My lovely wife passed away at 10:30 this morning. She had a long slow decline from breathing complications that started at around 4 in the afternoon on the 4th. Perfectly fitting as she always loved fireworks so much in fact that she tried to talk me in to having our wedding on the fourth of July. Take a moment to think of her when you see the sky light up. Last night was by far the hardest night of my life (which says a lot), but the peace that remained and the knowledge that the pain is gone was truly awe inspiring. Orion and Naomi will go down in my list of saints forever as they stood by me through all. The children got to hold their mommy and whisper sweet nothings into her ear one last time as I called them home from the forth of July festivities when I became sure that she would cross over soon. She was well medicated but responded to them in a way that was painfully beautiful to watch. I have been up since 6 am yesterday and am grieving the loss of my best friend, but know that I am lucky to have shared the kind of love we had with her. If you want to know how you can help, you can… Pray for us, give us some room to grieve, hug your children like never before, and if you want to share $ I will be dividing the paypal donations between a trust for the kids, summer fun for the kids and clays child care.

I am so sorry to bring you sadness


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  1. lara says:

    many prayers and love to you and your family. we are so sorry for the loss and the pain that you face. i hope you can all find peace…

  2. Heather says:


    A special pray for you and your family to cope with this. My heart will forever be changed by Andrea, You and all of your children. I will make sure Andrea is remembered when I do my two day walk to honor your family.

    With a saddened Heart, Heather

  3. Colleen says:

    I believe all hearts are heavy today, but let us be happy knowing that Andrea has now received her healing & has been united with Jesus, no more pain or suffering. Blessings to Kelly & family may you find peace & comfort in knowing how you are loved by such an amazing wife & mom. Know you also have many prayers & hugs from so many people her words have touch. Love is forever. Thank you, Andrea, for teaching us how to live!

  4. Chrissy says:

    I was lucky to know Andrea from Rock School. I was blessed to see Andrea’s light shine, shine in the face of the dark. Love and prayers with you Kelly and your family. Love, and light, and peace.


  5. Donna Arnold says:

    Thank you for the post….as hard as it is to do in your time of grief, we are all so appreciative of this!!!!
    I respect your need for time and space to get through this all….I know she had wanted to be cremated….would someone please let us know when, where, etc….for any memorials, etc…
    There are no words for your family and you except she was a legacy unto this world!!!! Millions of folks have come to “know” her plight and to love her unconditionally….her illness has broughts many, many strangers together in her journal…tonight we are as one with you all….muchlove, blessings, and hugs…..may your pain be lessened in knowing what a wonderful person she is…love to you…..Donna in SC

  6. Melinda says:

    Thank you for sharing yourself and your family with us during this process. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers… especially on the 4th šŸ™‚

  7. HeatherK says:

    Thinking of you all. Andrea touched me deeply with her humor, her raw honest, her mothering, her love.

  8. Nat says:

    Thinking of all of you tonight.

  9. Jen says:

    My heart is heavy for what you must be going through right now Kelly, and your children in their grief. I am a long time blog reader as Andrea has touched me with her writings in ways I can not describe. Her legacy will live on forever in you and her children. I wish you peace and love in the coming days. From across the lands, I send you many prayers.

  10. Oh Kelly, I am so sorry to hear that Andrea is gone. I have come to love her simply by reading her “online journal”. That really says something about her don’t you think. My prayers are with you and your family at this time and I will see what I can scrape together to help you defray some costs.
    Love and God bless,

  11. Bill & Karen says:


    Our eyes are filled with tears, and hearts full of sadness, yet we are so glad that Andrea, you, and the kids were able to be together through her last moments, and that her passing was peaceful. You are truly surrounded by Saints and Angels, as I’m sure Andrea is now too. We’ve called Barbara, Wendy, and Sue & Joe, and they all send their love as well.

    We’ll talk soon.

    Bill & Karen

  12. Helen says:

    No words to express my grief and sadness..just tears, prayers and kind thoughts for you and your family and friends for sharing this wonderful lady with all of us. Andrea’s legacy (well besides a life well lived and a beautiful family) will be to have raised awareness of this often misdiagnosed cancer. As a RN/nurse practitioner student and practicing lactation consultant, her story has inspired me to learn more about this illness so that if I ever run across it in practice, I will think of Andrea and know what to do.

    Peace to all of you.

  13. lizz says:

    i love you kell…

    i’ll see you tomorrow…


    you are going down on the list of saints too…

  14. Jaija says:

    The fireworks tonight seemed to be emanating from Heaven welcoming Andrea to the joyous afterlife she predicted. The simultaneous rain certainly reflected the tears shed by so many today who she touched here on earth. Thinking of you and wishing you healing.

  15. Laura Kriss says:


    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that I love you and our family. I loved Andrea and still do with my whole heart she was like a second mom when I would come over. She was an amazing person and will truly be missed. Anything and everything you need please do not hesitate to call me. I love you all very much and will be there for the services and anything else.

    Love Always,


  16. With a heavy heart and lightened spirit, I say adieu. May she shine brightly in the heavens and look upon us with favor. And may life be kind to you Kelly and your children.

  17. diane says:

    I never knew of gallant Andrea until tonight. I hope you do continue her blog so that we can try to comfort you and you can comfort us.

    She must have been a bright spirit.

  18. flutter says:

    may she rest, beautiful and whole.

    peace to you.

  19. Jeanine says:

    Kelly –

    I am so, so, so very sorry for your loss. You are such an inspiration to me, your love for your wife has always been tangible even over the internet. When you feel up to it, I know that many of us would love to hear from you again on this site. For now, my prayers are with you and the kids, and I’ll send over some $ whenever I can.


  20. Sara says:

    Kelly and Children….we are praying for you all.

  21. Sara says:


    Andrea was an amazing person. I’m only sorry I didn’t get to know her sooner, know her in person. She blessed my life and the lives of many others with her strength and bravery. You and your children will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    God be with you. Please.

  22. chris says:

    your grief and sadness is wide and deep, and i am so sorry for all of you. but know that there are many, many people holding you in their hearts and andrea’s memory will always shine bright.

  23. My thoughts are with you all. Please tell Jesse that I’m here if he needs to call. I’m sure he’s got a ton of people around now, so I won’t bother with a call, but I’m a phone call away if he needs to call.

    — Mr. L

  24. Chrissy(Jenny Ball's sister) says:

    Kelly & Kids,

    I am sorry more than you know. Andrea was a wonderful woman and will live on in all our hearts. I woke up the morning of July 4th and couldn’t sleep. I wanted to express what I was feeling in my journal so I wrote a poem for all of you.

