Great sadness

As his world was so much bigger than mine, I feel he would not mind and it would be a fitting tribute to share the news that my dear husband passed away today. It has been a hell of a year. He was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2008. It is a vicious disease that returned in 2010. The end of the summer was agonizing for him and for those who could only stand by.

He showed me how to behave through it. I tried to follow his lead. It will be hard to have no one to laugh at my asinine jokes, “listen” to my running narrative of everyday annoyances, and to help make parenting decisions, but I believe he would not have left me incapable. Our separate interests meant that parts of our lives did not always intersect. I am getting by today on the love and support flowing abundantly from his world and from our families.

And I thought my world would get smaller.

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  1. Jan said

    I’m so sorry to hear this. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Cathy said

    Amy I am so sorry to hear your very sad news today. The world for you and Anabel must be upside down as you grapple with the past few years and now Dan’s passing. Know that your blogland friends will be standing with you too, my thoughts and prayers will never be far away. xo

  3. Amy c said

    Amy – What a wonderful tribute to your husband. I’ll be keeping you and your daughter in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Asiyah said

    Life is so short and, in the end, bittersweet.

    I am very sorry that your husband died. He was young, handsome, accomplished and immensely blessed to have you and your daughter in his life.

    Although I don’t know you personally, I recognize that sorrow knows no boundaries…(sigh)

    Sending a big virtual hug and prayers for peace your way.

  5. Donna~~ said

    I am so very sorry. Please know that you are wrapped in a virtual quilt of caring, prayers and warm thought from all of your followers and friends out here in blogland, and please let us know how we can help.

  6. Mari said

    so sad news …
    You will be in my prayers
    Mari from SP Brasil.

  7. Jackie said

    Amy, I am so sad to hear this news. I cannot possibly imagine what you have all been through and are going through. My thoughts and prayers have always been with you and your family since his diagnosis and I am still sending them your way wrapped in tons of love, my friend.

  8. rachelmp said

    I’m so sorry to hear your sad news x

  9. Pam said

    Prayers for you and your family…Lots of hugs and love

  10. andi said

    Oh Amy …. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Wishing you long life.
    Andi xx

  11. {hugs}
    Sorry for your loss…

  12. Cille said

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  13. Lauren said

    I have visited your blog to admire your wonderful quilts but had no idea your family was experiencing such trauma. This post is indeed a wonderful tribute to you husband. I am sending love and prayers to you and your daughter, and the rest of your family.

  14. Leila said

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  15. cynthia said

    I’m so sorry for your loss, like is very difficult at times. You sound like a strong women and you are an inspiration to me as I follow your blog and your creativity.

  16. Rachel B. said

    Amy, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Thinking of you and your family during this sad time.

  17. Janet said

    I’m so saddened by your news, please know that I’ll be sending prayers love and best wishes for all your family.

  18. Miriam said

    Dear Amy, I am so sorry.

    Much love and strength.

  19. Annette said

    I am so sorry Amy. You are in my heart and prayers.

  20. Karen said

    i am truly sorry for your loss.

  21. Chris said

    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Sending lots of love your way
    Chris xxx

  22. Alison said

    Thinking of you.

  23. Lorraine said

    Amy , so sad for you xxx

  24. My most heartfelt condolences go out to you snd your family. Wishing you comfort and strength to get through this very sad time.

  25. Brianna said

    Thinking of you Amy. xox

  26. Leah said

    I’m so sorry.

  27. Ethne said

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time

  28. Amber r said

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  29. My heartfelt condolences.

  30. Esther said

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Amy. This is so very hard. I am so sorry for your loss, 42 is too soon to leave.

  31. Di Jobbins said

    So very sad for your loss, Amy. He was blessed to have such a caring wife as you. You have a huge family of loving quilting friends (both ‘real’ and in the online community) and I hope you can feel the love that flows through them all to you at this time. xx

  32. Lynne said

    Amy Amy Amy Amy Amy, I wish you lived next door to me so I could come round with a cup of tea a piece of homemade cake (to make you smile because I can’t bake at all so the cake would be hard and flat and taste revolting) and a big fat hug and a few boxes of tissues. XXXXXXXX

  33. monkicat said

    I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you much strength during this difficult time.

