What a cutie! The braces look perfect on her.
Oh Anna. How funny. And that link - I spit out my tea!!! Thank you for sharing a little moment of levity with us. I think about you constantly. Probably more than is healthy, but I can't help it. I definitely cry for you more than I should. But again, I can't help it. I'm an emotional pregnant woman, what can I say. Your friendship has touched me more than you'll ever know, as has your loss. Big fat hugs, dear Anna. xoxo
It made me smile through my tears- It's those little things that keep us grounded, isn't it? xo Diana
Keep strong. Keep sharing. You are an inspiration.
What a great sense of humor!!!You got yourself a gem!Sending postive vibes your way today!luv2run
she is a true ray of sunshine! i love her personality from everything you have shared. still praying here!
Like the commenter several above, laughing through tears. What a lovely daughter, inside and out.You are in my thoughts constantly.
Isn't she a cutie! This made my day. I am sure that she misses him terribly but having her sense of humor come out is wonderful! I hope she won her game!
She is so COOL - I wish I was half as funny as she is! Praying for you guys all the time.
That girl is as funny and strong as you. Your family is surrounded by prayers and support from blog world!If you wouldn't mind, give Margaret an extra hug this afternoon and tell her it's from Julia. She made me laugh.xoxo, Julia
Your girl has some amazing strength and charm about her. Even in such dark times, she must give you so much joy.
What a sweet, funny girl. And she looks good in braces. Praying for you every day. xo
Like Christy, I probably think about your family more than is healthy, but I can't help myself (and I don't have a pregnancy to blame!) Laughter has always been my go-to coping mechanism in times of grief, so I couldn't help but laugh out loud at M's hilarious, well-timed comment. What an angel you've got there. My heart is still hurting for you and your family, and I continue to pray for you daily. Big hugs from Kentucky.
She cracks me up, and I'm so glad she got your great sense of humor! Thanks for sharing.
I don't know you - fell onto your blog from Miss Mustard Seed right after Jack's accident. I've read your entire blog from beginning to present. You amaze me - your courage and strength is something we would all aspire to you. Your children are precious. Jack will always be with you in spirit. My heart breaks for you. i look forward to the days when you have posted just to know you've survived yet another day. Keep strong Anna. You have a lot of love out here rooting for you every step of the way. xo Patty
Now that's a wicked sense of humour! :) I hope her braces aren't causing too much discomfort, they will be very worthwhile. Love to your beautiful family from ours. Pipxx
Love her. so much love to all of you.
Too funny...Lots of love, and I agree - the braces look good.Always in thoughts and prayers,Lisa G.
unbelievable. all of you, just astounding.learning from you daily.g
Wow, she sounds like an amazing child. Laughing always helps, even if only for a second. xoxo
Thanks for sharing--she's a quick wit!
Margaret--you are precious. Anna--thanks for sharing.Tim--please slow down!jbhat
She looks so sweet with her braces on!Thinking of you daily.
I love that she is so funny like her mother.
The braces look fabulous on Margaret.And I wish I could be more like her. Even at nearly 42 I haven't learned how to be cool.I'm off to check out that link.Big big hugs!
How is it possible that she's only in the 5th grade?! Love her.
I completly get those comments from kids that make you want to cry and help you through the pain at the same time. My 6 year old passed away in an accident 3 years ago. my email is email@example.com - i have some books about grief I really think were helpful for my surviving kids. Thinking about your family and what a beautiful boy Jack is.
my university, Mount Saint Mary's, in MD, has an All Souls Prayer Intention throughout the month of October, culminating in a Mass. I put Jack's name on the Intentions list."On November 2nd, the Feast of All Souls, a Mass will be offered for the deceased members of the Mount community, family members and friends. In addition, your prayer intentions will be placed on the Marian altar in the Immaculate Conception Chapel and remembered in our prayer of the faithful throughout the month of November."
That made me laugh out loud! What an amazing daughter you have! Thank you for sharing as there are so many of us that think and pray for you every day. Julie
I don't know Margaret, but I love her. She's got it right too. Praise be to God, she's got it right. We don't know when -- and I know the waiting must feel like eternity ---but a grand reunion awaits. I was 30 when I lost my big brother to tragedy, so I know that your sweet girl will never get over longing to have Jack back. But I am praying that she can write and talk about him as much as she can -- even though it's painful -- because the vivid memories that I have (some captured concretely only through writing) are such a treasure. Praying hard for all of you, Anna.
she is wickedly funny... I am so glad to hear from you! You are in my thoughts daily.
Kids really do say the greatest things! Thank you for sharing her wonderful sense of humor and for the link, I laughed out loud about the pregnant one! Sending you happy thoughts and many prayers, ~ Brooke
LOL! She is one of a kind :)
That is hilarious. What a joy that she can find ways to talk about Jack and keep in as part of the happy moments in your lives.She's adorable.
What a blessing that little girl is!
