72 In Life

Sometimes Words Fail Me

I find myself at a loss for words this evening so this will be brief. Will you all please pray for families in Troy, AL who are deeply grieving the loss of precious lives? Brittany Pugh and her 15-month-old son, Shep, were killed last night in a car accident {along with the driver of another vehicle}. Please pray for her husband, Clint, who is experiencing grief I cannot fathom of losing both his wife and his son. While I didn’t know her personally, news like this still makes my heart ache and my soul long for heaven; for an eternity free of grief, pain and suffering. My thoughts and prayers are with all the families…

Into the darkness you shine out of the ashes we rise there’s no one like you none like You!
Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!
Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33


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  • natalie @ our old southern house
    March 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    oh my, i can’t even imagine. praying for them all!

  • karlie
    March 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Where our words fail, our Savior steps in. A friend of mine also knew this family. Words are never enough. We will never know just what to say, but John 16:33 is a good place to start.
    Thank you for being the humble, creative, and inspirational blogger that you are. Yours is the first blog I ever followed, and is a great read!
    Recently,You helped me see the Beauty of Mobile,AL- it’s easy to look past something that you have lived so close to for so long (now come see Fairhope-it’s a charming place!)

  • Jennifer
    March 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I just prayed for this poor father and husband that the Lord would comfort and uphold him as only He can. Only God can provide comfort in a time of such terrible loss. Darby, I have the same reaction as you do to news like this, it makes me long for eternity too – come Lord Jesus, come.

  • Vanessa
    March 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    We just sang that song Sunday at church. It is so good to know that even when things are bad, in the end, we win! Praying for this family!

  • Stephanie
    March 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    with my husband working in the hospital, i hear about the most awful tragedies all the time. it never has gotten easier. things like this really get to me. how horribly unfair and sad – my prayers are with this family.

  • Ashley - Frugal Coupon Living
    March 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    My heart just sank! My prayers are with both of these families

  • Kimberly
    March 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Lifting this family in our prayers!

  • Brenda
    March 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I can only imagine the grief and sadness you are experiencing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. May you find comfort in your faith and you family

  • Elizabeth
    March 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I cannot imagine what her poor husband is feeling. Breaks my heart and makes me want to rock my sassy toddler just a little bit longer tonight.

  • lauren
    March 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    amen. there are some things that words were not designed for.. then it becomes a true heart cry. what a tragedy for that daddy… 🙁

  • Tasha
    March 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    There is a quote that I will paraphrase for this young man it helped me through a tough time.

    “The depth of sorrow that you can descend into and still live is exactly equal to the height of the joy that you can have.”

    Allow GOD to carry you through this and on the other side of the pain there will be joy again.

    May GOD keep him and send His angels to minister.

  • Tammy
    March 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Feeling an ache in my heart for this man and their families. I just put my 5 month old down and I want to go and rock him again. We will keep him in our prayers.

  • Beth Goff
    March 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Darby, I agree! I long for Heaven! That is so sad and I will pray for the family and friends! WOW! I too don’t know what to say!

  • Melissab74
    March 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Such a tragedy! I didn’t know Brittany personally but I remember when she was Miss National Peanut Festival. I am just heartbroken for her family. Will pray!

  • Teri
    March 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    May God grant this family strength…this family is in my prayers…

  • Kim
    March 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Darby, I had the privilege to shoot this sweet couples wedding. I haven’t been able to think about anything else. I know the pain I felt when I lost my daddy, and I can’t begin to imagine what clint must be going through. They are in my prayers.

  • Chelsea-Watts' Watch
    March 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I can’t even imagine what either family is going through. Sending up prayers.

  • mary katharine
    March 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    May He feel the body of Christ lifting him up.

  • bonnie
    March 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    So saddened for this horrible loss!! Will be praying for the entire family

  • Ashley
    March 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I am from Troy, knew Clint since he was little…this is such a tragedy for our town. And the other lady killed was the driver of the other vehicle. She was the only one in her vehicle. She was from Brundidge, which is about 8 miles from Troy. Lots of families were affected by this accident. All prayers are appreciated.

  • Katie
    March 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Wow. Isn’t it amazing how God created us to be able to feel such emotion for people we’ve never met? Cannot imagine the pain, but have tears in my eyes and a tightness in my chest for this man. Praying…

  • Elizabeth
    March 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    The third person killed was the driver of the other car, not a passenger. Teresa Adams leaves two children without a mother. I didn’t know Teresa but I did know Brittany. She was one of the sweetest, most caring and dedicated people on this planet. She will be missed by so many, including the students in her 3rd grade class in Barbour County. Even though her life was short in years, it was FULL of goodness. God be with the Shepard, Pugh and Adams’ families.

