|Catherine holding Baby Nicholas|
|Uncle Henry, Aunty Em, Dorothy, |
and the Wicked Witch (the birthday boy)
Catherine and Brad have been wonderful parenting models for us, as they've been traversing the journey several years ahead. They've loved their children unconditionally while providing emotional support and guidance and encouraging their independence. And they are a family who loves to spend time together. They've created amazing family traditions for holidays and share their hospitality and creativity openly with their friends and family. They share our belief that it's more important to spend time together as a family than to acquire an enormous house, the newest cars, and the latest gizmos. What's important is soaking up life's great pleasures, such as seeing the world, tasting the food, and listening to the music. And they love to celebrate life with great parties and time hanging out with each other and their friends.
|At Catherine's 45th birthday party |
(dressing as a 90-year-old)
Catherine is one of the kindest, most generous and loving people I know. She rarely says an unkind word about anyone and she hates to hurt people's feelings. She epitomizes the saying "It's better to be kind than to be right," because people are important to her.
|At the baby shower|
|With her wonderful daughter Julia|
When a friend who used to go to our church got pregnant, Catherine asked me if I wanted to help put together a baby shower for her. She has such phenomenal party ideas (such as having the guests paint onesies for the baby) and is such a creative party host that I felt I didn't do much to help!
|At Julia's graduation party|
When our beloved pastor and friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, Catherine had the idea that we should go shopping together and find bracelets we could wear each day of her treatment and say a prayer for her...which we did. I think I will wear my bracelet until it falls apart...I've become quite attached to wearing it every day.
For my birthday last October, Catherine treated me to lunch downtown (with champagne) and gave me a bag full of wonderful goodies she knew I would love. Before my surgery in December, she presented me with a bag full of "12 Days Before Your Surgery" gifts. Each day up to my surgery, I had a beautiful card and fun little gift to open. Ranging from worry dolls and finger puppets to chocolate, they cheered me up and distracted me from my worry...just her intention. It was one of the most wonderful and thoughtful gifts anyone has ever given me...I was truly overwhelmed!
In addition to being kind, loving, and generous, Catherine is my hippest friend! :) She and her family always know the best Portland restaurants, the latest music, and the most happening movies or TV shows. When I need a good restaurant recommendation, she's the first person I contact.
Our community of Mission of the Atonement has given us so many gifts--first and foremost have been the incredible friendships we have made. I feel so blessed to have Catherine in my life and be able to call her my friend! Happy birthday, sweet Catherine!! She's a great example of how my friendships are stronger and more valuable to me than ever. I love you, friend!