  34. Rita said

    Dear Amy ~ thinking of you and sending you lots of love from down under. xx

  35. SoozeM said

    I’m so sorry to hear your sad news, will be thinking of you in the days and weeks to come.

  36. Alison said

    I am truly sorry for your loss and send you heartfelt thoughts and hugs x

  37. Lesly said

    So very sad for you and your daughter. May your husband’s memory be for a blessing. Wishing you and your daughter both long life.

  38. Michelle said

    I am so very sorry. I will keep you in my prayers.

  39. lisa said

    So sorry to hear this, I wish you and your family strength and comfort at this difficult time. I’ve read your blog for a long time and really find it a breath of fresh air, you really inspire me. Thank you for sharing, and again sending you a virtual hug.

  40. xxxxxxxx

  41. Jana K said

    Oh, Mrs. Schmenkman. How sorry I am for your loss!

  42. Janet said

    Amy, I am saddened by your loss; may your wonderful memories bring you comfort during this most difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  43. Belinda Shreeve said

    Dear Amy,
    So sorry to hear of your loss! Much love coming to you and your daughter.
    Hugs,
    Belinda. xxxxooooxxxx

  44. Bloom said

    To dear Amy, I am so sorry to hear your devastating news. All strength to you and your family, and may you be blanketed in the loving support of many. With love, Ros x

  45. LauraJ said

    Sending many hugs from canada and lots of love through this trying time as you adjust to a new normal way of life.

  46. A Peppermint Penguin said

    You don’t know me, but I’ve read your blog for a long time and loved it.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your family strength to cope with all that comes.

    My very best wishes to you, AJ

  47. Mairi said

    Really sorry to hear. Think of you from down here in Australia.

  48. Sally said

    I have never commented although I’ve been following your blog for quite a while. My heart is so sad for you and hope you can feel all the good thoughts and love being sent your way by so many. Take care. We will be thinking of you and wishing you healing time.

  49. Angela said

    I’m so sorry Any. Prayers for your and your daughter’s comfort and for your husband’s soul. May God hold you all in his arms.

  50. Mary Jo Jones said

    Hugs and prayers to you and your daughter. What a talented husband he must have been. I am sure he will be greatly missed.

  51. Caro said

    I’m so sorry for your loss during this difficult time.

  52. Brigitte said

    Words aren’t enough, but I’ld like to let you know, that I’m sending.my condolence and positive thoughts. Wishing you the strength to stand the next time, going through this

  53. Cindy said

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  54. Amy said

    Oh Amy, my heart is breaking for you. It sounds as if you had a wonderful relationship and loved eachother well. I will pray for you and your family.

  55. two.hippos said

    I’m sorry for your loss. May you find comfort among family and friends.

  56. Michelle said

    So sorry for your loss. As I sit here searching for words I realize that there are no words to express sadness at another one’s great loss. So please accept cyber hugs from a complete stranger that has enjoyed your blog.

  57. ranette said

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. May God Bless and comfort you all.

  58. kwiltykim said

    Amy……{{{hugs}}}…………and more {{{hugs}}}

  59. auntiepami said

    Amy, I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss. I wish I were closer to help you. Big hugs and love from Washington.

  60. Carla said

    Amy. I am so, so sorry. I’ll be praying for you and Anabel as you gather the strength to go on in this hard journey you are on right now. May you feel God’s comfort in the days ahead.

  61. Carol said

    Oh my Amy, I am so sorry to hear of this sad news. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Be well and stay strong!

  62. Jan said

    Amy, Amy. So sorry that the sitution took this sad turn. My sincerest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.
    {{{hugs}}}

  63. Nedra said

    Amy, My tears and prayers are with you and your family right now. Know that your “quilting friends” who read every post will continue to send love and support in the months to come.

  64. patty said

    So sorry for your loss.

  65. pam said

    Oh Amy, I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. xo

  66. Jona said

    I’m so sorry for your great loss. I hope we can all leave our mark on the world like he did. Praying for you.

  67. Kathie L said

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Please accept my sympathy.

