October 30, 2012 8:34 PM

In Memory of Barbara Curtis

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Heaven has welcomed a beautiful saint and patriot today - our friend, mother of 12, author and blogger, Barbara Curtis.

 

She was a testimony to God's grace and transforming power. She had a wise, compassionate heart, and had such an amazing impact on so many people she didn't even know.  I have no doubt that she is now hearing the words that all of us long to one day hear: "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

 

Rest in peace, Barbara. You will be greatly missed, and we won't let all your work be in vain. We will keep up the fight. Our prayers are with your husband Tripp and your children as they grieve.

 

Love,

 

Rachel Bjorklund

 

ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com 

Donations to help the family with expenses can be made here:
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So many thoughts and prayer for the Curtis Family. This is a terrible loss for them as well as for those who read her blog, she will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Jen | October 30, 2012 8:50 PM

Heartbroken! My family will be praying for the repose of her soul and for her lovely family left behind.

Eternal rest, grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace
May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed,through the mercy of God, rest in peace.Amen.

Posted by: Katie | October 30, 2012 8:51 PM

eternal memory!

With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant where sickness and sorrow are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

Posted by: priest's wife (@byzcathwife) | October 30, 2012 8:52 PM

According to her son Josh, Barbara suffered a hemoral stroke (bleeding into her brain) on Sunday.

Her daughter Samantha posted the sad news of her passing this afternoon.

I am heartbroken. She has been one of my greatest mentors as a mother, homeschooler, and blogger.

Posted by: Rachel | October 30, 2012 8:53 PM

I am so very sorry for her family...We will be praying for them as they grieve the loss of such a beautiful wife & mother.

Posted by: Valerie | October 30, 2012 8:55 PM

I didn't know Barbara personally, but I've read her blog for years, saw her around town, saw her beautiful family at St. Francis de Sales, and listened to her incredible Maddy sing on American Idol and at Mass. I am so, so very sorry that she's gone. I will pray for the repose of her soul and for the family she has left behind, especially Tripp, Maddy, and her four youngest sons.

Posted by: Susan | October 30, 2012 8:58 PM

I've helped manage Barbara's website for the last 9 years, and I was shocked this evening to hear that she had moved on to the next phase of her life. She was always so inspirational and I always enjoyed talking with her on the phone as we managed her site.

Prayers for her family during this difficult time.

Posted by: Ed Burns | October 30, 2012 9:00 PM

I am in shock! I pray for Barbara's family, that though they will miss her terribly, they have the peace of knowing she is with her Heavenly Father.

Posted by: Kristina | October 30, 2012 9:04 PM

I am so sorry to hear this news. I pray that Tripp and the children are comforted and held in the palm of His hand. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Thia | October 30, 2012 9:12 PM

Stunned by the loss, and praying for her beloved family, who must be shattered. What a lovely woman. Requiescat in pace, dear sister in Christ.

Posted by: Genevieve | October 30, 2012 9:16 PM

What shocking news, my heart is breaking! I only knew her through her books and blog, and a couple of email exchanges, but I am mourning the loss of a friend! She has made me a better mommy, and helped me grow in my faith, and for that I'll always be grateful. Will be praying as the feast of All Souls nears. I also will be praying for the family during this very difficult time.

Posted by: Angela | October 30, 2012 9:17 PM

My prayers are with the family as they grieve this beautiful faith filled woman!! I never met her, but shared some emails and she helped get a friend who suffered a broken neck in touch with the Lejeune foundation. She was so gracious!! God bless all of you!! I am sure she has left a large hole in all of your hearts!! May Christ fill it with His great LOVE and MERCY!!

Posted by: Patty Steele | October 30, 2012 9:19 PM

I am definitely shocked, I followed her on facebook daily and this blog was instrumental into our conversion into the Catholic Church. She was blessed to have a quick and painless death, I pray the same grace for myself. RIP Barbara.

Posted by: Kristi | October 30, 2012 9:22 PM

Barbara has been such and encouragement and blessing in my life. She will truly be missed. What an amazing legacy she will leave behind. Please know that Tripp and all the children will be in my prayers during this most difficult time.

Posted by: Diane | October 30, 2012 9:25 PM

God rest her precious soul. Though I never knew Barbara personally, I've been moved by her tremendous witness to life, the beauty that she shared through her words and wisdom, and the incredible gift she made of herself in service of others. May God grant her dear family and friends peace, comfort and joy as they recall the beauty of her life and love. Rest in peace, dear Barbara...

Posted by: Kimberly Wasson | October 30, 2012 9:26 PM

Barbara,
I know you've moved on to be with the Lord. I know you have laid your worldly cares down and embraced your savior. I know words cannot express the joy and happiness that you are experiencing even as I weep.

I am so happy for you but I am weeping and broken to think of you leaving us. You and I only conversed through email a few times but I always found myself drawn back to your site. To read your words of hope and love. To hear your call to rise up against evil. Your kindness to others, your love for your family, your brutal self-honesty, have been so sweet and refreshing to my soul.

I will pray for your family. I will remember them often. I pray that the Holy Spirit will hover over them, healing their hearts and guiding their way.

Thank you Barbara. You were a good and faithful friend to me and I will miss you dearly.

Laura

Posted by: Laura | October 30, 2012 9:27 PM

Rest in peace my blog friend. Though we never met, I feel like I've known you a long time. A big thank you to your family for all the encouragement you have given to this mommy and many others out there! Prayers of comfort & peace to the Curtis family.

Posted by: Darleen | October 30, 2012 9:28 PM

I am so shocked and saddened to hear this news. Prayers for the Curtis family in this time of such sadness.

Posted by: Lauren | October 30, 2012 9:34 PM

I always looked to Barbara for her advice and always upbeat attitude. She loved God and her family! She had a huge heart and she inspired me! I especially looked up to her because I have a son with Down Syndrome too. Her family is beautiful in every way and I will be praying for them as they grieve and I will miss her very much! Rest in Peace Barbara!

Posted by: Julie | October 30, 2012 9:34 PM

I am so very sorry for the loss of Barbara. She inspired so many! My heart is broken for her family, and for all of us who will miss her terribly.

Posted by: Kate J | October 30, 2012 9:35 PM

So hard to hear this news. As a long-time fan of Barbara's books and her blog, she was always the voice of reason in every situation. I read her blog daily, and when she didn't post, one could spend hours reading her archives. I will never forget this wonderful, spunky lady.

Posted by: Marie | October 30, 2012 9:42 PM

So sad to hear this news. I have enjoyed Barbara's Mommy Life blog for years. It was a wonderful source of inspiration, culture, commentary, and humor. Her audience of conservatives, Christians, and especially moms, will miss her!

Prayers up your dear family, Barbara. Thank you for sharing your life and your spirit with us.

Posted by: Tom Wannamaker | October 30, 2012 9:45 PM

I can't recall ever actually physically crying over the passing of someone I have know just over Internet. Today I have cried over Barbara's passing even though we've never met. I have followed her blog for a couple years now and I have learned so much from her. I am a mom to a big family (6 kids) and the wisdom and patience she imparted are priceless to me. I have always enjoyed her political insights, her humor and her quick wit. I remember her identifying her personality type (ENTJ) and realizing she is a female version of my husband and how much I treasured her perspective because knowing her actually helped me to understand my husband a little better.

Barbara, you will be missed, more than anyone I think can realize. Like sin that has a ripple effect, your good works and words have reached far more than you could have ever imagined. We are all blessed to have known you and the angels in heaven sing your welcome. may God and His Saints and Angels be of comfort to your family and friends as they mourn your loss but may we all rejoice in your life.

