Love letter from the other side.

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Andrea’s memorial and a private party at Tattooed Moms happened today. I will write more about this later, but for now I wanted to post the eulogy that I paraphrased today at her memorial.

Hello friends. Welcome. I need to take a moment speak for Andrea and thank you. This is her farewell, as she planned it and I don’t doubt that she is here smiling upon all of you.

Ephesians 2:8-10
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

I don’t crack a bible nearly as often as I should, and when I read this I wept. These words spoke to me because I cannot think of a verse that more accurately embodies Andrea’s story. I believe that god spoke though her to many in an organic relational way that allowed them to see the beauty within her soul. Her spirit was so much larger than life that even in dying she gave strength to those around her.

Those of you that know me will tell you that as far as the women go I have a type. That said they will probably also agree with me when I say when I saw her outside the bean on south street, I didn’t stand a chance. After a 5 minute conversation about nothing much, I thought about her non stop for days. Fortunately God (or was it Fran) handed me her number and I soon found out that she had been equally rocked. We talked on into the night (7 hours to be exact) and I fell deeper and deeper in awe of this woman. Over the years She has become, my lover, my partner, my best friend and most worthy adversary, my student and my teacher, and the mother of my son. Though I wanted so badly to grow old together and enjoy what John waters refers to as our Autumn years together, I will try not to be greedy, for God has spoken volumes to me through Andrea and my cup will remain full with her love and memory for years to come. The last thing Andrea taught me was the true essence of love between a man and a woman. Cancer is not pretty, It consumed the things I was originally attracted to, Pain meds are not kind, they provide relief but take away clarity, in the end looking into her eyes was my only solace, and that was enough. I know love and I am blessed.

It is impossible to think about Andrea without thinking about motherhood. It seems that almost everyone from the Philly punk scene days has a nick name and she was frequently spoken of as Andrea with all the kids. These days she is known to thousands as the punk rock mommy. Andrea was always on when it came to being a mommy. I remember her seeing a crying child sitting alone in pendot. She walks over to the child and says where’s your mommy? The child keeps crying. She says do you want me to pick you up? The little boy nods yes. The mother soon returns holding a newborn and grateful to Andrea for calming her child. I remember thinking that if I did that I’d probably get arrested. Andrea honed here unique style of outside the box parenting over the years and loves to talk shop with other parents. She liked to say she was raising productive members of the revolution. I probably shouldn’t speak for Tony, but I will, in saying that being a mother is work and being a great mother to some of the most amazing kids that most folks will ever meet is a full time job and I think we are both proud to have been a part of that. Financing a small army isn’t always easy. Parenting beside Andrea for the last four years have been the best times of my life. They have been years filled will laughter and amazement. She taught me how to do this and it is my honor to carry the torch for her and continue raising them as she would. Keeping promises I made to her and respecting her wishes for them. Alec Jesse Asa Tucker Bailey and Clayton, You may not know this but I fell in love with you guys at first sight too.

Andrea was diagnosed with cancer the day after she finished up her BA at Temple. She was diagnosed with stage three inflammatory breast cancer (which is a rare and aggressive form of hormone driven cancer). After the first round of scans her prognosis was changed to stage four or terminal. Andrea accepted this with little self pity and went about the work of fighting her cancer if only to have a little longer with the kids and I. It took me a little while longer to come to peace with the thought of losing my wife. Andrea spent the next three months on a toxic cocktail that made her ill most of the time. I spent that time withdrawn and terrified of getting my heart broken. It was beautiful watching the loving and smart way she broke the news to the kids, always the mother always the teacher she launched into the perfect unrehearsed lesson plan kind of like mommies dying of cancer 101. It was amazing to watch, who does that? Andrea approached her disease with a level of acceptance and measure of grace which I can only view as gods light shining through. She started a blog with spiritual overtones that touched and inspired thousands. She pulled herself out of her nauseous comatose state to go to fund raisers and other cancer related events taking the time to thank and embrace her friends. Bands broken up for years even reformed in her honor (if only for one night). She received quite a bit of press both in news papers across the nation, and radio and television interviews. I frequently teased her that she had celebrity cancer. She walked into chemo with her spirits bright and her head held high while it seemed that some of those around her felt dead already. I began to look forward to chemo day as well because it became like a date for us. Andrea played what we began to call the C card hard fast and often when it came to her children. She made the right connections to get her children into amazing schools and made sure they would be well taken care of. I could go on and on but my point is that Andrea turned this tragedy into a gift and gave it to all of us. Her spirit was so strong that sometimes it was hard to believe she was sick at all. Cancer may have killed her, but still did not defeat her as she lived and laughed and loved till the day she died.

