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Dawn Jan
Dawn Jan
I just wanted to let you know that I'm still thinking of your Maddie.  It's been some time and I've never met any of you but the picture of your little girl just popped in my head today. I'm so looking forward to the work at the Ocean Institute so I can share Maddie's love for the ocean with my little boy.
Jennifer Hodge
Jennifer Hodge
Kajsa- I wanted to stop by to tell you how ardently our family prays for your comfort and for persistent joy in your life.  I am sure that Mother's Day gives you pause as you are certainly thankful for your Mother and the opportunity to be Maddie's Mom as well.  Know that on that day, and on every other, we pray for you!
Elizabeth (Liz) Thorson
Elizabeth (Liz) Thorson
  Kaja,

   You are one lovely lady with a heart of gold.  Your beautiful writing about how you are doing on the one year mark of Maddie's passing is heartbreaking and yet so filled with hope.  This world is a so lucky to have you and each and every day, you make such a difference to this world. 

   I came to Maddie's CaringBridge site last year because I was on CB every single day, multiple times for my niece, Maggie Rodoni, who passed away 2 days before Maddie,  just 7 mos. after a cancer diagnosis and 8 1/2 mos. after her 29th birthday and wedding.  She was a beautiful person, inside and out, like you and like Maddie.  She was just finishing her Masters in Speech Pathology and adored children.  She would be a dear friend of yours, and she would have adored Maddie!!  She was super athletic--a fabulous skiier in high school and college, a swimmer, surfer, horseback rider and riding instructor and in horse shows, riding English.  I'm not religious, but I have, many times this past year, thought about Maggie watching out for your Maddie!  It's been comforting.  I adored Maggie and grew to love your Maddie.  What a wonderful little girl you raised, Kaja.  Your memories of all of the JOY!! you shared with Maddie, will be with you forever.

   I wish for you the constant comfort and support and love that your close friends and family and the work you are doing for the MJF bring to you.  You are an amazingly gifted and loving woman.

           Maggie's Auntie Lizzie
Kyla Kichline
Kyla Kichline
I read the article today that came out in Breezy Mama...a year after Maddie. The way you let us actually feel your daily rituals and emotions, how they are intwined in the lovely people and places around you...having to mull through days of utter grief, and because of the love you so deeply have for those that love you, put one shaking foot in front of the other. This was the article, even seeing into the future a year ago, I knew would be the hardest for me to read. It was. I just felt such...sadness, aching. Like a punch in the stomach. 
The phone rang at my home, just at the exact time I was reading the line, something to the effect, " It could be worse, I could be in Kajsa's shoes... " It was my son's Audiologist calling me, jumping up and down on the phone to let us know that his new "ears", the new devises we have been waiting for on pins and needles, for months, the ones that will make a monumental change in his hearing, FINALLY arrived!!! I just started to sob uncontrollably. She said, "Oh honey, you're so happy, but why are you crying?" I told her...they were his "Easter gift".
Kajsa, thank you for the gift you have given us
Kyla xoxo
Kelly Mueller
Kelly Mueller
 Dear Kajsa, I just read your Letter, Maddie a Year Later and I want to tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your heart with all of us. Your honest and real approach to life and what it has dealt you is incredible and inspiring. I feel so blessed to be apart of your life and your families. I continue to send you love and strength today and always.


 


Sincerely,


Kelly
Kathie Davis
Kathie Davis
Kajsa, I'm just laying here ready to go to bed and my mind is all over the place. It darts from if I set up the DVR to record Revenge to making sure I put that $10 check in my daughter's backpack for school the next morning or else she will be the only one in the school play without a matching t-shirt. A minute later I'm on to a dinner recipe for tomorrow and then worried if I forgot to turn off the heater downstairs. Inevitably, I snuggle in deeper, my eyes half open and I reflect on my life, my health, my family, and my friends. I'm not a very religious person but feel a strong connection to "purpose" for all things. I'm beginning to find mine. I believe Maddie found hers. I pull strength from her so often and think of you and your family even more so. My arms are wrapped you this very second Kajsa. I will hold on tight and only let go when you need me to. Ihope each day brings you new smiles and that one day you'll look back and realize that you just had a day that was more happy than sad - without guilt - as she would want. A year of one's life can be so altering. I know now but had no clue before!
Kelly Hayes
Kelly Hayes
Hello Kajsa, Collie & all of Maddie's family & friends,

