Hoping December 5, 2006

I have hesitated to write about this, since I don’t know the Kim family myself, but they have been in my thoughts so much this week since their disappearance in Southern Oregon last week. I was so happy to see that Kati, Penelope and Sabine were rescued yesterday. I have made the drive from Portland to San Francisco so many times, and I love that part of Oregon so much. I’m so grateful that the three of them are safe and healthy after such a harrowing ordeal.


After reading Lisa Congdon‘s moving and thoughtful entries about them, I’ve been burning a candle for the family every day. Now I am hoping with all my heart that James is found safe and sound, and soon — and that he has found shelter and food. My best and warmest thoughts are with him, the hundred people searching for him, and with the family and friends who wait for news. I hope we have a wonderful update soon.

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Wednesday, December 6: I’m crushed to hear the news that James Kim was finally found but that he didn’t make it. My heart goes out to his family, friends and loved ones — I am so sorry for your loss, and I’m wishing you peace during this awful time.

Friends of the Kim family have set up an online guestbook if anyone would like to add a note of sympathy. The site is also offering the chance to donate to the family.

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Thursday, December 7: Thanks to Moiety for mentioning that the guestbook has been closed and that now you can e-mail friendsandfamily at jamesandkati dot com with your messages.

Also, I wanted to add that Susie of boygirlparty will be collecting handmade gifts for Kati, Penelope, and Sabine Kim and mailing them to the family on December 14 if you would like to contribute. Lisa Congdon, Stephanie Barnes and Gerrie Congdon are organizing an art + craft fundraiser in James Kim’s honor and they’ll be posting more details as they organize it over the next week or two.

This touching tribute to James Kim was posted on CNET today as well.

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