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12/26/03

Dear Joanne and Joelle,   I thought about the two of you and Laura several times today as I have been throughout the season.  It must have been another of those very difficult days for you and my heart goes out to you.  Just wanted you to know, however, that I am thinking about you and wish the best for you.  On this very holy Christmas Day try to think of happy times together and smile because Laura has probably planned a very special surprise for Jesus on his birthday.  As she embraced GOD, so too, is she embraced by Him.     Peace and Love to you today (Christmas) and throughout the New Year!       May God Bless!     Love,     Patti

12/25/03
Hi Everyone-
Erin and I survived our 20 mile run!!! The weather was great and most importantly we finished it!!! The last mile was a bit challenging. Partially I think because I didn't hydrate enough throughout the run. I sort of forgot since it wasn't really warm out.

Don't worry, I didn't get dehydrated and feel like I was going to pass out. I just didn't feel right. I learned my lesson and will be better about drinking consistently throughout a long run even if I don't feel like I need it. Hydrating in the winter is different then in the summer. In the summer you know are losing electrolytes and you need to drink. In the winter you just don't realize that you still sweat and are losing all those essential nutrients. Well at least I sweat year round when I run, maybe you are fortunate enough to only sweat in the summer.

Our runs taper down now. This weekend we will run 13. I can't believe that I'm even considering that as a short run. It's crazy and my family thinks I've gone insane. A few of us are thinking about doing a triathlon (1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6.2 mile run). It's the variety that appeals, but no one is making any decisions until after the marathon. And no we don't have any intentions in competing in the Iron man -those people have truly lost their minds!!

19 more days until the big day. Anyone is welcomed to come to Florida and cheer us along. The team from CCMC was interviewed by the Hartford Courant last week. It will be in the paper soon. I don't have a specific date, but keep your eyes out for it. Channel 61 news may also interview us, I'll let you know when/if that will air.

Have a Happy Holiday!!!
Keep Smiling,
Jennifer M. Martin RN, BSN
Infection Control Practitioner
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
phone: 860-545-9392
fax: 860-545-9371

"Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to fall back"
Chinese Proverb


12/22/03
JOANNE, ISN'T THIS A BEAUTIFUL PIECE? LISTEN, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT ROTARY IS MAKING A DONATION TO THE ROB BRAHAM FOUNDATION AND PENNIES FROM HEAVEN IN HONOR OF YOU AND JOELLE . HOPE THIS BRINGS A SMILE. LOVE TO YOU BOTH, NANCY


12/22/03

Hi Joanne and Joelle, I just read the poem Laura

It is a beautiful and heartwarming tribute to your Laura.

You both continue to make her proud. 

Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us on the website. 

Love you much, Judi


12/18/03
"...Maybe some people just aren't meant to be in our lives forever.
Maybe some people are just passing through... maybe they get it all done
faster than the rest of us.  They don't need to stick around for a
hundred years to get it all right.  They get it down real quick...it's
like some people just come through our lives to bring us something, a
gift, a blessing, a lesson we need to learn, and that's why they're
here.  She taught you something, I'll bet, about love, and giving and
caring so much about someone... that was her gift to you.  She taught
you all that and then she left.  Maybe she just didn't need to stay
longer than that.  She gave you the gift and then she was free to move
on... she was a special soul.  You'll have that gift forever."


Dec. 11, 2003   While visiting with a friend this week we saw a flock of black pigeons flying over.  This is unusual for this area.  In the center of the flock was a beautiful white one.  I told my friend that it was a sign from God that something or someone was coming into our lives.   Last night I came upon Laura's Homepage.   I can not tell you the feelings I am having at this time.  I have never meet Laura but I am feeling a great lost for not having the opportunity to know such a wonderfully brave beautiful child of God.   I hesitate to write this, but I do not want to lost out on knowing Joelle and you.  I will be praying that you receive this and that I hear from you.  If you are not ready to know me please write back and say that too, so that I will know you received my message.   May the Babe in the manger quiet your heart, as you find HIS peace in worship and praise!   Merry Christmas,   Sandi Pezold


12/7/03
Hello Joanne,

I just wanted to check in on you .....and let you know that you are in my thoughts more today...Also wanted to let you know that I saw your commerical this morning...Well I had a quick minute and wanted to say hello and chek in....

