Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I love you, Joey

(How do I say these next words? I know they must be said, I just don't know how to do it. I can't believe they're true.) My cousin, Joey, passed away last evening. His body was just too injured to recover. I know that Joey has moved on to the next phase and is with God now. I'll miss him and all the opportunities we'll never get back. My thoughts are with Karen, Keaton and Carson and Aunt Ginger, Joey's mother. Their loss is heartbreaking and I ache for how terribly sad they are. I want to thank all of you who prayed for them and who thought of them over the past couple of weeks. To know people like you is a privilege. I will be forever thankful and warmed by the kindness and compassion all of you have shown.

I'm waiting to hear what the arrangements will be, but I'm figuring on leaving here tomorrow or the next day for Mobile. Therefore, I don't expect to be posting anything for awhile. Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers for Joey.

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  1. Kari, I am so sorry to hear of Joey's passing. I don't think I've posted here before, but I found your blog through another, and I've been praying for Joey and your family. Hugs to you and your family.

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  2. I think in our hearts we knew that Joey couldn't survive this. I keep thinking he's with his Grandma now and Grandpa is giving him a pinch of copenhagen
    We love you

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  3. I didn't have an update this morning so I feared the worst. I will pray for the hearts of the family and the drs and nurses who worked so endlessly on him. I will pray for your safe trip. I was just in Mobile this summer and thought it was a beautiful place. God bless you.

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  4. Oh Kari. I'm so sorry. I will keep praying for your entire family.

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  5. I'm shocked Kari. I'm so sorry. Your family will remain in my prayers.

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  6. Oh Kari, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will pray that God wraps His arms around your family at this time. Take care

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  7. Kari~ I am so very sorry for your loss. As you said he fought so hard, but his body was to injured to recover.
    I know your family will be comforted by your warm hugs and compassionate spirit.
    Safe travels to Mobile.
    Sandi

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  8. Oh! Kari...my heart hurts for you and all of Joey's family. I know how hard it is to let go...I pray for comfort for you, Karen and their boys. Along with all the other family and friends that have been touched by Joey's life. I pray you have safe travels and that God embrace each and every one of you at this time. Karen has been a remarkable source of strength for many during this time and her trust and love for the Lord has been unwavering. I pray for her to continue to be at peace and that she feel comforted by arms of angels surrounding her during this time.

    So sorry...again...if you need anything...I'm here!

    Teresa

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  9. My heart is broken for you & your family--and I know there are no words that can suffice. My prayers have switched to prayers of comfort for Karen, the children, and the rest of the family.

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  10. Dear Kari, I am so saddened to learn of Joey's passing. My heart goes out to Karen and family. I'll be thinking of all of you in these next very difficult days and weeks.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Pat

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  11. Oh, Kari, my sweet friend. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there to do something, hug you, make a cassarole, do dishes...anything. I will continue to pray for you, your family, Karen and her kids.

    Please tell her for us, that our prayers continue, and our hearts are broken for her. Then remind her that we believe God is good, and His love never fails, even in this darkest hour. I can't imagine the heartache and pain, but I am so thankful her faith seems solid and strong. It will help her in the coming days, weeks and years. She has inspired me, and reminded me of God's tangible love and how He stays in the details of our lives. I hope she is reminded of that truth, as well.

    Carry our love with you, to Mobile, my friend.

    ~TaunaLen

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  12. Kari
    I was so sorry to read the news. I have included Joey in my prayers ever since I found your blog. hugs to you and your family.

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  13. Oh Kari, I'm so sorry to hear about Joey. It really took me by suprise to read that. :( I'll continue to pray for you family. And do be careful on your trip to Mobile.

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  14. Kari and family...
    You are all in my thoughts today, just as you have been in the past. We will all help you to be strong once you reach Mobile...safe journey to you...and to Joey.

    Cassie

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  15. Kari...Please know that you and your family are in my prayers today. Joey fought a good fight and now God is taking care of him. Be strong and keep those wonderful memories alive!
    Have a safe trip!
    (And, I have to say, I willthink of Joey every time I yell "Roll Tide" this year. We'll win some more for him!)
    {hugs!}

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  16. I'm so sorry for your loss! Our son was killed several years ago, so I know something of the pain your family must be feeling. You will be in my prayers.

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  17. My sweet Kari...when I did not get an update last night I was so fearful.
    He was a fighter and, when he could not fight any more, God took him home. He is out of pain now but I know that you, his family, now grieve. My heart breaks for you all and especially for dear, constant and loving Karen and their boys. I feel so sad and wish there was something I could do. Please tell Karen that she has touched all our hearts and so many will be with her in thought and pray for her.

    You take care of yourself and know how much all of us care.

    Kari? Could you email me your address and that of Aunt Sandi??
    combs_sue@yahoo.com

    I will continue to pray for you all and for Karen and the boys and Joey's mother. Bless the all.

    I send love and hugs,
    Sue

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  18. I am SO sorry for your loss! I will keep you all in my prayers! Now he's in Jesus' arms!
    Much love,
    Angie xoxo

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  19. Dearest Kari, I'm so terribly sorry to hear the news of Joey's passing. I think I felt it yesterday when I read how he was doing, that he might not make it. My heart goes out to all his family and friends...another angel amongst us now. xoxo

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  20. So very sad to hear of this sad turn of events!

    Thoughts and prayers continue for his family!

    And a warm cyber hug sent to you my friend!

    Safe travels!

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  21. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  22. Kari, There really are no words.....just know a whole lot of people have your family as well as Joey's wrapped in our hearts and in our prayers.....
    xxoo
    Robin

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  23. oh Kari my heart was so heavy as I read your post. I'm so very sorry for the loss of this young man. My prayers continue to be with his wife and the rest of the family going through such a difficult time. My deepest sympathies.

