quilts, beehives, lip balm, pies and a camera

Last summer, as we climbed Mount Timpanogus, I was blessed to meet Lisa and Dean Garlick– two of the most beautiful and talented people on this gorgeous planet. Like most of the hike participants, Dean and Lisa had lost a child. Their vivacious red-haired Jocelyn died in a ski accident at just fifteen. Their loss constricts my throat and bruises my heart. To lose a child! I can imagine no greater pain.

photo by Lisa

As we walked and talked, Lisa snapped endless photos, and we spoke of photography’s therapeutic value: the photographer’s habit of constantly searching for beauty that heals the soul, the ability to focus in on what is good and leave the rest as background blur and those rare moments when the whole sky opens up and praises God’s creations. (I think I could write a book on all the incredible conversations I had that day. No one understands the value of parenting quite like those who have lost a child)

Eight hours later as we shuffled towards our cars, Dean brought out bottles of honey while Lisa collected clothes from a grieving parent to fashion into a quilt. They transformed their sorrow into generosity. I wrote about it on Segullah today, but if you want more of the story (and trust me, you do) witness their miracles at thegarlickspread.blogspot.com.

January 26, 2011
January 31, 2011



  1. Ginnie

    January 28, 2011

    I just wanted to let you know michelle that I love your writing. It is very personal & beautiful and it touches me to the core. Truly, it does. When you hurt, I hurt along with you. When you are expressing your happiness and the love you have for your children, I feel that too.

    I know this comment is quite random, but I just wanted to let you know I think that you and you’re writing is amazing (and very refreshing to my soul).

  2. ashli

    January 31, 2011

    okay, so i spent an hour or two reading about this darling, fun, inspirational family! what an amazing perspective on death, love and living! thanks for sharing michelle!

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