Kyara had a gastric transposition surgery to remove her esophagus and pull up her stomach on Monday, November 3, 2008. She went into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure on January 21, 2009. Due to the arrest, Kyara suffered a severe anoxic brain injury. Kyara grew her angel wings on March 19, 2010 and is now playing with the angels.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Happy Earth Birthday, Kyara!
Seven. Kyara would have been seven on August 6th. Time flies. I think back to the many many times people would say to me when the girls were little... enjoy it, time flies and the next thing you know, they are moving out. Those words ring true in a different sense to me now. Enjoy the time we have, because you never know when they will be called home by God. Not that I won't see her again, I know I will... but it is such a LONG wait! I try to remind myself that in the scheme of ETERNITY, the next 60 years (give or take) is only a blink of an eye. Some days it works, and some days I just need to hold her, tell her how much I love her, and give her an Eskimo kiss, Butterfly kiss, and Mommy kiss (our old bedtime routine, which I still do with Skylar and Kassey).
This year for her birthday we went up to Hospice Atlanta to feed the families, visitors, and staff. I really appreciate the help of my brothers' families, my mother-in-law (Luz Estela), and Bunny and Pop for helping us get everything ready for the dinner. I am thankful that Gunars, Skylar, and Kassey help me get everything together and go up to the Hospice center with me, even though I know it is difficult for them to go there. Hospice Atlanta is a very peaceful center which provides end of life care for patients as well as support for their families. The work these individuals do is amazing. So, in celebration and rememberance of Kyara, we go up to serve them on her birthday. So many members of the family have not had a homecooked meal in days or weeks due to caring for their loved one. It is so nice to be able to provide a little food, comfort, a smile, and hopefully some sunshine to them. I would love to say we do this just for these families, but sometimes I think I need it, too. It makes me feel closer to ... I don't know what... Kyara? Jesus (serving others)? put me more in touch with my emotions? I don't really know, but it is a tradition I hope to continue.
First day, Kyara just a few minutes old
1st Birthday - Celebrated in Hawaii!
2nd Birthday - At Stone Mountain Park!
Kyara's Third Birthday won't upload for some reason, will try again later.
4th Birthday - The first day of school (Pre-K) was her birthday. Kyara loved school and was so excited to be in the "big girl school" with Skylar.
School started back this morning for Skylar and Kassey starts back next week. Soccer has started for Skylar and Kassey has been doing karate. Our lives are about to get hectic and to tell the truth, I prefer it that way. A little routine, a little craziness, and enough to keep my mind busy.