Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy Birthday, Sara...

"Happy Birthday, Mom!"

Twenty-nine years ago, on her mother's birthday, Sara was welcomed into the world in Pasadena, Texas. September 30, 1980 marked the first day of the "life changing" saga of Sara Sullivan.

Sara's "Celebration of Life" services this weekend were beautiful. The service on Saturday began with the 1000+ people in attendance singing praises to the Lord. We sang Sara's favorite song, "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever." Then, Sara's youth pastor, Chris, started the service by having everyone SMILE! Sara was known for her smile and this was so fitting! After discussing Psalm 23 (walking through the valley of the shadow of death), Chris encouraged people to not just remember Sara's life, but to be different because of knowing Sara. Then he talked about the legacy that Sara left behind. A dear friend of ours sang "Legacy" as the service was coming to a close.

"LEGACY" by Nichole Nordeman

I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy and accolade like the rest

You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery

Of all who's who and so-n-so's that used to be the best

At such-n-such...it wouldn't matter much

I won't lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights

We all need and 'Atta boy' or 'Atta girl'

But in the end I'd like to hang my hat on more besides

The temporary trappings of this world


I want to leave a legacy

How will they remember me?

Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough

To make a mark on things?

I want to leave an offering

A child of mercy and grace who blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy


I don't have to look too far or too long awhile

To make a lengthy list of all that I enjoy

It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile

Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy


Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred

Just want to hear instead, "Well Done" good and faithful one...


Click the link to hear the song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbi4nSrhRxo

After the song, Chris gave an invitation to the group, allowing those who wanted to experience the peace that Sara had, to accept Christ as their Savior. Many raised their hands and accepted Christ on Saturday afternoon.

Here is a neat story about a life that was forever changed this weekend. Some of my details might be a little fuzzy, but you will get the gist...

On Friday night, there were lots of people at the church for the viewing. The line to see Sara's body got backed up and the queue of people started to wrap around the outside of the church building. There was a football practice going on across the street and the long line of people got the attention of a guy named Mike. After the practice concluded, Mike walked over to the church to see what the crowd had gathered for. After asking some questions, Mike learned about Sara and somebody gave him the blog address. After reading the blog on Friday evening, Mike was back at the funeral on Saturday, as a complete stranger. Sara's story had struck a cord within Mike's heart and during the invitation at the end of the service, Mike chose to follow Christ. SARA, YOU CONTINUE TO REACH OTHERS AND CHANGE LIVES!

In a previous post, I was disappointed about Sara being unable to donate her heart because of the cancer and chemo. As I thought about this for the past few days, it became apparent that everyone that Sara has impacted has a small piece of her heart. She has been "donating her heart" for the past 29 years...and continues to do so.

I hope and pray that Chloe will develop a heart like her mother's. Chloe will forever have a reminder of her Mom with her "Heart Tattoo" birthmark on her right arm.

Heart Birthmark

It has become more apparent over the past week, that September 22, 2009 was Sara's time to go. As Chloe and I were driving back to San Antonio on Tuesday morning, I was doing lots of thinking. I started thinking about the timing of everything that has transpired over the past 8 months. The timing of us finding the lump in Sara's breast, the timing of Chloe's conception, the timing of the chemotherapy treatments, the timing of the first bleeding complications. Then I prayed and thanked the Lord for Chloe's premature birth. Think about it...she was not supposed to be born for another 3 weeks.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. --Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Sara, on your birthday, we remember you and the multitude of happy memories we have with you. I can only offer you kind words on this day. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for choosing me and giving me an incredible 5 years of marriage. Thank you for our baby girl. Know that I will do my best to raise our daughter in a way that would make you proud. I LOVE YOU!

Lord, thank you for knitting Sara's life together and for perfectly orchestrating her 10,584 days on Earth.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. --Psalm 139:13

P.S. Happy Birthday Momma Sheryl (Sara's mom). I love you, too!


Grandpa Larry (my dad)

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Jana said...

Thank you for sharing Sara's story! I do not know you but found this blog recently. I have been praying for you and your whole family. Please know and understand that your wife's life has impacted mine. Thank you!

luke, i am your mother said...

Happy Birthday Sara! God bless you and Chloe, Brady! To this day, as complete strangers, Sara is impacting our lives as well as others. Thank you for sharing her story, and thank you for being such a strong Godly man. Prayers are still going out to you and your family.

The Howells - GA

Megan said...

Thank you for sharing this, and for continually looking for the good of our Lord in a heartbreaking situation. You and your wife, and daughter are such Godly people! Thank you for your witness. May God's grace and mercy be sufficient for you today and in the months/years to come.

polly's path said...

What a touching birthday tribute. I think your wife has not only given pieces of her heart for 29 years, she will continue to do so through her story and her legacy, you and the baby.

By the way, I think Chloe's heart birthmark looks just like the heart on the back of Sara's head-the picture of your "shaving party".

Diana said...

Happy Birthday Sara!!! You are dancing away in heaven with the angels :) God Bless you Brady and sweet Chloe. Praying and sending my love to you this day and everyday. If you need anything please don't hesitate to call. 7139078142. Sara has made me a better person and I can't thank her enough.

Sunny said...

Beautiful post.

Ben and Audrey said...

happy birthday sara. i do not know you, i never will, this side of heaven. but i praise the Lord for you life, your legacy & your sweet family. i know the Lord is honored by your life & how you lived for Him.

i've been following this blog since word got out that Sara had seizures and was in the hospital. i've honestly had your family on my heart since that day. i have prayed, earnestly, for health & peace for your family. what a sweet sweet story of love this has turned out to be.

i have only been married (almost) 3 years. my hubby & i had our first baby, Jack, in october 2008. i am pregnant with a little girl, Jovie, she is due in february. this story has been a little hard for me to swallow lately b/c i am pregnant with a little girl & it reminds me so much of how blessed i am to be living & enjoying every day with my family.

if there is one thing i have learned from this story, it is that the Lord always has a plan. even in the darkest of days. and He is ALWAYS good. ALWAYS faithful and ALWAYS loving. i have also learned to appreciate, more than ever, the gift of life. it is sacred and a precious blessing from the Lord. i do not understand why the Lord is blessing me with the days to raise my kids & love my husband. or why He so sovereignly chose to take Sara's life. but i can trust Him.

thank you so much, brady, for having the courage to share your intimate story with a world of strangers on the web. this story has changed my life & my outlook. i'm serious. i've had a relationship with Christ for many years, but i can honestly say that this story of Sara's life has made my walk with Him even sweeter. Please know that i am praying for you & your sweet chloe. i can not imagine the hard days ahead, but i know HIs grace is enough & He is sufficient to see you even through the darkest of hours. He will carry you.

Ben & Audrey W.

"in the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express"
Romans 8:26

April said...

I just want to say that although I have not had the honor to meet you or your beautiful family I am truely touched by this blog of your life story. Tim Gaffigan sent me this site after a prayer request and I tend to check it every other day or so. I am also amazed at the love, joy and faith that you share with everyone, not just friends but people much like myself that read your post and can't think of a better story of life. I truely believe you when you say that there is a timing for everything and I look up to you for being the person you are. I know that you and Chloe will be just fine as Sara wll be watching over you and your family. I can only hope that I meet more people with as much love and faith as you and Sara. - April (Houston, TX)

Ruthie said...

I am crying, again. As I typed in your blog address to look for an update, half not expecting to see one yet, I was just praying that you and Chloe were okay and hanging in there. God is so gracious. Sara is so beautiful, what an amazing testimony her services were. The stories gave me chills- thank you for sharing.

And, I must add.... Chloe is seriously one of the most gorgeous babies I have ever seen! God has really created something special through you and Sara!

Praying!

Broughton Clan said...

I LOVE YOU GUYS! THanks for all the happy memories and thank for including me in your journey. I was honored to sing at the funeral and sing about the Legacy that Sara left for Chloe. I love that baby girl and can't wait to tell her all about her mommy. We love you Sara have a great birthday in Heaven

Jen said...

Happy Birthday to Sara! Thank you for sharing your life with us. What a blessing Chloe is. I feel your strength is incredible. Only to show how God can carry you and us through difficult times. I will continue to keep Chloe, you and your family in my prayers. God Bless you all! Love, Jen from Cali

The Tietz Family! said...

