Saturday, November 5, 2011

Better Times


Hi All,

As I was sitting here for the last few days I was looking back at the months since Katie's diagnosis and thinking about all the fun times we have had and trips we made.  Things like our visit to Disneyland:


Or just the little times just sitting around the house reading a bedtime story to the twins:


The little trips we made as a family:




I know that when the years have passed we will not remember the nasty aspects of treatment or the pain and suffering we will remember the good times; the smiles and joy that we have had together.

Even here at the Hospice House we have been able to form some good memories, and have seen the smile we all love so much:






Katie has been sleeping peacefully since my last update and we are taking her medications down at a slow but steady pace looking for a place where we will be able to talk to her but she will not be in pain.  I am hopeful that we will find the perfect balance but should we not I am happy that she is resting and comfortable.

Take care,
Kevin

121 comments:

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

Kevin, So glad that she is resting. You are in are prayers! Great pictures, and keep those memories close to your heart :O) Try to get some rest if you can! Thanks for the pics and updates. Tell her that everyone in blogland are praying for her!! Love & Prayers! Don & Leah Ann Gast

Desiree said...

What a sweet post. Thank you again for sharing your Katie with us. :) She's a special person.

Joannie Legoe said...

Thinking of Katie, you and the boys and sending comfort and love to you all.

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

My husband is a retired FF/Paramedic, and of course my daddy was a Minister for years. My husband said keep talking to her, she can hear you. I have a great faith in God, and have seen the Lord do so many good things. To me this is a prayer answered that Katie is resting and not in pain. I keep praying, and will continue to do so Kevin, keep your faith no matter what! Hugs! Don & Leah Ann Gast

Z-Scrapper said...

Thank you Kevin. I think most of us needed to see these sweet pics of our Katie. God always has a plan and we need to have the faith. Lately everytime I see one of your posts.....I hold my breathe. Yes, please keep Katie comfortable. No pain please. God bless you, the boys, and our precious Katie. Hugs!

Shirley said...

It is wonderful she is resting so you can rest a little with her too. Prayers of peace and comfort to you both at this really difficult time. Thank you so much for posting. Hugs

Gina said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful smile...keep it in your heart and her strength will flow through you :D XXX

Shell said...

It's good to hear that she's resting. I'm still praying.

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for you and your family, knowing that the end is so close. Know that God keeps you all firmly wrapped in love and devotion. Knowing that you have had the most wonderful 21 years with Katie and are able to continue sharing her love with your children is a blessing that only you and Katie could share. May God watch over you and your boys and continue to show you the loving care he has given from the beginning. Our best to you, Katie and your children.
JudiV

Joan B said...

What a wonderful tribute to all of you. Glad to hear that Katie is able to rest pain free. I hope you are able to get some rest as well.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your very thoughtful and loving posts, Kevin. I'm so glad that Katie is not in pain and is sleeping. I still believe in miracles! You are all still in my prayers.

Joan
MN

Jak Heath said...

Such beautiful photo memories to treasure. all our love from across the pond x

kathlee said...

Kevin, you are all so very special. Thank God she is resting comfortably and thank God she has you.
Blessings,
Kathie

Mandi-Lee said...

Kevin, you are truely amazing!!!! Love and strength to you all! Mandi xxxx

Nancy said...

What a beautiful post. Glad Katie is not in pain, and hope you will be able to talk with her. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

ALTHEA said...

What a wonderful and generous man you are to continue with what Katie started at the very beginning of her diagnosis. Thank you for sharing Kevin, I feel so selfish to keep checking in for a word .on her condition, when I know for every post your concentration is diverted from Katie. I am so happy that her pain has been quieted. Continued prayers and thoughts.

hello gorgeous said...

many more memories to treasure.... love that you got to go to Disney after promising for so long ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

ThePurplePlace said...

Hi Kevin,
Thanks so much for sharing these fun and happy pictures of Katie, just being Katie!! They all make me smile and I can see how happy she is with the boys!! I'm also the Mom to two boys and they sure are my greatest Love and Joy!!