Posted by: Dirtdartwife | October 30, 2012 9:46 PM

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I already miss your presence here in this crazy world. Prayers of thanks...and comfort for your family.

Posted by: Cortina | October 30, 2012 9:46 PM

I'm just heartbroken. She leaves an incredible legacy for her family and for all of us who were touched by her. She's been such a blessing in my life and I know there are many, many others who can say the same. My prayers will be with her family.

Posted by: Shannon | October 30, 2012 9:47 PM

So sad and so sorry. Someone I'd always hoped to meet someday. There are no words. Peace be with you all.

Posted by: JeanneDB | October 30, 2012 9:49 PM

I am shocked and saddened to learn of Barbara's death. I have followed her blog for a long time, she feels like family somehow. Count on my prayers for her beautiful soul and her family.

Posted by: Tammy | October 30, 2012 9:53 PM

Praying for the heart of all the members of the Curtis family - crying with you.

Posted by: Jawan | October 30, 2012 9:54 PM

I'm stunned by this sad and tragic loss. Barbara was a bright light and a beacon for so much good. She was such a gift to the online community. She will be so very missed. My heart breaks for her family. May God be with you all like never before. You have my deepest sympathy and my prayers.

Posted by: Kim | October 30, 2012 9:55 PM

Like so many, I didn't know Barbara personally yet considered her a friend. Reading her blog was part of my daily morning routine. As I write this, I am looking at the beautiful face of our 8 week old adopted daughter who happens to have Down Syndrome. Barbara prayed for us as we made our adoption journey. Her entire life was an inspiration. Praying for her soul and that the entire Curtis family will be granted peace.
Pax Christi,
Nora

Posted by: Nora | October 30, 2012 9:57 PM

I'm so sorry and shocked to hear of Barbara's death. As many others have said, she was such an inspiration to keep doing the right thing. I looked forward to her posts every day and will miss both Barbara and her wisdom. Praying for her family to be comforted by God as only He can.

Posted by: Debbie | October 30, 2012 9:59 PM

My deepest sympathy is with Barbara's family. She was a remarkable woman and I will miss her strong, wise words.

Posted by: Ellen | October 30, 2012 10:01 PM

If you could've seen Barbara, Tripp, and their boys at Mass, it would break your heart to imagine Tripp there with the boys but without Barbara. They are such good, well-behaved boys, but I'm overwhelmed by the thought of Tripp having to care for them without Barbara. Lord have mercy.

Posted by: Susan | October 30, 2012 10:03 PM

I am so sad to hear this news. My heart goes up in prayer for Barbara's soul and for her family that she loved so dearly. May her soul rest in the peace of our Lord's and our Blessed Mother's presence and may her family know the comfort of our dear Lord's love.

Posted by: Barb | October 30, 2012 10:06 PM

I read this blog every morning. I will miss Barbara's insight and wisdom for mothers! I will remember her example of optimistic courage through trials. Praying for your family always, Barbara, and smiling through tears to know that you are safe in the arms of Jesus.

Posted by: Amy R. | October 30, 2012 10:09 PM

Barbara, you were one of my fave bloggers that I look forward to coming to your blog daily.
I am so shocked and saddened by this news of your passing, my thoughts and prayers for the Curtis family.

Eternal rest, grant unto Barbara O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace

May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.

ps if you would like to help out the Curtis family in memory of Barbara
http://www.elizabethfoss.com/reallearning/2012/10/to-give.html

Posted by: MM | October 30, 2012 10:11 PM

Tears in my eyes as I type. What an inspiration Barbara was to so many. I read her blog regularly and enjoyed a couple of great email exchanges. I would have loved to meet Barbara. This Catholic homeschooling family in Wisconsin is praying for the Curtis family tonight and for the repose of Barbara's soul.

Posted by: Elizabeth | October 30, 2012 10:14 PM

We will keep Barbara's family in our prayers and prey for the repose of her soul as we prepare for the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. God bless you during your time of grief.

Posted by: Charlotte | October 30, 2012 10:15 PM

I was so blessed to have her for a friend, mentor, Christian sister. I miss her already but know that I can look forward to a lengthy chat in heaven and that she's with the Master of all Words and the Greatest Writer of infinite wisdom. Her death is a reminder to me of the suddenness of loss and the need to take time to tell our loved ones how precious they are to us.

Now she can rest in His love and peace and grace; I know her work, her words, her love, and her conviction will go forward through the lives of others because of her example and teaching.

Posted by: Ann | October 30, 2012 10:21 PM

Dear Curtis Family---I am so, so, sorry, weeping as I type these words. I am in utter shock and feel your pain...so, so, sorry! Your mother and wife was a precious, beautiful, woman, who loved so deeply. The Body of Christ has experienced a great loss...I don't understand (Why, Lord?) but I want you to know your precious family is in my prayers--all of you amd I pray that the peace and comfort of Christ will sustain you now and in the difficult days ahead..so sorry...

Posted by: Debbie Kierstead | October 30, 2012 10:21 PM

Oh, Curtis family, my heart is broken for you. :( I can't imagine how catastrophic this loss is for all of you.

I have enjoyed Barbara's blog for many years, she definitely was someone who helped me "grow up" in my mothering, and I appreciated that so much. Appreciated also her clear love and enjoyment of her own family and her passionate advocacy of the unborn and those with special needs.

Praying for you all! Thank you for sharing your wonderful wife/mom with the rest of us.

Posted by: Margaret | October 30, 2012 10:28 PM

Deepest sympathy and prayers for the Curtis family. Your mother/wife/friend was a teacher, encourager, exhorter, rebel, lover, full of wisdom and kindness and conviction. Thank you for sharing her with us. I know she is with the LORD whom she loved so deeply.

Posted by: Barb | October 30, 2012 10:28 PM

Blessing and Peace I ask for all of the Curtis family. What a special, courageous and loving lady. May she now become the warrior in heaven for the children and parents that she was while here on earth. +JMJ+

Posted by: Kelly | October 30, 2012 10:33 PM

My deepest sympathy to the entire Curtis family. I will forever be a better mom because of Barbara's lovely books and her blog. She was so kind, so wise, and so generous... I will miss her greatly. I will be praying for the Curtis family today and in the coming days.

Posted by: Jenn | October 30, 2012 10:38 PM

Although I only followed Barbara on the internet, I am truly sad at this loss. I pray for comfort for the family as they go through this terrible time of grief. Barbara will be missed and so will her influence be mourned by those of us who followed her blog.

Posted by: Laura | October 30, 2012 10:38 PM

I just sat down to read my two main blogs. I went to read Jessica's( @ shower of roses) Daybook and read the soul of Barbara Curtis?? I just stared at it for a bit before I clicked on your name. Oh Barb...I will really miss you. You took me through the toughest times in my life. I am crying as I write this because I am sad that I won't "hear" your words and honesty with your whole life.
I will pray for you and all your family! You will always be a precious friend to me. I will continue to pray for your precious Tripp and amazing children. I am sorry we never met-but hopefully someday:)+JMJ+

Posted by: Eileen | October 30, 2012 10:42 PM

Gee, and I just found her site. :( My very deepest condolences to her family and also to all of you, her devoted friends and folowers. Your messages of remembrance have reminded me that God puts us here for a reason, a reason that we are to seek out and to fulfill. It is also a reminder that we are to love one another and to share the reflection of that love so that it will shine and encourage others to do the same. Share the love and defend the innocent. Rest in peace, Barbara Curtis.

