I don’t really have many words right now, but so many of you have been so faithful to pray for Jen as she fought her battle with breast cancer and I wanted you to know that she passed away in the early morning hours on Tuesday.
She fought the good fight, she finished her race and she kept her faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)
I have no doubt she is healed and whole in the arms of Jesus, but we will miss her so much.
So very sorry for your loss.
So sorry to hear this Melanie. But thankful that she’s no longer suffering, and is now rejoicing with Jesus. My dad sings a song titled ” I’ve Got More to go to Heaven For Than I Had Yesterday”. Seems like the older we get the more truth there is to it.
My heart truly breaks for you and her family right now. I am so deeply saddened at the loss of someone I only know through your blog. She helped me get to know Jesus better and her walk of faith was such a powerful testament. I am thankful you have so many memories with her. God bless all of you right now.
Praying for peace & comfort that only He can provide in the days to come.
Jen’s faith and her unwavering trust in God was such an example of how to live. What a legacy. Hugs and prayers to you and Gulley, Mel.
I’m so sorry for you all. Love to all,
God’s peace be yours. I will continue to pray for Jen’s family and friends during this time. May God wrap His loving arms around all y’all and give you His comfort.
I am so sorry for your loss of this dear friend. My heart goes out to her precious family, to all who love her and will miss her tremendously.
I rejoice for her homegoing, but wish she had more years here with her loved ones.
Thanks for sharing.
I am so terribly sorry for your loss.
I’m praying for a supernatural portion of grace for sweet little Lincoln. Far too young to bury his momma.
Love to all of you.
I have no words but you have my heart and prayers. Love to you all.
I’m sorry about the loss of your friend.
So sorry for your loss. Praying you all find peace in the coming weeks.
So very sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.
I started reading Jen’s blog awhile ago after discovering her through yours. It was with a very heavy heart that I read the news and I can only offer prayers, peace and guidance to the loves she left behind. I’m so sorry.
I have followed her story since you first wrote about her having breast cancer. For whatever reason, her story in particular gripped me and I have just kind of ‘kept tabs’ on her by reading her blog. I think the fact that she was so young at the time of her diagnosis and had this beautiful little family just captivated me from the beginning. I was very recently diagnosed with breast cancer and ironically, I have the same type and stage of BC as Jen had at her initial diagnosis. Our cancers also have a similar biology. Certainly, it’s just a coincidence as 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed, but I know I have read about this sweet, young wife, mother, friend, daughter fight like hell to stay in this world for over 4 years and her story impacted me and is even more personal to me now as I will carry her and her story with me along this journey. I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for everyone close to her. xoxo
Sending you thoughts of strength in the coming times.
Thank you so much! I plan to carry Jen’s sweet, determined spirit with me.
Prayers for you sweet Heather as you journey! Prayers for healing!
Thank you so much! I am grateful that I have Jen’s story to reference for strength and determination along this journey.
Prayers for you as you fight this battle Heather. Praying for you and your family.
Thank you, Jailynn! I have been listening to Jen’s talk on Heaven that she gave at Watermark back in February and have been so encouraged by her words. Even though I only knew her through her blog, she was a force in this world and I hope to carry that with me on my own journey. Here’s the link if anyone wants to listen: http://www.watermark.org/dallas/message/3934
Thank you agan! I think of her and her sweet family many times throughout my day. I can’t imagine the void left from someone who was so full of life and energy and love.
So very sorry. Praying for y’all and asking God to pour out His grace, comfort, peace, and strength during this time. So thankful for the hope we have in Jesus.
Sincere sympathy, to you and yours.
By the Sea of Crystal, Saints in Glory Stand!
I’m so sorry. There’s really no words to make you feel better in a time like this. Please just know that God has his loving arms wrapped around her. Prayers for you and all of the friends and family that love her.
Praying for you & all her loved ones.
I too met Jen thru your blog and followed her as she walked the walk.
Prayers especially for her family and friends……..she inspired many many more than she knew……..when small temporary inconviences bothered me I would think of her and her trust in the LORD…….causing me to be reminded that I need to focus on HIM…….not me. ……I hope you will print all of your reflections and readers comments and save them for Lincoln for when he gets older so he could see how many lives his mom touched. God Bless
Sending you and Gulley a great big hug. Keep your eyes on Jesus for He is our great comforter. Praying …
I’m so very sorry. Praying for all of those who loved her so.
Prayers to you and Jen’s family. She was a fighter to the very end.
I am so very sorry. I’ll be praying for you.
I am so sorry for your loss. Jenn seemed like such a wonderful servant of God and fought with grace. My prayers are with her family and you and all of her friends.
You all are in my prayers…..so very sorry. peace be with you.
I’m so sorry. Prayers for all of you.
You and your friends are in my thoughts and prayers. I have as other readers followed Jen’s journey since you mentioned her blog years ago. The courage with which she faced her battle inspired me and truly strengthened my relationship with Jesus. I’ve never met her but I feel like I completely understand why she was such a treasured friend. May you feel God’s warm embrace as you face this difficult time.
I’m so, so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and all of her friends, and of course her family. I know everyone will keep her spirit alive and well for sweet Lincoln.
I lost my best friend on May 21st after a two year battle with stage 4 breast cancer, so I can truly say that I know how you feel right now. I was happy for her that she was finally whole and pain free and in the arms of Jesus, but I miss her so much. Some days I feel like she’s going to come back from an extended vacation.
Praying for you all in the coming days and weeks and months.
My heart hurts for you, your family, and everyone who loved Jen. Thank you for sharing Jen with us through your blog. I know how much she meant to you, and what a beautiful person she was. Praying for peace and comfort as you grieve the loss of your friend, but rejoice in her homecoming.
I’m so very sorry. I’ll be keeping her husband and sweet baby boy in my prayers.
Praying for all of her family and friends. So heartbreaking for all if you. I pray the Lords love will surround you and help see you through this sad and difficult time.
I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear friend.
I’m so very sorry that she is gone… rejoicing that you know you will see her again! Joy mingled with sorrow… prayers for all of you!
I am so sorry for you lose. Keeping you all in my prayers.
Aw, I am so sorry for the loss of your good friend. I know that she has been made whole in heaven. I am glad that she knew that she had great friends that would love on her little boy and husband.
Until the two of you meet again, some day in heaven.
I am so sorry for your loss.
I’m so sorry. I know you are simply brokenhearted at the loss of your dear friend, and for her family as well. Let Him carry you through this time and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. <3
Your friendships are so loving. I followed her when you told us about her. Thank you for sharing her walk of faith, which she did indeed keep. She showed us how it’s done. Love you too Mel, friend I’ve yet to meet.
May Grace surround her family.
Ah…tears at this news and prayers for you all. The minister at my grandmother’s funeral asked God to give her our love as he prayed. That stuck with me so this morning I ask God to give Jen the loving gratefulness of her “internet friends” for the blessing of following her journey and seeing her astounding faith.
Praying for our Mighty Comforter to embrace you and her family, now and in the coming days.
my prayers go up for you and all who loved her. xo
Praying for y’all.
I have been praying for her for so long and even though I don’t know her personally, I cried when I read Jamie’s blog post yesterday. My heart is heavy for Scott and Lincoln and her Mom and all of you dear ones who supported and loved her so well.
I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and for Jen’s family and friends. I hope your wonderful and loving memories of her will help you through this difficult time.
Oh, so sad for the news of Jen. Praying for all of you, and Scott and Lincoln, and all of Jen’s friends and family. My heart is with you. I confess to getting choked up this morning. So, so sorry for your loss.
Oh, this was hard to read. I’m sorry for your loss.
I’m so sorry for you loss, Melanie and for her family and friends that will miss her so much.
I pray for God’s peace that passes understanding to hold you and all Jen’s friends and family during this sad time.
Sarah W. Kinninger
I am so sorry for your loss and while I’m simply a reader, I am grieving for you and her family. I have been hoping you would never need to write this entry.
I am so sorry for the loss of your and Gulley’s sweet friend, Jen. Her courage was inspiring to all. Sympathy to you and your family and to Gulley and her family.
I’m so very sorry for your loss, but overjoyed that you will be reunited someday. What a great cloud of witnesses we have!
My heart aches for all of those who loved Jen. She was a fighter and is now free from her pain. Praying for peace and comfort.
Praying for peace and love during this difficult time for all who knew and loved her. She inspired in so many ways, and she was blessed with such an amazing support team. I am so, so sorry…..