I'm happy to know that Katie is comfortable and that you will find that perfect balance of meds for her!!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and keep making those memories!!

Prayers and Hugs to you, Katie and the Boys!

Gramma Jacki said...

Thank you so much for keeping us informed as to how you are all doing. This is such a sad time for you all and it is so good of you to take the time to post. I am so thankful that Katie is resting and hope the meds get worked out so she can be awake and pain-free to "be" with you. Beautiful pictures - thank you for the reminder of happier times. I do love the smile on that girl of yours! It's a stunner!! : )

Lorie said...

Continued prayers to Katie, you and your family. So glad to hear that Katie is resting and comfortable. You all remain in our minds and very close to our hearts, and I will continue to lift your family in prayer. May you find strength and comfort in the love God has for all of you, and in your love for each other. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures and for the update. Blessings be to you and yours today and always.

Mandy said...

Thanks for the update. Praying for your sweet family. Love the beautiful pictures of Katie enjoying you and the boys. :)

Kim said...

Oh Kevin how I wish that I could jump through the computer to come and give you all a great big hug! We continue to keep you all in our prayers! I hope that you do find that balance so that you can talk to Katie again! The pictures you shared are so precious! Again, sending lots and lots of hugs!

Kim

LORi said...

Beautiful....♥!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures of an amazing, brave and inspiring lady x

Linda Borneman said...

Kevin,
Your posting was a beautifully shared with all the lovely photos of Katie and her family and the love that exudes from the photos! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them and reading your thoughts about them. I cannot imagine the mixture of emotions that you must be feeling but I do want you to know that even if you think Katie can't hear you, you keep talking. I've heard that they hear us when it seems that they "can't" and that's a beautiful thing. I'm praying for Katie, you and the boys and it is my hope that you can draw strength from the Lord day-by-day. God bless.

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

These are some of the most beautiful pictures I have seen of Katie as a mother, especially. I love the one of them all in the hotel bed and the one of her reading to the boys. What beautiful memories indeed. This makes me so grateful that there is something to celebrate despite through tears that I'm sure most of us are experiencing at the very moment reading this.

Thank you so much for sharing these with us.

ReneeK said...

You are all in my prayers.

Melissa said...

What beautiful photos! Katie is gorgeous. I will pray that the right balance will be found. Big hugs to all of you!

Linda McClain said...

What a beautiful tribute to such an amazing woman. It's a beautiful tribute to the man behind the camera, too, who had the heart to capture so precious moments. You're constantly in my heart - praying for peace and comfort for you all.

kati said...

Thank you for your frequent posts. I have been keeping you, Katie and the boys in my prayers and am so glad that she's now comfortable. May peace surround you all at this time!!!!!!

judy said...

You are a lovely family! It is a
testament to the strength of you
and Katie that you are able to enjoy
your family even in hard times.
Keeping all of you in my thoughts and
prayers.

marilyn said...

Wonderful memories help erase the bad. So very glad you are able to see them. Sending love and praying for more happy memories to be made.

Lisa T said...

I am so glad that you have good memories to find comfort in. My wish for you and Katie is that she is able to be awake and as painfree as possible so that she can make some more memories with you and the boys. Thanks so much for the updates. I think Katie would be happy to you know are doing so. Hang in there.

i {heart} papers said...

Those memories will carry you and the boys through the very trying times to come. And they have her smile and you will see her in them each and every day. I hope so much that you are able to speak to her again, and she you. Thank you for posting again. I'm smiling through the tears as I look at these pictures.

Joan V said...

Kevin, thanks for the beautiful posts and sharing all your happy memories with your family. Glad that Katie is resting and I hope that you get to talk with her once again. I will be keeping you in my prayers for that chance to talk with her. As one of the other ladies had said, keep talking to her, cause your voice will be so soothing to her. Your story is a wonderful testament of the love a husband and wife should have for each other. Thank you for sharing.

Michelle said...

Thank you Kevin for sharing these wonderful photos of Katie and the boys with us. It is so lovely to see her beautiful smile and her love for the boys is powerfully evident.

Thinking of you all.

Hugs

Michelle

Marsha said...