Happy Birthday Sara! I was at the service as well and it was GREAT! I always wonder if we are able to look down at the last day our body lay on earth and if we do man was she proud! It was like a high school reunion and that just goes to show how many loved her so much all her life. Last time I saw sara was in NYC new years 2003. I will send Chloe pictures soon so she can see what a sparkle Sara always was..all over the world! You are in my prayers all the time and I know you have your peace and God has a GREAT plan for you and your baby girl..be excited about that! May you keep your head strong and your eyes focused on the Lord!

In him,
Shara (St.Francis) Tietz

Amanda said...

What a Awesome post for your wife on her birthday! I have been thinking about your little family ever since i have found your blog and i have told many people about the awesome attitude your wife had and the way she loved life. Your story has touched me in a way that i want to cherish life and my family. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers! Your baby is so precious and she looks like she is already growing!!

MrsHonea said...

I have faith and love my God, but just reading how you are praising God for your the blessings in spite of losing your wife....I have no words. I hope to be able to have that relationship with God one day. Chloe is such a lucky girl to have you for a daddy!

Amy said...

OH MY GOODNESS! That heart birthmark is UNbelievable!! WOW!! You are so strong and even without knowing you can tell you will be an awesome dad for Chloe!

The Carrolls said...

Our church is currently studying What our purpose is! You are so amazing and thank you for sharing Sara's story. Her story has helped to make my walk with Christ stronger! Happy Birthday sweet Sara!

I must still gush on that GORGEOUS baby! What a cutie and I bet she grows to adore her heart mark!

Kristin said...

You have me in tears...again! Happy Birthday Sara..you are truly missed.

I do have to say your story touched my heart, along with a lot of other individuals, so even if her heart could not be donated, I think your story has touched so many more hearts than just her physical one could have.

Your story hits home 1- because I live in Houston and 2 - because your wife has a strong resemblance to a very good friend of mine, who is currently pregnant.

Chloe's birthmark is truly awesome, you can always tell her that her mommy gave her something to remember her by!

Thank you for sharing your story. I thought about attending the funeral but since I didn't know Sara it might be a little awkward.

The love you two had for each other is truly amazing and I am glad that you two found each other and were able to share the time you had together.

I wish you the best!

Kristin
Spring, TX

Pixel Perfect said...

What a beautiful post!

august15bride said...

I am a total stranger, but not a day has gone by in the past 3 weeks that I have not prayed for you, Sara and Chloe. I will be celebrating Sara's life today too. And this weekend, I will be running our local "Race for the Cure" in Sara's honor.

Thank you for allowing her heart to be shared with so many others, including me.

Tori said...

Continuing to pray for you and Chloe. What a blessing Sara's story has been to me, and a challenge as well. God bless you and keep you strong and comforted as you embark on a new chapter in your life. God has his hand on you.

In HIS Grip,
Tori
PA

The Hansen Family said...

Thanks for posting this. What an incredible story. Happy Birthday sweet Sara!

Deelsu said...

I don't know you either and found this blog just a few days before Sara passed away. BUT ...the story of Mike made me cry. How special.
God Bless you and hang in there!

Tiffany said...

Happy Birthday Sara! Brady thank you for sharing this with us, you will be an amazing father because you will have Sara watching over you.

You and Chloe are always in my thoughts & prayers.

Ashley Jo Anglin said...

Happy Birthday to an amazing woman!!! That song gave me chills....

It is amazing how God works and its awesome to see your wife touched so many lives. Your faith is amazing. I will continue to pray for you and your little girl. She is so beautiful and I have read back in your blog and Sara was most definitely an amazing perosn. I am sure that anyone knew her was blessed by her. My husband has read your blog, and was very touched by it.
oh, and Chloe is gorgeous! LOVE the birthmark!

Mom and Pops are in DEBT!! said...

You do not know me, but I truly wanted to offer you my condolences. Cancer is something I have lost so many people to in my family so it's very dear to me.

Many prayers for strength for both You and your precious daughter.

Anna said...

Happy Birthday, Sara. I know you all are missing her today. Will be thinking of you all and lifting your family up in prayer. What a testimony your family has!!

dani said...

a very beautiful post. happy birthday to your dear sara who is vastly enjoying the day with the Savior i am sure.

and your chloe is quite a beauty.

Meg B....that's me! said...

Thanks so much for sharing your Sara with us. Even though I don't know you in person, I feel the love of Sara just by reading your blog. God Bless your family.

Karen and Shane said...

It's truly amazing to see how God has been and is working in your families lives. You are an encouragement to many by sharing what He is doing! Many of my friends who do not know you have told me what an impact Sara's story has made on their lives. May He be glorified!

DanielleAnnchavez said...

Brady,
I went to high school with Sara and was a part of Young Life for a short time with her. I lost contact with her after graduation... until she joined Facebook. I want to say how much yalls "Incredible Love Story" has impacted me life. There isnt a day that goes by that I dont think about Sara. Thank you for this wonderful blogspot and I hope you keep it coming! Everytime I hear the song "In My Arms" By Plumb I think of baby Chole! God Bless
Danielle Chavez

mommynoodles said...

I found your blog not even a week ago,but the night I found it,I read everything there was to read! What a amazing person your wife was and will continue to be.I know "GOD" is our strength,but you inspire me through this blog at the strength you show!!"GOD IS GOOD"! I'm not even a bit surprised that her line of people wrapped around the church building.And there again,all for a reason.She touched another life (Mike)that was a awesome story!! I will continue to pray for you and Chloe and Sara's family,that "GOD" will give you peace and comfort beyond all understanding!! Surely "GOD" showed you that Sara's heart is being carried around by many,just by looking at Chloe's arm!! How sweet and awesome is that?!! Many "BLESSINGS"!!
Natalie,

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARA"!!

mommynoodles27@yahoo.com

Krystina said...

You do not know me but, thank you for sharing Sara's story. When I read your blog it brought tears to my eyes and It has deeply touched my heart. My prayers are with you and Chloe. You are such a strong person and an inspiration. I'm sure Sarah is very proud of you.

Krystina

Mommy of 2 and 2 said...

I was brought to your blog about 2 weeks ago asking for prayers and I have to say that I lift you all up daily!! I LOVED reading your blog today and how you rejoiced in the life of your beautiful wife. As you stated, I believe she has given her heart to more people than you will ever know. Her life was a testimony of Christ and I believe HE will continue to use her story and bless MANY more lives!! May God continue to pour down His peace and love on you, your sweet little Chloe and the rest of your family!! God bless you all!!

waitingarms said...

Happy Birthday Sara! Brady, you and Sara were and are such wonderful witnesses for our Lord. Your faith is inspiring and makes us desire to walk more intimately with God and keep our eyes on Him.

God's blessings as you raise your wonderful daughter Chloe in the ways of the Lord.

Tabatha said...

Happy birthday to Sara! Bet she is dancing with the angels.
Brady your story is so touching. I am amazed by the love and praises of your testimony. God Is Good and he will continue to look after you and that precious baby girl Chloe. Her heart tattoo birthmark is a gift from her mother and so amazing.
I do hope you continue your blog as I feel it will help you not only to heal but to have people who are not only strangers but can share in your grief and share in the joys of you bringing up Chloe.
As always thoughts and prayers to you and Chloe and the rest of your family.

Terra said...

Happy Birthday to Sara! God bless her!!!

She has touched so many strangers’ lives with the story of her life from a BLOG! It is so amazing how God finds ways to touch those who need Him most! I'm sure that a lot of people who have questioned their relationship with God have come to find Him again by seeing her undying love and fearlessness in His plan for her life!

To be so devoted to our Father and to let go of the fear! It reminds me of one of my favorite songs by Francesca Battistelli ‘I’m Letting Go’.

"Giving in to your gravity
Knowing You are holding me
I'm not afraid"

stmurattler said...

Happy birthday Sara! Thank you Brady for continuing to share your story! Look at all the miracles surrounding your family, AMAZING!

Chad said...

