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October 25, 2010


Sara H

Julie - Peace be with you and your boys. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

Diane :)

Julie - Beautifully done tribute. I smiled so all the way through.

You continue to be in my prayers. Be blessed. I firmly believe God & Russ are out fishing, right now.

D :)

Lorraine Castellon-Rowe

I have been reading your blog for quite some time and recently have been trying to find the words to say. I still can't find the right words but I want to let you know that you have given me the courage and strength to face any problem I may have in my life. You were so very strong and courageous in this battle and I know you will remain strong and courageous. I don't know anyone with your strength and I admire you more than I could ever tell you. I am so sorry for your great loss. I have been praying for you and Russ and will continue to pray for the strength you will need to get through this. I know Russ is in a beautiful place now and that he is looking down on you with a huge smile, knowing his wife is incredible.
With sincere sympathy and love.
Lorraine Castellon-Rowe


Julie: What a beautiful tribute to your husband. Since we know Jesus, we don't have to weep as those who have no hope. You will see him again. Weeping will endure only for a night and Joy WILL come in the morning. God has sent us a comforter in the person of the Holy Spirit. He will provide you with what you need at the moment you need it. Remember the good times - talk of him often with your children so they will remember what a great husband and teriffic dad he was. Memories are so precious. Praying for you and your family.


A wonderful tribute to your husband...
God Bless...

You and family are in my prayers,

beth lambos

Thank you for sharing so much of your life with all of us. We all share in your loss, my the Lord hold you and give you His Strength. love, beth

Queen Mary

Julie, it seems like just yesterday you told us he was sick; he went so quickly! You are SO my hero for your courage and your strength, all through faith! God Bless you!

Michelle Nadraszky

Julie, beautiful...thank you for sharing.


Beautiful Julie! Thank you so much for sharing the tribute with us. May you, the boys, and Russ's family continue to be comforted and blessed by our Heavenly Father.

Julie L.

Julie, I am so so very sorry for your loss. I know that you will want to be strong for your little boys, but remember you are human, and it's alright to let your emotions show. It's alright to let go. I know that you and your boys will be alright because God is there with you but it still doesn't take the tears, heartache, and loneliness away. Surround yourself with loving family and friends and give yourself time. I wish I could comfort you in some way and will continue to pray for you and your boys.


Julie, that was a beautiful tribute to your husband. I am so very sorry for your loss.I will pray for you and your boys.

Cindy Hopkins

Julie, Thank you for sharing the video with us. Russ seemed to have a gusto for life and is beaming in the pictures with you and the boys! How lucky you are to have shared the years you did with him, which may make this even harder for you knowing what you will be missing. My prayers continue your way for strength and healing for you and your family. I'm so sorry....Cindy

Laura Hit

Julie - you did a beautiful job on this tribute. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Janice Webb

Julie, Thank you for sharing the beautiful video tribute of your loving husband and best friend Russ. I was so touched and also know you were so blessed to have had Russ in your life.

Linda L.

WOW!!! What a beautiful profession of your love and the life you shared! You truly radiate the joy of the Lord! I continue to hold you and the boys in prayer.

Marie Wiebe

Wow that was amazing Julie. Never got to meet him so it was nice to see a little of who he was. Praying Gods comfort for you.


What a lovely tribute and fitting song! One of my personal favorites! Thank you for taking the time to share this moment with us.


julie the video tribute was beautiful. our family continue to pray for God's arms to envelop you with love and strength as you move forward.

kim armstrong

Becky Jo

Julie, never have I cried so many tears for someone I didn't know. But then again thru you and your love I feel I do know you and your family. Lovely tribute to your best friend and husband. T4S Hugs & Blessings!!


Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful memories with us. I will continue to pray God's perfect Peace to you and your family.

Ellen Roth

Julie, your tribute video told a lot about how wonderful your husband was. I'm so glad your boys have lots of great memories. May God be with all of you during this difficult time. We prayed for you at our church in Michigan yesterday, as there are some fellow stampers who follow your blog.

