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Care for Kevin

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Raised by 181 people in 3 months
Created April 5, 2018
My dear friend Lynde Greene Devine's husband Kevin Devine suffered a major stroke on Wednesday morning April 4. He was in hospital fighting for his life  until Sunday April 8, when he went to heaven to be with God and live amongst the angels. They are self-employed, they own Kevin Devine Photography, so when they can't work they don't get paid. I have no idea what the plan is for the business now.  They have no medical insurance and the bills are huge and this family's need is great.
Their lives changed in the blink of an eye and they need help, love, prayers, and monetary support. Please help if you are able. If you can't give anything please share this, perhaps someone you know will be able to help! They were honestly such a sweet, loving, generous couple and what Lynde and her family are going through right now breaks my heart.  Every little bit will help as they go through this difficult chapter in their story.  Thank you so very much for any and all love, prayers and support that you can give! 28894346_15229568740_r.jpeg
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Today is gonna be a rough day for Lynde. It is Kevin's first birthday in heaven. She did get an awesome sign from him yesterday. She had been praying for a sign and asked him to send her a special humming bird to let her know that he is doing well. Her Facebook post about it follows.

- A Hummingbird...not just any Hummingbird, but the Ruby-throated Hummingbird that I have been hoping to see for the last few years - only saw it ONCE a few years ago...until TODAY! Just saw "him/her" right on my deck! Some of you may not believe in "signs from Heaven", but I definitely see this as a message from Kevin that he is okay. I've been praying for a sign, and this was the best I could have ever received. (earlier today I asked Kevin to show me a Hummingbird to let me know that he was okay - haven't seen one yet this year) I pray it comes back so I can capture some pictures! (thank you, Kevin...thank you for telling me that you are okay!) I love you, baby.

She has been making some posts on her Younique Business Page again, which I am happy to see. She loves her makeup business so much and I am glad to see her taking some small steps back into it.

The need for help to pay the medical bills is still great so please continue to send prayers, to share this fundraiser, and to give if you can. Every little bit helps. If you prefer to send directly to Lynde you can do so:
- PayPal via friend and family option (contact me for that information)
- Facebook Messenger Pay - Lynde Greene Devine
- or to this address
- Kevin Devine Photography
11265 North Summit Street
Kansas City MO 64155

Many thanks to all of you for the continued love and support for Lynde and her family!
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Hello. I want to once a gain say thank you so much for all of your prayers, love and support of my dear friend Lynde! She is showing such strength and courage as she navigates through this new chapter without her soulmate by her side. I want to share a few of her recent Facebook posts to update you on how she is doing and how much the love from everyone is helping her.

"May 1st, 2018: The day I choose to move forward. One. Day. At. A. Time. (perhaps, one minute...hard to say)
I am not leaving the past behind me - rather, I am carrying the blessings that I was bestowed for so many years with me, and embracing them, to help me into this new life that is a whole lot different, and a whole lot scarier without my best friend, my love, my life, my everything, by my side...
Please do not pity me, as I am struggling to find my way - I ask that you support me, guide me, and pray. I just cannot be so miserable, so I must step up and figure out what the plan is for me now...how can I help others? How can this tragic happening in my (our) life be of some good for others?
I will be crawling for now - looking for signs that I am headed in the right direction, for sure. I want to make something good of this...I want to be strong...I want to encourage others who are suffering...I will find a way to honor Kevin's unexpected passing by being a blessing to others, as he was a blessing to so many.
I will say that I am different now, and that's hard to explain, but I have a heart full of love and gratitude for the support that has been shown to our family, and I am going to build on that support, and the love that Kevin and I were blessed to have with each other; day-by-day, one foot in front of the other, to find peace with this new way of "being me".
I have never struggled this hard in my life - the pain is intense - but I just cannot continue being in such agonizing pain, or I will surely die before I carry out God's purpose for me in this life. So, I ask that you all bare with me, hold my hand when I need it, and feel free to give me a kick in the pants when I need it , too! Blessings to you all.
(this handsome man of mine is going to see me thru this - I believe it, because we promised each other to always be together - even if we were ever parted by death...)"

- from May 2, 2018 - "Who knew that packing our van for my truly first solo job would cause so many tears?... BUT, I did it, and I am going to take on this new life LIKE A BOSS, so watch out world, here I come, with my angel by my side!"

- from May 4, 2018 - "When EVERYTHING goes wrong that possibly could...
And the one person who could fix it all can't be reached...
Keep trying, Lynde, until it works." & this "Tough day. It's okay to cry now, yes?!!! Oh how I wish life was all the same as it was just weeks ago..."