My heart hurts so much for you. Prayers for comfort.
I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers for peace for you all.
Melanie, I am so very sorry for your loss. My husband and I are experiencing a taste of your grief, as he just lost his sister to colon cancer about a month ago, and a dear friend is in her final stages of lung cancer. The friendships that you share with Gulley, Jen, and Tiff and oh so special. Thank you for sharing them with us
Oh I hate to read this. We will continue to pray for her loved ones to find peace that only the Lord can provide. I’m so sorry for this tremendous loss.
so sorry to hear this, melanie. praying for peace for all of her people. lots of love to you all.
I am so very sorry for loss.Prayers for comfort.
I’m so sorry, Melanie! I’m praying for you and the rest of Jen’s friends and family that grieve her loss.
God’s comfort and peace wrapped around all of you . Sending love and hugs to all of you who are grieving for Jen.
I’m so sorry.
Praying that you feel His comfort and peace in the difficult days ahead. I heard Jen’s perspective on heaven on Jamie Ivey’s podcast while I was running awhile back and I had to stop and sit on the curb to catch my breath and weep at what a beautiful faith and lack of fear she was able to articulate. I’ve no doubt she’s experiencing the fullest joy and comfort today with her Savior. Blessings to you.
It wasn’t Jamie’s podcast, of course. It was God Centered Mom. So amazing. Continued prayer.
Melanie – What faithful friends you and your tribe have been to Jen over the years. You have modeled unconditional love and faith in caring for a loved one for all of us. God knew the # of days Jen would be on this earth before the earth was even formed. Her appointed time to enter the kingdom of heaven was early Tuesday. While we grieve and are sad at the loss of her earthly presence, it’s comforting to know she is fully healed and praising Jesus in heaven. It’s not “goodbye” but “see you soon.” You will see her soon.
Praying for you, all her friends and her family.
I’m so sorry. I’m thankful that you have wonderful memories, but I know this is a difficult time.
Mel I commented on your Instagram post yesterday and on Jen’s blog as well after reading Jamie’s post and here I am commenting again because I am truly hurting for all of you. I know and celebrate the fact that Jen is no longer suffering but unfortunately that doesn’t take away the pain and hurt that you all are feeling. Jen was such as inspiration to me and it is clear she was an inspiration to many, many others. Sending my prayers and love to all of you.
I am so very sorry. Saying prayer for comfort for her friends and family.
I am heartbroken for Jen’s family and friends. I just hope they know that even though I never met her, she and her circle were such an example of faith to me. Prayers for all, especially her precious son.
So, so sorry. Love and grace to you all.
I’m very sorry for your loss and for Jen’s family and their loss – I know Jen is in God’s arms now and that is a much better place for her but I also know that her family will miss her – especially her young son.
so sorry. my heart sank when I read the blog email update yesterday. My father in law is currently at the end of his 4 year journey with stage 4 cancer. My heart breaks for Lincoln, her husband and all of you! Prayers for comfort.
So, so sorry for your loss. Praying for her family & friends during this difficult time.
I can’t tell you how much my heart hurts for you, Gulley and Jen’s husband and precious boy! I hate cancer!! Will pray you have peace and a sense of Gods nearness in the middle of this tragedy. So sorry!!!!
I’m so very sorry , Melanie! If I could I would hug you big right now ((((()))))
So very sorry to hear about Jen. You were a faithful friend. Praying for you and all who loved her.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I will keep you, her family & friends, & especially her sweet boy in my prayers. ?
So sorry for your loss and the loss of her family. Very soon,money the happy memories will come to mind.
What a beautiful testimony her life was! I pray for peace & comfort for you and Gulley and Jen’s sweet family.
I’m so sorry to hear the news. I’ll be praying for her sweet little boy, family and friends!
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful friend. Prayers go out to you and her family.
So very sorry to hear this. Praying for you all. ?
Melanie, I’m so sorry to hear of Jen’s passing. She is an angel now, free from pain, helping us all to believe that our everlasting life with God is better than any mortal life we have here on earth. You will see her again, when you embrace in God’s Heavenly Kingdom. Peace and love to you, your family,and most of all, Jen’s.
I am so sorry that you are having walk this path of grief. I only know Jen through your blog, but I do know that she is celebrating in Heaven. A friend told me once, that the depth of your grief matches that depth of your love. Enjoy the memories and I know you are more than grateful for all that she meant to you and those around you!
