Thursday, May 14, 2009

WHERE ARE YOU FROM

We are blown away by the kindness of all of you. There are so many of you that we do not know and are coming to us with open arms.. and so many of you that we do know and doing the same. We are so grateful for all of you. I mean really.. we are absolutely amazed! Words cannot even express how thankful we are for all your support and prayers!

We want to know where you are from. You don't have to go in detail.. state/country only would be great. I just want to know where all our bloggin' friends are from. If you have never commented here before, we want to hear from you too! Don't be shy! I am going to send one person that comments a couple of Bentley's Bracelets... color is your choice. I will use random.org for this and let you know in a couple of days who the selected one is. All you have to do is comment!

We are TEXANS! My husband is from Kansas but moved here when he was in high school.. we met in high school and have been together ever since! Our wedding anniversary is actually on May 25, we will be in the hospital with Bentley while she recovers.

Also, if you are located in the Central Texas area.. my best friend put together one awesome raffle for Bentley. There will be OVER 30 winners. You can go to her blog to check it out and contact her if you would like to buy raffle tickets.

Bentley's bows have been a HUGE success.. thank you Noelle with Glam R Baby!! I can't wait to take Bentley's pictures in the bows.. if you haven't seen them yet, go check them out. They are too cute for words!! Really, they are!! Brandi with B4 Photography, works closely with Noelle.. she took the fabulous pictures of Bentley's bows. She has decided to donate 10% of all of her session fees in the month of June to Bentley for her medical fund. Isn't that amazing! This is just one more person that has gone above and beyond for Bentley. And Bentley is wearing Faith Baby in the picture above. They were so kind to send her this sweet onesie!! We love it!! Thanks you guys!

Don't forget.. tell me where you live!!

101 comments:

  1. Hello! We are from Shreveport, La. My husband is actually a Texan from Tyler.
    Eric and I have been praying for your sweet Bentley and will continue to keep your family in our prayers in the up coming weeks.

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  2. Hi! I've never posted on here before, but I found your blog through April's Mom's blog. I am from Nebraska, but have family just outside of Dallas. And I am definitely keeping you and your family in my prayers!

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  3. My little family lives in Wheaton, Illinois and we are praying for Bentley and your entire family!

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  4. I am from Fredericksburg, TX... and Bentley has been in my prayers! She is one amazing little girl and is so lucky to have such a wonderful family!

    Blessings!

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  5. I have been following your story for a short time, but our family is from Vermont... and my sister and her church family are in Oregon praying for your family as well... Blessings to you and yours... =)

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  6. Hi! I've never commented before, but I've been praying for your sweet Bentley.

    Oh, and I'm from Indiana! :)

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  7. Good Evening,
    I have never left a comment before, just one of those silent watchers. We live in Southern California. I found your blog from one of the other blogs that I follow. We will be praying for Bentley for strength and guidance for the doctors working on her little body.

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  8. I haven't commented either. I follow your blog from another Heart Mom's blog. Bentley is stunning and always in my thoughts.

    Gilbert, AZ mom to 1 heart kid 6 yrs old.

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  9. Hi sweet family! I found you through Little April's Mom's blog and immediately put Bentley's button on my blog. I live in one of Oregon's green 'valleys' ~ praying and BELIEVING for precious Bentley daily! (((HUGS)))

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  10. Here from Greenville, SC. It's been a blessing to follow along Bentley's journey with you and I am honored to be a part of your walk. Praying daily for your family!

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  11. Bentley looks absolutely adorable! My husband and I met in High School too. We live in Baytown, TX and went to high school here too. I look forward to meeting you in real life :)

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  12. Blogging from Petal, Mississippi!!!

    Keeping you all in my prayers:)

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  13. I live in North GA, just outside Chattanooga, TN. :)

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  14. i have been following your blog since noelle posted a myspace bulletin about bentley bows:) your lil girl is gorgeous and i am praying for a sucessful surgery. god bless,
    stacey from wisconsin

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  15. Jennifer StifflemireMay 14, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Hi! We're here in Lexington, Texas praying for Bentley and family. I'm originally from Cameron, went to school with Billy, started following your blog when he posted a bulletin on Myspace about a month ago. I have a son the same age as Miss Bentley. You all are in our thoughts and prayers!!

