I have no words today but deep grief and condolences for a dear online sister whose family was struck by tragedy this weekend.
To help shield them a bit from the media onslaught, I will say no more for now.
Lauren, the mother, has finally been able to communicate and she shared these words of grace this morning:
“Now I will learn how to comfort those who have lost a child, I will learn how to love those who have family in jail, I will learn how to be a single parent and I will learn how to love the people around me who are well-meaning but not comfortable with our lifestyle.
These are huge areas in which I will be stretched and growing in grace and love, and I embrace the opportunity to grow in Christlikeness, however painful it may seem at this time.
Know this: God is good. All the time. Of this, I am convinced.”
*Her site has been restored, and you can follow along in her grief here: Sparkling Adventures.
A site has been set up to raise funds for the family, click here to find it. They are currently raising money to help cover the funeral and burial costs, as well as the grocery, transportation and other legal and financial needs of the family. Also, go like this fb page, to keep abreast of new avenues of helping.
Additionally, all proceeds from the pdf version of my e-book Parenting Wild Things will go to benefit Lauren and her 4 sparkling girls in this time of tragedy. If you have never gotten around to purchasing a copy for yourself or a friend, now is the time. Please help spread the word.
And if you have your own blog, you can grab the bit of code from beneath the Elijah button in my sidebar to share the graphic on your own site.