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Patti Benson
Patti Benson
Andy  Susan North
Andy Susan North
Leah Krenz
Leah Krenz
Dear Dana, As someone who has seen you in action at tournaments, I know you bring great joy to people and have changed some lives. Trust that God needs you there for a reason, and you are where you are supposed to be. I hope you can enjoy your time there, and help someone along the way.
Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
A TRIBUTE TO CHARLOTTE QUIGLEY

It is Sunday morning and I'm getting reading to go to church but I can't let another compliment of Charlotte go without Amening it!!!!  lol  I just read Dana's journal and I have wanted to write a tribute about my dear friend Charlotte for over a week.

I want to tell you all about a night approximately a week ago that I spent with Charlotte and Dev.

I believe it was a rainy Saturday night when Charlotte called me and asked if I wanted to come and watch a movie with her and Dev.  Someone from her church let her borrow a christian based movie so you know I'm in!!!  lol

I do spend a lot of time with Charlotte and Dev since she's been home with Devon from his accident and I have had many occasions……….(TOO), many, where Dev has coughed and choked so bad that I thought I would die!  I have come to accept this to be a common occurrence for this precious boy and I've come accustomed to Charlotte's reaction.  She will race over to him if he starts coughing and she isn't directly beside him. But once she is there, it's like an angelic calm!  She is soft spoken, slow moving, gentle, patient, enduring, positive, and encouraging.  She tells Devon over and over in a soft, comforting voice……"I love you honey", "you're going to be all right", "you know God is going to heal you", "you can do it honey, just swallow"……….and on and on I hear her voice echo!

Now, to be specific of that Saturday night.  

As I watched this woman, my friend, get her son ready for bed it was something I can't put into words.  She asked Dev if I could help and he said yes.  Did I really help??  lol  Not really.  Charlotte is a one woman show.  She knows what she's doing and does it to PERFECTION!  After he was all set, she pulled his bed up to where we were on the couch so he could see the TV.  As we started to watch the movie there wasn't 5 minutes between coughs and choking.  I would pause the movie almost every time as to not be rude and not have Dev think I didn't care.  Charlotte had gotten her pjs on after a long, exhausting rainy day and was ready for bed when the movie was over. 

Here's what spiritually happened to me.

The Holy Spirit started to show me Charlotte.  My friend, (who's getting up there in age), lol as the most amazing, sacrificial, loving person I probably know.  I was sitting there exhausted from my day, feeling my aged body and just wanting to get through the movie so I could go home and get into bed.  (Selfish, but human).  And here's Charlotte who will probably have an entire night of jumping up for Dev to make sure he swallows or she can swab him.  How does she not give up or collapse?  It made me think of when I had my babies and I was jumping up all night and how I was so exhausted and almost non functioning every day but I knew there would be that night, the night the baby would stop crying and sleep through the night.  And then there would come a time it would be over and that child wouldn't wake through the night any longer.  Most of us mothers and fathers have around 3 months of that.  Charlotte has had 3 years and did I mention her age!!!!!  She has 7 years on me and I will tell you, I don't know how she does it!

I started to feel overwhelmed for her as a mother.  Her love it so pure.  She sees nothing but Dev.  I believe that Jesus loves us like that.  My recent surrender has opened my eyes to how much Jesus loves me and all of his children.  He has given us all the amazing power of love, his love!  

So there it is.  One of the reasons for this tragic accident of Dev's.  To put in Charlotte, a woman that I believe has shocked all of us with her amazing Christ like love and tenacity for her child.  That is God's example of his love for us!  He will NEVER leave us or forsake us.  He will always be there to "jump up", stand by our side and tend to our every need.

Matthew 7:11
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.


When it comes to Charlotte and her love for Dev……………..this is it!!!!!  1 Corinthians 13:4-8! 

Amen and God Bless CHARLOTTE!!!!

Love,
Brenda
Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
Good morning all!  Yes Dana, that is where ALL Gods favor and blessing comes in………..when we "surrender" ALL things to him!  I have recently been through the most challenging point in my life.  It was ONLY when I fell to my knees sobbing, threw my hands up and said…"that's it Lord"…"I surrender"…"I take my hands off!  You have full control.  I will not interfere with my way any longer".  It was then that Jesus has showered me with blessings that I truly cannot contain!!!!

Thank you JESUS!

Dev has absolutely no worries as long as he rests in his trust upon the Lord!

