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Maddie Borrows Grandma's phone

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Brama - brama peese! as she hands me the phone to open..

Maddie is one of my main drives to loose weight and stay healthy... I want to be able to play with her and her Sister. So to do this I must get and keep in shape..

The steroids are still making her very swollen, however this dosn't dampen her outlook on life.. She loves each and every day...
This is how we should see life..

Here is Maddie Showing off her new Snow Suit!!

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PAMTHEDREAMER 11/9/2009 2:53PM

    She is adorable g-ma!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 11/8/2009 10:28PM

    So Cute!! Thanks for sharing :)

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MISSY_MAGOO 11/8/2009 10:20PM

    She's getting so big- and talking so good! her hair is really growing too- I love your Maddie videos :)

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RENA1965 11/8/2009 10:17PM

    Maddy is a cutie.. My 7 year old neice is also recovering from cancer. 300 visits later, kids are such soldiers..

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/8/2009 9:24PM

    Too fun!!! So glad you share -- I've GOT to learn to use the video feature on my camera -- can do it, but they never turn out OK -- so I guess I am doing it wrong.

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My Aunts Memorial weekend

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This weekend our family got together to Celebrate the life of a wonderful Woman / My Aunt.

Friday night we all started trickling in at my Aunt & Uncles home.

Note the Heater.. It was Very Cold!!

WE all gathered in the back yard as their house is very small. as everyone was arriving we decided that we needed to start warming the Spaghetti Sauce and some family members went to the store and got bread, salad fixings, Pop & water. it was a great pot luck.

Saturday was Aunt Arlene's Service

after the service, yep ya got it we ate.

The church did a good job getting food together for the family.

This is my Uncle Brain. He wouldn't look at me emoticon

Here he is with his Grandchildren

After the service we all gathered back at my Aunt & Uncles place for some debrief and just good ole family fun.
The weather turned out great. Yes it was cold; however, no Rain, Wind or Snow it stayed nice and SUNNY emoticon God was taking care of us that's for sure

Here is their Family

Here I am with My Cousin (Arlene & Brians Daughter)

My brother & Sisters. Missing Brother Monte, he had to work

Here are the Cousins

Sunday AM a few of us gathered for Breakfast

Some family went home after Breakfast and some stayed and took a drive into California. I though it was cute. My cousin Steve said he wanted to take the Kids into California just so he could say they were there.

after that we had more fellowship, ate more, talked more and......

Here is Uncle Brian, getting a well deserved nap with his Faithful friend :)

Monday afternoon the rest of us headed home to give Uncle Brian some time alone.

I want this to be just the opposite for me...
Let's get together before I go.. Tell me how loved I am and share stories about me now so I know how you feel. Lets all have a wonderful time with food and Fellowship while I am here to enjoy it with you.
Why is bereavement used after???? when you should use it before to spend time with your loved ones???

Remember to hug & Kiss your loved ones and Share God's Love with them, Life is too Short!!

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TEACHERMOMFIVE 10/16/2009 11:26PM

    You have a beautiful family Becki. Thanks for sharing.

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BSTAKINGACTION 10/15/2009 4:02PM

    I've been trying to decide whether I can afford the trip to CA in Feb....especially with the upcoming vacation expense in May.

I'll find a way to manage it. You're right. My friends and family are too important to let opportunities for love and companionship slip by.

Thank you Becki.

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EVETROY 10/14/2009 3:02PM

    Thank you for sharing - and the reminder to appreciate each other Today!

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NAVYMOM133 10/14/2009 8:25AM

    Oh, Becki, this is beautiful. You really have a beautiful, loving, supportive family. I loved the picture of you with your siblings! I will pray for your Uncle as he adjusts. What a sweet shot of him resting with his faithful friend across his lap. Plucked the heartstrings....
emoticon Melly
p.s. I love you

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FISHINGLADY66 10/13/2009 8:05PM

    Very nice. But I agree with you. let's get together before I am gone. So Sorry for your loss.

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WIXNWAX 10/13/2009 7:15PM

    Excuse me, but God doesn't take away our family members! He receives them but He doesn't end their lives here on earth! And it is a shame that too many times people wait until someone is gone before they get together and form those bonds that are renewed each time there is a 'going home celebration'! Becki, this is a great tribute to your aunt and your uncle. I know that you have a loving family and that you know daily how much you are loved and appreciated by so many! Thanks for sharing this and I apologize before hand for any repercussions on my statement! I love you, my Dearest, Sweetest Friend!

Love and Blessings,

PS I especially love the last picture of your uncle sleeping with his buddy and your message at the end! You are great!

