Thursday, March 11, 2010

Today is tomorrow...

Crazy...
Several weeks ago, just after we returned from the hospital,
we were contacted by NBC's morning show, Today.
They had been following Bronson's story and asked if they could interview us live on their show.
Of course, we declined.
We needed to be home with our boys, who had been well cared for by Alli
and spoiled by family and friends in our absence,
but WE worried about them, after all they had been through.
And knew we needed to reconnect and spend time as a family.
So NBC clarified that the offer was for all of us... the whole gang. Even Alli.
We were shocked...
They explained all the reasons that Bronson's strory appealed to them.
It was well-documented through my blog.
It had been well-photographed and we had taken video as it unfolded.
And most of all, it was miraculous.
And GOOD news to tell.
We were slightly more intrigued...
But they wanted us right away.
We said sorry, but we needed some down time.
They offered to wait until after the Olympics.
We considered...
But with everything going on, I wasn't sure that it wasn't just another distration from our focus.
Our family.
We declined again.
SO they sent us a piece they aired several years ago.
Another miracle.
About a boy from Texas who had been killed in and ATV accident.
His death announced in the local paper.
The family had bid their final farewells
and prepared to honor his wishes as an organ donor.
Helicopters were waiting on the roof.
Recipients standing by.
And yet his Grandma prayed on for a miracle.
Long story short, they interviewed him on NBC a few months later.
Amazing.
We were touched as we watched his parents.
Incredible and faithful people, telling the story of their miracle.
We were reminded of a scripture that has become particularly meaningful to us lately.
We know that Bronson's miracle was not just given to him.
Not even just to us.
We believe it was given for the benefit of mankind.
To show forth the all-powerful hand of God.
To remind us that our loving Father in Heaven has a plan for us and for our families.
That He hears and answers our prayers.
That He intervenes with the course of nature, when necessary, to accomplish His will.
That we were blessed enough to witness one of these occurances.
First hand.
We could not be more grateful.
We are humbled to the core and still in shock of His grace and His mercy.
That this happened for us, and not for so many others with similar stories.
So many who prayed just as faithfully...
So many who were also hopeful for their own miracle.
Maybe even more worthy.
So many who accepted the will of God,
even when it was not what they would have chosen.
And yet, somehow, for some reason,
we recieved more than we could have possibly dreamed.
We recieved Bronson.
Here. Now. Complete. Whole. Himself. Seemingly unaffected.
And with that comes a responsibility.
One that feels too big, and yet we eagerly embrace.
Knowing we have room to grow.
We promise to do our best to give back.
To raise awareness.
To help others to learn vicariously through my mistake.
Help them to reevaluate and to prioritize.
And most importantly, we commit to bear testimony and stand as witnesses of God.
At all times, and in all things and in all places.
Even moreso than ever before.
Even if that means being on camera in front of a national audience.
Matt is excited for the missionary opportunity.
I just hope I don't trip...
Or ramble. Oh, how I hope I don't ramble...
And please pray that little B behaves himself!
He is such a wild man!
I just have one word about this...
Live.
Natonal TV will get him in whatever mood he is in!
Let's hope he sleeps well tonight!
Here are a few shots from the in home interview they shot a few days ago.
A few minutes of it will air on NBC's morning show, Today, tomorrow morning, March 12.
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Aye aye aye...
How on earth did we get here?
New York City... NBC... Here we are...
Be gentle with us.

150 comments:

Amanda said...

Wow, Can't wait to watch it! I really appreciate your candid feelings you've shared- it has helped me!!

Doodle On Yoo said...

What an amazing chance to spread the gospel! Good luck!

Brandon said...

I have been following your story, and can't wait to see your family on the Today show.

Ang and Shawn said...

I can't wait!!!

The Bender Family said...

W-O-W... What an amazing experience you will have and a great opportunity to make others aware! I am so excited to watch. I've been following your family's story for quite a few weeks now. You guys will do great! I'm praying that those watching will be receptive of what you have to say, it truly is a blessing for you.

And NYC! Have fun. Take it all in. See some sights. It might be a once in a lifetime opportunity for your family! Good luck!!

Sharon said...

Whenever I feel weak or down in the dumps about my life, I pray, and reflect and somehow end up returning to your blog. THAT miracle!! How can I be ungrateful for everything I have? Your story shows me and reminds me that I need to be thankful! Heavenly Father does not forsake us. Ever. He is there with us always and I need to remember this. Thank you for the constant reminders. I have my family and they are well. That is all I really need.

I can't wait to see you all tomorrow!

~Sharon S.
Vancouver, WA

Alyssa said...

What a great opportunity for you and your family to share the love that our Father has for his children! I have been silently following your blog for a few weeks now, but I am excited to see you on the Today show tomorrow! We have it on in our house every morning. I know you guys will do a wonderful job!

threeboogers said...

What an experience! You guys will be great and what an opportunity. You are right! I'm not even sure how I found your blog, through someone's to someone's asking for prayers. And being of the same faith, I follow.
I'm so happy for your family and what you've learned.
Good luck tomorrow! you won't trip. Ramble?? well you just might, and that's OK!
(Oh and your house is GORGEOUS!!)

laney said...

NYC is such a great city! Good luck and I'll be watching tomorrow morning!!!

Sara said...

Oh how I wish I had TV and could watch it. This is the first time that I have said that in over a year! I usually don't miss not having TV but I want to see this. GOod Luck to you and you will do well. You have the Lord on your side!

Tasha said...

Oh good luck. What a special opportunity to once again share your miracle and message. Your family is amazing. Inspiring. I hope it all goes well tomorrow. I just am sad I won't see it (no cable) Maybe I can talk my friend into saving it on her cable and then get to come watch it. Good luck!

Val said...

I have been reading everything about Bronson's miracle. I have to tell you how the spirit touched my heart as I read it. My son is just 15 months old. It could have happened to me. I love to read your blog. You are so REAL! Thank you for just being you and not pretending that motherhood is an easy thing. Some days are just hard, but most are so rewarding. I know it is the most sacred calling on earth. I try to remember that daily as I care for my son. Thank you for reminding me of my main focus in life, my family!

Tina said...

I have goosebumps for you guys! I will be sure to tape it. Good luck.

Mom of twins ♥ said...

Good luck with everything out there. We will be watching!

Memmott Family said...

I can't wait to watch it.. What an amazing experience.

I love your shirt.. Do you mind me asking where you get it?

MiNdY said...

There's not much better examples of pure and genuine love for our savior, and one another. I'm so happy you two are not only representing our family but our faith. Good luck with all of it! Love you guys bunches!!

Molly said...

If you need anything while in NYC please email me!

Emmy said...

Definitely will have to watch! And yes, it is a great missionary opportunity.

Anonymous said...

I saw a show last week that I have been meaning to leave you a note about. It is supposed to be a new series, but the next episode isn't on tonight as scheduled... so I'm not sure if it is going to continue?

It is called Surviving Death and it is on the Discovery Channel (just regular Discovery, Channel 71.) It is about people like Bronson, but in even more lengthy or extreme situations.

A man who drowned in an icy lake and was in there for an hour, was revived after an additional hour of being dead.

