Tuesday, May 5, 2009

bright side of life

Dear Brian,

You always taught me to look on the bright side of life.

So today, I thought of something-


the only positive impact on my life I can think of without you in it.

I miss you, Brian. I love you.



  1. AnonymousMay 05, 2009

    Oh, Angie. This just breaks my heart in a million pieces. I love you so much. I am still so so sorry.

    Janell H.

  2. This one brought tears to my eyes. Just after Shawn died I thought the exact same thing. In fact I even told my friend I only do laundry now once a week because I don't have to wash sweaty football clothes anymore.

    Oh what I would give to wash sweaty football clothes again.

    Talk to you soon!

  3. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I'll choose laughter, at least on the outside.


  4. Thanks for the little smile this morning. Still praying for you and the boys.

  5. A positive thought never hurt anyone!

    You are doing great. Combine humor with reality and you will continue to grow and prosper in the eyes of our Lord.


  6. AnonymousMay 06, 2009

    You got it! Baby steps, baby steps. Little tiny ones that make you smile...if only for a second. Eventually, a few of these moments will happen everyday and your smile will last longer and longer, get fuller and brighter. Until at last, the joy of your memories will outweigh your hurt. Still thinking of you and the boys.

  7. I am a lurker that found your blog through a prayer blog. I was/am so touched by your "story". I cried. I went home and told my husband how much I loved him. Somehow it made all my "stepfamily" troubles seem so trite. When I was in college, my fiance' drowned. I always wished that I could have had him longer, even if he was incapacitated, even if he had survived with brain damage. How selfish am I? You are the most selfless person I "know." I know God will bless you and your boys.

  8. Your post just got me whistling. thank you.

  9. Oh, girlfriend, you are too funny! I love you, Angie O'Neill!

    Shawn from TN

  10. Thank you for reminding us to be thankful for the little things and for continuing to share from your heart with us, even though it is broken. We love you and are still here for you!!!

  11. My first reaction was to add to your list by saying that you would now also have one less boy to clean up after in the bathroom, but that's just me using humor to cover up the fact that I don't know what to say. How about I just go and finish the laundry that I've been avoiding for days, and stop complaining that it's there?
    Hugs to you (that is, if you take hugs from a stranger : )

  12. This post made me smile. A joke in the midst of your sorrow is a really good sign.

  13. Laundry is my biggest pet peeve and often as I transfer loads I whisper a prayer of thanks. I know this is baby steps and pray for you often.

  14. AnonymousMay 06, 2009

    And less dishes?

    Love you, girl!

  15. bless your sweet heart---this one just made me giggle but I know there's nothing funny about it. I read your blog often and always pray for you. Keep the faith---
    p.s. less toilet paper too! hope that brought a little smile to your face. :)

  16. Someone else said it, at least those are some good baby steps.

  17. Bless your beautiful heart...(((HUGS)))

  18. Don't know whether to laugh or cry, so I'll just say I'm proud of you and am sending you a hug.

  19. AnonymousMay 07, 2009

    Angie, Your amazing. I know this is so hard for you but humor does somehow get us through the tough times. If your posts makes one wife just count her blessings and stop complaining then that is positive!! Thanks Nancy

  20. You make me realize to be thankful for that additional bit of laundry in my (mountain) pile.

    I'm glad to hear from you...been wondering about you.

  21. Hi Angie,

    I'm so proud of you for finding a bright side. I know Brian would have found it funny the same way I did! You're doing good!