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July 20, 2019


Miriam Martins

You and your family are, so many times in my thoughts. I know you will find some peace and strenght after this hard way and Galin will be always with you in your hearts.
You and your children will continue the journey that began with Galin and you will be able to find him in various moments of your lives.

If you need anything don't forget that you have friends all over the world willing to help. Your loss is a little bit ours, too.

Miriam Martins (Portugal)

Mrs. Kelley Dibble

Charla, dear,

He will carry you
He will carry you
Bring your burdens to the Lord
He will carry you
Cast your cares on Him
He cares for you
Put your trust in Him
He’s faithful and true
Bring your burdens to the Lord
He will carry you

The only words of comfort I seem to find are lyrics of songs about our Lord, and the Word of God. We love and pray for all of you, Charla. We’re so sorry for your sweet, broken hearts, and ask the heart Mender to never leave your side. He’s just that kind of Friemd.


Sannetta Marsh

When I think of your personal loss and grief, I hurt in an entirely different way than I hurt for myself. I love you and will do anything to help ease or carry your load of grief. I am so sorry.



I write that as if I know you. "Charla", my good friend, who has shown me all her creations, inspired my love of sewing, and keeps me up to date with stories about her sweet children and loving husband. She has been with me since high school. Sometimes we drift apart, but we always catch up like old friends, as I read about her latest adventures- like pen pals of a sort.

I have never met you, but I know you are a good person. I know you are wholesome. I know your heart is of the purest form, with more generous love and faith than a world combined.

I cannot say anything to heal your heart. I can only try to thank you for being a light in my life. A beacon to being a better person. For showing me that I can be kinder, more giving, more patient. That I must appreciate others more, and love harder. It is YOU who I want to be like.

I would like to make a donation in Galin's honor. Please let me know of an organization you would like me to donate to.

I truly could not admire you and your family more. I wish there was more I could do or say. If you ever need someone to talk to, I would love to listen.

Your old Friend,



I love those pictures. 💗 The love you shared was the most beautiful thing to witness.
I’m sorry it’s been such a hard year. Through it you have been a true example of what faith looks likes. I’ve watched you lean on God and surrender to His will so many times. Each time it has given you more peace than I ever thought possible. Praying for you that you will feel God’s comfort and the love of us that care so deeply. Xo


May God continue to bless you with beautiful memories from a life well lived with your husband and friend.


I am at such a loss for words. I can't fathom your sense of loss, but I know Jesus does. I thought of Galin and you so much on the 20th, and I pray for you often, asking God to continue to pour in His peace, comfort, and strength for each day. Much love.

Pam Prater

Dear Charla,
I have been following your blog for years and have found such inspiration in your photography, your home, your crafts and have loved watching your children grow and mature. I especially have loved seeing you live your faith and have found comfort in watching you leaning on our God and Savior in all the situations you have shared with us over the years. I read this post this morning having missed the previous one about your sweet husband's passing and had to go back and read it. I am devastated this morning and my heart breaks for you. I was hoping that the new cancer treatment would be an answer to prayers for you.

I will continue my prayers for you and your family as you go forward in the days and months and years ahead. I pray for peace and comfort for you. Our God is gracious and merciful and He will not forget you.

With love and respect,


My heart goes out to you. I wish I could do something to help ease the deep ache in your heart! You can see the love in these photos.❤️ I pray that you will find strength to face each new morning and comfort through every night. Xox

Lori Ann

Sending love and prayers to you and your dear family! Lovely pictures and memories.


Charla...I think of you and your family so often. I ask God to please be with you and comfort your hearts. These pictures are beautiful. Sending you a hug sweet Charla. 💞


Dear Charla,
Although I have never met you or any member of your family in person (and probably never will, because I live in Germany) I started crying when I read your post this afternoon. For the last couple of years I have been reading your blog and very much enjoyed catching up on your life from time to time. And I have adopted several things you have mentioned in your posts, for example to create a book with pictures for each year or the "Oliver Christmas tradition".
It already seemed so tragic when you wrote about the cancer discovery last year. But that your husband did not recover is simply unbearable. I am in awe of your unwavering faith and your strength.
I will continue to think about you and your family and wish you all the best to get through these hard times.
Sending you lots of love,

Rita Vulgamore

Dear sweet Charla, I hadn't checked your blog for a while, and as I read your post from the 20th, I hadn't realized that it was a year on that date that you found out of Galin's cancer. I think of you often, and can understand all the grief that you feel! It is so hard to lose your other half! I love the pictures and the words that you shared about your beautiful love with Galin! I send much Love and prayers to you, and I pray that our Lord will continue carrying you through this terrible grief! Love you! ((hugs))

Anne Elisabeth

Dear Charla,
Finally I am writing you to say how very sorry I am for your loss. I cried when Iread your post. I have been struggling to write because I just couldn't find the right words. What could I ever say to ease your pain. There is nothing I could say. But today I felt like maybe by saying just that, would be enough.

The only words that matter are the ones our Savior will say when we see
Him face to face. Those words: Well done my good and faithfull servant..

I felt prompted to tell you to hang on to these words when you continue life without Galin by your side. Jesus will give you the strenght to be a mothet, s good mother. As far as I can see you have been an amazing bright light for many people on the internet. You have been in my life!

You can do this!
You are in my prayers,

Anne Elisabeth from Sweden

Judy Morgan

Charla, to know Galin was to love him! I loved his quiet strength, big smile & his gentle & soft spoken mannerisms. No matter how busy he was he always had time to stop & talk no matter who it was. It was truly a privilege to have been able to call him a "son" for nearly 26 years. Most important, he lived close to God & tried to point others to His Jesus. His life was truly well lived. Even though it seems almost too much to bear, I know God is still in control & He knows what He is doing & we can trust Him. I'm so sorry for the very hard year you have experienced but I've witnessed time & time again you surrendering Galin to God's will & the awesome peace He always gave you! Our thoughts & prayers are always with you sweetheart day & night.

Gilmara Monteiro

Charla, minha linda! Deus abençoe sua vida e família neste momento tão difícil. Que esse Amor lindo e inspirador entre você e o Galin possa inspirar outros casais de maneira que eles possam ver e perceber que o tempo junto com a pessoa Amada é único e todo os detalhes sejam valorizados por cada um de nós em um relacionamento. Que Deus te sustente , te dê cada dia mais forças e Esperanças n'Ele sempre!
Desejo todas as bênçãos para você e sua família! Fique bem querida! Orando sempre por você e sua família! 🙏❤ De uma amiga aqui do Brasil, Gilmara.😘🌻


Hello my friends,
You are so kind to me. Your thoughtful words bring tears to my eyes. Thank you for caring and loving us so well.
Hugs to each of you.

Justlove Lavender

Dear Charla, God bless you!
I have been reading your blogs for many years. I don’t know why that I just love to read your blog whenever I feel down. Your words and faith has been encouraging to me. Life has ups and downs and God gives us hope in Him. Without Him, we are nothing. Thank you for your good writing and testimony which are very encouraging to me. May God bless you and your family.


Hello friend,
You are too kind. Your encouraging words brightened my day...thank you! xox

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