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Heather Moll

Wow, what an incredible story. Thank you for sharing, Karen. I am at a loss for words right now. I am praying for Betsy.

melanie

such an absolutely moving story. what a blessing you both were for each other. many prayers for betsy during this difficult time.

Kristina

What an amazing woman and such a touching story, Karen. Thank you for sharing it with us. I will keep Betsy in my thoughts and prayers. Those scrapbooks will be cherished for a long time, I'm sure.

Greta

I don't know you or her, but this story is so touching. Thanks for sharing it . . .

Angela

Karen, you are blessed to have known Pam. She was truly an amazing lady. All of us here in Columbus, OH will truly miss her. And thank you for the time that you took out of your own life to create those wonderful albums for her and Betsy. I've seen them firsthand and they are amazing. Pam truly appreciated every bit of time that you put into them.

Jenn N

Karen,
So sorry for the loss of your wonderful friend.
As soon as I opened your blog today I recognized this picture of Pam immediately as a few months ago, I was sitting in bed reading through my new Chatterbox book and then suddenly tears welled up in my eyes as I read your entry. My husband wondered what I could be crying about while reading a scrapbook book. I asked him to read the enrty as well but he couldn't even make it through the whole thing before he was crying as well. I just never put it together that that was your entry. She is a remarkable woman and you and Jill are wonderful people for giving Betsy this gift.
Take care.

Jenn N

Christa

What a truly wonderful story you have written about Pam. I thought I would share that even sick Pam attended a weekend retreat with us last October.It was wonderful to see her scrapbooking with us again and we got to see all the hard work you ladies did with her memories for Betsy. Pam was a wonderful woman and is now home with her boys.
Thank you for your beautiful post today.

Bannon

Thank you for remembering Pam. I met her at the retreat in October and got to look though the wonderful memory album that you created for her and it was the most amazing thing - you and Jill are such caring people to have done that for her. She will be sorely missed by all.

shannon

BEautiful story Karen! THanks for sharing. You two did an amazing thing for that little girl- look hoiw blessed your life is now because of it. :)

Good luck on the impending birth of your little one!
Shannon

Jenn

Prayers to her daughter and to you Karen. What an amazing moving story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

leighann

profoundly beautiful and moving--and puts my life(and how easy I have it)in perspective
thank you

marirosa

Karen, your post truly touched me, I feel for your loss....and have tears in my eyes from just reading the amazing words you wrote.... I'm a firm believer that we come into eachothers lives for reasons and you did in her life..... what an amazing tribute.
Marirosa

Heidi

I only "met" her online. I wish that I had met her. Her story is truly inspiring.

Elizabeth

THIS is why we scrapbook. Moments like these that you are able to celebrate a life - and cherish her through photo's and her own journalling. What an amazing gift you have given to her daughter, and the rest of us by sharing this with us. Karen, I am so grateful that I found your blog.
You are a very special person.

Lori Hudson

Karen - what a beautiful tribute. My husband lost his childhood best friend last October. Of course both of our families were close. I haven't been able to write about it yet. Your story brought those tears back. Maybe I will get to write something soon.
Lori

Di

Thank you so much for sharing our Pam with the world, Karen. Her vibrance, her humor, her story has touched the lives of so many of us. I can think of no better tribute to her than for all of us to keep scrappin', to keep sharing our stories & to keep making beauty happen around us.

She is much loved & will be greatly missed.

Donna

What a beautiful tribute.

Who will take care of her daughter? My thoughts and prayers are with her ...

Greer

Wow, just wow - that's all I can say.

Mary M

Karen - you made me cry. What a beautiful and heart-wrenching story. Thank you for sharing.

Jessica K.

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with Betsy tonight.

That same album "if for any reason" has haunted me since I read about it in that book. It has always been in the back of my mind when I look at my children, think about the future, or am working on a layout. Hearing Pam's story makes me realize I need to just do it. I think I have been waiting for the perfect photo, the perfect journaling to pop into my head.....Now I can see that whatever I put down for my children will be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Alison Hiller

Oh Karen - I am so sorry. You know how all of us in the chatterbox group felt about Pam and the books you and Jill made. My thoughts and prayers are with Betsy, you and Jill.

caren

I am blown away by your story. Thank you so much for sharing. So often, we look at the glass half empty and forget to celebrate the little things that fill our hearts.

Lee

Oh Karen the tears were rolling down my face as I read this story.
Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful thing to do for such an amazing lady.

Kell

What a touching story. Thank you for posting it!

Brooke

Wow crying my eyes out! Pam sounds like an amazing woman,heaven sure got a wonderful angel.

