I cannot believe my baby girl is turning one year old. I honestly cannot believe she fought through all of the crap she had to deal with in just her first year of life. She is a fighter and a hero and a true testament to our faith. She has taught us so much and brought us to a wonderful place. Physically, we moved to Arlington Heights because of her to be closer to family and the hospital, but also a place where we have peace. I have always been so terrified of death. To think of loosing my husband, my mother, a sister, a friend or God for bid, one of my children, made me sick to my stomach. I couldn’t comprehend someone that I love so deeply to leave me or to face that I may leave my children behind. But, after reading and praying and witnessing children leave this world, I have been confronted with death like a boxer meeting his opponent’s glove. And the reality is that Gabi may not live to her next birthday or may not live to see her parents tear up when she graduates from college, but I think I have come to terms with that. I truly believe there is a better place and that this life is preparation for our eternal life. We are all destined to an eternal life with no pain, no war, no anger. Just love. Now that’s comforting and I thank Gabi for teaching me that.
On that note…Gabi is turning one and IT’S TIME TO PARTEE!
You all know the time and location from the evite.
- There are lots of picnic tables, but you may want to bring a lawn chair or 2 and/or a picnic blanket for the kids to sit and eat
- There will be 2 pinatas for the kids, 2 moonwalks, a kickball tournament, water balloons (depending on the weather), lots and lots of food!!, and bags for the adults.
- There is a built in shelter and we will have a canopy tent also up.
- There are bathrooms there.
- The raindate is Sunday, June 6th. Check the blog the night before, Friday to see if we will be using the rain date.
Ronald McDonald info
We will be collecting items for the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee. As most of you know, we spent 6 months there and they never expected a penny from us. Dinners were provided almost every night from the community, volunteers ran the house, and all of the families there were suffering. This charity helps so many families in most often the toughest times of their lives.
Please consider making a donation.
We will be happy to take cash or checks made out to RMH. Even $5 or $10 makes a difference.
The list below is taken from the RMH website
Thank you for thinking of the children and families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House during this difficult time in their life… you truly make a difference for them. Our families, some 1,200 each year, are facing unimaginable stress… their child is seriously ill, and their lives are turned upside down. We may just be the only bright spot in their entire day and we take that responsibility to heart! We are a home where kids can just be kids, away from hospitals and doctors and treatments… and parents can lean on each other.
Note: All Donations MUST be NEW and in the original packaging.
Special Baby Items
Please Consider Using Our Registries
- I did speak to a volunteer at the house and she said because of limited storage, they are well stocked and DO NOT NEED board games and art supplies.
- They have lots of boy things but are looking for girl things for ages 0-17, except barbie, they have lots of barbies.
Ideas of what are needed:
- Baby toys
- My little pet shop toys
- My little Pony
- itunes gift cards for the forgotten about teenage kids
We can’t wait to see everyone at the party and if you cannot make it, we thank you for all of your support this past year!