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Nov 02

Breakfast with Santa and more Reflections of Grace….

Posted by: tamara

As November begins and we enter the upcoming holiday season, we wanted to announce that the foundation will be hosting a “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, November 28 at Banquets Unlimited in North Huntingdon. There will be two seatings, one at 9:00am and one at 11:30am. Prices are $8.00 for children and $10.00 for adults and the menu consists of pancakes, sausage and coffee, tea or milk. We are limiting each seating to 50 children, so if you are interested, please do not delay in purchasing your tickets. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

In early October, we traveled north to Grove City College's Homecoming celebration. Although this had traditionally been a time when we took all three kids for the annual trip to visit our alma mater, we had not been there since Homecoming 2006. This year, we finally found the strength to return to the place we had so willingly shared with the kids in the past. I had been eager to locate the specially engraved brick dedicated in Grace’s name by a group of my younger sorority sisters and placed in a new courtyard on campus. So, with a pink rose in hand, we set off to find her brick amongst the many. It took Colin a short 2 minutes to find his sister's name. We placed the rose carefully and I traced her name with my fingers...although it will never be easy to see her name in this way, the brick is a lovely tribute to Grace in a special place for both Brian and me.


We've seen her reflection many times recently; in the bright pink line that stretched across the otherwise dark sky one cool autumn morning, on the sleeves of the Norwin girls’ soccer team t-shirts, spelled out on the wall of a store, in the lyrics of a new song introduced on a talk show, in the excited eyes of the trick or treaters knocking at our door. So, although we continue our journey with unanswered questions of why we walk without Grace’s physical presence, we embrace the ways she continues to be in our lives, even from above…


This photo was taken in August 2007.  At that time Grace had already mapped out her Halloween costumes for the next several years.  That year she would be Gabriella from High School Musical (while "she was still popular" was Grace's reasoning), then a beautiful bride the following year, Sleeping Beauty in 2009, and a butterfly in 2010.  This Sleeping Beauty dress hung proudly in the entryway of our home this Halloween.... 

One final note...our fellow DIPG warrior Andrew Smith is facing more challenges in his journey. Please keep him in your prayers and visit his website to post an encouraging message:

“…And we desire that each one of you show diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end….This hope we have as an anchor for the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast…”
Hebrews 6: 11,19