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Will Died Last Night

September 12, 2006

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64 Responses to “Will Died Last Night”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Speachless. Overwhelming compassion and support to you.

    Ryan and Becky

  2. sonja says:

    Oh Mike …

    There are no words. Just many tears.

    With love to you, Stacy and Ella.

    Sonja & Ross

  3. Liz says:

    The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.

    May there by abundant peace from heaven.

  4. Adele says:

    Mike and Stacey, I just spoke to Pam (I’m a friend of hers) and totally bawled with her. My heart aches for you. And for Ella. And those who were blessed to know little Will. Somehow, somewhere in the midst of this, may you find peace. I’ll keep praying for you and your family…
    Mungu ubarikiwe (the LORD bless you and keep you),
    Adele Booysen

  5. julie g in k'zoo says:

    My heart is heavy and there are no words….

    Praying for you all.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oh, God.

    No words.

    My heart is with you guys, as much as it can be.

    Erin B.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I swore and am since speechless. Meeghan and I wish we could be there.

    Darin & Meeghan

  8. Ken says:

    Maranda and I both deeply feel for you both, I can’t imagine your grief at your son’s passing.

  9. Sh33p says:

    There are no words that are sufficient. Know that our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Greta says:

    My heart is broken for you.
    I love you. Am praying that the God of comfort will bring you comfort as only he can.

  11. Erin and Gary says:

    Oh Mike! Thanks for letting us know. This is very hard news. Vines and tendrils of love, thought and prayer reaching across the continent to you and your family.

    Erin and Gary

  12. maria says:

    We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very, very sorry.

  13. DawninChicago says:

    Psalm 29:11
    The Lord gives strength to his people;
    The Lord blesses his people with peace.


  14. says:

    mike & stacy

    so broken hearted for you

    dave & ruth

  15. Anonymous says:

    I have no words but our prayers are with you all! AM

  16. Birgitta says:

    I don’t know you – I’ve followed your life through Ryan and Holly’s blog. I am so sorry. Being a parent myself, I started feeling such sorrow and such pain. But as I am look at this lovely picture of your two angels, the Lord is rejoicing to have one of this children back – one of his “beloved”.

    My heart breaks for you – my soul rejoices for Will.

    Much love to you three,

  17. Anonymous says:

    I have been blessed to follow the lives of your beautiful children through your daily blog. I have prayed and laughed at your stories. My daughter “the Architect” e-mailed me this morning about the passing of your beautiful son and now I cry with you, Stacy and sweet Ella. God blesses your family.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sad with you….

    I wish I was there to hugg you both.

    May the peace of the Lord be a strong tower that you can run into and be safe.

    May the peace of the Lord be a shelter.

    May the spirit of the Lord be breath for your weary souls.

    May the faithfulness of God be like water for your shields and for your thirst.


  19. Ross says:

    There are no words.. only tears. God bless you Will.

  20. GW Hospital says:

    Labor and Delivery staff are thinking of you. We are very sorry to hear about Will’s passing. We hope you are comforted by the thoughts and prayers of your friends at this time.

  21. Anonymous says:

    You know I love you all so much.
    I can’t imagine your pain.
    I’m just so sad.


  22. Will says:

    Oh Dear God. We are praying for you guys.

    Will & Lisa

  23. Anonymous says:

    Mike, Stacy, Ella, & Family Members,

    My heart bleeds with sadness and sorrow for all of you. I am so sad that I never got to hold him and give him hugs and kisses. He was so precious just looking at the pictures of the two of them together just filled my heart with joy. I am so sad and just want you to know that I love you all dearly and I will Pray that God gives you Peace and Comfort as you look to him for strength to get you thru this difficult time. Just remember how much all of our Family loves you.

    With all my Love and Prayers
    Aunt Faye & Family

  24. Anonymous says:

    Dearest Stavlunds…I ache for your loss. praying for you all. Know you are so loved.
    Jackie B.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Dear Stavlunds,

    We are so, so sorry. We’re praying for you all.
    Much Love, Mark and Amy

  26. dawnrw says:

    God, thank you for the gift of Will’s life. Thank you that you planned out each one of Will’s days. Thank you for the way he impacted every one of us, even those of us who weren’t priveleged to meet him. Please give comfort and hope to his Dad, his Mom, and his baby sister. We are so sad, God. Please let this beautiful family feel your arms around them.

  27. [REDACTED] says:

    We love you so much and we are praying so much.

    Lord have mercy.
    Christ have mercy.
    Lord have mercy.

    love, and love, and prayers,

    Maggie, Schuyler and Levi

  28. Anonymous says:

    We love you all.
    Matt, Kate and Lizzy

  29. timthewelsh says:

    Mike, Stacy, and Ella.

    Words alone cannot express how sad I am. I wish we could be near to stand with you at this time.

    May the peace of God that passes all understanding be with you.

    With all my love,


  30. Tom and Yvonne says:

    So very saddened for you all.

    Many prayers and thoughts coming from all at S.E.F.C. in St. Ignace.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Dear God, I hope baby Will is having lots of fun in heaven, and for his parents, please take away some of their sadness. Amen.
    Andrew Curtis

  32. Anonymous says:

    Tom just called to give me this link. Mike and Stacy, this feels like a punch in the stomach to me, so I can only begin to imagine how devastating it is to the two of you. Dean and I send you our love, our prayers, our tears.


