Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Well...we just got back from the funeral home and they were nothing but sympathetic, compassionate and generous. God is taking care of all ends of this...He is working for good!

Visitation will be Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 at D.O McComb Funeral Home on Dupont Road/Pine Valley. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Gracepoint Church of the Nazarene on Mayhew Road with calling an hour before. Graveside service will be at 5:oo p.m. on Saturday in Portland...with a dinner following. Anyone is welcome to attend the graveside services as well as the dinner.

Thank you for continuing to love on us.


Melissa said...

We do love you. I hope you find this time of visiting and remembering Kate to be a celebration of her life.

LeeAnne said...

Thanks for the information. Glad you found those at the funeral home nice.

Love and Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are still with you as you endure these hard days of letting go. God Bless you with strength and courage as you face the future. Kate was such a brave little's unbelievable that one so young with so many hurts could still smile and make you laugh. Bless her new little heart as she makes all heaven smile.
Love & Prayers,
Ray & Mary Hamrick

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear abut the loss of your beautiful little girl. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Kate has always been able to show us what it means to have "the peace that passes all understanding". She endured so much and still found it joyful to eat ice cream and to lift her arms (ONE more time!) to "how big is Kate?" We should all have that contentment. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you continue to miss your baby girl. I know we certainly will.
Love, nurse Donna :)

Souled Out ... said...

Krista and Andy,

I know it's been a long time ... but I got a message from Chris Hoffman what had happened. Please know that Emily and I are very sorry to hear of your loss; and our thoughts, prayers, and blessings are with Andy and you through this difficult time. I can't imagine losing one of my kids ... but as you keep saying through this blog, GOD is taking care of it all and HE will continue to see you all through this.

Blessings Krista and Andy.

Shawn and Emily Harrison

Anonymous said...

Our love & prayers have been with your families during this journey. We know that "absolutely nothing can separate us from God's love" (our personal translation of Romans 8:37-39)and we hope that you continue to feel His Love. You have held one of His angels for these past 19 months.
Don & Edna Fadden

a4040ye said...

Such a beautiful baby girl Kate is. i couldn't imagine what you and your family are going through be strong and god bless. Me and my baby girl will keep you and Kate in our prayers.

Thinking of Your sweet Angel,
Anita & Lexi

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you at this time. We pray that you find strength in knowing that Kate is resting in the hands of God now.
Ginger(Layman)and Jim Murrell

rachel said...

if i am feeling heartbroken, krista, i can't imagine how you are feeling. which is why i am so amazed at the steadfastness of your faith. but that's how you have always been :) and what a testimony it is to the goodness and the glory of God. it encourages so many ... i know it does, because it encourages me.

i know the Lord will comfort you (blessed are those who mourn...), and so i pray that these words would be part of that for you (revelation 7:13-17):

"then one of the elders said to me, 'these who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?'

i said to him, 'my lord, you know.'

and he said to me, 'these are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. for this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. they will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'"

hallelujah. Kate is there.

rachel bell

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. You have amazing strength (as does Andy)to uplift the rest of us in your time of loss. I am glad that others have shown you the upmost compassion you deserve in making such difficult decisions these last few days. I pray that you will find peace and comfort each day to come. Kate has touched so many people and their lives. Though her heart could not be unbroken she has repaired many other peoples hearts and has lead many to faith that might not have ever known before. She is a very special girl and her life will be a true celebration of what faith,love, and life is to be. Even though we will say goodbye to her earthly being, her spirit will remain in all of us.

Much love and prayers,

Julie M.

Much love and tears

Anonymous said...

Krista and Andy,

You have been so faithful, so very brave through the most trying times anyone could go through. The Bible verse that has been the mainstay through loss is Hebrews ll:14; This world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven. Oh, our faith knows we are 'just passing through'. Kate has been a blessing to all.
Lifting you up in prayer,
Larry and Nola from FL..

Melanee said...

Just this moment - God brought this verse to mind.

Philippians 1:21
"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."

Wow - those of us left here, on earth, grieving Kate - for us to live is Christ. For Kate - and other precious loved ones in Christ who have already left earth - to them is GAIN!

Praying for rest and peace for you tonight.

Christie said...

As I have looked back at all the blogging that you have done over the past 18 months, it has brought back so many memories of Kate. I will never forget her smile. My family and I continue to remember you and your family during this difficult time. God will continue to guide you through this and He will carry you when you need to be carried. As the hours pass, just remember that she is resting in God's arms. We love you and miss you guys.

Christie Summers

Kathy said...

I wish we could be there for the service...I'm sure that it will be beautiful. Thank you for thinking about us when your mind is being pulled in a thousand directions. I still find strength in you...and all that you, your family, and Kate have been through.
Please know that we send our love.

Little Baby Manning said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet daughter with us - we will always remember her story and your family. We will pray for you daily that you may have the strength you need to move forward and that you may find comfort in the love and memories you shared with Kate.

We are friends of the Rollers in Vegas...
With Love - the Mannings

Vanessa said...


I wish I could be there to attend the service. We must remember all the good moments with Kate. She will never be forgotten and lives on inside of all of us.

Tomorrow is my speech for the American Heart Association and In my closing I will be telling everyone about a sweet baby girl who fought so hard, for so long. Kate has touched my life in ways I never imagined. I feel I need to be her voice and let others know how brave and strong she was. You are all in my prayers and thoughts.


Anonymous said...

I cant imagine how difficult this time is for you and your family. You are lifted up in prayer and the Lord holds you in his hand at this difficult time with Kate up in Heaven sitting right next to him - smiling her cheezy little smile!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear that you are able to see God providing for your needs at this time.

