Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Today I am grateful...

Today I am grateful...
For the little pile of fishy cracker crumbs I get to vacuum from beneath the kitchen High Chair...
For the big, slobbery kisses smeared at the bottom of my full-length Bathroom mirror...
For two stinky little bums to change, and a diaper genie I get to empty...
For onesies to bleach... and wash... and fold... and put away for another day's use...
For bottles and sippy cups to empty from the Dishwasher...
For the pudgey, pounding little Fred-Flinstone-feet that toddle to answer our doorbell...
For the kisses blown abundantly to strangers, and to friends alike...
Sometimes even at me.
I am thankful for the never-ending chaos...
Grateful for the grimey little smudges on my Television screen...
Delighted to re-roll the potty-paper from half way across the room... yet again....
Appreciative of the wild, little maniacs I am able to chase and tickle to hysteria...
Oh, those contagious little giggles...
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How I adore them.
How undeserving, and yet how exultant I am to collect them.
How welcome are those eager little arms, wrapping around their Mommy.
{Sigh}
Oh, how very fortunate am I...

100 comments:

RN 4 Kids said...

what a wonderful post....and so true...hopefully more mom's out there will not wait until they get a huge wake up call to appreciate all the little things :) thanks for reminding us! sooo glad you guys are doing well.....I was wondering....how was the first bath at home? I am sure you were very nervous etc...was Bronson scared at all? I'm sure he doesn't remember any of that....but I was just curious how you are doing w/that....the memories must be hard....but now, a little better :)

Anonymous said...

PLEASE continue to blog and show pictures of Bronson and update us on his progress!!! Your story has touched many hearts!!! Thank You for sharing ... And, PLEASE continue to do so!!! ***By the way, you are an excellent writer!!!!

Julie said...

May we each appreciate the small, sometimes annoying thing that our little ones do each day. Thank you for this reminder!

Emily said...

I always need reminders like these. Too often I grumble and complain about cleaning up yet one more pile of dirty socks from the floor and scraping dried applesauce from the counter. I need to remember those things aren't eternal...our family is. Thank you.

Bridget said...

How sweet the daily madness can be! I, too, am curious about the first bath/shower time...and swim lessons.

Absolutelywhyaard said...

there [be] anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we chase after these things. (I saw this in an Ensign or New Era once...) and oh how true!

I know I am grateful for the little things... life is short and sweet...all too swift! We bear the smiles, the scars, the smudges and endure to the end... you have endured much, now sit back and ENJOY!

Michelle and Peter
and our 9 Angels
xxx

kdance10 said...

Your story has touched me so much. I too would love to keep seeing updates of this cute little miracle boy. Thanks for sharing your story and for making me have just a little more patience, because you just never know what heavenly father has in store for us. Kaycee Dance

Lisa said...

...and this is my favorite post of all because it means you are experiencing a sense of normalcy laced with gratitude and there is NOTHING BETTER :))

How are your other boys handling this? My guess is they are all OK and are back to being boys, right?

Love abundantly!
Lisa

Sue said...

Welcome back to the beauty of everyday motherhood! What a blessing to see it through new eyes. Thanks for your message on my blog, I look forward to a nice long visit when things settle down a little. Maybe next time I'm down to see my mom we can get together. Love you!

Stepher said...

You don't know us, nor we you, but have followed your journey since that January day and you have been in our prayers here in Colorado. Thank you for bravely sharing your experience, you have reminded many of us how precious life is and that a distraction, even for only a few minutes, can rob us. Thank you for sharing, may you continue to enjoy the joy and unbundant love that comes from family and faith. Bless you all!

Karen said...

I am just so happy for you. My daughter sent me your blog and I am thankful to be able to have been able to read it and witness your miracle. Thank you for sharing it. You have made a lot of mothers and grandmothers grow up lot in these past days and realized what is really important in life.

Shari Goodman said...

Thank you. Motherhood is a true gift. Let us all charish every waking moment of it. smudged windows and all. So glad you are sharing with us.

Stephanie said...

How sweet! May you cherish every moment with each one of you babies!!

Kelly said...

