Kim's Prayer

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." --2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I love you, forever

(Kim passed away this day at 4:53 am. Kim could tell through the night some days ago that things had taken a turn for the worse, and dictated this last blog entry to me so that it could be published upon her passing).

There are no words that could ever convey the heartfelt love and kindness that you've shown me and my family through this and how much I appreciate it. Every prayer, every card, every note and every blog posting was a blessing to me. I know I will not be in pain anymore because I choose to trust the Man that gave his life for me and I know I've played a small part in God's plan.

I've been thinking for some time now, with all the events around the world that seem to point to the end times, that Jesus has called me a little ahead of the crowd to prepare me as a greeter for Heaven. I'll be a natural with my Flight Attendant skills.

I want each of you to know, that even though we all prayed for a different outcome, God's Word never failed me. I was always reminded that even Jesus prayed that 'this cup would pass,' and it did not.

For that, we are ALL Saved. And I pray I see all of you soon.

With all my love,



At 9/19/2007 06:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Know that our prayers for you and the kids will continue. We trust that the Lord will carry you forward. Peace be with you all.

Jeff and Shannon Puryear

At 9/19/2007 06:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark and family:
I can't even begin to type what I'm feeling this morning as I read the news of Kim's passing. I know she will be missed and we will all see her again one day.
I'll continue to pray for you and your family.
God Bless You!
Becky Smith

At 9/19/2007 06:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I feel so blessed to have been able to call Kim my friend. What a testimony she has shown us all. God bless you. Paula Panneck

At 9/19/2007 07:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the peace and comfort of Kim sustain Mark, Oliver, Lehman, Jackson, Mary Claire, Karen, Daniel, the Green family, the McNabb family and all the family members and friends who fought so hard with her. God gives us a strength we never imagined we had. Kim was a living testament to that. Our Love, The Wagners

At 9/19/2007 07:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark and family,
Even in the midst of illness and pain, Kim managed to comfort all of us and make us smile. What a celebration there must be in Heaven this morning! I will always be praying for your family.

At 9/19/2007 07:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark and children,
We were so sad to get the news this morning. Her faith was an inspiration to so many. We will continue to hold you and the children up in prayer. I pray that His peace will be very real and that he will wrap His arms around your family in this time of sorrow. Bridget and Mark Newman

At 9/19/2007 07:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I cannot express my sadness after reading the news of Kim's passing this morning.

Kim was a very special person and her witness for the Lord has been a blessing to many including me personally.

We continue to pray for you, the kids, Kim's parents and sister.

Melissa & Brian

At 9/19/2007 07:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only imagine!! Jay and Cathy

At 9/19/2007 07:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Lehman, Mary Claire, Oliver and Jackson and your family and friends. Kim's outlook through this has been such an awesome example of grace. God bless you all and give you strength.

The Batsons

At 9/19/2007 07:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were so sad at hearing the news today of Kim's passing. Although we are all grieved, we know that she is looking upon the face of God and that she is in no more pain. We will continue to lift you up in prayer, and if you need anything, please know that we are here for you. Kim, you will be missed..we love you.
The Haynes Family

At 9/19/2007 07:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mark and children,
We will continue to pray for your family. Peace be with you. There is an angel looking down from heaven on you.
Darin and Jill Kincannon

At 9/19/2007 07:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim walked the "Living Word" out!

"Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow."

Kim taught me how to live and how to die in Christ.

Mark, I pray for a protective hedge around you and whole family!

Love, Carol Bishop

At 9/19/2007 07:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim's faith has been a blessing that has drawn so many of the Lord's children closer to Him. I pray that God will give me her grace when He decides it is my time to move directly into His presence. I love Kim and I rejoice that she is now in His arms. Thank you Kim for teaching me so much about faith, love and commitment. Thank you God for sharing your most precious daughter with me. I look forward to the day that my friend will greet me in Heaven. I will never forget you Kim. These tears running down my cheeks are not for you because I know you are no longer hurting, but are instead for the ones you leave behind. We will continue to pray for your precious family and will always be available to help meet their needs. Love, Tara F.

At 9/19/2007 07:45:00 AM, Anonymous stacey johnson said...

"And Lord, haste the day when our faith shall be sight; the clouds be rolled back as the scroll.

The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, even so, it is well with my soul."

Kim's faith has now become sight. It was truly well with her soul. How we pray that the loving arms of Jesus wrap around you now in comfort and grace.

