Thursday, December 31, 2009

I Choose To End This Year On A Positive Note

This has not been a positive year for me but I choose to end it on a positive note. Looking only at the negative doesn't help and it usually just ticks people off. Anyone can be negative. Being positive is harder so I am going to take the challenge and try to be positive.
I am very lucky. I have a wonderful sister who puts up with me in all my moods. I have a terrific brother who is my best friend. I have a cousin who keeps my head on right(God Bless Her). I have some wonderful nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews who are a joy to know. I have some very special friends who reach out and touch me in ways that are amazing. I have a wonderful little cat who gives me constant joy and companionship even when I am grumpy. But the best thing is that I know my God loves me even though I don't always deserve it. He continues to believe in me and he sends people to help me on this journey thru life. I would like to try really hard to be a light for my God so that when people meet me they will know him and perhaps come to love him too. So tonight as the clock nears midnight and the beginning of a New Year, I am turning my light on. May it shine as a beacon for all whom I meet whether in person or on this blog.
This little light of mine................I'm going to let it shine....!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sometimes It Is Just How I Feel


I saw a movie on Christmas day. It was "Sherlock Holmes". I did not like the movie. I didn't like the characters; I didn't like the story; I just didn't like it. I resolved this by walking out after watching a half hour. My sister doesn't think this is enough time so my opinion isn't valid. Horse Hockey!!!!!!! I know when I don't like something. Mom and I had a deal when we were reading a book. If I didn't like it after 100 pages, we stopped. If we didn't like a movie on tv after 1/2 hr, we changed the channel or turned it off. I don't believe you have to watch something all the way thru to know if you like it. If it doesn't grab you early, it probably won't grab you at all. Why sit and be miserable? I believe my feelings were relevant and I shouldn't have to defend them to my sister. I guess the reason I am venting about this is because I couldn't put into words what it was I didn't like. I just knew I was uncomfortable and I didn't want to be there. So phooey!!!!!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

What if?


I saw a movie today called"It's Complicated" starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. They were married to each other but have been divorced for ten years. Suddenly, he wants to come back to her but he is married to a younger woman. Meryl and Alec had three kids who are now grown but the divorce was hard on them. There were some funny moments but it was a little sad. I couldn't help but wonder if my folks had gotten back together. How different would my life have been? I wonder......would it have made any difference at all? Probably not because my folks weren't really suited for each other. I know they loved each other once but somewhere it got lost or misplaced or whatever. Still, it is a thought...........

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Day




Christmas was an incredible day. Elinor had decided to give her daughter the 12 days of Christmas. This is truely an experience. The girls hid the 12 gifts in the living room and we made Evie open these first. The first was a lovely picture of the Savior. Elinor had had it reframed. She had found the picture in an antique store and there was a little note on the old frame that said the picture had been given originally as a seconf anniversary gift. When they reframed it, they out the story on the back of the new frame. The second gift was some wonderful old pictures we had received from my cousin, Nyia, of my Dad when he was a young man. There were two sheets of pictures. Three was three boxes of notecards. Four was four bowls. Five was five washcloths. Six was chores that Elinor could do for Evie. Seven was seven spices. Eight was a jewelry box with girly stuff. Nine was........sorry my brain dried up. Ten was ten thing of napkins(Evie entertains alot). Eleven was the show stopper. Elinor wanted 11 notes of love. She asked me and Maureen and the boys. We even got Christian, Mo's husband to write one. Then I decided to ask others to participate so I called Laura, Isaac, Cindy,Ross, big Ross, and Alberto.
In the end, we had about 11 plus 5. We made Evie read each one and we all cried. They were really beautiful. The twelth present was some gadgets for the kitchen. It was a cool gift.
We then went and open the rest of the gifts. The girls got lots of cloths and I got a printer for my computer. Too cool. After that we attacked the stockings. It was 2pm before we stopped for food. The rest of the day we took it easy and then we went to see Sherlock Holmes. I am sorry but I hated that movie. I just didn't want to be left behind. Oh well, it was a wonderful Christmas.

