Dear Cate –
Today is your first birthday. I hope you are having a wonderful party in heaven.
I never got to meet you or see you but I love you anyway. Just a little more than a year after my own “Kate” (as Grandpa calls her) went to heaven, you joined her.
Your mother is so special to me. I have tried to be there for her in any way that I could over the last year. She is so strong. She keeps herself together and keeps on smiling, never letting her other sweet children see the pain I know she is feeling. She is beautiful, she is kind, she is loved.
She is the reason I began the journey of Sunshine after the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother. When I learned of your birth, sleeping, I wanted to try to capture everything I could to help her survive this pain. It is not a perfect product, but it is full of love, hope, and encouragement. And it is dedicated to you.
Sweet “pure” Cate. You are so loved, by so many people. And we miss you.
My heart is filled by images of our two baby girls, Kathryn and Catherine, playing together somewhere beautiful and nice.
I hope you received our birthday gift!