A pregnant woman who drowned and was in the water for 15 minutes, was revived, only because they were keeping her alive to try to save the baby. (Sade Davis, that one made the news and is on Youtube.com)

A woman who is dead is treated with hypothermia after a cardiac arrest.

This first episode was just so appropriate with the drownings and the forms of treatment involved.

The next episode is supposed to involve electrocution and a head trauma patient...so not as relevant. But, still miracles so I thought I'd let you know about it.

We also like I Shouldn't Be Alive and I'm Alive on Animal Planet and/or Discovery. Lots of miracles on those shows, though not people being revived.

Have fun in New York!

Mary said...

Got to set that one to record on the DVR...Yay! So excited when God gets attention! He doesn't fail.

This post reminded me of a verse I've been intrigued by after reading it for the umpteenth time on Monday. Daniel 3:27 "And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them." KJV

Isn't that Bronson? Not a sign of the trial he endured, no evidence upon him at all, yet he will be seen by the princes, governors, captains, and king's counselors of our day and his victory will point everyone to the King of Kings in all His glory. I'm all excited, can you tell?

{Anne} said...

Way cool! How neat for your family! Can't wait to watch it tomorrow. Good luck, you will all do great!

Jesicca said...

I am so excited for the oppotunity you are getting to reach even more people with your amazing story of endurance and faith. Stand firm, stand tall, never waiver. XOXO

I know that it will bring tears to my eyes (again...sigh), I am looking forward to dvr'ing it.

{jane} said...

i'll be watching!

only words of advice - make sure none of you are chewing gum!

i hope you're having a blast in nyc!

Shannon said...

omgosh!!! SO super exciting! Can't wait to watch you and your GORGEOUS family!

I hope Bronson is spazzy, that makes for some good TV time -wink

Brandi said...
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Josh and Ashley said...

Thank you for sharing. I know this will be a fun adventure for your whole family!

Michelle said...
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Michelle said...

I found your blog through a friend of a friend on Facebook. I cried my eyes out (scared for you and over whelmed with joy too) and then reflected on all the times in my children's life when something came before them or I was distracted and how easily a mistake could turn deadly or just seem hurtful to them. Because of you I have been striving to do better, be better! I have been following your blog because I find it so inspirational and I am sure everyone tomorrow will be touched by the story of your family's miracle as I was. Good Luck.

Clark Mills Family said...

Lump in my throat, tears. You will touch even more lives. You make a difference in the lives of us all. Your Testimony and Strength is an example to the world. XO

Sharon
El Dorado, Kansas

in time out said...

Bless you and all who will hear your words. You have a beautiful story, and a beautiful spirit to share. Enjoy your vacation with your family as well. You all deserve the time to be one. Thanks for inspiring us to look a little closer at the important moments we have. Family.

kati said...

I am so glad that you chose to go on NBC, it is amazing to have this miracle but to not share it would be worse. I prayed for days for you and your family, and still keep you in my prayers but I am glad that others will be able to see what an amazing god we have!

http://dragonflyfeathers.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Here is the link to the NBC story
(You peaked my curiosity!!)
Your family is beautiful-
I am so happy things have worked out for you.
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/27924674/ns/today-today_people/

Kristen's mom said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Can't wait to see it in the morning.

Emily Mecham said...

I think it is so great that you are sharing your story, your family, your testimony, the gospel. You are amazing, and I'm sure you will represent the church well! :)

The Miner's said...

I also have been following your blog. I found it from a friends and I now know why I did just happen to come across it. You are such an amazing woman. The last 2 years we've had our own struggles with our babies (age 2 and 1), in and out of hospitals wondering what was REALLY going on. Even a cancer scare. Throughout these experiences I've struggled with why me etc. All in all trying to be strong for my family. When in all actuality, not taking care of myself. Through reading your unimaginable story my testimony has grown immensely. I always knew we couldn't do it alone but I needed to be reminded. You reminded me how blessed we are to have this amazing gospel in our life and the unquestionable blessings that occur from being obedient and worthy of those blessings. I've fallen in love with your little family and your words of wisdom. I'm so glad to hear he's home and doing great. Good luck tomorrow. I'm sure you guys will show the TRUE meaning of christ! :) Melissa Miner (Utah)

Traci said...

Best of luck my dear.... I don't doubt your abilities one bit.... you've got this! Love from the neighborhood!

Stranger in Southern California said...

I am so excited for you and your family. How neat that Ali is there too. I don't know you but feel like I do and can not tell you the joy I got when reading your blog today. I am so happy that one of God's Miracles, Bronson is going to be shown on National TV. I started reading your blog when the accident happened and am so touched by your faith, love and family.

Thank you for helping me be a better person! I am sure you will touch so many others the same way that hear your story tomorrow.

Good Luck and have fun!
Love,
Meghan Stone

meagan said...

I've been following your blog since the accident, and you've commented several times that people you don't know, of all walks of life, have been praying for your baby and your family. Each time I've thought, she doesn't know how true that is! I'm a liberal Catholic girl from NYC. We don't share a 'religion' but I do believe we share a God and I'm so grateful and glad that things have turned out the way they have for your son and for you all. I haven't commented before, but since I work at a museum only two blocks from the Today show set, I will be thinking of you nearby tomorrow morning and wishing you well. Please have no doubt that your story has, and will continue to have, power over the hearts of many, many people. And thank you for being brave enough to share it - not just on TV, but all along, even when the fear and pain were at their terrible worst.

Kristi said...

I am a stranger and came across your blog randomly, but i had to comment and tell you, that your story has changed my life.

I am a mom to two beautiful and amazing daughters and I too have gone away for just a second - and had a distraction that has turned it into a few minutes....after reading your story, i will never do it again.

Thank you for sharing everything that has happened, it has allowed me to stop and realize what is important and what can wait. As Mom's we become such great multi-taskers and sometimes we do too much.

I am so inspired by your faith and I am so happy that God blessed you all with this miracle. You were right when you said the miracle will reach mankind. Bronson's story has totally touched my life.

I am so happy your family is back together and Bronson is doing well!

Thank you again. You have a beautiful family! Enjoy every joy, mess and laugh that your boys bring to you! Bless you all! :)

Becca and Jared Anderson said...

Yeah!!! I have the DVR ready to record at 7:00AM. What an awesome opportunity for you and your family to share Bronson's miracle, and touch the lives of millions of people around the world, for others to be able to read Bronson's story through his tender mother's words, and watch a miracle unfold before their very eyes, and for the opportunity to bear testimony of Jesus Christ, the power of prayer, and the peace and comfort that comes from living the gospel of Jesus Christ, which brings so much joy and comfort. . .

Good luck tomorrow!!!

*HUGS*

marcy said...

Sara (and family),

New York City WELCOMES YOU!!!! I hope that your travels are safe, your days are happy, and your experience is joyful. You have had a glimps of what your story has done and how your family has captivated the masses. God has you on a mission! A beautiful, bountiful mission that began in sorrow and desperation, but has grown into joyful praise and celebration. You have touched so many hearts and you will continue to do so. Whether it is here in NYC, at home,or in far off lands you haven't even dreamed of yet. We, the WORLD, are happy to have you :)

Natalie and Travis said...

