Monday, June 20, 2011


What a wonderful thing family is! We got up yesterday morning to 10 baby ducks in the backyard and the old Blue Heron across the canal standing guard.

Daughter Amanda invited our whole family over for a Father's Day cookout and swim, but our Ashley was unable to make it. Her mother-in-law was visiting and Tony wanted to spend time with her. As you can see above, as a life ends - a new one begins with our little Peyton.

How very lucky we are to have such a wonderful group of children. As much fun as they are as little ones, they are sometimes even more fun as adults.

Jack and Ellie had so much fun having everyone to their house!

It won't be long until Caroline can swim just like her brothers and sister.

Ellie was thrilled to have some Aunt Kim and Uncle Chad time. Aunt Kim took her skiing last winter and she couldn't wait to have her over swimming.

Oh boy! Yup, Uncle Chad was the life of the party with the little ones. As soon as Jack saw Ellie flying through the air, he had to run to get his swimsuit so he could have a turn!

I'll bet Chad has some sore muscles today!

I was so tired, that it felt great to just sit and hold our little Peyton and spend some "down time" just visiting with everyone.

Can you tell that Ellie was just thrilled to have Aunt Kim there with her?

And maybe Uncle Chad too!

Sydney LOVED the big turtle and we made plans for a play date in the near future.

Mom and Greg got a chance to catch up and relax.

Daughter Tricia flew in from Oregon and was able to be with our family most of the weekend.

Daughter-in-law Valorie and Peyton spent some time under the umbrella relaxing.

Son Rich and Sydney spent a lot of time in the pool too. So, all in all, it was a great day for everyone to have a diversion from the sadness. There is nothing like a supportive family in times of sorrow.

I'd like to express a special thank-you to friend Connie for being there with me across the miles, Carol for all the support and help she provided, Bonnie for always being there, Jim and Sharon for the wonderful meal and support and many, many more...

Now it's time to take a couple days to regroup before opening the shop back up and getting back on the treadmill. Please send your prayers to our Gannon.

Until next time...


  1. Dawn, So glad you had so many family members with you yesterday. You are so blessed to have a large family. Especially at a time like this. It's just me and Holly and Darbee Rae. Mother ask for Darbee yesterday. For a long time Darbee has gotten on the bed and rubbed lotion on Mothers face and gave her love. I guess somewhere deep inside she still remembered. When Darbee finished Mother said.,, Precious. I'm sure your Dad would be so proud of his family spending time together yesterday. You rest and take care. Gannon and all of you are in my prayers

  2. I am so glad to hear that you had a nice day, it sure looks like fun. Now relax!!! My prayers to Gannon and his Mom and Dad...and to you also!! Call me when you have a chance.

  3. You have a big and beautiful family.Thank you for sharing .Keeping you and Gannon in my thoughts and prayers.Hugs,Jen

  4. This day was just what the Dr ordered. Grampa and Gan both woud have loved it and I know Grampa was watching and enjoying the show. We are incredibly blessed to have each other. Was so happy to be surrounded by family on such a bittersweet day. I love you.

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