Christmas Eve


Christmas Eve was lovely. It was filled with good friends, family, great food, a living nativity, and above all, music. Evie had been cooking for days. When we arrived on the 23rd, we were put to work right away by making pigs in a blanket(little sausages wrapped in crescent roll dough). Christmas Eve day was filled with last minute shopping and getting the turkey breast cooked, cutting cheeses, fixing veggies, dips, and bread pudding. It was a feast.
At 6:30, people arrived. It was fun seeing people that we had met last year. We had a prayer and the feast began. People also brought food. There was a very tasty chili and a truffle that was to die for. After the food, the younger people went upstairs to prepare for the Nativity. It was fun to watch the children but I missed seeing Joe Coleman as the donkey. Joe is serving our country in the Navy and is at sea.
Then we had carols. Evie and the girls sang an amaizing number which I wish I had a recording of. Then some of the kids performed and finally, Evie ended with a song called "Mary did you know?" It was haunting. People headed on home and there was a general cleanup done. We ended with a family tradition of reading When Christmas Went Insane. This is a story that was written by my great Aunt Laura who was a visiting nurse(a Catholic nun). One Christmas, she decided to not buy any Christmas gifts but she changed her mind at the last moment. The story has been handed down from Aunt Laura to her sister Elinor Kreer(my grandmother) to my Mom to my sister to my niece Evie to my great niece Elinor. I love this tradition. My Mother read this story every Christmas and Elinor did a good job of reading it too. Our family is blessed with traditions and this is a good one. My Mom would have loved this day from beginning to end.

Everyone Should Have A Christmas At The Colemans




If you want to find out what Christmas is truely about, you should spend it with the Colemans. My niece Evalyn is absolutely incredible. When we got there on the 23rd, her middle daughter, Izzy was out doing a very special good thing. She had met a father who had his adopted daughter with him. Izzy could see that something was not quite right with the daughter. Izzy has been working with special kids so she is sensitive to their needs. The father told her that they were having a real hard time because the daughter's behavior was a little bizarre and their friends found it difficult to be around her. They were trying to get her diagnosed but it was slow going so Izzy volunteered a day where she would stay with the child so the parent could have a little time for themselves.
She took the child for walks, drew pictures, made her meals, took walks, played......you name it, she did it. The parents were able to clean their house,run errands, just breathe for a little. Izzy would not accept payment for this. She just wanted to help and do what she knew she could. The little girl love her and it was really a beautiful thing.
On Chrismas Eve, Izzy and her younger sister, Maggie, dressed up as elves and delivered toys to a family that didn't have much. What a great way to truely celebrate this special holiday.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Christmas Unreal


I think Cashew has the right idea. I just want to hide under the Christmas Tree. It has been crazy around here. Elinor has out done herself. She has created 1 quilt, 6 bags, 5 capes, 12 tumbling angels, 10 cookbooks, a twelve days of Christmas, and she still has to fill my stocking. That won't be hard because my stocking is small. I have to fill her stocking which is four times as big. It was tough but it is done and not with nasty things like kitty litter or coal or rocks although I did give a lot of thought to the rocks. It has been a lovely Christmas so far. Ross and Sharon have given us a new puzzle, one of those that are the shape of the thing the puzzle is about: PANDAS. Good grief. My dominos friend, Carleen has given me a picture of the DOMINO QUEENS. That is the name of our group. Our visiting teacher gave us homemade candies......one of which was made with mashed potatos(It was also made with coconut and was absolutely fantastic.) One of my OA ladies gave me cards made from her photos. My buddy, Donna ,sent me a solar cat. Of course, I told her I won't be able to tell if it works until April which is the next time I will see sunshine. Luckily, she is patient. Another OA lady gave us some bulbs in a lovely red pot. She says this will brighten up our house in Feb when they are suppose to bloom. That is, of course, if we don't kill them before that time. Elinor and I are not real good with plants in or out of the house. Christmas is a hoot for sure. I am delighted and honored that people have thought of me but I still like the under the tree idea. Hey, Cashew, save me a spot.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What A Weekend!!!!