Sara- You'll do amazing! I'm praying for you that you'll be able to say everything exactly as you want to say it. I'm kiiiind of a rambler too- one guess where we get it from! And I know that millions more lives will be touched by this story. I can't wait!!! XOXOXO

Christi said...

Watching you on "Today" this morning, as a fellow member of the church I recognized your spirits instantly as members of the church. I googled and found your blog. I want to express how wonderful this miracle is that has happened in your life. So happy for you! Also, wanted to thank you for setting such a great example to the world. What a missionary experience :)

Karen, mom of 2 in Boston said...

I'm watching your story now, and while you're lucky he's alive, you deserve to be investigated by Child Protective Services for EVER even thinking it's OK to leave a 16-month old baby unsupervised in a tub of water.

You were quoted in another article as saying: "I know I am a good mom. I know that I love my boys more than anything in the world, but I allowed myself to get distracted, and that's the bottom line; and maybe that's what resonates, because every mom has been distracted at some point," ...

I have no doubt you love your children, but you couldn't be more wrong that distraction caused this tragedy. YOUR POOR DECISION to leave him in the tub for even one moment is what caused this tragedy.

I hope the lesson people take away from your story is to never leave babies & toddlers unsupervised in water.

Anonymous said...

I'm a TV News producer in a NYC - and a mom (who's certainly made a few mistakes of her own. And yes, we ALL do, just as Lester said!) You were terrific! Your message is heart-warming and educational and inspiring. Thank you for everything, and kiss those wonderful little boys. Now have a wonderful time in the Big Apple!

meganblaire said...

Sarah! I've been gone for a few days, and missed the announcement; but happened to roll out of bed just in time for my morning dose of Today. What a wonderful surprise to see them intro your story! I was yelling so loudly, I was so excited, my Mom came running in a panic! I've been reading and praying for your family since the beginning of this story, even spreading the word to friends and family. What a cool thing to see Bronson live on TV, babbling and answering the phone! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! Still praying for you, love you all!

Megan

Omi said...

Hadn't seen your blog in a couple of days, but caught the trailer on NBC this morning. Imagine my surprise to find you there!! Sara and Matt, you're absolutely right. Heavenly Father has blessed you in a miraculous way and expects you to share His message for a reason. Thank you for being so obedient - many will be blessed as a result. I know I have certainly been encouraged in my faith by you and what you have experienced. Blessings, Omi

amy said...

I'm glad your son is okay as well, but I have to agree with "Karen mom of 2". I don't even have kids but know that a baby can drown in an inch of water--didn't we all learn that in middle school home economics?

Kierstin said...

What a wonderful opportunity to touch even more hearts with your precious miracle! You will be wonderful!

Kate said...

I was not aware of your story until this morning watching the Today show. Your story touched my heart. My children are teens now but it brought me to think of how many times I had probably turned for "just a second" to take care of a task.
Thank you for sharing your story and your beautiful family with us all.
God Bless!!

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marcus said...

God has provided a “means” (Mosiah 8:18), that means is through the priesthood. Those men, just like your husband Matt, who have been ordained to the authorized priesthood of God, and maintain their worthiness can make a difference. If we have faith in our Heavenly Father and the priesthood, just like you and Matt, miracles will be performed.

Through this missionary opportunity on the Today Show, your family will be able to preach the only true gospel and be an example to the world like a light on a hill. Taking this opportunity shows the world that you and your family will not hide your lights under a bush, but will shine bright. You will be an instrument in God’s hands to save souls and baptize converts through the ordinance of baptism so that they can be saved in the celestial kingdom instead of being limited to a lesser kingdom.

Christine said...

wathcing you this morning on the TOday show. You arer an amazing family of God. You give me inspiration for my own little ones struggle!

God Bless~
Christine
al4jake.blogspot.com

Bar 7 Ranch said...

I had to leave for work before your segment was on this morning. I saw the preview and I know it is going to be an awesome testimony. Thank you for sharing your story.

Michelle said...

I just saw your story on the today show. I couldn't help but cry the entire time. I have 3 children and can only imagine the heartbreak you felt when you thought you lost your child and then the elation once you realized he was going to be ok.

My sister suffered brain damage over 25 years ago, I only wish they had that cooling system (lowering body temperature) back then, maybe it would have helped. I'm very happy for you and your family that technology has improved and that your son is doing great!

I also appreciate what you said about remembering the important things in life. Like you said, we all get so busy at times and forget the meaningful things in our lives. It was a good reminder, thank you!

BTW/your son is adorable. So cute playing on dads cell phone :)

clskip said...

From the moment I heard NBC "advertise" your upcoming segment--I felt a spiritual connection--I knew you had to be LDS or that our God of miracles was leading you there! What a beautiful family and story to share with the world. I know that everyone listening had to feel of that great spirit and the testimony that you bore was powerful in its simplicity. Thank you for sharing this story and I am so grateful for the miracle that you received-another testimony that our Savior does live and loves each of us.(alabama)

Steph T. said...

WOW! Just saw your interview on the today show. What a journey you have been on! I have to share a moment in my life when I had a glimpse of what you have went thru...it was a nice summer day...we were playing frisbee in the front yard with our kids...then...5...3...and 16 months. My 16 month old walked into the backyard to play with our dog...he was only back there maybe a minute. All of the sudden I just felt GOd saying...go check on him. As I walked into the backyard calling for him I noticed the water in the pool moving...it was one of those little plastic pools from Walmart...only about 6 inches deep. As I got closer I saw him on his back...eyes wide open...moving his hands and feet as fast as he could...I screamed and Grabbed him out of that pool as fast as I could!!! He just chocked for a minute and was fine. Praise GOD! I know God prompted me to go into the backyard that day...just a couple of minutes longer and it would have been a really bad situation. He must have slipped when he stepped into the pool and couldn't get back up...the water just barely covered his face, but it was enough. I cried and held onto him for so long it seemed. I just want to thank you for sharing your story with us today. Thank you for being bold in your faith and giving God all the glory. God still performs miracles today and we need to stand up and tell the world what he is doing! What a blessing you and your family are to others thru this story! Bronson is such a sweet boy! He reminds me of my baby boy...well not such a baby anymore...he is 9 now! Praise GOd for his mercy...blessings and miracles! May he continue to bless your sweet family!
Stephanie Thomason
PS...love your blog...I am a blogger too!

Jodi said...

I had not heard your amazing story till today. I actually just happened to walk past the tv that was on in my bedroom, showing the Today Show, and it caught my eye. Besides the title at the bottom of my screen catching my eye, I could tell by looking at you and listening to you, that you are LDS. Must be resonating that MoMo vibe. ;) Seeing the pics of sweet Bronson in the hospital particularly pained me, as it was the same type of image that is still in my mind of my Mom....from 19 months ago. :( I was intrigued at the procedures used to help preserve his brain activity and wished while watching the show, that the doctors in St. George would have had that kind of vision to use for my Mom. I am so happy for your family and the miracle you received through our Heavenly Father and modern medicine to bring your baby boy back to you. You did very well on the show and I was incredibly touched by your powerful testimony at the end, as I'm sure many other people have been as well. :)

Mommy Bear said...