Love you,
Michelle


12/5/03
Hi, Joanne and Joelle:

It was good to read your latest update.  We think of you and Laura a lot . 
I can only begin to imagine how hard the holidays will be for you, but we're
praying that they'll also be  full of sweet memories and real happiness.
Take care in the upcoming snowstorm!  Love and hugs,  Anne, Bill and Mara
Dauphin


12/5/03
THANKS FOR THE UPDATE JOANN.  YOU ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE A COMMUNITY LIKE THAT.  WE ARE ALL GOOD.  THE BABY JUST TURNED A YEAR ALREADY IN NOVEMBER.  NICK IS GOING TO RETIRE THE END OF NEXT  YEAR .  HE CAN'T WAIT.  WELL TAKE CARE AND I THINK OF YOU AND JOELLE A LOT.  LOVE, NANCY


12/5/03
Hello All-
I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. Only 5 weeks until the big race and 1 more long run to go!!! Erin and I ran 18 miles on Thanksgiving instead of doing the Manchester Road Race. Friday was Erin's birthday and she wanted to be able to celebrate. I think I'm going to do a long
run every Thanksgiving because there was no guilt associated with eating after doing that run.

We started the run around 8am and were done at about 11:40am. We started at my parents house in West Hartford, ran into Newington, back into West Hartford near Conard H.S. and then to Saint Joseph College and finally back to my parents. The weather was perfect and the run was
actually sort of fun. I know that sounds crazy.

Erin and I had left water and Gatorade at mile 10 which was the corner of Lemay and Sedgwick Rd. I took my mom (in the car) on the 10 mile course. She couldn't believe how far 10 miles really is. Neither did I until I had to run 8 more miles.

This weekend is a step down week -10miles. I'm praying the snow holds
off and then next weekend we run our 20 mile run. That will be the
longest we do before the marathon. I can't believe it's almost here.

Thankfully Erin and I have been injury free. I just got new sneakers so I can break them in for the big day. I've been wearing cold weather gear for the short runs during the week. Hard to believe it was so warm on Thanksgiving.

Thanks again for your support. There have been a few runs that have been ugly and really hard. But I'm reminded why I decided to this and know that being on chemo is no picnic. Remembering the kids I've taken care of helps to keep me going.
Keep Smiling,

Jennifer M. Martin RN, BSN
Infection Control Practitioner
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
phone: 860-545-9392
fax: 860-545-9371

"Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to fall back"
Chinese Proverb


12/5/03
Dear Joanne,

Thank you for the heartwarming update.

Here at AHS, we are waiting for Joelle, even as we miss Laura and hold her
in our hearts.

Warm blessings for the holiday season

Sincerely,

Larry

Lawrence M. Sparks
Principal
Avon High School
510 West Avon Road
Avon


12/5/03
Our thoughts and prayers are with you this holiday season, as difficult as it must be for you both.
We are thinking of you.
Andrea Ellen and Brian Keigan


12/5/03

Joanne and Joelle,
Thank you so much for including me in your updates. I pray for you
everyday and it is comforting to know that there are so many people with
you. Blessings on you this holiday season.
Love,  Kathy Marzano


12/5/03

Joanne,
It was so nice to read the update. I have gone to Laura's webpage so many
times the past few months but haven't found the words. You and Joelle are
blessed with so many friends who obviously love you both very much.
Although this is a very difficult time of year, I hope these friends can
help you through.

I continue to pray for you, Laura and Joelle daily.  I can't express how
much the three of you have impacted my life.  The strength and courage shown
continues to be my daily inspiration. 

May God Bless you and be with you during this Holiday Season.

Laurie Reynolds


12/5/03

Dear Joanne and Joelle,
    I am once again mesmerized, in awe of the strength, love and blessings that you both share through Laura's presence. Oh and that beautiful poem. Dear Joelle, you are so the bomb! A first ladies... Wendy is actually speechless...thank you, as always, for sharing with us. Love...and lots of hugs....
The B-Ts and a T


12/4/03
Joanne,
I can say I know what you are going through....but I truly don't know...In some ways I can relate to you but not in all...This time of year is the hardest for you and with prayers and friend you will be able to get threw... I am sure that there will be days when you might think that you can't but just remember all the good times you have had..and all the special things and hearts Laura had touched...She is that guardian angle that is looking down on us all....I want you to know that my heart is with you and you are in my prayers....Well I want you to know that even with everything that is on my plate I still have been thinking of you and praying for you.....

