Monday, March 16, 2009

No Comments Please

I started this blog for my own enjoyment. Although I understand those who do not support people putting their families out for everyone to see, it is a God given right. As for my family we have been in the public eye for quite sometime now. I'm not sure if there is anything people don't already know about us. For instance we have huge FAMILY support. We are there for each other in all we do. I for one was missing seeing my sister and my beautiful nieces due to illnesses in my family, so I decided to post the pictures myself. While I appreciate every one's support I do control my own actions!I do agree everyone is entitled to their own opinion, however please don't continue to fuel the fire. Every negative response will result in another negative response. Just let it end ALREADY!!!! We had a huge following when my son was diagnosed with cancer and these are the people I still write to everyday on this blog. They continue to support me and my family through all our trials and tribulations. More or less a huge prayer group! Let's try and let this blog be what it is, an outlet for me and hopefully enjoyment for you. I love reading about your families just as much as you like reading about mine. If you don't enjoy the blog, simply don't read it anymore. You will be missed, but we understand.
Thanks,
Staci

85 comments:

Beth E. said...
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nicole said...

You are right, I'm sorry.

kimybeee said...

I have followed you guys from way back in the Jake days. I cried when Jake went to heaven. I feel like I know your whole family. Please continue to share with those of us that feel like extended family.

Loved the post - I didn't know you had it in ya!!

kimybeee

kate523 said...

You Go Girl!!!

Hugs to you and Mo. Love you guys!

Martha from NC said...

Preach it, Staci!! If "those people" would just leave us alone and let us be who we are, it would be great. I can't imagine why anybody would feel the need to put anything hurtful on yours or Mo's blog. I wish they would just go away and let us get back to our normal, happy selves. Please tell Mo we miss her and that we hope she'll be back soon. Thank you for keeping us posted and sending us cute pictures.

stephleighjenkins said...

I love you guys and feel like over the years' you have become a part of my family. You are all a true inspiration and to the "haters" out there -- Get a life!

vjdix said...

Go Stacy!! I have also followed your blogs and Jake's caringbridge site, and I also feel like an extended part of your family!! I miss Mo-I am addicted to you both!

Tyna said...

Staci, I have never commented on any blog before but have followed your journey with Jake. I want you and Mo to know I am praying for your families and miss Mo's posts. I do love you blogging more. I might have to start one of these after all. Now that I broke the ice and my silly fear of comments, I will start commenting more. Thanks for sharing

The Mommy said...

Dear Staci,
Thank You! Keep up the good work with your amazing family. It's nice to see such a great example of families who are there for each other through it all and are truly the best of friends. You and yours are surely blessed!

Lindsay said...

You can feel through your entries how much you all love each other, love life, and love the "channel" of the blog to communicate :) You have the gift of conveying the ups, downs, ups, downs and all of life's moments with grace and humor. Thank you for sharing all of that with us!!!

Rhonda said...

I am sooooo sorry for all that is going on - even though I don't exactly know what! I just know that I can't stand the negativity and I just love you and Mo and your families! I truly enjoy following both of your blogs and love love love the pictures of all the babies - and even the big boys! Take care!!

Mike and Kris said...

Amen Staci! I love your blog and I cannot believe there are actually people out there who act the way they do! I have followed your family for years and I hope to continue to do so for more years to come! You and Mo actually got me motivated to start my own blog last year! Keep it up! I love your entire family!!

RADstitches said...

Amen sista!

Carrie said...

Very well put, Staci. I admire your strength and devotion to your family. I for one, really enjoy being able to keep in touch with you and Mo through the blogging world. I also feel so blessed to have met you and your amazing family. I promise that I am here for all of the right reasons and will offer my support and understanding at a moments notice. Sending blessing to all. Missing sweet Jake.

Mindy said...

Loving your posts and your pics. It's so hard for me to stay motivated to post.

New topic: Have you been closet crafting lately? Are you done decorating the house? Watcha workin' on?;)

Mindy H.

Missy said...

I am with you! Keep up the posting and miss your sister alot! Hope your baby girl is feeling better soon!

Carol said...