Brady,
You don't know me, but I knew Sara from high school. Though I haven't seen or spoken to Sara in the 13 years since I graduated, your story has really touched me. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard about everything. Please know that you and Sara have impacted my life in ways undescribable and I am striving to live my life with the same love for Christ that you guys did. Thank you and my prayers are with you and Chloe.

Melissa's Thoughts said...

Ok, I must stop reading your blog at work. I can only use the OH MY SINUS's excuse so many times. :) Thank you so much for sharing your story of life with us. I was thinking of the song...Thank you for giving to the Lord, I am a life that was changed. God bless you and Miss Chloe today and always.

Molly said...

Happy Birthday Sara! Thank you for sharing her story with us all in the blogging world. You're a wonderful writter and amazing husband/father. You are truly blessed with Chloe, and her heart birthmark is incredible! Much love and prayers!

Ms. Anthropy said...

My son, Ryan, went all through school with Angie. I knew her as a young child and cannot imagine the pain the family is going through. I only found out about her story, after seeing her obituary. Chloe will be a living legacy to Sara. The entire family will continue to be in my prayers. God bless you!

The Archer Family

Shawna Scott said...

I have never read a more beautiful summary of someone's devotion to Christ through tribulations and struggles. God's timing is always perfect...not always for us to understand, but He is forever faithful to us and remains the same...yesterday, today and forever. We never have to worry that He isn't in control. We are His children and He loves us more than we could ever understand. Blessings to Chloe and her faithful daddy...they will see Sara again!

kimalli1 said...

Shivers.

Simply beautiful.

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday to an incredible person who truly did touch the hearts of all she met. She is an inspiration to us, as are you Brady. Thanks for this posting on Sara's very special day.

Kubin's said...

I am touched by your story. I think of you and your family all the time. I pray for you and Chloe every time you cross my mind. Sara will live on forever. Keep her name alive!! You are a good man. Lots of love going your way.
Christie
TX

Sonja said...

Beautiful stories, beautiful testimony, beautiful baby, beautiful legacy...and I got shivers when I saw that birthmark.

Blessings on you as you experience this huge change and new normal in your life...it will be so hard yet you are relying on God--the only way to go!

Julia D. Photography said...

Happy Birthday, Sara!

I'm not sure if you've been directed to this site yet, but Matt Logelin is another single father, raising a daughter after his wife passed away the day after Maddy's birth. You can find him at www.mattlogelin.com.

Justin and Jenn said...

She's beautiful! It's amazing how I'm constantly thinking about Sara and your family even though I've never met you guys. I've prayed for peace, understanding, and comfort during this time. My prayers continue for your family.

Cooper's Mom said...

Both of your girls are so beautiful. Rest assured that Sara is still touching lives and spreading pieces of her heart, all the way to Isen, Germany.

claudiagarnett said...

God bless you and may you continue to celebrate Sara's birthday with Chloe for many years to come. The heart birthmark is another amazine "AWE" of God's presence.

Linda said...

Brady, you and Sara have touched so many lives through your blog. What a beautiful ministry you have shared, even through your loss. You and beautiful Chloe are in my prayers.

Stephanie said...

Thank you for letting us know Sara a little more. She still reaches others and I will always be blessed by you, Sara and Chloe. May God shine His light on you today and as you raise your little bundle of joy!

Kelli said...

Sara's story is amazing. I am moved to tears while in the same breath rejoicing over her life and the legacy she will leave for Chloe. (I have a Chloe Grace as well!!) I will continue to lift you, Chloe and your family up in prayer as you transition to the new normal.

Dawn said...

At a MOPS meeting this year, I heard Andrea tell her story, thus how I came upon your blog today. My heart breaks for you, for Sara, for Chloe but your strength and passion for Christ is uplifting and a wake up call. Thank you for sharing your family with strangers, your love for the Lord, your travels, tears, photos and your sweet angel Chloe.

While running today, thoughts of your family and Sara flooded my vision..we live 5 min. from Randolph and my husband too is active duty. You've probably even flown over our home a time or two.

I would LOVE to capture Chloe's 1st year of life on film, if you haven't already had someone else offer, free of charge. I'm a SAHM and stretching my creative outlets just a bit more with photography and although I can't ease the pain of losing such an amazing loved one, I'd hope to bring joy with photos, capturing Chloe on her amazing journey of life with her strong, loving Father by her side.

Again THANK YOU for sharing your story with the world! God Bless and Happy Birthday Sara!!

Dawn said...

sorry, for some reason, my name isn't linking to my blog...you can contact me at

braun09@att.net

or

braunfamilybliss.blogspot.com

Dawn Braun

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday to Sara and her mom! Chloe is precious!!!!! Her birthmark almost took my breath away!

Jeff said...

Brady,
I do not know you but your story has changed my life. Sara is an inspiration to others. You are such a remarkable father for Chloe. Please continue to allow the world to be a part of Chloe's life! She is so precious and you are doing such a great job with her! Many prayers sent!

Krista said...

Happy Birthday, Sara! what an amazing legacy you lived, and you know what, I don't even know you! What I do know is that I'm so excited to meet you in heaven one day! you were an amazing person, and that reflects on your husband & your precious baby girl!
Mr. Sullivan, I'm praying for you too! I'm so thankful that your dad is there to support you during this time. Know that another complete stranger halfway across the country is praying for you!
~Krista from Seattle, WA

ebcriss said...

She really has left a piece of her heart for SO many. I am a stranger who has been so moved by your story. The heart birthmark brought tears to my eyes. Sara is "WITH" Chloe :) You are an AMAZING writer of your thoughts. Please keep sharing.

Shannalee said...

This story is so heartbreaking, but your response to it and trust in God are so beautiful. Praying for you and your family!

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful & loving tribute to your wife. You are so right, there is a timing for everything....it's about HIS timing and HIS timing is perfect!

Thank you for sharing,

Tabatha said...

Your words of Sarah and her life inspire me beyond belief. I am so moved by Sarah's story that I only learned of a litte over a week ago but she has changed my life. She will continue to do so for others and for Chloe. God bless her and your family. May god continue to shine on you and your family. My prayers are with you.

Lyndsay said...

God bless you and your beautiful baby girl. Happy Birthday Sara - dance with the angels.

Jana said...

Another Jana...
I came across your blog through a friend, and not only was your story heartworming for me because I saw the blessings even in the midst of the sorrow, it also hit home for me. My father died 3 years ago from cancer, so I know what it is like to watch someone that close go through that struggle like a champion. Although Chloe will not be able to know her mother physically, it is apparent that she will know her through spirit and emotionally because of you who will keep her alive for Chloe. Plus, of course, God has his hands in this. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers like so many have said they will do, and I have every confidence that God will continue to give you and your family the strength to have many joys and blessings in your life even if Sara is not able to enjoy them with you all physically. What a miracle your baby girl has been since birth and will continue to be. What a legacy Sara has left.

Jennifer said...

Crying and rejoicing at the same time. That perfect little heart of a birthmark is the sweetest blessing. Will continue to pray for your family. Happy Birthday Sara!

Carrie said...

What a great person she must have been and still is shinning down from Heaven! May God Bless you and baby Chloe forever!

Sheryl said...

wow, fighting back the tears. thank you so much for continuing to share with us. sara's heart has indeed impacted many. how great of God to show you just a glimpse by letting you know the story of "mike".

as i've said before, it's obvious that chloe has huge purpose. she's blessed to have you as her dad.

Skye and Sydney said...

Happy Birthday Sara! I am honored to call you True Friend. Your life as transformed and renewed me in so many ways. I won't just remember you...there is still work to be done. I won't let you down.
I love you sweet friend!
Amy B

FSD said...

Happy Birthday, Sara! What a beautiful post, Brady. I love the pic of Chloe saying Happy Birthday to her mommy. And what a remarkable birth mark! The Lord works in mysterious ways. Thank you for sharing Sara with the world. I'm so thankful for all the souls that were saved at Sara's Celebration of Life service last Saturday, and the story about Mike was especially touching. Your wife is an amazing woman!

Erica said...

You are truly amazing. Your wife will be missed greatly but know that she lives on

Baylee and Blair's page said...

I'm a new reader and as I sit here tears are streaming down my face.

She really had/has an impact on everyone she came in contact with. Such an amazing and awe-inspiring story!

