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ann zambetti
ann zambetti
I followed you all for a long time - my own son died 3 months before Ethan.  The "Normal" you posted is EXACTLY.HOW.IT.IS.

Re the teenage thing - one of my daughters stayed mad at me for a while.  My other two teenagers clung to me at first - and unexpectedly the other day, 3 years later - my son told me that he was sorry he was not his dead brother - really mad.  

I have followed this core truth - I could never give up on my son who was ill - and I won't give up on my children who are still living, no matter what.  I can't control their behavior but I can control mine - love her through it.  That's all they really want - love and approval.  You all are in my prayers, though I am a true stranger, far away.

Amy Gorman
Amy Gorman
My friend Amazing Amy ~  I am sorry I have not reached out in a while,  I am so sorry what your going through with Sierra.  I can relate..what I can't  imagine is the grief you live with every day ~ losing Ethan ~ 

like Ethans nurse said, you are.... AMAZING AMY.... doing all you do and through it all carrying the ultimate broken heart.  I love you Smitty,     Thank you for sharing your heart ~  would love to see you 

Love Amy Gorman
Kathy Brockman
Kathy Brockman
I've not lost a child, so I can't say "I understand," but I do emphasize with you.  Sorry to hear about the issues with Sierra.  Part of it, I'm sure, is typical teenager, but maybe she is continuing to feel the grief, or maybe she is angry because you continue to grieve.  Is counseling available?  I pray that you and Sierra can reconcile and share again.  It sounds so trite, but life IS for the living.  I continue to pray for you.  God bless.
Cyndi Van Volkingburgh
Cyndi Van Volkingburgh
Hi Amy:  Hard to hear of your times with Sierra.  I know it's difficult through some periods, I have 2 girls ages 21 & 18 so we just got through that and it's not easy.  All you can do is keep on keeping on and look for the brighter moments.  Deep down inside she is still the same sweetie but teenageritis is affecting her right now. (That's what we called it).  Praying that you will come through to the other side sooner than later.  Been thinking of you so much lately, hope things get better for you quickly.  God bless.
Ruth Warner
Ruth Warner
The "Normal Life" is right on!!!  Know I continue to pray for you and Sierra as you learn to live this new normal.  I am sorry to hear Sierra is declaring her independence at your expense.  Losing her brother and father so close together was almost too much for a little girl, but add "teenage stuff" to the mix increases her stress.  Prayers for peace and harmony in your home will be said. 
Monna Dami
Monna Dami
I pray for peace for you. Wish I had words to comfort you.
I have followed your site for a long time. You have amazed me with your strength. Ethan was such an awesome boy. And Sierra will come around. I have a Granddaughter that went through a very bad spell. It lasted a couple years and now she is the most amazing person I know. Sometimes they have to go through the valleys to get to the top of the mountain. I'm just sorry she is not there for you now when you really need her.
p perkins
p perkins
One of my classmates passed away when I was 10 years old.  That was over 50 years ago and to this day I remember the impact he and his family had - and continue to have - on me.   The whole experience made such an impression on me.  I assure you  Ethan will be remembered by his classmates.  And your daughter - what a strong little girl. Judging from your journals which I have followed, I can see where she get this.  How wonderful that you went to the graduation...and how beautiful that they remembered Ethan on their special day.  Peace to you!


Julie Sharp
Julie Sharp

Thank you for sharing.  I cannot imagine how proud and emotional a day it must have been for you both.  There is no doubt that Ethan touched the lives of his classmates and that they will carry some part of him throughout their journey in life. 

The poem that Sierra wrote is so very touching.  I cannot imagine how proud you are of her and the beautiful women she is becoming. 

My prayers continue to be with your family.   

Kathy Brockman
Kathy Brockman
I've not lost a child, so I can't say "I understand," but I do emphasize with you.  Sorry to hear about the issues with Sierra.  Part of it, I'm sure, is typical teenager, but maybe she is continuing to feel the grief, or maybe she is angry because you continue to grieve.  Is counseling available?  I pray that you and Sierra can reconcile and share again.  It sounds so trite, but life IS for the living.  I continue to pray for you.  God bless.
Ruth Warner
Ruth Warner
The "Normal Life" is right on!!!  Know I continue to pray for you and Sierra as you learn to live this new normal.  I am sorry to hear Sierra is declaring her independence at your expense.  Losing her brother and father so close together was almost too much for a little girl, but add "teenage stuff" to the mix increases her stress.  Prayers for peace and harmony in your home will be said. 
Monna Dami
Monna Dami
I pray for peace for you. Wish I had words to comfort you.
I have followed your site for a long time. You have amazed me with your strength. Ethan was such an awesome boy. And Sierra will come around. I have a Granddaughter that went through a very bad spell. It lasted a couple years and now she is the most amazing person I know. Sometimes they have to go through the valleys to get to the top of the mountain. I'm just sorry she is not there for you now when you really need her.
p perkins
p perkins
One of my classmates passed away when I was 10 years old.  That was over 50 years ago and to this day I remember the impact he and his family had - and continue to have - on me.   The whole experience made such an impression on me.  I assure you  Ethan will be remembered by his classmates.  And your daughter - what a strong little girl. Judging from your journals which I have followed, I can see where she get this.  How wonderful that you went to the graduation...and how beautiful that they remembered Ethan on their special day.  Peace to you!


Julie Sharp
Julie Sharp

Thank you for sharing.  I cannot imagine how proud and emotional a day it must have been for you both.  There is no doubt that Ethan touched the lives of his classmates and that they will carry some part of him throughout their journey in life. 