Posted by: B33Happy | October 30, 2012 10:44 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I've been in shock the past two days trying to process this. I can not even imagine the shock and pain your family is in right now. Barbara will be missed by so many. Love and prayers from Alabama.

Posted by: Alison | October 30, 2012 10:50 PM

My deepest sympathy to all the Curtis family. It was so evident in Barbara's writing how much she loved each one of you, and how important family was to her. And what a wonderful legacy she has left to each one of you. Just two weeks ago, when I needed prayer, I reached out to Barbara, and she responded so quickly and sweetly to my email, and comforted me when I needed it. I feel like I have lost a dear sweet friend, even though I never met her personally. She touched so many people in so many ways for the good, and was one of those people who truly made the world a better place. I pray for all of the family, that your sweet memories of Barbara will help you in the coming days, and you will all feel the strength, peace and love that only comes from our Heavenly Father. God bless you all.

Posted by: Nana | October 30, 2012 10:51 PM

As I have on most days for the past 6 years I went to my favorite blog site tonight...one that inspires, motivates, educates and moves me more than most...Mommy Life ...and was shocked to find out that - Barbara Curtis had passed away today. I am grieving for her family tonight and feeling personal loss as she had spoken into my life many times.

Barbara lived a life of purpose, passion & praise! Her legacy is sure to live on through her family and her writings. I look forward to getting to actually meet her face to face and give her a big hug in heaven someday.

Praying for all the Curtis family

Posted by: bethlambdin | October 30, 2012 10:52 PM

I am another crying for a friend met only over the internet. Thank you, Barbara, for your encouragement during the early years of parenting a son with Down syndrome. God be with your family, comforting and providing, in this time of loss. I am so sorry.

Posted by: Julana | October 30, 2012 10:52 PM

So sorry to hear this. She will be missed. Praying for the family.

Posted by: Grandma Alice | October 30, 2012 10:54 PM

Dear sweet blog friend, your voice will be missed here. Thank you for standing up and leading the way for so many. I pray that your sweet family and loved ones feel God's comfort and peace. Rest in peace sweet lady. God bless and keep you, Amelia

Posted by: A Mac and a Mug O' Joe | October 30, 2012 10:56 PM

I have read Barbara's blog since it first began, and she and I have shared e-mails numerous times. Curtis family, although I have never met you face-to-face, please know that I feel like I know you, because of her blog. The encouragement and the love that she gave me through this blog has been more tremendous than you all will EVER know.

I hold you ALL in my DEEP prayers. Tripp, although I live thousands and thousands of miles away from you here in South Dakota, please know that I will hold you and the kids close in my heart. I'm so sorry that I can't do anything to help!!

I'm so sorry. Just absolutely speechless.


~Becky

Posted by: ~Becky | October 30, 2012 11:01 PM

Dear Curtis Family,

I am so sorry for your loss.

Thank you for sharing your life with us, Barbara. You will be missed greatly.

Posted by: Mary | October 30, 2012 11:02 PM

Dear Curtis Family,

I am deaply sadded by hearing the lost of Barbara Curtis. I am a parisher of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Barbara Curtis. I have enjoyed reading her column in our church's sunday bulletin. She will be missed by all.

Mary Summers

Posted by: Mary Summers | October 30, 2012 11:05 PM

I am in shock! Barbara was such a force for life and living we couldn't help but be inspired to embrace our motherhood, marriage and faith. She tuned our ears to hear the voice of our Lord as we served him through our families and communities. Her wisdom, dedication, resolve and amazing wit will be so sadly missed. Her unwaivering love will echo through the many families that were enriched by her example. Her fierce defense of all children born and unborn and of all abilities encourages us to uphold higher values. I know our good Lord has a place for such a tireless soldier.
I will miss Barbara terribly. My prayers are with that beautiful Curtis family.

Posted by: Kelly | October 30, 2012 11:05 PM

I'm so saddened by this huge loss. My heart breaks for Mrs. Curtis' family. I will be praying for comfort for them. I loved reading what Barbara had to say about just about anything. Even when I didn't agree with her I still wanted to know what she thought. The mark of an amazing mind- she had that effect of people. God bless her soul and her dear family.

Posted by: Katie McCaslin | October 30, 2012 11:26 PM

Barbara = Kindness.

Thank you, Barbara, for being kind to me. I will miss you. My heart aches, but it rejoices in knowing you are with the Lord.

Prayers for all. May you know that Jesus is nearer to you now than ever before. He loves us all so much.

Posted by: Lisa Graas | October 30, 2012 11:36 PM

Oh my, no . . . another mama here who has received so much inspiration, comfort, and joy through this blog and a few email interactions. I rejoice in her present joy and pray for the family left behind. May their comfort be immeasurable.

Posted by: Kimberly | October 30, 2012 11:51 PM

I am so, so sad.

Barbara encouraged me so many times, on her blog and privately through emails.

I wrote about what she meant to me here.

Posted by: Smockity Frocks | October 31, 2012 12:01 AM

I cannot add a thing to the beautiful words already left here, except my prayers for the family and that "flights of angels may sing her to her rest."

Posted by: Michele Mom of 9 | October 31, 2012 12:13 AM

Thank you Barbara for all the laughter, encouragement, and strength you gave to me and my young, quickly growing family. You are one of the only blogs I made a point of visiting everyday and are such an inspiration. We are storming the heavens with prayers for you and your family. Rest in peace.

Posted by: Casey | October 31, 2012 12:19 AM

Barbara was one of my dearest blog-turned-real-life friends. She encouraged me to write, insisted I go to Mt. Hermon and helped me get published in The Christian Science Monitor. She touched my life in a profound and unique way. I am praying for her family and will miss her forever.

Posted by: Melodee | October 31, 2012 12:22 AM

Oh dear, I'm shocked!!! Praying for the Curtis family.

Chantal

Posted by: chantal | October 31, 2012 12:35 AM

Dear Curtis family,

Barbara's words challenged and encouraged me on a regular basis via this blog. I will be praying for all of you.

Posted by: Deborah | October 31, 2012 12:54 AM

I have been so emotional over this news. The loss of a woman whom I've never met, yet who has touched my life so deeply. Barbara has touched the lives of many, and in such a personal, Christ-like way that we each felt lifted up and a better person for "knowing" her. Even those of us who did not know her in person. What a wonderful legacy!

I am so grateful that this beautiful woman who blessed the lives of many, was a writer! I will treasure this blog and my collection of her books. A tender mercy of the Lord that I may continue to be blessed by her wisdom, love and generosity.

Prayers and love to the Curtis family. May you find peace amid the storm. Not as the world giveth, but as Christ, our Saviour gives unto you.

Much love,
Amy

Posted by: Amy | October 31, 2012 1:01 AM

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the Curtis family. Barbara changed my life, and the lives of my husband and children just by being brave enough to share about her journey into the Catholic Church. That got me interested, too, and we'll be celebrating two years as Catholics very soon. She will be sorely missed by many who never had the pleasure to know her in person, but who gleaned ever so much from her honest, faith-filled writing.

Posted by: Sue in Japan | October 31, 2012 1:46 AM

She did so much with her life on his Earth! The first blogger I ever loved, and her absence feels very real indeed. May God pour His mercy and peace into this special family, and may they know how much we appreciate sharing their mom and wife with us through her writing and speaking. A true matriarch, so warm and human and real. Rest In Peace, dear friend.

Posted by: Tiffany Borges | October 31, 2012 2:07 AM

Hours after readying this, I am still quite stunned.

