November 13, 2011

Katie's Gift


She walked into my life at CHA Winter 2010.

She timidly introduced herself, we joyfully snapped a photo, and we eagerly chatted about Paper Crafts magazine, the Moxie Fab World, and how great it was to finally have a chance to meet. And it was so great to have a chance to finally meet:


As always, I was thrilled to be able to put a face to a name, and to connect in real time and space with a friend from the industry. What a gift! But like many of you, I didn't really get to know Katie until January of this year, when I learned that she had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Gastric Cancer.

Before that fatalistic turn of events in Katie's life, she was a million other amazing things. She was a  wife to Kevin:


 Mom to Hunter...


...Will, and Nate:


Daughter to William and Karen; a sister to Mira, Robert, Miles, and Eden; an aunt to Emylee, Bryson, and Daniel:


...and a dear, dear friend to countless others:




Katie started out as a scrapbooker when Hunter was born, but got "behind" when twins Will and Nate came along, so she focused more on cardmaking where "it's been like a freight train ever since." She was a paper crafter who created cards because she enjoyed it so much, and she wrote blog posts about her creations so she could share them with others. She was on design teams, she reviewed products, and she entered challenges.

She was, indeed, very passionate about her craft. Just take a quick look at the sidebars on her blog, and you'll see that the writing is literally on the wall.

Here in the Moxie Fab World, Katie often played in our Tuesday Trigger challenges and she was a winner in our Olympics of Stamping Challenge with this gorgeous card :


As I became aware of the mortal struggle she was having with her health, however, I tuned in to her blog even closer. Here was someone I knew who had been handed a potential death sentence. I wanted to support her. I wanted to encourage her. I wanted to help her fight.

As I began to read her blog daily, I was immediately struck by the honesty and bare bones frankness with which Katie approached her illness. She pulled no punches, she couched nothing in platitudes, she just hit it full force with everything she had. From giving us a timeline of events, to taking us with her to her first chemo treatment, to sharing her spiritual journey, to unabashedly discussing her sense of betrayal, Katie shared her thoughts and feelings with us from the very beginning. And not only that, but she absolutely amazed me with the beautiful, if painful, conclusions she unfailingly drew from her experiences.


As time progressed, Katie experienced many ups and downs, often in a span of just one day to the next. But life went on. She showed projects for new releases of Clear Dollar Stamps. She turned 40. She went to Disneyland with her family.

She enjoyed her garden, she shared a funny post about a strawberry, she made a card for Kevin.


She got her motorcycle endorsement.


And in the midst of it all, she was always sure to say how much she appreciated her readers.


In fact, at the beginning of each post, Katie would give "shout outs" to those who had sent her cards. She was always grateful for the support that she got from her community. As Katie said in this blog post: And one last note for today, as you can see from my shout out list, I not only feel loved and enveloped, but I am loved and enveloped by the most wonderful crafting community that I could ever have ever imagined existed. Strangers and friends have poured their talent and their enthusiasm for a craft that continues to carry me along on my journey. I love you all and embrace the strength that you are willing to share with me.


She was also incredibly grateful for the fundraising efforts that had been employed on her behalf, and, true to Katie's style, created a card to say "thanks":


In September, Katie wrote this pivotal post, and just seven short but very intense weeks later, she was gone.

The paper crafting community rallied around Katie during this time, raising money via the Swimming for Katie Blog Hop & Fundraiser sponsored by I {Heart} Papers. For if there's one thing I know to be true about paper crafters, they are some of the most giving people I have ever known.

And surely, if love for a friend in need had been enough, Katie would have been healed long ago.

And therein lies Katie's gift. She gave so much of herself to us, shared so much of what she was going through with such eloquent and poignant words, that we could not help but love her. We were mesmerized by her beauty, such a profound reflection of the beauty that resided within.


I'm not quite sure what to make of a world that no longer contains such a gift of a woman as Katie. Like you, I am sad, angry, and lost knowing that the world can play such a horrible trick on such a young, beautiful soul. I am heartbroken for the family and close friends who must carry on without her, and I struggle to know how I will ever stop feeling so crestfallen.

But I do take comfort in knowing that I am not alone. That I can gather together with you on this solemn day, clasp our hands together in our grief, and remember our dear friend Katie. Her light. Her courage. Her honesty. Her friendship.

The fact that she loved crafting so much, she thought of it as her fourth child.

