Sunday, April 29, 2012

Kids That Care

A wonderful group of kids that make up the Kids That Care group approached us to see if they could participate with Bubbles for Isabelle.  We were beyond honored and they did an amazing job.  

It started with a trans-Atlantic Skype call between the kids and me.  They wanted to know how Bubbles for Isabelle started and what it's all about.  I tried my best to explain it to them.  I wasn't sure how best to approach it seeing as the impetus for Bubbles for Isabelle was, of course, her tragic death - and death is quite a sophisticated subject.  So I tried to be light as we touched on it but focused on the message that even when hard times come, you can try to turn it into a positive situation.  I kind of felt like I was "faking it til I made it" explaining it to them, as death (and especially Isabelle's death) is still almost too sophisticated for even me to wrap my head around.  But I think I stumbled my through it without permanently frightening or scarring them for them life, which is good.  And to my surprise, they asked me to cover my eyes and when they said "look" I saw the group of about 40 kids blowing bubbles for our sweet girl, Isabelle.  Oh, what a lovely sight.

About The Kids That Care group:  They are a group of fourth and fifth graders at Whiteman Elementary who meet monthly after school.  Whiteman Elementary is at Whiteman Airforce Base, a military base in Missouri.  They have around forty students in the group, with four teacher sponsors.  They focus on service projects within our school, Whiteman Airforce Base, and the surrounding communities.  They also send care packages to soldiers overseas, helping victims of tornadoes/natural disasters, or anywhere we see a need.  As they like to say…they "go the extra SMILE."  They raised money to complete a set of Bubbles for Isabelle books, which were delivered to the Childcare Development Center (CDC) on the base.  The CDC provides care for children in a home setting. It is exceptionally good for military mothers who must report back to work six to eight weeks after delivery and for children with special needs. Training is provided in child growth and development, protecting the health and safety of children, and child abuse prevention and reporting.  The Kids That Care group also made baby blankets for the CDC!

Here are some pictures they've share with us:

We always love Bubbles for Isabelle
Reading the BFI books to the young children at the CDC:






Some of the beautiful fleece blankets they gave:





Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Special days

Olivia Isabelle van der Meer was welcomed into our arms and into
this world on Easter morning, April 8, 2012.

A week later, big brother Sebastian celebrated his
2nd birthday in style!