10.09.2012

Matt.

I just wanted to express my gratitude in a small way by saying that the outpouring love and support for Preslee and me has truly knocked me off my feet. I can't believe what I am seeing in regards to the amount of people that are constantly praying, to the people that are willingly donating and contributing to make sure that our Preslee is taken care of!

There is no way that I can even explain how I am feeling right now. I am a planner and this was definitely not in my plan but I know that it's part of God's plan and I am trying my best to trust in it. I know that having Preslee by my side will get me through this unbearable pain. And I am thankful that she is too young to understand and she will grow up seeing how much everyone loved her father!

I am in just complete shock right now but know that very hard times are ahead. Your prayers are getting me through this initial phase but I will need God to give me strength to get through the next months ahead.

I plan to continue to blog as much as possible not only to benefit my family to keep up with Preslee but to share with others who have shown their love to me through the blogging & social media world. Matt loved that I blogged and he loved to proof read my post and give me a hard time about how "incorrect by news standard" my writing would be! I told him I love exclamation points and didn't care if I had run on sentences! Ha! Then he always wanted to read the comments to see what everyone said. I even just found myself thinking that I should have him read this before I hit publish.

I can hardly make sense of what has happened. All we know is that something must have happened to him to cause him to be unconscious because the car behind him said he never hit his breaks as he traveled over 500 feet off the road before hitting a concrete post. The first to his tahoe couldn't get him out but they said he was definitely not awake before his car caught fire.

Matt was always thinking ahead and actually had something written to me in his phone notes in case anything ever were to happen to him. My first request was for someone to please try to get his phone. I HAD to have that phone! At the time, they weren't sure that they could salvage anything after the fire but the only thing that I have received so far was his phone!! He had a lifeproof case on it and it withstood a fire and was laying in a puddle of water but his phone is perfectly fine! I thank the Lord for letting me have that phone so I could read those words that he wanted me to read!!

Once again, I can never say thank you enough for your prayers, love and support during this heartbreaking tragedy!


-I am attaching Matt's obituary for anyone who doesn't live around here to read it in the papers.

Matthew Gary Turner, 32, of Little Rock went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 6, 2012 following a car accident. Matt was born January, 8 1980 in Arkadelphia, AR. He was the first son of Lisa and the late Gary Turner.


He attended Arkadelphia High School where he played football and baseball. Matt began his college career at University of Southern Mississippi before transferring to his hometown where he played quarterback for Ouachita Baptist University. He graduated with degree in Mass Communications.

Matt met the love of his life, Julee Bell in their hometown of Arkadelphia and began dating in September 2000. They were married January 13, 2007 at Third Street Baptist Church, where his father was a long time pastor. His dream of a family was fulfilled when his daughter, Preslee Bell was born November 29, 2011.  
Matt started his media career by doing high school play-by-play, serving as an intern at Hootens Football Magazine and KATV Sports. He was hired by KNWA (NBC) in Northwest Arkansas in 2003. He first covered the Razorbacks and then was promoted to nightly news anchor in 2006 before moving to Little Rock to work as the nightly news anchor at Today’s THV in August of 2012 (CBS).
Matt was voted best news anchor by several publications, was named to the Arkansas Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list for achievement in business, and won first place for a sports story by the Arkansas Society of Professional Journalists. He was considered a rising star in the television news business.
He volunteered his time at numerous charities and had a heart for cancer research after losing his dad to cancer seven years ago.
Matt always loved and protected his family and his greatest asset was his love for his daughter Preslee.  He always put his family and friends ahead of himself and was constantly thinking ahead and planning on their behalf. Matt was proud of his hometown and never missed a chance to return home to visit family and friends. Matt was a man of integrity and had a strong faith in God.
He is survived by his wife Julee of Little Rock and his daughter Preslee. He is also survived by his mother Lisa Turner of Arkadelphia and brother Andy Turner (Chelsey) of Benton and his grandparents, Ray and Hilda Wingfield of Arkadelphia and E.T. Pruitt of Gurdon.
Visitation with the family is Tuesday, October 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Third Street Baptist Church in Arkadelphia.
A Memorial service honoring Matt’s life will be Wednesday, October 10, at 1p.m. at Third Street Baptist Church.
A private burial service for family will follow.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up at Summit Bank and Southern Bancorp for Julee and Preslee Turner.




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Auntie Mip said...

God bless you dear Julee and Preslee. I am a random stranger who fund you through Kelly Samps. I rejoiced throughout your miracle pregnancy and the birth of your beloved Preslee. I am heartbroken for you. Truly heartbroken.

I am so sorry for the tragic death of your Matt. I know the pain must be unbearable. I pray you know a peace that passes all understanding. Know that this complete stranger has had you, Preslee and your entire family in my prayers. Know that you are loved. Know you are not alone. Know that Matt is with you always.

Against all hope, in hope I believe Romans 4:18

Auntie Mip said...

God bless you dear Julee and Preslee. I am a random stranger who fund you through Kelly Samps. I rejoiced throughout your miracle pregnancy and the birth of your beloved Preslee. I am heartbroken for you. Truly heartbroken.

I am so sorry for the tragic death of your Matt. I know the pain must be unbearable. I pray you know a peace that passes all understanding. Know that this complete stranger has had you, Preslee and your entire family in my prayers. Know that you are loved. Know you are not alone. Know that Matt is with you always.

Against all hope, in hope I believe Romans 4:18

Brittany..Following my Bliss said...

You and your family have been on my mind since I first read the news. I will continue to pray for your family and pray you can find solace in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No words seem adequate, but please know that you have friends you have never met keeping you close in prayer. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kristi said...

Julee,
I was at OBU with Matt and we had a couple of classes together. It was so great to see how successful he became in his career! I found your blog a while ago and felt for you both when you were trying to get pregnant and just loved reading about Preslee! I'm so sad to hear of his tragic passing and have been praying for you and the rest of the family. Preslee is too young to feel the pain, but she will know her dad because of the great legacy he left. You're all in my prayers.

Leah-in-the-Kia said...

Julee i am a long time reader from australia, i was so shocked and sad to read your awful news on twitter early hours of yesterday morning our time, I couldnt sleep so i checked on my phone and just couldnt believe what i was reading.we are thinking of you and Preslee all the way over here
With Love, Leah - mum to Jake 15, Britt 13 , Laine 11 ( born nov 29 too!) and Fallon 9- NSW Australia

Kristi said...

Oh sweet, sweet Julee...thousands of miles away there is a heart that aches for you & your family and a voice that cries out to God in prayer for you all. I never knew I could feel such pain for a 'stranger', but when I asked God to let me carry some of the burden of grief for you I'm guessing he delivered.

Love and prayers upon prayers for you from Duesseldorf, Germany...

Kristi

Leah-in-the-Kia said...

Julee i am a long time reader from Australia. I am so sad and shocked at your awful news I read on twitter early yesterday morning our time, please know I am thinking of you, we dont know each other but I feel like I do know your lovely family through blog land. With love from central NSW Australia,Leah

Kristi said...

Oh sweet, sweet Julee...thousands of miles away there is a heart that aches for you and a voice that cries out to God in prayer for you & your family. I never knew I could hurt so much for a 'stranger', but when I asked God to let me carry some of your burden of grief I'm guessing he delivered.

