I hope this finds you all well. It’s been some time since I wrote a blog. Courtney would tell me I’m a horrible blogger. Which I am, but that’s ok.
As many of you know the holidays through the end of January are the hardest time for me.
Thursday will be January 24th once again. The day my baby whet home to be with the Lord.
May 2 is the other time of the year that is difficult to get through. It is a bitter sweet day as we mourn for Kelsey, but celebrate for her twin sister. Yes I am crying as I type that. It doesn’t hurt any less, even though it has been 8 years.
As many of you know, my baby was killed in a car accident where distracted driving played a role in her death. A cell phone was the distraction and Kelsey was the one distracted.
As many of you know, I think I am one of the biggest distracted driving advocates anywhere.
This year it is a little more sensitive to me. You see, Kelsey's twin sister is getting married. Did you know that she, the twin, will NOT have a maid of honor because it was supposed to be Kelsey. This breaks my heart. But also makes me proud of her twin for honoring her sister.
You see, being distracted and driving isn’t worth it. You may see it as just my heart breaking, but it has a ripple effect for everyone that loved her. 5 years ago, I didn’t think about Kelsey’s twin getting married and not having Kel with her. But that time has come and it hurts even more.
I continue to write about this for 2 reasons.
1.) To show how important it is for EVERYONE to not drive distracted. It’s not just kids. I see it every day in this small town. Actually, I see more adults driving distracted, usually with a phone in their hands, than I do teens. To this I say “SHAME ON YOU.” You do NOT have a "You are safe" card just because of you age.
No phone call, text, tweet, snapchat, eating, drinking, etc is worth the pain that my family and I have had to go through for years.
You who know me know, I will continue to fight for laws, for educating, for car makers to make the cars less distracted, until the day I die.
2.) That even though my heart is forever broken, I have learned that God is with me. And He will never leave my side.
In Philippines Chapter 1 verses 21 -24 is exactly how I feel.
“For to me, living means living with God and dying is even better. But, if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ (and Kelsey), which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.”
This is what Paul wrote while imprisoned.
I know the Lord wants me to stay on this earth to bring as many people to the Lord. To save lives, literally and spiritually. He also wants you to save lives literally (Don’t drive distracted) and spiritually. Read the Bible, Pray to Him, ask Him to come into your heart. Help me, save lives.
Inclosing, I ask that you pray for me and my family this week. I also ask you to maybe say Happy 8th Birthday in Heaven to Kelsey. On Thursday, January 24th at 3:38 I will be saying it and sending balloons up in the sky.
I pray that each and every one of you ask the Lord to come into your heart. That you have the relationship with Him that I have. And that we all meet in Heaven one day.