"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever--John 14:16 (Amplified Bible)

Ellen Roth
from Michigan's Thumb


Julie ,
What a lovely tribute to your Russ and what a special man he was to you and the boys. He is watching over all of you and will be always. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


Oh, Julie, my heart aches for you & your sons, but praise the Lord, u know where he is & that one day, you'll all be reunited!! Thank u for sharing this wonderful tribute of Russ. What a man! How u were all blessed having him in your lives. I will continue to pray for healing & peace for all of you!


julie; your strength and love is amazing and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. we are truly blessed that you shared this video of such a great and loving husband and father. Thank You. your strengths gives us
all encouragement to face our tomorrows...
god bless you all

Lori Rider

Julie, what a beautiful tribute to your wonderful husband. My heart aches for you and your boys right now - my prayers go out to you always!


A beautiful tribute to your husband.


What a beautiful tribute, Julie. Thinking of you all.

Michelle Goodrich

Julie, I saw on SCS that your husband had gone Home. Just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and your boys, for God's perfect comfort and peace. May He wrap you in His arms and give you His grace, my sister.
Michelle Goodrich

judy Anderson

In thoughts and prayers and tears.

D Sparks

Beautiful. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
D Sparks

sherry beeson

You did a wonderful job with Russ's video!
God Bless you today, Julie.....
And, I'm praying for you and your sweet boys.
Keep the faith, Julie!
SherryBee in AZ

Brenda in Indy

Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with all of us. You can tell his love for you and the boys by the joy in his face and the way he hugged you so close. You will always have that love and memories of him to share with your sons. How lucky you were to share his life here and how tenderly and lovingly you took care of him during his illness. I hope to keep you uplifted with prayers and loving thoughts every day. God bless you and your family.


Julie, as many of your friends and fans have already said, this is absolutely beautiful. I am sitting here in tears, admiring you for your strength and faith in our Almighty Lord. You certainly have a lot of people praying in behalf of your family, and one of those is ME. Many many compassionate hugs coming to you from Utah.

Julie H.


That was just beautiful. A very special tribute to a special man.
When you find the time would you mind letting me know who did the music you used.

Judy Boggs

What a beautiful tribute to Russ. You have been an inspiration to me and to all who follow your blog. I have been thinking and praying for you these past few weeks and I will continue to pray for peace and comfort for you and your family. God bless you Julie.

Stephanie (steffie 1027)

Julie, you did an amazing job on this video tribute to Russ! I am so sad for you & the boys, that you will have to live without this wonderful man! The strenght that you have shown throughout Russ' illness is truly an inspiration. You & your boys are in my thoughts & prayers. May Russ rest in peace! God Bless!


Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your memories with us!

Alison Kirby

A beautiful collection of happy memories! His eyes beamed when he held his children... what a wonderful husband, father, and man he must have been. We continue to pray for your family and the days ahead. I know that your boys are very lucky to have such a strong Christian mother.

Tandra Boyer

That was just beautiful-its easy to see who he was!!

Blessings to your family...


What a beautiful tribute!

MaryAnn Grove

what a marvelous tribut to Russ. He was definitly your friend, your lover, father to your childre and a family man who is now looking down with love upon you and yours. Hug those great boys and may you comfort each other.


Julie, you are an amazing woman. How lucky Russ was to have you by his side. The love you share is so very evident in all your postings and a wonderful example for all your friends. May God continue to hold you in the palm of His hand and bless you and your family forever. Love & prayers, Linda

Holley Mc

You did a great job on this! Maybe doing a blog and video tutorials helped you learn how to do this!

Heidi Gore

Julie, You and your boys continue to be in my thoughts and prayers throughout the days and nights. I was thinking of the beautiful house your husband built for your family here on earth and was thinking of the beautiful home in heaven Russ went ahead to heaven to help build for you when you are all reunited someday in Glory.


What a beautiful tribute! I hope all those beautiful memories stay with you and help you through the hard times.


