July 27, 2012

A Picnic on the 4th Year

Sending our Messages to Heaven... 

The little ones love to run around and play at the cemetery... That is exactly what my dad hoped would happen.  We visit often because it is a happy place to be.  

We'll be back for another 
Picnic on the 5th year....
We miss you Mom!

July 26, 2012

Gifts Bring Joy

I love to give gifts & trying to find just the right thing or at least something with meaning.  Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I am off the mark, but I still enjoy giving Gifts.

In the spring of 2008, Mother's Day was approaching.  My mom had asked for 2 outdoor table clothes ~  not vinyl, with a hole for umbrellas, and "cute".  I searched for just the right ones.  Then she was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma.  Instantly, the tablecloths became silly.  I started to think... what are gifts for??  They have no meaning and are just fluff...  "My mom is dying & I am going to give her a tablecloth" ~ see what I mean?  

That Mother's day, she gave each of us a Willow Tree Statue entitled "Miracles".  
Ashley had given one to her when she got sick and my mom loved it.  She wanted each of us to have one too.  Heaven knows we were in need of a Miracle.  

She got her tablecloths ... but she also received a book of letters filled with photos.  Letters from each of us from the heart.  She was surprised and, because I know my mom, I knew she was a little uncomfortable.  She hates to be center of attention.   
(Mom opening our book.)  
Weeks later when talking about the book she said she loved it but also knew how much we loved her, even without reading the words.  Although she knew it, I am still glad we did it.  I know sometimes it is easier to write our feelings than express them.

Two months later, we were celebrating Adam (22nd) and Alyson's (1st) birthday. I asked Mom what she wanted me to buy for Aly.  Manda had requested something with meaning, but my mom, being a MOM, knew that a one-year-old needed something "fun" to open.  Correct me, Manda, if I am wrong, but I think Mom had me buy her a doll.  We also bought Aly an "I am a Child of God" book and Mom signed the first page.  My mom died the day after Aly's birthday (July 27th)
Someday Aly will be so grateful for this book - 
Today she is 5 and is so grateful for MAKE UP!! :)  
My mom would have LOVED this!

Mom was always good to try to find the gifts we "wanted"... she knows how kids work ... And when we got older, she gave birthday & Christmas gifts, but she also gave something simple on small occasions, she wanted us know she was thinking of us & that we were still her little girl or boy.   

Since her death, some of the most special gifts we have received have been because of her.


Jenn - I wish I had a photo of your beautiful necklace & earrings.  

(click on any picture in this post for story of gift)

Regardless if the gift is perfect or not ~ Gifts come from the heart.  Gifts are given out of love.  Gifts make people happy.  Even those giving the gift experience joy... Gifts aren't meaningless or just fluff --- 
Gifts bring JOY!
I am so grateful for Mom's gift to Alyson when she turned 1.  
I love little messages from heaven every now and again.  They mean so much.
 Today is "Hollywood's" birthday... ;) 
Happy Birthday to Alyson JOY!!  

July 21, 2012

Kenz sings at Grandpa's Party

Kenzie got to sing at my dad's singing group reunion party.

My "Darling's" Permitted!

My "Darling..." Kenz got her Learner's Permit yesterday (7/20/12).  
She was a "Nervous-Nelly" going in but all SMILES coming out!! 
Now Aaron gets the fun job of taking her out on the road for 60 hours... 
I can't believe I have a daughter old enough to drive!!  
Where has the time gone?  

Kenz with her Learner's Permit!

July 15, 2012

Dad's Reunion

Dad gathered some "Old Friends" from his past singing groups,
The Little Society
Dave Mason (Base) Paul Christensen (Guitar) Scott Strong Maren Hales, ?? Earl Dorius aka: Dad (Guitar) 
The Little Society Reunion
Rawn Wallgren (Banjo) ___?? Earl Dorius ___?? Dave Mason (Base) Jim Ingle (seated front) Maren Hale Paul Christensen Scott Strong (seated ) 
I may have those names wrong... I'll check with Dad.
and Group Therapy
Paul Christensen (Guitar) Bob Daly (Base) Dad (Guitar) Diane Stewart
for a Pickin' & Grinnin' Reunion Party.
Some of these people... Dad hadn't seen since the 60's!!
Since Kenzie's dream is to one day have a band and Sing on Stage, we got to go.
It was SOOOOOO much FUN!!!!
 Roe finishes setting the Buffet
 Kenz at the drink station.
 Rawn & Julie Walgren with Maren Hale
Connie & Dave Mason with Jim Ingle - Mingling before dinner -  Walgrens with Hales
Watching a DVD of "The Story of the Little Society" 
After dinner it was time to SING!!!
Dave Mason on Base.  Diane Steward & Maren Hale as lead vocals.  Paul Christensen & Dad on Guitar.

Dave & Diane       ~       Jim Ingle & Rawn Wallgren on Guitar and Banjos
Maren Hales & Paul Christensen
Maren, Paul and Dad - Enjoying the Sounds

Reminiscing... which leads to lots of ... ... ... .
(notice Diane wiping the tears of joy from her cheeks.)

We arrived at 6 & finally left at 11 pm!  
Now THAT is a sign of a GREAT Party!!!

He shouldn't wait another 40 years to get together... :)

July 9, 2012

Family Pictures

It is not often we have EVERYONE in the my family at one location,
 so when it happens, 
we take advantage of it!
My friend's darling daughter, McKell Gardner, was so kind to come and take a family photo for us.  
I love how bright and fun they look. 
 It's amazing how big our family is getting... & it just keeps growing.  
In just a few months, this photo will be outdated because Adam and Steph will welcome their little girl.  
Maybe we will have to take another one next summer.
Original Dorius's 
 All the Grandkids