Thursday, January 17, 2008

Kate's Obituary

Another long day....the business of making arrangement can be overwhelming. But we're doing okay...the tears come and go...but the laughter does too (we can thank one little 3 year old for that).

As we continue to be amazed at the overwhelming response and reading of the blog...we wanted to share a link to Kate's obituary for those of you all over the country sharing in our journey. That's one thing I never thought I would do....write my child's obituary...and part of me doesn't feel it even begins to do Kate justice...and I hate the crop-job on the picture. Oh well...she is still too cute and soo loved.

Thank you for your continued prayers. We love you all.

P.S....Many have asked if "the blog" will continue. Yes, it will. Maybe not so much the next couple days...but I plan to keep it up. It may not be everyday...unless Seth just continues to be as cute as he is.

PPS..Many have asked too how Seth is doing. He seems to be doing remarkably well and dealing with it in his own 3 year old way. He uses words such as "Kate's leaving" and "that's far away" and "Kate's not coming back!" Within hours of being home on Tuesday...he wanted to pack up her we did. We continue to talk with him...and most of all want to reassure him it's okay to talk about her...and assure him that it wasn't her choice. He wants to know why the doctors couldn't fix her heart...don't we all?


Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers continually and will see you on Sat.We love you guys.
Sheri,Crystal,Ryan, and Kevin

Kathy said...

I loved the picture!
I think about you everyday and wonder how you're doing. If you need to get head my way any day! We are all to help you in this healing process.

Anonymous said...


My name is Tammy I am an RN at spectrum health and I work with Sheyrl. I have been following your life with your baby girl through Sheyrl and your blogs.

I just wanted to type how sorry I am, Im sure she was a very special girl as is(from what I have heard and read) her parents.

Take care,


Melissa said...

Seth's questions are those of a pure heart. We all want to know why the medical teams were unable to fix Kate's heart. We know in our hearts that she was put into our lives for a much bigger reason. Once her job here on Earth was done, she was taken to a place where her heart is fixed and she can live forever without pain. I think about you all daily and pray for you.

Her obituary was beautiful and gave a small peak into Kate's life. If only those who read it could have known Kate, their lives would have been touched greatly also!

God bless you all!

The Portas said...

The picture is soo cute! I thought the obit was perfect (it made me tear up). I love how honest and pure Seth's questions are. What a sweet big brother.

Hang in there these next few days. We are praying for you often.

Sending you lots of LOVE!

Anonymous said...

I was so happy to see KAte's photo in the paper. What a BEAUTIFUL Child of God. And I have been so lost without reading your blog everyday. You all have become a part of our lives now and we were LOST without your family. John and I both think of you and pray for all the peace that God can bring you. We love you.
John and Linda Skinner

Anonymous said...


You did a GREAT job on the obituary. I know it was difficult to write.

I'm sorry I won't be able to join you this weekend, but I do look forward to spending time with you later this spring when things have calmed down a bit.

My thoughts are with you, especially today and tomorrow.


LeAnne said...

Even though I never met Kate, I have nothing but love and adoration for her. She was one special little girl and touched the lives of so many! I went back through some of the past blogs and anyone can see that she was truly loved in her short time here. Your family has strengthened my love and trust in God over this past year. I am extremely thankful for that. Please know that you are all still in my thoughts and prayers daily. I hope to see you on Saturday.

LeAnne Stahl

Anonymous said...

My prayers are still heading your way continually.
Hug, hug, hug.

Angie and Wes said...

Our prayers are with your family during this time of grief and healing. Ted and Judy were teachers of mine and my mom still works with them. She has kept me up to date on Kate. Your witness and testimony have been such a blessing. We have twin girls about Kate's age and I cried all the way through the blog. Wish we could have met your "little miracle", but thank you for sharing her life with us.
-Angie (Fesler) James

Ruth Ayres said...

Christi O. shared your blog with me. After attending a funeral for my cousin's two little girls this week, my heart aches for mothers & their families who lose children. Even though we're strangers, I'll be praying for you. May you experience peace that only our Lord can provide.

Larry said...

Hearts are we need to hear from God.....those words from a Chris Rice song just popped into my mind. Liza's and my heart are hurting so much for you guys. We can't imagine the pain you are feeling, knowing that your hurt is as deep as your love for Kate, which cannot be measured by earthly means.
While your pain has been almost intolerable, your faith has been an inspiration to all. Your dedication to Kate as parents was tremendous and to the glory of God. I'm sure you can't wait to see her in heaven. You have our love and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Andy, Krista and Seth...

Just a note to say that Izzy and I just stopped and prayed for you. It is 3:17pm and I know that you are in the midst of many hugs, tears and love. We prayed for peace, comfort and laughter. I know that Seth will keep you smiling and laughing and that will help mend your broken hearts.