In this post Katie wrote in March, she spoke of a children's book by Nancy Tillman that she loved.


Here are her favorite lines:

Make a big splash! Go out on a limb!
My love will find you. My love can swim!

It never gets lost, never fades, never ends...


Nor ours for you, dear Katie.


Until next time,

~Cath

136 comments:

Joan B said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful true tribute. It means a lot.

maria f. said...

Cath, this tribute to Katie is magnificent. You are so right that it is terrifying to know that bad things do happen to good people. But Katie's honesty and talent for putting her journey into words has been enlightening for me, and your wonderful post which will reach many who may not have "known" Katie may encourage them to get to "know" and learn from her as well. I am thankful for Katie's gift to us all.

Lee said...

What a beautiful tribute to such an amazing woman. Thanks Cath.

Dee in N.H. said...

Thank you Cath for such a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful person.

judy anderson said...

What a loving tribute. Thank you for sharing.

quietjournals said...

What a most beautiful tribute. I did not know Katie...could have I imagine...but did not. My loss. Through you I have been up...been down...been around with Katie...and love her too. Thank you so much! Rosemary Sharon

jenlynnie said...

such a beautiful dedication for such a sweet soul. thank you for sharing it.

Handmade Cards by Archana said...

Such a beautiful tribute for Katie.Thanks for sharing this.

Eve said...

thanks Cath, for sharing such a beautiful tribute.

Cassie said...

That was awesome, Cath. . .such a wonderful tribute. She certainly was amazing in so many ways. The DT that knew her so well over at Clear Dollar Stamps will be doing a 'Celebrate Life' for Katie on the 22nd if you'd like to stop by. We'll be CASEing her cards and or making birthday cards for Kevin and the boys, since their birthdays are in just a few days/weeks. Thanks again for this beautiful tribute, Cath :)

Kelly Massman said...

This is a really fantastic tribute!!! I'm very touched!

MarĂ­a Castillo said...

So touching tribute... TFS!

Rae said...

Not enough words, Cath to express Thanks for this remembrance.

Carolyn Mustopa said...

Thank you for sharing this moving tribute to the beautiful soul who touched all our lives with the journaling of her valiant battle. The tears you must have shed writing this are joined by ours, even those of us who never met her in person. May the joy she felt in life go on through the love she shared with her family.

Anonymous said...

Powerful and heartfelt tribute to a beautiful person!

Moondust47 said...

That was beautiful. My heart goes out to her family.

i {heart} papers said...

This is beautiful Cath. Thank you so much for putting together such a beautiful tribute. {{hugs}}

Glenda J said...

Thanks for that Cath. I never knew Katie before the battle but was inspired by her strength. Rest in Peace Katie.

Laura Williams said...

Katie's story saddens me and scares me more than i can say. I cry for her children, her family, and the pain she endured. Katie's story also reminds me to LIVE. LIVE each moment that I have. Even though I never knew Katie, it causes my heart such pain that I almost can't bear to read her blog. . .and yet, I can't tear myself away. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words about a beautiful woman.

Libby Hickson said...

Such a beautiful blog post, thank you for sharing it.

Amanda M said...

This is such a beautiful tribute. My family's hearts go out to Katies dearest.

catdidit said...

Thank you Cath, for expressing exactly how I feel about Katie too. I never met Katie, but was so touched by her battle, and how she carried us along with her...well, like you said, how could you NOT love her!

Maureen Morton said...

What a lovely, lovely tribute and a truly amazing spirit.

leslie (crookedstamper) said...

What a wonderful tribute. Thank you!

True :) said...

A beautiful post that honors a beautiful soul. Katie would have loved it!

Thanks you!

True :D

Karen said...

wow....wonderful woman...wonderful tribute.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family....

Cheri said...

Your tribute expressed what so many of us have felt about Katie and her fight for her life. I only knew her through her blog and her cards, yet she made a remarkable mark on my life.

Donna said...

that is beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman, I wish that I had met Katie.

Judy Rozema said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to such a beautiful woman.

Lorie said...

Wow! What eloquent and beautiful words that reflect so much how this wonderful community feels about the loss of Katie, and what her family is enduring right now. Thank you so much for this!!

naturecoastcrafter said...

The most beautiful tribute, the most beautiful prose I have ever read. You said just the right things and gave us a feeling of happiness in having "known" such a beautiful spirit. Thank you for lifting our spirits with her. Just a brilliant, brilliant post.
Jean Cross

ScrapMomOf2 said...

