22 October 2008

Jericho 4 Kids Blog ~ A Tribute to Olivia

I had originally not felt comfortable posting about such a deeply sad Family Event but after reading Miss Shelby's Post I feel this is just to important to not help pass on!


Family means many things, and extends far beyond the walls of a home. For our family, a special cousin means the world to us. Tony (affectionately known as T2) is more than an extension of our family, but a member of our family in every sense. When he married Amanda, she became a part of our family too. When their baby, Olivia, was born early, we were concerned but also extremely excited to add her to our family! Zac and Shelby could not wait to meet her, and they did just that late last week. Shelby described Olivia as a beautiful tiny baby, and Zac immediately told her “Hi”! The kids love for their cousin and his family shined through last week as we drove to Chicago to meet Olivia and give our support.

Olivia Joy was in our lives here on earth for 18 days, and we are thankful to have met her and will cherish her in our hearts forever. She inspired me to try harder, as she tried her hardest to remain with us. We are better for having known her and we know that Heaven gained an Angel last night.

Hug your kids, be thankful and just like Olivia did, live life to the fullest!

In honor of Olivia, the J4K family is asking that you sign the Petition for Preemies, which is a part of National Preemie Awareness Month coming up in November.

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Here is the link for the Petition at The March of Dimes Web site - please help us forward this along to as many people as you can.

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