Thank you for giving us all that Reminder of how sweet and lucky we all are to be mothers to little ones!! I now take the time more than ever to just play and enjoy my little "kiddles".
I now stop and just focus on one thing, instead of many things. I know now that life can change in a heart beat, and we need to make the most of it every day. And truley show gratitude every day that we get to be mothers!! You words are very inspiring!
You have a special talent!
Thank you for helping me, even though you dont me! My blog is private so if you feel like taking a look @ who is looking at yours.. My e mail is on my blog profile.
I hope you are all well, and healing!

IONGI FAMILY said...

Thank you for your blog......I have come to realize that these small things are what keep me going and endless hugs and kisses from my girls are appreciated all the same!!! may the Lords blessings continue to poor down from the heavens!!!

whitey said...

I am still in awe of this wonderful story and it's outcome!

Tricia said...

You are truly fortunate. May God abundantly bless you and yours.

CnR said...

I'm so thankful your little boy is still enjoying his family here on earth. Your experience is one that will help me to remember to cherish the fact that I have to clean up the lake in our kitchen made by little hands playing in the water in the refrigerator door, clean up the poo mess left by my 4 year old yet again, to need to replace another appliance broken by curious hands,and to remember to speak more softly because you never know what will happen tomorrow.

I don't know you but we are sisters in spirit. I hope you can find peace and forgiveness for yourself. You are a good mom and Heavenly Father loves you and is pleased with you.

Lynn said...

After finding your blog yesterday, the first thing I did when I got home was grab each of my sons and hug them tight and kiss their sweet little dirty faces. I squeezed my oldest (9) so tight that he said "mom your hurting me!" lol
Life with kids gets crazy and hair pulling sometimes, but its things like this that really make you sweat the small stuff.
Welcome home!!!

Jamie said...

Perfectly said.

Amber said...

It's true, people look at that stuff as an annoyance, but when a life and death situation is on your table, you deffinetly appreciate every little thing. Your kids are so gorgeous! You need to have 10 more, just so you can help to populate this world with beautiful people!

Emmy said...

It is so easy to get annoyed with the little moments; but I think this has been a wake up call for all of us.

Shannon said...

funny how we take advantage of all the beautiful little messes and smears. Thanks for reminding us of how lucky we are to have them.

Your so darling Sara, and such a wonderful mother. I love reading about all you enjoy now. It helps me get through some of my crazy days.

I love you and give little B some squeezes from the Taylors!

Loves...

Candace said...

I know that what you've been through would make you suddenly very appreciative of all the things that before would drive anyone nuts. I'm so glad you get to revel in those sweet moments. :)

lozzi84 said...

As a new mom to a beautiful baby boy your story has touched me so deeply. I am so pleased that Bronson is doing well and I am certain that the prayers from around the world have helped this miracle occur.
Best wishes and love to your gorgeous family xx
Laura (UK)

The Benches said...

Beautifully spoken Sara! I love how it helps keep things in perspective. You are an amazing person and mother! It was great to see you all a few days ago. Love to you!

Anonymous said...

You don't know me...but I have been following your blog faithfully. THANK YOU! Thank you for helping me remember how important all the little things are. For reminding me of what is important and what is NOT! I have emotionally followed your family's experience...and I watch my kids just a little closer, hug them a little tighter, and remember these are fleeting moments. You are such an inspiration and have such a sweet spirit about you. Thank you again!

Natalie said...

How wonderful that Heavenly Father has blessed you and your family so much. I am so grateful for your miracle.
I hope you don't mind, but I shared your story today with the missionaries in our zone. It illustrates so perfectly the love of our Heavenly Father for us and the miracles that He still performs today.
Your family is so beautiful!

Kristen said...

Thank you for sharing your story. As soon as I see a new post by you, I have to read it immediatly. Your story has touched me so much. Thank you for this reminder.

Melissa said...

hello, I am one of many strangers that has followed your story. I have been drawn to your story from the beginning through the sadness, desperation and eventual joy beyond words. I still look forward to checking your blog for updates on little Bronson. I look forward to your beautiful words and insights and hope you keep blogging. Please know that you have impacted many lives including mine. You represent what all of us moms are. We can all relate to you. I know in a heartbeat things could change for me or for any one of us. I have really loved reading your blgo. You have something special to share, please, please continue.

Tasha said...

Sigh. Those really are the best things in life.

Anonymous said...