Hugs - Tiffany

Grizellie said...

Hi! I don't know you all personally but I have heard your stories through the Montgomery's. It also seems we may have been stationed at Sheppard at the same time. I have prayed for you and little Chloe. Thank you for sharing your story and I will continue to pray for you.

Happy Birthday to Sara! Her first birthday in heaven...I am sure it is glorious!

Lynsey said...

You don't know me, but I also went to high school with Sara. I really wanted to make it to the services on Saturday but wasn't able to. I wanted to let you know that our family has been praying for Sara (and you and Chloe), and we'll continue to do so. Reading your story has been truly inspirational and has renewed my faith. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. God bless.

Michaela said...

You and your strength are an inspiration.

Kate said...

Happy Birthday in Heaven, Sara! Today is my birthday, too, and it's an honor to share my birthday with an amazing woman whose life showed such love for God and touched so many lives.

Brady, you and Chloe are in my prayers.

Nancy Bane said...

I sit here crying as I write this...thank you for sharing Sara's story, her life, and her death. I offer many prayers for you and Chloe, and hope that you may find peace.

Nick and Erin said...

Happy Birthday, Sara!

Brady, what a heartfelt tribute to a beautiful life. Thank you for sharing a piece of your family with blog readers.

Many prayers are being lifted in your name.

God Bless.

Sitesx6 said...

Your story is so amazing. What an amazing God!

I sit here with tears in my eyes for Mike....I just prayed for him, wherever he is....that God would continue his spiritual growth and that more would come to Christ because of Sara's story.

God has such great things for you and your daughter- for standing firm in your faith and praising His name through trials.

God bless you- I am so encouraged by your blog and I'm praying for you.

Kelly in Michigan

Mom*2*5*princesses*&*2*peapod*girls said...

Happy Birthday, Sara! I was prompted to read your blog by someone on a forum...and I have read it...from beginning to end. Brady, you are a wonderful husband and father....thank you for sharing your love and faith with us. Chloe, please take care of your Daddy, reminding him every day of your Mommy and her love. I feel so touched by Sara, her faith, and happiness. She really does continue to live on through her amazing faith and her journey. Your family is just an inspiration. May God Bless you and keep you. My prayers, thoughts and heart are with you all.

snekcip said...

I'm sitting here w/chills! What a beautiful story! That birthmark is just a wonderful reminder of Sara's heart!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful love story, I eagerly anticipate each update about your beautiful family! What a legacy Sara has left!

John & Michelle said...

Praying for you in Cookeville, TN and believing God's timing is perfect! Happy Birthday Sara!

He Gives Us Manna said...

Thanks for posting that. Made me cry to think that God loved that boy enough to bring Sara home so he could have a changed life forever. You are such a strong person, Chloe is blessed to have you for a dad. Your doing a great job! Blessings and prayers from our family to yours. Bremerton WA.

ElizabethScott Designs said...

Although I have never met you, I'm a friend of Stephanie Jahn and she sent your blog address in an email requesting prayer for your family. I have been reading and re-reading it over the past week. It has touched me, amazed me, humbled me, and pointed to our Lord and His glory continuously. Sara's faith, your faith, and the legacy she has left for Chloe are beyond description. Please know that believers all over will continue to lift your family in prayer as you simultaneously celebrate and grieve your precious Sara.
Sarah - Memphis, TN

Melanie said...

Brad, I want to remind you that

". . . I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them. . . ." Jer. 31:13

This is a thought continues to comfort me with the loss of a loved one.

Sara is greatly missed.

MFB247.com said...

Happy Birthday Sara! Heaven is smiling and celebrating the impact on lives Sara & you are having through this journey. I can't even imagine what our 1st birthday in Heaven is like as I know it is far bigger than the hoopla we do here on earth and we know 1st birthdays are HUGE on earth! Sara's 1000 watt smile is magnified and shining on us here left behind on Earth.

Thanks for sharing.

Prayers & Blessings!

Rebecca said...

Thank-you for sharing your heart with us! Chloe is blessed to have you for her daddy.

Know that Sara's story and life have touched lives all over.

brittany said...

Chloe is an absolutely beautiful gift from God!

Happy Birthday Sara! What a beautiful woman you are.

Alexa said...

happy birthday dear one up above♥♥♥

Jusika said...

Thank you for sharing this time with us! Chole is very grateful to have a father who loved her mother so much!

Doctor Mom said...

I do not know you, but am moved by Sars's story! You share the same anniversary exactly as my husband and I. God bless you and keep you in his precious care.

Jim said...

Happy Birthday, Sara. Thank you so much for the piece of your heart that you shared with me. I have embraced it since the day you gave it to me, and I will hold on tightly until the day I die. Brady, you are an inspiration to us all. You know the future without Sara will be difficult for you and Chloe, but your love and faith will get you through. The two of you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We are always here if you need us.

Love, Your Jimmy and Charleen

momMYsliceoflife said...

Chloe is so beutiful! Brady, I pray for you and Chloe daily!

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Sonya Hayes said...

Brady,
I don't know if you remember me. I met you at your wedding, and I have received Christmas updates from you and Sara for the past 5 years. I was Sara's Student Council Sponsor when she was at Deer Park, but more importantly, I was Sara's friend. I have so many things that I want to tell you and Chloe about my short time with Sara--so many stories to make you laugh; however, I feel that you probably know them all. I didn't come to the funeral because I didn't want to say good-bye to Sara. I was out of town for Chloe's shower but I sent word that I would visit when the baby was born. I never knew that I wouldn't get the chance to see Sara again. I want to tell you that Sara saved me in many ways, but she recently saved my life without knowing her impact--I never got to tell her. I was diagnosed with BRACA1 last October--the gene that causes both breast and ovarian cancer. The doctors recommended radical surgery: a complete masectomy and hysterectomy. I thought about it and prayed about it, and I decided that I would not do the surgery. However, God often speaks to us by giving us signs that maybe we ignored the first time. There were many signs given to me that I had made the wrong decision, but the final sign was the news that my favorite student who was full of life and strength was diagnosed with breast cancer. That was the definitive sign that changed my mind. So I had the surgery this past summer--it was a painful recovery, but when it was all said and done, I have less than a 1% chance of getting breast or ovarian cancer for the remander of my life. Before--I had an 85-90% chance of developing either one. As a student, Sara changed my life--as an adult, Sara saved my life. I will continue to keep you and Chloe in my prayers, and I know that Sara is watching over both of you. God's Peace, Brady.
Sonya (Lyons) Hayes

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Tim said...

Brady,
Like many others posting, you do not know me. However, about a week or 2 ago I came across your blog through a friend who had posted the link. I have then checked the blog every day. You and Sara both have had an impact on my life... in such a short time. Since reading your blog I have often asked myself "is my Faith in God strong enough to get me through something like this?". You and Sara have had such a strong Faith in Him and I believe this is the only way that we are able to get through something like this with such peace and acceptance. I now believe that I was lead to your story to show me that I need strengthen my relationship/faith with God. I have you and Sara to thank. Happy Birthday Sara and may God Bless you Brady and sweet Chloe.
~Allison (this is my husband's account)
Katy, Texas

Michelle said...

First, I want to wish Sara a Happy heavenly Birthday! God continues to use your story to change my life daily.

Brady, I met you at Sara's viewing (she was a freshman cheerleader when I was a senior cheerleader and my husband and I know Angie). You are such an inspiration to me! It amazes me how you have handled this all (Sara, too). Ya'lls journey has taught me SO much and warms my heart as well as brings tears to my eyes. I can not imagine what you are feeling right now but I know you are stronger than me. That right there just shows me I need to work on my faith. I wish you the best with Chloe...there is so much that ya'll will share and ENJOY every little moment because she will grow up fast. Ya'll are in my prayers every night and I look forward to keeping up with ya'll thru the blog. Thank you for being so strong and sharing ya'lls story with us!

Amber said...

Brad, thanks for posting. I have been praying for you. Chloe is a beautiful baby and I know she has so much of her momma in her. Thank you for sharing Sara and your family with us. I know you are in pain. Please know we are praying.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

What an awesome and heart touching story. Praising God with you for the lost soul that was found at Sara's funeral.

