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.


And So It Begins

The week after the week of change came and went with us spending a lot of time together. Life marched on with a Lions Club gathering, time out together, and our grandson singing at the tree lighting downtown. The family stepped graciously, selflessly, into these activities and I marveled at how they coped with life moving forward without a pause.

Our hugs feel different now, don't they, longer and deeper, and we notice the satisfying companionability of sitting together at the table eating soup. Our conversations are more earnest and pointed, as if we discovered something valuable that we had overlooked before.

Just when it feels like we are through the worst of it, it is only wishes that have gotten ahead of themselves. Aiyana surrounds us, on the fridge, in her room, the garage, the garden. There will be a day when Aiyana's essence and joy will remain and the rest will go, but not today.

Ava brought home a writing assignment with a drawing of herself and her sister. 'I em sad', it said, and 'my sister es happy.' She sure is, sweetheart, and we will be again: you just wait and see.


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