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Comments from the TaraJosh Guestbook

Following are just a few of the hundreds of wonderful wishes we have received:

Peter Wright - Provo, Utah
     I just wanted to let you know that I will keep you in my prayers. Life sometimes deals some difficult blows, but in the end it all works for our own good no matter how difficult or random our trial seems at the time. I pray that in your time of difficulty you are feeling the love and caring of your fellow man.

Chelcee Wickstrand - Draper, Utah
     I saw the accident form my window at work. It was one of the worst accidents that I have ever seen!!  My heart goes out to you Tara, and your family!!

Ron , Julie, Kyle, Marissa and Jon Ballard - Longmont, Colorado
     Our daughter, Bethany, played basketball with Tara at San Jose Christian College. Tara and Josh stayed at our home a couple of years ago as they were checking out Colorado. We have been visiting this site daily. Our five year old son, Jon, prays for Josh's arm to heal every night at bedtime. We were blessed to be able to visit with Josh in Utah briefly and felt his burden. We pray for both of you daily and may you know you are in our hearts. We believe in an awesome God who loves and knows our every need. God bless you and yours. Thank you for this website, for allowing us to share in Tara's precious life.

C. M. MacIntosh - San Ramon, California
     Dearest Tara, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your husband and family. While my heart is filled with sadness and eyes full of tears, I also fill the incredible love and warmth that surrounds you. The world is waiting for you to rise and share your beautiful smile with all of us. We are very patient so take your time and we will all be here when you are ready . . .

Mikel Harding - Cedar Hills, Utah
     I have been drawn to your story from day I heard of the accident on the radio. From all I have read you are an inspiring family and you have touched my life. You are in my prayers. I look forward to reading Tara's status every morning and will continue to pray for her recovery

Steve Leonard - Murray, Utah
I enjoy checking out Tara's progress reports every morning when I get home from work. I pray for complete healing of Tara. Patience and peace for Josh and the families. Tara will be healed. It will be in God's time but she will be healed. He has a plan and I hope everyone that visits this site will continue to pray and praise God while he works a miracle in Tara. We will all be blessed because of it. I have made several donations and will continue to do so. God provides.

Anna Penner - Los Gatos, California
     I went on a missions trip to Latvia with Tara in 2000. I remember her strength and cheerfulness both on and off the basketball court. It was a joy to get to know her.

Marisa Robbins - Pleasanton, California
     Best wishes to Josh and Tara for a complete recovery! Marriage is a blessing and you deserve to live your lives to the fullest! We pray for you and are glad to help. God Bless your families.

Holly Hartman - San Jose, California
     Tara, You have always been a determined woman, God-filled and a kick to be with. The job ahead of you will be difficult but, if anyone can do it, you can. You have Josh, your family and friends pulling for you and praying and, most of all, God is with you all the time. We all want to see you singing and dancing again!

Kimberly Stark - Highlands Ranch, Colorado
     I know Tara and Josh from Church (Summit) and have been checking on Tara's status every day. Thanks so much for putting up this website, it helps me to be more specific in my prayer requests

Amy B. - Salt Lake City, Utah
     My husband and I donated $100.00. We wish we could do more, but we are also newly weds. We have followed this story since it happened and wish your family the very best. If there could be a way to help let us know.

Chizuru Mori - San Jose, California
     My name, Chizuru, means "1000 cranes" in Japanese, and that is a symbol of "peace and recovery". In Japan, we make 1000 paper cranes to wish a sick person get well.  I personally do not know her but I hope she will recover soon.

Scott Futer - Santa Rosa, California
    Hi Josh and Tara, My name is Scott, I work in Flightguard dispatch and we do the dispatching for REACH Air Ambulance. All of the personnel here at Flightguard and in REACH wish you the best and for a speedy recovery. You are in very good hands at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Take care!

Amanda Counter - Salt Lake City, Utah
     I just can't seem to find words adequate enough to explain how much I... and so many others, have been touched by the tragedy that struck Tara and Josh, and the Goodman family.  I pray for everyone involved, I check on Tara's status daily, I report to friends and family who don't have the internet.  I have been so impressed by the dignity, grace, and STRENGTH that exudes from Josh and Tara's families. You are all pillars of light, beacons of hope and truth who have encouraged many to step out of the rat race, thank the Lord for our blessings, and to begin "paying it forward".  Now Tara is going home! Even though I have never met her I feel like I am going to miss her. Her presence here in my hometown has instilled something in me that makes me want to be a better wife, a better mother, and a better person.  Bless you Tara! You will always have a home in Salt Lake City.

