When Tiffany Thornton’s husband died in a fatal car accident three years ago, the former Disney star said she had no idea how she would survive the ordeal but knew God had a plan.
As previously reported by E! News, Chris Carney, a former member of the rock band The Prom Kings, was killed when his vehicle crashed head-on into a tree.
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It's been 3 years since this photo was taken. How does time go by so quickly? Strange, though, how in the days after chris passed, time seemed to go so slowly, like molasses from a tree. I had no idea what God's plan was going to be. I felt like I had no purpose other than being a mom. I was no longer on tv. No longer fighting for a marriage to succeed. No longer falling asleep next to my best friend. All I had was a deep desire to live fully abandoned to whatever God's purpose was for my boys and I. I didn't know if that would keep me in Texas, move me back to California, push me to Arkansas. But I knew WHO held my future and I leaned on that for comfort. Also knowing Chris was watching over us from above and would give me signs of what to do. And that he did. I'm grateful for a God who turns all the worst things into beauty over time. I'll never stop missing Christopher and I'll never stop reminding our boys of the beauty that their daddy was. But I also won't let tragedy consume our lives. We will carry on Chris' testimony through how we live, how we love, how we persevere. For anyone who has lost a loved one I am specifically praying for you today. The road isn't the easiest but it can be beautiful even in the midst of the hard parts. Pray for signs and miracles. God sure brought us the best one in @jotheshow and I know Chris is smiling down from above. #thinkingofyou
Commenting on her first husband’s untimely death on Instagram, Thornton said she lost her sense of purpose after the single-car accident took the life of her best friend. She wrote:
I was no longer on tv. No longer fighting for a marriage to succeed. No longer falling asleep next to my best friend.
Then two years after Carney’s passing at 35, Thornton began a new life with worship pastor Josiah Capaci. Some fans criticized her for moving on too soon, reports E!.
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This. This is love. That all encompassing, enduring, accepting, near perfect love. The kind that trumps my need to snap back at people who have the audacity to comment on my Instagram about whether I loved my first husband or not. But let me take a moment to explain something to you. There is no timeline for grief or for when God moves in your life in undeniable ways. There are a lot of people who think it isn't good to be transparent on social media but I say forget that. I'm going to be open and honest because God wants me to. It's part of my testimony and it needs to be said. I was a mess yesterday during our wedding ceremony. So many emotions flooded my heart as I walked down those balcony steps to the arms of my gift from God. I thought of Chris watching us and knowing he would have loved the choice I made, for me and for the boys. I thought of Chris's amazing parents sitting front row and how much of a blessing they have been and will forever be in our lives. How happy they are for the boys and I and how much they already love Josiah. I am so completely humbled by the love I receive from this man. Jo came along EXACTLY when God knew I needed him. It wasn't my choice to fall in love so quickly after chris passed but I was growing so comfortable with being alone that it was becoming unhealthy. Looking back now I think God saw that if I went too long without love that it would become increasingly difficult for me to submit to the authority of a husband after being set in my own ways. When I say "Jo is the greatest thing that's ever happened to me" that in no way indicates that I didn't love my first husband with all that I had. How dare any one of you judge me and say that on a social platform. It doesn't make you any better of a person to cast judgment on others and sit in the seat of mockers. I will always love chris and jo knows that. And I will always love Jo. The beautiful thing about love is that it multiplies as new blessings come into your life. I don't have to share one bucket of love with the special people in my life. Each one has their own bucket. Get it? Isn't that amazing?? God's timing is not our own. And I praise Him for that. You should too.
Convinced that Carney wouldn’t want her life consumed by tragedy, Thornton defended her decision to marry Capaci.
Back in October 2017, she opened up about her second marriage and took time to explain her new relationship to her fans. She wrote:
There is no timeline for grief or for when God moves in your life in undeniable ways …
It wasn’t my choice to fall in love so quickly after Chris passed but I was growing so comfortable with being alone that it was becoming unhealthy…
When I say ‘Jo is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me’ that in no way indicates that I didn’t love my first husband with all that I had.
Some fans praised Thornton for the honest post and said her transparency about rebuilding her life after heartbreak was refreshing.
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Counting my blessings today. What an amazing God we have. He knows our inner most needs and provides beauty out of even our darkest times. Praying for all those this morning who are hurting or struggling. Life is short and precious. And I'm so grateful Jesus and Chris got together in Heaven and sent Josiah into our lives. God is waiting to rescue us from our brokenness, we must only surrender our hearts to His will.
The 32-year-old later announced in May that she and her husband were expecting a baby girl, reports People.
On Friday, Thorton shared more happy news on Instagram. The actress shared a picture of herself holding newborn daughter Juliet Joy, as the Arkansas-based pastor stood near her bedside.
According to E!, Thornton said her sons, Kenneth James, 6, and Bentley Cash, 4, from her first marriage, now have a “new best friend.”
The mom of three wrote on Instagram:
Juliet Joy Capaci is here and we are over the moon in love already. She was born at 2:30pm, weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces with dark curly hair and is so cute and squishy already. What a blessing it is to be entrusted by God with this precious little miracle. Thank you everyone for your prayers!!
Her first daughter, Juliet was born at 2:30 pm on November 9, weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces.