Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Just another day in the yard

Maddi just like all 3 of her brothers, loves the outdoors. It gives don and I much needed exercise. That girl is all over the place and keeping up with her is a chore. Getting her to go back inside is dang near impossible! Hey lookie, it's our neighbors,The Parkers. How fun is this neighborhood they showed up with a trailer, HAYRIDE just for the fun of it?





Meanwhile Hunter and Hayden are getting ready to do some damage at the pond.



What's this, is little Maddi upset?



No, she just wants to do her own fishing!!!!


I bet she said "bubba" 500 times. She wanted so bad to get her hands into that tackle box.

She waited patiently.....





and displayed some great signs of self control!!!! Look at her face. Can you see just how bad she wants it?

Watch it Maddi, bubba will get you!!!!!


No, she's not in the box, she's just admiring the top!!!!





Ahhhh success!!!! She got something out without anyone seeing!








I'm sorry about our crazy day. No one take offense PLEASE!!!! The websites were shut down to everybody, we didn't single out anyone in particular. As most of you know our lives have been public for quite sometime now and you guys are the ones who have gotten us through some of our toughest times. However there are those who feel the need to chime in on things and not in a good way. Protecting our families as you all know is our top priority and that is what is going on right now. Please just bear with us until we get it all sorted out.
Thanks so much for standing by us through all our ups and downs,
Staci


133 comments:

Lindsay said...

I know it makes many smile to see your sweet chillen'! Your story and Jake's story is what brought all of us together in the first place. One sweet soul teaching us all how to live a better life. Although hurt, we will all bounce back....and better than before! Thanks for posting Staci.

Vanessa said...

I am so sorry for whatever craziness took place today,I hope everything is ok. The pictures are so cute and Maddie looks adorable.

Claudia said...

I have followed Jake's story for the last few years. What an amazing boy he must have been! I have also been reading Mo's blog since she started it. I was so glad to see that you started your own blog about your sweet family as well. It makes me wish I lived in LA. because your family and Mo's seem like they would be so much fun to spend time with. I have been worried today when I tried to log onto Mo's your blogs and they were both blocked. I enjoy both of your blogs so much and was sad to think that I wouldn't be able to read them any more. I was delighted to be able to read yours this evening. Is Mo's blog going to stay private?

tricia said...

I love the pictures of the kids. You can tell how much Maddi's brothers love her. Your property is absolutely beautiful......so serene. I hope you all enjoy it for many years to come.
I understand that the bottom line is always to protect one's family. ALWAYS.It's just that so many (myself included) will miss you all if you have to isolate yourselves. It's sad that some find it necessary to ruin it for the good people. I think I comment on Mo's site daily! Have for a long time and was thrilled that you started blogging.I was so surprised by not getting onto both of your sites this morning but eventually yours opened up to me this evening. My heart smiled.Love and peace to each of you.(I read blogs&comment but don't have one of my own...but maybe you can "approve" comments before they are posted? Just a thought. Good night sweet family!

Lana said...

I agree with the others. I was so excited when you started blogging. I love most of all to watch your children grow but the sisterly love that you and MO show each other is fun to be a part of too, well from the net world anyway.

Some people just need to their panties out of a wad! kwim?

We all love ya Staci and will send prayers your way for life's troubles.

dena said...

Staci,
I sent you an email earlier to get permission to view....as I said, I was hoping it was not someone being mean to you or Mel. You have been very gracious to share your Jake and your family with us all. My prayer is all who come will come away with the true sense of kindness and generosity that you and Mel exhibit. God bless you all......and I LOVE the pix from today. Just a day outside with the kids enjoying all of God's creation.....priceless:) God Bless you Staci........Dena

Nana's Joy said...

Staci,
I started folling Jake's site when my grandson was born with HLHS. You know it is just a comfort to read all the care pages and caringbridge sites. One site leads you to another. I fell in love with your brave little guy and your enter family. Then when Mo started blogging I followed and then followed yours.
Mo was the first and only message I had for ever. Hope things get back to normal soon. Wishing you both the best.

RADstitches said...

Hey, if you go private you better take me with ya cause don't forget..I know where you like to eat! LOL You have been warned! Your place is great! Happy mowing this summer!!!

Veronica said...

So sorry to hear that you and Mo are being treated poorly some people need to get a grip and remeber the old saying! if ya cant say something nice dont say Nothing at all.

I Love both your blogs and seeing the kids grow and the Oreo competions are just priceless!

Bella's mommy said...

Staci,

Whatever happened today I am sorry it affected your family the way that it did. Please keep blogging and ask Melanie to do the same. I am addicted to the two of yours blogs like the crazy cat lady is to catnip! LOL. Keep those blogs coming and if there is anything that I can ever do for ya'll just let me know! Give your sweet Maddi hugs from me and my hellcat, Bella!!!!

Beth E. said...

Love you guys...I'm praying. Thanks for posting! I've been concerned about everything. Give the rest of the family hugs, too, okay?

Kim said...

We all totally understand. Sorry for all those crazies taking away form that sweet boy and his sweet family who love him and are trying to make his memory live on. Maddie is cute as ever!

Susan said...

OMG Staci - I am so sorry someone is bugging you all. I sent you and Mo and e-mail. I was so sad I couldn't get in. You are a wonderful family and I don't know why people can be so cruel. Glad to see it is up again. I love the pictures of the kids fishing. What a fun place to live!!

Jana said...

Hi, I have been an avid fan of Mo's and your's blogs for quite awhile now, and of course Baby Jake. I was surprised and disappointed today when I was blocked from Mo's blog. I hope that whatever problem occurred can be resolved - I LOVE to read your blogs, they make me laugh hysterically! I also love to see all Mo's crafts. God bless your family...

kate523 said...

Hi Staci! I don't think I've commented on your blog. I comment on Mo's once in a blue moon. Anyway, I hope you guys can get everything sorted out. Like everyone else said, you guys are such so wonderful sharing your families with us. I feel like we've been friends for years even though we've never met.

