Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thank You Jacob’s Ranch 2nd Ward

Today a friend delivered a beautiful basket of books along with a beautiful plague and some oranges for the book drive and our family.

I just wanted to make sure I send out a big thank you. I’ve added your books to the goal thermometer.

JR2 Books (Medium)JR2 plague (Medium)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Almost 200 Books Delivered

A great big thank you to all of you who helped Anne Marie collect the 192 books she and her friend dropped off this morning. Also thank you to a very good friend who donated $75 to buy books that we do not get donated. When money is donated I can buy new books that are popular at the time and that many people may not be willing to part with just yet. Last year I purchased several classics and then some new young adult books like the Twilight  Series and  the Fable Haven books. We are now up to 475 books. We still have a long way to go but we are making progress.
THANK YOU,
FROM SAVILLE FAMILY AND CHILDREN ALL OVER.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Published..

I was excited to receive in the mail a copy of the article I wrote about Books From Gabriel the other day. The Idaho State Journal graciously published an article about the book drive now for the 2nd time. They published an article last December and now again November 13th. I’m so thankful for their willingness to help in this effort. It’s also exciting to have something I have written with so much love published, even if it is just in a local newspaper.

THANK YOU! IDAHO STATE JOURNAL!!

Go here to read what the article said.

2011 Journal Article (Medium)2011 & 2010 Journal Articles (Medium)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thank You Anne Marie

Today my heart and soul was touched. Today we had our first box of books delivered to us at our home here in Saratoga Springs. I truly believed that because we are so new to this area and no one knew our Gabie that the Book Drive would go unnoticed and I’d have to really try very hard to get people to want to help. Within the last week I have been proven wrong in thinking this.

Starting with Sunday, my Relief Society President asked me to tell the ladies about Books From Gabriel. I was so nervous I couldn’t quit shaking. I talk about Gabie all the time and to complete strangers but to be up in front of these new Ward Sisters and tell them about my son who none of them ever knew existed was much harder than I would’ve anticipated. I received such a warm and welcome response from them all. They were all touched by my Angel Gabriel. As soon as our lesson was over several ladies asked me for more information about the book drive.

On Wednesday I posted some information for the ladies of Jacob’s Ranch 2nd Ward about the book drive on this blog and then added a link to it on Facebook. Right away I noticed the link had been shared by one of those ladies. It made me happy to see someone else interested in our book drive and trying to share it.

Today I received a message from a total stranger who lives in Lehi. She said she had saw the link shared by her friend on Facebook. She said she had books she wanted to donate and asked for directions to our home. I was thrilled and didn’t look at my messages again. David, Katie and I were watching Bones when someone knocked on the door. When I opened it this sweet lady was standing there with a box of books. We gave introductions and visited a minute. She conveyed how Gabriel’s story had touched her heart and she was happy to help with the book drive. I hope I was able to express my overwhelming gratitude for someone here in our new area wanting to help us. I felt my throat tighten as she gave me a hug and I knew my emotions were on the edge of really showing. This act of generosity from Anne Marie has greatly touched my heart. As she left I went back into the family room sat down and started to sob on David’s shoulder. He always hugs me and then kindly laughs at me for all my crazy emotions. He always makes me feel better.  I believe the kicker was when she told me that my Gabe was such a beautiful boy, and when I shared that with David I couldn’t hold back the tears. I’m so happy that Gabie is still living on through us and that he will be known. Until you loose a child you’ll never know how much that means to a mother.  So again I say Thank You to Anne Marie and thank you to all of those wonderful people who I know are going to help us. My Heavenly Father reminds me continually that he is aware of my fears and is always sending those earthly angels my way. I don’t believe they’ll ever understand how much their acts of kindness mean to me.

So to continue on a bit more, I counted the donated books and I’ll be adding another 38 books to our goal thermometer. As I looked through the books this one caught my eye.