Julie, isn't it wonderful to know that prayers all over the world are being raised up for you and your family? What an awesome God we serve, even in the hard times, He is ever there for us.


This is such a wonderful tribute to your best friend and DH, Russ. This is certainly a treasure that you will always cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Hi July,

I'm completely in tears. I'm so sorry for you and your boys that you have to miss this beloved person in your lifes. However you know he is with his maker and doesn't suffer anymore.
I have once read a poëm, it's in dutch, but i will translate it as best as possible:

Als ‘t rumoer rondom jou is verstomd
De stoet voorbij is, de schuifelende voeten
Dan voel ik dat er een diepe stilte komt
En in die stilte zal ik je opnieuw ontmoeten
En telkens weer zal ik je tegenkomen
We zeggen veel te gauw: het is voorbij
Hij heeft alleen je lichaam weggenomen
Niet wie je was en ook niet wat je zei
Ik zal nog altijd grapjes met je maken
We zullen samen door het landschap gaan
Nu je mijn handen niet meer aan kunt raken
Raak je mijn hart nog duidelijker aan!



When the rumoer around you has struck
The procession has passed, the shuffling feet
I feel that there is a deep silence coming
And in that silence I will meet you again
And each time I will encounter you
We say much too soon: it is over
He has only removed your body
Not who you are or what you said
I will still make jokes with you
We will walk together through the landscape
And now you can’t touch my hands anymore
You touch my heart even more!


I'm thinking of you and the boys a lot. You are in my prayers

Carla The Netherlands


Beautiful tribute Julie. You're in my thoughts today.


What an incredible tribute!! So very sorry for your loss.

Gail R.

Julie, What a lovely tribute to Russ. May God bless and comfort you and your boys and give you strength in the coming days. I know that He will, and I know just from reading your blog that you are a child of His. Love and blessings to you and yours.


What a fabulous video you made to honor Russ. I will keep you, your sons and family in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your life with us all.


What a wonderful tribute to your sweet husband and the life you shared together. You and your boys will view this many many times.
Thank you for sharing.

Keta Jones

Dear Julie,
Word can not describe the feelings I send of love and peace to you and your family this special day! The Tribute is so very touching and amazing! Thank you for all your care for others. I wish we could just wrap you up in our arms and hold you close! Know that you will continue to be in our prayers!
Keta (Colorado)

Renee Ondrajka

Still praying for you and your family. We even had special prayer for you in our church yesterday. Your tribute to your fine husband was beautiful. May the Lord continue to hold you close in His arms.

Lynn Mercurio

Thank you Julie for this look into Russ's life - for those of us who only knew him through you. God bless you and give you peace.


I think Russ would give you a thumbs up on that one.

Tina DeLong   West Jefferson, Ohio

Oh Julie...................what an absolutely awesome video you've created for your boys. You are in my prayers today....
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Sonia Jung

Thank you for sharing that tribute with us. It was beautiful and such a testament of your love for Russ and his love for his family.

Mary R..

Julie: You are being so strong! THis video is beautiful and my heart aches for you and your family. I am glad Russ has no more pain but I know yours has just begun.

Ali Amantiad

Thank you for sharing this with us Julie. Blessings to you and your children.

Ilene B

Julie, Thank you for sharing this tribute of your best friend! Take one day at a time and remember Russ this way each and everyday! You are an inspiration and God will bless you!



What a beautiful tribute. Prayers to you and your family during these times.


What an AWESOME video tribute, Julie! You did a great job. It made me cry. God says he doesn't give us more than we can handle but sometimes we wish he didn't have so much faith in us. You have been an inspiration to all of us readers /followers! God is truly on your shoulder throughout all of this, my friend. You have shown courage, love, support and understanding beyond measure. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.


A beautiful tribute, thank you for sharing it with us.


that was a wonderful tribute to your husband, you did a great job. Praying God continues to lift you up and bring you comfort and encouragement!