I did not "know" Katie through this wonderful crafting world in which we all take part and exist. I just wanted to say that this post is just beautiful and so touching! May her family find comfort and peace.

cbuswell said...

The perfect tribute for a truly beautiful soul. Thanks for sharing this, it means a lot to us all.

Annette said...

Beautiful Tribute...

Toni K said...

So beautiful, for a beautiful person. I just recently became aware of Katie and her struggle. It is heartbreaking. Peace and love to her family and friends.

Jamie said...

This is a beautiful tribute Cath. I wish I could put my feelings into words in such a way.

Lori Barnett said...

I appreciate the time and love you put in posting this tribute to Katie. It's beautiful and heartfelt. Just like so many others...I have been reading Katie's blog for months and my prayers and thought are with her family and friends.

RSM said...

Thank you, Cath, for such a moving, fitting, beautiful tribute to a lovely woman. I, too, am just one of the countless people who only got to "know" Katie after her diagnosis and will be sorry for the rest of my own life that I couldn't count her among my friends whom I knew personally. But, she will always have a place in my heart to remind me of what it means to be true and good.

Lori Craig said...

Thank you, Cath. I think you have captured the thoughts of thousands of women in our community.

Beautiful. Classy. True.

Terri said...

Thank you for the beautiful tribute to Katie.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Tribute Cath!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Barb's Boys Inspired said...

Thank you Cath, for all the love that went into this tribute.

thestampingbug said...

Such a beautiful tribute! She will missed! I pray for her family so much!

Kerry

Barb said...

What a beautiful tribute to Katie, Cath.

cheryl (clee') said...

You are a good friend to write such a wonderful memorial about Katie. I knew her only through her blog and only since hearing of her diagnosis. Coincidentally, in a very sad way, my cousin Laynie, same age as Katie, was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney and lung cancer only last March and died last month! A light has gone out in my family and we will never be the same. You are not alone, Cath, in your grief and anger and confusion over what to make of the unfairness of it all. But if these emotions are the price we have to pay for having Love in our lives, then you might say the cost is minimal.

Jean said...

I only recently learned of Katie and wish it had been earlier. I have tears reading your tribute and thank you for sharing this with us.

~amy~ said...

Oh Cath, what a wonderful tribute...you're thee best.

Annette Witherspoon ♥ said...

This was beautiful, Cath. I write this with big, salty tears rolling down my cheeks. I didn't know her, but I am all too familiar with her passion for life, family and creating beautiful things. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Ivanka said...

She touched so many lives through her strength, courage and her willingness to put it all out there and share her life with us. I only got to know her through her blog after her diagnosis but she's touched my life in numerous ways. Her story remains with me on a daily basis.
Thank you Cath, for expressing it exactly as we're all feeling.
Katie's gift shines on...

Kris Chirhart said...

Cath, your tribute is just absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you!

Lorraine said...

I'm typing this through tears. Such a beautiful tribute to Katie.

Christi said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person. I was blessed to have served with Katie on Clear Dollar Stamps' DT, she was and remains such an inspirational person. Thank you for this amazing tribute.

Holly aka Toy said...

A beautiful tribute to Katie. I think it's fair to say that the entire papercraft community feels a deep loss. We are a fiercely loyal bunch and when one of us hurts, we all hurt. While my heart is burdened with grief for her family, my faith tells me that there is much rejoicing in heaven. I rest in the knowledge that she will be reunited with her loved ones in the future. God bless you, Katie. Rest well.

Valerie said...

What a lovely post Cath. Thanks for sharing this peek into Katie's life. Like many, I did not know her personally, but have definitely been touched by her story. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Elise said...

I'm just glad that YOU are here, Cath, to put into words what SO many of us are feeling. THANK you, sooo, very much. This line, was perhaps the most comfort for me to read,
"And surely, if love for a friend in need had been enough, Katie would have been healed long ago." - How very, very true. THANKS, again, for sharing this beautiful tribute. We will never forget her.

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

You have absolutely captured what so many of us are feeling and have been feeling about losing our friend. I feel like when I have tried to blog about Katie's story or express what I bet so many others have been feeling that I probably didn't do it as eloquently...but every word I read here I just kept nodding, through tears, 'yes. yes. That is her. That is how I feel...."