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I don’t know why I had to read it but I did. Every page has a picture of a different mother and baby animal on it and as I read these lines I could feel my Gabriel under my lips. I haven’t had an experience like that for I very long time and although it caused tears to flow again, they were tears of joys for those sweet simple memories.

Mommy’s Best Kisses by Margaret Anastas

I kiss your small hands as you reach for my face.
I kiss your sweet neck- it’s my favorite place.
I kiss your five fingers that squeeze mine so tight.
I kiss your strong arms and you squeal with delight.
I kiss your plump tummy as round as can be.
I kiss your belly button as you grin up at me.
I kiss your pink knees while you laugh and you wiggle.
I kiss your ten toes and you let out a giggle!
I kiss your wee nose as you smile playfully.
I kiss your rosy cheeks and you gurgle with glee.
I kiss your soft hair on your sleepy head.
I kiss your drowsy eyes as I put you to bed.
I kiss your dear face and I whisper good night.
I blow one last kiss while I turn out the light.
So tonight when you sleep dream of kisses times ten.
And tomorrow we’ll start all over again!

I can’t wait for my tomorrow with my sweet Gabie Baby.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Information for the Jacob’s Ranch 2nd Ward

Starting November 21, 2011 - Ending January 23, 2012

Accepting New and Like New Children’s Book Donations

to be given to patients on the pediatric floors of
Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello ID,
Bingham Memorial in Blackfoot ID &
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls ID.

If we receive enough book donations in Utah we will also contact the American Fork Hospital’s pediatric floor.

Sister Wendy Johnson has new children’s books 60% to 75% off retail at her store, Cheaper Keepers (767 S. Auto Mall Drive #15) in American Fork.

Directions are:

Get off exit 276 (5th East American Fork eixt) and head towards the lake. We are the 1st right after you get off or over the highway. There you should see our sign. Go about 1/2 mile and we are at the end of the 2 large buildings on the right. Again there should be signs to follow.

If you’d like to purchase books from Cheaper Keepers for the book drive Wendy said she’s sure the Owner would offer a 10% discount for anyone who says they are buying books for Books From Gabriel.

Thank You Wendy for your help!

Books can be dropped off to my Home at 2548 S. Delphinium Way Or you can call me at 208-251-1362.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Books From Gabe via Scholastic & Aunt Kayla

Books From Gabe- Scholastic Online Ordering 0ption

As Gabe’s aunt, and a teacher I thank you for finding it in your heart to contribute to such a wonderful cause. I have set up an account through Scholastic that allows anybody to easily contribute books. All you need to do is follow the steps below to place an order. The books will then be shipped to my classroom and I will get them to David and Amy to be delivered to thankful families on Gabe’s birthday. What is really great is that we earn a FREE book for the book drive every time an order is placed online. This means that if you order only one book, two get donated for Gabe.
Here's how it works:

  • SIGN UP at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs. On the parent page, click the "Register" button in the "First Time Here?" section. Register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code GR8N4. This unique code ensures that your order is sent to me.
  • SELECT the books you'd like to order.
  • SEND your order to me online by the due date (depends on the catalog you are ordering from) and the books will be delivered directly to my classroom.

Ordering through Scholastic online is fast, easy, and secure. You may email me with any questions at saville.kayla@meridianschools.org.
Thank you so much,

The Saville Family

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Article by Sarah L. Saville

My niece wrote this article for her Highland High School Journalism class. It was good enough that is was chosen to be published on the National High School Journalism website. We are very proud of her!

http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/schoolid/2554/articleid/464892/newspaperid/2559/Books_From_Gabe_One_Year_Later.aspx

This is the article for the Idaho State Journal

Gabriel Grant Saville was born into our family on January 26, 2009. Gabe was our fifth child, second son. Gabe was 8lbs 2oz. and was in perfect health.

