Monday, December 9, 2013

Angels Among Us...

Angels come in many forms.

Some angels come as Grannys.
We are so grateful that Hope will know her Granny.  Her only living Grandparent.  
It means a lot to me to have her close by - and to be so close to her.  My Mom is one of my greatest friends.  She was kind enough to come by this afternoon for a few hours and not only brought me lunch... but helped me out around the house!
And the she held her littlest angel - her 21st grandchild - and played with Brian while I took a quick rest.
Angels also come as neighbors!  Our neighbor, Sonia, offered to drive Brian to and from preschool all week.  Her son, Daniel, is in Brian's class - so both boys are psyched to drive in together!  But when school was closed today - due to a snow day - she took Brian to her house for a play date, fed him lunch and then brought him home!  I owe her - big time.  It gave me a break as I had to get Hope to the pediatrician for a weight check.  Not my best idea - attempting this alone.  My incision is still really painful.  But - it worked out and Hope and I got GREAT news.  She went from 5lbs, 10oz this past Saturday... to 5lbs, 14oz this morning!!  Any fear I had of not having enough milk for her sure went away with that news!  I was so, so happy.  I was also happy that Hope was able to meet our other pediatrician, Dr. Kienzle.  The two hit it off famously - especially when he said she was the most beautiful baby he has ever seen.  EVER.  (Okay, maybe he was prompted with a "repeat after me..." - who's askin'?!?)

And we had another angel delivery - two actually - our neighbor, Lauren, coordinated dinners for us every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the end of the month.  She stopped by last night with a delicious dinner and a crocheted blanket she had made for Hope, which really touched us.  And tonight our neighbor, Anne, brought a delicious dinner that Brian just gobbled up!  I've said this a million times... but we really have the nicest neighbors.

And sometimes... angels come as angels.

And today, our very special... incredibly unique angel arrived in the mail.  After searching for the perfect angel for our Christmas tree up and down the internet and all over town - nothing was quite right.  I wanted something really special that would represent our angels in Heaven.  Then I found Ailie Holland.  She has a shop on Etsy and she creates one of a kind, handmade angels by needle felting wool, silk, mylar fibers and LOVE, as she explains.  I wrote to her explaining the angel I envisioned.  I wanted a subtle ocean theme with green and blue... and somehow wanted to incorporate butterflies for our two angels in Heaven - Gavin and Darcy.  I noticed in some of her angels that she had photos of on her Etsy page (which you can find HERE!) that they had flowers in their long, flowing hair. I asked her if she could maybe try to put starfish in our angel's hair.  All of those requests together sound like they'd be impossible to pull off without looking "over the top" - right?  Well...somehow, with a lot of LOVE, Ailie nailed it.  I opened the box eagerly when it arrived and our angel - our very first - took my breath away.
She made the skirt with blue swirls to represent ocean waves - and added shells across the bottom of the skirt.  I love that she has the angel holding - or releasing - butterflies.  And I love that the butterflies are different.
The starfish in her beautiful long hair look beautiful against her large, silky wings. 
But one of the best parts was the detail we never discussed.  She decided on her own to add a little ladybug... not knowing that ladybugs are very important to Ed.  I think someone, somewhere, had a tiny little hand in that... almost like a loving little message for Daddy.
This was, by far, our best purchase this year.  I'm so grateful I found Ailie.  We will always remember the sad and joyful year that we welcomed our Christmas tree angel.


  1. All of your angels are so beautiful, they brought tears to my eyes. Much love to you and your family!

  2. I love the picture of your mother holding Hope and looking at Brian. So much love in the picture. Glad to hear about Hope's weight gain. There was a smile on my face as I read your post tonight. Blessing to your family.

  3. How beautiful -- everything about this post. What a very special angel -- living in Kansas, but having grown up on the east coast, I adore the seashore theme in my own way, but it does seem just perfect for all of your themes.

    But, honestly, the most beautiful part of all (and I have noticed this is previous photos too) is the way your mother smiles with your children. She is beautiful. Brian and Hope are very lucky to have her, indeed.

  4. The angel is beautiful. How could she know to add the ladybug, an amazing miracle.

  5. AMAZING! The most beautiful tree angel I've ever seen!

  6. I love your angel and everything she represents! She did a beautiful job. So glad u found what u were looking for!

  7. Definitely the most beautiful tree angel I've ever seen as well! I'm sure she will be selling plenty more after people read your post.

    You all deserve so much to be happy and with family this blessed season.

  8. This is beautiful. Before my Daddy passed away, he told me that Ladybugs are Angels in disguise. I have so many I collect. They mean everything to me.

  9. Oh your Angel is perfect! So beautiful!!! And so is your other angel, little Hope!

  10. This brought tears to my eyes! What a beautiful, unique angel for your tree. Happiness and love to you this Christmas season!

  11. Too many Angels to count! Your Mother's love for your children leaps off the page. So, wonderful. I have to say, humbly, God's plan to bless you with another child to treasure, after Gavin's loss and despite the fertility odds; and, equally importantly, for Brian to have a sibling to teach, play and love is one of the best examples of His love I've ever seen. jenny page

  12. I see so much of your Mom in Brian, they look so much alike. I LOVE this angel. I have never seen anything like it and probably never will because it was made just for you with your vision in much talent and love put into her. I know you will cherish it always. Baby Hope is doing so good and that makes me smile! I know you are so excited to have her in your arms. I love reading your blog, it makes me smile every time. Merry Christmas Kate!

  13. Perfection! Seriously, it is so exactly what you described and so much more. Georgous!

  14. I'm hoping soon, to read a post and not cry like a baby. It amazes me the messages Gavin & Darcy send you guys!!!!

  15. Hi Kate-

    I have been following your blog for quite some time now but have rarely commented. I have not checked in for a couple weeks. We went on a family vacation and then had to catch up on work, you know how it goes. Anyway, I thought about you and Hope today and decided to stop in and see if she had arrived. I see she has. She is absolutely Gorgeous! Congratulations! I have read through all the posts that I had missed and teared up for most of them as always. I am so glad that although early...your Hope is home and doing well. I have prayed for you and your family and that baby girl and it makes me so happy to see all is well. Lots of love to all of you!


  16. First, can I just say that your mother is stunningly beautiful!!! I love that you have so many angels helping you. And that tree angel is absolutely beautiful - I will be checking out her page. May this holiday, albeit bittersweet for you, bring your family some peace and joy.

  17. Hope is beautiful, such a gorgeous newborn! Congrats. I have been following, but first time commenting. I am so happy for you, for your family.

  18. Kate....
    I know that I do not comment much. But I read every post!! ;)
    I am a huge fanatic of angels.... And collect them in my bedroom!! As a writer {Unpublished. But a writer nonetheless!!} I spend so much time describing things. That angel. I have one word. "Breathtaking". ;-D


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