Stacey & Robbie Johnson & kids

At 9/19/2007 08:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are no words to express how truly saddened we are by the passing of Kim. We will never forget her smile and her spirit. We feel blessed to have witnessed her love for the Lord. We pray for all of you at this time...her strong husband, sweet children, loving parents, devoted sister and all of her wonderful girlfriends. We pray the Lord will give all of you a peace that nothing else can and that HIS grace will rain down upon you. She will be missed so very much.
All our love,
The Orr family

At 9/19/2007 08:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How precious of our sweet Kim to think of all of us in her last moments, to use her strength to create this blog. Mark and family even though it is a very hard time for you, know how blessed you are to have had this angel in your lives here on earth, and know that she will be your guardian angel in heaven, waiting for you and all of us to join her. My prayers will not cease for you and the kids Mark, for Kim's sister and family and for her parents. You are all loved and cherished by many. God bless and keep you during this time of bittersweet sorrow.
Love To All Of You,
Michael, Linda Jacob and Lauren Goad

At 9/19/2007 08:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again Kim intends her words to be a comfort to those around her. I pray a giant, cozy blanket of peace around Mark, the kids, both of their familes and the COUNTLESS friends who have rallied, prayed, laughed and cried with the families and each other.


At 9/19/2007 08:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying that God would supply your every need in the days ahead. May he comfort your family and give you strength to make it thru each day. I never knew Kim personally, but she has changed my life forever. What a legacy she has left for her children.

May you sense God's peace and love in a greater way today.
~The Willhite's

At 9/19/2007 08:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a priviledge to have known Kim, and through her, to see God's love. We stand by, and lift each of you in prayer knowing God will grant you His peace which passes all understanding.

Erin & Nathaniel

At 9/19/2007 08:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

STILL IS MY SOUL by Jill Phillips

When the storm clouds dark and gray threaten to rain
Still is my soul, Still is my soul
When the waves come crashing in to wash me away
Still is my soul, Still is my soul

When the winter wind starts blowing in
Freezing over every stream
There’s a peace that passes understanding
Flowing like a current beneath
Still is my soul, Still is my soul, Still is my soul

Even when the whole world turns against me and there’s nowhere to hide
Still is my soul, Still is my soul
I know the greatest treasures aren’t found in this life
Still is my soul, Still is my soul

When the trials of this world rise against me
I will face them all unafraid
There’s a peace that passes understanding
Coursing through the blood in my veins
Still is my soul, Still is my soul, Still is my soul

When these lungs take in their last breath it won’t be goodbye
Still is my soul, Still is my soul
Though my time on earth is over my love is alive
And Still is my soul

Still is my soul, Still is my soul, Still is my soul
Still is my soul, Still is my soul, Still is my soul
Still is my soul

At 9/19/2007 08:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love to you and all of your family, Mark. We will truly miss Kim and her beautiful, radiant smile. I can't help but think how awesome her arrival must be in heaven. I'm praying for you to have rest, comfort and peace today.
Amy E.

At 9/19/2007 08:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love you all and are here if you need anything. Kim has truly been a blessing and an inspiration to us. We are praying for you all.
The Pierce Family

At 9/19/2007 08:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family at this time. Oh how I can imagine how the angels burst into joyful song at the moment she joined them. May God Bless & Keep you all.

Christy Brannon

At 9/19/2007 08:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are all in my prayers. I have some great memories of Kim and know that she has made this earth such a better place. I send you my love and comfort from Dallas. I will continue to send my prayers to all of you.

Chris Williams

At 9/19/2007 08:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call from Troy this morning, at first I was overwhelmed with sadness at your passing. We are all blessed to have known you and the joy you brought to our lives. I know you are no longer in pain, and that you have already made heaven a better place. We love you with all out hearts,and know the legacy of your love will live on in your children until the end of time. I will pray for your family in the coming months but I feel your love and joy in the sun this morning. I love you Kim , please watch out for all of us , we will see you soon .

Love always ,

Shaun DuBois

At 9/19/2007 08:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How like it is of Kim to be thinking of all of us, even now. We will always miss her smile and her sweet spirit, but how we can rejoice for her today! She's with our Lord now and will be waiting to see us. Mark, Oliver, Jackson, Lehman, Mary Claire, Greens, Blasingames - we love you and will be here for anything you may need, you will be in our prayers daily. Kim, thank you for being the friend that you were, for showing us how to truly live our lives for Christ, regardless of our circumstances. I love you and will miss you, but will see you again. Allison

At 9/19/2007 08:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark and family-

It's so hard to find words to say right now. What a battle Kim and your entire family has fought for the past few years. Even though it's now how we hoped it would turn out, Kim is the ultimate winner this morning as she arrived in heaven. How glorious! I know she is wearing that beautiful smile and looking radiant - there is no more pain, sorrow or worry. Her legacy will live on - she left it with you all and with the rest of us and our community. She will always be remembered as giver, lover, fighter and most of all follower of Christ. Thank you, Kim, for sharing your journey with us!
God's peace to you all-
The Roscoe Family

At 9/19/2007 09:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not know Kim personally, but have been blessed by reading her blog. It was evident by her writings that she was a strong christian. I know she is pain free now. God bless your family.