Love to all,
Brenda
Cathy Andreozzi
Cathy Andreozzi

Dana,

So happy Devon was finally able to get into the pool!  I first spoke to Nicole and Charlotte about the program at Rhode Island Hospital about 2 years ago.  Each member of the family will be able to partake in the therapy and learn beneficial moves as well as the safest techniques for entry and exit .  In addition, they will be able to assist in guiding you towards selecting the perfect floatation device (as seen around Devon's neck in the picture) and lift system (to lower/raise him safely in/out of the pool).

Each and every one of the therapists involved in the program are vested in the progress and well-being of their client.  Devon will certainly enjoy his swim time at RIH!

Patti Benson
Patti Benson
Brenda and Dana...it's pretty cool to know I am still a novice at all things related to God and there is so much more to learn. Thank you so very much for the explanation. It makes perfect sense now! Now off to study Revelations...which is another mystery! Love to you both for your time and knowledge!

Patti
Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
I just read Patti Benson's post and feel compelled to answer her question.  

Patti, God our father has complete ability and power to destroy Satan at any time!  And yes he is going to take away the evil one for good but it is in his time.  

You need to study the book of revelation.  His word tells us there are things that have to happen before he comes back.  Many have already happened but his work here is not finished.  Only then will he stop and put an end to Satan and all his demons.

If he controlled sin and evil in every situation than he would be controlling us as puppets.  He has given the world freedom of choice, (free will).  He wants us all to make the decision in our hearts whether to love, trust and believe in him or not.  He doesn't force himself on anyone!  Thus………sin, sickness, disease, tragedy, crime, etc…

Don't get me wrong, I believe God stops and tells Satan not this one and no you're not going have that one and yes I will heal her/him; at times.  We just don't have the answers as to "why".  Everything is in his time and for his purpose.

As I have walked with the Lord and truly given every aspect of my life over to him I see so much more clearly as to the "why" in my life!

Just keeping trusting, praying and reading your bible.  God will reveal more to you as you grow closer to him.

Hope that helps!  :)
God Bless
Brenda


Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
I'm with you Dana!  That's incredible!  There's no other explanation.  

Here we think poor Devon, and (humanly), rightfully so.  But in the spirit realm, Dev is most likely experiencing moments with the Lord that one here on earth could only DREAM of!  

I CAN'T WAIT until Dev is completely talking to us and sharing this whole experience.  I told Charlotte I had another dream last week that he was talking to me in perfect speech and clarity.  

Praise God for all the intimacy that he and Dev are sharing!

Love to all,
Brenda
Patti Benson
Patti Benson
As powerful as God is, I wish I knew why He cannot destroy Satan. I guess I haven't read enough of the Bible yet to find out that answer. I keep praying asking Jesus to take the evil one away for good. I want to walk the talk but sometimes satan makes it tough to do. Anyone else out there feel the same?

Hope that Nicole is ok and the accident was only minor.


Blessings to you all.

Patti
Patti Benson
Patti Benson
Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
A TRIBUTE TO CHARLOTTE QUIGLEY

It is Sunday morning and I'm getting reading to go to church but I can't let another compliment of Charlotte go without Amening it!!!!  lol  I just read Dana's journal and I have wanted to write a tribute about my dear friend Charlotte for over a week.

I want to tell you all about a night approximately a week ago that I spent with Charlotte and Dev.

I believe it was a rainy Saturday night when Charlotte called me and asked if I wanted to come and watch a movie with her and Dev.  Someone from her church let her borrow a christian based movie so you know I'm in!!!  lol

I do spend a lot of time with Charlotte and Dev since she's been home with Devon from his accident and I have had many occasions……….(TOO), many, where Dev has coughed and choked so bad that I thought I would die!  I have come to accept this to be a common occurrence for this precious boy and I've come accustomed to Charlotte's reaction.  She will race over to him if he starts coughing and she isn't directly beside him. But once she is there, it's like an angelic calm!  She is soft spoken, slow moving, gentle, patient, enduring, positive, and encouraging.  She tells Devon over and over in a soft, comforting voice……"I love you honey", "you're going to be all right", "you know God is going to heal you", "you can do it honey, just swallow"……….and on and on I hear her voice echo!

Now, to be specific of that Saturday night.  