    Independence From Pain

    She lays awake
    longing for her independence
    her independence from the pain

    It has held her in bondage
    for so long, far too long
    sleepless night and endless days
    and so she lays awake and prays

    she thinks to herself
    about so many things
    never never knowing
    what the next day would bring

    so with each new dawn
    it gets harder to fight
    so when she feels it is time
    her soul will take flight

    so many will mourn her
    we will all feel the pain
    but she will finally be free
    from the very thing causing her so much pain

    a declaration of independence
    independence from the pain
    her soul soaring like a bird
    in the misty morning rain

    I love you guys……so does Patrick, Troy, Memaw, Pop pop and Nana. Thank you for letting us help with Clayton. I told Jenny to let us know what we can do. You are in our prayers.

    Love Chrissy

  25. Gin says:

    Your sorrows are deep enough. Don’t feel sorry for our loss, as she was yours and the children’s more than anyone elses. Grieve the way you should, I’ll be praying for you.

  26. mindy says:

    I am a regular lurker on the Weight Watchers General Daily Thread. I’ve read FoxxyMama’s updates on Andrea and felt compelled to read the blog she kept. What a truly amazing person she was. What a truly amazing family all of you are, too. My heart goes out to you and yours. Her faith is awe-inspiring. You are in my prayers.

  27. leah says:

    Kelly, let me know if there is anything i can do. i’m so sorry.

  28. Leann says:

    I’ve been following this blog via a friend on a Weight Watchers board. Just wanted to express my deepest sympathy. I almost feel that I know your family. You and your children are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that no words can help right now, but just know that many people are thinking of and praying for you. Much love.

    Leann (aka Dogandmusiclover on the Weight Watchers board)

  29. Uncle Joe & Aunt Sue says:

    Dear Kelly & Family,

    Our love and prayers are with you all.

    Uncle Joe & Aunt Sue

  30. ciara says:

    i have only been here a handful of times, but i have been very moved. i’m sorry for your loss and your children’s loss. i don’t really know you all, but i am thinking of you.

  31. Bridget says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, but I’m glad that Andrea is no longer in pain and in heaven with her savior and watching over you all. May you and your family find peace and comfort in each other. Much love – B

  32. Aimee says:

    I knew it was coming, but am sad at how quickly. Andrea cried out from her spirit to be in the presence of the Lord and He answered. So in that I am thankful. But I know that this is just the beginning for the rest of you- the beginning of your life without Andrea’s presence. I have no words of wisdom to offer, no insight, and even my prayers are more like cries. You will need time to shut the door, pull the curtains and work through the grief. I ask God to give you all the time and space necessary for your family to connect, to each accept one another in how and when the grief is expressed. And I’ll keep reading as long as you keep writing, Kelly (and kids). You have a special place in my heart.

    You don’t have to worry about this today- the road ahead is long. But I wanted to let you know, since you mentioned money and I know some of the kids are of the age and want to attend college, that the Susan Komen foundation offers $10,000 college scholarships for children who have lost a parent to breast cancer. Also, if you need or are wondering about any other types of social service (I am sure hospice can also guide you in this way), you can always call the American Cancer Society. They may have information about grief counseling for the children, if it becomes a need, and/or funding for that.

    I’m sorry if it seems off-track to be laying that out here now. I just don’t have any words of wisdom and whatever words of comfort I could gather seem so inconsequential compared to the shadow of your grief. So the social worker in me is doing the only thing I really know how to do from a distance- I wish I could do something more tangible……………

  33. I am so sorry for your loss.

  34. Kelly,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Marc and I cried with her last post and cry with you now. I know we don’t know each other well but please know we are here if you need us. You are in our prayers.

    Thank you for your generous gift of time the other day… both yours, the kids and Andrea’s. I will never forget my last laughs with Andrea.

    Our love,

    The Foxxes

  35. jenni bender says:

    i love you kelly.
    i understand the heartache (as best i can)
    you are a saint in my book.
    i am here, endlessly. please don’t forget it.

  36. Caramia62 says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  37. (bother *you all* with a call, that was supposed to say.)

  38. Denise Henry says:

    Dear Kelly and Family,

    I met Andrea years ago at a Mothers of Preschoolers group we were a part of. She was a great mom and wonderful person. I have been following this blog for several weeks and have been so moved by your loving care for your wife and children through this most difficult struggle with cancer.

    I am so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray that God will carry you and your family through this time of grief.

    Grace and Peace to you,


  39. leah says:

    Chrissy(Jenny Ball’s sister, that poem was beautiful, thank you for sharing it.

  40. joel says:

    kelly, we love you and your family a lot. thank you for sharing your life with those around you and being vulnerable. you are all inspiring because of that. people are praying for you all lots.

  41. Joc says:

    Farewell sweet Andrea.

    My sympathies and prayers to you Kelly and the rest of your family.

  42. Jess says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My family’s prayers and sympathies are with you.

  43. Dina says:

    Kelly-Today we celebrated Owen’s third birthday, and we requested that guests bring gifts for your family instead of for the birthday boy, who already has so much. For the past 2 years, we collected for local and other charities, but nothing really felt closer to our hearts this year than Andrea, your family, and what you have been going through. I was excited to share this news with Andrea, and come for another visit to give her the gifts. I went online in the middle of the party to show my brother the blog, and that’s when I saw Andrea’s final blog. My heart is hurting, even though I am happy that she is finally at peace. Please keep us updated on plans for services. We would still like to visit with you guys in the near future to give you the gifts Owen collected from friends and family. While I know you have an incredible support system over there, please know that we are here for you and the kids. Now, 2 weeks from now, 2 months from now…whenever. I am off for the summer and happy to help out wherever I can. Much love, Dina

  44. Amanda says:

    I am so sorry.

  45. Emily says:

    I am so sad for you all right now. I will continue to pray for you guys. Andrea has a story that will change lives no doubt. I am so thankful that I will get to meet her in Heaven one day, she seemed to be such a special woman!

  46. Anna says:

    I was led to this place by the words of another woman I admire. I wish I had known Andrea sooner, but I feel so incredibly blessed to know her at all- even if just in words and pictures. Anything my family and I can do to help you and yours during this time of sadness and transition, please let me know.

  47. Rachael says:

    Thank you for keeping us informed. I never talked to Andrea, and I just found your blog in the past week, but I still found myself in tears when I read that Andrea was gone. I feel touched by her life, even in that brief time. I can’t imagine how hard it must be, even with the relief of knowing she is no longer in pain. I will keep you and your little ones in my prayers.

  48. Deb says:

    Kelly, please PLEASE do not apologize for ‘bringing us sadness’. I (we) owe you and Andrea and the kids so many thank-yous for opening your hearts and allowing total strangers into your home, your lives, your wisdom and your pain so that we all might be inspired and left better people for having “known” you.
    love and prayers,
    Deb in AZ

  49. Ali says:

    I am so very sorry to read that your lovely, brave and inspirational wife has passed away.
    My heart grieves for your wonderful children but what a beginning she has given them and what an example she has set them.

