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Thank you!!!

  • Posted on November 30, 2007 at 10:41 am

Howdy everyone~

I have been a busy bee. I am almost done with my education,YAY! It has been two years since I decided to go back to school. The calendar may say two years have passed;however, time has just flown by! I will be graduating with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Accounting/Bookkeeping and an Office Technology Certificate this December.

When I started on my jouney, I had no idea how many people would have such a profound impact on my life. I am grateful for those that I have worked closely with as a work-study and the new friends I have made on campus. Without them I would not have made it through the semesters following my children’s passing. It is because of them that I realized how much my Father in Heaven is aware of me, what I need, who will be a support and who I can influence for good in return. I know that the people I have met came into my life at the right time. many thanks go out  to all of you who have been there for me and helped me to succeed and reach my goal of graduation.

I also want to thank my family! I know without a doubt that I would not have reached my goal of graduation without their love and support as well. Without my parents’ support and encouragement I know that it would have been dificult to reach graduation! They loved me even when I was difficult to love. They could have been empty nesters long before now and yet they took me in along with my children and gave us what we needed most,LOVE. We were happy, safe and sheltered in their home. Thank you does not seem to be enough.  Mom and dad you are the best!

Love to All!!!

Update on me

  • Posted on November 10, 2007 at 7:28 am
Originally Posted by Sweet Leslie on Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 06:46 AM

Hello everyone~

First I want to thank all my dear friends for their uplifting and encouraging comments.IcoNyx has allowed me to post pictures and rememberances here for my friends and I to view and to him I am deeply grateful.The last few weeks have been tough,but with help from dear friends and the ability to view any and all pictures of my little ones has helped a great deal.

Okay, now for the update.School is going better.The quiz and video taping for my Sign Language Class turned out better than I first thought.Which is a relief in and of its self since this is to be my last semester at the college(I have no desire to retake any class no matter how much I want to learn,comprhend and retain information for future use).

On a more solemn note,for those who know me and my tragic circumstances,I want to let you know that I have been able to move my son to be with his brothers and sister.They are now all together in this life as well as the hereafter.I have set into motion the workings of a special headstone with the help of IcoNyx and his artistic ability.The headstone will be for all four of my children and will have a butterfly unique to each child’s personality above their name,an image of christ on the center stone along with the words: Budded on Earth to bloom in Heaven.

Well, that is all for now!Take care everyone!

Sometimes…

  • Posted on November 10, 2007 at 7:27 am
Originally Posted by Sweet Leslie on Thursday, November 1, 2007, 08:15 AM

I cry for what seems to be no reason.I HATE to cry!!!! I was copying the butterfly pictures that Nic drew for me and it just snowballed from there.The thing is I have seen the drawings before and I was fine,but not today.I was able to talk about what the butterflies were for with some friends at the college without shedding a tear.It wasn’t really until I heard a song on the radio, Tears from Heaven that I just let loose.It was a song that started with missing grandma,then it was the man’s wife.The verse that really started the water works was when the daughter got married and it rained.I wish I could recall the words right now to more fully explain the tears, but I can’t,Grrrr!Anyway,I’m sitting here listening to the soundtrack, Tarzan.It always lifts my spirits.I feel a little better,but my heart aches…I miss my children soooo much.Justin,Spencer,Raquel and Ian mommy is thinking of you today.I love you!!!

The Tears I Cry

  • Posted on November 10, 2007 at 7:27 am
Originally Posted by Sweet Leslie on Friday, October 26, 2007, 09:35 AM

The tears I cry are bittersweet.
My little ones have been taken from me.
Why did noone see through the man he was pretending to be?

The tears I cry are bitter sweet.
He took them away from me.
Revenge his intention.
He could only see what damage he could do to me.

The tears I cry are bitter sweet.
My little ones are still close to me.
Watching and looking forward to the day we will meet again.

The tears I cry are bitter sweet.
He cannot hurt them anymore.
For in the arms of their Savior they will forever be.
Watching and praying for me;for their mother I will always be.

Ian’s life sketch read at his funeral

  • Posted on November 10, 2007 at 7:25 am

Life Sketch of Ian Michael N

Ian Michael N was born on July 25, 2002.His name was carefully chosen by his parents. At first Jim had wanted his name to be Ivan which means “John the Beloved” in Russian. His Middle name was chosen because he has a cousin with that same name. They settled on Ian because Leslie likes the name and they believe Ian means “John the Beloved” as well. (It does mean “John the Beloved” I just couldn’t remember in what language at the time. It is a Scottish form of John.) Ian’s dad especially wished for his initials to spell out I am N. As you all know Ian lived up to his name quite “nicely”. Ian has a favorite blanket that is blue with pink elephants and brown giraffes. He liked to chew on the fringe and he carried it wherever he went. He loved to play with trucks, phones and anything that made noise. Ian always played so hard that he would fall asleep anywhere and in almost any position.

