About Kathleen

I am a follower of Christ. I am a 50-something year old mom of seven. I homeschooled my kids through high school and taught a seminar called “Home School for High School” across the country for fourteen years. I have been married to the same man for 33+ years.  We live in North Texas. We enjoy traveling, cycling and playing with our pug Lyla and yellow lab Lady. We have three grandsons and one granddaughter. But those things are not why I started a blog.

On August 13, 2013, we found out one of our adult children had died in a car wreck. I began posting on Facebook about my life over the next few weeks.  My posts were raw and honest.  Friends recommended that I start a blog.  So here it is.

I have never before been a writer.  My posts continue to often be raw and honest. Sometimes they are funny. I simply blog about what is happening in my life and my walk with God.

In 2015, I published two books. What Bereaved Parents Want You to Know (but may not say) contains four articles from my blog. It is a great resource that can help you understand and love grieving families. My Journey through Grief into Grace  reads like a diary of the first two years after The Accident

In May 2016 I was asked by Precept Ministries International to write an inductive Bible study on grief. My husband Ron was quickly recruited to be co-author. The book is titled God’s Healing in Grief. A companion Journal was published by PMI. Both are available from www.precept.org and your local bookstore. 

My prayer is that my words honor my family, glorify my Lord, and help others heal. And maybe I can bring you a bit of joy and laughter along the way.

I welcome comments.  I hope you will be encouraged and blessed by what I write.

In Christ,  Kathleen

 

 

Duncan Family 048, by AEW photography

Our family in May 2014


31 thoughts on “About Kathleen

  1. Hello, I have nominated your for the Sunshine Blogger Award because you have shown me how you have leaned on God throughout your loss and never lost faith. Faith is something I am challenged with daily since losing Big Bubby and I am not where I wish I was on that front. Reading your book and blog has helped tremendously and I truly appreciate all you have shown me over the last long, hard 10 month road. Thank you again!

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  2. After I came across your comment on the community pool, I looked through your blog and to my surprise, you’re a Christian! I am as well. It’s great to see your personal reflections with the Lord shine through your work. I really enjoyed them and can really see your heart. God bless ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Kathleen, I know your pain, my beautiful daughter Alicia went back to the Father on Christmas Day 2013 after battling a rare form of cancer for 22 years. She was 41 years old and battled this monster for more than half of her life. I am from Illinois but recently moved to San Antonio Texas. I have met several Moms who lost their child and I call them my Sister-Moms because we understand each other. Peace to you my Sister-Mom.

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  4. I, too, am a mom of seven and a grief mom, as well. Our oldest child also died in a car accident almost 4 years ago at age 16. If it were not for the hope we have in Christ, I surely would not have survived the loss of my son, either. What hope and comfort we have in Jesus. I stumbled across your blog via a Compassionate Friends Facebook link. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’m also the CF newsletter editor for our area.) I blog, as well, about our grief journey at http://www.AWindowIntoGrief.blogspot.com. All that to say, I wish this “club” wasn’t so big, but I’m thankful to have met some very wonderful people along the journey. ((HUGS))
    Blessings, Angie

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    • Oh Angie, every time I hear a new story, my heart breaks again. Thank you for helping others through CF! Those who have walked this road must help those just starting their journey. I wrote about that subject is my blog Running This Race.

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      • I forgot to mention, we, too, have 4 boys and 3 girls. ๐Ÿ™‚ Writing is a tremendously healing outlet, isn’t it? We’re coming up on the 4 yr. anniversary next month (on the 29th), and I just read your post about the 12th. I love that idea (and, in fact, did a similar idea for Matt’s 20th birthday by doing 20 Random Acts of Kindness). I’ve been praying, asking God for ideas on what to do for the 29th.

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  5. Hi Kathleen,
    I’ve nominated you for the Very inspiring blogger award. If you choose to accept, which I hope you will you need to follow 4 rules. 1. Thank the blogger who nominated you. 2. List the rules and display the award. 3. Share seven facts about yourself. 4. Nominate (15) other amazing blogs and comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them. Good luck in your writing journey.
    Susie

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  6. What a beautiful family you have. I’m ver sorry you have lost a child too and know the depths of the pain. Prayers for strength and comfort for you. Thank you for sharing your journey..

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  7. Having lost a son myself I began to journal. It was very relieving to just put my thoughts down on paper. Like you, I was not a writer but eventually wrote a book about my journey. Grief is something that is best faced head-on, side-stepping it only lengthens the process. I found that as I continued to return to those things that made me cry, I cried less and less and have finally reached the point where the memory of my son makes me smile. Keep writing!

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  8. How touching! I will follow your blog and will come back to read more of your posts. Please do stop by, too, and if you find my blog interesting enough, maybe follow it back. All the best to you.

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  9. Thank you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I write, and even more as they respond.

    I write mainly about faith and mental illness. I am a Christian diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995. I do occasionally write on other subjects, stories, and poems. If you have any requests or recommendations, please contact me.

    I appreciate what you are doing with this blog — honoring your family and glorifying God (two very worthy goals). I pray you are blessed in your life and writing, as you bless others.

    Gratefully,
    Tony Roberts

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  10. Our favorite memory of Andrew is how he loved to tell stories–LONG stories! But we loved to listen because they were usually pretty good and he was so excited to tell them. Love, David and Nancy

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