Katherine Anne was born on June 26, 2006. Shortly after her birth...she was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia associated with the 22q chromosomal deletion. Kate was a trooper...endured 4 open heart surgeries, 5 heart catherizations and spent over 150 days in the hospital. On January 15, 2008, her heart gave out and she passed into her Heavenly Father's Arms. During her 568 days here on Earth...she was always smiling. We miss her immensely...but rejoice in her new pain-free Eternal Home.
What an awesome surprise when I heard that one of my best buds from high school was expecting her first little bundle of joy! How exciting...of course we had to throw a shower for her. We have this group of 5 of us from high school...and way back...13 years ago...we had the first baby shower for Sharyn. It was a mother daughter/shower...and how awesome that for Karla...we could have the same fun! So..all 5 girls (from 3 states) and all 5 moms gathered on Saturday to celebrate Karla's new little one due in March.
Karla with her awesome cake!
Thanks to a talented friend from church....the cake was a perfect resemblance of their nursery decor!
The five girls...so excited for our special friend...
and so excited about that baby bump!
Karla opening her gift from me! Seriously, there have been very few gifts that I have ever given that were more fitting and fun than this one! Karla and her husband have Alaskan Malamute dogs AND ride motorcycles! What is more fun than a malamute stuffed animal riding a diaper motorcycle.
One of my other totally talented friends came over and helped me (okay, maybe she did most of it). I especially love the spoon kick stand. It packed full of diapers, blankets, bibs, a bottle, socks and even a paci clip to hold it all together.
After playing some games....including mother/daughter Newlywed game and guess the #1 baby name from all 3 genterations (1945, 1970, 2011) and opening presents...we enjoyed some of the cake...and it was VERY VERY yummy!
Then...we also decorated onesis for Karla's little one! Hopefully, since she lives in Michigan...we can at least get a monthly photo of her little one wearing one of the onesies each month. Here are all the mom's with their works of art.
It was a great afternoon and the 3 hours just flew by! It's been almost 2 years since the 5 of us all got together. But..the bonus of the day...all the hubbies (minus Mel's...who was runnign a marathon in NC) came too and we all went to dinner and back to our house for some time to chat. It was great seeing all the guys...that had been probably at least 4 years since we saw some of the hubbies.
Seriously...these are 4 of the bestest friends anyone could ever have...and after they leave...I feel totally blessed! Totally sad that it will be TOO long before we get together again...but totally blessed to have them in my life.
Welcome to our blog...and thanks for sharing in our journey through this amazing ride called life! We are blessed...in many ways by our loving Savior. It is our hope and prayer...that this blog might bring you a little laughter...a little encouragement...a little hope...or a little of whatever you need to help you out today!
Seth is our totally amazing 11 year old! He brings us nothing but complete joy. He loves soccer and basketball, school (especially reading and math), playing with friends and collecting any type of sports card. He excels in school in all areas and usually is a great big brother. He is a great kid with a super heart.
Grant is our "on the go" 5 year old! Grant loves to explore...and wants to be outside all the time. If he can't be outside, he loves to play Wii, board games and with his Legos. He wants more than anything to be big like Seth. He can make me laugh on almost a daily basis...and his hugs beat no other.