a dear friend

It's not often that I am lost for words.
I've tried to write this post in my head all week
and just can't quite work out where to start.

Blogging has brought many lovely people into my life;
a network of friends who reach out to share in life's sorrows and joys,
with just the right words of support and encouragement.
And some of those lovely people have gone on to become my real life, bonafide, in the flesh friends;
and Kerry is one of those.

Kerry is a beautiful, strong, talented lady
who cruelly suffered from a brain haemorrhage in the summer.
She has been fighting to get back to her family ever since
but a series of infections and setbacks means that her husband and three young children are having to cope without her.

I cannot even begin to imagine how devastated they must all be feeling
and how confusing it must be for her children to understand.
Her devoted husband has kept her blog alive in her absence
by posting updates on her progress
as well as photos of the children as Kerry always used to.

Yesterday he uploaded this beautiful tribute to his beautiful wife . . .

Kerry and her family are never very far from my thoughts.
Because she lives so near to me
I have had the pleasure of meeting up with her quite a few times;
so as well as meeting up at the Tots100 Christmas Party, CybHer and BritMums
we've also taken the children to the zoo together,
been out for drinks
and I've been round to hers on a few play dates.

. . . I miss her . . .

When I was pregnant and nervous about looking after two under two
she really reassured me,
she had three under two at one time after all
and I've never seen such a chilled and together mummy.
She just takes it all in her stride
and her children are an absolute credit to her.

She was adamant that my baby was going to be a girl
(and rightly so!)
and it makes me sad to think that she hasn't been able to meet my beautiful girl yet
as I know that she would have been round here like a shot for some newborn snuggles.

It's a desperately sad and helpless situation,
and I know that the blogging community has been itching to do something to help.
So today is #Healing4Kerry day
and we were all sending all the positive energy and prayers that we can muster in her direction
in hopes that we can make a difference.
Lots of blogs today will be sharing their wishes and prayers for her and her family
so here is mine.

"Keep fighting Kerry.
So many people miss you
and can't wait to hear the news
that to you are finally on the mend.
So keep using that grit, determination and strength that you are made of
and get well soon."


  1. I did not realise you live near each other. On the one hand that makes you incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful lady on your doorstep but on the other hand it must have made the last few months even more tough - sorry.

    Beautiful post and had me crying same as Nick's video.

    Lots of love,
    Liska xx

    1. Thanks Liska. And thanks for organising this whole thing. So lovely. x

    2. Lucy, because you live so near by and are so close to Kerry I wanted to ensure that you know about this

      Info here: http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/wivenhoe_clacton_tributes_paid_to_popular_teacher_and_blogger_kerry_farrow_who_has_died_aged_30_1_1752014

      Liska xxx

  2. Lovely post Lucy - yes she would've been round like a shot for new baby cuddles, & I bet she would be broody all over again! x

    1. Wouldn't she just? Can't keep Kerry away from cute babies. x

  3. A lovely post hun and lovely words about Kerry. Xx

  4. What a beauitful post! Thank you for sharing this. It is so difficult to go through things like this, but I am a firm believer that all of this happens for a reason and that God loves us. It's easier to say though when you're not going through the battle. My heart and thoughts are with her. I just found your blog and have loved getting to know you better... hope you don't mind if I follow along!

    new follower :)

    1. Thank-you for your lovely words. And you are very welcome to follow along. x

  5. I hope your dear friend is home soon for some snuggles xx

    1. Me too! There are a lot of people wanting nothing more than for Kerry to be home. x


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