Today…October 12, 2012, we CELEBRATE one of our most BELOVED cherubs…Nathan!!! We all had the privilege of knowing, loving, and BEING LOVED by Nathan for over 5 years!!! Nathan went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 9, 2012…he was 7yrs. 1 month!!! (For those of you who do not know, Nathan was afflicted with Tay-Sachs, in which there is NO CURE!) Many of my parenting partners got to know Nathan via video footage, testimony of his life, and message to us as PARENTS!!! He came to teach us ALL to be more CHILD INSPIRED, attentive, attuned, and engaged parents ALWAYS!!! He transformed hearts and lives, as he never stopped SMILING…or engaging…even on his worst day!! Nathan gave us perspective on LIFE, LOVE, and how, and where to SPEND one’s TIME!!!!

On a VERY personal NOTE: Nathan and Mia were BEST of friends!!! The two of them connected from moment one…she was 8.11 yrs. and he was 2.1yrs!!(pictured above) They played, laughed, and problem solved the BIG things in their young lives…like how to get to a swing, and how to be with friends, and MOST of all how to LIVE and LOVE unconditionally!! They had the PUREST relationship…completely unsullied by the world, and its expectations!!! A Mom’s DREAM came true!!! They both learned about LOVE …and the POWER of it…and they never missed a beat with each other!!! They learned how to persevere…and BELIEVE!!!! Nathan and Mia grew…and they built friendships that have now crossed International borders! My heart REJOICES…as one of our favorite songs is 10,000 Reasons, by Matt Redman..You can take a listen….(04 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) we could give at least that many, and maybe more for ALL the ways NATHAN transformed, informed, and enriched our lives!!! We are BEYOND BLESSED!

In Mia’s words: “Nathan was my best friend, and he taught me to cherish, and love every moment the Lord gives us…even in the hard times. I learned to “stay in the game,” no matter what! I am so thankful to have known him, and celebrate what he has done in my life, and the lives of others. I will cherish him in my heart, and look forward being with him one day in heaven. We will run, jump, dance, and of course sing together with our Lord, Jesus Christ!!! I LOVE YOU NATHAN!!!” 05 Come to Me “As I miss my FRIEND Nathan…Jamie Grace’s song, “Come to Me, ” encourages my heart!!!! Take a Listen!”

We will continue to LOVE, LEARN from, and serve his little brother Dillon…who is another cherub…bringing his love, and gifts to ALL OF US!!! He too has Tay-Sachs…but we do not let that STOP our believing in, playing, teaching…and BEING LOVED by him!!! OH what GIFTS these TWO amazing brothers have been, and continue to be to our transformed hearts!!!! I am a BETTER person because of their little lives touching MINE!!!! If you are interested in learning more about Tay-Sachs, or donating in Nathan and Dillon’s names…you can do so at: Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation http://www.curetay-sachs.org/

We will carry Nathan ALWAYS and FOREVER in our HEARTS!!!!

WE LOVE YOU NATHAN….DILLON, and his PRECIOUS PARENTS, and FAMILY!!!! Our Prayers are with EACH of YOU!!!!

THANK YOU for SHARING your PRECIOUS CHERUBS with US!!!!! We are FOREVER GRATEFUL… God Bless your HEARTS and LIVES!!!!~DanaKae & Mia