Love you,
Michelle


12/4/03
Hi Joanne,
Hope you and Joelle are doing well! We are all fine. Just dropping a note to say hi!
Lots of love,
Sushma


12/1/03
Just wanted to tell you and Joelle that we are thinking about you and Love you very much !  
Have a peaceful day.   Love Nidia and Joe


11/6/03
Very cute!   I've been thinking about you a lot lately. I know that you said that October was your toughest month so far, so I was hoping that November has been better for you. How are you doing?   Below is a picture of Christina and Jackie sending Laura messages and Happy Birthday wishes via balloons.   Write to me when you can, and let me know if / when you want to meet for lunch again. I really enjoy it last time.   Love, Colette  

 


10/31/03
Hello-
Just wanted to update you both on how the training is going. My friend Erin is also training for Disney, so we have been training together. It makes my mom feel better when I run with someone else. I will spare you the details of how my feet look. I'm just grateful that it's cooler out and I don't have to wear sandals.

This Saturday the CCMC team will be running in the Air Line Trail Ghost Run. It starts in Hebron and ends at the Center Street Elementary School in East Hampton. The total run is 13.6 miles. I'm hoping the weather is dry and the course is flat. The CCMC team consists of several of the nurses form the heme/onc clinic and me. Barb, Carol and Sarah and they are also running in Disney.

The fund-raising is coming along. The responses are coming slowly. If you guys would like, send me the addresses of friends and family members and I'll send them my letter.
I hope all is well and that you have been enjoying the beautiful fall colors.
Keep Smiling,

Jennifer M. Martin RN, BSN
Infection Control Practitioner
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
phone: 860-545-9392
fax: 860-545-9371


10/27/03
Dear Joanne,
      Thank you and Joelle for your sweet phone call on Nikki's birthday!  I think our angels have been busy catching balloons:)
      I don't know if it ever gets "harder or easier" but as you sort of get "used" to missing your baby, some of that numbness does wear off.  It remains an emotional rollercoaster, and you just never know when the triggers will hit.  
      Lets get together in the next week or two if you have a good evening let me know.  Thanks for remaining such a big support in spite of your own pain.  I am lucky to have such a wonderful "big sister":)  
Love Gail


10/27/03

Hi Joanne,

I was glad to be there.  You did a wonderful job of organizing it, and greeting everyone there.

Love,

Judy


10/25/03

Hi Joanne and Joelle,
I have been meaning to write to you for sometime. I have been wanting to tell you of how we were reminded of Laura in a very special way. On September 13th, Bill, Jackie and I went to Harwichport, Cape Cod for the annual Cranberry Festival. Part of the celebration is a very spectacular fireworks celebration. The fireworks far surpassed even the Disney ones, and the locals joked with us at what they turn on after the summer tourists leave. Anyway, the first half of the fireworks, were nothing spectacular, but the second half were all set to music. Imagine that everyone was crowded into a baseball field, and there were huge speakers set up. The first song was "Rocket Man," and after just two or three beats of the next song Jackie exclaimed "I know this Song." It took us just a few seconds to recognize Faith Hill singing "There You'll Be." The whole song was played, and throughout our eyes were riveted on one of the most fantastic displays in the sky you could imagine. We all had tears in our eyes, and it was like Laura was right there, and the fireworks were for her. At one point in the song there was a huge red heart displayed in the sky. If only you could have been there Joanne and Joelle because it was more special than words can describe.
I am truly sorry we missed Laura's birthday celebration. In true teenage fashion Michael told me about it the next day. Donna thought she had forwarded me your email, but after speaking to her today she realized she sent it to Sue instead of Susan Shea.
I am glad to hear Joelle is doing well. I miss running into her in the cafeteria at Thompson Brook. Jackie is at Kingswood Oxford this year and is very happy.
I will have to stop in and see you soon.
Much love to you both,
Susan


10/24/03

Hi Joanne, Hope you are doing well, it was nice to hear about your day for Laura. I remembered Laura on her birthday as well and sent her my wishes too. Kamini had her baby on Tuesday. He is a healthy baby boy and both are doing well. I am here with Kamini till 11/1 to help her with Reynu who is enjoying being a big sister. Talk to you soon. Lots of love, Sushma


