Tributes

This One's for You Dad (Posted 1/18/11)

Dads serve such a purpose in people's lives. He is the provider, the protector, the mister fix-it, the driver, the one who puts the Christmas lights up and then takes them down, the mover, the mechanic and many more things. But my dad is the one I go to first to share important news I am excited about. He is the one I practice my guitar with and learn from, he is the man in my life I love to cuddle with and sit next to while we watch television. Early morning talks with our coffee, I am a chip off the ole block.
I was thinking today though about Dads. About those who either have a dad but he is not physically there or caring at all, or those out there who are father-less. For my Young Life girls especially, who are father-less or have absent fathers, I keep thinking "who is protecting them?" Why is it that I was blessed with a dad that loves me no matter what wrongs I commit, and will always be there for me when I get a flat tire, or need to move back home?
The role of Dad should not be taken lightly, and I would argue there is no more important role in this world than being a good parent. So I take joy in knowing that every child, every man, every woman in this world has a heavenly Father who created unconditional love and abides by it yesterday, today and forever. My prayer would be that people could come to know the awesome power of running into the arms of a Father who will never leave you nor forsake you. A Father who will always choose you first. A Father who is watching you when you perform at your first dance recital, score your first goal, or become Homecoming Queen. A Jesus who doesn't turn to drugs and alcohol for relief, but finds rest in his Father. Friends, come to know the awesome power of the Grace of God, and come sit at the footstool of a Dad who is so in love with you. Friends, allow yourself to jump into the arms of your Father who created you.

So dad this one's for you. Thank you for loving me even when you didn't have the best example of a dad growing up yourself. Thank you for never missing a soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball game. Thanks for being the coach of my teams, and encouraging me relentlessly. Thank you for accepting me when I didn't want to play basketball in high school. ;)
Thank you for driving to Corvallis that one time I got a flat tire and was crying on the phone. Thank you for teaching me about the love of Jesus Christ. Thank you for loving my mom and treating her special every day you have been together. Thank you for telling me I'm beautiful and giving me self worth so I don't go looking for it in the wrong places. You may not be perfect, but God blessed me with you when he placed me in your arms 22 years ago. He must love me a lot if you are the one protecting me. I love you Dad.

Love and Deuteronomy 1:29-31
-Kate


This One's for you Shauna Pants (Posted 1/28/11)

Tomorrow is a day I am not entirely looking forward to. Tomorrow I have to say goodbye to a friend that entered my life very quickly and changed my life very quickly. If any of you have known Shauna, you would know what a warm, kind, hilarious, loving, forgiving, respectful, and beautiful person she is. I'm not ready to say goodbye, even if it is just see ya later. I don't want to do it. Naturally I am the type of person that if i don't want to do something, I won't do it. I always had problems with authority growing up because of that. (It's an issue I'm dealing with, really trying to work on it, sorry mom) But in this case saying goodbye to Shauna is not something i can run from, hide from, or neglect to do. I have to face it. Just sitting here reflecting on my friendship with her is making tears stream down my face, and makes me feel a little emptier inside knowing she won't be here.
Shauna, please understand how incredibly excited I am for you and your journey ahead. Know that I am praying for you and am so proud of you for following the Lord, and living out his will for your life. You are incredibly gifted, and the people of Slovenia will be so immensely blessed by your work and hand in their lives.
Thank you my friend for being there for me when I needed you. Thank you for your advice, wisdom, laughter and sisterhood you blessed me with in the last year and a half that I've known you. I asked Jesus if I could have a friend like you in Corvallis and he answered my prayer within a matter of weeks. I didn't know it was possible to feel this close to someone so quickly in life, but you proved that to me. I will miss our movie nights, Mcmenamins nights, our movie quoting, our boy talks, our pillow talks, and everything else about our relationship that made it so real and fun. Thank you for being such a biblical sister to me, I love you more than you know. Wow, this was harder to write than i thought. Shauna... Im really crying right now. and Im not even with you. Oh man when I have to hug you goodbye tomorrow it might not be pretty.

