There are few people that become a part of your life and remain there until the end. Those special few that know each and every secret you possess….those special few that you can call on no matter what, and they will answer…those special few that love you unconditionally, regardless of what you’ve done or will do.
For me, Katherine was one of those special ones.
We met while I was living in Brazil, I cannot even remember which year, and instantaneously we became the best of friends. We’ve been through so much together since then…boyfriend breakups, heartaches, traveling, weddings (one of them being hers), road trips, laughter, joy, and all the other things that accompanies friendships.
Every time I came home to the States on furlough, Katherine was one of the first people I would call. Just hearing her voice on the phone and her crazy, contagious laugh would brighten my day. She was one of the first who would always send me notes, cards, and packages in the mail. She always told me how much she loved me and was proud of me. She encouraged me with scriptures all the time. I loved her more than words can express.
Katherine passed away from breast and bone cancer this past week, only 29 years old, and 5 months pregnant. It was a sudden and tragic situation, one that left many of us who loved her shocked. She left behind an amazing husband and one-year old boy, both of whom she loved with all her heart!
Even though I know, without a shadow of a doubt, my dear Katherine is in heaven today, enjoying our Abba Father, thoughts of her still cause the tears to flow down my cheeks. So, in memory of one of the best friends I have ever had the pleasure of enriching my life, here are some of those memories that I will cherish until we meet again….
Katherine: you were a wonderful woman, wife, mother, sister, daughter, photographer… and to me, most of all you were the bestest of friends!