Devastated and lost

This is Paul aka Husband and Reuben aka Son.

After a long battle with cancer Joy died on 29th November 2018.  We are so devastated and lost without her.  She was everything to us and things are very hard at the moment.

She is greatly missed.

In time we would like to pick up the reins of her blog and try to continue her excellent work even though we will not be able to match her passion and expertise.IMG_5467


55 thoughts on “Devastated and lost

  1. I am so sorry to read this news about Joy. My sympathies and condolences go to you both. I felt, by reading this blog, that she indeed lived up to her name, Joy. She brought a lot of joy to me, a fellow travel enthusiast.
    Love and prayers, Moira

  2. I’m so sorry to read this. You and your son have my sincere condolences. I had been missing Joy’s blog posts and had hoped she’d just become too busy for blogging and might return. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing and our interactions on each other’s blogs. She will be missed by many in this blogging community. I wish you and your son gentle days ahead.

  3. Paul and Reuben, I am heartsick to read this. I wondered why I haven’t seen any posts lately and thought maybe Joy was feeling weary as I have been or just wasn’t traveling as much recently. Thank you for explaining to us. I am terribly sorry for your loss. Joy was a terrific writer and I was always so happy to follow your travels and I loved reading her comments on my blog. I’ll miss her. When you feel up to it, I hope you continue to travel together and celebrate her life by sharing your travels with us.

  4. I am so sorry to hear this and my condolences go out to both of you. I so enjoyed Joy’s posts and felt that through them I knew you all. I feel as if I’ve lost a long-distance friend. Thank you for letting us know, My thoughts are with you.

  5. Thankyou Paul for bravely advising Joy’s readers of her recent death. Having followed her Blog for a long time, I feel as though I know the three of you. You both gave your son a wonderful introduction to travel and to family. I pray that God will bless you both and strengthen you each day as you tread this difficult path.

  6. Sending love and prayers and gratitude – Joy inspired me and family so very much – her spirit is woven into many things. Thank you for sharing your lives and love and loss…♥️♥️♥️

  7. This is such sad news and I am so sorry to read this. Thank you Paul for letting us know. She was such a joy to follow as she had such a love of travel and life. I feel as though I know you and Reuben, and my heart goes out to you both. Sending prayers, she will be missed. I counted her as a special blogging friend.

  8. I am soo sorry to read your update this morning, Paul. I can only imagine how hard the last months must have been for you all. I had no idea she was so ill. Thank you for letting us all know. I’d wondered why she’d been so silent on her blog.

    I have very much enjoyed reading all about Joy’s travels with the two of you; she had a wonderful ability to capture her experiences in words and images. I often forwarded her posts about her trips around various parts of the UK to friends of ours who have emigrated to England; her blog is such a great resource of places to visit, especially with one’s children.

    Sending love and prayers to you and Reuben, and wishing you much strength in the months and years ahead. Joy was a beautiful soul, and she will be missed by many.

  9. Thank you Paul and Reuben for letting us know of this tragic news. I loved reading Joy’s blogs and interacting with her. Her ability to write made it feel as if I knew you all and I always looked forward to her posts. As a fellow northerner, a mother of sons and a love of travelling we had much in common. A few months ago I contacted her to check she was all right, as I had missed her cheerful posts and she told me about her illness. The plan was to meet up one day in Manchester when she was feeling stronger – I’m so sad now that it can no longer happen. When the time feels right, do please contribute to her blog as I’m sure both Joy and the WordPress community would appreciate that. With love, Marion.

  10. Thank you Paul and Reuben for contacting Joy’s fellow travel bloggers/readers at such a difficult time. I was stunned and saddened to hear of Joy’s passing and send my condolences to you both. I have enjoyed reading of your family’s travels over the years. Big hugs to you both from Australia. Cheers, Mark

  11. So sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed reading Joy’s posts, and have been missing it. I appreciated her comments on my blogs, especially when I was just starting. They encouraged me to keep on writing. She will be missed. My condolences to you and your son. Thank you for letting us know.

