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Prayer request, Hero fallen
SgtBob

Posted on 03/11/2012 6:23:14 AM PDT by SgtBob

My son-in-law, S/Sgt Brian Smith, 2nd Munition Squadron, Barksdale AFB, and my granddaughter, Ava Sermon was involved in an accident in Camden County, TN. They were on their way to visit his folks near Hendersonville. My daughter, Jessica, and grandson, Liam were to join him there today.

Thursday afternoon, after hydroplaning during a downpour, Brians' car was struck by a semi...we lost Brian. Little Ava is at Vanderbilt University Childrens Hospital.

Please pray for our families, and Baby Ava. Things are very hectic, so I must say thanks in advance. I'll update when possible.


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To: Brad's Gramma

Blessed news about Baby Ava! Thank you so much for the update. Continued prayers for her strengthening and healing, for her family, S. Sgt. Bob, and all who loved Brian.


101 posted on 03/13/2012 7:38:50 AM PDT by TheWriterTX (Riding the Long-Wave Economic Contraction, Baby!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Blessed news about Baby Ava! Thank you so much for the update. Continued prayers for her strengthening and healing, for her family, S. Sgt. Bob, and all who loved Brian.


102 posted on 03/13/2012 7:39:13 AM PDT by TheWriterTX (Riding the Long-Wave Economic Contraction, Baby!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Indeed. Thank you for this update. Prayers continue...


103 posted on 03/13/2012 7:50:16 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: SgtBob

So glad Baby Ava is doing better - and Peeing her off is good! The therapy folks know what they are doing.

You, your family, and Brian’s family are in my prayers, and the prayers of several little ones.
I’ll light a candle for Brian this evening and devote the whole hour of prayer to him. Figure the Lord won’t mind me skipping the Rosary to cheer a fellow vet home to Him.


104 posted on 03/13/2012 7:59:52 AM PDT by EnglishCon (Gingrich/Santorum 2012.)
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To: SgtBob

I am so sorry. Prayers are on the way!


105 posted on 03/13/2012 8:12:40 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SgtBob

My heart goes out to your family. They will remain in my prayers. Happy for the good news about baby Ava.


106 posted on 03/13/2012 8:59:32 AM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: SgtBob

Prayers for God’s blessings on all.


107 posted on 03/13/2012 9:06:47 AM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: SgtBob

Thank you for the update.

Go, Ava! Go, Ava! Go, Ava, go!

Prayers continue....


108 posted on 03/13/2012 9:25:23 AM PDT by Fawnn (Fawnn.com and AccessibilityJournal.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: SgtBob

I was almost 5 when I fractured my skull, and I was NOT a happy camper during my hospital stay! (Your reference to her as “Baby Ava” leads me to believe she a lot younger — and therefore the situation would be even more confusing for her.)

Is she old enough to understand things received for special occasions?

In situations like this, I’m a believer in the carrot-and-stick method. Promise her a treat at the end of each walk or other unpleasant therapy. It isn’t spoiling a child to promise a popsickle, sticker, or stuffed animal at the end of each difficult task. (X # of stickers = big prize!) I believe it teaches goal setting.


109 posted on 03/13/2012 9:34:55 AM PDT by Fawnn (Fawnn.com and AccessibilityJournal.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: SgtBob

Bob, Jesus knows that you’re no piker, trust me. Your love for your family is like His love for us; it will see you through. Our prayer is that Jesus’ grace and love continue to hold you up as you hold it all together. In His name, Amen.


110 posted on 03/13/2012 9:42:08 AM PDT by HiJinx
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To: SgtBob

Prayers up for both your families and for little Ava’s swift and total recovery. Through the Grace of God, may His solace descend upon you all, in the Holy Name of Jesus, amen.


111 posted on 03/13/2012 9:51:06 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Small smile, my dear ol’ dad used to say he knew when I was feeling better, because I would be feisty again. He said a compliant or subdued little Tatt was not a well Tatt ; )

Prayers continuing for young Miss Ava and for you all.
May God grant you strength and peace of mind.
Tatt


112 posted on 03/13/2012 10:29:02 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: SgtBob

Prayers up.


113 posted on 03/13/2012 11:24:26 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Amen to the prayers offered here for Baby Ava and the Smith family and any and all who may have similar situations of need, according to the Holy Will of God.


114 posted on 03/13/2012 3:01:10 PM PDT by TEXOKIE
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To: Brad's Gramma

Prayers up for this family.


115 posted on 03/13/2012 3:22:10 PM PDT by TEXOKIE
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To: Fawnn; Brad's Gramma; All

We visited today with S/Sgt Smith...Brian, Sr., and Kinneys’ hearts are being held by the Lord; I pray they feel my love for them. I pray God will help me....

