This adorable little boy is Ethan Weiman
Welcomed into the world August 5th 2004-Welcomed into Heaven June 12th, 2009
Heaven has gained an AMAZING little boy! Such a precious life. His smile contagious. His courage was amazing. A true little cowboy!
Please read his mother’s post—> CARING BRIDGE SITE
Today Ethan’s family will say goodbye in a ceremony from 4-7 at Duker and Haugh in Quincy, IL. They will fill the room with balloons, in a tribute to him.
Please put them in your prayers today, if you can for ask strength and peace during that time.
You can also view his mother-Alicia’s blog with many posts full of photos and memories of Ethan (TISSUE ALERT!)
I have no eloquent words. I sit here typing in tears, not even knowing what to say.
I have a very heavy heart, and so many tears pouring out for them, over the last 2 days, since learning of his passing. I don’t even want to imagine the pain in their hearts right now.
I don’t know where to begin, to express how much I feel for this family that I have come to know over the last year or so. I have become so emotionally involved with this family, I have never met! Yet, I feel like I lost a part of my own family.
My own daughter has fought this scary battle. Not everyone wins. To lose such a life, so young. I want to scream that it’s not fair.
I’m trying to keep Faith that there is a purpose in everything. Sometimes Faith is hard. Sometimes we don’t see the rainbow after the storm. Sometimes we never feel like we get an answer.
I want to just reach out to this family, that I have come to love. I feel helpless, knowing I cannot ease the pain and burden in their hearts.
I have a few things I NEED to work on, so I don’t feel helpless. I am going to do what I can to help them in ANY way, to honor the life and memory of their sweet little Ethan.
If you want to help them in any way, we have set up a donation fund for them here
No amount is too small. A little bit from a lot of people, adds up quick.
There are many medical bills left unpaid, as well as other expenses.
If you want to send a card-please email me.
You will learn more about what I am doing later.
In the meantime I just ordered 25 balloons to help fill the ceremony-asking for a special Mylar horse balloon for little Ethan.
My children and I are sending his little sister Ava-a pony from Build a Bear called Pawsome Pony (he isn’t being released til the 26th! UGH!). So we will buy him un-stuffed.
We will let her fill it and put a prayer and kiss on a heart to stuff inside for Ethan. We are also sending hearts from our family and for his mom and dad to put in too. My kids each said a prayer and signed their own little heart for him.
Explaining what we were doing, and why was extremely difficult. They seemed to really understand, and were eager to par-take. They will spend the afternoon making cards for Ava. I don’t know HOW I am going to make a card.
We got the pony a cowboy hat, boots, vest and jeans just like Ethan! We hope this little pony will make Ava always feel close to Ethan, when she misses him. She can just give him a big hug, when she misses him.
I have a few things to work out for his mom & dad. I want to do something special.
In the meantime, please pray for them. Alicia is expecting a new baby in November, and this has to be very hard on her body. I pray her and Dave will lean on each-other, and are able to get through this day.
Everyday will be hard.
I just ask God for his peace, comfort, strength and mercy.
Again, I’m sorry I have no eloquent words. I just can’t today.
Thank you for reading and caring.
Have you seen the Papertrey Ink Homepage? I think it looks great!
Now my 2 NEWEST My Timeless Templates are available!!
I think it was obvious I had a BLAST!! My head is still spinning with ideas. Plus, I know I am STILL making teacher gifts! I have several to complete, and I will share them when I am done 😀 I should get them completed this week in no time.
I had 22 teachers to get gifts for between Alexa, Noah and Amber! I had to get all the therapists and whatnot in there too. They are a VITAL part of our lives. Some have a couple that work with Alexa-don’t want to leave any out. Plus I also give the bus driver something too. You know she has NEVER even said thank you! She sees me everyday! I think that’s weird.
Amber had her last day of Pre-school. I was the ONLY parent who balled! I was shocked at how emotional it was for me.
How can MY BABY be going to school 5 days a week next year?!
You’d THINK I’d be jumping for JOY, but I’m actually very sad over the whole thing.
Amber is just growing so fast! (they ALL are!)
Here she is with her diploma! They also worked hard and made a REALLY nice book for each child with photos through the year, and info on each child in her class. The kids put their hand prints AND signed their name in every book! So sweet! I will cherish it forever!
