He welcomes your wife and daughter.

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  136. Dear Chad -
    You don't know me but I know of you from a note on Facebook (from a friend of a friend). I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and your family in the coming days, weeks and months.

    Suzanne
    Longmont, Colorado

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  137. I've prayed more in the past 2 days than I have in my entire 20 years. Miranda is beautiful. Stay strong and know that your story, and that amazing little girl, has touched thousands of people. Love from The Eley's. May God bless you and your family.

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  138. I am so truly sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you as you begin to try and live without the very people who made life worth living. Your daughter although here for a very short time will be the reason you pull yourself together and share your story. I too have a daughter who watches over me from Heaven.I miss my sweet Alyssa every day. Nothing makes the pain go away you just eventually have good days instead of the long painful days filled with crying and hurt. I must also say as the mother of 5 daughters we struggled with just the right names I giggled reading the reasons you had for choosing the right name even better was when I saw you picked Miranda that is one of my daughters names beautiful choice... wishing you peace and hoping you lean on those around you prayers and hugs

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  139. Dear Chad, I know that walk you talk of. I pray for you often. I also created a Facebook prayer event titled "Pray for Newborn Miranda Cole". Many are praying. You may be in touch with me on Facebook if you need someone who understands a bit what u r going through.
    Shannon Beghin Lanza

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  140. My heart, along with so many others, is broken for you and your family. It is extraordinarily clear how much you loved your wife and daughter. I am sure that Miranda felt all of that love in every moment you shared together as you held her and sat with her. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Julie Baker

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  141. Chad,
    So sorry for the great loss you have experienced. We have been praying and will continue to pray.
    Steve and Vicki Deur

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  142. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear of all that you've endured these past few days. Prayers and healing thoughts for Miranda's hopeful recovery and for peace for you, sweetie.

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  143. I pray Lord that you wrap your arm around this family Lord - that you give them strength, courage and peace during this very difficult time.

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  144. My heart is broken for you too. I will pray for Miranda, and demand a miracle for you. I will pray as much as I can and as hard as I can. I will also pray for peace for you and your family for the lose of your wife. Thank you for continuing to write and share this and your thoughts and feelings with others.

    Whether you read the comments or not, a lot of people are praying for Miranda.

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  145. Prayed for you & Miranda tonight. God bless, Renee Rogers of Shelbyville, TN.

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  146. Chad,
    I am also praying for you and Miranda. May you feel comfort and peace from God and His people. This is a quote from the Our Daily Bread devotional. I hope it encourages you as you process through your recent trials. "We wereu create to be in relationship with God; and when we take that relationship to an intimate level, it bonds us not only to His presence but also to His strength.". --Randy Kilgore
    I just pray God will give you the strength you need and fill your aching heart with His presence.

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  147. As so many others I have heard of this so tragic experience. My prayers go out to you and your family. There are not words for something except GOD and you seem to have that so I will leave you with a very that is my favorite. Psalm 121
    I will lift up my eyes to the hills-
    From whence comes my help?
    My help comes from the Lord,
    Who made heaven and earth.
    "He will not allow your foot to be moved;
    He who keeps you will not slumber nor sleep.
    The Lord is your keeper,
    The LOrd is your shade at your right hand.
    The sun shall not strike you by day ,
    Nor the moon by night.
    The LOrd shall preserve you from all evil;
    He shall preserve you soul.
    The Lord shall preserve your going
    out and your coming in
    From this time forth, and even forevermore.

    May the Jehovah Shalom give you peace in this horrible time.

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  148. Dear Chad,

    Just want you to know we are so, so sorry for this terrible tragedy. We are praying for God's peace that passes understanding for you, we are praying that He will wrap His arms around you, to comfort and strengthen you. And we are praying for your precious little Miranda.

    ~Sue

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  149. Chad, I have read that over 20,000 people have prayed for you & Miranda over the last 3 days. Please know that even the ones who don't know you personally, will continue to pray for you in the days to come. I have been so touched by your story. My children attend Western School and they are remembering you there as well. Please know that you are still covered in prayer & love is being sent your way from all over the country. Stay strong Chad and may the Lord continue to send peace and comfort to you.

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  150. Chad,

    I'm so incredibely sorry for your hurt. Keep God close within you along with your wife and daughter. I've also had great loss and I let the devil get to me by losing my way. Don't give into that. I'm back where I need to be safe in the arms of God. I questioned him when I should not have. All I can say is that I know in my soul that my loved ones were needed more in heaven then here on earth. Knowing that they are in a safe place where there's no hurt puts a smile on my face. My Family and I have been praying for you everyday and we will for months to come. You will heal in time but, of course never forget. God Bless you, Sara, and your little princess Miranda.

