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Saturday, August 25, 2012

A sad day & lessons learned

I don't share a lot of personal things on my site but today I decided to make an exception.


This is my cousin. Isn't she beautiful?? She was the closest thing I had to a sister growing up. She was 10 years younger than me a just started her second year at a local university. Overwhelmed by her course load and other commitments, she decided to take the edge off as recommended by a friend. It was suppose to be harmless but she didn't survive. That was yesterday, today we are planning her funeral.

I know that I am guilty of taking on too much. Of stressing about overwhelming commitments and a never ending to do list. Today I keep thinking of all the things that I should be doing but I just can't stop thinking about her. So I decided to share - nothing is worth risking your own life and happiness over. Not even a degree.

43 Comments:

At August 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Rachel said...

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

 
At August 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM , Blogger Jennifer Reck said...

I'm so sorry. What a tragic loss for you and your family. I hope this message makes people stop and think. You are in my prayers.
Jenny
Owl Things First

 
At August 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM , Blogger Giggles and Squeals said...

I am so sorry for your loss Misty. She is so beautiful too! Sometimes we forget that risk could have consequences. We think we are indestructible. My thoughts are with you and your family. Hang in there!

 
At August 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM , Blogger Bee Isme said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Bee

 
At August 25, 2012 at 3:16 PM , Blogger Constance said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Constance

 
At August 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM , Blogger Miss Nelson said...

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.

 
At August 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM , Blogger Mrs. Lundquist said...

What a tragedy... I am so sorry for you and your family's loss.

 
At August 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM , Blogger Sally said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sally from Elementary Matters

 
At August 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM , Blogger The Hands-On Teacher said...

I am SO sorry to hear this. What a beautiful girl. It's a sad reminder of how stress can get us down. Prayers your way....

Marie
The Hands-On Teacher in First!

 
At August 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM , Blogger luckeyfrog said...

Definitely reminds us all to take a break sometimes.

Thinking of you and your family.

Jenny

 
At August 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM , Blogger Heather said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

 
At August 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM , Blogger Rose said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rose
http://thewonderfulworldofkindergarten.blogspot.com

 
At August 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Brenda said...

I am sorry for your loss! My thoughts are with your family and her friends as you say good-bye. Praying for all of you!

 
At August 25, 2012 at 4:58 PM , Blogger Gladys said...

Misty, I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

 
At August 25, 2012 at 4:58 PM , Blogger Dana said...

So sorry to hear this, Misty. Thinking about you and your family. :)

Dana

 
At August 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Corrina Allen said...

Misty, you and your family are in my thoughts. I am so very sorry. What a lovely smile she had!

Corrina

 
At August 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM , Blogger Tanya said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tanya
First Grade is Fantabulous!

 
At August 25, 2012 at 5:06 PM , Blogger Lisa R. said...

My heart goes out to you & your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will say a prayer for you tonight.
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

 
At August 25, 2012 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

omgosh - I am so sorry!! ((((hugs))))

♥ Jen
The Teacher's Cauldron

 
At August 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM , Blogger Kara said...

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

Kara
Spedventures

 
At August 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

My heart goes out to you and your family, Misty.
Elizabeth

 
At August 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM , Blogger krissy hutten said...

Misty, I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your beautiful cousin. I am praying for your and your family. May the Lord give you all strength during this time of sorrow. xo
-krissy

 
At August 25, 2012 at 6:42 PM , Blogger Mrs. Wathen said...

Prayers for you and your family. Such a sad loss.

 
At August 25, 2012 at 6:48 PM , Blogger Lori Rosenberg said...

(((Misty)))

I know I already told you how sorry I am for the loss of your beautiful cousin, but, I just wanted to let you know, once again, that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Ѽ Lori
Teaching With Love and Laughter
luvyorkies@gmail.com

 
At August 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM , Blogger April Kreitzer Wolfe said...

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

April
Wolfelicious

 
At August 25, 2012 at 8:07 PM , Blogger vicky1970 said...

Misty I am so sorry...hugs
Xoxo vicky

 
At August 25, 2012 at 8:17 PM , Blogger Melanie - From the Pond said...

Oh this is such sad news, my thoughts and prayers are for you today. Take care x

 
At August 25, 2012 at 8:31 PM , Blogger Sara said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Misty. Hang in there & know that we all are here for you. Prayers for you and your family.

Sara

 
At August 25, 2012 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Nancy Stoltenberg Director of WBT Certification said...

Misty, I am so sorry! My prayers and thoughts are with you!

Nancy

 
At August 25, 2012 at 9:14 PM , Blogger jen ormsbee said...

Misty,
I'm sending lots of hugs your way!

--jen

 
At August 25, 2012 at 10:33 PM , Blogger Deanna said...

:( I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

 
At August 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM , Blogger Shawna said...

Misty, I am so sorry...thoughts and hugs to you and your family.
Shawna
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

 
At August 26, 2012 at 4:46 AM , Blogger Miss Trayers said...

So sorry for your loss.

NotJustChild'sPlay

 
At August 26, 2012 at 5:38 AM , Blogger Sara Soucy said...

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

Sara
Smiling In Second Grade

 
At August 26, 2012 at 5:56 AM , Blogger Janaye said...

Oh no!!! I am SO SO sorry!! I will keep your family in my prayers! :(

Janaye

 
At August 26, 2012 at 6:26 AM , Blogger Karen said...

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

 
At August 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM , Blogger Hodgesgal said...

so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing though. Hugs from the blogging community for you and your family.

Elizabeth

 
At August 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM , Blogger Tara said...

Praying for you and your family Misty. Sorry to hear about your loss.

4th Grade Frolics

 
At August 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM , Blogger Tracy@brightideasteacher.blogspot.com said...

I, too, will keep you & your family in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories keep her in your heart!

 
At August 26, 2012 at 7:58 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

I am so sorry for your loss-sending you a big cyberhug.

Shannon
http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

 
At August 27, 2012 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Gretchen Schultek said...

Oh my word.My heart sank reading this. You are so right- things can change in an instant and it is never worth the risk. Slow down and enjoy life's many miracles. God bless you and your family.

Always A Lesson

 
At August 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Micheal said...

I am so sorry for your lost. My prayers go out to you and your family.

 
At September 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM , Blogger Tina Moricz said...

I was finally catching up my blogs when I read your post. I am so sorry for your loss...what a beautiful girl. I read your blog all the time, so I guess I feel like I know you in some way and I feel the need to share this story with. Even when our loved ones are gone, they visit us in different ways. Last Labor Day weekend, I lost my first fiancé's brother. My first fiancé passed away a few years ago from Cancer...for his mom, his brother was all she had left besides me. She is like a second mom for me. It has been a really rough year for her and she decided to take a cross country road trip instead of sitting at home this holiday weekend. So she packed up her cat and started to drive across the country a few weeks ago visiting family and friends. While visiting a friend, the cat got loose and they were unable to find it. So she continued on her journey and I got to spend a few wonderful days with her before she went on to visit with family in New Mexico. She looked good, but I worried about what the loss of her cat would affect her. DC had been with her a long time. When I went to check my phone this morning I got a wonderful message that she had the cat. On Friday, someone called and left a message that they had seen it outside an abandoned house. So she hopped in the car and drove straight back to her friend's house across several states. It turned out to be the cat and when I talked to her today, everything seemed so much better. I believe that her sons guided the people who found the cat and watched over her as she drove across the country. There have been a few instances like this where I can't help but feel they are watching over us, so I am sending the same blessing for you and your family. While their loss might have seem to come to soon, their love and impact will always be a big part of your life. Sending you some hugs!

 

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