Thanks for doing this and for such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul... ~jessica

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Cath, that is just about the sweetest post I've ever read. You truly captured my thoughts and feelings to a tee, and presented a tribute to Katie that will hopefully help to take away even a bit of the pain that Katie's family and friends must feel because of her passing. Thank you for sharing this today . . . a reminder of what an amazing community this paper crafting world is. So thankful to have "known" Katie, even if I never really got to meet her in real life.

Rose Ann said...

Such a beautiful tribute. Thank you.

Lynn B. said...

What a wonderful thing you've done. Thank you so much for sharing and continuing Katie's legacy.

marie said...

Cath, what beautiful words. You make me wish I had known Katie. God bless you!

Jackie said...

She was, and continues to be, an inspiration to us all, both in her crafting skills and her courage. Thank you for this tribute, it is wonderful.

Carla said...

A perfectly beautiful tribute for such a beautiful person!

Carmen O. said...

What a beautiful, heartfelt wonderful tribute! Thanks for sharing. This wonderful crafting world that we're a part of is so loving and giving. Katie's courage and openness will inspire many. That's the gift she left for all of us.

Sandy said...

Oh Cath - thank you so much for putting a lot of my feelings into words. I can't stop thinking about her - and asking God why? But there is no why - only how. RIP Katie - and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the lessons you have taught us.

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

Katie is so dear to me. We met up through CDS and went to CHA together. This coming CHA was a goal of her's that is now not going to be realized.

I'm the one that snapped the picture of you two. I remember that day because she was so giddy to meet you. You were one of her "bragging rights". It was kinda a joke between us that we would pretend that all these big name people in the industry knew us. You actually knew her which made our trip to CHA even better.

Thank you so much for sharing your tribute. I've missed Katie since she became ill and now that she's actually gone I miss her even more. This coming CHA trip will be bittersweet and wandering the show floor without her will not be the same.

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Cath, that was just beautiful.

Kathi said...

Cath, your beautiful tribute has moved me. As I type this, I have tears in my eyes and an ache in my heart for Katie, her family, and her friends.

Yet my spirit has been lifted by the outpouring of support and love for Katie from the papercrafting community.

Thank you.

Virginia L. said...

My tissues are wet and my heart is full, but broken. You wrote such a beautiful and heartfelt tribute, Cath. Sadly I didn't know about Katie, but her brief life has touched so many and inspired us all.I pray Katie's family and love ones will solider on bravely in their lives without her.

Corinna said...

As I sit here with tears streaming down my face, I am smiling knowing that Katie's love will always find her boys and husband and all that loved her. What a beautiful tribute Cath. Thanks so much for putting into words what many of us have felt, but have not had the words to express.

Isha said...

A very beautiful tribute for Katie. Thanks Cath. I pray that her kids, husband and family gather the courage to move on with their lives without Katie.

J said...

Thank you, Cath. Your tribute of her gave form to all that I was feeling for this amazing individual that I never had the opportunity to meet and know personally.

Marlene said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person. Katie was such an inspiration to so many of us.

Michele Gross said...

Beautiful tribute Cath! Wonderful way to remember a beautiful life and a wonderful light that will continue in all of us. Thank you!

Emily Keaton said...

Beautifully written, Cath. Thank you.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

What an absolutely amazing honor and tribute to Katie! She indeed still IS a powerful inspiration to those of us who knew her and to those who didn't. Beautifully written....thank you so much for sharing that and helping us all realize we are not alone in the loss of our friend and to appreciate every day, every experience, every friend!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Cath! Thanks for the tribute to Katie! You captured her so well! I miss her SO much and I'm glad that attention has been brought to her! Thank you!

Ruthie said...

Stunning tribute to a stunning lady. Hugs to all who knew her, in blogland and in real life, and who miss her like crazy now
x

Rochelle said...

This is beautiful and raw. This is a big dose of reality and a reminder to cherish every moment and to love hard.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Thank you for this heart-felt and poignant tribute to a beautiful soul. I hope it will inspire us all to be better people...

Brenda said...

This is absolutely beautiful just as Katie was and still is in our hearts. She is smiling down on all of us today and no longer in pain.

janine said...

A beautiful dedication for a beautiful soul. Even though I only knew Katie through her blog, you are so right about what you said about being angry. Sometimes I don't even know what to think when people like Katie are taken so young, and especially the awful way in which she was taken. It's not fair, it's not right, and it's something that is enough to rattle my faith and make me question what really I believe in. The God I know wouldn't allow for something like this to happen. Rest In Peace, Katie---we will forever keep you in our hearts.