Though I know that we can wish nothing better for those we love than to be with our Lord, I will admit that I have grieved for hours. I have grieved for myself, but I have grieved for you, Tripp, and the rest of the Curtis family, too.

I was blessed to "happen upon" Mommylife quite a few years ago and found transparency, wisdom, and a kindred spirit. Immediately I started to visit everyday. Evenutually Barbara and I started occasionally emailing each other, then calling each other friends, and then, this past June we were blessed to actually meet when my oldest daughter and I came to northern VA. What joy it was to meet face to face, see each other's smile, and exchange hugs (and meet Tripp and half of the children, too)! It was a great visit. And there was talk and an email of other visits when my family would come back to the area in the future.

Barbara leaves behind the legacy of a life well lived. One of perserverance, determination, strengh, intention, wisdom, forgiveness, and so much more. She will continue to be an example to so many of us.

Tripp, you and the children are continually in my prayers.

Blessings and peace on your family as you grieve and then move forward.

Posted by: von | October 31, 2012 2:15 AM

Once she begged Him, "Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room"...now she meets Him in the Throne Room. Barbara, you'll be missed...

Posted by: Cathi Warren | October 31, 2012 3:20 AM

I am so sorry.I talk about Barbara to people like I knew her.Her blog has long been my favorite .I really just can't imagine this world without her.I am in shock.

Posted by: melita | October 31, 2012 3:32 AM

I am praying for all those she leaves behind in mourning right now, especially the Curtis family. May you be comforted.

Posted by: Carrien | October 31, 2012 3:46 AM

Dear Curtis Family,

So very sorry to hear this sad news. Like all the others here on her blog, I've come to love Barbara as a dear friend. I feel like I know your family and am praying for all of you as you grieve.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul rest in peace.

Posted by: Karen | October 31, 2012 6:32 AM

Dear Mr. Curtis and the entire family of Barbara,

I was not personal friends with Barbara but I am one of the many whose lives have been touched by her writings. There's nothing I can say to express my gratitude for such a beautiful soul and for her constant effort to write and share herself generously with others through her blog. I am very sorry for your loss and I keep praying that this unexpected turn of events will draw your family even close to one another.

I especially pray for Jonny and his adopted siblings (I'm sorry I can't recall their names right now) so that they will carry on and will adjust beautifully even if their mom will guide and love them only in spirit now. Please take comfort in the fact that she can now watch over everybody, and is in a place that I believe makes her closer to God so that she can more directly intercede for us.

Thank you.

Diana

Posted by: Diana | October 31, 2012 6:38 AM

We are thankful to have received your gift of words for parenting, advice, and living Faith. We pray for your eternal rest. We pray, comfort, and support Tripp and your children. Psalms 147:3 He heals the broken heartened, binding up their wounds.

Posted by: Lisa Glasgow | October 31, 2012 6:46 AM

I never met Barbara but I read her blog every day. I appreciated everything she had to say on so many topics--politics, parenting, etc. I loved to read updates about her beautiful family. Her life journey was an amazing one. My family and I will be praying for the repose of her soul and for Tripp, her 12 children and her grandchildren as they grieve their loss. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

Posted by: Sarah | October 31, 2012 6:58 AM

"Met" Barbara on her blog many years ago. She was a source of knowledge and encouragement when my boys were little. Deeply saddened by her passing and praying for the entire Curtis family.

Posted by: Shelly | October 31, 2012 7:05 AM

I, too, have been an avid reader of MommyLife since almost the beginning. I counted on Barbara for wisdom in the political relm and encouragement in the family arena. My children are now grown, but I've been telling my newly married daughter that she should read Barbara's books when she has kids. I've corresponded with Barbara a few times and now feel that I have lost a friend. My heart is exceedingly sad today. My heartfelt prayers for her family and all who knew her.

Posted by: Drewe Llyn Jeffcoat | October 31, 2012 7:11 AM

Wow, what a shock.

Dear Tripp, dear Curtis family,

I want you to know just how much Barbara has impacted my life, all the way over here in France. Her blog has been my favourite for years now. I have 2 of her books. I feel like I know you even though we have never met.

As a mother to 2 young children, and having lost my own mother rather suddenly when I was 17, Barbara was one of the few people out there who I could look to as a mentor. She was brave, mature and wise. She was great at thinking outside the box. She was inspirational. She worked hard at gracefully overcoming any difficulties that came her way. She has equipped me with mothering skills that my own mother was no longer there to pass on.

One of the main ways she changed my way of thinking was of course about Down Syndrome. I have always been pro-life, but Barbara was a shining example to me, showing me that DS is not something to be feared. A DS baby is not the end of the world, and is actually a wonderful gift. As a medical student and later as a mother, these things could have seemed obvious, but I needed Barbara and your beautiful family to point them out to me.

As I said, my own mother died suddenly when I was 17. She was like Barbara in many ways. I can relate to your grief, and I grieve with you.

May you find the Lord to be a very present comfort in times of trouble. May He bless you, be with you, and carry you through.

With much love,
Helen

Posted by: Helen | October 31, 2012 7:13 AM

I am truly saddened by Barbara's passing and sorry for your loss. Barbara's blog was such a bright spot to read. Her joy, insights and sense of humor touched my life.
I will be praying for your family.

Posted by: Lily | October 31, 2012 7:31 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have been following Barbara's blog for 4 years and have found much inspiration in her witness. She will be truly missed! Know that I'm praying for the Curtis family.

Eternal rest grant unto Barbara O Lord, May she rest in peace.

Posted by: Tracy | October 31, 2012 7:51 AM

Barbara you will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers to your family.

Posted by: Sarah | October 31, 2012 8:02 AM

Devastated.
Barbara and I occasionally exchanged emails. Just recently, she invited me to attend mass with her, as she thought I would "be a great Catholic".
I will miss her guidance, her wisdom, her humility, her grace, and her kindness. I will miss Barbara.
I am so sad to think of her family without her. But I know that she has given the family the best gift she could give them, which is teaching them about Jesus, who will comfort them all.

Posted by: Sandra | October 31, 2012 8:03 AM

I am grateful for Barbara's photo documentation of the annual March for Life in DC. She captured the joy of the movement.

When is her funeral Mass?

Posted by: Marie | October 31, 2012 8:03 AM

This is sad beyond words. Our hearts and prayers are with Barbara's family. Although we never met in the physical world, Barbara was an inspiration, mentor and friend.

Barbara, we will miss you so much.

Posted by: MOTUS | October 31, 2012 8:03 AM

Be comforted in knowing that she lives on in the minds of so many of us that she impacted. Even though I'm not a mommy, I loved reading her thoughts. I will make it a point to go see an opera in her honor.

Posted by: Paul | October 31, 2012 8:17 AM

Is there anyway that there could be a mailing address that could be posted privately so that people could send their condolences or gifts to the Curtis Family?

Posted by: Becky | October 31, 2012 8:38 AM

Words can not adequately express my sadness for the Curtis family. She was such a blessing to so many. Her presence will be sorely missed. I will be praying for your family. May God comfort you.

Posted by: April C. | October 31, 2012 8:41 AM

What an example of a woman who used her talents to the glory of God, to the strengthening of the family, to shine the light of truth on the distortions of our culture/media, a source of wisdom and humor and spunk!!!!! She was such an inspiration. I am heartbroken also, and in shock, and so, so sorry for her beloved family--what a loss!!!! I join many others in praying for you all. Eternal Rest grant to her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. Rest in Peace. Barbara, you will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Betty | October 31, 2012 8:55 AM

Kitten...you mattered! As a cousin, you will be missed by many......as a woman who truly cared, you rocked this world! Please be at peace now! Love you!