We love you guys! If you are ever up this way in MI. I would love you to meet you and Mo and in person.

randdmom said...

Man oh Man is Maddi ever precious!!! She seems so full of personality! Nice to see the boys actually cooperate to have their picture taken! Keep posting, Girl...

Sandy said...

I am glad to be able to see your blog again. I don't know what is going on but you keep blogging we admire you and your family for letting us share in your life good or bad we will be there for you guys. Maddi is just simply beautiful and the boys are growing up into really fine young men. I love the tackle box pic of Maddi she must have her own!! You and Mo remind me soo much of me and my sister. getting back at each other but continuing with the "sisterly love" Have a great weekend

lauren said...

Stacy: I want to say thank you for sharing your family and also Mo's family with us. There are so many cruel people in the world. Love the picture of your pond and home. Very peaceful looking. Agains thanks for posting

Denise said...

Staci -

I too am Very glad your blog is back up! I check in on you and Mo everyday!

Nasty people need to just go away! Remember what your mama's taught you, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!"

Take care!

Tim and Lucy said...

I have also been a Jake follower for quite sometime. We love your family.....how can someone be so sick to hurt such a wonderful family like yalls!!!!!

Lucy
us2r14ever@yahoo.com
HELP I'M HAVING MO WITHDRAWALS...lol!

lisa.benenhaley said...

Hey Staci,
I am so glad that you opened your site back up. I have been following your sites for along time now and am quite addicted. I love hearing your stories and Mel's and the battle of pictures between the two of you. I don't have a sister but it must be pretty neat to have one. I hope everything settles down quickly.
Thanks for posting.

stephleighjenkins said...

Your land is absolutely gorgeous!!!! The kids are precious! I'm sorry that some idiot has "chimed" in. There's always one in every bunch. Please know that your family and Mo's are always in our prayers.

Theresa Shirley said...

Staci,
I'm so sorry that some people are so stupid!!! I figured something like that had happened when I couldn't get into Mo's blog. I was able to get into yours yesterday afternoon. I sent her an email yesterday asking her to approve me to view her blog. I am so addicted to reading about ya'lls families! I have been following a loooong time (of course starting with Jake's CaringBridge site). I hope everything gets straightened out, and I HOPE I can soon read Mel's blog. I think I won't be able to function if I can't keep up with ya'lls precious families!! :) Just know that there are a lot of people out here who love you!!
Sending you much love from Georgia!!

Angie H. said...

I enjoy reading about you and your family. I have follwed Jake's site for a while now and then Mo's now yours and Mo's. I hope all is well and that she will be back to blogging soon.. Hang in there and know that everyone is thinking of you all and praying for your family.
Tell Mo hello.
Angie H.
angieaccoun@aol.com

Beverly said...

We, who love you, will always be there! Love that you are back to blogging! Maddi is so cute and I love seeing pictures of her and the boys. Thanks for letting us all know what's happening and please know we continue to love you all and appreciate so much that you and Mo lets us enjoy a little part of your lives.

Kelly said...

I went to read Mo's blog yesterday and was blocked :( I kinda figured something was going on. I have been a follower since the Caringbridge days. I love reading both of your blogs. I am even a follower on Mo's site LOL I sent her an email to allow me to read her blog. I sure hope it all gets straightened out soon. I love your pond and house. Maddi is just beautiful!

Diane said...

I really enjoy reading your posts & Mo's, and I always check on Jake, even if there is nothing new, just to see his smiling face & knowing what an awesome family that he has.

Have a wonderful day & ask Mo how I can view her blog again. Thanks for letting us in your family.

Debbie said...

I'm too am so glat to see your blog open again. I have followed Jake's story for years, he was a very special little boy. I think your boys are growing up to be handsome young men and that Maddie, she is too precious. I bet that she and Ellie Sue are a hoot when they get together.
Debbie

Anna Lea said...

Thank goodness! It was sooo upset when I couldn't get my daily dose of Mo's blog and then not being able to come check on ya'll! But I understand needing some privacy... please let us know if there is something we need to sign up for in order to read your blog!!!

-Anna Lea

eileen.trott said...

Hello,

I have been a lurker for a while now, I never posted a comment because I couldnt find the right thing to say. I came across your Jake's website from Sandy Dubuc. I have been following you and Mo's blogs for a while now. I love all your crazy stories, your family reminds me a lot of mine. I am sorry for whatever the mean person(s) said or did. Some people just need to mind their business.

Eileen

govgirl said...

I was so glad to be able to finally read your blog...I didn't know what had happened when I couldn't read yours or Mo's blog..I am a follower of Jake's.
Then I started following Mo's blog and yours. It is just a part of my daily routine. Thanks so much for sharing your stories.

k_hulet said...

It makes my day to read about your wonderful families and was so sad yesterday when I could not get in! Please pass on to Melanie that I miss her daily dose of fun and hope she is back soon as I have been a long time follower just have never left a comment but I just had to let you know even those of us from way up in northern Missouri enjoy hearing about your warmer weather on our cold winters day. Thanks for posting Staci! Kristie

Susan said...

Staci: Thanks for allowing me to be apart of your family through Jake's site and now through the blog.

Please tell Mo, we miss her and we do understand. We hope to hear from her soon!

I know that some folks can be cruel and cause such heartache, but please know that those who love and appreciate you guys will always "have your backs" cause it's a Southern thang! and we will protect our own...
Love Susan

Georgia said...

Good Morning,

Glad to be able to see you today. Sorry that SOMEONE messed everything up for the rest of us. I have to get my dose of your family everyday!!! I have been a follower for a long time on Caringbridge, then MO's, now yours. Thank you for sharing your family.

Keeping everyone in my prayers.

Georgia

Sonya said...

