Thanks to so many of you who reached out to Nadine Fenchak (see my blog entry two down). She was so touched by all huge outpouring of cards and love you gave to her. (This is a small sampling of the cards and mail she's received.)
Here is a note from Nadine:
You have no idea how grateful I am to each and every one of you. Your thoughts and prayers and cards and notes have really made a difference. I can't believe how many people took the time to send me notes of encouragement and love. As the 22nd looms closer, I dread the day....but I make myself think of how many people will be thinking of Nate with me and I know I will not face the day alone. Thank you so much --you all truly are angels! This poem is a relection of Nate--please enjoy it and know that you have all helped me so much when I really needed it the most.
Love, Nadine and Paul Fenchak
Here is the poem Nadine refers to above (written by Carrie Wheeler, her 7-year-old son's teacher).
In Loving Memory of Nate Fenchak
His infectious smile warmed your heart
And his laughter was filled with joy.
His eyes were full of sparkle
Oh that precious baby boy!
He was full of inquisitive spirit
From his head down to his toes.
He was curious about new things
As all his adventures show.
He looked up to his big brothers
And wanted to be with Gabe and Paul.
He followed them from place to place
Where you'd see one, you'd see them all.
His teddy bear and toys remain,
As do our memories of his past.
Mommy and Daddy's little boy
Whose legacy will last.
We had him for such a short time
And it's so hard to understand
Why we had to give him to the angels
As part of his life's plan.
He will live on inside you
Even though you had to part
Because his tiny little feet
Left loving footprints on your heart.
My friend, Karen Clauson, is an amazing designer and crafter. She created these three canvases for Nadine. They are so beautiful and I couldn't wait to share them with you.
By the way, to find out more about Karen's Canvases (she creates them for any occasion--wedding, memorials, birthdays, awards), you can contact her at email@example.com.
Please know we love you, Nadine and Paul, and are here for you. It's a pleasure knowing you!
Now to my next subject. During my teenage and college year, I loved the television show "The Facts of Life." My favorite character was Blair (Lisa Whelchel). I loved her spunky personality ("I just had another one of my brilliant ideas!") and cute hairstyles. For me she truly was my Hannah Montana. Several years ago, imagine my delight and excitement when she came to a photography class I taught in Texas. We exchanged numbers and since that time have become good friends. She is such an inspirational person and has written some amazing books. She truly is a wonderful role model for us all to follow. She came to CKU-Provo a few years ago and hung out with some of my neighborhood friends.
We all had such a good time together that we decided we had to do it again. So, for the last several months we've been planning the ultimate scrapbooking retreat at Sundance, Utah. We all were so excited and had every last detail planned. Life is unpredictable. Terrible storms and flooding hit Lisa's hometown at the same time she was scheduled to fly to Utah and her airport was closed down with over 700 flights cancelled. On top of it, her husband got stuck in California due to the bad weather making it impossible for Lisa to come. We all felt really bad about the situation--we were so excited to hang out with Lisa and she'd been looking forward to it for months. We still went on our retreat and had more fun than humanly possible (laughed and cried and laughed and cried some more) but really missed Lisa. We are planning a retreat for the near future. Lisa said she'd fly out of a very dry place the next time (Arizona?)! Here is a photo from our retreat and a little message for Lisa:
So--here's the scoop. If you guessed Lisa Whelchel or Blair from Facts of Life, you were eligible to be in the random drawing for the April Kit of the Month. (By the way, I couldn't believe how many people got it right!)
Here are the winners:
Heather (5:49 p.m.)
Congratulations to you all. Please send your snail mail addresses to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great Easter weekend. I'll check back in at the first of next week to share the April Kit of the Month.