One Year Down

One year ago today I was sitting at dinner in St. Thomas with my parents and college roommate when we got a phone call. Next thing I knew I received a text…a text that turned my world upside down. After reading that text I had to tell my mom that her best friend was gone. That is something I prayed I never had to do. The next two weeks were a blur that I still don’t fully remember. What I do know is people came together to comfort my family and the Boobar and Bigham families like I had never seen before.

Flash forward one year…it is still hard to believe that Kathy Boobar and Karen Bigham are gone. However, it is comforting to know that while it has been a year since they left us…it has also been a year since they went home TOGETHER to see Jesus. It has been one year of sometimes just getting through the day. A year of of laughter and tears. A year of clinging to God to get us through. A year of triumphs and success. A year that I am very thankful for.

ON Year

To commemorate this year I wanted to make something special. I started working on this project a month ago and I wasn’t really sure what I wanted it to turn into…I just knew I wanted to make something special. I wanted to create something that would hopefully bring joy to the ones who are hurting so bad today. These pictures are from before and after Kathy and Karen went to be with Jesus. They are full of joy and love. These pictures are from Israel, prom, graduations, birthday parties, Christmas parties and family trips. As I worked on this project I couldn’t help but smile at all of the memories I was looking at. I wanted to create something for Carly and Tim and the Bigham family specifically that I felt like they would cherish. Something that was different than the normal “I am thinking of you.” A gesture that I feel like Kathy and Karen would love because I know they would be mad if I let myself be sad.

I think everyone who knew Kathy and Karen would agree that their lives were an inspiration. They lived every day to the fullest and because of that I plan on doing the same. Everyone make sure to hug your loved ones a little tighter today and tell them how much you love them because you never know when that might be the last time.


I love and miss you both forever and always,

Libby Collins