I first started this blog as a way for people to find out more about how Lauren was doing after I sent out a text message on July 31, 2012 that simply said, "Lauren's heart just stopped. Please pray." Now looking back, those first hours and days have become a bit of an enigma. They are crystal clear and I can walk through every moment, but they are also a blur of emotions. I have never felt such fear or such a loss of control in my entire life. But praise the Lord that he could take care of both of those things.

Over the past 10 months many people have joined Lauren on her journey. Last week, her blog reached the  100000 mark. 100000 times people have thought about her and checked to see how she is doing.  That is amazing! I had a blog my first year that I worked in a high school library and I remember being so excited that when I had 100 views in a month (not to brag, but it is now making the rounds on Pinterest. No big deal). Now we have hundreds of views each and every day.

I have always been a bit of a math lover. It is complicated by my OCD and the fact that I detest odd numbers with a passion but 100000 is so beautifully even that it is great (please don't point out to me that when I took the screen shot, the number was odd. So odd, I think it is even a prime number. Ugh, don't even get me started on how offensive I think prime numbers are). However, here is why I really love 100000. I figure that if only 10% of the time that people opened Lauren's blog they sent up a prayer for Lauren, or any other person because of her story, that is 10000 prayers! Let's keep going with some more what if's for a moment. If only I was praying for Lauren and I prayed once a day, 10000 prayers would take me over 27 years! If I pulled my family and Matt's family into that, with the 12 of us praying, 10000 prayers would take us 2.28311 years. We could stop (but of course we wouldn't) on November 14, 2014.

So thank you, each and every one of you. Thank you for the times that you've prayed for Lauren and for all the love that she gets from each one of you. I love that there are so many people out there who have her in their hearts. She has the largest extended family in the world!

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