Here is a posting from my wonderful Mom on Mother's day. The fund is at $12,580 and we are really close to our goal of $15,000 Thanks to everyone and a special Thank you to all the Mom's out there! Please share and continue to celebrate Ben on this difficult day for our family.
This is my first posting to this site as I don't "do" Facebook, but maybe I will start soon. On this Mother's Day, my heart is broken and it will be a very hard day, one of many firsts to come in the next year. I wish all the mothers a wonderful day!!
I want to tell all of you, our great family and friends, thank you for being by us at this very difficult time, yet allowing us to grieve in private. We received over 300 cards and the donations to this fund have been unbelievable. Our many thanks and gratitude, you are the best ever!!
Ben was a hard worker and would help anyone with anything. He will continue to do so with this fund. We are working with a local organization, Elevate, to bring awareness to our West Bend community about the struggles of addiction.
I always told Ben, God gave me him to teach me patience, well I am still learning as it is one of my many faults. Our lives must keep going on, Ben would not want it any other way. Not being a patient person, we will be moving "back" to Davenport in 3 to 4 weeks to begin the next chapter of our lives. Now seems to be the right time. Daniel will start college this fall at the U of Iowa (his dream college "“ go Hawkeyes!!), Katie will finish her college as well, while Ryan and Mandy will stay in Madison. It will be hard to leave many friends and things in Wisconsin, but will be refreshing to have family and new things to explore in Iowa.
I pray for everyone each day, especially the addicts in our world. I pray they find the strength and courage to conquer the demons of their addiction. We need to continue educating people more about addictions. Reach out to someone today you know who is struggling and support them in their efforts, it is a constant battle in their daily life.
God's Blessing to All!!
2 of my favorite people! You are missed!