Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Birthday Thoughts.....

Kari Lynn Dulin was born August 13, 1974

Today is Kari's birthday. She would have been 34 years old.

Let's see.....what might her birthday have been like.....
  • Her family would have shared it with her....parents, daughters, perhaps extended family and friends.

  • Kari's teacher friends at school would have surprised her with a little celebration.

  • Jill would have called and sent a card. She wouldn't forget her best bud's birthday.

  • Calls from other friends...."Happy Birthday, Old Woman." Lots of getting older jokes. Not funny. I know. ;)

  • A visit to her grandparents' house. Oh, how she loved them. She was the first grandchild, you know. I'm sure that made her pretty special in their eyes....and she knew it. LOL




  • I have been told that her favorite restaurant was the Samurai Steakhouse. Dinner there, for sure....Polaroid piture of the birthday girl and her family taken by the owner/master chef. Kensi and Grace would have huge grins as the picture was snapped. The Dulins would cherish every minute with their daughter and granddaughters.

  • Unwrapping gifts. Paper flying everywhere. Kari loved surprises. Kari loved presents!

  • Someone had to get her a candle for her birthday. Kari loved candles. Her favorite was Bird of Paradise....Circle E Candles. (I did a little homework.)

  • Kensi and Grace can't wait for their Mom to see what they bought her. Earrings. Cool earrings. Kari loved cool jewelry.

  • Candles. Cake. Soooo much laughter. So much love.


  • SO MUCH LOVE. SO MUCH LIFE.



There is no such birthday celebration with Kari today.




Two little girls no longer have their Mommy. Worse. They are being fed lies about their Mommy.

The Dulins no longer have their daughter. The man they once loved like a son saw to that.
The man who took her life is still free....but that will change. That WILL change. JUSTICE FOR KARI!

Hear me today, Matt Baker. (I know you come to this blog. I see you.) You may have taken Kari from this life, but you can't take her memory from us.

WE CELEBRATE WHAT KARI MEANT TO US!! HER SPIRT. HER PASSION. HER LOVE FOR HER GIRLS. HER LOVE FOR HER FAMILY....HER FRIENDS!!

HER LAUGHTER.
HER PASSION.

KARI LIVES BECAUSE SHE WAS LOVED!! KARI LIVES BECAUSE SHE IS STILL LOVED.




A friend of Kari's who works at Spring Valley Elementary wrote the following poem after Kari's death. What better day to share friendship than one's birthday.

Paths

I look for you each day.
But you are not there.
Just a memory of what once was.
I listen to hear your voice.
But now there is silence.
I wish for your funny gestures to make my day.
But now, all are memories in my mind.
Now, I sit here trying to get through the day.
Some days are better than others.
I know you always said,
“To believe in yourself.”
Follow your heart and your dreams.
Go with your gut!
We were raised to be strong women.
But how strong must one be.
Being strong is so hard sometimes.
Each day seems to get tougher and tougher.
I know that God only gives us what we can handle.
But sometimes I question how much one can take.
I look to the sky each day and
Pray to God to show me the way.
I thank God for blessing me to have a friend like you.
A friend, who shared her laughter, her wisdom
And her understanding of life.
We certainly shared a lot in the time we had.
I treasure each and every moment we shared.
I will always hold you dear to my heart.
I will never forget you.
Your spirit will live within each
One of us who knew you.
And one day our paths will cross again.
Later."


10 comments:

4truth said...

So, let's go back to the million dollar question. You know the one...Laci Peterson's mom asked this one: COULDN'T YOU JUST HAVE DIVORCED HER!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KARI!!!

We fight for justice because we loved you. We fight for justice for your daughters.

Justice will triumph!

4truth

Anonymous said...

Lifting you all up in prayer on a difficult day!

mom said...

Happy birthday, precious daughter. Your dad and I celebrate your birth every single day.

mom

BTW--I would call Kari on her birthday and sing this version of "happy birthday" to her....it was loud and incredibly horrible singing. However, it was expected!

Ryann said...

Happy Birthday, Kari! I love and miss you so much! It gets tough down here without you, but I hold on to our memories and knowing that I will see you again someday!

I Love You
Ryann

dad said...

I beleive you can hear me, it is not just your birthday, today though, it is your birthday. Then why do I weep? You know why.When we have been there 10000 years bright shining as the sun, weve no less days,or love...Dad

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Mr. Baker had loving thoughts of Kari on this day.

Anonymous said...

4truth -- "suicide" (or "kidnapping" as w/Peterson) is cheaper than divorce.

PG said...

Not only cheaper, it can be downright profitable!

Kellie said...

Profitable unless you're so arrogant(there's that word again) that you don't even pretend to grieve, and you bring out the other woman immediately. THEN people become suspicous and you gotta start spending money to defend yourself. LOL.
Not a bright man.
Kellie

Jennifer said...

Thanks shannon for the tribute - i miss her so much! Thanks for all you do - you are like family to us - Jennifer