Posted by: maryann perna | October 31, 2012 9:02 AM

Very sad and shocked and I'll miss you Barbara

Posted by: santhy | October 31, 2012 9:41 AM

Praying for you all! Barbara will be *greatly* missed! Her encouragement and insight were huge inspirations for me. I thank God for her influence on so many families!

Posted by: Sarah | October 31, 2012 9:44 AM

Rest in peace -- truthseeker and beautiful warrior for Christ. You will be missed.

Posted by: Christy Volanski | October 31, 2012 9:47 AM

I stared at my computer in disbelief this morning. I am so sorry for you all. I cannot even imagine what you must be going through. I will continually lift you up in prayer for comfort, strength and peace. Barbara reached out to me on my blog when I had just discovered that my baby had down syndrome. She admonished me for feeling sad but also helped to point me in the right direction on my journey and sent me a link to another mom's birth testimony. I have read her blog since. She was an amazing woman.

Posted by: Trudy Callan | October 31, 2012 9:51 AM

This just hurts. I can't even imagine what it's like for Tripp and the kids.

Life is a little emptier without her and her wisdom and courage. She gave me a backbone to speak out when I was afraid.

You know, we're all going to have to straighten up and keep on going. I'm crying now but I can see where she'd want us all to pick ourselves up and carry on for Christ. As we're praying for her, she'll be praying for all of us.

God bless you, Barbara.

Posted by: Sue from Buffalo | October 31, 2012 9:57 AM

I am so so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She will be greatly missed. She was such a blessing to many. I hope that you leave her site up. She has put so much work into it and the many articles can continue helping people. I would like to go back and read all of her past posts on DS. If you plan to take it down at some point, could you do a post giving everyone a warning so that we have time to read whatever it is we want to read before it comes down? Thank you. And I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

Posted by: Trudy Callan | October 31, 2012 10:00 AM

Barbara has been a huge influence on, and inspiration to, me as a mother and a Christian. Such a mixture of sorrow and joy to hear that she has passed across the river to her Savior. Her work will be rewarded.

Posted by: Peggy | October 31, 2012 10:20 AM

Sorry to hear of Barbara going to Heaven. She worked hard and humbly and gave spiritual nourishment to many lost souls and souls thirsty for knowledge in a media that was challenging but came under the domain God due in part to her selfless and constant sacrifice. The family is in my prayers.

Posted by: Eugene Delgaudio | October 31, 2012 10:38 AM

I am so sad and in shock to read this news! I just so recently found Barbara's blogs and her books, and am sad for the world to have lost such a passionate mom, Christian, and someone so unafraid to 'call it as she sees it.' I'll miss her... I pray for her family, who must be so grieved and will have such big adjustments to make without her. I'm thankful she is with the Lord and they'll all see her again.

Posted by: RHome410 @ Friday is Pizza, Monday is Soup | October 31, 2012 10:49 AM

Like many others I read Barbara's website daily. I'm so very sorry Curtis family for your loss. May you be wrapped in the peace of God's arms.

Posted by: Maggie | October 31, 2012 10:51 AM

I had the pleasure of meeting her 4 years ago when Tripp had a knee replacement surgery that left him disabled for months from complications of MRSA. I took a meal out to she and her family and got to visit for the afternoon with her. She was a lively lady with a big heart and a genuine smile -she made me feel like we were old friends rather than church members. I left there with 4 of her books (all lovingly signed), but she gave me so much more than I had anticipated. I went there feeling like I was helping her by bringing her family nourishment with a homecooked meal, but when I left her home I felt like she was helping me; to be a better mother, a better Christian and with a happier soul.

-just wanted to pass this along and remind others that you never know the impact you may have on someone else for that day, or many days, years later. Please pray for Tripp, all the children, and grandchildren that they may find peace and comfort knowing that Barbara is with our great and awesome God.

Posted by: Naturalkids | October 31, 2012 10:52 AM

God has taken home another of his angels. Her light will shine on through her family and all of her good works, but she leaves behind a great void on this earth. I have been inspired and strengthened through her work, with which she has blessed so many.

Rest in peace, Barbara, and may God comfort your family as they grieve. You will be missed by so many!

Posted by: Deidre | October 31, 2012 11:01 AM

Barbara was such an encouragement to so many! I corresponded with her a few times and she was always generous and gracious. I'm praying peace over the entire Curtis family today and in the days to come. Barbara's legacy will surely be one of encouragement and love.

Posted by: Chrissy | October 31, 2012 11:07 AM

Oh, what a wonderful woman ! Such a sweet soul and a life filled with purpose . . . I will miss her so. Barbara and this site have been a great source of encouragement, inspiration and enlightenment. She has been honest and genuine and I'm so grateful that she shared her heart, her time and her life with us. What a treasure we have been blessed to have known. My eyes are filled with tears as I grieve along with many others . . . but I'm sure there is rejoicing in heaven.

To the Curtis family, you are in our prayers. May God fill you with peace and hope . . .

Posted by: dee | October 31, 2012 11:47 AM

I was shocked when I came to the blog last night and found she was gone! She is in a better place now, but I feel for the family and all of us who will miss her.

Praying for the Curtis family.

Posted by: tereza crump | October 31, 2012 11:52 AM

I'm so saddened to hear this. Praying for Barbara's family, especially, as well as those who knew her personally, as they grieve her loss. Praying especially for Tripp and the children for wisdom and strength in guiding the Downzers through this difficult time, and also guidance in decisions in how to handle the adjustments that must be made.

Posted by: JoanP | October 31, 2012 11:53 AM

I did not know Barbara personally, only through email and reading her blog, but she influenced and guided me so much. She was such an inspiration, and we are greatly saddened to hear of her passing. Please accept our condolences, she and the rest of the extended Curtis family will be in our prayers.

Posted by: Annabella | October 31, 2012 11:55 AM

I am so very sorry for this great loss. I have read almost all of Barbara's posts and she has affected my thinking and living in countless ways. I can't believe another of her thought-provoking articles won't be back here tomorrow. I can't imagine how difficult this must be for her family to bear. How greatly God has used this writer, through the Internet and also in each of her relationships. I am so sad the lessons here are over and can only pray my own life will be more useful to God because of what I've learned.

Posted by: Stacie | October 31, 2012 11:58 AM

Prayers offered up for the Curtis family in this time of grief and loss! God Bless you all.

Posted by: caroline | October 31, 2012 12:26 PM

Dear Curtis Family,
Barbara was a shining light in this dark world and will be missed. Praying that the legacy she left behind will continue her work. May God be with you all and give you comfort in this time of grief. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." Psalm 116:15
God's Blessings on you all in the days ahead.