I have followed your blog for years now and I was so sad when Jake passed. It is unfortunate that there are idiots out there that feel the need to be nasty. I'm glad you are back online and I hope to see Mo back up soon. I miss seeing the daily pictures!

We love both of your families.

Mindy said...

Hugs, prayers and lot of love to you guys! I love your beautiful families!!!

a_manda said...

Way to take a stand! We are all behind you and Mo 110%

rjpotter said...

Well put Staci!! It only takes one bad apple to ruin it for everyone. Hope your family is over the bug. You have such a beautiful family--- thanks for sharing. I too have followed for a very long time back to the Jake's site. I didn't ever comment until recently.You guys are an amazing family-- thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

dena said...

Staci,
I agree with the sentiments of many who have written and 100% agree with you. The negativity must stop because it just mutates and drags everyone down. I am so sorry that people have felt the need to drag you down. I personally hope that your followers will say a little prayer for those who can only feel better by tearing someone else down. I have followed your journey for a long time and I have always been impressed with your family support. Your family has endured so much and yet remains undivided. I reread Jake's caringbridge site from beginning to current this weekend. There is no way to write a negative comment about you or Mo after you finish. The love that exudes for your little boy from every member of your family is so obvious. The prayer vigils, the strong faith in God, the treks made to St.Jude by the whole family,the closeness of Jake and his MOMO, all witness to the tremendous love your family shares. All your children are so blessed to grow up in a family with so much love:) I will continue to pray for you all and appreciate your transparency when sharing your family:) I for one am a forever BELIEVER:) Hugs to you all. (if you are reading.....HEY MO:) Love, Dena

Debbie Jean said...

Love your family Staci and Mo. Way to go Staci!! You tell it like it is. Your family has been such a inspiration to me. Because of little Jake, I started praying again. Please continue the blog and let Mo know we miss her too!!

God Bless~
Debbie Jean

Cathy said...

Hey Staci!
I loveyou guys. Don't know what's going on, but know that all of you have been in my thoughts lately. I find myself worrying about y'all a lot lately. (I'm telling you... I obviously need therapy...). Just know that I love all of you, and I'm saying a prayer!

Mbeaty19 said...

Like many before me have said: You and Mo are amazing mothers, wives, sisters, and friends. The emotional journey you have traveled have been a difficult one. Yet you let so many of us join you on that journey. You (and Mo) opened up about emotions, feelings, and life happenings that many have a hard time sharing. While many of us have 'seen' you at your worse and your best we continued the journey along side you. We let Jake and his family become part of our family. Unfortunately there are hateful people in this world that their only goal is to hurt. While there will be bad times and good ones in the end it's the believers that will conquer the weak and heartless. Keep the Raborns and Massey-Groves families in my thoughts and prayers. Going to continue reading and believing!!!

Michelle
jim_n_michelle@yahoo.com

Beverly said...

I, too, have followed you with Jake and was thrilled that Mo continued to keep us posted on the your lives. I'm so sorry all this is happening to you, Mo and the whole family. The majority of us are your extended family and it hurts us when someone hurts you. Please continue to share with us. I miss Mo and the girls but I'm so glad we get to hear from you and your family.

nkblunt said...

I am glad you still have your blog up. Tell Mo we miss her so much. I love reading about you two and your families. I have 3 daughters and I hope their adult relationship can be like yours.

Sue said...

I seldom right anything here or on Mo's Blog and I certainly don't know what is happening with the blogs. I am so sorry not to get my Mo fix and glad to see you are posting more. I followed Jake's site till he died and many months after. Although I seldom write I have prayed with your family, I have cried in sadness and joy with your family. The addition of the three little girls was such a high point. I wish nothing but the best for your family. Stay strong and stay with your convictions. I hope all the "wrong" bloggers get off of here so the love can continue.

tracy.haney said...

My goodness, someone needs to get a life! If you don't appreciate what these two sisters share about their families on their website, don't pull it up on your computer! Staci and Mo, here's hoping you keep on keeping on......some of us appreciate and enjoy your honesty and candor.

Tina said...

