Thursday, July 24, 2008


Milton, here for Kristy:

Thanks to some very creative volunteers in our church we plan to offer a live feed from Kristy's Homegoing Celebration Service tomorrow at 1:30 PM. This can be viewed via the internet at the following address:

The service will be recorded and can watched at later time for those who cannot watch it live.

God bless you!


At 1:25 AM, Blogger DayleShockley said...

Thanks for providing this for those of us who wish we didn't live so far away. My heart's been heavy since Kristy's passing, but she will never be forgotten.

At 1:38 AM, Blogger Kate said...

Just want you to know that you are all on our hearts through this night. My husband and I have cuddled together with the laptop, and praised God as we've read about the Love that you've shared with each other.

Thanking God for His Matchless Grace,

Kate and Ed.

At 6:14 AM, Anonymous mimi said...

I agree with others in thanking you Pastor for allowing us all to view Kristy's homecoming today. I prayed for a beautiful day in Jacksonville today. Send love to your girls and grands.


At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pastor Milton,
I have a question, reading about Kristy's homegoing,, you mentioned ur girls were on there way back from Orlando,, did they make it back before their mother passed ?

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With so much else to deal with, thank you for getting someone to provide the live view of Kristy's service. As we have followed your family's story, it's like we are all friends who have walked through this together. Not to have been able to view Kristy's celebration would have been like not attending the service of a close friend. You are all in our prayers and I am sure Kristy will be talked about for years to come.

At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been praying for Kristy, you and your family for the last several months. The love story that you and Kristy shared was such an amazing testimony to married couples everywhere. I will continue to pray for you and the girls, and of course the grands. The faith that Kristy and you shared during her illness was beyond amazing.
Sweet Blessings,
Margaret, NC

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have followed Kristy's journey toward heaven for some time now. You blogs have inspired me, blessed me and comforted me. I too am a writer and I own every book that she has written. They will never leave my possession. They are a treasure to me, a testimony of her talent. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. May God bless you and your family and offer his comforting arms around you. God Bless, Tina Roberts

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Lady-in-the-Making said...

Thank you again from me for allowing this to be online. I never knew Kristy but I feel as though I missed out.....

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Mary Connealy said...

we've been along on this journey. Thank you for finding a way for that to continue.
God bless you.

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Lady-in-the-Making said...

Milton, I cannot tell you how moved I am watching Kristy's service. Julie's comments spoke directly to my heart and my current situation.

I never knew of Kristy while she was alive but I cannot tell you how she has changed my life after her passing.

Your family's witness and testimony have touched my life.

Thank you for your transparency and courage.

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a faithful reader of this blog since finding out about Kristy's illness. It has been both heartwrenching and heartwarming to daily check on her progress and read the beautiful stories both of you have shared with your readers.

I have known Kristy all my life. She has been a source of inspiration to me. Our loss is certainly Heaven's gain. I'm so happy for Kristy that her battle is over and she is victorious. Our prayers will continue with you, Milton, and your lovely daughters and grandchildren as you begin this new walk God has ordained for you.

Deborah Schulz Carroll

At 3:17 PM, Blogger NancyMehl said...

What a beautiful service. Thank you for letting me share in it. God bless you all. You are in my prayers.

Kristy would be very pleased.

Nancy Mehl

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous mimi said...

What an awesome "homegoing: for Kristy, Pastor ty for helping make it possible for Kristy's bloggfers to watch, there were over 200 online. and some of us made friends.God Bless you all. Oh by the way , we went to church in Bartow with Rebecca and Don, he went on a missions trip with my husband few yrs back before Pastor Mike left.what a small world

At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Cynthia said...

What an Awesome, God Glorifying service!!!!!! What a privelege it is to go out bringing Glory to God's Name. May the Lord continue to keep you'll from this time forward and keep you living out your dreams.

What a beautiful family you all have.

Thanks for letting us in on this moment in your lives (all the way from Michigan).

