2.09.2010

No words~

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
Thomas Campbell


My dear readers,


I don't even know how to write these words, so I'm just going to write them...


My older brother passed away unexpectedly yesterday morning.


I'm in shock.
And grieving.
Because of my faith, I believe I will see him again.
But until then, I pray that my Heavenly Father will hold him close and let him know how very much he is loved.

Because my blog is a form of therapy for me, and because my readers are an important part of my life, I wanted to let you all know. I'll be back soon.


xoxo
Wendy

172 comments:

Calise said...

I'm so sorry. I know our Father in Heaven has a plan. Turning to Him is exactly what will help you through this time. I know you don't know me, but my thoughts, prayers and love are with you right now.
Calise

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Wendy,
I am so, so sorry for all the pain and confusion you must be feeling. I know how difficult it is to lose someone unexpectedly and I'll be praying for you and your family.

steffany said...

I'm so very sorry.

Marg said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Eclectic Thrifty Chic said...

I am very sorry for your loss.. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Leanne said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

...... Kristina ...... said...

I am so,so sorry for your loss.
You will all be in my prayers tonight this is such a hard time for all of you and my heart goes out to you.
Love Kristina XxX

Andi's English Attic said...

It was very brave of you to take the time to let us know. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. xx

Mikaela_D said...

I'm so sorry to hear =( I lost my older sister 5 years ago, it is a very sad time. You will find strength in the love your friends and family will give to you, so hold on to that.

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

May God hold you close in his hands. I am sorry for your loss. Keep praying.

Charla

Shell in your Pocket said...

Oh...I will be praying for you! May God shed his grace upon you and give you a {peace} only God can give....may you hold Him close-

Sandy Toe

The Cottage Mama said...

So sorry for your loss - my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Lindsay

Brandie said...

I am sorry. Prayers to yo uand your family.

maryboys said...

i. am. so very sorry...

mary

Red Door Home said...

So very sorry for you, your family and everyone who loved your brother.

Carrie said...

I'm terribly sorry for your loss. I can only guess the feelings and questions that you have, despite your faith. Just know that God does have a plan and that one day, because of your faith, you'll see your beloved brother again with our Father.

Prayers.

Carolyn said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May your faith and His love guide you through this difficult time.

Little Lizard King said...

My heart breaks for you. Our prayers are with you and yours.

Mrs. S. said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers and thoughts are being sent your way.

Astrid said...

I am so very sorry to hear about your losses. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Laura said...

Oh Wendy, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts & prayers.

Kimberly said...

Oh Wendy, I am sorry to hear about your brother.
You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
Take Care

Dianne said...

hugs...I am so sorry for your loss.

julie said...

oh wendy! i am so sorry for you and your family! i could not imagine! my heart is sad for you! but i believe too that you will see him again and that God is taking wonderful care of him! xo

Suz said...

So sorry for your loss, thinking of you.

Kimberly said...

I'm so sorry. I, too, am so grateful for the knowledge that you (and I) will be with those who pass before us again. Until then, may the Lord bless and comfort you and your family.

Hana said...

Oh no! I am so sorry for your loss. At least you have the hope b/c of your faith that you will see him again one day in heaven but I know it won't take away from the pain you are experiencing now. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today. May God wrap His arms around you and your family during this time of grief. God Bless.

Hana

MOM OF 2 said...

I am so sorry to hear about your brother.

Valerie said...

I am so sorry for your loss! How thankful we become for the plan of salvation at times like this! I hope you and your family feel comforted at this time...

LindaSonia said...

Sooo very sorry for your loss. God be with you and give you peace. LindaSonia

elisabeth (bovagoods) said...

i am so sorry for your loss.

lrstan said...

I'm so sorry for you loss. I can't even imagine. Prayers for you and your family.

Kristi said...

words are not enough in a situation like this but it's all I can offer. I am so very sorry for your loss & my thoughts are with you and your family. Take your time to grieve the way you need to and trust in your belief that you will see him again someday.

southerninspiration said...

Oh, I am so sorry as well. I pray you and your family will know the peace that surpasses all understanding from the Heavenly Father. Take care.

Suzanne

southerninspiration said...

Oh, I am so sorry as well. I pray you and your family will know the peace that surpasses all understanding from the Heavenly Father. Take care.

Suzanne

Mary Beth said...

I am so very sorry - you are in my thoughts.

The Chubby Dove said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this.

Prayers and hugs for you and your entire family.

slip4 said...

I am so sorry. Sending out prayers for comfort and peace.

Colleen said...

