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Thursday, September 18, 2008

NIE Auction is OVER!

It's been a wild ride. Thank you for all your donations, bids, payments! We raised $3140 for the Nie Family. If you won an auction and still need to pay. Please pay via paypal to nieniefund@gmail.com then please send me a copy of the receipt. krjdemmon@comcast.net That should at least pay for a mortgage for one month with a little left to pay some utilities. Hopefully that can help ease their mind a bit so they can focus on healing for those babies and each other.
Finishing this auction and helping this family is helping distract me from losing a dear friend yesterday to Burkits Lymphoma. My friend Tamra has 5 children. She went through a stem cell transplant in the spring. It was her last chance at beating this. She was doing well. She passed in her sleep while her children were at school. I ache for her son who is my son's age. They played on several sports teams together. I ache for her other children and husband who adored her. I ache for her grandchildren. Cancer sucks.

Give me a couple of days to recover from the auction and this news. I'll be back. Blogging is good therapy.

Thank you everyone.

45 comments:

Jessica Leman said...

Thanks for all that you did. I am positive that it was ALOT of work for you. I just got up off of my knees in prayer for your dear friend, Tamra. My heart hurts so much for those children.

Momma to Bug said...

You are truly an AMAZING person for all that you have done for NieNie family in spite of tragedy that is happening so close to your family. I am in AWE of you! GREAT job!

Lovin' Life said...

Wow! That is awesome! Great job!!!!! Thanks for all of your hard work!!!!! You should be SO VERY proud of yourself! You made a difference in their lives without even knowing them!

Smiles,
Jen

Jen r. said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend Kim. My heart just aches for that family as well, and it's hard to lose a friend for you. You and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.
What a great thing for the Nie family. I am glad you decided to do this.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Kim, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and for the loss her family is having to face. That is such sad news, and yes, cancer sucks!!!

Congrats on the auction!! That is just wonderful for you to do this for Nie and her family. Isn't the blogging community amazing? I have met so many lovely people this past year. You are right, it is a good stress reliever and a way to add sunshine to our lives.

hugs to you,
Becky

Lacy said...

Praying for your healing and the family of Tamera. So sorry and truly sad for those precious babies.

Mrs. B said...

Kim, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, and so so very sorry for her family and those poor children. That's just so sad.

Amy from Texas said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. What a tragedy. Cancer does suck.

You did a wonderful thing by helping raise money for Nie. You deserve a big break and a big cry.

NancyJones said...

(((kim))) That is amazing. Im so happy you did that for them!
Im so sorry about your freind YES cancer SUCKS. In case I havent told you lately I love ya to pieces. Missyou and HUGSSS my friend!!

katemeri said...

You did such an amazing job and you are a wonderful person!

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I lost my Dad to cancer last year - yes, it sucks!

Take some time for yourself - you most definitely deserve it. Big hugs to you and God bless you!

samgramof8 said...

Sweet, sweet, Kim----you are a saint. Yes, a BIg crown is in order with GIANT jewels! Your tender heart must be so confused....proud of the phenomenal
job you did with the auction but saddened by the loss of your friend. I know first hand at how much cancer sucks. We will miss you but please do take some time for yourself and your family. God bless you.

Desperate Diva said...

Bless your BIG heart. Kim, you have done an amazing job and deserve to be rewarded. Instead, you're dealing with your own grief right now. I'm so very sorry about your friend. I'ts so sad. You are all in my prayers.
I'm sure the Nie family will benefit greatly from all you did. Without YOUR efforts, this would have never taken place.
Thank you Kim,
BIG hugs to you,
Dianne

Jennie said...

WOW! You did an amazing thing with this auction, and we are so blessed that you let us be a part of it! And cancer does suck, big time. I'll definitely be saying a prayer for the family as soon as I finish typing this.

Kathleen Grace said...

Dear Kim, I am so sorry to hear baout your loss. I will add the family to my prayer list. You did a great thing with this auction. Way to go!

Kathleen Grace said...

Dear Kim, I am so sorry to hear baout your loss. I will add the family to my prayer list. You did a great thing with this auction. Way to go!

ger chouinard said...

prayers, prayers, prayers for Tamra's family. Cancer does suck, no words to make it hurt any less ... Kim, YOU did an incredible job for Nie Recovery and made a big difference in so many of our lives by allowing us to serve. Now snuggle up with YOUR family and take a well deserved rest! I know you'll be back soon ... making a difference! prayers for blessings your way! xo

aimee said...

Prayers being said for your dear friend and everyone that loves her. I'm so sorry.

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Kim...thanks for all your efforts for this auction. Wow...so much work! I know this will be helpful. I am so sorry for your loss. Cancer does suck and your friend and her family are in my prayers.

Lauri said...

Such hard work for you and a great cause! While happy for that, I am indeed very sad for the loss of your friend.

beki said...

