Continue to Pray

Chris is fighting giving up his independence. He is able to get out a couple words here or there.

The family is treasuring every moment they can with Chris right now while he is still coherent in between moments of sleep.

So at this point we are sorry to say that we don’t have visiting hours.

Continue to Pray! We Thank you for your Support, Understanding, Prayers, and Love!

The Baty/Stratton Family




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28 responses to “Continue to Pray

  1. Aunt Val & Eli

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are with you in spirit.
    Love and hugs to all!

  2. Laurie Thulien

    Karen and Family,
    Words fail me again. Tears are flowing as I think of all the great memories. I am praying for peace for all of you.

  3. Vickie Van Kempen-Grieme

    I’m holding on to faith that Chris will be painfree and safe on his journey home. We may not always understand why but hold onto what the Lord has taught us. God Bless ALL of you during this trying time and know that there are many of us praying for you. If I may ask, would someone PLEASE give Chris a kiss for me and tell him how much I LOVE him. Karen and kids, you are so blessed to have a wonderful man in your life. He has been such an inspiration to you. I go with love in my heart for you and your family that we will all meet again in a better life. Love Vickie

  4. joann

    with a sad heart and tears running down my face, know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    God bless
    jo ann

  5. Dan

    Karen, Chris and Boys, my heart gose out to all of you. Payers and Family is what Chris need close to him. I have always said I have Big Ears, Big Shoulders and now Big Tears for all of you.
    God Bless

  6. Ernie and Carmen

    Our prayers are with the whole family as they spend this time together.
    Sending you hugs, love and prayers. … and many tears Carmen & Ernie

  7. Debbie Dittrich

    My prayers and thoughts are with Karen and Chris and the family.
    i hope peace comes to you all soon.
    God bless you all!

  8. Anonymous

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Reading about Chris’s journey has been such an inspiration, thank you for sharing all. Today as I read this, it is with a heavy heart. I will think of all of you today, knowing that he is filled with peace and love. God Bless to all.

  9. PAT

    We give back to you O GOD, CHRIS WHOM YOU GAVE TO US. You did not lose him when You gave him to us,and we do not lose him by his return to YOU! Your dear Son has taught life is eternal and love cannot die. so death is only a horizon and a horizon is only the limit of our sight. Open our eyes to see more clearly, and draw us closer to You that we may know that we are nearer to our loved ones , that are with you!. You have told us that You are preparing a place for us ! We are will some how be comforted that You are preparing a place for Your dear & loyal sevrant Chris & as you wait for

  10. Bill and Elaine

    Karen and family Our prayers are with you all. Chris is a short lived but wonderful gift from God. This is such a hard time . God be with you all .We send you are love.

  11. I am at a loss of words…which is hard for me 🙂 Prayers and thoughts for all of you!!

  12. Joann Gardner

    May God’s peace be with Chris and his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  13. Kathy and Steve

    I am claiming Psalms 34:8 for you today. We continue to pray for each of you that God will meet your needs individually as He takes Chris into His arms. Words won’t say again what my heart feels. We pray.

  14. Heather Tidd

    Thinking of you all constantly…praying…

  15. cheryl & stan koskela

    We will be praying for you our hearts go out to you Hope this gives you the strength you need to all the Baty family and our special thoughts are with both Karen’s take care and God be with you all

  16. Sam

    Karen and Family-my heart goes out to all of you. There are no words to express how Chris has touched my life and my daughter’s as well. I was fortunate enough to sit with him for a few short minutes yesterday. While he was in and out, he managed at the end to take my hand and say he loved me and that he was happy that he was able to see my smile. Ironically, I took away from that short moment his smile and warmth and that AMAZING bright spirit that continues to pour out of him. I will cherish my moments with him yesterday and all the memories I have of him for the rest of my life. He has touched us all and I will NEVER ever forget him. All my love,

  17. Shellie Gebhard

    Karen, I’m sending a hug and praying for you all~

  18. janette buesgens

    Dear Karen, the Baty family, and the Stratton family’
    Please know how sad I am to hear of Chris losing his battle. I know in my hour of sadness, this prayer was a favorite of my husbands. I only hope it gives you all some peace.
    Footprints in the Sand
    One night I had a dream…
    I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
    For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
    One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord.
    When the last scene of my life flashed before us,
    I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
    I noticed that many times along the path of my life,
    There was only one set of footprints.
    I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life
    This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
    Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
    You would walk with me all the way;
    But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,
    There is only one set of footprints.
    I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.
    The Lord replied, “My precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering.
    When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.”