The Lord works in mysterious ways. My little sister stumbled across your blog and told me of your story, and thanks to google I was able to find your blog and read it for myself. Thank you. Thank you for being real, candid and bearing your soul. My own faith has been shaky. I've been an inactive member for the last 8 years.
This week I've been on a path to strengthen and gain a testimony, to decide on my own if the church is true. I believe I was led to your site by my Heavenly Father. You are a Rock! Your faith is contagious. You have awaken something inside of me. You have awaken testament to things I have been burying. GOD IS REAL. GOD IS TRUE. GOD IS LOVE. Thank you for being an instrument in God's hands.

tammy said...

We have seven and I'm always, always telling myself that the chaos is gone all too soon and some day it will be way too quiet! Your experience has only cemented my belief. Thanks for the glimpse!

tammy said...

And to the post just above mine......WOW. I'll be praying for you too!

Tisha said...

funny how those things become adored after something like this...you have made me grateful for scribbles on my walls, fingerprints all over my fridge and endless heaps of laundry~ and you deserve every bit of it... every smile, every giggle... yes, you do! Oh, how fortunate we all are!!! Still beaming from your little guy's recovery! YAY.

Bezzant said...

Thank you so much for the reminder! I know when we get older we will miss all these things my kids are the same. SO glad things are going well for you and your family!
All our love!

andreaKphotography said...

I am so happy for your family and have never been so moved by a story. I am so happy little B is okay. What an amazing miracle!

Anonymous said...

I am a mother who lost my 3 month old to SIDS. Every second of every day I miss my sweet baby...I will tell you that going through something SO HORRIBLE has made me a better mother to the my children who are here with me, and I also am SO GRATEFUL for all of the little things. Right now for you it is all still so fresh, so it may seem hard to understand, but one day you may look at this whole agonizing trial that you have been through as a blessing. You have a deeper understanding than most about how precious life is. You TRULY understand pain, and agony...But you also understand TRUE BLISS. These are the lessons that make us better! Your family is amazing! I am so happy for your sweet miracle! You are definatly loved by your Heavely Father! Corinne

Becca and Jared Anderson said...

Ahhhhh---sweet baby boy--don't we just love our little babies? I know I hold mine tighter now. I always feel uplifted and inspired when I come to your blog. Reading your blog is a little treat I give myself to break up the monotony of the day, the little hands in everything, the little stinky bottoms--sigh :) But I too--love it--more than anything :)

So grateful to Heavenly Father and his gift to you-- your little angel in your home---life---on its way back to normal :)

*HUGS*

Becca Anderson

Margaret said...

Isn't it amazing how all of those things are so welcome after the tragedy that your family has gone through. I wish more people could see the joy in those things like you now do.

Sonora said...

Sometimes it is easy to take those things for granted. This post was what I needed today after a long night of not sleeping and a day of sick and messy kids. At least I have each and every one of them.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and sweet family!

AMY said...

What an amazing story/journey. Thanks for being willing to share both your pain and joy, along with your faith. I am trying to be more patient and enjoy the moments more with my own children.

Kim said...

What you wrote in this post is exactly why I am so grateful to you for sharing your story. Every day since I learned about you and your beautiful family and your near tragedy, I have hugged my kids a little tighter and let the little things that don't matter go more easily. I have two munchkins (5 years and 18 mos.), and life can certainly be messy/chaotic/crazy and busy, but I am oh so LUCKY to live this crazy life!! Blessings!
PS- I LOVE the music on your blog :-)

David and Jackie said...

I am so glad that you are finally home with you sweet boy. I too have spend too much time in hospitals. My daugther was born with a heart defect and were were in the hospital for three months. I can still remember the day they I finally got to hold her for the first time (22 days old) and the day she finally came off of the ventalator (2 months and 1 week old, just before St. Pattricks day) and the day we finally got to bring her home (April 5, 2007) Hospitals are very cold and lonley and I so glad you are home.
Blessings to you and your family.

Jo Romero said...

I am just right around the corner in AF. I love that you have blogged this. I will hug my boys more and be with them more for Bronson. He has touched more people in his little life than I have in my 30 something years. I am sure it is just the beginning of the work he will do! Thank you! and your cute family!

-Amy- said...