Posted by: Susan | October 31, 2012 12:28 PM

Oh Barbara, NO! No! :(

Posted by: Andrea Roberts | October 31, 2012 12:34 PM

Words can't describe how I feel right now. This came as such a shock. I was urging all to pray for Barbara when I learned of Barbara's stroke on Facebook Monday night. I am a local elected official in Loudoun County, VA, where the Curtis family lives. I first met Barbara in November 2009 when an obscure Loudoun County courthouse committee recommended banning the creche and Christmas tree from the lawn. Barbara sprung into action and started an online petition drive to the Board of Supervisors to get them to restore what was rightfully placed during Christmas since the 1950s. Along with Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, we helped galvanize citizens to blitz the Board of Supervisors to overturn the decision. Unfortunatly, atheist groups stepped in to urge that they be allowed to post their outrageous billboards, too, but the Board opted to allow ALL displays. For me, this was a peculiar issue to fight -- being Jewish and all, but Barbara termed me "The Jew who Saved Christmas" in one of her entries and I felt quite proud. Then, in the summer of 2010, the courthouse grounds committee came back with another request to ban everything but secular decorations, and Barbara,Eugene and I swung into action. Again, the Board maintained the policy to allow all displays, and the Atheists only got worst about it in an effort to ban everything. They posted big billboards throughout the year questioning the existence of God and literally sticking their fingers in the eyes of religious folks. This culminated in 2011 with a supposed Christian kid (whose mother is an avowed atheist) posting a crucified skeleton Santa on the lawn. The outcry was huge. Fortunately, I and other conservatives were elected to the County Board that fall, and we put Tripp Curtis on the courthouse committee. The panel recommended for this December a nativity scene, menorah, Christmas tree and decoarations -- no free for all. I gained an appreciation for Barbara because of her background; how she found God after years of being a "flower child" of sorts and foundering. I also knew Barbara's daughter, Maddy, after she made the finals on American Idol. She sang at various political and charitable events before going to Catholic University. Barbara and I disagreed vehemently on other issues, but I so appreciated her writing and perseverance for morality and conservative values. I hope someone will take up the mantle and run her blog, and I offer any assistance to Tripp and the Curtis family. She will be sorely missed, but as noted here, God is watching over her and her family and "heaven has welcomed a new saint and patriot."

Posted by: Ken Reid | October 31, 2012 12:41 PM

Curtis family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I've been reading Barbara's blog for over six years, and she was such an inspiration to me. I am stunned, but what a legacy she leaves. Thanks for sharing her with all of us.

Posted by: Sarah C | October 31, 2012 12:49 PM

Barbara will be missed. She was such a special person. My deepest sympathies go out to her family. I can not put into words how much she has shaped and helped me over the years through her words and caring heart.

Posted by: Diane | October 31, 2012 12:53 PM

I was so shocked to open Barbara's website and see the notice of her death.

To Tripp and her family: I am so very sorry. She was such a vibrant, wise, and funny person. Always honest, self-deprecating, and passionate. Always so full of love for her family. She and all of you are in our prayers. May she be resting in peace and, like St. Therese the Little Flower, do even more good from heaven than she did on earth. Blessings to all of you. She is going to be mourned and missed by so many. Please let the online community know where to find her obituary, and how you are doing.

Posted by: Denise | October 31, 2012 1:48 PM

I'm so shocked! Barbara's blog was one of the first that I read every single day, every post. I learned so much from her and read her book, too. I'm so sad for the boys still at home!

Posted by: Sheila | October 31, 2012 2:10 PM

My condolences and prayers to all her family and friends. We who knew Barbara from her internet presence also mourn the loss of a wonderful voice for the Church in the Modern World! God bless Barbara and her family.
John
St Blog's Parish

Posted by: John Bowden | October 31, 2012 2:48 PM

I am so sorry to hear the news of Barbara's passing! She was a "breath of fresh air" in the blogging world. Prayers for her family and friends. I read her blog faithfully for many years and will miss her wisdom and insight. She was a godly lady who wasn't afraid to speak the truth.

Posted by: Nancy Larson | October 31, 2012 3:04 PM

Barbara's passing leaves a big hole in our hearts. She had a larger than life personality and, more importantly, heart. I marvel at the way God used her life and unique gifts to reach and guide so many. My prayers are with all of the Curtis family.

Posted by: Anne | October 31, 2012 3:28 PM

Along with all these nice memories and wishes I'd like to add my sympathy for Barbara's family. There is such hope in knowing she is with the Lord now, but we will all miss her. Just talked to her several months ago for the first time in years since she moved away from CA. Curtis clan attended our church for a time there. She had some great wisdom and encouragement for me in this last talk, and I'm glad I connected with her. I'll be thinking about you all and praying for you guys. God bless you. Love, Monica Stapleton

Posted by: Monica Stapleton | October 31, 2012 3:32 PM

with barbara up there Obama does n't have a chance

Posted by: mike | October 31, 2012 3:38 PM

I'm so sorry. My prayers go out to Tripp and the family.

Posted by: Jonathan Weintraub | October 31, 2012 4:28 PM

I am in complete shock and weeping today... Curtis family, you will be in my prayers. There is so much I could say about Barbara...I consider her to be a true friend, although we have never met. Just weeks ago, she offered to buy a casket or some other type of vessel for the baby I recently lost. It brings tears to my eyes thinking of her generosity. She was such a saint, and I know that the Lord has told her " well done".

I hope that someone will be able to start a post where we can all share our memories of Barbara. I would like to comfort the Curtis family in any way that I can...

Prayerfully,
Lisa

Posted by: Lisa | October 31, 2012 5:43 PM

I'm devastated to hear this news...my thoughts and prayers are with the Curtis family. Barbara will be so greatly missed even by those of us who never had a chance to personally meet her but were touched by her words, faith and optimism.

I will miss you friend in Christ.

Posted by: Sue | October 31, 2012 6:44 PM

I have loved reading Barbaras blog, but have never commented. I was so shocked to read this today. May her soul have everlasting happiness in heaven. I will have a Mass said for her.

Posted by: Ceil | October 31, 2012 7:40 PM

I have been a follower of Barbara for years here in Canada. I just loved her passion for everything she did and I tried to emulate her as best I could! I was so shocked earlier today when I saw the news of her sudden death. I am still in shock and will miss her dearly but not as dearly as her wonderful family! God bless everyone and may god give you the strength to bear this very heavy cross!
Charlene

Posted by: Charlene | October 31, 2012 8:08 PM

Dear Curtis Family
I am so very sorry to hear of Barbara's passing into glory. I came upon her blog several years ago, and many days she kept me going with her upbeat attitude and awareness of the Saviour and what the risen life means.

She blessed many, both those who heard and read her, as well as those who today are alive through her considerable influence and activism.
Thank you Lord, for bringing this amazing woman into my life.

May you be comforted in your loss.

Posted by: Helen | October 31, 2012 8:38 PM

Oh, Tripp and Kids (all of you), I was so sorry to hear of this. I am praying now and going forward for you as well as Barbara. I will miss Barbara immensely. EVERYONE READING THIS BLOG: LET'S MAKE SURE MADDY CONTINUES AT CATHOLIC UNIV THIS SPRING. PLEASE GO TO BARBARA'S FRIEND ELIZABETH FOSS' WEBSITE http://www.elizabethfoss.com/reallearning/2012/10/to-give.html
AND DONATE. MADDY RAISED MONEY FOR OTHERS (HAITI). We can do this for Maddy (and Barbara).

Posted by: Sandie Groeber | October 31, 2012 9:47 PM


My most heartfelt prayers to Barbara's family. I just found this blog recently and was so heartened and inspired by her story of going from closed hearted lib to faith filled mom. I had hoped to meet her one day since she lived so close by. Love and prayers to your family. God bless. May you feel your beloved close to your heart even though she has shed her body. Our time here is temporary and we will all go home. Love - ffxmom

Posted by: ffxmom | October 31, 2012 9:50 PM

Prayers for her family and friends. I will miss her writing.
Eternal Memory.