Sara seems like a very special young lady and a very special child of the King.

Praying for you fervently and for little Chloe. May the Lord bless you and use Chloe mightily for His Kingdom.

In Him,
Beth

Trixabelle said...

I don't know you, I stumbled across your blog thru some mutual friends. You and Sara had an unbelieveable story and Chloe is GORGEOUS! I know that you and Chloe will be able to see your Sara again. You both are in my prayers.

saintsusie said...

You don't know me either but I'm good friends of Jenny & Tim Monroe. Through them and their concern for your family, I have been praying for your family since well before Chloe's birth. But that is not what I wanted to tell you, this is: I lead a ladies bible study here in Tucson, AZ on Thursday mornings and at the end of class we share prayer requests. One of the ladies in my study brought up your story from a friend of hers who sent it to her across the internet. She wanted our class to pray for your family. I am certain that your blog & Sara's story has been sent places you can't even imagine. The body of Christ everywhere is lifting you up brother for strength & perseverance as you "carry on" through this life. God is your model as a father for Chloe as you lean not on your own understanding but in every way acknowledge HIM. He will make your paths straight. I also lift up Sara's mom before the the throne of grace today as I can imagine this day is an especially difficult one for her. Be encouraged "mom", we are your Aaron and Hur holding up your weary arms in the battle of grief. We weep with you but even more rejoice with you over the legacy & impact Sara's life & her death has had on so many people! I am in awe of what a kinship we share because we share the love of Jesus. Dearest Sara in heaven, what a radiant glow & a larger than life smile you have sister! A perfect reflection from the precious face of our Savior. To God be the Glory forever and ever!! Sue Feaga, AZ

Christina said...

Hello Brady - I do not know you and was directed to your blog by a friend. I was intrigued when I found out you fly 38's at RND. I am an air traffic controller on RND - we have probably talked with each other on the radios. Very small world!
I wanted to tell you that I spent my afternoon reading your blog. I am SO very very touched with Sara's story. I do not think I have ever felt so much compassion for a family that I have never met. Sara handled her situation with such amazing grace. She is inspirational!! This story has made me reflect on my life and I don't think I will ever forget how reading this today made me feel. Thanks for sharing such an intimate story with us!
I will pray for you and your absolutely gorgeous daughter.
Christina
Schertz, TX

Misty Rice said...

Happy Birthday Sara.....

Thank you for continuing to keep us updated.

I LOVE the heart birthmark... I shared it with my husband, and I just love how God gives us little things just like that to give us something to smile and hold on to.

Beautiful post.

Kathy said...

What a great triubute to both Sarah's birthday and her legacy here. It just goes to show that the Lord really does work in mysterious ways.

God Bless all of you!!

Angie Campbell said...

Thank you for sharing and blessing others through Sara's legacy. Your family is in our prayers as always! I love the birthmark, and that is a truly special piece of her her mother. The heart will always remember!

Classy Yet Sassy said...

Brady, I followed your link from a friend's post. Thank you for sharing your families story. To quote you...SARA, YOU CONTINUE TO REACH OTHERS AND CHANGE LIVES!
Thank you and God Bless

Chris Spiker said...

Brady & precious Chloe:
What a beautiful birthday message for Sara and her mom. Montana sends you sunshine and love.

Team Buckwalter said...

Happy Birthday Sara!! You are celebrating with the angels this year...can't wait to celebrate with you one day. What a miracle and beautiful baby you and Brady have. While I was holding her the day after you passed God gave me peace...I was holding half of you. Your prayer that someone would come to know Jesus through you and Brady's story was answered on Saturday...just wish you could have physically been there to share in the joy of seeing other people come to Jesus because of you, Brady, Chloe and God's mercy. An enormous piece of my heart is gone but you DID leave a legacy. I am forever thankful to Jesus for our many years of friendship...my life is better because of you. You are now truly singing of His love forever. My love, thoughts and prayers continually go out to your entire family who I love so much. Brady, may God's love, peace, comfort and word rest in your heart..."May Your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise..." Ps. 119:76

lawson-wood said...

Happy Birthday Sara. I know you don't know me but my friend told me about your blog and I haven't been able to stop reading it since. I am so very sorry for your loss and pray that God gives you the strength to keep going. Chloe is a wonderful gift and believe that Sara will be watching from heaven with a big smile. I thought of your family the other day that I sure hope that Sara is talking to my aunt in heaven. She seemed like an unbelievably awesome person. I wish you and your family nothing but the best in the future.

mommyof2sons said...

Happy Birthday to Sara (and her mom) Thanks for sharing this post today. It was beautiful. I love Chloe's heart birthmark. It a love mark from her beautiful mom!! Prayers for you and Chloe (and your families) Love the story about the guy coming to the church from football. God is amazing!

emily said...

What a special person Sara was and what an inspiration you are to so many. Thank you for sharing your story and may God Bless you and sweet baby Chloe

Parker's Paradise said...

That was beautiful!!

Jules said...

I was looking at the pictures of Chloe and in so many of them she is smiling....just like Sara used to do. Even in her sleep there are pictures of Chloe smiling. I know they say baby's aren't really smiling but I can't help but think she really is. After all, she's her mother's daughter. Sara's smile could light up the darkest of rooms. It's my favorite memory of her. Happy birthday to you Sara as we reflect on a lifetime of smiles and happiness that is shining through your daughter.

Julie

Amy H said...

Extremely touching.
I will continue to visit your blog so I hope you will keep us posted on how you and Chloe are doing.

God be with you!

thoughts of a beggar said...

I came across your blog the day that Sara went to be with our Lord. My heart goes out to you with the utmost sympathy. I thank you, whole-heartedly for sharing her story and keeping her legacy alive. That is one of my favorite songs. I am like Mike in this story. And if I wasn't a state away, I would have been at the funeral. Your journey has touched my heart. I thank God for Sara's life so that He can remind me that He is always there and always faithful. Chloe is so blessed to have you as a father. You are in my prayers as you raise your beautiful baby girl.

Katie Harrison
Little Rock, AR

Melissa-Mom to 3 bugs said...

Love that last pic of Chloe with her eyes open! What a beautiful gift from God! Happy Birthday Sara!

We miss you guys in Misawa and pray for you everyday!

Brittany Clark said...

You don't know me but I found this link through friends of mine posting your site on facebook. This story has been so touching that I have added it to my blog list. I can see that Sara truly did have a wonderful impact on others. My prayers are with you.

Anna and Matt said...

Brady, we love and celebrate Sara, today on her birthday. She had such an incredible impact on our lives, so we can't and won't ever forget her.

Shay said...

Thank you for posting this. You, sara, and your faith inspire me. Happy Birthday, Sara.

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JBClawson said...

I hope that sharing my feelings here will not be untoward, but as one of the medical staff who worked behind the scenes with your wife during these recent events, my heart at once both aches and rejoices at the bittersweet circumstances the Lord has blessed your family with. We have never met in person, yet I feel deeply moved by your faith. As a God-fearing man who has personally accepted Jesus as my Savior, your hope has truly touched me. I found out about this blog from a fellow classmate and now colleague who was working in the ER with other patients on the same night your wife arrived via ambulance. As I read and pondered your story, I couldn't help but say a prayer for you. The Lord was truly calling Sara back home. His purposes are greater than our own, and He surely has a greater work for her beyond this mortal life. As I think now of what answers medicine may give you as to what biologically happened, remember that it is the Lord that gives the Living Answer, for it is in Christ Jesus that all mysteries will be unfolded to our view. May God bless you to keep the faith and come closer to him and his will for you and little Chloe in your journey through this life. Happy birthday, Sara.

David and Emily McKay said...

I will continue to pray for you guys! I recently "celebrated" the first birthday since David passed. Thanks for sharing.

Maddison said...

Praying for you. This story is amazing how Sara even impacted someone at her memorial. Its amazing how God works. I pray that Chloe will know how her momma was through all her friends and through you and that God will reveal to her how she was. Praying for you.

Maddison
Jax, FL

Karen said...

Wow...there just doesn't seem to be a better word. I am praying for you and Chloe (and your families) as you face this trying time. Your wife was beautiful and has certainly touched my heart. You can tell, just through her pictures, that she loved life to the fullest and that is awesome to see.

