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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Snapshots: Still Living....

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We're still living....getting by. I am so thankful for all you sweet lovelies who are still coming onto this blog everyday, leaving sweet thoughts and prayers. I have felt those prayers and I thank you for them. I showed my parents your comments on here and facebook. They couldn't believe all the beautiful people out there who cared so much about my family. I mean really we are strangers. I do not know all your faces, but yet you come here and say a prayer for my family. To the moon and back I thank you. Its been a hard week and a half. Our world has changed forever and I am not sure how to go about my day. It's funny.... I didn't talk to my brother everyday, but I always knew I could text him and he would be I don't have that option. We are separated by far to many miles....heaven is just to far away. I know he is with God though and that brings me comfort to know he is in His loving embrace. 

These sweet children of mine have been like a rainbow after a storm. They are God's promise to me that life will continue...even after it has been forever changed. They greet me each morning with cozy bed snuggles and kisses. They know this mama is in need of some sweet smiles in the morning.

I was talking to my Mom the other day and we were talking about the holidays and how we didn't know how we would get through them without Philip. He was the one, who even at 34, couldn't wait to open his gifts Christmas morning. He was ready at sun up to exchange and unwrap.

I went to Target yesterday and almost picked out a gift for him and then remembered he wouldn't' be here to receive it. Its the little things now that break my heart, but I know God is with me....bringing my family through this hard time.

Today's post is really just to thank you all for your kindness. I didn't want any of you to worry, since I haven't been answering emails and facebook messages. Right now I am just trying to get back to living. I am trying to be a good daughter, wife, and mother. I thank you for your patience as I slowly get back into blogging. I love you all and am so thankful for you.
** Also, all of you sweet bloggers who wanted to guest post of facebook, I'm sorry I haven't replied. I am going to start taking guest posts in the new year. I just don't think I'll be able to get through my inbox in time. Sorry ladies and gents.

XO Danielle

The pictures above....the rundown
just me - planning a funeral - rainy day
sweet flowers from a friend - my brother's funeral -
my sweet boy - making memory jars - my snuggly bear


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

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I have just seen your post. I just wanted to let you know I know how you are feeling. I lost my brother in 1996 due to a motorcycle accident. He and I were very close and I miss him to this day. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Danielle, My week has been so hectic and I haven't taken the time to read hardly any blogs this week, so, I didn't know until right now about the loss of your brother. Please accept my sincere sympathy to you and your entire family. I will add you and your family to my prayers list and as I light my candle in the morning I will say a prayer for your brother. Blessings, Deborah

  4. Oh, dear Danielle, I'm so sorry for your loss! Keeping your family in our prayers. Hugs!!

  5. I don't know how I missed this, but you are definitely in my prayers now. Losing my Mom four years ago was one of the hardest things, and it lingers still, just like you said; I'll see something that I think she would love, only to get that kick in the gut that she's no longer here to receive it. It is wonderful to know that he is with Jesus, and you will be with him again someday.

  6. I am so sorry! I will keep you and your family close to my heart.

  7. I lost my husband September 15th when he was hit and killed by what we believe was a drunk driver(still under investigation) he was 37 we have a 7 year old son and he is the only reason I get up in the morning but I will give you one piece of advise that everyone told me be kind to yourself and take it easy. Losing a brother is not the same as a husband but it is loss none the less and I'm sure like me you will have those moments where even though you know they are okay and you will see them again all you will know is you miss them. God Bless.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thought and prayers. Im so glad you can take comfort in knowing he is in heaven with God and someday you will all be united. God Bless and go easy on yourself.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my heart and prayers. We don't know each other but I enjoy your blog very much. I am grateful that at least you can take comfort in the fact that you will all see your brother again someday in Heaven. God bless and take it easy. Losing someone is very difficult and it takes a while to heal. Be good to yourselves.

  10. Oh, honey! :'( HUGS to you and your family! (Diana)

  11. So sorry for your loss. I recently lost my Mother, and like your family, we are dreading the holidays so soon after her passing. You mention starting to buy your brother a gift. I so often think of something I'm going to tell my mother when I call her. These things are universal, but the grief and pain are so personal. God be with you.

  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, my heart is breaking for you right now. Know that prayers are being sent up for you and your entire family. Thank you for everything you do here at Blissful and Domestic, it's always awesome to stop in and see what you have new. I was so saddened by your news. Thinking of you and praying.
    -Molly from Just a Little Creativity

  13. Hello dear Danielle, I am bawling my eyes right now and share in your pain. I just found out what happened to your big brother and if it wasn't for the assurance of Jesus and our salvation, where would we be? I will pray for your family faithfully. With much love, Ursula

  14. I'm sorry for your loss. *hugs*

  15. Oh Danielle, I am so very sorry to hear that you have recently lost your lovely brother. My thought and sincere sympathies are with you and your family at this very sad time. Having experienced loss of close family myself I know how difficult it is to get through each day and especially the festive season when you don't really feel festive in your heart. Taking it one day at a time is all you can do at a time like this. Children do have a funny way of pulling you through these things as you have to function for their sake. Take care and be good to yourself. Love and Best wishes, Ann.

  16. I am so sorry to hear about your loss - sending your family hugs and prayers - you are all in my thoughts! You are very fortunate to know where your brother is & to be reminded that you will see him again...May God send you comfort, strength and love during this time. Jodie

  17. I know first hand the pain you're feeling. You'll have your good days and bad but as time goes on they will become brighter with wonderful thoughts of your brother. Take as much time as you need to work through your grief. If it means lapses in posting we're all here behind you. You need to do what's best for YOU right now. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers!!

  18. I'm sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  19. I just love your resilience. I pray that God will keep you strong and those sweet kiddos will keep you laughing.

  20. Just sending some support your way.......

  21. Lady there is nothing wrong with still buying a gift and wrapping it up. We lost a niece at the age of 2 and still buy a birthday and christmas gift for her. Then someone opens it, we talk about how much she would of loved it and then we donate it to the local mission, or other child charity so someone else may have joy as well

  22. I was about to comment that you really do not have to share SO MUCH of yourself/your life with us. Some things should be private, but I'm really glad you did. Reading the part about you almost buying your brother a gift brought tears to my eyes. Praying for you and your family.

  23. We buried my mother-in-love today. May God bring you sweet comfort and provide every need.
    Carthage, Missouri

  24. I will pray for you and your parents and your whole family that God will hold you up and fill you all with his strength, peace and love.


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