I have never commented on your blog before but i have followed you guys since Jake's Caringbridge days. I cried with you guys when Jake went to heaven also. Thank you for sharing your family with us and thank you Mo for sharing yours also(we miss you Mo). I feel like i really know you guys. Please dont let some unthoughtful person discourage you.

Momma and Her Doodle said...

Staci,

I have been with you as part of your following and praying club since learning of Jake's cancer.
You and your family have been through enough heartache, some people are rude and just do not understand. I will continue to honor Jake Owen and your entire family by continuing to read your blog and Mo's! Just wanting to let you know from across the miles... here is a big hug and some cheer.

We love you ALL and hope the nonsense ends quickly!

Stacy

Stacey said...

amen to that!

Mary said...

Way to Go Staci!
You guys are the best and can tell just by reading the blogs that you all have a deep love for one another. Stay Strong! Hope Maddi is feeling better today! Have a nice St. Patricks Day

msmean1 said...

Staci,

Us followers that funneled over from Jakes site to you, Mo and even Lindseys site...KEEP BLOGGING girl you all are wonderful! And truly an inspiration to others! I will now state your words! BELIEVE!!!! Thank you again for sharing your lives with us....Long after everything you have been through...

hang tough!

Dottie

Emily said...

Stac-I'm so glad you are back online-still missing Mo's blog too though. You know, throughout Shelbi's ordeal, I have gotten comments and criticism,too. It's funny though, none of it was from other families who had been through childhood cancer. No, it was from sad, miserable people who didn't know the Lord as we do, and who found pleasure in daily causing strife to others. Because they had never walked in my shoes, I tossed their opinions away like tomorrow's trash. I am so proud of you for standing up and telling them to stick it! Good for you!!!

rebeccabrabb said...

Hey Staci, I am so glad to have you back on...I can't wait to have Mel back. I hope my Hunter wasn't too much trouble this weekend. I had no idea Maddi was sick or I would have had them come to my house to get them out of your hair. Also, please tell me what you cooked...Hunter said it was some kind of spaghetti stuff and it was good. I asked if it was regular spaghetti or chicken spaghetti and being a teenage boy shrugged his shoulders and looked at me like I had 3 heads! I didn't think it was a hard question... Anyway, glad to have yall back!

Laurie said...

I have followed your family for awhile now I do not even know, probally over 2 years. I absolutely fell in love with your family. I always wanted to hug Jake and race up to St Jude so I could play with him too. I cried the day Jake went to heaven and still get teary eyed when I read about him, he was a wonderful kid that lived life to the fullest and had a wonderful family to support him and to make him laugh (MEL) I am happy to see your updates and love to see the sweet little girl grow up, she looks like she could get a little silly herself, but she is cute and can get away with that. I hope the negative talk stops and I hope you guys do not.

Angie H. said...

I agree with you... If you don't agree with what is being said on a blog just stop reading it...
I enjoy your blog and Mo's blog and am having withdrawl's from it
:(
Hope she is back up and going soon with her wonderful and funny updates. I read your blog and her's each morning before I start my work day...
My prayers are with you both in whatever you are having to deal with. You are both wonderful and have an amazing family ... Keep on Bloggin... :)
Angie H.
Soso, MS

Tammy said...

Where in the hell have I been, I read Mo's everyday and the next thing I know is it is private! I have also been a follower since 'Jake days' and love your family like no other! I do not however read others comments. I hope Mel is able to come back to us soon, I miss her soo! I am very happy to see you blogging more! Hugs from Fort Worth!

Kathy B. said...

Stacey, thank you for writing. I miss Mo and the girls, but am glad that you are writing more. Hope that all of you are well...

snekcip said...

I KNEW YOU HAD THAT LOUISIANA SPICE IN YA!! Girl, just throw all that old MESS in a big old pot and make it into some JAMBALAYA!!!

Love ya guys and missing those girls terribly!!!

Sammie said...

I've been a Believer since I can't remember. I followed Jake's journey for a long time. I think when Shan Whiteside talked about Jake on his site before he won his battle with cancer. I can't see anything M & M without thinking about him. :o) I still smile when I visit his site and see that precious picture of him. That smile gets me.