  68. Vicki said

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  69. Kristin said

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

  70. Amy said

    Oh, Amy, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You will be in my thoughts, and know that you have a huge circle of blogging friends who are here for you. xo

  71. MichelleB said

    Amy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts.

  72. So very sorry for your loss.

  73. pbach1 said

    You are in my prayers during this time of profound loss.

  74. Kellye Kimball said

    I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. You are in my thoughts.

  75. Cathy said

    My condolences to you and your daughter.

  76. Sharon T said

    I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  77. Cindy said

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family have a lot of prayers coming your way.

  78. AnnieO said

    Great sadness, indeed. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband and Anabel’s daddy. So sorry your family has had to go through this hard journey but glad your Dan is no longer in pain.

  79. pat sloan said

    Amy I am so very sorry…. very big hugs

  80. Susan said

    Sad news indeed; please accept my condolances for your husband’s passing. With time, I pray, you will remember the joyful times. We are with you on this journey. Thank You for sharing with us.

  81. I’m so sorry that this has happened to you and your family. I’m glad that you have so many friends to help you through this terrible time. One day soon hopefully there will just remain the happy memories. Sending good thoughts your way.

  82. Amy said

    Oh, honey. My heart is breaking for you and your daughter. I pray that your family and friends are able to help you see thru this dark time. From one Bluffton girl to another, if you want to escape to Portland, let me know.

  83. Mary Jo said

    I am so sorry, I will pray for you and your daughter.

  84. Doris said

    Prayers (and a giant embrace!) coming to you from Iowa…

  85. Tamie said

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your daughter are in my thoughts and prayers.

  86. Oh, I am so sad to hear of the loss of your husband. I hope the memonry of him and your hapopy times together will console you and your family.

  87. Jenny said

    there are no words.
    i am so sorry.

  88. Love and hugs and then some more hugs. You and your daughter and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  89. Terri said

    Amy, I’m so sorry for your terrible loss. I know from personal experience, how difficult it is to see your loved one suffer. I know how difficult it is to stand by and be able to do nothing (or very little) to comfort him/her. And, I know that there is just a tiny bit of relief in knowing that your loved one will suffer no longer. I hope you and your daughter can let the beautiful memories of your husband sustain you. My thoughts are with you.

  90. Nancy Sue said

    Amy, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your daughter can feel the love and prayers coming your way from your blog and quilting world. Our hearts ache for you all!
    Hugs from Washington DC

  91. Jan Smith said

    You have my sincere condolences. You sound very strong, but I know your loss is great. I hope that you are comforted by your friends and family’s caring.

  92. belinda said

    How sad and sorry I am for your loss Amy!!!

  93. Courtney said

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your daughter are in my thoughts and prayers.

  94. Stephanie said

    I’m so very sorry. You and your daughter are in my thoughts.

  95. Lee Ann L. said

    My heart goes out to you.

  96. Angie said

    Oh Amy, I am so very sorry! Sending hugs to wrap you and your daughter in, will be holding you both close to my heart…

  97. barb said

    How sad I am to hear about your loss. I hope and pray that you are doing well with your family and friends by you.
    Bless you –

  98. Chelley said

    Oh, Amy! I am so sad for you. I can’t even begin to imagine what you’re going through. Hang in there.

  99. ibby said

    Amy – I am so very sorry. Sending warm thoughts and prayers from PA to you and your daughter.

  100. Dianne Young said

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish the beauty that you bring into others lives is there in abundance for you in this time of sorrow.

  101. Joan said

    I am so very, very sorry. Please know you are all thought of and prayed for – I wish you peace.

  102. Mary R said

    Amy, I have silently enjoyed your blog for yours, but speak up in your loss to say you and yours are in my prayers.

    That was a loving tribute post. thank you.

  103. Pratima said

    I’m so sorry, Amy. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Please take care of yourself… Hugs

  104. Lynette said

    Oh, no :( I’m heartbroken for your loss and for the terrible time you’ve had to pass through before this blow. I hope that somehow we here in Blogland can help you feel the love of sisterhood that can hopefully buoy your heart and soul to get through the next months of heartache. {{{{{}}}}}

  105. Dear Amy, my heart is hurting for you and Miss A today. xo

  106. Amy,

    I’m so sorry for you and your daughter. I pray you find comfort in each other and your memories.

