Friday, March 12, 2010

Interview on NBC's Today show...

For those who asked for the link to Bronson's story,
Click here...

198 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought you all did great this morning! I especially loved how Bronson pretended to talk on the phone during the interview. My little guy also loves to play with his Daddy's phone :)

Haylee said...

I have been following your blog since Feb. You faith is amazing and I think you are all so strong, I am grateful Bronson is healthy and happy.You are all darling. I also saw you on the Today show and I thought I would let you know that you were great and your story and testimony is inspiring. Your blog is so uplifting, I really enjoy reading about the amazing miracles you guys have experienced!

Jessica said...

I was moved to tears once again as I watched your amazing story. I thought you did a great job with your interview. I loved how Bronson was playing with the cell phone. I heard him say "ello!" and carry on his own little conversation with someone. So precious!

Taryn said...

Hi Sarah,
I've been following your blog since the week after you started blogging about your experience. I was so moved by your faith and courage on this peice and wow, amazing that you were on the Today Show. You are such a beautiful mother, inside and out. I'm so touched by your story and feel like I know you and your family personally. Your sweet little boy is definitely a miracle from Heavenly Father and I am strengthened by this. You did wonderful with your interview! Looking forward to more posts.

nancy said...

I felt such happiness for you and your family. I have been following and am so thankful to have learned this lesson. I am so glad everything ended well. Continue to share Gods miracle. Thank you for being so open through the entire process, it was raw emotion you wrote and it changed me for the better.

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Chrissy said...

Sara and Matt...You are amazing...Your interview was perfect. I loved how you shared how you had to make choices that were hard and how you came to those choices. But what I really loved is how you gave God the Glory. He truley has been made Glorious through your tragedy. Keep sharing your story as I am thankful for you words. You have changed so many lives already and I am sure many more are to become brothers/sisters in Christ.

Jon and Kristin LeVan said...

Dear Matt and Sara,
This morning was the first time in about two weeks that my husband and I turned on the tv and watched the morning news together. A week ago today we burried our only child, a son, Joshua Ezekiel. We got many miracles with Joshua's life. Our pregnancy wasn't suppose to go to full term and we were told that he wouldn't be born alive. Well, we made it full term AND we got to spend a wonderful hour with him before he went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We know that God still does miracles and the he does heal, eventhough we did loose our little boy.
After hearing your interview and your wonderful testimony of faith my husband and I looked at each other and said "praise God"!!! We are so happy for you and the miracle you received. This story is just what we needed to hear.
We know that you are busy, but if you would like to read about our journey and our sons story you can go to our blog at http://jonandkristinlevan.blogspot.com
Thank you again for sharing your wonderful story and even more, sharing your faith with the world.
Kristin

Katie said...

The story was fantastic! I loved that you were able to squeeze your testimony in, even though the chopped it out of the print story.

Josh and Ashley said...

I too was brought to tears as you bore testimony at the end of the interview. I felt such a comforting peaceful feeling that I knew my Savior loves each one of us. Thank you for being so open and brave! I have a little guy the same age as Bronson and when I saw the same Old Navy shirt my guy has, I had to smile. BTW in honor of B he is wearing it today.

Mom of twins ♥ said...

It was great to see you all on the Today show. Every time I see your story I get all teared up. You guys are wonderful people and I am so happy for you that you have such a wonderful little miracle. He was super cute on TV today, I loved that he and Daddy wore the same shirt so cute! I hug my kids tighter everyday after hearing your story and just don't let the small stuff get in the way of being with my kids. Thanks for your great example!

Anonymous said...

How CPS hasn't investigated you is beyond me. and during your interview you acted annoyed that your son was reaching for you. I smell another Kate Gosselin in the making.

ANGELA CASSAVAUGH said...

HELLO ALL! SARA, I FEEL LIKE I KNOW YOU. THE WORDS YOU SPOKE ABOUT "LEFTOVERS"... I FELT LIKE YOUR WORDS WERE MINE! REALLY! AND THANK YOU FOR THAT. I AM NOT ALONE! I HAVE A FRIEND THAT DOESN'T EVEN KNOW ME. BY THE WAY, I'M WRITING IN CAPS SO YOU'LL SEE ME... I'M NOT SHOUTING :)I AM ACTUALLY WORKING ON A TAX RETURN WHILE MY BOYS ARE WATCHING THE POLAR EXPRESS. I AM A CPA AND THIS IS TAX SEASON... THE DREADFUL TIME OF YEAR I ABANDON MY CHILDREN FOR THE SAKE OF MAKING A LIVING... OH, WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE. I AM GOING TO GO SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THEM BEFORE THEY GO TO BED. I WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE TO YOU. YOU ARE TRULY AMAZING! GOD BLESS EVERY ONE OF US :)
ANGELA CASSAVAUGH, LENOIR, NC

Erin Pick said...

I thought you did such a great job. You are amazing and honest to the core! It bugged me that when you started on your testimony in the end, he cut you off. I know that he was spared for a reason, and I love hearing your tender words about this also. Good job, you and Matt are Great People!

Ryan and Paula said...

I don't know how I landed on your blog. It was through a friend's blog, a while ago. I read the whole story of your baby, the first entry. And I cried with every word I read from you. Today I opened my MSN and your story came up, I didn't know it was you guys, and when I read it I was so happy to read that Bronson is back with you and to life--the wonderful life he still has ahead.

I don't have much more to say, other than Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways to make miracles happen and that although I don't know you I feel like in a way I do and I am genuinely happy that all six of you are together and alive.

Hannah said...

I just saw you on Today...I am so happy for you. I honestly had come across this blog before, but after Bronson's recovery, so I didn't understand the story...now I know better! Thank you for sharing this story. :)

Jawana Root said...

I just read over these comments and I am appalled that someone has the nerve to say CPS needs to investigate you! Accidents happen... that's why they are called ACCIDENTS!!!

To "anonymous"... if you are going to post such negative things, you should at least be ma/woman enough to leave your name! COWARD!!

Now, on to why I came here.... I first heard about Bronson from COLE's Foundation. I am a member of that great organization and I prayed for your sweet family every day. I want to thank you for being so open to sharing your story. I too have an 18 mth old son, and I am guilty of walking out of the bathroom for 3 seconds to get a towel, washcloth, or diaper. This could have just as easily been my family. I am so glad that I have learned a lesson from your story. I praise God that He let Bronson live and I can't wait to hopefully hear his testimony once he's old enough to understand what has happened. Please keep posting to this blog as I would love to keep up with your family!! May God Bless you all!!

eclaires said...

Sara, I'm so proud of you for taking your family on national television. you were right when you wrote in an earlier post that this is bigger than you are. You have been blessed with an incredible opportunity and responsibility. And might I say you're handling it with grace.

I've been spreading the word on my blog since the early days in the hospital. The experience has changed my life and strengthened my faith. Thank you for sharing. Much love to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

to Jawana Root- Just like this family has the right to put their blog out on the internet for all of us to read I have the right to not include my name in my post. If you don't like my comment DONT READ IT!!

Sara said...

Thank you for posting this! I am so happy to see it and you did a wonderful job! Bronson truely is a miracle!

Hope your travels home are safe and I look forward to following your family more.

Jeni said...

I saw you on the Today Show, you did fabulous! I've commented on here before, but thanks again for sharing your story with us!!

I also watched Hoda and Kathie Lee and they talked about you on there too! They said how amazing your family is and that there was not a dry eye in the green room!!

God bless you and your sweet family!!

Anonymous said...

The thing about cynics, doubters, and skeptics, is that they don't ever grow. When we choose compassion over judging we are turned into something worthwhile. Sara, thanks for sharing and giving all of us the opportunity to be someone better.

Proudmom said...

Hello,
my name is Debbie, a fellow blogger, and mother of two boys from Texas.
I saw Bronson's story on the Today show and my heart goes out to your family. Praise God he is ok.

The Ulrich Clan said...

What a wonderful blessing! My husband called me this morning and told me about your story on the Today Show. 2 years ago on March 13th we shared the most perfect day with our little Waylon. (We were able to capture the moment with a family picture that very morning, a rare thing in our very busy life with our 5 children). Heavenly Father aloud us to share some perfect, last few moments, with this very special child of God, just before he ran outside to play in the dirt with daddys tools and his favorite cars...moments later he was struck by a car in our driveway by a close family friend. I will admit, I can't help but wish that I could have been in your shoes for just a moment...to see our little man open his eyes too...but, there is no doubt in my mind that we each have a purpose here on this earth, and that God saw fit for Waylon's precious little life on this earth to come to a close...just as he saw fit for your little mans life to be spared! What a miracle life is. You said it correctly..."life is so precious". It has been a roller coaster of emotions for all of us, and seeing this clip was bitter sweet. But how grateful I am that the Lord saw fit to allow you, your husband and boys more time with that sweet little boy. It's quite amazing the blessings that come from a tragedy not just to those experiencing the tragedy, but to those whom are touched by them as well. It's wonderful thing to be able to share such a choice experience with the world and let them know that there is a God, and that He does hear and answer ALL of our prayers...even when they are not answered exactley as we had anticipated or planned! Keep pressing forward...you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers.

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HeatherS said...

Dear Sara:

Thank you for your courage to post your story. It is truly miraculous. I am so very sorry you have been criticized as a mom....I cannot imagine anything worse after what you have been through.

God has blessed you for returning your child whole and unharmed and for that you have won the ataxia lottery- so to speak. I'm sure you are reminded every day how lucky you are. There are many, many who have prayed just as hard for a miracle and have not been granted with the good fortune you have.

In your journey to raise awareness, I encourage you to get to know these children who are not quite here, now, complete or whole, those who are brain damaged because of an ataxia injury....they are no less miraculous.

Blessings to you and your family-

Heather

Mom said...

Today I just happened to turn on the TV right as your interview on Today came on. At first I wanted to change the channel, but felt compelled to stay. You see, my son Tony nearly drowned almost 27 years ago. (My daughter, Mique, commented on your blog several weeks ago.) Your experience was so similar to ours!