As I was one of his nursery teachers, I learned very quickly that Ian was always up for an adventure. He spent a great deal of time exploring the nursery by way of climbing on top of tables and chairs. One of his favorite songs was 3 Little Monkeys jumping on the bed. Each time I would tell him “Ian you better get down cuz I don’t want you to fall off and bump your head,” he would look at me and grin from ear to ear with that beautiful smile of his. His dad told me that when Ian was about 18 months old, he began climbing to the top of Justin’s and Spencer’s bunk beds and his father recalls that it was like he knew right where to place his feet.

From the day that Jim and Leslie brought him home from the hospital you could see a pure love for his brothers, later his sister Raquel and ,of course, his mom and dad. Ian would dance and twirl for almost anyone and loved to make others laugh. As his audience laughed, it encouraged him to do more. One of his mom’s favorite memories of Ian was how he would help her with the dishes. All he had to do was see her open the dishwasher and he was right there to lend a hand even if it meant sitting on the dishwasher lid to get it done. His mom will always cherish the moments when Ian would cuddle with her or sit on her lap and blow kisses to her cheek. Ian had many nicknames: Ian Bian & mess maker. A favorite family song to the tune of Matchmaker could be heard through the house, Mess Maker, Mess Maker, make me a mess!” If Ian was getting into mischief his dad would say, Mr. Ian SIR , if you don’t mind SIR !

Ian would then turn to his dad and give him this big silly grin and start laughing. His brothers could often be heard mimicking their dad and many times say “Mr. Ian SIR”. Some of his dad’s favorite memories are when dad would come though the door after work and Ian would rush to give him a big hug and an even bigger smile. There were times when he would push Justin and Spencer out of the way so he could be first in line. His dad will always cherish the times when Ian would fall asleep on his lap. In concluding the imprint of Ian’s lively spirit and brilliant smile will always remain with all the lives he touched around him. His parents loving wish is for all of us to remember the joy he brought us.

The Image in the Mirror

  • Posted on November 10, 2007 at 7:24 am

Help wanted

  • Posted on November 10, 2007 at 7:23 am

I have oogles of pictures in my gallery and I would like to caption them with clever sayings.I have begun this task;however,I have hit a road block and would welcome any suggestions.
Thank you!

Justin’s Life sketch

  • Posted on November 10, 2007 at 7:22 am

Spencer’s life sketch

  • Posted on November 10, 2007 at 7:22 am
Originally Posted by Sweet Leslie on Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 07:49 AM
Spencer was born on September 19, 1999 at 8:53 ,on a Sunday evening, 11 minutes after his brother arrived in this world. Spencer loved life. He was such a loving and sensitive little boy. He seemed to know when someone needed a hug because he would hug anyone whether he knew them or not. He always was on the hunt for his teacher, Vikki Owsley, because he had to make sure she gother morning hug.He loved to draw and make things. His Christmas present to me was his hand print and picture with a little calendar. He also made many Christmas ornaments for our tree . When he would draw or do crafts with markers or crayons and construction paper he would put yellow on it somewhere (yellow was his favorite color)whether it was the paper that was yellow and the color he used (which is very hard to see) or just the items he used.I often thought it was an unusual color for a boy but that changed when I learned that it was my Great Grandma Hall’s favorite color too. It gave me comfort because I believe that our loved ones who pass from this earthly existence watch over us. He may have talked with her and learned that it was her favorite color. I also think that it is very fitting because he was a ray of sunshine.

My favorite memory of my sweet boy is the last day he was with our family he shared his cookies and other sweets with us .They were left over from his school party. He had to make sure that everyone got something. He was so loving and giving and he has carried that with him to the other side of the veil and will have great success in sharing his message with others that he meets in heaven.

Ian’s life sketch

  • Posted on November 10, 2007 at 7:21 am
Originally Posted by Sweet Leslie on Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 07:49 AM

Ian Michael was born July 25, 2002 at 11:49 PM. From the moment he was born I knew he was special. When he was fussy all you would need to do was whisper his name “Ian, Ian” he would quiet immediately. He was the peacemaker when ever he heard or witnessed angry words being said he would do whatever it took to distract us.

He was also known to get into mischief. If water was running he was the one right in the middle of the “fun”. I was talking about him with a friend and I told her about a time that I heard water running outside one day and so I went outside and there was Ian soaking wet with the garden hose waving it around and having a good time. I was fortunate to get pictures. There was another time that brought a smile to my face. I was watching TV or playing a game and I heard the water running in the kitchen. Ian had climbed up on the counter, climbed in the sink and had the faucet on and the smile on his face was priceless. The last experience that I can recall was when he was caught climbing in the toilet yes the toilet! He had one leg in and one leg out!

He passed away on Mother’s day (May 9, 2004). He is dear to my heart and I know that because he came to our family I am a better mom. I played with his brothers and sister, I read to them and I did all I could do to keep them safe and happy because he came to our family.