Ellie Potvin's Journal
"Specialize in Kindness" -Ellie Potvin
Written Dec 21, 2012 12:59pmIn memory of Ellie this Christmas Season ...
We have been working together to share her love and childlike faith in midst of our brokenness.
"Specialize in Kindness" - Ellie Shoal Potvin
Our goal has almost been reached to send 26 Sandy Hook families a beautifully framed and matted Guardian Angel Print.
If you are interested in supporting us in reaching this goal... Please purchase a piece of Ellie's Art or make a donation! Thank you.
Special 2 Day Sale on Ellie's artwork!
Purchase today Ellie's Pinky Power and Blue Moon Artwork for only $40.00 (original price: $75.00)
All Holiday Print packages include:
Ellie Art Print
"Specialize in kindness" photo button
"In it to win it" bracelet
Please go to link to see Ellie's artwork or to make a donation toward Sandy Hook fundraiser! Thank you. XO
Our hope is to send these 26 families a beautifully framed and matted Guardian Angel Print by New Years!
At a time words have no meaning...
We hope to offer a glimpse of the beauty of heaven painted by a child's heart. May it act as a reminder that their precious child is safe, loved and at peace in the arms of God. And they now have their sweet child acting as their own Guardian Angel.
Thank all who have made a donation or purchased an Ellie button, wrist band, Guardian Angel notecards or one Ellie's 5 paintings.
As for Team Potvin...
What a Blessed Christmas 2012! Hold on to you faith, have hope in tomorrow, lean of God and know that his love is never ending.
No matter my heartache the holiday season brings ... I have great joy and peace knowing the greatest EVER - All my Love for my 3 daughters in Heaven and on earth!
Blessings to all you love,
Amy Potvin, CCLC
Christian Life Coach
Through Brokenness..."Specialize in Kindness"
Written Dec 15, 2012 12:10pmI have been in tears bawling since yesterday ...Like so many others around the world. I sit horrified and in shock of the tragedy that took place in Connecticut. To think these beautiful children, so young and so innocent, lived such a nightmare.
My body feels crippled to think of the fear these innocent children must have experienced ... It just breaks me to my knees, I think of how our family and so many people around the world cared for one child, my daughter, Ellie Shoal Potvin during her fight against cancer.
I remember like yesterday when she was diagnosed at six years old... Full of life and swinging her pigtails around. The sky had no limit and her happiness was contagious as she ran around her kindergarten room.
Yet, I had the chance to bask for 2 more years in her priceless blessing in front of me. I was given an opportunity to fight for my child ... And do my best to protect her and try to save her life.
My memories are priceless... Though many hurt and torment me still today ... Our Ellie till her last breath was surrounded by love and told how special she was to us. Millions lifted her up around the world as she entered into Heavens gates. Forever I am blessed for your prayers for my family.
Yet yesterday in a blink of an eye, without any forewarning ... 28 "Ellie's" were cruelly ripped from their parents arms... Innocent lives stolen. Families now broken forever. To think how hard we fought and prayed for one child to live... Yet today, one boy willingly with no purpose takes their lives in an instant.
It is senseless and it makes so many question God. I do not have an answer and I don't know why God allows for such horror. But I do know this... The world we live in is full of such darkness and for this reason more than ever we need to celebrate in the birth of Jesus.
My hope is to spread Ellie's message to others in my life that I can touch... "Specialize in Being Kind." Also, I hear a whisper on my heart ...
Though it will not take away the suffering or heartache from these broken families ... Team Potvin is making it my goal to make sure that each one of these beautiful families receive on of Ellie's Guardian Angel paintings/prints. In my heart I know... This was her silent way to prepare me and say "Goodbye." As my baby girl painted this priceless gift to me only one month before she gained her angel wings.
Our Ellie's message was full of love. As she truly specialized in kindness till her flame burnt out and she flew in spirit. I remember like yesterday our Ellie saying to me, "Mommy if I die before you I will be your Guardian Angel." The bitter sweet words that forever will ring in my soul.
But, it was through the heart of our Ellie's painting that would offer many around the world comfort in years to come. Our Ellie's message was simple... Never give up hope, faith and love. Find the blessing in each day!
