I’ve been blogging since 2002, and even though I’m taking a (necessary) break from posting regularly, I still think of myself as a blogger. It’s been an amazing sixteen years that has brought me and my family incredible experiences, but the thing I will ALWAYS value the most is the relationships I’ve made. If it wasn’t for those relationships, we never would have had so much support when Maddie died. Our friends (both IRL and virtual) rallied around us and carried us when we couldn’t stand.
One of those friends was Rebecca Woolf. Bec and I met at a local blogger even in LA when Maddie was a baby and she was pregnant with her oldest daughter, Fable. Becca and her husband, Hal, were there for us when Maddie passed away. In the years we’ve been friends, Becca and Hal added twin daughters to their family (bringing their total to three girls and a boy), while Mike and I added Annie and James. Bec wrote beautifully and honestly about their lives in LA, and I felt lucky to call her my friend.
Yesterday, four months after being diagnosed, Hal died of pancreatic cancer. To say I’m devastated for them is an understatement. Hal was an amazing person, but an even more amazing father. His four kids will now grow up without their dad’s tremendous presence, and it’s so unfair. Bec will now go through life without her partner, and I just cannot imagine how overwhelmed with sorrow she must be today. My heart is broken for my friend and her beautiful family. Some friends started a GoFundMe to help with their expenses, because no one should have to worry about how to pay their bills when they’re burying their spouse.
Cancer is the worst thing ever.
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The world is so sad today. Here’s a cute baby picture to make you smile:
Happy Sunday, everyone.