We, too, had a miracle happen. Today Tony is finishing his masters in architecture, is married, is a returned missionary, and a blessing in our lives. I'm so happy for your miracle. Thanks for sharing your testimony and giving me the opportunity to reflect on a very special time in my life. One where I realized the goodness in so many people, the reality of the atonement, a time that will always be so close to my heart!!!!
Thanks again for sharing your story with America.
Syndea Mendioroz

Bezzant said...

So happy for you guys. You brought tears to my eyes again! I got on my knees and thanked our father in heaven for answering my prayers! Thank you for sharing your story even tho I am sure it was hard!

Brianna said...

Oh I just loved that. I am so emotional when I see him. I love that he was "talking" on the phone on national TV. That brought me to tears. I am so happy for all of you! (((Hugs)))

natalie said...

You did a lovely job. All of you did. Thank you for your sweet testimony. I am so exited to have been part of this story. One of the thousands of strangers praying for this amazing little boy and his family. You guys rock.

kristen said...

HI! I don't know you but my sister told me about your blog today. I have a baby girl Bronson's same age. I spent the afternoon crying for you and your family. Thank you for having the strength to share your story. It reminded me just how fragile life is. I held my daughter today longer than I usually do. My house isn't clean today-and I don't care. Thank you.

Tyler, Alexis and Karielle said...

I think you did such a good job! Bronson's is such an incredible journey about hope and faith. Bronson was so cute talking on the cell phone! My daughter does that too. I'm so sorry to hear about all the crap people have been slinging at you. I think we all as parents at one time or another has multi-tasked, but like the host said, usually we get away with it. Keep your head up and your arms full with your beautiful boys and wonderful husband!!

Lisa said...

Sara and Matt...that was a great interview on the Today show! you are an amazing loving family, who has been lucky enough to have experienced a miracle in your life..

Those people who only have negative feed back for you are lost in their own world of dreadfulness! I think they have many many issue they are facing and are a bit jealous or envious of your miracle and maybe the great family that you have that maybe they do not have. Its very sad for them...you know who you are and where you stand with your Heavenly Father and they do not! I feel sorry for them because they are lost and need help! I admire you and your loving beautiful family!! Keep up the great work of getting your story out there and helping other people. You are truly blessed and I am so happy for all of you!

Melanie said...

Ah this is so awesome! I'm watching you on tv right now! I'm recording it to watch with my husband...I've cried and kept him updated through this whole thing. Thanks to a loving Heavenly Father who restored him to health!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your story. You really may have saved my son's life. I, too, am busy and look away for a brief moment from time to time. What happened to you could happen to me and my son might not be as lucky as yours. You have made me think more carefully about turning my attention away from my child - even for a second. Thank you.

Linda Peterson said...

I am watching your story on TV right now. It still brings tears to my eyes, to think what a miracle this story is. You are all wonderful!

Kendra said...

This morning during your interview the word "miracle" was mentioned several times, when usually "luck" is used when some unexplained event happens. The word miracle means some connections and awareness of God's hand in the event. But when God wasn't specifically mentioned, I was led to witness to you as to his divine intervention. But, I was pleasantly surprised to see that your are a believer and that we share the same faith. God bless you and your family!

Anonymous said...

Totally another Kate. I'm just waiting for the next reality show on TLC "Stakerz Xposed".

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Angell said...

Hi Staker Family. I am just another stranger who was watching the Today Show and was deeply touched by your story. What touched me the most was the beautiful testimony of our Father in Heaven that Sister Staker gave at the end of the interview. I told my husband about your story and said, "I really think that they are LDS." I just found your blog, and sure enough, you are. What great examples you are. I know that everyone watching that interview could feel the Spirit. You are fabulous missionaries. I imagine that many people will be brought to the truthfulness of the gospel through your amazing story. I am SO happy that Bronson is happy, healthy, and back to normal.

Julianna said...

I'm so happy that your poor decision making did not leave you with arms aching for a child lost.
Just one word of caution though: your prayers for your son were no more powerful, fervent or valiant than the prayers said by other parents who held their dying children in their arms... whose prayers were answered with the death of their child rather than a miraculous recovery.
You were blessed with aggressive, competent doctors and good circumstances after a bad decision.
God doesn't take children or let them live to teach people lessons. Imagine the cruelty of a God who allows a child to die to teach family humility or grace.
Children live or die and God is there in the aftermath in both cases.
You are surely haunted day and night by your choice to leave two toddlers unattended in a bathtub. Please don't haunt others by flaunting the "success" of your prayers when their own prayers may have "failed."

Shayla said...

I was able to watch your piece on the Today Show because my little guy was sick yesterday, which was a bummer. But I have to say, you continue to amaze and inspire me with your strength and your testimony, and I have to admit, I love to follow your blog. I cried as I watched you testify of our Father in Heaven and the miracles that happened to little B. Please don't let negative comments deter from your faith, or sharing your testimony with the world. It was an accident, plain and simple. You are an incredible mother, and little Bronson has a mission on this earth. You have touched the hearts of millions, and I will be forever grateful that you bravely chose to share your story.

Anonymous said...

Sara - I was also brought to tears by your story on the Today Show. What a wonderful family you have. As I was watching the interview I said to myself this family has to be LDS. And I was right. I am also LDS.

I think it is wonderful that you are telling your story in such a PUBLIC way, but I can't help but feel the exact same way as Julianna's comment above. I sometimes feel like as members of the church we use the word blessing in a self-righteous way.

You and your family seem very happy and I love that about being a member of the church. There is a bigger picture and family is #1.

Just be mindful of another person's circumstance.

Katie said...

Did someone really say "haunted"?! We all make mistakes...God forgives. Every day there are a million things that could go wrong with parenting that don't. THAT is a miracle in itself. You are simply sharing a miraculous outcome NOT "flaunting the success of your prayers".

I must say that your story is truly inspiring! It takes a lot of courage to put it all out there and share with so many strangers. I'm glad that your story was passed along to me...I am doing the same.

Your interview went perfectly and you expressed your views and emotions so well. THANK YOU for having the couarage to share.

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sarah baldwin said...

first of all... sara you did great. although an amazing experience i'm sure you felt the pressure of being on national tv and as always you did great.

second of all... i am so sad at the negative comments people are leaving. seriously, tell someone who cares... because we don't! if you can't say something nice...

i loved your testimony at the end of your interview. i was sad that was the end. clearly they didn't want to get into that... unfortunatly. wasn't that the purpose of the interview, that this was a miracle? bronson is a miracle and you have changed my little family through your faith. thank you for sharing.

Jill said...

Sara... I am so glad that you and Matt continue to share your story... your testimony is strengthening others' and your story is touching so many lives. Don't let the negative comments ever stop you from sharing because you are truly inspiring and so many have felt the spirit just by reading what you've gone through. I have many friends who don't know you that have read your blog and are amazed and brought to tears by your courage to share. We love you guys! Jill Pilling

Precious Cargo said...

Sara and Matt you both are SO AMAZING, and that little B wow he is to die for, so dang cute!!! You are truly amazing to me and the teachings you teach me, you are truly a gift from god who has sent you to me. The Today show aired your story again this morning saturday at about 6, saying they had such a huge response they wanted to air it again and if I do say so my self you both did so good, loved it. If Lester Holt doesnt believe in god he does now! I truly think we was so touched by the both of you. Please keep all of us posted of your dang cute fam and know those mean words are straight from satan him self. Plain city loves you so keep it up!!!....

msfolke said...

Sara and Matt,

I was just one of the many, many people who flitted in and out during Bronson's time in the PICU. I am one of the research assistants who monitored temperatures during Bronson's rewarming period. I was most likely wearing a blue lab coat. I don't expect you to remember me, but I absolutely remember you two and your incredibly adorable little Bronson.

I only saw him and you guys twice and the difference was literally polar opposites. As I said, the first time was quite early in the morning while rewarming little Bronson. As you're plenty aware of, and I hate to remind you of, Bronson was hooked up to every little tube and machine one can think of and was in an induced coma. Sara, you were still awake typing on a blog (which is so incredibly to be reading right now!!! I can't even tell you!) I saw the pain. The uncertainty.

The next time I saw you I was up in the PICU monitoring temperatures on another patient enrolled in the THAPCA study and there was Bronson with the huge smile that melts hearts. Walking, talking, running around. Awake and alert. My jaw might have dropped to the floor. And you two, smiling, happy. It was the most unbelievable experience I have ever seen in medicine, and I know that's true for many others who have MUCH more experience than I do! It was truly life changing to see that transformation in a relatively short time!

I took a picture of you guys with some of the nursing staff with Sara's fancy, intimidating camera. Sara, you assured me that it wasn't so bad. :) As for cameras and photography, it is wonderful to get to see all of the products of your skills, especially seen in pictures of your beautiful family!!!!

Anyway, I can't possibly try to convey how happy I am and how incredible this experience has been for me, LET ALONE you guys, in words.

I'm a pre-medicine student at the University of Utah, and your experience has reaffirmed why I am studying like crazy to get into medicine, specifically pediatrics. Thank you for that.

I think it's awesome you guys went on the Today show, but I'm wishing you a smooth transition back into your normal lives :) I'm sure that will be quite a nice change!!!!!!

Love,
Maddy

Anonymous said...

I am truly baffled by some comments people leave. Just because God doesn't answer prayers the way we want doesn't mean their prayers failed. I know dozens of families with situations similar to the Stakers', but they didn't have happy endings. Did they feel that their prayers weren't powerful enough? No way. If everyone kept their little miracles to themselves for fear of coming off as self-righteous, think of the even darker world we'd live in. Anyone with beef because their prayers didn't turn out how they'd like should turn to the Lord for answers and healing - because he can do both!! Keep shouting Sara, shout it from the rooftops: God is a God of Miracles!!!

tyler's mommy said...

once again, even knowing the miracle that occured - watching your story brought me to tears.

just amazing. and a miracle indeed.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous above. I was only trying to say that "I am so blessed, we are so blessed, blessed blessed blessed" - I think it's overused and insensitive to "shout from the rooftops" as you describe. I know plenty of righteous LDS and non-LDS people who aren't as "blessed". Just be mindful of others.

tharker said...

Sara and Matt,
You don't know me, but I just heard about your little guy yesterday. I've spent the last hour watching the Today Show video, and perusing through Bronson's story on your blog.