I am so very sorry for your loss - my prayers are with your family.

waldenbunch said...

My sister passed away suddenly 9 years ago and you never really get over it. But you will get through it. There is hope.

Angela said...

Our family's thoughts and prayers go out to yours. I'm so sorry!

rebecca said...

My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. I hope you feel the comfort you need every day until you meet again.

Lettered Cottage said...

Wendy I am so sorry to hear about your brother. :-( I know you are going through a lot right now. Kevin and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Love you friend,
Layla

Amy Kinser said...

I am so so sorry. May you feel God's peace that passes all understanding.

burlap + blue said...

I am so, so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. YOu are in our prayers...take as much time away as you need.

Melissa said...

(((Wendy))) many hugs to you and your family. Know that you are all in our prayers.

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

Wendy - I'm so sorry. I'll be keeping your family in my prayers.

Stephanie said...

<3 and prayers, Wendy.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Glitter & Bliss said...

I am so sorry to read that. I am sending you a BIG hug and many prayers. Leslie

Barb said...

Wendy,I'm so sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers....Barb

Jill said...

SO sorry for your loss...I will cover you and your family in prayers...
Many Blessings!
Jill

GrammaGrits said...

Praying God's grace and comfort for you and your family.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. God's comfort be with you!

Deb said...

I'm very sorry about your brother. I've been lurking for some time but wanted to let you know I'll be praying for you and your loved ones.

Paul and Kari McMullin said...

So sorry to hear about your brother. May you find comfort in many places during this time.

Lainey-Paney said...

I am so sorry...

Amy said...

I'm so very very sorry! Words don't help much at times like this - but you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sheri said...

Oh my gosh, I am so, so sorry for you at the sudden loss of your brother. Please take care of yourself and your family. We will all be praying for you. ((((HUGS)))

jmberrygirl said...

Praying for you and your family at this sad time.

BJ said...

You and your family are in my prayers at this time. So sorry!

Pam said...

I am sooo sorry for your loss. Words are not adequate to share my sympathy. Hold on to the good memories and look forward to your reunion. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

XO,
Pam

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

Terrible to hear. May you find strength in your faith and the strength of your family!

Twice as Nice said...

We know your pain as we too lost a brother and we pray that the Lord will eventually replace the hurt in your heart with peace and happy memories.

Reynie said...

My heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry for your loss.

mrsatch said...

So sorry for your loss. There has been a lot of sadness so far this year. Take care of yourself. Your quote couldn't be more true.

Tote, Debby, Sammy and Caleb Jimenez said...

I'm so so sorry for your loss! You and your family will be in my prayers. May God shower you with the comfort that only He can give.

Micah said...

So Sorry....

Tales From the Land of Motherhood said...

I am so sorry to hear of that news Wendy! May you find peace in knowing that he is with our almighty Father. My thoughts are with you as you go thru this process!

Michelle

*JEM* said...

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort.

Jill said...

So sorry to hear this.

The Starr Family said...

There are no words, just prayers that somehow our Heavenly Father will be glorified through this and you will feel inspiration from your brother's life.

Thinking of your family.

Mandi said...

I am so sorry Wendy. Prayers for you and your family. I hope you can feel peace and comfort from Heavenly Father at this very difficult time.

*Hugs*

Diana said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. Isn't it wonderful to have faith and to know that this life isn't the end. Sending prayers to your family.

C and Co. said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

PaperCourt said...

I am so sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Allyson said...

I am so very sorry to hear your brother passed away! Praying for you and your family!

kirstenson said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Six in One Hand said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
May the Holy Spirit comfort and keep you during this time of mourning. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Jackie said...

I am so very sorry. I'll be praying for you and your family during this time.

Angie said...

So so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Anne said...

So very sorry. Praying for you and your family.

Kate said...

Dear Wendy
Praying for all of you during this very difficult time. I am truly truly sorry for the loss of your brother, may your heart be comforted by the love of your family and friends.

Warm Regards
Kate

Connie said...

So many people praying for you. Feel the love of friends and also feel the arms of our Savior holding you close at this most difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kimberly said...

I'm so very sorry to hear this. I am praying for you and your family in this time of shock and grief.

Jan said...

My heart is breaking for you and your family. Faith does help.

Shannon said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I can only imagine how you and your family are feeling right now. I will keep you in our thoughts, and hope you are able to take the time to heal.

hugs.

Mrs Soup said...

Dear Lord, I pray that you keep your arms around Wendy and her family during this difficult time. Give them the peace that they are so desperately needing. Please bless them with the knowledge of your love and the love of their loss.
In Your Name I pray, Amen.

