(1)There are seven funny links to silly things saved in my drafts right now. "Oh, that'll be fun for Quick Takes!" I kept saying all week. But I just can't seem to do it.
I didn't know Barbara Curtis the way a lot of moms and writers and bloggers did. But I do know that she was a strong, loving, vibrant woman. A champion for adoption and children with Down Syndrome. A convert. The mother of 12.
On Monday of this week, she suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke which led to her passing into eternal life the next day. This world and her family have suffered an immense loss. Elizabeth Foss wrote a beautiful post suggesting that to help their family, we might contribute to the tuition needs for Barbara's daughter Maddy. You can read it here. She's put a donation button at the bottom of that post.
Even if you can't give financially at this time, please keep the Curtis family in your prayers. And if you want to read a story of hope and redemption and the incredible power of God's grace, read Barbara's own About Me page. It'll give you chills.
The rest of the takes will be videos of Maddy and that beautiful, soulful voice. The seventh is footage of Maddy's American Idol audition, including interview snippets with Barbara.
May she rest in peace
May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.