Without your prayers in 1997, when our son Ben lost his life, we could not have persevered. Thank you for sharing your own joys and sorrows, which brought clarity that we are never alone when our Creator asks us to carry special burdens.
I come to you once more to ask for your prayers and loving support.
I now face a new challenge. I am in a fight for my own life, one that will be difficult to win, battling the melanoma that has invaded my liver. I knew from the start of my cancer journey this could happen, but with each passing year, I hoped this cup would pass me by. It did not.
When you elected me to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1984, I began to see Louisiana as a complex and fascinating kaleidoscope of special people with varied talents and needs. I learned about you, your goals and aspirations, and especially your needs. I began to understand more fully how a well-formed government should be designed to invest in individuals, in education, in basic health care and in other ways that make each of us strong, independent and able to be active contributors to this complex world.
Those early lessons led me from the Legislature to the Public Service Commission, the lieutenant governor’s office and, finally, to the governor’s office. All that was possible because you believed in me and guided me on that 24-year journey. I believed in you. I believed we could all be better than we were.
I always felt blessed by God. My life was rich with a mega-sized family, good parents, caring brothers and sisters, a fascinating husband, creative children whose spouses gave me 13 of the best grandchildren, and many talented friends and interesting acquaintances.
I knew from the beginning that the journey would be difficult but that with God’s grace we could survive. We did survive. And dare I claim we are thriving in many new ways impossible to have foreseen before those calamities? Louisianans have faced a number of new challenges since the 2005 hurricanes and more will come, but we are a strong people and can face them all. I thank all of you for your courage and hard work while I was your governor.
It has been an honor and blessing to have been chosen, like Esther, to lead our people at such a time as this. Again, please add me to your prayer list. I hope I can survive and thrive as you have done.
I pray for blessings and peace to you and your families as we enter this holiday season that leads us to the blessings of Christmas and a hopeful new year.
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco was governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2008