Don’t Ever Take Anything For Granted

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When I turned on my computer tonight I had full intentions of sitting down to write a review and giveaway.  I signed into Facebook and read through a few status updates.  One of them I wanted to believe I had read wrong and so I re-read it.  And that is when I learned that a friend of mine had passed away.

In December of 2010 Lindsay Heppe Kieffer was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroendocrine tumor cancer.  She fought a long hard battle for two and a half years, but today the Lord called her home.  She leaves behind a husband and two young children.

In fact that is how I came to know Lindsay.  I met her in a mommy group when my oldest was close to turning one.  We spent lots of time together pushing strollers on long walks, watching our kids play at the park, and just hanging out.  Then something incredible happened… just about everyone in our mommy group became pregnant again.  It was so fun to watch all of our bellies grow together.  Lindsay is the third pregger in from the right.

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Lindsay even made it to my baby shower for Kaelyn.  This photo of her with her daughter makes me smile and it’s how I want to remember her.

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I know the reason I am finding it so hard to write is because Lindsay is the person who introduced me to the blogging world.  I did my first ever giveaway event with her and spent many hours chatting away with her while working on my blog.  She is also the person who introduced me to cloth diapers.  If it wasn’t for her this blog simply wouldn’t exist.  If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be able to help support my family by reviewing products and writing sponsored posts.  And so I want to say thank you Lindsay because of you I am able to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones.

And this is where I want to scream that it is not fair.  It is not fair that such a wonderful person had to be taken from this earth.  Had to be taken away from two beautiful little kids that deserve to have their mom by their side.  Earlier today Lindsay made one last post on Facebook via her phone…

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This simple statement means so much more to me now than it ever did before and it will forever echo in my head.  You are missed Lindsay.

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20 Responses to Don’t Ever Take Anything For Granted

  1. Tara says:

    Everyone that Loved Lindsay is in my thoughts.

  2. judy gardner says:

    i am so sorry to hear of your loss!! you and Lindsay’s family will be in my thoughts and prayers today.

  3. Kristin nunnelley says:

    Oh I’m so sorry for your loss and for her sweet family! =( What A STRONG message and legacy that one last message leaves behind….

  4. Love the photos, totally crying right now. I’m sorry this is happening, it is NOT fair. Totally not fair.

  5. Sweetheart, I’m so sorry after reading your blog now I understand why this is so hard for you. I will continue to keep Lindsay’s family in my prayers and that the Lord helps watch over her children.

  6. Tamara says:

    I’m so sorry Danielle. Thoughts and prayers for you and her family.

  7. Emilie says:

    So sorry for your loss and the loss of this family. 🙁

  8. Amanda Smith says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss- I’ll be praying for everyone who knew and loved her especially her husband and children. my family has lost 4 friends since the 9th of February – all under the age of 35 and I’ve been trying to live every day to its fullest because of it. I’m trying to enjoy the little things with my kids because 3 of them left children behind and I can’t even comprehend the pain and sorrow the children must be going through.

  9. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    My Prayers Are With Her Family And Friends.Her Post That She Made Wow So Simple Of Words But So True.What a Strong Person.

  10. Denise L says:

    Sorry for the loss of your friend. I’ve had so much loss in my life that I’ve learned the lesson of not taking anything for granted the hard way. So sad that it takes a huge loss such as this to remind us to cherish every moment. Thinking of you and Lindsay’s family today.

  11. Lora Farnsworth says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your friend, Danielle…prayers and hugs

  12. This post brings tears to my eyes for many reasons. First, it is so sad that someone so young was taken from her family and children. Second, it is scary to realize I am also 32 and this can happen to anyone. Third, because she meant so much to you and to others. So sorry that this happened. When I read about things like this I just have to think it really isn’t fair. But we know that she has made a great impact on you, so she will live on through your blog and your continued success with it. Prayers for you and for her family during this time.

  13. Robin Quick says:

    Oh how heartbreaking. May she rest in peace. God be with her sweet babies & her husband during their time of grief.

  14. Faride says:

    Your family and Linsay’s family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God continue to bless those she left behind.

  15. I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine what her family is going through right now. Many many prayers to everyone in her family and you..

  16. christy g says:

    I am tearing up. I am so sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you and her family.

  17. Janet W. says:

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your friend. So sad. Prayers for you and her family.

  18. Carmen Van Deursen says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry this happens.

  19. Lisa Kuhl says:

    I am so sorry! My prayers are with her family and friends.Stories like this break my heart.

  20. I have not checked in here for some time as I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

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