Remembering Adrian

“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.

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Remembering Ashton

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.

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Remembering Carter

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.

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Remembering Matthew

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.

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Remembering McKenzie

A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. But...there is no word for a parent who loses a child; that’s how awful the loss is. It would be much easier to deal with losing an arm, easier to lose both of your legs, even easier to live without your sight. Anything would be easier than living without your very own flesh and blood and the heart-beating life that you brought into this world. The immense pain of burying the child you labored and birthed is unimaginable. You gave birth to life as a promise to the future. This is the child you fed within your body and loved with your soul. This is the child who loved you with her whole heart and whom you loved with all of yours.

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Business person of the year

While she is a real estate powerhouse today, Renee Lossia Acho has not always been involved in this industry. In fact, Acho’s first career was in education. The lifelong Michigan resident graduated from Mercy High School and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. It was from there that Acho started her career in the Farmington School District, all the while working on her Master’s degree in education.

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Fighting for families

Congressman Sander Levin and his family have had a long-standing relationship with many members of the Chaldean community that spans decades. “In the late 1960s, my late-wife Vickie and I with our kids went on vacation with a Chaldean family and had an unbelievable time,” he recalled. “That same family insisted we have dinner with them. I have never had such warm reception which is more important than the food but the food was amazing; I wasn’t able to eat for a couple days. We became very close to the community. I have photos with various clergy that date back 50 years.”

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