  50. Kitty says:

    I’m so sorry for you loss. Thinking of you, your friends and family and wishing you strength and peace.

    Take care. x

  51. Linda Conley Soffer says:

    Dear Kelly, Alec, Jesse, Asa, Tucker, Bailey, & Clay,

    Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. I know that no words can take away your pain and sadness. May the warmth of Andrea’s love, which lives within you all, comfort you in your grief and give you strength to lift her spirit and let it soar. Thank you for allowing us to share this journey with you. You are in my thoughts. Peace and love to you all.

  52. Chrissy(Jenny Ball's sister) says:

    Than you Leah….you are so sweet….=)


  53. Daryl says:

    May she rest in peace and may your family find comfort in remembering not only the good times but how incredibly brave and strong she was …

  54. Linda, Palm Harbor, FL says:

    Kelly and Children, Family and Friends,

    I was so very saddened to read of Andrea’s passing. My condolences to all of you. Andrea taught us all how life should be lived to the fullest. In the days, months, and years ahead, Andrea’s love for you all will continue to shine through you. May all the memories of Andrea help carry you through this painful time. I am relieved to know Andrea is in the arms of the Heavenly Father and no longer in pain. She is in a body of total wellness. God bless you all and may He grant you peace.

  55. Maureen says:

    Do not stand at my grave and weep;
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    Your wife and your family have changed my entire outlook on life. You are beautiful people. Thank you for giving me a chance to get to know you. My thoughts are with you through this very difficult time.

    With love.

  56. Michelle Wienke says:

    Kelly, Alec, Jesse, Tucker, Asa, Bailey, Clay and friends and family,

    Keeping you in my continued thoughts and prayers-what a gift we have received by having “known” all of you-Andrea changed lives in more people than many who live decades longer do! She will be missed and thought of in love often!

    Blessings and love,

  57. jamom says:

    Kelly and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am thankkful that Andrea is now at peace, no more pain and suffering. She truly kicked cancer’s ass! It has no hold on her now! May God bless you all…

  58. Donna Arnold says:

    Chrissy (Jenny Ball’s sister):
    That was so beautiful and so fitting for Andrea…thank you for sharing with us. :)…….Donna in SC

  59. Michele says:

    Kelly and children, I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. My thoughts and prayers of healing and peace are with you. Rest in peace, Andrea.

  60. Chrissy(Jenny Ball's sister) says:


    Thank you……I just had all these emotions and that is how I deal with my pain. I appreciate the compliment and from alawys reading the blog you seem like such a wonderful lady!!!!!! =)


  61. Jessica says:

    My words are weak, but please know I am praying for you and your family. Your wife was and will continue to be an inspiration in oh so many ways. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Peace and blessings, Jessica

  62. Stefanie says:

    Kelly and family, just another soul out here, touched by Andrea, wishing you all peace. May you be comforted by the faith that Andrea is free and in a whole, healthy body again – she is perfect now in body, spirit and understanding.

    May she touch you daily from her new home – look for her. She is all around you, blessing and keeping you, loving you still.


  63. Eileen says:


    You have grown into a truly loving and caring man. You have been an inspiration to so many of us watching your devotion to and care for Andrea throughout her illness.

    My heart is so saddened by your loss. I hope that knowing she is now free from pain and that you did everything you could to bring her happiness during your too brief marriage will bring you peace.

    She is now watching over you and the kids from heaven and Uncle Mike is watching over her.

    Auntie Ei

  64. Stephanie says:

    I am so sorry. Kelly, the kids and her friends find peace in knowing she is with her Lord. What a beautiful person you had in her and now what a beautiful spirit you have looking over you. Much love.

  65. Chani says:

    Kelly, I just spent the past two hours reading nearly all the posts here. Clearly, Andrea was a brave and wise woman. The world is a bit less without her in it. Thank you for your openness, your sharing, your wisdom and your willingness to open this window so wide for us. You and Andrea have taught us and encouraged us.

    May you find peace.

    ~Chani Scheuer

  66. Angela Maresco-Palumbo (Jesse's former teacher) says:

    Kelly and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have been reading the online journal for some time now and it really touched me. As a new mother, I feel such heartache for the children. They will miss her tremendously but will always have this journal and many wonderful times with Andrea to reflect upon her life.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jesse… I am so sorry! Be strong (as I already know you are) and thank God you have such beautiful memories.


    Angela Palumbo

  67. Pamela says:

    thank you, thank you, kelly, for posting at such a time in your life! you and your beautiful family are wrapped in many prayers, and mine are added to them. we grieve with you.
    i guess now i know why this years fireworks were so spectacular-andrea was going out with a bang! heaven was rejoicing at her entry!
    (please don’t take offense, i mean none-andrea probably would say the same thing, don’t you think? šŸ™‚
    love and prayers,

  68. mrsdurff says:

    I cry with your family at your loss and celebrate with you that Andrea lived so well and is now with Him.

  69. Anne Marie Sweeney says:

    Dear Family, I have known Andrea since she came to Taney Playground for our art classes…and now, my daughter goes to school with Jesse. I actually got to see Andrea at the Lou Reed concert, and I was so thankful for that. She was an amazing, couragous, beautiful, free person and she will remain in my thoughts forever. Her courage was inspiring and her legacy, the beautiful family that she has created, will live on as a testament to her life. I will miss her light in this world.

  70. I’m so sorry to hear of Andrea’s passing. My deepest sympathies are with you. I pray for peace for you and your children.

  71. Brian says:

    Lots of tears here Kelly, but comforted to know that Andrea passed peacefully and the children were able to be with her and yourself. Lots of Love from Grandma Wilma to you and your family. You are always in my thoughts.

    Love, Brian

  72. Our hearts and minds will forever be transformed by the miracle of Andreas life and death. All of us blessed to have known her or of her now carry with us a light that will never be extinguished. All of us now have to honor her by showing the love and strength that she gave to us to one another and the world. My heart is with you all

  73. Shelli says:

    God bless you and your family during this time, Kelly. My deepest sympathies.

  74. Renee Khan says:

    Dear Kelly and family;

    I am keeping you in my prayers. You are amazing people and you have too many people to count who care about you.

    Love Renee

  75. Shannon says:

    My heart aches for your loss.
    I just found your site through a friend, so I have not had the privilege of following your journey, but Andrea appears to have been an extraordinary woman. I’m quite sure that the world will feel her loss.
    Your family is in my heart.

