Thursday, February 3, 2011

Someone told me that finally the rain has ended. A wonderful touching comfort to know that this storm we have been dancing in has subsided. But not if I know my Kelsey. You seen, the Lord promised all Christian's trials and tribulation on earth. So I'm sure for Kelsey, being with my Lord, her earthly storm being overcome, there will be a heavenly storm to dance in. Oh the pain and the suffering will Not be there, These rain drops will be soaking joy and refreshing life. But she isn't done serving her first love. For eternity she will want to dance in His perfect storm.
We said so long on groundhogs day. That's sorta like a hamster isn't it. Anyway, our grief is real. It is hard to comprehend a life here on earth without my Sweet Pea. And it will be hard for sure to count to 7 and not 8 when we do the head count in the van. There are real things, real plans I so wanted to see happen. A dad always thinks of the moment when he walks down the isle, presenting his lovely daughter to be married and gaining yet another family member as they join in the new mix. There were some pretty special events yet to be covered in Kelsey's earthly life. The regret of never having those things is painful. But I am such a pig anyway. I have always gotten so much more out of life then any man deserves. And I will be comforted with the wonderful memories of a perfect beautiful life changing daughter. Kelsey was / is the perfect daughter. I can't wait to catch up just a short time from now when we meet with my Jesus.
So many of you need to be commended during this dance for the beautiful Christian character you have display as you carried our umbrella while our hands were full, guiding us lovingly around deep puddles, and offering us such kind shelters in this storm. I will never have enough thank yous to go around. One can only hope our joy can be made complete by our eternal bond we will share. And if you are reading this and don't know of that bond, please consider the weather man (Jesus)! For without Him, I would be so lost right now, but with Him, I have Joy, Hope , safety, security , and a future of praise. Tammy and I love you all and truly can't wait to hug you all around the neck. I know for some of you that will be soon, but for others, that hug may be in heaven. But a hugging we will go!!!!!!


  1. I am sorry to hear about the loss. I can't even imagine what you guys are going through. I only knew Kelsey for a little over a year but in that year my life was impacted by her. A prayer blanket was sent to NIH for Kelsey on monday at

    9000 Rockville Pike
    Bldg.10/ CRC Room 1NW1648
    c/o Kelsey Koch
    Bethesda, MD 20892

    I am not sure if she had recieved it before going home to be with the Lord but I hope that if she did not and when you guys do get it that you know that prayers are being sent out to the family... I know that just by the time I knew her that the news of this has been a heavy heart for me and left me in tears throughout the night. Kelsey will be missed but Hallelujah that she is in no more pain and now dancing on the streets of Gold with our Heavenly father. And one day we shall all be reuniting once again.

  2. Tracy, Tammy, and beautiful Koch Family,

    As a father of ten children, seven of which have already "left" home, I can identify with the incredible hopes and dreams you have to see your children accomplish so much. Your family is incredible and has been an example of total faith and hope in the Christ, Son of the Living God, JESUS!
    Nothing I could say is different than what you have already heard from so many who seek to offer words of comfort during a difficult season for your family. We met personally, twice. Once at a reception for Wabash and a second time, during a prayer meeting for the girls. Our sons share a "best friend" love for one another and my family has sat in tears and prayer for yours without even really knowing you. ALL of this because of your beautiful daughters. ALL of this because of the legacy of faith you, as parents, have instilled in your children. THANK YOU for being transparent, real, honest, weak, faithful, human, spiritual, funny, sad, joyful, for demonstrating the importance of the Body of Christ. Your family's struggle against the darkness of disease constantly pointed me to pray for the body of Christ and the Unity of the Spirit, with the bond of peace. The body fitly joined together, has been the inspired intercession as I read not only the blogs from Dad and Mom Koch, but the responses of the believers. You thanking us breaks me down into tears.... on behalf of the Body of Christ in the earth, I am asking for forgiveness and mercy for the disconnectedness and brokenness of relationships throughout the body of Christ. Many are weak and sleep before their time because we, the church, have not discerned the Body. This is a reality I too must not ignore.
    Your family preached LOVE and UNITY by example and I am sooo thankful for every difficult time I was able to follow on this Blog, this faithful testimony of the Yes and Amen of God.
    Once you have settled and have the opportunity, the smaller version of my family, 7 in total, would love to hang out with you yours. It would be an honor!! Love to you all..Dad Sprowl (Loren) (cell)-765-350-0211

  3. I am someone from the Parker City community that has followed your story through the years. I remember many years ago when you brought your beautiful family to a sporting event and all your children sat so respectively beside you. I thought then what a precious family I was observing! I didn't know then that your family was rich with the love of Jesus.
    I can't imagine the pain that this journey has taken your through, but I also see the evidence of the joy that Kelsey's life brought you.
    I can't imagine the hole she leaves, but I also see the compassion you have now because of her life.
    You all are completely different because of her. She has left you all better people. You all are amazing because of your journey and your loss.
    I will keep you in my prayers for the journey that is ahead, and that comfort will be felt continuously.
    "The will of God will never take you where the grace of God can not keep you"

  4. I'd like to extend my deepest condolences to you. -Maricris (Florence's friend)

  5. Amazing truth and comfort in your words Tracy. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Many, may prayers are with your family. We are all expieriencing much joy and sadness right now alongside your family. God is so good. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. I pray God's continued blessings on you and your family. Micah

  6. What is the address to send flowers to?

  7. What address should flowers be sent to?

  8. Tracy & Tammy,
    We want you to know we are praying for you and your family. Our hearts go out to you as you grieve the loss of your beautiful daughter. We pray the Lord would wrap you in His arms and fill you with His comfort and peace. We are hoping to make it down to see you at the memorial service - to hug you and grieve with you in person."All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with comfort through Christ." - 2 Cor. 1:3-5

  9. As a mother, myself, I cannot even begin to understand your loss. I can feel the loss, though as one who had the privilege to know your daughter. I am so grateful that my daughter, Ashley, was able to be friends, through homeschool and especially dance, with Kelsey. I know that all of us who had the opportunity to be around Kelsey, are grateful for that time. Our family moved away from Muncie, but still kept abreast of what Kelsey and the family was experiencing. We will be visiting Muncie in July, and was really hoping and praying that Kelsey would be healthy once again, so that we could visit with her, but God had a different plan for her. Aren't we all blessed to have Jesus in our lives, especially during times like these? He makes it so much easier for us, to know that we will see her again someday. God bless you and your family...
    Terry Carter