  12. She was loved and will be missed by so many. The blog community is here for support. Through her posts, she lives on. Thank you Joy for sharing your experiences with the world

  13. I’m so sorry to hear this news. I so enjoyed reading Joy’s blogs and wondered why she hadn’t posted recently. She wrote in such a personal way that I felt I knew her. She wrote some lovely comments on my blogs too, which were greatly appreciated. My thoughts and sincere condolences are with you both.

  14. I’m so sorry to hear that Joy has passed away. Like so many others, I thoroughly enjoyed reading her posts and hearing of your adventures, and she was a great source of encouragement when I first started blogging. Thank you for taking the time to let us know at what must be a difficult time for you both.

  15. Devastated, Paul, to hear about Joy. She was one of the first people to follow my blog and through her posts I’ve been watching Reuben grow and I feel like I know him. My deepest sympathy to both of you. Coral.

  16. I’m so sorry to here of your loss. I lost my love and traveling companion in 2016 and understand. I’m still traveling in her memory. Keep adventuring.

  17. Really sad to hear this. I loved her enthusiasm and her updates. Good luck guys, hope to read from you soon, from another son whose mother died of cancer way ahead of time.

  18. I am so so sorry to hear this.Stunned. I haven’t seen anything from Joy is a while but sometimes we all take breaks, I didn’t even know she was sick. Her love of travel and her family was reflected in her writings and photos. She will be dear missed by all. God bless.

  19. I am so sorry to hear of Joy’s passing. Her, beautiful writing, will be terribly missed. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss, and my prayers for you both.

  20. I’m so very sorry to hear this. I loved reading Joy’s blog posts, she was so friendly and enthusiastic, and a really supportive fellow blogger. My deepest condolences to you both.

  21. I’m so sad to read this. Joys blog was one of the first I discovered and I loved all her posts. We messaged a number of times offline about various places and she was a wealth of knowledge and advice. Last year I sent her a message wondering at her absence as I missed her cheerful voice online and she informed me of her illness. It was apparent to all who knew her and read her words that you and Reuben were her whole world. Whether you contribute here or not you have a fabulous record of your families adventures in her words! I might suggest that you have them printed, changing the words son and husband of course to your own names… what a keepsake that will be for the both of you. Keep exploring the world and new places and you’ll always have her joyful and adventurous spirit by your sides. My deepest sympathies, Hilary

  22. Paul and Reuben, I’m so very sorry to read this terribly sad news. I knew that Joy had been unwell and had been hoping that she was on the road to recovery and would be able to return to her blog soon – alas it is not to be. I can’t begin to understand how hard it must be for you both at present and at such a time it is incredibly brave of you to post this update. I discovered Joy’s wonderful blog when I first started my own a few years back. She was one of the first people I connected with in the blogosphere and from that point on we would always read each other’s posts and exchange comments. Joy wrote with such passion and enthusiasm about all the wonderful places she visited and she obviously treasured the special time with you both. I always enjoyed her perspective on the places she visited and her lovely photos to accompany her writing. Although I never met her in person her warmth and friendliness shone through. She was so generous with her time – she never failed to read one of my posts and was especially supportive of new bloggers (I always found Joy on other blogs that I read too). In time if you choose to carry on the blog it will be warmly welcomed. May her beautiful soul rest in peace. My sincere and deepest condolences, love Rosemary X

  23. Paul and Reuben, I feel so sad and broken. I am so very sorry. Joy was the first blog I connected with in the first week I discovered the world of blogs. it was always full of her enthusiasm. And she was such an encouragement to me as well. I am so sorry. My prayers and condolences, love Sze Wey

  24. I am so devastated to hear about her passing. I wrote many times about my son’s experience with childhood cancer and she was always one of the first people to comment on my blog. I have wondered all these months where she’s been because I haven’t seen her posts. I am so so sorry! I hate cancer!!!!!!!!

  25. I am in tears to hear this! I was going through my old post and thought did not see her commenting for long time, which she used to do. Then I come to see this post. She will be loved 😞😞… my prayers with you 🙏🏻

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