November 7, 2012 6:08 PM

Tribute Video

Barbara's family wanted to share this video they created with her readers:

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Thank you for posting this beautiful video. I cannot begin to imagine the extent of your loss, I just know she is already missed here in cyberspace. It seems so unreal. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May you have peace in knowing that all of you and Barbara are in the palms of His hands; you in one and she in the other.

Posted by: Drewe Llyn Jeffcoat | November 7, 2012 7:01 PM

Thank you for sharing. I see her in her childrens faces and I know she is loved well by all of you. She is a bright light and very missed.

Posted by: melita | November 7, 2012 7:44 PM

Thank you so much for sharing. It was so wonderful to see pictures of Barbara with the people she cherished. I just wanted the video to go on and on. May she rest in peace

Posted by: Elissa | November 7, 2012 8:43 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this. She was a gift. God be with you, each and every one.

Posted by: Julana | November 7, 2012 9:15 PM

Thank you for sharing. So sorry for your loss. May god bring peace and comfort to you all.

Posted by: sarah o. | November 7, 2012 9:47 PM

Thank you, Curtis Family. ((hug)) ~Becky

Posted by: Becky | November 7, 2012 9:48 PM

What a gift to share with us! Such a beautiful person surrounded by a beautiful family ....

One of the reasons I would check in to Barbara's blog was to get a booster shot of optimism. When I was going through a rough day, or days, coming to the blog and reading words of encouragement that Barbara was sharing through a story, an experience, a link, a picture, etc. would bring me peace. I knew things were going to be okay after being reminded through her blog of what was truly important.
Coming to her blog today, on this election day that is beyond disappointing, lifted my spirits, once more.

You can see that Barbara's priorities were rightly ordered: God, Family, Others.

This video brought tears to my eyes thinking of the gift Barbara's life was to so many, and especially all those she drew to Christ through her radiant smile. That beautiful smile was a true reflection of her heart. Wow!!

All of you remain in my prayers. And I pray also for Barbara's soul, knowing her prayers for us will be powerful.

Thank you, again, so very much for sharing this.

Posted by: karenh | November 7, 2012 9:49 PM

Thank you, dear family for sharing this with us. We still feel shock about her passing and miss her voice, especially after this disheartening election outcome. Our prayers remain with you and for you as you walk through this grieving process and adjustment to life without your beautiful wife, mother and grandmother. Bless you one and all.

Debbie K.

Posted by: Debbie Kierstead | November 7, 2012 10:43 PM

Dear Curtis Family,

I am crying as I write this, not ever having met Barbara in person but missing her nonetheless after several years of her making my day each day I read her blog. I am praying for you all and will continue. My mother always told me that God sends His heaviest crosses to those He loves most, and that would be you all I'm sure.

I am one of the babies born in 1948 too - my birthday is Wednesday and I will start it at my parish here in WA State at the daily Mass I attend. This year this Mass will be celebrated for Barbara. I didn't know where to send the Mass card but if I figure out how to get it to you I'll send it along.

May Our Lord and His Blessed Mother comfort and console you all.

With much love and sympathy,
Mary Frances

Posted by: Mary Frances | November 7, 2012 11:30 PM

Barbara has a beautiful and captivating smile. It will live on on the faces of her children. Tripp, you have such a beautiful family! And I know you are glad that there are so many of you, so you can comfort each other well at a time like this.
As I watched the video, tears streamed down my face. It feels like a lost my best friend and yet I have never met Barbara. But I know I will some day and it will be a day full of joy when I get to hug her in Heaven and tell her personally how much she blessed me while on earth. I will tell her that I saw Jesus in her life. That she drew people to Him with her words and her walk.

Thank you so much for sharing all these beautiful moments of her life. She had a joyful life. I want to learn from her and smile more. :)

God bless.

Posted by: tereza | November 8, 2012 12:17 AM

Thank you for sharing this tribute to a woman who was an amazing wife, mother, friend, and child of God.

Posted by: Crystal | November 8, 2012 1:21 AM

As the others shared; Barbara is deeply missed. I have thought about all of you each day since learning of her passing to be with the LORD. The other day I started typing up the blog to see what new election info Barb put up. I stopped mid typing, remembering that Mrs C was gone. It brought me to tears.

I have never met Mrs C in person. I only spoke with her via email off and on. We sometimes even butted heads over issues. But still, I miss her greatly. I feel like Mrs C shared so much of herself with her readers. Mrs C will be missed greatly. I can not put into words how much she will be missed. She taught us so much. For that her readers will always be grateful.

