Thursday, December 28, 2006

Travel Update

Dear friends-

Aaron and I have been in Illinois for almost 3 weeks.  We left CA on Dec. 10 and arrived in IL on the 13th. Bryan’s visitation was the next day- approx. 1000 people came through.  On Fri. we had Bryan’s memorial service- attended by over 500 people.  The memorial service was wonderful- it lasted just over 2 hours.  I’ll write more about that later.  
For now, please pray for Aaron and I and Dan (Aaron’s brother) as we drive back to CA. We are leaving tomorrow- stopping in Omaha to see my family.  The weather is supposed to be horrendous- so please pray for our safety.  We plan to be back in CA by Mon. Jan. 1.
Thanks for praying-
Kari.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our Dear Friends,
We are holding you up to the Father. May He guide you as you travel.
Love You,
The Hall's

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Kari. I have been praying for you and the whole family daily. I'm so glad that you and Aaron were able to stay for awhile in IL and I will continue to pray for you all!!
I love you very much and Aaron too! :)
Love, Heather

Jan Barrett said...

We have been thinking about you and have you in our hearts. May your travels be safe and may you return to Californis having had a good time to visit with each other as you share stories of your dear brother Bryan while you drive along.
Love to you all, Mom Barrett

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a safe trip back. You will all remain in our prayers.

Charlie + said...

Dear Kari + Aaron,

You know many prayers are always with you, constantly...

Love/Peace/Strength,

Charlie +

Anonymous said...

Dear Kari and Aaron,
We hope you have made it back to California safely. I am sure the trip was not an easy one with all of the blizzards. We have been praying for your safe journey. Please let us know you are home.
Take care.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kari,
Natalie and I are remembering you, Aaron, and both of your families in prayer!
Dave and Natalie Thompson

pam and ron engel said...

Dear Kari and Aaron, we hope you were able to miss the blizzards in Colorado! We are still in shock about Bryan and pray to God that He give you strength to face yet another challenge. Keep in touch. We love you!

Tara (Giebelhausen) Oyler said...

Hey Kari and Aaron.

I am very sorry to hear about Bryan.. he was such an amazing person. I'm sure that this has got to be absolutely heartwrenching to deal with.

I hope you made it home safely.

Kari, I am glad to hear about how well you are doing now. I hadn't checked this website in some time but hearing about Bryan reminded me of you. You are such an amazing woman to have made it through everything that you have; incredibly strong and truly an inspiration to me, even still. The words of encouragement you spoke to me when I was a camper at young teen camp have never really left me and I wish I could say something equally powerful for you.

Just know that many people are still praying for you and that you are loved.

Tara (Giebelhausen) Oyler said...

Hey Kari and Aaron.

I am very sorry to hear about Bryan.. he was such an amazing person. I'm sure that this has got to be absolutely heartwrenching to deal with.

I hope you made it home safely.

Kari, I am glad to hear about how well you are doing now. I hadn't checked this website in some time but hearing about Bryan reminded me of you. You are such an amazing woman to have made it through everything that you have; incredibly strong and truly an inspiration to me, even still. The words of encouragement you spoke to me when I was a camper at young teen camp have never really left me and I wish I could say something equally powerful for you.

Just know that many people are still praying for you and that you are loved.

susan colby said...

Kari and Aaron,
I wrote a poem for Alice, but I am sure she won't mind if I share it. It is for Bryan, I hope it brings you just an ounce of comfort. I love you. It's called Angel. I hope you can see your influences.

Susan
Angel
(For Bryan)

On this earth there are many angels
There are those who clothe and feed the poor
There are those with golden hair, joyous blue eyes
There are those who roll stones to uphold
The arms of their heroes in righteous battle

And there are those, gentle ones
Who sing and strum as only angels can
Who fill the world with peace and harmonies
Who’s sturdy, brown eyes and full, long, locks
Left rivers of tear-stained children
Weeping and singing their stories

I know you have said we are not alone
But if feels so; it is a hollow, unending, pain
Please Angel, you departed so swiftly
Our sadness has no reason
Our sorrow, no answer

So, we will cover you with a thin layer
Of rose petals, so as not to disturb our memories
And there are many, many memories
Of round, cherub faces, laughter and music,
Music, so lovely, it made the angels sigh

Dear angel, when we think of you, help us smile
Our tears like tiny, crushed diamonds on our cheeks
Though there are many, the world has one more
One who will walk beside us, become our music,
Help us love like we have never, before, loved

And somewhere in the distance, we will know
Of a purpose greater than our own
We will take our places on the banks of the river
Join hands with the ones we call brothers
And your Peace will wash over us

Until then, Angel, until then…

Susan Ward Colby