In the past year, our sweet Sierra has had to deal with missing me, who had primary hospital duty, being shuffled between different relatives and friends, spending long days in a hospital icu room for a stretch and essentially having her whole world turned upside down. Even when I was home, I often wasn't mentally "there," constantly torn between the two halves of my heart, separated by a half a city. But through it all, she has been such a trooper this past year and has simply exemplified what every parent would want in an older loving sibling. After everything she had been through this year, we really wanted to make her birthday special and truly have the focus be all about HER. We were so excited that Icing Smiles was able to help us do this. Icing Smiles is a non profit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by critical illness of a child. Their goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child or their sibling that will provide a temporary escape from worry and create a positive memory during a difficult time.
Icing Smiles connected us with Jennifer Hernandez (http://www.temeculacakes.com/). Well, Jennifer truly went above and beyond. She made us, without a doubt, the most amazing cake I have ever seen. All I told her was that the party was a princess theme. She showed up (after a 2 hour drive - she drove all the way from Temecula!) and set it up in our dining room. I walked out to see a Rapunzel cake as tall as Sierra!!! I was so touched and couldn't stop crying. I mean, I cried at Bodie's cake (also from Icing Smiles, although a different local baker), but I was full on bawling this time around. To think that someone would have done this for our sweet Sierra was just too much for me.