Sunday, February 23, 2014

Honey Girl

Happy Nina Day!!!

Today, while our Honey Girl celebrated her 9th birthday in Heaven we spent the day remembering the beautiful, amazing, sassy, loving miracle she continues to be! Whomever said "it gets easier with time" clearly never lost a part of their soul. It does not get easier with time. What happens is you learn to live simultaneously with your pain and the moments of happiness that surround you. Everyday we live with the ache that we miss our precious girl and every day we are thankful for the blessing and gift she continues to be!

Her brave and incredible big brother takes our breath away every day. In him we see so much of her. For him we strive to live with gratitude and love for all that life is.

Nina has changed us all! There is not doubt about that. Our hearts were warmed throughout the day by all the messages of love we received from those celebrating Happy Nina Day around the world. In keeping with our tradition of Happy Nina Day, we are proud to announce the launch of The Honey Girl Project. 

The Honey Girl Project is our way of honoring and remembering our precious girl. Specifically, the project has been designed by me and Nina's big cousin, Adelae Fredeen. Each year we will honor 1-2 under-privileged little girls by throwing them an amazing Nina-esque princess party, just like Nina had when she turned 5 years old. Participating girls will receive a little inspirational gift on Nina's birthday each year, reminding them to work hard in school and always pursue their dreams. When participating girls graduate from high school, we would like to provide them with some form of college scholarship. To help fund the scholarship money, we will be organizing annual fundraisers. 

Nina's spirit was beyond incredible and The Honey Girl Project just feels right. It feels like Nina!!

We know that all of Nina's friends and supporters around the world will want more information. Adelae and I will have that available shortly on The Honey Girl Project blog. Once we have the blog up and running, we will have more details and information for those who wish to participate and support the project. 

In the meantime, we would like to introduce our very first Honey Girl Project participant, Miss Jamie. 

Miss Jamie is a talented, loving, smart, beautiful and kind-hearted girl who just turned 7 years old. Jamie loves to read, play with her friends and little sister Gisselle, sing her favorite song "Let it Go" from Frozen, and is always ready to learn at school. For her surprise Princess Party, Jamie, her little sister, her cousins and friends got to spend the afternoon playing dress up, being pampered and having a delightful tea party that Nina would be proud of! 

What a wonderful afternoon spent celebrating such a sweet girl and honoring our very own Nina by sharing her love for all that is glittery, fluffy, fun and fantastically magical! I especially want to thank Jamie's family for being willing to participate in The Honey Girl Project and to my darling friend Sharon who helped me make this all possible!!

We love you Nina!!! More than words or actions can ever explain!!! Thank you for being our light!!