I can never forget when Kaitlyn and her family started coming to our outreach ministry and quickly joined in with our efforts. Even though she was a young teen, she dove right in with willing and enthusiastic help, including the time she came with a song and dance routine choreographed to "Big House" by Audio Adrenaline. Sometimes the kids we were reaching out to did not truly appreciate the work our volunteers put into reaching them, I was incredibly blessed to witness her caring, servant heart.
As our families grew closer, I remember how great it was to have Kaitlyn and Jared as willing participants in our bad joke and pun volleys. They always had a good hearted groan or an occasional laugh for my bad jokes and dished out some pretty bad ones' as of their own.
One time I went to visit Kaitlynat the hospital in Louisville, to give her a gift from our family. I could tell that she was frustrated by yet another round of inconclusive tests-but she was so quick to show love and appreciation for my visit and to go out of her way to make sure I was comfortable.
In the final few days of Kaitlyn's time on this side of eternity, scores of people- from many different walks of life - poured in to her hospital room. In those last, tear soaked days, we saw what a tremendous impact one person can have on the lives of so many others when their life is filled with love for others.