On Monday night, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed after my girls went to bed. Through the slew of cute kid pictures, I stopped in my tracks when I saw a post from a new friend.
When we arrived in Palo Alto, we went straight to the rental car mall. Remember, this was a completely "fly by the seat of your pants" type trip, so we had one plan and that was it; get to Arden.
After chatting with Pearcia, we decided to go grab lunch first and then head over to the hospital.
When Kylie and I first arrived, we were immediately greeted by Pearcia with a warm smile and big hugs. The amount of strength in this woman, it's just unreal. In that moment, it was pretty surreal that we had just made this all happen, but it was immediately a huge relief that we were here, and that these photos were going to happen.
Over the course of the next few hours, we got to know Arden a little bit. She was asleep for most of the time that we were there, but we talked with Pearcia (after making sure she got hooked up with some caffeine, of course) and really got to know who Arden was. I could sense the refreshment in her voice to be able to talk and just have normal conversations that didn't involve talks about PICC lines.
Because Arden's photo shoot was supposed to be Moana themed, we decided to bring a bit of Moana to her. Kylie picked up this adorable Moana outfit from the local Disney store, and although Arden didn't have the energy to put it on, I love that she has it nearby just in case she wants to hone her inner princess.
After Arden had been sleeping for a bit, Kylie and I decided to ask the charge nurse if it would be okay for us to go around asking other families if they wanted photos. She absolutely loved the idea so we were able to go around and take photos for other families in similar situations as well.
Today was a day that I don't think any of us will ever forget. It was a lot of traveling in one day, and it was worth every single moment.