Sunday, March 8, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATIE!

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart!










Kathryn Emilie Gerstenberger
born on Wednesday, March 8, 1995
6 pounds, 9 ounces
18.5 inches long

We hope that you are filled with joy (like in this photo of your first-ever laugh).

I'd love to see this smile again:
(even though that was "the party from h*ll" -- I remember that Daddy wanted to send everyone home!).
I'd love to sing "Happy Birthday to You," and to hear you laughing, watch you make a wish & blow out your candles.
We wish that you were here, so we could celebrate your special day with you, and the gift of YOU.
We love you!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to Katie indeed. Congratulations to you and Greg for giving her so much love from the day she was born. I hope today is full of good memories, even if they make you sad.

Irene x

Busy Bee Suz said...

Happy birthday to your angel. I love those pictures and I also wish you could give her a big birthday kiss!!
Irene is right, Katie had all the love in the world while she was with you, I am sure she still feels it.
Hugs to all of you- take care, suz

Maggie said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl! You are so loved and so missed!

Paul said...
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Paul said...

It's amazing what an impact Katie had on the world in her short stay here! Her beauty, poise, courage, and of course, sassiness will never be forgotten!

Happy Birthday Katie! I'm wishing you rainbow colors in your hair!

JuliaVP said...

What a sad and happy day. May you have peace and joy today despite the hard aspects of it all.

Diane said...

Thinking of you all today -- and hoping Katie finds a way to let you know she's celebrating with you.

Meg said...

I hope you were able to find a way to celebrate with Katie even though she is not physically here! I don't know what the weather is like in Washington but here in CT we had the most amazingly beautiful day and I thought of Katie :)

I don't know if I mentioned before that I'm doing my read-a-thon project again this year, and it actually starts tomorrow-- kind of neat that it is the day after her birthday! She is one of the many reasons I do this project :)

Thinking of you!!

Meg
http://readfornora.pledgepage.org

Jason, as himself said...

Hugs to you and your family and Katie wherever she is on this special day.

Karla W. said...

Thank you for sharing the photos and memories. Sending hugs.

Kay said...

Praying for your family today as you think of your beautiful Katie!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Katie! You really truly lit up the world with that smile!

Smileygirl said...

Happy Birthday sweet, beautiful, sassy girl. So many people love you and are sending you birthday wishes on your special day. We know you will continue to feel that love, every day.

Mary Jo said...

Happy, happy birthday Katie ---- may your family feel your love surrounding them, today and always!

Anonymous said...

Thinking about you today, Karen! God bless you as you celebrate Katie's birth! L in AK

A said...

Happy Birthday sweet Katie...and to you Karen, Gregg, and David. Love you, and wish we were there to put balloons on her bench. Love, Angela & Adam

Susan said...

Sending Happy Birthday Wishes to Heaven today. I hope that you were able to have a peaceful day today.

Elizabeth said...

I thought about you all day today, wondering how it would go. It seems that love surrounds you -- the photos of your beautiful Katie made me happy. Happy Birthday to Katie, and to you for the life you gave her. Thank you for all your kind, wise words and for your well-wishes. They are very much appreciated, in every sense.

Jennifer said...

Bless you all and bless Katie too. Happy birthday, girl!

Jennifer

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Happy Birthday to a beautiful beautiful BEAUTIFUL girl.... and kudos to the amazing MOTHER who loves her so very VERY very much and has introduced the world to Katie through this blog! :)

Veronica said...

HAPPY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY KATIE!!! You continue to touch many peoples lives, I think that you and your mother are a HUGE BLESSING and that God knows what He is doing though at times it doesnt make sense to us. I pray for a special sense of peace for you Karen, and Katie, my wish for you is that your wings are fitting extra perfectly for you, that they are shining even brighter than they already are sweet girl!

Karen, I am guilty of never introducing myself, and though my testimony is a long one, I will share it soon! I love your blog, I read it reguraly, it makes me laugh and cry, and I think you are wonderful in SO MANY WAYS!!