At 9/19/2007 09:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so grateful to have known a friend like Kim. Her joy and trust in God made a difference in our lives. We will continue to pray for you, Mark, and all the family, as you walk through the days ahead.
The Groves

At 9/19/2007 09:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a witness of stength and faith in God all of you have been. God bless you.

At 9/19/2007 09:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of Kim's family-
I am deeply saddened at Kim's passing. I know there are no words that can ever take away your pain, but I hope these words shared here will give you some comfort. I remember meeting Kim when Oliver was a baby. Even though I hadn't seen her in a few years, I thought of her often and read her blog almost daily. She was one of the most amazing people I have ever met. I will continue praying for the family and friends that are left behind, not to grieve, but to rejoice in having known such a wonderful and caring person. Much love to you all.

At 9/19/2007 09:27:00 AM, Anonymous Cindy Sisson said...

I did not have the pleasure of meeting this fine lady, but after reveiwing this site and knowing the commitment friends like Blair has made...she is one lucky lady. I hope I get to sit in first class on Kym's plane when I go to heaven.

God bless Kim and her family and freinds!

At 9/19/2007 09:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was driving to work this morning thinking about you and praying for you when Troy called to give me the news about Kim. As a husband and father, you have been on my mind and in my prayers. I know that you will cherish Kim's life and legacy through your 4 beautiful children. The Burns family loves you all and we will continue to lift you up in the days ahead.


At 9/19/2007 09:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his godly ones"

Kim is going to be missed so much here, but the angels in heaven are rejoicing. (As well as our dear friend, Amy Osment) I am so sorry for your loss and all who adored Kim. It hurts.

In His Hands,
Tracey H. Parker

At 9/19/2007 09:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is overwhelmed, I will pray for all of you during this time of grief. What a precious and courageous warrior she was, and her last words were for others. God said this morning, well done my good and faithful servant. I will run hard for Kim at the end of this month in the Amarillo Race for the Cure!!
Nan Deal

At 9/19/2007 09:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hard to remember that even as we cry Heaven rejoices at a daughter coming home. Kim's legacy lives on through her family and through her ministry.
We will continue to pray for all of you for comfort, peace and healing.

At 9/19/2007 09:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be..." Oh, how I wish I were closer in proximity! I am so glad I got to hold and hug Kim real good at the ball park when y'all were here for Oliver's tournament. Thank God for all His angels all around who will be ministering to you all in the coming days. Your whole family is so loved. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Mark. You are an angel yourself.Blanche

At 9/19/2007 09:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I did not know Kim very well. But I admired her for her faith and courage. She was a warrior.

At 9/19/2007 09:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And the soul takes flight to the world which is invisible, where she is sure to find bliss, and dwell forever in Paradise".

We are comforted in knowing that our sweet friend, Kim, is celebrating seeing our Savior face to face today. What JOY!

Still, we grieve with you, Mark, Oliver, Jackson, Lehman, and Mary Claire. We will keep you in our prayers, praying the Fathers loving arms around you.

With much love,
the Gestring Family

At 9/19/2007 09:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim's graceful life of courage and faith will continue to inspire us all. We will never forget her "life song". Thank you for this precious gift.
Angie Murrey

At 9/19/2007 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mark and family,
Thank you for allowing us to be along for the journey - for sharing precious Kim with us and for posting her last message. She continues to amaze me in her grace and courage and I am changed for knowing her. My heart is heavy and grieves for all of you and all of the many, many people who were lucky enough to call Kim a friend. What peace it gives me to know that Kim is going to be greeting us when we walk thru those gates!

Through the good times and bad, He is God Alone and He is on His Throne.....with a new, beautiful angel at His feet.

Praying for your strength, peace, comfort and that Jesus will hold you so tightly today and always.

Alicia Brooks

At 9/19/2007 10:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the song "Come to Jesus"

...And with your final heartbeat kiss the world goodbye. Then go in peace and laugh on Glory's side and Fly to Jesus, Fly to Jesus, Fly to Jesus and live!

God's peace be with you today!
The Watts Family

At 9/19/2007 10:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am deeply sorry for your loss in a wife and a mother. Here at the church we have lost an enthuastic church memeber and an amazing volunteer. Kim was such a fun and loving person and as we are all sadened, I can only imagine that she is having a wonderful, pain free time in the Glory of God in Heaven!
Kim, I will see you there so save me some cake!
Shannon May

At 9/19/2007 10:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I am Sara Spikes Heflin's daughter and Mary Nell King's granddaughter all of Pocahontas. We lost Mom exactly 1 month ago to her long battle with Breast cancer as well. Although few things can comfort you I have found some comfort in knowing that they are healthy and pain free in Heaven. Just as Kim said she will be a blessing to Heaven welcoming others just as my Mom was able to help welcome her. The tears and pain will continue just as mine do today but our children will help us to continue. You will continue to be in our prayers. Love, Elizabeth Farmer (Benton, AR)

At 9/19/2007 11:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the McNabb, Green and Blansingame families,

We were not every fortunate enough to meet Kim, but our family has forever been touched by her life and spirit. What an amazing legacy this woman has left for her husband and 4 precious children. May God's peace be with you today, and forever. We will continue to pray for your families.

