Blogging Break

>> Thursday, February 18, 2010

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who reads my blog. The whole blogging thing has really been fun for me over the past couple of years and I intend on getting back to it as soon as possible.


I lost my baby brother last week, unexpectedly, he was 27. He was a sweet, sweet man. His funeral was yesterday. My heart is in a ton of pain and I just don't think I'll be up for blogging for a little while. If you pray, please pray for my family, especially my mom.

80 comments:

Julie February 18, 2010 at 9:21 AM  

I'm praying for you Stephanie.

Swedish Pankakes February 18, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

You and your family are in my prayers. So sorry.

Isabella & Max Rooms February 18, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

I am so sorry for your family's pain, I don't know you but you and your family are in my thoughts.
Janell

Nate @ Laurelstreetblog.com February 18, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

Stephanie, that is terrible news. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. It's good for you to take this time to be close to them.

Diana Love February 18, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

Hey Stephanie. I have been secretly reading your blog for a while - I wish I could have been there this week for the services, but your family has been and continues to be in my prayers.

Diana L.

Jo February 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM  

i am so incredibly sorry for your loss.

wise craft February 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

I am so very very sorry. Praying for peace for your family and your brother.

Juliet February 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM  

I'm so sorry, Stephanie. I cannot imagine your loss. Praying that peace will come...

High-Heeled Foot in the door February 18, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

Oh Stephanie. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you have to be going through something unbearable, but please know that I'm thinking of you and sending you many prayers your way.

Martha February 18, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

I am so sorry for your loss.

poemmes February 18, 2010 at 10:49 AM  

Stephanie, I will be praying for you and your family- that God will graciously comfort you and sustain you.

Blueprint Bliss February 18, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

Stephanie-
Oh my gosh. I don't know what to say besides I will be praying for you. Praying that God will hold your heart in His hand during this difficult time. Love in Christ- Brooke

Lena February 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

Sorry for your loss Stephanie. I'll definitely keep you and your family in my thoughts.

Design Esquire February 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

Oh no. I am so sorry for your loss, and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

ktcrusher February 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM  

I'm very sorry--I'm thinking of you and your family.

Lauren February 18, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

Your family and you are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.

~M^2 February 18, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

i'm so sorry to hear about your loss. my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. You are so inspirational and a sunshine personality that you have shows in your work. You are such a treasure to the blogging community and i hope that we can re pay you or help you thru this tough time.

laurie @ the sarcastic cynical optimist February 18, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

oh my gosh, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jaime February 18, 2010 at 11:57 AM  

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this tough time.

Please take time to heal, and we will be awaiting your return :)

Rebecca February 18, 2010 at 12:19 PM  

My thoughts are with you and your family.. x

Beth Matheson February 18, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

I am a stranger to you...but I have love your blog and style. I will dedicate my prayers during my lunch break for your family and especially your mother.

Andrea February 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

I hope - and pray - you find lots of happy, shiny, heart healing moments along with all the heart ache and pain. Peace be with you and yours.

Kelly February 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

Stephanie, I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you and your mom now and for healing in the future.

I lost my brother when I was 6. He was 16. I still think about him daily. But I trust that he's in Heaven watching over my children and protecting the one's I love. I know your brother is with our Heavenly Father watching over you, too!

Angie February 18, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

Oh Stephanie, I am deeply sorry for your agonizing loss. Please know and take comfort in all of the prayers that are being offered on your behalf.

Chelsey February 18, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

Stephanie,

You don't know me but I love your blog :) I just want you to know that I will be praying for you and your family.

- chelsey

Courtney and Jason G. February 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

Stephanie-
SO very sorry for you guys. Praying for a peace that passes all understanding...
courtney

Emily February 18, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

No words I can say can ease the burden you are feeling right now, but please know you and your family will be in my prayers and I am so very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous,  February 18, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

There's nothing more tragic than prematurely losing a loved one. I'm terribly sorry. May you find peace in the coming days, weeks and months. You've got prayer warriors on your side.