  76. Donna says:

    Hi Kelly….I am Jeremy Avellino’s mom and I just heard about this yesterday ..I began to read the blog last night…..I am deeply and profoundly moved and forever changed by reading this….You and your courageous wife and amazing family will forever be a part of me now. May His Strength be imparted unto you and the children and family members…..Much Love, Donna

  77. Nicci says:

    Thinking of you and your family. I am so inspired by your honesty and strength.

  78. Deena says:

    My prayers go up for you and all your family.
    I am deeply saddened by this..may the
    Peace of Christ be with you.


  79. ByJane says:

    Kelly and family….
    Every day when I checked the site, I held my breath. Knowing that one day would be The Day doesn’t make it any easier now that it is. I always tried to convey to you and to Andrea what was in my heart for her, but words are puny sometimes. In a world where we all struggle being authentic, Andrea gave us the greatest gift–herself, unadorned. She lives on in each and every one of us, and that, my friend, is true immortality.

  80. Dillo says:

    The Lord draws near to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

    I too am very sorry to hear of the great loss to your family and to the Body of Christ. Touched by your story; I grieve with you and will pray for you all as well.

  81. Cindy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  82. Karl says:

    I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I didn’t read her blog, but heard about her fight with cancer through a friend. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. God bless.

  83. Juanita says:

    For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
    And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

    Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
    And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
    And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

    ~ Kahlil Gibran

    These are the words that eased my pain when I lost the person closest to me. They, along with my thoughts, I offer you now.

  84. Ellie says:

    I just found this site today. My heart breaks for your family at the loss of such an amazing person. You all will be in my prayers.

  85. Barry Blauer says:

    Very sorry to hear; peace to your family. I will carry Kelly with me as I walk across the country in 14 Breast Cancer 3-Day walks to try to stop this from happening.

  86. jessica says:

    Dear Kelly,

    I am also a young widow.
    When you are ready:

    I am so sorry to hear of your beautiful wife’s passing.


  87. jeremy avellino says:

    i am so sorry for your loss kelly. you and the kids are in our prayers.

  88. Bon says:

    i just wanted to say i’m so very sorry. i will be thinking of Andrea and of you, wishing you strength.

  89. LuLu says:


    My love and deepest sympathies to you and the kids. I’m a better woman for knowing Andrea. I am always here for whatever you guys may need.

  90. LAUREN says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Andrea. I am also a stage IV breast cancer patient . I read her blogs and see myself and family going through many of the same emotions and grief this disease has impacted on os all. I also hang on to the drugs, just for another day with my husband and twins. The bone pain from met’s is horrible, and I also long for the death somedays just to be painfree once again…May your family find peace in her passing as I know she is now, may you all keep her memory in your hearts , the passion, the beauty and strength she showed everyday during this battle . Your family is in our prayers !

  91. Jim says:

    You all are continually in my thoughts and prayers – All I can say is Thank God Andrea’s pain is gone and she is at peace. Cancer is cruel!!

    Kelly – give all the kids an extra hug for me – and all you kids give him one back !!

  92. Allison says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I started reading her journal about 2 weeks ago, and having lost my mother to cancer at the age of 13, have been totally moved by the postings. Andrea had such courage and strength, now she is at peace. I know it is hard now, but you will always have a guardian angel….
    Kelly, you and your family will be in my prayers.

  93. Laney says:

    Dear Kelly and kids, privacy and time to grieve is what you need. Peace be with you, and thank you for sharing this for others who are facing the same obstacle.

  94. I am so sorry. I have tears streaming down my face now. Your family is in my prayers.

  95. Elaine Neafsey says:

    Dearest Kelly,
    God bless all of you. I have followed, but never wanted to intrude. I am A & B Stubbs’s mom. You have always been in my prayers, and I will continue to pray for you. May God give you the strength to go on, knowing that she is right there beside you. All you have to do is think of her and she is there. Her love will always surround you and the children. She is at peace now. Love to all of you. Elaine

  96. stacy says:

    Kelly and family

    We are so sorry for your loss. It is a loss for all of us. Our family is truly saddened by Andrea’s passing. She was not only a mom and wife to you all but a sister to me and an aunt to my girls. We have longed to reach out to her, but never had the opportunity. Peace be with you as you grieve.

    Love and Prayers
    Stacy, Bryon, Sommer and Olivia

  97. am says:

    god bless you all and hold tight to each other…

  98. Cecily says:

    Kelly (and family)–

    I am so, so sorry. Please let me know what I can do to help, if anything. I had no idea you were dealing with all of this.

    Cecily (Dave’s friend Cecily–Dave that’s now in Tucson)

  99. April says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I just recently started reading this blog and am so moved by what you’ve all been going through. I can only offer you my prayers for your family, that God gives you strength and peace, just like Andrea has now.

  100. Cynthia Whitley says:

    Kelly and Family,
    I do not know you all personally but my daughter Alexis is a friend of Alec’s. I learned about your wife through Alexis and read her blogs often. We pray God’s peace for you and your family at this time. I thank you, your wife and children for opening up and sharing such a private situation.

    The Whitley Family

  101. Jennifer says:

    Dear Kelly & Family,

    I happened upon this inspiring and beautiful journal through a member of the Young Survival Coalition. I only wish that I had had the opportunity to meet Andrea during her time here. Andrea’s courage, strength, and unwavering faith has inspired me to continue to evaluate how I am living as I heal from my own diagnosis of breast cancer.

    Andrea is the person that all of us yearn to be – breast cancer patient or not. I am glad that she is at peace, but I am so truly sad that your family has to endure this time of grieving.

    I am sure you are very aware of the many countless people Andrea and your whole family have touched with sharing this journal and journey online. What that has done is priceless. We all need such testaments and stories of faith.

    Thank you for strengthening mine. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

    God Bless you and keep you in his embrace,

  102. tracey says:

    So incredibly sorry… Nothing I can say can convey my sadness for you all.

  103. imstell says:

    Just wishing you and the kids well. Keep your faith strong.

  104. Linda Conley Soffer says:

    5 years ago, very unexpectedly, my dad had a stroke and was in a coma for 10 days then died. It was around midnight when we got the call from the hospital (my sisters & I had just left an hour before, at the urging of the nurses) and my mom & 3 siblings & I got in the car & drove to say our final goodbye. I remember vividly sitting in the backseat on that drive and closing my eyes & wishing for our car to be hit violently by a truck, for all of us to be gone in that instant, so that none of us would have to face the pain and reality of the loss of our beloved father. It was the seeming enormity of the totality of all our suffering that was overwhelming to me. And it hurt really bad for a long time, and sometimes still does. And I can honestly say it has helped me to live my life more fully, honestly, and courageously. It has led me to realize that every day is a gift, that things are neither “good” nor “bad”, just some are harder while others are easier and more fun, that love and and an open heart are the keys to happiness.