Donna Kennedy - Gilroy, California
     Hi Tara,  Just another note to let you know that you and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers daily. Welcome home and continue your AMAZING recovery. I knew you were a remarkable person even when you were just a 7th grader in my history class. I will never forget your "cheerleader" campaign speech when you were running for some student body office one year.  It was hilarious.  You'll, once again, "over achieve" and show those doctors, and all of us, that only 100%/A+ will suffice.

Kirch DeMartini - Los Gatos High School Counselor, Class of 2002
     Tara, I remember you so well and am keeping you in my daily prayers. You always took the 'high road' and I admired your ability to look ahead, make mature and wise decisions about your direction in life, and resist the temptation to 'follow the crowd.'  You were, and are, an inspiration to lots of kids...and adults.  Take care, get well, and remember there is a legion of friends who care about you.

Margie Sabala - San Jose, California
     I knew Josh from Calvary Church. When I was on staff with the Children's Ministry, Josh was involved with the kids. I remember he was a great counselor at their Summer Horse Camp week. I was SO saddened to hear of the accident. I pray for God's grace to take both of you through this and the recovery will bring glory to him.

Stefanie & Justin Keltch - Thornton, Colorado
     When we read this story in the Rocky Mountain News, our hearts went out to Josh and Tara. It is sad to know that they had only 10 days of married bliss before the accident. They both look so happy and in love in their beautiful wedding pictures. We both hope that Tara will pull through so that they can turn those ten days into fifty years. My husband and I have already made a donation and hope that it will help pay the medical bills.

Stephanie Whipple - West Jordon, Utah
     I work with the gentleman that used his truck to push Tara and Josh's SUV from the burning car. Andy Findlay is a very friendly and giving person - we all call him a hero here at work and he shrugs it off as "oh anyone would have done it" I've been following their story and reading the updates on her status since the accident. I'm glad to hear that Tara is doing well and is now back home. I wish her and Josh both the best in their future together.

Angela Myers - Long Beach, California
     I went to Calvary with Tara and Josh (Junior High and High School years). I want them to know that I am praying for them every day, that God will provide comfort for their families, that Tara will have a full recovery, that people will donate money to Tara and Josh for their medical bills, and that God will just give peace to Josh while his wife is in this coma. I pray that God will give strength to Tara so that her recovery will be quick or that He will just perform a miracle.  God Bless.

Alex Probst - Bailey, Colorado
     I am a Professor at CCU and I helped Tara finish one of her last classes so that she could graduate. I was at the graduation ceremony and watched her walk across the stage and get her diploma.

Fred, Cathleen and Victoria Fortune - San Jose, California
     We check the site every day and pray for you all. Love to you!

Cynthia Popper - Draper, Utah
     John and I worked in San Jose together sometime in the '90s. I will continue to pray for complete healing for Tara and for God's continued touch in all family members' lives. He has a great purpose for each of your lives! In the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11 says, "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."

Catherine Howard - Cleveland Heights, Ohio
     Praying for Josh and Tara, and your families, every day. With love and faith in our hearts, we wish you patience and God's love and mercy.

Ken & Susan Haire - San Jose, California
     I worked at Calvary Church in Los Gatos for 18 years and watched Josh grow from a boy to a very good man of God. I only met Tara a couple of times after she started coming to Real Life meetings at Calvary. I will continue to pray HARD.

Sara Fiebiger - Los Gatos, California
     I went to middle school and high school with Tara and she is such a unique and special person, I pray for her and her family everyday!

Marci Sellers - Wood Cross, Utah
     I have never met, spoke or heard of Josh and Tara before the accident but somehow feel drawn to them. Everyday I look at the website and hope that there is an update that she is awake and ok. I don't know why I have been drawn to this couple but I will pray for her recovery.

Vicki Clark - San Jose, California
     Tara and my daughter Lexie played basketball together in middle school. Later, they both modeled for the same agency in San Francisco.  Lexie and I talked to her one day when she was working at Macy's makeup counter at Valley Fair.  Tara has always been a sweet girl.  We're all rooting for her.

Mike Myers - Talent, Oregon

     I am a friend of her father's and have only met her a few times over the years. Every time I did though, she was very gracious, warm and friendly.

