Whitney Cerak

We, the Cerak family, are elated beyond description at Whitney’s return home. It is so much more than we ever imagined three months ago.We would like to restate our plans of not speaking to the media. There is still much on the road to Whitney’s full recovery. We want to thank the media for the respect they have shown of our privacy in this time. And ask that the same courtesy given us would be extended to our family and friends.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

August 18, 2006

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that his all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." 2 Corinthians 4:7

It is hard to believe that we have been home for over a week. The time has flown as Whitney feels she needs to fit her summer into two weeks.(she is doing pretty good)

A highlight for all of us was last Sunday, our first Sunday together in our home church since Easter. It was a celebration. We were all nervous and excited to share with our church family how God had met each one of our needs and how He loved us this summer. The church stood and clapped as Whitney and the family walked up to the front. We each took a moment to share God’s faithfulness. To God, who is the master physician, healer and our provider, we give him all the glory for all He has done and continues to do. It just happened to be our churches annual picnic so we had a great afternoon reconnecting and Whitney definitely got her quota of hugs and kisses.

It has been great to be home, sleep in our own beds, sit around our table for home cooked meals and laugh. Hunter(our dog) and Taylor(our cat)are so glad we are home. I do need to tell you one funny and embarrassing story. We let Hunter out Friday afternoon and he usually stays in the yard. Later on I went to the door and whistled and he didn’t come. I made dinner and still no Hunter. After dinner we went for a ride around the neighbor hood calling for him. We drove to the Animal Shelter and peeked in the window and there he was barking at us! It was after hours so he had to spend the night. Whitney got up early Saturday morning to go spring Hunter, on the way she said she wished Hunter could talk and tell us of his adventure. Our neighbors took great care of him all summer and our first night home, he gets picked up. ( he went across the street to the park with out his licence)

Whitney has enjoyed every minute with her friends. It was perfect timing as many of them are starting to head back to college. She loved being able to go to La Senoritas for “Wing Night” a special tradition for her and her friends. The weather has been great and she has had a few visits to the lake and some evening bon fires. She has been getting an hour a day of physical therapy to continue gaining back some muscles and endurance. Again we have been blessed by another great therapist.

Carly enjoyed this past week being home, relaxing and visiting with friends. She left today to head back to Taylor for her senior year. She is excited and went back a few days early to be with friends and get her house ready. She is going to have a great year living with five amazing girls.

Sandra had some great news as she found out she had been accepted to represent the “Invisable Children” on a world tour this year (Sept-May). The Invisable Children is an organization that Sandra had heard about this spring and really tugged at her heart. She came home at Easter and showed us a video explaining their mission. Carly and Whitney also got interested and were going to participate in their “Global Commute” on April 29th (Whitney’s birthday). We had chosen Invisable Children as the memorial for Whitney. Sandra is putting her passion into action as she will give a year to work for them. I love her heart and willingness to give of herself and serve God by helping others.

Newell is back to work, saying goodbye to the college students and preparing for the fall. I have been enjoying putzing around the house and yard, catching up with friends and neighbors. We were all kind of worried about coming home, not sure how the media would handle this next step in Whitney’s recovery, but it has been great and we are so appreciative on how respectful everyone has been. The Gaylord community has been so loving and gracious with us throughout.

As our lives return to normal we continue to pray for those families who are continuing to adjust to the changes. We continue to seek God and listen to what he wants us to learn from all this. Even though we long to be back to normal we don’t want to be like the Isrealites who saw God in action (Red Sea parted, manna every morning, water from a rock . . . ) and soon after each miracle they forgot and fell back into their old routines. We want to keep our dependance and desire for God as we have felt Him is such a real way and seen His love in action. This Psalm became a favorite when we thought Whitney was gone and it is still our prayer:
“O God you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live.” Psalms 63: 1-4

With love,
Whitney’s mom

64 Comments:

Blogger Carrie said...

I'm so happy for you all to be home...and a little jealous as I miss that zip code terribly! I read every post and cry happy tears for everything you say. And I cry tears because I know God is speaking through you to me, and to others and I am so very proud of you all! I can't believe Carly is a senior! I've been away too long. I love you guys so very very much and want you to know that the prayers haven't stopped just because you are home.

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for His goodness.

I had thought of your family attending church and the great amount of joy that would be filling the church...and remembered when Betsy Smith had been baptised at our church...knowing such joy would have been over flowing had she have been there this past Sunday...still knowing Betsy is smiling, happy, and right where the Lord wants her to be. So many people in her home town have made changes in the prayer life, or started back to church, or perhaps reading their Bible more...God is so good.