Love and prayers upon prayers for you from Duesseldorf, Germany...
Kristi

Grace said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I have been praying for you and baby Preslee since I heard the news and will continue to do so. May God comfort you and give you strength today and always.
Grace

The Morgans said...

So hard to find the words. So many of us that have never met you, want to wrap our arms around you and take away the pain. Know that you are being covered in prayer, each and every day. You are loved by SO many!

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Oh Julee, again...I have no words. Just a reminder of the huge amount of love we all have for you! You are so strong and a beautiful witness of God's grace. You are constantly in my heart and prayers. xo

Anna & Kirby said...

I'm pretty sure I've never commented before but have read your blog for several years now. I'm so sorry for your loss and I can't imagine what your going through. Please know I'm praying for you and little Preslee. I hope you find peace in this situation soon.

Esther Schwander said...

I just wanted to say that I'm praying for you and Preslee. Although I don't know you, my heart aches for you. I pray that He sustains you and uplifts you in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

Mariela said...

Julee, I am praying for you & Preslee here in NYC.

Megan said...

Julee there are no words that I can say that would possibly take any of your pain away. Please know that you and Preslee have been on my mind constantly since I heard the news. I am praying so much! My heart aches for you, but I know that your faith, and that sweet baby girl will pull you through the tough days and months ahead! God Bless you and your family.

Meredith said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your sweet little Preslee. I know your husband is looking down on his girls from heaven God has a plan, even if we don't understand it that's for sure. Praying for you and Preslee.

Melissa said...

Prayers and love

mom7 said...

Please know that are in our family's prayers. I have followed your blog since your beautiful daughter was born and I think of you often during the day. My God hold you close and comfort you. Praying for you from southern Illinois. Cindy

Melissa said...

Prayers and love

waikikimum said...

I have never met you Julee but know about you through Kelly and Jennifer's blogs. I am so sorry for your loss and can't imagine the pain you are going through right now. I pray that you stay strong and can go forward with your precious Preslee. Kathy, Perth Western Australia x

Shehe Aishath said...

i am so so sorry for your loss..may god give u strength during the time.

Colleen said...

Oh Julee, my heart is breaking for you and sweet, sweet Preslee. I'm miles away from you and have been watching the video tributes made to Matt by his news station, with tears streaming. I've followed your blog via Kelly's Korner for quite some time, and I had tears of joy during your pregnancy with Miss Preslee. I know that in time tears of joy will flow again, God will make sure of it. Many (((HUGS))) and much prayer coming to you from Wisconsin....

Colleen said...

Oh Julee, my heart is breaking for you and your sweet, sweet Preslee. I am watching the videos compiled by Matt's news station with tears streaming. I've followed your blog via Kelly's Korner for quite some time and shed tears of joy during your pregnancy with Preslee. I know that God will allow those happy tears to come again. Many (((HUGS))) and so many prayers coming to you from Wisconsin....

siegler.anna said...

Julee--We don't know each other and probably never will as I live in Luxembourg (I'm originally from Texas) but I have been following your blog for a while. I just wanted to let you know that you and Preslee have been in my thoughts the last couple of days. There is nothing that I can say to ease your pain but I hope that you take perhaps a small bit of comfort in knowing that so many people--around the world--are thinking about you and so very sincerely wishing you well in the coming days and months. There is no blueprint for what lies ahead unfortunately (both in term of your grief and future plans) but I know that you have so many people supporting you each step of the way. Preslee is very lucky to have you as a mother. Warmest thoughts and wishes---Joanna

The Lady of the House said...

I had the pleasure of working with Matt when he was doing sports for KNWA and I was working for the University.3

I always enjoyed being around him and have always had an incredible amount of respect for him professionally and personally.

May the Lord be with you as you grieve, and also rejoice in his beautiful, but short, journey of life.

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brie. said...

julee - you don't know me but i've been reading your blog for a while - i just wanted to say that i am incredibly sorry for your loss and pray that you comforted by the lord in this your time of great need. bless you and preslee.

Elisabeth said...

Sweet Julee and Preslee,

Words cannot adequately express how broken my heart is for you. I couldn't sleep so I thought I'd get up early to pray for your sweet family. Sending hugs and hope you feel the love everyone has for you surrounding you during this difficult time.

Susy said...

Julee- Your strength is evident in this post. It is inspiring! I hope you feel our prayers. We have been praying without ceasing. So many people have been so generous with their time, talents, and resources. It is all for you and Preslee, and I hope you can feel our love and hope for you through it. You are never far from my thoughts. May God hold you tight through this difficult week.

The Bost Family said...

Love you Julee.
I cant wait to hug you! You and Preslee are constantly in our prayers!

The Bost Family said...

Love you Julee.
I cant wait to hug you! You and Preslee are constantly in our prayers!

Tricia said...

Hi Julee,

Please know that my prayers are with you and your beautiful daughter. I came across your blog a couple years ago when I moved from my hometown in Ohio to Boston. I was beginning the journey of TTC and enjoyed reading your posts (my daughter is 2 months younger than Preslee). You are such a beautiful woman inside and out and I am so sorry this terrible thing happened to you. I thank you for sharing your life through your blog.
Tricia

Tiffany said...

Praying for you, Preslee, and your family and friends during this hard time.

Kari said...

<3 hugs.

Samantha said...

I'm praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Kimberly said...

Julee, I will continue to pray for you and Preslee in these days ahead.

I am seeing so much LOVE out there in the blogging world for your two.
I am so sorry you are going thru this. God Bless.

Tina said...

The fact that you were able to get his phone proves god is protecting and comforting you. Hugs and prayers. Tina

Sara said...

Julee, I know there really are no words that can help right now, but you will remain in my thoughts in prayers in the days, weeks, and months to come.

I am thankful you were able to receive his phone and read the precious words he left to you.

Hold tight to that sweet baby girl as she will help you through this like no one other than the Lord can.

Much love to you dear blog friend!

Erin said...

Sending so much love to you and Preslee right now and in the days ahead. God will lead you through this difficult time and your blog family will be there too! We love you both!

DianeTaylor said...

Hi Julee - you don't know me at all - but when I saw Kelly's prayer request and a link to your blog, well I had to leave a comment. I recently lost my only child, 24 year old Jonathan Paul Daily, in a tragic fire in his apartment. He was very much like your Matt - ready to take on the wordl by storm. I understand how broken you feel today - and I also know how the pain will deepen over time. Yes, it will get worse. I am trying my best to get thru each day without the love of my life. It is so hard, Julee. So hard. But I look to the Lord for my strength - he is my fortress and my shield. I am so saddened by this tragic loss of life - I did not know your husband but he sounds like am amazing person. You did a wonderful job on the obituary - I know it takes hours to write something so personal. In heaven, there is NOTHING WASTED. Matt is now capable of loving you as the Lord loves us :) I will pray for you and your sweet family, Julee. God doesn't make mistakes (that is easy to say but oh so hard to believe!) - hold onto him with all your might.

Much love and prayers,

Diane Taylor
Baltimore Maryland

Kristin said...