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  24. Hi Sweet Kari

    I just returned home and was anxious to hear how Joey was doing. Karen's last report sounded like things were getting more and more difficult for him. I was still so shocked to just read your post about his death. My heart breaks for you all. Karen has been such an inspiration to everyone who has read her words. I know God has been using her during this difficult time. I will continue to pray for you and your entire family. Have a safe trip to Mobile. Give Karen and all of Joey's family our love.

    Extra hugs for you sweet friend,
    Kat

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  25. Oh Kari I came back to blogland only to find this terrible news. I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts.
    Heather

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  26. Dear Kari,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. The journal has been an inspiring read of Karen's faith.

    Praying for you & your family.
    Hugs, DebraK

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  27. Kari,
    I knew something had happened when I didn't get an update. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I will continue to lift you and Joey's family up in prayer. If there is anything I can do, please ask.

    Love,
    Julie

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  28. Kari
    I'm so sorry.Our thoughts are with you all. Mary

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  29. Kari, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope your trip will be restorative as you reminisce w/ loved ones on Joey's life and say your goodbyes to his earthly body and embrace the fun memories you will have w/you forever. You are in my prayers too. Marcia

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  30. I'm so sorry for your loss Kari. xx

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  31. prayers are with you and family.

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  32. I'm soooo sorry! Prayers for you all.

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  33. I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll keep your whole family, esp. his wife, in my prayers today.

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  34. I am so sorry for your loss. Your post made me cry. I felt like I had gotten to know Joey from your blog even though I know he was that and so much more.

    You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Fran

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  35. Dear Kari,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless

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  36. First time here, just came by via Julie and Nunnie's Attic. I am so sorry for your family's great loss.

    God bless you all,

    Melissa

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  37. I am sorry to hear of Joey passing. Please know you are all in my prayers, my thoughts and my heart!

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  38. I want to extend my heart felt words. I am so sorry for your loss. As I have just found you blog today.I did not know your family but after spending sometime reading your posts I feel as I do. I am and will continue to pray for all of you. I will be coming back. Sorry about the new doctor sometime they do not seem to know or care what we are going through. Blessings Mary

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  39. So sorry to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family. We'll be here for you when you need us, you know. Bless. Angel Jem XXX

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  40. I'm sorry for your lose Kari.

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  41. Kari, I am truly so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  42. Prayers for you and your family from me and mine!

    :)

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  44. Kari,
    I'm so terribly sorry for you and your families loss. I will continue to pray for you all!

    Blessings,
    Sandy

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  45. I'm so sorry.. for you and Karen and the rest of the family. Will add you all to the prayer list. Blessings... Polly

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  46. My heart just breaks for you and the rest of Joey's family & friends. His life was cut way too short, but now he's with his maker.
    Saying prayers for all of you.

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  47. Tammy sent me to you. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are all over you today.

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  48. My sincere sympathies in Joey's passing. He is Home now and is free of the pain and suffering.

    I will keep your family in my prayers. I hadn't heard Joey's story until I read it on your blog today.

    Blessings to each of you. May God's angels fold you in their wings and bring you comfort.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  49. ..Here by way of Julie,and I don't mean to intrude on your loss.I just wanted to offer my condolences to you and your family.

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  50. I'm so sorry to hear about Joey's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and Joey's family.

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  51. I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you all Tricia

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  52. Kari, you don't know me but I came over from Tammy's Gentle Retreat.

    I'm so very sorry about your cousin.

    I'll keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Ann (aka granny)

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  53. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! Cece

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  54. I just read your blog about your cousin Joey. I am so saddened by your terrible loss. Somehow words always fail us at this time but you and all of your family are in our thoughts at this difficult time. Take care of yourselves. Stephanie

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  55. I'm so very sorry to hear that your dear cousin has passed away - so young, so tragic. My love & prayers are going out to all of his family right now.

    Jayne

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  56. kari, I'm so very sorry for the loss of Joey to your family. Words can't express. My heart & prayers go out to you all during this very difficult time.

    Hugs,
    RHoda

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  57. Keeping you and your family in prayer as you begin this grieving journey. Joey is surely in a better place. May you all feel peace and comfort in the days ahead for the Lord very near to the brokenhearted.

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  58. Just checking up on you and saw your heartbreaking news. I am so deeply sorry. Death is so hard - even harder for someone who was young. (((((hugs)))))))

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  59. I came from Tammy's blog to give you a hug! (((((Kari))))) My deepest sympathy too.

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  60. Hi Kari ~~ I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your cousin and my thoughts and prayers are with you and his family. I came from Tammy at Gentle Retreat. Take care, Merle.

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  61. kari,
    I am so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Take care,
    Linda

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  62. Oh Kari my friend I am so so very sorry for your families loss :( I cant even begin to imagine the pain your heart is in right now. His family and your's are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  63. Dear Kari,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  64. Kari, I'm so sorry to hear of Joey's passing! {{{HUGS}}} You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    ~Des

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  65. I have been reading and getting every update from your family.
    Please know that I am with you, specially with his wife and children, with my thoughts and prayers.

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  66. Been thinking aobut you Kari and your family. Hope you are well.

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  67. Kari, I had Joey and his family on my heart all week. I was so sad when I returned home to day to find he had passed. Im so sorry and love you and pray strength for you all.

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  68. Oh Kari, I am SO incredibly sorry to learn of Joey's passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. (((((hugs)))))

    Kim

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