Words of Gratitude

red balloons for ryan

| free printable can be downloaded from HERE, designed by Katy Girl Designs |

As I sit here in a puddle of tears
One that seems to be never ending
but at the same time comes and go in waves
I can’t help but see Jesus in all of this.

When I heard the news, I was shocked
I screamed at the sky and, in so many moments, I asked Jesus to bring Ryan back.
He went too soon.
I couldn’t see the plan.

But I can’t help but think of the words Jacqui spoke to me,
I need there to be more
I need to see Jesus in all of this
I need to know that there’s more to our story
More life, more love…
and that people wouldn’t forget their son.

As we cried in each others arms I promised her that we would not
that we would show up for her today, tomorrow, next week, next month
whenever she needed
for whatever she needed.
See that’s the thing to remember friends.
This doesn’t end here.
Yes the sharing is amazing, I can’t even tell you how overwhelmingly amazing it is
You guys, God has shown up in a BIG way!

He knew what Jacqui and Dan needed in this moment.
He knew what their family needed
They needed to see more of Ryan
They needed his story shared.
For others to love on him too.
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, thank you thank you
from myself and their family.

I knew I loved this community, but I’ve never
ever ever ever
been more thankful for it than I have been this week.
thank you for loving on their family.
Words can’t even begin to tell you what this means to them!

Thank you for showing up in a big way!
Please know that the family is seeing all of this
They are so thankful and so grateful that you’re helping
to keep Ryan’s memory alive.

I know many of you have been asking where to send stuff for the family and whose’s fundraising for the family so I’m going to share a few links below. I’m sure there are ones I’m missing, but these here’s my current list:

We’ve partnered with Thrive Mom’s to help us get a PO Box and a donation fund set up for Dan and Jacqui. Here’s where you can go to see more and be in touch with them.

Here is the blog post about the fund: http://thrivemoms.com/blog/2014/5/6/redballoonsforryan

Here is the Paypal link for the fund: Red Balloons For Ryan
Lisa Leonard is selling a beautiful necklace she designed in honor of Jacqui and Ryan: http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/ryans-necklace-P1998C104.aspx

Indie Nook has designed an amazing red balloon tee: http://www.indienook.com/collections/frontpage/products/kids-juice-box-tshirt

There will be an IG Auction Saturday at @redballoonsforryan: http://instagram.com/redballoonsforryan#

Cupcake Mag has partnered with Loved by Hannah and Eli and created this amazing tee: http://www.lovedbyhannahandeli.bigcartel.com/product/red-balloons-for-ryan-cruz

You can donate at this Go Fund Me: via @kellysrq http://www.gofundme.com/8xx8ao?preview=1

Cupcake Mag is hosting an incredible action on her IG tomorrow: http://www.instagram.com/cupcakemag

Lindsey from Pen and Paint is selling a print and the money raised with go towards purchasing books for local libraries in Ryan’s name.

Oh my goodness I’m so sorry I know I’m forgetting so many amazing people doing incredible things for this family. If I’ve missed you by accident, please leave your info in the comments so people can see it.

xo, Alissa