Gabe was just like any other child his age hitting all the normal milestones and always passing his well baby checks with flying colors. Gabe was a very happy boy. We loved having him in our family and enjoyed every minute we were able to spend with him.

clip_image002On Saturday, July 10, we planned on spending the day like any other regular Saturday. We ran a few errands, played outside in the water and just spent time together. Saturday evening David and I were downstairs with the 3 oldest playing some Lego Harry Potter on the XBOX and Gabe and Isaac were watching a movie upstairs like they did all the time. Isaac came downstairs and said, “Mom, Gabie is dead.” I, of course, first thought because Isaac was a 4 year old, he was just being silly but decided to go check on Gabie anyway. Our nightmare began. I found Gabe in the bedroom with blue lips. I immediately called for David who knew something was wrong and called 911. We started CPR and the ambulance got there very fast. We had a 3 minute ride to the ER and then 45 minutes of the scariest waiting of my life. After 45 minutes of CPR and adrenaline shots, the doctors and nurses of the ER got his heartbeat back. He was then taken to have a CT Scan done and moved into the PICU. The doctor on call then informed us that Gabe had massive swelling of the brain from lack of oxygen and blood flow for so long. The next 48 to 72 hours were critical. On Monday, July 12, 2010, after many tests and waiting for some sign of brain activity, they declared Gabriel brain dead. This has truly been the hardest thing our family has ever had to handle.

We are coming up on the holidays again and Gabriel’s 3rd birthday, and we are saddened to not have him here with us. Last year we decided to start a tradition in his memory. We want to put our hearts and minds in the right place through the holiday season and give back in his name on his birthday. Gabriel loved looking at books. Sometimes I’d find him sitting quietly in the front room just looking through his many board books. He especially loved the board books with the textured surfaces on each page.

We would like to ask for help collecting books for all ages of children. They will be donated to Portnuef Medical Center, Bingham Memorial & Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center ‘s Pediatric Floors on January 26, 2012 in memory of Gabriel. We will start collecting books on Monday, November 21, 2011 and would love to have them all collected by January 25, 2012. We’d like to give a big thanks to the businesses who have offered to be drop off points, Idaho State Journal for helping us spread the word, and Nitro Graphics for printing and donating flyers for Sonic Drive-in and Honks One Dollar to send out with their customers.

We have several drop off places for your convenience.

· Farm Bureau office 301 S. 4th Ave. & 275 Tierra Dr.

· Sonic Drive In 710 Yellowstone Ave. (Bring in a children’s new or like new book and get a free drink)

· Honks Dollar Store 720 Yellowstone

· Highland High School 1800 Bench Rd.

· Stalker Elementary (in library) 991 W. Center St. Blackfoot

· Stoddard Elementary (in library) 460 York Dr. Blackfoot

The children who are at Portnuef Medical, Bingham Memorial & Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center will love to have these books as they spend time on the pediatric floors getting well. Just one of the amazing nurses at Portneuf Medical commented on how books from Gabriel has been helpful to patients of the pediatric floor. Shaunna Kramer says, “Every time I see a child's face light up after being gifted a book I think of Gabe and your family! I tell them it's from a special patient of mine that had a giving spirit! From a frantic mom being offered a moment of a nightly ritual, to a child being distracted away from a treatment there are many stories I can tell! What a precious gift of healing, books are! Entertaining, bonding, distracting, a getaway to their imagination! I had a teenage patient who had been in the hospital for a few days! She was nauseated and didn't want the TV on. So her mom read her to sleep with one of Gabes books! Her mom said that she hadn't done that since her daughter was little! It was sweet and I don't think it would have happened if there wasn't a book on hand! I gave a toddler "Goodnight Moon" (one of my very favorites), he took it to bed with him in the crib! I re-use the "Find Waldo" books for school aged children because it is very distracting and helps pass time! A lot of times parents do not know they are going to be admitted or are in such a rush to get their children to the hospital that they do not get to bring items from home! So offering them a book helps get the children settled and assists with keeping the nightly routine! I gave a book to one of our chronic babies and was pleased to see that on their return visit it was packed snug in the diaper bag with the edges worn!” Last year the book drive was great success and we would like to increase the number of donated books this year. We received 1500 books last year, which was more than we ever dreamed we would receive. This year we would like to invite you to help us reach our goal of 2000 new or like new books.