What a shame that some people have to ruin it for everybody! I too have been following your family's story since 2005 with Jake's precious Caringbridge site, I found you all through Matt Warren and Brent Nason. Not only did Jake capture my heart in a way I could never describe but I can relate to you and Mel in so many ways. I am from Brandon, Mississippi, (two hours across the river from Monroe) my sister and I are very close and live next door to each other and we love each others kids as if they are our own. We do everything together, some people think it is kinda weird... but to us it is normal! I just wanted you to know that I LOVE the good ole' southern family fun that you guys share with us. The Jake Raborn Foundation even helped out Corbin Adams, which was my son's best friend, unfortunately he earned his angel wings last year. God puts people in our life for a reason... even if it is over the internet. Your families have been a blessing to me and I look forward to reading your blogs every morning. I sent this as a word of encouragement to both you and Mel, I have laughed, cried and prayed right there with you guys for over 3 years and I hope I can continue.

Thanks for sharing with us!!

Sonya Blackwell

Stacey said...

I'm glad to see you are back on-line. Now I just hope your sister will do the same. Your weather looks great. Were hoping for 30 degrees today in Fargo. Maddie looks like she just might have a stubborn streak. Hope all is well.

Stacey http://stacey-winterinfargo.blogspot.com/

Smithville USA said...

I am so loving these pictures of your kiddos....they are just too cute!! I couldn't read your blog yesterday ..or Mo's ...still can't read hers, but I am glad yours is back up and goin! Have a GREAT WEEKEND!!!

Donna said...

So relieved to be able to read your blog again and hope that Mel will open hers again. I came to Jake's story through Emma Grace several years ago (I don't even remember how many). Unfortunately, I have been a silent follower (even through Mel calling us all out). Didn't ever feel like I could put into words the proper encouragement for you. But, unfortunately, I am a little on the quiet and shy side. You can ask Trish, whom I have known for oh, about a million years. Well, I think since she was probably a teenager, which is probably close to the same thing. I have told stories of your families over and over. I guess I don't want to believe there are so many crazy people out there, but unfortunately you know that there are. I love to read your stories and hope that we can continue to do so. You have a wonderful family that I admire and respect.

Sandy said...

Staci
I forgot to give you my email in case you need it--it is sandyclampit@yahoo.com and I am going private because of all the idiots out there. send me your email and I will add you so you can see mine--Thanks Sandy

ps tell Mo to send me her email add so I can add her too.

Amy said...

I don't blog myself, but have "lurked" on Jake's Caringbridge site, your blog, and Mo's blog. Thank you for sharing your families with us. It has been a blessing to get to know all you, and entertaining at the same time! With all that you have endured, I'm saddened that you have to now endure the cruelty of some individuals.
It's so good to hear from you, and see your awesome kiddos. My best to you all, and hope Mo can get back to blogging soon too, but completely understand that you've got to do what you've got to do to protect your family. Hugs and Prayers!

rachel said...

I was so glad to see your blog this morning. I have been following you guys for the last couple of years. I felt such a loss yesterday thinking I was not going to be able to peek in at these most amazing people I feel I know. You and Mo put a smile on my face everyday. I hope who ever is being nasty will leave you all alone. Thanks for posting. Rachel

Barb said...

So sorry that people have chosen to use your blogs for something negative! I almost feel like you guys are my next door neighbors because you share so much about yourselves in your blogs, and your family is so GREAT! I hope everything works out okay.

uwtssb said...

I also have been a follower since the caringbridge days and have followed Mo on her blog since the beginning. I love to see all the pics of the girls, ellie, maddie and gabbi. I am so sorry that people have to act crazy toward your family. Ya'll have been so kind by allowing us to share your lifes journey. I do hope that Mo will allow us back in because I do miss reading about those crazy girls.

Cheese Lady said...

I don't know how anyone could be mean to you guys, both of your familys have done so much to help others!

Kris said...

Stacy & Mo,
I feel lost! I have been following Jake for so long and now your blogs I was so upset when I couldn't get on last night. You all feel like family to me. I even went to google to get an account so I could write on here just to let you know there are some of us out here who just "read & pray" and never make comments. I used to when you had Jakes site up and going because it was just the guestbook. I hope you guys will let us who really care about you know how to get into your blogs again. God Bless you all

RADstitches said...

Come back by and leave me you email so I can add you! I will not be posting the emails. R

GG said...

So glad to read your blog today. Hope all the craziness goes away so you and your sister can continue to put a smile in my life. I started following (silent stalker) Jake's story through Corbin several years ago. I also run(stroll) in the St. Jude Marathon (ok, 5k) on Team Corbin. It is one of the most amazing things I do. Last year I finally got to tour the hospital..... WOW!!! On the days I do not get to play with my Grandchildren, your kiddos and Melanies are the entertainment I enjoy. My best to you all.

Kim said...

Priceless!! It warms my heart to see how much Maddi and your boys LOVE each other!! For her to be right down there with the boys fishing too is great!! Love, Love, Love the picture 2 above where she is happily displaying here find....the picture where she is doing the *sneak attack* on getting that prized bobber!! Priceless!!

Lindsay said it all....Your story and Jake's story is what brought all of us together in the first place.....one sweet soul teaching us all how to live a better life!! Amen to that!

Thanks for posting! Thoughts and prayers while things get sorted out.

Kristin said...

I've noticed before but man oh man does Maddi look so much like Jake! I'm jealous of your nice weather and ability to be outside without coats, mittens, hats, etc. As I type this I still have a substantial amount of snow in our yard. Ugh.

Sorry for the bad apples but wanted you to know that even though I don't comment often, I check in on you and your sister daily.

The Mommy said...

I loved the photos of your beautiful angel Jake. I came across his caringbridge page years ago and have been following along ever since, both on Mel's blog and yours. Thank you for sharing with us. I don't know exactly what it was, but Jake and his families touched my heart in so many positive ways.

I truly enjoy watching the blessings and growth in your amazing families. Having said that, I also feel that safety is the priority. If you must go private, I completely understand. I would like to come along for the ride if you decide to let others hang on. I understand. I just don't get the sense of entitlement that so many have.