I just heard of your story a few minutes ago on the Today show. It sent chills down my back. I was overcome with so many emotions. Your story inspired me to not worry about the small stuff. Focus more on what matters - my family. Watching your beautiful Bronson squirm around and "talk" on the cellphone reminded me of my own little boy. Thank you for sharing your story. God bless.

Be A Saint said...

I am so proud to be a fellow member of the church. Thank you for the beautiful testimony you bravely bore on the Today show this morning. Thank you for telling your story. How blessed you have been and how many miracles you have witnessed. Something told me as I watched your story, from the beginning, that you were member of the church. I am so grateful for your miracle and know that you are so humbled by your experience. Enjoy your family.
The Zachary family
Sulphur, Louisiana

M&N said...

You guys did great! I still cry everytime I see your wonderful little boy.

Anonymous said...

Just watched you on the Today show! You guys did GREAT and Bronson was absolutely adorable, of course! I loved your testimony, Sara. You guys continue to amaze me!!! Thanks again for sharing your life.

Alisha Evans
Rigby, ID

Transparent Mama said...

Fellow blogger and mother of four boyz. My littlest one sporting a mohawk too! Just saw you on the Today Show and had to come by to tell you-thank you for telling your story! You did beautifully.

Jesicca said...

You guys did an amazing job this morning on the TODAY show.

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing part of your testimony today. I felt the spirit listening you to bear witness of Heavenly Father and his love for all of us. Something I've never had happen while watching the news :) I've been following your blog and can't wait to come run the 5k in a few weeks!

Christine said...

I've been following your blog for a long time now but this is the first time I've commented. I just wanted to tell you that I'm so proud of you for sharing your testimony on national TV! You said *exactly* what needed to be said. You said what I think most of us mormons really want the world to know. Heavenly Father is right there, and he listens to us, and he loves us.
You had wonderful poise and concentration for the whole interview, even with Bronson bugging ya! You were very eloquent and I think you really encompassed all the things you've been saying on here. They did a good job with the story and I'm glad they didn't hurry the live interview too much. And Bronson was perfect! Good job!

Anonymous said...

You did a wonderful job. It is sad that some people are so judgmental. I am convinced that you knew that there would be those that would judge and criticize, yet you chose to share your story anyway. To make a difference, to show gratitude, and to teach so many of us to focus on the important things. I can only imagine how hard it would be to put your accidental "mistake" on national TV for all to see. Thank you for having the courage to share your story. I, for one, am truly grateful.

April said...

Great job! I have been following your story and it really has touched me. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

I really enjoyed your story on the Today show this morning.. I was doing the dishes (from last night, of course) and feeling exhausted from my week. I heard your voice and was drawn in to your story..I was wondering the whole time if you were also a fellow Latter Day Saint and I could just tell you and your husband had such great testimonies and great faith. I am so grateful Bronson is okay and what a beautiful miracle! I will give my kids an extra hug today and thanks for giving me renewed strength to make every moment count!

Jenny- McKinney, TX

dottie said...

I just watched the show..what a wonderful story...I have watched your story unfold from the beginning on your blog. A testimony of a loving and caring Father In Heaven and the power of faith and prayer. You are a good example to all of us to trust in His word and to try harder to be i like Him.

Anonymous said...

Just saw the Today piece. I had not heard of your story before now. Almost from the very beginning of the piece, I said to myself, there is a special spirit about this family. I had a feeling that if I looked up this blog I'd confirm what I already knew. Thanks for your beautiful testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, the power of prayer, and the love of our Father in Heaven.

Mike, Sha, Kenna, & Kate said...

It is such a great opportunity to get a good story and positive view out about the Church. Good luck!

Lefty Lindy said...

You don't know me, but I saw you guys on the Today Show this morning. I thought, these people seem so Mormon! Then when you bore your testimony of our Father in Heaven and how we know He's there, I knew! So I looked up your blog and I wanted to say thank you both for being brave enough to share that no matter where you are!

Aimee said...

Sarah,
I've been reading your blog but had not had time to catch up for a couple of weeks. I saw the teaser on the today show and knew it was you. You did so great! Your little guy was awesome! Your testimony brought tears to my eyes. What a sweet spirit you brought to my morning and I am sure it carried to others.Thank you for sharing your story and the basic principle of our restored gospel with the world.

cmraven said...

I missed the story. Boooo! Ill watch a clip online later. :) Some people are so judgemental. Im fighting the good fight for you, mama!

Randy said...

My wife and I saw your story on the Today show this morning and Googled your names to find out more about you and your family. We ran across your blog and have been so touched by God's spirit as we've read. Thank you for your example! Thank you for sharing! Thank you for being open and vulnerable. We all do and have done things we regret. God loves us anyway and blesses us in spite of ourselves. Isn't it wonderful? What an amazing miracle! We knew from the moment we started watching the story this morning that you were people of faith. Your countenances are so bright and emanate the love of God. You are an inspiration to us all! Thanks again for sharing.

Randy & Christina Smith

P.S. You are an amazing writer...so eloquent!

McGiven Family.... said...

I just watched the show! You looked gorgeous and did a wonderfyl job! Your story brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it and reminds me to enjoy my 3 boys more. Thank you again for sharing.

FishinFamily said...

You two were simply amazing. I imagine our Father in Heaven is defnitely smiling on your job well done. You represented Him and His miracles. Thank you for being such a light and example. I'm sorry you had to go through such a dark time to get to this point. So glad you've made it through the storm and the sun shines now. =)

Erin said...

You did such a good job this morning! Just watched and still all teary eyed. I'm so proud of you for sharing your testimony of a loving Heavenly Father. I'm sure that it touched lives of those who needed to hear that message.

Ya did good!!!!

mckenzie said...

We saw the show!! I was up with my baby and happened to be watching and I am so glad I was. I wouldn't have wanted to miss it. Great job! It was fantastic!

Laura said...

I am so grateful for your willingness to share this ordeal with the world, I truly believe that God allowed this to happen to your family because he knew that you would use this horrible ordeal to soften the hearts of millions. Your faith and optimism in the most trying of times, when no one would have faulted you for curling up in a corner somewhere to cry, has touched many more souls than you could ever possibly know. Yes Bronson's recovery is a miracle, but at least to me you, Sara, are the inspiration.


Laura

gramyflys said...

I had not heard of your story before seeing the piece on TV this morning from my hotel room, but I believe it is a credit to you that within minutes of you speaking, I knew you were LDS. The light in your eyes and your beautiful, humble testimony of our God of Miracles let me know you were "one of us!" Thanks for representing us well, and for teaching the world, through your example, that we are normal, loving, spiritual people. Beautiful story, beautiful family, beautiful miracle.

Anonymous said...

wow...way cool! By the way...who is Alli? We have heard about her here and there but who is she? Your daughter? Sister?

laney said...

Saw the Today this morning...the segment was awesome. Your story still brings tears to my eyes. I'm so glad you got your miracle!

Rebecca said...

Yes, who is Alli?

