This past Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting the darling miss Aubri. Aubri and I go to the same church and she is as sweet and genuine as they come. What a peach! Aubri is currently a patient at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She is only 16 and has a rare form of stomach cancer but you wouldn't know that anything is the matter if you encountered her bubbly optimistic personality and her upbeat attitude towards life. You can read more about Aubri's story HERE to get to know her a little better.
A friend of mine sent me an email a few weeks ago asking if I would be willing to come play beauty shop at a hospital for a sweet young friend of his. I was so flattered and excited for the invite so we started making plans right away. After a few emails it seemed our two hospitalized friends had so much in common I just had to ask if his friend's name was Aubri and you can bet your britches it WAS. (my excitement multiplies by a bajillion!) "What a small world!" we both agree.
So the day arrives for play time and I decided last minute to pick up one of Aubri's closest friends Katie to accompany me to make the surprise even more exciting. We brought her lot's of goodies including jewelry, a hat and of course some Whippy Cake to make her feel cute and stylish throughout her stay. We also loaded up on craft supplies and magazines from my studio so she could have something to keep her busy. Aubri is an artist! My favorite part was makeover time. Aubri let me do her hair and makeup and it felt just like a slumber party minus the pillow fight. We finished up just in time for her to head down to get a CT. I'm so happy she let me come visit and that she could influence me for the better and remind me to have the same vim and viger for life as she does and of course to be grateful for my health and blessings. It's always humbling when a 16 year old has a better grasp on life and love than I do. I feel very blessed to know her.
As you can guess her stay at the hospital will be ongoing which means she's BORED people! Please feel encouraged to stop by her Facebook page and say hello or you can email and visit her as well. Anything to distract her from the long days is greatly desirable. You can also contribute to her family by making a donation HERE to help pay for gas to and from the hospital and of course other hospital expenses. Most importantly thoughts and prayers are needed the most!
I wish you all had the opportunity and pleasure to meet miss Aubri. She would surely change your life as well. I'm just hoping she invites me back again soon so we can giggle and play some more soon!
ps. I totally cannot take any credit. This was 100% Steven Carbonneau's idea.