What a true miracle! Heavenly Father often works through others to allow things like this to happen. How wonderfully inspired these doctors were.

And for those who are saying that Sara needs to be investigated, those who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones. NO PARENT is perfect. We ALL make mistakes, and as Lester Holt said, we've may just have been lucky to have gotten away with it, without something tragic happening.

I obviously can't speake for Sara, but I believe she is sharing their story for two reasons.
a.) To praise God, our Father in Heaven for this miracle, and second chance with her son.
b.) To help other parents become aware. To weed out distractions, because nothing is more important than our children.

Bless you Staker family!

tharker said...

I mean speak (not speake)...it drives me crazy when I see that I mispelled a word ;)

Anonymous said...

You did a wonderful job! Again, I am so very happy for your family and grateful to you for sharing this experience with me through your blog. I think I am a changed person because of what you had to experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sara

Anonymous said...

To Lisa:

Of course people are envious. If you ever lost a child, you would be envious too. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of my son (who would be 5 now).

I have found peace with God but I will always, always, always wish I would have had more time with Jack. When I hear these wonderful, amazing, miraculous stories, I am thrilled but I always feel a little twinge and think "wouldn't it have been so great if that had been us."

Sorry, I'm only human.

Does Sara deserve the hateful comments? No, absolutely not. But, people who have lost will feel a little twinge....does that determine where I stand with the Heavenly Father? No, I would hope he understands....he is after all looking after my son.

Heather said...

I am really glad you decided to do the Today show interview. I have wanted to share your miracle and what a great way to get the message out that "miracles" are real.
While I agree with the post that our Father doesn't pick and choose which child to take or leave here in order to teach us lessons or because our prayers didn't "work", I disagree that sharing it is insensitive to those who haven't had things turn out so well. I think when you KNOW you've received a miracle, you share out of gratitude and a thankful heart. I think Sara's heart is pure in sharing her story. We all don't have to agree on doctrine concerning the nature of God. I know I believe God is love and doesn't cause bad things to happen to teach us lessons, but through those life experiences shows His goodness, grace, and mercy. I have seen miracles happen personally and in my own son's life, and I have also lost a child and through both, I never put the responsibility on God, but saw His goodness in both situations. It's hard not to question life and the grand scheme of how it operates. But I don't think Sara ever intended to be insensitive to anyone who didn't receive the outcome her family received. Miracles come in many forms, and the treatment Bronson received to save his life is a miracle and I personally believe that this family's faith and understanding of a loving Father allowed Him to work on Bronson's behalf.

Anonymous said...

To those of you who feel the need to be so critical of this mother and the mistake she KNOWS she made...I hope the mistakes you make throughout your life are never made known to the public.

As far as Sara being the next "Kate", give me a break. If you had read Sara's previous post, maybe you would see that NBC approached this family multiple times, not the other way around. I applaud this family for having the courage to openly discuss their story and for showing the world that yes, they are imperfect but that they are trying to raise awareness so that other families don't have to experience what they did.

Sara and Matt, you did a fabulous job during the interview. Thank you for being so open with the world.

~An imperfect mother in Oregon

Drew said...

I would just like to say that you have a wonderful family and a very special young boy in Bronson(love the name choice). This story is truly unbelievable. I myself have a blog called the A-ZONE. It's all about sports. I see your family is interested in sports so please become a follower. My nme is Andrew Holtz and I am 16. So visit www.thea-zone.blogspot.com

Deborah said...

Amazing how your story has been picked up and passed to so many... Today I was logging on to AOL to check my e-mail and a picture of Bronson was the #1 story listed. Here is the link... http://www.aolnews.com/science/article/miracle-baby-bronson-staker-undergoes-hypothermia-to-cheat-death/19397097?icid=main|main|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aolnews.com%2Fscience%2Farticle%2Fmiracle-baby-bronson-staker-undergoes-hypothermia-to-cheat-death%2F19397097

Thank you for sharing!

Amy said...

Your story brought me to tears. My son fell into our pool when he was 10 months old and like you I had my backed turned away for a second. That is an image that will forever haunt me. The lord was good to me too. My son is doing well, like nothing ever happened. We will be celebrating his 2nd birthday in a couple months! Thank you for talking about it what happened nationally. I am sure you have saved other fragile little lives by doing so. I often wish I could reach more people and tell my story to help them understand how things can happen so quickly. Your story is amazing. You and your family are truly blessed and I wish you all the best! Thank you again :)

Lauren said...

I have been following this amazing story for a while and today you are on my aol news feed today! wonderful! Bronsons story is truely amazing. I hope life starts to return to "normal" as soon as possible for you guys. I'm keeping you all in my prayers.

Amy S said...

I watched your interview today and I thank you for the reminder to us all that God is a God of miracles. Thank you for having the courage to share Bronson's inspirational story. As a fellow photographer I appreciate the beauty and power of the photographs you have shared. When the time comes for your next family portrait, I'd be honored to gift you with a complementary family photo session in UT county. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Sara,
You dont know me but I read the blog.
You have such a strong family and are so lucky for what you have. I heard about the blog from a website and I was amazed that your son was so lucky. God is watching over your family. I could have lost my son a couple of nights ago, when I almost left the room while he was in his bath seat in the bath tub. I got up and realized that I was about to make a bad decision. One that I could possible regret. Your story has inpired me to be a better mother. All parents make mistakes, and most of us were lucky after such a mistake. I am glad to hear that Bronson is doing well. Your story makes me appreciate those small things that my dear son does. You are such a strong mother and this will only make your family stronger. Thank you for sharing your story.
Kate from New Jersey

Anonymous said...

Sara,
You dont know me but I read the blog.
You have such a strong family and are so lucky for what you have. I heard about the blog from a website and I was amazed that your son was so lucky. God is watching over your family. I could have lost my son a couple of nights ago, when I almost left the room while he was in his bath seat in the bath tub. I got up and realized that I was about to make a bad decision. One that I could possible regret. Your story has inpired me to be a better mother. All parents make mistakes, and most of us were lucky after such a mistake. I am glad to hear that Bronson is doing well. Your story makes me appreciate those small things that my dear son does. You are such a strong mother and this will only make your family stronger. Thank you for sharing your story.
Kate from New Jersey

Lisa said...

to anonymous who wrote to Lisa:

I haven't lost a child but I have lost family members that are just as close to me as my own children.
I don't feel envious of others who have had a second chance with their loved ones, I feel pure joy for them and am so happy for that family! I would never put anyone down for them trying to help others by putting their story out there or shouting their joy from the roof tops. I would do the same!
Of course you always wish that you had that same outcome but never feel envious of someone who's life was spared, only JOY!
Heavenly Father is a forgiving Father and he will forgive those who are critical and envious if they ask for forgiveness.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, it's just not the same....not the same as carrying a child for nine months, hearing that hearbeat for the first time, vowing to protect them for the rest of your life and then having them leave.

You always, always, miss your child.

I have never been judgmental of this story. All I said was that when you hear of a miraculous story such as Bronson's, you feel a tinge of envy and wish that story would have been yours.

Anonymous said...

And Lisa....for whatever your loss was, I am very sorry and hope find peace.

The Stells! said...

saw you on today you did a wonderful job! so wonderful to see your little one playing around :) sorry for all the negitive comments you are in NO WAY a kate! so happy for your family!

Jenny Bracken said...

What an awesome job you did on the today show. I watched the interview tonight after hearing Kathie Lee and Hoda talk about it on their show.
As for the comments that you need to be investigated... oh please!!!
You have amazing courage in sharing your story with EVERYONE. I cant begin to imagine how many of us busy mommies you have helped to slow down. We ALL love our children but sometimes need to be reminded, and you have given that to so many. THANK YOU :)

Jenny Bracken said...

Reminded to "slow down" somehow left that out....

emma said...

At first I was thinking it was unbelievable how many women keep admitting that they've done the same thing this idiotic mother did but then I was reminded that the majority of you are mormon, probably have more kids than you can handle and are taking prozac to cope with it.

Anonymous said...

Sara, I know you read them all. But please focus on only the positive comments and remember that feelings of inadequacy, guilt, resentment come from the adversary. He would have you feel miserable amidst a true miracle. If you ever let any negative comments that stir up these feelings get the best of you, then the "pure joy" will be clouded and the ending won't be as happy anymore. Please know that while you carefully consider all the words written, the good people of the world are rolling our eyes at those negative comments. Don't let Satan try you through complete strangers who are wanting to drag you down with them! We all need you to keep smiling and celebrating!

Jodi said...

I have been following your story for quite a while (almost at the beginning). I shared your story with my husband and we prayed for your family and were so glad of the outcome! God DOES perform miracles and He DOES listen and answer our prayers!
I have to agree with the man taht interviewed you when he said we ave all done it but most of us were "lucky" enough to get away with it...
I just wanted to say that we also have a 'miracle' in our home and so we understand the full impact of being on the recieving end of such a wonderful blessing.
My second son was shot in the head with a .22 calibre rifle in Jul'08 and today lives a full and normal life (even after doctors told us all the things that would possibly be his outcome...) I also have kept a blog of our journey since his accident but originally started it so that he would have somewhere to look for inspiration to go on and see how far he had come from that time... BUT it is more of a learning tool for others and a testimony to God of all His wonders! I hope you stop by my blog!
You will continue to be in our prayers!

Suz said...

I have been reading this blog since the second post after the accident. I knew that Sara's story as a mother would tuch so many people, and there would undoubtedly be those that are critical.

I have never responded, but I feel compelled to just mention that NO person is perfect. Everyday I see people driving with their kids unbuckled or out of their carseats. Many of us are guilty of leaving a child in a bath tub to go grab a towel. My own 2-year-old snuck out of the house when I was going potty and I was searching the neighborhood for 15 mins before I found her in a neighbor's garage playing on a 4 wheeler.

All of these situations could (and have for some ended in tragedy.

For those saying Sara should be investigated, if you read the original post, she was apprached by investigators the moment she got to the hospital. But I'm sure they saw within moments that she is not a negletful mother, she made a mistake.

