Posted on Feb 4, 2013 in Blog |

It has been just a little over 24 hours since our beloved dog’s death. I feel a bit of an obligation to update everyone for a few reasons: 1. You have lifted our family in prayer so high and so strongly that I want you to know it is helping. Prayer makes a difference for me. And I thank you for this gift. 2. I have been writing as a therapy to get through this grief, but some of my writing has actually created more pain for some of you. So I need you to see how I am working my way through my grief to the other side so you can as well. 3. I do not want you to think your words have gone unnoticed. I need to validate that everything everyone has said has made a difference and aided in our healing. No matter what it was, it has helped and is appreciated. 4. I also want to answer some of the questions asked and to address some of the suggestions. First off, THANK YOU. For every note, flower, card, text, cupcake (coming tomorrow), candy bar, cup of tea, weepy phonecall, instant message, email, hug, and personal visit brought to us in just this short amount of time. Literally, hundreds of people have connected to us and I am in complete awe of the strength of our friends and family. I have not responded to each one and I simply cannot. It reminds me of Preston’s death almost two years ago. I still have copies of every email, note, and text sent back then. Riley’s death is not on the same level as our nephew’s suicide. But the emotions are similar and I simply am overcome by emotion sometimes and literally don’t have the emotional or physical energy to respond. Some of you have said things that literally touch my heart so strongly that I cannot yet respond. I know I SHOULD respond to give you that validation individually, but I just can’t reach out yet in some cases. So please know your words and deeds are intensely appreciated. Some of you have been asking about...

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