Online friends can be real friends.
Anna was one of those friends. I "met" her through Babycenter.com, where we were both active on a message board for parents of kids Chickie's age. Her son was born the same month as Chickie. We got to know each other better through blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and email. She wasn't one of my closest online friends, but we definitely knew, respected, and liked each other.
Anna had three boys--Anthony (11), Matthew (7), and Christopher (4)--and loved them to pieces. When she got pregnant again a year ago and found out it was a girl, she was overjoyed! Her daughter Isabella is three months old.
Anna was a passionate person. She was passionately committed to her family--she loved those kids! She was passionate recently about the Twilight series of books. I haven't even read the books or seen the movies, but I know she was on "Team Edward!"
Anna passed away yesterday. She'd had what should have been a routine surgery, tubal ligation. It was the last thing she posted about on her blog. What she didn't know when she posted that, was that she was going to get an infection that would very quickly take her life.
I sent her a sugar cookie recipe recently. Isn't it odd how we grasp onto those tiny connections when we lose someone? When we did an art pen pal project on this blog some time ago, Anna was the one who sent her artwork to me. I am so glad I still have it.
Anna's husband Davide and her four young children are in my prayers, and if you're the praying sort, please add them to yours too.