Karina was - is - a most beloved granddaughter. I met her on a cold snowy day in Chicago when she was just
a few hours old, and it was love at first sight. She was adorable - so round an pink and with a mass of dark hair.
A real doll. Our relationship was so precious to me. There is a Swedish saying that grandchildren are life's sweet dessert and Karina, as our youngest grandchild was the frosting on the cake.
Brock and Fernette moved their family to Edmonds when Karina was only four years old, and her sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa's house became a cherished tradition. She loved to play games with us, especially card games. She was a quick study and gave us real competition as she grew older. Another tradition was watching Disney or musical DVDs and eating popcorn. We made popcorn with real butter, not microwave bags, and I can see her licking the butter and salt from her fingers. And she loved to help me bake my fancy Swedish Christmas cookies. The first few years she sat on the kitchen bar beside the mixer and just enjoyed the results. But as the years passed, I came to rely on her help. She was so clever and quick with her hands. And she became a really proficient pie baker, too. The whole family enjoyed her pies at the holidays
Karina and I had clothes shopping tradition, too. She was so much fun to buy clothes for because everything looked good on her willow figure! She was conservative and discriminating in her tastes and told me that she liked my taste, too. : ) Afterward we always enjoyed a nice lunch where she shared her ideas, interests, and thoughts with me. I was always os proud of her, and so blessed to be loved by her.
I don't know how I can face the next family dinner without you in your place next to me, Karina, but I know that you are well and happy and whole in your heavenyl home. God bless you for all the love that you brought to Grandpa and me. You live in our hearts. - Grandma Eide
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I miss you more than I could ever explain. You stepped into paradise much too soon but I know the light of your life is still bright in my heart. I will always treasure the times we had together and take hope in knowing that this is not the end. I love you so much Karina. Kirsten Blakeslee
"I wanna live my life just like you did, and make the most of my time just like you did. And I wanna make my home up in the sky, just like you did, oh, but until I get there, until I get there, just save a place for me."
I miss you so much, Kare. And I am so thankful I am going to see you again soon. Maggie Topper
Jesus welcomed one of his angels into his arms last night. Karina Eide was one of my best friends, and though I don't yet know how I'm going to navigate life without her, I am secure in the promise that I will see her joyous smile again someday.
This amazing girl was brilliant, honest, kind, compassionate, and loving to those who had no idea the battles she was fighting. She lived with purpose,diligence, and bravery, and she inspired everyone whose hearts she touched in innumerable ways.
She was one of the few "real" people I could ALWAYS count on, someone who always kept me grounded in the principle that we are here for but a moment, and we have a duty to use the life we are given to share our giftings with the world.
Karina was the best example of such a life, bar none. Christina Gaebel