I promise no marriage before you return. I can't have a wedding without one of my bridesmaids. I love you with all my heart, and I thank God for the friend I have made that will be with me for a lifetime. You are so special to me, and no one will be able to replace my Shauna Pants. So this one's for you my best friend, I miss you already so much, but I can't wait to hear how you are winning over lives for the sake of Christ. You are a blessing. I love you my Shauna Pants.

Love and Lots of Tissues
-Kate

The Soon to be Mrs. Campbell (Posted 12/8/11)


Take a journey down memory lane with me won't you?
It is the 6th grade. Rumors were spreading that there was a new girl moving into my neighborhood. She was my age, and she was from California. My best friend Lindsey lived up the street from me, so I wasn't particularly in the market for a new friend. I had heard from another friend that this girl was pretty cool, but I wasn't sold until I met her.
I remember I was shooting hoops outside on my driveway and this girl came up to me. She introduced herself as Katie. Two Katie's in one neighborhood, I wasn't so sure. However... this girl was special. Not only did she play soccer, and basketball (two of my favorite sports), she also was a singer, dancer and she knew how to handle a Razor Scooter like you've never seen any other 12 year old handle one. I was sold. All it took was one afternoon. Quickly Lindsey, Katie and myself were inseparable.
Throughout middle school Katie became lovelier by the day. I think that is how I would best describe her anyways. She is just lovely. She radiates beauty in the simplest of ways. Always elegant. Into high school Katie was an even more lovely version of her younger self. Always kind to others, and always put others before herself. Her senior year of high school she met a boy named Tim.
Katie and Tim started dating that year, and all the way through college. Tim at the University of Washington, and Katie at Oregon State University close to me. Katie and I stayed close through our 4 years in Corvallis, even through when she went to France to study abroad. Tim and Katie's love only grew, until this past June when they were engaged to be married!
Katie and Tim have not lived the typical relationship of two people in love, about to me married for Tim was diagnosed with Bone cancer in August. As Katie stuck by Tim's side, they decided an early wedding would be best. I am proud to say that this coming Saturday, December the Tenth, my lovely and dear neighbor from down the street will be a married woman. I am also honored to be standing up in her wedding as a Bridesmaid. Tim and Katie's love story is inspiring in the ways they have trusted and continue to trust in the Lord. They know that whatever they have before them, they will handle it together as Mr. and Mrs. Campbell.

Katie: I am in love with your spirit, your honesty, your friendship, your courage and spontaneity in life. I am so proud of who you are, the woman you have let God mold you to be, and the wife you are about to be. Never forget to keep the Lord in the center of all that you do, and respect Tim with all you have. I have no doubts for your marriage, and I know the Lord will bless this marriage. Thank you for your friendship as a single woman, I can't wait to see what the Lord teaches you through marriage.

All my Love,

-Kaddie Sue


This One's for You... My Precious Niece/ Nephew To-Be (Posted 1/27/12)

Ohhhhh I have not even met you yet, and can I just tell you I am already head over heels for you little one?! What a joy you are, what a delight you are going to be to my brother and to my sister-in-law. I pray you come to understand the blessing you are, and the love your parents have for you. I pray for you now at 4 weeks in the womb, don't you give up growing! You've got to get big and strong and beautiful, and you have about 8 more more months to do it! I know you can do it!

And... Hi I'm Katie. Your Auntie Kate you will probably call me. We can come up with some cute nick-names for each other,(we can talk about that later though). We are going to be the best of friends. You will be able to count on me my precious one. I promise to hold you, rock you and give you lots of kisses when you are a baby. I promise to clothe you in awesome Nike stuff. I promise to read you the bible so you grow up with the Word of our Living God written on your heart, and that it will be upon your lips as you learn your first words. I promise that you have the Best Daddy in the WHOLE WORLD, and the world's most loving and Sweet Mama. Your Dad is going to be Great, because we both grew up with an excellent Dad ourselves... Your Grandpa Moon. You will like Grandma and Grandpa Moon by the way, they will spoil you. I promise to teach you to dance, and I promise that as you grow up, and you debate telling your mom and dad things, you can always tell Auntie Kate. I am the "cool aunt." I know I will be.. cuz I am... cool that is. There will be times when you doubt that, but then I will do something so awesome and you will be reminded of my... coolness. I promise that you will be taken care of, and that you have so much to look forward to outside that womb of a home you have right now!