God Bless you all and THANK YOU for sharing Jake and the rest of the family with us.

Jeanie said...

I was led to Jake's site from another Caringbridge site and then to Mo's blog and your blog. I enjoy so much reading about your families. I'm truly sorry for the hurt that a mean spirited person/persons caused your family.

jneman said...

Like many have said I have enjoy following yours and Mo's blogs for several years. Your story has moved me to be strong supporter of both St. Jude's and childhood cancer. Please keep blogging and sharing your experiences.

tfranklin said...

Please tell Mo we miss her!! I have followed Jake for a long time (Stanton, Emma Grace, & Zoie) & love keeping up with your precious family! You are an inspiration to all of us!!

Michele said...

Staci, my heart sank yesterday when I couldn't get my Mo or Staci fix! So glad you are back up, and I hope Mo is okay & will decide to come back up soon. So many people love you all! Please let Mo know we are all sending love & prayers her way!

Suzie said...

Oh my those nasty people. They just need to go somewhere else. I guess we just need to pray for them. I love reading about your family. I'm one of those lurkers for years. I read yours and MO's everyday. Please add me to your list. I don't know how to do alot of this computer stuff. And I don't know how to get added to Mo's site. I need my Mo fix today. Can you let me know or have her add me please. We are Ouahcita people so we have always gotten updates from Eddie and Eubanks family. My daughter is friends with Jordan. You have such a beautiful family. thanks for sharing your lives with us. God Bless.
suzie0729@yahoo.com

Amy said...

Please add me if you go private

Thanks! :)

TINA said...

I am sorry for whatever happened yesterday that caused the blogs to get shut down. I am a follower from Jakes page and I had started going to Mo's site and was excited when you started one of your own. Your families are wonderful, and i hope this situation can be sorted out soon.

Mindy said...

I want to come and play outside with you guys!!! WOW...such beautiful land! And cutie patoooty kiddos!

Praying for ya'll and needing some mo joy back in my life!

susie said...

Please tell Mo to come back. I have followed you since the Caringbridge for Jake and then both blogs. I love reading about all of the things your family does. I have a granddaughter a month older than Ellie and I've even looked for clothes I've seen the little girls wear. I will really miss getting on here every day and seeing what's going on in LA.

Liloia Family said...

I love these pictures. Your children are adorable. I follow Mo'Joy and Jake's caringbridge. Jake is looking down on all of you, happy that you are all happy. Have a great weekend.

Becca Ann said...

Praying for everything to clear up. I liked to have went crazy yesterday because I felt like I had missed my favorite tv show (Mo's Blog). I want to thank you and your family for sharing your "everyday" with us. I get great inspiration from you as a mom and Mo as an aunt (well and now a mom). The times that your family has been through, everyone of you always brought out the good and seldom the bad. I hope that this can get back to normal and the Mojoy and Maddiboo story can continue. I missed all of you yesterday!!!!

Linzay said...

Staci,

I just checked and saw your post then went to Mo's and couldn't access it. Thanks for letting me view your blog. I love all the pics of Hunter, Hayden, Jake and Maddi.

To Mo,

I figure you are reading Staci's comments because everyone is missing you and going thru withdrawals. Add me please. Wow, I'm addicted. Love seeing your little girls in their cute outfits and cute shoes.

Thanks,
Linzay Bennett
(Lindsey and Randy's aunt/Don's co-worker)

Nora said...

Thanks for posting! I began reading about your lives through Jake's caringbridge site. As I posted on Lindsay's site, I have laughed and cried with your family. It is such a delight to see pictures of your babies everyday! Please pass on our love to Todd, Mo and the girls....

Mary said...

I'm sorry that people seem to be bothering you. I don't know what gives people the right to think its okay to judge others. You are simply sharing your life. Maddie is adorable...and the boys are getting sooo big...I, too have teenagers....can you say Challenge??? ha ha. The post on Jake was awesome! While I can't wait to finish the tour....the post on Jake outweighs a house tour anyday....say BUG OFF to people hold your head high....they should be ashamed!

shortmom said...

Love reading both of your sites! All of your children are just beautiful. I hope you get things worked out because reading your blogs is a huge highlight in my day!

Holly said...

I was so sorry to hear about what was going on with the blogs. You guys live your lives paying it forward, making us wish we all had your families in our lives. I think of Jake and you guys every time I get a chance to pay it forward. You guys do a lot of good and bring a lot of joy. You are both great moms, wives, daughters, sisters, aunts, and friends. Hang in there! You are in my prayers,

Love Angel Holly & JakeDog

Although usually a calm, sweet dog, JakeDog would like to bite these jerks!

Nancy said...

There are so many fools in the world. I am sorry for whatever has happened to upset you all. We continue to pray for your whole family. Thanks for letting us in. It is amazing how the kids are growing. Maddi is a 'doll baby'.
Love and hugs,
Nancy

angiekdall said...

I love reading your blog and mo's. Sorry about whatever happened. Hope mo's opens up again soon. I actually met your whole gang at LuLu's a couple of years ago I was the one who said Roll Tide! Anyway thanks for sharing Jake's story and the rest of your family with us!Also I am terrible at signing but love reading!

Jen @ One Moms World said...

Staci.. your yard looks so awesome. So big and very enjoyable. Maddi is growing up so fast too.

I wanted to give you all Big (((HUGS))) to. I'm so sorry that people are attacking you all. It's just craziness :( that people can even be that way.

MHall62 said...

Your kids are adorable and it's so sweet to see how well they get along. You have a great family!

Amanda said...

We got your back :) and we will wait patiently as we need to :)

Kim in NC said...

Thanks for re-opening your blog. I've followed Jake's story and the story of your family since Jo Kaufman sent me the link several years ago to pray for Sweet Baby Jake. I've never posted but wanted to today to let you and Mo know that there are many of us out here who keep your families in our prayers and love your blogs! Thanks for sharing your family with us!

kimybeee said...

