Monday, April 16

Thank You.

As many of you already know, my step dad (who has been with my mom since I was 9 or 10) passed away Saturday night.  This is something personal enough that I would typically keep it to myself, but a panicked phone call from my mom at the beginning of Saturday's events left me stunned, and in a freaked out moment I tweeted about it. 

I was overwhelmed with an outpouring of tweets and emails and texts, and I really just wanted to say thanks.  Thanks for your prayers and thanks for the love.  It is a difficult situation for everyone, but my heart just aches for my mom.  I can't even imagine the pain she's going through.

If it runs across your mind, my mom could use a little prayer here and there.  When this whirlwind of funeral arrangements and out-of-town company passes, we will all go back to our daily lives.  She and my youngest brother will be the ones with the big hole left in their everyday.

78 comments:

  1. Thinking of you and your family. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers as they go through this heart breaking transition. May you find strength and peace through love.

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  2. I will definitely be praying for your mom and brother. So glad to know you through your blog - hugs to you! <3

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  3. I will be praying for you and your family for sure. Losing somebody is always hard, you'll be in my thoughts, Katie.

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  4. I most definitely pray for your mom and your brother. Thoughts and prayers are with you as well. xoxo

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  5. Praying for you. The Lord is faithful to comfort His children. Thank you for sharing this hard time in your life. Know that His Word is true. Isaiah 43:1-5 is particularly comforting. With His love-AA

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  6. My thoughts are with you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers... All my love... xxx

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  7. I'm so sorry Katie,sending love to you and your family. I saw the news on Twitter last night and you guys have been in my thoughts today. Big hugs.

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  8. My thought are with you and your family. All my strength an love.

    /Sarah

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  9. prayers and love from NZ too... x

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  10. Prayers and heart with you, your family, and most especially your mum and brother. God be with each of you in this time.
    Love from Asia

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  11. Oh sweetheart I'm so sorry, what shocking news! Sending lots of love to you and your family x x

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  12. My thoughts are with you and your family, especially your mum and brother.
    Big hugs. <3

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  13. I'm sorry to hear that, may you and your family find peace.

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  14. I'm so sorry, Katie; my thoughts are with you.

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  15. Thinking of you and your family at this hard time. Sending loads of virtual hugs your way xoxo

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  16. I'm so sorry. My thoughts to you and your family, especially your dear momma.

    xoxo,
    Laura

    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  17. ohh i am so sorry to hear this sweetie~ thinking about you and your family!

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  18. So so sorry to hear that! I will definitely be thinking and praying for your family.

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  19. Many prayers and lots of love to you and your family. xoxo

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  20. Sending happy and hopeful thoughts xo. - Sara

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  21. Sending lots of hugs your way- I too just lost my step-dad a little over a month ago. Praying for peace for you and your family.

    xoxo Kayla

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  22. I'll keep praying for you guys...

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  23. Katie, I am so sorry. I know how badly it hurts <3 My thoughts are with you and your beautiful family. Stay strong, love.

    -Trina

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  24. Don't know what to say but I want to say something... so I'm sorry to hear that. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  25. Katie,
    My mom and I lost my biological father when I was 8 months old (she was 18) and got remarried to a man I grew up calling "dad". He passed away when I was 17 and my half-brother was 11. My mom was widowed twice by the age of 35. The first year or so was incredibly difficult and we still miss him horribly, but just remind your mom to take things day by day. Some days are harder than others. Praying for lots of support, listening ears, and shoulders to cry on when your mom and brother need it most! Thinking of all of you.
    -ak

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  26. So Sorry! Praying for you and your family through this difficult time.

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  27. I'm so sorry. I hope that your family finds love and peace with each other through this tough time.

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  28. Wish you and your family strength for this rough times.So sorry to read about that!

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  29. I'm so sorry, Katie. I know that nothing I say will make the pain subside, so just know that you and your family are in my thoughts.

    - Sierra

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  30. thinking of you and your family. xo

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  31. I'm so sorry. My brother died last week from a several year illness leaving a young wife and two little girls. I know what your going thru as this weekend we had the funeral and viewing. You have my deepest sympathies.

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  32. My heart goes out to your mom and you and the rest of your family. My fiance was killed last year...being widowed is...the hardest thing (to say the least). I'll say a prayer for her. My advice for you is to not be afraid to talk about him with her and to make sure she knows she's not alone. People have a tendency to abandon widows, usually without realizing they are doing it, when all we want is someone to just be there. ((hugs))

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  33. So sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you, and especially your little brother and mom. When the time is right, you might try looking into dailystrength.com. (either for yourself, or for them.) I've found that they have some really great online support groups.