I too have been so sad this week and just find myself crying. But one verse that someone posted has been on my mind. To live is Christ, to die is gain. I also can't imagine the joy you feel in your hearts knowing that Kate has touched more lives in her short 19 months than some do in 80 years. She is an amazing little girl.

We love you so much and are holding you up in prayer. We will see you tomorrow as we remember sweet Kate.

Amy, Toby, Izzy and Cooper Sprunger

Anonymous said...

Krista,Andy, & Seth,
Seth will be the one to help God carry you through this. For me the talking of my child is one way I keep him alive in my heart and I do know that one day I will be with him again. I know you will be with your little girl one day. What a joyful time that will be. You are a super family and your trust in God will make you rather than break you. God Bless all of you.
Hugs & Prayers,
Sue Mulligan

Mary Lou Walsh said...

Krista,Andy and Seth:
My heart and prayers go out to you at the loss of little angel Kate. She gave you so much love and joy. Maureen and Art kept me aware of your journey and it must have been very bittersweet. Please know you are in my thoughts through this most difficult time.
Mary Lou Walsh (Maureen's sister)

Deanna said...

How I wish I were there to share a hug. Know that we love you so much. I can't get the song "Held" out of my head.... know that it is my prayer tonight that you FEEL the peace that comes from being HELD by your loving Father. You can trust that our prayers will continue to be with you over the coming months!


Anonymous said...

I would guess you are both exhausted and yet unable to really sleep. Everything you have done has been a beautiful tribute to Kate. God blessed your children with amazing parents.:) Sending hugs!

Anonymous said...

Words fail. My sister Julie called tonight to let me know of Kate's passing and I've spent the last couple hours reading the journey your family has been on. My heart breaks for you and Andy, Seth and all of your family. I'm praying for a profound peace to settle in your hearts in a way unexplainable by anything else outside of the very arms of God holding you all. Words may fail, but love does not. And it is clear your family is surrounded by it.
Missy (Hoover) Carfield

Vanessa said...

You did a wonderful job and her picture is perfect. I have been praying Seth handles this well. I know he misses his sister and his questions are just so true. We all want to know why. I have been moarning for Kate, but have a peace knowing that she is no longer in pain, or hungry. She is with grandpa and running the streets of heaven! I will see you one day Miss Kate, you can count on that! I love you and will always carry you in my heart.

Anonymous said...

Although I wasn't blessed to have met Kate, I followed her journey and yours though my parents and various e-mails. I just wanted to let you know that we are thinking about your family and keeping you in our prayers. God bless you all.
Lisa Fike

Christie said...

Just wanting to let you know that I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I will keep in contact with you. With time, Seth will begin to talk about Kate more and as he gets older he may start to understand what has happened to her. Continue to love on him and let him know how much he is loved, just like you always have. With love and prayers!

Wanna_B_slimmer said...

Thinking of you all at this very hard time in your life... I can only imagine how you must be feeling.. stay strong and know that there are people all over the world thinking of you...

Anonymous said...

Kate's service was profound!
Just remember that God's love and our prayers will not stop in the days ahead...
Love & Hugs,
The Faddens

Stephen said...


I am so very sorry. I just checked your page and saw this. I wish I had known things had turned so - I had no idea. Kate was such a sweet, sweet little girl. I hate that I wasn't there for you guys when you were going through this. You guys are such a special family. You all will continue to be in my prayers. I hope it's okay that I keep our picture from here.

Stephen Patrick

Jane said...

Dear Krista and Andy,
The service today was an amazing celebration of a very special little girl who touches the lives of so many. As you mourn your precious little princess, please remember that, although the memories are bittersweet, as long as those memories are in your hearts, Kate will never truly leave you.
Love, Jane

Kristen said...

sending love, prayers of peace and our geniune thoughts from us in st louis!
the fischer family...

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry. Krista, anyone who was at Huntertown when you student taught remembers you fondly. Hang on to Andy and Seth and know that we are praying for you.
Meg Bloom

Deanna said...

Just want you to know that I love you and am continuing to pray. As we prayed for a different family during church this morning, I want you to know that I was praying for you.... for comfort and peace.... and for continual glimpses of joy, especially through Mr. Seth. The Greene family will always love all of you!!!

Laura, Nick and Lucy said...

Krista, Andy and Seth,
We couldn't make it back to FW for the services, but you and your folks were in our thoughts!! May God comfort you in your time of loss! We will get up to see you all this summer. We realize how important friendships are, and we aren't going to let another summer go by without a visit...we don't know if there will be another summer!

much Love from Shelbyville!
Nick, Laura and Lucy Furiak