Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I Choose LOVE

When I met Summer I knew she would hold a special place in my heart forever. She's the kind of girl that always leaves you smiling. She's good at sooooo many things and she's one of the funniest people I know. We first met at college. The first time I was around her we planned a girls day with one of our mutual friends, Natalie. They told me they would come pick me up, I was living in the dorm at the time. As I was watching and waiting for them, I noticed Natalie's pick up truck jump the curb and literally drive right up to the front door laying on the horn. At that moment, I knew we were friends forever. We soon moved in together and started building a friendship that I still cherish to this day. She was in my wedding, we had our first babies not to far apart. We went through many ups and downs together.

Time passed and even though we didn't talk everyday, when we did we picked up right where we left off.

Now, as I think of Summer, which is everyday at least ten times I day, sometimes I smile, sometimes I cry. See, Summer is experiencing what most of us can't even imagine. She tells her story beautifully and you can read more at http://www.thebeaversjourney.blogspot.com/. Summer lost her beautiful baby girl about a month ago. Even if you don't know her, you won't believe how much Summer, Jeff (her husband), Dylan (her son), and Kelsie (her angel) can teach you just by reading her blog.

They have taught me to choose LOVE. It's that simple. Whether it's through my kids, my husband, my family, myself...I choose LOVE. And every time I do in my mind I feel like I'm keeping Kelsie's legacy alive. Even when my patience are shot or I'm tired, I still choose LOVE. I can't thank you enough Summer for showing me it's just that simple.

I bought this T-shirt last week... I also got one for my daughter. My sister also got one. We wear them proud. Each time we put them on we say a little prayer for Summer and her family and we are sure to pass on the love through our actions and thoughts. You can order one at http://www.reneetrudeau.com/.

Please join us...through your prayers, leave a comment for Summer even if you don't know her. Let her know that she isn't alone, through her loss we will create more love and pass it on. And every time we do, we will smile and think of Summer and her family....and maybe, just maybe Summer will feel that love come all the way back around.

I love you, sweet friend.


  1. Although I don't know Summer, I feel like I do through you, and she is an inspiration. I pray for her family often, and I smile when I think of angels rocking sweet Kelsie to sleep each night. They will meet again, and that will be a most joyful day for them! But until then, Summer and her family will continue to be an inspiration to many through their unshakable faith in God and His always perfect timing.

  2. Aw, your poor sweet friend. I just read through her blog...so sad!!! I will pray for her and her family.

  3. I love you Cas!!! All I can say is I love you!! Your frienship is treasured!

  4. Awesome blog sister! The first person to pop in our minds when we saw that t-shirt was Summer. I LOVE that t-shirt (and we bought one for Summer too).

    Summer, you have truly touched my soul. I choose LOVE too!

  5. Summer, thank you for your honesty and letting us grieve with you by sharing your heart. You are healing people you have never met in ways that you cannot imagine. Your strength has inspired me to choose LOVE and enjoy each moment. I pray for you daily. Love and prayers, Mika

  6. Precious Summer, may you feel God holding your beautiful face in His hands.I know He will never leave your side. May His words and the light of His love, illuminate each day. I'm praying.


  7. That is a wonderful thing, Choose Love, she is amazing and I cherish her as my sister.

  8. Cassi, Thank you for being a wonderful friend, Summer is so blessed to have you. I feel you are part of our family so that makes us all blessed.
    I choose LOVE and I love you. Summer's mom