Prayers and Guest Book

Throughout the Blogosphere and family, I’m always amazed at the people I come in contact with who want to wish us well, pray for Zoe and her parents and offer up their strength through kind words and gestures.

I’ve created this page as a place for you to write whatever you’d like for Zoe and her parents to read. You can be funny, silly, you can even suggest a fun site for us to visit while we wait (nothing says spending time like webkinz!)

Whatever you choose to say, we thank you. We appreciate your support, your prayers, and you just stopping in to say hi to us all.

Thank you and God Bless you,

Aunt Nikki

237 comments on “Prayers and Guest Book

  1. Hi Zoe, Gabe, Mom, and Dad!

    I have your picture hanging on my computer monitor. Every day I look at your smiling face and pray that God will send you a new heart. My dad, Mr. Carroll, got a new heart in July. It was a miracle! I know that God can work miracles!! He has given my dad another opportunity to live for Jesus. I hope that when God gives you a new heart that you will live for Him too! He is the most important thing in our lives.

    We miss you so much at school! You always talked to me whenever you saw me in the hallway. I can’t wait until you’re back!

    Gabe, I miss you too! I hope you get to come back next year! You are such a sweetie! Keep living for Jesus!

    Mom & Dad, if there’s anything we can do – please don’t hesitate to ask!! We are praying for God’s loving arms to surround you!
    Mrs. Kime

  2. Hi Zoe, my name is Megan and I work with your mom. Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and you are in my prayers. You are a very strong girl and I wish you and your family all the best.

  3. Dear Zoe,
    I have chatted with you a couple of times at school activities, and I had the privilege of teaching your dad for three years at FBCS. I also have been blessed with six children, and when I look at them and think of how I would feel if one of them was in your position, I am humbled so much. I pray for you, your mom, and your dad (and your Grandpa and Grandma Tanner) daily — if not hourly. For some reason, when I’m folding clothes, you come to mind. With six kids, I fold a lot of clothes. 🙂 But we wanted you to know, again, that we are praying for strength as you go through this difficulty. We are praying for peace and comfort through the Holy Spirit. And we are praying that God will make your heart whole and healthy again very soon — however He knows is best . I also want your mom and dad to know that we’re praying that this circumstance deepens their appreciation of what God the Father went through when He allowed His only Son, Jesus, to come to earth to die on the cross for mankind. He loved us so much, He let His Son’s heart be stopped for our eternities. Praise God that it didn’t stay stopped, though; He rose again the third day and is alive in Heaven right now, preparing to greet those who know Him as their Savior and Lord! Please stay strong in the Lord, and be of good courage.

    In Christ,
    Judy Wilcox (for the whole gang)

  4. Hi, Zoe! Just wanted to tell you how much we miss you at recess. We are inside most of the time now, so we don’t need a “door holder”, but as I look around at Laura and Mikaela and all the other first graders playing, I realize that you really have left a big “hole” in that class. You are very special to everyone who knows you. The girls and boys in your class and in Kindergarten really miss you when you’re not at school. We will be soooo happy when you finally come back to play at recess with us!!! Who will play Kitty Cat just the way your friend Laura likes to play (complete with the right kind of Kitty food) unless you come back?!? We are looking forward to the day when we get to claim God’s wonderful victory over your illness! We love you and miss you so much!
    Mrs. Barbi

  5. Heather Warkentien

    November 25, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Dear Zoe,
    I love you girl. I hope you get better soon. I really want to come see you. I hope to go get my flu shot soon so that I can but right this second I am not aloud. I wanted to say I love you again. I give you hugs and kisses. so xoxoxoxoxoxo.
    Heather Warkentien

  6. Wow. Your family seems so determined to save your little princess. I admire your determination. I hope that she gets her happily ever after and realizes what a miracle she really is. Zoe is a beautiful girl who clearly has a lot of fight in her. That will take her far. I will be praying for YOUR will because God will give you the desires of your heart. I wish the best for you!

  7. Hi Zoe! A good past time game is eye-spy.

  8. hi zoe and family, i want to wish you and your family the best and i will be praying for lil zoe. dennis and shelly tanner talked with me about her she sounds like a wonderful little angel! i showed my daughter a pic of her online and she said wow mom shes like me. it broke my heart and i told her to say a prayer every night…god bless you all!!

