Monday, July 7, 2008

Justice For Kari Sticker =)

I received this sweet email today. Thanks, Jill.

The other day on Northwest Highway I saw a Justice For Kari bumper sticker. I was so excited that I nearly rear ended the car in front of me. It makes me feel blessed to see so many others passionately proclaiming the cause. I was also humbled because after her death, I was consumed with regret and anger. I felt that God cheated me out of a friend I could have had for a lifetime. I didn't see that he gave me a friend to forever change my life. The true spirit of Kari lives strong in the hearts of all of us who loved her. Every time we celebrate the success of our children, hug the ones we love, seek God's guidance in all that we do....we are remembering Kari and the passionate legacy that she has left behind. I am so blessed that Kari Baker is my best friend. My life will never be the same. -----Jill Hotz

8 comments:

Linda said...

I love you, Jill.
Linda

Jennifer said...

Thanks Jill! I am so thankful that Kari had a friend like you! I miss her so much, think about her daily, and smile because of all the fun we had. Kari had spunk, she had that laugh that was contagious, that quick sense of humor, and committed heart to her family, friends and her God. I do get angry as well, and question as to "why?" but i do try to remember to be thankful of the time we had and the legacy she leaves behind - Kari is still very much alive to me, i even have her name and number still in my cell phone because she lives in the hearts of me and my family! - Jennifer (her aunt but more like a sister)

Ryann said...

Jill -
That was amazing and I know that Kari loved you just as much. Kari was such a huge inspiration in so many lives. She forever changed my life. Kari taught me what it takes to be a wonderful mother. She taught me how to love and embrace the love from my children. She was my biggest inspiration for returning to school to get my degree in Education. She believed in me and told me if anyone could do this, it was me! There are so many times I have felt like giving up on school. Fighting for Justice for Kari and raising three daughters has been difficult, but Kari taught me to believe in myself and that I would be able to fight the toughest battles. I love her so much! She is such a big missing piece of my heart. But I am who I am because Kari always believed in me!

This fight is not over. I will fight just as hard for Kari as she would have fought for any of us!

Thank you, Kari, for being the person you were and believing in me and making me become the person I am today!

Ryann

Linda said...

Shannon, you may not want to post this. If you don't, I certainly understand. However, I would like to ask readers of your blog to send good thoughts and prayers to your mom, you, and your family.

Gang, Shannon's mom is very ill. I don't want to write more because this isn't my news to tell. I will just say that this really incredible mom to my incredible friend needs our prayers.

Shannon, in these few months you have come to mean a great deal to me. I am praying for you all.... that God will hold you all so tightly and comfort you as never before.
Linda

Shannon said...

Linda,
All I can say tonight.....is that I know why God brought us together.
I would love for you to meet my Mother....My Angel.
I knew yours. I'm not quite ready for this. I know you weren't either.
I'm beyond exhausted. But I am blessed!

Jennifer said...

Shannon, you and your family will be definitely in my prayers! God is BIG and He will give you rest and strength. thanks for all you have done for my family! you are loved - Jennifer

Kim said...

Shannon,
Your family is in our prayers.

Ryann said...

Shannon,
You and your family are in my prayers. You have done so much for our family and for our fight for Justice. You have been so strong throughout all this. I will pray for your strength to continue.

Ryann