Touched By An Angel

Before Kasey went to her heavenly home above, she had asked that Brian and I fulfill some of her wishes, once she went to meet Jesus. About one month after Kasey died; we helped Miyoko with a down payment to get the car of her dreams, which is a Mustang.

I always told Miyoko, “If anyone asked how did you get this car?” “Just tell them that you have been touched by an angel and knew her by name. Two days later, Miyoko calls me to her car to show us how there is a perfect imprint of two large letters on her seat which read, TA. The first thing that came to our mind was, touched by an angel. I promise you, it wasn’t on that seat whenever she bought the car.

Thank you sweet Jesus and Kasey for sending us one more sign that you are still close to us, all with your spirit.

Miyoko is Kasey’s cousin; she lived with us when Kasey was alive to help us with her.

Kasey’s Email Request

If anyone out there has been touched and you have really felt changed by Kasey’s journey, Kasey is telling me right now to ask you to please email her. She would really like to know, and know that she is really making a difference for God and God’s children through her suffering. Kasey is looking forward to hearing from everyone. We had so many people respond to Kasey’s request. This is a few of them:

This email is from Stacey Blanchard and family.

My daughter, Ashleigh, age 11 asks everyday how Kasey is. She had to write a devotion for her bible class at school. She used Kasey’s story to do the devotion. She shared Kasey’s story with twenty students in her class. It touched them all. Ashleigh has a piece of paper signed by all of the kids in the class. This is a prayer for Kasey. We would like to mail it to you if you send your address. My family prays for Kasey everyday. We pray she does not suffer any longer and that she has peace.
God Bless you all, Stacey, Greg, Ashleigh and Reid Blanchard

Dear Kasey, after reading the most recent email, I can only say how proud and honored we are to have you in our lives. You are a true blessing and inspiration. Your suffering is not in vain. We have made many changes in our daily lives as we learn from you, our hero. You have and are doing God’s work. We love you and think of you so often.
Thank you, Love and many blessings, Marcel and Randy.

Kasey, in response to your question, “Have you touched my life?” The answer is most definitely. As I was thinking of what to say to you in this email, I opened my dad’s email he sent to me. I read it and the tears began to flow. I wish you enough Kasey.

God Bless Love, Angela (This is my dad’s email):

At an airport, I overheard a father and daughter in their last Moments together. They had announced her plane’s departure and standing near the door, she said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough to daddy.” They kissed goodbye and she left. He walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there, I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was experiencing. “Forgive me for asking, but why is this forever goodbye?” I asked. “I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, her next trip back will be for my funeral,” he said. “When you were saying goodbye I heard you say, “I wish you enough.” May I ask what that means?” He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from our generations.” My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a Moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smile even more. “When we said, I wish you enough, we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with enough good things to sustain them,” he continued and then turning towards me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory. I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright; I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more; I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive; I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger; I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting; I wish you enough loss to appreciated all that you possess; I wish you enough hello’s to get you through the final goodbye. He then began to sob and walked away. They say, “It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.” Peggy, Steve, Sam., and Sophia say: The lives you touch every minute of the day. You give us strength, and show us what true faith and for sharing it with us.

Hi Kasey, I am Shea David. I work with your Aunt Edith and also Suzette. I also go to The Healing Place Church. I just wanted to let you know what your life has meant to me. I’ve been a Christian for a long time, but sometimes I can get complacent and even forget all the wonderful things that Jesus has done in my life and the lives of others. I’ve talked to Edith about you since the accident and I’ve prayed for you since the beginning. Watching all the wonderful things that God has done in your life has built up my faith. It is so amazing to hear about your faith now that all these things have happened to you. You are an inspiration to others and so is your family, who is so dedicated to you. My prayers continue on with you and your family…Thank You Kasey

