We Remember

6 05 2013

There are no words to express how much Amy is missed.  Each of us grieve in our own ways but we are one when it comes to missing her and wishing just one more time to hear her adorable chuckle, laugh at her silly sense of humor and to read her uplifting and incredible words.  Amy loved more than anything to be with people, share her stories with others and listened with a kind and loving heart.  Her adorable son Theodore was her world and she loved being a wife to Don.  While each of us will take a moment today to reflect on what Amy meant in our own lives, her passion for life and living it to the fullest keeps many of going forward each and every day.

Our dear sweet angel Amy, we remember…

AMY TINA RAUCH NEILSON  11/29/68 – 5/6/12

amy-hawaian-pic    flowers  flowers2   family pic 5  cardinal

live laugh love

Created by Don and great reminder of what Amy would want all of us to do :)

LIVE every moment, LAUGH every day and LOVE beyond words!

stairway to heaven

If I could visit heaven
even for a day
Maybe for a moment
my pain would go away
I’d put my arms around you
and whisper words so true
That living life without you
sure is hell to do
No matter how I spend my days
no matter what I do
No morning dawns or evening falls
When I don’t think of you.

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.



28 04 2013

Many have asked and I know many are wondering, “How are Don and Theo doing”?

Well, Theo is one AMYAZING little boy and Amy’s laughter and love of life, continue to shine through him.  Starting with his 7th birthday last August, Theo, Don and the crazy clown had a ball making everyone laugh.  The summer fun continued with playing outside and going to watch a Tigers baseball game (which was one of Amy’s favorite sports to watch).  Don and Theo sure made Halloween a hoot!  Theo was Mario and Don was Luigi…what a team they made and double the candy too!  They continued the family tradition of cutting down their Christmas tree and Theo delighted in opening his gifts.  Theo is also a hard worker!  He has a “job” at the pet store on Saturday’s and loves taking care of all the animals.  His animal knowledge is incredible and yes, he still loves the frogs that he and Amy learned so much about and had several of them at home to take care of.  Theo has also been a huge help around the house and “working” with Don.  He even learned how to sand drywall!  But it wasn’t all work and no play.  Theo has a blast riding his 4 wheeler and going to the Monster Truck show.  He’s also doing excellent in 2nd grade!  He loves reading to his cousin Brody and created an incredible science project which he delighted in showing his experiment to family and friends.  Theo’s also learned to master the sport of ice skating and is now playing on a hockey team which he absolutely loves.  He’s a mite and is #99!  Enjoy the pictures below and know that Amy’s bright smile and spirit are with Theo everywhere he goes.

theo's 7th birthday  theo and kara 7-2012  theo tigers gaem 5-2012

theo don halloween 2012  Theo tree 2012 theo christmas 2012

theo pet store worker 10-2012  theo hard working 5-2012  theo drywalling 4-2013

theo 4 wheeler   theo monster jam theo and cousin brody 2-2013      THEO SCIENCE PROJECT

theo ice skating    theo ice skating 2   #99 Theodorable!!!!!


22 03 2013
Amy’s Walking Angels
Walking in LOVING Memory of our ANGEL AMY! <3
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Please join us on May 18, 2013 for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as we walk in memory of our dear Amy. I know I speak on behalf of so many when I say how much she is missed each and everyday. She was an inspiration to us all, so let’s join together and inspire others to help find a cure for breast cancer. Let’s help make a difference so no one else has to lose a wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, daughter, or dear friend like we all did when we lost our Amy less then a year ago. Together let’s make our Amy proud as I know she will be there in spirit leading HER TEAM! If you are unable to walk please make a much appreciated donation for this amazing cause in Amy’s memory. I know together, AMY’S WALKING ANGELS will make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.     In Loving Memory of: Amy Tina Rauch Neilson                 Your Team Captain, Mollie Finch     molliefinch81@yahoo.com




Click on the link above to donate or join Amy’s Walking Angels – Race for the Cure 2013. This year the Race for the Cure is on Saturday, May 18 at 8:00am at Comerica Park. It is such an amazing and uplifting event and Mollie would like to get as many people as possible to join our team and show their love & support in memory of our dear sweet Amy.  Mollie started this team back in 2006 when Amy was first diagnosed and has done it every year since.  When you register for this event make sure you go to Team Member Registration and choose Amy’s Walking Angels.