Y'all did such a wonderful job and I especially loved your sweet testimony at the end. ♥

andrea.roche said...

Found your story through my best friend who lives in your neighborhood.

I'm not one to comment on blogs of people I don't know, but I just had to say how powerful your interview was today. Your words and testimony were so eloquent and yet, simple. Beautiful testimony.

Now to be a little petty.... explain to all of us how you have four kids and still have such a rockin bod!!!! haha.

Ryan & Jamie said...

Sara, I live in Henderson NV and had no idea about your story until I saw it on the Today show this morning. I was in the other room and heard the TV and your family's story. When I heard your voice, I immediately thought "Huh - she sounds like she's LDS." And then I heard you talking about "our God of miracles" and "Father in Heaven" and then I thought "Yep, they're definitely LDS!" So I texted my mom in Salt Lake saying how neat it was that you bore your Testimony on the Today Show. She pointed out that you had a blog, so here I am.

I just wanted to tell you that it is WONDERFUL that you bore your Testimony for all the world to hear (or whoever watches the Today show...)! You are wonderful examples and I know you have touched so many hearts. Thank you for being you, and not covering up what you know to be true. Reading your thoughts on why you decided to do the show is really sweet. I'm sure it was hard and out of the way for you to go there and do the show. But the Lord wanted you to share your Testimony, and you did. What a wonderful family you are to do that. Thank you!! I wish you and your family and Bronson all the best. :)

onceapickle said...

Sara, Matt and Bronson...you guys did great! I can't even imagine how overwhelming this entire experience is for you, but you pulled through with a calmness, grace and faith. It is so amazing how Bronson's miracle is touching the life of so many others. What a special little boy you have.

Enjoy New York!

Love,
Jenn

Rob & Nell said...

Sara, Matt and Bronson~
You guys looked great! Loved watching Bronson try to talk on the phone!

The Ellis Fam said...

We don't get tv at our home. please put a link up to watch it on youtube or something. i can't wait.

Lana said...

Sara,

I hadn't heard about your family or little Bronson until this morning on the Today show. I silently watched and cried. What an amazing story. You can tell what a wonderful, devoted mother you are.

After watching, I decided to search for your blog. Wow, I didn't know what was in store for me.. I sat reading for about an hour, crying my eyes out... You have a way with words that not many people have. You have inspired me to be a better mom! I loved your piece on leftovers..

Bronson and your other boys are so very blessed to have you as a mommy..

Shana said...

I love your request with your comment section on here! And I agree 100%!
First off-- You guys did amazing on the Todays show! Good job-- I am sure everyone who watched it could feel the Spirit you all brought with you. God is a God of miracles and is still performing them every second. Thank you for sharing your story on National T.V. I am sure it must have been very hard and I think you are amazing to do it! I think every mother needs to hear what you have to say-- God is wanting you to share your experience with others so that they do not make the same mistake as you. Because we ALL do it. There is not one mother who can not say that she has not been distracted and has watched her child every second. It isn't about just the bathtub and drowning. It is constantly being aware. Every day something happens to children that could have otherwise been prevented if the mother had watched her child every second. But we all know that it is impossible!!
Children fall from windows, get hit by their family backing out of driveways, fall down the stairs or off beds, etc... You get my point. And for KAREN MOM OF 2 IN BOSTON to even say you should be investigated is pure arrogance.
WE ALL make mistakes. Each and every one of us as parents! Your mistake is just more public than others and I commend you for being so public about it because it has saved so many babies lives, I am sure!!
SO THANK YOU!! And thank you for sharing your beautiful testimony of our loving Savior Jesus Christ!
You and your family are beautiful! Just forget the nasty comments because those that judge have their share of dirty secrets in their closets. You are amazing!

Carly said...

Your family is amazing. I am happy one of my good friends told me about your being on the Today show this morning. I tuned in from work and I was in tears. Your family is quite the inspiration to many. I am so happy that you were all able to make the journey to NYC. Hopefully you will be able to enjoy some quality family time together on a much needed vacation.

Love,
Carly
Phoenix, AZ

P.S. Bronson was a DOLL on TV! I think he is made for the spotlight. I loved the cell phone call he made :)

Cortney Heintz said...

Yea! Watched you on TV today! Glad those who haven't found your blog were able to see your story on TV. You did great! So happy for you!

Cortney Heintz said...

Yea! Watched you on TV today! Glad those who haven't found your blog were able to see your story on TV. You did great! So happy for you!

Chris and McKell Provost said...

You guys looked great on the show today! Bronson was such a cutie! I thought it was the cutest thing ever when he put the phone up to his ear and started up a little conversation on the phone I was laughing so hard he is so perfect!!

Malea said...

I just saw the piece. It was wonderful. Thank you for staying true to your faith and crediting God who IS a God of Miracles and a Father in Heaven, like you said, who love us as His children. There are some who would shy away saying those things on National T.V. But I saw that the spirit was with both of you, and felt it stongly when you spoke, as I'm sure many across the country and around the world did as well. You and your family have changed lives. Certainly mine. My kids and I now play games and tell stories while they bathe. We giggle and laugh together. I can quiet my mind and totally give all my love and attention to those sweet little boys. But it's not just the bath tub. It's a renewed ablity to refocus on the positive aspects of parenthood. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than our family. Thank you Thank you for sharing your strength. I love you and your family. And I really hope you have found time to get that pedicure:)

Terry said...

This morning when I was getting ready to leave for my daily walk, I turned on the Today Show and saw your interview. I stopped and listen to the story. At first I had wondered why a mother would leave her 16 month old alone in the tub, then as I heard your story, I could so relate. Having had four children (three boys and a girl) within a six year period, I can relate on how a parent can get distracted. I was touched by the story. As the interview continued, the thought came to me--Hey! they have got to be LDS! So, later on today, I looked you up, found your blog (which I'll have to say is very impressive), and bingo! I was right. I loved your testimony at the end of the interview. One thing we all have to remember, is God has a plan. You have such a beautiful family, and there is definitely a big plan for those four beautiful boys!

The Van Fam said...

What a wonderful testimony, to share it with all those who were watching. You did awesome. I loved watching little Bronson on the phone. I have a daughter his same age, and she carry's on the exact same conversations with our phones.

Greg Staker said...

Powerful and emotional story. Thank you for sharing.

pumps said...

Sara,

We went through a similar case. I was in Houston, and my wife with my two kids in Mexico. Youngest felt into a pool, and was found at the bottom. My wife did CPR, and came back. We spent nearly a week at the local hospital. I always thought that was the worst day of our lives until my oldest told me that it bothers him still. I thought for a moment, and told him that even though we went through a lot of things that day, it was the best day in our lives. We had lost him, and got him back. I hope that you can look at it that way. It has really helped us all.

Nick said...

I just read your story on MSN and could not help but weep at the miracle that you have been part of. Jesus is using you to spread the word and you are doing it so willingly. Your struggle has become inspiration to so many in the world. Thank you for being willing to share the experience with us.

TARA WARTHEN MADSEN said...