Julee, words cannot express my sorrow for you and all that has happened...I am praying for you and your sweet daughter and asking God that he wrap you in comfort and peace in the coming days and months.

Jordyn Nadler said...

Julee,

You don't know me, but about two years ago, I came to your blog through Kelly's Korner. When I first heard of this incident, I was shocked to say the least. I don't know how to express my sorrow to you through a computer screen. As I didn't know you and Matt personally, it's hard for me to say anything personal, but reading your blog, he seemed like an amazing son, brother, husband, father and friend. I'm sure the people of Arkansas will miss his smiling face on their news channel. I am sorry that you weren't able to continue your journey with Matt by your side. I am sorry that Preslee will only get to know her father through pictures, stories and news broadcasts. Luckily for you, you have that beautiful baby girl by your side that will constantly allow for Matt's memory to live on.

Again, I am so sorry for your loss. i'm sending prayers to Matt's family, friends, you and Preslee.

Love Jordyn

Ashley said...
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Ashley said...

My heart is breaking for you! I pray the Lord would continue to uphold you and strengthen you through this unbearable time! We are certainly praying for you and Preslee, over here in Colorado Springs!

Psalm 34:18

twomoellers said...

Julee: I am a first time commenter, but I have been following your precious blog for years. You and sweet Preslee are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying that you find peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding.

malia said...

Thinking of you, Julee and praying for peace for you and your family.

malia said...

Thinking of you, Julee, and praying for peace for you and your family.

2e8a1e80-11fe-11e2-8596-000bcdcb5194 said...

Oh how my heart aches for you & your sweet family! I can't even begin to imagine, there are no words but my heart is exploding with sadness & love for you & your sweet family. You Matt & Preslee have touched the hearts of people you don't even know & may never meet but know the imprint on our hearts will always be there & your beautiful family and your beautiful Matt will never be forgotten. The days & months & years ahead will surely be painful but you are held & will continue to be held in the hearts of many. I wish there was something I could do or say but there is nothing at a time like this but I want you to know how sorry I am & how much I have been touched & forever changed by your sweet sweet family. Love Ashlee (twitter- bluewonderland3)

Ashley S said...

You are in my prayers every single day. God promises to never leave our side and I pray His loving arms wrap tightly around you. I don't know you personally but love your blog:)

2e8a1e80-11fe-11e2-8596-000bcdcb5194 said...

Oh how my heart aches for you & your sweet family! I can't even begin to imagine, there are no words but my heart is exploding with sadness & love for you & your sweet family. You Matt & Preslee have touched the hearts of people you don't even know & may never meet but know the imprint on our hearts will always be there & your beautiful family and your beautiful Matt will never be forgotten. The days & months & years ahead will surely be painful but you are held & will continue to be held in the hearts of many. I wish there was something I could do or say but there is nothing at a time like this but I want you to know how sorry I am & how much I have been touched & forever changed by your sweet sweet family. Love Ashlee (twitter- bluewonderland3)

2e8a1e80-11fe-11e2-8596-000bcdcb5194 said...

Oh how my heart aches for you & your sweet family! I can't even begin to imagine, there are no words but my heart is exploding with sadness & love for you & your sweet family. You Matt & Preslee have touched the hearts of people you don't even know & may never meet but know the imprint on our hearts will always be there & your beautiful family and your beautiful Matt will never be forgotten. The days & months & years ahead will surely be painful but you are held & will continue to be held in the hearts of many. I wish there was something I could do or say but there is nothing at a time like this but I want you to know how sorry I am & how much I have been touched & forever changed by your sweet sweet family. Love Ashlee (twitter- bluewonderland3)

Jesse said...

Julee - my heart goes out to you and your family. I know we have never met but please know that so many people are praying for you during this difficult time. May God's love and comforting hands be with you and Preslee as you go through the unimaginable.

Jesse said...

Julee - my heart goes out to you and your family. I know we have never met but please know that so many people are praying for you during this difficult time. May God's love and comforting hands be with you and Preslee as you go through the unimaginable.

Cherry said...

I "know" you through your blog and have followed your story for several years. I've "felt" emotions alongside you, one of the most special highlights? Your's & Matt's JOY of sweet Preslee's arrival into your world! You are right, her sweet presence in your life WILL help you get through this! Reading throughout the blog world how many people are praying and sending love... it's overwhelmimg! What a testimony of God's love & care for your family! Praying for you all and thanking God for His love and strength that is, and will, carry you through these days ahead! BE ENCOURAGED sweet Julee!!! Sending Love & Prayers, Cherry

Michele Barabas said...

Julee,
Words cannot express the pain I feel for you. I have kept up with you and Matt and Romeo, first, then sweet Preslee through your blog. Your faith amazes me and I pray that God will continue to strengthen and uplift you. I pray you will feel such a strong outpouring of love in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Please know that there are so many that are praying for you.

Sarah @Newlywed and Decorating said...

I've been praying for you and Preslee ever since I found out on Sunday. I feel for you so much. I have a daughter who is almost exactly Preslee's age. Your husband seemed like an amazing man, father, and husband and I am so sorry for your loss! You are handling this like an amazing woman of God. Your life and that of your husband are surely bringing a lot of people closer to God- you have for me!

Courtney said...

When I heard the news yesterday morning, my heart broke. I don't know you in real life but have enjoyed following your blog and your precious family. The days ahead will be long and there will be moments that you don't know how you will get through them, but you will, especially for you daughter. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Michele Barabas said...

Julee,
Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your sweet Matt. I have kept up with your life through your blogging and been amazed at your faith. I pray that God would give you the peace that surpasses all understanding in this time. Please know that you are so loved and thought about. I pray that you continue to feel the outpouring of love in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Heather said...

Sweet girl... I had never even heard your name before Sunday and it has been constantly imprinted on my heart since then. I can't imagine what you must be going through but I know that our God is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit... so I know that He is right there with you. *hugs*
heather

Dawn said...

Julee,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Preslee and your whole family. My heart just aches for you.

Hugs,

Dawn

barri said...

I love you, Julee! Your strength is already evident but as so many have said, we will continue to pray for you!!!! Keep holding on!

barri said...

I love you, Julee! Your strength is already evident but as so many have said, we will continue to pray for you!!!! Keep holding on!

barri said...

I love you, Julee! Your strength is already evident but as so many have said, we will continue to pray for you!!!! Keep holding on!

barri said...

I love you, Julee! Your strength is already evident but as so many have said, we will continue to pray for you!!!! Keep holding on!

Carrie said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Preslee. My heart breaks for your family. Stay strong and may God be at your side every step of the way.

Lisa & Zach said...

Julee -

I do not even remember how I came across your blog, but I have been following for quite some time now. I am the silent blog reader...I just read, never really comment. However, I just feel the need to comment today to tell you that I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. There are no words to adequately express how sad I am for you & your sweet girl. Although I have never met you, I feel that I know a little glimpse of you via your blog. I also have a young baby girl & this tragic accident has really resonated with me & I have not been able to get you guys off my mind since I found out. Just thought you should know that you have one more person from the blog world who is and will continue to pray for you & Preslee through this difficult time.

Becky said...