  • Casie
    March 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Prayers are being said- how aweful!

  • Katherine @ Grass Stains
    March 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Darby, This is literally my worst nightmare. Like most women, I simply cannot imagine losing my husband and children in an instant. My prayers will be with Clint and both extended families and their friends. Heartbreaking.

  • Jessica
    March 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    so, so sad… this makes my heart hurt and I can’t imagine the pain that those families are feeling. Praying for them!

  • Gina
    March 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Praying for all the families involved that God will bring the comfort that only He has to give.

  • Denise
    March 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    lifting both families up in prayer….I cannot imagine the pain they are feeling…When we can’t see God’s hand, we have to trust His heart and I am praying that He will give them the peace they need at this time.

  • Kristi
    March 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    How terrible…I just can’t understand why such tragic events have to happen.

  • Karena
    March 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Oh this breaks my heart, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family…

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  • Chessa
    March 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Will pray for Clint now.

  • kat
    March 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    This is so heartbreaking. I will definitey be praying for the family. So tragic when life is lost so young.

  • Cat, from iBlog
    March 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Praying now. Your words may have been few, but beautiful none the less. thank you.

  • Courtney Cloud
    March 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Our hearts are joined tonight. Praying for this precious family. Knowing that are God is Good in EVERY situation….He is never changing, He is always Sovereign. Praising Him tonight for this even in the midst of this amazing amount of sorrow.

  • Renee Helms
    March 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I cannot begin to imagine the pain Clint is experiencing. My family and I will be praying and may God embrace Clint during this time of grief. So sorry…

  • ingrid
    March 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    this breaks me in two.
    i am so sad for all these hearts.
    if i could please offer a book that a very dear friend offered us with our loss – it’s called ‘a grace disguised’ by jerry sittser. he lost his wife, 2 children and mother in a car accident. one minute they were all alive and well- the next minute all gone. this book changed my heart about loss – there are no words that can help sometimes – but this book was huge for us. to walk through grief is the darkest valley yet we do have a good God who is there to hold us. we didn’t think we could ever breath again – this book helped us more than i can tell you!

  • laura
    March 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Loves ya.

  • Lis
    March 9, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Many prayers for their entire family, what a tragic event.

  • SarahK
    March 9, 2011 at 1:44 am

    My heart goes out to their loved ones and I rejoice at the hope and promise that Clint will again see his bride and child.

    Darby- not sure if you read “The Pigbear” but she is another AL gal and I think #4 of her “Ten on Tuesday post” will mean a lot to you today.


  • Lauren
    March 9, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Such a sweet post. Such a sweet family. My heart, along with everyone else’s in Troy, goes out to their families. Such a terrible tragedy that will not be forgotten. To God be the Glory.

  • Mrs Rosie Posie
    March 9, 2011 at 5:21 am

    This is so tragic, they are all in our prayers and thoughts!
    Came across your blog on Sweet Pea’s blog and I LOVE it! Looking forward to being your newest follower x

  • paige
    March 9, 2011 at 6:28 am

    will pray for him indeed…..
    your words , even few, are powerful and beautiful for them darby.

  • Dianne
    March 9, 2011 at 7:47 am

    This breaks my heart. Praying, praying, praying!

  • Kate from Party Resources
    March 9, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I welled up reading this – so sad. I will pray for them here in Boston.

  • Cacy
    March 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Thank you for this post. It breaks my heart. I will be praying for this husband and family and friends. Such a tragedy. May we all cover them in our prayers! The Lord will give him comfort like only HE can!!

  • Shannon
    March 9, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Wow. Definitely praying for this poor man and their family. What a tragic loss of two beautiful, young people. I can’t imagine what they are going through right now. To see your whole world taken away from you in the blink of an eye! That is the crazy thing about death, it certainly makes you think hard about your own mortality and how lucky we are to have each precious day together on Earth. Lots of prayers going out for them right now.

  • gilda
    March 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Keep them in my prayers, what a heart ache.

  • lizziefitz
    March 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I am sending up prayers for her parents as well for the loss of their daughter and grandson. Devastating news. I hear what you say about longing for Heaven free of suffering. 🙁

  • Erica
    March 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I will keep this family in my prayers. I cannot imagine the pain that this family is going through. My parents live in Troy. It is such a small town. I will ask them if they know the family. I would love to do something for them.