Posted by: Melanie | October 31, 2012 9:56 PM

I can't even express my feelings tonight. I only just heard about the passing of dear Barbara last night, and I am truly in shock. She just can't be gone like that. The presence of this amazing woman in the lives of so many people the world over created a family. She shared her loves, her trials, her dreams and her own beautiful family. She gave her time to people she didn't even know, and was, in so many ways a "Mom" to the Blogosphere. She never backed down or compromised her principles and she was absolutely fearless in the face of adversity. I have learned so very much and been so inspired by you Barbara.
Tripp and family, I can't stop thinking about all of you. You are in our prayers as a family and we mourn with you. Our hearts are breaking.
Rest in peace, dear Barbara, until I see you again.

Posted by: Jennifer | October 31, 2012 9:59 PM

Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am to hear this news.

I've been reading this blog since I came back to the fold of God and it has been such an inspiration and blessing in my life. Her voice inspired me to want to be more than what society told me to be and she always pointed to Jesus.

As so many have put on here, I know within the deepest part of my soul that she is in our Lord's presence and hearing those words we all long to hear "Well done, my good and faithful servant!"

To Tripp and the rest of the family, my heart and prayers go out to you and yours.

Sincerely,

Jen K.

Posted by: Jen K. | October 31, 2012 10:17 PM

I am sitting here weeping as I read the comments. As many others stated, I was completely shocked to read the news of Barbara's passing. First thing out of my mouth, "No, no, no!"

I had to check and double check to make sure I was reading it right. Barbara was like a big sister to me. I read her blog for a few years and was greatly encouraged by it. I remember putting my name in for a drawing she had on her blog, and surprisingly, I won one of her books. Now I am wishing I had all of her books.

I also corresponded by email with her a few times and she graciously wrote me back giving her godly, big sisterly advice. I meant to update her recently, but never took the time.

A life well-lived. She inspired me, and blessed me and so many others. May God be gracious to her family and undergird them with His everlasting arms.

Rest in peace, Barbara. Thank you for all you did for me. You will be missed.

Posted by: Debbie | October 31, 2012 10:25 PM

My heart is with everyone in the Curtis family. Your mother was a wonderful friend and inspiration to many, myself among them. She opened my heart to motherhood, showed me different ways of thinking about things than my liberal atheist upbringing had introduced me to, and shared her spirit in emails and on her blog.
I've been reading here for many years - six or more, and have been so uplifted and inspired by her words and her love for her family. My deepest condolences are with you. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Genevieve | October 31, 2012 10:48 PM

I became a mother six years ago and it was at that time that I began reading Barbara's blog. Since then I've read her books, made several purchases for my children based on her recommendations, watched movies based on her reviews and referred her blog to friends. Thank you Curtis family for sharing her with us. She was a blessing to me!

Posted by: Angela Faust | October 31, 2012 10:56 PM

My love and prayers for the family. I checked this blog every other day and was totally shocked to read this tonight. She will be missed and I hope that someone picks up the mantle and carries on the kind of informational blog that Barbara had. I felt like I knew the family and yet we are total strangers, that is how well she communicated her love for all of her family and her way of bringing political insights to light, her work on behalf of all people, no one was without dignity and value in her eyes. Thanks and bless the entire family.

Posted by: Jan Dressander | October 31, 2012 10:56 PM

Although I only met her once, Barbara was such an encouragement and inspiration to me. I have followed her blog for years. She seemed to see what was important, and live very intentionally and fully. She was a truly incredible lady to have impacted so many, many people. I will truly miss her and grieve for her family. You, her family, are in my prayers, especially Tripp & the boys still at home.

"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word." 2 Thess. 2:16-17

Posted by: Karen | October 31, 2012 11:41 PM

I am so saddened by this news today, I have enjoyed knowing Barbara through her blog and on Facebook for almost 6 years. Her wisdom and tender words are such treasures. I appreciated her willingness to say what she meant and not sugar coat the truth. I appreciated her honesty in her writing. I always hoped to meet her someday, as I live on the West Coast I hadn't been at a MOPS or conference where she spoke.
I will be praying for comfort for her family. The Lord knows our days and takes us each in His time. I pray her children and Tripp know and are comforted with how far-reaching their mother's influence was and is still.
A few years ago she gave me a copy of each of her books for winning the apron contest. I love those books already but will love them even more now. I feel so honored to have "known" her even a little bit and look forward to meeting her in heaven.

Posted by: Addie | November 1, 2012 12:10 AM

Oh no! I am just so shocked and saddened to hear this. My thoughts and prayers with the Curtis family.

Posted by: Elizabeth | November 1, 2012 12:43 AM

I am so sad to hear this news. My deepest sympathies to the Curtis family, and many prayers. Barbara made such wonderful difference in the world!

Posted by: Tamie | November 1, 2012 12:46 AM

Dear Curtis Family, Even though I never met your mom, I admired her greatly. A truly beautiful soul. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you cope with the loss of your beautiful mother.

With Love, Siobhan B.

Posted by: Siobhan | November 1, 2012 12:47 AM

love and prayers to the Curtis family.

Posted by: Emmy | November 1, 2012 2:05 AM

I feel like I've lost a friend even though I only knew Barbara through the internet. Praying for her family and all her beloved children. Hugs and kisses to her children who will miss her immensely. Sending strength Tripp's way. There are no words right now

Posted by: Claudia | November 1, 2012 8:14 AM

Do you know what the Little Flower's greatest fear was? It was that people would presume she was in heaven & would not pray for her! While Mrs. Curtis led an exemplary life, it is not our place to canonize her a saint!
No doubt, she will be greatly missed.
R.I.P., Barbara & may the peace that only Christ can give be with her family at this time!

Posted by: FaithfulCatholicMom | November 1, 2012 9:49 AM

Mrs C willl be missed very much. Words simply can't share my shock and grief.

I am going to listen to Elizebeth Mitchell today, in memory ofMrs C. She always loved music and encouraged us to expand our musical taste. Sending prayers for her family and friends.

Ouida Gabriel

Posted by: Ouida Gabriel | November 1, 2012 9:58 AM

I am so sad and my prayers for your family, She was a Great teacher. She taught me so much over these years of reading. A special lady on this earth and now with God.

Posted by: Karen Jones | November 1, 2012 10:04 AM

My prayers are with you, Curtis family. I've read Barbara for years and bought her books. She inspired, encouraged and mentored me though we never met. Her presence online will be dearly missed as only she could fill this space with such strength and beauty. Much love.

Posted by: Jenifer | November 1, 2012 10:16 AM

I always try to check in to Barbara's blog since I moved from Loudoun County two years ago. I was stunned and saddened to see the news of her passing. Her wisdom and love was evident in everything she did. I admired her deeply and am sure God is holding her tight in His arms. She and her beautiful family will be in my prayers.

Posted by: Julie V. | November 1, 2012 10:25 AM

Dear Tripp and the kids,

I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. I met Barbara at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and had the pleasure of getting to know her more deeply when we roomed together at the conference four years ago. I never grew tired of hearing her powerful testimony of coming to Christ and always enjoyed her updates on the family she loved so much. I envied her boldness and willing to speak the truth even when it wasn't popular, and her dedication to educating families about the issues she was passionate about.

My family is praying for all of you and loving you from afar. Funny how Barbara left so many of us feeling like we knew you.

May our Heavenly Father wrap each of you in His love.

Posted by: Jeanette Hanscome | November 1, 2012 1:43 PM

I knew Barbara for a few years when they lived in California. Although she was busy to the brim, she was very approachable and always had an encouraging word.

I'm praying that the Lord will put his arms of Comfort around the entire Curtis family during this painful time. Barbara will be missed by all.

