Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happy Nina Day!!


Nina at preschool a few months before the diagnosis

Today is Nina's 7th birthday!!! My friend Tash sent me the above photo yesterday and it took my breath away!!! What an amazing gift to be reminded of the joy and happiness that radiated from Nina on the heels of the 1-year Anniversary of her going to Heaven. 

To say this week and the month leading to February 21st was painful does not begin to describe the agony we live each day since losing our angel. However, receiving this new photo of Nina was like getting a kiss from my precious honey girl. How I wish that kiss was happening right now, cuddling in bed with her and waking her up with my goofy-sounding rendition of Happy Birthday. I got to do that for 5 glorious years! Today and here on out I will settle for her kisses from Heaven!

This morning I looked up the "meaning" of Nina's name and this is what I found:

In Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and French it means Little Girl.

In Native American it means Strong & Mighty.

In Hebrew it means Gracious, Affable, Beautiful Eyes.

And in English it means With Favor and Grace.

How perfectly do these meanings describe our Angel!

Nina was and IS forever our Little Girl, Strong and Mighty, who is Gracious, Affable with Beautiful Eyes and who above all is With Favor and Grace!!!!!!!!!

Today, Teddy started a new tradition in Nina's honor. From now on, we declare that February 23rd is Happy Nina Day, a National Day of Happiness where we bless someone with a bit of happiness. As such, each year we are going to celebrate Happy Nina Day by giving a bit of happiness to an underprivileged little girl. This year, Teddy picked a couple outfits for a sweet little baby girl named Ruby and this afternoon he took her his gift and a little gift for her big brother Erick. We encourage everyone who reads this blog to do the same thing every February 23rd! Nina was very proud of her big brother today, as she always is!

In her short life here on Earth, Nina taught us all how to live beautifully and seize happiness in every instance! 


Nina's true heart made her this card today

Beautiful Angel!


  1. Awww...thanks for the update. Still think and pray for you often.

  2. :') Beautiful. Thank you for the update, I will remember and pray and thank God more this week for you and your family & your gift of Nina.

  3. Happy Nina Day! Her beauty never ceases to amaze me. Still inspiring and touching lives, and will eternally live on through you and Teddy and the entire group of people who were lucky enough to know her. I can't picture her in heaven without a taco in her hand :-) My fellow TacoBell lover... How much I miss those moments! My love to you, always!

  4. sending you so much love. thank you, updates are wonderful to hear from you again! thinking of your family constantly!

  5. What a joyful photo of Nina!

    I haven't checked your blog in forever, but Nina was definitely on my heart today. Our family continues to pray for you guys every single night.

    Love you lots, Rosy. Hopefully we'll get to have a girls' weekend this summer!


    1. So happy to see another blog post and another beautiful picture of Nina! The magnet of Teddy and Nina is on our fridge and we think of you every day. Sending you lots of love.

      Whitney & Gus

  6. Happy Nina day!! She is so beautiful. The top picture reminds me of an afternoon when I picked her up from preschool and she told me all about all the boys at school who liked her! Ha!! She is in my heart everyday. So are you, Teddy, and the rest of your family. XOXOXO

  7. Rosy! I'm so glad to see this post! I've been thinking of Nina and your family always, but especially this week! Happy Nina day! I know a day late. I was so happy to open up your blog and see that smiling face! Totally brightened my day!
    I love the idea behind Nina Day!!! This is a new celebration that I'll contribute to every year!!! You are so thoughtful, and caring, and wonderful! I strive daily to be an inkling of the wonderful mother you are to Teddy and Nina.
    You guys have touched my heart! Thank you again for sharing your sweet Nina with us!
    Much Love,

  8. What a wonderful idea Teddy... :) The pictures are fabulous!! Teddy looks so wonderful and looking grown up! What a wonderful gift of happiness he is passing on to this family and the children he is "giving" to. Truly an angel here on earth.

    Nina's pic's.. she is precious and radiant. She certainly was hand picked by God to love and teach us all so much more than we will ever know.

    And through you Rosy we continue to be taught by both of your precious angels...

    Thank you for sharing~
    Your family is my thoughts and my prayers daily.

    Sending much love and will be celebrating "Happy Nina Day"...

    Hugs~! Sincerely, Amy

  9. I don't know what made me check this site today - maybe Nina pulled me here - I'm glad I made it here. I return over and over again. Nina and her family are always in my heart.

  10. I was thinking about you all this morning.....remembering Nina and your family as I hurried to get ready for the day. I prayed for your comfort and strength as this time of year has to be difficult. Tonight, Nina entered my thoughts again and I came here after not being here for quite some time. Praise God! There is a post and a beautiful uplifting message to take along with it! What a wonderful brother Teddy is! What a beautiful tribute to sweet Nina! May God continue to bless you all each and every day. Many hugs to you and to Nina in heaven!

  11. Happy Nina Day!! I always think of you and your family, Nina. You have all taught me so much. Sending kisses and hugs to Heaven for you, sweet girlie x

  12. Precious girl. She's heaven's prettiest angel.

    I always check back here to see if you've posted, and I'm so glad to see that you have. :)

  13. Always praying for the Fredeen family--for those here and in heaven!

    Love to you and your strength in celebrating Nina's precious legacy...

  14. What an absolute joy and wonderful surprise to find your post today!!! :) I love Teddy's creative way to celebrate his sister's birthday! What a blessing from the Lord to receive the photograph from your friend. I love Nina's expression on her sweet face.

    May the Lord continue to bless your family. :)

  15. Continuing to pray for your family. Thank you again for updating us all and pouring out your heart. What a blessing your Nina has been.

  16. What a blessing your family is to so many, and an inspiration!! You were truly blesses with Nina, and now Heaven is extremely blessed with her! I look forward to the day when I get to meet her there!!

  17. You and Teddy...your family is just an inspiration. Your blog is such a tribute to the little angel you raised and the family values that we should all work to have. Thank you for sharing your story and opening your heart up to all of us....You are my hero and I am honored you have shared Nina's sweet life with us all. Nina's memory does live on...and has changed all of us for the better. Blessings to you, Nina's are a vision of courage, hope, and strength to me.

  18. I think it says something that after over a year..I still think of you and teddy and nina...I ama complete stranger..and your description of how you cared for her when she lived and the day she died will be indelibly imprinted in my brain for the rest of my life. She made an impact with me. Know that. God bless you.

  19. Continuing to pray for your family! Praising Jesus for your Nina!