I just read a story about a little girl from California Jessica Joy Rees. She reminded me so much of Maddie! Jessica also had a brain tumor and sadly lost her brave battle on Thursday January 5, 2012.  She loved swimming and even her last name is similar to Maddie's middle name!  Both girls worked hard in their short lives to make their mark on this world, and succeeded!  Maddie's legacy is the Seaside Learning Center & Jessica's is her Joy Jars. Her mommy also got a tattoo that has special significance for Jessica, just like Kajsa did for Maddie!  I'm sure these similar little girls are swimming in heaven together today and that Maddie welcomed Jessica with open arms. 

I just wanted to let you know that I still think of Maddie and still pray for your family.  I can't wait to one day visit the seaside learning center that bears her name.

If you wanted to see more about the little girl that reminded me so much of Maddie, her Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/jessicajoyrees  and the story I read is here: http://news.yahoo.com/12-old-girl-blogged-cancer-fight-died-233503455.html

Prayers & blessings to you in 2012!
Dawn Jan
Dawn Jan
I just wanted to let you know that I'm still thinking of your Maddie.  It's been some time and I've never met any of you but the picture of your little girl just popped in my head today. I'm so looking forward to the work at the Ocean Institute so I can share Maddie's love for the ocean with my little boy.
Jennifer Hodge
Jennifer Hodge
Kajsa- I wanted to stop by to tell you how ardently our family prays for your comfort and for persistent joy in your life.  I am sure that Mother's Day gives you pause as you are certainly thankful for your Mother and the opportunity to be Maddie's Mom as well.  Know that on that day, and on every other, we pray for you!
Kyla Kichline
Kyla Kichline
I read the article today that came out in Breezy Mama...a year after Maddie. The way you let us actually feel your daily rituals and emotions, how they are intwined in the lovely people and places around you...having to mull through days of utter grief, and because of the love you so deeply have for those that love you, put one shaking foot in front of the other. This was the article, even seeing into the future a year ago, I knew would be the hardest for me to read. It was. I just felt such...sadness, aching. Like a punch in the stomach. 
The phone rang at my home, just at the exact time I was reading the line, something to the effect, " It could be worse, I could be in Kajsa's shoes... " It was my son's Audiologist calling me, jumping up and down on the phone to let us know that his new "ears", the new devises we have been waiting for on pins and needles, for months, the ones that will make a monumental change in his hearing, FINALLY arrived!!! I just started to sob uncontrollably. She said, "Oh honey, you're so happy, but why are you crying?" I told her...they were his "Easter gift".
Kajsa, thank you for the gift you have given us
Kyla xoxo
Kathie Davis
Kathie Davis
Kajsa, I'm just laying here ready to go to bed and my mind is all over the place. It darts from if I set up the DVR to record Revenge to making sure I put that $10 check in my daughter's backpack for school the next morning or else she will be the only one in the school play without a matching t-shirt. A minute later I'm on to a dinner recipe for tomorrow and then worried if I forgot to turn off the heater downstairs. Inevitably, I snuggle in deeper, my eyes half open and I reflect on my life, my health, my family, and my friends. I'm not a very religious person but feel a strong connection to "purpose" for all things. I'm beginning to find mine. I believe Maddie found hers. I pull strength from her so often and think of you and your family even more so. My arms are wrapped you this very second Kajsa. I will hold on tight and only let go when you need me to. Ihope each day brings you new smiles and that one day you'll look back and realize that you just had a day that was more happy than sad - without guilt - as she would want. A year of one's life can be so altering. I know now but had no clue before!
Kelly Hayes
Kelly Hayes
Hello Kajsa, Collie & all of Maddie's family & friends,

I just read a story about a little girl from California Jessica Joy Rees. She reminded me so much of Maddie! Jessica also had a brain tumor and sadly lost her brave battle on Thursday January 5, 2012.  She loved swimming and even her last name is similar to Maddie's middle name!  Both girls worked hard in their short lives to make their mark on this world, and succeeded!  Maddie's legacy is the Seaside Learning Center & Jessica's is her Joy Jars. Her mommy also got a tattoo that has special significance for Jessica, just like Kajsa did for Maddie!  I'm sure these similar little girls are swimming in heaven together today and that Maddie welcomed Jessica with open arms. 

