Sadie's Make-A-Wish Story on KPVI Channel 6 News (news story and video link)
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/16611/3868637 (just video link)
The link above will take you to a news story on Sadie and her wish. She wants to meet and take pictures of all the princesses at Disney World. She is also a huge fan of Jake and the Never Land Pirates (a spin off of Peter Pan). I wanted to post the video on here but will admit that I'm not sure how to do it.
This year has been so hard on everyone. Natalie and Rachel really want to go to see the Harry Potter area at Universal Studios. Alyssa jumps up and down cheering when she thinks of seeing the princesses in their fancy dresses. I love seeing them each have something to look forward to after a year of disappointment, pain and fears. The best thing about Make-A-Wish? For me, it's about allowing the entire family to have hope that something good can happen again.
Sadie is now officially seven years old. We celebrated by eating Chinese food (which she loves) and stayed home. We had quite a bit of trouble with her birthday cake. She asked for an angel food cake. I made an angel food cake. The following is a brief description of what occurred when she got home from school and saw it. Please read it very dramatically.
"I told you to make angel food cake!"
Me: "I did."
Sadie: "No, you didn't."
Me: "Yes, look, I even used the round pan."
Sadie: "That's not angel food cake!"
Me: "Yes it is."
Her (yelling): "You don't even know how to make angel food cake. You don't know what you're doing. You don't even know how to make it right."
Me: I got the box out of the garbage and had her read the name of the cake I made-- an angel food cake.
Her face about crumbled and she teared up. We then figured out that she had really wanted a rainbow chip cake that was cooked in a bunt cake pan. Later, we made her the other cake. Her sisters were quite excited to have two cakes to choose between, and we were able to laugh about the misunderstanding. For a little girl who has made us wonder if she'd even get a seventh birthday, making another cake didn't seem like that big of a deal.
I've been thinking tonight about how Sadie will get her Make-A-Wish and how much it has helped each of us get through the past year. On our hard days, we always tell the kids that we just have to get through this first year and there will be something wonderful for us. Watching the news about the school shootings in Connecticut has made me sad. So many families had their dreams and innocence stolen today. Our family's hearts and prayers go out to all the individuals and families hurt by this violence.
Thanks to KPVI, reporter Sasha Zimmerman, the Make-A-Wish team, and to everyone who has helped our family find hope this year.