3/24/2010 Twenty years have passed since the tragic SCUBA accident

I made this on Wednesday as I remembered the 20-year ‘anniversary’ of my mom’s tragic scuba diving accident. Photos of my growing up years and of my mom throughout her life.

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Happy Birthday, Gammy!

I want to dedicate this entry to my amazing grandmother, affectionately known as “Gammy”.

Today is my grandmother’s 84th birthday and she remains such an amazing encouragement to me and the rest of the family. Her steadfast faith throughout my life have impacted me greatly, as she prays for me and mine daily. What a gift!

When we were out last night, we took a few pictures of the kids just for her – because that’s all she ever wants is pictures!

Here’s one of her from last summer, and then a couple of the kids during the evening windstorm that dropped temps 25 degrees in a matter of minutes.

I like this photo so much that I forgot it wasn't even of her face! But this is how you find these two - side by side. They are an amazing example of dedicated love.

I like this photo so much that I forgot it wasn't even of her face! But this is how you find these two - side by side. They are an amazing example of dedicated, selfless love.

Bekah, Ashley, and Jordan

Bekah, Ashley, and Jordan

Goofy kids - surviving the dirt being blown all around by the massive shift in barometric pressure.

Goofy kids - surviving the dirt being blown all around by the massive shift in barometric pressure.

The Girlies

The Girlies

We love you, Gammy, and hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Uncle Wes & Aunt Kara take the girls to the Tulips

Kara & Wes amongst the beautiful tulips of LaConnor 

 

Kara & Wes amongst the beautiful tulips of LaConnor

My brother, Wes, and his lovely bride of 2 years, Kara, came up from So. California for a perfectly-timed visit Thursday, 4/23 – Sunday, 4/26. Kara’s college friend got married on Saturday and that was a great excuse for an extended weekend visit with us. 

With Jordan’s surgery scheduled for Friday, it was the first time in years that we’ve had family here to care for the girls when Jordan’s been in surgery. And they came ready to spoil those nieces. Friday brought manicures and pedicures followed by a trip up north to The Tulip Festival before scooping up some fresh ice cream and heading home. 

Such relaxation! The entire chair was fit with massagers.

Such relaxation! The entire chair was fit with massagers.

Awwww. Bekah getting her nails done.

Awwww. Bekah getting her nails done.

Bekah's purple nails with flowers on the thumbs. Her toes match.

(Blurry, but you get the idea.) Bekah's purple nails with flowers on the thumbs. Her toes match.

The tulips were soaking up the infrequent NW sun

The tulips loved the rare NW spring sun

The girls with smiles all around

The girls with smiles all around

Aunt and Uncle with their nieces

Aunt and Uncle with their nieces

My Brother!

My Brother!

Bekah in the bulbs

Bekah in the bulbs

They loved this old bus. Ashley and her Uncle.

They loved this old bus. Ashley and her Uncle.

What an amazing day. And then they swung by the grocery store and picked up the fixings for tacos. Willie and I came home from Jordan’s surgery to a Mexican Fiesta. Thanks guys! It was so wonderful to have you here.

The Bible according to Rebekah – age 5

Her theology is a little confused at points (she figures God must be angry with the Jewish people for crucifying Him), but it’s still very cute…

“Family Prayer Requests” page updated

Thank you for praying for us!

Gramma & Grampa Visit from Raleigh

Grand parents and kids (Ashley 13, Jordan 11, Bekah 7) 

 

Grand parents and kids (Ashley 13, Jordan 11, Bekah 7)

Although we don’t get to see G & G as often as we’d like, it sure is fun when we do! We keep crazy busy, I don’t know how they do it!

A rundown of our 3 days:
Thursday: Met us at gymnastics and watched a full hour and half of Bekah’s flipping and flopping; Ran to Target to get Jordan a b’day gift; Met Jordan at home and did the ‘present thing’; Attempted to go bowling – oops, Mommy messed that one up; Went to Spaghetti Factory instead.
Friday: Helped with some home schooling; Off to pick up Jordan at school; Jump Planet for another hour and a half; Bowling extravaganza; Dinner at Fat Burger; Girls shopping at Nordstrom Rack; Home for RockBand jam session.

Saturday: Movie: Paul Blart: Mall Cop; Lots of treats so we wandered around the mall until heading to Ruby’s Diner for lunch; Hangout time at home; Girls walk to Starbucks in a chilly 40 degrees; Little Caesar’s pizza at home; Farewells…

Always lots of fun and lots of memories packed into a short time.

Gramma & Grampa with Bekah

Gramma & Grampa with Bekah

Gramma Kisses for Jordan

Gramma Kisses for Jordan

Rock Band -The last of flash photography during Bekahs set

Rock Band -The last of flash photography during Bekahs set

 

G & G at Jump Planet with The Boy

G & G at Jump Planet with The Boy

Snuggling inside Jump Planet

Snuggling inside Jump Planet

Dolly Day!

Bekah began asking for me to get my dolls down weeks ago. I finally told her on Monday that I’d get them down on Friday. Immediately, she went to the dolphin calendar hanging on her wall and circled Friday’s date. Ever since then, she’s been crossing days off in anticipation of Dolly Day.
The day finally arrived and I scaled the garage wall to grab down the highest box with dolls much older than I contained therein.
We brought the box in and lifted the lid as the smells of aged memories wafted out. Then the tender examining began. She loves this box. I love that she loves it. There are dolls from the 1800s in there and doesn’t get to play with them often. The dolls belonged to my grandmother and her mother before her.
Bekah is looking forward to her weekend with the dolls – they’ll go back up on Sunday.

The "sock doll" is the first to come out and be loved on

The "sock doll" is the first to come out and be loved on

The box of wonderful treasures

The box of wonderful treasures

All the dolls, spread out in a fan, being inspected

All the dolls, spread out in a fan, being inspected

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