9/10/11

A broken heart, and a prayer for the family.


I am reminded this morning about the fragility of life.



Oh, I know in my heart the stark reality about this fragile life. I know that each of us has a small clock ticking inside of us, and that there is no way around the watchman who comes to collect you when that clock stops.



I just wish he would leave the children alone.



Today I want to wrap my arms around Anna’s family. I want to tell her that there is no greater heartbreak, of this I know. I want to tell her that there are thousands of people who would like to hold her as she mourns the loss of her son. I want to do anything, something to make it better; but I know I can't.




Instead, I will take a walk in the woods, I will hold my own children with all my might and I will shed some tears for our lovely, darling Anna, and her family.




I know you will do the same.




UPDATED: Please visit the blog of our friend Kate, to see others who have been moved to write for or about Anna.

AND: If you would like to do something in the way of a donation, I have heard that the family has requested they be made to Samaritan's Purse.

31 comments:

Everyday Goddess said...

Our hearts know exactly how to respond when there are no words.

May they find peace.

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

Wisdom, grace, strength and peace.

Sue said...

Hard to understand the "whys" of losing a child, regardless of age. It's not the natural order of life to me. I hope we all remember to love our own kids just a bit more as we realize how quickly things in life can change.

Take care, Sue

RottenMom said...

How does one carry on from such a tragic loss. I'm glad you are there to support her. You know and you understand more than most of us. I visited Anna today, but I also want to tell you that I'm thinking of you and that I love you sweet lady.

Pseudo said...

I did not know this. Prayers for Anna, who I have been reading a long time.

Kathy said...

OMG I can't even imagine. My heart breaks for his family. :(

Debbie said...

I've been reading her for a while now too. I am heartbroken for her and her family. I couldn't sleep last night, I just kept thinking about them. So so sad. She is in my prayers.

Sherri said...

This is so sad. My heart goes out to everyone in the family.

The Empress said...

I spent most of yesterday in disbelief, and then tears when I realized "lost her son" meant actually that.

I had hoped, that maybe he was gone for awhile, you know at a friend's without calling him...then I saw that lost meant truly LOST.

I still can't stand it.

I just...everything we worry about and wring our hands over is stupid when you see this.

How will her family make it? I can't imagine.

Cheryl D. said...

This whole situation makes me so sick to my stomach! I've never read Anna's blog, but a former coworker of mine is really good friends with the family and told me what happened. It's heartbreaking!Just devastating!

My prayers go to the family.

PM Taylor said...

Two of my friends have each had a daughter die. I quite literally cannot imagine how they have continued through life ... but by some miracle, some grace - they have.

So sorry to hear this devastating news. Thoughts, love, prayers, deepest sympathy ...

PMT

Debby@Just Breathe said...

This is so sad and I will be praying for them. Thank you for sharing her blog. I had heard about this yesterday on Facebook but didn't know the link to her blog. I mailed her a handkerchief at the request from a friend who follows her.

LOLA said...

Beautifully said. "Out, out, brief candle."

Love,
Lola

Ann Imig said...

Tears.

Kyddryn said...

When I click through the link you provided, it goes to a post about two children beginning their next school year. If the boy in the photos is the young man mentioned in the comments as "lost", I am truly sorry for the family.

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

yogurt said...

Very, very sorry.

Kimberly said...

My heart just aches. And aches. And aches. I cannot imagine the depths of her sorrow.

justmakingourway said...

Kyddryn - I thought the same thing. My heart is breaking for this family. They will be in my thoughts.

Brian Miller said...

i am sorry...this hurts my heart...prayers....

Vodka Mom said...

Pray for them.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/flooding-claims-four-lives-in-dc-area/2011/09/09/gIQARKqfFK_story.html

Christy said...

It's just heartbreaking and tragic and I can't stop thinking about dear Anna.

ChiTown Girl said...

I didn't know what happened when I read this post, but then I read a post over at Motherhood in NYC about this, and now I get it. How horribly tragic. I wish there was something I could do, but I can only keep Anne and her family in my prayers.

Jeff D'Antonio said...

There are no words. My heart goes out to Anna and the rest of her family

Casey Freeland said...

Oh, I'm so sorry.

That Janie Girl said...

Comfort and peace be upon them. Praying.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I wish the children could be exempt. I tell my own three that they won't die until they are very, very old. They're still very little - so I can get away with this. And I dread the day (coming very soon) that I have to tell them the truth.

I will give Anna a hug for you when I see her.

Ellie Mae said...

Just devastating. Such a cute boy. Heartbroken is right. Prayers for the family.

Gayle said...

I read about such tragedy and know that it easily could have been had my son's accident last month gone the other way. We recently had a young boy run over by an impaired driver as he was walking to school...the school my kids attend...and my husband's nephew by marriage (with his ex). I've watched first hand this grief and it is like no other. I am so sorry for Anna and her family.

Jill said...

I'll be with Kate on Monday and will pass along any extra hugs and wishes to Anna.

Heartbreaking.

@eloh said...

So sad.

WebSavvyMom said...

-->I wish he'd leave the children alone too. So sad.