Thursday, January 10, 2013

At 12:00 in the afternoon on January 10th the suffering of our spirited, sweet, funny, strong, beloved Leontien ended and she left this world for the next.  It was a peaceful passing, and she was surrounded by her loved ones when she went.  We would like to thank each and every one of you for the support and love that you have sent her and her family through this difficult time.  Words cannot possibly express how much it has meant to her and to each and every one of us.  It is safe to say that Leontien was a true inspiration for many, and it is our hope that she will continue to be so.

Funeral and viewing arrangements are pending, but we will be sure to post the information when it is all decided upon.

Thank you all so much, and God Bless.

With Love – Bastiaan, Wim, Maria, Hanneke, Roland, Jan-Willem, and Meagan   


TexWisGirl said...

bless you all. thank you for letting us know. we have all joined in your prayers throughout her battle, and will continue to add more to help you in your grief. she is a free spirit, once again.

nancygrayce said...

Thank you for letting us know and may God comfort your souls and hearts! She was truly an inspiration to many!

Jill said...

My heart is very heavy right now. I feel like I have lost a sister in spirit and consider myself so lucky to have met this dear girl here through her blog. I will be praying for all of you during this difficult time. Her loving spirit is once again free. God Bless you all. I will never, ever forget her.

Lynne said...

Thank you for letting us know about Leontien's death she was an inspiration . . . My heart is heavy for your grief and loss. She is free, she is free . . . My caring and prayers extend to each of you.

theconstantwalker said...

My thoughts are with all of her loved ones...God bless you all.

Ms. A said...

God bless her. I'm so sorry. My prayers go out to each of those effected by her passing.

Judy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Cinderella11pm said...

Oh my dear wonderful Leontien, I am so sorry to lose you on this earth! My heart aches.

It is not a surprise, but yet still I grieve, having not-so-secretly hoped that you would have a miracle happen.

I am glad your long physical suffering is over. You were valiant beyond words.

I know I will meet you again as the ANGEL you certainly already are in the world of Spirit.

Bless you, dear Leontien, bless you.
You were a joy as a cyber friend to me, and my life is richer for having known you that way.

Thank you for your family letting us know here.
My loving thoughts are with you and with them.

In sorrow and loss,
Love and hugs both here and from soul to soul,
Cinderella 11pm

Top-of-the-Arch said...

Rest in peace, Leontien. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey here on earth. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bastiaan and the family. May the beautiful memory you have be with Leontien forever in your hearts.

Robyn said...

Bastiaan and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Leontien's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I enjoyed her blog posts and know she was a wonderful person that will be deeply missed.

Ellie said...

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Leontien, she was indeed an inspirational lady. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know.
Please know that you are all in my thoughts.

bon bon said...

may you, her family, have some comfort in knowing how many of us adored her. she and her delightful spirit will be sorely missed. RIP dear girl...


Dawn said...

I am so sorry. My thoughts are with all of you.
She was an absolutely incredible person. I was blessed to know her..

Tanna said...

thank you so much for letting us know. leontien... she had a way of engaging our souls... and staying in our hearts... her beautiful spirit is free... and she lives on in our hearts... i am so deeply sorry for your loss... blessings ~ tanna

LindaG said...

May God comfort and bless you all. ♥

farmer said...

My heart breaks for you all.
Please take comfort in her peace.

Chatty Crone said...

Thank you for letting us know. Leontien is an angel in Heaven now. I know it doesn't do you any good to know that - but I know she has to be happy in Heaven.
I am so sorry you lost the love of your life so early in life Bastiaan.
She was so beautiful and so wonderful. I'm 60 and I learned more from her and her courage than she would ever be able to learn from me.
I feel like I lost a friend although I never met her.
I don't know what else to say - but I will continue praying for you and your family.
Love, sandie

Susan said...

Sending my most comforting thoughts to all of you.
Leontien will always be an inspiration of grace and courage - a truly remarkable woman.

Beth said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Leontien was a beautiful young lady inside and out and I know she will be greatly missed. I enjoyed her blog.

Ricki Treleaven said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Leontien was such a sweet bloggy friend, and she encouraged me so much.

What a loss for us all.

I will pray for her family. Leontien will truly be missed.