I feel like I know all of you, even though we have never met. That is why I love reading your blog and Mo's. In my heart you are my friends and I love you all.

Polly said...

I too am sorry that Mo had to close her blog. I have been with yu guys since the Jake days and so loved seeing the girls grow up.

Kelly said...

Staci,
I have followed since caringbridge unfortunately my counsins son passed away at 4 from cancer so that is how I found Jake's site. I love your family! I love the crazy things you do. Most of all, I love the sisterly bond you share with Mo. So keep doing what you guys do and hopefully Mo will come back on her blog because you both truly have a gift of reaching out to people which started with your son Jake and the huge smile! I can't tell you how many times when he was at St Jude I almost got in my car and came down to support you. I sure hope Maddi is doing better and I love her boots! She is adorable.

Bj said...

A message for Mo...we miss you...please post again...you and Staci and your families mean the world to so many of us....huggers, bj (Staci, I am Brenda...the one who did the poem for you & Don about sweet Jake). Don't let the "busy-bodies" get you guys down....when they pick on you they are letting someone else rest! Hang tough kiddo...I luv ya! BJ

Barb said...

Preach it Sister! I, for one, have absolutely loved watching your beautiful children grow, and hearing about all the fun "antics" in your crazy, wonderful family. Thank you for sharing the good, the bad, and the hysterically funny with all of us! I would love to be able to tell you about my crazy, wonderful family, too -- except I am not as technologically savvy as you guys! Hopefully, someday...

Shame on ANYONE for posting anything to your blog, or Mo's blog, that is negative, critical or just plain ugly. You are FABULOUS mothers, and you have an amazing family. Love you guys!!
Hang in there!!

Holly said...

You go girl!!! Well said. I absolutely love your whole family and admire how close everyone is. Hope everyone is feeling better.

nanny of two said...

Well said Staci. I admire you and Mo and looked forward to your blog posts everyday. Just reading about your everyday lives makes me tired and reminds me I'm getting to be an old lady. Remember the song "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine." You and Mo let your light shine bright everyday. You are loved and missed and bring enjoyment to so many.

story2tell said...

Hi Staci,

I work at a hospital in Iowa and one of our students years ago was participating in Dance Marathon. She gave me the caringbridge site of her sponsor family and from there I was linked to another family, and so on and so on until I found Jake’s page. I read faithfully every day and still check it and often times referred my friends and family to check things out. We are big into Nascar so knew the green car. I then started following Mo’s blog and now of course yours.

My brother has recently started a new business that I think both of you would be very interested in with your big boys in so many sports and Mo loving pictures as much as I do (my dad always says my kids my be afraid of thunder, but they’ll never be afraid of lightning because they always have a flash going off in their face). You can also check out my kids as they are “models” on his website www.sportraitsllc.com. He can put any picture, text, etc. on sports balls and ornaments. The ornaments are very hard and look like they are breakable, but they are actually an inflatable ball (great for houses with kids and pets). We’ve tested them and they don’t break. They also come in pearl so they are good year round depending on what you put on them (not just at Christmas) and what the grandparents are getting for every holiday from us.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more info. Having had a father who was in politics and then ran a racetrack for so many years, I know it’s easier said than done, but just ignore them. Personally I don’t understand if people don’t like what they read, why take the time to read it.

Thanks for sharing your family with us,

Shannon

Lil said...

I would love to be added to Mo's blog if she decides to stay private. I found Jake's CB site when my son's kindergarten teacher's child was diagnosed with leukemia. I have kept up with your family since then and feel like you are my neighbors. Please don't let the kooks get to you. And as many have said already, this shall pass.

Meredith said...

Staci~
You are truly an inspiration to all of us! I too am one of the behind the scenes readers who has been with your family since the early caringbridge days. Your family has touched me in so many ways and I am a better mother and person for having read yours and Melanie's blogs. Thank you for sharing, teaching and caring!!

Meredith

Kaye said...

