Sunday, December 10, 2006


Katy was not feeling well enough to make it to church today but we are having our small group from church over tonight for devotions and fellowship. We’re hoping Katy will feel up to joining us. She’s big on having company.

Yesterday in Lynchburg, the steel company making the new beams for the Freedom Tower (where the Twin Towers once stood) invited the public to come and sign the first new beams before they left for New York. The company, Banker Steel, made the original beams for the Twin Towers when they were built. Katy wanted to go to sign a beam. She wasn’t up for the hour-long drive but my friend, Linda, went with her grand-daughters for a family outing. Around four o’clock eleven-year-old Lindsey and nine-year-old Haley called Katy by cell phone to tell her the news that the girls had signed her name for her! It made Katy’s day. The girls were excited to do it for her and beside the name “Katy” I asked them to write 9/11/91. That date is significant to Katy as it was the day we drove her to Washington DC to the Immigration and Naturalization Service building, where she became an American citizen. While our family celebrates 9/11 for the freedoms Katy now enjoys, we also have a country remembering that date every year. It made us all aware that freedom is a precious gift that is bought with a price.

Thank you to the men and women and their families serving our country today, and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can continue to enjoy peace and freedom this Christmas. God bless your Christmastime celebrations with His very presence whether in your home or in Iraq or Afghanistan. We celebrate the freedom that Christ came to give us, freedom from all our sin and shame.

  1. Tiffany Allen Says:

    Hi Katy,

    Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I pray for you and think of you often. I love reading the blogs and hearing about the good days that you have been having. You are an amazingly strong person to have been through all that you have!! The Lord doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season filled with family and friends. God Bless you always.

    Your cousin,


  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    All I can say to that is Amen!!! My stepson just returned from Iraq, and we are very happy that he is home. And please tell Katy that I hope she is feeling better soon.
    Love In Him
    Karen Tillman

  3. Rich Kochendarfer Says:

    Katy and Dawn,
    I just returned home from being with my oldest son Kurt. He is a pilot in an F16 squadron stationed at Luke Air Force Base. Kurt is in the D.C. area through tomorrow to help with the military funeral of a friend and squadron member who was shot down north of Baghdad about two weeks ago. Major Troy Gilbert, was a professing Christian, strong and outspoken in his love for Christ and the gospel message. After being with Kurt and about 40 other members of the group who have come for the burial, I was amazed at the number of believing men and women who are remembering the blessing of having known this young man; those who learned from his example and loved the heart of Christ that He displayed. Troy leaves behind his wife Ginger and five children (9, 7, three year old twins and a newborn). Ginger’s testimony to God’s faithfulness has been strong but we know there are many difficult days ahead. Thank you both for remembering the men and women who serve us through their calling to the military. I, like Karen Tillman, am thankful my son is back from Iraq this holiday. But many are not returning. May the light of the gospel go forth into our own land as well as this dark part of the world; for only when Christ is preeminent will there be peace to men of good will. Katy, Rich was so happy to spend time with you and your folks at small group meeting last night! We delight in your days at home with family and continue in prayer for your health and thanksgiving for your successes.
    Mrs. K

  4. Jennifer :-) Says:

    Hi Katy,
    I’m sorry I couldn’t talk longer last night. It was nice to talk to you though!! I’m sorry you didn’t get to go to church yesterday and I hope that you get to feeling better soon. Get some sleep and I’ll talk to you later!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  5. Jen L. Says:


    I got the package you left with my mom. THANKS!! =) Annika will love having her own Gideon lamb. I’ll make sure she knows it was from you.

    Sorry you and your mom couldn’t come to the shower. I can’t wait for you to meet Annika.

    Hugs and prayers!

  6. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hope your feeling better today! I’ll echo the prayers for our service men and women (I grew up in a military family) and add a few more to it. Also pray for the many, many civilians serving overseas supporting our military. Many are civil service employees, but many others are contractors and often they don’t have the same kind of medical/emotional support to heal the wounds of war whether they be physical or psycological. Also, please pray for all the foreign correspondents covering the war. The top tier usually work for major news outlets and have some training about working in war zones as well as medical plans etc. But, covering a war is the fastest way to launch a career in journalism and thus there are many, many very young and very green journalists that take off for Iraq completely on their own. They work freelance for media outlets around the world. They don’t make a lot of money and they have no health insurance or benefits package etc. if anything happens to them. Yet, they’re adding an element of competition that keeps the coverage honest.

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