Thanks Kevin. We are concerned and so glad for this update. Glad Katie is resting. Make sure you get rest too.

True :) said...

Kevin,
I hope you realize how many hearts your family has touched. I hope also that you keep Katie's blog live even if you never add to it when she is gone. Your story has moved those of us who love Katie tremendously. I bet that for every comment posted here, that there are dozens, if not hundreds, that have read, laughed, cried, been inspired, and prayed along with us. People who were at a loss for words or thought because they don't know Katie, that perhaps they shouldn't post. I hope they do now so you can have a better idea of the angel Katie has been on here stay here on Earth.
This blog has changed my outlook on terminal illness. You have managed to find joy and make wonderful memories for your family despite your daily struggles and it was done with tremendous GRACE.
I will be referring everyone I know who is facing a similar fate to your blog. It is by far the most inspirational story I have read in a long long time.
I know I am just a design team sister of Katie's, and have never met her in person or even spoke on the phone, but I am so proud to call her my friend. She is going to take up a little spot in my heart forever!
Thank you so much for this beautiful post and pictures today. Yes...once again , as I have every time I've visited for the last few months, I cried. It was different this time though. I cried because it makes my heart happy that you are already finding joy in the memories. She has accomplished one of her last goals.
I'm praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

Wish I could hug you all in person but *~*~*~♥♥♥~Cyber Hugs~♥♥♥~*~*~* will have to do.

True :D

Kelly S. said...

Seeing those pictures made me smile, too. Thank you so much, Kevin!

Davi said...

Kevin, You have captured some precious memories in the pics and Katies sweet smile along with the boys really speaks volumes.Keep talking to her and I am praying that there will be that balance, she will be pain free and able to talk to you very soon. huge hugs to you all

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Kevin. Just yesterday I was thinking about Katie's Biker pictures. It's good to remember the good times. I wish you and your family peace and strength.
-Amy (brunosmom)

Pursuit of Stampiness - Calgary, Canada said...

What a beautiful post. We love you all. Hugs, Pauline

Jeanne said...

Hoping you can smile with your boys still. Peaceful wishes and prayers from cyberspace to you all.

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

I was looking over the pics of happier times too. Of course I don't have the collection you have. :-)

Thank you so much for the update.

:-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your precious memories & beautiful family pictures & for dedicating time to post updates. I'm glad Katie is resting well. My heart is with you & your family.
Peace & love, Vina

Caroline Hackney said...

How lovely to read of happier times and see these pictures. This looks like some calm in the midst of the storm you are facing; respite in the chaos. Praying for that balance to be found for Katie!

Emily Painter-Davis said...

Thank you Kevin.
I love that Avatar girl!
She has a great smile...
Bless you and those wonderful boys.

xx
oo
em

Sarah said...

These pictures are wonderful. I know I posted this earlier but continue to talk to her and have the boys talk to her. She can hear what you say. Please know that you guys are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

Whimcees said...

Hello Kevin,

Thank you again for the update and the great photos - I am so happy that the boys can spend time with Katie. That smile of hers lights up the room.

I have also been thinking of so many of the wonderful times that Katie shared wirh us of your family. I was so excited for her when she got her motorcycle license. I have followed back all the past blog posts and saw again and again why Katie is so special.

That is so good that Katie is resting so she can get some relief from the pain and build some strength again. I hope that soon she can talk with you again. Please know that you are all in my prayers every day! I send special prayers for the children.

You take care of yourself Kevin. I send good wishes and hugs to Katie.

Barbara Diane

Debgem said...

Kevin - you really are a lovely man. You're so kind to let us know how Katie is doing, and also for sharing your pictures of your beautiful wife and children. Keep these memories close. I'm so pleased that Katie is resting peacefully - make sure you rest too. Sending you all hugs. Take care xx

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Thank you for the update and for the beautiful photos. I am glad that Katie is resting peacefully at the moment and my prayer is that you will be able to reduce the meds so that Katie can awaken. Remembering you all in my prayers.

Betty Boo! said...

Beautiful memories. I am glad to hear she is comfortable. All our love and prayers are with you, Katie and the boys.

