Friday, September 28, 2012

Apologies & Thank You's

It's been a while since I've dropped in, said hello, talked about writing or makeup or whatever else y'all have grown accustomed to reading from little ol' me from Louisiana.  But a lot has happened over the past month or so, the main event being that my sweet stepson, Matthew, passed away on Sunday, September 16. 

I know you haven't seen me write a lot about my stepsons--The Hubby and I don't see them as much as we'd like to, as all three are teenagers and have crazy-busy schedules.  So, between dances and football games, band practices and church functions, to see them pass through our front door is truly a memorable occasion.

Ironically enough, we were supposed to have them over the weekend of the accident, but a last minute commitment came up. 

They were traveling home from church--the oldest, 17, was driving--and as a result of a head-on collision, our fourteen year old middle child, Matthew, was killed instantly.  His brothers (17&12) sustained serious injuries (broken femur, tibia, fibula, crushed ankles, fractured facial bones, stitches), but have been discharged from the hospital and are now at home, on the mend. Thank God.

If you knew and have prayed and/or kept us in your thoughts, thank you. 

Due to our loss, proofing the final copy of Enraptured slid to the back burner, and I've been forced to push its release date to October.  However, I promise to let you know as soon as I know the exact when.

Blessings to you all. Kiss your children. Keep them close. Tell them every day that you love them.

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,

Matthew Taylor Kirkhart
January 17, 1998 - September 16, 2012



Bonnie Rae said...

I love you guys! Still keeping you in thoughts and prayers.

Andrew Leon said...

Oh, man, I'm so sorry. I don't even know what to say. I can't even imagine what that would be like. My brain just freezes up.
I wish I had something better to say.

Riamber said...

I don't know what it feels like to lose a child. But I have lost two siblings at a young age. When I was three I watched my two year old sister choke to death in front of me. When I was eleven, my six year old brother drown. I say that to let you know that Matthew's brothers are going to need a bunch of love and attention. I will be praying for them both. Survivor's guilt is a real thing. I suffered with it severely through my teen years. And I will pray for you. I pray that God will guide you in how to help those two boys through this. I pray that you will have the strength to hold your husband up. I pray that you will know when you need a break. I don't know you personally, but from your writing, I know you to be a strong woman. Strong women sometimes forget to take a break! You will need your strength to take care of those three boys and your little fella too.

Lela said...

We love you and not one day has gone by that I haven't lifted each of you up in prayer. Matthew, sweet, darling, belssed angel that he is, will always be with each of you.

Alyssia Kirkhart said...

Thank you--all of you--so very much for your prayers, your kind words, and your continual thoughts. We love Matthew so much, always will. He'll forever be with us and in our hearts.

Anonymous said...

Just read your book, Betrothed and googled you. I will keep your family in prayer and please rest in the comfort that you will see each other in heaven. It is that hope that helps lessens the pain of living without him. He must have been a remarkable person for Jesus to call him home early. God is close to the brokenhearted and know that even now, He keeps you close to His heart. Only the compassion of the Holy Spirit can heal this pain. I pray for your family's continued protection and healing. Dream his life into your books and name a character after him. It will help the healing process and be a wonderful tribute to him. - a friend in California

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