I just wanted to let you know that I still think of Maddie and still pray for your family.  I can't wait to one day visit the seaside learning center that bears her name.

If you wanted to see more about the little girl that reminded me so much of Maddie, her Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/jessicajoyrees  and the story I read is here: http://news.yahoo.com/12-old-girl-blogged-cancer-fight-died-233503455.html

Prayers & blessings to you in 2012!
Elizabeth (Liz) Thorson
Elizabeth (Liz) Thorson
  Kaja,

   You are one lovely lady with a heart of gold.  Your beautiful writing about how you are doing on the one year mark of Maddie's passing is heartbreaking and yet so filled with hope.  This world is a so lucky to have you and each and every day, you make such a difference to this world. 

   I came to Maddie's CaringBridge site last year because I was on CB every single day, multiple times for my niece, Maggie Rodoni, who passed away 2 days before Maddie,  just 7 mos. after a cancer diagnosis and 8 1/2 mos. after her 29th birthday and wedding.  She was a beautiful person, inside and out, like you and like Maddie.  She was just finishing her Masters in Speech Pathology and adored children.  She would be a dear friend of yours, and she would have adored Maddie!!  She was super athletic--a fabulous skiier in high school and college, a swimmer, surfer, horseback rider and riding instructor and in horse shows, riding English.  I'm not religious, but I have, many times this past year, thought about Maggie watching out for your Maddie!  It's been comforting.  I adored Maggie and grew to love your Maddie.  What a wonderful little girl you raised, Kaja.  Your memories of all of the JOY!! you shared with Maddie, will be with you forever.

   I wish for you the constant comfort and support and love that your close friends and family and the work you are doing for the MJF bring to you.  You are an amazingly gifted and loving woman.

           Maggie's Auntie Lizzie
Kelly Mueller
Kelly Mueller
 Dear Kajsa, I just read your Letter, Maddie a Year Later and I want to tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your heart with all of us. Your honest and real approach to life and what it has dealt you is incredible and inspiring. I feel so blessed to be apart of your life and your families. I continue to send you love and strength today and always.


 


Sincerely,


Kelly
Dawn Jan
Dawn Jan
I just wanted to let you know that I'm still thinking of your Maddie.  It's been some time and I've never met any of you but the picture of your little girl just popped in my head today. I'm so looking forward to the work at the Ocean Institute so I can share Maddie's love for the ocean with my little boy.
Elizabeth (Liz) Thorson
Elizabeth (Liz) Thorson
  Kaja,

   You are one lovely lady with a heart of gold.  Your beautiful writing about how you are doing on the one year mark of Maddie's passing is heartbreaking and yet so filled with hope.  This world is a so lucky to have you and each and every day, you make such a difference to this world. 

   I came to Maddie's CaringBridge site last year because I was on CB every single day, multiple times for my niece, Maggie Rodoni, who passed away 2 days before Maddie,  just 7 mos. after a cancer diagnosis and 8 1/2 mos. after her 29th birthday and wedding.  She was a beautiful person, inside and out, like you and like Maddie.  She was just finishing her Masters in Speech Pathology and adored children.  She would be a dear friend of yours, and she would have adored Maddie!!  She was super athletic--a fabulous skiier in high school and college, a swimmer, surfer, horseback rider and riding instructor and in horse shows, riding English.  I'm not religious, but I have, many times this past year, thought about Maggie watching out for your Maddie!  It's been comforting.  I adored Maggie and grew to love your Maddie.  What a wonderful little girl you raised, Kaja.  Your memories of all of the JOY!! you shared with Maddie, will be with you forever.