God bless,
Ricki Jill

Marie said...

God Bless Leontien. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. I will be praying for all of you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing the news of Leontien's passing. I am truly sorry for your loss - she was such an inspiring lady. May God comfort you during this sad time.

(Life On Our Mountain)

Jeanie said...

Thoughts of her spirit and grace will live on in the hearts of so many.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Leontien touched my soul and so very many others. She was truly one of a kind and I will miss truly her. We never met in person but I will never forget her.
You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
I know Leontien would not want us to grieve she would want her love to spread around the world. I am sure it already has and will continue.
Thank you for sharing her with us. Rest now sweet lady. Hugs B

Julia said...

My heart breaks for you Bastiaan and for the whole family at the lost of your precious Leontien.
What an inspiring young lady Leontien was and she was strong. I kept her in my prayers daily.

She made me laugh with her adventures as described on her blog and she made me sad with her battle with cancer. I'm a cancer surviver and was supposed to die but I'm still here by the grace of God. He still has some work for me to finish as for Leontien, her work is done and what a great job she did.

May you all be console and strengthened by your strong faith in God's mercy.

Arija said...

The struggle is over, Leontien has passed into the light. and though we will all miss courage and joy of life she shared with all, it is for those of you remaining behind that I now pray. I pray that your heart will carry the pain lightly, I pray you feel her spirit near you through these dark days and joyfully throughout the rest of your journeying, I pray that Leontien's love smooth you path and give you peace. God bless you all.

Michele Payn-Knoper said...

Prayers to you all. Thank you for being so willing to share Leontien's battle publicly. She was an inspiration to thousands.

Leontien, rest in peace, friend, it was certainly a life incredibly well lived.

Unknown said...

I'm so sorry.

Bonnie said...

Leontien was a beautiful and courageous woman. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers as you face the days ahead. May the Lord carry you in the palm of his hand. Bonnie

Patrice said...

So sad. She was amazing. My prayers for her family. When I look at the night sky and see that there is one star that shines brighter than others, I will know who is there.

acorn hollow said...

I am so sorry know that her family will be in my prayers
god bless and comfort

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

I am so sorry to read this. She truly seemed like such a wonderful, strong, and giving woman.

The Cranky said...

I am so sorry; my heart is with you and yours.

Thank you for letting us know.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Leontien you were an amazing example of beauty and grace both inside and out, and so much more. I hope your family finds peace from the prayers being said and comfort from one another and their memories of you that can never be taken away. l will not forget you.

Lori Skoog said...

Bastiaan, Wim, Maria, Hanneke, Roland, Jan-Willem and Meagan. Thank you so much for sharing Leontien with us. She was a very beautiful person inside and out and served as a great inspiration to people all around the world who loved her. I'm very sorry that she is no longer with you and hope that the farm will continue to prosper as she watches over it. You are a very special family.

Dawson Cattle Company said...

thank you for sharing such an amazing lady with the blogger family! she was beautiful inside and out. and such an amazing inspiration to so many. I am sad that cancer won the battle, but rejoice in the fact that she is cancer free. love and hugs to all of your family and friends.

Susannah said...

I am so sorry. She set a fine example for everyone. She is in God's house now and she is more sickness. What a wonderful young woman she was.

Sincere Sympathy to you and your family,


Lin said...

Damn. That girl had me believin' in miracles.

Heaven is a wee bit sweeter today, while the earth grieves for the loss of our friend.

Hugs and love.

Alica said...

I'm so sorry to hear the news of Leontien's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

~mel said...

Thank you for letting us know. She gave it her all here on earth her temporary home. At least we have the comfort of knowing that you will be reunited again in Heaven. Blessing to the family you're all in our prayers.

Unknown said...

With heavy hearts....we continue to pray for the healing of your family.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Leontien your spirit of love and compassion touched me.
You were so loved by your family and all of us.
We thank your family for letting us know that now you are in the arms of the angels.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

My prayers to the family. So many, many of us online have been following Leontien as she battled that horrible disease. I don't think I know anyone who fought it as hard as she did. I am sorry that she is gone now --but she is out-of-pain and is with God, in a beautiful place. May God rest her soul

Blessings to the family and loved ones.
Betsy Adams

Dutch Sugar Babe said...

