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Kathryn Bradley was born on 2/5/91 and given a Hawaiian name Kahiwalani meaning "Gift From Heaven" She has been a special gift from the day she was born.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Smiles and Kisses 1-26

Smiles and Kisses 1-26

The warm sun shown through Kathryn’s bedroom window. Richard made sure the sun warmed her skin as the beams came through. She did enjoy it.

She got out of bed twice today. At the beginning of the day we didn’t have much of a response from her but as the day went on we were able to get more and more. She gave out smiles and kisses to all of us. I (Carol) know my heart jumped for joy when I knew she was giving me a sweet little kiss and so I had to be greedy and ask for one more.

Richard finished reading “The Giver” today. It is nice to lie there holding her hand and listening to Richard read.

Grandma had to leave today to check on things at her house. She has been a big help. As we listened to the Physical Therapist today Scott said several times, “Grandma does that”. Grandma has shown us many things to do to help keep Kathryn happy.

We had a bath aid come today as well. She was one of Carol’s students back when she taught at Mason. Very nice girl and so gentle. Carol worked with her to give Kathryn a bed bath and wash her hair. Wash her hair with real shampoo and water in bed. The student was teaching the teacher some new tricks. Carol has always said she learns form her students and this was just one more of those learning situations.

Kathryn’s room smells so good. She received a beautiful vase of flowers from Unique Beverage yesterday. Just thought it was more medical supplies but it was flowers and chocolates instead. A nice surprise.

Tomorrow we will start taking down the tree. Still looks great and could probably last another three weeks or so. It would look a bit odd to still have a live Christmas tree up in February.

Kathryn is laying her in her bed just sleeping (8:30pm). We will have to wake her to feed her a little and give her meds at 9:00pm. We must move her a bit to make sure she doesn’t get sore. Comfort and peace is what we strive for. Hopefully she will let some more friends come visit. I know she is happy after a visit. Her smile always says so.

Keep the prayers coming. We also love to hear from you. We read all the comments every day. I know some of you haven’t been able to leave comments for some reason so you can email Carol at cab82461@yahoo.com if you would like to leave a comment and aren’t able to on the blog.

Good Night – Hold the ones you love tight in your arms and tell them you love them.


  1. It is nice to hear Kathryn was able to enjoy this beautiful winter day. Richard is a wonderful brother and Kathryn is so lucky to have him. The bond and love they share is evident.
    Reading your story has brought tears and it has brought smiles. The strength, love and faith of your family is heartwarming. I thank you for sharing such a personal journey.
    Prayers continue for Kathryn. And Carol, Scott and Richard. Take care of each other for you are all very special people.
    Much love to you all.

  2. Friday will be another beautiful day filled with sunshine, love, and prayers. God will bless all of you.

  3. Carol, Thank you for sharing in this blog. The love you all have for each other is special, and I am sure the best medicine for Kathryn. Please know I am keeping her, and you all, in my prayers. Lisa

  4. Your words and your energy are incredibly inspiring. We all have you in our thoughts and prayers constantly. Sending you warmth, love and aloha from Hawaii. Todd, Kris and Emma

  5. Nancy said it all (in her comment above). Praying with you - may God's love, light, healing and blessing hold and comfort you each moment.

  6. I've said it before: She's VERY lucky to have you all!

    You have the most amazing Christmas tree as well---maybe you should keep it up and just change it according to the holiday's.

    Love to all of you!!!

  7. so wonderful that Panda is happy and comfortable with her family and has such wonderful people in her life. Praying for her healing and God's love can surround and embrace each and every one of you.

  8. Kisses all around! Today, the sun shines just for your family.


  9. Carol,
    Thank you so much for sharing this very personal journey that your family is going through, I'm sure it a comfort to you to be able to reach out to friends, and family and know we are with you in thought and prayers. As others have said, you are all an inspiration, and testament of family. My love to all of you, and you are in my prayers daily.
    Susie Meister

  10. Hi Kathryn, Carol, Scott, and Richard,

    You are all an amazing inspiration! We hope and pray that you are having an amazing evening together. Thanks for reminding the rest of us of the beauty of love and family. We are praying for a miracle of healing for Kathryn. Have a joyfilled weekend and a peaceful, comfortable night. Psalm 56: "I trust in God, I am not afraid"

    Lots of love to you all,
    Williams cousins ;)