My Unexpected Absence

On Tuesday we got the devastating news that my brother-in-law’s mother was killed in a car accident. To make the situation even more tragic, they were out of state for their son’s wedding. (He got married yesterday, a day after his mom’s funeral.)

We really wanted to be able to support my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and their family during this time and so Thursday we flew out to Colorado to attend the funeral. The last several days have been a blur of travel, spending time with family, attending the funeral, doing a bit of sight seeing, trying to catch up on sleep and well, you get the picture. I hate when my blogging gets shoved to the back burner, but sometimes that is just the way it is. And a sudden death like this really makes you reevaluate what is important. I love blogging but more than that I love spending time with people and making memories with the ones I love. And this extended weekend has been full of that.

Please pray for the Witmer family as they face life without their mom and wife. I didn’t know Rachel well, but the little time I did spend with her a couple of weeks ago at my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s wedding told me that she was a sweet, gracious, life-giving lady.  And her funeral was beautiful testimony to her selfless, encouraging spirit. I’m so thankful for the hope of heaven and look forward to meeting Rachel there someday!

I’ll try to be back to my usual blogging again Monday or Tuesday. Thanks for your understanding!

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  1. by eunice b

    On November 12, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Continuing to pray…and you’re so right! We realize quickly what things in life are really important!

  2. by Lydia Beiler

    On November 12, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Thank you Eunice!

  3. by Monica

    On November 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I’m so sorry, Lydia. I didn’t know Rachel but do know that she touched a lot of lives and that she will be greatly missed. Many people were affected by this loss. By all means, if you didn’t blog for a week, no one would blame you.

  4. by Lydia Beiler

    On November 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Monica, yes, she did touch a lot of people’s lives…an amazing lady! I didn’t really feel bad about not blogging but felt like I owed it to my readers to explain why I suddenly “disappeared”. Thanks for your graciousness!

  5. by Gina

    On November 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I didn’t know you had any connection with Rachel. I didn’t know her personally but have heard good things about their family. It was a shock to hear of her death.

    Never ever feel like you need to apologize for putting family first!