Geen pijn meer. Maar zeer verdrietig om zo'n jonge mooie vrouw te verliezen. Wij zijn diep onder de indruk hoe Leontien haar ziekte gedurende een lange periode heeft doorstaan.
Ik wens jullie als gezin/familie ontzettend veel sterkte. Blijf terugkijken op alle mooie momenten. Ze was en blijft een mooi mens. Veel liefs Eliza x

Sharon said...

So sorry for your loss, our loss as well. Leontien had great courage and a lovely sense of humor.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Condolences to your entire family. She will be missed by many. Many who never had the pleasure of meeting her in person. I followed along in her amazing, full, rich life here on this blog. Her joy, sense of humor and zest for life touched many lives.

I hope she knows she touched mine.


Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

So very sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful daughter, sister, wife, friend. My thought and prayers are with you.

Sue, a Florida Farm Girl said...

My heart breaks at the loss of dear, sweet Leontien. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers daily. She was such an inspiration to me and will continue to be so.

Thank you for your kindness in sharing this wonderful woman with us.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Dear Bastiaan, I'm so very sorry to hear of your beautiful wife's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. Leontien was an inspiration to us all. She fought hard with the most amazing grace, strength, and humor but the Lord called her home and she's now in a place where there is no more suffering and no more tears. She will be missed not only by her loving family but by all of us here in blogland. My prayers will continue to be with you and her family. Hugs, Cheryl

Mary Ann said...

I am so very, very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you.

Angela said...

You have my deepest and sincerest heartfelt condolences. May the Lord continue to help you through this difficult time.

Janice Grinyer said...

Godspeed, Leontien- you lit a path for us to follow...ride on your horse of your dreams towards your journey. My memories of you here will always be good, of laughter, and full of life - all those things of who you are.

So sorry Bastiaan, she loves you so- always remember that. she loves you. I am so sorry she had to leave early - but always remember she loves you.

Saimi said...

I am so sorry.

Thank you for letting us know as she has been in my thoughts and prayers. My only comfort is knowing she is in a place where there is no pain and she's in the arms of a loving Heavenly Father.

Anonymous said...

Your Leontien truly was a woman of extraordinary courage and inspiration.
My sympathies to you, her loved ones who saw her through it all.
May the grace of God be with you.

A Colorful World said...

May God be with you all as you face this sad, sad loss. May He give you strength and comfort. I was so sad to hear that Leontien had passed on...she fought the good fight, and as you say, she was an inspiration to so many!

Anonymous said...

gecondoleerd en heel veel sterkte allemaal. ik vind het knap wat ze allemaal heeft gedaan, en wat voor een inspiratie ze is/was voor zoveel mensen, en dat terwijl ze zelf met zo'n verschrikkelijke ziekte moest vechten. heel veel sterkte familie. x lianne van hout

Arkansas Patti said...

I am so very sorry for your painful loss. My heart is breaking for Bastiaan and her family. A warm, loving light has left us all. Sadly the brightest burn out the quickest.
You are all in my prayers.

Sandra said...

I pray God's blessings and strength for all of you, my heart hurts for the loss of this wonderful girl..

Cindy Ellison said...

There's so much to say about Leontien, where would one begin? If ever there was an angel on earth, it was Leontien. Prayers for all your family.

It's me said...

I'm going to miss you so much darling......such a sad news.......prayers are for her husband and familly.....she was such a special friend to's so quiet in me

thecrazysheeplady said...

{{{group hug}}}

Jean said...

Rest in peace Leontien. I can only add my condolences to those who have said it so much better than I could.

She loved you all-- may that love keep you strong

Country Gal said...

I am so sorry for your loss , may the angel Leontien be at peace in gods heavens watching over you . Prayers for your family .

margareth said...

I learnt this new by the blog of Skoogfarm. How much sad I am for you and her family...

Kim said...

So sorry. Prayers are with you.

Catches the Eye said...

So sorry for your Loss , we are going to miss You Leontien. My deepest Sympathy to all the family.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

I am so sorry. I am without words. She was an inspiration and she will always be an inspiration. She taught me some great lessons on how to live. All of you will be in my prayers. Thank you for letting us know.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Leontien. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. ((HUGS))

Karen said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May precious memories fill your heart and ease your pain.