Julee - I am one of those many people whom you have never met, yet has been saddened by your immense loss. I understand your emotions being kind of 'frozen' at this point. We are studying Job in SS and realized that when his possession and children were taken, he acknowledged that the Lord had a hand in it, yet he was confident in that Lord that gives and takes. What a blessing that Matt appears to have been unconscious when it happened. Many years ago a family lost 6 of their 9 children in a fiery crash and one thing the mom was most thankful for, was that she was unconscious and that the Lord spared her those visions . I am praying for the loss that you Preslee and Romeo must be feeling. Also thankful that eternity is SO much longer than our time here on earth with those we love.

lnipaver said...

Although I don't know you I am heart broken for you. I pray for strength for you and your daughter. I enjoy reading your blog and I am looking forward to seeing what God has planned for you in the years to come.

Carrie said...

I have been lifting you and your family up in my prayers.

Cathy Prell said...

Julee, we don't know each other, except from your blog (and Twitter) ~ but I have been following your blog for a couple of years.

When I found out about Matt on Sunday, I immediately went into prayer mode and have been prayerfully thinking of you and your family ever since.

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through, but my heart has been aching for you.

You and Preslee continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. May the God of PEACE and love and understanding be your comfort and your strength.

Love,
Cathy Prell

Me and My Boyz said...

I am so very sorry for your loss... I have been praying for you and your sweet baby girl. You are very loved and your husband seems to have been a very special person. You will be in my continued thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks, months, years to come.

Vickie said...

Sweet Julee,
I have read your blog now for quite some time but have never commented. You have been on my mind now since hearing about your beloved husband Matt. Please know that many are praying for you and Preslee. Your words were beautiful and reflect a young woman that knows Christ is her strength. I know the days and weeks ahead will be incredibly painful and difficult but He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will be a balm to your spirit. I pray that the Lord will continue to place those around you that will minister to your needs physically, financially and spiritually. I am glad you will continue to blog. Writing for me became my solace when I became a single parent. Much love to you and your sweet girl. Praying for you both. May the God of all comfort wrap you both in His loving arms to find comfort, peace, and rest.
Blessings,
Vickie

Katie said...

Julee, I've never met you, but I've read your blog for a while. I was so excited when you had Preslee. I'm so sad about Matt. I couldn't help but wonder where God is in this tragedy and what He is doing. I have prayed every time I think of you and Preslee over the last few days and during the night when I'm up with my daughter. I prayed for God's mercy, and your post revealed several mercies already - that Matt was unaware of the accident, finding his phone, and the support of so many. I also prayed and hoped that you were with family or friends when you learned about Matt, so you could have immediate support and love. I admire your strength. I pray that God will continue to carry you in His love and grace.

Vickie said...

Sweet Julee,
I have read your blog now for quite some time but have never commented. You have been on my mind now since hearing about your beloved husband Matt. Please know that many are praying for you and Preslee. Your words were beautiful and reflect a young woman that knows Christ is her strength. I know the days and weeks ahead will be incredibly painful and difficult but He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will be a balm to your spirit. I pray that the Lord will continue to place those around you that will minister to your needs physically, financially and spiritually. I am glad you will continue to blog. Writing for me became my solace when I became a single parent. Much love to you and your sweet girl. Praying for you both. May the God of all comfort wrap you both in His loving arms to find comfort, peace, and rest.
Blessings,
Vickie

Vickie said...

Sweet Julee,
I have read your blog now for quite some time but have never commented. You have been on my mind now since hearing about your beloved husband Matt. Please know that many are praying for you and Preslee. Your words were beautiful and reflect a young woman that knows Christ is her strength. I know the days and weeks ahead will be incredibly painful and difficult but He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will be a balm to your spirit. I pray that the Lord will continue to place those around you that will minister to your needs physically, financially and spiritually. I am glad you will continue to blog. Writing for me became my solace when I became a single parent. Much love to you and your sweet girl. Praying for you both. May the God of all comfort wrap you both in His loving arms to find comfort, peace, and rest.
Blessings,
Vickie

Vickie said...

Sweet Julee,
I have read your blog now for quite some time but have never commented. You have been on my mind now since hearing about your beloved husband Matt. Please know that many are praying for you and Preslee. Your words were beautiful and reflect a young woman that knows Christ is her strength. I know the days and weeks ahead will be incredibly painful and difficult but He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will be a balm to your spirit. I pray that the Lord will continue to place those around you that will minister to your needs physically, financially and spiritually. I am glad you will continue to blog. Writing for me became my solace when I became a single parent. Much love to you and your sweet girl. Praying for you both. May the God of all comfort wrap you both in His loving arms to find comfort, peace, and rest.
Blessings,
Vickie

Tammy Nelson said...

I have been reading your blog for a little over a year now and I am beyond sad for your loss. As you say this is the plan the Lord has made. We aren't sure why it was Matt's time to go. I know this is just blog world but honestly, if there's anything I can help with I'd love to. Your daughter is a shining star and she will be your light to guide you through the tough times ahead.

Jesse said...

Julee- my heart goes out to you and your family. I know we have never met but please know there are so many people praying for you right now. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your sweet daughter as you go through this unimaginable time.

Savannah said...

You and your sweet family have been in my constant thoughts and prayers. This is absolutely devastating and I pray that you find peace and strength in the days and weeks to come. Much love!

me. in hiding said...

just sending prayers.
and strength.

leslie

~Alicia~ said...

I haven't commented on your blog before but I just wanted you to know that prayers are being lifted up for you from as far as Sydney, Australia!

Amy - OPC said...

Praying for you & Preslee in VA! xo

~Alicia~ said...

Although I am a long-time reader, I haven't commented on your blog before, and I have no words except to say that prayers are being lifted up for you from as far away as Sydney, Australia. Praying for peace, comfort and strength during the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Cory said...

Julee - you do not know me, but I have been following your blog for years. I am heartbroken with these news but haven't stopped praying for you. GOd will cover you with strength and comfort during this time. Hugs from Virginia.

Megan said...

I have read your blog for a while, but never comment. I felt like I needed to comment today. My eyes fill with tears, and my heart is heavy for you today. I feel like I know you, and am so sorry. I have no other words. I will be praying in Ohio for you!

Erin said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I live all the way on Long Island and am just as sad to hear this as people in your hometown. I pray you and your baby girl will get through this hard time. You both are so loved.

Jillian Dancy said...

Trusting in a faithful God- your trust & faith in God's sovereignty is very admirable and is what will carry you and sweet Preslee through these hard months ahead. Praying always!

Terri Lynn Grothe said...

Sorry to hear what happened, i have read your blog for a while, but this is my first comment.
Know we are praying for you all over the world

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Vera said...

Praying for you, Julee. I live in Little Rock and have been so heartbroken for Matt's family since reading this news.

Hautemama said...

I've read your blog for a very long time and I am so very sorry for your loss. I'm heartbroken for you. My Dad died in the exact same way by running off the road and hitting a bridge abutment. The shock will last for a long time. Just know that there are so many people praying for you and we will hold you up. I was a single Mom with an 8 month old and every time you feel sad, just hug Preslee tight and know that Matt is with you. Everyone loves you and Preslee! I pray for strength and guidance for you in the coming days.