Sara - as a family we watched you on the Today show and the three of you looked BEA-U-TI-FUL!!! (So is your house, by the way!!!!). I am so glad you spoke of Heavenly Father and of modern-day miracles. Matt is right: GREAT missionary opportunity. I am guessing MILLIONS of people watch the Today show and will search more because of your strong and honest words. Ah - what a blessing Bronson is... in COUNTLESS ways! Those little hands that once lay lifeless - now "texting" on his daddy's cell phone. GOD IS GOOD! He loves your family so much and has blessed you because of your faith and obedience to the gospel. XOXO

Anonymous said...

The Lord has blessed your family with an extraordinary miracle. How wonderful that your little boy is going to be able to experience happy, joyous moments with your family! I wish your family nothing but the best. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

Kim M. said...

Sara-
I saw your story this morning on the Today Show and was beyond touched by your sweet Bronson. Watching him on TV I knew he had to be close to the same age as my little girl. She uses the cell phone just as he did on the show, chatting away and having a conversation all her own! She was born Oct.1, 2008 and I see on your blog that there is only 4 days difference in their age. Your story is so touching and since seeing it this morning I have held, laughed, looked my daughter in the eye and rocked her to sleep for her nap with a new meaning. There have been so many moments with her that I know I have let her out of my site too long, ran to her room to get PJs with the bath water running, too many close calls that I didn't even realize! I shiver now thinking of it. There is a good possibility that Bronson has and will save lives with his story! I believe that everything truly happens for a reason and God knew what a strong boy Bronson is and what a strong family you are. He is using your family to touch the lives of many! Such an incredible little miracle boy! God is good and your family is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

Ben and Natalie's Family Zoo said...

You guys ROCKED IT today! I was on the treadmill at the gym and just wanted to yell out loud, "YES!!!" Thanks for never being ashamed of your beliefs and testimony, even on national TV. What an inspirations to millions. You were great! And Little B stole the show :) Love you guys!

Anonymous said...

I am happy your little boy came out of this whole ordeal ok but I think it is awful you ever let this situation even occur. By keeping an eye on your kids you could have avoided all of this drama. How many times are parents advised to NEVER leave children unattended in the bathtub?? I work in a pediatric specialty ward in a hospital that deals everyday with the effects of neglectful parenting, hopefully this has taught you a lesson and you will be more careful with the gifts from God you have been given. Shame on you for not taking care of your children.

Katie Fernands said...

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Amy B. said...

So ticked off I missed it...I haven't checked your blog for a few days cuz life has been crazy and I am sooooo mad!!! I heard it was such a great story!!!

Thank you for all that you do...you girlie are amazing!

auntie amy

Jessica said...

we heard your story shortly after it happened, when Bronson was still in a coma. My five year old overheard my husband and I talking about it and was so sad! We were all in tears. I told him the only thing we could do is pray for a miracle for that family. My son grabbed my hand and just poured out his little heart. "Please, give that family a miracle, Heavenly Father." I'm just so thankful and still very emotional and moved to tears when I think about him. Squeeze him close and give him a hug from us.

emlizalmo said...

You were wonderful. I knew you would be. Your story has touched me...made me so grateful for the health of my children, for a loving Heavenly Father, for eternal families. Thank you for sharing your testimony at the end of the interview. It was beautiful, and the world needed to hear it...to hear what we believe, what we KNOW.

The Jesperson Family said...

I saw your segment on the Today show and thought you did a FABULOUS job!!! I was laughing so hard when Bronson put the phone up to his ear and said "hello." What a treasure he is.

You don't know me. I have been following your blog for a month now and have been so inspired by your sweet spirit. Many times I have felt the spirit as I have read your words here on this blog. I was in tears as I watched you this morning as once again the Spirit testified of that which I already know, that our Heavenly Father knows us, and loves us, and has a specific plan for each one of us. I'm sorry that you had to go through all of this, God only knows what you have been through, but I know with a surety that you did, and were given this miracle with Bronson along with it, because you would touch millions of lives from it.

Without a doubt you have touched mine. Thank you for helping me remember what is important and how most of us can be a little less distracted when it comes to those important things.

Mary (Orem, UT)

Anonymous said...

As I've read and watched, and read, and read, and watched again, I am convinced that all this was part of The Plan. Bronson was meant to be God's miracle for the world to see. And even though this had been SO horrible, It has united the hearts of TENS-UPON-HUNDREDS-OF-THOUSANDS of us across the world. Are we not ALL better? You have turned this into exactly what it should be. Bless you, bless you. Your Little B has become our Little B too. We will forever love and pray for the Stakers.

Matt and Brianna said...

WOW!! You never cease to amaze me!! You guys all looked beautiful!

Shannon Kilstrom Photography said...

You were wonderful on Today!! Bronson is such a little cutie and you and your husband did an amazing job. Live TV isn't easy! ;)

To the lovely lady above who works at a pediatric specialty ward, I certainly hope that you show the families of those children a little bit more compassion than you are showing this family. Hopefully they don't let you work too closely with the families given your attitude and perspective. Anyone who wants to pretend they are a perfect parent who never makes a mistake is free to do so, however, they are only fooling themselves.

God Bless your family, Sara. You are an inspiration and I hope that the few negative comments don't bother you too badly. These people are are obviously hurting themselves if they choose to lash out in this way so the best we can do for them is to pray for them!

Sharon said...

I can't believe I am just now learning of your story!
Reading it left me an emotional wreck! But so grateful for your blessed "ending."
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, insights, feelings and beliefs.
One suggestion - as Bronson communicates with you, listen carefully; he may be able to share some things that will astound you.

Melanie said...

Don't even know you all, but I'm in tears. MSN had your story and a link to your blog. Thanks for sharing your story, I'm sure it will be a great missionary tool!!

gamommy2two said...

Staker Family, my husband just sent me your story from the NBC website and I've got to tell you...it brought tears to my eyes. What a strong little boy you have! God has truly given you a miracle and I have a feeling you're going to remember that it was God that did this for you. You are making a difference you can never know. Thank you for sharing your family's story with the world.

Anonymous said...

I just want to say how moved I was by your story. You are an amazing family with an amazing little guy who has fought against the odds and showed everyone "Hey I can do this!" God bless you and your family and treasure every moment together!

kelly said...

Karen & Amy do have a valid point. We should welcome an investigation of any parent who’s child is harmed. Sarah did say in one of her first posts that on a previous day, her kids had “played for hours and hours in the bath tub” and so she let them do it again since, “it was so cute.” She didn’t state whether or not she sat there with them for all those hours. Some would consider this an indication/pattern of her negligence and decision making skills as the caregiver of her children.

Sarah, I was wondering how you feel about the following observations/ questions: It appears you live in a very expensive home. Are you keeping any of the proceeds from your 5K fundraiser in a few weeks? If so, what do you say to those who would question how ethical this is? Are you considering giving up your material possessions in order to pay your bills? If not, would you consider it exploitation of your child in order to maintain your comfortable lifestyle?

Babs said...

I accidentally stumbled across your blog a few days ago; I was looking for photography tips which led to a blog, that led to yours. Sometimes God just directs us, even thru the internet. Thank you for sharing your miracle....thank you for sharing your thoughts, faith, and your hearts. I have a 16 month old grandson, and can't bear the thought of anything happening to him. I'm reminded to hug my kids and grandkids, to appreciate them, and be thankful for them, and all the blessings God graces us with!

