Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Kate!!

In a perfect world, I should be planning a party......maybe a princess party, or a tea party or maybe even a polka dot party {wouldn't that be fun?} In a perfect world I would have spent time shopping for the perfect little party dress and the perfect birthday present for the perfect little birthday girl. In a perfect world, our sweet baby Kate would still be here with us to celebrate her 4th birthday. The harsh reality is that life is not perfect and there are many situations in life that we cannot control. However, there are many situations that we CAN control. We can take the challenges that life gives us and let them define who we are or we can take what we're given, learn from it and try to better ourselves. In a perfect world, it should be easy as that. But it's not always that simple! Bryan found this quote that I often refer to:
"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. Master this and you've mastered you. Life is a constant adjustment of your mental and emotional sails. Life, like the wind, is always changing - that's a given. How you adjust the sails is your choice, though challenging at times, keep adjusting." ~ Unknown

So with that being said......when life hands you salt, make a yummy birthday cake!!!!
When it comes to Kate's "angel day," her birthday, Memorial Day, etc. I never know how I'm going to feel. So, I approach these days with no expectations, no set plans and just allow myself to feel whatever emotion I am feeling. Every year for her birthday I make a cake {that's a given} and I challenge myself to try something new. So this year, I attempted fondant. I have to say fondant has always intimidated me, but surprisingly it wasn't as difficult as I had anticipated and it was so much fun to work with. I honestly had no idea what fondant was even made of.......two ingredients is all. Yup, just marshmallow and confectioner's sugar. Can you believe it? I will admit that it was time consuming, but very therapeutic.

Later that evening we spent some time at the beach. We got 4 pink balloons representing the 4 sweet years Kate has been in our lives and one-by-one Mia let them go. It was such a sweet moment.

{Insert beach pictures here}

In a perfect world, computers would always function properly and not delete precious pictures. Unfortunately, we lost all the pictures we took at the beach. But all-in-all, it was a very special day.

Happy Birthday to our Sweet Angel Kate!!Kate's 1st birthday
July 15, 2007


Melissa said...

What a beautiful cake/day. Happy Birthday to Kate!

katie said...

Tears to my eyes. I love you. I love Kate. You are my earthly hero for multiple reasons. Thank you for being you. The quote was so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Marcae can't believe it has been four years since Kate was born! Wow!! What a great way to celebrate her birthday. I am sure it is never easy when these special days come around, but sounds like you have a great way of remembering her and dealing with it by not setting the expectations to high. You are an inspiration to all of us. Miss having you in the neighborhood but glad we can still share in your life. Laurie Schaefer

Marie Holmes said...

Beautiful message on a special day!! Thank you, I needed it.
Happy Birthday to Kate!!

Nic and Ashley Haws said...

Kate is so beautiful. She makes my heart melt. Happy birthday sweet girl.

I love to read your posts. I'm amazed at your ability to "make cake out of salt". I'm trying to get to that point... you are inspiring.

I hope Kate's birthday was a special and peaceful day.

Ashley Haws

Fritzsche's said...

Happy Birthday Kate! I am so happy to see that you celebrate and embrace that day with such joy and grace. She would be so pleased. Love you Kate and will always miss you.

Treo Sanders said...

Love this post. I love how positive you are in everything that comes your way. You did great on the cake by the way. Its a beast to work w. I wanted to pull my hair out doing jaylees fondant cake but it looks good in the end right:) I love lil miss Kater Bugs and miss her so much. What a sweet little angle she is and will always hold a special place in our hearts. I love you Mo.. Miss you too.

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Jason and Andrea Wilcock said...

Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts, the quote and for being an inspiration! You are amazing!