Anonymous said...

Your love for Leontien is tangible in your photographs together. Such great love. May God shed his grace on you as you comfort one another during this sad time.

"Lord, make me to know my end and to appreciate the measure of my days--what it is; let me know and realize how frail I am, how transient is my stay here.

Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in Your sight. Truly, every man at his best is merely a breath.

And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You."

One day you will be together again, no more pain, no more tears. Hold fast the hope that is in you.

Aimee @ said...

I never had the privilege of meeting Leontien, but she was an inspiration nonetheless. Deepest sympathies.

Poppy (aka Val) said...

I am very sad to hear that such a lovely young lady is no longer with us. I am so pleased I knew Leontien through her blogs, she was such a inspiration to so many people. Sending my condolences to Bastiaan and all the family xxxx

Inger said...

Leontien touched my heart and I will never forget her. Bastiaan, your love for each other was so special, so strong,and it was so clear how your love helped Leontien keep strong through her illness. Leontien touched so many people and she will not be forgotten. Sending blessings and my love to you and yours and Leontien's families.~ Inger

Unknown said...

I am so sorry for you loss! Leontien was an inspiring and wonderful person!

sharon said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. Such an amazing person left this earth, heaven has received a beautiful gift.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss...

Rest in the arms of Jesus my sweet Leontien

Tami AKA My Kid's Mom said...

So sorry for your Loss, I will miss Leontien. She was an inspiration to so many. My deepest sympathy to the family

bj said...

GOD'S love, comfort and blessing for her family.

cheyenne jones said...

My sincere condolences to you all, may God keep her and bless you all.

Dreaming said...

The world has lost a beautiful person today. My heart aches for everyone who is left behind.

Gail Dixon said...

Leontien was a brave and beautiful force in the world. I will miss her indomitable spirit. My deepest condolences to the family and friends she left behind. God bless.

mary i said...

I did not know you well. For a short and lovely moment I felt of your spirit. Be at Peace and know that you are loved. I send Flowers from My Heart...Hugs from a fan in Alabama..

Deanna said...

She has left her legacy on all she touched. Peace be with you as she is now in peace.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Oh, Leontien, your "spirited, sweet, funny, strong and beloved" spirit will be very busy reminding all of us with heavy hearts to treasure each minute as you did. I only found out about you in October of 2012, and couldn't have imagined then how devastating it would be to learn this news. I know memories of life with you will surround Bastiaan, Wim, Maria, Hanneke, Roland, Jan-Willem, and Meagan, interspersing laughter amid the tears, and eventually bringing them comfort as they feel your beauty in a thousand different ways as they go about their days. Your body may have left this earth, but your spirit will stay on to enrich everyone and everything it touches. Rest in Peace, dear Leontien.

Anonymous said...

I am so deeply sorry...

camp and cottage living said...

Leontien was a brave and beautiful soul.
My prayer and sympathies are with all of you. said...

Such a precious girl - she brought deep feeling to this electronic world of ours, reaching out with words and pictures so that we almost felt like a next door neighbor. So many people impacted by her honest journey of many challenges and of her inspirational life that proved she was one very determined young woman. I'm so glad she was able to realize her dreams instead of still wishing for them to come true...she was graced with an amazing character that all of us could feel, as if she were a magnet. May all her family and friends draw comfort in the fact that me and untold others are shedding tears and sharing the burden of the loss of such a beautiful person. Thank the Lord for her faith in her next address and that she shared so much with so many. Her words will live on. Thank for family for blessing us with more information --- thank you for still sharing her with us.


BlueShell said...

She was a brave woman. God Will take good care of her now.
I am so sad.


Sheilagh said...

No words, silent prayers for you all.


Unknown said...

My deepest sympathy to all the family. Hugs Sue.

Bob Bushell said...

We love you Leontien.

Jan n Jer said...

What a fighter she was. Deepest sympathy to you and all your loved ones. I know there will be a void in your heart..may the memories of better days give you comfort during this very sad time in your lives!

Giga said...

