December 8, 2011

Luke’s dad passed away last night after an almost three year long battle with brain cancer.

It’s been a long difficult fight that he handled with strength, dignity and incredible courage.

Today we are very sad.

Luke really misses his dad.

Our prayers go out to everyone in Joe’s family.

And we pray for all children and families living and dealing with terminal illness.

Thank You to our beautiful friends and Luke’s school for your deep care and concern and help.

Angels do exist here on earth among the amazing people we get to know.

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  • Comment by Victoria Athens — November 29, 1999 @ 4:00 PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Luke.


  • Comment by Pamela — November 29, 1999 @ 4:00 PM

    Jill, I know that no words can take the pain away but please know that you and Luke are loved. I am so sorry to hear of your loss and hope the happy memories help to sustain your strength during this difficult time.

  • Comment by HG The Countess — December 8, 2011 @ 8:27 PM

    Really sorry to hear this news, God bless

  • Comment by Iris — December 9, 2011 @ 12:23 AM

    Oh Jill, my prayers are with you and Luke. Hugs.

  • Comment by dutchessofdennis — December 9, 2011 @ 4:27 AM

    He was a great man who gave so much and was the poster child for the American Dream. Now you have a beautiful son to remind you of all of the good things about him. Sorry for your loss.

  • Comment by Sarah — December 9, 2011 @ 5:09 AM

    Jill I have been thinking about you guys. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe was a great man. He will be missed.

  • Comment by Alena — December 9, 2011 @ 5:54 AM

    I'm so sorry Jill–for you and Luke. My thoughts and prayers will be with you today. Big hugs.

  • Comment by Danielle — December 9, 2011 @ 6:13 AM

    Oh Jill…I'm so sorry. My heart goes out to you, Luke and Joe's family. What a sad day, but man did he put up an incredible fight. Here's a big virtual hug xxx until I see you soon. My prayers will be with you all today! xx Danielle

  • Comment by Kellie — December 9, 2011 @ 6:51 AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find something beautiful to remember about him everyday.

  • Comment by Julie Shay — December 9, 2011 @ 7:38 AM

    Dear Jill, Tears all day & night. There just aren't words to say what a loss it is, for Joe's passing… You said you wish for prayer's to go out to Joe's family (and yes, I've been praying for them) for Luke, Joe Jr, Amiee, his sister's, brother & family), but Jill- you are apart of his family, too- always will be. So, I ask for prayers for you, as well- because YOU have been a pillar of strength for Luke, and for Joe! It's speaks volume's about both of you- that you & Joe have remained close & have spent holiday's together, along with Daniel (it's beautiful, rare & wonderful that Joe gave his blessing to Daniel) that must have been the hardest thing to say- to get the words out?

  • Comment by Julie Shay — December 9, 2011 @ 7:42 AM

    (continued)… Once again, a tribute to Joe (and to Daniel for being a stand-up guy, and to ALL all of you) for handling such a tough situation with so much grace & love! Luke is lucky to have you…As, I have no doubt that you will continue on, raising him- to be the young, fine, well-mannered good kid that he is! I'm proud of you for the strength you have shown him. Once again, uhg…I am so sorry for Joe's passing to all of you (Godspeed!) The world has lost one of the Great One's. I think all that knew him, would say exactly the same…Love to you & Luke, and to all of your family. -Julie

  • Comment by kirsten marie — December 9, 2011 @ 7:43 AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss!!! My heart breaks for you both!!
    l love this quote by Elenor Roosevelt –
    "People come into our lives, and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same"

    Huge Hugs to you both!!!
    Kirsten Marie

  • Comment by cassie {hi sugarplum — December 9, 2011 @ 8:03 AM

    Oh Jill — I am so very very sorry! My heart breaks for Luke. He's blessed to have such a fabulous mom.

  • Comment by Delishhh — December 9, 2011 @ 9:28 AM

    So sorry to hear – my condolences to you and Luke! Life is too short!

