Happy Birthday, Rachel!

It was 31 years ago today that our lives changed in the space of an instant. One second we were a couple, and the next we were a family. It still never ceases to amaze me how seamlessly that transition occurred, and how it felt like things had always been that way.

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Michelle Elise Koch – Beloved Daughter

Our beautiful girl

FORT WORTH – Michelle Elise Koch passed away Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 in Bryan, Texas. Michelle was 26.

Memorial Service: A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Marty Leonard Community Chapel, 3131 Sanguinet Street. Family and friends will gather from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday in the Great Room at Robertson Mueller Harper, 1508 Eighth Avenue.

Memorials: Green Oaks School in Arlington, Texas

Born in Fort Worth on Aug. 16, 1991, Michelle was the beloved daughter of Paul and Teresa Hamilton Koch. She attended Daggett Montessori Elementary and Junior High schools before graduating from R. L. Paschal High School in 2009. She attended Texas A&M University, majoring in Zoology. She hoped to become a Herpetologist.

Michelle was always the imp. When it came to all of God’s creatures, she was a softie for almost all of them. When she was 5 or 6, she saw an episode of “Animal Hospital” and told her family that she had to “give a tear” when she saw a puppy with a fish hook caught in its throat.

Most kids have puppies or kittens – Michelle was into all kinds of creepy, crawly, slimy things. While her sisters played with dolls and tea sets, Michelle was always outside looking for critters.

Michelle had a passion for lizards and snakes, and her knowledge of both was amazing – if anyone found one that they didn’t recognize, they would take it to Michelle, and she could almost always identify it. If she didn’t know what it was, she would take a picture of it and search her books and the internet until she found out what it was.

In her spare time, Michelle’s hobby was drawing. Her talent for drawing first revealed itself in the fourth grade when she drew a large segmented dragon for her class’s end-of-year program. As the years went on, she continued to draw, as well as to fashion elaborate creatures out of duct tape. In high school and beyond, she astounded everyone with her talent for intricate pointillist drawings made entirely out of dots on a page.

Over the years, Michelle grew from a little girl into a confident woman who was working hard to find her way in the world. She was a truly remarkable young woman who wasn’t afraid to stand for the courage of her convictions, even when faced with overwhelming opposition.

Michelle was loved by everyone who knew her. She had a gentle soul, and she cared for everyone she met. Her capacity for compassion was overwhelming. In her short time here on Earth, she touched innumerable lives, and she went on touching lives after her death through the donation of her tissues.

Her death leaves a huge void in our lives which can never be filled. We will miss her so very much, but we take solace in knowing that a part of her lives on not only in the lives of those who will receive her tissues, but also in the memories of all those whose lives she touched in even the tiniest of ways.

Survivors: In addition to her parents, Michelle is survived by her older sister, Rachel Koch Syska and her husband, Matt, of San Francisco, Calif., and her younger sisters Sarah Koch and Rebecca Koch, both of Fort Worth; grandparents, Mary Gazaway Koch of Brackettville and Lowell and Dorothy Carroll Hamilton of Brevard, N.C.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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A Somber Remembrance – Thoughts on the Anniversary of 9/11

I suppose every generation has its share of “Where were you when….?” moments – those “somethings” that happen that are so big, so life-altering, and which affect so many people that the vast majority of them have a memory etched into their mind of where they were when they heard the news, how they felt when they heard the news, and how it changed their life forever.

I can still remember that morning – it started off like any other morning. Rachel had gotten up early and was already dressed and on her way to high school with her friends, Michelle and Sarah were getting ready for school, and Paul was getting ready for work. I was resting in bed, waiting for Rebecca – who had turned 2 months old the day before – to wake up for her morning bottle.

Paul came into the bedroom and said he had just heard on the radio that a plane had hit the World Trade Center and it was on fire.

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For Bev – “Again Someday”

(l to r) Bev and Me, 1964

(l to r) Me and Bev, 2004

Today would have been my little sister’s 55th birthday.
Miss you like heck, Sis….

(“Again Someday” by Blackmore’s Night – available on CD or MP3)

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Happy 25th Birthday, Sarah!

Twenty-five years ago today, a spirited whirlwind of a girl blew into our lives:

Watch out, world – this one is loaded for bear…..

….and we have never been the same.  Where has all that time gone?

God has a wicked sense of humor – ask any family that has more than two kids, and they will tell you that the third kid threw them for a loop.  Just when you think you have the whole “parenting” thing figured out – you’re thinking you know everything there is to know about raising kids – the third one comes along, and you realize that you don’t have the first CLUE…..

By the time Sarah came along, we had been parents for 6 years.  Poor Sarah got the “leftovers” – we were a lot calmer about things, but we were also just plain tired.  Rachel was starting kindergarten and Michelle was only a year old, so Sarah got whatever energy we could muster up at the end of the day.

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Still Crazy (In Love) After All These Years

Thirty-seven years ago today, two starry-eyed kids said “I do”….

To my wonderful husband, Paul – thank you for all of the special memories, and for making me so incredibly happy.

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…..

Back To School
This came out in 1996 – the first time I saw it, I almost fell off of the couch, I was laughing so hard.

All these years later, it still makes me giggle 😛


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