Whitney and your family are so special to so many of us who have watched and listened throughout these months...by all of you allowing us the joy of her healing and returning home it has blessed so many hearts.

You, the parents and close family members of Whitney have been through the worst of grief and the best of joy....at times it must have seen beyond comprehension....more than your hearts could hold...yet, God brought you through with a love so strong.

Thank you for sharing your sweet family with all of us...we needed your truths and the positive of seeing Whitney
'come back' so we could more easily let ours go.

much love~

3:48 AM  
Anonymous just one of God's children said...

It is so good to have you all back home where you belong. Being a part of your church family is truly an honor and we praise our Lord with you for all of the miracles and blessings He has provided. We too have prayed that upon your homecoming that we would have enough respect and insight to not let our need to be near you to over power your need to be able to just be and adapt.

Thank you for sharing all of God's word and blessings with us. We love you!

4:34 AM  
Blogger anonymous said...

Praise God! Welcome Home Cerak Family!

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is so good! I'm so happy for you and your family Whitney!!! God has such AWESOME plans for you!!

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Thank You!

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so neat to see you coming and going and know that God has restored life! Wow! Praise Jesus!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. What beautiful words you have written. You have become quite the writer. I even thought you were Newell until the very end when you signed your name. Blessings to all of you. You have impacted me beyond words.

A sister in Christ.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much for another posting. It is good to hear that things are settling back to normal, whatever that might be.

I'm sure it's too soon for you to think seriously about this, but I think it would be good if you and the VanRyns would corroborate on a book, telling your stories together. I know that would be particularly painful for the VanRyn family but it would be such an opportunity to show in minute detail the hand of God in your lives. Consider doing it for His glory, please.

Thank you again for all you've done to keep us informed and to demonstrate the Lord's goodness even in times of great pain. And thanks to the VanRyn family too for doing the same.

A faithful reader who misses the daily entries

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ceraks & Whitney, Please don't give up the blog.
There are so many of us out here who have been encouraged by your lives and marvelous testimonies.
You folks are the real deal and we are inspired by your transparency and your love of God and each other.
Thanks for being such a blessing!
J.& E.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so happy for you and your family Whitney. Although we will miss the blogs and updates it is much better that you won't have to post them because you are home. Maybe we will be able to someday see all this in a movie or read a book and know we are part of the community that it originated from. I'm sure if that's God's intentions, it will happen. Welcome home!!!!!!!!! A Gaylord friend.

12:36 PM  
Blogger roye said...

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12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutley love this blog! What a miraculous story....please don't quit posting!
Savannah AHBC-Colorado

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY! I am so glad to hear your first week back has been so great. I am also glad that that media is respecting your privacy! That doesn't happen a lot of times, ya know!? I am sure Whitney is thrilled to be heading back to Taylor.

I came home for a visit with my family this past week and drove down 69. As I did I said a prayer for everyone involved in the accident. I also thanked God for his faithfulness and His hand of healing over Whitney. She has been such a blessing in my life as I have learned to have faith in God and his faithfulness!

God Bless you Ceraks!

Deni

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish the Cerak family the best. Your family is a symbol of strength and courage.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a gracious blog entry to top everything off. Thank you for following through an letting us know of your trip home even though you were probably nervous about the media.

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Heather Bush said...

Welcome home Whitney!!!!I was excited for you all today, because I just knew that you would be attending church together today. What a special time for you. Congratulations on getting back home and on getting back to your regular routines.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Autumn T. said...

You are a beautiful family.... I enjoyed reading this update, as it brought me joy for you and your family to finally be home. But I have to say, I was really touched by the last paragraph or so, talking about not forgetting your blessings. You have been blessed, and I have faith that you will always keep this on your heart, thanking God daily for your blessings and teaching His word to others. You have blessed me, Cerak family. Thank you!!!!!

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for all you have shared over these past months. It has been a wonderful inspiration and allowed so many to have a glimpse of what was happening. God bless you all as you get back to your normal lives and the privacy that every day living brings.

4:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home Whitney! May God continue to brighten and guide your path! Much love to you all! And have a great year back at Taylor!

4:47 AM  
Blogger Jody said...