S/Sgt Smiths’ Squadron Commander, LtCol Netcher, came to visitation, (and the hospital to visit Baby Ava) to pay respects to our hero. He will be attending the services, and burial tomorrow. He’s a good Skipper...

Baby Avas’ head and neck trauma was quite severe. Her regression is remarkable. She walks with assistance, like a tot just learning; not like the seasoned 22 month old pro that she was. She spoke maybe a dozen times today, but it is what we call “boo-babble”. That is the bad news.

I’ll not pin any hope on the good news, until it comes to pass; yesterday we were advised of the possibility of 6 weeks of in-patient therapy...this morning the attending trauma Doc saw her walking, and surmised that she might do fine with out-patient therapy. Prayer WORKS!

A fine, young, Gentle Man/Patriot/Warrior, will be laid to rest at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetary at 1400 tomorrow afternoon. Don’t pray for me...pray for Kinney, Brian Sr., Jessica, and Baby Ava. God put boot straps on boots for a reason.


116 posted on 03/13/2012 10:44:20 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; al_c; Alamo-Girl; ...
A fine, young, Gentle Man/Patriot/Warrior, will be laid to rest at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetary at 1400 tomorrow afternoon. Don’t pray for me...pray for Kinney, Brian Sr., Jessica, and Baby Ava. God put boot straps on boots for a reason.

SgtBob...we WILL pray for you and for your family, tomorrow...May Brian rest in His peace...may you all feel His love in the days to come, and may Baby Ava be returned to full and complete health.

A gentle hug from us, to you...

117 posted on 03/14/2012 12:13:49 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

BTTT


118 posted on 03/14/2012 2:39:29 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: SgtBob

Just seeing this Bob and I am so very sorry for the heartache and loss for your family. My prayers and love from Ohio.


119 posted on 03/14/2012 4:48:12 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

I shall be praying for the family also!


120 posted on 03/14/2012 5:42:50 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Brad's Gramma; SgtBob

Bumping that hug and prayers to the top.


121 posted on 03/14/2012 3:03:12 PM PDT by amom
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To: SgtBob

Sent


122 posted on 03/14/2012 4:23:24 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Brad's Gramma; All

Beautiful ceremony....heart is busted to pieces. better update tomorrow :(

My damned eyes gotta quit leakin’.


123 posted on 03/14/2012 11:45:34 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob

We love you, Bob... just TRY to sleep...

:(


124 posted on 03/15/2012 12:02:37 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: SgtBob

Prayers for you all.


125 posted on 03/15/2012 1:03:25 AM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: SgtBob

My heart goes out to you and prayers continue....

During Ava’s therapy, please make sure someone is reading to her, starting with rhyming books (nursery rhymes, Dr. Seuess, Shel Silverstein). Ava will learn to anticipate the rythym/upcoming rhyme which in turn will increase her attention span.

Prayers continue....


126 posted on 03/15/2012 9:30:46 AM PDT by Fawnn (Fawnn.com and AccessibilityJournal.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; All

Sweet Kathy in Alaska! Thank you for the thoughtful tribute to Brian. I shared all Freeper prayers, and comments to Brian, Sr., and Kinney today. I was torn between doing it, or not; I found some comfort in everyones’ words, and I think they did, also. I will visit the Canteen soon!

Little Ava is doing well. We have been working her hard, and the fine staff say we might get her out tomorrow, 3-16....I don’t believe in coincidence. Prayer is Powerful, indeed. She has a tough time ahead in very intense therapy, but it will be local, out-patient at the Sutton Childrens’ Hospital in Shreveport.

Pray hard on the Smith family, and Jessica...they’ve a long road to go. Open or closeted, pray hard.

It’s time to close this thread, or not. I’ll update on anything of import, and PM prayer will immediately be sent to the family. We thank our Freeper Family for your continued prayers, and support.


127 posted on 03/15/2012 11:01:47 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob
I'm glad you shared with Brian's family...as hard as it must be today, knowing that strangers cared about their son must be of some comfort...a true hero to many.

So good to hear that Little Ava is doing better. Prayer is powerful, and 3-16! Hmmm...she has a good family group to help her on her road to full recovery.

Prayers will continue for the Smith family, and Jessica, and little Ava.

Work hard, Ava!


128 posted on 03/15/2012 11:32:33 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SgtBob; Brad's Gramma; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; ...
Little Ava may get out of the hospital today, 3-16.

Little Ava update...

129 posted on 03/15/2012 11:39:35 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SgtBob

Bob....I don’t know if we WANT you to close this thread. We want to hear about Ava’s progress. Well, I know I do....

We’ll all continue to pray for Jessica, the Smith family and for Ava...and you!

3-16. Good numbers there. ;)


130 posted on 03/15/2012 11:45:14 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

BTTT


131 posted on 03/16/2012 2:39:16 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: SgtBob

Prayers lifting.

