Below is the email I just sent out. Tomorrow will be an emotional day. Larissa was going to take me to visit Allie and my father's grave tomorrow (you know how hard that is for me), but with her being gone, sweet Tracey has offered to take me. I need to go. I need to see my Allie and thank her for these past seven years. I need to thank her for the blessing she has given me. I don't know if I can do it alone.
I truly appreciate all your comments of support and love lately. Please know I read EVERYTHING. I'm holding up. I'm doing ok. I'm emotional but I laugh, smile, play with my girls, take deep breaths too. I'm making some new friends, meeting our neighbors while we play in the yard with the girls, and finding new experiences (Maggie and I gardened the other day! I've never gardened before! I'm taking myself to a movie tonight. Alone. For the first time in my life).
I'm moving forward as best as I can.
Dear Board, Advisory Board, Staff, and Leadership,
I can’t believe the time is really here. It seems like I was just announcing my news that I would be stepping down as the Executive Director in six months. Now, my last day as an employee for Heroes for Children is tomorrow.
It’s been an amazing journey with Heroes for Children. From sitting around Larissa’s kitchen table and Randal Locke initiating a vote for me to join Taylor’s Angels to where we are today, I’ve enjoyed it all. I’ve been challenged, encouraged, and supported throughout the years. Each day, Taylor and Allie’s memories have been here with me.
I want to sincerely thank you ALL for your involvement with Heroes for Children and your faith in our mission to serve the families. I appreciate your support in this new journey in my life as well. I have accepted a position as a French teacher for 7th and 8th grade. I’m replacing my mentor teacher from when I taught in the district seven years ago. I’m thrilled and very excited. I get the best of both worlds—continued involvement with HFC as a volunteer and board member AND the career I once loved so much!
You are all wonderful. A few quick specific thank yous—
HFC Staff—WOW!! You could not find a more dedicated group of women! Thank you for the hours of work you have done, the laughter you provide, and the friendship I will take with me for years to come.
To our original HFC board members Randal, Cheri, Allan, Cameron and Larissa—Can you believe where we are today?!?! Gosh, I remember us thinking we were big time when we opened this office in 2005 or pulled off the luncheon at Cameron’s with success! We would not be here today without you and the groundwork you laid down for this organization.
To Allan and Christie—I said it at my happy hour but I’ll say it again, there are no better travel companions than the two of you. Thank you for what you do for HFC, but most importantly, thank you for your friendship.
And finally, to Larissa—I don’t even know where to begin. You are my coworker, my friend, MY SISTER. Taylor has changed my life forever and I thank you more than I can ever fully express for the gift of sharing her life and legacy with me and Allie. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished and will continue to do because of our little girls. Thank you for everything. I’m always here and always your sister and friend. Love you so much, Lar!
Of course, as we all know, this is NOT a goodbye. You’ll see me very soon!
Love you all,