At 9/19/2007 11:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim has such a beautiful spirit and though we are deeply saddened by her passing, I know the angels are rejoicing just to have her home.

We love you, Kim! You have forever touched our lives and we will miss you!

At 9/19/2007 11:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May god bless your family in the days ahead with the knowledge that Kim will be with you again one day. I will be praying for you all.
C. Smith

At 9/19/2007 11:08:00 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

Your family is in my prayers. Take comfort that she is sitting at our sweet Jesus' feet praising Him for all her days now. Her pain is gone, her battle has concluded, and she has recieved the crown of glory that God promised to her. I will continue to pray for you and your children. Hold tight to Him, He alone can stregthen and comfort you.

At 9/19/2007 11:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark and family
What a fellowship what a joy devine, leaning on the Everlasting Arms. I know that is what Kim is doing right now.
God be with you all,
Love and prayers

At 9/19/2007 11:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 9/19/2007 11:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for your family. Know that people want to wrap their arms around you all. Let us help in any way. Continue to trust in God during this most difficult time. Kim is our faith hero!
Marc and Lisa

At 9/19/2007 11:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, God Bless you and your kids. Thank you so much for thinking of us this morning. Your entire family is amazing. Thanks for being a good husband and father. KIm was and is so proud of her family.

Kim, I love you and know you already know how i feel without writing it. I guess it is therapy for me. Sis, there is not a day that you don't continue to put a smile on my face (even through tears). You have that amazing quality. There are so many memories. My entire life changed the day i met you. I am so proud, happy, and sad at the same time. What a sad day for some, but what a happy day for you. I picture you as you have always been. Laughing and Happy. I love you and will always miss you, and will always smile when i think of you. That is the only way i know when it comes to you. How awesome it must be. Love,

At 9/19/2007 12:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No words can express how deeply saddened we are by Kim's passing. Her witness for the lord has been such a beautiful blessing for me and my family. May God comfort you, Mark and your family at this very difficult time.
In Him,
Mark & Karen Jones

At 9/19/2007 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all are in our prayers as we grieve Kim's passing. What a blessing it was for me to have visited with her for just a short time at the Fort Smith ballfields this summer. Thank you, Mark, for sharing Kim with us through this blog. God surely spoke to you when you created it. Your family has been an example of the Christian faith...lived out loud! May the Lord keep you in His loving care in the days to come.
In Christ,
Jennifer and Chris Baltz

At 9/19/2007 12:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found a card that said 'Imagine yourself and all of your sorrow embraced in the arms of love.' I immediately thought of your family. Kim gave so much love, and there is SO much love for her and you. I pray that you will feel it and be comforted by it. Wade and Candace

At 9/19/2007 01:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words just can't express how heavy our hearts feel today. Kim was the perfect example of the type of person and Christian that we all aspire to be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our arms and hearts are open to help you in any way that you might need in the coming months. May he bless you and yours during this very difficult time.
In Christian Love,
Anthony & Kimberly Minton

At 9/19/2007 01:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim's life radiated and reflected the Love of Christ. As her body grew weaker, the light of that love shone brighter. She greatly inspired all of us to love each other more, love God more, and to bring Him honor and glory in the way we live our lives.
Christ said that to love your neigbor as yourself is the greatest of the commandments.
Thank you, Kim, for giving us such a great example of how to keep that commandment.


At 9/19/2007 01:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been forever touched because Kim chose to share her triuphms and tributations and how through all of it God is soveriegn and loves deeply those who love Him. Praying for you and your family that He would meet every need. Ashley and Greg Thurman

At 9/19/2007 02:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are no words that can express the emotional roller coaster that all of us feel- at once grateful that Kim is no longer in pain and at the same time so sad for the passing of a beautiful young life. We can say that she made an impact on all our lives and was such a strong example of "letting go and letting God." We all will do well to learn from her graceful strength. Our hearts and prayers are with the whole family as you lean on each other. Love, Brigette

At 9/19/2007 03:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mark and family,

The Wednesday morning Bible study group has heard the news today. We reflected that it was a morning of Bible study when we found out about Kim's illness... and once again, a morning of Bible study when we found out her battle had ended. It was amazing(in each of those situations) that God put us together to share our feelings and our prayers collectively.