Anonymous - Murray, Utah
     I was the second officer on scene the day of the accident and have been curious as to how Tara was doing since the day I saw her leave in the helicopter. I'm so glad to hear that she and Josh are doing well. They have both been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be.

Linda Carter - La Verne, California
     I have been following Tara & Josh's story since it first was reported on the Deseret News. Updates on Tara's health is now the first thing I read every morning after turning on computer. I think of Josh and his struggles and hope that he knows so many people are praying for Tara and for him to just "hang in there".  I feel confident that He & Tara will have the opportunity to enjoy life and to make up for missing out on this "newlywed" time for them. Please continue to update their website for us strangers who have come to love & care for Tara & Josh.

Jeremy Georges - Los Gatos, California
     I have known Josh and Tara since my elementary years when Josh was my councilor at camp and Tara was a councilor of a different cabin.  Tara, I keep you in my prayers every day and will never forget your bubbly personality, your kind words, and your amazing sense of humor.  Josh, I really admire your strength. I am so excited for you to get to heaven and have God tell you, "Well done my good and faithful servant."

Kerry Smith - San Jose, California
     I go to Calvary Church as well. I just graduated from the high school group, and vividly remember Tara and her wonderful heart for the Lord. Her singing was always wonderful!!!  I love you Tara and Josh, and cannot wait to see your smiling face once more! God bless!

Jacky Larson, Los Gatos, California
     My clearest memory of Tara is singing Phil Collins' "Another Day in Paradise" and watching Neverending Story with her for days on end in kindergarten. I was horrified when my mom showed me the article in the SJ Merc about the car crash, and have been praying for Tara and all of you ever since. All my best wishes.

Katie Sween - Rocklin, California
     I met Tara & Josh at Calvary Church. I met Josh in the Jr. High program and Tara in High School. They are both such wonderful people and great friends. Tara and I have spent lots of time together in the last several years and even took a class together at West Valley! She is such a good friend and has always been there for me. Tara is an awesome example of strong woman of God. She has been an inspiration to me. I'm praying for Tara to wake up soon and for a safe recovery. I'm also praying for Joshs' injuries to heal quickly, and for God to give him peace. My family, friends and I are all praying for Tara & Josh.

Miki Masuda - San Jose, California
     Met both Josh & Tara while they went through the high school ministry at Calvary. Tara would often visit me in my office at church. She also helped coach a youth basketball team. I traveled to Latvia twice with Tara and with both of them to Romania.

Karen Kelley - Beaverton, Oregon
     I know Tara because my dad is Chuck Kelley, whom Tara went to Latvia with and Tara has come to Oregon to visit me and I have spent some wonderfully memorable times with her in California over the last few years. Although she may not know it, Tara has blessed my life so much by her actions, she taught me how to be a better friend and the importance of being a truly genuine person. She amazes me. I love you, Tara!

Renalda Ludvika - Riga, Latvia
Tara and I are very good friends since she came to Latvia, and I have visited her in California a couple of times, where I also met Josh.  I was supposed to come to the wedding and be a bridesmaid.  I want you to know that everyone who knows Tara here are praying for her fervently, and many churches are joining in prayer for Tara.

Karuss Edwards, Los Gatos, California
     Tara has been my best friend / sister figure for the past three and a half years and I have been friends with Josh for four years. I love them both very much and all of us are praying for them.

Linda Kilgore
, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
    Tara and Josh attend our church at Summit Community. My son is a youth in Josh's youth group. I hosted Tara's bridal shower in Denver. I also coordinated the move from Josh's apartment this past weekend. They are both awesome people and we continue to pray for Tara and Josh.

Erika Zdunich
- Sandy, Utah
Tara, I am excited to see the progress in your recovery. It makes me smile to read when you do something new for the first time. For your father it must be like watching his baby doing something for the first time all over again! I continue to hang up flyers for you and your family in the hopes that you will make a full recovery. You are still in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there! One day at a time.....

Kristi Levesque
- Aurora, Colorado
I don't even know Tara and Josh but it hits close to home since they were on their way to Colorado. I love how you keep people up to date on the progress of Tara. I am hoping she comes out of the coma soon. I will be praying for both of the families involved. God Bless!!

Trisha Kristof
- San Jose, California
I know Tara from Real Life at Calvary. She is an awesome singer and I always missed her when she wasn't there to help lead the singing. I always enjoyed her bubbl
iness and honesty with all at Real Life.

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