  • Comment by Monique — December 9, 2011 @ 11:57 AM

    I offer my condolences to you, Luke and Joe's family. So sorry for your loss and I'll keep all of you in my prayers.

  • Comment by Anna — December 10, 2011 @ 5:47 AM

    So Veer sorry . Joe was a great man and has left a huge floor print on hearts and on Washington DC. All the strength and courage goes to you Jill and Luke. You were an amazing support to Joe, and you are the most fantastic mom. And Luke is a wonderful wonderful boy. We are here and look forward to seeing you this weekend. Love.

  • Comment by Kara — December 10, 2011 @ 7:09 AM

    I'm so sorry. Just wanted to let you know I'll be thinking about you and your family.

  • Comment by Monica — December 11, 2011 @ 8:33 AM

    Lots lots of love to Luke and to you.Elin, Hanna, Karl, Monica And Håkan <3
    Har ringt dig Kramar

  • Comment by charlotta — December 12, 2011 @ 2:26 AM

    Dear Jill! What heartbreaking news. My deepest condolences for all of you. This must be unbearably hard fro Luke and I am wrapping him in loving energy all the way from Sweden.
    I'll email you a wonderful tool that is used to help children cope with bereavement in Australia – it's called the 'Rainbow Ritual'.

    Warmest hugs and loving regards to you all.

    xx Charlotta

  • Comment by Irene — December 12, 2011 @ 3:32 AM

    May God rest his soul and bring you peace. Sorry for your loss.

  • Comment by Sherry — December 12, 2011 @ 5:15 AM

    So incredibly sorry for this sad news. It is always hard to lose someone, but even harder when it happens during the holidays. You both will have your memories, but I know that is not much comfort at this time. Thinking about both of you……

  • Comment by kerry — December 12, 2011 @ 5:55 AM

    I really hate to hear this. I am so sorry for you all. My own children's father passed away 7 years ago and it has been a long road for us and I sympathize with you. My advice is to be strong and accept any help offered. God Bless.

  • Comment by Elizabeth — December 12, 2011 @ 10:32 AM

    I am so sorry. I lost my father a year ago and it's been a struggle. What helps most is talking about the persons life – your memories of all the good times. I still feel my dad's spirit around me everyday. My thoughts are with you during this extremely difficult time.

  • Comment by angela | — December 12, 2011 @ 12:34 PM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Luke and the extended family. I lost my father as a young lady and it is such a loss. Hugs to you, Jill.

  • Comment by Splendid Willow — December 13, 2011 @ 6:47 AM

    Jill, I am heartbroken for Luke and the entire family.

    Very, very sad news.

    Sending you warm thoughts and lots of good energy.

    Thinking of you.

    Much love.


  • Comment by Gretchen O. — December 15, 2011 @ 8:17 AM

    Jill, I am so sorry to hear about you and Luke's loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Gretchen O.

  • Comment by Kim Swift — December 15, 2011 @ 3:55 PM

    That picture is so heartbreaking!!!

  • Comment by Pamela Rosenberg — December 16, 2011 @ 8:09 PM

    I have been away and I am just tonight getting caught up on emails and blog reading. Even though we have never met, I was shocked to see your post today. It is so true we have no idea what others are going through and the pain they may be experiencing. I am so very sorry to read this and hear about your loss. It appears that the support you are getting from friends is abundant. It will never replace or fill the void you are feeling but hopefully it will ease you through these difficult first days.
    Comfort and Grace,
    Pam Rosenberg

  • Comment by Stacey — December 16, 2011 @ 9:09 PM

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you, Luke and the rest of the family. Peace and love to you. XX

  • Comment by Claudine — December 21, 2011 @ 12:31 PM

    I'm so very sorry. Sending prayers & hugs to you & Luke.

  • Comment by livelikeyou — December 21, 2011 @ 6:55 PM

    Hi Elizabeth so sorry for your loss.

  • Comment by Acanthus & Acorn — December 22, 2011 @ 6:27 AM

    I am so sorry to be so late to send my heartfelt condolences to you and especially Luke.

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