Hello to you...in Gaylord! I know you must feel a burden lifted, just to be home together. There is nothing more wonderful than crawling into your own bed after a long, few months of work. I hope you are enjoying this time in the recovery process and looking forward to the future that God still has mapped out for each of you in all of this.
If I could, I would ask for your prayers as Chip and I share our story of tragedy and God's blessings in our lives the past 5 years at our church here in Muskegon. We have been overwhelmed at the way God continues to use us. I know that He can do the same through your story as well. I hope that through our ordinary lives, God will touch others for His eternal kingdom. That's the most amazing thing to me...how God transforms trials into wonderful opportunities for His love, goodness, grace and hope to be shown to others. Thank you for your example of how He works in His own way and time. It has blessed me in many ways. I know what you mean about the kindness of the Gaylord E Free and the rest of the community. Chip and I are thankful, over and over, that the people of Gaylord were the ones who stood alongside of us through life's darkest moments. I look forward to spending eternity with many of them, worshipping and thanking God for His ways that all work out in the end!

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many want you to continue this blog, but they're missing the point. You've modeled grace and love under tremendous stress. It's too easy to sit and read about faith, God want us to walk our faith in life! You've done your part for us, now we can model faith to our neighbors or anyone in crisis. Stop reading and start walking!Isn't that what God would want us to do?

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Colleen,

Thank you so much for updating us on how things have been for you now you are all back at home. It sounds like you've had a terrific first week :-) I did have to laugh about your dog - that would be the kind of scrape my little dog would get into! It sounds like you are all doing well and returning to "normality" rapidly. It must be a lovely feeling for you to have your family restored and be able to return to familiar surroundings after such a long time.

Thank you again for taking the time to update this blog. I know you have said you would only update it twice after Whitney's return home but it was still a lovely surprise to log on today and see you had posted, made even more special when I saw how happy and busy you all are. I still think of what an amazing journey you have all been on and even though you will soon stop posting I am sure I, like many others around the world, will continue to wonder how Whitney is doing and what the longer term effects of the accident will have on her spiritually as well as physically and mentally, and thinking about all of you Ceraks I will continue to remember how great God is.

Best wishes

Kelly (from across the pond in England)

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the most beautiful of all your blogs. Thank you for sharing straight from your heart. This has been quite a journey and God has continued to be faithful. That is one thing we can always count on.

God is so good!

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Cerak family
It has been a blessing to follow your journey and Whitney's progress these past few months. I am the mom of a Taylor grad and prayed for you and the other families after the accident. I rejoiced with you when you were reunited with Whitney and have been blessed by your updates on this blog. I will continue to pray for your family as well as the other families whose lives were changed by the tragic accident last spring. I understand your decision to stop posting to this blog once Whitney returns to school. You have been so gracious and an inspiration to so many but your family deserves some privacy and a chance to get back to normal. This most recent post to your blog is a wonderful reminder to always be aware of God's faithfulness. Thank you for sharing so much of God's love with so many.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Tasha said...

Thank you for letting Whitney come back to us! We have been anxiously awaiting her return! Thank you for your grace and patience! Don't worry, we will take good care of her!

Tasha '07
Upland

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tears of joy for your family. The community of Gaylord rejoices in your return home. Thank you for your continuing inspiration.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What beautiful writing, so happy you are all home and blessed. Funny about your dog.

Think of Whitney often. Continued success.

Well wisher from N.J.

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have followed Whitney's long journey to recovery and will continue to pray as she regains her strength daily. I can't even begin to explain how her story has touched my life. I wish you all nothing but the very best in the future...God Bless!

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was truly excited to see an update and what a great one! You have an amazing family and what encouragment you are to so many people. I'm so glad that Whitney will be back at TU soon. I know it will do her so much good!
Thanks so much for sharing your life with the world!

A TU/Upland Alum

12:07 PM  
Blogger Our Family said...

Bless You guys. I'm so glad you are home and getting back to "normal". I can't wait to get back up to Gaylord and visit with you all. I love you!
Amy

12:17 PM  
Blogger roye said...

I'm thankful for your reunion with your family and that their grief was turned to joy.

I'm filled with sorrow for the VanRyn family and the other families that lost their cherished ones.

It was a joy to see your grandparents in an interview. I haven't seen them for over thirty years. You have a godly heritage, be thankful and walk with God.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Jojo said...