  9. Dear Zoe,

    I am Mackenzie’s mom and we have moved to Texas to study Spanish so that we can go to Chile to tell people about Jesus. Mackenzie is going to a new school and the kids in her class are praying for you. I see that tons of people are praying for you and I want you to know that almost every minute of the day, except when I am sleeping, I am silently begging God to keep you strong until your new heart is ready for you. I know that being in the hospital can be a drag, but just think of all the doctors and nurses who can learn about Jesus from you when you are feeling better. God has a purpose for all things and I am looking forward to seeing what He has planned for you.
    Mrs. Niemeyer (remember when you were little and you used to call me Mrs. Memeyer, it always made me giggle)

  10. Good Morning Zoe Honey Baby….Wishing you Happy Thanksgiving from Lawton, Ok & to let you know that even though I am a thousand miles away…you are still with me…right here in my heart! Today I have asked many people to say a little prayer for you today that you will get your new heart soon. I’m bringing back little something from Uncle Justin who misses you alot but will be home soon to see you in just a few short weeks…he’ll be here before you know it. I have a lot today to be thankful for ….. having you …. is one of them….Love you a bunch…Nana

  11. hi zoe,

    i have never met you before, but i am a senior at first baptist. you are in my prayers. they sent around pictures of you at school, and i have one hanging up in my locker and one on the dashboard of my car. everytime i see your picture, i pray for you (and your family). i hope you are provided with a heart quickly, so you can get back to good health soon.


  12. Hi Zoe! My name is Rachel. I work at Bedford Hospital with your dad. I feel like I know you, because your dad talks about you all the time. He tells us that you are a very independent, strong and beautiful girl( he brought the pictures to prove it). All of the staff here at Bedford Hospital is praying for you and a new healthy heart that you deserve. Let’s keep our fingers crossed(:

  13. Hey Zoe,
    Just wanted to say Hi and I love you. Kelley says hi and my cousin Kayla says hi. We all hope you feel better soon. And we all love you.

    Love Kristi

  14. Zoe and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    Thank you very much for joining us today on Connecting Women Radio at , today. We are going to link this site in our blogs in hope that the awareness and support will increase. We will also promote this site on our weekly radio show.

    God Bless!

    Raina Kader
    CoHost- Connecting Women Radio

  15. Zoe, Chrissy, and Mike…you guys continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I pray every night for a new heart for you Zoe! I hope it comes soon. Hang in there…**hugs**

  16. Dear Zoe,
    I hope you are feeling better. I hope you get a new heart very soon. When I come back to Ohio, let’s play outside all day. I miss you so much.

  17. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    love and prayers
    your friend from FBCS

  18. Hi, just wanted to say we’re praying for you in Louisiana!!! My little girl was born with several heart defects and we’ve spent about 4 of her first 13 months in the hospital, so I know it can get very monotonous. We’ll stay posted through the website, and feel free to check out ours! Is your mailing address still the same at the hospital? Praying for your new heart and quick recovery, you look like a tough little lady so I know you’re gonna do great!!! God is on our side!

  19. Mr. and Mrs. Milam

    November 30, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Good morning, Zoe,

    Mr. Milam and I have been praying that you will get your new heart very soon. I read your webpage everyday so that I can pray for just the things that you need for that day. We miss you at school. I can’t wait until you are back. You always make my day when I would see you in the hallway – we always talk about how your day was going and I usually get a hug from you! I miss those hugs.
    Chrissy and Mike – If there is anything that you need, please let me know. We are keeping Zoe in our thoughts and prayer at FBCS. She is a special young lady.


    Mrs. Milam

  20. Hello. I am friends with Brad and Laura Ternes. They shared your website with me. I just wanted to send prayers and good vibes to you and your family. Hang in there Zoe!!

    Erin Denslow
    Grafton, Ohio

  21. hi zoe love you and praying for you

  22. The Change of Hearts group in Cincinnati sent me your information in the event I can provide you with some support. My little girl received a heart transplant 8 years ago on December 23rd, 2000 the day after her first birthday, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, she waited nearly three months and was in grave condition when her heart arrived. I know all to well what you are going through, if talking to someone who has been there can help in any way please contact me directly at and I will give you my phone number if you would like to talk by phone. Dawn mother of Asia transplanted at age 1, 8 yrs post transplant.

