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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June 21

Help Make a Difference….
Thursday, June 21st
5 to 8 p.m.
A benefit night for
Head for the Cure!
During Mason Kempf’s courageous battle with brain cancer he inspired others to make a difference.  This summer, in Mason’s memory, come celebrate his birthday with us at the following Red Robin locations:  95th-Metcalf, 135th-Antioch or Olathe.   On this very special night, 10% of the check total will be donated to the Head for the Cure in Mason’s memory.  You can truly help make a difference. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Where are the dinosaurs?

Little Miss Ally,  Oh how you make me smile.   Your imagination and inquisitive mind.   Out of the blue, you wonder where the volcano is that made the dinosaurs disappear.  (But you also said it could have been a meteor) So, of course I am baffled for a second and Maverick quick as a whistle explains how millions of years ago the world was different and the continents were all together and over time the continents shifted. " So the volcano is no longer here, do you understand Ally?"  She happily shakes her head yes.

Later after dinner, I notice a pair of shoes outside, "Ally , you need to bring in your shoes."  Mom, those are my sisters, she lives outside you know"

Here's to the first splash of spring!

Then I was shopping and could not decide on what color of shirt to purchase.  After the purchase, Ally says, "Good thing I was born"  So of course I asked why she said that.  "Because mom you wouldn't know what shirt to buy without me." 

Maverick's garden is AMAZING!!  Never have I tasted a more delicious strawberry.  He has tomatoes, radishes, green beans and cucumbers that are growing like crazy.  Today he's on a field trip to Kauffman Center of Performing Arts, his entire 4th grade class will perform with their recorders. Tonight his first baseball game of the season.  We are counting the days until summer.  His last day of school is the 22nd already.  Tomorrow another surprise awaits.  Here's to the sweet things in life.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The colors of the rainbow

Hello again.  It's been awhile.  Yesterday at 11:50 p.m another angel entered heaven, a precious girl named Harley.  I've never met her, she had brain cancer too.  May 1st, brain cancer awareness month.  I am left speechless, and I have been lately. Here are the repeated swirls in my head ready to escape.  I will not stop, my mind constantly shuffling, invisible pain buried deep, trying to turn bad into good, battling when to keep my mouth shut, watching the tidal wave creep overhead, keeping my eyes wide open for a glimpse of a rainbow.  
 Ally could see the colors in the sky after the brief rainstorm yesterday.  She learned so much from Mason. He could see a rainbow when there was none. He knew when I needed a smile.  He taught Ally laughter.   Yesterday, the gray clouds hung.  Ally put me back on track; "Mom, I had a dream last night I was flying with underwear on my head and eating Kit-Kats" 
She keeps me on my toes, " Mom, what are patios made out of?" (as she tapped the sidewalk) and why is it different color than the street?"  Concrete is such a hard subject.  But her inquisitive mind made my heart burst with a smile. She lights the fire inside.  As we walked hand in hand on our way to have lunch with Maverick. I am so proud of Ally and Maverick.
There will always be a fire burning inside.  We all have our own dreams and goals, desires to move ahead, make a difference, and spread random acts of kindness.  Life is all about keeping our eyes wide open, catching a glimpse of the rainbow ahead, and savoring Kit-Kats in the middle of the night...
 Here's to  Mason and Harley for teaching us those precious moments. Why so many brave little souls?   God knows my anger.  I pray for understanding....for unanswered prayers... from a mind running in circles.
To infinity and beyond..
  Hope is here, we can make a difference.  We will never be silent.   Hope is alive in every color of the rainbow.

For the fire in our souls and the colors of the rainbow:

 June 9 at the Braden's  Hope Walk for Childhood Cancer

 August 26-  Head for the Cure 5K at Corporate Woods registration is now open you can join team Make a Difference for Mason

September 15- Run for the Tigers at the KC Zoo The 9th Annual Run