Angel Moms Newsletter-January 2007



January Dates

Date
Name
On This Date
Mom/E-mail
Jan. 1, 1977
Jeff Bales
Was Born
Susy B.
Jan. 1, 1979
Shelby Jane Motes
Was Born An Angel
Jaynee M.
Jan. 1, 1997
Henry Koontz
Was Born
Wakenda Y.
Jan. 1, 2001
Mikey Reilly
Became An Angel
Pattisue R.
Jan. 1, 2002
Brennan Cory Flook
Became An Angel
Sherri F.
Jan. 1, 2003
Karina Joy Ann Bledsoe
Was Born An Angel
Amy B.
Jan. 1, 2005
Ashton Michael Cookson
Became An Angel
Melissa R.
Jan. 1, 2005
Zachary
Became An Angel
Melanie P.
Jan. 1, 2006
Samantha Beaudette
Became An Angel
Sharon A.
Jan. 2, 1973
Sacia Katherine Baisch
Was Born
Maggi B.
Jan. 2, 1980
David Gene Bollinger
Was Born
Patty F.
Jan. 2, 2000
Hailey
Became An Angel
Traci W.
Jan. 2, 2002
Gabrielle Alyssa
Became An Angel
Sharika O.
Jan. 2, 2003
Brooklynn Hope Hall
Became An Angel
Angela H.
Jan. 2, 2004
Teresa Oakley
Became An Angel
Jerri O.
Jan. 3, 1981
Mike Scarpati
Was Born
Lynn S.
Jan. 3, 1986
Allison Rose Tasi
Was Born
Maureen G.
Jan. 3, 1996
Zachary Oakes
Became An Angel
Twila C.
Jan. 3, 1996
Aryton
Was Born
Ashlie
Jan. 3, 2006
Paula Jo Aurich
Became An Angel
Paula A.
Jan. 4, 1994
Nicole Crenshaw
Was Born
Renee B.
Jan. 4, 1996
Nicholas
Became An Angel
Renee
Jan. 4, 2004
Jamie Martinez
Became An Angel
Naomi G.
Jan. 4, 2005
Unknown Angel
Was Born An Angel
Judi J.
Jan. 4, 2005
Eric Christian
Was Born An Angel
Angela H.
Jan. 4, 2006
Darien Wilson
Became An Angel
Sidney W.
Jan. 5, 1982
Joseph Sorenson
Was Born
Lynda S.
Jan. 5, 1996
Annette Danielle Carver
Became An Angel
Sandra M.
Jan. 5, 2002
Andrew James Dobbins a.k.a. "Andy" or "Dobbs"
Became An Angel
Nancy D.
Jan. 5, 2003
Ethan Loffer
Became An Angel
Rhona L.
Jan. 5, 2004
Rylee Grace Norris
Was Born
Erin N.
Jan. 6, 1971
Craig
Was Born
Lorraine
Jan. 6, 1977
Brian Lee Oshel
Was Born
Bambi O.
Jan. 6, 1981
Michael Joseph Reams
Was Born
Teresa U.
Jan. 6, 2001
Coral Ann Lemke
Became An Angel
Windy L.
Jan. 6, 2001
Cassie Hubbard
Became An Angel
Carolyn A.
Jan. 6, 2001
Jeffery Ola
Became An Angel
Georgie K.
Jan. 6, 2003
Brendan Tyler Gonzalez
Became An Angel
Rebecca G
Jan. 6, 2004
Rylee Grace Norris
Became An Angel
Erin N.
Jan. 6, 2004
Jackson Dale Jernigan
Became An Angel
Joanna J.
Jan. 7, 1984
Douglas Krause
Became An Angel
Dora K.
Jan. 7, 1986
Joshua Ryan Ford
Was Born
Tracey S.
Jan. 7, 1995
Braxton Everett
Became An Angel
Jill R.
Jan. 7, 1997
Benjamin Taylor
Became An Angel
Suzanne F.
Jan. 7, 1998
Hunnar Florine
Became An Angel
Eva F.
Jan. 7, 1998
Samantha Eveline Carlson
Became An Angel
Maureen C.
Jan. 7, 2002
Mikayla Michelle Cain
Became An Angel
Brandy C.
Jan. 7, 2005
Raleigh Nicole Bowen
Was Born An Angel
Ginna B.
Jan. 7, 2005
Zackary Ray Salvati
Became An Angel
Krista S.
Jan. 7, 2005
Justin Harres
Became An Angel
Cyndi H.
Jan. 7, 2006
Skylar Reese Stanfield
Was Born
Carlie B.
Jan. 8, 1979
Kristopher Kevin Doebbler
Was Born
Linda C.
Jan. 8, 2003
Tyrel Joshua Pine
Became An Angel
Lorelei P.
Jan. 8, 2003
Christa Lynn (Backus) Ellis
Became An Angel
Deborah B.
Jan. 8, 2005
Tyler James
Was Born An Angel
Tina G.
Jan. 9, 1985
Angela Marie Faust
Was Born An Angel
Robin F.
Jan. 9, 1992
Andrew Paul Pasche
Was Born
Kim J.
Jan. 9, 1999
Alliyah Lashay Dingus
Became An Angel
Talita D.
Jan. 9, 2001
Nicholas
Became An Angel
Brenda M.
Jan. 9, 2001
Andrew Hooker
Became An Angel
Doris H.
Jan. 9, 2002
Kiersten "Kiki" Eline Fontenot
Became An Angel
Jeanne F.
Jan. 10, 1977
Dillon Benjamin Butler
Was Born
Linda V.
Jan. 10, 1978
Thomas A. Wintz, III
Was Born
Cindy S.
Jan. 10, 1991
Dustin & Brandon
Became Angels
Maria G.
Jan. 10, 1998
Tyler
Was Born
Brenda R.
Jan. 10, 2000
Emily Rose Bean
Was Born
Janet M.
Jan. 10, 2002
Craig G. Petersen
Was Born
Tiffany P.
Jan. 10, 2006
Skylar Reese Stanfield
Became An Angel
Carlie B.
Jan. 11, 1984
Cherilyn Lea Andersen
Was Born
Esther P.