Glad to see you back up and running and can't wait to see Mo back in action. I contacted Jessi through Etsy and kinda got a hint at the trouble going on. I hope that everything works out and gets resolved really quickly.

Your home and the area around it are beautiful. I can't believe Maddi is able to go barefoot. I can't wait to see photos of everything once it has greened up again. We had some pretty weather last week, but back to the twenties and thirties now. We even had an inch or so of snow last night. Good thing our daffodils and all the other spring flowers are showing their little heads alreadyso we have something to look forward to here in WV.

kimybeee

kimybeee said...

Glad to see you back up and running and can't wait to see Mo back in action. I contacted Jessi through Etsy and kinda got a hint at the trouble going on. I hope that everything works out and gets resolved really quickly.

Your home and the area around it are beautiful. I can't believe Maddi is able to go barefoot. I can't wait to see photos of everything once it has greened up again. We had some pretty weather last week, but back to the twenties and thirties now. We even had an inch or so of snow last night. Good thing our daffodils and all the other spring flowers are showing their little heads alreadyso we have something to look forward to here in WV.

kimybeee

tk said...

I am so sorry to hear someone said something to upset your families. I have followed your family since your precious Jake was in the hospital. I swithced to Mo's blog when she started it. I have gotten hooked on it. It saddens me to know I will not be able to check in on the girls every day like I have been. Staci I was thrilled when you started your blog.I check yours every day also. Actualy I met you at the Shake For Jake this past year and talked to you about your blog. I loved the look on Maddi's face when she pulled something out of the tacklebox. Your boys have grown up so much since I have been checking in on your family. I am so glad your blog is still available for viewing. I have never made any comments until today on anyones blog. I just enjoy reading about your families and looking at all the pictures. You know you all are just like family to me even though I have never signed in on any of your sites to comment before. Staci thank you again for posting.
Karen

MaryH said...

It is regretful the hurt that some people can cause and for no good reason. Sorry for any upsets to you and all of yours. Still Believing in St. Louis - See a train, think of Jake and that Believers Express - so nice to see a post about Jake and some pictures. Love your house and your yard is amazing - thank you for explaining. And Mo, we love you and those precious girls - and I have a new grandbaby coming in July - if it's a girl - boy do I have some ideas for clothes, and shoes, and hair bows - thanks again for letting us continue to share your story - which is Jake's story - Maddie and Ellie look like Jake - how did that happen? Take care - we will be here when, and if, you are ready.

CajunQueen said...

Whatever is up, I hope it passes! I love to read the blogs from Mo and you! I've been a long time lurker from caringbridge days with Jake. Please add me if you go private.

: ) HUGS...

Sharidrew said...

Hi Staci....Your land is beautiful! I love the pond. I was wondering what happended to Mo's blog. I don't it personally. However.....if I don't get to read about her awesome family (and yours) I will likely go insane! Really! That sounds crazy I'm sure. I've been a Jake follower and now follow both of your blogs. I don't personally blog. (I'm a facebook gal) I am so sorry that people are doing/saying bad things. I totally understand that you need to keep your families safe. This is a crazy world. There are a lot of good people out there too. :) God bless all of you. Do what you need to do. I will send a bill for my therapy if you have to keep private!

Hugs from Missouri,
Shari Drew

Joyce said...

First of all, THANK YOU for opening up and sharing your family with all of us! I told Pawpaw Raborn a while back that I felt like I was stalking your family because I feel so close but I've only commented on the caringbridge site a handful of times. Staci, I think your entire family is AMAZING! That sweet sweet little angel of yours really grabbed hold of a lot of hearts and changed many people for the better. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of and pray for each and every one of you. My favorite thing about Jake's family is how anyone can see the LOVE that your family has for one another. I love hearing Jake stories, and to be able to see Ellie, Maddie and Gabby grow up in such a terrific family is something that I am grateful for. (Hunter and Hayden too!) Please know that I will never stop believing! Mo -take care of those sweet girly girls and do whatcha gotta do, but know that you will be missed greatly.

Rhonda said...

I am so sorry that someone felt the need to leave mean spirited comments or hurtful comments. I look forward to checking my list of blogs everyday - and you and Mel are on that list! I was so disappointed when I couldn't get my daily fix!! I hope everything works out for both of you.

Debbie said...

if you have to go private, please invite me.

Renee said...

OMG- I'm glad you are back. I was having withdrawals. :)

Your pond is absolutely stunning. My hubby would be very envious. I bet those boys can burn up some hours trying to reel them in. And poor Maddi- all she wanted was a couple of baits. Come on bubba, just one!

msmean1 said...

Im sorry that MO and all of you have to endure MORONS who dont get it! We love u guys continue blogging....

Dottie

Skippy JON said...

I am so sorry if someone is being ugly. I lvoe reading yours and mo's blogs. It brightens my day to see the love you both have for all of your kids. I have been a follower of Jake for many years and even sent him a care package when he was at St. jude's. You all inspire me.

Jackietex said...

I LOVE these photos! The relationship between Maddi and her brothers is so precious...and I'm guessing that life has taught you to appreciate it. Take care.

cabadeau said...

Thanks for continuing to share your beautiful family with all of us. Sorry for whatever drama was going on, but I hope that everything is better now. .

shannon357 said...

Same here! I hope whatever mean spirit is causing heartache will go away! You have so many followers who LOVE your family. Your entire family (Mo I'm refering to you too!) is such an inspiration. You have taught me to grieve the loss of my mother with such grace and I can't thank you enough. Please don't go private for a stupid jerk...but if you do, I would love to be invited to peek in your daily lives. Always a believer.

Kacy said...

I just hate that someone would try to cause your family pain! It's hurtful to everyone. Your family and your stories have touched so many lives. It makes me sad that someone would cause the joy to stop being spread. The Acree's love you all!

Debbie Jean said...

Ok, I really need yours and Mo's blog to get me thru my day. Watching your children grow up, seeing the fun your family has and the love, makes me smile and I need to smile!! I hope whoever this is that's causing problems goes away and we can continue to see your family and Mo's sweet girls. I miss them!!

