My Story

 I am married, the mother of 8 children, and live at the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York.

I love God. I believe Jesus is the Savior. It’s going to be flavored in some of my writing. But, there won’t be any Christian pat answers. It just confuses some and disappoints others.

Pain is universal. I carry upon my heart a wound so big that only God was sufficient to place his hand upon it. On September 26, 2005, my oldest son died unexpectedly at age 23.

I have come to learn that pain and suffering are a part of life. You can’t throw scriptures at it or pray it away. You walk through it with God.

I do not have a degree in  therapy,  psychology,  psychiatry, or counseling. I am a mother who has walked through the valley of the shadow of death.  “I am one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”*

We’re all on a path. Sometimes people stop and help us. Sometimes they don’t. I’d be delighted if you let me help you with some simple words of encouragement. No frills, no formulas, no pat answers. Only telling you what has helped me through – when it hurts.

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Bio photo: Colleen Hackett

Header photo: april-mo / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

*Daniel Thambyrajah Niles

10 Comments

10 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Your blog is very inspiring. I’m so sorry for the loss of your son. My daughter passed away in 2008 and I know the pain all too we’ll. Only through the grace of God can we endure and survive such a tragedy. Thank you for sharing and giving hope to others.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I struggle with a crisis of faith since my daughter died suddenly 17 months ago. However, I remain open to finding it again but it is going to take time to rebuild the trust.

  3. Very sorry for your loss, Kathleen. It is the one thing a parent dreads the most. But it has brought you here. Thank you for sharing your walk with us.
    I lost a daughter in other ways, to rebellion, poor friend choices and rejection of faith. She and I are slowly healing but we have a long way to go before we can talk about that time, and all I can do is wait and trust God.

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