Ethan & Grandpa John

A time for tears, a time for laughter

Turning a Day of Sorrow Into a Day of Kindness

Three years. How can it be? On the first anniversary we released balloons from a mountain top in memory of our son. I had a beer to remember John. We spent the second anniversary at a lake where we had shared wonderful memories with our son. We later ate pizza, and yes, I had another beer in memory of John. This year, we’ve decided to do something different. It’s an idea from the MISS Foundation. Instead of spending the day in mourning, we want to spread joy and happiness to others. A little kindness goes a long way. It will certainly make our hearts lighter.

We’d like to invite anyone who wants to remember Ethan and John to participate in the Kindness Project. MISS has some ideas on their websites. They even have free memorial cards that can be printed and handed to those you help. I truly can’t think of a better way to show our love for Ethan and John than to share it with others. So, on July 27, the day after the third anniversary of their death, please help us spread some kindness in the world!


July 21, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,


  1. The amplified sorrow of your story and how it has swiveled around towards kindness is a very loving and encouraging tribute. I pray that I am able to model this purpose in my own journey.

    Thank You and God bless,

    Comment by Michael Cartwright | July 22, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you Michael. I will keep you and your family in my heart and prayers as you navigate this difficult road.

      Comment by lwann | July 22, 2011 | Reply

  2. I’m just a reader on the fringes, but my thoughts and love are still with you and your family. I often think of all your beautiful stories of Ethan.

    Comment by Jill | June 20, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you Jill.

      Comment by lwann | June 24, 2013 | Reply

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