    Our crafting blog circle is wide and small where we tend to share the exciting and happy, the trivial and accomplishments. Every so often, though, we have the chance to encourage one another in real life situations that touch all our hearts.

    Michele — one block over

  107. Rebecca said

    Wishing you strength and peace during these difficult days!

  108. Danielle said

    So sorry for your loss, Amy. May you find comfort with the people you love. Danielle

  109. Susannah said

    Am so very sorry for your loss…

  110. Kristen said

    Amy- So sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you can find love and comfort in your family at this time.

  111. Victoria said

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you feel the love and support coming through the computer… may he rest in peace.

  112. Tammy said

    My heart breaks for you and your family. Lots of prayers & hugs to you!

  113. marybeth megel said

    May all your happy thoughts and memories be the things that carry you over the sadness. You’re in my prayers………..

  114. Scott said

    Amy, I heard this morning from Sarah…so sorry for your loss…my heart aches for you, and I will be praying for you during this most tragic time…

  115. Darlene said

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss! My heart hurts so much and I’m sending lots of thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

  116. Heather said

    I’m so sorry and sad for what your husband and you and the rest of your family has had to go through. So hard. So unfair. I wish you a place of peace.

  117. pompomrouge said

    Sending all my love to you and your family, Amy. Wishing for you that there be calm amidst the storm and sweet memories. xxxxxxx

  118. Pia said

    I am so sorry to learn about your loss. Hope you and your daughter will find the joy of live again some time in the future.

  119. Tacha said

    Amy I am so very very sorry and will be keeping both you and your daughter in my thoughts.

  120. Christine cohrs said

    Dear Amy, I am sad to read about your husbands passing and your great loss.
    Sending you and your family strength to get through this

  121. Di said

    So sorry to hear your sad news. I lost my husband to melanoma when our children were very young so I know what you are going through. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  122. Such a sad time for you and your daughter. You will be in my thoughts especially whilst stitching, Carolyn

  123. Marie Colombo said

    Amy, I was shocked and saddened to learn of Dan’s death. I have often wondered what new creative adventures (in addition to Anabel) you were experiencing and now I see your beautiful quilts. I am so sorry for your loss but know your strong self will prevail. Take good care. Your WSU friend, Marie

  124. Abbe said

    Sending you love and prayers from craftland.
    Abbe

  125. Kiera said

    So sorry for your loss Amy. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  126. I am deeply sorry for your loss, Amy. You and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  127. Kelly said

    I am so sorry, you and your daughter are in my thoughts.

  128. Amy…

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss and for the suffering your husband had to endure. My heart goes out to you as I know how awful this experience must have been and continues to be for you.

    There are no words that I can offer you that could ease your pain.

    You and your family are in my prayers.

  129. Shanna said

    So sorry for the loss of your dear husband….I cannot imagine your pain. You are loved and prayed for!!

  130. Amy said

    I am so sorry. Praying for you and your daughter.

  131. Ellen Banerjee said

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter.

  132. Safieh said

    Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. You made me such a beautiful mini quilt in DQS10 and it seems even more special now somehow. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.

  133. Helen said

    I am deeply sorry for your loss, Amy. xx

  134. Jennifer B. said

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  135. mn2nm said

    Kind and gentle thoughts of you and your family at this time.

  136. ylmommyx4 said

    Please know that all those who love you in blogland are thinking and praying for you and your family. My heart breaks for you. I hear the strength in your voice and hope through time you will be ok.

  137. Jane Davidson said

    So sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  138. Very Deepest Sympathy for your loss. I’ve not read your Blog before but heard your news from elsewhere and felt compelled to comment. Emma X

  139. I’m am so sorry to read your news. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts at this difficult time. (((hugs)))

  140. Kasey said

    I’m a total stranger, but circumstances brought me to your blog, and if I could, I’d give you the biggest damn hug possible, and some cake. That’s how I cope. I lost my dad to that same disease nearly two years ago. You and your family are in my prayers. This, too, shall pass.

