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October 25, 2010


sandy Mayfield

Your loving tribute for your husband showed us just a glimpse of what he love. I saw a father, a husband, a fun-loving family man, someone who enjoys nature, a caring and supportive man of God. May you and your family cherish his loving ways in all the years to come.

Alex Templeman

Hi Julie, I just today found you wonderful blog after a long time away, and am soooo saddened to hear your news, my heart goes out to you and your boys and I am sending prayers and hugs to you all. This video is a wonderful tribute to your husband and your boys will love it. Keep strong and keep well and Russ will be watching over you all :) x


julie...i am so so very sorry to hear about your husband and best friend passing. im so glad he is not in pain anymore and is with God. i am keeping you and the boys in my thoughts and prayers. thank you for sharing the pictures of russ...very special.


Claire P

I am thinking of you today and sending you a prayer. You are by far stronger than you think, truly Amazing!!! I am so sorry for your loss. Your boys are so very lucky to have a mom like yourself. Faith will get you through and strength will hold you up. As will all, "this too shall pass" and you will once again be reunited in glory. Peace and love to you and your family.

Denise Willerton

Dear Julie, just happened upon your blog ~ well, I don't believe it just happened, God directs in many ways ~ Julie, you will be in my prayers, when God brings us TO something, He IS always faithful to also bring us Through it, you are NEVER alone Julie ~ may the Lord bless you with His wonderful peace and presence.


Barb Cowell

Thank you so much Julie, for allowing us to see a glimpse of the wonderful husband and father that Russ was. I pray for the continued strength and peace that only our heavenly Father can give for you and your family. God bless you all.


What a beautiful tribute, and how special that you share with us all. Some of the pics had me smiling through the tears - you have some wonderful memories I'm certain.



What a wonderful tribute video. That is so great that you feel you can share that with your blog family.
God has blessed you with a gift of courage and that is a great testimony to Him. My he continue to bless you and your family with love and warmth.


Words just can not express how deeply sorry I am for you and your family. God is with you.


Beautiful tribute Julie. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids. Stay strong.
angel hugs

Gail S.

Julie - What a wonderful tribute to your husband. So many great pictures. You did such a beautiful job. God bless you all.


Julie, I'm sending lots of prayers and wishes your way to to you and your family, especially to your boys. Your tribute to your hubby is truly the most heartfelt tear jerking video I've seen in a long time. As I shed a few tears, I began to bless my life as I have an ill husband as well...
My thoughts are with you...
Take care ((huggs))...

Kay Mespelt

Hi Julie- You were such an inspiration to me during my weight loss and you continue to be during your loss of your beloved Russell. I lost my life's love of 35 years so I know the pain and the void in your heart that you now have. My husband had been in a wheelchair for 22 years due to MS. Like you though, I know Paul is in a better place with no pain and I will join him someday. Remember the fun times and smile. Remembering the bad times are also important as it makes us stronger. Blessings to your and your family during this most difficult time in your life. Take care- Hugs Kay Mespelt

Wanda Newman

Julie - there are no words that will come right now, so I have just muttered your name and your sons names to our heavenly Father, believing that He will be able to minister to you and your family in this great time of grief. I sure do not understand why you had this happen but in reading your blog over the last months I know that you know where your strength comes from. I also could feel through your words the love you and your husband had for each other. The void you must feel right now has no depth or end - please know that you and your boys are being lifted to the Father and asking Him to look after you all in a very personal way.
With love and tears,
Wanda Newman


Really beautiful, Julie. I can't help but shed a few tears watching your video tribute. I really admire what you and Russ had. You have been very lucky.


want a lovely tribute. Thank you for sharing. God bless you and your little boys.

Bev Watt

Your tribute to your husband was just many precious memories for you and your boys to treasure forever..

Cathy Stech

May the lord keep and uplift you and your family! God Bless!

Barb Dimock

That was a wonderful tribute to your Husband. My prayers are with you and your boys.
God Bless you all

Cinthia H

Julie, I'm so very sorry for your loss. You made a great tribute to your husband. Please know that I have you and your boys in my prayers.

Karen C

Bless you and your two sons. What a lovely tribute. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Donese Scott


Thank you so much for sharing this with us. God bless and give you and your family strength.


Julie I just visited your site map and you have so many followers. And we all come here each day to look at your beautiful work and these past few months to hope for healing. Yes we did not get healing here on earth, but in a greater place. Now you have to heal here on earth. It's a long and slow process to grieve for someone who has been the love of your life. Take it slow and remember the tide for each day there will be very low and some very high moments and very different for each person. Take time to heal yourself and I will pray each day for you and your two little boys. Peace be with you.