    Chris when you get to heaven please say hello to Gary. He will be so happy to meet such a great human being.
    Love and peace tonight

  19. Anna (Huston) Larson

    ( I sent this through FB but I wasn’t sure if it was being checked anymore)

    I’m not really even sure if you remember me, but I wanted to express to you and Karen how much you have touched my life. As a young adult working at Proex- to this very day through your blog. I have always impressed by the Love you and Karen share.

    Your Love for our Heavenly Father is a great example of how we should each live our lives, no matter how long or short they may be. We were guarenteed two things we came to this earth, birth & death, what we do or did with the time between is our purpose, our legacy. You have led an amazing life, and your legacy will live on with Karen, Jaxon, Brenden and each of the people you have touched, wheather it was only a moment, an hour, years or a life time.

    I have always believed That Everything Happens For a Reason, no matter how small or big. God has a plan for us. Why some leave us sooner than others one day we will understand, but for now my thoughts and prayers are with you, Karen, the boys and your family.

    May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face.
    And rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    My thoughts & prayers will continue to be with your family.

    God Bless,
    Anna (Huston) Larson

  20. Chris and Doug

    Karen and Family-
    Our prayers, hugs, and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Love and Peace to all.

  21. Julie Turner (Dave's co-worker)

    Thinking of you all today with a heavy heart and saying a lot of prayers. You have all been an inspiration to me and many others.

    “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – EKR
    -I do believe Chris is one of these people.

  22. Alicia Hunt-Welch

    Sending love, and prayers for strength and comfort.
    Alicia, Rex and the boys

  23. Michelle Bowman King

    As i pray, I’ve cried and sent virtual hugs to my “other family”.

    I continue to pray for a peace that cannot be explained except that is comes as a result of faith in Him who calls us out if darkness into His marvelous light.

    I have absolute confidence in our LORD, that He is giving you the strength you need for every moment and that He will, as he promised be a father to the fatherless.

    I will offer a sacrifice of praise to Him who created us in His image – the giver of life. The keeper of our days.

    I love you all!

  24. Nancy Wolf

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. It’s in Gods hands and I’m sure God is with all of you. He is your strength and comfort that you find in each other. He’s also the peace that Chris has found.
    All of you will be in my prayers.

  25. Melissa Christenson

    Thoughts & Prayers are with all of you…. Thanks for sharing this journey with all of us!
    Melissa & Kim

  26. Joan

    I don’t know a ton about faith or about this being part of some plan. All I know is that this really, really stinks and my heart is broken. Chris, your light will live on in all of us and we’ll miss you the rest of our lives. Karen, may the love of all the people Chris has touched carry you through this time and the days to come.
    Sending you love.

  27. Melanie Ristow

    As I have read all of these comments, I can only reiterate what everyone else has said.
    Chris, for whatever reason, you have found a special place in my heart of hearts that you have touched. Our path’s have crossed many times over the years, only I never realized it. It is with deep sorrow, sadness and tears that I say goodbye. I am so very grateful that in one of your last “good” days, I was able to visit with you for a short time and meet your wonderful wife and mother in law and Pat G. You are all amazing people!
    Why God takes those we love so soon we will never know or understand until we meet again in heaven. Sending you ((((HUGS))) as you finish your journey here on earth. God has chosen to heal you completely in heaven and called one of his “angels” home.
    Karen, Brenden and Jaxson,
    May the peace of God fill you and be with you. Brenden and Jaxson, your daddy loves you so much and I’m sure he did not want to leave you so soon or your mommy. I pray for you boys everyday, I have a 6 and 8 year old and I can relate because I have them. Your daddy will be watching over you in heaven. Karen, Your husband is an amazing man and has touched so many people’s lives even in the last days of his life. I pray that you find much comfort and peace and I know the grieving process is a difficult journey, I pray for you and the boys daily.
    I leave you with Psalms 23
    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, He makesme lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. he restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfrot me. you prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord FOREVER!

    Praying the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit over you and your family in this difficult time!

  28. Tina

    Heavy of heart, I read tonight. Tears – many. Chris, thank you for all that you have been in my life on my journey – you will always, always be there.

    Karen – thank you for sharing this wonderful child of God with the rest of us. You, the boys, and the rest of the family are in my prayers, as is Chris. Always.

    Peace, love, and blessings

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