When Tears Become A Way Of Life


Sometimes, tears become normal because life can be hard. So very, very hard.

The photo above is the view from my son’s hospital room. His illness first started on August 1st and he is still desperately sick. He now has post surgical meningitis and his pain is immense. Tears are never far from my eyes as I watch, helpless to ease his suffering. But do you know what he does?

He sings praise.

His spinal column and brain are filled with bacteria and pain, but he sings praise.

His hope has never grown dim and yesterday, when he could barely speak and was going in and out of delirium, he said to me

“Mom, I love you. Never lose faith.”


Can you imagine? In the midst of his suffering, he was encouraging me. Tears still come, but I wipe them away and carry on for him because if he can be that strong, so can I.

To all of my wonderful readers, customers and team, I have been pretty missing in action due to all of this. Thank you for sticking by me. I have so many Stampin’ Up! things I need to share with you, but they have to wait because my boy needs me. Thank you for your support, your business and your understanding, and thanks for stopping by today.

Many of you have shared your own stories of personal health struggles or watching loved ones suffer, and some of you have even recently lost those closest to you. My heart is with each of you who have shared. If you are in the middle of a season of tears, my message to you is the same as my son’s:

Friend, I love you.

Never lose faith.








50 thoughts on “When Tears Become A Way Of Life

  1. Prayers are being said for your son, you and whole family. Just beautiful that his heart is full of praise. Prayers and the Peace of The Lord, Joan Ashley

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Hi,

    We don’t know each other, but my tears flow with yours.

    Please release the thought and pressure of: “.. I have so many Stampin’ Up! things I need to share with you .. ” You don’t need to share anything with us. Your boy needs all of you right now, at every present moment.

    Your son’s faith is strong and we are strong for you.

    I am sending white light, prayers and blessings to you, your family, your son, your son’s doctors, nurses, attendants ~

    ~ joanne from Palm Springs, CA

  3. My prayers for wisdom and strength are with you. God’s love and faithfulness draws you near and holds you tight. What a wonderful child of God you have raised.

    Charlie EuBank

  4. Dearest Michelle My heart and thoughts are with you at this trying time, your beautiful boy is right, have faith. Big warm comforting hug. Wendy

    Sent from my iPad


  5. Dear Michelle,

    I don’t know you and I don’t know your son but I do know there’s power in prayer so I will be praying for healing for your son and hope for all of your family.

    Many Blessings, Sue Sullivan Eugene, Oregon

    See others as valuable, the way He sees you.


  6. Michelle, I’m terribly sorry to learn of your son’s illness. I pray he will soon turn the corner and be healing and free of his horrible pain. I pray and wish you feel the good wishes and solace from caring souls.


    Jane Nied Sent from my iPad


  7. Oh Michelle – my heart aches for you and your son. Please know that you are in my prayers! Your son is remarkable and truly an inspiration! Strength and comfort to you all!

  8. Just wanted to give you a few words. Thank you for sharing such a personal event in you and your son’s life! I know it couldn’t have been easy to share. Just this year alone, I’ve been in the ! story is I don’t take drugs except what’s prescribed by my doctor. My husband can’t wake me up and neither can the drs. They will use Narcos to wake me up! But, because I’m not on drugs, it doesn’t work. I’m usually in the hospital for 4 to 5 days, in a coma, then I come out of it! Believe, I’m afaird I won’t wake up! The drs. don’t know what’s going on. They blame it on me that I’m taking too much drugs I haven’t figured out how that works? Just wanted you to know you’re not alone. If you send me your son’s first name, I’ll pray for I’m. May God keep you all in his hands and heart. Will be praying and thinking about you all. If you don’t mind, send me your address and I’ll send him and you a card!

  9. Thank you Michelle for the personal story, I’m sure it wasn’t easy for you, but thank you it was inspirational . Your son is very special, and his faith is inspirational . He will be blessed for his attitude of faith. I believe in the power of prayer and I will be praying for his health to improve. Thanks again for the inspiring story. Paula

  10. I only recently found your blog, so I do not know your story, but this post touched me so. My heart aches for you as you struggle with this journey. What a courageous young man you have raised! I pray that his health improves soon and that you will have a season of smiles to replace your season of tears. God bless you and your son. Sincerely, Luralyn

  11. Prayers being sent, heaven bound, right now as I type. I pray not only for your son, but also for you and your family.