I have learned thatit is not worth wasting negative feelings on people who are trying to do good. A mother who routinely beats her child? Sure. A child molester? Doesn't deserve to be praised. But a loving mother, who has a happy loving family (whether 1 child or 12) who made a mistake, as we all do, does not deserve criticism from ignorant strangers.

I am religious and understand the incredible grace of our Heavenly Father, and am so grateful that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross not only for our sins, but for the pain and suffering he knew we would all experience.

Even if you arenot religious, this world would be a much better place if everyone would open their hearts and be more caring. There will always be judgments made, and we have a justice system to punish criminals, but reprimanding a women who admits she was wrong, and is helping others heal and learn from her mistakes is time wasted. She's already ahead of you because she has been more critical of herself than anyone could ever be.

Sara, I am so sorry for the pain and guilt you will feel for the rest of your life, but am so grateful for your faith and your strength to share that.

Best Wishes.

Anonymous said...

I do not believe Sara is the next Kate and I do not believe that I am Satan for trying to have a conversation with other members of the my church and my faith about overusing the word blessing, using it in a self-righteous way and being over the top when "shouting it from the rooftops" as it was suggested by another commenter. Why is it that one person is more "blessed" than another. Why? I do not have a blog, as I think they are a little self-indulgent in most circumstances. I think in the case of Sara's experience it was great to document the process and to document the history of her experience, but generally I think people focus WAY TOO MUCH on themselves and how BLESSED they are. It's a cultural thing.

Anonymous said...

emma,
Do you even have children? If so, then you just must not be "admitting" that you make mistakes too.
No one is perfect. The fact that you aren't a mormon or have what you feel is an acceptable number of children doesn't change that fact.
Judge not that ye be not judged...

Angie said...

Beautiful family, beautiful story. I don't have children and will probably never be able to appreciate what you've been through, but your story and your testimony have strengthened my faith in God. Thank you for having the courage to share your story in a way that is raw and real. May the blessings continue.

Anonymous said...

Emma,

That was completely uncalled for. I am not Mormon, but I would not bash anyone's choice of religion. Shame on you for sinking to that level. You have freedom of speech as a right but that right comes with some responsibility for reason. Incidents like this happen without regard to race, religion, wealth or location on this planet.
Why not make a logical arguement? There are plenty to be made and rightfully accepted by this mother.

Heidi said...

Sara, it was wonderful to talk with you today! I'm so glad your NYC trip was delayed a bit so we could meet!

You are as lovely in person as you share online through your blog. THANK YOU again for telling your story of faith, love, service, Family, forgiveness, and caring through hard times. The "Big Picture" lessons and epiphanies are deeply profound and it is great to hear and relearn them as readers of your experience. Thanks again for sharing and may you be blessed through all you're going through. Best wishes again in the next exciting chapter of life!!!

Mom said...

Matt and Sara you both did an incredible job on the Today show. I loved the part when you shared your testimony of our loving Father in Heaven we have and how he cares about each one of us. Way to go to Stand up for What you Believe.
We are proud to be related to you and by the way, Bronson stole the show. We loved it. Aunt Linda

Anonymous said...

I am happy for your miracle, but I think you guys are using it to gain "fame". I'm am so glad Bronson is alive and well, but had you not been so reckless he wouldnt have drowned, and now instead of moving on with your second chance, your eating up every chance of attention you get. You should be more focused on your family!!

john said...

the media came to her--she's beautiful, talented, mormon & white. If she was from the West Valley or So. SLC the only attention she would be getting would be from authorities.

Anonymous said...

OH GOOD HEAVENS PEOPLE -- leave her alone! why can't we all just be happy that her sweet baby is alive and well. stop pointing fingers and stop judging. good grief ... how hard is it to find happiness in this situation?! I am in shock over some of these comments.

to Sara -- you are amazing. enough said.

amy

Anonymous said...

They are not doing this to gain fame...the media came to them and they are sharing their story in order to help others...they are doing this so unselfishly...so that they can share their story to help anyone else that they possibly can.

I also wanted to say...I personally don't feel that saying "We feel so blessed" is self righteous in any way. When I say that I "feel blessed" I am acknowledging the hand of my Father in Heaven in my life and giving Him the recognition that He so rightly deserves...I am thanking Him when I say that "I am blessed" I have never ONCE intended this to mean that I was deserving in any way...I don't know, but I presume that is how the Staker's feel as well.

I think it would be so wonderful if we could all step back and take the time to see the positive in things...why do we all need to judge each other. Life is hard for all of us, we are all trying to do the best that we can with what we know and along the way we are learning and growing...wouldn't it be great if we could take care of each other and support each other?

Thank you Staker family for your strength and your faith.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous above - saying that you are so blessed is pointing out that you yourself are blessed. It's pretty self-indulgent. Acknowledging good fortune is one thing, but to say you are "so blessed." I ask again - why is that you are "blessed" while others are not?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous above - saying that you are so blessed is pointing out that you yourself are blessed. It's pretty self-indulgent. Acknowledging good fortune is one thing, but to say you are "so blessed." I ask again - why is that you are "blessed" while others are not?

Anonymous said...

Wow........ how I wish I lived in a world free of judgement and hate.

Anonymous said...

Wow........ how I wish I lived in a world free of judgement and hate.

McKenzie said...

I have been following your blog since February 9, as I too sat at PCMC w/ my daughter. I honestly, believe it was a godsend that I heard about your blog. I have struggled for years w/ religion, spirituality, and self worth. Through your blog I have regained a new testimony and have been able to kneel and pray again, not only for Bronson but for myself and my family. I'm sorry your family had to go through this, but on the other hand I'm so very grateful it has been brought into my life! Thank you little B! Thank you!

McKenzie said...

I have been following your blog since February 9, as I too sat at PCMC w/ my daughter. I honestly, believe it was a godsend that I heard about your blog. I have struggled for years w/ religion, spirituality, and self worth. Through your blog I have regained a new testimony and have been able to kneel and pray again, not only for Bronson but for myself and my family. I'm sorry your family had to go through this, but on the other hand I'm so very grateful it has been brought into my life! Thank you little B! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

To the Anonymous poster that posted to me...I was the one who said that about saying "I feel blessed" is thanking my Father in Heaven. I understand where you are coming from...but I am not sure that I know how to put my thoughts into words very well. I have truly never thought of it in the way that you describe...and most likely many other people haven't either. It is always interesting to hear how others perceive things that one might say....

I have a child with special needs and I have MANY times said how blessed I feel to be the mother of this precious child...sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky...this child has blessed my life in SO many ways and I am so grateful for the ways in which this child has blessed my life. But I don't think that feeling this way makes me self righteous...do you?

Cherise said...

Thank you Sara for sharing this story with many who will learn from it and grow. I have followed your story from the beginning and have shed many tears for you and your sweet family. Thank you for reminding me how precious life is. I have been guilty of "being too busy" and could have had unfortunate events such as yours. Thank you Thank you for being so brave. I appreciate your courage.

I saw this and thought of you.

".....Heaven's kindness will never depart from you, regardless of what happens......Bad days come to an end, faith always triumphs, and heavenly promises are always kept."

--Jeffrey R. Holland--

HeatherS said...

To Anon with Special Needs Child- I have a daughter with special needs and I often say we are 'blessed'...truly because I never thought raising a child with such severe needs could be so fulfilling AND because I think people think we should be sad and broken because of our daughter but really??? She has made us whole.

To Sara- thank you for keeping the comments open on your blog during this process. I know people have posted some very hurtful things and you could have shut off or moderated the comments but instead you have allowed complete strangers to discuss this openly on your blog. I think that is very brave and very generous.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand what the purpose of "sharing her story" OVE AND OVER again is?? Yes, without a doubt, God is forgiving and wonderful, but these people are NO DIFFERENT than anyone else out there recieving God's miracles. WHat gives them the right to feel they are more special?
ABout the CPS comment- I truly think they should have investigated it. I personally think that maybe Sara should have had child negligence charges filed against her for leaving her children unattended. And furthermore, why is this all about Bronson and Sara?? What about the child who was with Bronson in the tub screaming for his mother? Or the child who called 911 and his father?? They deserve some recognition for their efforts in helping correct their mothers carelessness.
Sara- FOCUS ON YOUR FAMILY AND THE FACT YOU RECEIVED A SECOND CHANCE, WITH ALL YOUR FAMILY. YOU ARE MORE LUCKY THEN YOU DESERVE TO BE.

Anonymous said...

I just feel like acknowledging your favorable fortune or "blessings" is like, "Look at me - we are so blessed." All I am trying to say is that it's pretty self-indulgent to say that. I have been lucky enough in life. I have people around me who me and have loved me from the very beginning. We are all sons and daughters of someone. Do people born in to unfaithful families and bad circumstances feel less "blessed." I have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. I know He knows me and loves me. But many of these things have come through my freedom to choose in my adult life. That is a gift we have all been given. Why again do some people feel the need to say they are "blessed" with other gifts in life? I do believe in miracles from my Maker. I believe miracles occur to bring those faithful even closer to Him. Lead by example, not by proclaiming your blessings in life. I don't believe that is a missionary moment - to say you are so blessed. "I am so blessed!" It's only to say - I have been give things from my Heavenly Father in my life to make my life better. How do you explain when someone does not?

momto5 said...

To Anonymous, who posted on March 15 @6:12 AM..... You are out of line with your comment. How dare you accuse this mother of negligence. Accidents happen and this family has been through enough without your poisoned accusation.

This family was afforded a miracle. Their testimony to that miracle was heard by millions, giving hope to those who hear. I have a child who had a near-drowning accident and survived, but she is very compromised, with nurses here at home 24/7. There are blessing in every tragedy. There are no pity parties at my home!

You speak of God ... but your words are not of God. Only God is the judge, not you .. or me. None of us are deserving of a miracle, but God still delivers them! And this family got one! AMEN!!!!

Heidi and Tony said...