OOOOoooooOOOO how GREAT is OUR God,


At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sitting here in my home, but feeling like I am in church in the very presence of God. What a wonderful celebration. Terry, I know it had to be difficult to speak & also for you, Rebecca, Sandra & Don to sing. What an awesome day. Ron, what a great word from the Lord. Yep, I remember your humor & craziness from Southeastern & youth camp in West Florida playing "Plumb Dumb", but that was a masterpiece today. Milton, we will continue to pray for you, the girls & the grands in the days ahead. Thank you for your transparency in sharing this journey with us. What a tribute to Kristy this has been & what tribute & glory to God.

Clara (Franklin) Oxendine

At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have taken this journey with your family through this blog and bless you all for sharing it. The service and music were beautiful and touched my heart. She was truly a great woman and will be missed. I look forward to meeting her in heaven.

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Milton, Julie and Jennifer, and All,

Thank you so much for making it possible for us to share in this service with you. It truly glorified the Lord and gave wonderful comfort. Your comments about Kristy and your daughters were so very special. I also loved hearing from her brother. What touching memories. The music was wonderful too, and so was the message.

We will keep you all in prayers as you continue to spend time together to remember Kristy and comfort each other.

Sending love and prayers from,
Carrie in NJ

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous a romantic porch said...

I have followed Kristy's blog since April...truly a Christian Love Story, the two of you. Thank you so much for allowing us to participate in this sacred moment of her Celebration of Life. The service was absolutely beautiful, so touching. Sincerely, Rachel Going

At 4:17 PM, Blogger brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Thanks for allowing us to share in Kristy's service today. I couldn't help but cry. The singing and testimoney was great and the sermon too. Your daughter, Julie gave a wonderful tribute to her mother. With many blessings and symphaty.

At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Michele Washam said...

Pastor Milton, Thank you so very much for sharing Kristy's celebration via the Internet. Not only was the service amazing, many of us left there with such sweet thoughts about Kristy, your family, church members, and a sweet peace.

Even in her passing, Kristy managed to touch so many of us. We unofficially became the "Friends of Kristy" group while sharing this special day with you. Across many miles and from different states we made friends. Is there a sweeter gift than a gift of friendship?

I pray you will continue to blog here and share Kristy with those of us who never had the chance to meet her on earth. I for one, will keep coming back and will continue to share this blog with all I meet.

Kristy's memory surely lives on in everyone she has touched both in life and in her passing. Thank you for sharing with us.

Shell Washam

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady! Thank you for making it possible for us to "attend" the service in honor of our writer friend. The music was unbelievable and the message unforgettable.

Our prayers will follow you and your family.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger DayleShockley said...

My husband and I sat and watched Kristy's homegoing service over the Internet and our hearts were deeply touched. The singing and music was so moving, the words of Terry and Julie and Milton, so personal and poignant. And the wonderful minister who delivered the eulogy did such a fine job. I'm not familiar with him, but he did an excellent job of mixing humor into such a solemn occasion.

Thank you so much for sharing this special event with those of us who could not attend. My prayers will be with you all during the difficult days ahead.

At 5:26 PM, Blogger ~~Deby said...

Milton and family
This was a beautiful tribute to the Lord and Kristi....thank you for including all of us.
I felt like I was right there.
It was such a God honoring service.
Washington State

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have followed yours and Kristy's journey from the beginning. It has been a faith builder for us. Kristy's homegoing celebration blessed our hearts as we watched the service. I know Kristy was watching and rejoicing for the glory of the Lord was in your church. People have been blessed and will continue to be blessed because of Kristy. We will contine praying for you and the girls during this time and in the future. Thanks for sharing this special event through the internet for those of us who could not attend. It touched our hearts. We should all strive to be as close to God as Kristy was and is now. I know she is dancing on the streets of gold and singing in the angelic choir of saints. We love you very much.
You Alabama cousins,
Linda & Tommy Reece

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Milton, Julie and Jennifer,

I watched our beloved Kristy's homegoing service today, and it was beautiful. She would have been singing and praising the Lord, which no doubt she is doing right now in His presence.