Julie I am so sorry for your loss! I'm sitting here with my heart breaking for you. I've been following your blog off and on for over a year and was struck hard when this seemed to come up suddenly. I've been praying for you and your family. I will continue to do so as you raise your sons without Russ. I live in California and so wish I was closer to help you out. Keep us posted and let me know if there's anything I can do for you long distance.

Lori A.

Thank you for sharing that beautiful video. May God bless you and your little sweeties.


so sorry to hear of your loss, what a beautiful tribute of the photos and music you have created. He was obviously a wonderful father and husband. I started following your blog for the Stampin Up ideas, and have stayed connected because of your fellow Chritian experience. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Marion Wilkinson

I'm so sorry for loss. What a wonderful tribute to your husband. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Stacy I.

Beautiful! What a wonderful tribute.

Gabrielle Rogers

My love and prayers are with you and your beautiful sons, Julie. Your tribute was just lovely - will be praying for you and your family in the days and weeks ahead. Love, Gabrielle

Heather S. (SCS Isaiah40:31)

Julie - I thought of you all day yesterday. Your tribute to Russ is truly wonderful. I love that you were able to share his sense of humour in your slide show. You have no idea what it will mean to your boys to have these amazing photo memories of their Dad as they grow older. I lost my Dad when I was 9 and even now, decades later, certain photos evoke such strong and wonderful memories. As emotional as it surely was for you to put together this tribute, it will be treasured. Hugs and prayers... Take care of yourself.

Karen Phillips-Tait

What a wonderful tribute to your husband and the father of your children. Even though he isn't physically with you any longer, isn't it wonderful to know that we do have that hope of seeing him again. Absent from the body, present with the Father. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons, as you start to walk this new journey in your life. Karen


Julie, what a wonderful tribute! You are an AMAZING lady and Russ would be so proud. He'll be watching over you all.


May God keep you strong and may your faith guide your way... hugs and prayers from Tx

Debbie Pohlner

I am so so sorry for your loss from this world. God has Russ in his safe keeping in heaven until you are reunited for all eternity. Love and prayers to you, your 2 little boys and your families.


Connie Babbert

Julie...I've been gone and just heard the news of Russ. Know that you and your family are in my prayers. I'm thankful that Russ is now at peace. Thinking of you.


That was lovely Julie. Thank you for sharing it with us. My prayers for you and your boys.


Thank you for sharing that with us - it was a wonderful tribute.

Alli Buck

You are blessed! What a beautiful tribute and song. It is after all about being with Him someday in Glory. What a legacy you are creating for your children!

Cindee Stacey

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family memories with us. God Bless you, your 2 little boys, and all the family and friends that will surely miss Russ dearly! Sending lotsa hugs your way!
Cindee Stacey

Betsy Glasco

May God with you in this time of sorrow. Your tribute is something you can remember him for a lifetime. God Bless Betsy Glasci

Elaine Law

that was absolutely beautiful must have been so dreadfully hard, sad yet happy remembering the times the photos were taken. I hope the service was of great comfort to you and blessings to you, the boys and the family x

Michelle Arthur

Julie, Thank you so much for sharing this with your blog readers. Although we have never (and chances are, will never) meet, I have cried and prayed for Russ, you and your family through this sad period. None of us know how much time we have on this earth, but it is obvious from your video that Russ made the most of his way too short time here. The pain of his loss will never leave you, but time will change it into something more bearable and all of the great times you had with him will always be there with you. God bless you, your boys and all of Russ's family and friends.

Stacie Herman

I don't even know what to say. Reading and watching you from the other side of the continent (North Carolina) has inspired me to be a better person. We lost my Mother last year to cancer and I still find myself in a murky sort of mood some days. You and your family help to raise me up and to remind me how wonderful faith is - especially on those days when you struggle to have it. Peace and blessings to all of you. Thank you for being who you are.


Wow- It was very hard to watch this,crying and laughing through all your memories. Thanks for sharing this beautiful tribute to Russ. May God continue to keep you and the boys uplifted through this time. You have been such an amazing person and what an inspiration to others. Praying and thinking about you and the boys always.



Carla Brooks

Beautiful. I love you and I'm praying for you and your boys. Hang in there and live the best life you can for you and your children. Try to keep busy and think of good things. Its gonna be tough, but I know you can do it. "I can do all things throught Christ who strengthens me."

Kim Kowal

Thanks so much for sharing such a beautiful tribute to Russ. I will continue to pray for you and the boys in the days ahead. God Bless.
Rubber Hugs,

Just B

Oh Julie, once again you have left me speechless.


This is a beautiful tribute to your husband! You and your family are in my prayers.


Wow - couldnt watch it all the way through! What a fabulous tribute to him - and a great celebration of a lovely man!
Hugs to you all


Kristine Burns

You are in my thoughts. Lovely video.