  23. Hello, I, too, went to school with Laura and Brad Ternes and happened upon this site. I sat here at work reading your little girl’s story and found myself fighting back tears. My heart goes out to her, and to you and your entire family. I know we are not supposed to ask “why” but JEEZ! My little girl was born at 24 weeks and weighed little more than 1lb, so I’m no stranger to intensive care life. Thankfully, our story had a happy ending and she is now 8. I just wanted to send some positive vibes your way and tell you to hang in there. I can tell by reading your blog that both you and Zoe are strong fighters…that makes all the difference in the world! I have to work the evening of the fundraiser but will visit the site frequently to check on Zoe and look for other events. Feel free to forward me info on other fundraisers to my email

  24. Hi Zoe!

    I’m just writing to let you know I’m praying that even now you are getting that new heart! I can’t wait for the day you pop into my classroom and say, “Hi,Miss Webster! I’m back!” Take care, Sweetie, we love you!
    Miss Webster

  25. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am praying for a heart for Zoe.

  26. Hey, Crissy, your dad just called me and told me they might have a heart for Zoe, I broke down in tears, and he also told me you would be updateing your web, so I can read about how this came about. I am SOOOOOOO HAPPY for Zoe, and please, I love her dearly, let me know of all the progress.

  27. Is it true? I just read Gramma Carole’s post that they may have a heart for Zoe. My boys, Cameron and Ethan, and I just finished prayers at bedtime tonight asking God for a heart – once again. We pray often for you. I hope God is answering all our prayers soon and also that you’re comfortable, Zoe, while you wait. I hope the websites will be updated soon so we know if this news is true!!! Continue to be strong! Love, The Honis Family – Valerie, Kevin, Cameron & Ethan

  28. Hi, Zoe and family!

    I have worked in the school office over the past few years and have been praying for you guys, and tonight I am able to praise God that a new heart is on its way for you! I will be praying for her surgery and the recovery! Keep fighting, Zoe, and I can’t wait to see your smiling face around FBCS!

    Mr. Chad

  29. Mrs. Butcher (Job's mommy)

    December 2, 2008 at 9:45 am

    We join all of you in celebration of Zoe’s new heart and praise God from whom ALL blessings flow. He is still the God of miracles. We pray for a speedy recovery that is free from complications. Glad that Zoe’s such a fighter–it goes a long way in helping to get all of you back to a normal life! Job can’t wait to have a partner in crime again!

  30. He is worthy to be praised EVERY day, but we are rejoicing TODAY that the Lord has provided a heart for you, Zoe Tanner! Paige & Mikeala went out the door to school singing praises with and for you! We are still praying for you that everything will go well. God’s timing is always perfect! May the family of Zoe’s heart know God’s peace and comfort AND our graciousness for their sacrifice. We praise God for their willingness to give to save our Zoe! We love you, Zoe!

    Leah, Matt, Paige and Mikeala Goodrich

  31. Praying for you Zoe and your family. YOU ARE ONE OF THE STRONGEST LITTLE GIRLS I KNOW. Keep Fighting.
    Luv ya Zoe….. IM praying for you.
    To her family= Zoes MOm- Your family is truly amazing.. YOU are so strong for her. I hope i have the courage like you to keep fighting .
    YOu all are amazing. Praying for you guys.

  32. Mr. C. Mr. Casbohm

    December 2, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Praising God for the answer to prayer. Hope Zoe is doing well. We are praising God for the new heart and we are now praying for Zoe’s recovery. We look to seeing her back with us soon. Have a Great Day!!!!

  33. Hi Zoe and family,

    I work with your Grandpa Joe, and I have been reading about and praying for you every day. I’m so glad you got a heart, and wish you a fast recovery. God bless you Zoe, enjoy your purple tree, and Merry Christmas to all of you.
    Hi to Gabe too. You too have been a strong boy. Take good care of your sister.


  34. Praise God!! I’m so happy the prayers have been answered. It is wonderful to have prayers issued up from all over this wonderful country of ours. We will continue to keep Zoe and the family in our prayers that the recovery will be quick and will have no complications. Looking forward to a picture of healthy Zoe– Papa

  35. Im so happy u got ur new heart !!!! ^_^ God answers prayers! i love u zoe and i pray this heart will work out 4u!

  36. HI Zoe and family
    The ladybugs and I are so happy that everyone’s prayers have been answered and Zoe has her new heart. We continue to pray for Zoe’s health and a speedy recovery. God bless the family that has made the incredibly difficult choice to give life in their time of sorrow they have given Zoe and her family the greatest possible gift.

