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Praying for the Ballards

August 18, 2011

My close friends Todd and Stacey, lost the life of their 1 year old son yesterday morning. Bryson Ballard’s life was cut drastically short. He passed away in his sleep, we don’t know why yet. Before I was a mother and I heard stories of this nature I would be sad and feel awful for the parents. After becoming a mother myself, it has such a strong effect on me. It knocks the wind out of me, literally makes my heart hurt, grabs my stomach and rips at my soul. I can’t imagine, don’t want to imagine, can’t help but imagine what Todd and Stacey are going through. At a time like this I don’t have the words to comfort them. Everything I can think of somehow falls short. Even this blog post will never come out the way I really want it to.

I will always regret that I didn’t have a chance to meet this beautiful boy. The Ballards live in GA while I live in NC.  First I was getting married, then I was pregnant, then I had just had a baby. I always assumed there was plenty of time. I had big plans of going Atlanta to visit them every summer to go to Braves games and Stone Mountain together. I feel like Carter lost a friend he didn’t get a chance to meet yet.

To all the mothers out there, take an extra moment today to hug your babies, no matter how old, and be grateful for the blessing of the time you have with them. I know Todd and Stacey loved their son more than their own lives and never let a day go by without being grateful for Bryson. I pray that God wraps them in his arms and takes the pain away. I pray that God will look over Bryson who will forever be Todd and Stacey’s personal angel. Todd and Stacey are such amazing people with beautiful spirits and a wonderful group friends that would do anything for them. I pray we all come together and create the support system that they need. Even if you don’t know the Ballards, please join me in praying for this family and sending positive energy their way.

Bryson Ballard

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindie permalink
    August 18, 2011 2:27 pm

    What you wrote was beautiful. I went to highschool with Stacey and sadly have not seen her since, my heart aches for her & her family. Life is so short, treasure every moment. Keeping them all in my prayers!!

  2. August 18, 2011 8:49 pm

    My heart breaks for this family….so sorry for your friends loss. I could not even imagine.

  3. shan permalink
    August 19, 2011 3:45 am

    I believe your message has captured many feelings we all have about this devastating news. I do not personally know this precious family, but this family has been on my mind all day long today. I have been in prayer for them today. I can’t help but to grab my own children to kiss their sweet foreheads and thank God for the day I have with them. Thank you for your message and God Bless the family and friends of Bryson.

    “Yet I am not alone for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33.

  4. RUTH permalink
    August 19, 2011 4:14 am

    so sorry for your loss, Stacey and Todd. I don’t know you but i am praying for you. I too lost a child, well two, one, when i was full term with the baby, the baby was breached and the abilitor cord got wraped around his neck. I lost the other baby, when i was five months pg with him.

  5. leanne sampson permalink
    August 19, 2011 5:22 am

    As a parent & friend of stacy my heart is broke. Ive done nothing but Pray thats all we must do! We all shall comfort them till no end! Never let Brysons memories go! Love you all!

  6. kellie fitzpatrick guske permalink
    August 19, 2011 12:12 pm

    This absoulutly made me sob my eyes out. What a great tribute.

  7. Cathy permalink
    August 19, 2011 12:32 pm

    I went to school with Stacey, I have seen post after post….I have been trying to find out what happened to this previous baby…How can a perfectly healthy baby pass away on his sleep…I feel so much pain for them, I know their lives will never be the same..I pray God will comfort Stacey and the rest of the family..I pray for peace and Gods understanding…I am sure God will use this in mighty ways and it will glorify his kingdom…I pray through Gods grace you van get through this poison and suffering

  8. Holly permalink
    August 19, 2011 1:40 pm

    What a tragic event for such a beautiful family. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that the family is experiencing. Anyone who came in contact with Stacy and Todd immediately knew how much they adored Bryson and his siblings. I pray they can find comfort in knowing that Bryson knew only love during his short life here on earth. You are all in my prayers.

  9. August 19, 2011 1:47 pm

    Oh my goodness, my deepest prayers and sympathy goes that family that lost their son. It must have been devastated to learn that their son just passed away in his sleep.
    Glad to connect with you via Twitter and @DolliMama3.
    Wishing you a great day and hope to read more posts 🙂

  10. Cathy permalink
    August 19, 2011 3:50 pm

    I am so terribly sorry for your lose…Can’t imagine the pain you are experiencing…

  11. August 21, 2011 2:46 am

    Oh Casey, I’m so, so sorry for this incredible loss. I can only imagine what Stacey and Todd must be feeling right now. My heart breaks for them. Please send them lots of love and hugs from me. I will definitely say some prayers for this family. They will make it through this. Bryson will always be their tiny angel.

  12. August 22, 2011 5:36 pm

    Thank you everyone for all the sweet comments and prayers. I know Todd and Stacey felt all the love sent. Otherwise they wouldn’t have been able to make it through the horrible day of Bryson’s funeral. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Their pain will never go away, but I believe prayers can help you survive the unsurvivable.

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