Wow...I heard there was a big mix up. In CosmoGirl! Magazine, september issue, it says all about the mix up beetween Whitney and Laura. It's really sad :(
Praise God.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for allowing God's love to shine through you, despite horrible circumstances.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am from southeast michigan and was recently on a trip to the U.P and thought of Whitney as we stopped in Gaylord for lunch. I am so happy for you all that you are home and your lives are starting to return to normal. I was blessed to grow up in a Loving Christian home and your family reminds me of my own. You are a true testimony of God's faithfulness. I'm not sure exactly why God was testing your family but I am sure you all passed with flying colors. May God continue to bless you all as you move into a new chapter of your lives. I will continue to pray for you all, as I have since I first heard about this tragedy/miracle. I feel as if I know you all personally now and I hope I have the honor of meeting you someday, If not in this life, than in our Fathers kingdom. Congratulations on your homecoming and I hope people continue to respect your privacy as you work on getting your lives back in order. I will really miss your updates. They have been a part of my life for a long time now. Thank you all for reminding me every day what a mighty God we serve.
- Katie in Royal Oak

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you and your family. And all the families that have been a part of this. I have commented a few times and have kept up with your Blog from the beginning. You and your family have helped me and others w/ scriptures that I have read daily from the Blogs. I am the one that said my son was in a bad accident at age 17 a few years ago and went through about 3 years of surgery after the accident. And God took care of him. Again.... So very glad to hear you are home! This will be my last posting as I know you need to continue on with your lives. I am very happy that you are home Whitney! I will say goodbye now and leave you to your privacy. Thanks so much for the scriptures! God Bless you all and as I always have said when posting here..... "TO GOD BE THE GLORY"!!!! So long from a Texas Mom and I appreciate your sharing your journey!

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you..for allowing us all to share in your sorrow and joyfulness. You all are such a beautiful and faithful family which is way you've overcome events that would tests others' faith. I read this blog and continue to know that God does work in mysterious ways and it is not up to us to try and figure out what His plan is. It is only our job to believe that He knows what is best for us and his timing is always perfect. I will pray that you are continued to be streghtened. I am so very happy that Whitney is now home and will continue to strive down that road of recovery. Much much love and admiration, from Chicago

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Erik Heavey said...

I am a recent taylor grad who followed the situation closely. I am so happy for you, whitney, that you get to return to taylor. taylor was the best 4 years of my life, and it just goes to show how awesome of a God we serve that you have the opportunity to return to such an awesome place. i will continue to pray for you; and i hope that you have a fantastic time at TU.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home Whitney & family,
I am happy that everyone is respecting your privacy. Just one more blessing...
Thank you for the beautiful posts each day, they were always just what I needed (I am not alone). Have a wonderful life!!

God is so good!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home. The blogs may be coming to an end, but the prayer support will not!!!

Thank you for sharing your lives with us. We love you Cerak Family.

God is so good!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful journey your blog has taken me on. I have cried and smiled and today I beam with happiness that Whitney is at home and heading back to school for the fall.

May her life be as blessed as it is right now forever.

Thank you for sharing this experience with me, it has taught me that each day is truly a blessing.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know you personally, but we used to live in Gaylord. I attended MOPS at Bethel while there, so I was "aware" of your family. This miracle has captured my attention from the day I heard. I have enjoyed reading your blog and your story, and had tears rolling down my face as I read about your welcome home at the church. GOD BLESS you all, and we will continue to pray for the VanRyns and others involved.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy you are back at home and your family is enjoying their time together :) My brother, Brian, came to visit Whitney and she said she looks and is just like she was and how he remembers. It was great to hear the update from my brother, I just wish I could have been there to see and welcome you all home. Your family is truely amazing and will not be like the Israelites, I know you will remember the wonders God has been working in your life!! I love you guys and I am glad you guys are safely back at home :) God Bless, Sara

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you and your family Whitney! My name is also Whitney and I have been following your journey this summer! May God continue to Bless you, your family and friends!
Blessings,
Whitney Brooks

4:31 PM  
Anonymous dickandjane said...

To all who have been faithful in following the Cerak's and their Journey with God.