Valerie

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Could any of us be as lucky in this life to have people love us so purely?

courtney

Oh, Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about Pam's passing. What you and Jill did for her was just priceless. I know Betsy will forever cherish those albums. And you're right - Pam is holding her boys in her arms again, and THAT makes the sadness a tiny bit more bearable. What incredible women. (You and Pam both)

Rhonda

What an amazing woman. My thoughts and prayers are with her daughter. Thank you for reaching out and helping her with this album. Her daughter will honor it for the rest of her life.

Leonie

Thank you for reminding me how precious life is, may they rest in peace.I think I will go have a 4 minute cry.

Loni

I am so sorry to hear about this, Karen. I remember when you shared this story with a couple of us just after you met her. It made an impact on me then.

But like you mentioned... she's now on the other side of the veil with her husband & two boys. We can only imagine how exciting & beautiful that reunion was, huh? That's the sweet part about it all. :)

Deb

Thank you Karen for sharing your experience with us.

Pam was so courageous. She belonged to our local scrapbooking community and on her list of life to-dos was to attend one of our retreats. Last October, against the wishes of her physicians, she attended. At first we weren't sure how to act around her, but she quickly put us all at ease and let us know that she was there to have fun. She brought the box of albums you made for her, and I had the privilege to look through them though I'll tell you that I didn't get very deep into the box before my eyes were filled with tears.

Pam was such a trooper that weekend, with her best friend Jodi there to support her. Her cabin mates heard that Pam was reluctant to buy new underwear because she was unsure how long she would get to use them. These ladies went out and bought her a bunch of fun underpants and even "altered and embellished" some for her. As part of their camp antics, they included Pam by TPing her walker (we have a fun photo of that) and she thought it was funny enough to leave it on the rest of the day.

On our club message board someone posted this quote:
"When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that when we meet again you will know me. It means that even after I died, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart." -- Fredrick Buechner from Whistling in the Dark

Everyone in Columbus Scrappers will miss Pam. Thank you Karen for helping to extend Pam's reach to touch other's lives.

Deb Schmidt, Director
Columbus Scrappers

Tena

Wow, I say with tears in my eyes. What a powerful post. I remember hearing this story from scrapbooking friends when I heard you had been a winner in this contest I thought it was wonderful.Reading the details of Pam's story really hit me in the heart. I wish I could have known her, reading your account of situation gives me a little glimpse into the life of this great gal. It is rare to meet someone who so positively impacts our lives, priorities and our belief that there is lots of good stuff and good people in our world. I am happy for you that you knew her, happy for me that I heard her story and happy for Pam as I picture her embracing her family she lost. I will put her daughter Betsy in my prayers, it must be incredibly had for her. it is wonderful that Pam has found a loving family and created the scrapbooks she did along with yours so Betsy can read them and smile. Thanks so much for sharing Karen. Tena

Laurie

I remember feeling the same way you did when I read Vanessa Reyes' entry a couple of years ago...what an incredible gift all of you have been to each other! Made me think of the words from the last song in the musical, "Wicked":

"I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?

I do believe I have been changed for the better?

Because I knew you
I have been changed for good"

christy tomlinson

Karen! I am so glad that someone saw this an forwarded me your post. I have to say, your entry in our contest CHANGED my life. I remember the first moment I saw your entry in our office. This was when the "art" deparment (those of us who work on product developement and marketing) worked in Mel's garage. Everyone was out to lunch and I found myself excited to actaully sit and read some of the entries we had received. When I saw yours, I was Of course drawn to it's beauty and creativity, so I grabbed it and sat in the big comfy chair Mel had by her desk. As I started to read, first your essay and then all of the wonderful journaling entries that Pam had written, the tears began to fall. Well more like SOB is the word I should use. I had so many emotions running through my body: sorrow, gratitude, inspirations, love and humility. I was overcome with emotion. So much so, that I could no longer read the pages that sat on my lap. When the others returned from lunch I think they thought something was terriblly wrong, because there I was sobbing like a baby with make up running down my face and I had only read the half of the journaling entries that were in the ablum box. Of course, once they found out what I was doing, they wanted to read it to. Needless to say that NO one got work done that day. We spent the rest of the afternoon reading all of the wonderful, heartful and honestly uplifting entries that Pam had written for her daughter. I think the one that made me cry most was the final letter in the bottom of the box that she had left for her daughter to read, once she had passed on. Pam was an amazing women. With so much heart, joy, and goodness. With all of the heartache she had gone through, these mini books she had written for her daughter were so positive, heartwarming and really inspiring. I think if it would have been me, I would have written a sob story of why me.. poor me.. but not Pam. Even the entries that talked about the loss of her sons and her husbands were so uplifting a truly positive. She talked about the wonderful blessings she had been given to know have the life she had, and the enouraged her daughter to seek for the same throughout her life. She talked about the family who was going to take care of her daughter once she would pass on, and the wonderful attributes each one of the family members had and how she wanted her daughter to look up to and respect each of them. Needless to say I spoke about that album for months to my family and friends. I still share that story to so many people and feel like Pam was an inspiration to me, to live my live to the fullest, with no regrets, no hard feelings for the trials I have, but look at those trials as blessing and only a stepping stone to the next best things.
I want to personally thank YOU Karen, for having the heart and soul to take Pam's life and put it into a wonderful treasure chest that not only will change her daughters life, but thousands of others as well. You and Jill are truly amazing women and I apprieciate your kind loving dedication to Pam's life and Pam's story. She is truly someone that will live on in my life and my family as well.

