Written by Lori (Kylie's mom)
Almost one year ago, we received the phone call that every parent fears, and in the blink of an eye our world was turned upside down. In that moment I had no idea what the future held, but from then on there wasn't a moment I wasn't held.
"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear. I will help you".
God has a way of providing when you don't even know what you need. He dropped people into our lives, many we didn't know or know well, right at that moment when we needed them most. He surrounded us with love, support, and strength to hold us up when we could no longer stand. He's provided grace, endurance and perseverance to continue the fight, and just enough miracles, victories and joyful moments to give us hope and encouragement to follow His plan, step by step, in His time.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Jeremiah 29:11
We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers given to us by family, friends, work, the entire soccer community and people we don't even know. We have read EVERY CaringBridge post and took great comfort in knowing that someone at any moment was on their knees praying for us when maybe we couldn't do it ourselves. We were covered!!
So many people reached out to us in so many ways. The events and fundraisers that were planned, the financial contributions, the thoughtful, everyday things that were done for us to make life easier and allow us to concentrate on the job at hand, were just incredible. The cards, notes and emails came at just the right time as did the texts, phone calls and well wishes from people everywhere.
We have been constantly surrounded and blessed by family, and friends that we call family, so that we have never felt alone on this journey. Together we have trusted the Lord with all our heart and "Let Go, Let God".
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? Psalm 56:3-4 We are not scared of tomorrow because God's already there!
I am thanking God for giving all of us this opportunity to show our faith and I am honored he chose us, especially Kylie, to rise to the challenge ahead. As I wrote in Ky's senior yearbook - "When you have come to the edge of all light that you know, and are about to drop off into the darkness, FAITH is knowing one of two things will happen. There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly".
We will continue to WALK BY FAITH and He will lead us through!
On 12/1/11 @ 6:41 AM, (2 months before Kylie's accident), she had text me the following message:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Who knew how appropriate this would become.