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Organized by: Karrie Colomb

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Colomb, Karrie 4/29/2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Thank you for taking the time to read this short letter about my family. I, Karrie Colomb, am currently employed with the Crosby Independent School District (CISD) Special Education department and have been working with CISD for thirteen years. I am a wife to Russell Colomb and together we have four children, two stepchildren and two together. Reneisha and Darrell no longer live at home and have families of their own, but we still have our two children, Kierra whose 18 years old and a graduating senior this year and Kamron 12 years old who’s discovering life as a teenager. I met my husband Russell Colomb while attending Crosby High School. We were total opposites, I was the “good” girl and he was the “bad” boy in school, but I saw beneath all of that. He was funny, sweet, and a gentleman. Every girl imagines marrying their high school sweetheart and not many do, they part ways after graduation or during college, but I was the lucky girl who got to marry hers. We got married in a small church in Barret Station, TX, Rock of Ages, it was a simple wedding but just perfect for the two of us. I didn’t think I could ever be as happy and filled with joy as the day I vowed to God that I will be with this man through better or worse, sickness and health, and until death do us apart. We moved into our own apartment, my first, in Crosby, TX and it’s here where we started to grow our family. Right from the beginning we started off as a blended family because Russell had two children from a previous relationship, and that was never an issue for me, they were like my own. Then we were blessed with our first child together a daughter, Kierra. On this day I discovered there is no greater blessing than motherhood. Then 5 years later God provided us with another angel, our son, Kamron. We both worked to support our family, Russell probably more than I. He was very supportive regarding me going to school and discovering my career. His hard work payed off, he was able to open his own barber shop and be self-employed in Barret Station, and soon after we bought our home. Some will look at it and think its quaint and small but it’s perfect for us and our family. See we are not people that require lavish materials but cherish the time spent and love shared with our family. For us we were taking on the journey of life. Of course there were some bumps along the way, nothing is perfect, especially with teenagers. The house was finally paid off; Kierra was making plans for graduation and college while Kamron was growing into a teenager and loving sports. We had so much to be proud off. Then out of the blue on February 10th time seemed to just stop, this was the day Russell had a major stroke. I remember thinking what, how, no this can’t be, he’s only 42 years old. I asked God, why him, why us, what’s your plan God? I stayed by my husband’s side day and night, only leaving to ensure the kids were off to school and had dinner. On the day s that family and friends were there to help with the children, I would just stay at the hospital. The man I loved, the man that supported me for over 19 years now needed me more than ever. He would try to speak but nothing was clear or the wrong words were coming out, he couldn’t move his right side. I could see the hurt, anger, and sadness in his eyes, so I did all that I could to encourage him and ensure he was getting the care he needed while in the hospital. I am blessed to say I have family, friends, and coworkers that were very supportive and helped in any way that they could. Russell continued to progress and now it was time to make decisions about continuing his therapy and care. Then another reality sat in. We didn’t have any health insurance for Russell. He was self-employed and when we discussed either adding him to my insurance or purchasing coverage through the health care reform, he thought it was best we waited. We were all healthy, no major issues, and it was thought we could use that money for repairs on our home, and then revisits this next year. Unfortunately, we could not foresee what the future held for us. It took lots of paperwork, calls, and time to complete the paperwork for medical assistance. However, as of today, we have not been approved for medical assistance or benefits. All doctors’ visits and physical therapy have been self-paid. Through the grace of God, a loving coworker and friend has been providing speech therapy for Russell. I am happy to say that he is now home, but this transition is not easy. He is still working on regaining his motor skills, so he requires the use of a wheelchair. Our home is not wheel chair accessible, there isn’t a ramp and the doors are not wide enough, and the floor is not the same level in all rooms throughout the house. This makes every day routines 100 times more difficult. With only one income supporting the family the funds are not there to make these repairs and renovations. Kierra is old enough to understand all that has taken place, and being the unselfish daughter that she is, instead of going away to college she wants us to use the money we have saved for her on her Dad instead, and as her mother I can’t ask her to do that.Kierra will continue her education locally. I hope that after reading this that you are compelled to share our story with others in hope it will reach someone that can bless us in any type of way. Blessings, Colomb, Karrie


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