Please know what a blessing Kim has been in our lives... and how much we share your sorrow now.

"The Wednesday Warriors"

At 9/19/2007 04:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for thinking of all of us at your greatest time of need. We, too, will miss Kim dearly. I imagine she has already taken on her new job as an angel with the strength, vigor, and love that she performed all her jobs here on earth. Our family will still pray for you and the kids to receive comfort and hope.

Karen Roe

Dear Lehman,
I am sorry about your mom. I wish I could give you a hug.

Grace Roe

At 9/19/2007 04:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You and Kim have been such an inspiration. Throughout all of the trying times, you all kept praising God. Your spirits must have been so strong to keep picking yourselves up with all you were faced with.

We were blessed with the three years we had in Sunday School class with you all!

We have been praying for you all every day and will continue to pray for you and the kids.

We love you and miss you,

Rob and Tabitha Delaney

At 9/19/2007 04:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mark,
My kids and I will say prayers for you and your family. Kim was such a blessing to know.

At 9/19/2007 04:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mark:

Although we did not know Kim well, Please know she and you, Mary Claire. Lehman, Oliver and the kids have been in our prayers and will continue to be in the days ahead. Love and Prayers
Doug, LeAnne, Luke, Lauren and Danielle Imrie

At 9/19/2007 04:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Kim may be gone but she will never be forgotten! She lives in the faces of those four precious kids. I can still see her smiling face in the halls of the school. She always had a kind word to say. I'm so glad that I had a chance to know Kim. She is such an inspiration to us all! I'm so glad that she got to go on that field trip to Little Rock this past April with Jackson. I will continue to pray for you and your precious family and may you find comfort in knowing that Kim is no longer suffering and that you will one day see her again. The Mullins Family

At 9/19/2007 05:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, Children, and Family-- We are saddened to hear of Kim's passing. What an amazing witness she was and the impact she has had on others as well as her love for and faith in Christ will always be remembered. May God's peace and love surround your family. Jon and Nancy Moore

At 9/19/2007 06:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 9/19/2007 06:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The greatest hope we can have in this mortal life is to touch another's soul. How blessed Kim is! Reading these comments shows that she has touched many souls, those known to her and those unknown. My her family be comforted by knowing that her life and yes even her pain was not in vain, she played a vital role in showing others how to live and to die - by believing that no matter what, God was with her - that is faith. Today Kim stands in the light and the love of God and all of us are richer for her having lived and for her sharing her faith with us. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and rise in glory.

At 9/19/2007 06:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark and children, every posting to this blog is a true testimony of how Kim and your family has truely touched each and every one of us. One of God's angels on earth was called Home to her true calling, as Kim said, she will be preparing a place for us when we get to Heaven. Kim taught all of us the true meaning of being a christian, showing love even in her last hour. It is my prayer this time will be one of comfort to you and your family, knowing in the strength of Kim's faith, she is with our Heavenly Father. He stretched out His loving arms to her and welcomed her. May His loving arms be around all of you at this time. Ann, Donnie, Dylan and Lauren Hatcher

Lehman, I am sad to hear about your loss. I will pray for you. Your friend, Dylan

At 9/19/2007 07:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear mcnabb family.

i am very sory about your loss. i love your family very much and oliver has always brought a sile to the youth group.. i pray wiht all my heart and soul for you guys and always will.....

with all the love and sorrow in my heart, Abbeigh Rainwater

At 9/19/2007 08:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, Oliver, Jackson, Lehman, Mary Claire, family and extended family,

Kim will always live in your heart, in your memories, and in the way you see the world. May you find comfort in her soft presence all around you.

I will miss her testimony. She was a blessing to me.

Karla Preston

At 9/19/2007 09:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark and family,
Kim was an angel on earth. A very best friend to my sister and her family. I know my mom is greeting her in heaven. May your family have peace and her special memories live forever. In God's name.

At 9/19/2007 09:14:00 PM, Blogger Fran said...

Hi Mark and children,
We have never met but I feel like I know you and Kim so well. My mother had the privilege of being in Bible study with Kim these last couple of years so I had the joy of listening to my mother tell stories of faith and love for Jesus in your wife and mom.

What a woman she was! I don't think I can clearly articulate the impact she had on me....a complete stranger....I pray that my faith be that of Kim's. To praise Him in the storms....whew! That is a hard one, but Kim did so beautifully. Her eyes and heart were always on Jesus.

I pray for His comfort, love and peace to cover you and that His presence be so strong. His grace and mercy is sufficient for you for each day. His mercy is new every morning. I pray for your children. They have her within themselves and she will live on! HALLELUJAH!

I can only imagine what the heavenlys were like today. How we wish she could tell us the glory that awaits us. We are jealous with a Godly jealousy.