For comfort and to find strength in the loss of S.Sgt Brian Smith. We are all in his debt, and thank him for his service, as we do you, and his father. Godspeed good sir.

And with thanks, for MissAva’s continuing steady recovery, and for her being able to go home.

May God hold you all close, and give you strength in this painful time.
Tatt


132 posted on 03/16/2012 7:21:47 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank you for the update. Prayers continue...


133 posted on 03/16/2012 7:34:30 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Kathy in Alaska

bless her little heart. We hope she is healed bodily and mentally. So much sadness. Dear God


134 posted on 03/16/2012 8:27:39 PM PDT by cubreporter (Happy New Year R ush and we look forward to 2012 with you and the EIB Microphone.)
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To: thesearethetimes...; Brad's Gramma; Kathy in Alaska; All

Thank you, everyone for your prayers.

Sweet Baby Ava was discharged 3-16-12, and is now home in Louisiana. We had a wonderful evening, last night in Nashville...her improvement in the hospital was remarkable, but went through the roof after getting out of that sterile setting.

Grandpa, and Grandma Smith drove down from Gallatin, and we made an evening of it. Please, please keep Brian, Sr., and Kinney in your prayers.

Ava will probably start her therapy Tuesday...Game On!


135 posted on 03/17/2012 8:43:03 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; al_c; Alamo-Girl; ...

YEA AVA!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks SO much for the update! Game On, INDEED! :)

Thank you Lord...


136 posted on 03/17/2012 10:40:18 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

BTTT


137 posted on 03/18/2012 2:43:53 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: SgtBob

Thank you Lord! SO glad to hear of MissAva’s homecoming and of how everyone has been lifted up by it!

We are indeed blessed Lord, with the affirmation of our faith shining in the resilence of a small child.

May God bless and keep you all close, FRiend.
Tatt


138 posted on 03/18/2012 4:52:54 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: SgtBob
Praise God!!!
139 posted on 03/18/2012 7:15:00 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: SgtBob

Good news! Prayers of peace for all of you as you embark on the road to recovery.


140 posted on 03/18/2012 11:15:48 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SgtBob

Prayers up for the family and for Ava’s swift and complete recovery. (((HUGS)))


141 posted on 03/18/2012 4:54:46 PM PDT by amom
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To: thesearethetimes...; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; al_c; ..

Avas’ recovery is remarkable! The pro’s at Sutton’s Childrens’ Hospital are amazed with her recovered abilities...we worked her little fanny off, in Nashville. ( Mrs. SgtBob is an O. T., and PRAYER WORKS!)

She does not require intensive therapy. No physical therapy at all. Her motor skills are advanced, but cognative skills...hell, when I was 22 months old, and asked to “pick out the butterfly”, I’d point to the B-52.

Your thoughts and prayers lift us...please keep praying hard on Brians’ folks.


142 posted on 03/22/2012 4:08:57 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob
Praise God!!!

Thank you for the update. Prayers continue...

143 posted on 03/22/2012 8:17:37 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: SgtBob

SgtBob, it’s wonderful news about Ava! Maybe she has a newly minted special angel looking over her. We’re continuing to pray for the entire family, for you, Jessica, Liam, Brian, Sr., Kinney, and all others touched by this tragedy.


144 posted on 03/24/2012 7:17:58 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA; Brad's Gramma; Kathy in Alaska; All

Jessie, Liam, and Ava came to visit Friday. With the caveat, I’m not an expert, I would not know outside of something obvious what to look for; what I saw was a regular, rough and tumble, two year old. The only limitation being that danged C collar. She was bullying, and was bullied by Liam and two dogs twice her size. My heart was happy!

I thank everyone for their continued thoughts, and prayers.

Brians’ Squadron, 2nd Munitions, is holding a Memorial, 1000, April 3rd, at First Baptist, Bossier City. Brian, Sr., and Kinney will be coming down; please keep them in your prayers.

Again, I thank you all.


145 posted on 03/25/2012 6:07:42 AM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SgtBob; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; al_c; Alamo-Girl; ...
Ava praise report!
146 posted on 03/25/2012 5:28:05 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SgtBob
S/Sgt Brian Smith
2nd Munitions Squadron, Barksdale AFB


Amazing Grace

147 posted on 03/25/2012 5:39:16 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SgtBob

Praise the Lord on Ava’s behalf!

God rest the soul of our hero....Brian......


148 posted on 03/25/2012 5:47:05 PM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: SgtBob
Praise God!!!

Thank you for the update. Prayers continue...

149 posted on 03/25/2012 8:41:35 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: SgtBob

Thank you for the update.

Prayers continue....


150 posted on 03/25/2012 11:10:30 PM PDT by Fawnn (Fawnn.com and AccessibilityJournal.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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