I ask you, and myself, to honor God, and the Cerak's and VanRyn's by now doing what they have demonstrated so clearly to us.
Honor God, give Him all the Glory in our lives as as live them daily, good and difficult, blessed and hard, it really doesn't matter.
God loves us unconditionally. He expects us to love Him back as these families have.
Even if God takes a family member home, can we say what Newell and Colleen said...."How blessed we are to have had Whitney with us for 19 years."
And, like the VanRyns, can we, after we have cared for a loved one for weeks in the most difficult circumstances, finding out it isn't your family member, be so wonderfully gracious in an unbelievable transition, thanking God for the other families joy.
We have an assignment! God did all of this so we could see Him in His fullness, in full control, so we, again, could make a choice to BELIEVE what He has told us.
"Nothing can seperate us from the Love of Chirst....neither life, nor death........" Let's take up this banner, so graciously demonstrated to us by both the VanRyn's and Cerak's, and move ahead to make a difference in our corner of His World.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear about Whitney's trip back to Taylor! So glad she will be able to go to school for her sophmore year!

:)

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Just one of God's children said...

God Bless you all! We continue to pray for Whitney's full recovery and for her life to continue to be blessed by our Savior. We pray for Carly, for her senior year, for Colleen and Newell, for their own personal needs to be met, and for the Chosen 5's family and loved ones. Blessed be His Name...He is so good and worthy of ALL of our Praise, in all times.

I echo what Dick and Jane have said... let this only be the beginning of our journey of continually praising the Lord, through all, and living as He has said we should.

Thank you Ceraks, Van Ryn's and Kelly for opening your lives, so we could better understand and stand in faith with you as you made your way through the valleys. We love you, we respect you and we praise the One and Only God who is worthy of all....with you.

God bless each life that has been touched by the events of the accident, bring each person closer to you, so that we might go and spread Your word to all.

Reaching Christ for our community....

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whit, just a reminder for '06-'07 that God is faithful and all we have to do is TRUST!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
God has a plan for your life. He brought you into this world to fulfill that plan. It is the best plan that anyone could ever make for you. It is a plan that will bring Him the greatest glory and you the greatest good. From the beginning of this year until its end, God is working out His plan.
As you follow God's plan for your life, you do so by faith. It is important to remember that He is the Guide and you are the follower. He does not need to bring you into His planning room as a consultant to help Him decide what is best for your life. God has called you to trust Him and to take the next step of obedience according to His will. God has said, "I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16 NKJV
Here are some ways that God is working out His plan:
He is your Shepherd—He is leading you.
He is your Provider—He is taking care of you.
He is your Strength—He is enabling you.
He is your Counselor—He is speaking to you.
He is your Shield—He is protecting you.
He is your Comfort—He is encouraging you.
He is your Father—He is blessing you.
Praying for you and yours...still, and without ceasing! Peg

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whit, just a reminder for '06-'07 that God is faithful and all we have to do is TRUST!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
God has a plan for your life. He brought you into this world to fulfill that plan. It is the best plan that anyone could ever make for you. It is a plan that will bring Him the greatest glory and you the greatest good. From the beginning of this year until its end, God is working out His plan.
As you follow God's plan for your life, you do so by faith. It is important to remember that He is the Guide and you are the follower. He does not need to bring you into His planning room as a consultant to help Him decide what is best for your life. God has called you to trust Him and to take the next step of obedience according to His will. God has said, "I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16 NKJV
Here are some ways that God is working out His plan:
He is your Shepherd—He is leading you.
He is your Provider—He is taking care of you.
He is your Strength—He is enabling you.
He is your Counselor—He is speaking to you.
He is your Shield—He is protecting you.
He is your Comfort—He is encouraging you.
He is your Father—He is blessing you.
Praying for you and yours...still, and without ceasing! Peg

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God and may He continue to bless you and your family, Whitney!

7:14 PM  
Anonymous an observer of the magic of time said...

You don't know me, but you might know my sister, laura godek who was in a couple of your classes at ghs, and we are both glad that you're better. I've never met you but have heard a lot about you from my some of the kids in my class at St. Mary, and you sound like a person I would want to meet.

PS.... You should try googling your name. you'll laugh when you see how many hits come up. you were on the cover of People magazine in a box in the corner. :)

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a poem that was written by me before I knew Whitney was alive. It is entitled "Whitney".

They say He is never wrong.
Will he give me the strength to be strong?
Was God's choice right?
I don't think I'll be okay tonight.
It's been awhile since you were taken,
This time He was wrong, He must be mistaken,
Now our lives are dull and dim.
Taken to his kingdom to be with Him.
Take another, someone who's done you no good,
You did for Him all you could.
Why someone who has followed his word?
I guess you, He never saw or heard.
He took you away without a simple goodbye,
But you're home now up in the sky.
A tragic accident, where so few survived,
How has it been since you arrived?
I think of you often, awake and asleep,
I am not over it yet, I still weep.
Memories that will last forever,
Because I will forget you never.

