Friday, May 10, 2013

Remembering Jessica

Today is Jessica Rekos' 7th birthday. I've done several of these memorial posts now and I've read about each child. I've learned about their lives and their interests and what they loved... and little Jessica seemed to hit me the hardest of all so far. I'm not sure why. Each child has something so special, each child has something that I try to remember about them... their smile... their passion, even at 6 years old... but maybe it's just today.

Anyway, Jessica is the daughter of Richard and Krista Rekos. She has two baby brothers, Travis and Shane, who she loved dearly. Jessica was known for leaving little notes hidden around the house, sometimes just saying, "I love you so much." Her mom said they were still finding them weeks after she was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

Jessica adored horses. Her love for them came only second to her new found love of orcas inspired by the movie "Free Willy". After visiting Cape Code with her family, Jessica's love for orca whales grew, and last weekend, her mom and dad ran the 2013 Ragnar Relay on Cape Cod in Jessica's Memory.

If you would like to keep up with Jessica's family and help honor her memory, you can find her Facebook page here. The family also suggests donating stuffed horses to the police department for children in Jessica's memory. They talk more about that here. Jessica will live on through her family and through those who remember her...

Happy 7th Birthday, Jessica! We will never forget...

2 comments :

m&msmommy said...

Each time you post about these children it makes my heart break a little more, but also makes me smile because I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you are remembering them (which makes me remember them) Not that anyone could forget but I know many of us (myself included) are guilty of changing after Sandy Hook (in the way we parent, the way we treat others, etc.) and then you just fall back into your old ways. Thank you for reminding me that these babies lives were not taken in vain, and we need to remember them daily!

Happy Birthday sweet Jessica! :)

Anne B. said...

Precious little girl....such a sweet spirit...what a gift she left with her little notes.....bittersweet for her parents for sure. Happy Birthday Jessica....we will ALWAYS remember.((((BIG HUGS))))