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Evelyn Husband Thompson




Smart Stepfamilies is honored that Evelyn Husband Thompson has endorsed The Remarriage Checkup
by Ron Deal and David H. Olson and written the Foreword



On Feb. 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart just minutes before its scheduled return to earth, AmeriEvelyn Husband Thompsonca lost seven heroes.  Evelyn Husband, wife of Columbia's commander Rick Husband, lost much more—the love of her life, the father of her children, the backbone of her family.


Suddenly, Evelyn was thrust into a life she never could have imagined. “Until then, I was a stay-at-home mom,” said Evelyn, whose life to that point was a relatively quiet existence of serving her family, church, and community in Texas. “This new path is not one I chose. What Rick and I did – how we lived our lives and raised our family – never in my wildest dreams did I think it would become a national story.”


The extraordinary grace with which she has handled the tragedy and the unexplainable peace that she has experienced in the midst of her suffering have made Evelyn an inspiration to millions of people across the country and an endearing figure to media worldwide.


Author of High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband (Thomas Nelson, 2004) and noted speaker, Evelyn travels throughout the U.S. encouraging audiences with her story of triumph over tragedy and her message of finding hope in the midst of life’s trials.


In January 2008 Evelyn married the second love of her life, Bill Thompson.  A widower himself, Bill is a man who is familiar with loss and grief, whose convictions are deep, and whose love for Evelyn and his family is second only to his love for the Lord. 


“The Bible tells us that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  Through Bill, the Lord has indeed brought tremendous healing and joy to the broken hearts of the Husband family,” said Evelyn.  “But, as much as I would like to tell you that this new season of life has brought an end to my pain, I have to admit that I still struggle.”

Evelyn and Bill Thompson 

With the same raw emotion and transparency that have been the hallmarks of Evelyn’s story from the first time she shared it with Katie Couric and a grieving nation the day after the Columbia tragedy, Evelyn continues to encourage people everywhere. Only now, she speaks not only to God’s faithfulness in the midst of tragedy, but also to His restoration as life goes on.   


“With this wonderful new husband comes a new set of joys, challenges, and yes, even sorrows. Bill and I are not only learning how to love again, but we are trying to blend two families that have suffered tremendous loss. It’s hard on our children and it’s hard on us. But God has proven faithful in the midst of our darkest times and He is doing so again in this new chapter of our lives. We’re not perfect, but He is and we cling to that every day.”


Today Evelyn Husband Thompson lives with her husband Bill and her two teenage children, Laura and Matthew, in Houston, TX.  Her two adult stepchildren are married and have homes of their own.  She travels nationwide sharing her inspiring message that hope endures, even in the most painful and challenging of times.    



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