Jan. 11, 2003
Ethan Alan Cox
Was Born
Katherine C.
Jan. 11, 2004
Cristopher
Became An Angel
Karen S.
Jan. 12, 1983
Shawn Wade Thomason
Was Born
Charlane Z.
Jan. 12, 1985
Bryan Christopher Plunkett
Was Born
Sandi R.
Jan. 12, 2002
Jill Volkmann
Became An Angel
Chris V.
Jan. 12, 2002
Jordan Michael Draper
Became An Angel
Dina D.
Jan. 13, 1973
Kathy Joe Maynard
Was Born
Sharlene A.
Jan. 13, 1986
Allison Rose Tasi
Was Born
Maureen G.
Jan. 13, 1986
Kristopher Aubrey Farr
Was Born
Kimberlee F.
Jan. 13, 1995
Jariah Sherrall Monae' Tidwell
Became An Angel
Veronica K.
Jan. 13, 2003
Ethan Alan Cox
Became An Angel
Katherine C.
Jan. 13, 2003
Andrea Jewel "A.J."
Was Born
Julie
Jan. 13, 2004
Joshua Callow
Became An Angel
Mary S.
Jan. 13, 2006
Misty's Angel
Was Born An Angel
Misty
Jan. 13, 2006
Aaron James Avery Kuyper
Became An Angel
Ali B-E.
Jan. 14, 1970
Kenny Wayne Cline, Jr.
Was Born
Stellie C.
Jan. 14, 1970
Anthony "Tony" Chevalier
Was Born
Flo S.
Jan. 14, 1971
Kyle Edvard Ericksen
Was Born
Sharron E.
Jan. 14, 1973
Patrick Thompson
Was Born
Casey B.
Jan. 14, 1976
Torrie
Was Born
Darlene K.
Jan. 14, 1989
Nathaniel Sonny Watie III
Was Born
Philesha W.
Jan. 14, 1990
Joshua Bell
Became An Angel
Dawn
Jan. 14, 2000
Aaron Elijah
Became An Angel
Valrie
Jan. 14, 2000
Jordan Ferris
Became An Angel
Debra
Jan. 14, 2002
Michael O'Brien
Became An Angel
Ruby O.
Jan. 14, 2002
Craig G. Petersen
Became An Angel
Tiffany P.
Jan. 14, 2003
Luke Anthony
Was Born
Kitty
Jan. 14, 2003
Luke Anthony
Became An Angel
Kitty
Jan. 14, 2006
Matthew Sandon Sonnenberg Klein
Was Born
Julie S-K.
Jan. 15
William Bryan
Was Born An Angel
Laura J.
Jan. 15, 1982
Timothy Adam Hollingsworth "Speedy"
Was Born
Judy H.
Jan. 15, 1987
Corrina Jenell Parslow
Was Born
Michelle D.
Jan. 15, 1987
Angelica Hatchell
Was Born
Tammy H-W.
Jan. 15, 1997
Madison Elizabeth "My Maddie”
Was Born
Stacie W.
Jan. 15, 1997
Brandon Lee Bricker
Was Born
Janeane B.
Jan. 15, 2005
Kristin Gillis
Became An Angel
Gail M.
Jan. 15, 2006
Ashley Jordan & Peyton Amber Nielsen
Were Born
Jennifer N.
Jan. 15, 2006
Peyton Amber Nielsen
Became An Angel
Jennifer N.
Jan. 16, 1985
Natalie Catrine Jatib
Was Born
Ann G.
Jan. 16, 1992
Shelby Lynn Howard
Was Born
Linda H.
Jan. 16, 2000
Natalie
Became An Angel
Monique H.
Jan. 16, 2002
Cameron Curry
Was Born
Pam C.
Jan. 16, 2003
Jodie Leigh Wilcox
Was Born
Vanessa B.
Jan. 16, 2003
Kody
Became An Angel
Laura B.
Jan. 16, 2003
Eugene W. Ezzell III
Became An Angel
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Cynthia E.
Jan. 16, 2006
Ashley Jordan Nielsen
Became An Angel
Jennifer N.
Jan. 17, 1983
Jeanne Frances Jones
Was Born
Laura J.
Jan. 17, 1988
Marcus Allen
Was Born
Julie A.
Jan. 17, 2002
Jessyka
Was Born
Christie
Jan. 18, 1986
Michele Lenore Iannacchino
Became An Angel
Catherine W.
Jan. 18, 1999
Frank Michael Jannicelli
Became An Angel
Marlene T.
Jan. 18, 2005
Breanna Arthurs
Became An Angel
Corinne A.
Jan. 18, 2006
Jenny Schneider
Became An Angel
Joan B.
Jan. 19, 1993
April Gardner
Was Born
Joy G.
Jan. 19, 1982
Christopher Eric Scott
Was Born
Wendi M.
Jan. 19, 2003
Sam Robert Wilkinson
Became An Angel
Joanna W.
Jan. 19, 2006
Jesse Buttons Bowles
Was Born An Angel
Amanda B.
Jan. 20, 1963
Michael O'Brien
Was Born
Ruby O.
Jan. 20, 1976
Ronald
Was Born
Cathie
Jan. 20, 1984
Randall Thomas Crowder "Randy"
Was Born
Dawnetta D.
Jan. 20, 1996
Danielle
Was Born
Christie
Jan. 20, 2001
Ashlynn Nicole
Was Born
Scarlett
Jan. 20, 2001
Ashlynn Nicole
Became An Angel
Scarlett
Jan. 20, 2001
Scott Andrew
Became An Angel
Karen
Jan. 20, 2003
Andrea Jewel "A.J."
Became An Angel
Julie
Jan. 20, 2004
Jeremy Fisk
Became An Angel
Bridget F.
Jan. 21, 1978
Frank Michael Jannicelli
Was Born
Eileen P.
Jan. 21, 1982
Kenny Keogh
Was Born
Cathy
Jan. 21, 1985
Matthew David Wise
Was Born
Elena W.
Jan. 21, 1994
Gabrielle "Gabby" Hilgenbrink
