ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
ONE ON ONE
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted,” Matthew 5:4
As we honor mothers in the month of May, we asked some of our moms to share with us the stories of the children they have lost. It is with courage, they pen these pieces.
Ashton was a very happy, healthy, and vibrant 6-year-old boy. He loved to dance and sing and make everyone laugh. His favorite thing to do was be silly with his twin brother, Adam, and he idolized his older sister, Emily. He gave the BEST hugs and kisses and his smile would instantly light up a room. We should have known he was too special to stay on earth for too long.
The most difficult part of losing a child is the emptiness. Even though I was blessed with three other children, at the time I needed my baby in my arms. I couldn’t sleep for years haunted by the thought of never being able to hold my angel again.
Our daughter’s name is Lillian Rita Antiwan. She loved to dance, act silly, play with her older brother Anthony who she loved very much, play wrestle with her dad who was obsessed with her and most of all she loved to eat!
Born on March 28, 2005, my son Matthew Shounia was a healthy baby, which is why it came as a surprise to us when he got very sick. Shortly after becoming sick, he was diagnosed with Wilms, a rare childhood cancer.
Matthew never had any kidney issues and was born a perfect healthy baby boy. There really is no explanation as to how he got so sick, so fast.
A child is a precious gift from God. As a mother you will do anything and everything for your precious children. When they are sick you try to make them feel better; when they are sad you want to make them happy; when they are in pain you want to take their pain away. You will do everything to protect your children.
ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
University of Michigan’s Chaldean American Student Association (CASA) chapter hosted their tenth annual Live From Babylon Event on March 9 at BTB Cantina in Ann Arbor. Each year the CASA board chooses a charity as the beneficiary. This year, CASA chose to honor CODE Legal Aid for their work with the deportation crisis. Raising more than $13,000, CASA surpassed their initial goal of $10,000, making this year’s event the most successful to date.
The Chaldean Iraqi American Association of Michigan honored Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim on November 30 at a dinner at Shenandoah Country Club. More than 600 people were in attendance as Bishop Ibrahim was honored for his moral, spiritual and financial support of Shenandoah throughout its history but most especially during the difficult economic times.