As I watched this woman, my friend, get her son ready for bed it was something I can't put into words.  She asked Dev if I could help and he said yes.  Did I really help??  lol  Not really.  Charlotte is a one woman show.  She knows what she's doing and does it to PERFECTION!  After he was all set, she pulled his bed up to where we were on the couch so he could see the TV.  As we started to watch the movie there wasn't 5 minutes between coughs and choking.  I would pause the movie almost every time as to not be rude and not have Dev think I didn't care.  Charlotte had gotten her pjs on after a long, exhausting rainy day and was ready for bed when the movie was over. 

Here's what spiritually happened to me.

The Holy Spirit started to show me Charlotte.  My friend, (who's getting up there in age), lol as the most amazing, sacrificial, loving person I probably know.  I was sitting there exhausted from my day, feeling my aged body and just wanting to get through the movie so I could go home and get into bed.  (Selfish, but human).  And here's Charlotte who will probably have an entire night of jumping up for Dev to make sure he swallows or she can swab him.  How does she not give up or collapse?  It made me think of when I had my babies and I was jumping up all night and how I was so exhausted and almost non functioning every day but I knew there would be that night, the night the baby would stop crying and sleep through the night.  And then there would come a time it would be over and that child wouldn't wake through the night any longer.  Most of us mothers and fathers have around 3 months of that.  Charlotte has had 3 years and did I mention her age!!!!!  She has 7 years on me and I will tell you, I don't know how she does it!

I started to feel overwhelmed for her as a mother.  Her love it so pure.  She sees nothing but Dev.  I believe that Jesus loves us like that.  My recent surrender has opened my eyes to how much Jesus loves me and all of his children.  He has given us all the amazing power of love, his love!  

So there it is.  One of the reasons for this tragic accident of Dev's.  To put in Charlotte, a woman that I believe has shocked all of us with her amazing Christ like love and tenacity for her child.  That is God's example of his love for us!  He will NEVER leave us or forsake us.  He will always be there to "jump up", stand by our side and tend to our every need.

Matthew 7:11
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.


When it comes to Charlotte and her love for Dev……………..this is it!!!!!  1 Corinthians 13:4-8! 

Amen and God Bless CHARLOTTE!!!!

Love,
Brenda
Cathy Andreozzi
Cathy Andreozzi

Dana,

So happy Devon was finally able to get into the pool!  I first spoke to Nicole and Charlotte about the program at Rhode Island Hospital about 2 years ago.  Each member of the family will be able to partake in the therapy and learn beneficial moves as well as the safest techniques for entry and exit .  In addition, they will be able to assist in guiding you towards selecting the perfect floatation device (as seen around Devon's neck in the picture) and lift system (to lower/raise him safely in/out of the pool).

Each and every one of the therapists involved in the program are vested in the progress and well-being of their client.  Devon will certainly enjoy his swim time at RIH!

Patti Benson
Patti Benson
Brenda and Dana...it's pretty cool to know I am still a novice at all things related to God and there is so much more to learn. Thank you so very much for the explanation. It makes perfect sense now! Now off to study Revelations...which is another mystery! Love to you both for your time and knowledge!

Patti
Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
I'm with you Dana!  That's incredible!  There's no other explanation.  

Here we think poor Devon, and (humanly), rightfully so.  But in the spirit realm, Dev is most likely experiencing moments with the Lord that one here on earth could only DREAM of!  

I CAN'T WAIT until Dev is completely talking to us and sharing this whole experience.  I told Charlotte I had another dream last week that he was talking to me in perfect speech and clarity.  

Praise God for all the intimacy that he and Dev are sharing!

Love to all,
Brenda
Andy  Susan North
Andy Susan North
Leah Krenz
Leah Krenz
Dear Dana, As someone who has seen you in action at tournaments, I know you bring great joy to people and have changed some lives. Trust that God needs you there for a reason, and you are where you are supposed to be. I hope you can enjoy your time there, and help someone along the way.
Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
Good morning all!  Yes Dana, that is where ALL Gods favor and blessing comes in………..when we "surrender" ALL things to him!  I have recently been through the most challenging point in my life.  It was ONLY when I fell to my knees sobbing, threw my hands up and said…"that's it Lord"…"I surrender"…"I take my hands off!  You have full control.  I will not interfere with my way any longer".  It was then that Jesus has showered me with blessings that I truly cannot contain!!!!

Thank you JESUS!

Dev has absolutely no worries as long as he rests in his trust upon the Lord!

Love to all,
Brenda
Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
I just read Patti Benson's post and feel compelled to answer her question.  