    Hang in there Chad. You have a lot of people out there praying for you.

    Respectfully,

    The Bealko Family
    Sarah, Joe, Austin, Gavin & Ashlynn
    ~Michigan

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  151. My heart breaks for you... please please please visit my friend's website www.missfoundation.org.
    It is for anyone who has lost a child (stillborn, miscarriage, or otherwise). It will help you so much. Stay strong, we are all praying for you and all who loved your girls.

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  152. Chad ....
    There.
    Are.
    No.
    Words.
    Except that I am so very sorry.
    And that I'm praying for you.
    You're right .... the road before you is long, dark and cold. There's no short cut, nor any detour. You must walk it. But you are not alone. God is and will continue to be right there, holding your hand, and sometimes holding you. Please know that there are so many of us out here who have been on this road (it's been 3 years for me) and that we, and everyone else who's connected with you, will be praying for you.

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  153. You have never met me, but we love the same God. My heart breaks for you, and your whole family. Lifting you up to the Father who holds all of our pain.

    -Alisa

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  154. You don't know me, but I feel as if I know you, Sara, and Miranda very well. I have been reading your blog for months, reliving the joy and fear I felt as an expectant father.

    My heart is breaking for you, brother. My thoughts are with you during your pain, just as during your joy.

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  155. Chad,
    we are praying for you and your family. I cannot even imagine what you are feeling right now and my heart breaks for you. Please update your blog with any needs, or any new prayer requests. We will continue to pray.
    Shannon

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  156. Chad We have been praying for precious Miranda and for you since we heard of the accident. We do not know you, but have walked the road of loss that you now walk. God is good.the hurt does not go away, but God's faithfulness to us every day moves us forward and into the light of the future. Each day, please know that we continue to lift you to our Lord as you walk this difficult road. God bless you and keep you. May His face shine on you and be mericiful to you. May His countenance be upon you and give you HIS peace! Gods healing is complete. Just not in the way that humanly we all wanted it to be. Sincerely in Christ, Pam Cappella , Coldwater MI

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  157. Chad,

    I have never had the pleasure to meet you or your wife, but I just wanted to say how truly sorry I am to hear of your loss. I know there are no words I could say to ease your pain, just know my thoughts & prayers will remain with you. May God Bless & watch over you.

    Suzette - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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  158. There are no adequate words, so I will offer none.

    I will, however, offer you my silence... one that considers with you these questions and feels the emotions they bring up. And with you, I'll take them before God and rest in His arms.

    I once made something creative when I was in a place of pain. If it can serve you in any way, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmIZOd5AXmQ

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  159. So much to say and - at the same time - so little to say. We are so heart broken for you. To go through such an experience as this... is truly trying. It is such a hard hand to be dealt. You never get over...only through it. Know that we are praying for comfort, strength and what ever else you stand in need of at this time.

    Although circumstances may be different...they all have a story and have gone through something similar. Here are a few blogs that may help you. Sometimes it helps to know that you are not alone in what you are going through.
    That the feelings you may experience along the way are to be expected and ok... and to just try to find your "new normal"

    http://taleoftwocoins.blogspot.com/
    http://leslieandaaron.blogspot.com/
    http://mlhandaallen.blogspot.com/
    http://kamandjami.blogspot.com/


    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always.

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  160. I am So Very Sorry for the Loss of your Wife and Daughter. I pray for you often and lift you up to the Lord. I hope you someday find peace but I know the days ahead will be really hard on you. All I can say is I am So Sorry. With Prayers Melissa.

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  161. Chad,
    You are an inspiration, not only to your friends and family, but to so many people who have only read about you and your tragedy. You are an amazing writer, one who expresses from your heart your intense personal faith. I'm hoping you'll put your blog (and additional information)into a book. My guess is that Zondervan Publishers in Grand Rapids or any one of several other Christian publishers would be very interested in your story... when you're ready. Please take care and know that thousands of people mourn with you.

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  162. Chad,

    I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your wife and daughter. My heart aches for you.

    May you find a sliver of comfort in knowing that thousands of strangers send their love and prayers to you.

    Your faith has inspired me.

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  163. As so many others have said before, your love and faith in God is such an inspiration. My wife and I have definitely spent the last three days mourning with you and lifting you up in prayer. Our hearts go out to you and your family. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. May God continue to surround you with His peace and love always.
    Caleb and Amanda Scott

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  164. Hi, I never knew you. I never read your blog before today. Just a stranger.