I'm pooped. We have been entertaining this weekend. Saturday was with the Fox boys and Sunday, Elinor invited the missionaries who attend her ward to dinner. She also invited two lady friends and her grandson, John Fox. The two ladies were a mother and daughter that Elinor visits in service to the church. They are delightful and I enjoy them as well. Sister Thurber is the mom and Loni is her daughter.
The two missionaries were both from Utah. One was from northern Utah and hadn't quite served a year. The other was from southern Utah and had served just over a year. Both were nice young men and very grateful to get a homecooked meal. Elinor thought John would enjoy being included so she asked him.
Monday was my Christmas party with the Domino Queens. We each brought a Christmas ornament and a gift not more than $10.00. I made ornaments for each lady: stars made out of dominos. Elinor helped by adding a ribbon to hang them by. We decided to have a gift for the winner, one for the loser, one for the persons who got the most double twelves, the most double elevens, and the most double ones. It worked out so that everyone got something. I got the most double twelves. My gift was the video "Cheaper By The Dozen" with Steve Martin. It is a movie I actually don't own and I like. I bought the winner's gift which was one of those erasable boards(small) and I lettered it so that it says BRAGGING RIGHTS on one side and NO 1 on the other.
We had a great time. Now back to Christmas gifts.....................

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Presents


If you are a Bailey Grandchild, then you better not read this. We are having a ball with Christmas this year. Elinor has gone to town. She has 25 grandchildren and she is making something for each. We worked together on a cookbook for the nine older boys and Lily Gunn. We put in some old family recipes like Gary's fudge, their Grandmother Oleta's noodles,Elinor's baked chicken and baked eggs, and Great Grandmother Walton's coffee cake, biscuits, and cheese balls. We also put in my chili. Elinor added pictures, photos and some cooking tips. It is really neat. For the 5 younger boys, she is making capes








We have Super Sam, Ethan and His Coat of Many Colors(Joseph eat your heart out), Lucky Luke, Joltin' Jonah and I'm sorry but I don't remember little Joe's. Whatever,.....
they are cute as the dickens.
More later.

A Little Celebration with The Fox Boys




Last night, Elinor decided to take her grandsons out for a little celebration. Naturally, I went too. We took the boys to see "The Christmas Carol" which if you haven't seen, you should. It was really a cool experience. Unfortunately, Sam, who is 5, got a little scared.

After all, we are talking about ghosts,death, and such. Elinor tried to get him to come to her but he wouldn't so she being the true grandmother, went and sat behind Sam. She laid her hand on his shoulders and talked him thru it. It was truely lovely. We then took the boys for hamburgers and fries at the Red Robin which is a decent chain in this area. It is a family style restaurant with 60's style decor. Sam had mac and cheese, fries, rootbeer, and a small ice cream sundae. He then said he was going to be sick(he wasn't.......this is just a ploy for attention) It was a fun evening. These are some amazing kids and I am glad to have a chance to know them.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

More of Our Christmas House




Here are some more of our Christmas decorations. The blue rooms is the "chicken" room. You can see Elinor's cloth nativity. The bed is in the library.


The food was laid out to welcome our visitors. The dolls in the last picture were welcoming people as they came thru the garage. The garage got cleaned out too so it wasn't wasted.



Open House



We decided to have an "Open
House" for Christmas. Elinor decorated every room with Christmas cheer
and this is what some of it looked like.







No room was left undone. The pink part is in Elinor's room. The big tree is in the living room. You can even see Cashew exploring. We made the mistake of setting it up and decorating it and then we decided to move it. Needless to say everything fell apart and we had to start over again. The blue banner with chickens is displayed in the kitchen and last picture is of Elinor's new nativity. It is made of everyday materials but not used in their usual way. I love it the best. We are hoping for alot of people but that may not happen. At least the house got cleaned. I even vacuumed my room. Cashew fainted. What can I say?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

What I Am Thankful For











I am thankful for a lot of things on this Thanksgiving Day. One thing stands out over everything else and that is family: my father, mother, sister and brother. They were not perfect by any means but they were and are good people who formed my life. My parents are both gone now and I miss them. I think about them alot around the holidays because holidays were so important. We had big gatherings. I understand now that my father didn't really like these but I never knew it then. He was a good host and seemed to enjoy himself. Mom, on the other hand, had a ball with lots of people around. She took in the "orphans", those that had no families, and made them feel at home. No one was left to be by themselves. There were no wallflowers at my Mom's parties. She made everyone feel welcomed.
My sister and brother have followed in my Mother's footsteps: either hosting or contributing to large gatherings. Elinor also had "orphans" at her holiday get-togethers. She in turn has passed this on to her children. Today we will be going to Maureen's for the feast. She has invited her sister, Evie and her family, as well as others. In fact, there should be about 23 for dinner and others dropping in for pie. Maureen is a good hostess and her Grandma would be proud.
I am thankful for all the love and joy this tradition brings out. I am thankful for my family.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Incredible