  141. I am so very sorry to hear your sad news.
    Ruth x

  142. I am so sorry to hear this news. Let your circle of loved ones comfort you and get you through this time. Gather all your precious memories and hug your little ones. Sending you a hug from far away.

    Tina

  143. nanette said

    oh dear Amy. I’m so incredibly sorry for you and your family. Tears. Sad.

  144. Allison said

    I’m so sorry Amy, I hope that you receive some comfort.

  145. Lisa Allen said

    I am so saddened to hear of your husband’s passing. I pray for God’s comforting peace for you and your family in the days ahead.

  146. Diane said

    That is terrible news. Pls know that folks all around the world are thinking of you now. And of him.

  147. Liz said

    Oh, I’m so sorry to learn of your husband’s illness and death. I read about him online on a link provided by Sarah F… what a special person he was.
    Yours was the first quilt blog I read and returned to over and over again. I hope you will allow your online quilty friends to help you and your dear girl now, as you figure out life without your husband. xox

  148. Teresa said

    Dear Amy,
    I’m so sorry for you and your family. I’ll pray for you and your family to find strength through this rough times.

  149. Sue Spargo said

    Dear Amy
    I am so sorry to hear your sad news. You and your family are in my thoughts. Take care of yourself.
    Much love
    Sue

  150. dee said

    I have followed your blog for a long time and am so sorry to read about your loss. We don’t know each other but I lost my husband several months ago after a long illness. My heart is breaking for you. Loss like this is almost more than we can bear if not for the comfort of family and friends.
    Bless you

  151. Valerie said

    Very sad time, but you are a strong lady. Your husband lives in your memory and those of others forever. His love will wrap you in an eternal quilt. Take care.

  152. Karin said

    I am so sorry, Amy. You and Anabel will be in my prayers in hopes that you will find comfort and peace. Hugs.

  153. Kristy said

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Hoping you feel great comfort in your loving memories. I will lift you up in prayer.

  154. lily boot said

    Oh Amy I am so so so sorry – I was only hoping yesterday that the treatment with Dr. Sato was going well. Thank you for providing those links to Dan’s real life – I had no inkling that “Mr Lobsiger”, sitting beside you on the sofa with your new iphones, had such an extraordinary and creative real life. It was wonderful – but bittersweet – to read about what a contribution he made to the world. I’m so sad for you and Anabel and Dan – the whole thing sucks and is completely unfair. You are in our thoughts, with love from Lily, Julian, Abby and Lily’s Mum.

  155. Paula said

    From the article written about him, he was quite a guy! Wow!!
    I am sorry he had to suffer so…. I pray that the Lord gives you His strength to get through these next days.
    You have his work and good memories to enjoy… and I am glad you have your work to enjoy as well. You do a beautiful job here on your website.
    God Bless you and your family… may He be your ever present Love and support! May God fill your hearts with Peace and Comfort

  156. Love and blessings to you and Anabel during this very sad time.
    ~Joyce

  157. Jenny McH said

    I am so, so sorry to hear this news. In time to come may the happy memories override the bad.

  158. Teresa Bryant said

    So sorry Amy for you and Anabel. Enjoyed our shared rides to quilting and was so sad to read the information about Dan. Was always so impressed with what he had accomplished and the life that the three of you had made for yourselves. Hugs to you. Teresa Bryant

  159. Lina said

    I am so sorry for you loss…
    XXX,
    Lina

  160. So sorry for your loss – you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  161. Barbara said

    I was so sad to read this news. I come here from time to time to gaze at your lovely quilts but obviously had no idea of the difficulties you were facing. It seems like your husband was a very dear man and he will be sorely missed I’m sure. I wish you and your family all the strength you need to get through. Bx

  162. Mama Spark said

    I am so sorry for your loss. There seems to be a rash of deaths around lately. I will keep you in my prayers and your daughter too. I am local, Canton, so if you need something please be in touch.

    May God give you the strength you need to get through this terrible time.

  163. Nurseli said

    I’m so sorry for your loss. This is the second blog post in as many days that I have read in which someone’s husband passed. Hang in there. Lots of love from California.