Patti, God our father has complete ability and power to destroy Satan at any time!  And yes he is going to take away the evil one for good but it is in his time.  

You need to study the book of revelation.  His word tells us there are things that have to happen before he comes back.  Many have already happened but his work here is not finished.  Only then will he stop and put an end to Satan and all his demons.

If he controlled sin and evil in every situation than he would be controlling us as puppets.  He has given the world freedom of choice, (free will).  He wants us all to make the decision in our hearts whether to love, trust and believe in him or not.  He doesn't force himself on anyone!  Thus………sin, sickness, disease, tragedy, crime, etc…

Don't get me wrong, I believe God stops and tells Satan not this one and no you're not going have that one and yes I will heal her/him; at times.  We just don't have the answers as to "why".  Everything is in his time and for his purpose.

As I have walked with the Lord and truly given every aspect of my life over to him I see so much more clearly as to the "why" in my life!

Just keeping trusting, praying and reading your bible.  God will reveal more to you as you grow closer to him.

Hope that helps!  :)
God Bless
Brenda


Patti Benson
Patti Benson
As powerful as God is, I wish I knew why He cannot destroy Satan. I guess I haven't read enough of the Bible yet to find out that answer. I keep praying asking Jesus to take the evil one away for good. I want to walk the talk but sometimes satan makes it tough to do. Anyone else out there feel the same?

Hope that Nicole is ok and the accident was only minor.


Blessings to you all.

Patti
Patti Benson
Patti Benson
Andy  Susan North
Andy Susan North
Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
Good morning all!  Yes Dana, that is where ALL Gods favor and blessing comes in………..when we "surrender" ALL things to him!  I have recently been through the most challenging point in my life.  It was ONLY when I fell to my knees sobbing, threw my hands up and said…"that's it Lord"…"I surrender"…"I take my hands off!  You have full control.  I will not interfere with my way any longer".  It was then that Jesus has showered me with blessings that I truly cannot contain!!!!

Thank you JESUS!

Dev has absolutely no worries as long as he rests in his trust upon the Lord!

Love to all,
Brenda
Cathy Andreozzi
Cathy Andreozzi

Dana,

So happy Devon was finally able to get into the pool!  I first spoke to Nicole and Charlotte about the program at Rhode Island Hospital about 2 years ago.  Each member of the family will be able to partake in the therapy and learn beneficial moves as well as the safest techniques for entry and exit .  In addition, they will be able to assist in guiding you towards selecting the perfect floatation device (as seen around Devon's neck in the picture) and lift system (to lower/raise him safely in/out of the pool).

Each and every one of the therapists involved in the program are vested in the progress and well-being of their client.  Devon will certainly enjoy his swim time at RIH!

Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
I just read Patti Benson's post and feel compelled to answer her question.  

Patti, God our father has complete ability and power to destroy Satan at any time!  And yes he is going to take away the evil one for good but it is in his time.  

You need to study the book of revelation.  His word tells us there are things that have to happen before he comes back.  Many have already happened but his work here is not finished.  Only then will he stop and put an end to Satan and all his demons.

If he controlled sin and evil in every situation than he would be controlling us as puppets.  He has given the world freedom of choice, (free will).  He wants us all to make the decision in our hearts whether to love, trust and believe in him or not.  He doesn't force himself on anyone!  Thus………sin, sickness, disease, tragedy, crime, etc…

Don't get me wrong, I believe God stops and tells Satan not this one and no you're not going have that one and yes I will heal her/him; at times.  We just don't have the answers as to "why".  Everything is in his time and for his purpose.

As I have walked with the Lord and truly given every aspect of my life over to him I see so much more clearly as to the "why" in my life!

Just keeping trusting, praying and reading your bible.  God will reveal more to you as you grow closer to him.

Hope that helps!  :)
God Bless
Brenda


Leah Krenz
Leah Krenz
Dear Dana, As someone who has seen you in action at tournaments, I know you bring great joy to people and have changed some lives. Trust that God needs you there for a reason, and you are where you are supposed to be. I hope you can enjoy your time there, and help someone along the way.
Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
I'm with you Dana!  That's incredible!  There's no other explanation.  

Here we think poor Devon, and (humanly), rightfully so.  But in the spirit realm, Dev is most likely experiencing moments with the Lord that one here on earth could only DREAM of!  