   I wish for you the constant comfort and support and love that your close friends and family and the work you are doing for the MJF bring to you.  You are an amazingly gifted and loving woman.

           Maggie's Auntie Lizzie
Kathie Davis
Kathie Davis
Kajsa, I'm just laying here ready to go to bed and my mind is all over the place. It darts from if I set up the DVR to record Revenge to making sure I put that $10 check in my daughter's backpack for school the next morning or else she will be the only one in the school play without a matching t-shirt. A minute later I'm on to a dinner recipe for tomorrow and then worried if I forgot to turn off the heater downstairs. Inevitably, I snuggle in deeper, my eyes half open and I reflect on my life, my health, my family, and my friends. I'm not a very religious person but feel a strong connection to "purpose" for all things. I'm beginning to find mine. I believe Maddie found hers. I pull strength from her so often and think of you and your family even more so. My arms are wrapped you this very second Kajsa. I will hold on tight and only let go when you need me to. Ihope each day brings you new smiles and that one day you'll look back and realize that you just had a day that was more happy than sad - without guilt - as she would want. A year of one's life can be so altering. I know now but had no clue before!
Kyla Kichline
Kyla Kichline
I read the article today that came out in Breezy Mama...a year after Maddie. The way you let us actually feel your daily rituals and emotions, how they are intwined in the lovely people and places around you...having to mull through days of utter grief, and because of the love you so deeply have for those that love you, put one shaking foot in front of the other. This was the article, even seeing into the future a year ago, I knew would be the hardest for me to read. It was. I just felt such...sadness, aching. Like a punch in the stomach. 
The phone rang at my home, just at the exact time I was reading the line, something to the effect, " It could be worse, I could be in Kajsa's shoes... " It was my son's Audiologist calling me, jumping up and down on the phone to let us know that his new "ears", the new devises we have been waiting for on pins and needles, for months, the ones that will make a monumental change in his hearing, FINALLY arrived!!! I just started to sob uncontrollably. She said, "Oh honey, you're so happy, but why are you crying?" I told her...they were his "Easter gift".
Kajsa, thank you for the gift you have given us
Kyla xoxo
Jennifer Hodge
Jennifer Hodge
Kajsa- I wanted to stop by to tell you how ardently our family prays for your comfort and for persistent joy in your life.  I am sure that Mother's Day gives you pause as you are certainly thankful for your Mother and the opportunity to be Maddie's Mom as well.  Know that on that day, and on every other, we pray for you!
Kelly Mueller
Kelly Mueller
 Dear Kajsa, I just read your Letter, Maddie a Year Later and I want to tell you how much I appreciate you sharing your heart with all of us. Your honest and real approach to life and what it has dealt you is incredible and inspiring. I feel so blessed to be apart of your life and your families. I continue to send you love and strength today and always.


 


Sincerely,


Kelly
Kelly Hayes
Kelly Hayes
Hello Kajsa, Collie & all of Maddie's family & friends,

I just read a story about a little girl from California Jessica Joy Rees. She reminded me so much of Maddie! Jessica also had a brain tumor and sadly lost her brave battle on Thursday January 5, 2012.  She loved swimming and even her last name is similar to Maddie's middle name!  Both girls worked hard in their short lives to make their mark on this world, and succeeded!  Maddie's legacy is the Seaside Learning Center & Jessica's is her Joy Jars. Her mommy also got a tattoo that has special significance for Jessica, just like Kajsa did for Maddie!  I'm sure these similar little girls are swimming in heaven together today and that Maddie welcomed Jessica with open arms. 

I just wanted to let you know that I still think of Maddie and still pray for your family.  I can't wait to one day visit the seaside learning center that bears her name.

If you wanted to see more about the little girl that reminded me so much of Maddie, her Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/jessicajoyrees  and the story I read is here: http://news.yahoo.com/12-old-girl-blogged-cancer-fight-died-233503455.html

Prayers & blessings to you in 2012!