Ouida Gabriel

Posted by: Ouida Gabriel | November 8, 2012 8:17 AM

Dear Curtis Family, Thank you for sharing this! I have come to this blog many times since her death, but haven't been able to comment because I was too sad. Barbara and this blog has meant so much to me over the years. I am a Catholic special needs mom too, and because of her I never felt alone and have been encouraged over the years. My son went to Montessori because of what I learned here. That is just one example of the guidance I received from her. She was such a wise woman. And she loved the Lord and all of you so deeply. I have been praying for you all so much and will continue to do so. I also remembered Barbara especially during All Saints Day mass last week. She would've loved the music at the Cathedral I attended-St. John the Baptist in Charleston, SC. When I closed my eyes to pray, I was almost sure that the angels were singing! I hope that you will keep all of us readers updated on your beautiful family from time to time. I know I speak for many, we have come to care deeply about you through this blog over the years.
Love in Christ,
Sara from Georgia

Posted by: Sara | November 8, 2012 8:58 AM

I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing. I loved seeing her smiling face through the years. And the music that was chosen to depict the different seasons of her life was great.

I cried.....

As much as I, and her other readers and friends, miss her, I know that your dear family misses her even more. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Take comfort and joy knowing that she is with our Lord.


Posted by: von | November 8, 2012 8:58 AM

LOVE IT! We are grieving too. But, as Von commented, we know that you are grieving even more.


Posted by: Lisa G. | November 8, 2012 11:49 AM

The tears and ache have been dammed up within me ever since checking Mommy Life and seeing the shocking words :In Memory of Barbara Curtis above her picture. Inside my head that day a voice kept shrieking NO! NO! NO! NO! The voice has grown softer now and now comes from my heart. Finally, watching this beautiful video of all of you and Barbara, the dam broke and I cried. But while watching it, I kept thinking, oh no, it’s going to end. And I wanted it to go on and on, like I wanted Barbara’s life to go on and on.. There was something so invincible about her, so much bigger than life. How like you Curtises to share this with Barbara’s her faithful readers. Edna St. Vincent Millay said: The world stands out on either side, no wider than the heart is wide." That is so you! That is so Barbara! Wide, all encompassing hearts! I’m praying for all of you and, of course, for Barbara.

(P.S. Tripp, I sent you the book, He Leadeth Me, when you were recovering from your knee surgery/MRSA infection, and also had the happiness of putting Barbara in touch with Jeff Mirus from Catholic Culture when the Amazon crisis arose. These were mere drops in the bucket to all the wisdom and joy Barbara has given me through the years. )

Posted by: Judy | November 8, 2012 12:23 PM

Thank you for sharing this. I miss her strong presence and encouragement but my loss seems so insignificant compared to that of her family and close friends. My prayers are with your whole family.

Posted by: Diane | November 8, 2012 1:04 PM

After the disappointing election night, I woke up on Wednesday morning and jumped out of bed to go start the computer to see how Barbara would put it in perspective for us readers.

As the "Mommylife" page was loading, I suddenly remembered this wise woman was no longer giving us her words of wisdom.

May God's grace be with her family and all the Mommylife readers!

Posted by: Marie | November 8, 2012 1:04 PM

Thank you so much for sharing these precious pictures. She was such a gift. Over the years I have followed her blog and the amount of love, example and counsel she gave is just immeasurable. I found so much wisdom in her insight. When I was unsure or nervous as to handle a situation, or how best to teach my children, Barbara was always that beacon of hope,encouraging me on the right path. She was an advocate for mothers worldwide! Really, a mother to the masses! I pray that God may bring your family comfort. Her love for you shined in those pictures and in every word she wrote.

Posted by: LizinDC | November 8, 2012 1:13 PM

What a beautiful tribute. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. My heart is still heavy from her loss.

Posted by: Dirtdartwife | November 8, 2012 2:04 PM

This is a beautiful and moving tribute to a wonderful woman who will be missed immensely. I started coming to as a first time mom at 35 and I was terrified. I didn't even know anyone who had kids. I didn't know anything about babies and was given a book by the Ezzo's called "Baby Wise". I started reading it and thought "I can't do this !" So I did some research online and found some articles Barbara had written . . . went to mommylife and was hooked ! She gave me hope, optimism, practical, godly advice, she helped me to learn to trust God and to trust myself . . . Oh, how I miss Barbara ! My heart and prayers go out to the Curtis family. Thank you so much for sharing the video and the post about her last day. It was comforting to see God working in it all. Lately, I've been thinking of beautiful Sophia . . . and the sweet baby on the way. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: dee | November 8, 2012 2:05 PM

Tripp and Family,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this wonderful memorial video, and for making taking the time to write. It has meant a lot to me, as I am sure it has to many others, as well.