So this one is for you my little niece/ nephew Moon. Baby Moon. You are beautiful already, and you were fearfully and wonderfully made by your Father in Heaven who loved you soooo much, he decided to place you in the loving care of my big Brother Ben and your beautiful and caring Mother Summer. They are wonderful, but they aren't perfect, please have Patience and Grace for them, they are trying their best! I can't wait to meet you Baby, Thank you for expanding my heart!

I Love You With All My Heart Already,

-Auntie Kate

This One's for You Reggie (Posted 2/5/12)

Reggie Moon
April 1997- February 1, 2012
I have known Reggie since I was 7. He was the cutest puppy at the farm when we got him, the runt of the litter. A lemon and white beagle, who runs away from people when they try to pet him, hold him, talk to him. A dog who snores even when he is awake. A dog who hates the water, is scared of pretty much anything and everything. A dog who would never hurt a fly, would let me hold him and kiss him until my heart was content. A dog who would sit at the bottom of the stairs waiting to greet you. He had the softest big beagle ears, and the roundest tummy. He wasn't perfect, but he was my baby boy, and I loved him. You don't think about the sadness of saying goodbye when you first get a puppy. But I don't know if I could put myself through the pain again. Even if one day I have children and they beg and plead with me. Reggie is the first one I have lost in my life of great significance, and I know he's a dog, but he was my family.The house is so quiet and sad without him, it's hard to be home right now. The day we said goodbye to him, was the most excruciating pain I have experienced. I got to hold him all day long, but handing him to my dad at the vet to have them put him down was the hardest thing I've ever done. I was in the car with my mom just yelling "nooooooooo," the whole time and sobbing. How does one ever move on from the loss of a loved one? This experience gives me empathy for those who lose family and friends. Death is a part of life, but man, do you ever really get over these things? 

Reggie, I love you and miss you with all my heart. You made our family so complete. Thank you for the memories and for being my buddy for the past 15 years. I'm sorry for suffocating you with hugs and kisses, you were just too cute for your own good. I pray that I will see you in Heaven, because Jesus knows how special you were to me. 

All My Love

-Sis

This One's For You Adriana (Posted 2/28/12)




Today marks the 200 day count down to my best friend Adriana's Wedding! I couldn't be more excited for her in this next stage of life! Her and Ryan have been through a lot and I have been so blessed by being able to see their relationship grow, and to see the way they care for one another. What an encouragement it has been. From high school sweethearts to long distance sweethearts, to OSU sweethearts they really have grown and developed their relationship. 
So Adriana, I write this with joy in my heart because I know how happy Ryan makes you, and that makes me happy. Ryan is a good man, and I can't wait to see how the Lord will continue to bless you both through your marriage. I am so stoked to be your Maid of Honor, thank you for letting me be apart of this exciting time! What an amazing Bride you will make. What a beautiful wife you will be for Ryan. You are so attentive, and you are SUCH a good listener. You are kind, and extremely thoughtful. We have 200 days of singleness... (me more than you) but lets make the most of this time while we can  yeah? You in? I think I have a few more Chester stories up my sleeve... or maybe a few more random dances to drop to the theme song of "The Price is Right." We still haven't fully re-enacted every song from "Chicago" yet. Just a few Leap List items I thought I would draw up for us. You are more than welcome to add to the list. P.S you are beautiful, Jesus loves you alot, and I am so thankful to have you as my best friend. 200 days will be here before we know it! 

