Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Life is Short - Smell the Roses!

I want to share a rose with you ... and help remind us all to be sure to enjoy and hold the roses in our lives precious today!

Laura Triem is my youngest son's girlfriend. She is not only a sweet rose in our lives, but a bright ray of sunshine in the lives of those who know her.

Last Friday, November 4th, she and my son, Nathan, spent the day together -- much in love as they chatted about life and their hopes and dreams. After they parted -- he to take the bus to work, and she to walk to her job -- tragedy struck.

Laura was waiting for one light rail train to pass before crossing a busy intersection in Denver, but failed to see another train departing. She was struck down, and now is in a fight for her life, in critical but stable condition. My son spends as much time by her side as possible -- as do so many family members and friends. The discussion in the waiting room is about Laura's sweet spirit, the joy she has brought to so many, and the hope that her smile will again light up many a room.

I have tried to remind my son, "What would Laura say to you now? What would she tell you to do?" And, I think this blog post is my own way of responding to that question. Knowing Laura, I believe she would tell us all to not take a single day for granted tell those you love just how much you care ... and to reach out and find ways to brighten one anothers' days in whatever ways you can.

I am part of the "Supporting Laura Triem" team. I am donating 20% of all my Etsy shop sales to her Irrevocable Special Needs Trust - set up to assist with those needs Laura may have after all her insurance coverage is exhausted. If you would like to follow her story, go to her Facebook Page and "like" it.


  1. So sad! Praying and praying!!!

  2. She is sooooo beautiful. My heart is breaking for what you and the family are experiencing right now!! Prayers for Laura!!

  3. Laura is a beautiful girl. Laura will be in my prayers.

    AS I said n the CAPS Team thread 2 Christian item will have 50% of the price donated to her fund.

    I will tweet this link for you.


  4. Dearest Judi~praying for Laura that the Lord will put His healing hands on her.She will smile again.


  5. Praying for Laura's complete recovery. This is such a poignant reminder that our days are not as predictable as we like to pretend to ourselves that they are.

    Hugs to all of you.....

  6. I will continue to pray for Laura, her family and also yours. This is such a tragedy.

  7. What a beautiful smile she has. I am praying hard.

  8. Thank you all for your prayers. Today's post takes you to my husband's blog where he has shared our son and Laura's love story ... not to be missed! Thanks for helping get the word out!