I lost my sister to breast cancer on August 2 after her 3.5 year battle. I pray that in our lifetime, there will be a cure. May time ease your sorrow and loving memories bring you peace.
Andrea aka Texas fan
Thank you for letting us know that Jen has finished her fight and is now with Jesus; watching over her family & friends. I know grief is a basket of all kinds of emotions as I have already buried both parents over 10 years ago while in my 30s. Right now, I have someone close to me who’s fighting cancer. I try to get lost in books when it feels too much. I just finished reading Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner which is a lovely story of female best friends during the filming of Gone with the Wind and after. Thank you for sharing about Jen with us here and in your books. I’m so glad you were a part of her life and she, yours.
I’m so sorry for your loss and my heart is positively breaking for Lincoln. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, the bell tolls for thee. The world is darker place today.
Mary Len cutter
Praying for you and Gulley and Jens family and all your friends as you journey through this grief. Even though I only know of her through your Blog and her blog, I can tell that she was a amazing example of faith in dark times. Her story — and how she lived was a great encouragement to me even through the Internet. I will continue to lift you all up in prayer and I’m so very sorry.
Praying for you, your family, Jen’s family, Gulley and her family and all of you girls that are BFFs now and for eternity.
I’m very sorry for your loss, and for Jen’s family and other friends. Praying now for comfort and strength for those left behind.
I am just devastated for you!! God needed her more, I guess. That doesn’t make me any less sad for you or her precious boy!! May Lincoln always know how wonderful his mother was!!!!
There are no words. Holding space for you and yours and hers.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Saying a prayer for you.
i am so very very sorry my sweet friend
So sorry for your loss. Many things we just do not understand, but one thing we can be sure of… Jen is now with Jesus and you will get to see her again! May God’s peace fill your heart until that day. Prayers for you and her family.
I read that yesterday and my heart breaks for you and your dear tribe of friends who loved Jen. I know Jen through Amy and have been following the journey for about 2 years. I’m praying for Scott, Lincoln, Amy, Jamie (B), you and Gully and all who were closest to her. May HIS unspeakable peace surpass our earthly understanding. God Bless you all.
I feel like I have lost a friend…..so, so sorry. She has her healing, her freedom from pain – all taken away by the gentle, loving hands of our Father. Those same hands will, in time, heal you and her family. Please know that all of your “blog” family loves you!
So so very sorry to hear this. Praying for you and especially for her husband and son.
Safe in the arms of Jesus- all of you, separated for a time but reunited with Christ and each other one precious day. So very grieved for you fellow sisters in Christ , and praying for God’s peace and comfort.
So very sorry for your loss and for her husband and little boy!
Oh no. No no no. I am so so very tremendously sorry.
Bless you and her family! She and they will always know what true, loving, and loyal friends you’ve all been. Cancer sucks. Period. Sending lots of prayers and hugs.
Melanie, I am sorry you lost your friend. My heart is sad for you, your friends, and Jen’s family. She seemed like such a ray of light. Her smile was so bright. May God bless all of you right now, and comfort you.
I am so sorry to hear of this loss. My heart aches for you and your friends and Jen’s other family and friends. You are all in my prayers.
I am so sorry for your loss. May you keep her sweet memories close to your heart, and be comforted by the love of your family and friends.
I’m very sorry for the loss of your friend. Prayers and blessings for those she left behind.
I’m so sorry, Melanie. Sending you love and light.
I am so very sorry to hear this. She was truly an inspiration with her faith and spirit through her long fight with cancer. May you find peace in knowing she is free of pain in heaven. Sending prayers for you and for her family.
I am so sorry and saddened to hear this. I didn’t know her, only through your words, but as a mom of young kids myself, this makes me especially sad. Even though she is with Jesus (and what better place could there be?), her experience with the fragility of life makes me want to live my life thankful for the gift that it is.
Prayers Indeed. Love to you all
Your blog has brought so many of us together to pray for and love someone we won’t meet until Heaven. My heart is heavy for this loss but also rejoices in her home-going . Will continue to pray for her sweet little family and friends. God’s peace be with you all
I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for Jen’s family and friends.
I am just so sorry for this loss. Sincerely praying for you and all of Jen’s family & friends.