  164. Karen said

    I am so very sorry. Love and hugs from this part of the world.

  165. Oh my Amy… I’m so saddened for your tremendous loss. Weepy in fact. Big hugs. Big BIG hugs.

  166. leanne said

    very sad news – just know that your quilting buddies are thinking of you and sending you and Anabel big hugs

  167. Michelle said

    Amy-My heart aches for you, my prayers for you and your daughter for our Heavenly Father to provide you peace and comfort at this time of grieving. He has promised us to see our loved ones again, and we can find joy in that thought. After some time has passed, stop over to my blog I am writing posts on Sundays from a couple of books I’m reading on heaven and maybe it will offer some hope for you, it helps me to keep things in perspective, or even go thru past Praise God posts when you are up to it sometime down the road. He will be with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you, I pray you will feel His presence through your close family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers that thru them He will bless you. Hugs and more hugs for both of you,

  168. Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. I can only begin to imagine what you’re going through and meekly offer my prayers, hopes and love. You will be in my thoughts…

  169. Tracie said

    What a terrible loss, my prayers are with you and your daughter. Your blog is the first one I check when I want to see what is up in the quilting world and I had no idea you were experiencing such a trial. My heart goes out to you and your dear husband.

  170. heather said

    Amy,
    Shit. I’m just so sorry. So sorry for yours and your daughter’s loss. I can’t even act that I begin to understand you and your loved one’s grief. Please know that you are both in my heart during this difficult time. Know that at least. I am completely heartbroken for you.
    Xo, Heather

  171. emma said

    Sending you warmth and hugs, you and your daughter are in my thoughts, emma

  172. Patsy Thompson said

    Dear Amy,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’ll be holding kind thoughts for you and your family.

    Fondly,

    Patsy

  173. I’ve visited your site so very often and thoroughly enjoyed your work and words. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close.

  174. Vicki said

    I am so sorry to hear this, and will remember you in my prayers. May God grant you the strength to get through this time and surround you with love.

  175. Hugs Amy.

  176. floribunda said

    Amy, I’m so sorry to hear your sad news. Quilty hugs…

  177. much love and warmest hugs from across the other side of the world.
    xxx
    ooo
    Kathreen

  178. pam said

    I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. My sympathies to you and your family and friends.

  179. Laura Nownes said

    Dear Amy – I am so saddened by this news. I have been a follower of yours feel as though I know you, at least a bit through your blog. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Take care of yourself during this time.

  180. angie said

    So sorry to hear about your loss…my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hoping that sewing and quilting will ease some of your pain.

  181. Kim said

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  182. Jopsy said

    Thinking of you and your family x

  183. Sharyn Baldwin said

    May you and your daughter find comfort in memories of your dear husband. Life does go on, and I wish you all the strength you will need in the days and weeks ahead. Remember that there are lots of people who are wishing the best for you all.
    Love from Sharyn in Australia

  184. Kathy said

    Oh Amy, I am so sorry. Deepest sympathy to you, your daughter and families.

  185. Camille said

    Amy, I am so very sorry… sending hugs and prayers your way.

  186. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for you and your daughter…
    God is with you.

  187. Barbara said

    You are such an interesting woman and you touch so many lives with your knowledge, words,wisdom and wit,your world can only expand.
    May God lead you through this time with His Grace and full knowledge of His love for you and your family
    Barb

  188. I am so sorry to read about your loss. I am, however, buoyed, as I hope you are, that you have a daughter to love, and with whom to share his memories.

  189. So sorry about your loss. May you gain strength from your loving community.

  190. Slow Panic said

    I’ve been lurking on your blog for quite a while. Just wanted to say so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  191. Stephanie said

    My thoughts are with you and your family. I know all of the happy memories will get you through this difficult time.

  192. Rachal said

    Man that is so crappy i really feel for you and hope you can take some small comfort from all these messages. Take care and hug your girl.

  193. Francisca R. said

    Just wanted to hug you and say I´m so sorry for your loss.

  194. Sandy said

    I am so sorry to read about your loss, you and your daughter will be in my prayers.

