My first attempt at decorating a birthday cake!So, it has been a week since Kate's birthday and I must admit that it was a very emotional day. Bryan & I decided that we are going to make it a tradition to "get away" every year for Kate's birthday. Our good friends have a family cabin in Midway and let us stay there for a few days. I love Midway because it feels like you are on vacation even though you are only 40 miles away from home. It was so nice and relaxing. We had such a great time....watching movies, golfing (you betcha Bryan got in a round of 18) and eating (my favorite pumpkin pie shake from the Dairy Keen....Mmmm).On Tuesday, we drove to Fillmore to spend the afternoon/evening with our family. I just wanted everything to be oh so perfect. Not having Kate's headstone yet, I wanted to make sure it was decorated so cute. We got to the cemetery around 6:00 pm and the clouds were nasty and gray. The next thing we knew........a HUGE wind burst blew through the cemetery. We waited for a few minutes to see if it would die down, but it didn't. I was so upset. My family had planned a BBQ at the barn, so we decided to go and eat and see if the storm would blow through. My sweet little nieces and nephew drew these darling pictures for Kate. It just about broke my heart. They always ask questions about "Baby Kate" and I think it is so important to celebrate her life so they will always remember her.
Around 9:30 pm we went back to the cemetery and the wind was blowing just as hard and unfortunately, we weren't able to leave any of the decorations. Being so disappointed with the whole situation, I learned a valuable lesson. My sweet mom had talked to me about a thought she had. Basically she said that even though the day had not gone as planned, it doesn't matter to Kate whether or not she has balloons or flowers at her grave site. She knows that we love her. Even if everything had been perfect and the grave site decorated just the way I wanted it, the pain probably wouldn't have been lessened. What matters is that we were together as a family celebrating the life of our angel. Because we had to leave that night, my mom, SuSan, Drew, Gavin and Devin went up the next day to decorate Kate's grave and it was "Perfect."