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{Reminder} Enjoy Every Moment…

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Sometimes, we just need a little reminder of what is important. Normally I stay up late composing the latest party/inspiration post for this blog, but tonight I got  a bit sidetracked. Well, really sidetracked. For the last couple of hours, I have been reading {and sobbing} about a local Scottsdale 3 year-old, Ronan Thompson. Ronan was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer in August of last year. Ronan’s mom, Maya writes a raw, uninhibited blog about their journey and Ronan’s recent passing. I’m not sharing this story to upset you or to start your day with sadness, but rather to remind you {as we all need sometimes} to slow down, enjoy every moment and appreciate the beautiful lives we have been blessed with. Ronan’s story has touched my heart and I know it will do the same for you.

Please take a moment to read Maya’s blog and show love and support for this family on the Rockstar Ronan Facebook page.
There is a silent auction being held at the Arizona Biltmore next week to benefit the Thompson family. If you own a business and would like to donate for the auction, find more information here.

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This story was brought to my attention by Pamela Rukas of Stella & Dot who is currently hosting a fundraiser to support the Thompson family. For more information, click here.

Please click here to visit the RockStar Ronan blog.

{warning :: if you are offended by the f-word, you may not want to read the blog. as maya deserves to, she expresses her emotions freely}

  1. Lisa AndersonPrayer

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Yes, a true reminder of how lives littlest of blessings could slip away.. My deepest sympathy and Prayers to the family.

  2. Amber Lee

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this reminder…. I read one of her precious, honest entries and had to close it. Just want to run upstairs and scoop my little man out of his crib mid nap.
    Much Love

  3. Cristin Graham

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Thank you, Kim, for bringing this story to us. I can’t even begin to imagine what a mother goes through after the loss of one of her own. It would be the most devastating and life changing event. I will be praying for the family and will get involved. Thanks again for sharing as I would have never known about this precious boy otherwise.
    Cristin

  4. Dorangela

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Kim, thanks so much for sharing! I have been having a very difficult time with my 3 year old lately. He has a very strong personality and it can be so frustrating at times. I really needed to hear this today. I am going to really enjoy him and his brother today and take in every little crazy minute. Thanks, my heart goes out to this family, I can’t begin to imagine the pain in their hearts right now.

  5. Angelica

    May 26th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    You expressed my sentiments exactly, as I am also dealing with the quirky and unpredictable ways of my three year old daughter. On to enjoying even the trying situations, if that means we have them for a minute more 🙂 May their sunshiny smiles remind us of the blessing it is to be a parent 😀

  6. vanessa grant

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    THANK YOU KIM!
    As I began to read the blog, I have to admit I got a bit angry. I was under the impression that Ronan was in the healing phase and I was very unpleasantly surprised to find out that wasn’t so. I began sobbing like a little girl and ran to get tissues, at which point my 19 month old son handed me a tissue and said “why mommy cry?” This made me cry even more. I just reached out and hugged him so tight that he actually pushed me off, and I was ok with that.

    I guess what I am trying to say is, thank you for sharing this. Sometimes it takes a heartbreaking blog post to snap you right back into reality. That ottoman can be replaced, the walls can be washed but nothing can bring back a love lost. So the next time my Wyland does something of the kind, I will think back to that beautiful, precious little Rockstar Ronan and smile and thank him, for he has made a difference in my life as well.

    I wish I could wrap my arms around Maya and tell her it will all be ok, but I can’t imagine any amount of hugs or words could ever make it ok.

  7. aliica wohler

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    It just brings tears to my eyes to know that anyone has to go through this and as a mother of three young children, it is too hard to cherish all the times. Stories just like these bring us back to reality and make us apperciate those that we love dearly everyday, no matter what!!! I wish it didn’t take stories like this to make us realize that everyone is a gift from god and to cherish every single moment with them. My prayers go out to this famiy!!!

  8. Andrea Zimlicki

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Kim, I am sitting here sobbing after having read only a few of the posts. Ronan is such a precious child! His picture really took my breath away. My heart aches for his family. Thank you for reminding me to cherish each and every moment I have with my wonderful husband and beautiful baby girl. Ronan’s story is truly a wake-up call for those of us who get “too busy” to look around and realize how lucky we are. Thank you.

  9. Rikki Hernanskey

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    That certainly does put things into perspective. Its incredibly brave for her to express such raw, true…honest emotions & feelings. Reading her posts will change the way I approach things today and for a very long time. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Cassandra

    May 26th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Such a touching story and thought. Thank you for keeping grounded and sharing with us so that we may do the same. You are truly amazing!

  11. kimberly

    May 26th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Life is a blessing, and none of us know the time we have. Thank you for sharing this little angels story. The heart will feel his life and love always.

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  13. Crystal

    May 26th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    What a true little angel he is! So cute and those bright blue eyes, when you look into them, you see true happiness. Prayers go up for Maya for her to be strong and to get through this difficult time in her life as a mommy. Prayers for the whole family because it affects them all. I can’t imagine what she goes through everyday with out her baby boy. It is true that everyone is a gift from God and we have to cherish those moments spent together. I have sobbed, prayed, hugged my daughter tight, knowing that hugging Ronan again is something that Maya can only dream of makes me cry even more!

    Lord, Shine your light upon Maya and this whole family, hold them and comfort them in this time of need. Give them strength to get through their days. Watch over Quin and Liam and always keep them safe. Watch over us all and let us remember that we are all a gift from you to each other. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

  14. Aimee

    May 27th, 2011 at 5:33 am

    We are truly blessed! this is a perfect reminder of what really matters in life, to treasure each and every moment. I only read a few posts, couldn’t keep going, I was crying like a child.

    May GOD bring comfort and healthy healing to this precious family.

    ACBG

  15. Stacy

    May 28th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    It saddens me that I needed the reminder. Just hugged my three little ones with all my heart. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

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  17. Lisa

    September 7th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you Kim, for helping me to connect the dots. I needed to know more about this story. I wish that I had been involved at the time, but I am sure that there is a reason that I came across it at this time.

    Everyone who has written, has had their young ones to scoop up. My heart is feeling especially raw at this time on the other end of the spectrum, as my boys just left for college and I am feeling the void deeply. The last one just left for the first time and just when I think I am moving on, I hear a song like this…

    We all have our journeys and I will have make a phone call instead of a scoop. At least I have that. Thanks for the reminder.

  18. Elissa

    August 5th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Where can I buy this tile that has this beautiful saying on it?

  19. Kim

    August 5th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    It looks like it is no longer available, but you could put in a custom request? http://www.etsy.com/listing/71162119/plaque-all-about-life-angela-schwindt

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