Anonymous,  February 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

I am so sorry to hear this news, Stephanie. My sister and I stumbled across your blog a couple months back, and now it is a part of my daily blog reading. I missed your posts and have such a heavy heart that your absence is due to such a sad occurance. I will be thinking of you, and please know that many people, strangers or dear friends, are thinking of you too. x

Caroline February 18, 2010 at 3:45 PM  

I am so sorry to hear that. Nothing is more difficult. I will be thinking of you and your family!

Kami February 18, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

Stephanie,
I have been and will continue to pray for you. I know you went to high school in Nashville and I'm pretty sure that your family is still here. That said, pls tell me if there is anything that I can do. I would love to take a meal to your mom. I can just drop it off at front door, ring the doorbell, and go. You can Facebook me or call my cell (left it on your FB account) if you want me to do this.

LIOB,
Kami

Laurie Jones February 18, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

I'm so sorry for your loss, I lost my baby sister when she was 27. Sending strength and love to you and your family!

everyday inspirations February 18, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

Stephanie,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers - we wish you hope and peace.

*hugs*
catherine s.

Stephanie,  February 18, 2010 at 6:15 PM  

I will be praying for you and your family. I wish I could give you some comfort. In Christian love, Stephanie

Anonymous,  February 18, 2010 at 6:23 PM  

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you during this tough time.

LindsB February 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

hello my love- I am so beyond sorry for your loss and no words can take away the pain you are feeling, although if they could I would say anything in the world. I've been thinking about you since I found out and will be thinking about you lots and lots over the coming days. If you need me to do anything here please let me know. sending a ton of love and hugs and thoughts and prayers your way- xoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxooxxo

beth February 18, 2010 at 7:22 PM  

My prayers go out to you and your family. I'm sorry for your loss.

Casa Bliss February 18, 2010 at 9:15 PM  

Stephanie, I don't have words. I have a younger brother, and I can't imagine the pain you and your family are feeling. I am praying for you and family right this second. I'm so very sorry. I will pray for you every day. You are in my prayer journal. Bethany

luciana February 18, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

You don't know me but,I knew your brother very well, and he spoke highly of you. I just wanted to say that my heart and my prayers go out to you and your family. He was a great guy and I'm glad that God gave me the privilege of knowing him. May God always bless & keep you and your family. Time heals all. He will be highly missed and always remembered. He'll always be in my thoughts, while you and your family will be in my prayes. God Bless!!!!

mb February 18, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

Stephanie,
There are no words. You asked for prayers. I believe in the power of prayers, and will be covering you, your mother and the rest of the family in prayers.
Marybeth from Texas

Belle Bienveillance February 18, 2010 at 11:26 PM  
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Belle Bienveillance February 18, 2010 at 11:32 PM  

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:5

jaclyn bergeron February 18, 2010 at 11:55 PM  

Dear Stephaine and Bryan,
my heart is broken for you and filled with incredible sorrow. I read it on your blog and then called The Bergerons. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and loss you feel. please know that I am in constant prayer for strength and that the Lord would move through these horrific circumstances for the glory of the one who brings beauty from ashes. please feel free to email with specific requests and prayeres. Love you- Jaclyn

Janet February 19, 2010 at 6:23 AM  

I am so sorry for your loss.

Malinda and Del February 19, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

Stephanie I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain you are feeling right now. We will be praying for you and your family to feel God's comfort and relief from that pain.

tarable February 19, 2010 at 1:15 PM  

Stephanie, I am so sorry about your brother. I know how hard this can be because I lost two younger sisters, one in 1995 and one in 2006, both at very young ages. It has completely changed everything for our family, obviously, and I was so thankful for our faith, family, and friends - all things we found comfort in. I hope that your family can also find comfort eventually, in any way you can.


I always thought my mom could have benefitted from professional counseling, but she never wanted to go. I will pray for your mother, but I hope she is willing to get help if she needs it.

It's terrible that your family has to go through this. Many people will be thinking and praying for you.

Tara

carlee February 19, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you and your family. Please let me know when you're home.

c February 19, 2010 at 3:53 PM  

oh. i am so very sorry.

layersofmeaning February 19, 2010 at 4:39 PM  

I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers

Rebecca February 19, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

I am very sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you and your family. I look forward to reading your blog when it is up and running again.

freesparrow February 19, 2010 at 5:22 PM  

I will be praying for you and your family. I am so sorry for you. Psalm 34 is my favourite psalm, and has gotten me through many hard times. I pray for peace and God's strength and mercy to you and your family during this time. And there is hope for those in Christ, that we will see them again one day!