Mary Friederichsen said...

Praying for comfort and peace for you both. And for your children.

God Bless you all,
Hugs,

Mary

Steph Lee (Arty Carty) said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful memories of your family. I hope it brings you strength at this time. My prayers are with you, Katie and your boys.

Susan H. said...

Kevin,
Thank you so much for sharing these pics with all of us, we are praying you get to talk with katie, you have an awesome family and may God give you all strenghth and comfort thru all of this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures. Glad to hear Katie is resting; keeping you all in my prayers.

Sue Ann said...

Katie is beautiful ........ thank you for posting photos with her amazing smile and with the boys. Thank you for sharing her with us and allowing us to be a part of your family. Sending cyber hugs to you all!!!

Grandma Nancy said...

I like the place you are in, Kevin. It is good to concentrate on the good parts. There have been many. Also good to see her beautiful smile and great to hear that they are working on finding the right dose so you can still talk to her and she will be comfortable. I am thinking about all of you every single day, all day long!! Love, Nancy

jengd said...

I'm so glad that not only were you able to have those fun times but that you're able to hold onto them now. Enjoy your wonderful memories! Thinking of you all!

Holly Tracy said...

What precious memories those are, I am so glad you guys got to do all that as a family. I'm so happy to hear she is resting peacefully and is not in pain or suffering. Prayers are with you all. God Bless
Holly Tracy

Kelli Hull said...

Just look at that LOVE.... Your family has been SO blessed to be SO close, SO happy... TALK TO KATIE!!!! She's there, she can hear you!!!! I am Thankful that she is resting pain free, now please you go and rest too!!! God will continue watching over her. I am happy to see the boys with such a resemblance to their Ma!!! You will FOREVER see her, and those happy memories will keep you warm and loved for life!!!

My little piece of Heaven.... said...

Peace.....

Mary Sara P. said...

Thank you for sharing with us. What wonderful pictures and you are amazing. Sending you and your family peace and comfort and prayers.

susanc said...

Thank you for sharing such previous pictures with us Kevin. I've been away from the computer all day and am so glad to read that she is not in any pain and is resting comfortably. She is never far from my thoughts. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you tonight.

Curt in Carmel said...

The one thing the cancer could not steal from Katie is her beauty . . . inside and out. You are an amazing guy, Kevin. Hugs to you and your beautiful family. . . Best, Curt

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures! I've missed Katie's smile so much! Actually, I've missed Katie's face so much since she wasn't feeling up to video chats anymore. I pray for Katie everyday and for your family. Tonight, I'm praying especially hard for a miracle and that Katie will be able to wake up and be with her babies for their birthday. You all are ALWAYS in my heart.

Judy Rozema said...

Kevin,
It is a real tribute to the love that you and Katie share to share with us some of the most private parts of your lives. Thank you so much for the pictures - your boys certainly share her beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you - and with your boys on their birthday~!

Sewflake said...

Kevin thank you for the continued updates. It eases my heart to know that Katie is sleeping peacefully. I pray that you all find that perfect balance in her meds that will provide the opportunity to see her smile again.
I wish this life allowed us to volunteer to take upon our self some of the pain Katie had been suffering with. The best I can do is pray.

Squirrellyshirley said...

As I scurried around doing my chores today, I thought of Katie with each and every task, how she would probably give anything to do a load of laundry, to pick up that toy for the 10th time, to make the bed, wipe a runny nose......I did it all for you today, Katie. And I'll do it again and again....for YOU!! YOU have inspired me to be a better person TODAY!! THANK YOU for sharing.

Lovely Linda said...

Thank you Kevin for sharing these bautiful photos - they are such precious moments - to be treasured! Praying for you all! {{{hugs}}}

Kathy Mc said...

What sweet pictures of Katie smiling with her boys. Thanks for sharing and so happy Katie is resting peacefully. Will continue praying for a miracle for all of you to be able to have some more nice visits with her being pain-free. She sure is well loved by looking at all the comments and blog followers ~ touched so many of us!

Nancy G said...