If I had to describe my sister in one word it would be incredible. This morning, Elinor looked at her calender and found she had a gig tonight up in Longview. We had to be there at 5pm but we had a bunch of things to do before going. We had to go to Curves. Elinor had to design a flyer for her open house in December(only 16 days away). We had to get the flyer printed so we could take it to the gig. She had to pack up her dolls, pick up the patterns at the local quilt shop, mail a package. It would have been a mess if she hadn't looked at her calender.
She gave a great talk tonight. She had that group of ladies in the palm of her hand. I have heard her speak on many occasions but I was listening as intently as everyone in the audience. Totally awesome!!!!!!!
I missed Dancing with the Stars tonight but I wouldn't have missed Elinor for anything. It was no contest. Absolutely Incredible.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day Is Done


Day is done. For some reason, I have become a night owl. I find myself staying up later and later. Here it is 12:22am and I am writing my blog. I never use to stay up this late. I only pulled two all nighters in college. I use to be a morning person: up at 6am and movin'. Now I like nothing better than staying in bed and you have to pry me out. It is a good thing Cashew only gets fed at night because she would starve before I would get up in the morning. It is totally wierd.
Oh well, all is well......God is nigh.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween........not the same anymore.


When I was growing up, Halloween was my favorite holiday during the year. I really loved dressing up. My usual costume was a hobo but one year, Elinor made me a mermaid, complete with tail. I liked getting candy but it was the dressing up that was fun. My Mom hated the holiday because I always got into her makeup. Back then, you didn't have to have your folks walk around with you. There was no fear of razor blades in candy apples or poison in a popcorn ball. We didn't have to worry about perverts. They were probably around but we didn't know about them........at least, I didn't.
Tonight, instead of getting candy and waiting for the trick or treaters, I just turned out the lights and stayed downstairs watching tv. I am turning into a Halloween Scrooge. Bah, Humbug!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What Happened Then Affects Now

Elinor came in this morning and read something to me from a book her friend recommended. It talked about love and how we view it. If we didn't feel loved when we were little, we turned to other things to find the love we craved. One of the first things we turn to is food. It sure was true for me. At first food was a friend but slowly it changed. Unfortunately, it seems that once I get a thought in my mind, it is difficult to change it. I still turn to food..........how do you change a belief that is some 60 years old? I'd like to get rid of it but it clings to me like a vine. I am feeling a little lost.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Fox Boys


There is nothing worse than having a cold day and being locked out of your home. It seems that John(the one in the middle) locked himself out and consequently, locked his brothers out too. Aunt Muff and Grandma to the rescue. I drove over and picked the boys up and brought them over to our house. We gave them sustanance(ham, chesse, and pepperoni on rye with a root beer on the side). Once fed, they are now resting on the sofa downstairs watching tv. Hopefully, this will inspire Maureen to give us a key to her house in case this happens again. No matter; it is nice to have the boys in for a visit for any reason.

Monday, October 26, 2009

No More Butterflies





It is COLD today and rainy too. It was so rainy that Elinor missed her train up in Tacoma. It came down in buckets.
Rain is something the Northwest is famous for. That was one the things that I wasn't looking forward to but for the first two years it wasn't so bad. Now it is making up for it.
No more butterflies this year. They got smart and have moved on. Of course, butterflies don't live very long anyway but they sure don't like the cold during the time they are here.
Winter is coming. In fact, there is talk of snow........YUCH!!!
I didn't like snow before but now, I like it even less. The thought of falling makes me really nervous. If it snows alot this winter, I will be hibernating for sure. Only five months til springtime and butterflies...........ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Artists At Work




It is crazy at our house today. Isaac Bailey, my nephew from Phoenix, is here taking photos of Elinor's dolls for her new book. He arrived late last night due to a delayed flight and he has been working non-stop since about 10am. Isaac is an amazing photographer. He has a real feel for dolls and how to make them look really fantastic. He knows his craft well. It is a joy to watch him create magic. Of course, to create magic, one must move furniture all over the place. He has shot in almost every room in the house.
My job was to supply him with things to make a photo shoot go well: Bottled water(not Arrowhead) and Dove chocolate pieces. Another talent is to laugh with genuine appreciation at his humor. None of this is difficult for me. Isaac is definately one of my favorite people. You rock, kiddo!!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Less Is More.......For Sure


