Here we are saying goodbye to Katie, she's leaving for Korea...Kimi, me, and Katie...Antelope Elementary Teachers.
Yesterday I went to Katie's blog to see if she had her baby, I knew she was due any day now. To my shock and disbelief, it stated that she delivered a beautiful baby boy, but because of complications, she past away three hours later. Like I said, I was in shock. Then I started balling. I can't stop thinking about her, her family, her husband, and her two adorable boys. I'm still in shock. I fasted today for Katie's family and friends. I've said many prayers in their behalf and have hugged my little family a little more and a little tighter (and danced with Jane a little longer).
Katie and I taught together for several years and became good friends. While I taught first grade, she taught sixth. Our classes were buddy's for a few years (that means her students helped my students read). Katie was a rock star teacher that handled those sixth graders perfectly and with "respect me, I'll respect you" attitude. Then she got married and we went to her wedding in Colorado at the Air Force Acadamy. Because her husband is a pilot for the AF, she moved to Korea, and then Italy, the whole time staying in touch with me. Before she left...I gave her the "Essential Morman Cookbook" to remember Utah by. Katie loved to cook. We got pregnant about the same time with our first baby and emailed each other constantly throughout the pregnancy. That was a lot of fun. Then she beat me to the punch and got pregnant with number two this past February. She loved being a mom and just couldn't wait for another. While living abroad Katie would send me pictures of the beautiful places they'd visit. Talk about taking advantage of their surroundings...Katie and Jon were always off to another adventure. I think at one point I said I can't see her picture's anymore because I just get plain jealous, but that never happened, I couldn't resist opening the next email and being so happy for her.
We have emailed a lot lately, she always seemed to make me laugh (out loud) every time. Great sense of humor. She was always thoughtful and made sure to check in with me if we hadn't heard from each other for a while. She made me feel important. She brightened up my day. She always asked about former teachers and kept close tabs on everyone, making sure they are doing okay. She loved being a mom. We talked a lot about our kids (and how it would be so cool to marry one day). I am going to miss all of this. I miss her.
I have a close friend, Allison, that has also passed away a few years ago leaving behind a little girl. I can't help but think that Allison and Katie have a lot in common. They both lived a good life, always happy and content, and life seemed to come quite easy to them. They both had great parents that helped them take advantage of every moment and supported their dreams. Sometimes it takes 80-90 years to live a life, but for Katie, it only took 30. And she lived a great one. I'll miss you Katie. I'm praying for your family. I know you are in a beautiful and peaceful place with our Heavenly Father surrounded by people who love you. Jon is a faithful husband and is supported by so many that love him. The reunion one day will be powerful. Oh Katie, how you are loved and missed.
If you want to see more beautiful pictures of Katie and her family, click on her link in the buddy list.