Oh Sara. I don't know you but I my heart has been touched by you and your story. I, like many others, feel the need to defend you. I think that it comes automatically when someone has touched your heart the way you have touched mine. I just want to scream "SHE GETS IT!". You have been the first to admit your mistake and you have always recognized God for his hand. You have even said that you don't know why the miracle was granted to you because there are so many other deserving people "some even more deserving" is what you have said. You are truly humble, gracious, and simply an instrument in the Lord's hands. Please know that there are many of us who are still praying for you and your beautiful family. It must take so much courage to share and faith to know that by sharing you are truly helping others to be better and do better. I am so sorry about some of the mean and hurtful things people say. Please don't let them get to you! You are amazing!!!!

Anonymous said...

there is nothing wrong with sharing how blessed you are! We all receive blessing in different ways. This family was blessed with a miracle they are not more deserving then anyone else but the Lord saw it fit to show his powers through them. Leave them alone and let them enjoy their miracle and let them tell the world, because we live in a world where more and more people are forgetting God, if her story can touch one persons heart (and as you can see from her blog its touched MUCH MORE) maybe God will be a little better known. We dont have the right to question why God chooses to bless one family and not another all we can do is trust in him and his plan. THANK YOU Staker family for being brave enough to share your little boy with the world thank you!

felicity & nathaniel said...

Good gracious! If this story bothers you so much, then stop seeking it out.
I think if we fail to express gratitude for blessings and miracles in our lives then we're doing an injustice to the source that they come from.
I have a little boy only a month older than B and this story has made me cry with sadness and then happiness. I promise, I'll stop blog stalking you soon ;) ... it's just a joy to see a happy ending, but even if it hadn't been, it has been a humbling story to follow.
Much love to your family!

R Clan said...

Just watched it. I thought they did a great job. Thanks again for putting your story out there. What a wonderful way to spread the gospel.

Anonymous said...

We don't know why God answers prayers the way he does, sometimes providing a miracle, and at other times reserving a miracle from someone just as deserving. What I do know (and I believe in an all-knowing, all-loving God), is that he will answer prayers in the way that is BEST FOR US. Only he has the whole, complete picture while we just have a tiny portion of that picture. I will add my voice to the many others. I am glad that the Stakers are sharing their story. I think it takes a lot of courage for someone to admit that they made a mistake, if nothing else, to raise awareness of a problem that is too common. It is a mistake that I highly doubt she will ever make again. Hopefully her story will save lives. Thanks for sharing, Sara. You and your family continue to be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Anon from 8:56 - I am not trying to pick on the Stakers - so please don't tell me to leave them alone - I am only trying to have a cultural conversation about this topic. I believe in miracles! I believe that their son was spared to spread His word and message AS WELL AS - Sara's message about choices and slowing down - but to spread it in a way by saying "I am so blessed." Woah. I am sounding way redundant, but it's like people aren't getting my point. No one has been able to answer my question as to why some are "blessed" while others are not. And no, I don't think the argument, we can't question God, is a good one.

renae said...

proclaiming an abundance of blessings is NOT about drawing attention to oneself.... it's about recognizing the hand of God in their lives and giving the credit and thanks to Him. Should they not acknowledge Him in the fortune they have received? those who take it as an insult to the rest of the world are the ones who need to seek for more understanding, not the other way around.

to anonymous who took issue with this: search your life for proof of His love and you will find it. keep it to yourself and you may as well never had it in the first place. there are more private ways of doing it, but the staker's experience has been a public one. therefore, she made a public statement of thanks and praise.

Cory said...

Annon.
Let me see if I can help with the "I'm so blessed" thing.
We have a hymn that goes like this:
"When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessings; name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done."
I don't think that the Stakers have been any more blessed than you or I, or anyone else. I have been reading a blog about a young mother whose little girl drowned in the hot tub almost two years ago. Since reading this blog, I have wondered about the two different stories. Both with different outcomes. Why was one spared and the other not? None of us will ever know that, but I can tell you that I know that mother who lost her little girl would never begrudge this family the life of their son. I'm sure she hurts and would like her daughter to have been saved, but I know she would be so happy for this family. And though she lost her daughter, I can tell you, on countless occasions she has mentioned her blessings, how blessed she is. Does she hurt? Yes? Does that mean the Lord loves her less or has not blessed her? No. She is the first to say that. She instead chooses to count her blessings and be happy in life, amidst the pain.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with counting our blessings. When we do, we see God's hand in our lives and recognize from wence those blessings come. When we do, it helps us through the rough times.
God does not respect anyone over anyone else. His blessings are for everyone. It's up to us to regocnize them.
I am not rich monetarily. I don't have a fancy house, or car. But, I can tell you, I have been blessed in so many other ways. Seeing those blessings helps me focus on the good in life, instead of the misery that surrounds us.
I hope, that despite the billows you are faced with in your life, the trials you are going throughh right now that have made you so unhappy, I hope that you can count the blessings you have been given and thank God for them. I hope that you can find some peace in your life despite the anger that is festering in you. I know God loves you just as much as He loves the Stakers. Just as much as He loves that mother who lost her daughter, just as much as He loves me. I hope you will come to know that, someday.
Sharon at kakpa3.blogspot.com

tomiannie said...

I thought you did a wonderful job! I especially appreciated you sharing your testimony of God's love and miracles. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

Anonymous said...

I am not angry nor insulted by another persons fortune - in fact - I am a very very happy person. Truly. By some peoples standards you might say that I am "blessed." I have counted my blessings and am a very thankful, happy and fulfilled person. I just don't think you need to shout it as a missionary moment. Like I said before - live by example. That is the greatest testimony we can give.

Anonymous said...

Staker Family- I have been blessed beyond belief to witness your miracle. We are all granted miracles in different forms... but sometimes I think we just fail to notice. Thank you for sharing your story and your faith! God is real, and he is good, ALL THE TIME!

Rachael said...

Thank you for telling your story. This could happen to anyone. Thanks for sharing your testimony. Stay strong and know that you are loved and cared for.

Tasha said...

Thank you for posting this. I so wanted to see it. You did such a wonderful job. I just loved seeing Bronson moving around and you can just see he is a totally normal little boy. I loved it! It really is such a miracle.

Bonnie said...

Sara,

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I thought the interview was amazing. You have been truly blessed as we all have in one way or another.

Heavenly Father created us and knows each one of us individually. We are each unique and will each require a different "furnace of affliction." He knows the exact challenges, be they tragic or not, that will help us become who we need to become to be able to return to live with Him. It is what we do with those challenges and how we react to them that will determine if we will become that person. We can be a blessing to others through our challenges or we can shrink away from them and become bitter.

Thanks again Sara for sharing your learning experience with us.

To those with unkind words, you can never lift yourself up by putting others down.

Bonnie S.

Kathy said...

You guys did a great job. Bronson was so dang cute and well behaved. Hugs and Kisses to you!

Here at home said...

Now that I am signed into my right account, I wanted to add my thanks to the many thanks spoken and unspoken. Thank you for your example. Thank you for standing as witnesses to our Heavenly Father's love at all times, and in all places.
Your family, just like the mother I mentioned above who lost her daughter, have touched countless lives because of your examples, despite the different outcomes.
Thank you for sharing your blessings with the world. Thank you for helping me to recognize my blessings.

IrishNYC said...

You really should be in jail and not glorifying your own negligence on television.

If you believe God saved your son, then surely it was God's will he drown in the first place, no? Or was it God's will that made you forget your baby in the bathtub in the first place?

Either way, you need to be locked up.

April said...

It's to bad that people put so much time and effort into being negative.
Sara is a very self aware and humble person. I dont know her, but I have learned that from reading her blog. Even since she has had her boy home from the hospital, she has still admitted fault, and imperfections in their every day lives. A lesser person would pretend that there was a lesson learned, and she was on her way to being a perfect mother. She has shown that she is a human, busy, loving mother. Something we all strive to be.

To all of the negative people.. You have obviously jumped the gun on making judgments. If you had read through her whole blog, you would have a sense of compassion and understanding for this simple situation.
How sad for you to say such hateful things.. Absolutely disgusting and sad for you...

Halfords said...

I'm so grateful for the miracle your family received. Little Bronson is a doll. Your story on the today show made me cry. I loved your testimony at the end. It was so real! I hope the people who saw it were touched by your Christ like spirit. It was amazing! Heavenly Father really does hear and answer our prayers. The gospel is wonderful!

Jo Jo said...

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

Anonymous said...

Goodness, IrishNYC!I'm sorry for you that you are so full of negativity and judgement. I hope the day doen't come when YOU make a mistake. How is it being the only perfect being on the planet??

Anonymous said...

Is it true? Is it NECESSARY? Is it kind?

Things that should be thought of before posting an opinion or statement on someone's personal family blog.

To Sara,
From the beginning of your story I cried in anguish and rejoiced in gladness with your family, never once thinking of you as a poor mother. Mistakes and accidents happen to everyone. My one year old son also was involved in an accident where he ended up at PCMC for a week. My husband and I were contacted and investigated for something that was 100% accidental. Fortunately for us our story was less serious and public so we didn't have to deal with the cynicism of the world. It's sad and shocking how cruel people can be. I'm sorry you have to deal with that.

I know of a woman who lost her little boy in a drowning accident while she was on the phone. Both she and the woman she was talking to not only believed but knew that she was led to distraction to allow this event to happen. Her friend shared how she felt inspired in a way that she never felt before, to call this woman at that exact moment with some church related questions and didn't understand why until later.

I believe that such could be the case with you and Bronson. You have an incredible gift with words and have obviously been used as a remarkable tool in God's plan to touch thousands of lives.

We also know that all things have an opposite, so with the thousands of stories pouring in where people have been touched so deeply it moves them to positive action, there is going to be some who react negatively and who will choose to try to bring you down. We know who governs each end of the force.

You, your family, Bronson, and your story are remarkable and uplifting. Please don't let others get to you and bring you down. That too is a choice. An extremely difficult one to navigate and overcome, but still a choice.

Sincerely,
Jill

PS- As I was reading your blog a few weeks ago I noticed Scott and Sue B. on your blog list. Scott is my first cousin. They are so awesome, I love them! You choose good company. It's a small world!

Anonymous said...

Sara I think it is time for you to make your blog privite...... I can't imagine that all this hate and negativity is doing you any good in your healing process!! Hang in there! I appreciate your honesty and testimony!

Mary said...

