|Sleeping Beauty (January 2012)|
|Holding my sweet girl (January 2012)|
|Precious awake time (February 2012)|
From January to March 2012, I spent every second I could with my daughter, Kaitlyn.
I was by her side as she fought an unimaginable disease that took her life on March 22nd at 12:34pm. I also felt God's immense presence in our lives during quiet moments lying next to her as she and/or I slept.
|Sleepy Girls (February 2012)|
|Happy Dreams! (February 2012)|
|Flowers and Butterflies (March 2012)|
God wrapped His arms around us and gave us the opportunity to turn our nightmare into His work. Kaitlyn changed lives. She was here for a reason and God used her to reach into the hearts of thousands across the world. He is still using her here for good.
|Many people across the world released balloons for Kaitlyn on her birthday|
|Kaitlyn's 3rd Birthday|
The summer was full of praying, counseling and trying to figure out "What now?". There were good times, there were rough times. I went to church and cried out to God... a lot. He carried me through the storm.
|Holding sweet Amber (NPA) at the Niemann-Pick Conference over the summer|
|Cole and Amber at the conference|
|Voted into the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation Board of Directors!|
The fall and winter, I focused on Cole. I watched him grow and learn. I saw life through his eyes. A priceless gift that changed the way I looked at the world and what simple happiness means. God also brought some incredibly amazing people into my life. People who cared for me and actually took care of me. Some of you will understand this, especially those of you who have had a sick child. There was a point when I took care of everyone else and had no one to take care of me. I was fine with that. My priority was taking care of Kaitlyn. It was what it was.
|Dachshund races! Cole thought it was hilarious!|
It is a bittersweet end of year for me but I have faith and hope that God will continue to work in my life and that 2013 will be a year filled with blessings.
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion." says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him."