Noah taught us a lot about life and she did so often through her actions. Our lives were rendered through her eyes. Teaching us daily what truly matters. Being someone who loved living for the moment, time wasn’t something that concerned her. What’s funny is she always had a difficult time reading analog clocks or just getting the feel of time in general. We never understood how a straight-A student like her, one that can spend an hour talking with you about the structure of cells and how each part works or how natural selection impacted various species—just couldn’t grasp time. We realize now time was NOT of the essence in her view. When you were together with her, she was yours—time was obsolete. She just wanted to enjoy every hour, every minute, every moment you were together.
Noah's focus was keen. Whether it be on the board game or chess match she was playing, or thinking about her future dreams of becoming an animal rescuer and wildlife conservationist. Although she had many passions like CHD advocacy and helping the homeless, her mind was fixated on helping animals. She wanted to be the kind of person that took care of wild animals, albeit a small hurt bird here in our neighborhood to the beached seals off our coastline, or saving a the rhinos and elephants in Africa. She felt these animals need our help to protect them as they are unable to protect themselves. She personally contributed out of her own allowance to the WWF and The Marine Mammal Center to give support. She encouraged us to read and sign petitions that would aid in government help for environmental and wildlife protection. She endlessly watched wildlife documentaries to learn as much as she could to gain a better understanding of people's conservation efforts and how she could one day play an important role in it. Noah's future glowed with excitement. We look forward to somehow helping her live out her dream of saving animals and their habitat.
Her carefree attitude with time and wanting to be an animal rescuer are just two things about Noah that reflect her tenets in life. And it’s quite simple. Be a good person, help others, live positively. That’s how we will continue living our lives and what we will teach her baby brother.
We are thankful for everyone who came out to celebrate her life with us. It was overwhelming to see so many family, friends, old and new—to see how Noah impacted so many in her lifetime, brings some solace to us. Special thank you to everyone who helped us with the memorial. We are grateful for you helping us get through that difficult day.
The video here is our tribute played at Noah's memorial. It was difficult to see with the setting sun. Please turn up the sound to hear her sing and listen to the music as they were her favorites. And yes, “Holding Out For A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler is her favorite song and she rocked it when she sang it.
We love you Noah. We miss you so much; miss your touch, your smile, your voice, your hugs and kisses, your funny and gentle spirit. We love you to the moon and back, since God said, “Let there be light!”