I have just finished reading about the new royal Caribbean vessel which will hold over 5400 people and is 18 decks high. Yuck!!!!!!!!
I would get lost on just one floor much less 18. I am so glad I never traveled on one of those. I had such fun on the small ships that I travelled on, especially, Cruise West. Not only did I not have to spend all my time in elevators, but I actually learned so much from the crew. It was really fun because they knew who I was and I knew them as well. The food was excellent, the accommodations were very comfortable, and the itineraries were supperb. From Baja to Alaska to the Columbia River, each cruise was enjoyable and unforgetable. Give me a small ship anytime. What say you, Shoup? Carolyn is my travel buddy, the best ever. I don't believe she would have missed our small cruises for anything. Me neither.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Change In The Times


It is calender time and this years will be a little different from past years: I haven't been anyplace. I actually haven't taken that many pictures. However, I hope that those of you who receive them will like them. They are made with love.
I am looking forward to picking them up tomorrow. I would like to see how many I can finish before Elinor gets home.
When she is home, I can't work on them downstairs because I don't want her to see the pictures.......one of them is for her.
This year was also hard because they aren't selling the stickers they use to. Many of those that I have used in the past are no longer available and I will have to come up with alternatives. This could prove challenging but have no fear, gang.......I am up to it......I hope. We shall see. For now.......TALLEY HO!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Remakes............no thanks.


I just saw a remake of a movie called "Fame". It is story of a bunch of talented kids attending the School of the Performing Arts in NYC. The original was made about 29 years ago and was fantastic. The remake is sad. Yes, the music was updated......actually, they only used two songs from the original and there were some talented actors but nothing that topped the actors of the first "Fame". Why bother?
In the first film, you got caught up in the characters. You began to look forward to seeing them launch their careers. You liked the teachers because they really seemed to care about the kids. The songs were great and the dancing was out of sight.
I look at this picture which I think is pretty good but if I were to go back to Homer, AK and try and take this picture again, I really doubt it would come out as well. I ave only seen one or two remakes that were worth anything: Little Women, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and A Christmas Carol.(The one with Alaister Sims was a remake.) It can be done but it is rare.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Cats In My Life








I remember the first cat I got. She was gray and my Mom got her for me when I had my tonsils out. I named her Miss Curiosity because she got into everything. We called her Miss C for short. That's her in the 3rd picture. Miss C got out one day and ate something that was poison and died. I got another gray kitten name ChiChi but she wasn't as nice as MissC. She was killed by some dogs. Then there was Johnny but I don't remember what happened to him.
We went and found a little orange tabby who when he curled up looked like a pizza and that became his name. About two months after we got Pizza, it looked like someone had blown him up because he developed alot of fur. He was really gorgeous and he knew it. We mated him with a siamese named Pong and she had the most beautiful kittens I have ever seen: three raven black males and two tortise shell females. I got one of the females and named her Scarlett O'Hara.(Guess who had just read Gone With The Wind?) Scarlett was hit by a car and I was heart broken. I don't remember what happened to Pizza.
I didn't get another cat until I went to DC. Mom and I found a stripped gray cat in June and called her Gemini. I lengthened her name to Gemini Boo Radley Dumb Cat because she didn't have a whole lot of smarts but she was fun.( Guess who had just seen To Kill A Mockingbird?)
I lived in a little efficency on P St in DC and the apartment below me had a bay window. Gemini would come out and wait to greet me when I came home. She had a cool habit of sleeping under the blankets by my feet.........that is until I saw The Godfather. When I felt that fur with my toes after seeing that movie, I don't know who jumped more........me or Gemini. Unfortunately, Gemini ran away when I got a new mattress. Mom let the delivery guys in and the cat got out.
I then found Charlie or Charles Katz. Charlie was strickly a one woman cat. That's him, clawing at the screendoor. Charlie didn't like anyone else........especially guys. When I moved in with my brother, Ross, Charlie would hiss at Ross all the time. Ross would come home and say "Hey Charlie" and Charlie would hiss and Ross would say"Back at you, bub". Charlie lived to be 14 but he was having problems and one day, he went off to die. I never found him.
I decided to get a cat instead of a kitten. I found a beautiful gray longhaired cat named Angel but Mom renamed her Gigi(Mom's favorite movie). Gigi was another one woman cat but she would stay near to Mom. She liked classical music. She lived until she was 17 and then she got sick and I had to put her down. I cried like a baby. My wonderful cousin, Margaret, allowed me to bury her on her property at 1030pm. I was a mess.
I began to look for a siamese kitten and someone told me of a lady who rescued cats. She had a kitten and I went and fell in love with not one, but three cats. The little siamese kitten was adorable and I called her Cherrio. There was another little kitten who was an orange tabby. I called him Cheddar. The last was a full grown cat......a flame point siamese and I called her Cashew. The two kittens died within four days. They got distemper and hadn't had their shots. Cashew had her shots so she survived. She is my constant companion today. That is her asleep on my bed. She is the best cat I have ever had and I love her lots. I am grateful to all the others before her and I hope to see them again at the rainbow bridge. God, you did a good thing when you created the cat, especailly, Cashew.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Rose By Any Other Name


