|Project by Steve Rosenlund||posted 05-05-2014 05:36 AM||1346 views||4 times favorited||18 comments|
This build was a very emotional one for me, simple as it was. It’s hard for me to talk about, but it is very special to me. I began this kitchen plan and build in September of 2012 for my daughter Sarah Jane’s birthday on the 27th. She was turning 4. Part way through the project, Sarah Jane was diagnosed with a very aggressive and non-operable brain tumor, which took her life 6 months later on March 10, 2013. She was a sweetheart in every way, and she loved playing “house” with her kitchen and food toys. She was always happy, kind, loving, and tried to include anyone she was with in her fun.
You can see her in a few of the pictures shortly after her return from her first stay at the hospital, with fresh stitches and partially shaved head where the neurologists went in for a biopsy. She loved having fun and some of that is reflected in the picture where she, my youngest girl, and myself are enjoying a plate of pizza and pie, had stuffed one of our cats into the oven.
Since the project was interrupted part way through, I had to double-time it to get it done in time to give it on her birthday. I attached the hardware and curtain only moments before bringing it inside to present it to her.
She is missed every moment of every day.
As for the Kitchen, my wife and I drew up the plans and I utilized a scrap Corian counter-top and hardware of my wife’s choosing. The kids still love playing with it to this day. I didn’t get the back installed for a couple days after presenting it.