When we decided to start a foundation in Nick’s memory, I really had no idea what we were getting into. But the Lord knew…….
Like every other road we had faced in our lives up to this point, God had gone before us…..smoothing the way.
Well, one of the things He laid on my heart was the desire to send some sort of comfort to other families who lose a child. Through my reading of many books on grief I knew how important it was to be reminded over and over again of God’s love as I struggled (and still struggle) with so much pain and hurt.
I also knew how much my wind chime means to me that I received as a gift at Nick’s funeral. Every time the wind blows and I hear its beautiful sound, I sense Nick is saying “hi” to me….somehow rubbing my shoulder and letting me know he’s still right there caring for me.
So, thankfully, by the gifts of many wonderful people we were able to begin ordering large quantities of books as well as ordering precious wind chimes that I stumbled across on the Internet one day while looking for the “perfect” addition to the memory box books…something that would bring comfort and love to a hurting family. As God would have it, I found a wind chime that had been handcrafted by a family who, of all things, also lost their son Dakota to a brain tumor. When I emailed and shared the story of Adrienne and Nick, Beth (the mother of Dakota)graciously offered to sell their chimes at a reduced price. I especially LOVE the engraving she did on each one!! You can see their family business at www.dakotawinds.org. I am hoping to work out some type of long-term partnership between their business and Nick’s foundation so that we can work as a team in helping hurting families.
Last night we met at church for a candlelight memory box assembly and a time of prayer for all families who will receive these memory boxes.
Tonight, I just wanted to share a few photos of what the memory boxes contain. Tomorrow I’ll share photos of the memory box assembly time. It was very special.Thank you for lifting up in prayer all the families who will be getting these boxes in the months to come. We are planning to mail out 12 of them on Friday. Nick’s foundation has financially committed to sending out 50 each year at this point. We will send more if the need and resources are available. God already knows exactly what will happen with this ministry, so we leave that part in His Hands.
The Nicholas Yancy Nischan Foundation teddy bears (ordered through Holy Bears) will be included in the memory boxes as well as used as a fundraising item in order to provide the financial resources for this particular outreach ministry. I will let you know when the bears are available to purchase through Nick’s foundation website (www.nicholasyancynischanfoundation.blogspot.com).
LOVE IT! Praise the Lord! Excited to see the pictures of the event, so sad I missed out!
Also, just got my rupee today and was STOKED! I told my mom about it as I opened it, she hadn’t heard the entire story, it is SO cool to be able to SHOW the rupee as you tell the story…God is amazing!
What a wonderful thing that is being done here! Looks like some great resources you are sending these families. Nick must be so proud!
These are beautiful! I know they will be a blessing..I will remember the families who will be receiving one! What a wonderful gift.
I am Sheena from Malaysia… came over to your blog from melissa blog…just felt the Lord prompting to do so.
Looks like we might have something in common.You have an indian adopted daughter and hmmmmm… guess what.. i am Indian too…well sort of actually.HAHA
God bless you for reaching out to her and blessing her.May the Lord show mercy and compassion on you and your family too.
You have a great blog and what you are doing for others that are grieving is precious…
Even as you show mercy and care to others,my prayer is that God will show His mercy and care to you and your family
Once again I’m deeply touched by your tender heart.
I will be praying for each family that will recieve these baskets filled with so much love and hope.
You have truly been such a testimony of God’s amazing grace and love to us all.
Thank you for sharing the comfort you have recieved with others.
I know Nick would be so proud, and somehow I think he knows.
Happy Mother’s Day my precious friend♥
So beautiful…so glad to find your blog. I love your blog and have enjoyed reading it.
I am still a new blogger but leaning new things each day.
I hope you will stop by and visit me.
The May give away has started….and next week I will be blogging from Disney World.