68 Responses to “Love letter from the other side.”

  1. Melinda says:

    Her spirit is obviously living on inside you… beautiful words for a beautiful love. Godspeed to you all at this time.

  2. Andie says:

    Your family is in my prayers. I have been following Andrea’s blog for several months and have been so encouraged and inspired by her. God has used her mightily, not only in your family, but in the world – He continues to use her, even in her death.

    Praying for God’s peace for you & your kiddos today.

  3. Ruthie says:

    Kelly,
    Absolutely, absolutely beautiful! What a tribute to your wife. She is resting peacefully, and now that the memorial is over, perhaps you and the kids can rest a bit, too, rest and contemplate, and figure out how to do life without her…although I am sure that so much of her is carried on inside all of you that it won’t be exactly without her. We will continue to lift you up and pray for you, and to “listen” whenever you post.
    Bless you,
    Ruthie from California

  4. leah says:

    I just want to say that the memorial was beautiful.
    amazingly, (as Andrea wanted i’m sure) it was filled with more laughter than tears. i always have and always will smile when i think of Andrea, and all of her children, and Kelly and Tony as well. i’m so proud to have known her and her army, you are all wonderful people.
    i love you all!

  5. Cheri Thiel says:

    Kelly, thank you for this post. I am a cyberspace fan and said a prayer today at 9:30 for you, Andrea and your children. Your post will help those of us who fell in love with all of you! God bless…

  6. Doreen says:

    Thank you for the beautiful memorial service. It was an amazing celebration of an extraordinary woman’s life. I will always be greatful that I had the honor of giving her acupuncture treatment in the Won student clinic. I was transformed through working with her. I also appreciated the lovely gathering after the service.
    Many Blessings for all of you,
    Doreen

  7. Heather says:

    Kelly,
    Your tribute is really beautiful. I thought of Andrea when I was going to bed last night, and thought of you all when I woke up this morning. Thank you for sharing this today with all of us who are far away, but came to love Andrea through her blog.

  8. Morgan says:

    Kelly,
    The memorial was beautiful. You were beautiful. The written version doesn’t do it justice. The boys were amazing.
    Much strength and love to you,
    Morgan

  9. Maura says:

    Kelly
    What a tribute to not only Andrea but to all of you. I know how hard this has been for you. I can only tell you what so many others have already said, Andrea was LOVE and you, Jesse, Alec, Asa, Tucker, Bailey & Clay will have her spirit with you always.
    GOD Bless You All & keep you strong & healthy.

    ~Maura~

  10. Bill & Karen says:

    Kelly,

    As your mom I have known you all your life and as I read your words I am overcome by the spirit and love revealed in your eulogy for Andrea. She has surely been a transformative force in your life, and I think by accepting your love, she was transformed, as well. Who knows why God sets such difficult tests for us? Cancer may have forged your love together in a way that might not have happened in less trying circumstances. You were both tempered in love and understanding by the extreme demands of knowing how little time you had, and the need to make the most of it together and help prepare the kids to deal with this tragic loss. To know love is the greatest gift life has to offer and it is yours forever.

    Bill and I thought of you throughout the day from much too distant California . But we are grateful that we were able to make our trip to see her and say our goodbyes the week before she died. It still amazes me how much she was able to do even then. Her spirit was truly vibrant to the end.

    We hold you and each of the kids close in our hearts. I am looking forward to our conversation.

    Love, Mom

  11. Jessica says:

    How grateful I am to you for sharing this eulogy here as I was unable to attend the memorial. Even though I met Andrea once for two and a half minutes when I dropped off a dinner, reading her words on this blog and keeping track of her via cyberspace brought significant changes to my outlook on the God, the universe and everything. How lucky we all are for knowing Andrea, in whatever manner and no matter how long or short. All my love to her family and children.

  12. HeatherK says:

    Thank you for sharing your words. Larger than life, indeed. Her zest for life, to me, didn’t seem tainted by cancer at all. Maybe amplified, but it’s a way of living and loving and mothering we can all aspire to.

