My niece Danielle Renee Lemilliere was born on April 26, 1989. She was full of life, and would light up any room she entered. Nelly had a spark, a light, and there was just an incredible loving realness about her. Nelly's persona was the stuff of movies, where the beautiful woman enters a room and everyone stops and notices. She touched everyone she met in some lasting tangible way and she truly cared about everyone she came into contact with. If you were having a conversation with her, she made you the center of her undivided attention.
She deeply loved and was so devoted to her family and friends. She left behind her older sister Jennifer and a younger brother Garrett along with her parents Cheryl and Micheal. But the love of her life was her 2 year old nephew Jackson. She lived and breathed that child, he was the center of her universe.
She loved people, she loved country music, she loved to dance, to go muddin' and fishing and she always picked the horrible tasting jelly beans when doing the Bean Boozled challenge.
Our world has changed with her loss, the brightness has dimmed. We honor her memory with what she would want for us; to laugh, to love deeply and to enjoy life as she did. She may be gone from this Earth, but Nelly hasn't left us. She continues to touch our lives in many ways; with the blooming of her favorite flower a daisy, the flittering of a butterfly, little items that we find that remind us of her. Her love of people and most especially her family, paint a picture of her soul that made a lasting impression on so many for a lifetime.
As I read Carol's words and saw Nelly's pictures I felt that I really wanted to put all of my energy in capturing the "light" of hers the shined so brightly. Here is the bowl that I created in her memory...