She's hilarious! So great that you have her -- and that she has such a great sense of humor :)Anna, I do think of you every day; your grace lifts me up. I wish I could take a tiny bit of your pain and carry it for you; if only we could all do that, it would lighten your load. Keep writing and know we're here and we care.
That is so precious! I admire Margaret so much!
Blessed are the children... What a cutie she is:)
Sharp, she is. And doing the hard piece.
I hope your blog is therapeutic and healing for you, cause it sure brings us joy and blessing!
Oh man, that's funny. How did Tim stay composed enough to drive? And did he slow down? What a wonderful family you have. And huge cheers for laughing through pain and knowing she was safe and loved enough that you'd take her comment the right way, as intended. LOVE this.
Love love hearing from you. Though I don't know you, I pray daily for your sweet family and find myself thinking of you all very often. Praise God for sweet Margaret and her awesome sense of humor! Keep writing when you can...you're such an inspiration. Big hugs.
Awwww!!! LOL! She's so funny and precious. I love that picture with her new braces...so cute. And it's a blessing to see her smile.I'm thinking of you all everyday!
Oh, that is funny! I'm glad you all got a little laugh out of it. Praying that things are getting easier for all of you.
I love Margaret :)
Wow! That girl is going to help you get through this!Tell her the braces will be worth it when she has a perfect smile! When is she starting her blog? I'm sure it would be as awe inspiring as yours.As always, praying.
She's beautiful and she's your glittering girl Your shining light. Your basket of giggles.
What a wise and funny little girl you have. Praying that you continue to find laughter through your family! XO Kelly
How hilarious is she?! Much, much love to you.
Hilarious. What wit!
I think I would very much love to hang out with Margaret! She is a beautiful source of light. Love to you all, Anna...
Wow, I love that Margaret, what a sense of humor. And I love the link to more backseat chatter. and I love you and think of you so often during each day.XOXO
Oh, what a BEAUTIFuL sense of humor.Oh, the beautiful sense of humor.A gift from God.I speak on this very subject: the gift of a sense of humor.Where God knew, "this is gonna be tough, gonna have to give 'em something for that."THAT WAS WONDERFUL.
She sounds like the coolest girl on the planet! What an amazing mom, dad, and brother she must have to have made her that way :) Thinking of the loss of such a beautiful boy makes immeasurably sad....I can only imagine he's going to be a kick ass guardian angel for the rest of your lives :)
She's beautiful. Your children are beautiful, and she is wise, and funny and she's probably the glue that is helping you guys right now. Your family is still in my prayers.
Funny, beautiful girl.Thank you for sharing that with us.
Wow, that girl is amazing! Love love love. Thank you for your family and your blog.
oh my GOD I LOVE THAT GIRL!! She is saving your life. And giving the rest of us hope. xoxox
and yes, you are reminding us all that how we act in the midst of tragedy is what truly defines who we are. and you are amazing.
Oh she is a funny girl! And precious...love her braces!
She is quite a special (and hilarious) kiddo. Love to you.
Your laughter is inspiring! And what a blessing Molly is! Blessings for you all!
Anna thank you for sharing.Those are funny back seat memories.Margaret looks cute with her braces.I remember when my DD got her braces put on.She looked so much older :-(. Blessings to you and your family as we continue to keep you all in our prayers.
What an awesome girl.
What a testament to your parenting that she is coping and healing. I hope you continue to laugh and smile during this time.
You are not our worst nightmare, Anna. You are living it, but YOU are not IT. I should have commented over at that post, but I've been mulling over in my mind and heart all that you shared there. It gives me goosebumps. What you actually are is a beacon of hope. No mother can imagine that she could ever survive what you are living. But, reading your posts, knowing that you can get out of bed in the morning, get dressed and actually show up for orthodontic appts. and soccer games; well, that gives me hope that I too might be able to survive if something were to happen to one of my 9 children. (yes, I'm aware that having 9 kids increases my odds of losing one of them) I too know the One in whom your hope rests. I pray often for your family, that He will sustain you, will comfort you, will keep your family and marriage strong in the face of such grief and loss. I understand that Heaven takes on an even greater attraction when one you love so dearly has gone on ahead of you. I too love Margaret's sense of humor and am touched by her certainty of exactly where Jack is right now, more fully alive than ever before, as your pastor shared at his memorial service. Will continue to pray for you all...
She is so funny. You're little guy is looking on, laughing at his sister's sassyness, thinking that it is typical of her. You are doing so well, keep going. It is still a case of one foot in front of the other, one step at a time. Just know that so many people are willing you on with each step, sending all four of you as much positivity and love as possible.
Endless amounts of love and laughter to you and your family, Anna.The blue ribbon shines on.
Love that Margaret! She will keep the light in your house, in your hearts; she will always give you a reason to keep going.
I think both your kids are really something special.
Still thinking of your family.Margaret is right, you know.
She will get you through.
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