Kevin, thank you so much for continuing to update us on Katie. The pictures are wonderful. I remember Katie posting about the trip to Disneyland and how important it was to her to make that trip as a family. I'm glad she got the opportunity and that you all will have those precious memories. Keeping you all in my prayers.

MicheleV said...

Praying you find the perfect balance - thankful Katie is resting in peace and blessed to know such a beautiful family!

Steph Mitchell said...

Thanks, Kevin, for continuing to share Katie's journey with the rest of us. As someone else said, I hope you will keep this blog as a tribute to her and also so the boys, in later years can read what she was going through and how much she loved them and you. It will be a comfort to them to know she was so loved, even by those of us who never had a chance to meet her in person.

With my prayers for strength and comfort in the days ahead,
Steph M

Annie said...

I want to include my prayers along with the rest here. Thanks Kevin, for keeping us updated. Its a relief to know she is resting without pain, I hope that perfect balance can be found, and that she can smile without pain once again.
Glad she is resting, hope you can also, hugs to all of you! Annie

Jenny said...

Wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing. So glad she is resting pain free. I hope she will get to that point where she is comfortable and you can talk to her. Still praying and sending love.

Nina said...

Thanks again for sharing. I love your wonderful pictures too. Please know that you and your lovely family are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Kevin, for taking the time to update us. I'm glad that Katie's pain is controlled and will continue to send prayers and positive thoughts. The pictures of her and the boys are wonderful. She is so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Words on church wall in Upwaltham, England
I will not wish thee riches nor
the glow of greatness, but that
wherever thou go some weary
heart shall gladden at thy smile,
or shadowed life know sunshine for a while.
And so thy path shall be a track of light,
like angels' footsteps passing through the night.
i pray she wakes pain free so you can make another memory

Anonymous said...

oh what great memories to hold dear to you. easy to be so absorbed in the past year of treatment and especially the past month with the symptoms and pain being at its highest, and as you said, it is just a moment in time... that in time will not be all that it is and you will have the 21 years of memories that will take the place of this past year. It will always be part of the time together but not the only time to remember.
Katie is a fighter and will not let go until she is prepared to go in her own way and she feels that you and the boys are ready.......
I hope that they will be able to reduce the medication enough so that you will be able to spend some time together.........
One thing that really makes me smile is the post about Katie passing the motorcycle exam and then getting her new bike and not long after saying that she felt she might be ready for a bigger more powerful bike .........you could just feel the excitement and pride in the way she posted and how happy she was ........I have thought about that post many times in the past month.......
Kevin, you should be so proud of the man you are and the way you have conducted yourself during the most difficult time in your life. You are an inspiration to so many. Get some rest and thank you for posting ..it is so appreciated.
Blessings to you and the family!

Bev Gerard said...

Kevin ... I so understand. We were in this similar place with my MIL in April, 2011. Ages were of course different ... but stages of similarity. It is a blessing to the heart to follow the path to "comfort + possible communication" ... and I have since felt that they do perceive our hourly/daily efforts to reach that special place with and for them. May God's Grace continue to be with each of you ... If we could take away the heartache .. you know that we would. But God has promised that He will not give us more than we can endure. I'm proof of that truth. ;) My prayers are with Kate and all of your family.

~Bev
TexasGrammy

Kim H. said...

She is so beautiful. thank you for sharing such a beautiful post with us. The pictures are so touching. I continue to pray that you find that balance in the medication you are looking for. God bless you all.

Kim H. said...

She is so beautiful. thank you for sharing such a beautiful post with us. The pictures are so touching. I continue to pray that you find that balance in the medication you are looking for. God bless you all.

designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Such beautiful photos and memories to last a lifetime. Thank you for uplifting us all with this post today. It's lovely to hear that Katie is resting and comfortable and I pray that you will be able to find the balance so she won't be in pain. This whole community is standing by waiting for updates so please know that we sincerely appreciate what you write on here, and that you take the time out of your day to keep us all posted. Keeping you all in my prayers!
Hugs,
Charlotte

Linda said...