To bardzo, bardzo smutne, że nie ma jej już wśród nas. Wyrazy głębokiego współczucia dla Rodziny.
It's very, very sad that she's not with us anymore. Deepest sympathy to the family.

chica said...

Que descanse em PAZ! Fiquei triste! abraços, FORÇA! chica

P. said...

Bless you all ;(

Anonymous said...

Heel veel sterkte toegewenst voor de komende tijd.
Groet Hanny.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Leontien, very brave, wonderful woman. She left to God ...
Deepest sympathy to the family.
God bless.

. intemporal . said...



. God bless Leontien in the fullness of eternity .



Rose H (UK) said...

I am sincerely sorry to read this post, my thoughts are with you and your family. Earth will be duller for her loss but I'm sure that heaven will be sunnier.
Rest in peace dear Leontine.
Rose H

Anonymous said...

Ieder leven is uniek
mooi en kostbaar....
en schenkt waardevolle herinneringen

Heel veel sterkte voor jullie allen om dit grote verlies te kunnen dragen.

Gerrit en Henriëtte Lucassen

Inge Litjens said...

Dit gedicht heb ik net bij mama voor jullie uitgezocht. Ik vind dit gedicht heel mooi passen bij Leontien zoals jullie over haar vertelden. Ik hoop dat jullie het ook mooi vinden.
Heel veel sterkte voor vandaag, morgen en alle dagen erna.

Matty, Sophie&Louise

Geen tweede als jij

Wat is in een naam?
Een mensenleven
een droom, een gestalte
een toekomstwens
geboren zijn en
'zo zal je heten'
iemand worden: deze mens.

Genoemd en geroepen
betekenis gekregen
geen tweede als jij:
Jouw denken, jouw doen
jou horen, jouw zien
jouw weten, jouw voelen
jouw lachen, jouw huilen
jouw ruiken, jouw proeven
jouw spreken, jouw zwijgen
jouw toedoen
heeft blijvende sporen op aarde getrokken
't gemis heeft jouw omtrek,
geen tweede als jij.

Wat is in een naam?
Een leef-tijd
een afscheid
volte en leegte
een naam gaat voorbij.
Maar niet de jouwe, niet jouw naam,
niet jij.

uit: Zaaien in tranen, woorden van verder dan dood
Yvonne van Emmerik-Mientje Luiken
Gerard Oostveen

Dan said...

There are no words to express how truly sorry I am for your loss. As one of the many bloggers that prayed for her in life I can only take solace that she is now free from all mortal suffering and is in a better place.

God bless.

YONKS said...

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped away
into the next room.

I am I,
and you are you;
whatever we were to each other,
that, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name,
speak to me in the easy way
which you always used,
put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air
of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we shared together.
Let my name ever be
the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all
that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.

Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland
1847 -1918

So sorry!

Alisa said...

I am so sorry to hear this. Much love and many prayers for all of her family and friends. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Leontien touched so many lives and inspired everyone. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Gerreke said...

I am very sorry for your loss! I wish you Gods strengt to get to this very difficult time!

Larkrise garden girl said...

Leontien touched us all by her words and her brave spirit. What a loss of such a young person. I am so very sorry for your loss and I am so saddened to hear the news.Leontien was loved by so many and your family is in my thoughts and prayers, Hugs Cheri

Laoch of Chicago said...

Such a sorrowful thing. Good wishes to her family.

fam. van der Linden said...


Je was een rots in de branding
en koerste recht door zee.
Je trotseerde storm en golven had de wind niet mee.

Wij wensen jullie allen heel veel sterkte met dit enorme verlies en dat alle herinneringen aan Leontien jullie tot steun mogen zijn.

Liefs René', Arieta en de kiendjes.

Gail said...

You don't know us but would like to send our thoughts and prayers to you all. Mr & Mrs M - Cornwall UK

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MunirGhiasuddin said...

I am very sorry for your loss.

I am joining every one in Prayers for Leontin. May God grant her a very special place in Paradise. Amen

May God give you and her loved ones strength and peace. Amen

Sandra said...

All my thoughts go to Leontien's family and especially to her husband, Bastiaan. Leontien's star continues to shine and her spirit or soul are very much alive. What we call death is not the end, but simply a passing on to another level of consciousness. The love remains. God bless. Sandra

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