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  34. Oh dear! :'(
    I am so sorry to hear the news on your loss.
    I will be praying for peace during this difficult time for you and your family!!
    much love.
    -Colie
    xoxo

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  35. hugs to you and your family. you will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers

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  36. Katie,
    I know you have been hearing this alot, but my prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. After loosing 6 close family members this year, I have really grown to understand how much hurt can linger after something like this happens. Be there for your mom and family, and be sure to take care of yourself too. Again, I'm sorry and blessing to you all!

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  37. katie, i'm very sorry. i will definitely be praying for them. sending love!

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  38. My heart just breaks, I'm so so so so sorry to hear about this Katie. <3 I'm sending all my prayers to your momma and youngest brother, and of course all my love to your entire family.
    xo Moorea

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  39. I'm sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this time. *Hugs* <3

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  40. I am so so sorry for your family's loss. Lots of good thoughts being sent your way. xo

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  41. Oh, Katie. What a terrible and sudden loss. I will say a prayer for your mom and the rest of your family as well. hugs

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  42. I will be praying for your family. May they experience the deepest peace.

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  43. I haven't had to experience a loss like this so I can't really imagine how it feels but all I can say is I'm so sorry for your loss! You & your family is in my thoughts. xo!

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  44. oh my gosh, I am so sorry about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    xxx
    www.ladyalamode.com

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  45. I'm so sorry, all my love with you and your family.

    Xoxoxoxo, Bea

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  46. So sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and healing for all of you.

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  47. I will certainly pray for you and your family, especially your mom.

    xo
    cortnie

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  48. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    You are right to use the word "whirlwind" to describe what happens after something like that...I went through it with my own father about a year and a half ago, and I remember it as such a big blur. It's the hardest thing! The best you can do is to be there for your Mom, and help her with whatever you can...believe me, there will be a lot to do.
    Stay strong friend!

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  49. Thank God for his comfort in these circumstances. He's all we really have at the end of our lives. Praying you and your family.

    Ellen

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  50. oh my goodness, katie..i am so incredibly sorry for your loss.. I can't imagine the pain your mother is going through and I will send prayers her way... <3

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  51. Sending my love and prayers from Phx, AZ. xo

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  52. So sorry. Sending prayers your way.

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  53. I just now stumbled upon your lovely blog, and just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss! This is a quote I have always enjoyed that I thought I would leave with you...“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Thinking of you and sending a few extra smiles your way! <3

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  54. Katie, so sorry to hear about your stepfather. Sending love and prayers your way, to your mother and brother. I lost my dad less than a year ago, so I know how it feels. Time heals, if agonozingly slowly.

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  55. so sorry to hear about your loss. your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

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  56. I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom about half a year ago and it still hits me every single day. Time will heal, but it takes a lot of time. Sending all my love to you and your family and remember this: as long as you remember him, he exists.

    Lots of love,
    Sari

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  57. I am so sorry that you, your mom, and your family have to go through this. Even though everyone goes through this at some point, it never makes it any easier to express ones sorrow for another. My prayers go out to your mom and brother to stay strong.

    xo
    Savannah

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  58. So sorry to hear of your loss :( Praying for you and your family x

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  59. I am so sorry for you all!!!

    I'm thinking of you , your mother and your brother!!

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  60. Sincerest hugs to you all; what a sad weekend for your family. I'll be thinking of you all often. xxx, j

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  61. so sorry!!
    - prayers and love -

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  62. Sending my best wishes to you & your family. Xoxo.

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  63. Katie, I'm so sorry to hear your news. Sending lots of love & prayers to you and your family!! xoxo

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  64. More and more love to you and your family, Katie. Your mom is definitely in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. <3

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  65. Oh, Katie, my heart dropped to my stomach when I read the tweet about your step-dad's passing. I'm so so sorry, and can't imagine what your mom and little brother must be feeling now. Lots of love to you and your whole family. <3

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  66. I am in tears, family means so much to me and I just can't imagine losing one of them. Prayers and much love and support to you & them<3

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  67. katie, im so so so very sorry to hear this. will be sending out some sweet love for your momma. she will need you more than ever right now, im sure you know. big love to you and your whole family!

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  68. Oh Katie, I am so sorry :(. I'm just now seeing this. This past week has been filled with major losses - one of my dearest friends tragically drowned, and my sister's best friend passed away as well. Reading this, I just can't believe there have been so many goodbyes within a matter of days. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you and your mom. I am sending so much love to you and your family. You're all in my heart.

    Love,
    Melissa

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  69. i am so, so sorry. my heart goes out to you and your family.

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  70. May the Lord comfort you and your family through this extremely difficult time. I shall keep your family in my prayers. Take as much time to mourn as possible as you reflect on his life and the love he shared.

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