Tuesday, December 7, 2010


From another grieving mother:

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”

-Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010)


  1. Oh so sad. Just learned the news from you, Mandy. She fought the good fight.


  2. I cried when I read that she passed away. She was obviously such an amazingly strong person and wise woman.

  3. I didn't know either of you, but I think you two have a great deal in common. And I am not just talking about the grieving mother part - you are both strong, courageous, and wise. Thank you for sharing the quote.

  4. Mandy, I heard that quote on the way home from work today and thought immediately of you, and how you were doing the best you could with your new reality. I was actually just getting ready to look it up and email it to you.


  5. Mandy, I've never written before, but have been reading your blog for a little while. You write so beautifully about Hudson, and my heart breaks for all that you have loved and lost. She was a precious, sweet little person, and I love your stories and pictures.

    My own beautiful girl, Caroline, died two years ago (December 9, 2008) from a brain tumor that was diagnosed the year before. She was just 14 years old. Prior to that she was the perfect picture of health. She was a treasure and we miss her so much.

    Your quotation from Elizabeth Edwards inspired me to write tonight. After Caroline died, I read her book "Resilience" and it helped so much. Elizabeth Edwards was very wise, I was so sorry to hear that she passed away today.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers - and, referencing a previous post, I completely believe in all the signs that you receive from Hudson. She is with you, and I believe that you will see her again, just as I will see my sweet Caroline.

    With love and understanding and hope,

    Carol Herrmann

  6. Elizabeth Edwards inspires me to be a better, stronger person. Her book is wonderful and while I don't always agree with her politics, she always stood up for what she believed in and put family first. I love this quote from her. Thinking of you guys today Mandy.