Congratulations to the Phillips Family!
Thank you to everyone for your nominations. I am very excited to announce that the Phillips family of Peterboro, NY has been selected as the winner!! Shanelle Phillips was nominated by her sister Star Popek Reed of Las Vegas, NV. I am very excited to share Star's kind nomination letter below.
First of all I think it is wonderful that you are doing this and second, I would like to nominate my sister, Shanelle Phillips, and her beautiful family.
Shanelle has had quite the year. Last fall she was in the process of having her now four year old son Gavin evaluated. He did not seem to be progressing at a normal rate and she was concerned that his verbal and fine motor skills were not where they should be. Then the day before Halloween Gavin had his first of a series of seizures and has since been diagnosed with epilepsy. He has been on a series of medications that have kept the seizures at bay but for a parent I'm sure it's terrifying on a daily basis. A week after his first seizure she found out that she was pregnant! Of course a blessing but my sister's plate was already overflowing. Beautiful baby Bella was born on the 4th of July and Gavin was enrolled in Stockbridge's special education preschool this fall and is doing great. Yeah!! Throughout all of this my sister has never once held a pity party for herself- she has pulled up her bootstraps and forged on, shoulders back, head held high, and continues to be a wonderful and supportive mother and wife. She has done this without much of a support system as myself and parents are thousands of miles away.
At this time, her and her husband cannot afford to have family pictures taken but I know that they would appreciate and treasure them forever! Please consider Shanelle and her family for this as they are so worthy!
Thank you for doing this Katie, regardless if my sister is chosen it's such an awesome gesture! Take care, have a wonderful Christmas!