Thursday, November 15, 2012


This post has nothing to do with PWS, but it is something that is so touching my heart and our family...

Yesterday, the 4th father of one of my kids friends passed away.  Four great, strong marriages.  Four couples who were best friends and loved being close families.  Four families that have now felt a similar loss. One I cannot comprehend.  Three of them in the past year alone.

All of the children were that indeed, still children.  Ages 3, 10, 11 and 11.

I know that PWS has made our families journey tougher than average, but I cannot imagine raising any of the kids without Gary.  It would be the loss of my best friend, my rock, some days - my sanity.  It would be the loss of 1/2 of who my kids are and 1/2 of their compass for who they will become. I can't imagine handling the challenges or for that matter, not having him there to share the joys.

My kids are keenly aware that life ends.  It has not struck them personally yet as they still have all 4 grandparents... but they have walked this road with their friends.

So, if you have a minute, say a prayer for these families.  For the amazing women who are moving forward the best they know how.  For young children who have to grow up a bit quicker than they should.  For those of us who want to support them, may we know how to truly be helpful.


  1. This post really touched me. It's heartbreaking to think about happening to so many families in such a short period of time. I'll spend some time in prayer for these families, children, and those who want to help them.

    Laurie S.

  2. Thanks Laurie. I am sure the concept of a parent dying is one you are keenly aware of as a military family. Prayers for you and yours as well during this deployment.

  3. That is so heartbreaking. It is just unbelievable that families have to endure hardships like that. :(