I CAN'T WAIT until Dev is completely talking to us and sharing this whole experience.  I told Charlotte I had another dream last week that he was talking to me in perfect speech and clarity.  

Praise God for all the intimacy that he and Dev are sharing!

Love to all,
Brenda
Brenda Melucci
Brenda Melucci
A TRIBUTE TO CHARLOTTE QUIGLEY

It is Sunday morning and I'm getting reading to go to church but I can't let another compliment of Charlotte go without Amening it!!!!  lol  I just read Dana's journal and I have wanted to write a tribute about my dear friend Charlotte for over a week.

I want to tell you all about a night approximately a week ago that I spent with Charlotte and Dev.

I believe it was a rainy Saturday night when Charlotte called me and asked if I wanted to come and watch a movie with her and Dev.  Someone from her church let her borrow a christian based movie so you know I'm in!!!  lol

I do spend a lot of time with Charlotte and Dev since she's been home with Devon from his accident and I have had many occasions……….(TOO), many, where Dev has coughed and choked so bad that I thought I would die!  I have come to accept this to be a common occurrence for this precious boy and I've come accustomed to Charlotte's reaction.  She will race over to him if he starts coughing and she isn't directly beside him. But once she is there, it's like an angelic calm!  She is soft spoken, slow moving, gentle, patient, enduring, positive, and encouraging.  She tells Devon over and over in a soft, comforting voice……"I love you honey", "you're going to be all right", "you know God is going to heal you", "you can do it honey, just swallow"……….and on and on I hear her voice echo!

Now, to be specific of that Saturday night.  

As I watched this woman, my friend, get her son ready for bed it was something I can't put into words.  She asked Dev if I could help and he said yes.  Did I really help??  lol  Not really.  Charlotte is a one woman show.  She knows what she's doing and does it to PERFECTION!  After he was all set, she pulled his bed up to where we were on the couch so he could see the TV.  As we started to watch the movie there wasn't 5 minutes between coughs and choking.  I would pause the movie almost every time as to not be rude and not have Dev think I didn't care.  Charlotte had gotten her pjs on after a long, exhausting rainy day and was ready for bed when the movie was over. 

Here's what spiritually happened to me.

The Holy Spirit started to show me Charlotte.  My friend, (who's getting up there in age), lol as the most amazing, sacrificial, loving person I probably know.  I was sitting there exhausted from my day, feeling my aged body and just wanting to get through the movie so I could go home and get into bed.  (Selfish, but human).  And here's Charlotte who will probably have an entire night of jumping up for Dev to make sure he swallows or she can swab him.  How does she not give up or collapse?  It made me think of when I had my babies and I was jumping up all night and how I was so exhausted and almost non functioning every day but I knew there would be that night, the night the baby would stop crying and sleep through the night.  And then there would come a time it would be over and that child wouldn't wake through the night any longer.  Most of us mothers and fathers have around 3 months of that.  Charlotte has had 3 years and did I mention her age!!!!!  She has 7 years on me and I will tell you, I don't know how she does it!

I started to feel overwhelmed for her as a mother.  Her love it so pure.  She sees nothing but Dev.  I believe that Jesus loves us like that.  My recent surrender has opened my eyes to how much Jesus loves me and all of his children.  He has given us all the amazing power of love, his love!  

So there it is.  One of the reasons for this tragic accident of Dev's.  To put in Charlotte, a woman that I believe has shocked all of us with her amazing Christ like love and tenacity for her child.  That is God's example of his love for us!  He will NEVER leave us or forsake us.  He will always be there to "jump up", stand by our side and tend to our every need.

Matthew 7:11
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.


When it comes to Charlotte and her love for Dev……………..this is it!!!!!  1 Corinthians 13:4-8! 

Amen and God Bless CHARLOTTE!!!!

Love,
Brenda
Patti Benson
Patti Benson
Brenda and Dana...it's pretty cool to know I am still a novice at all things related to God and there is so much more to learn. Thank you so very much for the explanation. It makes perfect sense now! Now off to study Revelations...which is another mystery! Love to you both for your time and knowledge!

Patti
Patti Benson
Patti Benson
As powerful as God is, I wish I knew why He cannot destroy Satan. I guess I haven't read enough of the Bible yet to find out that answer. I keep praying asking Jesus to take the evil one away for good. I want to walk the talk but sometimes satan makes it tough to do. Anyone else out there feel the same?

Hope that Nicole is ok and the accident was only minor.


Blessings to you all.

Patti