Cindy said...

I did not know Katie, but this is a great tribute to your friend. A lot of people knew her and she sounded like a wonderful person. My heart goes out to her family....

Robb_eeie said...

A beautiful, heart-felt Tribute for an equally eloquent Katie :)

Julie Masse said...

Cath, you have a gift for beautifully expressing what so many of us feel. Thank you! Katie is missed!

Latisha said...

{{hugs}} Cath! Thank you for having the emotional will to write this post. So many of us, feel the exact way you just wrote about, but are unable to express it as beautifully as you did. Thank you

Lisa Petrella said...

Beautiful tribute to an incredible young woman.

Trinh said...

Such a beautiful tribute to Katie. I found out about Katie after her diagnosis and her story has touched me profoundly. May she rest in peace.

Melissa said...

Thank you for a beautiful tribute, Cath.

Linda McClain said...

Oh my . . . you put into such eloquent words what the rest of us are feeling. Thank you for putting words to our grief.

Emily Painter-Davis said...

So awesome.
If you want, please direct people to my blog where they can click on the two boxing gloves image that will take them to Operation Renz. We are putting together Birthday/Christmas for the boys & Kevin, with Kevin's permission, just so you know.

www.dynamicsofdavis.blogspot.com

This is one of the most beautifully written posts I've ever read. SO awesome...
emily

Basement Stamper said...

a beautiful tribute to Katie!

Laura B. said...

Beautiful tribute to Katie, Cath, thank you for sharing it.

jengd said...

A wonderful tribute Cath. Thank you.

Kathy Martin said...

Beautiful post! I didn't know Katie, but I know many like her in this wonderful paper crafting community of ours. They truly are the most giving bunch of women! It was inspiring to see everyone come together and help their friend, even me, someone she never knew.

Sankari W. said...

Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul! Everything you wrote moved my heart to tears.... thank you for putting something so difficult to express into such beautiful words...
Much love,
Sankari

Michelle said...

very heartfelt and touching! all my love goes out to Katie's family! I'm glad she is an angel watching over us!

chrisd said...

Thanks you for sharing some of your thoughts on such a wonderful person in our crafting community who has left our world too soon. Her journey touched many of us and helped to remind us once more that each day is important.

Barb- NICUGypsy said...

wow & thanks.....

paperella said...

What an amazing and beautiful tribute to an amazing and beautiful woman, Cath. This is one of the very few times when I just have no words.

Helen F. said...

Cath, with tears filling my eyes, I want to thank you for this amazing and beautiful tribute! Katie will be dearly missed by so many family and friends and bloggers.
God Bless you, Sweet Katie ~ may your family take comfort in knowing you are no longer suffering here on earth.

Amy said...

Kevin and the boys are in my prayers for comfort through this truly sad time. How heartbreaking it is to read this, but a lovely tribute. Katie will surely be missed by all who got to know and love her. I hope they will find comfort in the wonderful memories she has left from the beautiful life she had. <3

Steph Mitchell said...

Thanks, Kath. It brought tears to my eyes even though I'd only been reading her blog since her diagnosis. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Beautiful Greetings said...

A wonderful post for a wonderful woman! You beautifully summed up what so many of us are feeling. My heart is with her family during this difficult time. Thank you for this wonderful tribute!

Maureen said...

what a beautiful tribute to such a special soul. We now have another angel looking out for us...thank you Cath for the heartfelt post :)

Karen L said...

What a tribute for a strong and special woman who took us along on her sad journey throuugh her heartfelt and insightful blog posts. I discovered Katie through Clear Dollar Stamps and was in awe of her ability to speak to her blog readers in such as way that we felt as if she were our best friend. The world in general lost a rare and beautiful soul.

Carolyn King said...

Thanks for this heartwarming tribute....brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my heart. Hard to believe she is gone....
Thanks for keeping her memory alive...hugs!

Scrapycandy said...

Tears and more tears...

Shemaine Smith said...

What an amazing tribute and so beautifully written that he tear in my eye finally fell down my cheek at the end. Thank you Cath.

Jill Grace said...

Lovely post Cath. I didn't know Katie at all - I am sadly a sheltered crafter as I don't have much free time for the blog world - but her story certainly caught my attention these past couple weeks. Thanks for paying tribute to someone who was clearly a jem and an inspiration to so many.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Simply beautiful!! Thank you for saying it all so eloquently!