Barbara and I never met in person, but she was a very influential person in my life for the last 6-7 years. Wow, I don't even know where to begin... Her love for mothering, politics, spiritual attitudes, the list goes on and on. Her blog and her books have blessed me more than you will ever know. The news of her passing has been very difficult to accept, but I trust that our heavenly father knows what is best.

I want you to know that your wife and mother was a support to me this last year as I went through a series of miscarriages. The last 2 were somewhat dramatic, and Barbara was so sweet in offering her support. It was very emotional for me to hunt down the 2 emails that she sent me just last month after the passing of my most recent baby. She offered to buy me a vessel or something to bury the baby. Her words of comfort in each email she sent are something I will cherish. So much so, that I printed them out and consider them to be a gift from God. If you would like to see these emails, feel free to contact me, and I will send them to you. :)

There is so much more I would like to say to you, but I cannot find the words right now.... I do trust that our heavenly Father is comforting you right now with the comfort that only He can give.
Rest assured that Barbara's memory and her advice will live on in my heart and the hearts of many others.

Sending you prayers and hugs,

Posted by: Lisa | November 8, 2012 5:35 PM

Thank you for giving us that gift. It was beautiful. I cried. Barbara was truly a God-filled woman. I miss her.

I feel like you're family even though we've never met. God bless all of you.

Posted by: Sue from Buffalo | November 8, 2012 6:13 PM

Will be so missed, thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Laurie | November 8, 2012 7:57 PM

A beautiful video of a life lived to the fullest. Thank you for sharing this bright star, your wife and mother, with all of us. What a blessing she is! God Bless you Curtis family!

Posted by: Susanna | November 8, 2012 8:23 PM

Thank you so very much for sharing the video with us online! I am like many of the previous posters- just mourning the loss of your Barbara. I am like thousands of other mothers- who entered motherhood without my own mother to guide me. Barbara was a stand in for those questions we have that our own mothers would have answered for us. She knew there was a void and she filled it with her candor and hard earned wisdom. The thing I learned from her that changed my relationships was her willingness to apologize over and over. She knew that an apology heals wounds-not just once but as many times as was necessary. I think that view is critical as we mother our children and see our mistakes play out over times.

I just miss her dearly. Thank you for sharing her with us.


Posted by: Imajackson | November 8, 2012 8:56 PM

Thank you so much for sharing all those beautiful pictures of her. I share in your grieving, and I am sure many other readers too. She will be greatly missed.

I hope you never take this site down.....please.

I'm sure many of us will keep coming back here, looking for her inspiration and her wisdom time after time.

Please know that you are not alone in your pain... you are all in our prayers.

Posted by: LadyLovas | November 8, 2012 11:00 PM

Don't worry Nilda...I will not be taking the site down....there is too much life that needs to be shared here....not just ours... I will be posting about Barbara's Memorial Mass and Burial tomorrow.
Circumstances change....but God never changes...Lamentations
Nil Sine Numini....Nothing without Providence
In His Grip,

Posted by: Barbara | November 8, 2012 11:19 PM

Tears overflowing... but wonderful to see our Barbara thru the years! Thank you for sharing her with us. I find myself (daily!) missing her wisdom and "attitude" that was such an encouragement to me and all the other readers, moms, special needs moms, etc. She was a dear friend to us all. Praying for your strength and peace to carry on, oh beautiful family. May the Lord give you comfort and blessing until the day you are all together again.

Posted by: Kate J | November 8, 2012 11:27 PM

Thank you so much for sharing with us. I think about Barbara and the family every day. Every day. The pictures taken with all the family members are such a treasure. Please please continue that wonderful tradition. Peace and love to you all.

Posted by: Alison | November 9, 2012 12:53 AM

Thank you so much for sharing with us. I too have tears on my cheeks as I think of a woman I never met in real life and pray for the family. I do pray for her too, but more and more find myself asking her to pray. Hugs, Jen

Posted by: Jen L. | November 9, 2012 1:36 AM

When I've thought of Barbara and her sudden passing and then reflected on her blog and about how appropriate the name "mommy life" was because she had so much life, had so much going on in her mind, with her family, in her spiritual life, writing her blog, yet had time to conduct her myriad connections with people too (yes, I'm another email recipient), so active and full of life in so many ways. It seemed strange to think of her "life" here not going on. I'm glad you will leave the site up and post from time to time. It will continue to be a beautiful resource on so many levels. To see your words today about there being still much life that needs to be shared brought it all full circle.

