Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Catching Up, Baby News, Haiti

Hi All,
Since my father and mother-in-law died in August, blogging hasn't really been something I've been very interested in. I tried once to write about how my father passed away and the events that had taken place. It was too painful and too personal (for me) to share. It was horribly traumatic for me. In short, my father had collapsed in front of me and I administered CPR. He was trying to breathe on his own when the the paramedics arrived and had an irregular heartbeat. He was taken off machines at the hospital later and officially passed on at 8:16 pm. The date? 8/16/09. It was God's timing to take him to Heaven. It was only seven days after my mother-in-law had passed on from cancer. My husband was still in South Africa the day my father died. It was a horrific time for us.
God has provided much healing to our family. I'm trying to keep this short and not get back into the reminiscing mode because I need to stay out of that "zone." It was truly traumatic for me and I often dream and imagine that day in my head and it is very painful. Focusing on other things and what lies ahead and is present has really helped me to heal.

In November, we learned we are having another baby. I'm in my fourth month now, with our fourth child. My younger brother and his wife are having twins about two months before us.
As a friend wrote, she personally knows the restorative power of new life.
Amen.

We are part of BEM HAITI, an already established ministry to Haiti.
Please visit to support this ministry. As I write it, the US director for BEM Haiti is in Les Cayes, bringing food and aid to refugees from Port-au-Prince.
BEM HAITI
or see us on Facebook
Bethesda Evangelical Mission in Haiti. Just do a search for the group.

All my best,
Katrina



8 comments:

Kim said...

Hey girl, your post was so sweet. Sharing your thoughts and feelings is not easy, especially here on a public blog. As you know, I went through the same thing (times 2) when I lost both my parents. I can totally understand your pain, your trauma and the feeling of overwhelming loss. I was the opposite though in dealing with things...blogging helped me deal with the pain, so I wrote lots...but as they say...everyone deals with it differently.

I hope the excitement of being pregnant has lifted your spirits somehow. God is amazing isn't He? Your father was taken away, but God decided to fill the hole in your heart with another blessing!! He is good!!!

I hope your pregnancy is a happy and healthy one. Keep smiling girl....you are loved!

~Kim~

edie said...

Katrina,
Just to let you know you're in my thoughts and prayers. And I'm so happy for you and the new baby. What a blessing from God. Thanks so much the wonderful words of encouragement you gave me today.
lots of love,
edie

Sherri said...

I know you don't know me...but when you share with the public many cry with you...and pray for you! Thanks for sharing and I pray that peace will come to you soon! Congrats on your new little one..they bring all the joy don't they!

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Mrs. Guthrie said...

Congratulations on the new baby! God is very good. :) He is always there to restore. Praying for you and continued healing. Keep running into the Father's arms. He absolutely knows how you feel.

Blessings.

Fifi said...

I know you and R. have been through a really tough time ..... I am saddened I could not have been there in person to give you a big ol' hug ...... so take a moment to close your eyes and 'feel' a tight hug from me and know that I think of you and your fam daily.

I am SOOOO excited for this fourth blessing ..... God's timing is truely perfect!
Love to you all
mwah

(please send me your postal address)

sara's art house said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations on the baby!!!! And I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you.

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