  13. sara says:

    I can’t say thank you enough for posting this eulogy. I was wishing I could make the memorial service, but was not able. What a wonderful father you are and your children are so fortunate to have you in their lives.

    Sara

  14. Mary says:

    I just found her blog today. I have just been in awe of her life as I have been reading this blog. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

    What a wonderful tribute.

  15. Linda Conley Soffer says:

    I was so honored and fortunate to be able to attend the memorial. I agree with Morgan’s comments above – you & the kids were all amazing as was the music and the singing. I laughed and I cried. As you put it “Andrea turned the tragedy of cancer into a gift and gave it to all of us.” Thank you, Kelly, for sharing these gifts with the rest of us as well. I will never ever be the same after this experience with your family. Peace and love to you all.

  16. Stacy says:

    Thank you for posting your beautiful eulogy. As a cyber reader, it’s really nice to be able to read what you said at the memorial. I thought of your lovely Andrea (and all of you) this morning, remembering that today was the day. God bless you, and thank you for continuing to share your lives with us all!

  17. Nancy says:

    Dear Family,

    We’ve never met but just wanted you to know how amazing I think ALL of you are. As a mom myself, I could tell by reading her blog, how proud she is of her children. Kelly, you are truly a wonderful soul. All of you rock!

    Nancy from Illinois

  18. Linda, Palm Harbor, FL says:

    Kelly and Children,
    You have touched me beyond what words can express! Living in Florida, I was thinking and praying for you all morning long. Thank you, Kelly for keeping us up to date on what went on today. I applaud you for doing this, as I know it was very, very hard. Your words were so, so loving and touching to me. The Lord Jesus was with you all and I know that Andrea was looking down and smiling with that gorgeous smile and those wonderful eyes. She is wonderously free of any pain, and I know she is only hoping for you all to have a wonderful and glorious life. I know it will be very hard without her. I lost my Mom and Dad when they were both very young and didn’t think life should go on without them. I wondered days after, why is the sun still shining? But believe it or not, life does go on. I always think of them in heaven and recall all the good times we had together…that seems to make it okay. My prayers will be with you and the family. I will continue to log on to this web site and hope and pray that you will keep all of us posted of how your life is going on without Andrea. Love and God’s blessings to all of you. I love you all.

  19. MaryLeigh says:

    Beautiful. Blessings and love to you all.

  20. Mary says:

    We (Art, Cara and I) were glad to be at the memorial today, remembering Andrea. We met Andrea though a COH cell group several years ago and will miss her presence in this world tremendously. Thanks to you and the kids for having the courage to give such wonderful tributes to a great woman, even in the midst of your sorrow. You are in our prayers.

  21. mrsrony says:

    As my heart aches for you, I pray for peace and strength for you and the kids.

  22. Karen says:

    You were all in my thoughts this morning.I could only imagine what a bittersweet celebration of Andrea’s life,it was.I know you will all be okay.She made sure you would be.I know she has already given you a sign to say she is just fine.I believe it is a gift that you all had time to laugh and cry and do fun things and love each other and say what you wanted to say, before she had to to fly.So many do not have that time to do all those things.WHAT BEAUTIFUL WORDS YOU READ TODAY.Please stay well and have peace in your soul and keep being that wonderful dad to those amazing kids.Know that I will always think of Andrea and her special gang.I told you that I was in awe that first day I meant you all.I will always be.Peace and God’s love to you and your family,Kelly.

  23. Kelly, what a beautiful eulogy. I am certain that Andrea enjoyed it and she is very proud of you. Hang in there and remember we are all praying for you in the Paddock house.
    Love and God bless,
    Shaun

  24. It was a privilege to share today with all of you. Amidst all of the remembrances, words of praise for her and her Lord, tears of sadness & loss, joyful laughter and introspection….it occurred to me that when Andrea started her Blog, it was all about her. Gradually it became all about her world and you, her family and then abruptly, it became all about us. She drew us in, shackled our hearts to hers, we breathed as she breathed and before you knew it, we were hers totally. Captivated and Captive…….which I believe was her motive all along. What a little devil our angel became and how much better we became playing her game by her rules.

    She is gone……our love remains as does our loyalty. We shall honor her by honoring those who meant everything to her. She made us all into family and that’s what families do…..they are simply and honestly ‘there’.

    In your quiet moments of retrospection, please remember that.

    See you all soon.