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PAMTHEDREAMER 10/13/2009 6:26PM

    I love this blog dedicated to yer aunt Becki. How nice it was. I especially like the end photo of yer uncle and faithful furry family member. Awww
I too want you to know NOW that my life is so much better having known you. emoticon

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SORGIN 10/13/2009 6:16PM

    What a beautiful tribute! I am glad so many of your family was able to support your Uncle. I love the photo with your siblings! And the way you end this is so true. So here's my chance to remind you that you are very dear to me. I love you very much and indeed, I am taking the chance to tell you that NOW!

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DOGSNRODENTS 10/13/2009 5:58PM

    Wow. It's amazing how God takes away our family members to help us build stronger bonds with the ones we have left! What a great entry Becki!

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Making a Green Tomato Pie

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Making a Green Tomato pie was fun and very worth it!!
Lets make on through the pictures.

I followed an Apple pie recipe

Mix the Splenda, Lemon Juice, Spices & Thickener

Now pour mixture into bottom pie shell and cover with top pie shell.

Put in oven and bake

This was Smelling Great while baking

Oh. Look at that hot juicy Pie

All cooled and ready to serve.. Come and get it!!

Note!! It tastes Just like an Apple Pie.. Delicious
BTW ~ We have plenty of Green Tomatoes for more.. Hubby says they are better than the Apple Pie!


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    Holy cow look at all those tomatoes and peppers! Wow! I'm jealous, especially the green peppers! Those will chop up and freeze nicely I'm sure!

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    Who'd a thought? Might have to try that next year.

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DOGSNRODENTS 10/9/2009 12:01PM

    Approximately how many tomatoes did you end up using, and how big were they?

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    Are green tomatoes sweet? I just can't imagine that they'd taste just like apple guys are TRULY amazing (in so many different ways)!

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EVETROY 10/8/2009 11:41PM

    How do you think of these? Sounds delish!

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FISHINGLADY66 10/8/2009 10:54PM

    That looks yummy.

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NAVYMOM133 10/8/2009 10:37PM

    You guys are amazing. I can't make a pie! Yours is a beauty. I espescially love your "bounty of the garden" shots - this one here of the green tomatoes is really nice.

I thought I'd share that sometimes when I read your newer blogs, I get the audio from Maddie's VROOM-VROOM video. I must be mousing over the link or something - it doesn't open but I can hear your delighted voice, doing the taping. Very special way to enjoy your newer blogs.


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CJROMB 10/8/2009 10:16PM

    This looks fantastic! Who'da thunk, eh? I just showed it to my husband who made the same wrinkled nose face I made, like huh? Maybe I should come over and just taste a little bit of it... :)

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JENNIFER124 10/8/2009 10:07PM

    my DH just exclaimed.. "are they professional gardeners?" we are BOTH impressed!! delicious looking pie!!

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CAROLJ94941 10/8/2009 9:35PM

    Wow, looks delicious. I've never tried on. Amazing that it tastes like apples.

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Today we Honored one of our Local Firefighters

Monday, September 21, 2009

In Honor Of Eric Shink ~ A group of fellow firefighters were heading to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Service. Many firefighters from around the country were making their way on motorcycles to Colorado to take part in memorial rides before Saturday's memorial service.
The crash occurred last Monday on Interstate 84 near the Idaho/Oregon border when he lost control on a curve and struck the guard rail.

Today was his Memorial Service

Hundreds honor Kennewick firefighter (w/ gallery)

Around 700 gathered at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Sept. 21 to honor Kennewick fire captain Eric Shink, who died in a motorcycle accident on Sept. 14.

Gallery: Remembering Capt. Eric Shink The bell from the Kennewick Fire Department's first fire truck tolled 15 times in memory of the service of Capt. Eric W. Shink.

After the solemn notes filled St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Monday, members of the fire department followed Shink's casket from the church.

His wife Mary, 9-year-old son Christian, and other relatives walked behind his firefighter family as bagpipers played before joining a short procession to Desert Lawn Memorial Park for graveside services.

Shink, 40, died Sept. 14 in a motorcycle crash in Idaho while on his way to an annual fallen firefighters memorial in Colorado.

His life was celebrated during a Mass of Christian Burial attended by about 700 friends, family and colleagues.

Kennewick Fire Chief Neil Hines praised Shink for his "noble and dedicated 14 years of service to our community and four years of service to our nation with the U.S. Marine Corps."

Firefighters from departments in the Tri-Cities, surrounding counties and as far away as Spokane and Seattle came to pay their respects.

Bagpipers from fire departments in Meridian, Idaho, and Everett also attended, while about two dozen members of the Patriot Guard motorcycle honor guard held flags as they lined Garfield Street in front of the church before the service.