    I send my love and support. Please know that I shall not stop praying for this child.
    There are a whole bunch of people all praying for the same thing here. You only have to read the comments. So many people, all praying for the same thing…. That’s a POWERFUL prayer, Michelle.

    It’s this sort of group praying which has made miracles happen.

    We are all praying for him, and for you and the family. You have a hundred thousand Angels by your side.

    God Bless, my friend. I’m here if ever you need me. ~ Cobs. x

  12. Thank you for sharing this with us. I’m so sorry he has to go through this. I know we would like to go through it for them. God bless you. May God heal your son and you both strength to get though this. Hugs, Diana

  13. I am so sad for you. I would not wish what you are feeling on my worst enemy, but I truly believe that God will give you a blessing on the other side of all the pain. Why…because God is good! Prayers and blessings are coming your way. Do as you son says answer keep the faith.

  14. So very sorry to hear of your son’s illness! It is si difficult to see the ones we love suffer so! Praying God’s healing touch on your son and for comfort for you and your family! Yes, keep the faith!

  15. Dear Michelle, I too had a time in my life that tears were part of my life. My son was 16 when he was diagnosed with sarcoma. 7 months of chemo in the hospital and in the middle of that he lost his left leg. I guess you can call it faith or the power of positive thinking, as I never believed anything other than he was going to be well again. And here we are, 16 years later and he is healthy! He graduated from university with a masters degree in social work and then went on to become a lawyer advocating for people with disabilities. It was such a difficult time as I am sure you are experiencing that as well but that being said, in spite of the rough journey there were so many positive things that came out of it. I am praying for you and your son and hoping that he will be well soon.

    Take care of Yourself as well as your son needs his mommy!

    Sincerely, Carolyn

    Sent from my iPad

  16. What a wonderful testament to you as a mother that your son gives you comfort and encouragement. It speaks volumes for you as well as him. Nothing hurts more than seeing a loved one suffer and not be able to do anything about it. my tears flow freely these days too–my sister died last week of cancer so advanced when they found it that she had no fighting chance. I’m praying for your son, you and your family. God will wrap his loving arms around all of you. Take care of family and don’t worry about us,..we’ll be here for you when you have time for us later.

  17. Praying for your son’s healing, and strength to all of you as you go through this time together. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace.

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  19. This is so beautiful. I’m not going to bombard you with many words – only to say I am sorry for all you and your dear, sweet family have been suffering.

    I hope people are warm and loving to you on here and that you do not receive any insensitive ‘advice’.

    Often all we need is a listening ear, a broad shoulder and a prayer.

    I am praying for you. God is listening. Jesus is crying with you. And the Holy Spirit is comforting.

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us all Michelle. May you feel His peace as He collects your tears. xxx

  20. Oh but you are strong and God has sent a thousand angels to watch over your son. How else could he possibly sing praises at this time. Only our Lord knows the outcome of your situation but I know without a doubt He has every thing under control. Prayers for all of you. God bless

  21. There is nothing worse than your child being sick, you feel so helpless. Please know that you are not alone. Prayer and healing light being sent to you and your son. Positive thinking is top priority. Hugs from Victoria, BC Canada

  22. Michelle – I wish I could take the pain from your son, and your family.. My heart aches with you! I pray that The Lord sustains your and gives you the strength you both need each day. He has never left your side, and He won’t ever.. Praying for healing and peace! Lots of love…

  23. Praying for you, your son and your family. Thank you for sharing, it’s so incredibly hard. Keep your eyes on Jesus. It’s so comforting to know we have a savior who walks every step with us. The Joy of the Lord is our strength.

  24. Dearest Michelle.
    I continue to pray for you, your family, and especially so your son. I’m also hoping that all the prayers everyone has said, and are saying, are helping on the road to recovery.

    May God bless and keep you in the palm of his hand.
    Sending you my love ~ Cobs. x

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