Posted by: Joanne Muldoon | November 1, 2012 2:13 PM

Dear Curtis Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine, Tripp, having to carry on in your journey with 4 boys who need so much without Barbara by your side. You will have my ernest prayers on your behalf, and on behalf of the whole family.

I didn't always agree with Barbara, but I visited here day after day and learned much. I respect her faith, her devotion to her family, and her obvious love for others.

Posted by: Jill | November 1, 2012 2:32 PM

I am still in shock two days after hearing the news of Barbara's death. I have been a daily follower for years and have always thought of Barbara as a mentor. I loved that in spite of how busy Barbara was both as a popular blogger and mom of 12(!), she would take the time to respond to my emails with parenting questions in a thoughtful way, without any hint of hurry and promptly too! I will miss her terribly and can only imagine the sorrow and loss her family feels right now. We are keeping the Curtis family in our prayers! Much love, Adrienne

Posted by: Adrienne | November 1, 2012 2:50 PM

With a grieving heart, I post here today. Barbara was always ready to offer an encouraging word or inspiring story. She was an email friend that I felt like I'd known my whole life. Certainly, heaven and all it's angels are rejoicing today. Barbara, you are missed and loved by so many.

Posted by: Jennifer in WV | November 1, 2012 3:12 PM

I'm so very saddened to learn of Barbara's passing but I know she is resting in God's loving arms and experiencing a love like none she's know before. I will greatly miss her encouragement to me as a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, daughter and friend. Her transparency was so refreshing, I really appreciated that about her. She was REAL. No gimmicks, no masks. Oh, dear one you will be so missed. Praying for the family as they grieve the loss of their precious one. Hugs for all.

Posted by: Ambar S | November 1, 2012 6:38 PM

I venture a guess that Barbara will not be inactive or content to simply float around Heaven's universe landscape in minus gravity. Perhaps Heaven, in a dimension which we can't grasp with our finite minds, may have available some Celestial Computer Lab with techy angels hovering around to assist (although no viruses or hacking here!) where former earth-writers like Barbara can continue to write about the glories of God's vast creation and conduct interviews with newcomers who are celebrating Reunions. Into her "inbox" may come requests for prayer from us earthlings, loved ones and friends, whose affairs and lives she will be keeping tabs on-—because her love and ours continues; love never fails. I can visualize precious Barbara hurrying off to take our prayers through Jesus our Mediator to our Heavenly Father to be answered!
We have not lost Barbara. She isn't off in lonely space somewhere. Her Good Shepherd is welcoming her gently Home into His loving fold. Surely an immense "cloud of witnesses" are cheering her entrance while we on earth bid her farewell!
Jesus told us not to let our hearts be troubled, that He prepared dwelling places for us in His Father's House. I can imagine that Barbara has a new address plate on one of those mansion "dwelling places". I'll bet her Place is big enough for the entire Curtis extended family--Tripp and kids and grandkids and great-grands to gather there when they too arrive. They will each have a mansion of their own, but methinks BARBARA'S HOUSE will still be their fav place to hang out.
Dear Barbara, my good buddy. I will love you forever. Be prepared-—I too will be sending you some of my prayer intentions via Angel-Wing-mail pretty often. Leona

Posted by: Leona Choy | November 2, 2012 12:15 PM

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Barbara. I've been a regular reader of this blog for the past three years and I truly feel as though I have lost a wise and very dear friend. I hope you and your family will take some comfort in knowing Barbara touched many, many lives through her posts in the most positive and loving way possible. Truly a beautiful soul! Thank you Curtis family for sharing this remarkable woman with me. Peace.

Posted by: Kathy | November 2, 2012 12:32 PM

I venture a guess that Barbara will not be inactive or content to simply float around Heaven's universe landscape in minus gravity. Perhaps Heaven, in a dimension which we can't grasp with our finite minds, may have available some Celestial Computer Lab with techy angels hovering around to assist (although no viruses or hacking here!) where former earth-writers like Barbara can continue to write about the glories of God's vast creation and conduct interviews with newcomers who are celebrating Reunions. Into her "inbox" may come requests for prayer from us earthlings, loved ones and friends, whose affairs and lives she will be keeping tabs on-—because her love and ours continues; love never fails. I can visualize precious Barbara hurrying off to take our prayers through Jesus our Mediator to our Heavenly Father to be answered!
We have not lost Barbara. She isn't off in lonely space somewhere. Her Good Shepherd is welcoming her gently Home into His loving fold. Surely an immense "cloud of witnesses" are cheering her entrance while we on earth bid her farewell!
Jesus told us not to let our hearts be troubled, that He prepared dwelling places for us in His Father's House. I can imagine that Barbara has a new address plate on one of those mansion "dwelling places". I'll bet her Place is big enough for the entire Curtis extended family--Tripp and kids and grandkids and great-grands to gather there when they too arrive. They will each have a mansion of their own, but methinks BARBARA'S HOUSE will still be their fav place to hang out.
Dear Barbara, my good buddy. I will love you forever. Be prepared-—I too will be sending you some of my prayer intentions via Angel-Wing-mail pretty often. Leona

Posted by: Leona Choy | November 2, 2012 12:38 PM

Though I didn't know Barbara personally- I followed her in her writing and facebook. In the mist of my own struggle to be out spoken about my Christianity, she was an inspiration with the way she spoke and wrote.
Wanted you all to know she has touched and inspired my life. I know she is now in the presence of the Lord with no more sorrow, no more pain. I also look forward to the day I will get to meet her- in a new heaven and a new earth. ....with love and prayers for comfort for those she has left behind for a short time.

Posted by: Dolly | November 2, 2012 3:24 PM

I was so saddened to hear the news about Barbara today. I really appreciated reading her thoughts. She will be missed. I am praying for the comforter to be with her family.

Posted by: Samurai Mom | November 2, 2012 4:23 PM

I'll miss Mrs. Curtis as the great mentor she has been to me.

Posted by: Amanda | November 4, 2012 11:31 PM

I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers are with Barbara's family and the whole St. Francis deSales community. I moved away from Loudoun Cty years ago but did have the pleasure of meeting Barbara and reading her book. She was an inspiration to many including me.

Posted by: David Gersten | November 5, 2012 7:20 PM

Very sorry to hear this sad news. I've been a regular reader of this blog for the past few years and I truly feel as though I have lost a wise and very dear friend.

Posted by: Jerry Lingle | November 6, 2012 4:38 PM

Tripp and family--I grieve with you over Barbara's death, but I rejoice with you knowing she's with the Lord. I knew her over many years at Mt. Hermon's Christian Writers Conference. She always had a quick smile and words of encouragement for anyone she met. I pray for all of you to know the peace that can only come from Jesus.

Posted by: Pamela | November 7, 2012 1:29 PM

My sincere sympathy to Barbara's dear family.
I am so sad to hear of her passing. I never met her personally, but isn't it funny how you don't have to meet someone to feel like you knew them. What an amazing woman and what a lucky family to have had her in their lives. I have read Barbara's articles in the paper for so long and she helped me put so much in perspective as I raised my children and sent them off to college. As I write this I am looking at an article that I always kept posted on my refrigerator from August 21, 2009 titled "Close to Home" What's So Good About Goodbye? She ended her story with this..... But in the math of motherhood, the answers will never be easy. And neither will goodbyes.

Goodbye Barbara and thank you for giving so much of yourself!! You will be missed more than you could ever know. May God continue to bless your family and may you rest in peace... as you have lived a life to be so very proud of!!

Posted by: Shelly | November 9, 2012 9:42 PM

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