    It has helped me to believe that I can move mountains.
    I have faith that you will, too.
    Peace to you all,

  105. Lita says:

    My thoughts are with you all.

  106. Weeping here in Massachusetts for your devastating loss.

  107. Lacey says:

    I am in tears. I am so sorry for your loss. I only recently began reading and watching your family live this journey, and broke down when I saw this post. You and yours are in my prayers.

  108. Wendy says:

    I’m trying to find the right words and I can’t. I love you all. -Wendy

  109. Heather Goldberg says:

    I’ll be keeping your family in my thoughts. I am so sad about this and I didn’t even know Andrea. It is so wonderful that all of her children got to be there with her at the very end. And this journal was such a great idea. She has left all of you and all the rest of the world with an incredible legacy. Please take care of yourselves.

  110. Blayer Pointdujour says:

    I’ll be praying for your family. Andrea will be missed.

  111. Krissie Tarkowski says:

    im sorry.

  112. Kelly, I just went through your family’s story and found the beach portraits, and was just so in awe of them all. I don’t think I’ve seen a series of images so brimming with love. I feel like I know all of you, like I can imagine the spirit of her living on through each of you.

    She’s the kind of woman and mother I wish I could have called a friend.

    Take care of yourself in the next while, just drink in those kids and watch for magic. I know of the peace of which you speak… I’ve seen it too. I also have a night like that in my history, and despite not being remotely religious, there was a light and a mysticism that was both entirely unexpected and so strongly present that I could have reached out to touch it. It’s changed the way I see the world, and I can tell you now that Andrea’s already done that herself, too, for so many of us.

    I see that new kalaidescope set of eyes as my son’s gift, and I know that with Andrea’s legacy of love and verve, she’ll leave her mark on you, too.
    love and peace to you…

  113. Alison says:

    Extra prayers for you and your family. May God give you the strength to carry on and to be there for the children.

  114. As sad as I am that she has passed, I am glad that her pain is now over and that she is at peace. I wish you and your beautiful family strength. Thank you all for sharing this journey with us.

  115. Moses says:

    The kids are like family to me, Alec already Knows this but you should Know too. I Got ya back, as far as my beat up old body will let me, I got ya’ll back. dont ever hesitate to call.

    Find the sunshine-she’s become one with it
    ~Moses Jiggetts

  116. Victoria says:

    Kelly and lovely children,
    My thoughts and prayers as well as those of my husband and children are with you even over here in a little part of England. Andrea’s journal moved us very much and I only wish that I had met her. Odd that I should have happened upon her ‘blog’ – but I am so glad that I did and so glad to have been able to read her words.
    She was without any doubt an exceptional woman, who has left an exceptional legacy and exceptional husband and children. With love to you all, Victoria xxx

  117. Grainne says:

    To Kelly, your family and friends.

    Thank you for the gift of this blog. I pray for peace now. I pray that you may not be visited by sorrow for very long, and that Andrea’s love will keep on shining from heaven. Her spirit was beautiful. Grainne

  118. Gina says:

    I’m deeply saddened and sorry for your loss. I’m so grateful to have known Andrea. She has alot to do my faith in God today. She was the first person to talk to me about faith and prayer in a way that I could understand. That faith is how I survive today and I have her to thank for that. My prayers go out to everyone mourning her loss.

  119. amanda says:

    This, like Andrea, was exquisite. So very sorry for this enormous loss.

  120. Jeff says:

    I’m sorry for your loss guys. Know that you are all in our prayers.

  121. katie says:

    I found my way here through Kitty’s blog and am so sorry I did not know of it before.
    I read some of the blog after reading the latest post. This type of blog really moves me and makes me count my blessings.
    Just thru my short visit I can see she was amazing and I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you whatever small comfort you can find at the moment.

    with Love x

  122. maire brandon says:

    Isaiah…..I will strengthen you and uphold you with my righteous right hand. I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful woman, wife, mother and friend.
    God bless you Kelly, your children and those friends who have travelled this road with you.

  123. I’m so sorry. My prayers are with you and your beautiful family.

  124. Tina, French Creek, WV says:

    Thank you, Kelly. I’m a better person because your best friend shared her life with us. I’m praying for you & the kids. I will never forget Andrea Collins Smith, Punk Rock Mommy.

  125. Kelly,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have been following Andrea’s story for awhile and was devastated when I read your blog post this morning.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your children. Please know we’re all out here offering comfort and love.

  126. Jess says:

    She was an inspiration to us all and she will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  127. Gift of Green says:

    I’m sorry Kelly. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  128. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss.

  129. Jerah. Matt and Perrin says:

    I’m so sorry, Kelly. We’ll be praying for your family.

  130. Jenna says:

    I did not know you, but my heart is sad for you all. Take care of those beautiful children.

  131. Kathy U says:

    Kelly & kids,

    I feel like I have known Andrea as a longtime friend and I am greatly saddened by her passing.

    Strength and blessings to you all.

    Kathy in Washington State

  132. Brandon says:

    I have never met you. I did not even know you existed until somebody mentioned your wife at Circle of Hope yesterday.

    And yet, my heart is broken for you.

    And my heart is broken at the words of Andrea’s final blog. I have been severely wounded over time by the actions of many people who were and are close to me. Resolution at times seems impossible to come by, even as I try my damndest to be honest with myself. Letting go has been the most difficult lesson thus far in my journey through this life. I cannot fix everything, and even now this awful knowledge witholds from me the one thing that makes life worth living, that makes all struggles worth enduring, that enriches the love I feel for my future wife and cures the numbness brought on by repeated emotional batterings: happiness.

    And as I struggle, so painfully, to make that decision, the decision to be happy today, your precious Andrea is with me, helping me.

    Thank you, Andrea, for learning these lessons so that I may learn them also. You may well have saved my life in the twilight of yours.

  133. Mary Beth says:

    I was so very sad when I heard of Andrea’s passing. I have been following your family’s journey for quite a while and wept for all of you – you, the children, and your friends and family – when I read your words and Andrea’s words. Because of all of you, I have hugged my children more, prayed more, and loved more. I am so sorry for the devastating loss of Andrea and everything she was to each of you.

  134. Tony Palko says:

    You don’t know me but Ive known your wife for 20 years , my condolences to you and your family.

  135. Kippy says:

    I never commented here before, but only found this page from another friend on Multiply, who has been reading your wife’s blog for a while. I never knew the words to use, and I still don’t, but I am so very sorry for you and your family’s loss of such a vibrant, intelligent, amazing soul. But I am so very glad that she has finally found the peace she so deserves.