Julie Warnken

What a beautiful tribute to your dear Russ, Julie. Your deep, deep love for him is so apparent through this heartfelt video. What a lovely way to honor Russ, and to serve as a reminder of happy times for you and your sweet boys.

You remain in my prayers ~ Julie


That was a great tribute to your husband. Great to see all the places he saw and did, and it's clear to see the love he had for his family. Thinking of you all..


Thank you for sharing that beautiful tribute. Your faith and hope have been an encouragement and inspiration to all of your blog friends. Love and prayers to you and your family from the deep south of USA (state of Georgia).

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Thank you for sharing the tribute. Thinking and praying for you and family. You are an inspiration in showing God's strength in you.


Sorry to hear your loss Julie. It's a beautiful tribute you did for Russell. Thank you for sharing this and please do stay strong!! You and your family are on my thoughts.


God Bless you Julie and your boys. You have shown such strength and your memories will always be with you.


That was so awesome , to see all the memories and that you shared them with us, Julie you are an amazing woman and I see Jesus living in you!! You have truely made me see that I should and Trust in Jesus more, Thank you for your testimony of what God does in your life!!!

Linda Henry

What a Wonderful Tribute to Russ! You had me crying and laughing all at the same time! You're an extrodinary person Julie and Your boys are lucky to have You to lean on! You have a very healthy outlook on life and death and although it will be hard without Your Best Friend and Husband He will be looking down on all of You with nothing but Love and Gratitude for the Wonderful Family Life You gave Him.
Stampin Hugs to You and the boys!!


I am so sorry for you loss and wish you and your boys love and peace in your lives ahead...........



I have been following your blog for several months now. I was very sad to hear your news of Russ passing. Would you please share your husband's salvation conversion?

Edna Burgess

Julie, the tribute for Russ was wonderfully done. And the music added so much. Take care of yourself and your beautiful boys. God be with each of you at this sad time. Edna

jackie M.

I just realized that your Russ was so young. He had so much life ahead. Whatever he had certainly took him way to fast. Can't help but wonder what Cancer he had. We certainly need a cure for all types. Take care of yourself as the healing can take time. You and your precious boys are in my prayers. Hugs & blessings.

heidi in michigan

Julie- you are so talented and in such a time of pain. I know you are a strong woman, been following you for such a time to realize this for sure... my heart does break for you though. God will carry you through this, him and your memories, family and friends. God bless you and the boys!


I am so sorry for your loss...but what wonderful memories you have! You are so lucky to have them and to have had the special time with him. What a beautiful tribute! Please take care.


Thank you for sharing with us blog readers the tribute for Russ. I'm sure I can speak for all that follow your blog especially these past few months with Russ' illness. You have touched so many lives and strengthened the faith of hundreds of people. We all had members of our churches praying for you and your family; thank you for sharing such personal stories, updates and the memorial video. My prayers and thoughts continue to be lifted up for you and your boys. I live in a small town in the smallest state in the USA but feel there is no distance when it comes to christians
sharing their faith. Even though we have never met I appreciate you being part of my life. God Bless You!!


Julie - what a beautiful and special tribute to Russell. I cannot begin to express how much my heart aches for you right now, but please know that you have many friends who are thinking of you and the boys and will be keeping you in our prayers.



linda panattoni

I don't have the proper words...Thank you so very much for sharing a piece of your life with me. The tribute was just beautiful. You are in my prayers.
Linda xox

Sandra K

What an amazing way to remember Russ. I have tears running down my face. Not just in sadness, but glad you have so many good memories to treasure. Praying for you and your boys.

Brenda H.

Oh Julie, I'm so sorry for your heart goes out to you and your boys! What a beautiful tribute and celebration of Russ' life. We rejoice with you that Russ is safe in the arms of Jesus. We will continue to pray that Jesus will hold you close in His abounding love as you walk through this difficult time...and that He will give you His peace. Much love and hugs to you, Dylan and Jayden!

Ann & the Dog

Julie: How nice of you to share that with us. You did such a nice job - I'm at a loss for words. I loved seeing his baptism. That's an awesome & intimate time of anyone's life. May God bring you peace during this time of sorrow.

Too soon, too soon.

Debbie Dyck

Julie, you are the strongest woman I know. Just from reading what you have put on here you are very strong in your faith and that is what is going to get you through many days. May God be with you and your family as your journey here on earth continues. One day you will see Russ again and what rejoicing there will be. Take care and we are praying for you and your family

Linda Peterson

What an absolutely beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. I am praying that you and the boys continue to have the glorious faith that you have shown the past couple of months.


I can't imagine what Russ is doing in heaven, it must be amazing. His life here was, and your tribute is beautiful. You are in my thoughts and prayers.....

