Taking a Minute

by Chris on April 30, 2010

While I try my best to leave too much personal stuff off this blog, I felt the need to explain no Show and Share day this week and thus no giveaway.

A few days ago my school lost a beloved teacher very unexpectedly. The night before last a very popular athlete took his own life.  My staff and students are beside themselves with grief, and it’s been an emotional week.  It isn’t my intention to stay away from blogging, but I just haven’t had the time.


Please accept my apologies.  I’ll be back in a couple of days.  Thank you for understanding!



Reese April 30, 2010 at 1:37 am

No apology needed! So sorry to hear about the things that have happened. Sending prayers your way.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z April 30, 2010 at 1:37 am

I'm so sorry for the grief your school community is experiencing right now. Blogging always takes a backseat to real life so take all the time you need. Love to you friend!

Juli April 30, 2010 at 1:39 am

I am truly to hear of your school families loss. I will be praying for healing in this time of so many unanswered questions.

The Jagow Family April 30, 2010 at 1:42 am

So sorry to hear the sad news. All of us, the blog fans, will be here waiting when you are ready to come back. Take your time! Prayers for you!

Andrea April 30, 2010 at 1:45 am

I am so sorry. What a sad thing to deal with. You are in my prayers. I hope you will feel the tender mercies of God in your life this week.

Rhyah - April 30, 2010 at 1:45 am

No apologies! We will all be here when you're ready to come back. Sending lots of heart healing vibes your way

Lorie April 30, 2010 at 2:07 am

I am so sorry! IT is such a terrible thing to lose someone unexpectedly, but then to have someone so young take there life. SO tragic.

I hope that you are all able to support each other in the grieving process.

{The Classy Woman} April 30, 2010 at 2:23 am

You don't need to apologize, that is so sad to hear. That is a lot for one week! I will be praying for you and your staff/students during this difficult time.

Linda April 30, 2010 at 2:35 am

I am so sorry to hear this. I will be praying for you and the school teachers and kids.

Christy April 30, 2010 at 2:39 am

I'm very sorry to hear your news. I also believe blogs are best when a little bit personal, I like knowing the people behind the crafts! Sending up a prayer for the faculty, staff, and students.

mrs. c April 30, 2010 at 2:40 am

My prayers are with you and your school and staff. This is such a terribly sad time for all of you. Please take some time to heal and we will see you soon.

shannon April 30, 2010 at 2:42 am

I am so sorry to hear about this. I can imagine how tough it must be at the school right now. Sending hugs your way!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking April 30, 2010 at 2:50 am

What an overwhelming week. Praying for peace and for wisdom for you and everyone else.

Amber April 30, 2010 at 2:53 am

Wow, it's so hard to even find the right words to say. What a tragedy for your school and your community. I am so sorry for the loss of your coworker and this tragic loss of the student. How very sad. :( I pray for comfort for all of you, especially the students who must be going through so much trying to come to grips with such loss. That's a lot for young people to deal with. I'm so sorry.

Allison April 30, 2010 at 3:05 am

Sending prayers you and your students' way…

Laura Lynn April 30, 2010 at 3:08 am

No apology necessary. Real life humanizes and reminds us that there are bigger things. I hope the hearts of the students heal as well as the faculty. We'll always be here for you!

liberalgranolagirl April 30, 2010 at 3:09 am

Saying prayers for you and your school community.

Robyn April 30, 2010 at 3:10 am

we understand. I am sorry for the loss you and your school family have endured. I pray for peace for you.

twolittletots April 30, 2010 at 3:25 am

sending prayers your way.

Em April 30, 2010 at 3:26 am

We are sorry to hear about the difficulties you and your school are going through. Our prayers are with you.
Take your time; as others commented before we will be here when you return (:

Kimberly April 30, 2010 at 3:28 am

What an incredibly sad, hard week for you. I am so sorry.

Lacie @ Creative Attempts April 30, 2010 at 3:37 am

I never good enough words for times like this, my thoughts are with you

valerie April 30, 2010 at 3:40 am

My thoughta re with you and your school"family". Hugs to you.

Cheryl G. April 30, 2010 at 3:54 am

Very sad.
I'm so sorry.

Carmen April 30, 2010 at 3:59 am

No apology needed. I'm sorry to hear the sad news. I pray for peace and healing for you and your school family.

Bossy Betty April 30, 2010 at 4:07 am

So sorry to hear of this tragedy. I know it affects all. My prayers are with you!

Susan April 30, 2010 at 4:19 am

What a sad time this is for you and your school. I pray that you all will feel some comfort. Love goes on forever….hugs.

Tales From My Empty Nest April 30, 2010 at 4:24 am

I am so sorry to hear about all the sadness at your school. Praying for you during this difficult time. Know that your blog friends will be here when you are ready to return. We totally understand. Love & blessings from NC!

Magic Brush April 30, 2010 at 4:51 am

Oh that is horrible! I'm so sorry for you. No apologies needed. That stuff is the important stuff. This can wait.

Karen April 30, 2010 at 4:59 am

Sending prayers for comfort and peace that only He can provide.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com April 30, 2010 at 5:09 am

Please don't apologize. We all understand what takes priority in times like this. I'm so sorry for your school. They'll be in my prayers.

Shauna April 30, 2010 at 5:27 am

Take all the time you need, so sorry for all of the tragedies.

Boom Boom April 30, 2010 at 7:39 am

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don't give up."-Anne Lamott.

I have you, your school and the community in my thoughts right now. Please let me know if there is anything I can do or help with.


Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures April 30, 2010 at 10:26 am

I am very sorry about the teacher and the student. You are kind to take time to explain why you are busy. I wanted you to know that my mom took her life 10 years ago. It is a very difficult kind of death to grieve. That student's family and friends are going to have such a hard time. Fortunately, more and more support for suicide is available. Let me know if you need any info to help them.

Greta April 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

I am a teacher as well. We have had similar occurrences at our school. It's tough, but God will see you through it.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions April 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

Very sad news, Chris. Prayers and thoughts for your school and the families of these individuals.

Becki April 30, 2010 at 11:17 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your school.

Sharon -- The OKI Stampqueen April 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Thoughts and prayers are with you and those around these tragedies. For those who might need someone to walk with them through the emotional days to follow, please check out Stephen Ministry. It's one-on-one, free, non-denominational, someone to listen, encourage, uplift…its awesome. I am a certified Stephen Leader and Minister and have been on both sides.

Su April 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I will close this comment with a prayer for you, your coworkers, and your students. Please feel no pressure from "us" here in blogland to post.


melifaif April 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Truly sorry for your loss…heartbreaking. I will pray for you all.

To The Moon and Back April 30, 2010 at 2:58 pm

No apology necessary! I'm sorry to hear about the grief your school is going through right now. I pray time will heal. Best.

Nicole April 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Oh nooo! I am so sorry your school has to go through these tough times. You are all in my thoughts. And no need to apologize! Take your time. =D

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas April 30, 2010 at 3:49 pm

What a hard week..We love you & your sharing your Thurs.with all of us & putting on the link party but we all know family & "Life" comes first..You take care of yourself…girlfriend!!! Hope you have a better next few days!! Your in our prayers..Barb

Nina Diane April 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm

you owe no apologies…so sorry to hear this news. My heart and prayers go out to all of the families and staff and students. This stuff is never easy…take care

Lori Harper April 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

No apology needed at all. I have followed your blog for a long time now. Six weeks ago my little three year old boy was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer. My world has been flipped upside down. This is only the second time I have checked any blogs out since that time…we have had 5 chemos and 4 surgeries. I think the Lord led me here today to pray for you. Sending up many prayers.
Lori Harper
Story, AR

Julie April 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Oh Chris our prayers are with you and the students and staff at your school..

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful April 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm

So sorry to hear about the tragedies at your school. I'll be praying for you and your school!

Denise April 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Hope you find solace in this time of grief.

Biteofpunkinpie April 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Real life ALWAYS comes before blogging. My prayers for your community.

Alison@howdoesshe April 30, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Bless your heart! You'll be in our prayers.

Kara@ Creations by Kara April 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I am so sorry. Take all the time you need and know that we will be here when you are ready. Sending hugs and prayers your way!

Country Dreaming April 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm

So sorry to hear about this.
Tough time of the year.
We will see you sooon–take care!


Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia April 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Oh my goodness Chris,I am so sorry! I hope that you and the children and staff are able to heal with time, it's not easy! You will be in my thoughts and in my prayers (promise) Hang in there!

Stefanie April 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm

So sorry about the grief you are all experiencing right now! I volunteer for a great non-profit organization in my area called Griefworks. While they are local they have some great resources for these difficult situations. Check out there website http://www.griefworks.org if you need some resources!

Richella May 1, 2010 at 12:05 am

I'm so sorry to hear about these losses–just one of these would be hard to bear, but to deal with both of them at once is grievous. May you be sustained with grace and peace as you work to minister to your colleagues and students even as your own heart is broken. Bless you.

And of course we'll all be so glad to see you when you can return to blogging–whenever that is. You can be sure that your readers will wait for you, however long you need!

The Hopkins Home May 1, 2010 at 1:14 am

So strange when our blog worlds and our real worlds collide – I think you teach in my sister's district. She is grieving these losses as well – she had the boy that took his life in her spanish class last year and spend most of the past few days counseling her students. So sorry for your whole community – I will pray for you as well.

The Clines May 1, 2010 at 1:50 am

My condolences on your losses. Take all the time you need.

Rachel May 1, 2010 at 2:48 am

Sorry to hear about this hard time you are going thru, prayers are with you!!

winjes May 1, 2010 at 11:29 am

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

CJ {Pink Tea} May 1, 2010 at 11:40 am

Please take time to recover

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) May 2, 2010 at 11:15 pm

So sorry to hear of your community and your loss. I've worked in the same high school for twenty years and know the loss, to our school community, of both staff and students. We have created a peace garden and memorial wall that have really helped us through it all. Sending prayers your way.

CHERI May 2, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I'm so sorry for your loss. The school where I retired (and still do some work for) had the same thing to happen last fall. A popular teacher died suddenly. She was a dear friend of mine and is greatly missed. I hope all of you find peace with your losses. May God bless you all.

Nancy May 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I am so sorry to hear about the losses in your school and community. How hard! Thinking about you and your school. Nancy from OHIO

Tina May 3, 2010 at 2:10 am

I'm praying for you and all those impacted!

Thank God, He did not leave us comfortless!

Katherine @ Grass Stains May 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm

We JUST went through this (actually, we're STILL going through this) after losing a member of our family in the most senseless way imaginable. I will keep you and your community in my thoughts and prayers.


2 Green Eyed Girls May 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I'm so sorry for everything your community is going through – losing someone is never easy and 2 so quickly is just unfair. I wish peace and prayers and lots of hugs to all of you. Your fans most definitely understand. Stay strong and please know that you are loved!

amberdawn May 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I somehow completely missed this post! I am so sorry for these losses, and your grief. I will be praying for these families and all at your school!
Now go tell that husband of yours that you need a hug right now! (Cause one of your bloggers said so!) :)

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