Remembering Ryan Cruz Saldana

This family has been gifted to see

Their guardian angel making steps on earth;

The grace of Heavenly Sight for the road ahead

The years of decisions and challenges yet to come.

A light for them he will be

No doubt, no darkness

Can lay siege upon this family

For the child has gone ahead

To light the path of Truth As only he can

Wee angel Ryan named for a king.

Commonplace Grace

Don't Lose Heart

On May 2, 2014 Jacqui and Dan Saldana lost their three-year-old son, Ryan. Although I never met him, a piece of my heart broke off when he died. I learned about Ryan, while he still graced the planet, from my niece Molly. For a time, she worked with his mother at the Madewell store in Santa Monica, California. I began reading Jacqui’s blog, Baby Boy Bakery and following her on Instagram where she shared recipes and the adventures of being Ryan’s mom. His adorableness, wrapped in red curls, was irresistible.

Last May, Ryan was struck and killed by a truck while playing outside of his cousin’s home in Alta Loma. An unfathomable loss that no parent should ever have to face. Ryan’s death sparked a social media outpouring of love and support for his family. The well wishes were posted with the hashtag #RedBalloonsForRyan, which was begun by family friends…

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