Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tess and Jack

First of all let me apologize for not being on here for over a week.. I did make it through the holiday parties and they were fun. The ipod valentines were a huge hit as well. I have had a lot of things going on at one time the past few weeks. First of all, I was honored to be asked to be on the board of a newly (in the works) Foundation for my friends daughter who passed away in 2007, Tess Blackwelder. She was in the second grade at Madeira Elementary School. The foundation will be called The Butterfly Tess Foundation. Tess loved Butterflies. The foundation will help a lot of children. To learn more about it, please visit and learn about Tess, and her life. We had one meeting and are off to a running start with creating t-shits to sell. We decided to have the third graders at Madeira Elementary School design a buterfly and we, the board, will pick from that to be the logo. Tess would of been in third grades and we thought that would a great way for her friends to help out and to remember her. On top of working on this wonderful project, today is also a sad day. Six months after Tess passed away, another of our dear family friends loss his 10 year old son Jack, to a rare flu virus. Today is the one year anniversary of his passing. Jack was a 10 year old boy in the fourth grade at Madeira Elementary School, and full of life.. He loved to play jokes, he loved sports and he was just a fun typical 10 year old boy. Madeira is a small place.. and to loose one child is huge, but two in a small place like this, in the same small school is just crazy. So today I am thankful for my kids, for their health and for Tess and Jack. Two small children, who were not here long enough. But who touched more lives, and lived more in their short years, than most adults do. I was blessed to have known them both. They will never be forgotten, they will forever be loved deep in our hearts.

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