Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Give Thanks.

Over the weekend, my husband's cousin went missing. He was 19 years old, I'd known him since he was 9. He was a great kid. One I'd been enjoying getting to know better over the past few years as the age difference started to become less significant. I was looking forward to seeing him & his girlfriend on Thanksgiving...

You might notice I'm using the past tense. Tyler was found dead in a construction site on Sunday afternoon. He left a party near campus & never made it back to his dorm. The police haven't provided the final cause of death yet, but they believe that he froze to death. The mere thought of freezing to death brings me to tears. I can't imagine... 

Even more so, I can't imagine losing my child. He was an only child. One that was the center of his mom's world, but also loved dearly by his aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. The void that will be left by his absence is palpable. 

What's more, I hate knowing that Eric's family will forever associate Thanksgiving with this tragic event. It's a time of year that they have always embraced whole heartedly. They're such giving people - always at Mass or helping others in their time of need. I hate that this will be tainted for them. 

I won't be around here for the next few days. I'm on my way to be with family. Those who matter most. So while I'd originally planned to recap my recent shopping trip and Black Friday missions.... that's all going on the back burner. 

Please, take a moment... 
Cherish your family. Even if they drive you crazy, you still have them. 
Give thanks. 


  1. O'm so sorry, Bri! That's terrible!

  2. Oh my goodness this story just breaks my heart. I am so sorry for your families - what an awful tragedy to occur so close to a holiday. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Sending you hugs...

  3. Bri, I am so sorry for your family's tragic loss. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers over this holiday weekend.