Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sweet Baby Girl

I'm still having a little bit harder time now than I did earlier. I know that there will continue to be reminders of Kate...and tasks to do because of her death. I was just at the bank and realized that she had a savings I had to close that out. The other day I had to pick up her death certificate at the funeral home. I had tried to do all that "stuff" early as to not drag it out...but I don't think that is going to be the case. I know that this whole year will be with each new season brings new reminders of our little sweetie: taking walks around the lake, Mother's Day, picking out her headstone, opening the Christmas decorations to find her stocking...all things in a way I'm dreading. But at the same time...I want those reminders...I don't want to ever lose these precious feelings I have for my baby girl....I have to learn ways to keep those alive...I guess through pictures (I hope to get her scrapbook done this spring). blogging, and just talking about her. So...don't be afraid to talk to me about her...tell me you miss her...recognize her life! I think that is what I want most...for Kate not to be forgotten.

I've been working on figuring out how to get Kate's memorial video on Blogger for those of you who couldn't attend or wanted to see it again...but figured out it is in the wrong format. So...I made my own...not nearly to the professional quality we paid for...but it is still decent. It's the same pictures and music that are in the video we showed at her's the music Andy picked out that really makes it so special. So...when you have 8 minutes...grab a few kleenix and enjoy a little trek down memory lane with our happy, smiley girl! It's these pictures...the ones of her so happy that just make me smile! In such a short life...she really did live life to the fullest!


Melissa said...

A few kleenex? How bout the whole box? Got the video started and Zachary stopped what he was doing to dance. I think he was dancing for Kate! The song choices were perfect! The pictures so reminded me of Kate. Even at her worse moments, her foot was always in the air or on the tray of the high chair. The smiles underneath the pacifier, the bright eyes watching everything we did, and the arms up in the air. The memories just flow for me while watching this video and I only knew her for a brief portion of her life. Thanks for sharing her with me.

Vanessa said... forgot to get the kleenex so now I'm a total mess with makeup running down my face.

WOW..that was an amazing video. You showed what a wonderful life she had and how loved she was by everyone. I love how she always has her foot up in the air...reminds me alot of Arianna. It's amazing how this little girl has touched so many lives. Last night I was reading Arianna the book you gave her and as I got to the end and I started crying just thinking about Kate. I will always think about her when I read that book to Arianna. She may not be here with us physically but she is spiritually.

Love you!

Samantha said...

Thank you for the warning about needing the kleenex...though they were not very helpful.

Thank you so much for sharing this with us and sharing Kate with us all. She was such a beautiful girl full of so much light.

I love all the Popsicles fitting for her...whenever I see a popsicle, I think of how much she loved them!

You are an amazing family and I just want you to know that I am always here for you. Whenever you need a shoulder to cry on or someone just to listen to you, I am here. As much as I hate the way that we have met, I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to meet you, Kate and your family (even though it is only online).

Lots of love,

Kathy said...

YOU ALWAYS make me cry!!!
We love you and we love Kate!
I loved the pictures that you picked to show. She didn't look sick in even one...even the ones with the canula one...she looked great! That should remind you (and us) how many good days she had...all the people she met, the places that she visited, and the love that she shared!
Thanks for sharing this video with us. She's still meant for Isaac (they're just two peas in a pod), I guess this means I won't have grandkids from him until they meet in Heaven. Oh...well...we'll wait.
Everyone noticed her foot always up...and I always notice her tongue sticking out (that's something crazy that Isaac does!).
We love you Krista!
Call me anytime! (email me and tell me what time the boys go to bed---I don't want to call too late one night!)

Anonymous said...

You did an awesome job with this video Krista. I was so upset at the memorial and funeral for Kate that it was so good to see the video again of her. She is so cute and just loved life. She was so happy even when she was so sick. Now she is totally happy and no more sickness or sadness or hurt. Thankyou for putting this on here. Was good to be able to watch it again. We love you guys and are praying lots. Just remember Kate will never be forgotten. We miss seeing her updated pictures and hearing about her daily life. We will always miss little Kate but someday we will see her again.

Anonymous said...

Oh -- Krista! This is a truly awesome video. I was glued to my monitor. I smiled, I laughed out loud, and I wept.

My major emotion, though, is Gratitude. I am grateful that you and your wonderful family are a part of my life. That you have shared intimate family moments through your blog. And, and most of all, that I have learned, and am still coming to appreciate, the Huge Lessons that One Small Girl carried. Kate reached across the world with her smile and her delight in the most simple joys of life. Her voice is still heard.

Prayers, Love, and Hugs, Susan
Mira's Mom
Southeastern Pennsylvania

LeAnne said...

You did a great job with the video! It's just as good as it was the first time. =)

LeAnne Stahl

Anonymous said...

Dear Krista,

Every picture was so meaningful. But the two things that sturck me the most were your lovely smile in the face of so much hardship, and the picture of you and Kate sitting together in the sand. She looks absolutely serene there with her Mommy. Thanks again for sharing these beautiful memories with us.

Amy G.

The Portas said...

I have such a crappy hotel internet connection. I've tried to leave a comment a couple of times and it never works! Let's hope this one does. Anyway, I'm unable to watch the video of your precious girl. I can't wait to see it! I'm sure I'll be crying my eyes out, as it looks like everyone else was.

I just want to say, in the meantime, that I think it's so wonderful that you want to keep Kate's memory alive. That is such a healthy thing. You are my inspiration! You two are such wonderful people. I can't wait to meet you someday (because I know I will). Take care! I can't wait to watch the vid of precious Kate!

Megan & Boys

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing! Such a precious "dolly". Kate is the only little girl on our 'frig amongst the 6 little grandboys!! She will never be forgotten.... Love, Paralee

Karmen said...

What a sweet, sweet video of Kate's life. Thank you for sharing it with us ... we've been thinking of you and remembering you in our prayers often.

Hope we are able to scrap together sometime - with LeeAnne - in your neck of the woods!!!

May God wrap his loving arms around you today and surround you with his love and comfort!

The Portas said...

Oh my gosh! CRYING!!! That is a touching, wonderful video. I'm so glad you made this. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

You have some very good pics of Kate to remember her by. I looove the photo where she has one leg up on the edge of the swing. :)

This precious little girl will hold a special place in my heart forever. I'm so grateful to have gotten to know you all. I'm with Kathy, WE LOVE YOU GUYS. xoxox

Kirsten said...

perfect....thanks for sharing. i am so eager to get back to school and see how we can help out