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  16. Here in Bakersfield, CA, praying for Bentley and hoping things go well for her surgery!

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  17. Praying for Bentley from Alabama. My heart baby is 2, and a little stinker. He has the same diagnosis as your little one. I like to connect with other heart families and will continue to keep Bentley in my thoughts as she is approaching her surgery.

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  18. Hi I'm Elisabeth and we're praying for Bentley from Oberlin, Ohio (although I've told a few family members to pray as well they live in California, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland and Colorado. Praying for you Saturday so that you'll have a safe trip!

    Happy early Anniversary, ours is a few days after yours. I will request prayer for Bentley at church she's absolutely beautiful

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  19. Hey Crystal,

    We're bloggin' from Canyon Country, California (10 minutes away from Six Flags Valencia).

    I fell in love with Bentley the moment I saw your blog. I'm L-O-V-I-N-G the picture above. I'll spread the word out for Bentley through facebook and twitter.

    I mean really, how can one NOT fall in love with Chubby-Wubby-Bentley!

    Always prayers and hugs for you all!

    Analiza

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  20. Hey there Crystal,

    Well, you already know about me but I guess I'll join the comment club anyways:) I was born and raised here on the Central Coast of California (Santa Maria, to be exact). I am so glad we met through Kelly's Korner. I feel honored to be a part of your journey and I will continue to pray for your sweet girl. It still amazes me to find someone who shares the same wedding anniversary as us, even down to the year! Happy seven years to you guys!

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  21. southern california gal who is dying to live in Texas LOL :) I love TEXAS!!!

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  22. I'm from Tempe Arizona :)praying for you everyday!

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  23. you know crystal, i really think that we must live close. i commented on here once before...my neice was also born with TOF amongst other things and all of her surgeries were at TCH in houston. anyhow, i was looking at the raffle thing thats going on and i'm pretty sure most of those things are in the waco-area. i live in temple with my husband, grant, 2-and-a-half year old daughter, braeleigh, and son-on-the-way, brian! i would love to talk to you more. we're all praying for bentley! feel free to contact me. katymae2004@yahoo.com

    -Kate

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  24. hello, my family is from South Alabama and we are all praying for bentley.

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  25. Hi! We are from Fresno, CA and we found your blog through Kellys Korner. I have been following for quite awhile but have never commented before. We have, and will continue to pray for your beautiful Bentley (and by the way, I LOVE her name!)

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  26. I am originally from Syracuse, NY but am now living in Greenville, SC

    God bless you and your family and thinking of all of you over the next few days and weeks during recovery!

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  27. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa.. Way down here on the southern tip of Africa!

    I am thinking of you and praying for your family..

    Kerren

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  28. I live in Brackley, England, and am soon moving to London.

    Cxx

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  29. Hi. The first time I visit your blog. Loved it. I am Michelle from Gordon's Bay in South Africa.
    What a beautiful daughter you have.
    Love from sunny South Africa

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  30. Well, I'm pretty sure you already know this but I am in the suburbs of Cleveland (for now..we're moving again in a year). It's fun to see where all of your readers are...I continue to be amazed by the blog world!

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  31. We live in Minnesota and are praying for Bentley! :D

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  32. Originally from the hills of West Virginia. But since college I've lived in Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia, and now Florida! WHEW!

    Prayers to you and yours! I know Bentley will go great.

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  33. Sending peace, strength and energy your way from Nova Scotia, Canada!

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  34. I'm from Greensboro, NC and praying for your sweet family.

