I have been able to post a link on facebook to Prestin's slideshow and bulletin from last weekend's service. I can also email the information to whomever would like to see it. Unfortunatley, I can't post it here. I have sent many people an email with the information but I don't have email addresses for everyone or I may have neglected to send it to someone. If you haven't gotten it from facebook or received an email, please let me know what you email address is. You can leave a comment here or send me your email address to: email@example.com. I will then send the information to you. All the music is attached and we think it turned out pretty well. I hope you enjoy it as well.
Yesterday was Prestin's memorial service. We had quite a few people join us but a lot of friends and family weren't able to join us. I'll be posting photos on all of the sites and will also attempt to post the program for the service. It might be harder to post the slide show. Cheryl Boutwell is such a good friend. She, Connie and Jennie paid for the food that was served after the service. If that wasn't enough, Cheryl prepared all of the food with help by her sister Evelyn. They outdid themselves. Everyone that ate some of the food thought it was wonderful. We were able to get into the multi-purpose room at the school at noon to set up. Lots of people helped with that. Flowers were delivered, which were amazing. The King County Police Officers Guild sent us a display from Washington State. Stan and I had belonged to the guild when we worked for the KC Sheriff's Office. We got displays from Foothills Physical Therapy, where Prestin had received treatment, from our friends the Murphys and other friends and family. They were all so beautiful. We (McKala) set up a display of Prestin's favorite things for people to view and had a table for people to sign in and take a program. We had three large photos of Prestin or Prestin and others. Stan set up his laptop computer to show the slideshow presentation. After everyone was cleaned up and back at the school we (mostly Dana and Derick) met people as they arrived. Stan wanted to be the one to speak mostly at the service so he welcomed everyone and then spoke about Prestin. He did a very good job. The slideshow presentation was next. There was a little glitch. We ended up adding a fourth song to the presentation since we had more slides than music. For some reason during the show, the third song didn't play. No sound at all but the fourth song did come on so it ended well. The songs we chose were: 1. "I thank you child" by Zakk Wylde. 2. "See you again" by Carrie Underwood. 3. "Somewhere over the rainbow" by Iz. 4. To where you belong" by Josh Groban. The open mike session brought several people up to speak. These included Prestin's friends Cody and Austin's thoughts, Stan's sister TerryLee with a poem she partly wrote, Karen Winterstein who was Prestin's principal at Sunset Hills and Derick who presented such a brave message. One of the things that Stan, Prestin and I had done since we became a family in 2006 was to light a candle for those who had passed. This was first started for Prestin's mom Tara. During the service, Stan lit a candle for Prestin, which stayed lit until after the service was over. At the end of the slide presentation was another song, which was played toward the end of the service. The song was "Daning in the Sky", which was written by Dani and Lizzie. This song can be found on You Tube and has been posted on Facebook. Very touching. We completed the service with The Lord's Prayer. After the service was complete, people were able to visit and enjoy wonderful refreshments. A lot of Prestin 's school friends were present and it was really good to see and meet them. We had one more thing planned for the day. This involved a project that Prestin had been given by his Shadow Ridge architecture instructor Scott Thomas. All the students were to build a rocket from a kit. Dana had helped Prestin build his when Prestin wasn't feeling so well (Dana actually built it all, I think). It never was shot up in the air with the other students' rockets during last school year so we decided to do it after the service with Scott's assistance. We walked out to the side of the school and got set up. There was a bit of wind but the sun came out so everything was good. I ended up being the one that pushed the button to make the rocket launch. I didn't quite get the countdown instructions correct so pushed the button just after "5" instead of "1". The rocket went fine but most people didn't have their phone video recorders on. Luckily Scott brought a second device that goes back up into the rocket. This time the countdown went off without a hitch. Videos were taken of it and I even have one (thanks Michelle!). When that was done, we went back into the school to pack up everything. We went back to our house and relaxed with friends and family members. Stan and I were so grateful that many people could travel to be with us including my brother Phil and his family from Las Vegas, my brother Steve from the Seattle area, Stan's sister and husband TerryLee and Vaughn from San Diego, Dave and Jennie (who summer in the Seattle area), David from Alameda, Joe and Amber from the Reno are, Prestin's grandpa Scott and Heidi from San Jose and our friends Mark and Rita from the Seattle area. If I forgot someone, please forgive me. Someone that was missed was Prestin's sister Taylor. Due to circumstances beyond her control, Taylor wasn't able to fly in yesterday morning from Seattle. She really wanted to join us and we would have loved to have her be a part of Prestin's day. By the end of the day and into the evening, we were filled with love and memories of Prestin. We were also very tired. It was a long day filled with tears and smiles. Thank you to everyone who supported us along the way and making yesterday a special day.