Teresa said...

Julee I've read your blog off and on, I was do saddened to hear of Matt's passing. I cannot imagine your grief and pain. Know that God is your rock. Prayers for you and your baby girl.

Hautemama said...

I've read your blog for a very long time and I am so very sorry for your loss. I'm heartbroken for you. My Dad died in the exact same way by running off the road and hitting a bridge abutment. The shock will last for a long time. Just know that there are so many people praying for you and we will hold you up. I was a single Mom with an 8 month old and every time you feel sad, just hug Preslee tight and know that Matt is with you. Everyone loves you and Preslee! I pray for strength and guidance for you in the coming days.

Teresa said...

Julee I was so saddened to hear of Matt's passing. I cannot imagine your grief and pain. Hold tight to the Lord and that baby girl. Prayers for you guys.

Jill said...

You continue to amaze me in your wonderful post. God Bless you in the coming days and months. We love you and thanks for letting all of your "blogging" friends know how you are doing. Also, thanks for giving us a peak into your life with the cell phone that he left. I can't imagine the pain that you have, so I can't even touch on that point but to let you know that I have continued to pray for you as I do things around the house. While I am doing different chores or caring for my children, my mind wonders off to you and wondering what you are doing as you deal with this pain. I know from your blog that you have many friends and family that will come around you, but I want you to know that your blogging community love you too!

ashley said...

Julee you don't know me but I have followed your blog for years. I was so thrilled when Matt came to KTHV because I live in central Arkansas. Please know you are in my prayers as I cannot imagine the pain you are in. I don't pretend to know what else to say..except please know you and Preslee will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers daily.
Ashley Pike

Pinot after Playdates said...

I hope you know that mommas everywhere are hugging their husbands and children tighter and more often because of this awful tragedy. I love that, and I also hate that :( You and your sweet girl will continue to be on my heart which breaks a million times over for you each time I remember your family in my prayers.

Toni :O) said...

I am so deeply heartbroken and sorry for your loss of your sweet Matt. My heart truly aches for you since I heard the news. I don't know you personally but have followed your lovely blog for sometime now. I'm glad you will continue to blog as much as possible. Please know your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. May He lift you up and give you all the strength and guidance you need during this incredibly hard time. Hugs from Michigan to you and sweet Preslee (( )) (( )) (( )). Take good care.

Sarah said...

Julee, I've read your blog the past two years and have absolutely loved reading about the experiences of your sweet family. My son Judah was born a day before your sweet Preslee. I have prayed for you continuously these last few days. It is so hard understanding the Lord's plan in all of this but I pray you will continually feel His love and His arms around you at all times. Thank you for sharing your family with us and know that many people have been impacted by your families' faith in the Lord!

Kelley said...

Julee, your strength and trust is a witness to your faith in the Lord. So many of us are praying for you...even many like myself who don't "know" you but feel like they do because of your blog. We will all be here to encourage you in the days to come.

Rebekah said...

Julee, I really have no words. My heart is aching for you and Preslee and that leaves me speechless. You are ony mind constantly and I am praying without ceasing for God to give you a peace and strength to walk through each day.

JazzerMomma said...

Julee - I came across your blog from Kelly's and I just want to say my heart is breaking for you and your beautiful Preslee. My thoughts and deepest prayers are with you. So glad you were able to get Matt's phone. God is good and will carry you through.

Susan in Indiana

Courtney said...

Julee, I am so glad you posted. So happy his phone survived and you were able to see what he wrote for you. Lots of hugs and prayers, Courtney.

JazzerMomma said...

Julee - I came to your blog from Kelly's long before you had Preslee and just want to say my heart is breaking for you and your sweet baby girl. I am so glad you were able to get Matt's phone. God is good and He will carry you through this. You are in my thoughts and prayers constantly.

Susan in Indiana

meg said...

I have been thinking of you so much and just tossed and turned the night I found about about him through Kelly's blog. I prayed for you every single time I would wake up and think about how you must have been doing. Sorry doesn't cut it, but I'm just so beyond sorry. I pray for you so often throughout the day and for your daughter and your families.

I have been reading your blog for a while and I'm so appreciative of your update ... I know it must be hard to do anything "normal" like blogging but I loved hearing from you. You are completely covered in prayers and I will continue to pray for you all.

Christie said...

Julee, I have been reading your blog for awhile and I just wanted to express my deepest condolences for what happened to Matt. I told my husband about it yesterday and he and I talked about how we couldn't imagine being in your shoes. My family is praying so hard for you and Preslee, and everyone affected by this tragedy. May God draw you close in these trying times, and may you find peace at the times you never thought you could. Lots of love from Indiana.

Janie said...

Julee-You don't know me and I'm not sure I have ever even left you a comment before, but I have been following your blog and praying for you for a few years. You and your family have been in my constant thoughts and prayers these last few days. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know the road ahead of you is hard, and I wish it wasn't, but find comfort in knowing that we are all praying for you. As we all hold on to our loved ones a little tighter, know that God has wrapped his arms tightly around you and Preslee too.

Megan said...

Julee, You don't know me and have probably never seen my blog. But I just wanted to let you know that there are hundreds (maybe even thousands) of us bloggers that are praying for you. There was no doubt of the love between you and Matt and for little Preslee when reading through your blog! I pray God's comfort through the days ahead! And know the bloggers are here to support you if you need us.

Jacylann Nix said...

You are an incredibly strong woman, & God will get you and Preslee through this hard time.
I am praying for you and your family.
God bless you xo

Green Girl said...

You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly. It is the first thought when I wake and the last before I fall asleep. I am participating in the silent auction for Preslee and I hope I can raise as much as possible for your sweet girl.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Beautiful tribute. I know that Matt will be watching over you forever. My deepest condolences go to you.

Katie Noel said...

Julee, I sit here at my desk and just weep for you. My heart is so broken for you and Preslee (and both of your families) and cannot fathom the ache you must be feeling. Know that God is your refuge. Keep him close. He is there for you at all times when you need him most, but want to push away and when you are grasping for anything you can he is there. Know that all of us in the blogging, twitter, social media world are here for you in Christ and are praying for you all day and everyday. Listen to the song "Blessings" by Laura Story. I found refuge in it during a hard time in my life and I hope it brings you some solace...even just a tiny bit. I am praying for you.

Amy said...

Julee, I've been a long-time reader of your blog and feel like I know your sweet family even though we've never met. I've cried several times just thinking about what you are going through. I will continue to keep you, your precious Preslee and the rest of your family in my prayers.

Maureen said...

Covering you and Preslee in prayer.

Dana said...

Your strength is already evident...

The Stokes Family said...

Julee I have read your blog for a few years now and have never commented, but I cannot tell you how deeply sorry I am. I have followed you through your ups and downs and almost feel like I know you(which I know sounds weird), so I was just heartbroken when I read what happened. I am praying for the strength and peace that you need during this hard time and the long road ahead. You and sweet Preslee are in my families thoughts and prayers!

meurrier said...

