Heavy Heart

Today was our first day back from Spring Break, but we all arrived with heavy hearts.  Over the weekend, we learned that our sweet counselor’s 19-year-old daughter was admitted to the ICU.  By Sunday morning, we found out that she had unexpectedly passed away.  My heart is broken for this family and their tremendous loss.  Our entire school met today as a “family” to talk about the events of the weekend and what we could do to help our counselor & her family.   Just a very short year ago, we had a very similar family meeting after we lost a precious 1st grader to cancer.  Life is short and completely unexpected, and as a mom, that makes me want to cherish every little moment I have with my boys…even the not-so-great times :)   I was reminded today how blessed I am…I have two {healthy} sweet boys & a husband I love more than life itself, and I work in a school full of the most loving, christian people I’ve ever known.  It truly feels like I “work” with my family.  Even though I didn’t know our counselor’s daughter personally, I teared up as we prayed {together} for the family.  It’s hard not to feel sad when it hits so close to home.  I spent a lot of extra time tonight snuggling my boys and giving them more hugs and kisses than they could handle, so I have nothing to share with you tonight.  I just ask that you say an extra prayer of peace & comfort for this sweet family. 

22 comments:

  1. I am so sorry, Cara. I can't even imagine the what the family must be feeling right now. Prayers from KY...

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  2. I'll keep your "school family" in my prayers...

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  3. I'm so sorry, Cara. I'll keep your school family in my prayers...may the lord give them peace and comfort in these very difficult times.

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  4. I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Amber

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  5. i'm sorry to hear this. i teared up reading it. life really is too short and precious...

    i'll remember them in my prayers.

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  6. I will definitely pray for all of you!

    Conchy

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  7. My prayers go out to you and your school family!

    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching

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  8. So sad to hear about this...I will keep them in my prayers.
    It is so amazing to hear how your school is a family, I know the family will be happy to have all of you in their lives.

    Ms. Thomas

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  9. Oh Cara! I am praying for all of you! I'm so sorry:*(

    Anna
    Crazy for First Grade

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  10. I am praying for your counselor and their family and everyone touched by this sadness! So sorry to hear this!

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  11. As a mother who has lost her child, I feel your colleagues pain. If you ever need to know the "right words" send me a message. I have heard all the bad ones and all the good ones. Hugs sent your way.

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  12. So sad for you and your school family. The power of prayer is great and I will be saying one for all of you tonight.
    Shelly

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  13. I'm so sorry! That is just terrible. My thoughts are out to you and your school family.

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  14. My prayers are being said for this family, as well. Thinking of you all.

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  15. My heart breaks for this family. Sending prayers for them. We all definitely need to remember to cherish EVERY moment.

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  16. How terrible. I can't imagine the pain of losing a child. It does remind you to appreciate what you have. Thinking about you and your friend.
    Jenn

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  17. It sounds like your school is a dream school. How I would love to be that close with my fellow teachers and administrators. I will be praying for the counselor that lost her daughter and for your school as well. It is true that we take life for granted, but God uses incidents like this to show others His love even though it may not seem so.

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  18. News like this stops us all in our tracks. I am so so sorry and of course thoughts go out to your entire school family.

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  19. Prayers for all involved Cara! This is so true. We had unexpected death two weeks ago. It makes you stop and think about things you take for granted daily. I also sent you a private message (email). Please let me know if that worked.
    Tammy

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  20. I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. I love your blog and it's so encouraging to read about your school and I see a lot of teamwork. I'm sure your counselor is blessed to be surrounded by sweet people like you.

    I am teaching VBS this summer and we are soing the BIG APPLE ADVENTURE-I need to set up my room like Battery Park...I loved the large Lady Liberty-do you by chance have the picture that was used for that?

    I am the Ed Tech at Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary School (Montgomery, Alabama). I taught for 25 years in the classrooma nd loved every minute of it (4K, 5K and first grade-I loved first graders!) Keep up the wonderful work and keep loving that sweet family!
    God bless you, especially today!
    Kathi Rogers

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  21. So sorry Cara. It really does put life in perspective and make you hug your babies even tighter. Hug and prayers.

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