  37. Dear Tanner family,
    We are just so thrilled that God provided a heart for our dear sweet Zoe! Praise the Lord!!!! The kids at school are so excited for you!
    Our prayer is that Zoe will have a quick and easy recovery. Through everything….God IS good…..all the time.
    Love to all,
    Mrs. Kish

  38. I miss you Zoe!

    I can’t wait untill you get back to school 😀

  39. Just wanted to add to the excitement. I am the pastor at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in Elyria and you have several friends in our church family that have been keeping us up to date on Zoe’s condition. I have been following and praying in response to the reports on this site. We are so thankful that Zoe has finally got her heart. Know that we are still praying and will be here for the duration. If you need anything, just give us a call. I am praying specifically for good rest and uneventful recovery. We love you! Darrell Myers and the Chestnut Ridge Family

  40. Zoe when you are older and all of this is behind us we will sit and tell stories of this night for a long long time to come. We will recant every detail of it and laugh about it. You are a fighter and I know you will continue to fight and before you know it you will be back to school and with your friends and family. We may never know who made the impossible decision to give up a piece of a loved one to make you whole, but to them we offer our heart felt thank yous, our tears, and our prayers. Knowing that it will never be enough to express the great act of kindness they have given. They have given us back our little Zoe and her puppy dog face to make us all smile.


  42. I am in tears right now reading this. I am so happy for you – just in time for Christmas. Christmas will have such a different meaning this year. Merry Christmas to you!

  43. Hello to all! I don’t know if Zoe will remember me but I was the student teacher at the YWCA when Zoe took dance classes. The minute Zoe walked in the door we could tell that she was a very special little girl. She is so full of life and energy, and she is the perfect little ballerina. 🙂 I am so happy and releaved for you all that Zoe has gotten her new heart. Zoe I hope to see you again soon. God Bless, and take care.

  44. Christmas is truly the time of miracles and once has just happened!!! Zoe, I wish you a speedy recovery and a very long lifetime of happiness!!! I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to get the message that a heart had been found and you were doing well! I as well as all of the members of OPEIU Local 19 (your Grandma Sherrie’s union) are ecstatic! We know that you will certainly be having the Merriest of Christmases this year.

  45. zoe hope you feel better now that you have your new heart
    and chrissy you go girl after what you been through i know
    its gonna get better with each passing day

  46. We have been praying for Zoe at our church and I am so glad to hear that she got her heart in time for Christmas! I can relate. I had a double lung transplant on Christmas Eve of 1991 when I was 11 years old. I willl continue to pray for Zoe’s new heart and for her donor family.

    Tara 🙂

  47. Patrolman Sumpter

    December 4, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    My family and I will pray for your little girl. Stay Strong.

  48. Good Morning Sweetheart….I was so very proud of you last night! I know it’s going to be hard for a while because you still have a long way to go. Keep blowing bubbles & don’t forget to cough once in awhile. Mommy I know will you & so will Daddy. We are truly fortunate that this miracle has happened. That some parent gave you the ‘gift’ of a new beginning. I hope that they will find comfort in some way that a piece of their loved is still alive in here in Ohio. Don’t you ever give up & don’t quit. Uncle Justin can’t wait to see you..maybe he will help you blow bubbles, too. Lots of love & hugs sweetie…Nana

  49. hey zoe! We haven’t quite met but I love you grandparents!!! They’re my aunt and uncle!! I know I’m still praying for you ! This new gift that we both just recieved is soo special we deff have to take care of it as good as we can. I can’t wait to meet you!!! I hear all these very funny stories about you , my personal favorite one is the barbie doll hair with water LOL! Just hang in there a lil bit longer and everything will be like it use too expect with a new great heart better then your last! Well I can’t wait to meet you SOON!

  50. GOD bless all of you. I am so happy your daughter is doing good.You put your daughter in the best place.I have a good friend that had a son 19 years ago with a hole in his heart,the clinic didnt expect him to live past 5.Nineteen years later and he is still here going strong.May all of you have a blessed Christmas.

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