I just caught up with the last few posts on your blog and was thrilled to see that your miraculous story would be presented on national television. What a wonderful opportunity to inspire hope, faith, and belief in families, in prayer and in our Heavenly Father. The story of Bronson's miracle was presented beautifully during the segment, and I appreciated that you shared your testimony of our Heavenly Father's love. Thank you for being so open and willing to share your experience.

Erin said...

Sara, although I've been reader of your blog since Bronson's accident, I've never commented. I want to tell you how much you have inspired me along with so many others. Unfortunately there will always be people out there who crave conflict, controversy, and drama, who will stop at nothing until they get it. Please don't give them what they want and DO continue to spread joy, love, and happiness and your OH SO powerful testimony of our Heavenly Father. You are touching more lives than not.

Anonymous said...

Don't let one person ruin what has been an amzing journey for so many. Know that you have touched thousands and with that, know that some will judge. Sad world I know, but don't take your blog private. You have a great talent to touch people, don't hide it.

Anonymous said...

What a testament of God's glory on this earth. I am so happy to hear of Bronson recovery and witness God's blessings on your family. Thanks for being an example to all believers and to those who will see the light of your story.

God bless you all.

porter and karla said...

How wonderful are you! I just started reading your blog and have been uplifted so much. We saw your beautiful family on the t.v the other moring and I thought not only did you look gorgeous but I loved how you added your testimony into everything. It is abvious this is a life lesson for your family but a way to share with others how a daughter of God deals with the challanges that come her way. Thank you for the wonderful person you are. And you should make a button for your blog so people can link easier to it. . .such a great insirational blog.

Jenn Granum said...

WOW! I can't believe Bronson's miracle made national news! Hopefully his story will renew peoples faith in God.

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Jennifer Bowman said...

Sara -
You proably do, however I sure hope you don't read the few awful comments by horribly insensitive people.
Anyone who has read your blog can see you are a loving, caring and wonderful mother. We are all imperfect, we all make mistakes. If all of our mistakes were to stink then we would would all REEK! How dare these people point fingers of blame at you.
Just know people love you and still pray for you, people like myself who have never met you however have been touched and changed forever by your story and your willingness to share it with the world.
God bless you and your sweet family. I recorded and watched you on the Today show, your Bronson is such a doll! I loved the "talking" on the phone he did. It is so wonderful to hear his story again and be reminded miracles do happen!

Shannon Kilstrom Photography said...

Sara, I really hope you aren't reading all of these comments, but just in case you are, I want to again say what an inspiration you and your family have been to me. Your story has touched my heart in a profound way and has also strengthened my faith. You are very obviously a loving and wonderful family and I thank you for sharing your testimony even knowing that you would probably have people saying negative things about it. I am praying for all of those who hold such hatred in their hearts. May they find the love, peace and happiness that you have with your family and your MIRACLE Bronson. You truly are blessed.

Anonymous said...

I have been following your story since before you were certain what the outcome would be. I think it is one of the best things you could have done to record this through a blog. I know I personally have been much more attentive to my two wonderful, beautiful little ones, not just at bath time, but always. I know your story, and all it's publicity, WILL save a child's life somewhere. Thank you for your courage in taking your story to a national level and subjecting yourself to all the criticism that comes with it!

Jenny Bracken said...

You said it perfectly Jennifer Bowman...There are so many of us that love you Sara even though we dont know you :) So many have been touched by your story.

ShannonNM said...

Hello!

I just want to say God Bless you and your family....I was told of your story on the Today show and just watched it online. Me and those I know couldn't believe how much it resembles what happened to our family and our precious 1 yr old Benjamin! This happened in our home on 1/7/10. I was lucky that after several minutes of him not breathing I WAS able to revive him with CPR. Truly a MIRACLE. I know the feelings you have gone through an continue to go through.

Teachinfourth said...

Stumbled across your blog through a mutual friend at 7 is Plenty. Thanks for sharing your experience…now I'm off to check out the link.

jewels said...

Your family will always be in our hearts. My boys still ask how Bronson is doing. I smile and say he's doing great! Keep your head up mom. I know it's hard for you still. You're amazing & deserve to enjoy your blessings!!

P.S. Sorry my profile isn't finished yet. Still trying to find time!!

Kelly said...

Even though I have been following your blog since the accident, I was in TEARS again watching you and your sweet hubby do the today show! I just want to t hank you again, for doing this blog! You have helped me and touched my life with out even ever meeting! Your words and testimony has helped mine grow! You have made me a better mother!! I have made your same mistakes, im not affraid to admit that! I am just so grateful that you shared your story with all of us! I am greatfull that I was able to pray for your little man! ANd feel the spirit so strongly! Every time I read your blog, I feel peace and love coming through! You are a great Mother! Your 4 boys are so lucky to have you!! Thank you for being so brave!
This mother of 3 boys is so greatfull for you and your family!!
Your blogg friend, Kelly

Anonymous said...

Wow, IrishNYC!!! All I can say is that I'm sure glad you don't have children of your own. It would be awfully hard to be raised by someone as perfect and self righetous as you seem to think you are.

Anonymous said...

To IrishNYC: Through your comment and your attitude behind it, you truly show your ignorance about our loving God and what he is all about. You prove that you know little about his KINDNESS and LOVE for all of his children--even you! He is all about forgiveness as well. That forgiveness will be extended to you from a loving Heavenly Father for opening your mouth and pointing fingers with such insensitivity toward this sweet, faithful and loving family who have already gone through so much. "Mistakes". Look that word up in the dictionary, because I don't think you know the meaning. We all make them. So unless you are perfect and have never made one, you should get down on your knees and try to learn about our LOVING GOD and the forgiveness that he will extend to you. I will pray for you and the Staker family that they will not be offended by your inconsiderate and unloving remarks. It is not your given right to "judge" others, but it is a commandment to "love" others. I don't know if you are a parent or plan to ever be one, but I hope that you can continue your perfect life, otherwise you might be able to use your "get out of jail card" one day yourself!

Rach said...

Sara- A testimony is a wonderful thing. It does however create opposition as you must have noticed. I can't help but think how hard it was for the prophet Joseph Smith to share his testimony with the world and to be extremely ridiculed, yet look at what an everlasting and beautiful impact his brave and unwaivering testimony has made on the earth today.

A testimony is what you know to be true and I trule admire your testimony of our Father in Heaven. Faith is developed by hearing the testimonies of others and it is so refreshing to hear such a beautiful and peaceful one as yours.

There is opposition to all things, good and evil. Your testimony is a testament that God is good and you know he exists and it is pure. Don't ever be scared to share what you know because there is opposition out there. It is even more important that we share when there IS opposition.

You are stronger than I! Thank you for being brave enough and courageous enough to share even though I am sure you knew you would be ridiculed as others before you have been!

You have touched my life and strengthened my own testimony. Thank you for that!

Josh and Juli said...

Wow, I am sorry for all the people who have nothing to do but put other people down.

Sara, when I read your blog a month ago, I was in tears and it forever changed me. No matter what anyone says, it COULD happen to any of us - even the best mothers. And I am so grateful to you for the reminder that life is fragile, and to always put the most important things first.

You have made me grateful for every moment with my children, and have left a constant reminder with me that other things can always wait. Thank you for having the courage to share your story, and your testimony.

Laurie said...

Thank you so much for posting the link. I was at work and unable to see the clip. I've been following your blog since the beginning of the accident. I'm so happy that your little man is doing much better and he was adorable on the show. God Bless!

Sabra said...

Loved it!

Anonymous said...

I think that the people leaving the negative comments on here are the people that believe that "Mormons have horns" and all that other nonsense. It's purely people who are against the LDS church and they don't understand what a Testimony is.

Emily said...

What a beautiful story and testimony. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I found your blog through a link in meridian magazine.

I have a blog to help support families who have experienced the devistating loss of a child. How glad I am that your family is not to be one of my readers.

((hugs)) to all of you

Mormon Soprano said...

Thank you for sharing Bronson's miracle with the world, and for standing as witnesses of God at all times and in all places. Your family is an example of what is still right with the world. Keep walking by faith.
Love, MoSop

Danielle Christiansen said...

great job. it was so good to see Bronson talking on the little cell phone being a 17 month old. you guys are an awesome family.

Mormon Soprano said...

Bronson's story is the feature post on our site today, entitled "Prepare For A Miracle".

Thank you for being an example of the believers, and inspiring the world to have faith.

Love, MoSop

rori said...

Sara, I have so much love for you my stranger sister! :) Thank you for being brave enough to share your story with all of us!

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Sarah said...

Sara-
My name is Haley and I am Sage's older sister. I wanted to let you know how I thought it was really neat that you could send Sage a shout out on the internet. I know that with that many people praying for her and that much faith being showed, she would not have left if she wasn't supposed to. Heavenly Father needed her and I find great comfort in knowing that Sage was SAVED - and that someday we will see her again and that families are 100% FOREVER. We have of course been mourning the loss of our sweet little girl, but I mourn with hope, knowing that she is not far away...
Thanks Again!
-Haley Barton, Sage's big sister

Amy B. said...

Oh My Gosh!...my niece Haley is so full of wisdom and such charm! What a beautiful statement she made to you...Sara S...and everything she said is so true! I am amazed by her astounding faith and strength during this unfortunate experience...she is such a great kid (teenager, but that's hard for me to admit)...

Again, thanks for being so great to us and being so kind to my SIL and BIL...

Love forever...

auntie amy

brichanel said...

I guess without the bad, we could not full appreciate the good. Opposition in all things...Sorry some people can't understand the depth and purity of your motives for sharing your story.
I do though. Thanks for the updates, thanks for the testimonies, thanks for the encouragement and needed reminders. I am a better mom because of you. I am more attentive and loving. No more "left-overs" for my children. You have saved lives by reminding us of the frailty of life, and the possibility of tragedy in the blink of an eye. Not only did you help society, you help progress modern science. Also, I love the updates to the site with the LDS links. Awesome missionary tool! The Lord knew you could change lives by gracing your family with this miracle. I guess we can only pray for those who don't fully understand that, and join our testimonies with those who do. Thanks again. So happy for you all.

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Anj said...