Loving You With All My Heart

-Katie

I Get to be the One... (Posted 11/3/12)


While I was running yesterday I was listening to the JJ Heller Pandora station when a song called "I get to be the one" came on. I suspect it was a song written from the perspective of a mother, but listening to the lyrics I realized that the song applied to me as a new aunt as well. The song brought an instant smile to my face and tears to my eyes when I thought about my nephew Malachi. I thought about the honor I have of getting to see this baby boy grow up. I get to be the one who watches him crawl and walk. I get to be the one who learns what makes him happy and I get to be the one who encourages him when he's sad. I get to be the one who watches him express his athletic talent, and I get to be the one who watches the girls chase after him. I can't even describe to you how much I love him, and how full my heart is when I am around him, the emptiness I feel when I can't see him. I long for him like a hunger. My heart is already so attached, and I'm only his aunt. I can only imagine the feelings of my sister-in-law and brother. They are such amazing parents and it has been so fun watching them grow into this new season. I have also realized that is is wonderful being an aunt and not a mama quite yet because I am not ready. It is such a massive responsibility and it is great seeing that from my perspective as an aunt. When the time comes down the road I will be overjoyed to be a mother, for I know that is my calling in this life. For now I long for my time with my nephew and beam when I am around him. My heart is so full because of you little nephew of mine. You are perfect, and precious in every way. I could kiss your little round cheeks forever (but I won't because eventually you will be grown, and that would be weirrrrrrd). I love you to the Moon and Back little boy. 


From the Overflow of my Heart,

-Auntie Kate

This One's for You Mom (Posted 5/23/2013)


We have a running joke going in the Moon household about the month of May being "The Month of Margaret/Mom" Not only is Mother's Day in May, but so is my mom's birthday, When I was at Oregon State, Mom's Weekend was always held in May. On top of all of that, Teacher Appreciation is in in the month of May, and my mama is a Kindergarten Teacher. So this is where the joke originates from and this is where I am drawing my inspiration. After we celebrated my mom's birthday last weekend, I got to thinking about the character of my mom and how blessed I am to have been raised by this woman. As a kid growing up I often compared my mom to other moms, and I was always the kid who wasn't allowed to do certain things because of my parent's rules. It drove me crazy as a kid! I wanted to watch certain movies, or go to certain parties, and I wasn't allowed. What I didn't know then but what I know now, is that my parents were being good protectors. What I know even beyond that is how much my parents loved me, by being so involved to give me guidelines and boundaries so I wouldn't get hurt or lose my innocence.
My mom is one of the strongest women I know. My mom lost both her parents before she was 24 years old (my age right now... I can't even imagine). My mom is a woman who exudes positivity at all times. She rarely if ever comes home from work in a bad mood, regardless of how stressed out she feels. It's this positivity that I not only struggle with but that I am so in awe of in my mom. Where my stressful days are often needed to be expressed, my mom just has a smile on her face and goes about her day knowing she has the joy of the Lord inside her. I want to be like that. I want to model after the mom God gave me. I am so thankful that my mom knew how to be a mom when I was a kid, and how she treats me like a friend now that I'm an adult. Something I don't know is why I, Katie Moon, was blessed enough to have the mom I do, and why others have to deal with the loss of their mom at a young age, or have an abusive mother, or an absent one etc. I won't know how God orchestrated it all until I get to Heaven, but I know my brother and I were so incredibly loved to be raised by this woman. She is loving being a Grandma, and she is so wonderful at it. I can't wait to one day have babies and see not only how great my mom will be with them, but also the ways that I take after her in strength and positivity. I only hope to be half the mom she has been! Thank you Lord, for blessing me with a woman of such wisdom, patience, and grace, you must really love me.

Love and Momma's

-Kate

This One's for You Kylie (Posted 9/6/2013)

Time for another trip down Memory Lane my friends, won't you join me? Freshman year of college, Oregon State. My dear friend Katie Campbell invited me to a BBQ with her and her co-op. I decided to meet up with Katie before the BBQ so I could walk in with her. Katie had brought a friend with her, her name was Kylie. As I'm approaching these two girls I yell out to them "Hey Katie, it's me Katie Moon hey, Heyyyy, HEY"!!!! Immediately Kylie bursts out laughing and I knew right then and there we were friends. Anyone willing to laugh at my jokes was a friend of mine. I quickly learned that not only was Kylie one of the most unique people I had ever met, she was the most caring. Kylie was my friend who I would sit in coffee shops with (Dutch Bros) and dream. We would talk about boys and we would talk about our dreams. I would cry about how terrible I was doing in school, and Kylie would cry about how she took school too seriously. She helped motivate me and I helped calm her down to enjoy the ride a little bit more. Kylie would affirm me in who I was and what I had to offer. I would laugh hysterically at all her jokes and remind her of just how amazing she was.