Good Morning Chick in the Chair, Has Kasey blessed my life? Okay…let’s God in His Heaven? Is Tommy Lee Jones the greatest thing since soft butter? Do I need to lose weight? Is Chuck ‘precious’????? Are the Cowboys going to finally get it together again? Well, maybe!!! My little chick, your picture is taped to my computer in the Church office and not only do I know your story, but there is no way of telling how many times I get to tell your story every time somebody comes into the church office and ask who is that? You are and have been on our prayer list, printed twice each week for over a year now…there’s a bunch of North Louisiana Hillbillies who not only know Kasey, but are praying for you and all who take care of you. When leaves blow off a tree, you will never know how far they blow or just what good they bring about along with the pain of clearing them if they get in a front yard somewhere. It’s that good and bad thing again, but what we must remember is that God put them on a tree and he knows when they will fall, where they will go, how they will be used and in his cycle, it starts all over again. I don’t have answers baby, but I do have hope and encourage you and think about you many, many times a day, as do many, many others. Remember when you were running around living your life and all the things you should have done that you did not…..well, we goofiest are still caught in that selfish rhythm and we ignore the precious things all around us, because we are dancing as fast as we can. I don’t have a clue why we are dancing as fast as we can…and then God puts a Kasey in our life and we start to think about our dance card. Thank you my chick, you are suffering here on earth to try and help people like me, but Joy does come in the morning my child…..just hold on, the pain is temporary, the reward is eternal. I am so humble to think of what a small price I pay each day to be a Christian. The world is full of people struggling to hold on to life, but it is God’s to give and take it… sure as the love you see when you look deep into your Momma’s eyes…the Lord will not put more on you than you can handle…you must be so special in our Lord’s eyes. I love you Chick in the Chair and thank you for every difficult breathe that you fight to take just be encouraging to me.

Hey Kiddo. Glad you made it through the storm. Like a storm would bother you tough guys. All is well here and YESSSSSSSSSSS Kasey you have made a significant difference in my life and for many of those around me. I can promise you, no one around me whines or feels sorry for themselves. Life is what we make of it, even in our worst times. We can bravely accept it and leave it up to the Lord or we can fight it and be miserable and scared and not see and enjoy the beauties and truths around us. You by far, young lady, are one of the bravest and courageous (to say nothing of the prettiest) people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You have taught me patience, fortitude and true love. You and your family have shown me that no matter how hard things get, you are always ready. No matter what! Sorry to hear about the pneumonia. You’ll lick that in no time and soon get back to your smiling self. I love you and pray for you and your parents often. You are part of God’s master plan and you do have a special place for you reserved in heaven. HANG IN THERE. YOU HAVE TAUGHT US ALL WELL,
Stephanie Allison

Dearest Kasey, You, as well as your and Brian, have definitely touched my heart and soul. You have been such an inspiration to me and have sent many of your emails to our family, so that I could share all of your great faith with them. You all are in my heart, thoughts and prayers frequently throughout each and every day. God Bless and Comfort You!
Love, Pam

I was up and could not sleep. Glad I got this email. I will pray myself back to sleep for you all there with our wonderful girl. Hope she got what I sent her today just to bring a smile and let her know that Jesus is here and anything can happen. I love you all. I see Mrs. Joyce’s fight and all that you all have to do to stick by each other and it blesses me. We love you. I will try and come by this week sometimes. God’s healing power in Jesus’ name,
lots of love, Dino Rizzo

Just wanted to tell you that you and your family have been in our prayers since your accident and even though we don’t know you, we are friends with Janelle and Bobby Devillier and have kept up with your progress since you got hurt. Your life and your courage and grace and your faith throughout this ordeal, as well as your mom and Brian have truly been inspirational.
May God Bless you, Karen Merrifield

Kasey, I can not tell you how much of a difference you have made in my life…I have grown so drastically and quickly in my faith with God and there is not a day that goes by that I do not thank God for the life that he has blessed all of us. I remember you daily. I take every advantage to get to talk about everything that has happened with you and hope that people can learn their own lessons through yours. You and your whole family, especially your Momma has shown me just how far faith and love can bring someone. It is what is carrying you now!!!!! I love you all very much and with each email that I get, my life changes a little.

Dear Kasey, so many times during each day when I find myself thinking that something is difficult or I am discourage about medical problems or work or family problems, I think of how encourages me to remain positive. You are very inspirational. You and your family have set a great example for so many of us. Thanks for keeping all of us informed thru the emails.
Love, Janelle

Kasey, even though I don’t know you personally, your life and tragedy has affected my life. I try much harder to be thankful for the blessings of my health, and that of my family. Your faith has been an inspiration to me as well. Even though you have had to suffer terribly, you keep your faith in God strong. I admire that so much, because some people would be angry with God for allowing this to happen. I know that he does not want to see you suffer. When the time is right, you will have no more pain and no more suffering and things will be perfect for you. Just keep looking forward to that. God Bless you,
Sincerely, Pauline Benson

Kasey, I can not begin to tell you what your faith has done for mine. I read emails from you, your mom and Brian and I’m amazed at how much y’all praise God and give him thanks. I tend to get really down when things aren’t going well with me or a member of my family. I get depressed, angry and bitter. I find strength in reading you and your family’s emails. Your faith teaches me that there is another way to look at adversities, that God knows best and we should have faith enough to believe that there is a purpose in all things that happen, good and bad. You are a beautiful young lady, Kasey---and I can say that without ever having laid eyes on you. I see your heart and your soul through your emails. Please know that you are doing God’s work.
Love you, Aunt JoAnn