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

~ Sarah

debi said...

I can't even imagine your grief..prayers to you and your family.
debi

Kelsey said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy losing a loved one but you will see him again and God will help your heart to heal. We will be praying for you and your family during this time. God bless!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

So sorry to hear your news. I'll keep you and your family in my heart.
~Amy

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Oh Wendy. Please know that you are in my prayers. Truly.

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Oh Wendy. Please know that you are in my prayers. Truly.

Ticking and Toile said...

Wendy,
I am so so sorry for your loss. Iknow that you know that he has been embraced by the Savior & is in the care of our Heavenly Father. You are so right, He does have a plan for him. It makes us feel better to know that, but it sure doesn't take away the grief. You are in my prayers as well. {{{big hugs}}}

Shellagh

MMW said...

I'm so sorry wendy. Kisses, love, hugs and comfort of Jesus,
MMW

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

I am very sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family in this most difficult time.
Elizabeth

Treasure Finder said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost a big brother unexpectantly two years ago. I received a call about 11 pm from one of my other brothers...it was "not real" but why would he say it if it wearn't true. I had to call my Dad...strange how strong you can pretend to be. You are blessed to have your faith, like me, I know I will meet him again. Treasure the memories!

Holly Days Closet said...

So sorry for your loss you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
Holly

Carmen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Maggie Mae said...

I lost my dad suddenly 12 yrs ago. I still get homesick for him. I think the first year was the toughest. All the things I had expected him to be there for and he wasn't. Once in church, a friend of mine's baby was blessed. Her dad and all her brothers were there. My daughter was due in a couple of months. I almost sobbed right there knowing my dad would not be there and that I lived so far from my brothers. Family is so great! Glad you are close enough to your brother to miss him even if it hurts.

One Cheap B*tch said...

So very sorry to hear that. =(

Anna See said...

Dear Wendy,

I am so, so sorry for your profound loss. I will pray for your whole family.

Ria said...

I'm so terribly sorry.

Bethany said...

I echo everyone else-I'm so sorry. :(

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Wendy, I'm so, so sorry to hear that. I am very close to my sister, and I can only imagine what you're going through right now. You and your entire family will be in my prayers!

AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage said...

Oh my gosh. Wendy! I'm so sorry! My heart and my prayers go out to you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

Anny said...

I'm in tears for you, I'm so sorry for your loss....

Kasey Hunt said...

I'm sorry to hear about your brother. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Kasey said...

I am so sorry Wendy.

Abbey @ Practically Perfect said...

You will be in our prayers!!!

Wendy said...

Wendy,
Prayers to you as you grieve the loss of your brother. As believers we do have the comfort of being reunited again. God bless you during this difficult time.

Your Sister in Christ,
Wendy

Kimm at Reinvented said...

I'm so sorry, Wendy. Many prayers and much love are sent your way.

Ferrill said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

me said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss ~

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You and your family will be in my prayers!

June said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Jennifer said...

I am so very sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

MARY said...

Lord, I ask for your peace for Wendy and her family. For every one touched by this life. Touch them in their deepest grief with a presence of peace that only you can give.
Amen.

I am so sorry.

Miss Obara said...

I am SO sorry Wendy! (hugs)

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

I am so sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kelly said...

My thoughts & prayers are with you Wendy. Though you have faith the loss is hard & dramatic, God Bless!

amy said...

My heart hurts for you. I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and peace.

Rebecca D said...

I am so sorry. We will be lifting your family up in prayer.

Aja said...

Praying for you and your family right now.. for comfort and peace.

Holly said...

I love you big sis!!!!!

aurora said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

Leah said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Amy in PA said...

Praying for you & your family!

Michele said...

Oh Wendy...my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. God has a plan, although we don't know it right now and it seems cruel. I lost my sister unexpectedly 13 years ago...and the hurt never goes away.

Be strong my friend...big hugz,
Michele

onehm said...

Very sorry to hear of your loss. You are always so willing to share, and I don't think I've commented before, but I wanted to tell you that I hope you and your family can feel at peace.

Heather said...

That made my chest hurt. I've lost a brother to. And it's not fair. May Heavenly Father hold your family in the palm of His hand.

rachel said...

I am so sorry for your heartbreak. Hold fast to your faith... what would we do without it?
Thinking of you....

Crafty Niche said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Mrs T said...

I am so sorry.

debra said...

I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

judy said...

so very sorry for your loss

Frugal Home Design said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Sam said...