You will be prayed for always. May God bless you Mark and your precious children.
In Him....

At 9/19/2007 09:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Rob & I are praying for you and the children! Kim has forever left an imprint on my heart! I pray that you feel God's love all around you.

Much Love,
Tabitha & Rob

At 9/19/2007 09:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim was a lovely young lady as a teenager. She always had a smile. I remember Kim and a group of her high school classmates discussing their future a few months before graduation. Kim said she just wanted to make a difference. Even though her life ended at a very young age, her blog postings have been pure blessings for so many. Kim made a difference. May God hold, comfort and guide her family during this very difficult time.
Geraldine and Jerry Looney

At 9/19/2007 09:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will always remember Mrs. Kim and her incredible faith she had! She is definatley one of my role models! I will always strive to be like that! You and your family are in my prayers. God will help you through this :)
God Bless, Tiffany Delaney

At 9/19/2007 09:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not have the privilige of knowing Kim when she was well, I met her and her amazing family when she became a patient on our floor last Thursday. I have been inspired reading her blogs that tell of her love for her family and her Savior. She was a warrior and she had her family fighting right beside her. She can rest now. I am so sorry for your loss but I know that Heaven has a new angel and her name is Kim. Thank you for sharing this blog site and allowing me to get a glimpse of the person that Kim was. God Bless your family. Diana Neldon LPN, One Main, St. Bernards Hospital.

At 9/19/2007 10:02:00 PM, Anonymous Joe and Margo Hafner said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kim is an inspiration to all for the approach she took to this challenge.

At 9/19/2007 10:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Precious McNabb Family,
We learned so much from Kim. God spoke to us all through her. Thank you all for sharing her with all of us; she lives in our hearts as inspiration and blessing. Fondly, The Dunn Family

At 9/20/2007 12:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mark and Family,

We cannot express the deep sadness we feel for you now. We can be thankful though that Kim is no longer suffering and she is with our Lord. Kim was such a blessing to everyone she met, and through her illness she has led such a ministry that has changed lives forever. She had wisdom beyond her years, and she truly and completely put her life and her family in God's hands. What an inspiration! May you feel the strong presence of God's arms wrapped tightly around you, giving you comfort, courage, love and direction. Love, Bud and Tammy Kennedy

At 9/20/2007 04:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark and family,
As I sit and read all of the amazing comments in this blog, I realize that we are all experiencing the same emotions ranging from extreme sadness to pure joy beyond words - all at the same time. The inspiration she became and will forever continue to be for others, in our community and beyond, is phenomenal. As a former teacher mentioned that Kim's goal was to make a difference, well Praise God! that so many were able to experience and participate in her purpose. In the coming days and years, with no doubt, you have a pure guardian angel to watch over and care for you and your family from above. Valerie & Brian Fielder

At 9/20/2007 06:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark and family,
What a legacy Kim has left behind. She has taught us all that we can have peace and joy through difficult days when our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ. We will miss her radiant smile but her radiance will shine upon all of you from heaven. Lara & Harry Hurst

At 9/20/2007 07:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mark and children,

What a wonderful gift Kim was to everyone! She taught us more in the past 3 years than most have in a lifetime. Heaven will be so lucky to have her! You as always are in our prayers every day.
Mac, Rachael, Finley and Dempsey McKee

At 9/20/2007 08:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family has been in our prayers for some time. I know that this has been a difficult time (for the past few years) for the entire family as well as Kim. But you all have been a tremendous witness for the Lord God Almighty! I praise God for Kim and your family. "I can only imagine" what Kim saw as she entered heaven. And as a born again Christian, I look forward to seeing her there someday. I pray that the Lord surrounds your family with the everlasting love that only God can give. I pray also for strength for you all in the days ahead. Please know that you all have been an incredible inspiration.

At 9/20/2007 09:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Death of my Childhood

I lost my childhood at 40 years of age. Not suddenly but gradually as a maple leaf bursting into glory then fading and falling into the ground. I knew Kim Green was different when I saw her slid Pete Rose style into 1st base in PE in 8th grade. The parsonage she lived in was always open and welcome to all who felt the need for good company and conversation. Mary Green’s managed to smile despite the mischief we got into and we learned a lot along the way. Seasons came and past and in time we drifted apart the ball games, trials and tribulations of our past distant memories.

We had children of our own to raise, mortgages to pay and success to achieve. Reunions were far and few between, yet dreams frequently took me back to game day Fridays with the players and cheerleaders dressed out and eager for the action Friday night would bring. We learned to love and had great plans for the future. Several of us have stumbled and fell through life’s journey but we always got up and walked it off till today. Today we all realized our mortality as we lost one of our own. Someone, we loved that brought great joy to our lives, showed us that faith can overcome the fear of death and there is promise in the future.