  • Ashley
    March 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    my heart aches for them. I never want to know that pain

    “Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid…and do not be frightened, Because the Lord you God will go with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

  • Mary Lanier
    March 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I write this with such a heavy heart. This truly is unimaginable! There’s only one place to turn…the cross, the cross, The Cross!
    Praying for that sweet family!

  • Kim
    March 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Prayers, prayers, prayers…what a beautiful couple.

  • Sara
    March 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I have read your blog for awhile now, and I LOVE it!! I just wanted to comment today because of the worship song that you referenced here- This song has been on my mind so often lately because of a lady in our church and her daughter- She just found out she has precancereous cells on her cervix, and she is also around 6 months pregnant with a baby girl. This song has lifted me up in my devotional time and in praying for these sweet ladies. The Lord truly is higher and stronger and I will definitely be praying for this man for comfort in his loss.

  • Jen
    March 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I will definitely keep this young man, and his entire family, in my prayers. How very, very sad. May God rest the souls of the young wife and mother, as well as that of their son.

  • Allie
    March 9, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Oh, Darby, I said a prayer for this family when I read this post last night and have continued to have them on my heart today. May the Lord lift them up and comfort them during this horrific time. I cannot even wrap my head around this. I, too, long for Heaven where there is no pain or suffering. Thank you for posting this. I will continue to pray!

  • Mary Elizabeth
    March 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    These are the moments when absolutely nothing makes sense.
    Tragedies happen all around us, and finding a reason isn’t possible.
    All we have are our prayers.


  • Beth
    March 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Darby, my heart aches with you!!!! I heard about this a couple of days ago, and can’t get them off my mind! I cannot begin to imagine!!! I continually lift this family to our Father!

  • Shannon
    March 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Praying for peace and comfort for this father and husband and their family.

  • Amy
    March 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    We are praying for peaace for these families in this tragic loss.

  • Tonya
    March 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Oh my word. I can’t even fathom. Lord Jesus I pray that you would put your loving arms around Clint during this time and their extended family. You alone can bring grace and new life out of tragedy.

  • Holly
    March 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Darby, obviously we don’t know each other but I keep up with your blog daily. I am Brittany Pugh’s sister-in-law and friends with Laura Renfroe. I told Laura that Brittany and I were obsessed with your blog and children. She had just emailed me to tell me to make sure I saw it on the day you posted about eating at Mossy Grove. She was amazing and is going to be missed by many. I just wanted to tell you thanks for your prayers and your post on her. It means a lot; even from those we don’t personally know.

  • Beki - TheRustedChain
    March 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    So so sad. 🙁

    God bless you for having a sweet heart!

  • Katie
    March 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    oh how my heart grieves for this family. this is the THIRD accident that i have heard about just this week that took the lives of young mothers. there is so much heartache here on earth. i am so thankful for the HOPE that we have in Christ!

  • Christie
    March 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Oh my gosh. I can’t even imagine. Definitely praying for this family!

  • Jennifer
    March 10, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Praying tonight for a father and husband. May God carry him through this and always. Praying for a Mother and her child, knowing God has them in his arms. Much sadness hearing this news.

  • Anne
    March 10, 2011 at 12:21 am

    My heart goes out to this family. May God bring grace out of this tragedy.

  • Bobi Bobbitt
    March 10, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Can not get this family off of my mind since reading this post yesterday. Such a tragedy! Here in our little community we have just suffered a tragedy as well. A young 22 year old boy was found dead by his college roomate on Monday morning. They are unsure what happened, but he died in his sleep. He leaves behind parents, three sisters, and a younger brother. His funeral is today. It is so hard to understand such loss, but we must trust that God is in control. I will continue to pray for this young father and husband!

  • Amanda
    March 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I am so upset by this story. I can’t seem to get this family off my mind. I can’t imagine the loss they feel. We never know what God has in his plan for our life. There is no promise of tomorrow.

  • Katie@ Noodle and Boof
    March 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    This is absolutely heartbreaking. Prayers.

  • katie r
    March 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    words fail 🙁 Our God is greater! I am praying.

  • Sarah
    March 11, 2011 at 1:40 am

    This is truly heartbreaking. I too cannot fathom Clint’s grief. I am praying!

  • Cora
    March 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm


    Our family knew Brittany well…This two precious angels will be so missed. Thanks for the prayers for their families.

  • Jennifer
    March 13, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Oh, how very heartbreaking. Definitely praying for that sweet family. Ugh. The words to that song have been a lifeline for me at times!