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35 Weeks...Take 2 (and a loss)

25 June 2013

Baby's the size of a coconut! 
Now, his hearing is fully developed. He responds best to high-pitched noises.
Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 35 Weeks
Size of baby: Coconut
Maternity Clothes: Yes. 
Gender: It's a baby BOY!!! Jack Cameron Williamson
Movement: He is quite an active little boy!  
Sleep: I'm happy to be back 'home' in 'our bed' after a weekend away. I didn't sleep all that well this weekend (but, we did have a great time in Asheville).  
What I MissSleeping on my back.
Cravings: Not too much lately. 
Symptoms: I'm definitely getting tired very easily these days. 
Best Moment This Week: We went home to Asheville for the weekend and it was wonderful to see so many great friends. (That's not necessarily about Jack, but he was there!) 

Tonight I am heavy hearted as a sweet friend passed away today. Lindsay Keller (formerly Lindsay Joiner for those of you from Deland who hadn't made the connection) lost her fight with brain cancer. She was just barely 32 years old and lived so much life in those years. I have known Lindsay basically my whole life. My first memories of her, her sister Shelly, and her cousin Ginny-Beth were from preschool age. Her mom was my 2nd grade teacher....and the person who gave me the name, Kate, until then I had never been called anything other than Katherine. 

We were involved in so many of the same things growing up, especially through church. She had the most incredible voice...the girl could sing! Lindsay also became my roommate in college. So much of my college experience was shaped by Lindsay. I transferred to FSU as a junior, when everyone had already formed friendships and settled in to routines. I knew hardly anyone. I moved in with Lindsay, to a fabulous apartment that I loved so much, with the best girls ever. I treasure my days from college and wouldn't trade them for the world. My involvement with the BCM at FSU was also heavily influenced by Lindsay, as she took me under her wing and introduced me to so many people there. I became friends with so many people, who are still so important to me today, as a direct result of Lindsay. She's actually the first person who ever bought me a Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit. Until Lindsay, I didn't even know that Chick-fil-A had breakfast. I think of her so often in that respect, and it's funny given the path my life has taken. 

She was diagnosed with brain cancer just over a year ago, and a few short months ago, things started to get much worse. It's been sad to watch from a distance and know that this invasive disease was slowly taking her life. While I know the family so well, and her sister, Shelly is one of my dearest friends, there have been two people in her life that I have been extremely burdened for during this time: her husband, Steve, and her mom, Debbie. Lindsay and Steve were married just 3 months after John and I. We got engaged at just about the same time. Knowing how I feel about my husband, I know the same love was in the center of Lindsay and Steve's relationship and it is heartbreaking to lose such a part of oneself. Steve loved Lindsay SO well. He really has been the best husband to her...showing a Christ-like, unconditional love to her that is just beautiful. 

I also have been grieving for her mom, Debbie. I am a mom...Karis is my first-born baby girl. Lindsay was Debbie's first-born baby girl. It doesn't matter that my baby is 22 months old, and that Debbie's baby is 32 years old. I know that losing a baby (at any age) is among the most horrific, heart-breaking things that could ever happen to anyone. My heart breaks that she has lost her baby girl. My dear friend Shelly has lost her only sister. Ginny-Beth has lost her sweet cousin...and to be honest they were much more like sisters than cousins. 

This is a picture from a few years ago. Lindsay is next to me, her sister Shelly is next to her, and her sweet cousin Ginny-Beth is all the way at the right. 
Please pray for the Joiner family during this time. They are among the most faithful and kind people I have ever known. I know full-well that they trust God whole-heartedly; and we know that Lindsay is now in peace, resting in the arms of Jesus. She no longer has any pain, discomfort, or loss of function. She is praising Jesus face to face. 

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