Was Born
Robin B.
Jan. 21, 2001
Bob
Became An Angel
Maggie K.
Jan. 21, 2001
Kyjuan James
Was Born An Angel
Sara A.
Jan. 21, 2003
Andrew Paul Pasche
Became An Angel
Kim J.
Jan. 22, 1974
Sylvia Marie Nunez Cassidy
Was Born
Diana Z.
Jan. 22, 1976
Vaughn
Was Born
Connie S.
Jan. 22, 1983
Rodger Douglas Winn
Was Born
Connie S.
Jan. 22, 2005
Nathaniel J. Etter
Was Born
Kay C.
Jan. 23, 1986
Courtney Elizabeth DeShea McLean
Was Born
Amber K.
Jan. 23, 1991
Emily Verrett
Was Born
Lisa P.
Jan. 23, 2005
Henry Koontz
Became An Angel
Wakenda Y.
Jan. 23, 2006
Anjelique Camille Augustin
Was Born
Elizabeth A.
Jan. 24, 1997
Anthony Hilgenbrink
Was Born
Robin B.
Jan. 24, 2002
Derek Gene Lee
Became An Angel
Amie T.
Jan. 24, 2003
Brittney Rene Howard
Was Born
Jennifer H.
Jan. 24, 2003
Brittney Rene Howard
Became An Angel
Jennifer H.
Jan. 24 2003
Megan
Became An Angel
Beth
Jan. 24, 2003
Jacob Michael Carithers
Became An Angel
Melanie
Jan. 24, 2004
Ellie Ryan
Became An Angel
Becky R.
Jan. 24, 2005
Danielle
Became An Angel
Christie
Jan. 24, 2005
Kedah Skye Brink
Became An Angel
Danille B.
Jan. 24, 2006
Michael Lee Turner 3rd
Was Born An Angel
Tamika C.
Jan. 25, 1970
Gary Powe
Was Born
Dorothy C.
Jan. 25, 1972
Rebecca Otts
Was Born
Lavenia O.
Jan. 25, 1974
Felicia Lynette Mabray
Was Born
Robin R.
Jan. 25, 1985
Tevin Kreitz
Was Born
Kim S.
Jan. 25, 1986
Ashley
Was Born
Deanna W.
Jan. 25, 1997
Cory Hurst
Became An Angel
Janice
Jan. 25, 1998
Jarred
Became An Angel
Karen A.
Jan. 25, 1998
Destinee
Was Born
Connie
Jan. 25, 2001
John Paul
Was Born An Angel
Shelia
Jan. 25, 2004
Angie
Became An Angel
Shelley
Jan. 25, 2004
Braydon Jay Ryan
Became An Angel
Ana-Isabel D.
Jan. 25, 2005
Dalasia Damaria Johnson
Was Born
Shundrica B.
Jan. 27, 2006
Jamari Frazier
Became An Angel
Marisa L.
Jan. 26, 1966
James Edward Kendig 3rd
Was Born
Brun
Jan. 26, 1985
Alidajean Marie Palo
Was Born
Lisa Y.
Jan. 26, 1994
Mystic Lynn Eide
Was Born
Heather E.
Jan. 26, 1999
Joshua Aaron McLaughlin
Was Born
Charity M.
Jan. 26, 2000
David White
Became An Angel
Gina W.
Jan. 26, 2002
Justin Tyler Murphy
Was Born An Angel
Jami M.
Jan. 26, 2003
Fiona Skye Rogers
Was Born
Megan R.
Jan. 26, 2003
Brendan "Lane" Sullivan
Was Born
Heather S.
Jan. 26, 2004
William James Wade, Jr. "JJ"
Became An Angel
Diane C.
Jan. 27, 1984
Martin
Was Born
Alma
Jan. 27, 1998
Mason Cagle
Was Born
Carol A.
Jan. 27, 2006
Jamari Frazier
Was Born An Angel
Marisa L.
Jan. 27, 2006
Deborah Sabroski-Fanean
Became An Angel
Carol P.
Jan. 27, 2006
Isaac Greenlaw
Was Born
Tricia G.
Jan. 28, 1977
Nathan Douglas Lent
Was Born
Linda L.
Jan. 28, 1982
David Bloom
Was Born
Charron B.
Jan. 28, 1986
Julie
Was Born An Angel
Amy H.
Jan. 28, 1996
Brandon Curtis Morton
Was Born
Susan S.
Jan. 28, 2001
Leevi
Became An Angel
Pia T.
Jan. 29, 1971
Stephen Ronald Goebel "Steve"
Was Born
Pat G.
Jan. 29, 1978
Aaron Michael
Was Born
Seanna
Jan. 29, 1981
Jill
Was Born
Laurie M.
Jan. 29, 1998
Alexander Harrison Soto "Alex"
Was Born
Karla S.
Jan. 29, 1999
Frank Michael Jannicelli
Offically Became An Angel
Valerie
Jan. 29, 2004
Ashley Elizabeth Russo
Was Born
Mary Jane R.
Jan. 29, 2005
Stephenie Kaye Crouch
Became An Angel
Mary A.
Jan. 30, 2000
Joanne
Became An Angel
Margaret
Jan. 30, 2001
Jeremy
Became An Angel
Donna H.
Jan. 30, 2002
Christian John Andersen
Became An Angel
Anne A.
Jan. 30, 2003
Olivia Rena
Was Born
Mandy
Jan. 30, 2003
Tammy Renee Smith
Became An Angel
Debra B.
Jan. 30, 2004
Baylee Michelle Heblon
Was Born
Dana M.
Jan. 30, 2005
Chantell Ericka Buckner
Became An Angel
Bridgette B-G.
Jan. 31, 1979
William Hamilton Proctor "Bill"
Was Born
Diana Y.
Jan. 31, 2001
Cheyenne
Became An Angel
Vicki
Jan. 31, 2003
Olivia Rena
Became An Angel
Mandy
Jan. 31, 2003
Kiera Makayla Glassbrook
Was Born
Seana G.
Jan. 31, 2006
Sarada Hinton
Became An Angel
Cynthia H.




