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I lost my mom in June after 6 months of walking with her through brain cancer. I've been there and still am. I have no words that are sufficient, but know that I am prayinOrleans for you, Ainsley and your boys, as well as her family and will continue to do so.

Praying for you and Ainsley and your family. Death is never easy, no matter the situation. May God surround you all with His amazing love during this incredibly difficult time.

Love to you all. It's stunning how often times we see things in the darkness so much more clearly than we do in the light. Sounds like hard but rich experience to take forward in life.

Many prayers your way. Thank you for sharing her testimony with us. Such strength, and it's obvious that strength was passed to her children, and now to her grandchildren, too. God bless and give peace to you all.

Ben, our continued prayers will be raised to Heaven for you, Ainsley and the rest of the family. It's during times like these that the Scriptures become more precious and meaningful to us.

Ben, you know I will be covering you and Ainsley and your boys in prayer tonight, asking the God of all comfort to meet each of your needs as He so intimately knows them! I am so sorry and promise to remember you all in prayer in the days ahead. Grateful for the great hope of heaven--really, what an incomparable hope even in devastating loss.

so so sorry ben.

Ben, tough post to read, but you will be glad you wrote it years from now... we lost my mother-in-law to brain cancer 4 years ago this April (as in a few weeks from now) and today happens to be her birthday.

I haven't read your blog in a while and just happened to pull it up tonight. Incredible how time goes by, I can't believe it has been 4 years, and I just went back and re-read those posts I did from the hospital in Dallas over those few days we spent with her. I think about her almost every single day in one way or another. I'll be praying for you and your family tonight. It was hard for us to say goodbye but we were glad she was taken to be with our Lord.

I'm praying for you, Ainsley, and your family, Ben. I'm so sorry for your loss. May the unexplainable peace of Jesus rest on your home this evening.

What a beautiful tribute to Ainsley's mom. I'll be praying for your family... and also giving thanks for her life, for our hope in Christ and for the little one on the way.

You guys are in our prayers. You are an amazing man of God and I know this is going to be a time when God holds all of you in the palm of His hands. Blessings to you and your family in these days. I look forward to meeting your mother in law in Heaven.
Jeff Clark

Our prayers are with you and your family.

Ben, I've been praying for your family and Ainsley's mother for weeks. My heart is just aching for you all tonight. Bless those dear daughters taking care of their mother without sleep. I pray Ainsley can sleep tonight. We lost both our mothers to cancer when our children were young like yours. I pray for your little boys that have lived this experience.

Praying for peace for you, Ainsley, and your family. Thank you for sharing about Cheryl, who is with her Savior in Heaven tonight.

Praying God's presence and peace over you all my friend. Thanks for sharing from your heart. You are loved.

Beautifully written. She sounds like a fascinating lady... and she was blessed to have you loving on her in her final days.

The grief is great, I know, but His grace is greater still!

I'm praying for you all.


Powerful post. Thanks for sharing.

All the best to you and your family, Ben.

Praying for you all Ben. The loss of our loved ones is so doggone hard.

Sending you love and grace,


No more dying, no more pain
No more crying, no more blame
No more fears of an unjust God
Simply resting in my Father's arms
- from "Home"

Hi Ben,

Tears for you as I read this. I'm so sorry for your loss. Will be praying for you all. I'm so happy there is hope and victory.

Much love.

Praying for your family Ben.

Wonderful tribute Ben. You honored her well with your words. Praying for your family.

Thanks for writing this Ben. It's a beautiful tribute. We will be praying for you, your wife and your family during this time of mourning.

Praying, Ben.

Love, Peace, and deep sincere Prayer to you both.

Prayers for you my friend. Let me know if there is anything that I can do for your family.

We felt privileged to pray for you and Ains and your families this morning at staff Ben---and to think about how blessed we've all been to have you in our lives, and to have had the chance to meet Ainsely's mom---the exact sort of mom I would ask for if things worked that way.

Love you guys---makes my heart yearn to go home.

We are praying for you and your family.

My heart breaks for you and your family Ben. We are praying for you.

Thank you for sharing this with us, Ben. It is a sacred time for your family and it's so kind that you would allow us to see in. There are not words to do it justice, but I hope you feel our hearts are with you.

My prayers are with you and your family. I can so relate after losing my dad December 6, 2010. I can't wait to someday dedicate the book that you helped me write to my Dad.It is a tragic day when we lose a hero! Great tribute.

Oh, Ben. I know what this day is like. My hearts aches with Ainsley. I have done this, too. Praying the remarkable peace of Jesus over your family tonight. There are no real words. There's only Jesus.

So very sorry to hear this Ben. Praying for the peace of God over you and your family.

Ben, these are the moments when we know for sure that we were not meant for death. May the Comforter be with you and your family.

Beautifully written and heartfelt. You're all in our prayers.

What a beautiful tribute to your Mother-In-Law and Ainsley. Thank you for sharing. Praying for you and Ainsley now, Ben.

I am so, so very thankful I can be with you and Ainsley on Monday to grieve with you and to celebrate her life...

Thinking & praying for you all Ben.

What a beautiful tribute. Been thinking of Ainsley so much this week - John lost his dad in a similar way this summer and we felt many of the things you described here, the laboring unto death. Thankful you are able to put it into words and that you have shared a bit of her story here.

Hi Ben,
We are thinking of and praying for your family during this hard time. It is wonderful to know that Ainsley's mom is with the Lord.
Let us know how you are all doing.
With love,

Praying for you, Ainsley and your family. Thanks for sharing your heart. I spent a summer in OC, NJ with Campus Crusade. So cool to hear about how she came to know Jesus. Amazing to think she's face to face with Him now.


So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to you all.

I came across your post because someone tweeted it. I am the current director of the summer project in Ocean City. Would you be willing to allow me to share this with our students this summer? I think they would be incredibly encouraged to hear how the project had an impact on Ainsley's mom.
Bob Fuhs


Thanks for sharing your heart. Grace and peace to your family in these days.

It's Easter week, brother. And as Andrew Peterson writes, "He has beaten death at death's own game."


wow, very touched by this. praying for you and your beautiful family, Ben

Beautiful Tribute to what sounds like a beautiful lady. Many blessings, friend!


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