Crews from Benton Fire District 1 covered Kennewick's fire calls during the service so the city's whole department could attend.

Shink was remembered as a dedicated firefighter who championed advancements in fire protection. He joined the department in 1995 and was promoted to captain in 2003.

In addition to being a paramedic, Shink was a member of Columbia Basin Dive Rescue and the swift water rescue team. He also volunteered with other Kennewick firefighters helping community members in need and often could be found leading kids on station tours and showing off fire rigs.

In 2005, when Shink was named Fire Officer of the Year, he was recognized for his great willingness to learn, leading by example and being a highly trained and proficient instructor.

Hines, who said he and Shink shared a passion for serving the public, scuba diving and motorcycles, briefly detailed the programs and training that Shink started or helped run for the department.

"Eric's boots will be difficult to fill," Hines said, but added the department will continue Shink's efforts because he would be disappointed if programs ended.

Firefighter/paramedic Kelly Williamson said Shink loved being a husband and cherished his son. Shink had a tough-guy exterior -- riding a Harley, exploring underwater caves and being a firefighter/paramedic -- but those who knew him knew there was a softer side, Williamson said.

"As a firefighter, paramedic and later as a captain, Eric was a shining example of professionalism and dedication to his craft," Williamson said. "I'm proud and honored to have worked by his side."

Hines, Williamson and Capt. Joe Terpening shared stories about Shink, some of which elicited chuckles, while others drew more tears.

Terpening said Shink was half brother, half son to him. He was a legendary storyteller and had that side where he was just a big kid.

The two used to go on motorcycle rides together and Shink was known to be a bit frugal, Terpening said, but "he was equally as giving and had a big heart."

"Eric will always be Capt. Shink in my mind, but more importantly he'll always be the kid in my heart," Terpening said.

Before the Mass ended, Fire Chaplain Bill Lotz explained that the bugle has a long history in fire departments traditionally used to give orders to the troops.

The firefighter with the bugle hanging from his neck or shoulder was easily identified as the one in charge. A small pin in the shape of a bugle became an insignia of rank that still is used today, he said.

Members of Shink's shift presented his family with a bugle that later was carried by Shink's son.

After the graveside service, dispatchers at the 911 center said goodbye to Shink over the radios, thanking him and his family for his service.

"Your assignment is now complete," a dispatcher said.

Get there fast....
Always Make friends....
Keep Family Close....
this was Eric's Motto

to view pictures from the Hearld click on the link

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FISHINGLADY66 9/22/2009 11:32AM

    What a nice Moto. This was a good Tribute, so moving. God Bless his soul.

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SORGIN 9/22/2009 10:08AM

    What a great tribute, Becki. Thanks for sharing this.

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NAVYMOM133 9/22/2009 9:02AM

    Prayers for his family! Very sad news.

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    Luisa said it best - I love his motto, and I pray he rests in peace.

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    It breaks my heart to see how quickly a family's life is turned upside down. My prayers go out to his family and friends. Hugs, two many of these this year.

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DOGSNRODENTS 9/21/2009 11:24PM

    Sounded like Eric had a good motto. May he rest in peace.

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Maddie taking a ride on her Vroom Vroom

Monday, August 31, 2009

This weekend Maddie came to visit the cabin with her parents.. She kept wanting to sit on the vroom vroom, so we put her on it and pushed it with her on it, finally Daddy (JJ) came out and said you want to go for a ride on Vroom Vroom? Maddie said YES!
So we get her hat (Helmet) daddy started up the 4 wheeler and of they went.. Daddy came back tired with a very Happy Maddie..

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MSRENEA 9/10/2009 2:51PM

  What a beauty! Children are such a blessing!

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/4/2009 12:25AM

    She has the BEST little laugh I've ever heard!

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BSTAKINGACTION 8/31/2009 10:05PM

    Oh are they going to have their hands full now! You are all so blessed!

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DMSGLASS 8/31/2009 8:02PM

    How absolutely precious!!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/31/2009 4:44PM

    How Sweet.

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WIXNWAX 8/31/2009 10:34AM

    Thank You, Daddy, for this wonderful site! We all need to remember where we were a year ago and the prayers that were going up consistently for Little Miss Maddie! Now we need to be consistently praising and thanking You for where she is today and each day from here out! You are so marvelous, faithful, loving, generous, patient and merciful! I love You, Daddy, with all my being and I thank You that each day I become more like You!

Becki, this is so awesome! Maddie is the living testimony of how much our Father loves us and how true He is to His word! Thanks for sharing this! Love you all!

Love and Blessings,

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