Imagine you are walking by yourself through the fields of a horse pasture that is over 200 acres in size. It is a cool and breezy day, but spring is in the air and the warm weather is peaking through just around the corner. You find yourself in a peaceful state as you soak in all the beauty around you. As you climb and descend the rolling hills of the Fredon, NJ country side, your attention is distracted by a ribbon that is gracefully blowing in the wind. As you change course and approach this dancing ribbon, you notice half of it is buried deep in the muddy terrain. Grasping tightly, but gently pulling it out of the undisturbed earth only to find a beautifully handwritten note attached to the other end.
On May 11, 2009, Kayleigh Anne Freeman went home to Heaven and nearly a year has gone by since balloons, with beautifully written notes were set free on May 17th, 2009 to roam this world in hopes to touch more lives the same way Kayleigh had touched all of ours.
I received an email early this evening from Kathy whose life was touched by Kayleigh as she walked through this beautiful pasture today and pulled a buried "You've Been Touched by Kayleigh" note out of the mud. It showed signs of wear and tear as Kathy described this firmly attached note to the end of this ribbon, which was once carried to its destination by a beautiful pink balloon. I nearly broke in to tears when this email came through. I was enjoying my gracious invite for dinner over at Andy's (The American Hero) house for dinner and a little Guitar Hero with his wife, sister and children. I happily shared this blessing of a story with them as goose bumps covered my whole body. I was so excited and anxious to come home and share such awesome news with you all.
"Kayleigh, you continue to amaze us everyday with your strength and love. There is not a day that goes by where I am not reminded of the love you shared with all of us. I am forever changed by your miraculous journey. Just when I think I have been amazed beyond all measure, you prove once and again why, "Your Amazing" by Janelle is the song that describes you perfectly. I am comforted daily by your photos, your first teeny weeny outfit, your stuffed animal puppy (Brittany), and the stories that continue to come in of how you touched and blessed their lives. Every time I'm shown how much of a blessing you have been and will continue to be, I quickly smile and am reminded of how very proud I am of you!
Kayleigh, you will forever live in my heart. By seeing how you have changed this world, without speaking a word, it just amplifies the fact of knowing that your really not that far away. As the warm weather is approaching, I am sure we will all see your love through the joyful dancing of a beautiful butterfly.
We ALL love you so much sweet Kayleigh"