Oh Julee...I've been reading your blog for several years now, but I don't think I've ever commented. When I read about Matt on Kelly's blog, I immediately starting shaking and crying. Although I've never met you in person, there is a part of me that feels like I know you and your family. So weird how the blog world works like that. I have been praying continually for you since Sunday. I can't imagine what you must be going through, but I'm so thankful that you know the Lord because I know that He will be the only one that will get you through this. I pray that HIS peace and comfort will be with you in ways that you can't imagine or describe! I will continue to pray for you, Preslee and both of your families.

Becki@Just The Three of Us said...

Julee,
I have read your blog for a long time now and have never commented. My heart is breaking for you and Preslee. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Alisha said...

Hey Julee,
I'm a long-time reader from Kansas. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers through Matt's health concerns, your struggle with infertility, bringing home your precious Preslee, and now, more than ever! My heart is broken in two for you. I know I can't even imagine what you must be feeling but know that you have MANY people praying for you. I believe with all my heart that God is going to wrap you up in His arms and give you all the strength you need to get through each day.

Hold on to Him (and Preslee and sweet Romeo) tight and I pray you feel his peace and comfort soon. I'm so very sorry for your loss,

Alisha

Dina Lettre said...

Sending love and prayers from Georgia.

Kristi said...

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort you.

Michelle said...

I've heard about you through Kelly's Korner, and my heart absolutely broke when I heard this. Please know that I am praying my heart out for you! God will take care of you and Preslee.

The Whitfields said...

Hi Julee! I started reading your blog about a year ago through Kelly's Korner. I loved reading about Romeo, he reminds me so much of my 2 golden retrievers. I've been praying for you since I read this on Kelly's Korner yesterday. I can't imagine what you're going through & I am so very sorry. My pastor, Andy Stanley, once spoke on tragedy & one of the things he said really left a mark on me. He said that when sin entered the world, God mourned for the brokenness and began a plan of redemption. God knows what you're going through & he mourns with you. I know that doesn't help but I felt like I needed to let you know that I'm praying for you and your family sweet lady! Lots of prayers for you here in Atlanta.

Anonymous said...

Oh Julee my heart is breaking for you and your family. I have read your blog for awhile and have often thought what a wonderful family you have. Its amazing to know that I feel this much pain for a stranger but looks like you have several followers that feel the same way. Just know I am praying for God to wrap his arms around you and that you can feel His sweet love like never before. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers.

Lisa
GA

Amanda said...

I don't think I have ever commented but thought today I should. I am praying for you, Preslee and the family.

Jamie said...

My heart has been brooken ever since I heard what happened. But I'm also so glad to see the blogging community coming together for you and Preslee. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. You will make it through this <3

Holt said...

Julee - I found your blog through a friend of mines. You do not know me but I was drawn to your blog after reading your issues with infertility as my husband and I have faced it as well - and are so thankful for our two sweet girls. We live in South Dakota, however, my husband grew up in Arkansas and we were there this weekend when we heard about the accident. I have constantly been thinking about you and Preslee and the endless pain you are going through right now. Please know that you and your daughter have been in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be for many days to come. We do not understand why things like this happen, but we will pray for strength to get your through it. Love and Prayers from South Dakota!

Erin Elizabeth said...

Julee, I am praying for you, Preslee, and both yours and Matt's family. I was shocked when I read the news late Sunday night. I can't imagine how you feel. I find myself stopping several times thru to day to pray for you. God Bless all of you during this difficult time.

Emily said...

Julee--

Your strength is unbelievable. I know you probably don't feel like you have it all together, but reading your words and hearing how your faith and Preslee will get you through is truly inspirational. It has been amazing to watch this horrible tragedy bring so many together in a time of need. You are two blessed girls to have so many praying for you. We will continue to do so over the weeks and months ahead.

lovejoy_31 said...

I am praying so hard for you and Preslee. She is beautiful and I have no doubt that she will always know how much her Daddy was loved and loved her.

. said...

My heart breaks for you and your child. My god be with you today and the hard days to follow. Prayers from Indiana.

Lisa said...

Julee-I am another follower that has never met you, but I have been reading since you were pregnant with Preslee. My heart stopped when I read Kelly's post. Your strength is so evident in your writing, Matt would be so proud of how you are dealing with this. Just wanted to let you know there is a stranger in Virginia praying for you every time you come to mind, which is quite often.

Anonymous said...

Julee, I'm a complete stranger myself and found your blog through Kelly's Korner. Please know that many many people have been praying for you and Preslee. I was heartbroken for you. I went to bed thinking of you and Preslee and my own 5 year old daughter and my husband. God will pull you through this tough time and He will continue to lift you up.

Hugs from Dallas, TX

Mary K.

Carolyn said...

Julee & Preslee, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts & prayers from SE Michigan!!

Sue said...

I just wanted to say how terribly sorry I was to hear about your husband. I will be praying for you, Preslee and your entire family during this most difficult time.

Sue

Frank and Natalie said...

Early Sunday a news friend of mine posted this on facebook and my heart sank. Julee, you are such a strong woman. I have said so many prayers for you and your family over the past couple of days. It is heartbreaking Preslee will never remember her father, but I'm so thankful his adult life is recorded for her to see.
Praying!

Anonymous said...

You are in my prayers. I have been a silent follower and have fallen in love with your little family. I pray for God to give you the strenght you need and the peace to accept what has happened to your husband Matt.

Praying for you and your family all the way from Houston, Texas.

Gracie

Crystal said...

Julee and Preslee, I am heartbroken by the news of Matt. Although, we've never met, your family has forever left an imprint on my heart. I pray that you find peace and comfort in knowing that you have a loving angel watching over you and your beautiful girl. May you continue to feel Matt's love and strength in the days ahead.

NBH said...

Praying for you and for your sweet baby girl, Preslee. God bless you, Julee.

Aishlea and Brandon said...

Praying for you, your sweet baby girl, and your families.

Megan P said...

My prayers are with you and Preslee constantly. I've read Kelly's and your blog for many years but don't comment hardly ever. I can't imagine what you are going through but just wanted you to know you are surrounded by prayers and love in PA and NJ!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your family.

Laurin said...

I have thought nonstop about you, Preslee and your family since I heard the news. I have and will continue to cover you in prayer. God bless you, sweet girl.

Livy said...

My heart breaks for you. And I have been praying for you and your Preslee. I know God will see you through.

Anonymous said...

Julee,

I don't know you but your story has touched my deeply. I follow your blog and have never commented, but had to let you know that I am praying for you continuously! Your loss has made me gain prespective for my own life and to not take my hubsand and our time with our baby for granted. This I know: The Lord is a mystery. The Lord is a healer. As you go through tomorrow, know that the prayers and grace of The Lord will carry you through a day that I know you wished was not occurring until 2062. You are sincerely loved my thousands.

Love,

Kim C.

Tabitha said...

I had never heard your name until yesterday morning when a friend of mine posted to pray for you on Facebook, and so I did. All day yesterday, I could not get you and your family off my mind. Praying you feel and receive the comfort only Christ can give. I have a 1 year old and 4 year old...I cannot imagine your grief. You are being lifted up dear one.

The Bignon Family said...

I heard your story through Kelly's Korner and I have been thinking about you and praying for you ever since. I cannot imagine this heartbreak. I am so, so sorry for your loss!

Jill said...

