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I am still stunned and in shock. A dear friend of mine, who was perfectly healthy two days ago, went home to be with Jesus last night. She was only 35 and leaves behind a devoted husband and five precious girls.

There was no tragic accident, just a sudden and unexpected medical emergency. Christina was one of my dearest friends and Brianna’s best friend’s mom. She was one of the first moms I met when we began homeschooling and she and I and our daughters have been friends ever since.

I’m going to to take a few days off from blogging to grieve and be with my family and do what I can to support my Christina’s family.

I know you understand. Please keep this precious family in your prayers.

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.  — Proverbs 14:32

We’ll miss you, Christina. I want to be you when I grow up.

Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. I cried last night when you sent me the text. Know that their family and yours, as well as the many friends she impacted, will be covered in prayer. {hugs}

  2. Kris, I am sending up prayers for your friends…the girls, the husband, the friends, everyone….sudden losses are so terribly hard….there's just no other way to put it.  My prayers go up for you…..Rejoicing in her new home with our Father and MOURNING with those left here…to find their way to his arms, as a huge piece of their life puzzle is missing…..praying…..

  3. Kris, I am so sorry to hear this. I will be keeping Christina and her family, as well as you and yours, in my thoughts and prayers. 

  4. My prayers are with everyone close to your friend… especially her children.  I cannot imagine something so awful, but the Chris Tomlin song says it all "Our God is Greater" — what an amazing promise we have, that your friend has now seen fulfilled.

  5. I don't know Christina, but I am sitting here crying for you, and especially for her family. Life is so precious & fragile, and times like these remind me how thankful I am that this fallen world is NOT all there is. I am praying for you all.

  6. I am so very sorry. I pray that God will comfort the family and friends and glorify His name through this somehow.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss I cannot even imagine what her husband and kids are going through. May God give you and them the peace that passes all understanding. Lean on Him. I will continue praying. God bless.

  8. Oh, Kris, I am so sorry.  How tragic.  I will keep her family (and yours) in my prayers.  May the Lord give you His comfort and peace.

  9. i check your blog everyday and  you often brighten my day, i wish there was more that i could do, but  i will pray for your family and your friends. 

  10. I am so sorry for your loss. Dear Lord, please draw close to Kris, her family and Christina's family and surround them with your perfect peace. Amen.

  11. I am so, so sorry for your tragic loss.  And for Christina's husband and precious children!  We had a similar situation in our circle of friends recently and there really are no words for such a tragedy.  I will pray for all involved!

  12. Kris, I am so sorry. Prayers for peace that passes all understanding & that you feel Jesus during your time of grief.

  13. I'm so sorry to hear this.  I, too, had a dear friend pass away this week from a short illness.  I will be praying for your family and hers.

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. May God surround her family and yours as you grieve.

    This is a great song. I used to run to it, and as I ran I was usually praying for a dear friend that was battling cancer. She has now passed and God has healed her, as He has also healed your friend.

    Peace be with you.

  15. I am so sorry, Kris.  You are right…there are no words…only the comfort of the Holy Spirit can soothe.  And a reminder that it could be anyone of us, so we should live out our days as if they were our last.  I'll be hugging my kids tighter today and loving on my husband.

  16. I am so sorry for your loss.I'll be praying for Gods strength for you,your family and Christina's husband and girls.

  17. I am so sorry of your loss. Friends are so important in our lives. Sudden death is the hardest one to understand. 

  18. I am so sorry, Kris!  You are all in our prayers.  May you all find comfort in the presence of the Lord, friends and family during this difficult time.  

  19. I'm so sorry, Kris!  You are all in our prayers.  May you find comfort
    in the presence of the Lord, friends and family during this difficult

  20. I am so sorry for your loss.  I'm sorry that your daughter has also lost her best friend.  That is a hard thing to bear for an adult, let alone a child.  Sending prayers your way.  Take all the time you need.  The blog can wait.

  21. Thank you for your prayers. I did want to clarify that it was the mom who passed away. Her daughter and mine are best friends.

  22. I'm sorry.  I just reread your post.  You are clear.  I just misunderstood.  Still praying.  Love to all of you.

  23. Thank you all for your prayers. They mean so much. The world lost a wonderful friend, wife, and mother in Christina. Heaven must be a little brighter because of her today.

  24. Kris, I am so sorry. When you asked for prayer on Facebook, I prayed. I know that God heard my prayers and prayers from others. I am so sad for you and for your friend's family. Now I am praying for peace that can only come from God and for joy to stand in her memories. May the love of Jesus see you and her family through this very difficult time. Kymberlie

  25. I am so sorry for you and your friend's family – how shocking and sad… I can't imagine.  My family will keep all of you in our prayers.

  26. Kris, I am so, so sorry for your loss.  What a shock.  My prayers will be with you, her family, and those whose lives she touched.

  27. I'm so sorry.  What a tragedy.  My heart aches for this this family and for yours.  I pray for God's comfort and peace.

  28. Thank you for sharing what's going on – totally understood! Have many friends in the exact same place right now…praying!

  29. Oh Kris, I am so sorry to read this ~ I don't know you and have only been by your blog a few times, but I feel devastated for you and their family.  I will keep you all in my prayers in the weeks ahead.  I'm so sorry.

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