Thanks to everyone who sent well-wishes to me and my family last week as we struggled with the loss of a dear family member.  You may remember my post from back in February about my in-law James Stalter.  He lost his 2 year battle with ALS last Wednesday at the age of 38 leaving his wife and two young children.  His final moments were further evidence of his good nature as he worried about those around him and even made jokes to put Kelsey and his mother at ease with what they all knew was coming.  We were out of town to be with family this past weekend and attend the funeral.  Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers–he was such a good man and is already so missed.  I’m so grateful I got to know him for so many years.

I’ll be back to regular posting later this week.  Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers.


  1. Lane, my heart is so heavy for you, reading this news. I’m glad James is not suffering anymore but so sorry for your loss. 38 is too young. (same age as my dad). I know he will comfort all of you in this sad time and watch over your family in the years to come. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers tonight my friend.

    • Thanks so much Lisa. It sounds like you lost your dad at a young age. I’m so sorry–it’s never easy but especially when you are young. So appreciative of your kindness right now. All the best for a happy Thanksgiving for you and your family!

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the story of such a wonderful husband, father, person, and the love that is so evident in your family.

  3. Lane, I’m so very sorry to hear about your brother-in-law – what a handsome guy. Life is so beautiful but man, it can really really be tough. It sounds like your family was all together to be strong for one another. I’ll be thinking of you and your family. And a big hug from me to you.

  4. This is such sad news. James sounds like an amazing husband, father and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

  5. Lane- I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Such an unfair disease…hard to wrap your mind around it. My thoughts are with you and your family especially James’ children. There is comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering but facing the future without him must seem impossible, so unfair.

    Be strong.


  6. Lane, so sorry to hear about this incredible loss for you and your family. Our life is such a gift and reading stories like this make me feel even more thankful and appreciate the people and blessings in my life. Thank you for sharing and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  7. Thanks so much everyone for your kind words! I can’t tell you how touched I am by so many friends I have never had to good fortune to meet in person. Your kindness means so much. And it has all been a good reminder to be thankful for everyday as I really do know I have so many blessings in this life! Thanks again everyone.

  8. Lane – I am so sorry to hear about this news. I read your original post and was so moved by their story – a wonderful reminder, although a heartbreaking one, to be thankful for each and every day. My close friend lost her mother to ALS and I know how difficult the process can be for everyone. James is now at peace and healthy.

    • Thanks so much Elisabeth. It is a good reminder to appreciate everyday–even when I feel stressed or overwhelmed. He was a good man and you’re right, it’s a horrible disease but he is at peace now and his family is beginning the healing process. Thanks for touching base and hope you are well!

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