~abi~ February 19, 2010 at 5:24 PM  

i very recently started reading your blog, and this hit very close to home...i lost my baby brother unexpectedly a few months ago. he was 26. please contact me if you ever want to talk to someone! photographer(dot)abi(at)gmail(dot)com. i am praying for your family!!

annelise February 20, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll be thinking of you. Please let us know if there's anything you want us to do in your brother's honor.

Paulette February 20, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

so sorry Stephanie. Prayers for you and your family.

Rachael,  February 20, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

WHAT A TRAGEDY! Oh honey, I am so terribly sorry for you and your family. Shedding a tear and saying a prayer for you in Michigan tonight.

julia b. edelmann,  February 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM  

My heart goes out to you and your family.
So sorry...

Sara W February 22, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

My heart is breaking for you and your family.

Featherglen February 22, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

I am so very sorry to hear about your brother. Take all the time you need. You'll be in our prayers too.

Lola Storm February 22, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

May the Lord be very near to you and your family. In love, Laura

jenelisebeth February 23, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

Stephanie, I'm so sorry for your loss. You're such a strong person, but I can't imagine how hard this all must be. Please know that I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Let me (or any of us here at HBG) know if there's anything we can do. -Jen

Hänni February 23, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

Stephanie I am very sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family.

Megan February 23, 2010 at 3:41 PM  

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

Katie February 23, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

I am so sorry for your lose! The power of pray is unparalleled - lots heading your way this week.

Susie (So Blessed) February 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM  

Stephanie, I only know you through my daughter, Brooke, (Blueprint Bliss) but I want to offer your family my sincere sympathy. Brooke had told me about your brother and I will be lifting your family in prayer. My sister lost her 31 year old son 2 years ago and I have witnessed the pain that comes from such a tragic loss. I pray that God will provide the comfort, strength and courage you all need in the days ahead.

Susie

Happy Girl*Lucky Fella February 23, 2010 at 6:31 PM  

I've been thinking about you. How are you and your family doing? How is your mom? I know I don't know you in real life, but I really do care. I pray that you are finding some comfort and that your mom is finding some as well.In Christian love, Stephanie

tria February 25, 2010 at 1:51 PM  

I am sorry for your loss. I just came across your blog today and fell in love. Take your time to heal, and know that you and your family are loved and being prayed for by strangers saddened by your tragic story. be well.
Xpatria

Anonymous,  February 25, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

Stephanie,

I stumbled upon your blog a couple of weeks ago and have loved it ever since. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Summer

Martha,  February 25, 2010 at 4:02 PM  

Just found your blog today and saw this post. My heart just dropped as I too lost a younger brother when he was only 20 and can unfortunately relate to what you are going through. It's an absolutely terrible thing--especially to see your parents in pain. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

paula February 28, 2010 at 9:03 AM  

Stephanie, I am so sorry. I will definitely be praying for you and your family.

Jen of Made By Girl February 28, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

OMG ...that is terrible. I hope you spend some time with your family & look to get past all the pain.
So Sorry...

jeremiah hagler March 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM  
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J March 1, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

I am so sorry about your brother!
I will definitely pray for you!

McCabe March 3, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

praying for you, stephanie. isaiah 40:11

Susan March 4, 2010 at 6:23 PM  

oh sweet steph, i'll keep your family in my thoughts. xoxo.

Hill Country House Girl March 4, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

I am so happy to find you and so, so sad for you. I will pray for comfort and healing for you and your family. I will wait for you to feel like posting again - I love the places you have been and am crazy about Boston. God bless you.

Casa Bliss March 5, 2010 at 1:27 PM  

You family was on my mind when I woke up this morning. I don't know you...but, I am praying for you and your mom.

PureModLife March 7, 2010 at 10:59 PM  

i know i'm writing late..i've been just getting caught up w/your sweet blog. So sorry for your loss, no words can make it ok, but i know prayer can help...so that's what i'll be doing for you & your family. Look forward to your return but so good your doing what's most important now.

Chic Geek March 10, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

Catherine

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