Featured Mom

This month's Featured Mom is Loni Wendt

Hello everyone. I’m Loni and I’ve been a member of Angelmoms since May 2002. I live in Waupun, Wisconsin. My husband Steve and I have been married since July 4, 1999, just over 7 years. I am a teacher of high school students who struggle in school but don’t qualify for special education. I am a certified Learning Disabilities teacher. Steve works for a free community newspaper selling advertising to businesses and manages the office of 2 other employees.

Between us we have my son, Joshua who is 25 and lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Steve’s son, Aaron is also 25 and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My son, Matthew is 23. He currently is living at home looking for a job (do they ever really move out???) Steve’s daughter, Sarah is also 23. She is married to Caleb, they have been married for over 2 years now. Sarah is an Practical Nurse and attending technical college for her RN. Caleb is an auto mechanic. Then we have our angel, my daughter, Melissa who passed April 19, 2002 at the age of 16.

Melissa was my best friend and most like me in looks and personality. She was born several weeks early arriving on Christmas Day, 1985. She always said Jesus shared her birthday instead of her sharing His birthday. She was caring to everyone, kind, considerate. She used my room at school as her locker so I saw her a hundred times during the day. I miss that the most. We always said good-bye by echoing “Love ya, later, bye”. At night we echoed, “Nigh nigh, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite, love ya, later.”

On April 19 she was coming home from spending time with her bestest friend Miranda. She was going about 70 miles an hour on a dark, curvy country road and not wearing her seatbelt. Coming around a curve, we assume she lost control of the car and hit a big tree, passing instantly. I am so thankful that I was home before she left that night and was able to hug her and tell her I love her.

As a result of her passing, since September of 2002, I do presentations to Driver’s Education students about losing her, encouraging them to wear seatbelts and to slow down so that their parents won’t have to go through what my family and I have gone through. I do a power point presentation about her growing up and another one after her death (pictures of the tree, things we have done in her memory, the figurine that contains her ashes). I do approximately 5 presentations a month to an average of 100 students per month. These presentations give me some peace.

Another thing that has given me peace and comfort and I talk about in my presentations is that Melissa was an organ and tissue donor. She wasn’t able to donate her major organs due to damage in the accident but she did donate her eyes, long bones, connective tissue, skin, etc. What I know about her donations is that from her eye donations, one cornea was used to restore the sight of woman and the other eye could not be used for transplant but was sent to a doctor at the University of Wisconsin who was doing research on eye medication. To date 6 patients have received Melissa’s one in various spinal procedures, 2 individuals received tendon tissues and 2 women received vein grafts. There are still 9 bone and 1 tendon tissues awaiting transplant. She made the decision to be an organ donor 3 years before she passed and I honored her decision. I was honored when Regeneration Technologies submitted Melissa’s name to be recognized on the Donate Life Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade 2007. A rose with a dedication by me was placed in the Family Circle Garden at the front of the float.

Melissa’s friends stay in touch with me at school and come over to spend time in her bedroom and talk about her. I am very thankful that they feel comfortable doing this and want to do this.

I joined Angel Moms within a few weeks of Melissa’s passing. I first heard about this group on “Crossing Over” and joined the next morning. I was thrilled to go to the retreat in Tennessee in July, 2002 and meet 11 of the wonderful people who have become my lifeline through this journey of grief. I have attended retreat every year since then. Everyone I know knows about the Angelmoms group and what they have meant to me and how much they have helped me. They are like my “other” family. I know I wouldn’t be as far in this journey as I am without them. I love you all.

Melissa's Page



Poetry Section

The Year Before Last

The holiday season is approaching,
and with it comes the New Year.
Although for me time passes slowly,
New Year's Day will ring in quickly.

I dread this New Year's Day
because they will look at me
in a terribly strange way
when I get misty-eyed,
and talk about something you had done.

After you first left me,
they reasoned when I cried,
"He's only been gone a few months."
And I would catch that look of
understanding in their eyes,
and found some comfort that they knew.

But on last New Year's Day,
my first thought upon awakening was,
Oh God, my son died last year,
not just a few months ago, not even this year,
but last year.
He will never live in this year.

They didn't understand, they didn't reason,
that last year, for me, the loss was still new.
They thought, "It happened last year,
so long ago, why does she still cry?"
I could see it in their eyes.

This New Year's Day, will it be different?
Will my first thought upon awakening be,
Oh God, my son died the year before last,
not a few months ago, not this year or even last year,
but the year before last?
He will never live in this year.

Will they even listen, should I not look them
in the eyes, for fear that I shall see,
"Why is she still crying? It happened so long ago.
It was the year before last."

Those words that we use
to describe the passage of time,
a few months, this year,
last year, the year before last.
They don't know that time stands still for me.

Will they understand that's why I cry?
Don't they know
my son just died ...
the year before last?

Author Unknown



Holly's Desk

The year is about to end and a New year will began. This past year I know has been so hard on all of us and my heart goes out to you. I cant believe that this year in April Tiffany will be gone for 6 years, It seems like just yesterday that i was able to see her pretty face and then again seems so long ago. Only a grieving parent would know what I mean by that. I found this article and wanted to share it with you all. I wish each and every one of you a peaceful New Year.

So what does a New Year mean?

In simplistic terms when life was uncomplicated by grief it meant starting over…a clean slate…making resolutions to clean up our act. Some of us like the feeling of getting a fresh start and forgetting the past. We like believing that, during this next year, things will be better.

But when we are grieving, our tendency is to stand at the threshold of a new year looking back rather than forward. We fear that to walk through that door into a new year means leaving our lost loved one behind. To move on seems like an act of betrayal of or abandonment of the one we love. There may also be a fear of forgetting, or maybe a fear of letting go. We experience a contradiction: we want to feel better, but at what cost?

Remember, January 1, 2007 is just another day. It has no meaning or power except the meaning we choose to give to it. Acknowledging our special needs as grieving persons, we can choose to make softer resolutions for the new year—resolutions that can still be challenging, yet are not unrealistic. Why not frame your New Year’s resolutions in terms of hope for a gentler year; for gaining control of your emotions, for better understanding of the grief process and what we can learn about ourselves as we journey thru it? Why not resolve to enter into a future that can be good, even though it lacks all that we might desire, and offers a hope that we will be at peace with sorrow and enjoy life even though we grieve.

We’ve learned a lot in these past few years. We have experienced corporate, public grief, following the September 11 attacks. And we have experienced personal grief. We know we are not the only ones who grieve, though sometimes we have felt all alone. And still we survive, even though at times we questioned if the struggle was worth it. We have tasted the bitterness of loss but have not allowed it to destroy us. And together we will rise out of the ashes of grief and say YES to life. None of us can do it alone. We need each other to lean on and celebrate our newness



Judi's desk

Well, here it is 2007. We have survived another holiday season, another year..........