I have never met anyone who had my name. Oh there are Marys and Maries but I have never met a Marie-Fay before. Today I came the closest I have ever come. I met a Maria Faith. The young lady by that name was being dedicated at my church this morning. She is only five months old but she was as cute as a bug's ear. She had a delightful smile and her mom says she smiles all the time. She was particularily happy since her mom had just breast fed her. I kept expecting her to belch on Pastor Paul as he held her but she didn't.(He was very grateful for that). It was a lovely dedication. Her parents and grandparents were there. It was really nice.
According to Pastor Paul, Maria means bitter but there is a sweetness that goes with it. I had not heard that before. I thought my name meant "bitter faith or rebellious elf". I still like that definition. It fits me but maybe it is rebellious faith or bitter elf. I seem to be constantly changing.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sunsets


I like sunsets. There is something so soothing about them. Sometimes it is the warm colors. Sometimes it is the fading sun as it sinks slowly into the west. Sometimes it is harsh and foreboding. Whatever, it means the day is ending and a new day will begin tomorrow. It will be a fresh day with no mistakes until we make them.
It is time for sleep and dreams(hopefully good ones). It is a time for rest and it is time for Cashew's dinner(at least that is what she says).
Sweet dreams.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sam Break


I had a Sam break today. Maureen called this morning and said that Christian, John, and Thomas were all sick. She didn't want to send Sam to his daycare because if he was sick, he might spread the germs around and the lady who takes care of him is pregnant. Would Grandma go and take him out for a while to give him a break?
I took the call and explained that Grandma was working her tail off to get ready for her trip to Houston's Quilt Market which is the biggest quilt show in the US of A. Elinor is teaching and participating in some round tables while she is there for about 10 days. The last thing she needs is to get sick so I volunteered. I picked Sam up after dropping off Elinor when we finished Curves. He wasn't real excited to go because he didn't want to leave his brothers who are more fun than Aunt Muff(no offense meant and none taken). I finally got him to go when I said I would buy him something. We went to Target and I got him some Star Wars guys and some Gatorade for his brothers and father. I then got him a Happy meal at Mac's House of Fine Beef (McDonald's) and took him home. I really enjoyed talking to Sam. He was telling me all about turtles and frogs. Then he told me he had seen a fight between a frog and a rabbit and the frog won. I told him I would have liked to see that. What an imagination. He is a cute kid and I love him. I'll take a Sam break any day.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Happy Birthday, Elinor Peace Collette Coleman!!!!!!!


The real special thing about today is that it is my great niece, Ellie Coleman's Birthday. What an incredible young lady she is and how I do love her. She is thoughtful, kind, loving,hardworking and a blessing to all who know her. I listened to this exciting young woman on Thursday evening talk about her trip to Uganda where she and her partner, Heidi are creating an home to rescue children from the streets and give them a home, food, and a education . I marvelled at her dedication, her resolve, her willingness to fight for these kids so that they can have a better


life. Being around this lovely person is like a breath of fresh air. She is springtime and she is definitely one of the reasons I am glad to be in this area.
Ellie,
I am blessed to know you. I am honored to be your aunt and any time I am with you is time I will always treasure. May God always keep you safe and may you continue to serve Him in your own special way. It is a good way. I will add a very well done to your Mom and Dad and your sisters for helping you become the special woman you are.