Miracles, Coincidences, and Other Disasters

Dear Eli, You'll be happy to know the house didn't burn down today. Ella was hanging out in your workshop, which, if you recall, gets its electricity via an outdoor rated extension cord running to an outlet on the outside of the house. She was cold, so she turned on a portable heater. She was …

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Deathversary

Dear Eli, I totally don't know what to call it. Death day? Death Anniversary? We were calling it your graduation, since you graduated from this life, but graduation anniversary doesn't seem right, either. So, when it comes up, we just call it the 17th. [One cousin who read this post uses "angelversary", which is a …

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Aftershocks – Valerie Essay 2

By Valerie Started: 11/25/21, Finished: 1/13/22 Eli & Valerie Aftershocks         Often, the aftershocks are worse than the earthquake itself; they leave devastation in their wake for days, even weeks after the main earthquake.         I wrote about my perspective from the sidelines watching my little brother Eli’s three-year battle with cancer. Unfortunately, the effects of cancer …

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The Boy Who Tried – Valerie Essay 1

Valerie started writing this sometime in August 2021, and finished it the night Eli graduated. Death Sentence         I wish the memories weren’t so vivid. But here we are, with clear names, dates, and events all trapped in my head.         It was Halloween (2018), not when it started, but when the first death sentence came. My …

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Moving Forward with Hope

Two weeks ago we passed the two month mark since Eli's passing. It feels like yesterday and forever ago all at once. These torches are solar powered and flicker in the dark. Christmas Christmas was magical. Thanks to very generous organizations and anonymous elves, we were able to customize their gifts to build their talents …

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