Posted by: Jane B | November 9, 2012 2:59 AM

Such a loss. Love and prayers to you.

Posted by: Paola | November 9, 2012 9:39 AM

Dear Curtis Family,

Thank you so much for sharing the life of your wonderful wife and mother with us. I am blessed to be able to read her blog as I search for answers to my own questions; questions on faith so much like hers. This blog is such a blessing to me. Barbara is helping me to understand the importance of the question each of us face when we come to know Our Lord; then how shall we live? Through her testimony, I find I am ever closer to discovering the answer for myself. God has used her abundantly to show what the response to that question looks like in a Christian's daily life. Such a wonderful gift to all those who are searching.

My prayers are with your family as you continue to live out the faith each of you shares and also with Barbara.

Posted by: Robin | November 9, 2012 11:03 AM

What a beautiful memorial. I'm sure there were many, many times of laughter and tears when you were putting this together. She was an amazing woman, and that gorgeous smile never changed over all the years of her life.

May the Lord bring peace to you all. Barbara, please pray for us and our country!

Posted by: Denise | November 9, 2012 2:33 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this! I found Barbara around election time in 2008. I was encouraged as a wife, mother, and follower of Christ by her. She has been an inspiration to continue to become the woman that God wants me to be. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Tera | November 9, 2012 2:53 PM

Thank you, Tripp, for your decision to leave the blog up. I, like others, am grateful for the wisdom still to be gleaned here.

Also, thank you for your encouraging reminder:
"Circumstances change....but God never changes...Lamentations
Nil Sine Numini....Nothing without Providence"

Posted by: karenh | November 9, 2012 2:58 PM

Thanks so much for sharing this. My husband and I watched it and cried. I just did a tribute to Barbara on my blog the day you posted this. Blessings to all of you and I'm continually praying for you all.

Posted by: becca jacobsen | November 9, 2012 3:17 PM

Dear Curtis Family,

Thank you for posting this absolutely lovely tribute. It was very well done, and a powerful glimpse into Barbara's life. In every picture, you can see the light of the Lord in her eyes. From her younger years, it is quite obvious where your girls get their beautiful smile, Maddy looks just like her.

The Lord has blessed you all, and I know you will find strength in each other and ontinue to help each other grow into your talents. I know how proud Barbara was of all of you, your accomplishments both past and future.

May God continue to bless you and keep you.

Anna Sparkman

Posted by: Anna Sparkman | November 9, 2012 3:42 PM

Dear Curtis Family, Thank you so very much for sharing this touching video with us, Barbara's 'blog' friends.
I wept as I watched and listened. It seems to me that Barbara said YES to life and love and lived 'full throttle.'
I pray for you all as you pass though this valley.

Posted by: Lily | November 9, 2012 4:05 PM

Thank you Tripp and family! From Barbara's death I realize more than ever how precious today is.God Bless you. I miss my friend.

Posted by: Eileen | November 9, 2012 10:20 PM

Thank you for sharing this.

Posted by: Melodee | November 10, 2012 12:44 AM

Thank you, Curtis family, for sharing this with all of us. You have such a special, sweet family. I pray that each one of you will experience the peace of God that truly passes understanding in the days to come. By praying for and with each other, you will find comfort and strength. Our family will be praying for yours, as we have experienced similar circumstances over the past few months. We can testify to God's presence, grace and strength that only He can provide, as we are seeing in our own family. May God bless you all as you remember your sweet mother and wife.

Posted by: Nana | November 10, 2012 9:33 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this... I know these pictures show but a tiny fraction of the love present between Barbara and her family. Such a blessing!

Posted by: Kerri | November 12, 2012 12:11 PM

Thank you for sharing with us. Although we had never met in person, I know that we all greatly miss Barbara. May God bless you all and take care of you.

Posted by: Mary | November 12, 2012 1:52 PM

Dear Curtis family,
I was stunned to learn of Barbara's death, and my heart goes out to all of you. I found this link through the Mount Hermon website, and I was so blessed to see all the beautiful photos.
I had the honor of meeting Barbara at the writers conference at Mount Hermon and enjoyed talking with her when we saw each other there. I so appreciated her passion for her family and for our God and for making a difference in this world.
Please know you will continue to be in my prayers. Heaven is a richer place because Barbara is there, but, oh, the void left here on this earth....
I pray God will hold you close in his comforting arms.

Posted by: Judy Morrow | November 13, 2012 5:43 PM

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