Kim, I will think of you when I go to ball games in the fall, when I see my son or daughter awestruck with puppy love in junior high. When I see your likeness in the face of your children. I will see your smile and here you laugh in a group of teenage girls standing in the hall of some distant junior high. But more importantly I will remember the example you set in the face of the inevitable to inspire us all and turn to him in times of despair. Good bye Kim and God Bless

At 9/20/2007 09:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear McNabb Family,
Your family will continue to be in my prayers. I know how much everyone in Jonesboro will miss her. Kim has been such a great gift. She has gone through this journey with such grace and love. Thank you for sharing Kim with us. God Bless You
Janie Tanner Clark
Nashville Tn.

At 9/20/2007 10:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious children. I began keeping up with Kim's
blog when I read about her in the Reflections of Faith magazine. Please know that she has been an inspiration to me and truly touched my heart. May God comfort you at this difficult time....


At 9/20/2007 10:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear McNabb Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I didn't know kim personally, her website and blogs have been an Memory itself. Your family and the children will be in my thoughts and prayers.

At 9/20/2007 11:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 9/20/2007 11:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest McNabb family,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I only knew Kim through my working at FUMC and I baby-sat for you guys a couple of times when Oliver and Jackson were younger. I will always remember Kim's beautiful smile and warm greetings whenever we would see each other. She was always so thoughtful and pleasant. I will miss her very much. My eyes filled with tears when I saw Oliver, Jackson,Lehman, and Mary Claire last night at the fair. Even though she was not physically there, I know she was there in spirit and that gave me great joy. They are all so very beautiful and remind me so much of Kim. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Shannon Barnes

At 9/20/2007 01:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be thankful for the time you had. I too lost a mother at the age of 9 to breast cancer, she was 30! While reading your wifes/mothers blog it reminded me alot of how my mother was. She was a woman of faith that knew her time would be gone to soon. Keep your heads up kiddo's and always know you have something wonderful waiting for you on the other side.

It will be hard at times to deal, but just know that your mother is shining down on you everynight! If you ever need to talk to her just talk to the brightest star!!!

At 9/20/2007 02:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please forgive me but I stumbled up on Kim’s Blog I felt compelled to leave a brief comment because I became captured by her courage, spirit and faith. Although I never had the blessing of meeting Kim, or her family, I can tell that she was truly a blessing to all that knew her. After having the opportunity to read through her blog postings, in some small way I like think I knew her also and for that I feel truly grateful.
May GOD comfort you and your family with the peaceful knowledge that Kim is safe and pain free in his presence.

GOD Bless.

~a friend in Christ.

Isaiah 40:31
”but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

At 9/20/2007 02:46:00 PM, Anonymous ginger Hufstedler said...

I am so so deeply sorry for your loss. I saw you and Kim for the first time this summer since graduation. I had no idea she was sick. I was so glad to see the two of you. Now thankful...
Kim was one of the funniest people I had ever talked to in school. We had a few classes together, and she always made me laugh. What a gift to have??
Please know that and you're family will be in my prayers.
Sincerely, Ginger Hufstedler

At 9/20/2007 03:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McNabb Family, I have been so touched with the blog that kim has left. I did not know her personally, but had the oppurtunity to care for her recently. I can only pray for you and those around you for these days that are to come. I pray that I can grow spiritually and shine of commitment and faith as she has. Welcome home my child, job well done is what I long to hear when it is time to meet my Savior and I know that this is what Kim was rewarded with. I pray that you will feel Gods peace.-In Christian love- a nurse from 1main

At 9/20/2007 04:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh and I really enjoyed getting to know ya'll during baseball this summer. I have never known anyone as strong as Kim. She touched my life and she will be missed. We pray everyday for ya'll to have peace. I know she is rejoicing with the Lord!!

The Fletcher Family

At 9/20/2007 04:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mark,

I am so sorry to hear about Kim. I can tell by the blogs that she was a woman of strong faith and she has left a great legacy for her family.

I remember cheering with Kim and she was always laughing or being silly about something.

You and your children are in my prayers.

God Bless,

Kathy Hogan Rinchuso

At 9/20/2007 04:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayer for Kim's family: "For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all they ways." Psalms 91:11

At 9/20/2007 08:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Mark, if only I could give you a big hug right now. As you know, you have ALWAYS been precious to me. Knowing the sadness you, your sweet children and family are experiencing stirs all sorts of emotions within me. I will have as much of Austin, TX, praying for you as I can.

With any dark, there is light....and the light here is SHINING. Kim was such a strong Christian and while I know you are all sad, we also take comfort in knowing that you feel peace as Jesus celebrates his newest angel.