God bless you and your family!

Barbara Hyde
Alabama
bhyde1696@yahoo.com

Momber said...

Mom of 2 in Boston-I don't think saying those mean things does any good. As mommies, we know what our imperfections and mistakes are...no one can tell us anything we don't already know about ourselves. I don't know the Staker family personally but I have been following their blog from the beginning of February and my perspective has been altered significantly by their story. No matter how diligent we are as parents sometimes bad things happen. It is what we allow to come of those things that shows our character and the Staker family has responded magnificently. Plus, that Bronson is so dang cute, I just adore him!!

Anonymous said...

Hey.

thank you for sharing your story. I almost lost my daughter 2 days ago...it just took one second of distraction and i found her in our pool...i do belive it is a miracle that she is still here today..my husband and i haven t been able to sleep for 3 days now...and as weird as it sounds, it made me feel stronger to see you on tv...to see that it can happen to anybody...not just us.

It was an accident, it should have never happened...but it did...and it is a lesson to be learned...

thank you so much again ,

melanie.

Shane and Chelsea Elton said...

This morning as I was switching through the channels, I stopped on the Today Show when they said they were having you guys. I was so excited because I had read your blog before, as Bronson's miracle was unfolding. As I watched and listened to your words, it brought tears to my eyes. First, you were all just perfect. No rambling!:) Second, I am also so excited that your family is using this experience as a missionary tool. I know others could feel your sincerity as you shared your testimony of our loving Father in Heaven. And last but not least, it gave me so much joy to see Bronson, beautiful and perfect as he played with his daddy's phone (my little one's favorite toy also). Thank you for being so open and honest throughout this whole experience. It has touched many people's lives.

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Chris and Michelle said...

Yay! You did an INCREDIBLE job this morning on the Today Show! LOVED it and I was so glad I checked your blog yesterday and found out you were going to be on. I have followed your amazing story from the beginning (heard about your blog thru a friend - Amanda P. in Orem) and have been so touched by your family and this experience that I have since shared your blog with many!
I too know I am a good mom, but I have been a 'distracted' mom many times (every mother has!). You have reminded me (& many others) of what's truly important and to refocus... Your 'Leftover' post hit me to the core btw. WOW!
You are such an incredible writer and you and your experience have been used as instruments in God's hands... I have no doubt of that!
Thank you for sharing your testimony with the world! It was so heartfelt and it is obvious you touched the hearts of many. Thank you for your courage. You did amazing!

Britney said...

You are a beautiful and brave woman, my friend.

And your boys looked oh, so handsome.

Brenda @Just a Bed of Roses said...

I watched your precious story this morning on the today show and it was precious and your families sweetness just radiated. I have followed your blog for sometime because I love your story and love how your share it through your gift of writing.
I hope you don't mind I have you on my bloglist as I hope others that come to my blog will find you and be as inspired by your miracle.

never regret sharing...it's wonderful.

Preston and Keri said...

You guys were amazing on the show! I cried through the whole thing! You are so brave for sharing your story with the world and I am so glad that you did!
To those of you that judge...SHAME ON YOU! This could happen to anyone...even YOU!!!
Don't let those that have only cruel things to say upset you. The good definitely outweighs the bad.

Karen, mom of 2 in Boston said...

Momber -- that's EXACTLY my point. You wrote "No matter how diligent we are as parents sometimes bad things happen."

I couldn't agree more, but it seems to me that to leave such a young baby/toddler in a tub for any reason is NOT acting in a diligent way, but yet her son was miraculously revived.

It makes me sick to think how many parents can't claim the same miracle over 100% preventable tragedies.

To the poster who thinks I'm simply arrogant, I'm sure nothing I say will change your mind. I know I'm not perfect, but I also know I've never taken even a step away from a tub when my babies were in it until they were much older.

Anonymous said...

My name is Gene and I'm Chairman of the Hugs Foundation For Near Drowning Children we help families that have had near drowning accidents where their child ends up having severe brain injury.
I'm so glad that Bronson was able to come out of this horrible accident with out any type of injury.
God does work his miracles. I wish the doctors knew about this procedure when my grandson had a near drowning accident back in 2002
I hope everything goes well for you and your family and may God Bless you.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what the fact that the Staker's live in a nice home has to do with anything. People work hard to get what they have.
Far be it for anyone to criticize them keeping proceeds from an event organized by caring members of their family (not Sara) whose purpose it is to raise money for the family to pay medical bills. It states that right on the flier. If you feel this is wrong, you have the choice not to contribute to Bronson, send your money directly to the hospital for those children you feel are more worthy in your warped sense of justification. It's that simple. But don't take away from others good deeds and desire to help this family because you're upset she lives in an expensive house.

Anonymous said...

I apologize, the flier has been changed from it's original version. It now states for children in need, not Bronson. So it would seem they don't intend to keep the proceeds for themselves. Either way, it is still your choice to donate.

kelly said...

Not jealous at all. just posing a question. It obviously struck a chord with you so maybe the family does know it's not morally right to ask/accept money when they are well off and have their son. Many families leave primary children's with millions of dollars in bills and no child.

Betsy, mom of 2 said...

I am very glad for you that your son is alive and healthy. You are an incredibly lucky family. However, instead of glorifying this miracle on the Today show, you should be reassessing your priorities and maybe even taking parenting classes so preventable accidents like this never happen again in your home. What happened to your son was completely and utterly your fault. Every parenting reference out there says do not leave young children alone in the tub, and you left two of them together, for quite a while. You believe God saved your son, I believe the doctors did. Either way, you should not rely on miracles to compensate for your own negligence. I am shocked that you haven't been charged for negligence or endangerment, and cannot fathom why that is.

MiNdY said...

For those of you who are concerned about the charity of this 5k, I feel so obliged as to clear some things up. I, myself, (sister to Matt and Sara) Started this event. It was ORIGINALLY intended for those of us, FAMILY and loving FRIENDS to come together and support Bronson, Celebrate his life. Celebrate the miracle we had witnessed and in doing so raise some money to help out OUR loved ones. Just as I know they would do for me. It was the least I could do, and my family could do to help out. HOWEVER, Since the time in the hospital Matt and Sara have been blessed in SO many ways and miraculously wont be walking away with a lifetime of medical bills, which when this all started was actually thought of. Matt and Sara are the least prideful, money hungry people I have ever met in my life. And have lived their lives in service of others. So we will be continuing that service of others and continuing our celebration in BRONSONS HONOR, raising what money we can for those families who are NOT so fortunate. And we will do this with those who are so gracious to support such a good cause. Matt would wish to help out others before himself even IF he had a lifetime of medical bills.

If you do not wish to support it, by all means, don't. But PLEASE don't judge something that you haven't done homework on to get the facts. These are good people. This is a good thing we're trying to do. And have a good time doing it with those who wish to support it. Why go out of your way to try to turn it into a negative? We want to do this yearly in Bronsons honor. Not only to remember how blessed, yes.. BLESSED, we ALL are but to continue to help those in need. There are so many who need it, and I cannot wait to see the grateful faces on those who we are able to help.