This month, Angel Moms will mark it's sixth year. And what a long way we have come in those six years, from nine members to 700 plus now. We have helped each other through rough times, given encouragement when it was needed, shared tears and laughter, shared the joy of new babies being born, new marriages, marriages ending, prayed for each other through illnesses and hard times. We've shared a lot this year, sadness and happiness, struggles and triumphs.

We have seen new members come into the group, hurting and lost. We have reached out to them and took them under our wings and shared their pain. We have seen members leave our group, but they still hold a special place in our hearts.

I want to thank each and every one of you for helping to make Angel Moms the wonderful, caring group that it is.

My wish for all of you in the coming new year is peace, comfort and hope for tomorrow.........



Krista's Desk

Happy 2007! Another year gone by. Another year without our sweet angels. In a week, on January 7, it will be two years since my Zackary left us. It seems like this second year has gone my much faster than the first. In some ways it was much harder, in other ways it was a tad bit easier. When the pain comes to the surface, it is deep and sharp. I visit Zackary’s grave often and have a good cry when I feel the need. But I also feel more of a sense of peace now. Somehow I feel stronger, and my sense of focus is starting to come back to me a little. The ache in my heart is always there, and I always think of what Zackary might be doing now, at age 2, and how he would have loved the holidays. I also know he is smiling down on us, and watching over his big brothers. As the new year comes, I look back and see how far I have come, and I know that the road goes on ahead of me. I just plan to take each day as it comes. I wish you all much peace and many blessings in 2007, and know that I am so grateful for each of you.



Laurie's desk

Happy New Year to all my dear Angel Mom friends! I truly hope that 2007 is filled with peace, love and happiness for all of us. I hope it’s a better year than 2006 was for me. I can’t say it was terribly bad but we recently had to say goodbye to our dear pet lab, Holly who we loved for 12 years. Losing a pet cannot be compared to losing our children but it still hurts to a certain degree. At any rate, it got me thinking about animals and heaven. I want with all my heart to believe that Holly and Jill are together again playing and enjoying each other the way it used to be here on earth. So I started surfing the internet trying to find anything and everything I could to assure me that this is how it is. Well much to my disappointment, I found more than I expected saying that “animals do not have souls” and that there is “no solid scripture in the Bible” supporting my viewpoint. But on the other hand, I did find other opinions that sounded much better to me. Such as, God wouldn’t allow dogs to be banned from Heaven. After all, He created them to be man’s companions in life so why would He separate them in death? And unlike humans, animals need no redemption. “They are innocent creatures who are safe in the hand of their creator”. So I’ve concluded that it’s one person’s opinion over another. In my opinion, animals must definitely go to heaven. I’m not psychic but I believe people who are that say pets come through during readings all the time. In my heart, I believe our beloved pets have crossed over to the other side and are with our angels in heaven, the way God intended. I hope you believe that too. In my search for information I came across the following explanation I would like to share:

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends to they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent, his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…….



Lynn's Desk

There Goes 2006 and Here Comes 2007! I am astonished at how fast 2006 flew by. I guess it is a result of the number of new years I have welcomed. Two of my sons have already confirmed that we are celebrating Mike’s birthday on January 3rd and Chris wants to bring Lauren. I am so glad I planned a dinner for the first birthday without him. Mike would be 26 and this will be the sixth birthday we will celebrate in his honor. They all take it for granted that we will be celebrating his day. I hope he knows how much we love him and miss him.

My best friend’s mom died right before Christmas and a friend succumbed to his battle with cancer on 12/27. He was 47 and left a wife and two young boys, a father and brothers and numerous friends who were changed by knowing him, but will forever miss him too. My sister has breast cancer and will undergo surgery in the New Year. Once again, a personal reminder of how fragile life is, how difficult life can be at times, but how worthy of our best efforts, whatever they are.

At this time of year, I feel the weight of the holidays. The fact that Mike was not here for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and his birthday, make me feel like the strongest forces of gravity are pulling on me. I sink low, but then I usually rise. I remind myself that I am the only one who can control my outlook on life. No matter how many years I will not have with Mike, I am grateful for my husband, sons, daughter-in-law, friends and AngelMoms. You have let me vent when I was frustrated and unhappy. You have made me laugh, even if that was not your intent. I have to awaken my resiliency muscle. I understand that it is in your heart. Breathe in with me! Now exhale! 2007 is here!

I wish all of you love, peace and good health in 2007!



Melody's Desk

We've lost our children in so many tragic ways and I am trying to focus on those causes each month in our newsletter. I am also going to list each of our Angels with their cause of death that I am writing about that month. I will do my best not to miss anyone's name, so please help me by looking to see if your Angel is listed on the Angel Moms "How We Lost Our Angels" page at www.angelmoms.com/causes.html If your Angel isn't listed, then please send me their information, so I do not miss anyone. It's very important that each Angel is remembered.

I'm sorry for all of your losses and I'll do my best to be gentle with how you lost your child/children/grandchildren. I encourage anyone to write to me and send any information or stories they want to share to help me with my articles. Please let me know if you change your e-mail address and if you now have a website memorial for your angels. Be safe and have a Happy New Year. God Bless!

Love lifts Angels more so than wings. Love lights their way more so than any halo. And love sings from within them far louder than any harp could play.

FIRE RELATED ~ SMOKE INHALATION

Deaths from fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States and the third leading cause of fatal home injury. The United State’s mortality rate from fires ranks sixth among the 25 developed countries for which statistics are available. Fires and burns remain the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under. Children, especially those ages 5 and under, are at the greatest risk from home fire-related death and injury. A less acute perception of danger, less control of their environment, and a limited abiity to react promptly and properly to a fire contribute to this excess risk. Thirty percent of all fires occur during the winter months from November through February. Each year, more than a half million winter fires cause $3 billion in property loss, 1,900 deaths, and nearly 8,000 injuries. Heating is the leading cause of winter fires, whereas cooking is the leading cause over the entire year. January is the peak month for residential fire deaths and injuries. Winter months put extraordinary strains on firefighter abilities—more hazardous getting to the fire, frozen water supplies, increased risk of injury and dehydration. Some major fire causes are: Christmas/Christmas tree fires, Halloween fires, heating fires in residential structures, lightning fires, New Year's holiday fires, portable heating fires in residential structures, Thanksgiving day-residential structure fires, and dangerous fireworks. As Christmas trees, which are in one-third of all house-holds, dry out, the risk of fires increases. The use of candles contributes to the increase in the incidence of fires. Cooking fires statistics increase during holidays too. Smoke alarms are extremely effective at preventing fire-related death and injury. Residential sprinkler systems, escape plans and fire extinguishers are also effective at preventing and mitigating this risk.