  25. Mo Hayes says:

    kelly, that was beautiful. i really lament not being able to come this morning, but i hope that you know that my thoughts and love are always with you guys.

  26. mandi says:

    that is truely beautiful. lots of love to you all.

  27. Keith says:

    Today was a day of many tears and beautiful laughter.Hopefully ,today we all learned that the bonds of family go beyond simple bloodlines.Today we learned how one beautiful soul can touch so many.Today someone taught us how to live in the face of impending death.Today we lifted our voices and then some glasses.All wishes and prayers to you Kelly and the children. Holla back anytime K.L.

  28. imstell says:

    Thank you for taking the time to post this. It is beautiful, Kelly Though your years together were short, they sound very, very full. Who can ask for anything more than to actually live until you die?

  29. Maureen says:

    Thank you Kelly, for sharing your beautiful family with all of us.

    Love,
    Maureen

  30. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for sharing that with us Kelly, what a beautiful tribute. Strength and love to you.

  31. Yvonne says:

    God Bless your family.
    Such kind, loving words….
    You ARE blessed to know such pure love.
    I am praying for you and your little army.

  32. Brian says:

    Beautifully written Kel. Your eulogy for Andrea touched many I know personally, and without a doubt touched even more folks you have never met or heard from.

    Between weighing out chemicals today at work I found myself coming online many times to Andrea’s blog…just to view the beautiful photo’s of her lifeline and growth. There is so much support for You and Clay, Bailey, Asa and Tucker, Jesse and Alec. But you know this.

    You are an amazingly strong and wonderful Son, Kel. Keep your faith. I’m proud also of you for mentioning Tony today. Collectively let you both raise his/your beautiful children to fullfill their Mothers’ dreams.

    Good night Andrea, Sleep sweet, and rest in Peace knowing all is well here and you, Ms. PunkRockMommy, are dearly missed by the hearts and lives you have touched.

    Much Love Kel,

    Talk soon,

    Dad

  33. Kathy U says:

    Wow! Awesome Kelly. Your love for Andrea shines in your words. She will always be with you and the kids and everyone she shared her journey with.

    Peace be with you.

    Kathy from Washington State

  34. Victoria says:

    Dearest Kelly,
    Our love from England to you and the children. Thankyou for allowing us to share a little of the Memorial for Andrea. You are in our thoughts, love Victoria.

  35. Jackie says:

    It is obvious that Andrea’s strength was passed on to you when she left this world for a better one. Your words are amazing, beautiful, inspiring and honest. Andrea was lucky also, to have the time with you. She has comfort now, knowing the love you two shared, between yourselves and the children. Continue to be strong for yourself, Andreas memory and your special children. God Speed.

    Love
    Jackie

  36. jamom says:

    I was thinking of all of you at 9:30 yesterday morning. Your words were beautiful, a fitting tribute to Andrea. May God give you the strength to face the coming days together.

  37. Julie says:

    Kelly, Alec, Jesse, Asa, Tucker, Bailey and Clayton…

    I can’t stop thinking of all of you. The memorial was beautiful – I can only imagine Andrea was grinning from ear to ear that all of her wishes were carried out (exactly as planned) and that so many people came to celebrate her life.

    The vibe in the room was amazing. I could feel her there with us. I could feel the love you feel for her and each other alllll the way in the back of the church.

    Please remember – I’m am only across the river… if you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to call or write.

    I’ll be in touch.

    Love,

    Julie

  38. Renee Khan says:

    Kelly, it appears that Andrea was as lucky to meet you as you were to meet her.

    Hold on to the love.

    Love Renee

  39. Michelle Wienke says:

    Kelly and kids-

    What a beautiful testament to the love your family shared….another reader was right- it is deeper than bloodlines- you and Andrea made a family-and it is easy to see, even here in Niagara Falls how much you all love and care for each other.

    My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all of you-I know Andrea is smiling down at the amazing family she created!

    I will continue to check in daily to see how all of you are-and keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

    You are Blessed and loved-

    Michelle

  40. Danielle says:

    To know love the way you do is the most wonderful gift of all.

  41. I found Andrea’s blog from Lisa @ Clusterfook, In the days since I’ve read the entire past year and change of Andrea’s life. I am forever changed by her. I talk about her as I’ve known her for years, I never met her but I feel like I know her.

    Thank you for posting, Her memory and love will forever be in all of us that have read her blog.

