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Nicholas was born to Jim and Joni on January 12, 1998, the 11th child of our proud family and the only one affected with left unilateral cleft lip and pre palate, possibly sub mucosa, defect. He will need a bone graft, full rhinoplasty, and "touch up" repair.
Nick at 3 months, 1 day before repair.
We took Nick to all the brother's and sister's classroom's at our Catholic elementary school and explained the causes, genetics and emotional aspects of the cleft affected family. The children in the classrooms were so extremely delighted with the knowledge that they received, and were so relieved to learn the details of cleft affected family's, that they turned the fear and ignorance into joy and prayer for Nick by writing many prayers for his successful surgeries. They gave these written prayers to us and we have kept them in his baby book! The children actually "fought" over who could hold and kiss our precious little Nick!
|Nick at 11 months.
Nick's siblings...all 10 of them!
Nick's parents, Jim and Joni
In memory of Joni ~ April 24, 1999
You spent your life here on earth committed to making this world a better place. Rest in peace, Joni.
Terry posted this on CT...I thought it was appropriate for Joni.
Mothers Never Die -- They Just Keep House Up in the Sky
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