That is so incredibly awesome!!

Lorie said...

That is amazing. What a great group of ladies!

Meg said...

{{{{HUGS to YOU}}}} I have never met you... but you are a WONDEFUL person... I was just blog hopping from one blog to another thru links on others pages... When I read this posting... my heart dropped... when I saw Burkit's Lymphoma...my son at the age of 24 was diagnosed with it... luckily he is still around!! God Bless you and your friends family...
Meg in MO

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Kim, I'm so sorry about Tamra. My heart breaks for her family and her friends. Sending prayers for them.
xo Lidy
ps. what a wonderful auction you put together, I'm sorry I missed it.
God bless you, girl!

Bella Blogger said...

Kim, So sorry to hear about your friend. Makes me feel a bit humbled and blessed for my family just a little more today.
Thanks so much for your HARD work and time (I know it was a lot) for such a great cause. You did AWESOME.
Give yourself a HUGE pat on the back, take some time with your family, and to grieve your friend.
Thanks again.
Michelle
Shabby Creations

Joy Zaczyk said...

Kim, I am so sorry to hear of your friend's passing.

I just want to say thanks so much for all of the hard work you did. I don't think any one of us realizes how much blood, sweat and tears you put into hosting these auctions. You have my utmost respect girl.

God Bless,

Joy
xo

emily said...

thinking of you and wishing you (and your sweet friend's family) a measure of peace... Hang in there.

The Dillon 6 said...

cancer DOES suck! My sister in law lost her battle to hodgkins lymphoma on Wednesday morning. her daughter will marry at the end of December and her 16 year old son will be without her, too. Cancer Sucks.

Korie B. said...

Kim,
You've absolutely blown me away. I can't believe you were able to raise this much money for Stephanie & Christian. Oh my holy cow!
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your family friend. Hold your family tight tonight.

Little Birdie Secrets said...

That's so GREAT...you are so inspiring

mo said...

I am so so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Plain and simple, losing a loved one is never easy and I am sorry to hear you have to be in that spot right now. I was also so inspired to hear what all of your efforts have reaped for that wonderful family. It certainly will help and you should feel really good that you so successfully facilitated all of that. Well done!

Tina said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend. There are no words or no bandaids big enough to ease your pain or this family's. I pray for your comfort and their healing hearts.
Thanks again for your hard work.
Tina

Good N Crazy said...

You rock, you're awesome, and do you even 'know' the Nielson family?

Cool, either way.

Was too slow and too busy to get my crap together...for one of my bags?

Think in a month they will still want my donation/and or money?

I'm sorry for your friend. Glad you have the blogging world? I moved and it didn't seem so bad cuz I had all of you!

dubuhdudesigns said...

This is great news. I was just telling someone yesterday I cant imagine what that would be like having such life threatening accident and mounting bills and not being able to see my child. It's so nice to see people come together and help out:)
My condolences regarding your friend. Cancer does suck. It took the three most important women in my husband's life in a five year time period.Sending positive thoughts to your friend's family and friends.
~Christine

LivingTheLife said...

First...YOU are the one who deserves the Thanks and Praise...w/o you spear-heading this none of us could have managed to help out in such a way as we were able to. Thanks to you and for all the talented people out here that gave so generously of their time and talents. YOU ROCK...Miss Kim!

I was sorry to read about your friend Tamra and the heartache her family will face in the coming months. Please know that I will keep her family and yours in my prayers.

Blessings...
Teresa

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I am so sorry Kim..just so sorry. Blessings, cherry

laurie said...

Sending hugs your way...am so sorry about your friend. Cancer majorily sucks.

Great job on the auction, You should BE SO PROUD of bringing the blogging community together. You totally rocked that auction!

Laura said...

Great job, Kim! You should be very proud of yourself for all the work you did! Thanks to all those who donated such great items!

the undomesticated wife said...

Wonderful job everyone!

Jessica K. said...

Kim, so sorry to hear about your friend. Just know that the hard work you did for the auction will help a family so much right now.

* TONYA * said...

WOW! That is fantastic. Well done.

Saucy said...

Congrats Kim and thank you for all of this hard work... I know how much organization it took and what a time-sucker it was for you! There is a special place in heaven just for you, next to a laptop and a box of chocolates.

Susan said...

What an amazing total! You should be very proud of everything you did for the Nie Family!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Sorry for such sad news! I pray that your friend's family is doing well, and that you are also comforted in this loss. You are a gem for having hosted all these auctions!

Karin said...

Kim....I'm so sorry to hear that. Big hugs to you! You did a great job with this auction....Congratulations :) Just let me know who I need to send the bracelet and earring to and I will get them in the mail pronto.....Karin

Amy Jo said...

Awewsome job with the auctions! I'm sure it was a full time job keeping everything straight.