Oh how you have opened my eyes to the small things in life! I now dont find the messes my boys leave behind a burden. I now look at how lucky I am to have them here and healthy enough to make messes. Just yesterday my little one pulled a whole section of our insulation off the walls of our basement. Its the spray in foam kind, and what a mess it made! All I could do is laugh and think of how my HuSbAnD was going to clean it up!haha I am now so appreciative of all the little things in life. Your testimony has truley changed me as a person Sara...thank you!! -Amy-

Anonymous said...

I gave a talk in church Sunday about having a thankful heart and I actually shared your story. Bronson has touched so many lives and has made us all laugh a little more, give thanks a lot more, and appreciate our loved ones while we have them here on this earth. Thank you for your posts - they are truly inspiring!

Miranda said...

Thank you for the sweet reminder of those precious things I would miss if anything happened to my lil ones...and has they grow up and won't do anymore.

You are so blessed and it gives me goosebumps reading your updates. Bronson has become everyone's miracle little boy...thank you for sharing and please keeping sharing pieces of his miracle life.

We all need it! xoxo

Holly Llewellyn said...

this post brought me to tears. I have been struggling with my very strong willed 2 yr old. and this post reminded me how innocent and forgiving they are, and that I should be greatful rather than bothered by the little things they do (he is afterall just discovering the world around) Thanks you for helping me realize that. I think I will save this post and return to it on those "hard days"

Team Box! said...

Amazing!! I can't help but post this right on my blog to send this out to as many overwhelmed mommies out there...
Thank you for reminding me what's most important always...

Jesicca said...

I am so with you!
so welcome,
so overwhelming with emotion,
so precious,
LOVE LOVE LOVE our little ones don't we.

Anonymous said...

Blessed totally!

Heidi and Mike said...

What an amazing story. Your faith was so strong. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm sure those two weeks felt like an eternity. I have a little boy who is 18 months and when I read your blog last night (for 2 hours) I cried so much (filling 2 paper towels with tears)...thinking that could've easily been my little guy. Try to forgive yourself...You seem like an amazing woman. You have a strong testimony (thanks for sharing it with us). You should write a book about your experience. What a sweet little spirit you have in your home.
Thanks again, Heidi

marlei said...

Love your post, its all so true. Things we find normally annoying (love the potty paper, can so relate!) we SHOULD be grateful for. What an adorable photo with your post too.

Adam and Julianne said...

As I am a mother of a miracle son, I hold this song very dear to my heart. I am sure you have heard it-- Mark Schultz' He's my son.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l09AJ9lXSE

I'm so thankful you have your little angel home with you. What an amazing miracle.

Vicki Rider said...

I think the world of the Staker family and I am so excited to hear that all is well.

Jessica Adamson said...

Hello, My name is Jessica Adamson. I don't know if you will even see this...but if you do...

Let me just add my elation to all of the others...I'm so glad that your miracle was given to you....I just wanted to say HAPPY DAY!!!

On a different note, I am a massage therapist and would be more than happy to come to your home and offer my services to help relieve the stress the last few weeks have probably given...if not that is more than understandable....if you do want a massage or two however, feel free to email me and we will be in touch....jesrice@gmail.com

Living My Dream said...

I want you to know that years from now you will still be feeling this gratitude! We walked the halls of Primary's more days than I care to ever remember hoping against hope that our little man would live. Twice we did 2 crazy life flight trips not sure if he would live or die, but today, our beautiful amazing 2 year old still takes our breath away when we look at him. He has 14 siblings that treat him like he is the most precious gift... because he truly is! We fought, and prayed and begged for a miracle, and in the end, more than once we received a 'yes' answer when it could have gone so much different and today, 20 months later we can't get enough of the miracle that he is! Enjoy your gift...

Kim

Living My Dream said...

I want you to know that years from now you will still be feeling this gratitude! We walked the halls of Primary's more days than I care to ever remember hoping against hope that our little man would live. Twice we did 2 crazy life flight trips not sure if he would live or die, but today, our beautiful amazing 2 year old still takes our breath away when we look at him. He has 14 siblings that treat him like he is the most precious gift... because he truly is! We fought, and prayed and begged for a miracle, and in the end, more than once we received a 'yes' answer when it could have gone so much different and today, 20 months later we can't get enough of the miracle that he is! Enjoy your gift...

Kim

Michelle said...

I am so happy that things are going so wonderful for your family. Sarah you are such a wonderful mother. You are such a great example of love and faith in our Heavenly Father. I will continue to pray for your family.