Oh dear. After seeing you on the news I worried that your blog may be treated like a news forum. Which for some reason attracts a few unkind words. I'm so sorry you've had to read those.

I am one of the many strangers that is soooo grateful you've had the COURAGE to share your story. I have benefited from what you have shared. Thank you.

I had a daughter.
Evie
She passed away in my arms 3 1/2 years ago.

I have my own miracle.
After prayers (a lot of prayers;)) God healed my broken heart.

Personally, I LA LA LOVE hearing about other peoples blessings. It in turn reminds me of a few blessings of my own. God blesses us all. And for me, recognizing those blessings gives me a storehouse of hope. And who couldn't use a little more of that? So thank you for sharing your blessings and your miracle with me. It has made me a better person.

Please take the good. Take the kind words and love that is sent your way and hold on to all of it tight. Then toss the rest. For every unkind person there are a hundred that are so grateful for your story.
I'm one of them.

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Mel C said...

Hi~
I just read your story and watched your UTube video from a friend's post on FB. I cried through the whole story....remembering my own story. Your miraculous little boy is such a blessing! Your story and faith is sure to bring those closer to the church who are members (like me :)) and those who aren't, to see the amazing way the Lord and Gospel can truly bless our lives! My 20 month old daughter, Summer is our miracle. She was born, along with her twin sister who only lived 10 days, at only 27 weeks. Brooke passed away due to many complications and we were heart broken. Then, only 5 days later, Summer got very sick and almost died (again). She was given a prognosis of only living to be 3 or 4 years old. We were devistated, once again, at this prospect. She has had 8 surgeries, been on an IV at home, has been tube fed, and much more, but has beaten MANY of those odds so far...she is doing far better than any doctor could have ever predicted. The staff at Seattle Children's is always commenting on what a "miracle" she is! We are so blessed to have the Gospel, and, like you, have spent many hours in prayer. The Priesthood has given us much hope through Priesthood blessings and the support our ward family has given and continues to give us. Thank you SO much for sharing your faith and experiences with the world! I also started a blog when I found out I was having twins...we were a little shocked to find htis out on my 4th pregnancy! I feel like it was truly inspired. Writing all my/our experiences down has been so theraputic for me, and has (as I have been told by many), given hope and comfort to those who have read and continue to read it. Your blog is wonderful and is a blessing to those who read it! Give Bronson a big hug and a kiss.... There is not a day that goes by that I don't cuddle with Summer and silently thank Heavenly Father for what he has given us/her. I wish all the best for your beautiful family and will pray that you will continue to be blessed. Thank you. Melanie

The Belnaps said...

Satan is real and I'm sure you see that in some of these hateful and hurtful comments. I feel bad for those who choose to fill thier lives with negativity and sadness. Who choose to so vocally berate another child of our Father in Heaven...their sister. I know you are strong and so just keep focused on the truth and light in your world. We know you are. Chin Up!
PS..I found your blog a while ago through Natalie Nortons..then shared it with my SIL Amy who recently lost her niece Sage...small world eh?

Sara White said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet simple testimony of our loving Heavenly Father on air. I am sure your story (which was filled with the spirit) will bring others to the same knowledge that you shared with us. Glad your family is doing well.

Anonymous said...

I love that he had to have a phone conversation during the interview!!! What a darling little boy you have!

Anonymous said...

Sara, You are amazing!! Your beautiful Spirit shines out of you when you speak. Bronson is such a precious child! We are so grateful that this miracle has happened for your family! You deserve it and We will continue praying for you all. God bless you and hang in there!
People who take the time to write mean things have no life so ignore them k?
Take care!! and know you are never alone!!

Shannon said...

You are an amazing family, please keep updating us on Bronson and all your boys! Ignore the terrible words from others. You are so inspiring and have helped so many people by sharing your story. I hope to see more pictures and stories!!!!

You've insprired me as a mother and I am so thankful for that.

Heather Vincent said...

I have been following your blog since Bronson's accident and I cry every time I read one of your posts. The same was true when I watched his story on KSL and on Today. I am VERY moved by your words and by your faith. Your words and faith are a HUGE example to me and I strive every day to be better. On my blog I have a special place for "Little Miracles" like Bronson. After experiencing a "Little Miracle" with my daughter, I love watching the "Little Miracles" progress throughout their little lives. I am SOOO glad Bronson is doing so great.

Anonymous said...

i truthfully adore all your writing style, very helpful,
don't give up as well as keep posting simply because it simply worth to follow it.
excited to browse through even more of your articles, enjoy your day ;)

brichanel said...

Sara-
I am not sure if you are still reading all of these comments since people started to abuse the privilege of commenting on your families personal blog. However, as has been mentioned many times, I am sorry some are so inconsiderate and rude. Also, when you have time, please continue to make posts. You have a talent for writing and a gift for putting important thoughts into words. Surely it is difficult to ignore the unkind words, but please do... You and your family are doing much good.I am constantly seeking good news and it strengthens my testimony to read stories like yours. The world is such an ugly place sometimes, please continue to share your light and testimony. Have a wonderful day. Thank you.

Megan said...

I have been following your blog ever since your little Bronson had his accident. You have inspired me as a mother and a daughter of God. Your story has brought me to tears several times. You are such a strong woman and a wonderful mother. Thank you for sharing your story in such a candid and personal way. I am so thankful that Bronson has made a full recovery and your family is doing well.

Hannah said...

I just happened upon your blog one day and read about the accident and was brought to tears. I am so thankful that your sweet boy is ok. Thank you for sharing your story. I have a 9 month old, and it has made me remember to slow down and try not to sweat the small stuff. It is too easy to get caught up in worrying about the little things and forget to appreciate what a gift God has given us. I wish your family all the best!

Sass!!! said...

Bless you is all I have to say. I scrolled quickly through some of the comments, and MOST are so positive. To the ones he do NOT identify themselves,,, OH WELL !! Your story can help so many, I have a young daughter with an 18 month old. While I hesitated to let her know about your blog, I also believe there is a lesson to be learned here. I gave her the blog address, and am sure if nothing else it will be a wake up call to mothers through out the world who for that fleeting moment ,, think,, IT WILL BE ALRIGHT.It was an accident, and I am so happy your story has a happy ending. Bless you all
Sass !!

Anonymous said...

PLEASE don't stop posting and updating us about your family! Your story is so inspirational! : )

The Gardners said...

Sara and family,

Thank you for your courage and "moxy" in telling your story. I have been following your blog since my friend suggested I read it many weeks ago. Thank you for being so diligent to put your precious thoughts on here! I'm embarrassed to admit that I've spent hours pouring over your poignant words. You have a gift of writing your thoughts in a way that is so touching, so don't stop! WRITE A BOOK!

I lost a brother to cancer when he was 12 and I was 14 and I struggled with the word "blessing" as well. It would be truly short-sighted to only view gifts of life as blessings, and I'm so happy to see that you have been grateful and mindful of your blessings and our Father's hand in your life, even when you weren't sure of the outcome. Even though my brother suffered in this life and passed on, his life was BLESSED and mine was as well to have known him and to have had the great fortune to have gained some great perspective that have come as a result of that loss. So "blessings" or "God's hand" or whatever you want to call them, SHOULD BE COUNTED and I'm grateful to have shared in your miracle by way of your blog!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for over a month now. I can't tell you how very happy I am for your family that your outcome was such a wonderful one. You have such strength and I truly think that you are amazing!
Last May I had my first little boy. He is now 10 months and I can't tell you how grateful I am to have followed your story and how it has helped me realize how important it is to not get caught up in the daily things that distract me from watching my little one carefully.
Don't listen to all of the mean things that people say. They are just angry people. You are strong, and have proven that. My prayers will continue to be with your family!

Beau and Rach said...

Just know Sara, you're not alone. You have angels and friends known and un-known standing behind you and cheering you on. Keep your chin up. Thank you for turning your tragedy into a learning experience for parents everywhere. It might be hard to deal with the harsh comments, but only Heaven will ever know the depth of the good that will come from this. How great would be your joy to know that even one precious little life may be spared due to parents everywhere being a little more careful. I understand that that’s the reason you’ve shared your story. And from that bottom of my heart, I THANK YOU!

Love, Beau, Rachel and our 5 little boys ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow...what an amazing story...I to don't know if you are reading these comments still but if you are I truly hope that you can keep us all updated...the good FAR outweighs the bad...When I first started reading your blog it was right after the accident and I had to walk away and come back to read it because I was crying so hard...I am a young mom of 2 boys and I have made the mistake of walking out of the bathroom to grab pjs and diapers...after reading your post you have very well saved my boys lives...I look at everything in a different perspective now...you never know when someone can be taken from you and I have learned from you to live in the moment and that Things can wait...Thank you so much for sharing your story of Blessings...I truly look at life as being a glass half full instead of a glass half empty...Everyone has blessings in their lives you just have to find them...Thanks you SO VERY MUCH for your life changing story...

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Los Torrientes said...

I am constantly reminded of how fragile and precious life is. Your story and honesty serves as yet another reminder to be more present and focus on the task at hand and the gift that each moment is. I am recomitted to being more aware and attentive as a mother. I am so happy to hear of a happy "new beginning" to a story. So many people don't have that chance and I know that we all need the reminder your story offers. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Would people stop calling this an accident? Sara's child drowned as a direct result of Saras negligence. Call it child abuse or carelessness, call it anything but an accident.

Tiffany said...

If you got in a car ACCIDENT and your child was killed, would that be because of your negligence? NO of course not, and no one would ever blame you for it.

All of us need to realize that we are imperfect. We all have our moments that we aren't proud of. Mistakes are made. But we all love our children and I believe most of us are trying our best.

Sara, thank you so much for sharing your story. You are beautiful, well-spoken, spiritual, and a wonderful mother. Those things alone will cause people to hate you out of jealousy. But there are many more who LOVE you and appreciate you and your story.