My prayers will be raised for you in the days to come. Julie and Jennifer have their wonderful children to help them through these next days. The routine needs of children have to be met.

But Milton, your once everyone leaves, your home will be lonely and silent. I'll be praying that God continues to cover you with His cloud of peace that He gave Kristy. I'll pray He slips that chair of strength beneath you when your lonliness threatens to overwhelm you.

Remember He is Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord is there, my companion. May He be Jehovah-Shammah to you. May He be Jehovah-Shalom to you.
And never forget He is El Roi - the Lord sees me.

At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for letting us share in Kristy's service.

The ceremony, and the singing was so very moving.

Kristy did change so many peoples lives while we followed her on her difficult journey.

What a beautiful soul was Kristy. And she did indeed win.

Please know that we are thinking of you during the difficult days ahead.

May your faith in the Lord, and our prayers provide you solace.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Pastor Milton, Thank you for letting us share in the home-going. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by so many. This was the sweetest funeral and I will continue to pray for you and the girls. I pray you will continue to let us know how you are doing and know that we have been praying for all of you. Kristy is with the Lord!

At 8:06 PM, Blogger RR Mama said...

Milton and girls,
Thank you for sharing one of the most beautiful home going celebrations I have ever seen. As you and Julie were speaking I could feel a cloud of peace surround me as you have mentioned many times. It was such a blessing to be a witness to this celebration of Kristy's life. I will continue to pray for you and the girls, grands, and family in the coming days.

God bless you!

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I too have been following this journey since I heard about it several months back and I have been so blessed and inspired by your family. I wanted to just wrap my arms around the girls as they stood by their mother's casket, but I know our heavenly will do that.

I will continue to pray for your entire family because even though Kristy's battle is over, you all have some trying times ahead. But as Kristy so beautifully said, "God is good!" So he will be there for you.

Teresa from Tuscaloosa,AL

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

What a beautiful service! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of her friends out here.

God bless you all and hold you close!

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Milton, Julie, Jennifer, Terry and Sandra and the rest of the family: Thanks ever so much for the gift you gave all of us bloggers (friends) today. The service was indeed a celebration of a life lived for the Lord!

The music, the words from the various speakers (especially Julie)and even Ron's message were heart-felt and pure. Kristy would have been saying "good job".

I can't thank you enough for your family's willingness to be traqnsparent all the way throughout this journey.

Old and new friends have become a part of my morning routine. Now what will I do the first thing every morning? As Julie so beautifully said: Be Thankful, Don't complain; be graciousd....oh what we have learned from following your journey...the story must continue...

Love and prayers to all of you;
Annette Barr Grahl
SEBC class of 1971

At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless your family. I have only discovered this blog after Kristy's homegoing (through another blog I have been reading for 6 months), but heard your story through our music director, George Dykes. You are in our thoughts and our prayers.

Yvonne in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

At 2:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pastor Dykes, Julie, Jennifer & Family,
Thank you for allowing those of us who wanted to be there in person but could not, to be able to be a part of the service even if it was just on line. Everything that was said and done truly touched my heart. Her witness after her presence is no longer with us is still as strong as it was when she was alive. We may never in this life understand why this happened to her and to your family, but God answered her prayer and all this is bringing her Savior GLORY! She was so unselfish thinking about the lost and how she was going to affect people for His Kingdom. Because she lived a life that reflected Christ, I believe that for years to come, her testimony and your testimony of faith and trust in His Word will continue to impact the world. God bless you!Even as I am posting this comment and realizing what time it is, I am praying for you that God in His loving arms will hold you tonight and the nights to come.

From a life that is richer in Him because of yours and Kristy's ministry while you were in Bartow,

Linda (Fox), Marvin, Leah, & JohnMark Smalley, in Cleveland, TN


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