Tuesday, September 08, 2015

A letter of thank you to our community

Dear Friends & Family,
I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how truly grateful I am for your prayers and support over the last year. September 9 marks the 1-year anniversary of Ericlee’s graduation to heaven. In many ways, it feels like a lifetime ago for me. Over the last year I have experienced God’s faithfulness and provision in so many areas.
A year ago, I was struggling financially and wondering how I might cover upwards of $75,000 in medical expenses and continue to support my three daughters. Through the help of a local lawyer helping me negotiate many bills and the unbelievable generosity of many of you, we have completely paid off those bills and today I am debt-free. God has provided for me on a monthly basis through social security for all four of us and a part-time job teaching at California State University, Fresno.
The most exciting news is that I just got engaged. Shawn Young and I will be getting married on January 16, 2016. For those who don’t know Shawn, we have been good friends for 15 years now. I met him on my very first mission trip to Haiti with EvFree Church. Ericlee and I became close friends with him at that time, and Shawn has faithfully supported our non-profit work in Haiti through the years. Shawn lived in Maryland for the last 9 years, but through God’s perfect timing he moved back to California in November to be closer to his family and take a job at UCLA. We reconnected at that time and God has woven together our stories in a surprising way! My girls and family adore him and look forward to having him in the family. My mother-in-law, Christene, adopted Shawn as her “second son” years ago. This is truly beauty rising from the ashes.
Shawn recently accepted a full-time job with RB Capital Management in Fresno and plans to move here in the next few months. We appreciate your prayers as we prepare for the wedding!
For His Glory,
with Meilani, Giada & Zayla 
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my GLORY may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD, my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”
~Psalm 30:10-11

1 comment:

Heather Alemania said...

Hi. This is Heather Alemania. My daughter, Elise and I just saw you at Valley Life Charter School in Visalia. We purchased your darling book and traded stories about Lolo and Filipino food. I did not make the connection until I got in the car and told my husband about the PayPal account that we had discussed. When he told me that you were married to Ericlee, and putting the faces of your beautiful daughters with the names, I broke down. It was very painful for us, when we heard of Ericlee's, as you so aptly put it, "graduation into Heaven." Danny, my husband, went to Fresno Pacific College, as well as Fresno Christian and EV Free with Ericlee and highly respected him.

I appreciated your presentation so much! I am very happy to hear about the wonderful things transpiring in your life. May God bless you as you enter this new phase of life!

In Christ,
Heather Alemania