    I wish you strength and the ability to smile again soon.

  136. I just heard about Andrea’s passing from a friend. I never got the chance to get to know you guys but I’ve spent the last few hours reading every single post on this blog and, in an odd sort of way, I feel as though I have gotten to know something about your family and I sat here with tears streaming down my cheeks as I read the last few entries.

    I want you to know that I am sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for you and your family. Know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. And know, if nothing else, that Andrea still watches over you every single day. She has touched so many lives through this blog. She will never, ever – not for a single moment – be forgotten.

  137. SusannahS says:

    I am so sorry.

  138. Heather B. says:

    my thoughts are with all of you now. i send out a hug to each one of you, i hope you can feel it.

  139. Amelia says:

    I am so sad to hear of Andrea’s passing. When I met her I knew she was a very special and unique individual. She will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to your family.

    Love Amelia

  140. Dan & Judy says:

    We share in the tears and emptiness with you. We share in the smiles and laughs of memories with you. And yet, neither our loss at her passing nor our celebration of her life can approach yours.

    Love to all of you.

  141. dorothy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  142. wrekehavoc says:

    i’m so very sorry for your loss. i’m thinking of all of you. please know how many lives you have touched and changed.

  143. Elizabeth from West Chester says:

    Dear Kelly and family,

    May Andrea’s memory be for a blessing.

    In deep sympathy and with love,


  144. Roads says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Kelly, and my heart goes out to you.

    Andrea’s writing was courageous and inspiring, and your description of her last hours fulfils both in equal measure. I wish you and your children all the best that can be wished.

    With deepest sympathies and much admiration, from London.

  145. Stuart Cooperstein says:

    On behalf of the Meredith School Family, I extend our deepest sympathy. Andrea was an inspiration to us all. I have known her and watched her children grow for many years. Andrea’s memory will live on through her wonderful children. Although her life was much too short, she left the world a better place because she left us six great children to carry on her dreams.

    Please know that we are here if you need us. Asa, Tucker and Baily have my email address. Please stay in touch.

    May God bless you.


    Stuart Cooperstein

  146. txhorns says:

    My deepest sympathies. I’m just a stranger who found your wife’s site recently. Her perspective on life, family, and illness was remarkable. She made a huge impact with her life. I hope that you all find peace in the future.

  147. Alexis says:

    I have come every day to read Andrea’s blog. This weekend I was away and neglected to. My mom just told me. I don’t even know what to say.

    I love all of you. Please, if I can ever be of any help in any way to any of you, let me know.

    Love and prayers,

    -Alexis Shea

  148. Sarah G says:

    I only ever heard Andrea’s voice this past Easter Sunrise, but I have prayed for her and for all of you these past months.

    Peace to you – not as the world gives – but as our God gives… Peace.
    And to each of you always, there will be Love.
    Love of Life. Love in God. Love of her.
    You will meet again and rejoice.
    Until then, she will be missed.

    It is pouring rain in Philadelphia right now. As God grieves with us, even the earth cries out.

    Oh God, be with us.

  149. Holly says:

    I am so sorry for you lose. She touched and will cont. to touch people via her words and how she lived her life.


  150. d'RC says:

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

  151. Alexis Wright-Whitley says:

    Being a friend of Alec and somewhat of Jesse, I know that Mrs. Andrea was a huge part of her lives. She was and still is a blessing to you and you’re family. She was an extraordinary person, and I know that she’s in heaven smiling down upon you all, making sure that you all live your lives to its fullest. I will continually keep you and your family in my prayers. God makes no mistakes, and we must learn from this experience. May God bless you and keep you in all that you do is my prayer.

    With great love,
    Alexis Wright-Whitley

  152. Chanda says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time. Andrea has touched so many with her wanting to share her illness with others. She is truely a hero along with a best friend of mine who lost her life to cancer as well not even two years ago. May Andrea live on in your lives everyday and let it bring you happiness and comfort to know that she is still very much here with you as you start a chapter in your life. May Andrea Rest In Peace. God Bless!

  153. Sally says:

    God bless …Andrea was more than amazing. Kelly, I know you are full of grief with the loss of you best friend. You will have a piece of andrea in those beautiful children. She is free of all the pain! Her life lessons will continue to teach us all.

  154. Christine says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hadn’t read this blog, until Lisa, at Clusterfook shared the loss of Andrea with her readers. I spent the better part of yesterday, reading every single post, and am truly touched by Andrea’s ability to allow us to go on her journey with her, and you. You have a beautiful family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  155. joel says:

    so very sorry for your loss. my thoughts are with you guys.

  156. Chris says:

    Have been reading for months am so sorry thought thids poem might be meanigful to you at this time it meant a lot to me when I lost someone dear

    When I come to the end of the road,
    And the sun is set for me,
    I want no rites in a gloom filled room,
    Why cry for a soul set free?

    Miss me a little, but not too long,
    And not with your head bowed low,
    Remember the love that once we shared,
    Miss me, but let me go.

    For this is a journey we all must make,
    And each must do it alone,
    It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,
    A step on the road to home.

    So when you are lonely and sad at heart,
    Go to the friends we know,
    Bury your sorrows in doing your deeds,
    Miss me, but let me go.

  157. whymommy says:

    Love and peace to you all. I fought IBC with Andrea this year, and it was never easy, but I always knew I had a comrade in arms in her. I will always remember her, and will come up with something to do in her memory.

    Thank you for sharing Andrea with us.

  158. Kelly says:

    I have followed Andreas site for sometime now although I have never submitted a post. I just wanted to say I am so very sorry for your loss, what an amazing person she was- I think of her daily although I had never met her-she has helped change my perspective of life on a daily basis, what an inspiration. I wish you and your children many happy days ahead. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  159. Danielle says:

    I am sorry for your loss. I’ve met your family once at a Rising Moon event. You are all in my thoughts. Blessings, Dani

  160. Jason says:


    Your wife was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed by many. You & the kids are in my thoughts and prayers.


  161. magpie says:

    such sadness. i grieve for all of you.

  162. Kelli says:

    I just began to read Andrea’s messages and admired her will and
    stamina. Her writing skills are immense and enjoyable. She will be missed greatly by a wonderfully loving family. God has begun her next life, peace and happiness. I lost my father this year and have had many events of him in my life. He was my best friend. a veteran of two wars and had heart disease from his 30s. He always put us first and he is in heaven building a house for us. It began to snow(very unusual) as I walked out of the funeral service. I felt an overwhelming love I know coming from him at that moment. I hope you have a similar love message from Andrea. Bless you as you grieve. It will be a growing time for you and Andrea in her new life.