10/22/03
Dearest Joanne,
      Yesterday.....Laura's 16th Birthday.  It was never supposed to be like this Joanne, but yet it is.  You made Laura's 16th Birthday the most special you could make it under these circumstances.  Having Nikki's and Laura's birthdays so close is special and yet difficult.....like everything I guess.  I feel so bad that last year I didn't do what I wanted.....I wanted to see Laura and do something so special for her, but in my own grief, It was just too hard to do anything.....    
I wanted to do something special for you and Joelle yesterday, but could think of nothing earthly that could possibly help, except my being there.  I hope you know i am here for you guys whenever you need me.  I Love Laura, and hope that our angels are having the time of their eternal lives.  they are truly our Birthday girls.  Thank you for letting me share your love and your pain.......and thank you for feeding me (again:)  Lets plan to do Briccos soon!  
      Joelle,  Maybe we can go to Phantom when it comes around again...I'd love to go with you!  
      Love Gail


10/22/03

How kind to check-in.  Sorry I needed to run after the balloons took off.   
It was  a very moving   experience.  It is nice to see all the community
support you have.  On my way out, I saw Nikki's photo in the car--I looked
in after I saw the license plates.  The love, faith and courage you all have
is awesome.  See you soon.  Love always, Dorothy


10/21/03

Thinking of you and Joelle.   It sounds like the balloon launch was wonderful to see.   Laura was certainly smiling...Mary CCMC


10/21/03

Joanne, You and Laura were in our prayers yesterday.  It sounds like it was a beautiful remembrance of Laura.  I'm glad the sun came out later in the day yesterday, the balloons must have been wonderful.  But I know it must of been another painful day for you and Joelle. I'm sorry. Love, Michele  


10/21/03

Hi Dr. Santiago.  I could only stay at the party today for a few minutes because our field hockey coach only let us out of practice for a few minutes, but I was so glad to be able to get over and write a message to Laura.  I still think of her and you and Joelle often.  We went back to practice but we looked up in the sky at one point and saw all the balloons in the sky.  All the girls were amazed at how many there were.  They filled such a space in the sky!  We watched until they were gone.  I hope Joelle's singing is going well.  She has such a clear, strong voice. Thank you, Torie Eells


10/21/03

Hey Joanne, just got out of Spanish class.  We have thought and prayed for Laura all day.  Our balloon launch went great!  We took a couple of picture of them ascending into the Heavens.  I hope it was sunny and bright there as well.    I hope you and Joelle reflected on the happiest moments of Laura's life today.  I am sure, as a mother, you reflected on her  birth, 16 years ago, as we mom's do on our children's birthdays.  I know that day was one that brought you so much joy.  Laura's life  and the person she was, was joyous in themselves.    Laura, I know, smiled upon you and Joelle today, dancing above.  Every balloon with every wish, from every where, reached up to her.  She probably said,  "My Mom always knows how to throw the best party!"  Because even in your pain, you reached out to let her know, her life will never go uncelebrated.  You are an amazing woman, my friend.  Much love, hugs, and kisses to you and Joelle.  Be in touch if you will be in the area this weekend, and are coming down to me.  Love you, Donna xxxooo


10/21/03

Hello lovely ladies,       Just a quick note to send our love and tell you how proud we are of you all. Today at 4:00, the girls and I sent Laura our birthday wishes on special purple balloons. (We included one from Chuck too, as he could not make it home on time to join us. ) The sky was so blue and the wind seemed to draw them all together to one special spot very high up in the fair weather clouds. It was as if Laura was gathering all her messages in one special place. Thank you so much for thinking of this wonderful way to send our love. We are with you always.       Wen, Chuck, Shosh and Nina


10/21/03     

I really appreciate your keeping me on your mailing list b/c i love the updates.  what
a special day today is for you and Joelle.   I love that you are doing all the special meaningful things.   you are both amazing people and I feel privileged to have known
the three of you. enjoy this special day and always remember you three are always in my prayers.

jackie


10/21/03

Hi Joanne, thanks for sharing your thoughts etc. on this special day.  Funny, I woke today thinking of you and Joelle and Laura too - wondering if today was her birthday!  I will now keep my eyes open for those pennies!  Have a beautiful day - I'll be looking for the balloons!!!