Kylie is the most faithful friend I have. She puts her trust in Jesus and knows he will provide for her. I am unbelievably blessed to be apart of this wedding. I love this girl with all my heart and couldn't be more thrilled to watch her walk into this new season with her soon to be husband James. She will be moving to Portland as a nurse with James who will be going to school. So happy to have her close to me once again!

So Kylie this one's for you! Thank you for making me cry laughing and walking through life with me.
Thank you for encouraging me and lifting me up. Thank you for the deep conversations and for showing me what it looks like to be a true servant. I love you friend.

Ps. You're getting married tomorrow!!!!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!!

Love and #PhillipsWedding2013

-Kate

She's Engaged! (Posted 9/30/2013)

Georgia, my beautiful Georgia girl is engaged! What a fun day to be able to be in Gig Harbor on Saturday to surprise this girl after she had just gotten proposed to! She walked into the pizza place and she lit up when she saw all of the people she loves there to support her and Keith. I love their love story, ask her sometime to tell it to you, because the Lord is in all of it. All. Of. It. God is so powerful and brilliant in the ways that He works. 

Georgia,
My dear friend I am so incredibly glad that you are in my life, and I cannot wait to join you in celebrating this marriage! I think the world of Keith and could not have asked for a more humble, loving and gracious man to provide for you, lead you, and protect you. Likewise will he be blessed by you and your ability to respect him and his decisions, support him in his mission and to love him with the spirit that lives so evidently inside of you. Congrats to the future Mr. and Mrs. Watson, love you both!!
That's my girl!

 Love and Georgia's Engaged!!

-Kate
 
 
 
 
This One's for You Tim!
 
 
Timothy Bruce Campbell
May 15, 1989 - September 15, 2015
 
 
 
Last Tuesday my friend Tim went to be with Jesus. Tim and I went to high school together. We were in the same French class. Tim was funny. The kind of funny that was effortless and witty. He was smart too. Very smart in fact. I became friends with Tim quickly, because it was easy. 

Tim was also the kind of man that everyone cared about and was friends with. He was our Senior Homecoming King. Everyone liked Tim. Well Tim liked my friend Katie Westfall. Katie and I were best friends. She moved down the street from me in 6th grade. She became my best friend the moment she Razor scootered herself over to my driveway to introduce herself. 

Tim and Katie were high school sweethearts. They continued their relationship through college as they dated long distance with Tim at The University of Washington, and Katie with me at Oregon State. After they graduated in 2011, Tim proposed marriage to my sweet friend Katie in a garden of roses promising a lot of tomorrows together. 

Months after their engagement we found out Tim was very sick. Cancer they told us. Of course we were all confused being that Tim was so active and seemingly so healthy. We immediately began praying and asking God for healing. 

Tim and Katie got married in December of that same year, and I had the honor of being a Bridesmaid in their very sweet and beautiful wedding. Not long after their wedding we celebrated the victory of Tim being cancer free! However it came back, and so continued the battle he had of fighting for his life. 

Tim was courageous in ways I cannot comprehend. He was loving and giving amidst his own pain, and sickness. He was a wonderful husband to my dear friend and he gave so much to his community, church, family and friends. His life had so much meaning because he represented faith in hard times, and he leaned on the Lord for his support and strength. 

My heart is so broken for my dear friend Katie, and I ask that those of you who might be reading this would keep her in your prayers. She is strong, brave and extremely selfless. I am incredibly blessed to know her, and to have her example before me of a woman who trusts in the Lord in impossible circumstances. 

Tim,

We all love you and miss you. The joy I have for you is that you are no longer in pain and that you get to be with Jesus. Thank you for your friendship and for loving Katie as well as you did. Our world will never be the same without you in it, but know that you will never be forgotten and I thank you for all the strength and faith you demonstrated for all of us. You are an inspiration my friend, and God is going to use your story to influence others for his Kingdom! So until I see you again where pain is no more, you will be missed and remembered always. 

Love your friend,

 Katie Moon 


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