PREVENTION TIPS:

Keep matches, gasoline, lighters and all other flammable materials locked away and out of children's reach.
Install smoke alarms in your home on every level and in every sleeping area. Test them once a month, replace the batteries at least once a year (unless the batteries are designed for longer life), and replace the alarms every ten years. Ten-year lithium alarms also are available and do not require an annual battery change.
For the best protection against different types of fires, consider installing both ionization alarms (better at sensing flaming fires) and photoelectric alarms (better at sensing slow, smoky fires).
Plan and practice several fire escape routes from each room of the home and identify an outside meeting place. Practicing an escape plan may help children who become frightened and confused in a fire escape to safety.

THE NATIONAL SAFE KIDS ORGANIZATION: www.firehouse.com/safekids/

Angel's Names

Angel Andrew (Chris B.) Angel Angela, Angel Michael, & Angel Casey (Elizabeth)

Angel Bobby (Mauriann J.) Angel Briana (Sherry F.)

Angel Christina & grandchildren Angel Eric, Angel Baylee, & Angel Emma (Carol H.) Angel Corey (Dawn G.) Angel Cory (Lauri)

Angel Dennis (Patsy W.)

Angel Faustino, Angel Royce & Angel Rico (Jennifer M.)

Angel Gregory (Heather P.)

Angel Jason (Carol W.) Angel Jordan (Erica S.)

Angel Kaleb (Lexy L.) Angel Kenneth (Deborah T.)

Angel Mark (Chris F.) Angel Matthew & Angel Andrew (Lonna N.) Angel Michaela (Angela P.) Angel Mitchell (Ann S.) Angel Mystic (Heather E.)

Angel Nalei (Virginia S.) Angel Nicholas (Kristine L.)

Angel Pedro (Denise W-S.)

Angel Sarah & granddaughter Angel Taylor (Melanie H.)

Angel Victoria, Angel Gabrielle, & Angel Anthony (Robin B.)



Diana's Memory Lane

Through sharing our memories
it keeps our children alive.
With each special moment remembered
they help us to survive.
As we walk down memory lane,
we always keep them near.
For they are the ones we will never forget.
the ones that we hold so near.

Written by:Zana Maxwell-AngelMom to Alex

http://alexchristopher.memory-of.com

Happy New Year to everyone..I pray that this year brings you a year of Peace and comfort as you walk this road another year without the presence of your Angel. I hope that these Memories are giving you some heart felt moments of a time when all was right with the world. Thanks to all the Moms who have opened their hearts and shared the most precious thing they have left of their Angel. Its Memories that have brought us this far and it will be Memories that will take us someday to where our Angels are. So I ask that if you have a Memory to share please send it to me and I will be happy to share it with all the other Moms. My very first Memory of my Angel Travis was a flutter in the pit of my stomach and for 26 more yrs he made a Memory everyday for me. So it doesn't matter how long we had them 1 second or 40 yrs we all have a Memory to share..Gods Peace to All

Mandi Gibson-Mommy to ^I^Grace,^I^Johnathon, Micheal, Nikki, Lexi and Rainbow Baby

My husband and Dad to our Angels Johnathon and Grace is a Truck Driver. He loves all big trucks but dump trucks are his favorite. He has hauled coal most of the time I have known him. When our son Johnathon was stillborn but still borned it was so unexpected we didn't have anything prepared. The next day after Johnathon was born we searched all day in toy stores for a dump truck. It was very important for PJ that his little boy have a dump truck. It took us all day but we finally found"Chuck the Tonka Truck". PJ lovingly put this inside the casket with Johnathon the next morning. At the Funeral I walked out on the back steps of the Church to find PJ crying really hard. I would almost say harder then I had seen him in those short few days. I asked him what had triggered this sobbing. He pointed toward the parking lot where PJ's boss had bobtailed(without trailer)his semi Peterbilt to the Funeral. PJ felt that it was very fitting that there was a semi truck at his sons Funeral. Even though Johnathon never got to ride with his Dad in a Big Truck his Dad honored him with his own toy truck to travel with him on wings of a Angel. And a big shiny Peterbilt to bid him goodbye.

Karen Miller Mom to Angel Jason

When Jason was about 10 yrs old. He and his brothers came home from School and asked me if I knew how to Mexican Arm Wrestle? No..never heard of it..Good Lord if I only knew what I was getting myself into. Well I said ok why don't you show me. Well Jason got on one side of the table and me on the other side..and you turn your arm towards you. Well then the other person in this case was Jason pulls on your fist..oh man I should have known. Well you pull as hard as you can..Well the Little Stinker let go of my fist and guess what my fist did???Yep it blasted me right in the nose!!!!!!And yes I saw stars and for a minute I think they thought they were going to also. But after the shock wore off I couldn't help but laugh because the three of them were rolling on the floor laughing so hard that they were crying..Oh I wish I had those days back.

Jason's Page

Please send Memory to dianaandharold@bellsouth.net



Acts Of Kindness




The Act Of Kindness Award will be given to an AngelMom that was nominated for their kindness and thoughtfulness. It will not be a contest, it is "Thank You" kind of award. Anyone can be nominated. If someone has touched your heart by doing something special, please nominate them by emailing Loni. There is no exclusions, everyone is included. We will list each member that has received an Award.

Acts of Kindness Awards for December were presented to

Joanie/Wedgie Harris & Other Moms by Arlene Walker

Angel Mom's Acts of Kindness



Twenty-five ways to help yourself heal from the wounds of grief
Victor M. Parachin

After my husband Franklin died from a short battle with cancer, I was overwhelmed with loneliness. I had lost my best friend and husband of 23 years.
Recent Widow

When my 11-year-old died from cancer, family and friends seemed intimidated and bewildered by my grief. They didn't know what to say or do. I felt so alone and so vulnerable. It was impossible to believe that the enormous weight of grief could ever be lifted.
Bereaved Father

Whether the loss is that of a spouse, child, parent, grandparent or friend, the expressions cited above reveal that no other life experience is as isolating, and painful as bereavement. The fact is, however, that people can have a period of bad mourning or good mourning, depending on the choices they make. Here are 25 ways to have a good mourning and, in the process, help you heal the wound of grief.

