Monday, February 21, 2011

This is the Hardest Post I think I've ever had to do.........Prayers and Cyber Hugs Please!

If you read my last post, this one was going to be "Part Two" of the Ruffles and Rust Event.....and Yesterday?  I thought, "Shoot, my friend Jana and her Sister Missed it." And Yesterday? For some silly reason, I stopped at an Real Estate Open House closeby and thought, "Jana and Bob would LOVE this house,,,but they'd already moved out of the Historic District and alas, I lost 3 great Neighbors. Jana, Partner Bob, and their daughter, a little bright light on this World,  the ooooooh, so precious Bella.......

Jana and Bella at our Bonnet making Session prior to the Easter Parade Last Year.....

(I need to STOP here and Clarify for the Moment,,,,this is NOT about Jana from Joyworks. She is fine. Lives in Seattle and Married to Dean. It IS Confusing and I'm sure there may be MORE confusion in the future because BOTH "Jana's" shared the last name Johnson for years and lived, worked and grew up in the same area..)

This is the REALLY REALLY hard part,,,,,and my heart is breaking. Sweet, Sweet Bella was with her Mother getting ready for a bath last nite,,,,," And her Mommy fell, and Bella couldn't wake her up." Dad Bob called from work,,,,and Bella answered the phone and told him about Mommy. She's 4. She's 4 years old!

Bob called 911 and the Medics got there first. They worked on Jana,,and talked and played with Bella....They did their best. Jana didn't make it.  She passed away last nite. We still don't know. . .

This is personal, yes. This is horrific, yes. This is a woman that was a Former "Miss Washington", a dedicated and late in life "Surprised" as a "Mommy to Be." My Sweet neighbor, with whom I celebrated hers and Bob's Miracle/Gift- her pregnancy at 43,,,,,,that was Bella.  We ALL laughed and smiled and this beautiful child entered, yes, their lives, but Mine too! What a special Gift! Beautiful, Bright Bella.

And Jana? Well, I cannot remember a more animated, positive, funny and beautiful inside AND out person. Truly, she was a GIFT! One I will always treasure! And oh,,,,,,one I will miss SO!

I'm Sorry, I just could NOT, not,post about this. I wish you ALL could have known her. She would light up your life! As she did mine, always. And that Bella girl? Well,,,,,,I just hope you all pray and surround her mentally with Love and Hugs......She lost her Mommy and the World is never going to be the same.

I know God has a Plan, I tell myself that when there are World Disasters, or when My Husband died  when I was a newlywed. And now, there is a precious 4 years old I LOVE with all my heart that no longer has a Mommy. I'm trying to accept and understand, once again.......

(Bella Girl Last Spring, Making her own Easter Bonnet at my Event)

Please pray for Bella,,,,,She is as beautiful inside and out as her Mommy was. Pray for her Daddy, Bob, and her loving Auntie Kris.

And please? Hug those you love and hold them just a BIT closer, because life IS Short and unknown. And I always try and tell all of YOU how much you mean to me, but I hope you KNOW how special and important you all are! Just go Hug, phone, connect with someone NOW,,,,,,,,because, Jana Would!

I'm a mess, I'm going to miss my friend SO,,,,,,and my heart just aches!
Ohhhhhhhhhh. Big old Sloppy Hugs, and a Bus on the Cheek!


  1. heart is breaking for you and Bella and Bob...what a terrible, terrible tragedy. So sudden and shocking. Prayers for you and yours. There are no words....xxoo

  2. Dear, big-hearted friend Shell . . . I'm just stunned. This is soooooo sad on so many levels!!! Please accept my love from afar, for I know how much you feel this loss yourself. Even though I don't know Bob and Bella, my heart breaks for them, and my most fervent prayers go out to them!!! I wish I was there to console you but hope to see you very soon. Please take good care of yourself dear one!!!!

    Love you!!!

    Debi & Jim

  3. O I am so so very sorry- What a terrible thing and poor Bella. We will be praying for the family - such a heart breaking time for them.

  4. My heart is just broken reading this. That precious, beautiful child without her loving mommy. Shelly, I'm praying for peace for all of you who loved Jana so very much. Please know how very much I care and my deepest sympathy to all...With much love,
    Denise Cosgrove

  5. I'm praying along with everyone else. This is tragic and sad. This is not for us to try to understand why right now. Again.. I am praying.
    Ladybug Creek

  6. Oh Shell, I was just having the worst day today...or so I thought, until Debi (Ormalulu) passed this sad news on to me as a prayer request. You are right, we just never know how and when we might be taken...or someone taken from us. I actually have a 4 year old little boy...and this struck me hard. What if?

    I am praying for this Bella dear...and her daddy. What unbelievable agony...and oh...the not knowing of it all. Sad, so sad. I will say an extra prayer for you too dear. You have always been such a cheerful and upbeat person...I hope will be able to tell little Bella what a wonderful mamma she had, and I encourage you to show her how to be fun and upbeat...just as her mamma would want her to be. My deepest condolences on losing your friend, and my prayers for all of your comfort. Blessings, and I will pass this prayer request on to all the Grandiflora Girls.

  7. Awww Shell...there is no way to understand such a tragedy. I've heard you speak of sweet Bella, and her family. Maybe after the service, and this week passes I could do a meal? Please let me know. Your heart must ache. Thank you for sharing with us, and remember how loved you are.

  8. Oh, Shelly,
    I am so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Bella looks like a beautiful child. I can't imagine the agony her husband and family and friends are going through right now. It does not make sense, does it? I say to myself at these time, we live in a random world and hard things happen and God cries with us. I am not sure if it is theologically just makes sense to me.
    Big hugs to your sweet-hearted, loving self!

  9. Oh Shell what a tragedy- I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Precious Bella will need you dear Shell to shower her with your love. Life can be so unfair but you should not have to learn that when you are 4 years old. You are all added to my prayer list.
    Great big hugs-

  10. Oh Shell I'm so very sorry to hear about your friend and precious Bella. I'll keep all of her family and you in my heart and prayers. Big hugs!

  11. I'm sorry for this loss in your life Shelly. Please know that I am thinking of you and your friends.

    Wish I was able to wrap my arms around you.

    ~~ Connie

  12. I have no words...I am SO so sorry. I also will be praying and hugging my girl again. We just never know, do we?
    Thinking of you and Jana's family.

  13. Hi Shell, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my prayers. Sometimes Gods plans just do not make any sense. Only he knows. Please take care of yourself. Jana's family is so lucky to have you so close. Julie from Glitter & Ivy

  14. I'm so sorry to read this. What a shock and what a brave little girl Bella must be. Prayers for all.


  15. What a sad post this is.....I'm so very sorry for this loss. Jana sounds like a wonderful person...I would of like to have known her.

    Prayers for her sweet family.



  16. Jana,
    You always filled the room with laughter. You were always a fun person to be around. When I found out you were pregnant, I was so excited for you. Your beautiful daughter Bella brings a smile to my face everytime I see her. Though you are in heaven now, and will not have the chance to see her grow, I know she will touch as many... hearts as you have. In years to come, I cannot wait to tell her about her mom,who always made me laugh. Though you are in heaven now, your spirit lives on through your daughter, Bella. I love you Jana. ♥

  17. What a shock this is. What a pleasant surprise to know Jana found love and had a baby. What a tragic ending to her life.

    I was Jana's Sister in Law in Maui. I loved her very much. Her joy and spirit were contagious. She was a truly wonderful person.

    RIP Jana. You were loved.


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