Hey i'm not sure what is going on but i want you & mo to know that i love the blogs. Since i have moved to MO I haven't been able to see the family much & this is the way i try to keep in touch. I hope i can come down the summer or Thanksgiving & see the girls. (oh yea i'm bad to procratstinate thanks for the wedding present). but i just want you guys to know that you are wonderful, i'll never forget all that you have done for us when mom passed. miss you & praying for you.

Jerri Kaye

Sandy P said...

I just don't understand why people think they have the right to leave negative comments. We might feel like we know you , but none of us have walked in your shoes. Thanks for letting us watch Maddi and the boys grow up.

Jana said...

Hi Staci and family,

Praying for you! Thanks for giving the majority of us a smile, a laugh and even the opportunity to share your tears and support you in prayer. Your love for your children and families have been obvious from Day 1 and I pray you will continue to let your light shine bright!

Blessings,
A Jake follower and a Mo & Staci blog follower

mombrenn54 said...

I hooked up to your caringbridge site through sweet angel Christal Reynolds web page. I have laughed, celebrated and grieved with you all through caringbridge and now blogland. I feel safe in saying that your supporters far out number the naysayers. Please know that there are those of us out here praying for you and enjoying keeping up with your precious family!

Deb said...

I can't add anymore than the others have. I am glad you are blogging and still get my "fix". I have been a believer of Jake's since the early days. I still look at the time when something wonderful happens!!! I was so happy when Mo when on to blog about your lives and truly know that if we lived closer we would be friends........in my heart will have to do for now.
Hope Maddi is feeling better!
You tell'm Staci...........

Michelle said...

You and your sis are great and I enjoy the privilege of reading about your families and enjoying the pictures of your children!!

jbaj said...

Very well said. And as someone else has said it is a privelege to read these two blogs and look at the cute pictures. You both have such a way of writing and capturing your kids expressions!

I've followed you since Jake too and you can tell your family is so very special. I don't post in the comments often but felt a need to post here.

Your post was absolutely spot on.

Angie said...

I'm just dying to see what the girls' St. Patrick's Day outfits look like!

Love you guys!

Sandy said...

Staci
Well said. I started following you since Jakes story became public and being from your hometown that has been a long time. I met you when Gabbi was born"yes I am the nut that works at sfmc" in the cafe' It was such an honor to meet my heros mother and then his aunt mo. you all have been a inspiration to me and my family. I have often told you in blogging thanks for sharing your family with the world. I am a blogger because of you and mo. Jake touched me in ways no one will ever know. I pray for your family daily just as I do my own. we love you and your awesome family

steelergirl69 said...

ughh, I'm not a comment leaver or reader. So I'm not sure what happened! I am a Jake follower, and just love reading both of your blogs. I can't imagine someone saying anything to this family in a negative way!!! I miss Mo's updates!! They crack me up!!
Still a believer!
Tammy Kelly
steelergirl69@verizon.net

lmdelaune said...

I, too, have followed Jake's site since his diagnosis after being led to him by Stanton and Emma Grace's sites. Like everyone else, following yours and Mo's blogs has become a highlight of my day. Thanks for blogging more often and please tell Mo that we are awaiting her return. Sure do miss those girls! I'm a peep, but will be a commentor and follower if that is what it takes to participate in your blogs.

Zenzile said...

Hi Stacy
I just can not imagine that people have nothing better to do than to mess with people like you guys. I am also addited to both of your sites is like something I have to go into every morning. I get so happy with Mo's stories. I just love the way she looks at life. We are only here once and it takes a very special person to share their live's stories with us. Please tell Mo to get back soooooooooonnnnn! I miss you but I miss her more....(just kidding).
Take care and don't let those bad people get to you...
Zenzile

shari said...

I have followed you and your family from way back in the Caringbridge days. I have never posted a comment, I have followed quietly. I just signed on as a follower as an expression of support although I know you have plenty of that.

I love the connection you share with your family and how you somehow extend that to the rest of us out here in blogger land. I loved Mo's site, I checked it daily, it always made me laugh. :) I was so disappointed to learn it was now a private site but I totally understand. I don't understand why people are so cruel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope to see Mo's come back very soon.

mandi leblanc said...

mean people suck! i have always loved that bumper sticker and i found it fitting---

Jennifer said...