I am so very thankful to her for the glimpse of Heaven. It is with love I share her artwork with the world. There is significant beauty and a bit of Ellie in each of her pieces of artwork... As her spirit radiates through the colors and melody played between the brush strokes.
Over the past couple years, I have graduated and been board certified as a Christian Life Coach. My passion is to help others who are broken and in need of being "Lifted Up'... Offering support, love, faith, courage, strength and the inspiration to go forward in the face of darkness. My desire is to help others find the light and blessings in our brokenness... No matter the heartache or pain that remains.
My testimony is that in my life, after the tragic death of my first born daughter... My family can experience joy in the midst of the deepest ache and grief.
Ellie is always on my mind... I have not found it get's easier. It changes and through time. I have become stronger to carry it for longer periods of time. But when the waves crash and topple me down in tears - It is like yesterday that our Ellie was torn from my arms... It remains in many ways that raw.
I never have a moment not remembering that my sweet girl died and I can no longer hug her or kiss her cheeks a zillion times! The truth is that a huge part of me died on that day. I will be forever incomplete till we are together again. It is hard to explain... an emptiness, a hole, something so dark and deep it can never be filled.
But nonetheless, somehow through God, I can experience great joy, love and blessings. And should any of these parents ever be in need of someone who understands what it is like to lose a child... I want to be able to be there for them.
I don't know how or why God has put this on my heart with such passion - But if it truly is God's will... He will do the heavy lifting and set the path. Our God creates the momentum if it is truly what he is calling us to do. That I have learned over the years in learning to focus on him and move forward in baby steps.
Ohhh... how my heart aches! As no parent should ever have to say goodbye in such a horrific way to their dear child. It makes me literally sick. I have decided in light of yesterday's tragic events...
Team Potvin will be thankful to offer a "Christ"mas sale for people to join together to purchase Ellie's prints, note cards and "Specialize in Kindness" Buttons to raise money. A portion of these proceeds will work to support our efforts TOGETHER to gift these families (that lost a child, spouse or parent) with a framed Guardian Angel print from our Ellie.
To order a piece of Ellie's artwork please visit:
To make a donation to the cause please go to this website and click on donation button on right hand side - Thank you!
This world needs to be reminded of the beauty and love and kindness that can surround each and every one of us when we listen to our hearts. We must have faith and focus on the heavenly eternity that has no more pain.
Today... TRULY... the "Specialize in Being Kind" Ellie buttons have taken on a much greater meaning. This is so much bigger then Ellie or her story. It is a reminder for all of us to specialize in kindness each day.
This world needs to be lifted up. And each one of us are to do that. Together we must cling to each other and show each other love, hope, faith and courage. To share that message is our gift to God.
And lastly, we must hold on to our faith and belief in the blessings that can come through brokenness. As today, less than 2 1/2 years later our baby girl, Ava Shoal Potvin, will turn 1 years old on December 27th!
Together our growing family will celebrates Ava's 1st Christmas with her Big Sister, Amazing Grace, this holiday season.
At some point I will need to update you with our life. I have been to busy being or working to be in the moment! But I thank you for your continued support and prayers. Ava truly is our miracle, our love, our joy and our blessing through brokenness.
We are utterly completely smitten and in love with our precious baby girl sent as a gift from our Amazing God and Sweet Ellie in Heaven.
God Bless all you love in this world. Merry "Christ"mas!
Amy Potvin, CCLC
Certified Christian Life Coach
Faith Health and Healing LLC.
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Welcome Sweet Ava!
Written Dec 27, 2011 5:20pmI lay in my hospital bed typing on my iPhone ....
As I hold our sleeping precious bundle of incredible overwhelming LOVE.
Sweet AVA SHOAL POTVIN was welcomed into our arms at 8:06am this morning.
As tears spilled down my cheeks to hear the cry of life from our newborn baby daughter.
There is so much on my heart to write... But to be in this precious moment is more important.
Ava Shoal Potvin
Born -December 27, 2011
Time - 8:06am
Weight - 7 pounds 5 ounces
Length - 19 1/2 inches
Sweet fuzz of light brown hair with blue eyes! Plump and very alert :)
Thank you for your prayers!
Blessings to all you love in this world,