  33. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mike, Stacy and Ella,
    Will’s life matters. The joys and sorrows and work of sharing in the life and death of another, epecially one that you created are felt deeper than any other. Hold tight to one another and I pray that you will know and feel the presence of God all around you.
    May peace never leave you alone,
    Shelley and Doug

  34. Anonymous says:

    We can’t possibly imagine what you are going through right now. Please know that you are in our prayers.

    We love you.

    Dirk, Michele and Nathan

  35. Rosemary says:

    My dear friends…I’m so sorry! May the Lord bring you rest; I love you!

  36. mcg says:

    There is nothing that I can say that all your other wonderful and loving friends haven’t already said. Someone mentioned, rightly so, that each day with Will was a gift. I hope you feel that way. If not, I only hope you will one day soon. Everything we have is an undeserved gift. My years with you, way back in college were a gift I’m so thankful for. I am a better person for knowing you. I am a better person for reading your blog and sharing in some very small way the days you have walked. Thank you. Know you have so many friends new and old, who will continue to walk with you. – “God Bless” in the fullest meaning.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Mike & Stacy, I wish I had more time to have known you both more, but after reading the blogs, it hit me like I had known you for years. It was a bit awkward sitting in the company and having a bunch of guys looking at me staring at my phone as I read -and cried- about what happened over the last several days. I will be thinking about you both again tonight as I go on my knees and ask our Prince of Peace to send you understanding and mercy in such a challenging time. Please accept my deepest condolences for everything you are going through.
    Matthew 11:28…


  38. nat says:

    Mike and Stacy,
    We love you and your family very much. We are praying for you.
    Nat and Paige

  39. Anonymous says:

    You’ve been in my prayers all day. Love you. Amy B.

  40. Cindy says:

    Mike and Stacy………you are in my prayers

  41. Julie says:

    Mike & Stacy

    We love you and are thinking of you.

    Jason & Julie

  42. Anonymous says:

    Mike & Stacy, I have been following your lives through your blog since before your Angels were born. My life has been deeply touched by your openness. We have been praying daily for Ella and Will since before they were born. My heart aches for each of you and rejoices for Will.
    May God hold you close!
    Jennifer (Pam’s friend)

  43. Lora says:

    we’re so very sorry
    no parent should ever have to bury their child
    so very very sorry

    lora & craig

  44. Kelsey says:

    My dear friends,

    So very sad…praying that you will feel around you the arms of those who love and are support you even though they are far away.

    Love always,

  45. Anonymous says:

    Read your blog nearly everyday since the kids were born. Prayed for you and them since I found out you were expecting. Aching w/ you now. Your cousin Wes Nelson.

  46. i hurt with you. please know that you are loved, and i know will was loved,is loved, and will continue to beloved…much love and prayer to you.

  47. Steve says:

    Mike & Stacy, I don’t know what to say. You have a beautiful family. Peace be with you.


  48. pellucid says:

    Good-night, sweet prince,
    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

  49. Kelly Maguire says:

    My heart aches for you. Thank you for sharing Will and his life with us. It was such a gift. Deep sadness and great love for all of you.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Mike, Stacy and Ella -

    All our prayers and thoughts are with you. We’re grieving with you. Words fall far short of expressing emotions at times like this, but if there’s anything at all we can do, please let us know.

    Brian, Miriam and Liz

  51. saff says:

    Thank you for letting us share your joys and sorrows during the life of this most precious child. May you find comfort in the Lord’s promises. Love, Tom, Dawn & Stef

  52. Mike Croghan says:

    Dear Stavlunds, it’s been hard to write anything, because words don’t cut it. Stacy, Mike, Ella, you’re in our hearts and prayers and sobs and and tears. Love, Mike and Tina

  53. Julie says:

    Mike and Stacy,

    The echoes of this horrific news have reached me and I wish I had words to send back your way. I’m so sorry for your loss, and for the pain you are now enduring. I am holding you up, in this messy inexplicable place.

    I pray lots of grace for you today,
    Julie (Henrikson) Rybarczyk

  54. I’m an outsider looking in but I had a love for Will, too. I send prayers and love your way.

  55. Anonymous says:

    We are thinking about you all the time, We love you.

    Kate and Ryan Keith

  56. Anonymous says:

    We weep as we learn of your loss and we mourn with your from afar. May the peace of God somehow never leave you alone.

    Abby and Marcus Andrusko

  57. rawbbie says:

    Peace, peace, and more peace.

  58. Anonymous says:

    I’m overwhelmed to tears. I wish I could take away your pain somehow, Mike, Stacy, and Ella. Will was such a beautiful boy. I pray God’s strength and peace for you three.
    Love, LMK.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Mike, Stacy & Ella,

    I am so sorry. All I can do is cry. I have been thinking about you guys so much these last few months. I couldn’t wait until we saw each other at childrens again. Lyle and I are praying for you and if you need anything, please let us know.

    Lyle, Aundria
    & Shannon Fanelli

  60. heather says:

    Mike,Stacy and little Ella,
    Our hearts are breaking and our prayers are with you…peace and comfort.
    Much Love,
    Timothy and Heather

  61. Anonymous says:

    Stacy, Mike and Ella,
    I’m so. so sad to hear about Will. I had a chance to follow his brief life through your blog. He was beautiful, just like his parents and his sister. I know he lives on through you all.
    My deepest sympathy

  62. Wendy from Michigan says:

    No words…

    Wishing I was nearer

    Much love


  63. randy buist says:

    Just got back from vacation… nothing to say… just feeling a small bit of your numbness and pain…
    We love you guys,
    randy & kathy buist

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