Momnerd said...

Thank you. I needed this today. I just can't take one moment for granted.

Josh and Kristen said...

I have been following your blog from the beginning of your tragedy right through the miracle of it all. I always want to comment but feel so bad about SO many comments and worry about it being overwhelming. I don't know if you'll ever get a chance to read this, but concerning this post in particular... thank you so much for pointing out how we as mother's should CHERISH these moments. I have three little boys myself and know about the business and the messes. I am so thankful for our miraculous Father in Heaven and for the way he blessed your lives and in turn, mine. Thank you for being such a good mom and for setting an example for me!

Heather said...

Thank you for that sweet, wonderful reminder! I am so happy to hear that things are going so wonderfully. I have prayed so much for your little guy. I hope you continue to keep up this blog!

Michelle said...

AMEN!!

Christy Canfield said...

You and your family are amazing! Thank you for sharing your story and reminding us to be thankful for the little things! How lucky we are to have the gospel and our Heavenly Fathers love!

Angie Cazier said...

I know you don't know me but I feel like I know you through your posts. I just wanted to take a minute to write to you about an experience we had at our house because of your sweet Bronson. When you first started posting about Bronson a friend of mine told me to read it. Well, of course I was crying the whole way through it. My 9yr old son Josh saw me sobbing and so I told him about Bronson. The next day being fast Sunday, Josh woke up not happy at all to fast (as most 9yr old's do) finally he decided on his own that he could make it through another fast Sunday. I didn't know what he was fasting for until after church, he told me that he was so glad that he fasted because he fasted for baby Bronson. The most exciting part of it was when I was reading your blog a week later and he saw the picture of Bronson awake, he excitedly exclaimed "Mom, fasting and prayers do work!!! Look I fasted and prayed for Bronson and he is going to be o.k. Heavenly Father heard me and answered me." There is no sweeter moment as a mom than to see my sons testimony grow through an experience like this. Thank you for sharing your story with us. We are so happy that Bronson has been the miracle that he is.

Brady and Rachel said...

It brings such joy to my heart to know of some of the countless miracles you guys have experienced recently. The video was Amazing! So perfect. Thank you for sharing your story, and continuing. God is good. You are reminding me to be grateful for all those little things myself. I will. Thank you.

Brian & Heidi Haas said...

Thank you for sharing your story/miracle with us. We have been praying for you ever since we got the text from Mindy saying you needed the prayers. This story has touched my heart and my life in so many ways...thank you. You definitely deserve a very rich life and eternity with that little angel along with your other three little angels. We will continue to pray for you and your sweet family! XOXO!

Chunky Monkey said...

I am SO crazy happy that Heavenly Father said yes. My cousin Natalie lost her sweet baby boy not too long ago. She is how I found your blog and I have been praying for your sweet baby. All of your pictures have made me fall in love with life and being a mom has never seemed so important to me.I too could have made the same mistake... and this makes me want to be so careful. I am very greatful for you sharing your story, you are so neat and soo so brave. I cannot even fathom what you guys have been through. I am elated that you guys can be a happpppeeeeeeeeee family still here on earth. I liked what you said about the testimony of His miraculous power. Bronson is. just. that. So so happy. Allllll my love.Shelley Breinholt

mckenzie said...

Inspiring post. I think you have made us all feel the same way. I know I will never take another sleepless night or teething angry baby for granted ever again. Thank you for that.

Hilary said...

I stumbled upon your blog by accident and am so glad that I did. Your story touched my heart. What a strong woman you are and what a strong little boy and family you have. My prayers are with you. You have reminded me to cherish my little one and my husband every single day and not take anything for granted. Thank you.

jewels said...

An Amazing family!! I apologize for my profile not being done. But I always say there isn't enough time for this and that. I was wrong. Words can't describe what I'm feeling and thinking right now. I am so happy for you and your family. I have shared your life with my boys. I too have four. We followed your life together. I won't say story because this is somthing you lived. My boys prayed, cried, & now laughed. They have a much greater respect for each other because I shared this with them. I won't hold you any longer. You have a family to attend to. Thank you & God Bless!

jewels said...