1. Reach out to friends. "After my wife's death, I had to learn that when the loneliness was overwhelming, I had to act and reach out. I could not simply sit around and wait for someone to call me. I needed to initiate the encounter," recalls one widower. Reaching out to caring, supportive friends can ease greatly the load of grief as well as brighten even the darkest time.

2. Get Physical. Walk, jog, bike, swim or roller blade. Do something physical for 30 to 40 minutes at least five times a week. This will keep you in good physical shape while easing depression and anxiety.

3. Cultivate an appreciation for solitude. Find ways of being alone that bring you some satisfaction and peace of mind. Some suggestions: gardening, painting, reading, listening to music or walking through the woods.

4. Drink more water. "Adequate fluids are needed to carry away the body's toxic waste and maintain appropriate electrolyte balance," says Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Co. "Because mourners have a tendency to override their sense of thirst, they need to drink more fluids than they think they need." Water is the best fluid. Avoid beverages with caffeine, such as coffee and soda.

5. Cultivate the attitude of gratitude. No matter what has happened to you, there still are many things for which you can be thankful. Give thanks every day. Identify areas of your life that are still good and enriching such as friends, family, meaningful employment, health, warm memories, etc. Cultivating the attitude of gratitude is a way of viewing your cup as half full, rather than half empty.

6. Eat Healthy. Although it may be difficult to eat, do your best to maintain adequate nutritional balance. Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables while cutting back on high-fat foods.

7. Tap into will power. "Misfortune is great, but human beings are even greater than misfortune," wrote the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. Tap into your will power. Repeat these kinds of sentences to yourself: "I will get through this," "I will emerge stronger and better because of this eperience," and "I will overcome." Be encouraged by Helen Keller's observation: "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of suffering."

8. Understand that bereavement is a journey. Grief is an emotional journey in which you move from one condition of life to another. This journey takes time and always involves three basic phrases: experiencing the pain of the loss, adjusting to an environment in which the deceased is missing; and withdrawing emotional energy and reinvesting it in another relationship.

9. Be alert to grief's danger signals. While most people grieve in healthy ways, some people become caught up in unhealthy grief. Here are some signs of that grief has become unhealthy:

* Poor self-care such as excessive weight gain or loss
* Withdrawal and isolation from family and friends
*Unrelenting depression that does not ease up
*Frequent suicidal thoughts
*Alcohol and/or drug abuse

If you are experiencing a combination of these symptoms, seek professional help immediately.

10. Tap into community grief resources. Even the smallest communities across the country provide various grief resources. In addition to family and friends, call on the following people to help guide you through the grieving process: hospital social workers, clergy, hospice workers, funeral directors, nurses, doctors and bereavement counselors.

11. Let your tears flow. "Plainly speaking, cry about it," advises minister and author Norman Vincent Peale. "We Anglo-Saxons are too quick to equate a display of emotion with weakness. Actually, the old phrase, 'to vent ones emotions' is a good one, for this method of relief is nature's safety valve, If you repress grief too sternly, serious emotional maladjustment may result.

12. Be patient with yourself. There is no quick fix for the wound of bereavement. Grief recovery takes much longer than most people assume. Day by day, do the small things you need to in order to cope and manage. Keep in mind this wisdom from Benjamin Franklin: "Little strokes fell great oaks."

13. Join a support group. It is very therapeutic to be with others who have had a similar experience. You will learn from them and receive inspiration from them. Beverly Raphael, an Australian psychiatrist and author of The Anatomy of Bereavement, says that support groups "have proved to be extremely valuable in the provision of counseling and practical support. . . Support groups act as a forum for sharing practical difficulties and resources. They may provide general support and friendship."

14. Listen to music. "Music can express the mystical experience better than language," writes Paul Brunton in his book, Medications For People in Crisis. "It can tell of it's mystery, joy, sadness and peace far better than words can utter. The fatigued intellect finds a tonic and the harassed emotions find comfort in music."

15. Spend time with nature. Get outside and take advantage of the natural beauty and joy in the world. Spend time appreciating wild flowers dancing on a hillside, the gentle flowing waters of a stream, the beauty of a hawk flying over a canyon, or the grace of a deer leaping through the woods. All of these can gently coax you out of a blue mood or a sad day.

16. Learn about the grief process. Bereavement releases a host of confusing and conflicting feelings. Often the journey through grief is like an emotional roller coaster. While all this is normal, many grievers are frightened by their emotions and suspect they may be "going crazy." Visit a library and take out some books on the grief process. Such books will quickly reassure most bereaved people that their response to loss is quite normal.

17. Give yourself simple pleasures. This advice is offered by authors Candy Lightner and Nancy Hathaway in their book, Giving Sorrow Words. "Grief is such a profound emotional state that it may sound ridiculous to recommend taking a bubble bath, going to a ball game or investing in a VCR so you can enjoy movies at home," they write. "Simple pleasures offer no major solution; no one claims otherwise. And yet, they do provide relief. They really can make you feel better, because they carry messages to the interior-messages that say that, even alone, you matter."

18. Learn to wait out the hard times. "The pain of grief is usually the worst right before we make progress in our grief work," writes Dr. Bill Flatt, a counselor and author of Growing Through Grief. "As the old saying goes, 'It's always darkest before the dawn.' So, if you find yourself in a particularly dark time right now, perhaps it means some real progress is right around the corner. Keep looking for that light! The future is bright in spite of the present gloom. Hang on to the truth."

19. Give yourself breaks from grief. Although bereavement can feel all consuming, make the decision to give yourself periods of relief from grief. Block off an hour or two to do something that will distract you from your grief, such as going to a movie, walking through a mall with a friend, or inviting someone to join you for lunch or dinner at a restaurant.

20. Have a telephone confidant. Invite someone you are comfortable with to be your telephone confidant. Explain you would like to be able to call them day or night, when ever the pain of grieving is intense. That way, when grief strikes at it's hardest, you can reach for the phone and share your feelings and experience the support of friends.

