Breaking News…

19 Aug

Breaking news…it’s the phrase the news organizations use when they feel that the new story is big enough to interrupt the ongoing stories of the day.

We haven’t made a post in some time now, but we have our “ongoing” stories like the rest of you.

Ken had three back-to-back trips to Nigeria and then July arrived. It was the month we left open to do personal trips. Our Spring and Summer melded into one as each of us took three trips each to visit our mothers who needed care. Vacation, work, and a graduation all got fit in between. We had planned on writing and giving everyone a small update.

Then came the breaking news…Ken’s mother, Jean Haugh, needed emergency surgery. We knew she wouldn’t do well having a surgery in her weakened state, but she also couldn’t live without the surgery. The day after the surgery, Ken was changing his plans, boarding a plane from his work trip to Florida, and rushing to his mother’s side. On Saturday morning, about 9am, she passed into Heaven with all of her family by her side.

Breaking news…death breaks up your days and your weeks. It waits for no one. It’s never a “good” time. It’s painful and shocking even when expected.

My daughter and I will fly to Michigan tonight and meet our family to start the ritual of “laying Mom to rest.”

Yet we are restless. Yes, she was not healthy. Yes, we knew it could happen. Yes, she had lived a good long life. But it feels horrible and we mourn.

Thanks for standing with us. In a few days we will return and resume our work. The ongoing stories will continue. School has started for me…Ken is planning his next trip…life will go on. We’ll just be a little sadder for a while.



Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “Breaking News…

  1. Ron

    August 26, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    My condolences to you all. My Mom also just went Home so I understand. May God’s peace blanket you all during this mourning process …

    • Ken & Anne

      August 26, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      Thank you so very much, Ron. No matter how prepared we think we are, is painful losing your mother isn’t it? Please greet your family for us. Thanks for keeping in touch.

    • Ken & Anne

      September 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      I hadn’t heard about your mother’s passing, Ron. You are right. It is painful even when we know when a loved one is in heaven with Jesus. I miss her greatly. I’m sure you can say the same.
      We look forward to the time we can see you guys again.

  2. jerry and Donna Ohs

    August 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Ken and Anne please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. May our Lord and
    Savior comfort you as only He can.

    God Bless
    Jerry and Donna

    • Ken & Anne

      August 26, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Thank you do much, Jerry and Donna. it seems one is never prepared for the death of their mother. it’s still painful and hard to believe but I know she is now with Jesus.
      Thank you for your gracious concern.


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