Keeping you all in my prayers Kevin. Hugs, Linda

LaurieJ said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful smile. Thank you for your post - my day is brighter because of it and I pray that yours is too. I am so relieved to hear that Katie is resting peacefully. You all remain in my heart and prayers.

Kristin Eberline said...

A beautiful smile indeed ♥ You are all in my prayers.

Kristin said...

I look at the smile on Katie's face and you could never tell she is in pain, she looks happy and content. The love you and your children are giving her shows on her face, as well as the love she is giving you. I faced a health scare this past May and it was very serious, the joy from my children was the one thing that motivated me to get through it all. What a gift you all have in one another, and you are gifting us all with your story, it is changing mine each day as we never know what life will bring us.

Lorraine said...

Kevin, thank you so much for sharing your special memories with us. Such precious photos! Continuing to hold you all in my prayers!

Tenia Nelson said...

What beautiful photos Kevin. I'm praying for Katie and your awesome family!!! Much love....

Glenda J said...

Thanks for the fabulous photos... glad things are peaceful at the moment. Strength to you...

Pryn said...

Such wonderful photos! I can feel the love just by looking at them. I pray that the balance can be found soon so that you may enjoy more of that beautiful smile of Katie's. She truly lights up a room. Sending prayers, strength, love and hugs!

Jennifer said...

These are such beautiful, sweet and special moments that you have been able to capture on camera. Thank you for sharing them. I'm so happy to hear that Katie is resting peacefully. My thoughts and prayers remain with you, Katie and the boys.

Laura Isham said...

Thank you, Kevin, for sharing these beautiful pictures. You and your family are always on my mind and in my heart. God bless you.

Shazza said...

thank you for sharing these pictures Kevin, you are all in my thoughts and prayers x

LouLou said...

Thank you Kevin for sharing these wonderful photos and for keep posting! Your three little boys look adorable. So happy to read that Katie is resting peacefully and I hope that you'll find the right balance!
Sending heartfelt thoughts to all of you across the Ocean. Take care!

Kerri said...

Thk you so very much for sharing your journey..The love and respect that you have for Katie and your family is inspiriring..Those of us who are fortunate to have our health take for granted our time that we share with the people we love..You have opened my eyes as well as my heart and for that I am truly thkful..I will keep your family in my prayers and forever in my heart..With a heavy herat I say thank-you..Hugs and strenght to all of you..

Anonymous said...

Dear Kevin
Thank you for the lovely pictures of your very brave Katie and 3 lovely boys. I have been deeply touched by Katie's story and am so thankful that you are keeping us all informed. She has so many friends worldwide and even here at the southern tip of Africa I know of people who are praying for her and for you and the boys. Please know that our prayers will carry all of you every day and that we continue to believe that her pain will be manageable. Take care and look after yourself - you are a very special person.With warmest wishes, Vee in Sout Africa

Brenda said...

Thank you for your gift.
In your last post, you shared Katie's unfinished post with the question of the role/purpose of the now...
I think that the graceful wisdom, unflinching honesty, awesome bravery,generous consideration and compassionate sharing have enveloped all of us.
Thank you.
With sustaining hope,

GlitteryKatie said...

What wonderful pictures- you have a beautiful wife and children! Katie's posts always speak of her love for you and the boys!
So happy that she is at last peaceful.
Know that you. Katie and the boys are in the thoughts of so many people everyday.

Rose Ann said...

What a beautiful post. I'm glad to hear Katie has been able to rest peacefully. Love & hugs to you all. ♥

Vicky said...

Once again, thanks for your posts Kevin! It has been a privilege to go on this journey with you and your family. My prayers continue with Katie, you, and the twins.

Winnie said...

I send my prayers for all of you and continued pain relief for Katie. Even when she is sleeping, she is with you and the boys in her mind and heart. God bless you for being a loving and caring husband and devoted father. It is not an easy road, but you have love that so many never experience and you will carry it with you always (I know as I traveled this road with my husband) and he is with me ALWAYS. Take care of you too...Try and get rest when you can...

Ann said...

Thanks for the update. Hold on to those wonderful memories. Prayers to all of you.

Debzi333 said...

