Friday, October 16, 2009

Everyday Angel

My mom called, tears streaming down her face. She could barely speak. So many thoughts rushed to the forefront of my mind. Did she get hurt? Was Gary OK? Was she struck by a flood of memories of Aviana....all at once? What the heck was going on?

With the past months events, I am afflicted by a new condition called, “You better brace yourself, it quite possibly could be bad or sad news.” Yes, if you were wondering, I coined the term :o) I am desperately trying to release myself from the tight grip of this condition. I do not want to be that person. The one who is fearful at every turn. The one who is completely apprehensive of what life has in store for them and their loved ones. It affects me at different times. It could be when the phone rings, when I hear someone crying, when I can’t get a hold of a family member at exactly the right moment.

Back to the phone call, with my heart pounding out of my chest, I asked my mom what was going on. Through tears she uttered the words, "Dave Kennedy" (oh thank God……these were happy tears.) I remembered this name! He was her boss, from years ago. She went on to read me a beautiful note from him. She told me of his *more than generous* donation to Aviana’s fund. I was shocked....speechless! We were so incredibly thankful! We were amazed by his love and support.

A few weeks later, we were in the initial stages of planning our trip to Pennsylvania. I had just posted a note on the blog about The Institute and our impending plans. We had so many thoughts, rolling around like marbles in our brains....we had to check flights, find a hotel, figure out how and when to bring Aviana back for her evaluation, etc.

Above all, we were wondering where all of the money was going to come from. We were bound and determined to find a way to pull this very important trip off. We had enough from donations (thank you everyone) to pay for both our tuition and Aviana’s for the course only. Not for food, lodging, airfare, etc.

My mom called. Again, she was crying her eyes out. “What’s going on?” Again, through sobs, “Dave Kennedy.” To make a long story short, he grabbed the bull by the horns and organized every detail from airfare all the way down to making sure there was a refrigerator for any of Aviana’s possible needs. I am not kidding you; he took the time and energy to meticulously plan every last detail of our trip.

Confirmations were arriving one after the other in my inbox. Everything was taken care of, nothing left out and nothing out of our pockets. We are flying out on November 29th and flying back on December 5th. We then arrive home, pick Aviana up and fly back to Pennsylvania on December 6th and then all three of us fly back home on December 9th. The answer is YES, we have lost our minds. All of it, taken care of by Dave & Kim Kennedy.

We are so incredibly thankful to both of them and we do not have enough kind words to accurately express our gratitude. They are everyday angels.


  1. you are so right. "For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways." Psalm 91:11

  2. That's so awesome. One less thing to worry about so you can focus on Avi! May God bless the people with such big hearts.

  3. How awesome! What a blessing for you, and for them to be able to do that for you. Your mom must have been quite the worker! So glad all that is taken care of for you.

  4. Amazing people!!! Just when you have one of those days when you doubt the goodness of people it is wonderful to read of people like the Kennedys. :-)

  5. "Oh I believe there are angels among us.
    Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
    They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
    To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
    To guide us with a light of love.

    When life held troubled times,
    and had me down on my knees.
    Theres always been someone there
    to come along and comfort me.
    A kind word from a stranger,
    to lend a helping hand.
    A phone call from a friend,
    just to say I understand.
    And aint it kind of funny that
    at the dark end of the road.
    Someone lights the way with
    just a single ray of hope."

    -Angels Among Us, Alabama

  6. It seems I share similar sentiments with those whom have previously posted... Thank you God for angels on earth. It is truly heart warming.

  7. i have worked with DAve, he was the most wonderful boss i have ever worked with. he is an angel, a great human, a great friend. I am honored to call him my friend. Dave and Kim are wonderful Angels God put on this earth!!!

  8. What a blessing and when you least expect it!

  9. Wow. Incredible and a wonderful gift.

  10. What an amazing gift!!!!!!

    Hope this trip will be the beginning of more amazing things to come!