Jennifer said...

Thanks so much for continuing to post. I'm a stranger too, but have been regularly checking in to see what the Lord is doing in your lives. Sara has impacted my life. You are also having an impact on so many lives by making sure her legacy lives on. I'm amazed at your strength and yet at the same time I know you would say it's not you, it's the Lord working through you. Prayers are still being lifted up for you, Chloe, and your extended families. I know you can already see beauty in all this, but I must share one of my favorite verses is just past the verses you shared in Ecclesiastes 3, read on from those verses you posted and take special notice of verse 11. God bless you and your family! Stranger in AL

KevinJenniferGordon said...

all i can say is HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD?!?!?!!!! we are commanded in the bible to be thankful IN all things, not FOR all things; and that is why i can praise God thru all of this, well-and also cuz i'm seeing only a fraction of the 'why' He took sara so soon. it's amazing. brad-you and chloe have great things ahead, and i have faith that God will reveal them and will direct your paths so that still, His Kingdom will get the praise-as it is now with this amazing journey. that birthmark!!! now THAT is a God thing if i've ever seen one! WAAAA-HOOOOO! love, the Gordons

Acostas said...

Happy Birthday Sara!
Thank you Brady and Chloe for sharing your amazing story of love and faith. Although we may never meet, please know that we will always have you in our prayers. Brady, you are and will continue to be a GREAT father. May God continue to bless you and Chloe.
Acostas - Houston, TX

Anne said...

Found your blog this morning - read it through several times. Hope you continue to share yours and Chloe's story so that we can continue to pray for you.

Anne

Andolicious said...

I started reading your blog last week. I read your whole blog completely through and I cried. Sara was such a beautiful person, and she genuinely looked so happy.

I am sorry that you lost your wife, Chloe's mother, and I'm sorry to Sara's parents and family. What a sad loss. A beautiful new mother taken so soon.
You are right... it was in great timing that Chloe came early because she might have not been able to be here at all. Wow thank God for that. That is also amazing that the man who saw the long line at church ended up reading Sara's story and giving himself to Christ.
I don't know of you and Sara, but your story has had an impact on me. I have prayed everyday for your and Sara's families. I pray that God will give you comfort and Sara's beautiful smile will shine down.
I hope Chloe always has her heart birthmark. It looks a lot like the patch of hair on the back of Sara's head when she was losing her hair. God will provide for you. God bless!
Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARA!!! May you have the best birthday possible in Heaven.

Jennewby71 said...

Thank you for sharing. Your story will forever be a part of my life. I don't know you, but Sara's life and journey, I'll never forget! Your daughter is one of the most beautiful babies I've ever laid my eyes on. She is an angel and a blessing and in her you will ALWAYS have Sara with you. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing all of this on your blog. I check it often,as I am so touched by all of this. Your outlook and perspective on everything that has happened is unbelievable and admirable. I can't get over how strong you are.

kpadilla said...

Happy Birthday Sara! What beautiful words of tribute that you wrote Brady. I know that Chloe will grow to have a heart just as big as her mommy because she has you for a daddy! Many blessings to you both.

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday Sara! What a beautiful post. I continue to pray for your family.

KK said...

Beauty from ashes...that's what HE does.

Lisa said...

Sara passed away on my Mother's birthday. She too was a wonderful person just like Sara. I will always think of her, Chloe and you on this day. Your story and Sara's life have touched me and I will never be the same. I never met her, but her smile and her loving heart have affect me! Thank you for telling us about the services. If I could have been in Texas on Saturday, I would have joined Mike. Since I couldn't I kept you in my prayers all day and continue to pray that God's peace is with you during this difficult time. God Bless you and Happy Birthday Sara! What a glorious celebration you will have this year!

Susan said...

Wow! Where do you even start after catching up with your life by reading the entire blog start to finish?

Your wife...simply amazing, Your daughter...simply a beautiful miracle, You...simply a man who has both lost and gained the love of your life in a matter of weeks.

Thank you for sharing your story through this blog. All who knew Sara were surely blessed as are those who know you. I am one of the many who don't know you, but am touched deeply by your story and all I can think of is that I can't wait to see what God has in store for you and your beautiful daughter. Chloe is so blessed to have you for a Daddy and she will forever be a reminder to you of how much God loves you.

May He richly bless your lives.

Love,
Susan Collins
Wilkinson, Indiana

Emily said...

I'm trying to see through the tears as I type this...

Happy Birthday, Sara. I didn't know you or even know of you until your life on Earth was over, but you have touched me so much with your courage, faith, and love.

May God bless you Brady and Chloe, and continue giving you peace and understanding. Thank you so much for sharing Sara's life... you are so right, Brady-- her heart has changed not one life, but thousands.

Paige said...

You still continue to be in my thoughts and prayers! May God continue to sustain you and hold you in his amazing grace during this time!

Keith and Judy said...

you said it: you wanted someone to have her heart, and your daughter has it. and you have a physical reminder in her baby tattoo. greatness. God is good and He has left His mark.

Susie said...

Your story has touched me. Like others, I dont know you, but a friend passed on your blog. Your devotion to your wife and new baby is inspiring. I am sorry for your loss.

Stacy said...

I found your blog last night and stayed up many hours reading your story. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, virtual strangers. Christ is glorified in every word you write. Your ability to praise God in times of trial is an inspiration to me. I did not have the privilege to know Sara, or your family, but know that through Sara's life, your life and now Chloe's life you have pointed another lost soul to our Lord. Bless you.

Queen of Quite-a-Lot said...

Happy Birthday, Sara.

I lost my breath when you mentioned that Chloe shouldn't even have been born yet. God did have a plan for sure. It's just hard to understand.

Keep hanging in there. Your strength is amazing. Chloe is so very blessed.

Bess said...

I just wanted to let you know that I've been praying for you and your family. I've been truly blessed by what you have shared and I thank you for that. God is good all the time and his timing is perfect. I'm glad that you have peace and the strength from God. God bless you and your family. I will continue to pray for you. "Happy Birthday Sara!"

Bess said...

At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith. Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer.

The Powells said...

Truly Touching. I feel blessed to have read this. Thanks for sharing at such a difficult time. We are praying for you and Chloe.

Linda said...

Thinking of you in this time. I only discovered your blog this week and you and your family have been in my prayers.

SouthernGalsBoutique said...

What a beautiful post... Happy Birthday Sara ( a little late).. I am keeping you and Chloe, and your extended family in my prayers.. I got chills when I seen the perfect little heart on Chloe's arm... precious.

Sarah said...

I had cheesecake tonight in honor of Sara's birthday! Brady, you missed out! I wish I could drop by your house and bring you the left overs.... I guess I will have to eat it all. It was great celebrating with you this weekend and meeting Chloe. Sara....bet your rockin out in heaven girlfriend! Love you guys!

Heather Higg said...

I am a complete stranger to you guys but I have been reading your blog for about 2 weeks now. Sara has definitaly impacted me and my life and has made me have a whole new outlook on life. Happy Birthday Sara and thank you!

Teresa said...

Absolutely beautiful. The words are just wonderful. Please add a follow link so we can continue to follow.

Momand2kidz said...

Simply Beautiful!! God Bless You and Your Family as you continue on your Journey.

Kristi said...

You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your wife's story and the impact she had on others. Chloe is a beautiful little girl. You are in my thoughts & prayers!

Stephanie said...

I too am just another blog follower, I don't know you or your family but stand in awe of your strength and faith in the Lord. I believe with all my heart that families ARE forever. Thank you for sharing the powerful story!

adele said...

Brady- You are SO right when you say that "even though Sara could not donate her actual heart- she has already donated her heart to so many". She has even affected those who didn't "know her" personally.
I know that I will be a different person because of reading your blogs and post. God Bless you and Chloe on this special day of remembering a very special woman. YOU are amazing as well.... Chloe is very lucky to have you. Take Care.
xo,Adele

manuelsmommy said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your families story. You and your family have been so heavy on my heart since I learned of Sara's story (on the day she passed), and I pray for you, your beautiful daughter and your entire family. I honestly do not think I will ever forget you, Sara, Chloe and your amazing story. I ask God to grant your hearts peace and comfort during this time. I'm sure you are going to make Sara SO proud in the way that you raise Chloe!