There aren't words to say how sorry I am, but know that I am praying for you.

Amy said...

I used to live in NWA and loved watching Matt on the news. I have followed your blog for some time now and have loved reading everything about your family. My heart has been breaking since I heard this tragic news. I can't imagine what you are feeling. I don't know you personally, but I wish I could just give you a big hug! I can't stop thinking about you and your family. May you find peace and comfort in the Lord.

Thinking of you from Western Michigan.

♥ Marcy ♥ said...

Bless your heart. I am praying for peace and comfort for the entire family during this terrible time! Hugs xoxoxo

Leslie said...

Oh Julee, your words are so touching. My heart is with you during this difficult time. I so enjoyed getting to know you as my hairdresser & friend. I will never forget the longing you & Matt had to be parents & the miracle of Preslee's birth! My thoughts & prayers are with you & your baby girl today & always.

Andrea said...

Julee, I am a longtime reader of your blog and have always admired you and Matt and your families. I was so shocked and saddened by the news and have been praying for you and Preslee. I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband and Preslee's father and will continue to pray for peace that surpasses understanding.

Heather said...

Julee, you sound so strong in that post; what an inspiration! Please know that I am constantly praying for you!!!!!!!!
Words cannot adequately express how broken my heart is for you. Yesterday I couldn't shake the feelings, I keep sensing what you must be going through, although I have no idea how you must feel... I am a planner just like you, plan plan plan; that's probably why I enjoy reading your blog and watching from a distance /knowing you all these years.
God has a lot of (crazy) plans for our lives, some we just don't understand...but you will be able to carry on, today might be hard, and there might be rough days in 2-3 months...but you have an incredible family, and great friends, and what a support group through your blog... When/and if you need any of us - you have the confidence we will be there!
Sending as much love and prayers your way!

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Brooke said...

Julee,
I have read your blog for awhile now and was heartbroken to hear about Matt.
You and Preslee have been in my prayers. I will continue to pray for you through this difficult time.

Beth said...

Long time reader from Michigan....writing to express my deepest, most heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Matt. My heart simply aches for you and Preslee.

Please know that your brothers and sisters in Christ are with you, carrying you, and praying for you during your darkest hours - now and in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

When you are ready, here is the link to another Christian woman's blog who also lost her husband & the father of her young children suddenly, at a young age.
http://veronking2003.blogspot.com/

Sending love, hugs, and prayers to you and your entire family!



Jenn said...

Julee, I've been reading your blog for a couple years now I just couldn't believe the news when I heard it. My heart aches for you and that sweet baby. I've been in prayer constantly for your family and for Matt's poor mom who has lost a husband and now her son. May the Lord give you strength to get through this difficult time and know that you've got a stranger praying for you in New Orleans.

Tonya said...

Julee, I am praying for you and your family here in Tulsa, OK. I am just heartbroken for you and your precious daughter. I can't imagine the pain you are going through. Please take comfort in knowing so many brothers and sisters in Christ are lifting you up in prayer today and in the days to come.

Erin said...

I enjoy reading your blog so much. I can't imagine what you and your family are going through. I know God will get you through. Know ya'll will be in my daily prayers.

Erin Parker

Anonymous said...

Been praying for you soooo hard! I can't imagine what your going through. But God has got you in His hands and He always will! More inportantly Matt is in Gods arms:)

Love and prayers

Phil. 4:13

Chelsey Hutton said...

I can't imagine how this would feel, but I know that when our heart breaks, God's heart breaks too. He loves us that much, and I hope that somehow being so loved by the Father will offer some sort of peace. Keeping you and Preslee, and your families in my prayers. I'm so sorry.

Megan said...

Julee and Preslee...you have been on my heart and mind since I heard of the accident. I have prayed for you every time the Lord placed you on my heart! I have no words that can make this any easier or better, but please know you are in our prayers. I pray the Lord gives you strength and peace during this heart breaking time. Much love!

We4Kingz said...

Praying for your sweet family!! I was so shocked to hear of Matt's accident. Although I do not know you personally, it was very evident through your blog that you loved each other very much.

Julie said...

Julee - I have been reading your blog for a couple years now and my heart has been aching for you since I read the news on Kelly's blog Sunday evening. Please know that I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you from Kansas and you will be on my mind in the days and weeks ahead. God bless you and your sweet little girl!

Melody said...

Since hearing this news on Megan's (in this wonderful life) blog on Sunday night, this is literally all I can think about. I am so so very sad for you. My parents live in NWA and they were sad to hear this as well. All I could say when I read the words on Megan's blog was "God, help her." and I know that he will. I pray peace for you and Preslee!

E and R said...

I am a relatively new follower of your blog and have not yet commented, however, I wanted to let you know that I am so very, very sorry for your loss. My little girl is about the same age as yours and I just can't imagine the pain you must be going through. I know that there are no words that can possibly help. I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

The Mommy said...

My heart aches for you, Preslee and the rest of the family. Like so many others, I feel like I know you all because of your blog. I have been praying for you throughout each day and will continue to do so. As soon as I saw Kelly's post, I thought of all of the important life events that you have shred and how Matt beamed in the pictures with Preslee. Words cannot fully express the grief that I have for you.

Michelle said...

Julee, I've commented on your instagram and now here. I've followed your blog since way before Preslee was born. I have no idea what to say. I will continue to pray everyday for your strength. BIG HUG to you from me in Pearland, TX! Much love to you!

Jenna said...

Praying for you and sweet Preslee, Julee. We love you and trust that God will see you through this unbearable time. You are covered in prayer, sweet friend.

Psalm 46:1
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Anonymous said...

I don't know you but I've followed your blog from time to time. I just want to say that you are in my prayers. I am asking the Lord to just shroud you in supernatural peace and strength. Not just for this unbearable week...but for the ones ahead.

Whitney said...

Julee-
There are no words that seem adequate to express my condolences. I have been following your blog for several years and can see what wonderful people you are. I have been praying constantly for you and Preslee and your entire family. The prayers won't stop. May you find comfort as you navigate through life and remember the wonderful things about Matt. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kodi said...

Sweet Julee- you and Preslee have not left my mind since I found out. There aren't adequate words to express how I'm feeling, but please rest in the fact that you and sweet P are being prayed for constantly and that you will be in the days and months to come. We love y'all.

Tiffany said...

Julee,

I am long time reader from Florida. I love seeing all your updates about your family. When I saw Kelly's post yesterday my heart dropped. Praying for you and sweet Preslee. Praying God will give you the strength to help you through this hard time.

Love & Prayers,
Tiffany

Kelly said...

I have been praying for you. I love your blog, and I'm glad you will continue to write as you are able. Your strength and faith are inspiring to me. I will continue to lift you, Preslee, and your families up. The days and nights ahead will be hard, surely. Thankfully, your help will come from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Love and prayers from a Blogger friend from Georgia.

natalie said...

Prayers for you and your sweet family always. God will see you through.

Blessings always~

Jenny said...

I have followed your blog for several years. When I read Megan's blog on Sunday night my heart broke and I was in tears for you and Preslee. I can not imagine what you are going through and feeling, but I have been constantly praying for you, Preslee, your families & friends. I will continue to pray for all of you in the weeks & months ahead.

ana said...