Wendy - I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

tammy said...

Like onehm, I don't know that I've ever commented on your blog even though I always read it, but I just wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your family feel of our Heavenly Father's love at this time.

aimeewrites said...

I don't know how I can possibly offer anything helpful; I can only imagine your pain. But please know you are in my thoughts.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Wendy, I will pray for you and your family. I am so glad that you have assurance that your brother is with the Lord and you will rejoice with him once again. I know that doesn't erase the sadness of the hole he will leave on this earth. Take care.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers... praying for peace and wisdom during this time.

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

So sorry for your loss. Blessings to you and your family.
Cindy at Lakewood

9405018--Pat said...

I am so sorry for your loss...Pat H

Bridget said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Melissa said...

I am so sorry. You and your family are in my prayers.

Nicole Carpenter said...

I can only imagine the pain you feel. Just remember that things WILL get better with time...you now have another angel looking after you:)

God Bless xoxo

Jodee Leader said...

I, too, am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

{ L } said...

Oh wow. :( This is a season of grieving for you. It is so good you have this online community for support during this time. Death is so difficult to deal with. I hope your hearts get held at this time more than ever before.

{ang} said...

You are in my prayers. Love to you & your family.

Amber said...

I'm so sorry! I pray that the supernatural comfort & peace of the Lord will be with your family in this time!

Restyled Home said...

Wendy, I am so very, very sorry. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my prayers...

Much love,
Linda

Raised In Cotton~Carol said...

Words do not express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I do certainly understand as I have lost all three of my older brothers and my mom in the last few years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your lovely family.
God Bless,
Carol

Ace said...

Dearest Wendy,

My heart is broken for you, but as a fellow daughter of God I know you know and understand the plan of our Father-- no words I offer can speak greater truth.

May He send His Holy Comforter to cloak you and your family with peace at this difficult time. Let loose of what you can't control, serenity will be yours.

My prayers will be with you and yours.

MamaBug said...

Wendy, I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. We love you and we will be praying for you. It's times like these that we have to truly trust in the Lord and in His plan. I wish you peace.

Jennifer said...

I am so sorry for you and Holly. I am glad that you are in Utah now. I agree, I have no words either. Just know that I am thinking of you both.

Sandy said...

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your older brother. I, too, have lost my older brother who I adored in 2002 without any warning. May you find comfort in your memories of happy times with your brother and hopefully your grief will lessen as time goes on. I never, ever, thought that I would not grow old with my beloved brother. Fortunately, my oldest brother is still living and for that I am grateful. But not a day goes by that I don't miss older brother.

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

pk @ Room Remix said...

I'm so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers for God's continued peace and comfort.

To The Moon and Back said...

I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Christina said...

I am so deeply sorry for your loss...sometimes it is hard to see God's plan in the midst of such sorrow...I lost my sweet Mother-in-law unexpectedly like this...I stand everyday just believing that He is God and one day I will understand the purpose of allowing this to happen. I will be praying for you for comfort that passes all understanding.
(((HUGS)))

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

Wendy, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers of comfort are with you and your entire family as you celebrate his life with your memories.

Hugs to you, and I know He will comfort you in this time.

~Tracy~

KolentynePoppy said...

We all need care. And believe it or not, I don't know how all of this works, but we are all in this together. In this life together. Here. Together.

My heart goes out to you and your family. I had tears in my eyes when I read your words today. Please know that I am carrying around loving thoughts for you!

~Kolein

Candice said...

I'm so sorry for your loss!

sfretwell said...

So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort.

LuLu said...

Wendy, I am deeply sorry. Praying for your whole family.
Know I'm thinking of you,
xo,
LuLu

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Wendy, I am so so sorry to hear about your loss. My sister in law passed away 7 years ago, and It's so tragic and difficult and unfair.We are here for you and our prayers are with you. Jen

angelnurse said...

I am so very sorry that this happened. While knowing you will see him again sustains you, it is still hard to accept that he is physically not with you. Grief can be a miraculous tool to searching your soul and realizing what is important, and what we have MADE important that is taking too much time away from our families. Prayers are heading your way.
God bless

Teri said...

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Sue said...

I am so sorry.An unexpected death of a sibling is so hard to comprehend. ((hugs)) Remember the good time.

Kristi said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother Wendy. I have only just recently started reading your blog. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. :)
Kristi

Alysa@atticgals.blogspot.com said...

How awful to lose a sibling. I just read Holly's blog and then shot over to your blog too. My heart and prayers are with you guys. Alysa