It was at a park on a VERY rainy, then turned MUGGY day-So excuse my FRIZZED out, horrifying do.
Amber & I (thank goodness I had no makeup all over my face! I was a mess I tell you!)
Amber & Daddy
Daddy was too embarrassed by mommy crying to even THINK about getting emotional! LOL!
Now a quick family photo (Oh gosh I can’t believe my hair did that in public. It needed a time out!)
Sometimes those lunging exercises come in handy! We were squatting for a while. Normally Id be on my butt!
OH! How did I go from a BABY to kindergarten? How did I get an ALMOST 10 year old? I don’t feel OLD enough!! Jeepers.
Yesterday she asked me if I would have another baby! But one that wouldn’t grow up! LOL! (Um, NO! All done Amber)
I told her she was my baby, and would always be. She then said Mommy! I’m almost 5! I’m not your baby anymore. I’m a big girl!
OH! man! Why do they grow so fast? She is also an OLD 4. I think our family situation with Alexa made her more mature. Plus she absorbs everything around her. We are always teaching Alexa SOMETHING. She always wanted to learn too. OK I can see I’m going WAY off course here-sorry. Just emotional today.
OK this does tie into the PTI release! I swear!!
I LOVE Vintage Picnic to pieces. You will see lots more here with that.
The Cupcake collection-ADORABLE!
I have to say I was totally inspired by Candice’s Fruitful set! I actually LOVE it. Weather or not you make jam, if you like fruit images, you will adore this one! I really LOVE the Fruitful sentiments too!
My favorite project was put into the Exclusive Idea Book for My Timeless Template: Pack a Picnic-so I hope you get to check it out!
So I packaged Strawberry Jams for everyone, and for Amber & Noah’s teachers also included a Strawberry Plant! (Alexa went with a Rose bush and another flowering plant for her teachers! Leave it to her to decide on something totally different! LOL!)
Fruitful & Fruitful Sentiments
I made about 12 planter sticks for all the plants in about 10 minutes! Seriously NOTHING over the top and fancy. I need QUICK!
I thought that the sentiment from Teachers Apple was PERFECTION for a plant gift!
Sentiment reads: Its not so much what is poured into a student, but what is planted by the teacher the really counts.
I used the strawberry image from Fruitful in the corner, then layered it onto a stick, and stuck it in the plant
The backs were signed by the kids.
These are the ones Amber did for Mrs. Slater & Mrs. Bartlett
I think it was cute. I wanted to cover the bottom, but didn’t want to ruin the instructions-so I let it be. Plus it gave me an excuse to do ONE LESS thing! LOL!
Now onto the Strawberry Jam!
Holy easy peasy! LOL!
I had my BFF Paulette’s mom MAKE me jam :D) Oh! boy is it ever YUMMY!
I then stamped some of the PTI adhesive/label sheets, and punched out my label, stuck it onto the front!
I had some fabric laying around, so I cut it up, and put it under the ring.
I then stamped the Made with love border, and punched out scallops.
Addressed it to whomever was on the list-and done in 20 minutes!
(minus the cutting fabric! and I had 22 jars to do-I only shot 6 here)
I think they are cute!
They can also be re-gifted easily if someone isn’t a JAM fan. Its the thought that counts!
So you don’t have to take TONS of time to give nice gifts. I love the clean and simple stuff (in case you haven’t caught on to that yet!).
OK moving on………
Now we have Lisa’s set. I was SO inspired my her corner decor, that I used it for my focus.
I felt like this looked similar to a church window!
The bkgd paper is a velvet paper by SEI. I ran it through my cuttlebug to emboss it! WOWZERS is it ever LUSCIOUS!
I used the side of the Labels 4 nestability to create my own cool shaped layer! Punched the bottom layer, and I love it!
Scarlet Red is just gorgeous!!! I’m happy PTI is delving into rich tones now too.
I added adhesive pearls to be like berries.
I think its such a pretty card.
Well that is all for this post. I have much to do today.
You are JUST getting excited about this release and we are already on to the next one! LOL! Funny how that works.
Enjoy the day, and remember to STOP and hug your children! Amber asked me to color with her, so after I get one more thing done, I cleared my “to – dos” to do that with her. Before you know it, she won’t want me to “bother” her at all.
I also appreciate all the support and excitement you all share with me with each release, and daily here!