In Memory of Kristin Kay Smith, 10/1/1986 – 12/29/2000

Between Christmas and New Years (Original poster: Shelly L.) December 30, 2003

Filed under: The forum from the old website — Taryn @ 6:02 am

When Kristin Kay passed away between Christmas and New Years of 2000, it turned into the most miserable holiday of my life and I just knew that any shred of Christmas joy in the future would forever be scarred by the memory of that tragic event. Three years later, the pain remains very real – the thought still brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat.

Ironically, though, the anniversary of our loss has made Christmas even more significant to me, in the very simplest of ways. I’m so much more aware of what a blessing my family is to me, more appreciative of the time we spend together. I’m more in awe by the fact that God, the creator of this universe, sent his Son one Christmas morning to pay the price for my sins so that by accepting Him, I can spend eternity with Him in the company of my family and friends.

I miss Kristin and pray for all those who so deeply feel her loss today and during this holiday season.



Appreciation (Original poster: Virginia Wiersma)

Filed under: The forum from the old website — Taryn @ 6:01 am

Dear friends,

We hope you all know how much your thoughts and prayers mean to our family. Thank you so much for remembering Kristin with us, especially on this difficult day.

We appreciate all of you who have posted here, emailed and phoned us to express your encouragement and support. Your kindness is overwhelming! May God bless you in a very special way.

Our love,

Chuck and Virginia


Praying For You Today (Original poster: Kelly Bassett) December 29, 2003

Filed under: The forum from the old website — Taryn @ 6:44 pm

Hello Taryn and Family,

I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you all today, praying for you all, and remembering the sweetness of Kristin and the brightness of her smile. May you all be comforted by the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort today as you reflect on the memories and the gift of her life.

Kelly Bassett


Another day to remember Kristin (Original poster: Laura Wiersma)

Filed under: The forum from the old website — Taryn @ 4:01 pm

To Kristin’s family and all who knew and loved her,

Today is the anniversary of the day our Lord brought Kristin to be WITH HIM!!! I praise Him that her name is written in His Book of Life. May He fill your thoughts with precious and happy memories of your dear girl, to encourage you and lift your spirits.

My wish is that I could have known Kristin. I will be proud to be her Aunt and someday see her in Heaven; I look forward to that.

Know that you all are in my prayers and thoughts today.



Merry Christmas (Original poster: Virginia Wiersma) December 24, 2003

Filed under: The forum from the old website — Taryn @ 3:04 am

Wishing everyone God’s blessings during the coming year.

Kristin, tomorrow it will be three years since we hugged goodbye for the last time, and I wish I had held you tighter and longer. You will be in our thoughts tomorrow as we celebrate the birth of Christ. I look forward to our reunion around His heavenly throne.




Light A Candle In Memory Of A Loved One (Original poster: Virginia Wiersma) December 10, 2003

Filed under: The forum from the old website — Taryn @ 10:47 pm

On Sunday, December 14, families around the world will light candles in memory of a child who died. It could be a premature infant or a grown son or daughter killed in combat, but the message is the same; remembrance for families who are bereaved. The candle-lighting is set for 7 p.m. in each time zone. Hundreds of organized lightings will take place at sites across America (including some Hard Rock Cafes) courtesy of The Compassionate Friends, who sponsor the annual Worldwide Candle Lighting. You also can light a candle in your home. For details, or to learn about the 600 chapters of The Compassionate Friends, go to http://www.compassionatefriends.org or call

Taryn, Amber and Cheyenne, we remember, and we will light a candle at the Childrens Memorial Park.

Kristin, we remember, you are in our hearts.

Our love,

Mom and Dad/
Grandpa and Grandma