The Neverending Story

'The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.'
--John N Mitchell

We set up this website in late October for our wonderful, inquisitive, loving Aiyana. Yana is our eight year old daughter, sister, cousin, niece, friend and granddaughter who was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia (MPAL).

Aiyana had an amazing life and we are filled with hundreds of heartwarming memories. May all of us take to heart how much a little girl from Lockeford, CA, impacted the world and be reminded and inspired to never let the sun go down without living each day all the way through.

Her Spirit is in every Butterfly.


Yin and Yang

Tonight our girl was in high spirits! Day 7 was through and she blossomed through it, especially with Grandpa at her side. They played, the way two people in love play, goofy and silly and fun. Wish I'd had a camera.

We brought her beautiful gifts from afar (Idaho) and (Livermore CA). Thank you again. We rocked out to the Hannah Montana musical Christmas ornament for most of the night and listened to Grandpa recite Puss and Boots.

There's a plan afoot for the family to spend quality time together (a great thing) and Aiyana's pop will be returning to work soon so Plan B sounds like a wonderful mix of sharing shifts at the hospital and home, to create a sense of normalcy if that's the right word.

Aiyana ate a whole bowl of chicken noodle soup broth today AND a cup of water, and was sporting a new polka-dot robe. We laughed and tickled and heard this amazing story of the first Christmas with a 17 foot tree that nearly tipped over in their livingroom. She liked our story of the back yard flooding because the water gizmo broke and overfilled the pool.

I will make it my life's goal to find the kit to make scarves rather than actually having to learn to crochet. Ambitions aside, I figure Aiyana's mom needs an ace in the hole with Christmas right around the corner.

We're sad not to have the kids this weekend but we'll wait our turn and Mom and Dad need their fix. It was great to hear lots of visitors stopped by and enjoyed such a wonderful day with Aiyana. Sweet dreams, honeybun.


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