Hope you enjoy and know that Whitney is liked by few and loved by many. Glad to hear she is doing so well after all that happened and I hope you all have long and healthy lives ahead.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying much for each of you during these special days before Whitney heads off to college. Who would have thought this day would ever come!!! Praise the Lord!

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Readers PLEASE pray for Molly Bloom: mollyspage2006.blogspot.com
She just got to go home as well. What answer's to prayers!!

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for post your last picture. its a beautiful family. i am so glad to see whit look so normal. i hope one day she would willing to share a life story publish in people magazine about the accident and everything what she went through since the accident and the day she revealed herself as whitney cerak. we would love to keep hearing from her and her family again. i will keep praying!!!
whit, good luck in T.U. dont work too hard!! smiles..

11:42 AM  
Blogger yayo said...

What makes this story more incredible is that we grew up a stones throw from the Franks and attended mass in the "little white church" in Sound Beach on Echo Ave.! I emailed the story to my brother Don who was just as shocked and he shared with me that it was Pastor Frank that put God in his life! We have a lot of fond memories of vacation bible school and the strawberry festivals and more! Our prayers are with you all for peace and healing. Please thank your dad for us! The Meola family

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...i just watched the DateLine on your story and the Lord so used it to move me in many ways. Thank you for allowing Him to use you to make such an eternal impact in the lives of many, even though i know the journey has not been an easy one. may He bless you and protect you more than you can imagine. Whitney, you are right, God does have a mighty plan for your life! what an awesome adventure we all have in Him! thank you!
your sister in Christ

8:58 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Hello Whitney.... I just want you to know that i just read your book "Mistaken Identity". I have to say it was a great book. Watching the Dateline special & reading that book just took my breath away. I am very glad that you are ok. You seem like a girl with a great heart & a great love for God. People like you are hard to come by. Just reading your book tscght me alot about survival & love. I would like to thank you for sharing your story with the world. I hope someday, I can make an impact on my life the way you have....God Bless!!!

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Emilie said...

Whitney you are such an insparation I'm reading your book right now. It's terribly sad. Do you remember being at the hospital? It must have been so confusing! I'm glad your home now! I found your book at a christian book store when I was getting my nme on my bible. Plz email me at soccergirlkicks@gmail.com

6:39 PM  
Blogger soccergirl said...

Hello I'm reading your book! I love it but its really sad. I'm glad that you are home and safe! May god bless you all!

7:43 PM  
Blogger Julie B. said...

This story is one that will leave prints on me for the rest of my life. My neice went to high school with a girl that also went to Taylor U. She should have been on the van too but a test kept her back from the trip. I have been reading all the blog entries and the book. God teaches us all a lot of things. I am learning to listen every day. This story taught me that God left one angel behind and took one with Him. I am so elated that Whitney is getting better day by day. Thank you for the story. JBailey Edwardsville I

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just finished reading "Mistaken Identity." I could not put it down.

The thought kept running through my mind, "This is how a Christian family reacts to life's ups and downs."

I'm encouraged immeasuably by your faith. I is ehlping to increase mine.

Thank you for writing this book. It is doing wonders in glorifying our Lord.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Ashleigh said...

i know its probably been a long while since you've had any blog comments, but i'd just like you to know, that my grandmother handed me your book last night.

I've been reading it non-stop (except for sleep) since 2 this afternoon. :) your family testimony is very inspiring to me and i'm so amazed at what two families can come through. I wish I could have the priviledge of meeting all of you mention in your book in person..and personally thank you for what you've helped encourage me, a highschool junior want to accomplish in her walk with Christ.

much love and best of wishes,

Ashleigh :)

1:18 PM  
Anonymous stephanie 14 said...

I just finished reading your book and it really made me think: What would my reaction to an accident like this be?

It is hard to imagine what I would do if something like this happened to someone I loved. I know that if I ever had to face something this difficult, I would think of your strong faith and be strengthened and lifted up during that hard time.

The two families involved and their strong faith touched me deeply, and inspired me to push my relationship with Christ even further and deeper. Your spritual lives are something to be reminded of. I think I might even recommend the book to my youth group leader and the kids in my youth group! :P

Your story will always be remembered, not only for the tragic mistaken identity, but also for the strong bond that your families had with Him.

In Christ,

Stephanie, from Valparaiso, IN

2:07 PM  

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