I am amazed at how God is speaking and teaching us all right now. I want to share this story with you:
I was sitting in the car in a drive through line and praying for you yesterday. I looked down on the floor and found a book that I received in Sunday School last week. I opened the book and found this verse, "If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's." (Romans 14:8) Kate touched the lives of so many and her life was an expression of the unity of the body of Christ. In life you loved and cared for Kate, and in death you will be reunited in paradise as the Lord's own children.

God Bless,

The Portas said...

I wish we were closer so we could be there to support you in person. KNOW that we are and will be supporting you in spirit, here from Minnesota.

Sending MUCH love and peace your way!

Anonymous said...

Krista and Andy,

We have followed Kate's trials and tribulations all the way. We just want you to know you all are in our prayers as you get through these very hard days. Krista, your strength and updates over the past year have amazed me beyond words. You have such a gift from God.

With much love,
Melanie and Mike Skinner

The Portas said...

Dan said he was feeling so sad for you guys, so he found peace from these excerpts from John Piper's "The Hidden Smile of God" -

"We read their stories and wonder how they endured. How does one
survive twelve years in a dank prison cell? How does one survive
month after month of a debilitation so debilitating that death seems the only hope? How does one endure tuberculosis? Or cancer, or emptiness, or death, or loneliness, or divorce? Whatever the trial may be, how does one endure without the soul shriveling up and blowing away with the breeze?

In the lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerd, we find the strength of soul that not only endures hardship, but honors God in the midst of it. The Giver and Sustainer of life enabled them
to worship through all their suffering. That's why their affliction bore so much fruit. The story of their suffering, their perseverance, and their passion is one that can inspire the same hunger for the supremacy of God in your own life."

" encouraged that no labor and no suffering in the path of
Christian obedience is ever in vain. "

"...we too can look to God for great privileges to come from our own pain. And we too can remember, 'The bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower."

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss. I have a daughter about Kate's age and reading your blog has taught me more lessons then you will ever know. Thanks for being such a great example of a perfect mother. I think of you many times in a day and feel the love heavenly father has for you and your whole family. God bless you all and my peace be with you knowing Kate is in a much better place and that you have gained a very special guardian angel. I know she will take care of you and watch over you and your family like you did for her.

Love a fellow daughter of god

Vanessa said...

I can't seem to get you guys off my mind. My heart is with you all and praying for peace to follow you throughout your days.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Kate was such a bright ray of sunshine when we shared a room together in Michigan. Your family's strength and faith in this time is inspirational and I hope that you are able to draw on the wonderful memories of her to help through this time. I will be thinking of all of you, praying for your family, and recalling these wonderful memories of Kate: her love of her paci and her washcloth, "so big!", loving her strolls down the halls, going to the cafeteria for a milkshake, she and Jack being thoroughly entertained by one another more than anything else, her glowing smile, and how happy she was whenever her wonderful parents were there. Bless her as she is now at peace.
Thinking of you.
Megan - Jack's mom from South Dakota

jmckeel said...

Having 2 visitations has got to be hard for you and Andy. May both of you have a calm peace with you over the weekend and through on for the days, weeks, and years to come. I just wanted you to know that I've been thinking about you and little Kate. I wanted to thank you also for thinking/praying about Isaac, when you have so much on your shoulders at this time. May God be with you.
Abby McKeel

Deanna said...

Oh, how I love you, my friends. I wish I were there to just give you a big squeeze and not let go. I was sad that we missed you guys yesterday, but thankful that we were able to see Nana and Seth (what a handsome fellow he is! Wow, it seems like he has grown since I saw him!!!)

You can trust that there are many prayers going up for you from New York! HUGS!!! HUGS!!! HUGS!!!

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I think Kate would be surprised to know how many people read about her in your blog. She's quite a celebrity! A beautiful little girl who will never be forgotten.
Isaac's Grandma

Anonymous said...

Krista, Andy and Seth,

There are no words to describe to you how I feel at this time. This poem has helped me through many a day, and I am hoping it can bring you some comfort.



I am so happy I got to spend time with Kate at St. Vincents Hospital. Her precious smile, giving us the Rasberries when we would come into the room, the balloons, the out reaching arms for "How big is Kate?" and her precious little clapping to Yea Kate. These moments will always be cherished...Thank You.

God Bless,


Mel said...

Even though you've not posted a new entry today, we are still thinking of you and praying for you. Please feel free to keep sharing your story on your blog as God leads. I'm praying that you will be blessed and comforted by the many who will come to celebrate Kate's life in the next two days.

Anonymous said...

Krista and Andy,
Lisa and I will be up for the visitation tomorrow. We're looking forward to hugging you as we continue to surround you in prayer.
Love, Martha

Anonymous said...

You and your family are in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. You and your family have touched so many lives with your blog and I thank you for letting me know Kate through your posts and pictures.

Love and Prayers,

Chris Newmark
(Gina Nuber's little sister)

Patti & Ali said...

Krista & Andy,

Reading your postings over the past few months since Alissa led me to you, I keep thinking how strong you both have been through everything. In times of trouble, God is always near! I can't imagine how you're feeling and what kinds of emotions you are experiencing, but I want you to know that you will always be in my heart & in my prayers. After Alissa told me God took his little Angel home on Tuesday, tears began to fall. I've never met you, but I've heard so much about Andy (one of Ali's favorite teachers of all time!) And after reading your blogs and seeing how much you love your little girl I know that this week has to be difficult on your entire family. May God bless each and every one of you and may He hold you close to His heart now & forever. May you find comfort and strength knowing that Kate is in a much better place than any of us could ever dream to imagine.

Always in our thought,
Patti & Alissa Hobbs