An Explanation of Sorts

I know a few of you are aware of recent events, but I feel like I need to explain why I haven't been as "active" this week.

my sweet girl

On Monday, I lost one of my favorite students, Ruby, to a 5 year battle with leukemia. You can read more about her here. My husband and I don't have any children of our own. Like many of you, I love my students as though they were my own. The day she walked into my classroom, Ruby carved out her own special place in my heart.

I know her body is whole and that she is singing with Jesus, but my heart is so broken. I miss my girl. Please pray for her parents to find healing and comfort. Lift up the teachers and students at our school who are also grieving. Pray that we would all run to Jesus the way Ruby did.


  1. Sorry for your loss! Take care!

  2. So sorry to hear of your loss. I cannot imagine what you are feeling right now. You are in my thoughts!

    The Loco Teacher

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweetie. I know we all love our students so much! You're in my thoughts!

    On a bright note, you're one of the winners of the free Samson's Classroom accounts... so hopefully that adds a tiny smile to your day. When you can, please e-mail me at christina4062@hotmail.com so I can send your info to Samson's Classroom.

    I'll keep you and your students in my thoughts!

    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

  4. Oh, Abby. That is heartbreaking! I can't imagine how hard that is for you, the family, and the other students. I will definitely keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to all of you!

    3rd Grade Gridiron

  5. Abby,

    When my nephew was 2.5, he was diagnosed with ALL and fought it into remission. He started Kindergarten -- on time -- and was such a jokester, a light in each classroom he was in.

    When he was eight, he was diagnosed again. I can't tell you how devastated we all were, but we were so comforted by the amazing care and support that came from his teachers and the school staff. He talked about his classmates and teachers constantly -- and when he did finally pass away, so many of them came to honor his memory.

    I share this story with you so that I can say as lucky as you were to have such a bright light in your life, Ruby was lucky to have you, too. Surely your love and tremendous care both as a teacher and a friend meant the world to her, and provided healing in a totally different way.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, your school family, and Ruby's family. Peace be with you.

  6. You can tell from her picture that she was such a positive and bright spirit. Thoughts & prayers are with you & your class!

    Third Grade in the First State

  7. I am so sorry to hear about your student passing, but how wonderful to know that she is no longer in pain and home with Jesus. I will pray for Ruby's family (both home and school) as everyone deals with her passing. Sending lots of love your way.

  8. Abby,

    I went through a very similar situation also very recently. I had a student pass away about 10 days ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your class and school and Ruby's family.

    Ms. Rachel’s Room

  9. I am so sorry. I have not had this experience and my heart goes out to both you and her family. She was very lucky to have such a caring teacher- and I am sure you feel just as blessed to have had such a sweet student. Long distance hugs.

  10. Sending you hugs. Can't imagine what you are going through. Is there anything we can do for her family?
    My Second Sense

  11. I am so sorry! I'm praying for you and Ruby's family.

  12. I am so sorry to hear about your loss...what a beautiful little girl! Praying for peace for you, your school community, her family, and friends... =( <3

  13. My son has three chemo sessions left in in his 18 months of treatment for a brain tumor; teachers like you have made his experience more bearable, and our gratitude is boundless. Please know that you made an enormous difference in Ruby's life. Praying that you know comfort and peace.

  14. Praying for you, Ruby's family, and your school. I am so glad that she had you in her life to spend time with. I know that must mean so much to her, and to her family.

    Hoping that the healing comes soon, and thankful that her pain is gone. You are in my thoughts!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  15. Good job, the editor of the article.