    Jamie

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  35. I am from Katy Texas in the Houston area. I found your blog through Kelly's Korner, and I have had your family in my daily prayers for a while now. I pray that Bentley's surgery is a huge success. Can you please give some contact information so that we can bring things to you all at Texas Children's. I work just down the street, and our family church is literally right there. If you need anything please email.
    In HIm,
    Emily

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  36. *WAVES*

    I rest my head in South Eastern Indiana, USA

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  37. This is my first time commenting- I don't even remember how I stumbled across your blog- But I started reading and haven't been able to stop :) I am from Ontario Canada.

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  38. I am from Opelika Alabama and I came upon your blog a couple of weeks ago and have been following it ever since. Bentley is adorable and we are praying for her and your family.

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  39. Praying in Waco, TX. Bentley is a doll!!

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  40. Praying for Bentley from Greenwood, Arkansas. Praying God will keep her safe and give you strength.

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  41. I have never left a comment here before, but we are from Oregon and praying for Bentley. She is absolutely adorable!

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  42. From about a mile away from you lol

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  43. Miralce Madelaine's Mommy here...Praying for Bentley in Nebraska! I am a Texas native living in Nebraska...and missing that Great State, too!

    Our prayers continue! Blessings to you...Heather

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  44. Speaking of bbq, we all need to get together one day after Little missy gets all better and let all the kiddos play and we can cook out or something

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  45. As always, Bentley is in my thoughts and prayers. She looks so cute in that picture. Love the baby legs!!

    I'm from Ennis TX. That's where my husband and I are both from, graduated from high school there, and plan on raising our daughter there. We love it! It's a Czech town, with amazing Czech music and food!

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  46. Bentley is such a beautiful little girl. Thank you so much for sharing her story with us. She is an amazing little girl. I will be praying for her with all of my heart that her surgery is a success and there are no complications. I wish you and your husband a Happy Anniversary, although I know it will be difficult to celebrate due to the circumstances. I will continue to follow your blog and pray for your family and sweet little miss Bentley.
    My name is Tiffany Lockette and I live in Atlanta Georgia!!

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  47. Hey Crystal! It's Shannon from Shelby twp., Michigan (in the thumb area). Heart mommy to a beautiful little TOF baby also! I am so happy you found my blog a while back. You are the "computer wiz" so you have connected me to so many other blogs that I wouldn't have found on my own! Thank you for that! I am honored to be a part of Bentleys journey. I pray/think about you all daily. Bentley is going to be amazing on May 20th and so are you! GOD BLESS YOU CRYSTAL!

    Your Friend, Shannon

    Bentley is so beautiful!

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  48. Hello, I am Melina, 27, mom to 2 year old b/g twins, Oscar and Matilda. We live in West TN. Many prayers for Bentley!!!

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  49. Hi, I'm praying like crazy for Sweet Little Bentley. My family lives in Palatine, IL (NW suburb of Chicago) We'll keep Bentley and your family in our prayers. -Laura

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  50. Praying in League City, TX. We are just a freeway ride away for ANYTHING that your family might need, I mean ANYTHING! We are praying for peace for all of you.

    Blessings,
    Bryan, Stephanie & Hudson Carnes

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  51. Hey all! I've added your button to my blog! =) Helps remind me to check in on you guys, and to pray for Bentley's upcoming surgery!
    I'm from Seattle, WA!! WOOHOO! It's a beautiful city, and today it's sunny & warm!
    Have a blessed weekend!
    Many prayers & much love from a stranger in Sunny Seattle,
    Krista

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  52. I haven't commented before but I've been reading. I'm friends of Noelle's and Brandi's, I am so thrilled to hear about them donating!

    I live in North Richland Hills, TX. Sending lots of prayers.

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  53. Hey Crystal, I don't think I have ever commented but I have been following since you started the blog. I think Bentley is an amazingly strong little girl and I pray daily for her. I will continue to pray for all of your family as ya'll go through this difficult time.

    By the way I went to high school with you(graduated with Brittany)and still live right here in Waco Texas.

    Amber

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  54. I've never commented but I'm Kaitlin. I'm from Utah! I found your blog through the Simmons blog (Owen) I'm prayin for your cute girl!!

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  55. We're from The north Dallas area! We're praying hard for sweet Bently!

