Nine More Months: Love, Light, and Luna Grill

Monday, April 14, 2014

Love, Light, and Luna Grill

(This is not a sponsored post. We did receive some free food for our party, but all of my opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.)

My friend Jaime has breast cancer.

When I heard the news my heart sank into my stomach. How could one of the kindest and most awesome people that I've ever met have something so awful happen to her? I just don't understand how that happens to someone so undeserving. But it happens, and we can't change that. But we can fight. She can fight.

(Printable courtesy of Funky Polkadot Giraffe)

She found out shortly before her birthday, and she was scheduled to start chemotherapy soon after. As her friends we wanted to do something special for her. To wish her a happy birthday and to surround her with love and laughter. 

We decided to put together a birthday/starting chemo party for her. I reached out to the kind folks at Luna Grill and they were super excited to help us out. Kara from Small Things are Big Things worked on some awesome table decorations. Rebecca from Real Mom of OC brought a special pink hoodie for us to decorate with our hands and prayers so she could have it with her during treatment. Everyone brought gifts and we were overflowing.

And of course there were cupcakes. You can't have a party without them, and our favorite bakery, Meringue Bake Shop, provided an assortment of the most delicious cupcakes.

The plan was set. Jaime thought she was just going out to dinner with her friend Kyla. When she arrived at the restaurant we would all be there. Such a fun surprise! There were a few delays, but while we waited we munched on some delicious appetizers.

The timing ended up working out perfectly. All the guests were in place and Jaime was walking in. We might have startled some of the other restaurant goers when we shouted "surprise!" as she walked in.

Once everyone was there, Luna Grill treated us to a delicious dinner. No one could decide what they wanted, so we each had a little of everything. It was the perfect way to try as many of the menu items as we could.

I love that Luna Grill uses lots of fresh ingredients and also strives to source antibiotic and hormone-free meats. It's hard to find good, healthy, affordable restaurants.

They have good sized portions. Like, share-a-plate-with-someone portions. Every entree comes with rice, salad, veggies, and some pita bread.

It was so nice to be able to shower Jaime with love and affection as her birthday drew near. She would be able to start her chemotherapy knowing that we were all there for her. With the hoodie we made for her, our hands would be praying over her and supporting her on every visit to the hospital.

Luna Grill was really amazing for feeding us and giving us a space for our love fest. The staff was fantastic, and I have since gone back with my own family and spent my own money to eat there.

Thank you to everyone who came to the party. It was really a special evening.

If you would like to follow Jaime's cancer journey, please check out her blog, Polkadots on Parade. She has the most positive and uplifting attitude towards this whole thing, and never ceases to amaze me with her ability to find the silver lining in every situation.


Krissyar said...

What a great way to show support to a friend - I LOVE the hoodie with the handprints. Such a cute idea.

Jaime Jenkins said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful night! It meant so much to me. I can't wait to eat there again!