The Grace of Grieving in Community

The Grace of Grieving in Community

I am struggling to express how our Kara celebration was on her birthday. Some of the words I’ve used when asked are: lovely, perfect, sad, weird, heart-warming, encouraging, raw. Or, as I told Jason, “It just sucked, but it was good to be with others in the midst of the suckiness.” Not my most articulate/poetic moment…

Jill and I have texted back and forth—we can’t decide if it was a sweet, healing time or if it was just plain sad. Probably both. And as Justine said, the pain is still so raw that it was enough to just be in each other’s presence without any expectation.

Kara’s Collection: Forgive me

Kara’s Collection: Forgive me

From an article originally posted November 13, 2012…

A few weeks ago I was out to dinner with some friends. My friend said she wanted to come to my chemo because it looked like such a party. I know she was teasing, but what she said really struck me. I so highly value honesty, and I believe I have been honest through my struggles, but then I post pictures like this in chemo....

Kindred Spirits: Sharon’s Story

Kindred Spirits: Sharon’s Story

I’m still in shock most days. I’m not exactly sure when it’s going to sink in that Kara has gone to Heaven. Weekly I think about texting her—asking her advice or telling her something inappropriate. Y’all, she loved TMI stuff.

She had a blog before the one that everyone has started reading. Last week I was missing her something fierce and wanted to hear her words again.  I vaguely remembered the name of the blog and googled a couple of key phrases. I found it and found all her words before cancer and before all those ugly/beautiful things were a part of her world (ps. I love the internet)...

Kara’s Collection: Fretful Wednesday

Kara’s Collection: Fretful Wednesday

From an article originally posted November 5, 2012…

Last week one of my favorite people put on Facebook, “I chose a salad today over a cookie, Philippians 4:13.” I laughed hard at that. You see that verse is: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

But it is true—in big and small things, Christ gives us the strength to do what we cannot do in our own strength.

The Mean Man

The Mean Man

A little while back, we posted a short article of Kara’s about being weary of unkindness. It struck a lot of our hearts, and I’ve been pondering her words ever since.

Then the other day after church, I made a short trip to Trader Joe’s with my babies, our weekly trip to stock up on Trader Joe’s necessities, and Von loves pushing the “kid kaht”. He steers very carefully and tries very hard to watch out for other people and not get in anyone’s way. He is a defensive little kaht driver. On this day, I made the right turn onto the main road that TJ’s is on. A few moments later, a car behind me in my lane that was clearly speeding passed me barely in time to make the turn into TJ’s. The parking lot was crowded and I ended up parking next to that car.