Thursday, July 18, 2013

Life Lesson Month of July: Blog 3- Letters from Mom & Mimi

Dear Angel,

Saturday is our 4th annual Kyle Russell Callahan Scholarship 5k that we organized to remember and honor your brother’s life and legacy.  I am always nervous and anxious in the days leading up to it, as I want everything to go so perfectly.  But then I remember that not everything goes according to plan (as was our story with Kyle) and that’s ok.

Life Lessons Learned #20: There are bluer skies and rainbows after a storm.

I wish someone would have told me when I learned that Kyle was so sick and probably wouldn’t live that, “You are about to embark on a wonderful journey!” Despite so much heartache, Kyle brought much joy and happiness in our lives these past four years.  The lesson that I’ve learned in the meantime is that there are beautiful skies after a storm.  Ellie, in the past few weeks we have had lots of rain here.  During the first of a string of many thunderstorms, you told me that you were scared of the booming sound so I told you that it’s just Kyle and the angels bowling up in heaven.  That seemed to calm your fear and then you noticed after the storm what beautiful shades of pinks, purples, and blue the sky became (with a rainbow too).  After that, you look forward to when the storm pushes through to see what it has left behind.  Keep that quality Ellie, whether it be a simple rainstorm or a challenged life-storm, always look ahead.  A beautiful rainbow or a bright blue sky will gradually present itself.    

Like so many others, Saturday is a day that wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Kyle.  Family and friends will gather for the 4th time and another student will be able to continue their education- sounds like a pretty amazing feat for a baby who only lived 11 days!

I feel so blessed Ellie that you get to celebrate Kyle’s life with us.  Fingers crossed that the weather cooperates for all those coming out to run and walk!

Love you Bean!


  1. Kim your postive outlook on life is so refreshing. I always love the way you turn things around and look for the blue skies in everything you do. We feel so blessed to be able to share this wonderful experience with you and your family and to honor Kyle's memory. I know that Kyle is looking down from heaven saying thanks Mom and DAd for keeping my memory going. The students are lucky to receive the scholarship and to be able to become a part of the healthcare team, and in turn help others.
    Ellie is so lucky to have such a positive role model in her life. I love these short but very meaningful lessons you and your Mom post every week.

  2. As always Kim beautifully written....... smiling through the tears <3 Love you and will be thinking of you and your amazing family on Saturday! will be praying for good weather :)