Difficult Week

You know I most often feel that I (and my family) are in a relatively good place after the things we have been through in our lives. I feel genuinely happy and look forward to things like Christmas.

But then something will happen, and I am reminded that our wounds are still fresh and we haven't quite healed; and perhaps a part of us never will.

This past week our family faced another difficulty. I won't go into any details except to say that it was traumatic and sad but it is over now and we are again trying to move forward.

I would do anything I could to spare my children any worry, but life is full of difficult moments and sad things. And those experiences are the events that make us who we are. And I could not have spared them this (although I would have if I could have).

I am a private person, and I don't typically like to share my personal trials and that is why I don't feel comfortable sharing the details. But I do know that some people know, and I appreciate their love and concern as we deal with yet another trial.

I love my kids and my husband, and hearing their worry and sadness (along with my own grief) has been difficult. But I think I needed to be reminded to be cautious and careful with their tender feelings and respect their own perspective on losing Joey and the other things we have had to face in our married life.

I am grateful for them--so very grateful!

I know that this is typically a "work" blog, but so many people know of our son's experience and I haven't felt like posting anything creative for days, and wanted to sort of explain why. I am sure that I will be back to a new "normal" as Christmas approaches. I do want it to be a very happy time for my children. That's important to me.

So if we don't talk before then, Happy Holidays!


  1. Prayers that you may feel peace and comfort during your difficulty.

  2. I think of you often, hugs and prayers!

  3. Man girly, you've had your share of poop thrown at you haven't you? You're a strong chicky and I'm thankful you've got your faith to keep you going. Give yourself a big sloppy kiss for me ok? Love ya!

  4. Jen-
    Big hugs to you, my friend. You are always in my prayers.

    Love you,

  5. so sorry that you and your family have to deal with any more tough stuff ... especially around the holidays. will be thinking of you!

  6. Jen-
    I think of you guys a lot.
    Especially during this holiday season...
    I am so sorry.
    Big hugs to you guys.
    Hope you feel peace soon, and have a happy holiday.

  7. Oh goodness my friend. I am praying for you and your family and whatever it is you are dealing with.

  8. Our family will be sending prayers to yours. Happy Holidays!

  9. Hey Jen, I think of you often and I'm sorry for all the trials and sadness you are having to go through. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and just know how special you are to so many people. You are loved and thought of often even though I don't get to talk with you very much. Prayers and love at this difficult time.

  10. Keeping you in my prayers as I often do. God bless you and yours.

  11. Keeping you in my prayers in thoughts. I hope that you can soon find peace and comfort.

  12. ((hugs)) I hope you get a chance to leave all the worrying behind and enjoy a little Christmas with your family. I know you're going to make it memorable for them! I'll be praying for you girl!

  13. Oh Jen, I was so sorry to read this post. So sorry. I hope that your family can try and get through what has just happened. We may all strive to try and get through it but we will never forget. I am sending your family hugs at this hard time, a hard time now for many reasons. I think of you, your family and Joey quite often, stopping to light a candle for you at my church. I wish for peace and strength in your home this holiday season.

  14. thinking of you through the holidays and hope that your family gets through what ever challenges your facing. Hugs.

  15. Take care of yourself Jen, and take the time you need to grieve, be angry, be sad, be confused - to deal with what you're dealing with and what you have had to deal with recently. You and your family are in my prayers always.


  16. Thinking of you, and wishing you and your family peace -- at Christmas and ALWAYS.

  17. Hugs to you Jen - I hope your family's Christmas is filled with happy memories of Joey



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