21. Sit tight. The temptation to make major changes following a loss is one that many grievers face. Sight tight and avoid creating additional changes unless absolutely necessary. "As a general principle, the recently bereaved should be discouraged from making major life-changing decisions, such as to sell property, change jobs or careers, or adopt children, too soon after a death. Good judgment is difficult to exercise during acute grief when there is a higher risk of maladaptive response," writes J. William Worden, Ph.D., in his book, Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy.

22. Plan for special days. Holidays, anniversaries, birthdays and other personal family events can be very difficult, especially during the first year after the loss. Give advance though as to the best ways of celebrating these days. Some of the people decide to maintain the same traditions, while others choose to make changes, Consult with key family members and together, make your decision.

23. Read how others have made the journey through grief. Information is empowering and liberating, You will be greatly inspired and informed by reading how others have overcome their own painful losses to death. Some exceptional books include Widow by Lynn Caine, O Susan! Looking Forward With Hope After the Death of a Child, by James W. Angell, and A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. Ask your librarian for other suggestions.

24. Take on a new challenge. As you begin to adjust without your loved one, consider taking on a new challenge. Take up a hobby. Enroll in a sports program. Go back to college. Do something new that will expand your horizons. This will help you focus on who you are becoming rather than who you have been.

25. Help someone else. One of the most effective ways of taking the edge off grief is to reach out and help another person. Offer the gift of time and service. All kinds of civic and religious organizations need volunteers. Do this as a way of honoring your deceased loved one. It will also help you feel better about your life.

Victor M. Parchin, Claremont CA, is a NFDA grief educator and minister.



Linda's Recipe Corner

Chicken Allumette Appetizers

* 2-3/4 chicken breasts, roasted and ready-to-eat, coarsely chopped, or any other cooked chicken, about 1 cup
* 5 ounces mushrooms
* 2 Tbs. butter
* 1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
* 2 tsp. thyme, chopped
* 11 ounces frozen puff pastry, thawed

Preheat oven to 450degreesF. Place mushrooms in the bowl of a food processor; chop until minced. Place 2 tsp. butter in a medium saute pan; add the mushroom pieces and cook over medium heat, stirring, about 3 minutes. Place chicken in food processor and chop until minced. In medium bowl, stir 1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. butter, chicken, parsley, thyme and mushrooms. On a lightly floured surface, roll out both pieces of puff pastry. Using a pizza wheel, cut each piece in half. Spread half of the chicken mixture on one piece of puff pastry, and the remainder on the other piece. Top each with another piece of puff pastry. Using a rolling pin, lightly roll over the pastry. Using the pizza wheel, cut the pastry into strips, each about 1x3 inch. Lay strips on a baking sheet. Bake 5 – 6 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Serve immediately.

Per serving: calories 636, fat 37.5g, 53% calories from fat, cholesterol 88mg, protein 35.7g, carbohydrates 38.0g, fiber 2.2g, sugar 1.1g, sodium 281mg, diet points 15.9. Prep 20 min, Cook: 5 min.

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Cheese Lovers Pizza Squares

* 14 ounces refrigerated pizza dough
* 1 cup ricotta cheese
* 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
* 2 ounces turkey pepperoni, diced
* 2 plum tomatoes, diced
* 1 cup yellow pepper, sliced
* 1 tsp. oregano
* 2 Tbs. chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 400degreesF. Press pizza dough into 15x10 inch jelly roll pan. Bake for 12 minutes; remove from oven and spread ricotta cheese over crust. Top with mozzarella, pepperoni, tomatoes, yellow pepper and oregano. Return to oven and bake for 6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley, cut into squares and serve.

Prep 15 min, Cook: 18 min. For 4 Servings:
Per serving: calories 247, fat 11.0g, 41% calories from fat, cholesterol 29mg, protein 14.0g, carbohydrates 22.2g, fiber 1.2g, sugar 3.7g, sodium 481mg, diet points 6.1.

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Grilled Steak Bruschetta

* 1-1/4 lbs. boneless beef top sirloin steak, well trimmed, cut 1 inch thick
* 4 French rolls, 6 inch, crusty
* 1/3 cup Italian dressing
* 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
* 1 packet Italian dressing mix
* 2 cups spinach leaves, thinly sliced, tightly packed
* 1 large tomato, chopped
* 1/3 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced, tightly packed

Lightly brush cut sides of rolls with dressing. Place rolls, cut sides down, on grid over medium ash-covered coals; grill, uncovered 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn rolls; sprinkle with cheese. Grill 1-2 minutes or until cheese just begins to melt. Press dressing mix into both sides of beef steak. Place on grid over medium ash-covered coals; grill uncovered 16-20 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness, turning occasionally. Cook longer for desired doneness. Combine spinach, tomato, and basil; toss. Place an equal amount on each roll half. Carve steak crosswise into thin slices; arrange over spinach mixture.

Per serving: calories 592, fat 26.7g, 41% calories from fat, cholesterol 138mg, protein 56.4g, carbohydrates 30.8g, fiber 5.6g, sugar 8.1g, sodium 1392mg, diet points 13.4.Prep 15 min, Cook: 25 min.



Member's Corner



Just a reminder that this section of the newsletter is for any member to use, you can share whatever you would like here, dedications to your child for a special date, something special that you are doing, anything you would like to share with other members. Just send it to AngelShanesMom@aol.com

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I decided that I am going to start a non-profit organization called "Angel Wing Parents" Spreading Light In Memory of Our Children. The mission of this organization is going to be allowing our children's spirit to live on through our actions. We will go do community service (working at food banks, homeless shelters, etc.), participate in charity events (cancer walks, toy drives, etc.), and other acts of kindness. We will do all this and make sure that people know that we are doing it in our child's remembrance. Our children brought so much light to our life in their short time here. So we are going to shed their light in remembrance of them. I am working on getting all the paperwork in order to start a non-profit. I will probably launch it by the end of January. If you are like me you spend a lot of time trying to find ways to have your child's memory live on...I thought this would be a nice way for their memories to live on and help others. If you are interested in joining me as a member or would like to be a leader for a chapter in your area please email me at faithsangelwings@yahoo.com

Thanks!
Misty





A Thought

Grief never ends, but it changes.
It is a passage, not a place to stay.
The sense of loss must give way
if we are to value the life that was lived.
– Author unknown -



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