Unspeakable tragedy... I'm still in shock...   |   Monday, August 16, 2010

I don't even know how to go about blogging about the events of Friday... we not only lost Denise A., our first Bold, Brave and Beautiful woman, but hours later, we lost Holly M. the gorgeous, young, vivacious woman photographed with her...
She died suddenly and obviously unexpectedly at home while gardening. She wasn't even sick, nor complained of anything.... she just died while gardening at her home in Rochester, Minnesota. She loved and cared for Denise enough, that she made the trek to Michigan for these photos.... and was devastated at the loss of Denise on Friday morning. She and I talked at 10:30am about Denise's passing and how we need to cherish life. She was so looking forward to spending the next 10 days with her husband and 8 year old daughter in their cabin in the UP. Just a few short hours later, I got the call that she was gone. I literally had to drive off the road and cry. I was and still am in shock. This just shouldn't happen. Not to someone so young and vital and energetic as Holly. Life truly is NOT FAIR!! I'm so sad for her husband and his little girl, that I can't even speak.
Cherish every moment with your families and loved ones. You NEVER KNOW when your last breath will take place.

Holly and Denise would want this project to move forward... to make more Bold and Beautiful women feel special. I'm committed to seeing this through to the end, despite this tragic weekend.
Please pray with me for both of these families...
Denise Acker, age 55, survived by her husband Morey and 2 son, and several grandchildren.
Holly Hunting Martin, age 48, survived by her husband Greg and her 8 yr. old daughter Sydney.

This has again, changed my life.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terri...I'm so sorry. I have no words-just know I'm thinking of you and all the friends and family who have lost a loved one. What a reminder of how fragile life really is and we need to be thankful to God for each day He gives us and make the most of the time we have.

Bless you for what you're doing-these pictures will be an even bigger blessing now.
Love you!

August 16, 2010 at 4:52 PM  
Anonymous karla said...

Oh how sad...how unfair...little girls should NOT lose their mommy's when they're so young. My prayers to both families and to you Terri, blessings to you for what you're doing.

August 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sad that we lost Holly. She was everything you described and I am so blessed that I was able to reconnect with her this year. We were friends in High School, hung out with each other at class reunions and talked several times on the phone this past year. I always looked forward to her FB posts and the classic "Godspeed Holly" signature. She has reinforced to us the importance of giving and loving. Denise was so very lucky to have her by her side. Holly will be remembered in so many ways. However, it is nice to know that we have a friend in Heaven looking out for us. Holly as you always said to me, I am saying to you..."Love ya Girl"

August 16, 2010 at 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we lose someone we love, there is a silence that moves through us,
a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch.
Little by little we begin to remember not just that our loved one died,
but that our loved one lived and gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

August 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you bear the waves of your grief with your love for the lost ones....

Your love will carry you through all stages

and fear

Your love will be your source

May you find strength to connect to it's power as the waves descend

and may you find the shores peaceful, full of fond memories and loving friends when you reach them.

August 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so hard to do sometimes, to appreciate every moment, to remind ourselves that we are all mortal and that our time for ourselves and with eachother is limited. Thank you for reminding me to be grateful to be alive, that there is something to look forward to and appreciate in everyday. God bless you and know that you are heard and that these beautiful women will be remembered.

August 18, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a 1983 graduate of Lumen Christi High School. I didn't know Holly personally but she was a hall guard (she wore those bright yellow cardigan sweaters) when I was a freshman; these memories seem like they just happened yesterday. I believe that people enter our lives for a reason. I believe that we are all connected in life and after. I believe that Holly and her friend connected so strongly because their connection extended past this life. Denise and Holly were such good friends that they accompanied each other to the next life so neither would feel alone. RIP Holly, you are home, but it would have been nice if you were around us just a little longer.

August 30, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

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