Janet Van Rossen


Words cannot express how much I feel for you and your family. This is a beautiful tribute to your husband Russell. Just know you have many friends and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Janet xx


What an amazing tribute to your husband. Thanks so much for taking the time to share it with all of us via your blog. I have followed your blog for quite awhile but rarely comment.
I have kept you in my prayers through this journey and will continue to pray for you! You have really touched my heart!!!


Stacy, Snohomish, WA

That was beautiul, Julie. Absolutely beautiful! You and your boys are in my prayers.


Oh Julie, that is a beautiful video tribute to Russ. My thoughts a prayers are with you & your family.



Thank you for sharing. So many of us stampers are praying for you and your boys!


WOW!!! Find peace in your love of the Lord. I will continue to pray for you and the boys.

deborah cock

what a wonderful tribute and such an amazing celebration of life, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family


Liz Rempel

What a beautiful tribute to an amazing husband and father. The words from "The Dance" come to mind...

Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared beneath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known you'd ever say goodbye
And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance
Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I the king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have changed it all
And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance
Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance

Terri Zimmermann

O dear Julie, that was absolutely beautiful! I feel even more like I've known you and Russel and the boys for years. I love you lots and wish you God's comfort today and through this difficult time. Warmest prayers and thoughts to you and yours from me and mine here in Pennsylvania. We are all with you in spirit.

Tammy Q Howell

What a wonderful celebration video. Thanks for sharing this glimpse into your life. What a special man he must have been. God be with you and your family today and always.

Barbara V

You have captured such beautiful memories in this loving tribute. You and your family are in my prayers.


That was beautiful. The love that God has for you by bringing this man into your life until the end, is awesome.

As someone stated in a previous comment, you are an inspiration. May God continue to bless you.

Jenny Carling

What a wonderful tribute, it brought me to tears. I've followed your blog for a while now, and have thought about you and your family often in recent weeks. Your strength and faith in the face of such difficult times have moved me in a way I never thought possible, and you are an inspiration to me and, I'm sure, to innumerable others. God bless.
Jenny (in the UK)


Thank you for sharing the video with all of us.
You have been and well be in my thoughts and prayers. Today will be hard and joyous at the same time. Keep on going and know that we will be with you in spirit.
Better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. And as Christians we do not grieve as the world does but with the knowledge of heaven.
You are a strong women. An example for us all.

Kathy T

Lifting you and the boys up in prayer today. It's a lovely tribute video. Thank you for sharing this time and your faith with us.

marsha sanderlin

May God bless you and your boys, I love the beautiful tribute video. I will be praying for comfort and peace for your family.

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The video was so beautiful and very touching, thank you for sharing it with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.

Kim S.

Celebrating his life is the way to get through this Julie! Not dwelling on the sickness and death but the celebration of Russell's life!It will help your boys remember all the ahppy times and not re-live the past couple of months. That's not how you want Russ's life to be defined through sickness & pain...but through thezeal he had for it and living it to the fullest. You can see that through your video tribute. Just as special as he was, so are YOU! XOXO Kim S.

Carri McMullen

Julie, your love shon through the video as you shared your best friend with us. Thank you and I am praying God will hold your hands as each of you put one foot in front of the other.

Marie Gamber

Thank you for sharing such the story of Russ with us. It is such an amazing tribute to an amazing man! You and your family with with us in our prayers.

Julie Carlisle

That is an awesome tribute. I know it will be a treasure to your boys always. The last picture makes me think...I'll bet Russ and Jesus are fishing in that crystal sea in Heaven and Russ is telling Jesus all about his wife and boys and asking Him to take care of ya'll. ((HUGS))


Beautiful tribute!


I am so very sorry for your loss. This tribute is absolutely beautiful. I think it is things like this that we remember that keep us stronger. You did an amazing job and my heart and prayers are with you and your boys. I am a follower on your blog, and have been thinking of you every step of the way. I lost my dad the same way, and remember everything we did to keep moving forward. It is truly a blessing when they are no longer suffereing and nor are you. Again, I am sorry and god will keep you moving forward.


Joseline Capre

Julie, what a beautiful video tribute. May God be with you and your boys. I will be praying for you.

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