Sunday, April 11, 2010


The Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood Program (SUDC) was created in September 2001 within the CJ Foundation for SIDS. It is tasked with providing a centralized resource for information, support and advocacy. It serves families and professionals affected by the tragedy of SUDC, and promotes awareness of SUDC in communities.

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is… the sudden and unexpected death of a child over the age of twelve months, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted. This must include: examination of the death scene, performance of a complete autopsy, and a review of the child and family’s medical history. SUDC is a diagnosis of exclusion - given when all known and possible causes of death have been ruled out.

SUDC was determined to be our Kara's cause of death. Before Kara died, we had never heard of SUDC. We knew about SIDS, and breathed a 'sigh of relief' when Kara's first birthday passed, and she was thriving.  Little did we know that we would only have about 1 1/2 years left to enjoy our amazing, sweet, little girl. 

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Until We Meet Again….

Our daughter, Kara Anne Lang went to be with God on December 26, 2009. We have no idea why, but we know she went peacefully in her sleep.  Our family misses her desperately, but we are comforted to know that Kara is in heaven having fun (as usual) watching over us. The two and a half years we spent with Kara, as parents, and sister, were the best we could ever imagine.  Although we wanted a lifetime with her, we were truly blessed by every moment we did share with her. Our faith in God, and our loving family and friends have helped tremendously during the past week since Kara became our angel, and that is what will continue to carry us as time moves on.

Yesterday was the memorial service for our Kara. The service was perfect and beautiful, just like she was to us.  We want to thank all of the people that helped so much to make it that way--you all are wonderful, and we appreciate your love and support. Life is fragile, and there are no guarantees when it comes to relationships. Please make every effort to cherish each moment you have with your children, families, and loved ones.  We certainly cherish our wonderful memories of Kara, and they will last forever.



Our beautiful angel, Kara Anne Lang.

(July 13, 2007 ~ December 26, 2009)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Celebration in VA with Family

On December 26th, the four of us traveled to Virginia to celebrate Christmas with Kathy’s family.  We had a wonderful day! Kara so enjoyed helping Papa pass out the presents to everyone! We enjoyed a delicious meal together with all the fixings—turkey, ham, stuffing, garlic grits (family recipe), green beans, mac & cheese, etc…. Kara played with her cousins, ran around, and was a happy, energetic child throughout the day. We traveled back home that evening, and Kara spent as much time in her new playroom as possible before bedtime.  Kathy, Tim, Samantha, and all of their family members will remember Christmas 2009 as a time when Kara was exceptionally happy and full of life.  She loved all of the Christmas decorations and lights, playing outside in the snow (and we had LOTS of it), and playing inside with her new kitchen, dolls, nursery, and games she received as gifts for Christmas.  We will choose to focus on the beautiful memories that we made with Kara on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and during the day of the 26th. We love you dearly our sweet, angel Kara.










Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day 2009

Today marked another wonderful Christmas celebration for our family of four! Kara verified that Santa visited our home when she saw that the milk and cookie she left out were gone…just a few crumbs left. 

We opened our stockings from Santa first, and then the gifts to each other.  Everyone made out pretty well, so we must have been ‘good’ this year. :)  Tim loves his new range bag, and will put it to good use when he takes his new firearms to the range.  Kathy loves her new kindle, and has already downloaded books to read.  And, Samantha loves her new IPod touch, and has been adding new music and apps to it already.

The grand finale was Kara’s gifts from Santa inside her new playroom!  The funny thing is that Kara has never been in the back room at the end of the hallway, so she had no idea where she was going at first.  Kara was very surprised (shocked is probably a better word) to see a room full of familiar and new toys when we opened the door!   The morning ended with us enjoying a delicious breakfast of waffles, ghutta (family recipe) and bacon.

It was not an easy feat to get Kara out of the playroom, and so she ate her lunch in there at her little table. She enjoyed having mommy, daddy or Samantha stay and play with her, but was also happy & content to play by herself. 













Thursday, December 24, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

HUGE December Snow!

Well, the weather forecasters actually got it right. They said 10-20 inches yesterday when there was not a snowflake in sight.  As you can see from one of the pictures below, we are at 21 inches on Saturday evening! The snow is still falling slowly.  Kara had a great time playing in the snow again, but it wasn’t the best kind of snow for a snowman—too dry.  This has definitely been the biggest snowfall Tim and Kathy have experienced since the one in Springfield, VA in the 80’s.  We love that it happened on the weekend again so that we could enjoy it without having to worry about getting to work.  Although, today was our nephew Sean’s 5th birthday party, and we unfortunately had to miss it.  Samantha is visiting with her grandparents in Maryland, and is happy about the fact that school has already been cancelled on Monday.











Saturday, December 12, 2009

Leo & his new buddy, Ryder!

We have a new addition to our family, and his name is Ryder! He is a 12-week old retriever-mix puppy.  Ryder is very sweet and laid-back…lucky for us!  He reminds me of a newborn—lots of sleeping, pooping and peeing. :)