UPDATE: Her husband wrote a tribute to Barbara on her blog and describes her last day. See here.
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In 2005, Barbara Curtis started her blog, Mommylife.net. I commented on her very first post here.
Within a couple of weeks, she sent me an email and we began to establish a friendship. She thought I was funny, encouraged me to write and made me laugh. I loved her immediately–her honesty, her colorful background, her no-nonsense attitude. That same year, she mentioned a writer’s conference at Mt. Hermon.
Two years later, I finally made it to that conference and met her. We hung out and talked and sat side by side, blogging.
She taught me a lot. (She helped me connect with the editor at Christian Science Monitor who published my article mentioned in the right sidebar). She knew so much about everything: raising children, writing articles and books, movies, politics, history, music . . .
I never could imagine how she accomplished so much in each day. She had twelve children, a bunch of grandchildren, a husband she was devoted to, a super-busy (mostly) political blog. She wrote a stack of books, including one she just finished writing in September. She wrote articles for magazines and just last week went to World Journalism Institute to learn more about writing. Did I mention that her four youngest sons have Down Syndrome–and three of them were adopted? Once while channel-surfing, I saw her on a news program, commenting on some political issue. She was devoted to the pro-life movement and practiced what she preached.
She was my friend, an encourager and an example. She made me laugh and she made me think. She was a good listener.
On Sunday, she has a fatal stroke. She died earlier today.
I am so sad.
I will miss her.
We talked about going back to Mt. Hermon last Spring . . . she said this, “I will be there next year and we will visit the ocean again!!!!”
But we never made it.
My heart goes out to her family.