Please continue posting and sharing your life with all of us. Just ignore the haters.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for the horrible comments Sara. Like so many of us said... We don't know if you are still reading these comments-- I think that most of us would understand if you went private with your blog. But we would ALL miss you and your beautiful writing and insight. You are amazing because you don't claim to be perfect and you put yourself out there to touch others lives while knowing at the same time, there are those people that judge and claim to be "perfect". PLEASE do not let yourself get down. I know that one bad comment can hurt a lot, even in the midst of a million wonderful comments! But Please don't let it stop you from being you and the mother you are!! You are amazing and MOSTLY EVERYONE thinks so! :) There are only a select few who are only jealous and not happy within themselves that feel they need to make a comment to hurt you and bring you down with them. Raise your head and smile. You have already judged yourself enough! Forgive yourself and let it be the past... a mistake and accident YOU can learn from!! We all support you and love you (even if we don't know you). :O)

Anonymous said...

TO ALL YOU HATEFUL, HEARTLESS PEOPLE!!! THIS DEFINATELY WAS AN "ACCIDENT". AN ACCIDENT IS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE UNINTENTIONALLY. NO MINDFUL, LOVING MOTHER WOULD EVER LET THIS HAPPEN TO THEIR CHILD INTENTIONALLY!! SHE DIDN'T HOLD HIM UNDER THE WATER! SARA IS HUMAN JUST LIKE ALL THE REST OF US MOTHERS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED AN "ACCIDENT" WITH OUR CHILD! LIFE IS A TEST, LIVE AND LEARN!! I SURE HOPE NOTHING LIKE THIS EVER HAPPENS TO ANY OF YOU IGNORANT PEOPLE CAUSE YOU MIGHT NOT BE SO LUCKY SINCE YOUR SO HATEFUL AND HEARTLESS!

Anonymous said...

That would be you're so hateful and heartless, not "your so hateful and heartless".

If you're going to call people ignorant, you must use proper grammar in your statement.

Anonymous said...

Way to prove your point there anonymous #2. No better way to prove hatefulness than to point out unnecessary grammatical errors. That is funny.

Anonymous said...

Sara,
I wont lie when I first read about your story I thought the same thing as some of these other negative posts. Why wasn't she with her children while they were in the bath tub? She should be prosecuted! I would never do that with my two children. As the day progressed and I spent it with my two beautiful little girls 6 years and 17 months I counted the number of times I left the room, left my two angels unattended. I went to the restroom during dinner and left them alone, they could have choked! Then that same night during bath time, I left the bathroom because I had forgotten the towels necessary to complete our day! I realized, we all make mistakes. Accidents do happen and this accident that happened to you and your family could have happened to any other parent. It may not have been the bathtub but there are a number of dangerous things lurking around each and every corner, even a child proof house.

You are truly an inspiration to me and my family. I am so grateful to heavenly father that he spared your child's life and left your family whole. I believe that it is the job of everyone to share there testimony and spread the word of god. You were just lucky enough to be given the opportunity to share it more openly and with the entire world, than most.

Lisa said...

Oh how I feel for you! I have walked in your shoes and held my still baby after pulling him out from the warm sudsy bath tub that had held so many dear memories before that day. A split second changed my entire life. That was 6 years ago. My sweet son is doing all of the "normal" things a boy should do. I think I suffer more from the experience than he ever did. Kids are so resilient! And the power of the priesthood is truly God's power on the earth today. God Bless you and your family!

Brandi said...

We are wondering if you would like to help us gather Easter Baskets for our son's Arrons Errand this month. The Easter Baskets will go to kids at Primary Children's. We would love some help and know if you put the word out then people would respond...You and your family are so loved!

Kacy said...

Your testimony has strengthened my own. I have even had the courage to share my testimony of Faith, Prayer, and Miracles with others. Thank you.

Stina said...

Thanks so much for sharing your story and your testimony. I wish the best for you and your beautiful family! Thanks for sharing such a traumatic, uplifting, miraculous story. Thank you!

brandee said...

Sarah, Just received an email contaning your story. You took pictures for our family and did an ABC book for us. I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for your story. We have 5 children under 8 (four boys :) )
and I feel like our life is a whirlwind. Hearing your story has helped me stop and appreciate all the blessings in our life. My heart aches for the guilt you are feeling. Only a mother knows how guilty we feel over ever little mistake. Looking back, I see so many times a tradgedy could hace occured in our home. But I was lucky. I am trying to be more careful, but know we cant be everywhere all the time. Good luck to you and your family. Thank you for being so honest and open!

Lane family said...

Say what you will- but it takes a brave women to willingly open herself up for strangers to criticize . I doubt that very many of us would handle ourselves with such grace under such horrific circumstances.

I'm willing to bet that nothing that has been said here comes close to the things that must haunt her daily. I can only pray that I NEVER make a mistake (among the MANY that I make) that makes me think for one second that I may loose my child. I wish that I could offer her the peace that we ALL deserve.

We all receive blessings from a loving Heavenly Father. As my cousin and his sweet wife mourned the loss of their infant son, they often said how blessed they felt to be given time with one of God's most choice spirits. We are all loved... we are all blessed. No one is more deserving than another. It is however, up to us to look for the blessings in our own lives. I for one pray that I never need a blessing of that magnitude.

Sara- thank you for letting us cheer on your family. Thanks for allowing people to have their opinions. (no matter how misguided they are) You are one tough chick.

ashlan said...

I have been following your story and your strenth truly amazes me. I don't know how to send you an email so feel free to delete this if you would like. We are in the process to begin building and I love the layout of your home in the interview. Can you tell me who your floor plans are froms and the name of the home. ashlanmartin@hotmail.com

Katie (Jayden's Mommy) said...

I just found out about this story today. I spent the last hour reading your blog (& crying). I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reminding me just how precious life is! Thank you for warning us busy moms not to turn our backs during bath time for ANY reason - even just to grab a towel. I applaud you for putting yourself in the spotlight, in the hopes that it might help others, who will now think twice before leaving their child unattended. You have more strength and courage than I could ever hope for!

Thank you again!!!!

Sharon said...

Sara:
I'm sorry, but I can no longer sit aside and say nothing to these people who choose to come onto your site, which is so full of love, and kindness, and think it's okay to say thses horrible things about you. I have held my tongue, but I can't do it any longer.

This is a message to anyone who has come to the Staker blog and feels it's ok to spread your ugliness. Do you honestly think that after all of this time, after all of the stories on news channels both local and national, printed newspapers, and internet articles alike; that if there was any indication that Sara was negligent or that she in any way intended directly or indirectly to hurt or harm her child/children, she would still have them now? Do you honestly think that because Sara is white and beautiful, the Salt Lake City Child Protective Services would overlook a possible dangerous enviroment for any child because the parent (or parents) were wealthy, well off, well to do? NOT A CHANCE! I promise you, the situation (because for some reason you don't like to call it an accident, so we'll call it a situation....) has been thoroughly investigated and Sara has obviously been cleared of any kind of wrong doing. Please, please: Those of us who are in support of the Staker family are pleading with any of you who have negative feelings about Sara, keep those thoughts OFF of this blog. If you have any feeling of compassion witin you, stop. She knows how you feel. You've made it perfectly clear.

Anonymous said...

We won't stop until she is in jail for child negligence!!!!

Anonymous said...

"We" won't stop until she is in jail for child neglect."

Who's "we?" The 1 or 2 of you who are trying to find company for your misery? Look long and hard, sweetie. You won't find it here.

The Rowlands: Greg, Melissa, Ava and Amelia and Gregory said...

Okay enough people! This is insane. Sara, bless you and your family. Shame on these people so full of whatever it is that cause their hatred. Miracles are made to be shared and rejoiced, so rejoice!! I have a miracle baby myself, and though he has never made headlines, it doesnt stop me from sharing his story. When I was pregnant with him I had subchorionic hematomas, which basically was several large blood pools behind the placenta. A total of 7 special high risk OBs told me I would miscarry him before 20 weeks. He was born at full term healthy. Then at 3 months he stopped breathing due to an asthma attack triggered by a virus and was hospitalized for 6 days, he is now a healthy 18 lbs 4 1/2 month old. Sorry for my rant, but miracles do happen and are made to remind us even more of Heavenly Father's presence and promise to us! REJOICE MY SISTER IN CHRIST!! BLESS BRONSON :)

Chelsea Nicole said...

Thank You for your story ad sharing it with the world! I too know the miracles that God gives. I was in Primary Children's Hospital with my little boy the same time you were with your boy. Thank You for sharing to the world that our Heavenly Father hears us. God bless you and your family for your amazig faith and strength!

Amanda said...

I never comment on blogs, but I just wanted to tell you how much your story has touched me. I have a nephew around Bronson's age. I can't imagine what your family has been through, and I'm so happy that he is okay! Please keep your chin up; there is only a FEW individuals who feel the need to spew hate on your blog. Do not let them drown out all of the support you have, which far outweighs their negativity.

It was a mistake, I've made mistakes, and even those people who want to judge you have made mistakes. They would be lying through their teeth if they said they haven't. How brave you were to share your story; I'm sure you thought through the ramifications of putting yourself out there. The internet is a nasty place where people usually forget their manners, and think because they are anonymous they can say what they want. For you to post your story, despite what ridicule you get just shows how much you actually care! This story has had an effect on many other mothers and aunts. ;) Thanks so much for opening your home to all of us and I hope you keep blogging. I love your writing story and your adorable boys!

Vanessa Ray said...

You are such a strong family to share your story with the world. I have followed it since your first post after that hard day for you and have cried right along with you Mother to Mother. I am so glad that everything turned out so great. I prayed each night for Bronson and could hardly wait to see if there was a new post to check on him each morning. My own testimony was stregnthened through your family and I am just a stranger. Thank you for that!! And I find myself more careful with my two sweet little boys now. I thank you for that too! Your story will save lives. Enjoy your sweet family and Miracle! Ignore all those ridiculous comments. They are just well....Silly is what comes to mind! :)
"Leave judgment to the Lord, the perfect judge. . . . It is not ours to delve into others' problems but rather to perceive the breadth of their goodness."
-Lynn A. Mickelsen
Take care!
The Ray Family AZ

Stacy W. said...

Sara, thank you for sharing your story. I've been reading your blog since the first few days after the accident, and you have been nothing but an inspiration to me. And today your account of "leftovers" rang so true that it left me in tears. Thank you for using your gifts to inspire the world!

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