Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kate McRae: Santa's Coming and Kate's Helping!

"Continue to pray that somehow, Kate will keep dancing through her treatments......." ~ Holly McRae in her latest entry.

{photo above used with permission from oh so posh photography}
I haven't mentioned Kate McRae lately, but she is on my mind all of the time. I have to admit that I cannot read her mom's blog entries everyday, because I can't handle even reading what she is going through without the tears flowing. I read it about once a week when I am alone. I can honestly say that this little girl has changed my life. Her situation makes me appreciate what is most important in my life (my family), and nothing else matters. When I lay my own kids down to bed, I think of Kate and thank my lucky stars that my own babies are healthy and happy. My heart breaks into a million pieces for Kate and her family.

The holiday boutique I participated in last weekend was at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Chandler. This is the church that the McRaes are members of, and where Kate's father works. A magazine was handed out at the boutique....and there she was on the cover, sweet Kate. A smiling, beautiful little girl with a brain tumor. There's that pit again in my throat.

Despite their own needs, the McRae family is organizing a toy drive for ALL of the children at the hospital where Kate receives treatment. How's that for thinking of others? It's so cute, they are calling it "Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas" and YOU CAN HELP! If you would like to donate a toy(s), please contact me, or view the post on 11/8 for a list of what items are suggested. I would be happy to collect them from you and drop them off all together, or you can ship directly to:
Cornerstone Christian Fellowship
c/o Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas
2211 E. Pecos Road, Suite 2
Chandler, AZ 85225

Also, I recently connected with Holly (Kate's mom) and she has taken me up on the offer to make Kate's birthday party items! Kate's birthday is the day after Christmas. I hate to even write this, but all I can think is...what would it feel like to wonder if this birthday would be your child's last? The thought devastates me. I would love to help make Kate's birthday celebration special, even if it has to be in the hospital. If you have a product/gift that you would like to send to Kate, please email me. Modern Frills has already offered to design a t-shirt for Kate to match the party goods I create (thank you!). Kate will be 6 years old.

{tomkat studio photo from my kate's lollipop party}

I will do whatever I can to help make this little girl smile.
I hope to one day have the pleasure of meeting her and her amazing family.

Visit to read Holly's inspiring posts and updates on Kate's treatment and progress.


Jodee said...

Thanks so much for posting this Kim! I have been following Kates story as well, I can't even begin to imagine what this family is going through. They are definetly a wonderful inspiration of faith! Jodee

danielleaxtell said...

You are precious!! I met you at the boutique and I just have to say your stuff is amazing! Thanks for jumping on board to help the McRae family!!

Unknown said...

Hey just wanted to let you know that the link under Kate's photo at the top is not working. I think it is supposed to be and not ohsopostphotography. lol :) Beautiful post btw!!

Anonymous said...

I've been following Kate too on the McRaes blog. I don't personally know this family, but sometimes feel like I do. Kate's story and family have touched my life and have helped me rethink my own life. Thanks for posting about this Kim and getting the word out. This little girl has a lot of power in changing peoples lives.

Jessica Woodford said...

Kim! I'd LOVE to send Kate a custom made tutu from my shop...maybe a new design JUST for HER?

What do you think?

email me at:

I'd really love to help in any way I can...thanks!

Jessica Woodford

Aaron [air] said...

thanks for posting this Kim! I have been following for quite some time and I seriously cry when I read just as you do. I pray for her and her family and just feel thankful for happy, healthy kids as well. Let me know if there is anyway that I can help.

Amanda said...

I actually started following Kate's story from your blog and read about the Christmas drive on Holly's site a few days ago and am sooo excited, would love to send items to you! Love the Birthday plans too, great idea!!!!

Digital Papier said...

Thanks for the update!

I am so glad I was part of the auction for her.

((( Hugs to Kate )))

Lisa Glowacka said...

Kim thanks for posting this! My husband banned me from following up on a regular basis since I always end up crying like you do! I love that her family is helping the other children!

Pink Taffy Designs said...

Hi Kim~

I too read Kate's story and it breaks my heart!!

I would be happy to send Kate a Christmas gift from Pink Taffy Designs.


Shannon said...

Hey Kim
just a note to let you know that creative parties and showers is now

In case you want to update your sidebar link!

hope things are going well for you!

Sweetly Sweet said...

This is so kind from you Kim, I would love to help, but really don't know how, so please let me know if there is anyway that I can help.

Sweetly Sweet

Anonymous said...

Help! I have been following Kate's story daily via your blog...I click on Kate's picture and it would take me to her mom's blog. Now when I click on takes me to this post...Any chance you could fix this?

Thearica said...

I have just found Kate's story and am sitting here with tears flowing! How could anyone not cry for this precious little girl! My granddaughter just turned 6...

I would love to send Kate a quilt if you could help me with an address.

Also, my mother passed away on Sept. 1st due to complications from cancer. She had an extensive doll collection. Do you think these could be sent and added to the gifts for Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas?

RebeccaCollier49 said...

Kim - what an awesome day this is! I came across your website while looking for party ideas and lollipops online for my husband's 40th birthday party. And....then saw your Kate Mcrae postings....WOW! I attend Cornerstone and have followed/prayed for/loved this family through this horribl ordeal, all the while knowing that God's plan truly is in motion and we can only go with His flow and show our love, everyday. I also was at the Boutique and just LOVE what you do - thank you for being such and inspiration to so many, thank you for your incredible talents, thank you for your love and passion for people. I will email you separately about what I would like to do for Kate's Krazy Christmas! Thank you again and God Bless - Rebecca Collier.