Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A plea for our poor little Kirsten

Just a heads up for those that know my niece Kirsten. This past weekend she lost her unofficial fiance, Jed, in a plane crash that also took the lives of his brother and father. We are beyond devastated to learn this news. Please keep her and the Mingo family in your prayers, and for those of you that are close to Kir, please help her in any way you can.

We learned the news yesterday as we were in the middle of driving to Michigan. We are moving and are dragging all of our possessions in a U-Haul, and school starts for Clayton in a week. Otherwise we would turn right around to go help. My parents are with us and we all feel so helpless to be so far away from her during this challenge.

We've known Jed for years and I can honestly say that there was never a more genuine person on the planet. He and Kirsten met at Dixie college in St. George and dated for a few years. They reconnected last year after a few years apart and it was like a romance out of a movie. When they first got back together we all went out to dinner together in SLC. After dinner I spent the rest of the night gushing about how much I loved Jed. I had forgotten what a sweetheart he was. He is one of the best listeners on the planet, he would give you his full attention whenever talking. He was so kind and generous and earnest and lovely. And he was hot, I know that sounds trite, but he really was just an incredibly beautiful man inside and out.

Since their reunion he has been begging her to "just marry him already" and all of us have joked about their need to go make us some beautiful babies. Kirsten had begun "unofficially" planning for their wedding and we were so hopeful that it would happen sooner rather than later.

This is such a tragic, tragic loss for Kirsten and of course everyone else. His brother left behind a wife and three young children. And of course Jed's mom has lost more than any of us can imagine bearing. The only other thing I can ask of all of my friends is to go hug your children, spouse, parent, nephew, niece, friend... Go show someone some extra love in memory of these men. Thanks.


jen said...

It took me forever to get to sleep last night because I kept thinking of Kirsten and I cried reading her blog this morning. I so wish there was something we could do to help with her pain. We'll be praying.

Shauna said...

Um, yeah, I've been freaking out about this, and I don't know Kirsten at all. It is the saddest thing. I've been wondering how you've been handling it too, right in the middle of your move and everything else. Your whole family must be so upset. I just can't even imagine what Kristen is going through. Life needs to give that girl a BREAK ALREADY. Seriously.

Anyway, lots of love to you. Thinking about you lots.

Sandra said...

My heart breaks for her and the family that lost 3 men. They will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers. Tragedies like this really do make us (me) think about what is really important in life and like you said - hug your spouse, child, friend etc a little longer and love more deeper. Thank you for sharing.

LD said...

So Tragic!! My dear friend Kabree is their cousin/niece. She was home visiting her family in Idaho when it happened, so she is staying there for the funerals. We will keep praying for their families.

Beckie said...

Marianne~ Thank you for posting this about Kirsten and Jed. I first read about it on Monday when she first posted on it. It all feels kind of surreal since it was just Saturday that I was with you and Kirsten. She talked so lovingly about him. You could tell that she was very, very happy. We are all praying for her, for your family, and for Jed's family. I don't know what I can do, little or big, to help her out but I am available whenever something is needed. Please pass on our love to her and your family. Be safe.

Matt and Melissa said...

I only remember Kirsten when she was younger when you would hang out with her, but I was very sorry to hear about this tragic accident. I'm sure she feels your love and prayers even though you aren't able to be there right now. Good luck with the new transition in Michigan.

Megs said...

I don't know any of you guys but I really feel connected to everyone right now. This is horrible. I agree, we all need to show extra love... you never know when the one you love is going to go.

Kirsten is in my prayers. So id Jed's family.

The Red Pen said...

Thanks, all.

Your prayers, comments and thoughts are felt and appreciated.


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