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A Sad Loss


I'm shocked and so, so sad that the world has lost an amazing woman, a selfless mother, a tireless encourager.

Barbara Curtis, mother of 12, published author, and writer at Mommy Life, died suddenly today [2] after a hemorrhagic stroke.

Barbara was the person who got me started blogging. With encouraging emails from her, on the first day of January 2007, I made my feeble beginning.

I won the "Apron Power" contest [3] on her blog, and she urged me to sell my oilcloth aprons [4].

She encouraged me all along the way, not only with blogging, getting published, and selling aprons, but with motherhood. She sent me her books and told me I really could do this thing called "large family mothering".

After Barbara had her 8th child, Jonny, who was born with Down Syndrome, she and her husband went on to adopt 3 more boys with Down Syndrome [5]. Barbara knew a thing or two about persevering and doing hard things in order to make the world a better place.

I really will miss Barbara's wisdom and encouragement. She and I didn't see eye to eye on some things, but I so admire the way she was willing to stand up, even if it meant standing alone, for what she believed was right and true and good.

The world has lost an amazing woman.