Thanksgiving Traditions

ThankfulThis morning our girls, Madison & Mackenzie, woke up with pure excitement to see if our Elf on the Shelf, “Frankie”, had come back to us from the North Pole as he usually does each year on Thanksgiving Day. I love how excited they were as they raced around the house to find Frankie, yes, even Mady still believes in the magic of the season! We snuggle up and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, anxiously waiting for Santa to show up and our holiday season is officially in full swing! Building traditions is so important to me, and today I got to witness how truly important it is to them too!

We will spend our afternoon with family and friends, eating, drinking, laughing and cherishing our time together. I hope that today, your day is full of traditions, love and laughter… building memories and enjoying all of your blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving!

1st Annual Vicki Lynne Memorial Scholarship

What an incredible month it has been since we kicked off our fundraising efforts to help support the 1st Annual Vicki Lynne Memorial Scholarship!

For many years our family has wanted to do a scholarship at Flowing Wells High School in memory of Vicki and when we realized this year would mark what would have been Vicki’s 20th High School Reunion, we began to plan to make it happen.

Then Beth Moller, an Independent Silpada Respresentative, and one of my very best friends since the 8th grade, approached me about doing a joint fundraising effort with her company. I don’t think either one of us had any idea what an amazing journey this would be!!

As I said, Beth has been one of my best friends since the 8th grade. When her family moved to Tucson from Wisconsin, it wasn’t long after the kidnapping and murder of my sis, Vicki Lynne. She, like countless other friends who were students in our small Flowing Wells Community, walked this very personal journey with me. Our perspective and life was altered through this very tragic crime, and for Beth, wanting to be a part of making this scholarship happen was deeply imbedded in her heart.

In just under a month we raised double our original goal. And, I do not know the time or tears that Beth poured into this effort but I am so incredibly grateful for her love, passion and long time friendship! Love you to the moon Beth!

And, thank you to all those who supported this effort! It is amazing and humbling that after all these years, our family continues to be so blessed with love and support.  I believe if I named each individual who this story continues to touch I could fill a best selling book!

The recipient of the 1st Annual Vicki Lynne Memorial Scholarship at Flowing Wells High School will be presented tonight, May 6th 2014.

I know that I speak not only for myself, my family, and Beth, but for all those that supported this effort that we wish all the best to the young woman who is awarded this scholarship. And, we hope that you know that YOU were chosen to receive this not only because of your academic accomplishments but because of your passion to follow your dreams in music, your optimistic spirit, your genuine kindness to others and how you strive everyday to make such a positive impact on the lives of those you meet! It gives us great honor to give this gift to help you follow your dreams!

Our family will continue to support the students of Flowing Wells High School with the annual Vicki Lynne Memorial Scholarship in years to come! We are thrilled to support and give back to the students of our community!

Vicki Lynne Hoskinson, first day of 3rd grade, Homer Davis Elementary School, August 20, 1984

Vicki Lynne Hoskinson, first day of 3rd grade, Homer Davis Elementary School, August 20, 1984