Monday, September 8, 2014

Sad Times for our Family

It has been a long time since my last blog post. Many of you know my sister in law has been fighting cancer. A couple weeks ago she lost her fight. It has been a huge shock to all of us..she always had such a good attitude and would say, "I've got this" when asked about her cancer. We didn't think we would lose her.
 She was 33 and had 3 children. I call her my sister in law but my husband's brother and her were only engaged..and the wedding was planned for this August. My last text messages from her were showing me her wedding dress and saying how excited she was for the wedding. She was so happy.




The picture below of Kirsten and her daughter was taken the weekend before she died.


She looked so happy and healthy. Shortly after this photo was taken she picked up an infection. Her body wasn't able to fight the infection and she died within hours. Her youngest, Jaxon, was staying with me at the time.

The kids are taking it as well as can be expected. I don't think the youngest, Jaxon, really understands what is going on. He just knows everyone is crying and he doesn't know where Mommy is.


My daughter Chantel turned 16 on the 1st of September. Though it was something to celebrate we so wished Kirsten would have been there. Who knows...maybe she was?

So we are all trying to get back to normal life. My projects are piling up all over the house and I so need to get painting. I know that Kirsten would not want me to sit and grieve and worry about the kids and not get things done so I need to get it together and get back to life.


That is what Kirsten would want for all of us.


Kirsten will always live in our hearts.

38 comments:

Debby said...

Such a sad loss
So sorry for all of you. Hugs

Dee Fisher said...

So sorry for the loss of this beautiful Mother. Blessings on your family.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Such an incredibly difficult time for all of you Sandy and especially the three young children.
Getting on with life doesn't mean you have forgotten... the living still have to live and you have a very important role to perform; loving and support those children in their grief.
Thinking of you at this most difficult time sweetie. xx

Heaven's Walk said...

I am lifting you all up in prayer,
Sandy. Prayers of peace, strength, and comfort for your broken hearts.... ♥

xoxo laurie

Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

Im so sorry u and ur family are experiencing such a sad loss..I know nothing I say can even scratch the surface of ur grief...just let urself breathe.....grief is an ongoing process..with Gods help ule get by.. we will be praying for the families that u find peace...love to all of u.

Ivy and Elephants said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. She was so young and beautiful and well loved. God be with you and those gorgeous child.
Blessings,
Patti

Janae said...

Your post was very beautiful, we will all miss her so very much.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

oh I'm so sad Sandy. I too thought she would best it. my prayers and thoughts are with you. xx

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

I am so so sorry Sandy!!! I have been praying for your sister in Law since you told us she was sick. Beautiful pictures of her
you take care of yourself
deezie

Cristan Lamb said...

Sandy, there are no words for the way that I feel for you, and all of your loved ones during a time of such a grandiose loss...you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Sandy I am so sorry for your loss and will be keeping you all close in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you strength and a hug xo.

lynn said...

so sorry for your loss, sandy. she was beautiful:) hugs and prayers to all.

Grandma Carolee said...

Sandy, you have been a source of strength & comfort for Kirsten's loved ones...especially Scott and Jaxon. This is a beautiful loving post.

Lennysredrose said...

Dear Sandy and family. I am so sorry to read about your sister in law. I What an impossible dificlt thing to accept. Her so young and so filled with hope for a happy future. I hope your faith in God helps you get through this tragedy knowing her sweet soul is in Heaven with Jesus now. And I would imagine her beautiful spirit with shine through in all of your hearts. Forever. My thoughts will be with you all and I've said a prayer for your entire family <3 Sincerely, Cynthia Rose

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Oh Sandy, I'm so very sorry for your loss! Your sister in law was beautiful and you have certainly honored her memory with this beautiful post. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Such Sadness for you all. So hard to leave children behind. Bless those Sweet Children. So sorry for your loss. Hugs

Cynthia said...

Life is so fragile. Kristen looks like a beautiful person who enjoyed her brief time here, and she obviously touched the lives of many. Very sorry for the loss to her family and friends. You are all in my prayers.

Diane Mars said...

Oh I am so sorry for your loss what a beautiful girl and such a sweet smile, I sure hope all is well with the children everyone must be devastated! ox

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful young woman.
Mary

Diane said...

I am so sorry for the loss of this lovely lady and mother. You wrote a sweet, touching tribute in her memory.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I a m so sorry for your family's loss.

Patty Wiles said...

May God comfort you all...

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Sandy, I am so incredibly sorry for the huge loss you and your family are suffering. Hugs to you and yours. xo

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm sorry to hear this, Sandy. My sympathies to your family and brother-in-law.

Junkchiccottage said...

Sandy,
So sorry for your loss. Kirsten was a beautiful women and you can see the sparkle of hope in her eyes. I hope the wonderful memories will help you as you all grieve this great loss. My deepest sympathies.
Kris

Cindy said...

Oh wow... so sorry. What a shock that must have been for everyone for her to be so present one day and then gone so fast. Life is crazy. I'll have you all in my thoughts...

Cindy

edy said...

There are no words to ease your loss...I am so sorry....
the memories you all carry are the miracles she left.....

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

So sorry for your loss! How very sad for all. She looked so pretty and healthy in the photo with her daughter.

Lupnk said...

So sorry for your loss. I offer you, your brother in law and your family my deepest sympathy.

Julie said...

Oh Sandy, how very sad.
I know your family and hers will pull together and look after those precious children of hers!
Take care xx

Lucille said...

My sympathies to the family. So sad! She was so young!

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

I'm so sorry, Sandy, to hear about this. My condolences and prayers are with you and your family.

must love junk said...

Oh, I'm SO sorry to hear this! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Susan

Amy Jo said...

Sandy,

I am soo sorry for your loss! I will be adding the children to my prayer list.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

June said...

I am so, so sorry dear Sandy. What a bright, happy and beautiful person to go so soon. I know she will leave a huge whole in your families world. She sounds like a wonderful person and I am sorry for her children.
Sending extra hugs your way...

The Polka Dot Closet said...

oh dear...I am so sorry for her kids and your families. 33,,,,, darn it Sandy, that is just not fair!! Not fair for her and her sweet kids...Just not fair all the way around!

Carol

Suzanne said...

So very sorry for your loss.

Twinkle Terrior said...

I am catching up on reading blogs tonight and I am so sorry for the loss of such a sweet lady in your family. REMEMBER - she is always there (like at the birthday) but just from above smiling down on everyone oxoxo
REST BLESSED KIRSTEN