God Bless~
Debbie Jean

Rohrbachs said...

Wheew .I am sorry people are giving you guys trouble! Hang inthere, Your whole family is so special and it is crazy for people to be hateful!!

Angie said...

Staci -- You are such an inspiration to us.

Mo -- We love you. Please come back soon!

Nana said...

Staci,
Maddi is just precious. It's hard to imagine the boys being so grown up..Your new place looks fabulous..hope to see it sometime, IF we ever get up there again.

Linda said...

I'm sorry that someone has to prove the old adage that "one rotten apple spoils the bunch" as I have been blessed by first sweet Jake and now these precious girls. Thanks for opening it up long enough to let us know y'all are okay--please tell Mo how much we appreciate her, too!

Mom2AnAngel said...

Im Having Mo~Drawals,PLEASE Dont go Private, I have Followed Jakes Site & Mo's Blog & Now Yours, Dont Let 1 or Maybe 2 Bad Apples Spoil the Bunch, You have SO many Followers, I Love Mo's Hilarious Blogs, She has So Many Funny blogs with the Kiddos, Especially The 1 with Ellie & Maddie fighting over the Bottle, I Laughed so Hard with Ellies Expressions & Mo's wording, "Oh no you Dint" & The Video of Ellie & Gabby the Other day, I almost fell out of my Chair I was Laughing SO Hard, WE All Will be sad If you go Private, PLease reconsider. : )

Mike and Kris said...

I too love coming to your website daily! I have followed both yours and Mo's blogs since the beginning and have been a Jake caringbridge "Believer" for years! I have been extremely bummed that I can't get onto Mo's blog anymore! Thank you for continuing to share your family story. It is so uplifting! Your family is wonderful!

Kathryn said...

Let me in on the bench holding those who love you guys. I met you on a street corner in Memphis during the St. Jude's run several years ago. I was with Trish.

I have been praying for you all for years, and have just this minute gotten up the nerve to sign your book. I have been signing Mo's blog. I don't like hearing that there are hurtful things going on in your family's life. I do hope and pray things get better soonest!

Oh, and those children are just the best!

Tracey said...

Anyone who follows the websites, knows what happened. Melanie received very negative feedback on the video she posted. That video was very offensive to many, some would even suggest abuse. There was no explaining it away; Melanie is a PT and she knows how "pliable" a babies neck is??? Just think about that statement alone! Perhaps this is the way babies get treated in the South...although I could never imagine you Staci, letting that happen to one of your babies. Yes, many people found it funny, or so they say. Some people will say anything, to make them feel connected, part of the inner circle. I did not post on that video. I felt sick to my stomach after watching it though and really tried to forgive the lack of good judgement. The sad part is, Gabbi looks like she is more than used to that kind of treatment and knows that all her mom is going to do is laugh and try to keep it going. Perhaps it is best that Melanie keep her site private, then only like-minded people would view and post. The whole thing is a shame.

Nana's Joy said...

I have no idea who Tracey is, but it is pretty clear that she has not been a follower for long. If so she would know the love Mo has for her family.
Tracey, you should keep your thoughts to yourself and quit trying to make a mountin out of a moe hill. You should be able to tell from the other comments you are standing alone. If you can't say anything nice move on and don't say anything at all. Yes, the whole thing is a shame and the Shame should be on you. The abuse I see has come from words not video.
Sorry, Staci and Mel I got so upset I had to say my peace. Please don't let Tracey's comment keep you from letting us all share your loving families. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Linnae said...

I have been reading Jake's website/Mo's blog and now yours for some time, although I am a very infrequent commenter! While I have no understanding of what you and your family went through with Jake, reading websites like yours and many others has given me an understanding of what you need from me, and I appreciate that. It must be difficult to open yourself up to others yet needing to do that very thing.

I appreciate your blog, your children and home are beautiful. And if you get the chance, tell your sister I miss her site!

Kecia said...

I've never posted before but read your and Mo's blogs daily. I feel like I know you guys. I also followed Jake's story...what an amazing boy...and prayed for him daily. I was concerned when I couldn't get into either blog yesterday and so excited to get into yours today. I'm sorry for whatever happened and hope everything is ok. I don't have a blog but hope to be able to continue sharing in your life. You both have beautiful children! I just love your families! I have 3 boys myself and totally understand the need to protect your family so whatever you have to do, you have to do. Tell Mo I miss her :-)

I just read what Tracey posted before I did...now I understand. If you don't like it Tracey (and who ever else) move on. No one makes you read/watch the blog. What a SHAME that YOU have to upset such a wonderful and loving family. Mo and Staci are great moms and would never do anything to harm their children.

tricia said...

I had to comment because of Tracey's remark.

The accusations tha she asserts are irresponsible and discrimminating. Just listen to yourself Tracey. If you followed this family's websites for any length of time you'd KNOW that they would NEVER be part of any abuse of anyone or anything. Because Mo put a video up of what happens in a million homes across the world daily ,you rip her apart? She has a toddler with an infant. They are going to "want to take care of the baby". Did Ellie pick up the baby and drop her? NO Do you think Mo would allow that? NO. My God....she rolled the baby. That's exactly what therapists do to encourage infants to roll.Mel was supervising Ellie. So she laughed.She laughed at Ellie following in her footsteps...watching her mother work with her infant. You turned it into something it was not! Shame on you!Did you even know that? I think you need to go back into your glass house!

emleonard11 said...

Sorry that you had "issues" that necessitated closing the blogs and HAPPY that this one is available again. I've been a follower since the beginning of Jake's Caringbridge site (but, yeah, a lurker). And will try to patiently wait for Mo to open her blog again. Thanks for sharing a piece of your life with us. Elaine

lanegirl71 said...

Wow poor Tracey. You must be a truly UNHAPPY person. How dare you to think Mo would abuse one of her children. Do you think someone that wanted a child so much she adopted a baby would really do something to harm them??? This is a great family that you are putting your negativity on. They have been through so much if anything you should be encouraging and uplifting them. If you cant read their blogs and be encouraged then you should move on.

