Unlike her friends, Marielle chose not to have an elaborate Sweet Sixteen party. Here in NYC, parents seem to go over the top with these ridiculous parties which resemble mini weddings. It is not unheard of for costs to go way over $30,000!!!
I was able to have one of our local bakeries make a terrific zebra cake filled with Strawberry Shortcake in just 24 hours! Talk about customer service. I shared Marielle’s transplant story with them and they went above and beyond what I could have ever hoped for!
Meet Coconut. I caved in and surprised Marielle with a 9 week old Maltese puppy. Isn’t she adorable? Marielle had been harassing me, but her transplant doctors said she had to wait until 6 months post kidney transplant. Ok, so I jumped the gun and got the puppy a mere 3 weeks early.
My friend, Jennifer (Jaybird Designs) sent Coconut the cutest collar and sweater. Love them! Thanks so much Jennifer!
In addition to her new puppy, we also got Marielle a cute zebra dog carrier. Oh and the other big gift — a spa day for her and 5 of her bestest friends at Pilo Arts. Marielle and friends will enjoy facials, body massages, body scrubs, pedicures and manicures in 2 weeks from now!
For a week, my home smelled like a florist! Marielle’s aunts and grandparents showered her with flowers and other great gifts for her birthday.
Mother’s Day Miracle
My friend, Tara, celebrated her 1st Mother’s Day this year. And boy, did she get the best present ever. Her son, Colton, received a liver transplant that day! What more could any mother want more than the health of their children?! Wishing Colton a lifetime of health and happiness!