Happy Birthday, Katie Jane

One year ago today, a beautiful baby girl named Katie Jane was born. Sadly, she became an angel that day. I didn’t know her mom very well, but I was in awe of her strength. I already knew that she was as kind as possible, and I quickly realized that she was also as loving and courageous as possible.

I’ve talked about Katie’s mom, Susan, a few times here. She has since become a good friend who I can’t imagine life without. When Jillian died, the idea of her being “out there” without me was less scary because I knew Katie would watch over her. I immediately felt safer knowing I had gained someone who seemed like a big sister, and I felt like Jillian had one, too.

I think about Katie every day, and I’m thinking of her even more today. I’m fortunate to be one of the many people whose lives have been touched by hers.

Thank you, Katie Jane, for being such a beautiful angel, for giving me strength, for watching over Jillian, and for helping to make your mommy such an important part of me life.

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