We are so grateful to all of you who are able to help with our birthday gift to Gabe by giving books to those children who are struggling with their own battles.
If you’d like more information about our family and about Gabriel, you may visit our blogs at http://da.savillefamily.org ,or if you want to make a donation to go towards new books for the book drive you can do that using a Paypal link at http://booksfromgabriel.blogspot.com/.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2012 Book Drive

We plan on starting Books From Gabriel book drive Monday, November 21st. We will let it run until Monday, January 23rd. We need all ages of children’s books New and Like New Condition. Anything really worn will be sent to Deseret Industries so please save us some time in sorting and donate only the best. Thanks for your participation.

We have several local businesses and schools who have offered to be drop off locations. We are so thankful for their help.

· Farm Bureau office’s 301 S. 4th Ave. & 275 Tierra Dr.

· Sonic Drive In 710 Yellowstone Ave. (Bring a children’s book in and get a free drink)

· Honks Dollar Store 720 Yellowstone

· Highland High School 1800 Bench Rd.

· Stalker Elementary 991 W. Center St. Blackfoot

· Stoddard Elementary 460 York Dr. Blackfoot

We will need to have all the books collected by Wednesday, November 25th so we can clean, label and categorize them that evening at the Pocatello North Stake Building. We will plan on starting at 6PM and go until we’re all done. We would love you to mark your calendars for that night to come and help. Last year we had such amazing participation and we hope to have the same this year. Then on the 26th of January (Gabriel’s 3rd Birthday) we will deliver the books to Portneuf Regional Medical Center, Bingham Memorial and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. If we don’t have time to do all the deliveries in one day we will finish on Friday, January 27th. Anyone who may be interested in helping with deliveries or has any other questions please email me at amy@savillefamily.org.

2011 Book Drive

So I just copied the post about the book drive from last year because it totally expresses what a huge success the book drive turned out to be. This year I’d like to beat the number of books that we got last year. Let’s shoot for an even 2000.

Last years post:

So most of you know how this got started but I’m going to recap anyway.
We wanted a way to celebrate Gabe’s life on his 2nd birthday and to keep us busy so we didn’t sit around crying. So when my mom suggested a book drive in honor of  Gabe we jumped at the idea. Gabriel loved to look at books and be read too. I felt sad that I never thought to take any books to the hospital with us to read to him. I believe we have fixed that problem for future parents with children in the Hospital. Our desire is that the nurses will have enough books on hand to give them out to patients, and I mean GIVE. Some of the books will remain in the hospital library to be read by several children but most will be given to the children who are sick or injured and their siblings. We wanted to give them a gift from Gabriel.

The end total was amazing, 1584. I had wondered if I would get enough books to donate to just one hospital. In the end we received enough to donate to 3 hospitals. The first hospital of course was Portneuf Regional Medical Center because that is where we said goodbye to our Gabie.  Portneuf ended up with 816 books from the book drive. All had been cleaned if they were used and all were labeled with a note from Gabe.  When we went to deliver the books it was very emotional. We had not been back to the hospital since losing Gabe. We were surrounded by loving smiles and lots of hugs. I made it all the way to the Pediatric Nursing station before the tears started. Then all the memories flooded back, it was hard! But what a w0nderful response we got. The staff was amazed at how many books we were able to donate and they were so excited to have them. They started right in on thinking of where and how to store them when they move to the new hospital in May. We were even able to directly give books to the current patients. One patient was a 15 year old girl named Cassidy who had been kicked in the stomach by a horse and had to have surgery. We didn’t’ get to meet her since she was asleep but I did give a book to her mother and a hug too. Then we met a little family who’s 8 week old baby was just getting ready to go home after he had been admitted because he had stopped breathing. His name was Jackson and we gave him two colorful and fun board books, we also gave his big sister Grace two books, a fairy board book and a Tangled book. She was shy but very excited to get the books.
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Books in the Van at PRMC
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This is everyone who delivered with us at PRMC.
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Some of our family with Kristen & Anita (My contacts for the service, and great ladies)
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Me and Cassidy’s mom (I know my eye’s are closed, I wasn’t ready and we didn’t’ re-shoot the photo, I was telling her our story)
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Jackson was enjoying his lunch so I sat his books on the bed.
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This is Grace, Jackson’s big sister with her books.
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Like I said before a very emotional day.