Mo and Staci praying for healing of the hurt you have suffered through this.

Tara said...

TEAM STACI and MO all the way!

I am a silent reader since 2005. I found Jake's website through Emma Grace. He absolutely stole my heart.

I know that Staci and Mo are wonderful mothers and dearly treasure their families. It is ridiculous to think otherwise.

Staci and Mo, thank you for sharing your families with us. I understand your need to protect them. If you go private, I will miss you dearly.

Tara in Texas

Denise said...

Staci, I have been following Mo's blog for a long time and just started with yours. I wondered why I couldn't get on either blog. Hope the problems get worked out soon...don't know if I can live without a Ellie Sue, Gabbie Lou and Maddie Boo fix everyday. I know I will get a laugh everyday. I actually started following Jake's caringbridge site a few months before he passed away. You guys are great! Sorry that there are mean people out there! Maddie is adorable!

Beth said...

Staci
I have followed Jake's story for many years. I then started following Mo's Blog and then yours! I just wanted to say we are praying for you and whatever is going on!

Please tell Mo we miss her tremendously! I am in a GREAT Depression not being able to see and her girls smiling faces! She always gave us such GREAT stories!

I am praying for you all and hope everything works out!!!

Thanks for posting Staci!!! Maddie and the boys are so cute!!!

Mary said...

your family is amazing! Your house is beautiful and I love reading the updates on your kids and seeing how they grow. Thanks for letting us be a part of your life...

Jenn_N_Luc said...

Thank you for continuing to share with us Staci. I, like most everyone here, have followed, supported and prayed for your family since Jake's site. And, I, like EVERYONE here, fell in love with him the first time I saw his SWEET smile on his site!

Anyone who has followed you this long KNOWS what amazing women you and Mo are! Amazing sisters, moms, wives and aunts! The love you all have for each other is the very reason we all are drawn to both of your blogs DAILY!

As always...joining the rest of your bloggers to pray for and lift you up!!

FYI...Maddi is PRECIOUS! I just love her little mischievous looks! So cute!

Vicki said...

Staci, I'm so glad you're blogs is still up and I'm really missing Melanie's - I check both of them everyday. Sorry for whatever happened the other day but I know you both need to do what you feel necessary to keep your families "safe". I can't believe how big your boys are - I have 2 about the same ages (12 and 14) and I can't believe how fast they grow (not to mention how much they eat). Maddie is just a little doll and I'm sure she has all the men in the family totally wrapped around her tiny little finger. I followed Jake's story for a very long time - and want to thank you for continuing to share your family with us.

Vicki Bougan

shannon357 said...

Can you just block Tracey and the others who have insert their opinions on the welfare of your family? Seriously, MO is a PT by profession. Gabbi was absolutely fine and came away with her awesome smile. The audacity that some people have such accusations are completely uninformed. To the Raborn and Massey-Groves families, you are so incredibly loved by far more than the Tracey's of the world. To the viewers that don't like or are offended by what you see...don't visit their blogs. As the saying goes people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. I'm sure how you handle your life may offend others too.

Angie Rachels said...

I am sorry people are being mean. I have been following Jake's story for quite a while, and love read your blig and Mo's. Hope everything gets straightened out soon!

Sandy said...

to this Tracy person whoever she thinks she is must have only signed on to make negative remarks about people she really don't know. wonder just how many babies she has if she is even a mother of small children. I am glad she didn't see how my kids acted when they were that small. Everyone who knows Melanie and you should know you would never hurt a child. I think you both have more people standing behind you than against you. Melanie we love you and staci and hope you can come back to the blogging world soon. We miss you very much. We are not trying to be in any "inner circle" we were brought together thru a very touching family

Jennifer said...

It was so nice to be able to read your blog again. I love following your family and Mo's too. I've missed reading about you all.

Before Mel's blog was blocked I read the mean comments. They made my blood boil. Please let Mel know that I think she is an awesome Mom, and that her readers know that her girlies are tremendously loved.

Diane said...

My goodness look at the comment response here! 99.9% kind and warm thoughts!

I am a "lurker" from way back - from the earliest days of Jake's fight and I have never posted - until now. At the moment I'm feeling a bit like I'm back in grade school and some dumb kid has acted up & we all have to miss recess as a result - you know the 'one bad apple’ thing.

In this world so full of negativity, worry and bad news, I so looked forward to reading about the Groves & the Raborns & sharing their obvious joy in - and love for - their families and friends. I follow numerous blogs and I always find yours and Mo’s a respite - lighthearted, down to earth and REAL. Mo's was truly unique and a departure from some of the otherwise condescending rants and self-absorbed postings out there in our blogging community. (Smocking/Bow hating ‘Tweets’: how catty - you know who you are…)

I hope you will be back up soon Mo but if not we certainly understand. Life is just too short...

Q's NEWS said...

I am totally freaking out - what in the world has happened? I have been away from my "blog world" for about a week and settle in to catch up on my faves - I can read between the lines and see that somebody has said some horrible things and made some ridiculous accusations - seriously! Do you really think that someone who is abusing their child would post the evidence on the internet? I DON'T THINK SO! And to say that maybe it is better for Mo's Blog to stay private is ridiculous - if you don't like it then don't "tune in"! There is more love in Mo & Staci's family than in the whole state of Louisiana! Leave them alone!

Susan

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Lucy said...

My heart goes out to you and your family for the pain you must feel from hurtful people. Please know that you and Mo are in all of our prayers. We've been blessed to be allowed to share in your lives and hope all goes well.

We are missing ya'll!

Mama J said...

