Beautiful inside & out

This post is in memory of a sweet friend of mine who passed away this past Thursday, January 31st. Her name is Debora and she was a beautiful lady inside and out. Growing up she was my youth pastors wife. She taught me so many life lessons, and was one of the most influential people in my life.

She had Leukemia for 9 years. You would have never known that Debora was sick until the last few years. She always had a smile on her face. A good friend of mine posted, "Thank you Debora for teaching us so much about love, and what's worth fighting for." She really did. She loved her husband, Darin and three children(Acen, Davia & Cademon) unconditionally. I want to be a mother to my children like she was to hers. She showed us all what it truly meant to be a fighter. We love you Deb and will miss you dearly. Today is her funeral, so if you would say a prayer or send up some good thoughts for her family and friends, it would be wonderful.

Mission trip to Nicaragua

In March of 2010, she was going to be admitted into Emory Hospital in Atlanta for a bone marrow transplant. I was her hair stylist, so of course we talked about what she would do when she lost her hair from chemo. Not sure who came up with the idea(maybe her) but we did a girls night and buzzed all of her hair off with the support of friends surrounding her. It was an emotional evening, but having everyone(+wine) there helped her stay strong. Below are some pictures from the party.

Even beautiful with no hair.

Love you Deb. Thank you for the impact you had on all of us.


  1. I'm so sorry Kari, keeping you all in my prayers!

  2. Kari- I am so very sorry for your loss. May God hold each and every person she loved and the ones that loved her so very much. I pray that God provide comfort during this very hard, sad, trying time. I pray He mends all the broken hearts. I pray for her husband and her kids.

    This story brought tears to my eyes (rolling down my face now). I wish I could hug you. It is just so difficult seeing our loved ones pass away. ♥

    1. Thank you Stephany for you sweet words.

  3. This is powerful Kari! Praying for peace for all those who knew this precious lady.

  4. Thank you Kari. The pics were really nice and it meant a lot. I am having a hard time with this even though I more of an acquaintance with Debora. I think when you think of someone and pray for them for a long time part of your heart gets attached to them and it is really hard to let go. I hurt for her family cause after the funeral is over and life sets in, the hole will be so hard to fill. praying for Darin, Acen, Davia and Caedmon that they will stay strong through the hard times. I was so sad not to be able to go to the funeral as I just wanted to see all my Evangel friends and hug them. I miss everyone so. Thanks again, Irene lambright

  5. so sad.... i so vividly remember when they (we) were so young and they were just dating. keeping her kids in my thoughts


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