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  56. i'm out in central california! fresno to be exact. not on the beach, three hours away. :) we're praying hard for bentley. i think she's darling.

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  57. sending love and prayers from Ontario Canada

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  58. Praying for sweet Bentley in Ft. Worth, TX!

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  59. Praying for baby Bentley!

    We are from Kentucky...Wildcat country - Go Cats! I have been thinking and praying for you guys....May 20th is just around the corner! :)

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  60. I'm Sherre from Lubbock, Texas. I think Bentley's cheeks are precious. I want to squeeze them through the screen.

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  61. We are praying for your family in Portland, Maine.

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  62. my prayers are coming to you from Orange County, California!!!
    SO THANKFUL that i can share this journey with you and maybe make the hard days just a tad bit easier!
    BLESSINGS!!

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  63. Prayers from Jacksonville, Alabama! Home of the Fighting Gamecocks! =)

    Love,
    Jenifer

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  64. Praying for your sweet little girl and her precious family !
    Samantha in West TN

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  65. Kyleigh (and her amazingly healed AV Canal / TOF heart) and family are praying for Bentley in Lexington, KY!!!

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  66. Hi! We are praying for sweet Bentley in North Alabama!! I have a 7 month old,and when I read Bentley's story,tears streamed down my face,I couldn't help but think of one of my babies being in that position.I want you to know that yall are in my thoughts and prayers everyday.With faith and God's Amazing Grace Bentley is gonna pull through this.She is absolutely adorable!! Love and Prayers from Alabama!!!

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  67. Hi there!
    I pray for Bentley and the success of her upcoming surgery daily. She is a beautiful little girl, and it's obvious how much you and your family love her. Thank you for sharing your story, and all of the great pictures of Bentley and the rest of your family.

    Kathy Lang
    Martinsburg, WV

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  68. Hi I am in Dallas Texas! Bentley has been in our prayers since I found your blog a few weeks ago!

    Allison

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  69. Praying for Bentley in Green Bay WI.

    The Johnson family

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  70. Hi Crystal,

    Love the picture of cute little Bentley at the top... I've been 'offline" for a few days and was immediately happy when I opened and saw her smiling face!

    I think I've already told you, but I'll tell you again... we live in Wichita, Kansas and are big-time Jayhawk fans :)

    I can't wait to get my Bentley Bow. I met with a girl who made Emily some precious hand made clothes on Wednesday and I told her about the Bentley Bow. When it comes in, I'm going to give her the bow so that she can find some cute fabrics to match it and make a special little outfit to match the bow :) I told her to look for animal prints to match... for a special little someone :)

    Emily has a fever today and it stresses me out so much. I can't even begin to imagine what you must feel like as you anticipate Tuesday. Bless your heart... no mother should ever have to experience what you are going through. BUT... praise the Lord that human hands ARE able to heal!

    I'm praying that the Lord will bless you with a profound peace as you approach Bentley's surgery day. You will be covered in prayer and you WILL be given all that you need!

    Blessings, Prayers, & Love from Kansas :)

    Danielle

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  71. Hello from Portland, Oregon. Six months go, we adopted a 5 year old boy from China who had open heart surgery when he was 16 months old. He is doing very well now. Sending prayers for Bentley and her family!

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  72. I am Kristen from Birmingham, Alabama. I have enjoyed reading through your blog and catching up on everything... you all will be in my prayers over the next several weeks...

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  73. We are from TN and my whole family here has been praying for little Bentley. I showed several of them that don't have a blog your blog through mine. I also have family in Texas. They are in NRH and Arlington. I love it when I visit them but it just stays to hot there for me.

    God Bless you and we will continue to Pray for you and your family as well as Bentley through out this process!

    The Phillips Family

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  74. Good morning! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers today~I am from Sioux Falls South Dakota. I don't have a blog~but I do enjoy reading them~maybe someday!

    Tracy

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  75. I'm currently in upstate, SC. Originally from south FLorida. I much prefer the mountains to the beach and humidity.
    I had my first open-heart surgery at age 5 (1984) in Birmingham, AL and my second surgery this past January (2009) in Charleston, SC.
    I will be praying for Bentley and your family!

