Kat and Eric thrived in the gentle care of their foster parents for four years. At the ages of 7 and 5, the two of them were adopted into the family of Barbara and Richard Shively. Even at that tender age, Kat was keenly aware of the ironic beauty of fragility and strength within the love of our relationships.
Kat was given a beautiful childhood, deeply rooted in the Catholic faith. She was encouraged to seek out her purpose, to think independently and to ask questions, which eventually led her to follow her passion for the arts, and over the years her business in photography.
Over the past decade, however, Kat faced the reality of losing both of her parents to cancer. Her amazingly brilliant father left this world 9 years ago this month from multiple myleoma and her charismatic, confident mother passed into Eternity on Easter Sunday, just 2 years ago from carcinoma sarcoma. Kathy and Eric also have been shared the information that both her biological parents, Hazel and Jim have both passed on as well. Hazel from a murder (Dec 17 1989) and Jim from complications due to pneumonia. (when Kat was in 7th grade) She found out about these tragedies at the time that the incidents took place.
Through these difficult losses, Kat has chosen to find joys in the sorrows and appreciate the moments of living. As the quote above suggests, we can find joy in our sorrows as without joys there can be no deepest of sorrows. And one cannot appreciate the joys without having endured sorrows.
It has been said that photographers are collectors of beautiful moments. Kat often refers to these once in a lifetime moments as "glimmerings." One of Kat's greatest gifts as a photographer is to freeze time within the moments of living; to recognize and be present in the "marrow" of life and capture the glimmerings.
This wonderful gift, combined with the amazing moments that present themselves in end-of-life care, brings about some incredible news for Quiet Oaks: