We Can Move Mountains Carleton Place!



Meg Lowery once said that being a single parent is not a life just full of struggles, but more of a journey for the strong. In a perfect world all babies would be born to two parents that had every resource in the world to care for them. It doesn’t matter what age you are–16 or 46, being a single parent is tough.

I have a lot of respect for all single parents– because if it take a village for two parents to raise a child; it’s going to take a city to raise your child as a single parent. But, you know better than any of us that every moment you spend feeling sorry for yourself is a moment of your child’s life that you miss.

Single parents would love to worry, but they don’t have the energy and time. If something is meant to be, then it will be. There is no doubt at times mistakes are made, but you keep your head high and learn from them.  Lot’s of things are hard–school is hard, work is hard, life is hard, but loving your child is the easiest part of it all. That’s what gets you through the day.

Lisa Barrie is a single mother that is faced with an almost impossible task. I am sure you have heard her story many times by now. On July 2, 2015, Lisa went to wake her son Jeffrey. He neither moved or responded. Diagnosed with meningitis, her 12 year-old son suffered two strokes and was admitted to CHEO in Ottawa. Today, his future prognosis is still uncertain.

When your child looks you in the eye the first time, when you see that first beautiful smile, the joy in your heart is indescribable. You know that the tough times will pass, and that there are daily miracles and many of them manifest from your child. That’s what Lisa prays for every single day, for Jeffrey.

As parents we have faith that the universe will provide what you need. Lisa Barrie never thinks that the dream of bringing her son Jeffrey home is over because it’s not. We have this hope in life as an anchor, for the soul, firm and secure.(Hebrews 6:19 ) Please donate what you can and help Bring Jeffrey Home.

After all, we all know that love can move mountains!

Jeffrey’s Journey Home Facebook Page

A Carleton Place Mom’s plea—Help me bring my son home


hashtag #bringjeffreyhome

Saturday, November 28at 8:00pm in EST
Carleton Place Legion

Join us for an evening of Dancing, drinks and fun but most of all to help us Bring Jeffrey Home to his family
Tickets are $10 each. They are not quite ready but we wanted everyone to save the date for us 🙂 I will post ticket locations the moment they become available
Entertainment by Arlene Quinn and The Mike Fahey Band


Why My Child? The Story of Lisa Barrie of Carleton Place

A Letter from One Mother to Another — Lisa Barrie– Bring Jeffrey Home

One Thing You Do Every Single Day Can Help Lisa Barrie

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

3 responses »

  1. Hi Lynda,
    I learned about Lisa Barrie and Jeffrey’s Journey Home on your blog and brought their story to the attention of our IODE membership at our recent November meeting. I am very pleased to share that our membership approved a $1000 donation for the Barrie family.
    Kind Regards,
    Dianne Saunders
    President IODE CP


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