All of our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Katharine Ham and her family this morning after the tragic death of her husband, Jake Brewer, in a biking accident. 

Mary Katharine, a frequent commentator on Fox News, announced the heartbreaking news yesterday in a post on Instagram. 

 

We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don't have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father's, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain-- that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it's because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin' most of his time with all of us. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we'll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3

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Brewer, 34, was a senior policy adviser in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House.

President Obama issued the following statement:

Brewer was participating in a bike ride for a cancer charity Saturday in Howard County, Maryland, when he reportedly lost control on a sharp curve and was struck by a vehicle.

"The pain and shock is devastating. Jake leaves behind an adoring wife, Mary Katharine, a beautiful toddler, Georgia, and another baby on the way," read a GoFundMe page set up for the children.

Below are just some of the many tributes on social media from Mary Katharine's friends and colleagues.

 

Meantime, Mary Katharine has posted some beautiful pictures of the couple...

 

Hahaha. What a performance!

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Never seen this before today, and I love it.

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Married! 2011

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Never seen this before today, and I love it.

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Our own personal superhero.

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