    They say, we never know what we have until it's gone.
    I think that's a lie.
    You knew what you had all along.
    They say, if you love something- set it free.
    I think that's true.
    You did just that, despite loving deeper than any of their eyes could see.
    Life is funny in this way.
    You love something so much, then it seems to run away..
    There's always a reason, a time and a place
    God chooses the ones- we least expect- leaving us with an empty space.
    Even when you feel like you may be alone...
    Just know that God and your loved ones.. are with you, more than you can ever know.


    Life is a confusing and scary ride. What we think we know, what we've come to believe after so many years, can just change it one second. I have read through your whole blog... and let me tell you something, your wife and your child experienced such love that your love set them free. Sometimes living on this earth can seem like a blessing and curse, all in one. Those times that we feel like the weight of the world is too much to bare.. just look up into the heavens, because it's always going to be there. Your loved ones are looking right back at you. Your house is not empty. Just alive with a different kind of energy. Don't wait to see it, open up yourself to feel it. Feel it in all that you do. Let your wife and your daughter's love and strength carry you through. You. Can. You. Will. Get. Through.

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  165. Chad, My heart aches for you in this loss. In the coming months I think your faith will be a rock to which you will cling as if your life depended on itm and it will. Know that you do not walk this road alone. God never abandons us in our sorrow, but rather wraps us in his love in the beautiful ways you described in your post. The power of this love will work miracles in your life, even in your darkest hours. I want to tell you that when you are ready this is a community of support available to you at Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. Our website is www.sslf.org and our purpose is to provide peer-based grief support worldwide. This foundation was not my idea. It was a result of the outpouring of God's love and promise. He led me to a need, and continues to facilitate the love and healing that is experienced in our community daily. This may not be the right time for you to check in, but know that we'll be here for you when sleep eludes you, when you want to know to talk to people who have been there, when you want to find the spark of hope. In the meantime, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers. May you feel God's love tangibly, and may you be literally wrapped in the love of your family and friends.

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  166. I am so very sorry for your loss, Chad, and uplift you and your family and friends in prayer. Even with deep faith it is so hard sometimes to make sense of what life throws at us. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may His face shine upon you, may you feel His peace and comfort in the darkest moments.

    http://www.sogoandrunfree.com

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  167. Chad,
    You do not know me but my mom went to SAU with your parents. I cannot tell you in words how much your faith has impacted my life. God has used you and your beautiful wife and daughter to touch countless lives. I have been greatly humbled by your heart and amazing faith. Thank you for allowing us to have a glimpse of your wife and daughter. What a precious and gorgeous little baby! I have read such wonderful things about your wife. I am honored to pray for you and your family and will continue to do so. Thank you for touching my heart and may God hold you closely next to his.

    In Christ, Diane Bishop

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  168. Dear Chad,

    We do not know each other, but I feel compelled to let you know that a stranger in another part of the country is thinking of your family and lifting you all up in prayer. It is my prayer that you are comforted by the love and support of your family and, more than that, the comforter of all.

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  169. I know what it's like to have to cling to the Rock by my fingernails, but this I just don't understand.

    But one thing I do know...God has big things in store for you. I believe that with all my heart.

    I just happen to be playing "All Creatures of our God and King" in the orchestra at 1st Pres. Church in Ann Arbor this Sunday...my thoughts will be of you as I make my joyful noise to the Lord!

    Complete strangers are shedding tears for you...and praying, praying, praying...without ceasing...

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  170. Chad, God will be glorified through Miranda's life as He was through Sara's life. Your story is being read all over the country. Believers and nonbelievers are praying for your family. Until the whole world hears, my friend. You dear Sara and precious little Miranda are His vessels, chosen and complete. May God pour out his grace and give you breath when you have none.

    April

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  171. Chad -

    Of course, as many others feel... what can we say?! I have no idea the hurt, anger, loss, confusion you must be feeling right now, but I do want to encourage you in some way. All I know is that you are bring glory to God with your blog... your simple thoughts and posts that are showing people, who have never met you and most likely never will, that God is your Rock!!! As it will be difficult to get through as the days pass, know that God kept you here for some reason. Know that He has a greater goal for you here, waiting for you to complete before you go home to Sara and Miranda. If you can somehow just continue to keep your eyes focued on Him, focused on the Gospel and glorifying Him... your days will hopefully fly until that joyous day comes where you can all meet again! Whether or not you feel it... you ARE an amazing man of God! Your attitude is your choice, and your choice thus far has been inspiring, impressive, and a wonderful example. Keep on keeping on! Much love! Ashley Yoder

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  172. Chad,
    I know we don't know each other and we've never met. But following this blog the last week has shown and taught me so much about the power of God and how He truly is "the way,the truth, and the light."

