The Long Road Home

August 7, 2014

Nearly 20 of us Californians begin heading to Texas tomorrow by various means of transportation.  Simon had specifically requested certain friends to be present for his Texas services and to be pallbearers.  We didn’t think every person would be able to make it due to schedules and finances but it is happening. Calls were made. Donors pitched in. Even tonight, someone facing her own brutal battle with cancer that is unfit to travel bought a last minute ticket for one of Simon’s childhood friends who is out of state.  Seriously.  People are amazing.

Pray for us.  Pray for our kids. Pray for Simon’s family.  Pray for Simon’s many friends.  So many are grieving and so many are still in shock. Pray for the officiants at the service. Simon requested an explicit gospel message before he was ever ill and again on his deathbed.  We already know of multiple people that have committed or recommitted their lives to Christ during this journey.  Pray for more souls to learn what it’s like to live with hope.

Thank you for your continued comfort and support.

We’ll see you soon, Texas.




  1. Jennifer Richmond on August 6, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Praying for you all. Love you.

  2. Emily Hanna on August 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Holding you and the kids in my heart and praying.

  3. Shannon on August 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Still thinking of you, your family is still in my heart. I will think of you all weekend, and wish you strength on such an awful day. Just keep breathing.

  4. Susan Gaines on August 7, 2014 at 12:12 am

    “…to live with hope!”

  5. Sarah Gardiner on August 7, 2014 at 2:57 am

    I commend Simon for a gospel message, wanting to reach people for Christ. I feel honored to call him Brother. Way to go Simon!!!

    Safe Travels everyone, God be with all of you.

  6. Beverly Pennington on August 7, 2014 at 5:53 am


  7. Julie on August 7, 2014 at 6:34 am


  8. Angela Autrey on August 7, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Praying !

  9. irene Hahn on August 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

    You’ve all been in our prayers. Curt, Robert and I rolled into Round Rock last night after 2 days on the road. Just chilliin’ with Richard’s 2 year old Ryan while he and Curt went to a work event. We’re celebrating Ryan’s birthday this weekend.

  10. Tammie Duncan on August 7, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Praying for your family—

  11. Blayne Hunt on August 7, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Safe travels for you and the Kids!

  12. Tammy Tigert on August 7, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I had the pleasure of knowing Simon from his days in elementary school. He was a joy to have in the classroom and there was never a dull moment. I have known his parents all my life. My mom was their high school counselor and my dad knew Tom’s family through the highway dept. My dad and Dr. Stanley were also roommates in college. Simon’s family is an incredible one. After reading your blogs, I am glad to know that Simon found his life-mate in you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  13. Judi Gunter on August 7, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family^j^
    Prayers for safe travels !!

  14. Cheryl Davis on August 7, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I admire your strength…still praying for your family…Simon is home with his father now and at peace but I know its still hard to face…I pray that God grant your family traveling grace to Texas and back.

  15. Pam Ernest on August 7, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Safe travels to each of you… and God bless you all.

  16. Debbie White on August 7, 2014 at 8:52 am

    May God hold all of you in his hands guarding you closely on this journey

  17. Beverly Martin on August 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Love you – holding you in prayer.
    “Mrs Martin”

  18. Andrea Berry Stanley on August 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Praying for safe travels for all!

  19. Lori Rutherford on August 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    May the seeds sown at the funeral bring in a harvest of thousands!

  20. Belinda Pettit on August 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Keeping all of Simons loved ones close to my heart. May the Word go forth as he desired.

  21. Jeff Mullins on August 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Hey Kristy, I’ve been following along here and truly encouraged by your raw honesty and transparency. We just keep thinking of Simon and praying for you and the kids–your comfort and care. Thanks for sharing your heart. We will continue to lift you up in prayer.

  22. Amy McClendon on August 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Praying for you and your wonderful children and all the family as God walks you through this valley having called home a precious son of His.

  23. Meegan Soule' Warne on August 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    My family has been praying for you and all of Simon’s family and friends. Praying for God to provide peace and comfort to all. God bless you.

  24. Deniese on August 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve walked where you are walking now. I know, without a shadow of doubt that God is holding you in the palm of His hand, hiding you in the shadow of His wings. Even in the midst of the devastating grief, you will sense His peace. I am holding you and your family up before the Throne, knowing that God is hearing our prayers on your behalf. Love and blessings.

  25. katherine on August 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Praying for all of you.

  26. Stacia on August 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Continuous prayers for you and your lovely family! Safe travels and may God be with you <3




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