Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ronald and Some Paintings

Last night our Neighborhood Group from church went and served dinner at the Ronald McDonald house in Milwaukee. I think we all were so excited, yet a little anxious at the same time. No one really knew what to expect, but it was AWESOME! All the people who work and volunteer at the house were so nice, and great to work with, and the guests there, well what can you say.

I met a mom whose son was in surgery for 7 hours yesterday, and she was all by herself. Her husband is a dairy farmer and between all the chores and farm work, he could not come down with her, she is 7 hours from home! I wanted to start crying, but I couldn't because she was about to. I met another mom who has been to Children's hospital 2 times in the last 3 months with her daughter. Her daughter is only 3 months old! Her daughter had open heart surgery in her first week of life! She is 5 hours from home, and all by herself. Yesterday was her 4 year wedding anniversary.

Our group had a great time visiting and serving these wonderful people. We didn't want to ask a lot of questions because one of the main rules in the house is to respect other people's privacy. So we listened when they shared. Then after dinner they all went back over to the hospital to be with their kids. My heart broke last night, but after lots of prayer for the families, I am feeling better today. Our group also donated little things to the house like toothbrushes, granola bars, because the people there a lot of times have to grab and go as quick as possible. So toothbrushes might be the last thing on their mind when their child is sick. We also made get well cards for the kids! I think we will be back to serve again, we all loved it!

So, here is a giveaway you all want to get in on! How would you like a custom painting for your house? I know I would love one! So go here, and enter! Even if you don't win, look around, and enjoy yourself!

My in-laws are on their way here as I speak. They are driving in from Ohio to spend a couple of days with us. So I may be a little distant the next couple days, but no worries friends, I will be back! Stay tuned for pictures from the weekend, and I am going to try and get my grubby paws on some pics from last night, so I can show you our great group!

Have a great Thursday!


Unknown said...

That's so great your group volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House. I'm sure all those people appreciated it. Have fun w/ the inlaws!

Kristin said...

That is awesome, Kate! Madison's class visited the Ronald McDonald House this year and we got to go shopping for things for her to take and it was so much fun.....I just think they are such a wonderful organization! I wish our church would get involved in projects like that.

Have a great time with your family!

Ana Degenaar said...

Have a blessed time! I'm enjoying your blog, what a beautiful family!

Unknown said...

I left you an award on my blog :0)

amanda said...

what a great thing to do at the ronald mcdonald house. my friends had a baby at children's for a month after he was born and took advantage of that house, and the blessing it is! what a blessing i'm sure YOU were to those there now.