This was so nicely written by my little brother, Patrick:
KEEPING JEN'S MEMORY ALIVE
As the holidays draw near, our hearts are heavy with remembrances of Jen's loving, cheerful and generous spirit.
For Jen, the holidays connected her to fond memories of childhood. The exchange of gifts, arts, crafts, decorations, baking and shopping. She always pulled out all the stops. Even when it meant scrimping in other areas.
The holiday season brought out a child-like wonder in Jen. But, at her last Christmas with the family, there was a deep awareness it could very well be her last.
There were tears, some free flowing, but not all of sorrow. There was a sense of miraculous joy in Jen's heart. Spending time with the young family she was proud of nurturing. Laughing with the family about the good times, many long passed.
This holiday season without her has already been difficult. If grief is a mountain to summit, many of us are still struggling to get traction at the base. Or, are still getting caught in the occasional avalanche. However, we can't help but feel lifted up by the immense love we have felt from Jen's extended family, friends, and all those she touched through her work (some of whom are complete strangers to us).
Help keep Jen's memory alive this holiday season by sharing a story of times you spent together! And if you are able, please join the nearly 100 generous friends and family who have contributed to Hayley and Ryker's future fund:
With your help, we'll get to $10,000 by New Years! Only 10% more to go.
Chris & Pat
Jen's Big and (Big) Little Brother