Matt and Sara, Thank you for being such an inspiration. Thank you for being prime examples of whom I would love to be like. Which is absolutely "Christ like". You and your beautiful children are absolutely amazing. Love you!

Memmott Family said...

Mindy,
Thanks so much for your comment. How neat to put together a 5K for their family and for others I wish I could come.. What a good example your family and Matt and Sara are to others.. It is a reminder to ALL of us to keep a closer eye on our children. I know I have

Liz

Anonymous said...

It struck a chord with me because I think it's nonsense that they shouldn't be able to accept donations from caring people simply because they have a nice home and got to keep their son. If they had lost him or were poor would they be more deserving using your logic? I just can't understand why you feel they are undeserving of financial support?
And how nice of them to now be donating the money elsewhere since they don't need it themselves.

Jo Jo said...

Everyone, stop responding to ignorant people!! Really it doesn't matter what they say. They have no life so they find any way they can to cause pain to other people who do have lives (wonderful, happy, BLESSED lives) The only way they are happy in their own lives is to put other good, loving wonderful people down! STOP responding to them and they will go away!

joey said...

Still thinking about you. Loves.

Mom22Paynes said...

You are an inspiration to me, as a person and as a mother. Thank you so much for sharing your story and keeping your lives an open book. It has touched me on so many occasions over the last month and a half, and I am definitely a better person after "sharing" your experience through the blog. I am glad that the good comments outweigh the close-minded, hurtful ones. I still believe that this happened for a reason-- and you have touched so many lives. More than you will ever know. Thanks for taking the opportunity to bear your testimony on National TV. Truly an amazing example and experience. Keep being strong!

Bronson was ADORABLE on TV. I really loved it when he talked on the phone :)

~Rach (Boyd's wife)

Thelma said...

Your story, your miracle, your faith is amazing. I too once made a dreadful mistake that almost cost my child his life. I underestimated the power of a 16 month old child to actually reach something. My son is deathly allergic to all dairy. I put a glass of milk on my desk and was preparing to spend some time on the computer. I turned around to answer the phone. My son climbed up and upended the glass on himself. His lips, eyes, throat (a little got in his mouth) and everwhere the milk touched began to swell.....horrifically. He began to scream from pain and then to gasp for air. I called 911 and grabbed the epi pen that ultimately saved his life even though I didn't use it quite correctly (miracle working power there). My son almost lost his life that day. And while he did not go through the days you and your son did....it forever changed me. When you have watched life fade from your beloved child...your heart.....it changes who you are...it forever alters the course of your life. So, though I may not know you..I feel a connection to you, born of guilt and forgivness of faith and love. God bless you.

Synergy Girl said...

Ah man!! Why did I wait so long to come see how you were doing??! I missed it!! SIGH...!!!!!!!

wendy said...

HI, Nurse Ian was our favorite! My family had a similar story at picu. Your family is amazing.

Hunter Family said...

Hi Sara, I have been following your story the whole time. I am so happy for you and your family. What a miracle! Thanks for sharing.
-Brooke Hunter

The Petrini Post said...

I saw your story last week and was just deeply touched and instantly thought you must be LDS (we are too and strangly, saw your link on my friends blog who is a friend of yours too) and way, hearing your story I realized I really just needed an extra reminder that Our Heavenly Father does hear our prayers and answers them if we have faith....what an amazing family you are and what an amazing trail and blessings who have seen that I'm sure will guide you the rest of your life.
Don't let those critics out there get the better of you...we all make mistakes and I have walked away many times to grab a towel or switch the laundry to the dryer quickly and come back to find my daughter had fallen in the water and wasn't happy, but luckily, okay. Your story helped me realize how quickly bad things can happen, and it's not becuase we deserve bad things to happen to us because we were careless, it's just part of life and we need to learn those lessons the way HF needs us to learn them.
Glad to hear everything is okay!

Melanie said...

I have been following your blog so touched by Bronsons miracle. I saw you on the Today show you did a wonderful job you all look beautiful.
Dont let the ignorant peoples comments get you down, everyone makes mistakes big or small it happens people need to stop judging and join in celebrating Bronsons life. For those of you have made comments who dont have children of your own you have no idea.
Your Prayers were answered your faith of Our Heavenly Father allowed this miracle. I wish you nothing but the best. Good luck to you and your family
and those who dont like the story, do us all a favor and dont comment or read it. The incident is already over she cant turn back time all she can do is share her story to help save others.

Christina said...

It is amazing to me how people can read/see the same thing and get totally different perspectives out of it. Reading some of the comments on here reminds me of stories found in the scriptures. People are always in different places in their lives and sometimes too far away from our loving Father in Heaven to see the true purpose and feeling of your blog and experience. One story that has always stood out to me (and I think it applies here) is the story of the woman who was about to be stoned and the Lord said let you without sin cast the first stone. It is hard to not cast stones at times, but I am really trying to live my life that way and your story inspires me even more. There is not anything in life that can please everyone and I am so grateful for your courage and faith when it comes to sharing your story. There are many who would have chosen to keep their mistakes quiet, but then who could learn from them. That is what we are here on earth to do....not only pass our own test, but to help our brothers and sisters through this challenging life, as well.
Thank you!
Much love from Clinton, UT!

Kristi said...

Obviously I had to go to the website for the Hugs group for nearly drowned children, and read all of their stories and weep deep into the night. I am so glad for you that Bronson is alive and well. What a miracle. I wish I would have caught the segment on TV! I think it is wonderful how many lives you've touched and how much perspective you've been able to give people. I'm going to go hug my kids again. And again. And again...

-kristi

Anonymous said...

Stakers-
My name is Linsey. I came upon your blog through another blog.. just blog jumping. I love reading miracle stories, as I have had my own, and heard about yours. As I've read through baby Bronson's story, it has truly strengthened my testimony. I am a member of the church as well and the way you say things is perfect and makes me feel so much more blessed to have the gospel in my life. Your son is a strength I can see. All of your boys are. My younger sister Ashley has spent quite a few days and nights at Primary Children's as she has a occurring medical condition she'll always have. I'm so happy for your baby's second chance at life and I now will continue to pray for you and your family that you might continue to have strength and that Bronson might grow and become even strong!! :) The name Bronson is definitely the meaning of Strength. It is my mother's maiden name and my mother has been through a lot. Thank you so much for sharing your testimony and sharing your family's story! It has helped me in so many ways. It encourages me to slow down and enjoy life a little bit more and hug everyone I love a little longer.
Now, I also have a request. There is a small family from Rigby, Idaho. They are the Sullenger Family! They have a beautiful 18 month old baby girl, named Preslee Jo. She recently (July 16th, 2010) feel into a canal and drowned! She was also sent to Primary's... but tragically lost her battle a week later. They are also trying to raise money for the Sullenger's in Preslee's honor! If you want to visit their blog it's, patrickandashley.blogspot.com I'm sure they would appreciate any beautiful advice you can give them. You seem to word things perfectly. I think that's what they need right now. :)