Wow--I so enjoy "peeking" into ya'lls blogs. I can't belive Mo shut down her blog...I agree with you, if there is someone out there who doesn't like what is said...why bother for the rest of us. Hoping things will get back to the way it used to be.

Thanks for sharing your families with us.

Phyllis Lines said...

I've followed Jake's Caringbridge site and both yours and Mo's blogs for a while. I don't post a lot but check up daily. It has always been very evident to me the love Mo has for her nephews and Maddie and now her two precious babies. It's also evident how devoted she is to helping kids through her business. I miss seeing Mo's posts but do understand the need for privacy.

Cody Jo said...

Good Morning..
So glad I remembered your website, since I can't get to Mo's any longer, I had hers bookmarked, and would just click over to yours...

Sorry people are being rude to you guys... Your such a wonderful family and have been through so much!!

Great to see updates, and DYING to know if Mel got 4 stuffed oreo's in, or is she still practicing... I can just see it now...

Take Care!!!

Cody Jo

ranschaerta said...

I've followed Jake's website, Mo's blog and your blog. I am so impressed with you and your family's closeness, love and strength. It's funny how people you don't even know can become inportant in our lives and be a huge inspiration. I want you to know that even though you have not met me I'm out here and praying for you all. I have not been able to access Mo's blog but I send her love and prayers for her and her beautiful family as well. Blessing to all and keep on keeping. Oh.. I have been checking on Maddy as she grows.. tell Don to get the shotgun out.. she is gonna be a heartbreaker!
Ann Marie

Joan said...

I too have been following your family since the Jake days. I have often thought "maybe I should drive on down to Louisiana and meet them!". I live in KY.

I miss Mo. I love seeing Maddie and the boys. Jake had such an impact on so many people.

Sending all the Raborns and Groves family members hugs from Kentucky.

Love Joan K

Diane said...

I hope everything is alright. I like several others have been a silent follower of you, mo & Jake. I really enjoy reading about you, mo and your family and wishing that I was closer (meaning living) to my sisters & brother. All my family is out west (Utah area) and knowing how close we were growing up, I know we would be doing the oreo thing or something else crazy. Let Mo know I would like to see her blog again she can email me at forrestd@uamont.edu. Both of your blogs just makes me smile, and my three daughters (ages 10, 9, & 7) think your boys are HOT!!!
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Di

mupster1912 said...

Sorry ya'll are going through all this. Hope Mel and the girls are ok. I've been a believer since way back when, I think of Jake everytime an 11 pops up! Thanks you all for sharing your beautiful families with us! Can't wait to see more of your awesome house Staci!

Miss ya Mo!

Marianne in NJ

Faithful Froggers said...

Hi Staci! I am so glad to see you blogging. I have enjoyed catching up on your posts and seeing pictures of your beautiful family! :)

mthorth said...

Amen Staci
Love hearing about your family.
Missin Mo and the girls
Glad you two have each other
Sisters are Great!!!

Michele said...

You guys are the best!!! Don't know what is going on, but I can't imagine anyone wanting to hurt any member of your wonderful family! So sorry you & Mo are hurt..but sending bunches of love your way...like so many other people!

forhisglory said...

Mama always said that if you could not say anything nice, then just don't say anything. Maybe as adults we should still do what mama says. I think that we spend too much time talking about people and running people down that we miss out on so many of Gods blessings. Mo we love you, I have been with the family wayyyyy before Jake died. I cried tears when he died and many more tears for the family. I understand words hurt, but your extened family misses and loves you.... Thanks Staci and Mo for sharing....

Belinda said...

Staci, thanks for putting your blog back up. I followed Jakes site for a long time, just never signed in... I also followed Mo's blog adn now yours. I will try to sign in more, please know you are all in my prayers.. I am sorry your family has to go through so much hurt. Thanks for the CUTENESS FIX, I hope Maddi is feeling better.

Christy said...

