Sunday, September 28, 2008

It's Getting Close!

I can't believe in little less than 2 weeks I'll be married!!! I am SO READY!!!! :)
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Prayer Request

Please pray for Donnie, Katie, and Catherine. They have had a rough couple of days. As of last night Catherine is doing better, but it is hard for Donnie and Katie to not be able to be with her everyday. I cannot even imagine how horrible that must be. Please pray for strength for all of them.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Blog

What are your thoughts on the new blog? I found this great website with free blog backgrounds and I LOVE it! I see some of you have followed suit. I just spent about an hour working on the header. There are a few things I want to change, but it is good for now! Hope you enjoy!! Pin It

Friday, September 12, 2008

Catherine Update

Catherine is now eating through a tube in her noise and stooling. Two major accomplishments for this miracle girl! Check out Katie's blog for an new video and a collection of pictures! Warning - it's a tear jerker! Pin It

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

3 weeks :)

Happy 3 week birthday, Catherine! I love you very much! I can't wait to meet you in January!! :) Pin It

Monday, September 08, 2008

Katie Holds Catherine For the First Time!! :)

Ok, I could not get the video to play off to Katie's blog, but I found it on google videos and linked it HERE for all to enjoy!! Keep praying!! :) Pin It

Sunday, September 07, 2008

One Year Ago

One year ago today, Dave surprised me with a marriage proposal. It is hard to believe how FAST time flies! In 1 month and 4 days I will be his wife! I can't wait! :) Pin It

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Catherine is out of surgery!

Check out the update on Katie's blog, Letters to Catherine. Pin It

Monday, September 01, 2008

My Margaret Kay

Some of you are probably wondering how I know Katie (Catherine's mommy). Sometimes I wonder what I did to deserve such a wonderful and amazing friend in my life. What I do know is that God brought us together. That is something I don't doubt or question. Here's the story...

August of 2000 I made the 2 hour trip from Columbia to Clemson to move in to my freshman dorm, Lever. I was scared to death. I was sick to my stomach. I am such a homebody and this was my first time leaving home for a long period of time. I was rooming with a friend from high school so I was thankful for a familiar face, but I didn't know anyone else on my suite.

As I settled in and sat in the hallway while my dad built my loft (remember those things???) I saw these girls down the hall vacuuming their room. I was disgusted. How could they be finished? Their room was all set up, bulletin boards were made, a bowl of fruit was on top of the micro-fridge, and they were smiling. Nope, don't like these girls I said to myself.

A few hours later as I was finally hanging things in the closet and trying to "cutesy" my room, one of "those happy smiling girls" appeared. It was Jennifer. Jennifer was Katie's roommate. She was a cute and bubbly blonde headed girl with a doo-rag on her head. She was going room to room to look at everyone's rooms. "Hey! I'm Jennifer. I just wanted to see your room!" Nope, still don't like these girls I said to myself.

After my parents left and I settled in to day to day life away at college, I started actually talking to Jennifer and Katie. Jennifer was rushing with me and so we decided to walk to a party together. Katie had decided not to rush.

That's about all I remember. I don't remember a specific conversation or day that we became was just natural. I can't imagine not having Katie in my life. I was in awe of her. She was beautiful, talented, a great person, and a wonderful friend. Over the next year of school we made many memories together. Katie was always there with a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. We had even decided to live together our junior year. We knew we couldn't do it the next year because Jen, me, and Cory Jo had to leave on our sorority halls, but junior year was going to be the 4 of us at The Ridge.

It's funny how things work out...

In May of 2001 we left Clemson for the summer. Katie and Jen went back to Georgia and I went back to Irmo. We decided to take a trip to Edisto and stay at my dad's beach condo. It was a great time. Katie, Me, Jen, and Jenny had a blast laying out, eating yummy food, and going to Charleston.

In August we were all gearing up to go back to school. I couldn't wait to see my favorite girls again. I headed up there a week early due to a pre-rush retreat. Jen was on her way up that Friday and then Katie would follow soon after. Friday came and I talked to Katie and then I talked to Jen. The day continued on as usual, but in a few hours that day (August 17th) would suddenly change my life forever.

I got out of a rush practice at The Ramada (I'll never forget that for the rest of my life). I had missed a call from Katie so I called her back. She didn't answer her phone. Her mom answered and sounded upset. I thought something happened to Katie's brother. Katie got on the line and asked me if I was sitting down. She then kept telling me that if I was in my car I needed to pull over. My sweet Margaret Kay, always worrying about others. Katie was the one who told me Jen had been in a car accident and died.

Over the next few months Katie was a constant source of strength for me. I don't know if I ever really told her that and thanked her for it, but I'm sure she knows. Through her I saw an unbelievable faith. I've always had faith. I've always believed in God, but I'd never seen someone as genuine in her faith as Katie. I went through a dark time after Jen died. I was very depressed and considered transferring back to Columbia. Katie was always there. Then she wasn't...

Katie told me early in to the semester that this would be her last at Clemson. She was transferring back home to go to school in Georgia. I was so upset. I didn't understand how Jen could leave me and then Katie now too. What I did know was that it was what was best for Katie and I supported her decision.

The next semester at school was hard. I didn't have Katie there or Jen and felt all alone, but something in me changed. I thought about how amazing Katie's faith was and what an inspiration it was to me. One night as I was crying myself to sleep I said, "God, I'm handing this over to you now. I can't do it alone anymore." That was an awakening of sorts for me. Slowly but surely my depression went away and Clemson became the place I loved once more. I thank Katie for showing me, inadvertently, that faith, prayer, and God could do so much.

Years passed, we graduated from our respective schools, Katie got married, I got engaged. We've stayed in touch through it all. We may not talk everyday, but I consider Katie one of my greatest friends and can't imagine a life without her in it.

I was so excited to find out Katie was pregnant. If anyone would be a fantastic mom it was her! A few months later her mom called me to tell me Catherine was sick. I talked to Katie and couldn't understand how she could be so strong. But, that's Katie. She is the strongest person I've ever met. A few weeks ago Catherine Marie Davis entered this world and did so much more than was expected. Fast forward to today and Catherine is still with us and thriving. Katie is being the best mommy in the world and my heart is so happy for her!!!!

So that in a nutshell is how I know My Margaret Kay (Katie's given name)! A little wordy I know, but this doesn't even begin to summarize my admiration for this girl. I love you, Katie! You continue to amaze me! Keep being you. There is no one better!!! :) Pin It