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  76. I have been following your blog for a couple months now, some how I stumbled upon it and fell in love with your sweet baby girl. She is simply beautiful. We are keeping you in our prayers and hope the best for Bentley. Thanks for sharing your story!
    Brielle Broadhead
    St. George, Utah

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  77. Hi, My name is Tracey and I am from Kaysville, Utah. My bestfriends son was born with a heart condition and has had 3 open heart surgeries. I pray for your beautiful daughter and your family daily. Thank you for sharing your journey.

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  78. I thought I had left a comment, but I guess I forgot! I live in NH with my family of 2 kids (expecting our 3rd next month!) and my wonderful husband. I know I've already mentioned to you that we share an anniversary date, down to the year! How exciting that both of our 7th anniversaries are coming up! Anyways, I am praying for you & sweet Bentley as always... God bless!
    *hugs* Erika

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  79. Hello!

    I'm from PA! I am praying hard for Bentley, and have been wearing her bracelet since I got it over 2 weeks ago :)

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  80. Praying for sweet Bentley here in Houston, TX!!!

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  81. We are Texans too! But for the last 3 years, we have lived in California, in the southern part of Orange County. Our family is still in Texas (the DFW area) and we will always call ourselves Texans.

    We are on our knees praying for Bentley this week. What a beautiful and precious little girl you have. May God surround you all with His amazing love, strength, peace, understanding, and healing touch this week.

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  82. I have been following your blog for just a little while now. We are in Atlanta, Ga. Hoping that all goes well with Bentley's surgery.. you will be in our prayers.

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  84. I am from right near where Miss Bentley will be having surgery...Spring, TX

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  85. I've never commented on your blog before but I have followed for the past month. I live in Oklahoma. We used to live in NYC and I have asked my friends up there to be praying for Bentley as well.

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  86. From Summerville, SC (just outside of Charleston). My heart goes to you and your family. I read about you and just need to hug my daughter a little closer. No journey like yours is ever walked alone and it is amazing the peace you are able to find.

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  87. Hey Crystal! I can't remember if I commented or not, I'm pretty sure I started to at the least.

    We are thinking about Bentley and your entire family this week. We know how it feels, the anxiety is the worst of it.

    PRAYING!!!!

    Andrea

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  88. Praying in San Antonio, Texas!

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  89. Hi,

    We are from Jefferson City, MO. Enjoy reading your blog! You are all in our prayers.

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  90. I've never commented before, and have only been followin your blog for a short time. The first time I saw pictures of Bentley I fell in love. She is too precious! Bentley and your family are in my prayers, and I hope the surgery goes well!

    God Bless,
    Ashley from Memphis,TN

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  91. I just found your blog and "met" beautiful Bentley for the first time tonight!

    Well where I'm from...my husband's in the Army so right now we live (and LOVE) in Bamberg, Germany! I was born and raised though in Kansas!

    I am praying for your sweet girl as the day of surgery nears.

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  92. I had to comment to say I am originally from Razorback land and my husband is a Longhorn all the way. How does that happen?!?! We travel with our jobs (mainly his as a physical therapist) all over the country but are currently in Longview, TX! We will be praying for your little one and family no matter where we are!

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  93. My husband and I are both from Sacramento, CA and have grown up here. We have two boys, Dylan is 3 and Landon is 4 months.

    Praying for you always!

    Jessica
    Sacramento, CA

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  94. Prayers going up for Bentley and family from Waverly, Ohio. I think I came across your blog through Little April's mom's blog.

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  95. I'm from the DFW area of North Texas. I found your blog through another one I read. I am praying for your family and for little Bentley!

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  96. Hi! I have been reading your blog but i do not have a blog. I saw where you were wanting to know where your readers are from and I am from Thomasville, Georgia.

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  97. Praying for you all! Live just outside San Antonio, TX. Keep us posted tomorrow!

    Jen

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