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Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Really Special Lady

There is a really special blogger out there, Susette. She is beautiful both inside and out, and has the sweetest personality that you can imagine, and I have a special place in my heart for her.

I have been able to meet with her several times----once when I went out to Utah----and once when she came to New England to visit with another amazing woman, Rhonda----when she won a trip out to Connecticut. About a month ago, I was out in Utah, visiting my daughter, and had that great bloggers luncheon, but Susette wasn't able to come---and I missed her.

A few weeks later, there was a note on on her Facebook page.

It was tragic, and heartbreaking.

Her son, Porter, had been hiking and had fallen to his death. It was sudden, and such a terrible tragedy. I couldn't stop crying when I read of it.....I can't even imagine the pain of losing a child----I don't know how she could deal with even getting up in the morning each day. Her blog gives you an idea of her coping with this, as well as her love for this amazing young man. Her daughter, Kali, also shares her poignant thoughts about her brother.

I then read on Facebook that she was traveling back with her daughter, after the funeral, to spend some time here in New England, as her daughter lives in the area. Of course, I sent her a message, as I hoped to be able to see her, and give her that big hug that I wanted to share with her.

Well, we ended up meeting for lunch, along with her sweet daughter, her grandbaby Miles, and her daughter's husband, Wade. It was so great to see her and meet her amazing daughter and family. We talked about her son, Porter and the things that surrounded the accident----and as we both teared up a bit, she talked about how this trip that she was on was supposed to be shared with Porter, her son.

And we both agreed that he was there....spending those days with his Mom and sister---seeing the sites and enjoying the New England days with them....

At lunch in historic Concord----little Miles, Kali, Susette, and I.

My heart goes out to this special family----for their loss----for their spirits----for their determination to make each day normal again----and for their knowledge that they WILL be with their Porter again someday. I love you guys....


susette said...

You sweetie, I enjoyed our lunch out together so much! Thanks for your listening ear and for being there. I'm so glad that you allowed us to talk about Porter, for that's where the healing happens in remembering him and talking about him. He really was a special son.

We had a beautiful day in Concord and Lexington although it was rainy, and are so appreciative of you taking time out of your busy week to spend it with us. We consider ourselves the lucky ones :)

I sure hope I can get back there again before Kali and Wade move back to Utah. We'll see?

Love ya cute girl!

Kristina P. said...

I've had the opportunity to meet Susette a couple of times. My heart breaks for her family. Her daughter's blog made me literally cry at work.

I am glad to see her smiling.

Rachel said...

I love this family. They are very strong. It is amazing.

Suzanne said...

Oh my goodness. What a loss. I'm glad Susette was able to spend some time with her daughter's family and have lunch with a good friend. These kinds of posts help remind me what is truly important in life. Thanks for sharing such a sweet and heartfelt experience.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Thank you for telling us her story. There is no bigger fear I hold then losing one of my children.

My sister has recently gone through this and it was the hardest thing my family has been through.

Thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

carma said...

What a horrible tragedy. I seriously don't know how you ever move on from something like this. My thoughts go out to Susette and her lovely family.

kado! said...

how sad, thanks for sharing her story with us, she is min my thoughts now.

Anna See said...

sending hugs to susette and her family.

Julie said...

What a thoughtful and loving post. I'm so so sorry for your dear friend's horrible loss. My prayers are with her and her family. xxx

aladdinsane12 said...

thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

what a heartbreaking story! it must be the most horrific thing in the world to lose a child, especially in such a scary way. it sounds like she is a fighter, though, and it's great to see that she has a positive attitude.

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