Every 74 seconds a woman dies of breast cancer. We won’t rest until breast cancer is a history lesson, not a current event. 75% of the net income from our Race stays in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to fund breast cancer screening, treatment support and education programs; the remaining 25% supports the Komen Award and Research Grant Program.


25 12 2012

HO, HO, HO… MERRY CHRISTMAS!  You know how much I love this time of year and although I can’t be with you in body, I am with you in spirit and love.  God had a bigger plan for me and while I miss you all so much, I want more than anything for you to be happy and carry on your family traditions as I know Don and Theo have.  They cut down the family Christmas tree and displayed my favorite nativity scene.  Don is an AMYAZING dad and I told God thank you for helping me find such a wonderful man to raise our THEODORABLE!

Theo 2012

Theo 2012

christmas dec 2012

While I know their hearts were heavy last week, I beamed with joy to reunite with my beloved Cody.  He brought me so much love and licked me with kisses that I have missed so much.

Cody - met me in Heaven 12-15-12

Cody – met me in Heaven 12-15-12

I hope you all enjoyed the small dose of snow last week.  I plan to talk to God about sending more.  Last year we weren’t able to build our sledhill on the lake but this year, I’m gonna make it happen for Theo!  In January 2011 I rolled down the hill 37 times in one day!  With thrills, shrieks and laughter heard from one end of the lake to the other, we had a fabulous time.

Sledding 1-2011

Remember today is Jesus’s birthday and we are all celebrating up here.  I’m showing them a thing or two about how to P A R T Y  Amy style! WHOHOO!!  I hope you enjoy this video.  We need to remember what today is all about.


Enjoy your family and friends and cherish each moment together.  While it may seem we are far apart, I’m really right there in your heart.

Merry Christmas to all! 

I love and miss you so much but I know one day we will be together.  Until then, look for signs from me.  I’m always near.

Love, your Angel Amy

cardinal snow

Amy wrote this in her December 2011 blog last year and it’s well worth posting again:

I do believe God has a plan for me and will continue to use me and my diagnosis to help fulfill that plan. God never promised us that the road would be easy. He only promised that He would be there beside us, every step of the way.

Whatever road you’re traveling right now — be it bumpy or silky smooth — the wish and prayer from my family to yours is that you feel His presence, know without a doubt that He is right there beside you, and that you allow His light to shine through you everywhere you go. As my childhood pastor, Reverend Bill Ritter at Nardin Park United Methodist Church used to say, don’t hide your light under a bushel basket, but take it to the mountain top so that it may shine for all to see.

Happy 44th Birthday Amy

29 11 2012

November 29, 2012 – Amy’s 44th Birthday!

As most of you know, Amy LOVED her birthday and she LOVED sharing her day with as many as possible.

Not only did she love being the center of attention that day, she would start on November 1st and tell everyone that, “it’s my birthday in 28 days”!  And the count down would continue each day until her special day.  But she deserved it.  Amy also made sure that when it was someone else’s birthday, she would send a card, email, text or call.  She’d even sing to you if you’d listen.  And of course you would; she delighted in making others smile and laugh.  I know all of us would do anything to see her smile and laugh, especially today as we celebrate Amy’s 44th birthday and share memories of her AMYAZING personality.

Amy’s 15th Birthday – 11/29/1983


Amy’s 40th Birthday – 11/29/2008

Amy, Don and Theo – 11/29/2008

Happy 40th Amy!

Happy Birthday in Heaven

On the day we celebrate your birthday on earth, we thank God for you were born.

Today, we miss you terribly. We grieve in the presence of friends and family who cherished you. We celebrate your life, even in death.

On these commemorative events when you should be here with us, allowing us to give you birthday presents, we miss you even more.

Below is a picture of Amy sending off a lantern last year for her 43rd birthday.  It’s heart breaking to know that was her last birthday here with us but to honor her birthday this year and extend our love up to her in Heaven, tonight we will be sending Amy 44 lanterns.  Happy Birthday Amy!  You are missed more than you could ever imagine.  And if we had just 1 birthday wish, it would be a stairway that reached up to Heaven so we could bring you home.

We love and miss you Amy!  Happy Birthday!

Amy sending off a pink lantern for her 43rd birthday! 11-29-11

Today is my birthday
Celebrate my life with you

And remember the good times
Not the bad and
Do not be sad;
Look up towards the sun
And catch every ray of light
Upon your cheek.
For I am there with you.