Please let her daughter know, my thoughts and heart is with her.

We will always remember you Pam!


Christy Tomlinson

Patricia Gast

What a touching tribute to a really neat lady. I had Betsy in my class when she was a first grader. Pam was supportive of me as a first year teacher unlike anyone else I had come in contact with. It meant so much to me!
I will miss her!!

Gina Crabtree

Thank you so much for posting this. Even though I only met Pam a few times, she has truly touched my life. She was an amazing person. It was so great that she got to come to our retreat back in October, and I was lucky enough to be one of her "roomies" in our cabin. We tend to be the "wild" bunch, and she just got the biggest kick out of it! We gathered up a collection and went to buy her some "funny" underwear and even TP'ed her walker! Oh, my, she thought it was so funny! I never thought doing something as small (and silly!) as that would make me feel good! Haha! I'll share the message Pam sent to me after we got back home.....

"THANKS for making my retreat extra fun. The undies are comfortable! Well OK some of them anyway. TOOOOOOOOOO funny. I was so glad to be away for the weekend. I got 15 pages done but I had a lot more fun than done pages! The TPd walker has got to be a first ever. Next time I take it in for service, I'll ask if its ever been done before!

Seriously, it is so nice to be treated "like one of the girls" even though my life is just a little different. Thank you Thank you

Pam "

Pam will certainly stay in heart forever! I hope to one day be half of the woman she was! I wish all the best to her family and friends. Pam will be deeply missed. :(

Rachel

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. my condolences to you and her daughter. What an aamzing tribute to her.

Juls

Karen, I'm sorry for your loss. What a wonderful lady Pam was. And how wonderful you and your BF are for making these amazing memories for Betsy. What a beautiful story you told.

Ali

Oh Karen, I know how much Pam meant to you. I am so sorry. What an amazing woman she was...

Love you.

Patti

Dear Karen, I am at a loss for words. I didn't know your friend, Pam, nor did I know of the incredible scrapbooks you put together for her. However, her story, shared so perfectly by you, touched my life. I am humbled to have read it. Pam was blessed to be known and loved by you. I find comfort in the fact that she is now with her precious boys. Prayers for her dear daughter and blessings upon the family who has taken her as one of their own.

Joye Carter

Karen,
I am blessed to be part of your creation. Pam and I are first cousins. I am in the obvious family section. I have a beautiful picture of Pam and I together when I went to see her shortly after her diagnosis. My husband and I just returned from Columbus, as we attended the memorial service for Pam. Your creative hardwork on the "box" of special memories will never be forgotten. I try to remind people that I was born into the family, but you actually were chosen to be a friend. I thank you for your love for Pam and Betsy. It certainly shows in the "box".
Thank you again,
Joye Carter

kabbers

Karen,
I only met Pam a few times, but her sister is one of my dearest friends. I've heard Pam's story over the years, of course. Shortly after Betsy was born I adopted a dog from the Humane Society. I played with a variety of names for her, and eventually chose the name Kyah. When I told Pam's sister I had named my dog that, she said, "Oh, you named her after Pam's daughter!" I'm sure Betsy's middle name stuck in my brain after being told about Betsy joining Pam and Lind's family. I'm told the name Kyah means a new dawn or a new beginning. It fit for Pam, Lind, and Betsy, and it fits for me and my Kyah, too.

Thanks for your tribute to Pam.

maria

Truly an incredible story...thanks for sharing!

Thanks so much for sharing your touching story.

Kathryn

Eric and I shared our second grade class together. I sat next to him when we learned "hard math" while listening to the Space Jam cd. He was the reason that I got my first Beanie Baby. Eric was a true friend. Thank you for remembering him and his family.

Sally Jo Swaine

Pam was a friend of mine. I googled her, because my mail was returned. We all felt it was our fate to meet her. She had wisdom and peace that was extraordinary. Thank you for this tribute.

aion kinah

Wow crying my eyes out! Pam sounds like an amazing woman,heaven sure got a wonderful angel.

Anthony Coy

I was once a good friend of Pams, at my young age. You see until I was about 10 years old my family and I lived next to the Krenzke's. It was always a joy to spend any time with Eric, Lind, or Pam. All three touched my life in a profound way and set an example of faith that I live by today. I miss them greatly, and thank you for your post.

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