August 9, 2011

Devastated again

I'm sorry to have bad news to bear.  My friend Tracy, mother of three, passed away yesterday from an aneurysm leaving her beloved Troy, her two precious "olders" and little "Jack", with Down syndrome.   The blogging world knows her as the author of My Little Stinkerie.

I first met Tracy when she emailed me two years ago, soon after she received Jack's prenatal diagnosis. She had read my blog and had a ton of questions and worries.   We had a flurry of emails, but finally decided it was easier to talk on the phone than it was to write.  We talked at odd times of the day, with the three-hour time difference between East and West coast, laughing most of the time.  My daughter Kate and I worked up a whole series of ridiculous name choices for this yet-to-be-born baby.  Of course, she and Troy didn't choose any of our suggestions, but chose to name him after a hero--one of the kings of Sparta.  They both had a myriad of nicknames for this feisty little guy--from Snake to Snorkis to Stinkerie.  

When Jack made his appearance, all the worries and doubts about Down syndrome she carried disappeared.  All there was left was love. Tracy was totally smitten by Jack.  She ooh-ed and aah-ed over every inch of that baby.  And though he might not admit it, Troy was captivated as well.  

Tracy was a mother who loved, loved, loved her children.   She advocated for each one, for each one had their own special way of learning.  She loved her doggies, and her beloved Troy.

Please pray for Tracy's family and close friends.  

13 comments:

jmrinaldo said...

We are so sorry to hear about your friend. We have a 38-year-old daughter with DS, and we embrace Tracy's children with our thoughts and prayers.
Joe Rinaldo

Becca said...

I heard on FB the other day that the doctors weren't hopeful. Today I was so sad to hear that she didn't make it. And until today, she was a faceless FB friend before I realized that she was Jack's mommy and fellow blogger. My heart goes out to her family. She'll be missed.

Sabrina said...

What a terrible loss. I will keep Tracy's family in my prayers.

Sheena said...

Praying...praying...praying...

Wren said...

So so sad! I'll pray for her family! My heart aches for her husband and babies!!!

Stephanie Wyatt said...

I am just so sad - for her babies, her husband, and her friends & family. Sending our love & prayers to Troy, The kids, and you. Hugs!!!!!

Steph and Christopher.

Adrienne said...

Oh my goodness! I had no idea it was this Tracy! I saw a post on fb but no mention of a blog so I wasn't sure who it was. So terribly sad.

Dr. Yiota a.k.a TheGreekDiva said...

My hands are raised in prayer.

http://treasurejesusministries.blogspot.com

Kate said...

oh no :( I loved coming up with those baby names! will pray for her family.

Natalie said...

What a terrible loss! I'm so sorry, Beth.

Jan and Randy said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. How very sad for the family.

Jan

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

this is such sad news - i did not know this family or their blog but i will say some prayers for them for sure!!!

Ruby's Mom said...

I've been going through some difficult times with my 16 year old daughter and haven't been on Facebook or my blog very often.I just now saw this and it makes me so sad for her family.We just never know how long we have.