    What you've gone through 95% of us can honestly say we cannot comprehend. And I'm certain there are times when you find yourself not being able to fully either. But what you have done is shown how powerful God is and how in times of turmoil and strife He can take your hand and guide you through the storm. You personally although you may not feel it or see it have shown so many of us the true face of God. You have shown grace in a time where it would be so easy to be angry and lash out at Him. You have through your words shown a peace that not many of us have ever known.

    I truly understand that it may be a duck on the water scenario where on the surface you look calm and collected but beneath the surface it's crazy. But through the countless tears I have personally shed as I read through your blogs I have always felt a peace afterward based on how you describe your love for God and how you did the one true thing that I admire you so much for. In a time where it would be so easy and common to be selfish you turned it all over to Him.

    You are one of the strongest people I have "met". Your words and story have touched me beyond anything words I could possibly use to describe. I have shed many many tears like so many others as I've shared this journey with you. And I have prayed for you and your family like I haven't prayed in quite some time.

    And in a time where it may seem strange I want to thank you.. Reading your words and seeing your strength in your faith have brought me back to a place where I want to seek again. I would go through phases of striving to live for Him and then turn around and find myself drifting. But reading your blogs and seeing your faith and praying as much as I have has led me to wanting to seek like I never have before. So thank you.

    May God bless you and bring you peace. And please don't completely stop writing. You've touched many many lives and though I can't speak for them I would like to continue to read your blogs and share your faith.

    God Bless You,
    Rob Gibson

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  173. Chad,
    The death and loss you had leaves a heartache no one can heal, but the love you shared leaves memories no one can steal. When the ones you love become beautiful memories, the memories become priceless treasures.
    When things get tough and the heartache great, look to the sky and see the stars because perhaps they are not just stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace and missing you, as much as you miss them and happy that one day you will met and be together again.
    Praying for you in Indiana,
    Amanda Carroll

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  174. I am thinking about you. I don't know you at all. I am praying for you,your wife,and your daughter. Stay strong.

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  175. Chad,
    Please know that I am praying for you constantly. Not just for today, or for tomorrow but always. The passing of Sara and precious Miranda have touched lives all over the world. Praise God! for he has used them to fulfill His purpose. Continue to stay under God's wing. May God bless you in everything you do!

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  176. My family will continue to pray for you over these next few months. I couldn't comment on the later posts, so I thought I would write this here. I thought you should know, we will not stop praying. much love in Christ, K.

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  177. Chad,

    We've never met and I'm certain I am the poorer for it. God has blessed you with such strength of spirit. Your faith has made you much stronger than you think, and it has not gone un-noticed. Know that you are being held up in prayer and will continue to be. When the grief is overwhelming, please reach out. There are 40,000+ people praying on your behalf. God has you in the palm of his hand friend.

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  178. I am a stranger, but nevertheless I am praying for you, that God continues to surround you with grace and love as you go through these next dark days. I am so sorry that you're having to go through the rest of your life without your wife and daughter... the thought of it just breaks my heart. Thank you for blogging and sharing your story with the world.

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  179. ((((((HUGS)))))) I have been missing my newborn daughter very strongly this last week...I only started reading your story on the 10th and now I'm wondering if my angel, Inara, was welcoming a friend home. Almost 19 months ago she was born and lived 52hrs with a severe heart defect that was inoperable nor was she a transplant candidate. I have 5 older children and there was a lifetime of all emotions encompassed in that 52hrs of a short life with the first 16hrs with only the knowledge that there was a loud heart murmur needing to be checked in another city with the equipment to do so. My heart breaks all over again for you and your family. I have no words of comfort, just take it one day at a time and one MINUTE at a time as there will be times of deep darkness. I will keep tabs on your blog...make sure you journal here as that will help you through this journey of grief. God is GREAT and he has many profound things to share with you on this road of healing.

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  180. Chad,

    Wish there was more I could do...or say...and yet I KNOW there is not.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks and months ahead - and you will get through this. Your faith shines through your grief - and that is powerful indeed.

    Hoping happy memories, rays of sunshine, moments of peace and comfort from above will get you through each second of every day ahead....Sara and Miranda would want that for you...

    in my thoughts and prayers....

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