Monday, April 7, 2008

April 7th

2 years ago today, Kari was waking up and getting her girls ready for school. She was getting herself ready for a job interview she was looking forward to so much. She was looking forward to a family get together that weekend that she helped plan in celebration of a family member getting a good cancer report. 2 years ago today, it seemed like "just another T.G.I.F." We just didn't realize it would be the last day on earth we'd have Kari to see, work beside, hug, wave to, walk down the hall with, chuckle with, be taught by, eat lunch with, talk on the phone to, run into shopping.....and to tell her we loved her. But someone saw to it that it was.

Today, Kari lives in a place of perfect peace and perfect love. And it is left to those of us still living on this imperfect world below to fight for her justice and for the truth to be revealed......for her daughters' sakes. They deserve to be surrounded by people that don't have to "struggle to remember the good" about their Mom. They deserve to know and remember their Mom the way she really was - that she loved them more than anything - and that she did not leave them of her own doing. They should be surrounded by people that have funny stories, crazy memories and that know the lessons Kari taught about strength of character and love of God. They should be encouraged and lifted up by their Mother's life. They should have the pictures of themselves hugging and laughing with their Mom. They should have their Mom, period. The next best thing we can give them is the truth about their Mom.....and how much she loved and adored them.


A. said...

Many thoughts and prayers for all those touched by this painful anniversary.

Kari's mom said...

Thank you, Shannon, for these incredibly loving thoughts. Everything in my life pales next to being a mother to my two children and being a grandmother to my granddaughters. I miss Kari so very much but I know I will see her again....and Kassidy..and many others. I cling to our Heavenly Father's promises.

My prayers go out to my granddaughters. I must believe that one day they will know how much their mother loved them....and how she would never willingly leave them. I must believe that there will be healing for them. Jim and I are committed to doing all we can to help them heal. I trust in God's mercy and goodness. I believe.


Lindsey said...

Shannon, thank you so much! Thank you for setting up this blog and thank you for loving Kari the way we did! It has been extremely difficult not having Kari in my life. She was a beautiful and amazing person! There is not a day that goes by where I don't think about Kari and all the great memories I have with her! So I just wanted to say thank you!

And Kensi and Grace will know what an amzing person their mother was! Kari lived for her girls! She loved them so incredibly much.

I just want to say thank you to all the poeple who have supported our family through these past 2 years. Kari would have fought just as hard for any of us! Thank you so much for all your prayers!

Kari's Cousin

Leslie, Mississippi said...

It breaks my heart to hear of the tragedy of Kari's death. I lived in Waco some time ago...and my mother sent me the TXMonthly article. I just finished reading it and I'm just heartbroken for several reasons. Kari's death. Her childrens' loss. Injustice. People falling away from the Lord because of Matt's deplorable actions. It's my prayer that Kari's sweet memory is carried on, and that Matt is brought to justice.