    Tracey from Arkansas

  42. Bethanne says:

    Kelly,
    I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to see you, Jesse, Alec, and Orion speak for Andrea yesterday. I only met Andrea once, when she bought the twins in for a tour of the Prep. It was my first week working here, schedules had gotten confused, and no one was here to give a tour. Andrea took it all in stride saying “Hey, I used to work at the School of Rock and had to bribe kids to take out my trash. You do what you have to.” Everything did work out, in the end. The boys had a tour and I kept my job (even after confusing the schedules!). It wasn’t until the next week that we heard from Eileen thr story of your amazing family.
    I began to follow the blog each morning and afternoon and came to know and love your family through it. I am so glad to have finally met you.
    We at the Prep feel so fortunate to have such fine young men as Asa and Tucker joining the Class of 2012. You had said you truly believed that “all of the kids” will surely change the world in some way and I have to agree with you. I look forward to having a front row seat for the twins’ years at the Prep.
    Please do not hesitate to be in touch.
    Bethanne

  43. Debbie says:

    Thank you, Kelly, for sharing those words on this blog. Those are the things that keep all of us out here in cyberspace coming back to this blog. You continue to touch and inspire many, just as Andrea did. God bless.

  44. Stacy S. says:

    That was so beautiful Kelly! You were both so blessed to have had each other!

    ~Stacy~

  45. eileen says:

    inspiring, beautiful, and courageous.

  46. Bridget says:

    That was beautiful Kelly.

  47. susie says:

    Some of the most beautiful words I have ever read. Thank you for sharing them.
    Susan

  48. Deb says:

    Beautiful words, Kelly. It is very sad that the two of you didn’t have more years together but many, MANY people NEVER have the kind of love you two shared. I hope you find some comfort in that thought.

    Deb in AZ

  49. katie says:

    What a wonderful statement. I am glad for you she gave you enough to carry you through, despite your hopes and dreams being cut short so tragically.
    It is hard to find ways to respond to such powerful expression but I hope it is in some way helpful for you to know how very moved I, and I’m sure I do not speak just for myself, have been by the postings on this blog. Her raw honesty in the last posts affected me greatly and I shall certainly be thinking of her bravery for a long time to come

  50. Rachael says:

    What beautiful thoughts. All of the people Andrea touched can now continue to be inspired by your words. Blessings to you & your family.

  51. Julia says:

    Kelly and family,

    I didn’t know Andrea and discovered her blog after her passing, but I’m awed by what I discovered since I read her last post. About her and her life and about your courage and your strength. I think about you every day and hope you’re getting on as well as possible.
    This blog, Andreas last post and the things you have shared since have changed the way I think about some things in an astonishingly short time.
    You are blessed to have known Andrea and you must be terribly sad to have lost her. Nobody can ease that pain but I wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  52. Lin says:

    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Both, you and Andrea have shown us love and caring and certainly in the end Kindness is the only thing that matters!
    Thank you for inspiring us all….

  53. Peggy, Portland Oregon says:

    Kelly, all I can say is WOW! I too never met any of you but through cyber space have gotten to know an amazing woman and her wonderful family, I too have told others about this blog as if Andrea was a dear friend. Funny how that works.
    My heart goes out to all of you, Andrea will never be far from any of you, she will always be there.
    Thank you again for sharing your life with all of us, especially at a time like this.

  54. Dawn says:

    I, too, only just found this site, and I can’t stop myself from coming back to look and see if you’ve posted, knowing that although everything that’s written is centered around such a beautiful group of people, I know I will walk away crying. It’s worse than knowing there’s cookies in the kitchen, you just CAN’T stay away….I am so very sorry for you and your family’s loss.

  55. maire brandon says:

    Thank you Kelly for continuing to share your beautiful wife with us as a source of encouragement, strength, honour and integrity. It’s amazing how people can touch and change our lives, forever, that we’ve never even met!
    God bless you and all your children as you all have blessed the world around you! Continue to go forth as torches throughout your lives journey, who shine ever so brightly to show the level of love and commitment that Andrea had for you all!

    maire brandon

  56. Sarah S. says:

    Wonderful words! Thank you for sharing that with us and continuing the blog. God bless your family in the days and weeks to come. May you all fine peace.

  57. Ruthie says:

    Hi,
    I was just thinking about you all and hoping that you are having a peaceful and restful day.
    Ruthie

  58. Kelly,

    Your words were beautiful…

    Thank you for sharing them.