Today is my birthday
Be happy for me
I lived short, but full
I had the pleasure of love
And the joy of my family.
Do not be sad
Look up towards the stars
And catch each twinkle
In your heart.
For I am there with you

Today is my birthday
My legacy is not wealth
Or mighty belongings,
My legacy is you and your life.
Spend it wisely and carefully
Guard it always
Do not be sad
Feel the wind on
your face
And in your hair
And know that I loved you
For I am there
with you in your laughter
And in your hearts.

Today is my birthday
Learn to live again without me,
Take my strength with you
For you are not alone.
Do not be sad
Feel the rain on your face
Feel all life’s treasures and
Know that you are alive!
At each step of the way
I will help you
For I am with you always
Until we meet again.

is my birthday…

AMY…Definitely Not Forgotten !

23 09 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012, Amy was honored at two AMYAZING events.

The first one was at The Pink Fund’s 2nd annual luncheon at the Henry in Dearborn, MI.  Molly MacDonald, CEO of The Pink Fund honored Amy’s life and presented Amy’s husband Don with a beautiful pink vase with yellow (Amy’s favorite color) around the top edge.  Amy Youngblood, who was inspired by Amy to write, spoke about how Amy touched so many lives.  Amy’s sisters, nieces and a few special friends were in attendance to share in this special moment.

(click on picture to enlarge it)


To end the night, Bras for a Cause in Royal Oak, MI remembered Amy.  Her name was featured with Shannon Watson’s on the marquee outside the Royal Oak Music Theatre as well as her beautiful picture on the big screen before the show.  Amy Lange from Fox 2 News was the host for the night and she too honored Amy by sharing her words with us.  A memory page in the program had a picture of Amy, Don and Theo with a brief narrative on Amy written by Patti Ball and Michelle Wolford Ball.  Michelle was also on the planning committee as Media Relations and is a long time friend of Amy’s.   A beautiful hand-made bra was created in memory of Amy by Amy’s niece Danielle Neilson titled “Sunshine and Crazy Days” and modeled by Lisa Roggin, a dear friend of Amy’s and also a 5 year breast cancer survivor.  Don, family members and special friends were there for this uplifting experience.  Don was also the winner of a live speed painting of Kid Rock by Dave Santia.  Kid Rock was one of Amy’s favorite singers and Don’s face was priceless when he won.  The painting will hang in their family room where Don and Amy spent their last few months together.


While these are just two special events that stand out, I know that many of you see signs of Amy every day.  And although she is gone, she is definitely NOT forgotten.

Amy…your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure.  You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

Save the Date – September 15, 2012

11 08 2012
2 Events on the same day!  Hope to see you there!
First Event: The Pink Fund’s Annual Luncheon featuring Dee Dee Ricks and Dr. Harold Freeman - Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:30AM.  Click on the link below to purchase tickets.
The Pink Fund will be honoring Amy’s life at the luncheon with The SurThrivor Award.
Amy attended this luncheon last year and below is a link to an unedited video interview that The Pink Fund did for last year’s luncheon.  While it’s great to see her and hear her voice, it’s heart wrenching to know how hard she fought and how strong her belief in new medicine and finding a cure was that sadly there wasn’t anything to save her.  Especially the last 2 minutes of the video – for those fighting any disease, listen to Amy’s words and keep the faith. A few times in the video the screen will go black but you can still hear what she’s saying.   It’s a little over 17 minutes long but worth every minute.  Thank you to The Pink Fund for sharing this with us.  
Amy’s video link:
Second Event: Bras for Cause 4th Annual Fundraiser at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, fun, music, food, great auction items, and FOX 2 Detroit‘s Amy Lange is Emcee!! Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door.  September 15, 2012  6 – 10pm.
   Amy modeling last year…we miss her so much!
Amy’s blog still contines to get 50-100+ views EVERYDAY!  It’s still AMYAZING how she’s touching lives!  She is missed sooooo much and not a day goes by that she’s not thought of.  Don and Theo are doing well and she would be very proud of her boys! 
Several of Amy’s family and friends will be in attendance at one or both of these events.  We look forward to seeing you there to honor our dear sweet Amy that we all love and continue to hold close in our hearts.
If you need further information of the above, please email me at kristikahl@comcast.net
Keep looking for Amy’s signs….she’s all around us!
Kristi Rugh Kahl

8 Letters – 2 Words

26 06 2012

No, we’re not playing charades. But if Amy was here, you can bet she’d be the first one in line. Amy loved to play games. Any kind. It didn’t matter if it was board games, cards, hide-and-seek or charades; if someone was willing to play, she was your partner for sure!

