For longer than I can remember, I’ve followed Chris’ (Christine Keith) homesteading adventures on Adventures Of A Thrifty Mama. She was inspiring, helpful, and hardworking. She was a homeschooling mama to 4 children (ages 4 to 14) and chronicled growing her own food and making ends meet. She also fought against the stigma that food stamps brings to the working poor. I loved “chatting” with her through her Facebook page and always looked forward to her blog updates. She self published some helpful e-books for those cooking on a budget, More Than Meatloaf and How to Stretch a Chicken.
I have to say all of this in the past tense today, because on Thursday, her husband (they were separated) killed her, her 14 year old son, and then turned the gun on himself. Thankfully the three youngest children were with grandparents at the time.
I’d seen her updates about how she was leaving him,and that he was abusive, but I’d never thought about how unsafe she might be. Or that he would hurt one of the kids. Oh. It is hard to fathom that level of violence or that such a lovely, inspiring lady’s life would end like this.
My heart is breaking for her family. Please say a prayer for them. Her church is collecting donations for the family here.