  195. blop said

    I am so sorry for your loss. I, too lost my husband to cancer, last summer and let me tell you a year later you do survive. We went thru 18 years of on again, off again treatments so it was a blessing that he is not suffering any longer. It is about him, not us. I so miss him but also know that he wanted me to get on w/life. Seems unreal at times, but those times do get better. Remember the good times and live how he would want you to live! Take good care of you and your daughter!

  196. Penny J said

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I pray God will bring you the comfort you need during this time and the years to come. God Bless You

  197. Karee said

    Amy — I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. Across the miles you have provided encouragement to many. May our support provide a morsel of encouragement to you. And may you receive comfort from your treasured memories. G
    God bless you and strengthen you.

  198. sandra said

    Remember GOD has your loved ones and you in His hands, Feel the LOVE coming . God Bless you during this time!

  199. Caroline said

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know what you mean about a wonderful husband listening to our ramblings and jokes. I lost my dear husband over eight years ago and miss him dearly. Blessings,
    Caroline

  200. Doing some ‘blog stalking’ today and stumbled across your lovely blog. Few things strengthen us more and weaken us more than the loss of someone so dear. I don’t know you, but I will keep you in my prayers. I find that sometimes the prayers of strangers give me more comfort somehow. I hope you find peace through all of this.

  201. Kristyne said

    Love and prayers from a stranger whose heart feels for you.

  202. Judy said

    Amy,

    I’m a total stranger, but cant imagine what you are experiencing right now love and thoughts to you and your daughter.

  203. More hugs from a quilting stranger – so sorry for your loss :(

  204. tia said

    Amy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter.

    xo

  205. carolld said

    I am so very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  206. julie said

    Please know that I am praying for you too…peace be with you.

  207. vera Carr said

    Thinking of you and your family at this sad time in your lives.Vera.

  208. PJ said

    Sadness knows no bounds, holding you in prayer.

  209. Carol in E TN said

    So very sorry for your loss. I know your pain, as I lost my husband suddenly in April. We had been married almost 45 yrs., so I understand the hole that is in your heart.

  210. Jenny said

    Thinking of you and your families

  211. Tricia said

    I am so sorry for your loss. You have brought joy and inspiration into my life through your blog and I wish these same feelings for you in the future. My thoughts are with you and I know many others out here in blogland are as well.
    Take care of yourself,
    Tricia

  212. Lettyb said

    God bless you and your daughter.

  213. DakotaEssence said

    Dear Amy and Anabel. My condolences and a big cyber hug from a fellow quilter in North Dakota. Wishing you peace in this difficult time.

  214. Stephanie said

    I am so sorry for your loss. Know that my thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.

  215. Jean C. said

    I will first thing tomorrow add your families name to the prayer rolls of The Temple tomorrow. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Your sweet husband is smiling at you and your family… although he can’t be with you… he always will be with you in your heart. Memories are just the heart stretching out your love… and wrapping you in the Comforter.
    Try to take care of yourself.

  216. Denise said

    So sad to hear of your loss.

  217. Veronica said

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I just discovered your blog today. Hugs to you and your family from Iowa. You will be in my prayers tonight.

  218. kathy said

    found your blog today (via a list on “red pepper quilts”).

    am so sorry that the first thing i read here is about the loss of your husband. may you continue to be surrounded by family and friends with hugs and casseroles, arms for hugging and ears for listening. and may you feel the comfort of God who has the answers and the promise of a great reunion, Who offers us all comfort and peace.

    the second thing(s) i read here are all the comments from people you may know in real life or through blog comments – or not at all. may you feel comforted by hundreds of people holding you up in prayers and with sympathy. i add and send along my own for you, too.

    same for everyone, above (and elsewhere, really), who have experienced such loss and sadness.

    kathy in iowa

  219. LindaB said

    thinking of you at this sad time…lots of hugs….take care…LindaB Australia

  220. toni-anne said

    Hi, I read your story and now I’m sharing your grief. Please accept my small token of sympathy for the incredible loss of your dear husband. I ask the Lord to give you all the comfort, strength and peace you and your family need and most importantly, hope for the future. love Toni-Anne

  221. I am new to your blog and am just now reading your post. I am very sorry for your loss. I am sending prayers and good wishes your way.

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