Bella’s Birthday & Christmas
Dec 29, 2013 11:01pmDear Bella’s Believers:
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We have been very busy with Live Like Bella™ Nights of Lights at Pine Crest Gardens which runs from Thanksgiving until 1/6 6-9PM. It is a beautiful display of lights at Pinecrest Gardens and the entrance is only $5. If you are in Miami, we encourage you to visit sometime this week with your family and loved ones. Click here for more information.
On Bella’s birthday 12/12 we celebrated her birthday by announcing “Bella’s Promise.” A first of it’s kind partnership focusing exclusively on Pediatric Cancer Between Live Like Bella™ Foundation and Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. We are very excited about this joint venture and are looking forward to working with entities around the world to accelerate innovation and research in childhood cancer. Below is a link to a news story by CBS4 on the press conference.
Volunteers also distributed “Bella’s Blankets” to children in the cancer center. Later that day we celebrated at her grave with friends, family, balloons, and cupcakes. We sang Bella Happy Birthday and we also were very prayerful and joyous because it was also the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, or “Mommy Church” as Bella referred to her.
On the 16th of December, the Live Like Bella™ Foundation distributed hundreds of toys at Miami Children’s Hospital and brought Santa and set up a beautiful affair in the playroom for all the children to enjoy. We are so grateful to our wonderful volunteers who made this happen! THANK YOU to all who donated toys!
For Christmas, we traveled to Los Angeles to visit with Shannah’s sisters Nicole and Claudine and spent some special time with special friends. Christmas was very bittersweet as we shared the joy of the birth of Jesus, but missed Bella immensely. Bella loved Christmas here on Earth, we can only imagine her wonder and enjoyment in the grand celebration of His birth in heaven.
Just before Christmas, we received a beautiful surprise. As you remember I put out a message while Bella was still here with us for any Bella Believer who wished to express how Bella touched their life to send letters. Our dear friend, and Raymond’s co-worker Erika sent us a beautiful hardbound book with hundreds upon hundreds of letters all sent in by you. THANK YOU so very much. There are letters from all over the world and the words have touched us deeply. God bless you for sharing how Bella touched your lives.
As is to be expected, some days and moments are more difficult than others. There are so many things especially during this time of year that remind us of Bella. There is often felt an indescribable void without her here physically with us. Our faith however strengthens us and let’s us know without doubt that Bella is with us wherever we go and in all that we do. As we visited Children in the hospital to distribute toys we saw many parents in the same situation we once were. We know all too well the battle they are facing, there are many bleak and painful days. It was remarkable to see so many inspired by Bella’s life and the many that ask for her intercession now that she is in the kingdom of the Almighty in heaven.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you, Bella’ believers for your love, support and above all your prayers. Often times in the midst of tragedy people ask: “Where is God?” We believe that God lives in each and everyone of us and all of you have shown His love and compassion for our family and for Bella, time and time again.
May God bless each of you with abundant health, peace, and joy. May you all enjoy the peace and celebration of this Christmas season and enjoy a very fruitful and joyous New Year.
Live Like Bella!
With our love and appreciation,
The R-T Clan
PS: CBS 4 included Bella’s story as one of the top stories for 2013. Bella is mentioned in the beginning and at the end of the segment. As you will notice while the news in S. Florida for 2013 involved many tragedies, as you will hear in the closing remarks of the segment: “And then there was Bella…. Even on our worst days, it’s best to Live Like Bella.”
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