- from May 5, 2018 - "Cinco de Mayo was one of our most fun days every year..." and then this "Well, this time last year, life WAS good. And we all know that memories are to be cherished, but memories cannot hold your hand, or hug you, or kiss you goodnight, or say I love you a hundred times a day, now can they?
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How do I go about getting back to living...without the man I live for? How do I find a way to enjoy life again...without the absolute center of my life? Is it possible to drink our favorite margarita and truly enjoy it...without my amante? Is there a way to feel passionate about our work...without my business partner? Will I ever sleep peacefully again...without the comfort of my man cuddling me? Will our house ever feel like home again...without you in it? Will I ever laugh again...without your silliness in my life? Will I ever feel safe again...without the security of your hand in mine? How will my broken heart ever heal...without your tender kiss?
These are just some of the questions my sweet friend is dealing with every single day. The pain is still more real than any she has ever known. It is still more raw than most of us can imagine. But life cannot be put on hold...the earth keeps spinning around the sun. Life doesn't come with a pause button...it continues to happen around her even as she feels incapable of living it. The bills keep coming in...as she struggles to imagine herself ever doing another Live to return to her passion for her makeup business. As she tries to bring herself to travel to the next photography event without her husband and business partner. Life keeps happening around her...babies are born, people get promotions, there are proms, graduations, weddings, friends get new jobs, new homes, start new businesses, fall in love...all while she struggles to face a new day alone.
We all tell her give it time...let yourself grieve...remember the good times...he is watching over you. We all send prayers for strength, comfort, and healing. We send cards and gifts. We take over meals. We send messages and call to say hello. We let her know she is not alone...but she feels alone, so very much alone...because he is not there. He has left such a huge void that she just doesn't know how to fill. She has truly lost a piece of herself.
Again I want to thank each and every one of you for your love and support of my sweet friend. If you can please continue to send prayers and love. If you could please share this fundraiser again. If you can give another donation this month. We will help her get through this one day at a time. If you prefer to give straight to her you can do so in one of the following ways...

- thru the mail via
Kevin Devine Photography
11265 North Summit Street
Kansas City MO 64155
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I wanted to give you a quick update. I have been speaking with Lynde almost daily and she is trying to work her way through her grief but it is going to take time. When you find great love and your partner passes you will know great grief. She appreciates all of the love and support that her and Kevin's friends have shown during this devastating time. The latest update she posted on Kevin Devine Photography Facebook page follows:

Kevin Devine Photography has been in business for over 12 years, and became successful because of the combined efforts of a husband and wife team; Kevin and Lynde. They built this business one customer, one event, and one step at a time, but always together. This business will continue, as either would have wished under the circumstances, and will continue to provide the professional, family-friendly services and affordability that you've come to know and love over the years.
Thank you all for your patience as we get back up and running over the next couple of weeks.

This was posted on Lynde's Facebook by one of her friends and it is so very true...
"The death of a spouse or partner is different than any other loss, in the sense that it literally changes every single thing in your world going forward. When your spouse dies, the way you eat changes. The way you watch TV changes. Your friend circle changes (or disappears entirely). Your family dynamic/life changes (or disappears entirely). Your financial status changes. Your job situation changes. It affects your self-worth. It affects your self-esteem, your confidence, your rhythms. The way you breathe. Your mentality. Your brain function. (Ever heard the term 'widow brain'? If you don't know what that is count yourself as very lucky.) Your physical body. Your hobbies and interests. Your sense of security. Your sense of humor. Your sense of womanhood or manhood. EVERY. SINGLE. THING. CHANGES. You are handed a new life that you never asked for and that you don't particularly want. It is the hardest, most gut-wrenching, horrific, life-altering of things to live with.

I know that this is exactly how she feels because she has told me "I don't know how anyone survives this...Everything I do, everything I think about, everything that makes me happy were things that Kevin and I shared."

My heart breaks for her and her grief makes me absolutely determined to live today to the full while I can because tomorrow is not a guarantee. Be kind always, do the things that make you happy, try new things, go on adventures, say I love you, wear the dress, eat off the good china, have that glass of wine, go on that trip, watch the movie, read the book, go to the concert, DO IT ALL!
And when possible to make someone else's life a little easier...do it. It will make your soul happy!

As always please keep sending prayers for strength, peace, and comfort for Lynde and her family. Please share this fundraising effort. Please give when you can. If you prefer to send directly to Lynde you can do so thru PayPal (friend and family option please).
thru Facebook messenger payments
Lynde Greene Devine
or by sending to this address:
Kevin Devine Photography
11265 North Summit Street
Kansas City Mo 64155

Thank you all so much for your continued love and support!
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