It's almost surreal to remember that Thanksgiving Day. Friends from church brought our Thanksgiving Dinner in stages..............
Nick watched the Titans play one last game, and he was well enough to bet Erich $2.50 that his team would win..................
And they did!
Nick had a rough episode right after the game ended that afternoon, and he never woke back up. He went home two days later on the 29th of November surrounded by all of his brothers, one of his best friends, his sister, Tim, and me, and nearly 30 people from our community.
The room was full of love as we cried and said our "see you soon's"
Nick began humming right before he passed away and the room felt so full of energy that I truly believe it was packed with angels and that Nick was singing as he left with Jesus.
I'm thankful for that memory as we enter this Thanksgiving week.
We miss Nick so much, but we wouldn't trade our pain for a life that never had him as our son.
We began Nick's foundation within hours of our temporary good-bye, and our first donation came in an envelope at church. In it was $2 folded up into a very small square wrapped around 2 quarter............ a total of $2.50. At first I thought it was from a child who was a friend of Nick's, and then I remembered Erich's bet on Thanksgiving Day. I knew right that minute that Erich was "paying up."
Thank you for sharing life with us as we strive to help others who are hurting.
Within the next two weeks, five beautiful swings with arbors will be added to the KCU campus. Please take a walk sometime and enjoy a few minutes in one of the swings if you are ever in the Grayson area!!
I will take pictures after the swings have been placed in their special locations.
Memory boxes are mailed out so often that we are in need of more supplies. We will be ordering 50 more copies of each book contained in the memory boxes in the next few months. Windchimes will be ordered as well. We are thankful for the donations that we receive. They allow us to continue the ministry of reaching families who are brokenhearted.
I am always happy to come and speak at women's events and share about the work of the foundation, so please let me know if you are ever interested or in need of a speaker. I consider it an honor to continue Nick's legacy and share the love of God at the same time.
Chosen for a painful road yet trying to embrace it with passion and purpose, Tammy
At the age of 7, Nick was diagnosed with a Grade III ependymoma brain tumor. After successful surgery, 6 weeks of daily radiation, and mild chemo, Nick enjoyed four years of normal life. He went to school, played football and basketball, and was an active part of our church youth group. At the age of 11, Nick had a recurrence which resulted in another surgery, 6 more weeks of radiation, and five months of aggressive chemo. Unfortunately, the cancer was relentless. Nick endured four more recurrences in the next two and a half years with brief periods of "normal, happy" life in between surgeries. We tried special diets, herbal treatments, and many other alternative medicines along the way, but in August of 2008, Nick's cancer returned with a vengence spreading throughout his body and eventually taking him home to His Heavenly Father. Not once in the 6 and 1/2 year battle did Nick question his illness or complain of the unfairness he was enduring. Not once did Nick become angry. His peace throughout the battle is a living testimony to the power of God. We pray that his foundation will in some small way return the peace and hope which Nick gave us to the world around us.