After Portneuf on Wednesday we went to  Bingham Memorial Hospital and delivered their books. They only have around 100 Children admits a year so we took them 150 books. They two were very very happy with the donation. Going here was truly a great feeling. Portneuf was too but was also mixed with so many other emotions. At Bingham and Eastern Idaho Regional we weren’t fighting those tears from past memories. The staff’s at both Bingham and EIRMC were amazing loving and were very excited to use the books we brought them. At EIRMC we delivered 618 books, since they are much bigger than Bingham I’m sure they will be able to use every single one. We didn’t deliver books to individual patients at the other two hospitals but left the books in their very capable hands to make sure they get where they needed to go.

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This is the staff and us at Bingham Memorial.

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This is David & I with the Auxiliary board at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Thank you to all of you who made this great service possible. And we plan on continuing this project annually as long as we have support.

Gabriel Grant Saville January 26th, 2009 – July 12th, 2010

On July 10th Gabe and Isaac were watching a movie upstairs in David and I’s room. We were downstairs and with the girls. Isaac came downstairs and said Gabie is dead. I went right up to see if he was just sleeping or ok. I found him on my bed on his tummy with blue eyelids and blue lips. Katie immediately got David and he in turn immediately called 911. We started CPR with coaching from the dispatcher. The Ambulance was very fast and we got Gabe to the hospital very quickly. When we arrived he had already flat lined and they started trying to resuscitate  him. It took 45 minutes to get a heart beat back. He was given a wonderful blessing by his Grandpa Egley at that time and then taken to get a CT Scan. Later we were told of the results from the CT Scan. His brain had massive swelling. Usually we have ridge’s in our brain and Gabe’s had no ridges anymore just a smooth surface. His heart was beating on it’s own but he was not breathing on his own anymore. They put him in the PICU and we started waiting for a sign that he was coming back to us. The doctors and nurses were amazing in taking care of him and us. They did test’s to see if his brain stem was functioning normally and it was not in all the tests. They waited until 36 hours to make sure none of the tests changed. At about 48 hours we were sure that he was not coming back to us on this earth. He had no response to any of the tests and the Neurologist saw no activity on the EEG. We discussed having him be a donor and let the doctor know we were ok with that. Once that was decided the doctor called time of death on the 12th of July 2010.  After an autopsy was done the cause of death was unknown; all we know is that Gabe watched a movie with his big brother then painlessly fell asleep and went to live with his Father in Heaven.

July 11th 2010 when we were saying our goodbyes and holding him my brother played I Am A Child of God for Gabe on the Violin and at that time I had a peace come over me that helped me know that Gabe is ok and right where he is needed most. We love him dearly and will miss him horribly but we know he’s exactly where he needs to be. 

July 13th 2010 at 1am Gabe went to into surgery and had his heart removed and it was then taken to California to be given to Jack. Jack at the time was 6 months old and suffering from Barth Syndrome. Jack was in desperate need of a heart transplant and was schedules to receive a Berlin Heart. The day he was to go into surgery his family was told that there was a donor Heart for him; instead of the Berlin Heart he’d be getting a real Heart. We are proud parents to have such a special baby to be able to come to us in a perfect little body and share so much joy with us and now he has given Jack the chance to give his parents that same joy.