12.27.2012

Christmas at LeBonheur

This year's Christmas dinner at LeBonheur was probably the most meaningful and emotional dinner we've served yet.  I spent time visiting with our friends and their son Connor.  They are currently living on the 7th floor, although their time there is fleeting.  Their precious 5 year old is dying of a rare brain disorder and every time I am with them I feel as if my heart is torn in two.  When I get to heaven one day, I have one question that I want to ask Jesus.  "If you are going to take children from this earth, why do you allow them and their parents to suffer."

I know I have no right to ask that question and the reality is that when I cross over from this earth I wont even remember that question.  However, in my worldly state of mind its a question I can't seem to shake.  Being a momma and watching your baby die or watching another mother with a dying child is more than the humna mind or heart can comprehend.  I know they would appreciate your prayers as they navigate this horrible path.

We were able to serve over 150 plates and gave away over 100 presents.  We set up a portion of the toys we collected in the family room and allowed the children throughout the hospital come and choose a gift.  It was really neat watching them walk in--their eyes wide with excitement.  The little boy in the picture with me below single handedly help collect over 80 toys!!  Thank you Brooks for your precious heart and soul.


The pictures that follow only tell a small portion of the story.  This dinner blesses lives.  No, it doesn't change anyone's circumstances and it can't take away their hurt, but it does make the moment better.  And as a mom who's been there, sometimes a moment is all you need.  Just a moment to feel better.  Thank you all for donating and helping make this dinner possible.












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15 comments:

  1. As a pediatric oncology RN, I'm acutely aware of how simple gestures make a huge difference in the lives of those parents. A hot meal, smile on their child's face, conversation with another family or even a hug can change the moment they are living in. I commend you and your amazing family for taking time out of your holiday to share your hearts with other families. Thank you for being open and honest with us...I've learned so much from your journey. For this I am thankful!

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  2. The tears are flowing! Thank you for doing this for these precious children and their families! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

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  3. How wonderfully sweet. God is good!

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  4. This is so awesome, thank you Kate for volunteering and for sharing this story; We as human beings need each other. Period!

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  5. Great job to all and well done! Looks like everyone enjoyed it. The volunteers look like a great group.

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  6. We were so blessed. Thanks for letting us be a part of an amazing evening.

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  7. I've said the same thing. For the past three years my husband and I have been greiving parents. We tried for years to conceive our son Luke. He passed away during my second trimester. The most horrible thing was watching his heart stop and slip away from this earth.
    We never thought we'd suffer stillbirth a second time but we did last year when our daughter Adyn passed away again during my second trimester. Holidays and their birthdays are very difficult for us. I am grateful we got to hold them and love them for a short brief time.

    At this point we've been trying for 7 years. I pray one day this will all be a distant memory and we have healthy babies one day.

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    1. Praying for you. Thank you for being open and honest.

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  8. You are incredible!

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  9. That is such a wonderful thing that you do for all those people. I wish I was closer so I could help with the dinners and stuff. Since I have been reading your blog I pay closer attention to donating to St Jude for the kids.....I feel as if I know your family and I pray for Lucy and all of you that things will stay good for you. I have a grandson about Jacks age and they have the same pj's and I just love his little smile. You are a blessing to so many.....

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  10. That is such a wonderful thing that you do for all those people. I wish I was closer so I could help with the dinners and stuff. Since I have been reading your blog I pay closer attention to donating to St Jude for the kids.....I feel as if I know your family and I pray for Lucy and all of you that things will stay good for you. I have a grandson about Jacks age and they have the same pj's and I just love his little smile. You are a blessing to so many.....

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  11. What an amazing gift to give. Oh my heart just drops to see all of those people knowing this monster called cancer is visiting them. Just so many.


    Praying and praying,
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  12. That is so amazing. What an incredible gift to give!

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  13. God Bless you and your acts of kindness!

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  14. Kim and Connor are dear friends of ours and all of our hearts are breaking for them. Thank you for ministering and helping them in any way possible.

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