Love and prayers,
Christina Gomez

Laura Kellerman said...

I do not know how I came across this blog, but your (plural) faith has made an impact on me. Know that Chloe has a world full of strangers praying for her!

claudiagarnett said...

I've already posted but wanted to say that I just realized that the Susan B Komen Race for the Cure is this Saturday on downtown Houston. I think it's couldn't come at a better time. I am already registered to support my friends Kristen Barleys team, Krazy for Kristen, but want you to know that every step I take I will think of Sara and hope that my donation goes to help someone else like Sara. I know alot of people are following this blog and I encourage everyone to come on Saturday if they can.
Claudia Garnett
Deer Park, TX
God bless you Brady, you are a wonerful man.

Jamie said...

Brady:
I want to start by saying I am very sorry for you and Chloe's loss. You don't know me but I started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago. I started reading from the beginning and found myself not being able to stop. I cried over and over for all that you and your family were going through.

I found myself wondering how someone could keep such a beautiful smile during such hard times. I realized it was Sarah's faith in God that kept her going. I have never known faith like that. I also found myself wondering how I could be a better person and how to believe in God like she did.

I truly believe that anyone who reads Sarah's story will automatically want to be a better person and try to do something good in this world. What a Legacy she has left. To be able to change the lives of everyone who knew her and who reads her story. WOW!

I thank you for posting this blog and hope you will continue. I look forward to watching Chloe grow up to be just like her mom.

I have forwarded this blog to everyone I know. They have all told me that Sarah's story has touched their lives as well.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!

MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU, CHLOE AND ALL YOUR FAMILY.

Your faith in God is astounding and I know with that you will be okay.

April said...

What a wonderful legacy your wife left behind. Her life has touched so many people. Thank you for sharing her story. God Bless You and your sweet baby girl in the days ahead.

Heather Kate said...

What a beautiful, beautiful memorial. Brady, you are touching lives just as Sara is. Your faith makes it possible for the rest of us trust Him more.

Jenny said...

Happy Birthday Sara (and Sara's mom)!!!

What a blessing she was to so many people, and how amazing that Mike accepted Christ!!

Praying as you continue this journey with precious Chloe!

CourtneyC said...

Wow, what a touching birthday post. I am so amazed by the strength that you have. You are an amazing person of God and your child is beyond blessed to have you as a father.

Lynne said...

God is amazing. I hope and pray He would impress upon you (okay, I'm being selfish because I am encouraged by you through your blog!) to continue to show everyone just how amazing He is. You would not believe how many people you've brought closer to the Lord because of your love and devotion to Him.

I sooo believe that God's timing is perfect. Your ability to state that after experiencing such a loss is a testimony of God's awesomeness, and I'm sure Sara and God are smiling down on you right now.

Sending love and hugs and more of God's strength your way :)

The heart-shaped birthmark is absolutely priceless.

Lori of I'm no super Mom said...

Happy Birthday Sara!

I want you to know that, yes she is touching hearts still, you are absolutely 100% correct! Her story and attitude have touched me, and I didn't even know her. I pray that you will all find peace and healing, and that God will bring comfort to you in your time of need. I will smile more today because of Sara.

sierrasmom said...

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Your story has made me pause in my day to day life and reorganize my priorities. As a Mom to 3 grown sons (and a cutie 3 daughter year old from China) I will tell you that raising Chloe will be the most rewarding timeof your life. Enjoy it and be glorified in it. Sara will be proud of you... I have no doubt. I think she already is!!!
Kathie in NY

Allen Family said...

Thank you so much for this. I always pray that if something is going to have to happen, then "please, God, use it to further your Kingdom...and use it A LOT!". Sara's story will continue to further the Kingdom of God as you share it on the Internet and as you share it with your precious daughter. Your family has incredible strength that can ONLY come from God. I just wanted you to know that your story has touched my life.

Susie said...

Brad, Although you don't know me, I have learned to know you thru your eloquent writing on this blog... I am a friend of one of Sara's childhood best friends... Jennifer... I moved away from Deer Park in 1995... my birthday is September 30 as well...

august15bride said...

As I mentioned in my comment above, I will be running the Race for the Cure this weekend in memory and in honor of Sara. Please donate to help us find a cure for breast cancer! http://komensuncoast.kintera.org/2009race/calliecowan

Texas AKM said...
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Texas AKM said...

What a beautiful post Brady. Thanks for the update. I've known Sara since the day she was born and watched her grow up across the street from us. My family will continue to pray for you and Chloe.

The Celebration Service on Saturday was beautiful. It was amazing to see people come to Christ at what most would consider a really sad time. While it was sad, I had to keep reminding myself that it was (using my wife's choice of words) bittersweet. Sad that we don't physically have Sara any longer but joyful that she is with our Savior in a perfect body.

Chloe is such a miracle an God's timing was perfect. He knew that he was taking Sara home to be with Him and made the provision for Chloe to be here with you.

Please keep up the blog so this story will continue to touch people around the world. Whether you realize it or not, this has turned into a fruitful ministry. We pray that God continues to bless you and Chloe.

Terry R.

christina said...

what a tribute and witness of our father's faithfulness and mercy. I want to shout out in joy and in brokenness with you. And while you are covered by so many who know you, how many more are running to Heaven's gates on your behalf!? what glory!

We lost our baby girl last oct. 9th. She was born on Oct. 8th with Trisomy 18. We celebrate both her birthdays in the week ahead. What would have been her 1st and what is her 1st year of resurrection. It's been a long year. But we are asking God how we can glorify Him in our brokenness. What a journey....

all of this to say, I too am praying for your hearts as you face this journey of parenthood without your sara, and as you face the grief in the midst of joy in your darling gift of a daughter. With that, i'd like to send you a little gift. I bet you are getting lots of gifts right now. I handmake baby beanies (crochet) and they aren't cheesy, i promise. :) please, if you ever get to read all 169 of these comments, and you get to mine, i'd love to send you one for your chloe. What are sara's favorite colors?
peace on your hearts.

Sheena H. said...

Thank you for sharing your story......what an amazing one at that!!!

I will be praying for you and Chloe! Although I don't know you....your story does have a purpose! Bring Him the glory!

Sheena

rhzokal said...

Hi Brady, we have never met but I want you to know that you, Sara and Chloe are in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry for Sara having to leave you so soon and for little Chloe not getting to grow up with her Mommy here on earth. The love and faith you and Sara had and have for God has touched me deeply. Sara's heart has reached out to more people than you will ever even know because a lot of them will probably never post on here, they will simply just read all they can and silently pray for you all! I want you to know that you are not alone so I am going to post an article from here in Florida of a younger man who just lost his wife and has 2 girls, one of them is a toddler and the other born in Aug. I will continue to pray for you and Chloe and the rest of your family. God Bless!

Heather

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/sep/30/301605/dad-hanging-there-after-young-moms-swine-flu-death/news-breaking/

Mrs.Olson said...

Im sure I join 100's of others, but I want you to know that I some how stumbled into this blog and even though I never met Sara here on earth, I will be honored to meet her in Heaven. Thank you for sharing and continue to share.

My prayers go to you and your family.

With love from a sister in Christ.

Renda

LisaShaw said...

I came from April's blog and I am deeply touched and I am praying for your family.

May precious Chloe walk in the legacy of love her precious Mother has left behind with her.

Love and blessings.

Mel B. said...

I don't know either but I have been reading your blog since I found a link on someone elses recently. Just know that there are many thinking of you and your little girl and praying for you.

Helen said...

Your daughter is a beautiful wonder of the earth. The light of her mother shines in her eyes. I hope that you continue to heal in peace. Your strength is amazing. You story touches and empowers everyone it reaches. That is a legacy for Chloe and I hope you decide to turn it in to a book for her to have as she grows.--The Mason Family (Our assignments at Osan overlapped. My husband was the other "Vapor" and I met Sara once before you PCSed.)

The Lockhart Family said...