An Amazing family!! I apologize for my profile not being done. But I always say there isn't enough time for this and that. I was wrong. Words can't describe what I'm feeling and thinking right now. I am so happy for you and your family. I have shared your life with my boys. I too have four. We followed your life together. I won't say story because this is somthing you lived. My boys prayed, cried, & now laughed. They have a much greater respect for each other because I shared this with them. I won't hold you any longer. You have a family to attend to. Thank you & God Bless!

The Van Fam said...

That really puts it all in different light. I think I will be grateful to the cleaning I get to do today, because of the 5 wonderful kids I do have.

ANGELA CASSAVAUGH said...

THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL POSTS YOU CONTINUE WITH... THIS ONE IS DEAR TO MY HEART BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE MY OWN THOUGHTS... I HAVE TWO SMALL BOYS AND CHAOS SUITS US FINE ALSO :) LOVE LOVE LOVE THE SLOPPY KISSES! I AM YOUR INTERNET FRIEND!! THANKS! ANGELA CASSAVAUGH, LENOIR, NC

Ams said...

I love this...
Made me smile - and take a minute to enjoy the three monkey's that are currently driving me up a wall!! lol
Love my life!
And how fortunate I am indeed.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your updates and stories. It would be great if you could continue your story since you have inspired many. It makes me smile every time I come to your blog knowing the miracle that I witnessed with your family. :)

TimeKillsHeartsLikeMine said...

Thank you so very much for the updates! Everytime I read your blog I am reminded to be more than greatful for my son and to strive in everything I do to be a better mommy for him! Thank you so much!

Kinsly said...

Your blog was referred to me by a friend. What a sweet, sweet miracle. Your darling little Bronson's story has made me want to be better. Thank you. You have a beautiful family and your posts of faith and endurance are truly inspiring. I am so grateful your family was blessed with a happy ending.

Kahilau said...

Thank you for that sweet reminder! I needed that today! Your story has changed me and my ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE! Thank you!

Kerry and Chris said...

I need often to be reminded of how grateful I am, as I watched my grandson today I thought of how lucky I am to have him and know I couldn't bear to loose him. I need humbleness! Thank you for your continued story to remind me and others.

Brian and Rebecca Nate said...

It is good to step back and relish the little things that keep us going. After your ordeal I have learned something about myself and my mothering habits: I worry about "me time" too much. If I don't get in an hour to myself a day I get upset. I realized that when my kids are gone, I will have all the time to myself that I could ever want (and more!)

Danielle Christiansen said...

so true so true.

Simply Be Photo/Melissa said...

I just found your blog tonight. Thank you for putting everything into persepctive. And reminding us all not to let the little things get in the way of truly enjoying it ALL in life!

katwalk said...

So happy that you received your miracle I love miracles we had one in our family before christmas with my son in law after a cardic arrest So thankful to Our Heavenly Father that lives and blesses us thanks for sharing I know the feeling of wanting to shout from the roof tops that Our Father Lives and Blesses us daily. I know your lives will be richer after this.

Shmonae said...

Motherhood..
Hectic and Beautiful all wrapped into one :)

cmraven said...

I think about this all of the time when I get frustrated, rolling the toilet paper back on, one more time. My cousin has a metabolic disease and learnign disabilities. My aunt would get so bugged with him because he "grunts" when excited etc. Odd behavior for an 11 year old. Well I told her last year when he was in the hospital, intubated "Wouldnt you give anything to hear THE GRUNT?" She started crying and never stops him from grunting anymore.

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Eggett Family said...

Sara,
I read your story for the first time last week. What a great miracle. As I read your story I couldn't help but feel the need to look at my life alittle more. I have three Beautiful girls 5,3,2. Life can get so chaotic and there is always so much to do and keep up with. Thank you for the reminder to be grateful for this precious stage in our lives and to find joy in the journey and not get Distracted. Thank you for sharing your experience and Miracle with us all!

Kelly said...

Yesterday I was looking at the Womens Marriage Ministry blog, when I saw someone's blog that said "My friend needs your prayers", so I clicked on it, and read your first post after your son's accident. My heart was breaking for you, the way that you were blaming yourself. I then clicked over to your blog to follow his condition. I - a stranger to your family - watched your husbands video, and I really wanted to write something to you yesterday. But I couldn't see the keyboard or the screen through my tears!