Peace and Love,

Gina


10/21/03

Thinking of Laura, you, and Joelle on this special day. We will be sending ballons to Laura from Newtown. Our thoughts and love are with you.   Love, Colette


10/21/03

Dear Joanne & Joelle,   I  have just returned from church. LAURA MAY BE GONE
but she will never be forgotten.
love, Jeff..


10/21/03
Joanne,
 

I am sure that Laura herself requested that God make today as beautiful and sunny as it is. She has that way about her. I hope you enjoy the day as much as you can and always remember that our loved ones never really leave us their spirits are in our hearts forever. God bless you and keep you both well.    Love   John


10/21/03

DEAR JOANNE AND JOELLE, I  WAS JUST SITTING DOWN TO WRITE YOU A MESSAGE WHEN I SAW I HAD MAIL FROM JAS 2225. SO MANY PEOPLE WILL BE HOLDING YOU CLOSE TODAY AS YOU CELEBRATE LAURA'S BIRTHDAY. AN ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE IN OUR CHURCH BULLETIN YESTERDAY CONCERNING THIS SPECIAL DAY. TODAY I HAVE MY GRANDDAUGHTER, MOLLY, STAYING WITH ME.....SHE NEEDED A " PERSONAL DAY" . WHILE WE HAVE SEVERAL THINGS PLANNED, TOP OF OUR LIST IS TO DO AN ACT OF KINDNESS IN HONOR OF LAURA. LAURA IS NEVER FAR FROM OUR MINDS, PENNIES FROM HEAVEN HAS BROUGHT HER SO CLOSE. .....IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER I'M HERE OR TRAVELING CROSS COUNTRY OR SETTLED IN CA. THE PENNIES ARE ALWAYS NEAR TO REMIND ME OF A VERY SPECIAL FRIEND WHO CONTINUES TO IMPACT OUR WORLD. MY LOVE IS WITH YOU BOTH TODAY AS IT IS EACH DAY. NANCY


10/21/03

Joanne,   Have a wonderful afternoon. I wish I could be there, but things are too busy at work.  I have pennies from heaven to drop off to you.  I'll try to stop by soon.   Nancy


10/20/03

Click here: A Purple Balloon on Main Street - photo by Gail Sullivan at pbase.com   I can't be there to share this moment with you... but know I am sending my purple balloons to remember Laura today.   All my best with Love, Judi


10/15/03

Hi Joanne.  It was wonderful to speak with you today.  Thank you so much for talking to me about Laura.  As I wrote to you in my letter, her story deeply touched me.  I am truly honored to dedicate my Disney race to Laura.  Thank you also for inviting me to share in your remembrance of Laura's birthday.  My boys and I will be there.  I look forward to meeting you.   Love - Dee


10/15/03

JUST CATCHING UP WITH MY E-MAIL AFTER OUR CONVERSATION THIS EVENING.  IT WAS SO GOOD TO TALK TO YOU!  I MISS YOU SO MUCH!    AS I TOLD YOU, WE WILL DO OUR BALLOON TRIBUTE TO LAURA AS WELL, AROUND THE SAME TIME AS YOU, BUT FROM THE BEACH.  I PROMISED ALEXA 16 PURPLE, AND IT WILL BE 16!    I WILL PRAY EXTRA HARD FOR YOU AND JOELLE THIS MONTH, JOANNE.  I KNOW I WILL BE ONE OF MANY.   PLEASE GIVE KISSES TO JOELLE.  IT SOUNDS AS THOUGH SHE IS MAKING LARGE STRIDES.  YOU MUST BE SO PROUD OF HER. !  LOVE, DONNA XXXOOO


10/14/03

Hi Joanne,  I've been thinking of you a lot lately.  The fall reminds me of Laura.  I remember last fall around this time we came to visit her at home; we went to Boston Market to get dinner. I miss her a lot.  How's Joelle doing? Tell her I'm almost ready for Halloween - I had my nails painted orange with white moons and black witches airbrushed on them.  Everyone assumes I did it because I work with kids (they don't know how much I've wanted to do this for so long!)  Next week I think it's black polish with yellow moons and orange pumpkins.  Decisions...decisions...       We are looking forward to remembering Laura on her birthday at your home.    I wish so much I could go back and change the past couple of years - I think so often of how I
felt that Laura would be here to celebrate her 16th birthday, how she'd drive the Sebring, and how she'd laugh and roll her eyes when Aaron tried to make her laugh.  Can't we just wake up and find this all here??    I hope you find some peaceful moments here and there and Joelle is able to laugh and be a kid with her friends.  I pray that you both feel Laura's presence around you and that it offers some comfort to you.   Talk to you soon. 
 Much love and big hugs, Marianne


10/14/03

Thanks for the update, Joanne! Your family rides on the wings of love and good wishes!!   Robert Bessel Public Relations Coordinator COCC.