Brady,
I am so glad God has blessed you with an incredible ability to communicate. Your writings in the blog have touched me very deeply and allowed so many to know Sara. This last posting is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. And a tough read. But Sara wouldn't want us to cry. She would want us to dance in the rain. And she would want us to smile when we were doing it. I am going to try to remember that. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers every day and night. If you are ever in Friendswood, I want to see that beautiful little gift from God. And Sara, I know you are watching. We are all going to take care of Chloe and Brady and if there is anything else you want us to do send me a sign. I think I already got one and I won't let you down this time.
Lockhart

Tabatha said...

Brady,
I have been reading your posts for a while now. I hope you get to read this comment with so many pouring in to you. I just wanted to let you know that I myself have had to face the battle with BOTH of my parents being diagnosed 3 months apart a couple of years ago. I lost my father to non-hodgkins lymphoma and my mother is still going strong against liver cancer. I am also walking this weekend in the Susan G. Komen Walk in Downtown Houston. I have added soem changes to my teams shirts and we are now walking in loving memory of your beautiful wife. If you'd like a shirt and even a onesie for baby Chloe just let me know and I will be more than happy to send one to you. Just email me at tabatha_diane@yahoo.com Your faith in all of your posts have shown me a way of light, a stronger side to have for my mom, and for that I thank you. There was a reason for me coming across your blog and I will continue following it as long as you update it. Thank you for sharing this with us all. You've touched MANY lives in this world by pouring out your heart.
With Love,
Tabatha

Queenie Jeannie said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of your wife!! May God bless you all!

Mommy Mac said...

Your testimony and strength is beyond words.

Sara is beautiful.

It is easy to see this inside and out.

Chloe is too.

I bet she gets that from her mom.

My heart is in pieces for your story, but knowing that Sara is with the Big Guy is so wonderful.

I will pray for your family. For strength and peace. For wisdom and the will to continue to be the great dad I bet you are!!

.mac :)

Lesley DiBello said...

Brady, thank you for continuing to share Sara's story as well as the pictures of your beautiful Chloe. The love you and Sara shared will live on forever in your daughter. Your unending faith is an inspiration to all. May God's grace, peace and love continue with you as you and Chloe journey through life.

Lesley DiBello said...

Brady, thank you for continuing to share Sara's story as well as the pictures of your beautiful Chloe. The love you and Sara shared will live on forever in your daughter. Your unending faith is an inspiration to all. May God's grace, peace and love continue with you as you and Chloe journey through life.

D'Lane said...

Brad, the beautiful love story of the path you and Sara traveled is so inspiring. I am so mixed with feeling of sadness and joy and hope as I follow your story. Sad that Sara is not with you but so happy that she left Chloe in your capable hands. Please continue to let us all follow the story of you and Chloe. We have truly fallen in love with your family. I feel like a part of your beautiful family. My prayers will continue to flow for you and Chloe. Know you are loved and will never be forgotten.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Sara's life and death continue to be an inspiration. God is good and his plans are perfect!

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Christina said...

Happy Birthday from another stranger in New Jersey! Sara, You would be proud of your husband.

Fe said...

What else can be said that you haven´t heard? well, the fact that your life story has touched people´s hearts in Mexico.

Lately,I wake up in the mornings and one of the first things that come to my mind is Chloe´s face.
I pray for her and the future that lies ahead and for you so that God will grant you wisdom to raise Chloe as a godly woman just like her mother.

Pouring rain of blessings to you.

Jamilah said...

You have no idea how much this blog has blessed my soul! GOD IS AMAZING! Praying for you and your family!

SSBenjamins said...

Happy Birthday Sara.. I had to go back to the start, when I found your blog it was when it was closer to the end. I am so sorry.. I am a mother of 2 premature babies and have lost 3 baby boys.. I had pregnancy induced hypertension, I just lost my sweet brother who was disabled in July- my life has forever changed. My brother's birthday is the 16th of September. My heart aches, but I feel a connection. Sara and yourself as well as Chloe have taught us all, it's never easy being the teacher. As I struggle with my friend and her husband fighting cancer I often felt like you have said WHY? I have never been angry at God, I have felt such an overwhelming of emotions. I have felt blessed. Thank You SO much for your Faith and sharing your lives with us. I have thought about you since I found the blog and since your beautiful wife passed away.
We also wanted to have my brother be a donor- he was not able.. I feel the same way about my brother- for 27 years he has given us his heart. Sara Thank you for your inspiration, you will not be forgotten.. neither will you Brady and Chloe.

Liz said...

I am friends with one of Erica's friends from Missouri. We have been praying for your family, and think of you all often. What a tragic story, but an incredible example of how God works all things for good for those who love him according to his purpose. What an incredible woman Sara was. Its awesome to see all the people her life has touched, and how her death is teaching us all and bringing us closer to Christ. I have tried to hug my baby girls tighter and keep an eternal perspective during life's craziness, and the same for my hubby. Thanks for so boldly sharing your story. May Christ dwell with you and your sweet little girl richly in this life, and until you are reunited with Sara in heaven. Blessings.

g-ma-vicki said...

Sara's story has strengthened my testimony of Christ a thousand fold. Your sharing it is a beautiful selfless act and such a wonderful legacy for baby Chloe...her mother and your wife will always be with you and now she resides in a part of my heart I'll never forget. Praise God and thank you for being a gracious obedient son of our father. In Christ,
Vicki - Grandma of a little 22 month old boy (Owen) needing a heart transplant.

Misty Mitchell Bonham said...

Brady,
Thank you for posting this blog and sharing all of your precious stories with all of us. Sara has changed the hearts of so many people. Always in our thoughts and prayers!!

The Bonham Family

kimberly t. bowling said...

What a precious, endearing, heart touching post...I am certain Sara's heart did not only have 29 years of service on this earth... it seems to still be beating strongly in the words posted here...and in the life of your daughter...and in the lives of each of us who have the pleasure of hearing her story. God Bless.

Stacy said...

I am a friend of Aaron S from Friendswood and he showed me your blog. You, Sarah and Chloe have touched my heart and encouraged me to live my life to the fullest and tell other's of God's great love for them. I will be praying for you and Chloe, you will be a great dad!! God bless!

Tammy said...

Happy birthday to both of them. I think you will make an amazing father. Chloe is blessed to have you. You and your family are in our prayers and know that Sara is touching so many people.

Jennie said...

Sara's story has touched the lives of SO many. May we all remember to live each day to the fullest. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Chloe, and the rest of your family. What a great example of a strong Christian husband and father...Chloe is lucky to have a mother and father so rooted in Christ. May God draw you near in the hard days ahead and celebrate with you in the happy moments! I know Chloe will (and already has) given you so many reasons to smile!

larg585 said...

Hi there,

My mother recently told me about your blog after she heard about it from her friend. I just wanted to write a quick note and let you know that I am so honored to have both you and Sara as my brother and sister in Christ.
As a Christian, I know our purpose of life is to glorify our Father and reveal His mercy and love to others. Well, what a blessing it is to know that Sara definitely did her job of showing God to those that knew her and even those that did not! I cannot imagine the sound of angels rejoicing when Sara was welcomed home.
Rest knowing that you have prayers lifting you and Chloe up!

Tiffany said...

Happy Birthday, Sara! What a fabulous birthday sitting at the feet of Jesus and singing with the angels.

Your words are so beautiful and they speak volumes of your love for Sara, your love for your precious Chloe and your love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

How amazing that because of the life Sara chose to lead, Jesus used her to impact the kingdom. People will spend an eternity with Jesus because of the way she lived her life. What a testiment. Thank you for sharing her with us.

I'll continue to pray for you all.

Randi said...

Oh my goodness! Your strength, courage and kindness are just SO amazing. Happy Birthday to Sara and her mother, and what a PERFECT birthmark. Just so appropriate. I am at work again, on a quick break, and in tears. Need to clean up and get bck to helping people with cancer. Keep up your amazing spirit! Sincerely, Randi

Chantena said...

Happy belated Birthday to you Sara! Thank you for sharing you story. She left a beautiful mark your daughter, a heart what better for a mother to leave for her daughter. This has made me stop and think how short life can be.....Your family will be in my prayers....Im sure she will always be watching over you guys!

bass family said...

Beautiful woman, beautiful baby, beautiful story, beautiful heart. Thank you for sharing them all with us.

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