Friday, December 2, 2011

Festival of Trees Field Trip.

 So many incredible things about the Festival of Trees.
 Everything there was donated. Everything.
So many volunteers. So much time and money. So very touching. 
ALL the money made goes to Primary Children's Hospital.
So many amazing trees (and so much more), wreaths and blankets.
 This wreath was amazing and I need to find out how to make one.
LOVED it!
 Davis wanted me to take a picture of this. So sweet.
 This is my favorite. A Harry Potter tree! So impressive!
It's nice to see this in writing
and I'm on top of the list!
A year and a half ago Davis took an hour long trip in an ambulance
up to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.
We were all scared and in shock.
He had already spent some time in the Emergency Room nearer to our home
and because of the extent of his injuries they had decided to transfer him.
There was a team ready in the ER to see him and expertly treat him.
Then they whisked him off to the Neuro-Science Trauma Unit.
Everything about the hospital is for the healing of children AND their families.
Even the scrumptious hot blueberry pancakes 
served with the most incredible syrup from their cafeteria.
It was such delicious comfort food that it helped buoy me up for the day.
One of the most touching moments had to do with a volunteer.
As I was walking down the steps to the cafeteria and filled with worry
over the bruised and broken, 
bike-riding-daredevil-dirt-hill-jumping Davis,
the most beautiful sound came drifting up to fill my soul.
It was a lone violinist playing Ava Maria.
The sheer beauty of that music
(and knowing it was from a volunteer playing his heart out),
along with the stress, worry and very little sleep;
 enveloped me and I was overcome by that beauty.
I fought hard to hold back the tears
as I tried to walk around so many other struggling parents, 
supportive family members
and some of the heroic people that work there.

3 comments:

Kim K. said...

What a beautiful event. I'm definitely going to share the Harry Potter tree with my husband. This will definitely lift his spirits.

CBarnett said...

Too funny, I took a picture on my phone of the exact same heart paper wreath at the Festival of Trees! Let me know if you figure out how to make it before I do. I would like to get together one day after the holidays to chat. Love your blog! You have such a positive outlook on life, and are a bright cheery blog to visit. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl G. said...

Thanks so much! Yes, we should get together! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Thank you for your kind words!