Today, Rita brought her sewing machine over and we sewed 10 of the quilts for Children's Hospital. I am so happy! Here are some photos of Rita and what we accomplished.
Saturday, March 8th, is Katie's birthday. She would have been 13 years old. I have been having a multitude of thoughts about this, as you can imagine. It's very hard to face her day without her, and to decide how to "celebrate" this birthday. I have been thinking about it and discussing it with David and Gregg for a while. At first, I thought we might take gifts to the hospital for other kids; then I thought we might go to dinner at one of her favorite restaurants. Now, I think we may get some balloons and decorate her bench in Waterfront Park, and maybe let a couple of them go, up into the sky. The best thing of all, for me, has been getting materials for, and sewing, the quilts. I know how much her quilt meant to her, how it comforted her, and is now comforting me. I know that she felt that other kids would like to have them, and that we should make them for the Hem-Onc clinic (and the SCCA ward) at the hospital. So that may be the best way to celebrate and honor her this year: to make comforters for other kids. It just feels wrong to have her birthday without her here with us!