Her dad, Aaron brought me up to her room, where I wore a cape and mask before entering. He introduced me to Kate, but she wasn't feeling well at all. He explained that she was on many medications, including morphine. She looked right at me for a long time, and her eyes were mesmerizing. Clear, beautiful blue. She was the most gorgeous little girl. I wanted to run over and hug her, and hold her like she was my own. Aaron took her to another room so I could decorate and set up her gifts. I worked quickly and nervously, hanging snowflakes from the ceiling, hanging a gorgeous banner on the window and setting out all of the gifts. Kate's nurses came in and gushed about how cute everything was. Kate's mom, Holly came in, and she was so appreciative of everything. I had an emotional chat with her and Kate's nurse, Erica. I cannot imagine being in Holly's position, yet her strength is undeniable. She is such an amazing mother. I am grateful to have had the chance to tell Holly how she has inspired me personally. Kate is so blessed to have caring, loving parents by her side at every moment of this terrible experience. Kate's nurse deserves a gold medal. What a difficult yet rewarding job she has, caring for these children with cancer. Her heart poured out as she spoke of Kate and her strength. How inspiring this experience was.Unfortunately, Kate was feeling terrible when she came back in. Holly assured me that once she was feeling better that she would love opening her gifts. I decided it was my time to leave, and as soon as I left the room, the tears started streaming down my face.
Kim, Thank you for the amazing decorations and gifts. Please pass that thanks along to everyone that donated. Late last night Kate felt like opening some gifts so we did. What great things people sent. We are so grateful that so many not even knowing her personally are praying and also doing tangible things to help. It makes the very hard days a little more palatable. So thank you! I am leaving the decorations up!
Much love, Holly
Thank you, Holly for allowing me to do this little thing to help brighten Kate's day.
PLEASE FOLLOW KATE'S JOURNEY HERE &
CONTINUE PRAYING FOR HER RECOVERY!
A HUGE THANK YOU
to all of my readers and friends who sent
the most fabulous decorations, gifts & attire for Kate's special day:
Sally - Polka Dot Market - Gift Buckets, Custom Shirts and Totes for the McRae Family, Polka Dot Leggings, Notecards & More (some items courtesy of Lilybella & Sticker Shop)
Jess - Polka Dots & Pirates - Tutu & Birthday Banner
Kristina - Modern Frills - Snowflake T-shirt
Amy - True Love Found - Snowflake Crown
Mia - Dolce Vita Mia - Crocheted Hats
Jess - Pen 'N Paper Flowers - Aqua & Red Bubble Set
Melissa & Kellie - Icing Designs - Cupcake Stand
Trisha - Daisys & Dots - Aqua & Red Flag Banner
Jill - Pocket Full of Posies - Canvas Artwork
Kara Hartman - American Girl Doll
Kristi Hansen (my BFF) - Snowflake Decorations
Sandi Arata - Oh Baby Shower Decor - Snowflake Banner
Kim -The Celebration Shoppe - Princess Crown & Carriage
Please let me know if I forgot anyone!
There were so many wonderful things to keep track of!