I haven’t updated in a long time and I hope that I can begin to get things back to normal around here. I loved putting together the weekly updates about Khloë, and now that she is gone I haven’t felt the call back to this blog. But today I want to start again.
My angel’s resting place
On April 11th friends and family gathered at the Willowbank Cemetery as we buried our sweet little girl. The sky was blue, the snow was finally gone, and the leaves blew in the breeze. The weather was perfect and allowed us to say goodbye in sunshine.
Afterward, everyone came back for a small reception at the church Jordan and I were married at. Some amazing people provided sandwiches, fruit and veggie platters, and desserts. We are thankful to each person who came out to let us know how much Khloë touched their lives.
We also recently announced to the world that Khloë is going to be a big sister! As of today I’m 12+4 weeks pregnant and my due date is November 2nd. 🙂
I used the above image to make the announcement! This was the surprize we had for Jordan’s parents, too. I texted my mother-in-law that picture right before we boarded our planes (in two different cities) and she was so excited that she had to tell some passengers on the plane. 😀 Needless to say, we are all excited! Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a scary aspect to this pregnancy, but I’m determined to stay positive and believe that God will give us the baby we need.
On December 3, 2014 my baby girl turned one year old! I decorated a pink backdrop with Frozen-themed snowflakes and tissue paper poms, dressed Khloë in a turquoise lace romper, and took some photos.
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Here are some of my favourite pictures from her birthday party:
Back in the beginning of July, my mom hosted a big party at the cottage. The party was to celebrate three things: my nephew Ashe’s 3rd birthday, Khloë’s 7 month milestone, and my brother Mark’s visit from Newfoundland.
Jordan, Khloë, and I spent a couple extra days before the party hanging out at the cottage. We slept in the guest cottage–the first time I’d slept in there in about five years!–and enjoyed the beautiful weather and laid-back atmosphere. The party came about three weeks after Khloë’s heart-wrenching diagnosis, so it was wonderful to get away for a mini-vacation.
Happy 3rd Birthday, Ashe!
All our friends and family came out on July 5th to celebrate with us! There was plenty of great food and of course lots of baked goodies courtesy of me. 😉 I even made Khloë a special chocolate pudding, which I think she enjoyed.
Keesje and I used last year’s “Thomas the Tank Engine” decorations and added in some Disney Princess bits n’ pieces for a girly touch! There were lots of outdoor toys for the kids, including a water table. Plus swimming and paddle-boating!
What a great party! I am so happy that everyone had a great time. Let’s do it again next summer!
Sorry for the late updates! We were away for a week and then had company over my birthday weekend. Trying to play catch-up before we head away for 2 and a half weeks!
My girl turned 7 months old in the middle of the “week”:
30 weeks (July 1)
Canada Day was not eventful; we did nothing other than a mini photo shoot. Khloë was in bed early and wouldn’t really understand the concept of celebrating Canada at her age.
On Thursday we packed up the car and drove the 3 and a half hours to my mom’s cottage. We got settled in the guest cabin, set up Khloë’s bed and the camera for the monitor, and then enjoyed the fresh air and beautiful view over the lake. It was so nice to get some relaxation time in and it was just as wonderful to see my mom! Even though most mornings she was awake at 6:30 am, I was pleased with how well Khloë adjusted to being away from home for a longer period of time.
Friday we took Baby Girl to visit my tante and cousins. Khloë had her first ferry ride!
First ferry ride
And Saturday was the Great Summer Spectacular BBQ for Ashe’s 3rd birthday and Khloë’s 7 month “half” birthday. The cottage was a happenin’ place that day! So many people came out to celebrate with us. I plan on writing a separate post about the birthday bash. We spent the following day winding down from the crazy party and enjoyed hanging out with my brothers and sisters. My brother Mark, who lives in Newfoundland, flew down for a few days with his girlfriend. Khloë has finally met all her uncles!
To end a great week, on Monday we drove to Ottawa and checked in at Roger’s House (CHEO) for our 3 day stay.
On October 6th, my mom and good friend Kendra threw me a baby shower. The theme was “Build Baby’s First Library”, meaning that instead of a card each person was to bring their favourite children’s book to add to Baby Girl’s bookshelf. She ended up with quite a pile of books!
Baby Girl’s library
There were some unique games to play, lots of tasty goodies, and an amazing cake made by another friend of mine. Many friends and family members came out to celebrate. I will never forget the love shown to Baby Girl that day! She was given so much stuff that, going home, our Jetta was completely packed inside the car and in the trunk!
Hanging out with my nephew
Reading a card
Cake inspired by my fave childhood book “Are You My Mother?”
Diaper cake made by my mom and sister
My sister Keesje and Ashe
My mom and I
My sister and I
And here’s a few pictures of some of the gifts:
Those cute baby hats were made by my mom!!!