I’m so sorry to hear this, Melanie. Saying a prayer for you and all her friends and family as y’all celebrate her life and cherish your memories with her.
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for Jen’s family and friends.
Oh Mel!! My heart just dropped.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Prayers for her precious son and husband.
Heaven shines even brighter now that this beautiful soul has come back home. Will continue to pray for her family and friends as they endure these first horrible months without her. May her memory be a blessing.
Ann in Maryland
So sorry for your loss, Melanie. You and Gulley surely made her life that much happier by being such dear and fun friends. She’s certainly up in Heaven now.
So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
May the peace that passes all
Understanding guide and comfort you and all of Jen’s family and friends.
I am so sad for you guys. I lost a friend to the exact same awfulness and it totally sucks. Praying for you tonight, and for Jen’s sweet precious family.
So sorry for your loss! Praying for peace and grace and that God’s angels would surround you as well as Jen’s family and friends who are mourning her loss on earth, but rejoicing in her heavenly homecoming. Much love to you!
So so sorry for your loss. Your friend and your friendship were/are beautiful. Sending prayers and love to you and her family.
Melanie, I am so very sorry. I have followed her blog since she was first diagnosed and have prayed for her and have commented on her blog. It seems surreal, and I can’t even imagine how you and all her friends and family feel. Praying for you all.
I am so very, very, sorry.
Praying and grieving for all who know and love your beautiful friend and her family. Lord, be near.
So sorry to hear this, our prayers will continue for her family and her dear friends.
Love, hugs, and God’s abundant blessings to all. My sincere sympathy on the loss of your sweet friend.
Mary Ann Stafford
So sorry to hear of another loss to that DAMN disease. I am not a cursing woman, however, I lost both parents and 3 brothers to C, so I can’t help myself. My prayers are with Jen’s family, friends, and all those whose lives have been touched by cancer.
So sorry for the loss of such a dear friend. You were blessed to have her in your life and now you pass that blessing on to her adorable son. You will be able to share your love for her with him in all the wonderful memories you have of her. In his time, he will love to hear all about her as a young girl turning into a wonderful woman and mother. Stay strong even though it is the last thing you think you can do.
My heart is so sad for you and her precious family. I was diagnosed in April and have a one year old. When I was so scarred and nervous in the beginning I remembered Jen and searched your blog to recall her story. She is such an inspiration to me and I’ve never even met her. Her light shines on!
I am so sorry for your loss; I cannot imagine the pain and heartache you are feeling at this time. Will be praying that Jesus draws you and her family near to Him in this difficult time and wraps you all in His arms as you mourn.
Grieving and rejoicing with you. Praying that you all see & feel the love & comfort of the Father now more than ever. Blessed be His name.
I’m so sorry. Praying for you and her family.
I’m so sorry!!
I am praying! I am so sorry!
My heart breaks for those who love her. I’m praying for you all.
Praying for you and Gulley Melanie and Jen’s sweet, sweet family.Thank you for introducing me to Jen through your blog. I have been following her journey through her blog and praying as often as I could. She inspired me so … What a testimony! Thankful she knew Jesus and thankful she shared HIM with all of us.
Truly, I am so very sorry for your great loss. I just listened to a podcast the other day where Jen was interviewed on The God Centered Mom. She was so lovely in every sense of the word. I will look forward to knowing her in heaven someday. You were a dearly loved friend of hers.
Blessings to you in your time of grief. May the Lord grant you peace that passes understanding.
I just happened to be reading Nobody’s Cuter Than You when you posted this. I cried as I continued to read your sweet words about her. But as bittersweet as it was for me, I just read about it. You lived it. And I wanted to say I’m sorry you lost your dear friend.
I am so, so sorry to hear about Jen’s passing. Prayers and love for all her loved ones. God is good all the time, all the time God is good even in our pain and sorry.
Melanie, I’m so sorry for your loss. So young to be going through the loss of a dear friend. I will be praying for you and her family. You were such a great friend to her. (((hugs)))
Seeing you be silent on this blog makes me concerned for you. Please know I am lifting you and your family in prayer, also, during this very difficult and sad time.
Just finished your book this past Sunday. So sad to hear of her passing. Knowing someone we love is at peace is wonderful but it just sucks for the people still here living life without them. I’m so sorry.