Kristen was a shining star in the lives of many.
The power of Kristen's sweet spirit radiated from her.
Her smile could light up a room.
Although Kristen has left us for a season,
Her light will continue to shine.
All I have to do is to walk in her room and I feel her warmth and radiance.
I feel confident that her light will continue to burn stronger and brighter.
Her story has inspired many to try harder,
that nice does matter, to look for and enjoy the simple things in life,
and to make memories that will last forever.
I decided a while ago that I would always have a project, something that I could give,
something to make the path that I just traveled a little easier for someone else.
The children’s hospital where Kristen and I spent
so many months has become dear to me.
The love and care that Kristen has received from both the bone marrow transplant team, the oncology team and the ICS unit was amazing. Everyone was diligent in caring for her and trying to find a cure that would work for her. Great love and care was shown toward her by both the doctors and nurses and
I will forever be grateful.
Last year, just a week before Christmas, we met at a local Build a Bear
and made 27 bears.
and made 27 bears.
We donated the bears to the ICS unit
(this is where the cancer kids and transplant kids stay).
We are looking forward to doing this again this year.
When Kristen and I would spend time in the hospital, it seemed we were always looking for things to keep us busy. It seems I was always trying to track down a pair of scissors, a box of crayons and other items. A few months ago I decided to make activity bags that contained these kinds of items.
I also wanted to include some kind of a light as
Kristen always loved lights.
Last week I received a package from Joyce. Most of us know that she is Sarah’s mom and that she recently opened a quilt shop in Ohio. She included several stacks of awesome fabric to help with my project along with a note that said,
“We read about your project and thought you might be able to use a little of our stash from the store. Kristen’s light is shining bright!”
How awesome is that? Joyce and Sarah are the BEST!
At this very moment there is something in the works that
will spotlight Sarah and Kristen. (More on that later)
Last week I also received a gift from a very kind neighbor…a new sewing machine! A really nice new sewing machine. Thank you Gloria!
Thanks to Joyce and Gloria…
16 Bags are FINISHED!
I will stuff these with various items and deliver them on Friday.
Kristen’s light is shining.