Back in May 2002 we had a magical experience.
The Make a Wish Foundation granted our Taylor ( who was then 6 years old and had already been through 4 years of a hard journey) her wish.
It was a very long time in the deciding ( 2 years ). It had to be her idea and anything at all that she wanted......it was a long time before we could get her to think beyond colouring pencils!
Travel wasn't really an option for Taylor and it would have been over in a whirlwind....we wanted something that she could share and have for a very long time.
When we finally did decide, we had chosen something that hadn't been done before and had to be discussed carefully. We had spent a lot of time at The Prince of Wales hospital in Sydney and they had a beautiful fairy garden in the centre of the hospital. It was a beautiful place to hang out with the girls and was the inspiration for our wish.
So once the team at The Make a Wish heard the idea they were very excited and ran with it.
Our very own Fairy Garden at home.
So the team bought in a landscaping "A team" who just went to town on our whole yard!
We had to sign off on the design which I did with my eyes half closed so that it was a surprise for us all.
It took three full days and a big team of very buff landscapers who were seen some days to be wearing fairy wings while they worked.
We moved out on day two and returned when it was done.
On the late afternoon of the third day we came home and a party had been organised. All the girls in Taylor's class along with family were invited....Ronald McDonald made an appearance and bought dinner and our local Wendy's provided ice cream cake .The fairy shop provided beautiful dresses for both the girls.
It really was a very special time and gift for us as a family. Taylor spent weeks showing visitors around her new garden.
My most favourite photo...it was a total surprise reveal for her and she didn't hide her excitement...such a great response for The Make a Wish team to see.
The finished garden as it was in 2002.....
The weeping Mulberry then....
Our beautiful Fairy Garden as it is today........
The weeping Mulberry now.....
We were totally spoilt with the decision for the Foundation to gran this wish....Taylor enjoyed that garden for the next 2 1/2 years and we have continued to enjoy and share it with many friends over the last 11 years without her.
So again it is really special now to have the time and opportunity to give a little back in a very small way to
The Make a Wish Foundation.