Dearest Kevin , Katie and family

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, and sharing those wonderful photos with all of us. You are such wonderful husband to Katie and a wonderful father to your children. My prayers and thoughts continue to be with you.

In 2007, I lost my dad to cancer, and we kept him at home as you have. As dreadfully exhuasting and heartbreaking this is, I can assure you that the wonderful memories that you have and are continuing to form will stay with you forever. My dad was older - 65 - but I often feel that he is still with us in his way. I pray that you too will be left with beautiful memories and a sense of Katie's presence among you.

with much love

Deborah

scrapdiva77 said...

Kevin, TFS and just wanted to say thank you for keeping us abreast about our dear Katie. You and your family are being remembered in our prayers and know that our God will never leave us or forsake us.

Mandy said...

Kevin those pictures are beautiful. Katie, you, and your boys continue to be in my thoughts and prayers daily. I cannot even begin to imagine what you are all going through, but there are so many people out there sending prayers your way. Katie has been such an inspiration and so talented. Thank you for keeping us updated.

Holly aka Toy said...

Kevin, you are the epitome of grace under pressure. It's so heartwarming to read your uplifting post today. As we continue to pray for your family and for Katie's doctors (may they have the wisdom and strength to keep everyone going), I am reminded of a saying that goes "He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left". Ultimately, you all will eventually be better (in some way) for the journey you are on.

Shelby Goolsby said...

What wonderful pictures and memories you will always have. Praying everyday for Katie and your family.

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

Kevin, just stopping in, keeping in touch, praying! praying! praying! Give those precious boys big hugs! Hugs & Prayers! Don & Leah Ann

Sharli said...

Kevin,
You have been a ROCK for Katie and I know she knows it - we all know it. I am keeping your family (all of you) in my prayers. Thank you for sharing Katie with us - it is very generous and I'm not sure we deserve this honor. But I can tell you that I've learned from her, and from you, and my attitude has shifted ever so slightly - so the sharing is already working it magic.

Love.

Chantell said...

It's good to hear that she's resting. I'm still praying.

Chantell - South Africa

Kathy said...

Thank you so very much, Kevin, for taking the time to help us see through your eyes. I'm thankful Katie is resting peacefully now and do keep you all in my prayers.
In Christ's love,
Kathy

Sue W said...

Hello Kevin, so good to hear Katie is sleeping peacefully and is as comfotable as possible. She truly is an amazing woman and just look at your boys......she'll never leave you.

Susie said...

Prayers of God's Peace and comfort to all of you Kevin. I'm so glad to hear that Katie is not in pain.
Thanks you so much for sharing these sweet photos with all of us.

Kevin...through the posts that you've written, I can really feel your love for Katie. It warms my heart. And I know that Katie is truly blessed to have you in her life.
God's peace be with you all.

Kristen said...

Kevin, thanks so much for the update. You all have been on my mind! Continued prayers and hugs your way!

Dinahsoar said...

Thank you for keeping us up to date on Katie...I've been praying and asking God for grace and peace for you all and seeing the pictures of Katie smiling amidst it all is a blessing. I am hoping you will be able to accomplish your goal with the pain meds. And I am still praying that if the Lord will, that she be healed completely. I know it would take a miracle, but God is able should he will it.

Jacqueline (Sjakkie) said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures Kevin, you are all in my thoughts.
Hugs Jacqueline

June Ferguson said...

I just recently heard about Katie through a link on another blogpost. I have been reading through the last year of Katie's posts and have found myself captivated by her observations and explanations of what is happening to her. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope you all will find peace and serenity.
June in KS

Shannon said...

I found Katie's blog through a high school friend. Her posts, pictures and observations have inspired me. Her light still shines. Peace and love to you all.

gayle-rn said...

Dear Kevin,Thank you for keeping us all updated on Katie's condition.As always my prayers continue for Katie,you,and the boys who probably don't understand completely what is happening.I am glad she is resting comfortably-I have only heard very good and comforting things about Hospice care.Try to stay strong Kevin and God Bless all of you.Kisses to Katie from me.Until next time.Gayle

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