You'll be together again, that is for sure. Take much comfort in that. I'm going to pay you a visit on my next trip to Newport. Take good care of yourself, Oliver, Jackson, Lehman & Maryclair -- you guys are INCREDIBLY loved.
~Donna Pankey Campbell

At 9/20/2007 09:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, though I never met Kim, I am struck by her last words; "I love you...". I am personally convinced that these three words are the strongest words in the English language. Clearly, Kim was a special lady to articulate this as her last thought. Remarkable. Simply remarkable.

Hang on to those words; you will need them. You now are challenged to be "your kid's Mom" as well as their Dad. That would be no small challenge.

Grace & Peace

At 9/20/2007 10:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mark,

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It is obvious Kim was a wonderful person and special to so many people.

Alecia Weeden

At 9/21/2007 08:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mark, Oliver, Jackson, Lehman, and Mary Claire,

We have all of you in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.

I am so blessed & honored to have known Kim and admire her in every way. Kim's love continues to live on this earth through our hearts - her memory will be honored through stories of her amazing love she shared with so many, many, people.

With Love,
Angela, Rachel, Sophie, Tasha

At 9/21/2007 11:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so saddened to hear about Kim. I've read her blog for several months now and you have all been in my prayers! What a wonderful person and mother she was! I know that she will live on in your 4 children. I know that we are all only on this earth for a short while and only GOD knows what that time frame is and like Kim said - he needed there a little earlier than the rest of us!

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Cindy (Cook) Prichard & family

At 9/21/2007 03:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just learned about this on the KAIT website and am so saddened. It led me here to Kim's blogs and I am amazed at the women she was and her hope, faith and inspiration to so many people. I wish I could have known her but I learned alot about her through her blogs.

Heaven has gained an angel. My prayers go out to her family and friends.

At 9/21/2007 07:56:00 PM, Anonymous Jodi & Janet Waters said...

Jackson & Family,
This is from Jodi Waters and her mom. Jodi was Jackson's favorite buddy in kindergarten.
Remember the girl with the blonde, curly hair who loved frogs? Well, she still loves frogs and remembers you as a really cool guy to hang out with! :)
We have read your mom's blog and we have prayed for you and your family. We are so sad for you right now. Your mom was a very amazing person and we learn how to be better Christians every day because of how she lived her life. We will continue to pray for you and your family. Jodi tells me that Jackson will probably be famous one day...and I think she means that because you always have had such a HUGE heart for truly received that from your mom! We again want you to know we care so much about you and your family. We love you Jackson!
In Christ's Love,
Jodi Waters and her mom

At 9/23/2007 09:55:00 AM, Anonymous beverly said...


I found all of the pictures of our two families at the beach in Destin. That was such a great trip. Little did we know that our lives would change in just a matter of months. I'm keeping one of the picturs from that trip in my bible. I want Kim kind of faith!!! I want to so glorify Him in everything just like Kim did. she is my hero!!!I am so blessed to have known her. I love your family and always want to be friends with you all.I'm so sorry for your pain thru this. May God just wrap his loving arms around you!! I pray that He sends his angels to suround your family and to keep you all safe. I pray that He just becomes so real in your life in such a bigger way than you ever though possible. I pray for peace through this storm. May He be the God of all comfort to you.I pray that he surrounds you with His love and holds you gently in the palm of His hand.

The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has annointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lords favor and the day of vengence of our God,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning , and a garmet of praise instead of despair.
Isaiad 61:1-3

I can just hear Kim saying these words.

You are all so precious. May God walk with you today.
Love, Beverly and the rest of the Reinholtz crew

At 9/24/2007 10:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about your lost, i've lost both of parents a fews years back, my prayers are with you and your family,i didn't know your mother but i just started to read some of the stuff that people left you all and they love you guys so much and they will always keep you all in there hearts. i will keep you all in my heart as well, take care of youselfs and keep God in your paryers...Lisa

At 9/24/2007 11:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McNabb Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We only just met your family this summer at the ball diamonds. We had just moved to the area and Kim was quick to introduce herself and invite us to attend church with you. She was very sweet, and always had a wonderful smile on her face as she watched Lehman play ball. May God give you continued strength.

The Youngs

At 9/25/2007 02:58:00 PM, Blogger antti said...

Kim, Mark,

thank you ever so much for sharing your faith with your friends and a greater community.

My regards and regrets in your sorrow, also to Victor, Mary & Karen,

Antti Ruotoistenmaki

Hei hei, Kim

At 10/10/2007 03:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry for you lost in every way. I just want to say... I love you and don't feel like there is a hole in the house because god comfers and can cover any hole, even how big or specail that hole is. I love you so much although you havent seen me, I have seen you in alot of pictures your mommy showed me and my family. I love you all and my god protect you and cofurt you!

Britt Andres


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