  163. Kelli says:


  164. Ally says:

    Kelly, I just recently discovered Andrea’s blog and have been so inspired by it. God bless you as you grieve the loss of your best friend. Thank you for being so generous to all of us– sharing your self and your family with us. The world is a better place because of it.


  165. cheryl says:

    the house must seem so empty now.
    peace to you.

  166. Carolyn says:


    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Although I only knew Andrea through her blog, it was obvious that your wife was a beautiful and profoundly inspiring woman. I am sending my love and thoughts your way in the hopes that it gives you and your family some small measure of comfort at this painfully difficult time.

    With love,

  167. Jady says:

    much love to you, dear family. in sorrow, there is beauty, and there is rest in the peace and love we have in God.

  168. Amy says:


    As words seem to come so easy to Andrea…I find myself at a loss in telling you how deeply sorry I am at Andrea’s passing. Peace and comfort come to you and the children in the days, weeks and months to come as you heal and reflect on this amazing women of whom I have come to admire and love through her words and wisdom in her blogs.

    Much love to you and yours..
    Amy Sherwood…Lincoln, NE

  169. 3carnations says:

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

  170. Nancy says:

    Kelly and children-
    It was a pleasure to meet Andrea and to feel her spirit. She lived and loved her life and most of all each of you. Know that she is still with you in the memories and in spirit. She will be there for all of the important events. You will just need to quiet down so that she can make her presence known to you.
    Keep the faith during the next difficult days. Everyone will be there to support you and love you.
    Phila, PA

  171. bonnie says:

    Dear Kelly & kids, what words can I say. I am so sorry to hear of Andrea’s passing but am glad her pain has ended. She is truly amazing, I feel so blessed to have met her (Kelly too). I will always remember her smile. This weekend we were @ Ocean City and checked her blog every morning except Sat when I saw the picture of the candle I held my breath. That night Jeanette and I and our whole family took candles to the beach and held hands said our prayers and blessing to God, Andrea and all of you and shed many many tears! She will live in my memeories forever. Thank you for sharing her with all of us. Blessing to you and the kids always! Please let us know what qe can do or what you need. Please also let us know of her arrangements. All my love and prayers Bonnie

  172. Christina says:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you all for making my day every time that our paths crossed. I always enjoyed waiting on you at the diner and looked forward to our brief conversations when I would see you around fishtown. Thank you for the inspiration and insight into living one’s life to the fullest.

  173. Spacemom says:

    Thinking of all of you…

  174. NoRegrets says:

    All the best to you all.

  175. Cheri Thiel says:

    After a long holiday weekend the first thing I did when we arrived home was get online and go to the blog. I am so saddend by her passing, & I am a stranger. My heart breaks for your loss. Prayers, love and strength to you, Kelly, and your children. God will take care of those left behind. Andrea’s words have changed me forever.

    Weeping in Michigan,

  176. aims says:

    I feel like I have lost a friend.

    Please know my heart and thoughts are with you and yours.

    I pray that in the years to come that the pain will eventually go away and you will not cry every time you think of her and that a smile will cross your face and a song go out in your heart.

  177. Nadia says:

    Iā€™m very sorry for you loss, Andrea’s words, courgae and enthusiasm for life are an example to follow. I am thinking of you and your family and wishing you strength and peace.

  178. Marion Scarengelli says:

    Dear Kelly, Alec, Jesse, Asa, Tucker, Bailey & Clay
    I am so very sorry for your loss. From everything Gina has told me and everything I have read about her, Andrea was an amazing mother, wife and friend. I am sure that time will help you remember, without so much pain, all the wonderful things that made your wife and mother so special. Thank you all for sharing your life and being so open about what you have all been going through.
    With love and prayers,

  179. I am so very sorry. I heard your news from Aims. Your wife’s story has touched me deeply and I wish to send you my sincere condolences from north Northumberland in England.

    Crystal Jigsaw

  180. alyssa says:

    ..To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty… Albert Einstein

    I’m a stanger, so sorry for your loss.

  181. Leeann says:

    As I watch my Mom fight the same fight, I cry for you and your family. You are in our prayers.

  182. caro says:

    sending love your way.

  183. Judy says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss, yours and your childrens’.

  184. KK says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I never met Andrea, yet her blogs touched my heart. It is awful to lose someone at such a young age, let alone a mother and wife. It may behoove you to look into taking this blog and publishing it. The lives it has touched online is only a portion of what could be reached in print. She was a beautiful woman with a strong heart and a soul too kind for this world. The days, months, and years ahead should serve only for you to make her memory stronger. Never forget!

  185. Alyssa Lose says:

    I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to teach Asa and Tuck last September at Meredith. They are awesome kids, which directly reflects Andrea’s mothering. I never had the opportunity to meet Andrea, but reading her blog has been such an inspiration to me.
    My heart goes out to your family in this time of loss. You are in my prayers….

  186. Debs says:

    I am so sad for everyone left behind. The battle against cancer is a hard one for everyone affected by it. I have read some posts, but been too cowardly to become involved. I have lost many family and loved ones through this evil disease. I wish all those left behind to deal with their grief my very very sincere wishes. In many people’s hearts punk rock mommy will live on. Lots of love Debs x

  187. Ms. Andy says:

    I am truly touched. My best friend died in 2005 leaving behind 4 children. She was not as vocal about her illness and not willing to except her fait until the final 3 days. I never really knew what she was feeling. I mean you think you know but you don’t. What Andrea wrote gives me some peace. Thank you for sharing.

  188. Daryl says:

    I’m sorry for your families loss. She was a wife, friend, and true lover to you. Andrea was a mother to her 6 chlidren, A Sister to Stacy & Myself, and a daughter to Donna and Mark. Everyone of her extened family is grieving with you. If there is any assistance her sibblings or the Klayman family can do to help out, please let us know.

    I know I have many memories of Andrea, Stacy and myself growing up. Maybe learning more of Andrea’s childhood years and seeing tons of pictures you’ve never seen of ANDREA might help in this tough time.

    Andrea’s Brother DARYL

  189. karen says:

    kelly & family- I knew andrea years ago.d her grace, and wit and her unwavering faith are what i’ll remember. i have read her blog with wonder and deep appreciation of the rare soul i was honored to know briefly. my thoughts and prayers are with you all

  190. Milla says:

    Bless you all. I am so very sorry, grateful to have shared a tiny snippet of her life and wish you all the very best in a future which will grow brighter after horrid pain. You will have many happy memories to help sustain you. Meanwhile, my love, xx

  191. Peggy says:

    My God Bless you and your family at this difficult time.

