Kara’s Collection: She’s here!

Kara’s Collection: She’s here!

From an article originally posted October 9, 2012…

I’m resting better, I’m feeling better, I’m watching the love I have known since I was 17 be extended to my children. Gentle kindness is shepherding the hearts of my children. My dear Mickey and Kim were some of the first to hear of my illness. From that moment, they committed to getting her here. She offered an entire month. We could not comprehend the gift. We could not understand the love that would sacrifice a month of life to support this large family. Tonight Jason and I fell tired into chairs, and looked up and saw her patiently helping our oldest with a book report. Jason said, “I am so thankful she is here.”

Kindred Spirits: Stephanie’s Story Part 2

Kindred Spirits: Stephanie’s Story Part 2

I didn’t know what our role in this journey could possibly be. What did we have to offer? She was our first up close and personal face of cancer. We had never done this with someone before. I remember sitting with her in the car one day, our minds spinning one way still trying to grasp reality, and also spinning the other way with to-do lists to make it easier to get through treatment. I told Kara I didn’t know how she needed us, but my family wanted to be there, however we were needed. I’m pretty sure my first offer was that I could make meals and be a safe person to cuss around. We just wanted to be there. So that’s what we did, not knowing what else to do, sometimes not sure if we were helping at all. We did what was very natural to us and we worked to gather our families together whenever and wherever we could. And grace always came, too.

Kindred Spirits: Stephanie’s Story Part 1

Kindred Spirits: Stephanie’s Story Part 1

The Tippetts family charged (and I mean charged) into our family's life the summer of 2012. I remember the first time I saw Kara and Jason in the pew in front of us, waiting to be introduced to the larger church body as our new church planters from North Carolina. We casually met and welcomed them during the often awkward "meet and greet" minute. I was stricken with Kara's bright green eyes. I have always wanted green eyes. I just love them. And hers were stunning. The four of us smiled warmly, exchanged names, we told them how happy we were that they were finally here, and they moved on to the next hands extended out to them.