Jessica Moore

Words can not express how truly sorry I am for your loss. I am so thankful that you know the Lord and are comforted by him! May you continue to be steadfast in the Lord until you are reunited with Russ!


This is beautiful!!!! You were truely blessed!! But I think he was too! May God be with you and yours and keep blessing you all the days of your life!!!

Ann Fitton

A wonderful tribute Julie. You captured is being beautifully. My thoughts and prayers continue to reach out to you and your sons, as you walk down this new path. God Bless.

Elaine M

Julie, truly a brave and inspiring photo journey, crafted with love. Prayers are with you as you continue your own journey ahead. We all appreciate your strength, your encouraging words to us as you went through so much in the past few weeks, while we were so concerned for you and your precious sons. We will stay with you in the blogosphere and in our hearts and thoughts.
Elaine M

Rhonda Nelson

What a beautiful tribute! Thanks so much for sharing your life with us. You are an amazing Woman.

Lori B

Beautiful tribute! It is clear Russ was a man of the Earth. He was a loving father, husband, and son. Thank you for sharing a small piece of your world with us. Please continue to feel the shower of love and prayers heading your way!

bonnie weiss

Your faith and courage have been an inspiration to so many of us, Julie. You and Russ were so blessed to have shared your lives with each other. May you always hold on to the special memories of your life with your Best Friend, until the day comes that you are reunited, once again. Sending you hugs.


Julie, what a beautiful tribute. From watching I could feel the love you have for Russell and the love he had for you and his family. How very blessed each of you are to have walked this journey together. God truly flowed blessings on you both and will continue to comfort you on this next stage of your journey. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Marlys Wessels

Just sooo beautiful. What a loving tribute. Praying for you and your family. God Bless you all. Marlys

Diane L

Such a beautiful tribute to a Wonderful Man!
You we're blessed to have him in your life!
I will continue to pray for you and your family,Thanks for sharing the pics of Russ and family,truly special!

 Joyce Stewart

That was a wonderful tribute to Russ. Thank you so much for sharing it with those of us around the world who, although we were and are with you in prayer, possibly had a sort of 'left out' feeling as we cannot support you in person at the celebration of his life. This video let us share in part of that service and it has shown us something of Russ' life. A loving and dedicated husband and father. Take care in the days ahead.

Heather Donahue

I love that you made this video a celebration of the man you shared your love and life with. It made me smile, but also brought tears to my eyes. I hope the best for you and your boys.


Thank you for sharing your journey with us Julie. Your video speaks of a wonderful life and love shared. Will continue to keep you all in my prayers particularly today. Many hugs Sheila Townsend


What a legacy of love you and your children have been left! He looks like his was a wonderful fun-loving, hard-working husband who truly valued his family! May God comfort you and your boys!


A beautiful life. :-)

May all your wonderful memories keep you warm and at peace!

Lori Burkitt

From watching the video, it looks like God blessed you with some wonderful moments with Russ. God bless your broken heart, Julie. Prayers are being lifted up in your boys' and your name. Much love and hugs to you all.



Thank you for sharing. You and your family have been in my thoughts & prayers.


Julie you and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers. You have such strength, your a shining light. Russ was lucky to have a incredible wife and friend. By watching your video you were also lucky to have Russ.

I'm so curious about what kind of cancer Russ suffered from. It's sounds so familiar to a type another friend has. Peace Aways Cynthia


What a wonderful tribute to your loving husband. It brought tears and a smile. God look over and bless you and the boys. Thank you for sharing with us

Sue D

Truly beautiful!

I can see that Russ was a man who loved and cherished his wife and boys and adored his friends. He was a fun loving character who enjoyed a full life here on earth.

Walk tall in Russ's love and memory. Smile today of all days knowing that you were blessed to have him in your life - and he in yours. Don't dwell on what you have lost but celebrate what you have shared with this remarkable man.

You and the boys are a testament to his love!

Blesings to you all. May you continue to find peace and strength through family, faith and friends.

Patti J.

Julie, your video is such a beautiful tribute to Russ. Thank you for sharing with us. I'll Fly Away is one of my all-time favorite songs, and it was a perfect choice for this tribute. Prayers and love to you, my friend.

Terry Molineux

Julie what a lovely tribute to your hubby. I was thinking about you all weekend. You and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time


Julie, thanks for sharing your tribute to Russ. That is something your boys will treasure the rest of their lives. Thanks for sharing your strength with us. May God give you comfort. Still praying for you and your boys.


Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed the song and the pictures. A big hug for you and the boys.
You are in my prayers during this difficult time.

Doris D.

What a wonderful tribute to your husband and the father of your boys. I know they will see this many times and think of the good times you all shared with him. Keeping you in my prayers. God Bless.


What a precious video. God bless you and your family.

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