Like many others I've been following your families' journey for years...I started following through Jake's caringbridge site. (I'm also mommy to an angel in Heaven) I was sad to see Mo's site is now private. I'm sorry to know people can be so cruel and negative. As if you all haven't been through enough....Best wishes always.
love, Christy (mommy to "ange" Chloe)

Talkn said...

Hi I have been following all of you for a long time & been reading Mo's site since the girls were born, now I can't get on the site without an invite. How do I do that? I miss some Gabby & Ellie time.. Thanks Stacy.

Pepper said...

Love you and your family. Missing Mo. Tell her I said hi. Praying for good results on the Shake for Jake.

Kat said...

I am a Jake believer from way back, one of the hundreds of strangers who fell in love with your precious boy. I found Mo's blog through Jake's CB page and then yours. It's so fun to see what you and your extended family is up to and get a glimpse at your beautiful kiddos. I feel like I know you! In fact my hubby and I were in Shreveport last year and we saw your picture on the casino wall (congrats on that awesome win, by the way!) and I literally yelled, "Oh there's Staci!" like we're buds who hang out all the time, ha!

I read this entry the day you posted it but checked back this morning to see if you had updated the blog again. I just had to tell you that what I saw this time as I pulled up the site is FOUR beautiful eyes and TWO adorable faces looking out at me. I never realized exactly how much Maddi looks like Jake! Wow! Seeing Jake with the (whatever!) on his head alongside Maddi's picture on your sidebar is amazing. Someone who didn't know Jake or read the text would probably think it was the same child!! Okay, so you know that but I just got goosebumps when I saw it and wanted to share! :)

Even though I visit your blog and Mel's blog daily (yes, I need to get a life, lol), I have no idea what happened to cause your families pain. It sounds like some hurtful comments were left. For that, I'm very sorry. I don't think anyone who blogs publicly can really avoid that. I don't know why mean people feel the need to criticize and hurt people. Mean people suck!!!!

Whether you or Melanie decide to keep blogging publicly or not, you will always be on my mind and in my prayers. Your families are precious. Thanks for letting us experience life at your household, it brings a smile to my face and many times a belly laugh.

Be well and may God richly bless you all and watch over those you love and who love you.

Love from Kathy, Richardson, Texas ... a cyberfriend!

kathy said...

Stacie, Kathy spillers here . Love reading about your family and mo's. I must not be doing something right with this puter. Not very puter savay.Please let me knowwhat i can do to get invited please. call me at 6448121 or email me kspillers1@comcast.net

Beth K. said...

Gosh - can't imagine what has happened here recently (I've taken a computer break!). Anyhow, as with many of your followers, I have been here since Jake got sick - I'm just not a Mel type writer! :) I hope you keep us up on your haps, it would be sad to lose you and Mo Joy....

Just thinkging about you -- and hoping you are doing A-O-K. Thanks for your update too!

Diane Justice said...

I have never written anything here or on Mo's Blog and I don't know what is happening with the blogs. I followed Jake's site unitl he became an angel. Although I don't write I have prayed for you, I have laughed and cried with you. The addition of the three little girls was so amazing after you loss and pain. I wish nothing but the best for your family. Stay strong and stay with your convictions. We all understand.

Melissa said...

So glad you are back up. Have followed since I heard about Jake through Jay Rogers. Have enjoyed seeing your family grow and what you all have been through. Cancer has had a major impact on my life and just wish I could have always been as positive as you and had the support of such a wonderful family.

Cyndi said...

Staci,
That boy can still bring tears to my eyes. Thank you for posting those awesome pics of Jake. Oh how I miss that boy, I can not even imagine what you are going through each day. You are truly blessed in so many ways and our prayers are that you continue to be blessed in all the things you do. I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for posting the pics of Jake and the Shake information. We have our vacation planned already and we will be there, the kids are dying to come back down and play. Dylan is still using his Yes Ma'am's and it's even rubbed off on Matthew (I was shocked the first time my four year old said Yes Ma'am). We had a blast last year and are looking forward to another great time.
Sending you our love and prayers from tne snowy north (just got 6 inces of snow yesterday).
Cyndi (and family too)