Five in the World, One in Heaven

I am saddened to say that at 10:30 today Anne passed away. It was a relief to see her free of the suffering she has been going through over the last 2 years but my heart and being is split in two as she goes on to a better place. I will write a much longer post celebrating the wonderful woman, mother, wife, friend, scholar, traveler, disciple she was but I wanted to get something up quickly to inform everyone.

We will hold a service for her this Saturday June 23rd for all who are in LA and can make it. The service will be at 11:00 Saturday at our church at 575 Los Liones Dr. Pacific Palisades. Our plan is to have a second service in Utah on the 30th of June.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Stand up to Cancer in Anne’s name.

We are blessed to be surrounded by amazing people whose love and caring have helped us through this amazingly tough time.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures until I write her a proper post.

Anne and Kieran, the one who looks like her.

121 thoughts on “Five in the World, One in Heaven

  1. Tom,
    I’m so sorry to hear that Anne is gone, but I know that she will be in peace. I can’t imagine what that loss feels like, but I do know that you have one of the most loving and supportive families. You are fortunate to have so many loving people around you, to love you and the kids! God blessed you with that. You and Anne have been a continuous inspiration for so many of us, I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have had the pleasure of raising our kids together, and knowing your family. Thank you for sharing your sadness and joy with all of us through the years, and enlightening us along the way. We are sending our love to you and the family from afar, but hope you are feeling it close to your heart!

  2. I know there is nothing in the world that I (especially as a stranger) can say to assuage your grief, but I can’t help but let you know how sorry I am. I have been praying for Anne and your family, and I will continue to do so. Though I’ll never know it with the same depth as those who loved her, it was so evident through these pages what an amazing woman she was.

  3. Tom, I have been following your family since you were half way around the world and have always thought what an amazing family you are. Anne’s courage is a testament to that. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Even though I’ve never met any of you, I believe Anne is in heaven and will be watching over you all from there. I’m so sorry for your loss.-RG

  4. Tom I was taking some church youth on an adventure over the past week and got this news late. I’m so sorry for your family, and just can’t imagine losing Kristen, so I can’t really pretend to know how you must feel. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope to see you in Utah soon. Anne gave everything she had to give and that must offer a dose of comfort. She will be missed, but not forever.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone in the world that Anne touched. Though she was here for much too short of a time, it is evident (even to someone such as myself who only knows you through this blog) that Anne lived a very full life and spread her radiance everywhere she went.

  6. Oh, no. This just makes me sob. I am so, so sorry to hear this news. I never met Anne or any of you, but through her writing and our family world tours starting at the same time, I always admired her, felt connected and one can easily see you have a special family full of love.

    Our deepest sympathy and we’re keeping Anne and all of you in our prayers.

  7. Dear Ones,
    I started following your blog some time ago, found through one of another world traveling family. I have cheered for your ups and been deeply saddened by your downs. Words cannot express my sorrow at your loss of your wife, mother, friend, etc. May you continue to be enveloped by by the love, care, and support of those near and dear to you.

  8. I’ve followed your family blog since you were featured on Oprah and have been inspired greatly. Reading about your family and especially seeing Ann’s example of an adventurous spirit cultivated within family life moved me to action. I undertook a 18 month goal to travel somewhere new every month. I’m currently writing a book about my experiences and I mentioned Ann in chapter one as one of my greatest inspirations. I’m so grateful for her and sorry it will be some time and under very different circumstances that I’ll meet her. Much love to you all.

  9. Dear Tom,
    I found your website via Families On The Road.
    We left Utah yesterday (June 30) for our 2 year journey around the US.
    Thank you for sharing your journey. I know your family only through your website, but you have left a lasting impression on me. Anne seems to be an amazing person! I’m sorry to hear of her passing. I hope that you and your sweet children are comforted with the knowledge that you will see Anne again. May you be blessed with peace at this difficult time.

  10. Dearest Tom,
    My sincerest condolences, though it’s a new start for Ann as we are believers.

    My conversations with Ann while you were at MySpace and she was planning the move to California, she was so gracious with me and so very appreciative in my efforts. Such a beautiful heart, one of a kind special special women.

    She’s a Diamond in the Sky!

  11. Although we have never met, I too have been touched by your amazing family and courage, and I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. Tom,
    My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  13. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I have enjoyed reading about your travels and have learned so much. I hope some day to travel with my husband and kids. I know that nothing people say can make things better right now, especially someone you don’t even know but thank you for sharing your lives, the good and the bad. I hope you are eventually able to regain some equilibrium.

  14. I found your website while planning a trip to China a couple of years ago. I was just dreaming of more traveling and came across it again. I was shocked and saddened to read about Anne. My husband is currently undergoing treatment for melanoma (skin cancer) and hearing about her absolutely breaks my heart. I am so, so sorry. I have loved reading about her and your family and your adventures and she is an inspiration to me. She seemed to live life deeply and fully, as I strive to. You are in my prayers.

    ps We are in the Suwanee 1 Ward. I read that you lived in GA–small world.

  15. My deepest condolences! I was moved to tears when reading this last post. What a valient and courageous fight Anne put forth. I am so sorry for your – and your family’s – loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care of yourself.

  16. Tom on behalf of my wife Kim and our two boys Aaron and Brendan our deepest condoleceses. We emailed Anne a few times while you were travelling and when you returned home from the trip as we started to plan ours. We have never met but through her writting it gave us a window into your amazing family. You all have so many special memories to look back on and thats such a blessing . I can’t imagine the loss to your family and we will pray for you all.

    May God’s comforting hand rest on all your shoulders.

  17. Hi Tom and Andrus family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and will be thinking of you during this time.

  18. To the Andrus family,

    My deepest sympathy. I am so sad to hear of your loss. Anne is an inspiration to all the woman of the world. The children were fortunate to have such an amazing and caring mother. Her legacy lives on through all of you. Lyane

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