Brian, Rebecca and Kasey, when I heard the hurricane suddenly dropped from a category 4 to a category 2, I just knew all our prayers were working. I realize most everyone in South Louisiana was praying, but I think Kasey’s prayer warriors really stopped that storm.
Love to you all, JoAnn

Brian, Rebecca and Kasey: I know I have not ever responded to your emails before, simply because I just did not know what to say and did not want to waste your precious time away from your daughter. My prayers have been with you from the beginning of your ordeal. I cannot even imagine your pain, love, strength, faith, horror of joy, so I will not pretend that I do. Just know that my thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with you everyday.
Cindee Didier

Hello out there to the Didier family. It’s good to hear from y’all. When things are quiet on my email list from you guys, I worry. May your burdens today be light. Have a sunshine filled day and know that lots of us have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Angela

Kasey, Brian and Rebecca, Hi. I am Jill Schieffler. I lived in Mr. Billy’s trailer Park. We lived there in 1995 – 1998 when my husband was in school at LSU. Then, we only had Aaron, who Miyoko baby sat after school for a while. We had bad news to. My son Aaron was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Staxia. He has a neurological disease that will eventually take away Aaron ability to walk, talk, and function. There is no cure. Basically Kasey, he will eventually get your condition. He will not be able to care for himself, talk clearly, speech gets really slurred, walk, etc. I don’t tell you this to depress you, but to tell you how much you amaze me and give me courage, all of you. I know I will one day be in your place and I don’t look forward to it, but you give me hope that we can manage. I realize you all are dealing with a great deal of struggles right now, but if things settle down, please consider writing a book. I am sure there are lots of people who can use your experiences to help guide them. I know you are probably saying the same thing I always say, I don’t know what the right thing to do is. Most of the time you are probably just winging it, but you’d be surprised how much all of you can help others in each of your positions as mother, father, daughter/patient and caregivers. Well, take care and know that my thoughts and prayers are always with all of you. Though some of the emails are hard to get through, I do like to get them and often wish I could help more, but I have my hands full here too. I now have a 4 year old and 2 year old in addition to Aaron who is 15 years old.
Take Care, Jill

Hey guys…’s been a while since I corresponded…I was on vacation last week with my kids…took them to the Smoky Mountains. It was a real nice trip…the leaves were just starting to turn. What a spectacular sight that is. Oscar and Kyle weren’t too impressed, but they enjoyed each other’s company. We were blessed to be able to spend so much time together as a family. What a blessing it has been for me to be involved in your lives. What faith you have. You make me realize the blessings that God has bestowed on me and my family. I thank you for that.
Love you all, Suzette

Dearest Brian, Becky and Kasey, you have been on my mind a lot lately and I was going to email you today as I have not heard from you in a while. So sorry for what you and Kasey have had to go through. Each day when I pray for you, I ask God to lift Kasey out of her broken physical body into her purified spiritual realm. I believe that he has done that in increasing all of your faith so beautifully and allowing her to be such an inspiration. You have been such an inspiration to me and all that I shared your experience with. Please call me if there is anything at all that I can help you with. I’m very willing and I love all of you,
Pam Cardinal

Kasey, I’m Patience, Newman’s (Coleman) aunt in South Carolina. Her (my sister) sends me all the emails from you and your family. I have been praying for you since your accident. You have been such a blessing in my life. My favorite verse is Isaiah 26:3 which says…”Thou (God) will keep him (or her) in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusts in Thee.” And vs. 4 says “Trust in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” I pray God’s strength for you Kasey (for your mom and Brian to)…and his peace.
Love in Christ, Ramona Adkins

Hello Brian and Rebecca, My name is Rhonda Gauthe’. I ‘m a good friend of Mary Beth Perry’s. She has forwarded your updates to me for the past several months. I am very moved by your constant dedication and commitment to Kasey’s care. God’s grace is abounding in your lives. (We can do nothing with him – John 15:2). You have so often talked about Kasey’s beautiful face and smile. I would love it if you could insert a picture of Kasey and share that beauty with those of us who’ve never seen her. There is something so special about having a mental picture of those you are praying for. Perhaps the picture could include you two as well. Please don’t’ feel that you have to write back. I understand that your time is limited. Just wanted to let you know that you have sisters in Christ in Port Allen who are praying for you all,
God Bless, Rhonda