KC Zoo Tiger Donation

To help fulfill Mason's dream and help the Tigers:
KC Zoo Attn Laura Berger "In Memory of Mason Kempf" 6800 Zoo Dr Kansas City, MO 64132

For the beauty of Snow and Magic on Christmas :
Elves of Christmas Present PO Box 3535
Olathe, KS 66063

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Gifts from the Heart

The last post was not how I wanted to remember Mason's birthday. It took a trip to the park to renew my spirit. Simple gifts from the heart. Maverick running along with Rex by his side. And Ally plopping down on the green grass at any given moment; gazing at the clouds whispering your name. It's those gifts you left behind, we forever remember. Your everlasting memory lives on.

Your birthday should be a time to share all the miraculous gifts you left. It hit me at the park as I felt the beauty all around. The clouds in the sky brought me peace. A letter arrived in the mail about a week ago; a 46 year old man from New York, a new "look" at life. Mason gave him the gift of sight. As I walked through the park, I gazed at all the wonder. Someone else can count the petals of a flower, see the blue in the sky, watch fluffy white clouds magically change shape, watch their dog fetch a ball or a child run through a field. Most of what we take for granted. Look at the beauty around, be thankful what you see. We hope and pray that these same sights may also be true for an individual from California; as they watch the sunset over the ocean. Mason's eyes for the first time watching the waves of the ocean. Mason, I know somehow you played a part as your dream to visit California and live in New York; in a "sense" it came true.

Mason, so many gifts you've left...gifts that don't come in a box but important lessons for us all. We continue to live, love, laugh and look at life in a whole new perspective.

Not just people, but animals too; like those courageous tigers.... We see the importance of their stripes.

An encouragement to help find a CURE!! We are ready for The Head for the Cure 5K on August 28 at Corporate Woods. Your Make a Difference team keeps on growing, and can still keep growing.
Mason, I thank you for all you have taught me, forever you will inspire me.

We celebrated last night with ice cream just as you would want us too. Maverick remembering that you had been to Peachwave before. And Ally noticing the bowls were green for you, Mason. Each of us eating a green gummi bear and piling on your favorite toppings.

I was amazed when I spotted that strawberry balloon, who would of thought? But when I saw the bouquet of tiger lilies next to them I smiled, you are forever with us.

Happy Birthday we will always celebrate...


Brandie said...

This was beautiful Andria. Simply beautiful. Hugs to you!!!

Anonymous said...

Brandie said it just as I was going to ... through my tears. Hugs and prayers to you all.


Celeste said...

What precious gifts Mason sent to you today. Gifts of memories.
I'm so proud of your family for getting up, getting ice cream, and making the best of such a difficult day. Many prayers yesterday, and today as well.

Liz said...

I took my kids to the zoo today and saw the tigers and so many tiger lilies! I thought of Mason! I then remembered it was his big #10 yesterday! I'm sure you celebrated him just as he would have wanted. He truly lives on through your memories and how his touch is forever on so many hearts. I know he touched mine! Prayers to you all! Happy birthday Mason ~ thanks for the beautiful weather this week!!!

Kelley said...

We've never had the opportunity to meet, but I read your blog every day. I've shared it with friends and co-workers, and it's impacted all of us greatly. Mason, and you, have touched so many lives! I can never look at the color green, tiger lilies or tigers without thinking of a truly special boy. Blessings to you and your family as you continue to remember and to heal. Happy Birthday, Mason!

Amy said...

All the previous comments to your post express all that I feel for you right now. Tears were in my eyes as I read your eloquent words, Andria. You have a gift for sharing your thoughts and ideas. Thank you. I send you love and hugs. ♥♥