The poem that Sierra wrote is so very touching.  I cannot imagine how proud you are of her and the beautiful women she is becoming. 

My prayers continue to be with your family.   

ann zambetti
ann zambetti
I followed you all for a long time - my own son died 3 months before Ethan.  The "Normal" you posted is EXACTLY.HOW.IT.IS.

Re the teenage thing - one of my daughters stayed mad at me for a while.  My other two teenagers clung to me at first - and unexpectedly the other day, 3 years later - my son told me that he was sorry he was not his dead brother - really mad.  

I have followed this core truth - I could never give up on my son who was ill - and I won't give up on my children who are still living, no matter what.  I can't control their behavior but I can control mine - love her through it.  That's all they really want - love and approval.  You all are in my prayers, though I am a true stranger, far away.

Amy Gorman
Amy Gorman
My friend Amazing Amy ~  I am sorry I have not reached out in a while,  I am so sorry what your going through with Sierra.  I can relate..what I can't  imagine is the grief you live with every day ~ losing Ethan ~ 

like Ethans nurse said, you are.... AMAZING AMY.... doing all you do and through it all carrying the ultimate broken heart.  I love you Smitty,     Thank you for sharing your heart ~  would love to see you 

Love Amy Gorman
Cyndi Van Volkingburgh
Cyndi Van Volkingburgh
Hi Amy:  Hard to hear of your times with Sierra.  I know it's difficult through some periods, I have 2 girls ages 21 & 18 so we just got through that and it's not easy.  All you can do is keep on keeping on and look for the brighter moments.  Deep down inside she is still the same sweetie but teenageritis is affecting her right now. (That's what we called it).  Praying that you will come through to the other side sooner than later.  Been thinking of you so much lately, hope things get better for you quickly.  God bless.
Amy Gorman
Amy Gorman
My friend Amazing Amy ~  I am sorry I have not reached out in a while,  I am so sorry what your going through with Sierra.  I can relate..what I can't  imagine is the grief you live with every day ~ losing Ethan ~ 

like Ethans nurse said, you are.... AMAZING AMY.... doing all you do and through it all carrying the ultimate broken heart.  I love you Smitty,     Thank you for sharing your heart ~  would love to see you 

Love Amy Gorman
Ruth Warner
Ruth Warner
The "Normal Life" is right on!!!  Know I continue to pray for you and Sierra as you learn to live this new normal.  I am sorry to hear Sierra is declaring her independence at your expense.  Losing her brother and father so close together was almost too much for a little girl, but add "teenage stuff" to the mix increases her stress.  Prayers for peace and harmony in your home will be said. 
Julie Sharp
Julie Sharp

Thank you for sharing.  I cannot imagine how proud and emotional a day it must have been for you both.  There is no doubt that Ethan touched the lives of his classmates and that they will carry some part of him throughout their journey in life. 

The poem that Sierra wrote is so very touching.  I cannot imagine how proud you are of her and the beautiful women she is becoming. 

My prayers continue to be with your family.   

ann zambetti
ann zambetti
I followed you all for a long time - my own son died 3 months before Ethan.  The "Normal" you posted is EXACTLY.HOW.IT.IS.

Re the teenage thing - one of my daughters stayed mad at me for a while.  My other two teenagers clung to me at first - and unexpectedly the other day, 3 years later - my son told me that he was sorry he was not his dead brother - really mad.  

I have followed this core truth - I could never give up on my son who was ill - and I won't give up on my children who are still living, no matter what.  I can't control their behavior but I can control mine - love her through it.  That's all they really want - love and approval.  You all are in my prayers, though I am a true stranger, far away.

Kathy Brockman
Kathy Brockman
I've not lost a child, so I can't say "I understand," but I do emphasize with you.  Sorry to hear about the issues with Sierra.  Part of it, I'm sure, is typical teenager, but maybe she is continuing to feel the grief, or maybe she is angry because you continue to grieve.  Is counseling available?  I pray that you and Sierra can reconcile and share again.  It sounds so trite, but life IS for the living.  I continue to pray for you.  God bless.
p perkins
p perkins
One of my classmates passed away when I was 10 years old.  That was over 50 years ago and to this day I remember the impact he and his family had - and continue to have - on me.   The whole experience made such an impression on me.  I assure you  Ethan will be remembered by his classmates.  And your daughter - what a strong little girl. Judging from your journals which I have followed, I can see where she get this.  How wonderful that you went to the graduation...and how beautiful that they remembered Ethan on their special day.  Peace to you!


Cyndi Van Volkingburgh
Cyndi Van Volkingburgh
Hi Amy:  Hard to hear of your times with Sierra.  I know it's difficult through some periods, I have 2 girls ages 21 & 18 so we just got through that and it's not easy.  All you can do is keep on keeping on and look for the brighter moments.  Deep down inside she is still the same sweetie but teenageritis is affecting her right now. (That's what we called it).  Praying that you will come through to the other side sooner than later.  Been thinking of you so much lately, hope things get better for you quickly.  God bless.
Monna Dami
Monna Dami
I pray for peace for you. Wish I had words to comfort you.
I have followed your site for a long time. You have amazed me with your strength. Ethan was such an awesome boy. And Sierra will come around. I have a Granddaughter that went through a very bad spell. It lasted a couple years and now she is the most amazing person I know. Sometimes they have to go through the valleys to get to the top of the mountain. I'm just sorry she is not there for you now when you really need her.