Today though, our 8 letters and 2 words are THANK YOU

The overwhelming support to Don, Theo and Amy’s family has truly been AMYAZING!  Cards are still coming in with donations to Theo’s 529 college fund as well as via the PayPal link.  The heartfelt words and generosity of all those that loved Amy is greatly appreciated.  A memory book is being created with all the beautiful cards sent and one day, Don and Theo will look at it and smile, not just how remarkable Amy was but also how incredibly big-hearted and kind you were. Whether it was via PayPal, mail, email, Facebook, blog comments or just prayers from your heart, it had an uplifting impact on those that received it.

Don and Theo are adjusting to everyday life and are working hard at getting a routine down.  As many single parents know, it’s not easy raising a child alone.  Amy must have been playing cards when she met Don because she certainly picked the greatest KING to raise their THEODORABLE!

Unfortunately, I did learn that some envelopes that were sent to the PO Box were returned.  I apologize for that.  The post office can’t give me any explanation of why that happened as the box is still open and active.  If you did get your envelope returned and would like to resend it, please email me at kristikahl@comcast.net and I will give you a local address you can mail it to (or try the PO Box again).  Or feel free to donate via the PayPal link below.  Again, your generosity is greatly appreciated.  We did our best to get Thank you cards mailed out but if you didn’t receive one, please know your donation is truly appreciated.  (If you look at the back of your cleared check, you should see “Thanks” written there)

I was sent this quote and this sums up how I have been feeling:

“I am waiting for the day when thinking of her brings a smile to my face instead of a tear to my eye.”


Kristi Rugh Kahl


Click link to make a donation to Theo’s College Fund via Paypal

Or Mail to:

Amy Rauch Neilson Benefit

PO Box 580

Milford, MI 48381

Amazing Morning for our Amazing Amy

26 05 2012

WOW, what an amazing morning it was at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2012. Comerica Park was filled with thousands of people in pink, all there for someone they loved and it really hit me how many people’s lives have been affected by this terrible disease.  Amy’s Walking Angels was shining bright and as I looked at our team today, all gathered together in our Amy t-shirts, I was filled with such sadness for a moment. I was sad that Amy wasn’t here to see her team walk with such love & support for her, but then I felt this overwhelming sense of peace because I knew in my heart she was there. She has been and always will be the leader of her team, Amy’s Walking Angels. Thank you to everyone who came out today and supported our team…..even with the rain.  I know Amy was looking down at her team just beaming with pride. I look forward to next year’s walk and hope that you will all join me.  Amy may be gone, but she forever & always will be in our hearts. We love you Amy!  Until next year, God Bless you all.

 Love & Hugs,  Mollie Finch

“PROUD” Team Captain


   As some of us said today… Amy sent the rain because she was mad she wasn’t there with us.  Anything to get attention…yep that’s our Amazing Amy!!

Amy’s Walking Angels – Fox 2 Detroit News Story

24 05 2012

Thanks Mollie Finch, a dear friend of Amy’s for organizing this walk for the last 6 years.  Also to Amy Lange with myFOXDetroit.com for continuing to share Amy’s story.  Click on the link below to view tonight’s video story.  If you would like to join Amy’s Walking Angels, please register with Race for the Cure (link below) and meet us this Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 8:00am in front of Comerica Park by the “Tiger”.   We love and miss you Amy and know that you will be there in spirit every step of the way. 

WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com

Amy’s Walking Angels Raising Money

WJBK – Just one year ago, Amy Rauch Neilson was leading her pack of Amy’s Walking Angels at Race for the Cure. Amy passed away earlier this month, losing her battle with stage 4 breast cancer, but her team continues to fight for a cure this year.

Watch Amy Lange’s full video report for more.  Click link below (it works, just not sure why there’s a line through it)


Mollie Finch started Amy’s Walking Angels in 2006, after Amy’s first bout with breast cancer. Although Amy is gone, her team is always looking to grow. If you want to join their team or donate money to help find a cure for breast cancer, click here.

Click here to see the original story from 2011.


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