I am so touched by your story, I too have witnessed a miracle. Even though I have seen someone go from being brain dead to talking, I am still amazed when it happens. I am still baffled at the power of our mighty God! He is a great God, and he listens to prayer. I am so happy you and yuor family!

Praise God!

TARA WARTHEN MADSEN said...

Sara - I seriously think of you and Bronson every day. When I feel myself getting agitated or frustrated that all I do is clean up messes and wipe boomies all day, I remember that at least I have messes to clean up and boomies to wipe!!! Oh boy - do we all need new pics of Bronson!!! :) BTW - I have contacted the Oprah Show four different ways... I think the world (if they haven't already) needs to hear Bronson's story. Not just because of the dangers of children & water, but also because of the power of faith, prayer, and modern-day miracles!!

Scott, Mandi & the boys said...

Hi Sara you do not know me as I don't know you but I have read your story and shed many tears for your sweet, sweet family. I can't imagine the roller coaster ride you have been through but am so grateful your prayers along with many others have been answered!! All of us have been where you once were, leaving a child unattended in a bathtub and until your story I would have probably still been running in those other rooms trying to get things done, things as you said can wait. I am so grateful you shared your story with us, with me! For I will never put anything first besides my kids! Don't ever let it get you down we all can learn from it! Thank you, Thank you for being a great example to us all! I will forever hold your miracle story in my heart. Maybe someday our roads will pass one another and we may meet in this small town of Provo.
Sincerely;
Mandi Jones

Tandy said...

Thank you for sharing your story and reminding me to take time to enjoy the small things every day with my kids. It makes me so happy to see pictures of Bronson doing so well!

Angie said...

Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. I know it has REALLY helped me to focus on those things that are most important. This post in particular, puts a positive spin on the things that normally would make me annoyed like crumbs and fingerprints. Instead, I should appreciate how precious the kids are that are making those crumbs and leaving the fingerprints.
THANKS!!!

Angie said...

Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. I know it has REALLY helped me to focus on those things that are most important. This post in particular, puts a positive spin on the things that normally would make me annoyed like crumbs and fingerprints. Instead, I should appreciate how precious the kids are that are making those crumbs and leaving the fingerprints.
THANKS!!!

Zoey said...

Sara- I found your blog off of the NieNie Dialogues blog about a week and a half ago when she posted your link and requested prayers. I was so saddened by your story and have followed it every day. Not only was the story so compelling but I have a personal connection to it. My father-in-law was the doctor who initially saved Bronson at the ER. His name is Cory Boyles and he was Bronson's doctor when he was first rushed in by the paramedics. I just confirmed this tonight after having a suspicion that it might have been the case. I showed my father-in-law your blog and gave him the updates that I have been reading and he was SO delighted to hear the great news. He followed up a few times with Primary Children's Hospital to see how Bronson was doing and I was able to give him the final update. I tell you this if only to confirm for you that doctor's investment into their cases don't end at the ER. Thank you for sharing these updates during such a tough time! You've inspired me and reaffirmed for my father-in-law why he does what he does.

Anonymous said...

I along with everyone else have followed your blog and am very inspired by you and your cute little boys! Bronson's story is truly a great one and makes me realize how special each day is. I really hope you find it in your heart to forgive yourself, you must be one amazing mama to get a second chance. And I can definitely see that through all of these posts! I hope you also realize that! You seem like a very amazing woman with an amazingly perfect family! May God continue to bless you!

Mama M. said...

Oh, that photo is priceless!

Your story has gripped my heart...and I am in awe of God's miracle that is your amazing little Bronson!

Katie May said...

I know you receive so many comments, so I haven't posted any until now. I cannot stop thinking about your story and I thought maybe knowing one more person who is praying and rooting for you all really will be worth hearing.

I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and I must say that your son's story has made such an impact on me. We too are LDS and have 3 little ones, so we have said many prayers on your family's behalf. I have shed many tears for you all of sorrow and now of joy and gratitude. Thank you for being willing to share your life and therefore strengthening countless others as you put your trust in the Lord, even with the life of your son. We are ALL so very happy for your family.

Cass said...

Thank you for you for being so candid. This post has changed me. I knew that I would always miss the little things from my children but seeing this through your eyes has made me remember how much I love my children and all the work that comes with them. I will never clean up a mess and not remember to be grateful for the little one that made it.