A Different Noel

I know we all get wrapped up in the hustle-bustle of the holidays. It’s easy to do, with all that needs to be done, after all. But I wanted to take a moment and remember a Noelle that I always think about and remember, especially this time of year. Noelle is the beautiful daughter of a dear friend of mine, who passed away, seven years ago today. She was four years old.

Noelle loved to dance to ABBA’s, “Dancing Queen”.

She loved books, puzzles and Ariel.

She loved her family.

I called her mom this morning, and we talked about not giving this day any more power than necessary, and not dwelling on this day. So, in the hustle bustle of the season, stop and remember that there are people among you that are bearing these crosses daily. Be kind. Be thoughtful. Be genuine.

I have done some random acts of kindness in memory of Noelle. Maybe you could too. To take back this day, and give it a different kind of power.

Noelle’s parents have established a foundation in her memory, and are close to raising $150,000 to date. You can read about Noelle, and how those donations have been put to good use.  They have donated it to wonderful organizations like Make-A-Wish, and do amazing things to keep her spirit alive.


Please keep all of them in your hearts, and share some random acts of kindness in Noelle’s name today.


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    November 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing this story & the reminder of how important it is to be kind…what a strong family to go on and do good for others in their daughters memory…what a beautiful little girl…xo, Mariaelena

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    November 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    so sad when such a young soul is taken. My best friends daughter is named Noelle…such a beautiful name!

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    November 30, 2011 at 2:03 am

    What a beautiful little girl…she must have been such a blessing to her family. Your message reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

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    November 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Jenny, what a beautiful little girl and I love the idea of giving this day a different kind of power. I am vowing to do a few random acts of kindness today in Noelle's honor. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    November 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    They are in my prayers today. Even years later, the pain must be devastating to lose a child.

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