10/14/03

Joanne,

 It was a real pleasure to see you and Joelle on Sunday.  We had a great time getting soaking wet!

I would like to come over on Monday to remember Laura Ė please reserve a balloon for me!  I have a couple of the poster pictures printed for you Ė Iíll bring them then. 

Love Susan 

Susan Hacking
Public Relations & Outreach Manager
American Red Cross
Connecticut Blood Services Region
209 Farmington Avenue
CT 06032

Tel: (860) 284 7002
Fax: (860) 284 7023
E-mail: hackings@usa.redcross.org


10/14/03

Dear Joanne,

It is always so nice to receive an e-mail from you.  Every time I see a shiny penny I think of Laura.  She has been on my mind a lot lately...I think because her birthday is the same month as mine.  I look forward to helping Joan with Golf in the Dark again this year.  Maybe we'll see you and Joelle there.

My love and prayers are with you always.

Kathryn


10/14/03

Hello Again, I will be bring something with me to put in the balloon but also to let you keep a copy, it is a poem I wrote for Laura

Courtney


10/14/03

Hi Joanne, I would love to send a balloon to Laura on her birthday. I think I have some purple balloons left over from a party last year - I will check tonight and call you. Anne  


10/14/03

Hi Joanne --   You can count Devin, Ryan, and I as "yes's.  I'll drop Devin off a few minutes before 4:00 and then head back home to get Ryan off his bus for 4:05 or 4:10.  Ryan and I will circle back to your house for 4:15 or 4:20.  See you then...   Tricia


10/14/03

Love you Joanne - See you next Monday  - don't sweat the pumpkin carving- you need to take your time and do what feels right - I think of Laura often  - Hug Joelle

Love,

Daphne


10/13/03

I will be there next Monday. Can I bring something such as cider or donuts? I am looking forward to see you and Joelle and to send a message to Laura.

Love,

PS : please tell Joelle that i am very proud of her for doing so well in school. 

Francoise


10/1/03
Joanne, I talked with Aaron.  He definitely wants to be there for the birthday celebration.  He'll do ok with it.  He really misses Laura and I believe this helps him feel a part of her with him.  Talk to you soon.  I miss you.  Marianne


9/23/03
Hello-
Hello-
Here is a copy of my fund-raising letter. I used the photo of Laura and Dr. Hagstrom from the web site. I had put the photo Laura gave me in my scrapbook and was afraid that if I removed it, I would ruin it. Thanks again for letting me do this in Laura's name.

My sister and Amy went away for the weekend with the church Youth Group. From what Lauren said, it was a good trip.
Keep Smiling,

Jennifer M. Martin RN, BSN
Infection Control Practitioner
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
phone: 860-545-9392
fax: 860-545-9371


9/9/03
Joanne, I do not know if you know but while Gail was talking to Aaron before the run started one of my daughters found a penny on the ground and gave it to Gail and then she in turn gave it to Aaron.  Laura was with us that day. The penny held the power. It was wonderful to see you and Joelle on Sunday.  It was a sad but truly rewarding day.  I am glad you made it it meant a lot to Gail.  Take care and let the tears flow as they may.  God Bless and keep you,
love the crazy tutor,
Jenn


9/9/03

Joanne, I canít help but cry for You, Joelle and Laura when I read this. I guess I have no idea the pain. I donít know how I could go on daily without one of my kids. I look for pennies daily.
Don


8/30/03

Joanne,
I am so sorry to find that Laura passed away and I hope these belated notes aren't full of more pain than condolences.  I kept her web page book marked and periodically checked to see how she was doing.  Obviously I haven't checked in some time.  I have thought of you, Laura and Joelle often as my Brittany was born just a couple of months before Laura.    When I first learned from you of her illness on one of my chiropractic visits, I just couldn't fathom the fear and heartache that would lie ahead.  I have only one child. And when I count my blessings, I think of families like yours that face such pain.  It is a mystery why some are chosen to walk that path. 

