Her beautiful soul.
Someone I loved dearly passed away today. She became my big sister and afforded my brother two beautiful boys and a lifetime of memories for all of us. Many of you never met Patti, who I would liken to someone with the grace and style of Princess Diana. We sat together on the night that princess Diana died weeping together for a beautiful soul that was lost too early. Patti, how ironic is it that you would join her celestial court at virtually the same age, both ripped apart from the boys you loved so dearly. Over the last three days, I watched over your boys and did my best to protect their broken hearts and I promise to continue to do so from today on. When I came home today, as soon as I laid eyes on my own babies I fell to pieces. There is nothing so powerful as the love between a mother and her children.
Although most of you haven’t met her, you knew Patti through my blog. I wrote the first entry the day she received her diagnosis and since then, every photo over the past three years was inspired with her in my heart. Through photos, I tried my best to embrace all that she couldn’t throughout her long illness.
Friends; don’t let go of the ones you love, and if they must go, hold on to them forever in your heart. They're never really gone.
1/10/2014 11:05:42 am
1/11/2014 01:51:05 am
Thanks so much Wendy, I am so happy that you have been with me throughout this journey. Sending love your way.
1/10/2014 11:49:17 am
So many of us have already adjusted our attitudes because of Patti's illness. If there is anything positive that can come of this, certainly it is that. I hope the ripple of love and compassion spread deep and wide. She is certainly touching lives here in New Zealand and although I never had the honour of meeting her I have a very strong impression of the beautiful being that she is. If there is anything at all that I can do from a far please don't hesitate to contact me.
1/11/2014 01:52:28 am
She truly is one of the few true beautiful people I have ever known. I hope you feel her love all the way in New Zealand. I know I still do.
1/10/2014 10:42:46 pm
I am so sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law and for the emptiness created in the life of your brother and two nephews. I can not imagine the depth of their loss today and in the future without her.
1/11/2014 01:54:09 am
Patti brought us together. If their hadn't been a blog, we would have never met. Thank you for being a positive beacon of friendship.
1/11/2014 07:44:02 am
Jen - I'm so sorry for this difficult loss in your family. Patti sounds like such a special person and soul. I'm sure through your photos and writing you will keep her spirit alive. She is fortunate to have known and been intertwined with your family.
1/11/2014 02:10:13 pm
Jen, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law. You were so blessed to have each other in your lives, and your writing and photos honor her in such a loving way. I hope the good memories of her bring you and your family some comfort during this time.
1/14/2014 10:08:50 am
Hi Jen, I wish I knew the magic words to say to take away the pain and hardship the loss of your loved one has brought into your lives.
1/21/2014 12:35:34 am
Jen and family, I am so sorry and sad for your lost. Please know that I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. You are an amazing person and your passion always shows in your work, so keep doing what you love the most to honor her beautiful memory. God's blessing, love and comforting thoughts your way... EMY
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