I haven't posted anything lately as you are probably aware. We have been busy preparing for Sunday and also just dealing with other things. We are looking forward to seeing many family and friends over the next few days but there is a heaviness over us also. I think some of that will go away after the service. Prestin will always be with us in our hearts. It has been good to receive additional photos that we didn't have. Cindy is letting us use many of the pictures of Prestin when he was a baby and a child before he was a part of our family. My cousin Gary also sent photos to us of Prestin over the years as we celebrated many Thanksgivings with him and Allan. It was a positive experience for Stan and I to put the slide show presentation together. We also had to decide on which songs would go with the presentation. We picked three songs for that. We also have one special song that will be played at the end of the service that is especially touching. After the service, we will be serving food and beverages at the school. This will give time for people to visit. We will be setting up Prestin's table. This will have many items of Prestin's that people will be able to view. We also have something planned for after the service in the park nearby if the weather cooperates. As a reminder, the service will be held at Sunset Hills Elementary School (17825 W Sierra Montana Loop, Surprise) in the multi-purpose room on Sunday, September 8 at 2 pm. It will be good to see everyone that can attend. We will be attempting to make the slide show presentation available for people to view later also. Photos from the service will also be posted. Thank you for everyone's love and support. We have received so many beautiful cards. It is much appreciated!
Anyone who would like to attend the service is more than welcome. One of the comments was from a night nurse at PCH. We would be honored for anyone who cared for Prestin to join us. Thanks.
As anyone who has lost someone they lived with, there are plans that have to be made and "chores" that have to be completed. Most of Prestin's things are in boxes that we will need to go through to decide who will keep which item or it they will be donated. As soon as Stan makes if back from Seattle, we will do that. He is currently working security at the Sammamish Kennel Club dog show that we have worked in August for 15-20 years. I didn't go last year because Prestin was recovering from surgery and doing chemo. This year we didn't know what would be happening so Stan had already arranged for someone to help him, which means I was able to stay home. I have started putting together a slide show presentation for the service. Luckily we already had so many photos that we have posted on the website and facebook but I recently found more and received additional photos of Prestin from friends and family. I have a rough idea of how it will be organized but will need to be fine tuned once it gets initially set up. We will also play music with it. We have some ideas about that but if anyone has an idea for a song, let us know. I got a call today from the Neptune Society that Prestin's remains are ready for me to pick up. I will do that tomorrow morning. I understand that the container they have will fit inside the one we have. That will seem a little strange to be transporting Prestin in that fashion. Our friend Cheryl Boutwell will help us with food for after the service. Thanks Cheryl. We will be putting together a handout for the service for everyone to have. Since we have had to do this before several times, we are familiar with the routine. It still doesn't make it any easier of course. Everyone at home including Dana, Derick and McKala are still going through a lot of emotions so please keep them in your thoughts.
We are dealing with things and appreciate everyone's support. Some days are better than others. Going through Prestin's things in his room is a little tough especially when I come across something personal. Little at a time. We've been talking about the memorial service (Sunset Hills Elementary,09-08 at 2pm) but haven't gotten very far yet. We are going to have a time during the service to have those who would like to say a few words, to do so. Let us know if you would like to do that. We will be having a slide show of photos with music and have food at the end. We are still taking a head count so please let us know if you will be joining us. Moving on.
We will be having a memorial service for Prestin on 09-08 at 2 pm. It will be held at Sunset Hills Elementary School in Surprise by our house. It is located at 17825 W Sierra Montana Loop, Surprise, AZ 85388 We will be having some food afterwards. Please let us know how many people will be able to attend. Thanks.
First of all, we want to thank everyone for their acts of kindness and their thoughtful words during this difficult time. We appreciate everything! We are going to have some type of memorial service for Prestin here in Arizona but we don't have everything planned yet. After Prestin passed, he was transported to a mortuary in Tempe where he will be cremated. All of that takes a week to about 10 days because of the paperwork process. We don't have to rush so we can take our time to honor him. Stan has to go to Washington the weekend of August 23-25 and then Dana and Derick will both be out of town (Washington/Nebraska) Labor Day weekend. Because of that, we will try for Sept. 8th in the afternoon. That will be a Sunday, which should work for most of our family and friends here. We don't have a venue yet but we will be working on that. Everyone that has been following along on Prestin's journey knew him in their own way. That includes friends of Prestin's from school in Washington and Arizona, family members, friends or through someone else. When we started the Teamprestin.org website and the We 3 E's Facebook page, we did this as a convenience to get Prestin's story out there and for people to be able to follow along. When you have a personal Facebook page, which I also have, most people are selective as to who will be their friend. In the case of We 3 E's, any time someone wanted to be Prestin's friend, I always accepted their request. There have been times that I have not known who the person was but if they are interested in following along, we were glad to let them. We have had time to reflect on what has happened during the last 16 months and we will continue to do so. If anyone has a special photo of Prestin you would like us to consider putting in a slide show presentation during the memorial, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be more information as we go along but that is it for now. Thank you again.