  59. Temple Starbucks says:

    Kelly and family,
    We have never met, however Andrea spent many an hour in our presence. We run the Starbucks at Temple Tech Center and Andrea was a fixture in our store from it’s open in February 06 until she graduated. I was pregnant with my twin boys when we met and she became pregnant with Clay soon after and she and I had many conversations about life, birth…

    When Andrea was in, it almost appeared as though she was holding court. She became popular amongst our staff and managers. She has and will continue to be missed and thought of often and fondly.

    We attended the service, which was amazing and beautiful. Ben, Rebecca and myself have spent many hours reflecting upon the grace, honesty and dignity with which your wife and family has handled the past year and 2 months. However fleeting the actual tangibility, your words truly expressed the love you feel for Andrea and she for you as well. That love will guide you and many through the times ahead.

    With love and wishes from all of us at Temple who knew Andrea.

    Mindy

  60. Jeannie says:

    Kelly,
    First let me say that it devistates me to learn of your loss. I just found out yesterday. Andrea was larger than life, a presence that I thought would just ALWAYS be. I never dreamed that losing touch with her for the time that I have would end up being forever. With all of my heart I wish I was there with you guys through all of this. I didn’t even know about Clay. So a little past due but Congrats he is BEAUTIFUL!!! I remember when Andrea met you Kelly, she knew from the start you were the one. I know I don’t have to tell you that…. I hope to see you and the kids again soon, I’d love to meet Clayton. You are all in my prayers!
    ~Jeannie
    Incase you don’t remember me, I was a friend of Andrea’s, my 2 sons (Nikolas & Jourdon) went to Rock School with the boys, the twins & my boys are close in age & hung out together. I used to color Asa’s & Andrea’s hair on occassion…
    Anyhow, my # is 267-312-6094 I’d love to hear from you or one of the kids.

  61. Dalissa says:

    Your eulogy is truly beautiful. I am glad you experienced love together and had those four years.

    Blessings to you and Alex, Jesse, Tucker, Asa, Bailey, and Clayton.

    DD Reeder

  62. Sandra says:

    Kelly,
    I never knew about Punk Rock Mommy until today. And with just a blog posts, I know I would have loved talking to Andrea and you. People often judge a book by its cover, as I’m sure you have experienced, but your words and those of Andrea’s are those of people with beautiful hearts and spirits.

    I’ll say goodbye to Andrea, even though I didn’t know her, because her words made an impact on my life and that makes her an important event.

    Love and Respect,
    Sandra

  63. jacquie says:

    thank-you for your warmth and tender words about andrea and your kids.
    you have stepped up to the plate and in turn gave andrea the peace she needed to go to the beyond knowing that the kids would not only be taken care of but truly loved by you kelly.
    my heart weeps for you and your family and my spirit is hopeful for you all as well. again thank-you for sharing these heartfelt private moments with all of us.

  64. Roads says:

    Andrea turned this tragedy into a gift and gave it to all of us..

    That she did, and through your courage and generosity, you are sharing it further and wider.

    What a marvellous legacy for her to leave behind, and how great the opportunity for you to foster it.

    These are hard times indeed – I have no illusions about that, not for a moment – but as Andrea had wished, great good can still result.

    With many thanks and much admiration to you both, from London, and spirits up.

    Roads

  65. Julie says:

    Just wanted to reach out and say I’m thinking of you all.

  66. Beth says:

    I was only recently introduced to Andrea and her story. My only regret is that it was after her death. Even so, she has touched my life in a way that I can’t explain. My priorities have changed, my outlook on life has changed, my love for my children has changed. She truly does continue to make a huge difference in people’s lives and she will live forever through these wonderful changes.

  67. Melissa says:

    That is beautiful. I didn’t know Andrea personally, but judging by her blog, you had a hell of a lady on your hands who left a void no one could ever fill.

    Stay strong.

  68. Tess Collins says:

    This was very beautiful. I stayed up reading Andrea’s blog all night last night and I kept dreaming of the peace of your home. I never seen her in my dream, but I seen your family moving on feeling her presence. I am a complete stranger from the neighborhood and saddened to not know this great woman, but she has touched many people as well as myself. If you need any help with the kids or whatnot let a neighbor know.
    rockoncherry@yahoo.com