Laura was a blessing to you for 15 years and you have Joelle and I hope that helps.  It also sounds like you have many friends and neighbors and a whole community that is there to help.  I am sure the pain never goes away but through your pictures you have some great memories as well.  Let those be remembered most.  My deepest sympathies and prayers to all of you.

Claudia Jacques-Soto


8/19/03
Hi Joanne:

It's good hearing from you.  It's hard to believe that Joelle is going to Middle School.  I still remember her as a little girl holding hands with Laura as she walked.  I can understand your mixed feelings however, you should embrace this experience as a new beginning for both of you and an opportunity to build on the beautiful memories you have of Laura as a student there.  It's Joelle's time to shine and flourish into a beautiful young woman, just like your beloved Laura.  I know that you both miss Laura very much but, it's nice to hear that you're trying to move on and enjoy each other.  It's ok to be sad but, remember that we care about you and Joelle and are here when you need to cry, laugh and remember. 
 

I'm looking forward to having you visit.  Jacqueline is growing up so quickly- she's developed her own little personality and has become a very independent little person rather than the tiny baby I held in my arms not too long ago.


Talk to you soon.  
Love,
Dina 


8/19/03
Where has the summer gone.  I imagine some days drag and others fly by.  It is amazing how strong the spirit of the youth are.  They tend to have a far better understanding of death than we do.  I find that I get said as a mother thinking of your and Gail's loss as well as other the other mothers and find tears falling.  But I turn to my girls who have conversations with the angels above and a new breath comes out.  I then try to find peace that there are several special angels and stars up there looking out for my family and making sure we get through.  He never gives us more than we can handle. The harder our path the greater our opening into his Kingdom.  That gets me in a better mood too.  Laura's just keeping it warm for you and entertaining your parents.  They must have needed her too.


Take care and happy shopping!! How fun is that?  Clothes and shoes are not the same anymore.
 
God bless and always thinking of you,

Jenn Brokaw


8/19/03
Joanne,   Good to hear that you are keeping yourself busy and coping as best you can.   Best regards,      
Gary Hyde


8/18/03
Hi, forgot to tell you that your box arrived here Thursday. I saw Michelle Friday and gave it to her since James had stayed at home with Daddy. I haven't heard yet if he liked what was inside or not.
Joseph said he would give it to him. He also said he found 5 pennies in my driveway on the way over from the post office so we put them in our special bank. He is going to a new school next Tuesday and asked if I thought the new teacher would like to hear about Laura and her pennies from heaven. I said I thought that would be a wonderful idea. James is starting kindergarten and when Joseph told him about show and tell, he said he wants to take some of his pennies in on the first day to talk about them. So, the news of Laura Angel and her pennies is spreading, bringing joy and hope to all they touch.
Love to you both, Barb


8/8/03
Dear Friends,
      The countdown for Nikki's Run has officially begun!  It is exactly one month from today, Sunday morning, September 7th!
 Registration begins at 7:30 am, Wheelchair racers at 8:50am. Runners start at 9am, and the Walk starts at 10 am.  I have registration forms now, so please contact me if you need them! If you pre-register, the first 250 people get tee shirts!  But you can register on Sept 7th.  
      It would be great to design your own individual or team tee shirts to wear that day, with a photo or photo button of your loved one (s) who have cancer, or who are a survivor or an angel.  I really want to show our support to all of the children who battle this disease!
      I hope to see all of you on September 7th at Manchester Community College.  Call or email me for info.  Please feel free to forward this to all of your friends and family!  This is the only run in our state I know of that is Just for Kids with cancer....lets show them how much we care:)
      Love,   Gail and her angel
      


8/4/03
Hi Joanne,

Although I haven't written lately, I check the website regularly and pray for you and Joelle daily.  It is nice to read  your updates and I appreciate you continuing to share your life with everyone.  There have been many occasions when I was very stressed about something or in a "difficult" situation, when there in front of me lies a penny!  I smile and thank Laura for being with me when needed.  She continues to be an inspiration.  My best to you and Joelle.  Love  Laurie