Things can change so quickly... it's so hard to appreciate every moment we're given in this life. My heart is breaking for a friend and fellow multiple multiples mom. My dear friend Briana lost her husband suddenly yesterday in a farming accident. They have seven beautiful daughters, including two sets of twins. She is a homeschooling mom as well.
It's always amazed me over the last 13 years how some of my best friendships have blossomed from online friendships. I have been so blessed to meet so many incredible women all over this country because of online friendships. I haven't yet had the chance to meet Briana "IRL" but I hope to do that someday. I am still good friends with many of the moms I met back on the AOL message boards 13 years ago when I was pregnant for the first time and a total newbie at this mom thing. Motherhood can feel so isolating sometimes and it has always been so comforting to be able to connect with other moms online and have support when I really was totally overwhelmed.
I met Briana several years ago through a small online group for moms with two sets of twins. When I heard the news yesterday, I was heartbroken. I don't think that anyone is ever prepared to lose a spouse. I know I thought about it often when Jason was deployed and yet I still couldn't imagine what our life would be like if he never came home. To wake up one morning and start your day just like any other and end it without your partner beside you... so suddenly... I just can't even begin to comprehend what that is like for my friend and her daughters.
A family friend set up a fundraising page for Briana and her daughters. If you feel inclined, send a donation. Say a prayer, send a positive thought, or light a candle for this family.