  192. Paul Spina says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. As a teacher at Meredith, I have been fortunate enough to know and watch the Collins children grow over the years. But the lessons that I learned from them over this past year far outweigh the academic lessons that I offered them. They have handled this ordeal with courage and respect and have been wonderful models for us all. You all have my profound respect. All my love. Mr.S

  193. janet says:

    I have been here twice now, without knowing what to say. I want to express my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your wife had a beautiful spirit about her. Strength and peace to you all.

  194. Donna Etnoyer says:

    Kelly Ive never met you, but I knew Andrea for many years. I send you hugs and hugs. I have spent hours reading and reading remembering her spirit. How lucky for you the children and Tony to have shared her air. Ive never felt more transended than I do right at this moment. I wish you all peace, as I know she truly showed you the path. She will be missed.

  195. Kelly and family,

    My name is Lisa, I was online checking my fathers guest book to see if anyone new left a message. (he passed away last month) I just happened to read your wifes obiturary, clicked on the website and spent the last 3 hours reading every blog I could. I am so sorry for your loss. I laughed, cried and sometimes felt angry reading all the postings. I know she suffered, I know she was in a great deal of pain. I can only imagine she is at peace now, no more suffering, no more pain. Her story obvisously touched so many people, even people she never met. I live in Kentucky and plan on sharing her story and website with all my friends. Her legacy does live on, please know I will be thinking of you and your family. Again, I am so very sorry. You will be in my prayers forever. Lisa

  196. She was beautiful. My heart goes out to you and all she left behind. I just read her last post, and she was truly remarkable. May God Bless you!

  197. suburbanmom says:

    My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Andrea’s family and friends.
    I met Andrea only a few times but this journal has been an incredible inspiration to me.
    My son and I are in southern Mexico and the night of the 4th. there were fireworks here for the celebration of the precious blood of Christ. Yes, even here the heavens lit up to welcome Andrea.
    Faith in God is a natural force of life here and church is a truly spiritual sanctuary.I have been praying and lighting candles in these sacred places for all of you to find peace and comfort in this very difficult.

  198. Liz says:

    My heart goes out to your family as you are mourning the death of a beautiful woman, an endearing wife, an inspiring mother, and a gifted writer. Thank you for sharing this journey with us and I wish you peace and love in the coming times.

  199. Karen von Winbush says:

    Dear Kelly and family – I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss of Andrea. Her grace and the inspiration she has provided are a blessing to us all. While I only had the chance to speak with her a few times at Circle, each encounter was joyful. I pray that God’s grace surrounds you and your family at this time and that you all feel his presence and comfort now and always.

  200. Carmel (London) says:

    Dear Kelly & children, I have followed this site for some time now and was very saddened to learn of Andrea’s passing. I want you to know that I have been deeply moved by whatyou all have written, the stories and poetry you have shared and for allowing me into your family journey from afar. Your beautiful Wife & Mother wrote with such honesty and integrity and gave us a real sense of you all.
    She left a heartprint on this earth and certainly had a profound effect on me, may God bless all of you at this time, in my thoughts and prayers always. Carmel x

  201. Mary Brady Begnardi says:

    Kelly, God bless you and your family. I am so sorry. To know Andrea, even just the very little bit that my husband and I did, was to know someone who touched our lives forever. We will never forget her. Your strength as a family inspires me and I will keep praying for all of you.

  202. Jan says:

    I hope you can catch your breath, and take in nothing but peace.

    She was beautiful. I have never lost a best friend before. I am sorry for you. The empty bed and the loving touches, I would miss it too. I really hope that her essence never leaves. But that honestly, you will be filled back up somehow. Take care and she was really loved and touched many lives. She was here for a purpose, and she fulfilled it. Oh how proud that must feel to you. You were blessed to know her. You did a great job taking care of her too. Jan xx

  203. DeeJay says:

    Kelly & Family,

    I Am So Sorry For Your Loss I Took The Time In The Last Couple Of Days To Read All That You Guys Put On Andrea’s Site And I Commend You Both For Doing What You Did… I Only Wish I Would Have Had The Strength And Time To Do Such A Thing For My Grandmother Diagnosed With Aggressive Lung Cancer October Of 2006 And Died November 9th of 2006 As You Can See She Lived A Very Short Life When Diagnosed… I Am Glad That You And Your Children Got The Time To Spend With Andrea And Were Able To Close All Open Doors Before Her Passing… I Hope Knowing That She Is In A Far Better Place Free Of Pain And Suffering Will Guide You Through This Healing Process.. I Wish You And Yours The Best And Will Keep You In My Prayers Rest In Peace Andrea You Were A Amazing Woman That Will Never Be Forgotten. God Bless!!

  204. bendagen says:

    Peace to you and your family.

  205. Amanda says:

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss…

  206. Barbara says:

    May God’s blessings keep you in comfort. Your post was touching, showing your love for her.

  207. Holly says:


    I have thought for days for the right thing to say. I just don’t know what to say. There are no words that can express my sadness for you, the kids, for all of us really as Andrea was truly a beautiful person. I was honored to have had the chance to meet Andrea and immediately saw why you fell in love with her. She was a warm, inviting, and beautiful women. I am sorry that Wayne and the boys did not have a chance to meet her.

    I am happy that she is no longer in pain and that she is in a better place. I know that my Dad will take good care of her and together they will watch over us all.

    Kelly I am so proud of the man and father you have become.

    Alec, Bailey, Jesse, Tucker, Asa

    Thank you for sharing your mother with all us via her blog this past year. I am sure that you don’t remember me from your mom and Kelly’s wedding but I sure remember you. I was so impressed by how beautiful you all were – So loving, smart, grown up. I told your mother she must be doing a wonderful job raising you all – she said “God gave me great kids” She was right you are great kids.

    If you ever find yourself in Seattle you will always have a place to stay with us. And you will always be in our hearts.


    I am so honored that your mother gave the world you before it was her time to go. I am excited at the thought that some day you and my boys will meet for you are the only Smith cousin they have.

    I will be thinking of you all tomorrow during the service and wish I could be there with you all.

    All of my love
    Cousin Holly (those were the first words Andrea ever said to me as I stepped through your door – ” Cousin Holly” with a big hug) She was vibrant and beautiful and that is how I will always remember her.

  208. Lindsey says:

    Kelly and Family,
    I don’t know you, but I was told about Andrea’s blog by a good friend. Over the last week, I have been reading this blog whenever I could, and I just wanted to express my deep sorrow for your loss. Andrea seems like she was a remarkable and inspiring woman.

  209. Jeanette Brocco says:

    Asa, Tucker, Jesse & Kelly & family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Andrea was a Very Brave Women! She did a wonderful job on raising you. Our Prayers go out to you and Andrea. I just found out about Her blog, after she had passed, I have been reading Andrea’s blog. Our hearts bleeds for you.

    Much Love,
    Jeanette, Anthony & Alexis Brocco