Because of Casey I have learned not to take things for granted and to be thankful for everything God has given to me. All that we have in life comes from Him. This Christmas I have decided, instead of buying Christmas presents, to give more to those in need. I gave food to some people who are unemployed, gift cards to those who are sick, blankets and food to the homeless. I have all I need. I have someone who loves me more than anyone else and his name is Jesus. I have loving and caring children, a wonderful church family, good friends, a warm house, clothing and food. I learned so many special things about Casey. She truly touched the hearts of all who knew her and even those who never met her. God Bless You Casey. You are loved. Aunt Rachael
Casey remains larger than life for me, and larger than the pain and trauma of our family losing her.The latter is still so poignant, and perhaps always will be, but I want her legacy to be at least as strong. I am a grown-up now, or closer to one, in that I step back and try to see the bigger picture. I try to think ahead to how my actions will impact others. I extend empathy more often and I am slower to judge others. I take less things for granted. Casey has taught me it is not about me. I push past human shortcomings, my own and those I love, drawing on Casey's moxie to love and connect with them anyway. Each time someone I love leaves this earth, I realize that love is all we have. I am also more aware of how powerless I am, that I am not in charge, deepening my faith in a higher power. Grief is a personal journey, and I am curious about how much Casey has to teach me throughout the years. She will be with our family through every event, milestone and passage, no doubt.