My thoughts are with you and your beautiful family. May you find strength in each other during this difficult time.

Megan said...

Julee, I am so thankful that you are feeling the prayers of MANY that are praying for you, Preslee, and your family members during this time. I feel like there is nothing I can say other than I am sorry and will continue to pray for you. I am so thankful that you have your sweet miracle baby girl Preslee to help you during this time and the months to come. Constantly praying for you.

Holly said...

Sweet Julee and Preslee, I am heartbroken for you. You have my constant thoughts and prayers. In God's favor, we will take care of you. The biggest hugs and outpouring love from Fort Worth, TX!

Amber said...

I have been praying for you & sweet Preslee since I heard the news. The blog world is amazingly caring & I am glad you have this "family" to support you thru your healing. Like you said, God has a plan that we may never now, but I am glad part of that plan was moving you to be close to your family...so that you have them so close to your side for the next few weeks & months. I am praying that you can find peace and strength through this week. & WOW about Matt's phone!!!(I like !!! too!) I am sure that is such a treasure to you.

Amanda said...

Julee - I don't know you, but I've been reading your blog for about two years. I was stunned when I read Kelly's post on Sunday night. My heart goes out to you and your baby girl. I've been praying for and will continue to pray for you and your family. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Bri said...

Julee-
My heart just breaks for you and your family and friends. I am only just one of the random people who found your blog through Kelly's Korner, and I have enjoyed following your life these last few years.

I've enjoyed reading about your Shiba, Romeo, as I have my own Shiba-Corgi mix. Our fur-babies are such special gifts. I've cried for you over your struggles with infertility. I too am in the midst of my own struggle with it. And, I rejoiced for you over your miracle baby, Preslee. She truly is such a sweet, sweet blessing!

My words are inadequate, but I am praying, and will continue to pray, that our Lord and Savior will wrap His arms around you and provide comfort in all the days to come. May God bless you!!!

Val @ It's Always Sunny in Somerville said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Julee and Preslee. I heard your story through many I follow - Kelly's Korner, Lamberts Lately, In This Wonderful Life - and my heart just breaks for you both. Please know that you are covered in prayer and that Matt's story as a loving, devoted husband and father has touched us all.

Cathie said...

I have no words, only prayers. I am so sorry, sister.

Lindsey said...

I think about you and Preslee all day long. When you come to my mind, I whisper a prayer. I will continue to pray for you over the coming days and months. I Loveee you and hope that you feel the love and prayers from the people who love you.

Elizabeth said...

I know we have never met, but I have kept up with you through the blogging world. Since I read this on Kelly's Korner I have had a heavy heart for you and sweet Preslee and pray that God would surround you in the moments, days, and weeks ahead. We don't mourn as those who have no hope, and for that we can be thankful!

Carrie said...

Julee, I don't know you personally, but feel like you are a friend of mine. I began reading your blog a few years ago. You gave me such hope during my struggle with infertility. I began pregnant a few months after you and I loved following your pregnancy and then the birth of Preslee. I loved reading all about your little family. I loved seeing Matt with Preslee. I could tell how he absolutely adored her! My heart just aches for you and Preslee and your families. When I heard the news it really was like I was hearing about a dear friend who had passed away. I just could not believe it. I offer my sincerest condolences and prayers. I just can't even imagine how you are feeling right now. I hate that your family's tragedy has reminded to me cherish each day, but it has. You are a "friend" to me and I hope you somehow find comfort in the amount of people that are lifting you and Preslee and your families up in prayer.

Raising Three 4 Him said...

Julee, I can't even imagine how you feel. My heart is broken for you. I am continually lifting you and your family up in prayer. Praying God will strengthen you even more with every passing day.

Kristy said...

Praying for you Julee. I found your blog when you were pregnant from Kelly's Korner. I am so sorry for your loss. Know that Jesus has his arms wrapped around you. Praying for you and Preslee.

laura said...

like many, i found you from kelly's korner long ago...a stranger, i've read from afar. but i wanted to reach out and offer my deepest sympathies on the death of your husband. while i do not know you, i am heartbroken for you and your sweet daughter. my thoughts and prayers are with you and may the prayers of so so many lift you up in your time of grief...

Anonymous said...

Julee: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6.
I will continue to pray for you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. I pray for peace of mind in knowing that this is part of God's plan. A plan in which we do not understand. Matt will always be with you as have the best part of Matt, and of yourself, in your beautiful daughter Preslee.
Blessings,
Rebekah

Erynn said...

I don't think I have ever commented before, but I have been reading your blog for about two years now. I too have struggled (and am struggling!) with infertility, I prayed for you and Matt then and it was such a joy to see your sweet Preslee born. I am completely heartbroken for you and your sweet family. I have been and will continue to be praying for you and little Preslee.

Sharon Gattis said...

Julee, you don't know me but I have known the Turner/Wingfield family for a long long time. Matt was the one who told me to read your blog and I have enjoyed both of your journeys since you started it. Matt had a special talent and and I have the feeling that Preslee will have a "special" talent for herself. My heart is heavy but know that God is in control! May God wrap His loving arms around you and hold Preslee real close during this difficult time and lead you forward. Prayer and time are the healers.

Jenni said...

I was in complete shock when I read Kelly's post on Sunday. Constantly praying for you and Preslee.

kass09 said...

Hi Julee,
I found your blog through Kelly Stamps blog and have enjoyed keeping up with your life and was so saddened and burdened to hear of you loss. Even though I have never met you, God has burdened my heart for you and sweet Preslee as if I have and I have prayed and thought of you many times the last two days, my heart is breaking for you. Through all of this though your faith is God is inspiring and amazing! I know He will see you through this and is painting on a canvas too big for our human eyes to see as to why this is a part of His plan. I pray that you feel comfort like never before and know you are being lifted up in prayers from Indiana!

In Christ,
Kassandra

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."
Romans 8:28

Anonymous said...

Praying for you!

Emily said...

Julee,
My deepest and heartfelt sympathies go out to you and Preslee during this time. I don't know you except from reading your blog for the past few years, but from reading it, I've always felt like I know you. Blogs are funny that way. My heart is broken for you - I can't imagine what you must be going through. I will continue to pray for you and Preslee. May God surround you with love and support and most of all His peace and assurance that Matt is home with Him.

Besides God's grace and seeing Preslee's sweet face, I hope Romeo is also bringing you comfort by giving you lots and lots of his sweet doggy cuddling right now.

Peace & Blessings,
Emily

Amy said...

Praying for you and Preslee in Nebraska.

Lynsey said...

God Bless you and Preslee. I continue to pray for you today and each day forward. May that precious little girl always know how much Matt loved her.

You are so full of grace and I hope and pray you always know how much you are loved and how many of us are supporting you from a far.

Angie said...

Julee, you and Preslee are being covered in constant prayers. I am just aching for you, someone I've never met, to just hug you and pray over you. I cannot fathom your pain, but know that you have so many praying for you, Preslee, and your families during this unbearable time. I'm constantly thinking and lifting you all up in prayer and will not cease. I'll pray fervently for your strength for the difficult days, minutes, seconds ahead that you face.

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