UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Elizabeth Foss reports that Barbara has passed away.
Barbara was a true Proverbs 31 woman of valor. I am thankful to have known her, albeit mostly from a distance, and am so sorry that she is gone. Please remember her now and during the month of All Souls, and keep her family in your prayers.
Original post follows:
I am distressed to learn that Mommy Life blogger Barbara Curtis, mother of 12 (four of whom have Down syndrome), suffered a massive stroke Sunday and is not expected to regain consciousness. Please pray for her, her husband Tripp, and all her family.
The Washington Post featured Barbara and Tripp’s story four years ago in a profile that is still available online. One of the children who appears in the photo accompanying the article, Maddy, is now a student at Catholic University. At the time Barbara was stricken, she was engaged in an effort to raise funds to pay Maddy’s tuition for the spring semester. Barbara’s friend Elizabeth Foss is now continuing the fund-raising effort, so visit her blog if you would like to help.
Three years ago, Maddy was a contestant on American Idol. Here is her audition segment, including an interview with Barbara and Tripp. You can also see Barbara at the end of the clip. The song is Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah.”
On a personal note, Barbara , who has been a blog pal of mine for some years, is the second friend of mine in the past few days to be suddenly taken ill (the first was Deirdre McQuade, who is healing wonderfully but still in need of prayers). So I would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone reading this that, if you were to fall ill tomorrow, one thing you would not regret is having gone to Confession and Mass today. The fact that illness or death can happen to any of us at any time is all the more reason to stay close to Christ in the sacraments.