Tanis said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul.
Thanks Cath.

Gabby said...

Very nice tribute to a woman who brought light and love to many. Surely she will be missed by family, friends, blog-readers, and crafters alike. I didn't "meet" her until after her diagnosis, but as I read her blog, I cried and smiled and laughed right along with her. I'm so glad that Kevin said her passing was a "peaceful end to a beautiful life."

Stephanie said...

It seems the air goes out of the world when such a young and wonderful person leaves much too soon. Your tribute was heartfelt and beautiful. My heart goes out to her family and friends who have lost someone so dear, so vibrant.

Hussena said...

this is such a beautiful tribute to a very special person...it brought tears to my eyes as i was reading through it...hope katie's family find strenght and love in this difficult times .

Kathy Mc said...

Cath, you've done an excellent job of summarizing Katie's journey from the beginning…to the end. What a beautiful tribute to her and what a sad ending to a fabulous woman's life! I only wish I had met her in person but at least I was able to follow her blog and send her cards of encouragement and support. She will be truly missed by all who knew her (even if only through blogging).

Kim said...

Thank you for posting about Katie. Like many, we have prayed for her recovery for many months. We will now continue to pray for her husband and dear children. It was fun to see other photos of her through the years. She'll continued to be missed...

Leanne said...

I've never known Katie. But this wonderful tribute tells me all about her. May her soul RIP

Cindy C. said...

Beautiful tribute to Katie. Thanks for sharing her story.

Jenn said...

Thank you such beautiful words, Cath. Katie was such a wonderful light in all of our lives and she will leave a hole in all of our hearts.

Charlene said...

What an awesome tribute, Cath! So eloquently written from the heart...so touching. I think Katie would have approved.

SCS is hosting a Tea Party for birthday cards for the twins beginning tomorrow. We hope they will be flooded with loving wishes.

Stacy H-W said...

Lovely tribute to a lovely woman. It really is so sad.

Paula in Southern California said...

I got the chills when I read your eloquent tribute to Katie. You said what was in my heart. Thank you so much.

Katie Ann Brooks said...

Thanks Cath and thanks Katie for being you!

Debgem said...

A really lovely tribute to a warm and wonderful lady. I wish I'd had the opportunity to meet Katie in real life, but I feel that I've grown from knowing her in blogland. Thanks Cath - this is lovely!

Gramma Jacki said...

Your words say it all. Perfection. Thank you.

Brooke said...

Such beautiful words for undoubtedly a beautiful lady, Cath.

anya said...

Thank you for this, Cath.

Linda said...

What a poignant and loving tribute Cath. Tho I didn't know her or her art I now feel a loss after reading your post, and looking at the links you gave. Thank you for your very touching post.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a beautiful post, Cath!

LaurieJ said...

Thank you for this beautiful tribute Cath.

Kim H. said...

thank you for this beautiful tribute to katie.

Jeanne J said...

Cath, I did not know Katie, but after reading your tribute, I wanted to know her better. I went to her blog and was touched by her writing. I regret that I didn't get introduced to her sooner, she was a very special lady.

Karen Emerson said...

Cath: Kevin showed me your post Sunday. It is so moving. As parents we like to think our kids are fabulous, but to know that others appreciate them as well is very gratifying. Katie told us she wasn't worried so much about herself, but about the rest of us once she was gone. That was typical of her. At the service yesterday there was so much love in the air from family, her card ladies and other friends. Katie might have been surprised. One of her best traits was she didn't realize how very special she was.
Thank you, Karen Emerson

Joan Ervin said...

Oh my, Cath...this is such a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to Katie....you have written what we all feel but can't express in such eloquent words...thanks!

Cindy Hoolshouser said...

Well it took 3 times for me to be able to actually get to the end of this post. So incredibly sad. It just seems like it progressed so quickly. This post is so nice Cath.

Becky Sorensen said...

Katie was one in a zillion. i was lucky to spend lots of time with her as we both loved stamping and we both had twins and we were 5 minutes from each other. I have 17 yr old girls, who she became their big sister/confidant/friend over the last few years. She was the most amazing friend I have ever had and we knew this years ago! She was always worried about everyone else, even our last phone call, she wanted me to be prepared! I will never find another one like her - and I love your post, it is so amazing! Thank you