Well, there is an idiot that surfaces from time to time and they had to pick two of the most compassionate families I know. I, too..am a follower of you and MO, a silent one for the most part. We had to move 4 hours away from our kids and grandkids due to work and I get my daily fix through you and Mo. Now I feel like I have lost those as well due to an IDIOT. I completely understand why MO shut down and I am praying she will be able to open it back up soon. I will continue to enjoy your posts and join those that "have your backs". I was raised in Bernice, know some of the same people you and Mo do, MF Copeland, Phyllis Mayo, Leslie Leath, and gobs more..so I hope I prove worthy to be added back to MO's site. I am grieving...

Staci, you have a nice house, but more importantly, you have a real HOME, with a great partner and soulmate and wonderful children. You are blessed and to say I miss Jake is an understatement.

Hang tough!

Faith Hope Love Mama said...

Love all the new photos and the one's of Jake. Maddi looks just like her brother. They are both so sweet. I'm also sorry to hear that something happened to your site. I checked your sister's and it said it was set private. I thought something must have happened as I've followed her for a long while back to the caringbridge days and hope it all gets straightened out. Blessings.

~*~Megan~*~ said...

MamaJ--I just had to comment on what you said--My family is from Bernice-we live in West Monroe now! My papaw is still in Bernice! I actually just ate supper with MF 2 weekends ago! I tried to click on your name to see if you had a blog that I could comment on but you didnt-so hopefully you will read it here! Small world isnt it??

Tammy said...

Staci,
I have been a lurker for a long time, just have never posted. I love to read about your family and Mo's. I began following Jake's caringbridge site a few years ago. I'm so sorry that there are people who have to make mean comments when all they have to do is not visit the page.
To those of you who are reading, and don't agree with the things you see on this site or Mo's, don't visit this site anymore.
Add me to the long list of followers who want to be included if you have to go private again. Thanks so much for opening up your family to all of us.

Cameron said...

I have been a lurker for years...I started following Jake's story a few years ago and have been following Mo's since she started her blog and then to yours....I have enjoyed following the happenings of your sweet family...and as a Mom of a child that battled cancer for 10 years I can understand the ups and downs your family has faced.. I hope that Mo can start blogging again soon....have missed my daily Mo fix and hope that you can continue to keep your blog public....both your families are in my prayers.

Crystal said...

WOW- I'm so sorry to hear about people or a person being so hateful.
I was a long time Jake-believer and your family is very dear to me. I followed Emma-Grace's site too. I know Trish through Ms Monica and Meme Sharyn. Meme Sharyn got to come to Shake4Jake last year. I really hope your site and MO's site stills or goes back to public. I really miss reading Mo's blog and I sure miss seeing Ellie and Gabbi. Please add me to your and pass the word to Melanie to add me to hers.... kirklandnbeach@aol.com - Crystal.
Also, thanks for your Jake post... Oh, how I miss that sweet face!
Love-Crystal

Kristen said...

I am a silent reader of both your and Mo's blog, but can not remain silent. I am so sorry that there are such nasty people in this world that have nothing better to do than leave ugly comments. I find happiness each day in reading about both of your families. You have been through such great sadness, but you live a life of pur joy! I completely admire that. Both of your families are beautiful. I can tell from the stories that are told that there is nothing but love in both of your households. I hate to hear that your blogs may be private, but I completely understand. If possible, I would love to be added. My email is millenk14@yahoo.com if I could be added. Both of your families will remain in my prayers. Thank you for sharing!
Kristen
Missouri

Maria said...

Hi, I have been an fan of Mo's and your's blogs for awhile now, and of course Baby Jake. I was so disappointed today when I was blocked from Mo's blog. I figured that something had happened that made you guys feel like you needed to shut things down. I hope that whatever problem occurred can be resolved - I LOVE to read your blogs, they make me laugh hysterically! I also love to see all the pics of Maddi, Ellie and Gabby!! God bless your families...hope to see Mo's site up soon. I miss it lots!!

rjpotter said...

Thanks for the pics. I am so sad that someone is being crazy and hurting your family!! That person is the crazy one! I enjoy both of your blogs and just get a kick out of all of your funny family stories! You both bring joy to my morning each time I look at your blogs! Shame on the person hurting your families with what ever it is. Thanks and tell MO we can't wait until she gets the situation taken care of!! I will be praying for a speedy resolution!!

Katie said...

Hi! I am glad that you have started to post regularly. I think I met you once (I used to work at St. Jude) when Ms. Terri was your nurse. I've been hooked on Jake's caring bridge site which led me to Mo's site and then to yours. I love to see the pictures, hear about how your family and how all of you are doing, and to see all of the cute outfits you dress those girls in! I've set her an email hoping to be added, but I understand if she's a little cautious. Not sure what happened, but it sounds like there was a jerk out there and no on should hurt either of you after everything you have been through and everything you do for your communities! Keeping you in my prayers and hanging around admiring! Take care!!

Joan said...

I hope you can let Mel know that I want to still follow her blog! I LOVE her blog. And yours. She makes me laugh every day. But I wasn't registered as a follower of hers. Please let me know how I can become one. My email is jkellogg1259@bellsouth.net. And I have emailed with her before, but can't find her email address... I need my Ellie Sue and Gabbie Lou Fix!!! Maddi is so adorable. And the boys are so big now...

Love Joan

Shannon said...

I posted on Jake's caringbridge site too, but just want to let you know I'm sorry for all the crazy people out there.

onthego said...

I'm so sorry for the crazy people in this world. I wanted you were missed.

Sammie said...

LOVE the picture of Maddi with the bobbin (is that what you call it??)! She looks so pleased with herself.

Such a sweetie!

kdwtchr said...

I am so happy to see your blog is back up and running. I have followed Jake's story for quite some time and then started reading Mo's site as well. I was in a panic when it said I was not invited to read! I even went to far as to google Melanie's business to see if I could find an email address, which I did, do send an email to request the two of you to add me back in! Whew, you are back though. Thanks so much.

Cheri
Olympia, WA

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

What great a great time with such wonderful pictures to remember the time. My grandparents owned a pond while I was growing up and I have some of the best memories of my childhood there. Seeing these pictures brought some back. Thank you!