Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Danielle and Deanna

posted: July 19, 2008

These little girls - now young ladies - were so much a part of our lives for so many years -even though they do not live on our same street nor in our same city any more they will remain a part of our lives forever.

Sitting in the same rocking chairs in the same house (mine) just taken 17 years apart.
xxxxxxSummer 1990xxxxxxxxxxxDanielle and DeannaxxxxxxxxxxSummer 2007
So you are having a birthday - and you will be 20 years old.
Happy Birthday Danielle and Deanna !
Deanna and Danielle - we kinda adopted them when they were born - their grandparents lived in Ft. Worth and Lubbock but there was only one house between their and ours so we saw them just about every day- they stayed with us, they slept with us, they ate with us. Such fun to watch them grow. They were in my daughter's wedding when they are 3 years old and one day and they did great walking down the aisle.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly 1991
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDrewxxxxDaniellexxx Deanna

xDeanna will be going out of state in the fall to attend an art school while Danielle will remain in Texas. Thank goodness for computers and free calling on cell phones - this will be the first time they have been separated.
For their graduation from high school - but I gave it to them a year late - I made them each a scrapbook of all the pictures I had taken of them since they were born till last summer when they came for a visit.
Here are 3 of my favorite pictures I found of my kids and the girls when I was making the scrapbooks:
My older daughter and her now husband going to a Halloween part at the Bible Chair at UTA in Oct. 1989. xx
Marcie and the girls at Six Flags - a place I took them ever year from the time they were about 4 till they move when they were in - I think - the 6th. grade - This was Dec. 1992
My son and the girls after Arlington's 4th. of July parade - the BIG SAM Bell with them in July 1993. The girls were on the float for the "Mothers of Multiples" and my son was a bell guard for his high school.

And by the way - their Mothers birthday is today also SOOOO Happy Birthday

to all 3 of you!

In Memory of my friend Terry

I wrote this 3 months ago - I did post it but then I took it off for some reason - I have seen Janice a couple of times since the service for Terry and talked to her more than I have seen her - but we do have a trip planned to go to Six Flags when it get cooler - say Sept. when the crafters are there. I think of Terry and Janice so often.

Terry and Janice and their dog Josie -
at the Walk to D'feet ALS
in Oct. '03in Waco, Texas -
my home town.

Terry and myself in Lubbock, Texas at the Walk to D'feet ALS in Oct. '01.

My friend Terry died Saturday night, April 19, 2008 from ALS. I was called 5 minutes after Terry passed away. I had talked to Janice that morning and she told me not to come - she would need me more later so I did as I wished and stayed home - not going to the hospital.

I met Terry and Janice about 10 years ago - soon after Terry was diagnosed with ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease. We met at an ALS support group meeting in Arlington and quickly became friend. Both Terry and Janice had a great out look on life, always joking. Janice tried to raffle Terry off at several fund raiser for ALS but no one would take him. Although she never really would give him away.
One weekend she gave Terry to me for a day - Janice and Terry picked my up and she took Terry and I to DFW airport and we flew to Lubbock for the Walk to D'feet ALS which we were on the committee for - being on the newly formed board of the ALS Association North Texas Chapter. I had friends who met us at the airport and took us to the walk site and at the end of a vary long and tiring but fun day my son, Brad, picked us up at DFW airport on our return trip. On our return trip Terry pointed out the land below -- describing the different things we could see from the air and why they were that way.

For two years Janice and Terry went to Waco with me, monthly, as we organized the Walk to D'feet ALS in Waco. If Janice could not go Terry would go with me. Such great friends. Always there when I needed them. Terry was my computer buddy - coming over to help me with my computer when needed. Making DVD's to be used at our Kick Off events for the Walks and helping me with all sorts of computer problems. Terry was the only person with ALS Marcie ever wanted to meet - which she did - several time as he helped me with my computer at my house. (well, come to think of it she may have met Dave - another friends with ALS who had been to our house). I will miss his great smile and his laugh.
Last time I saw them they were eating ice cream at Costco - when I bent down to give him a hug I hit the controls of his power chair and moved his chair - he said that happens all the time and we had a good laugh from that.
My dear friend will be missed by many people but especially his sweet wife Janice and myself. But he is smiling now and walking and his fingers are straight and always will be.
Written Monday April 20, 2008

Terry's service was today - Wed. April 23.
It was said at his service that ALS is not only Lou Gehrig's disease - it is Terry's disease , Marcie's disease, Janice's disease and Linda's disease (myself) etc... meaning ALS not only effects the person whose body ALS takes over but every member of the family - and this is so true. ALS is a monster disease with no cause, no cure and not even a treatment!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Steece quads are almost a year old.

Savannah, Ethan (solid blue), Drew, (stripes), and Ben are almost one year old - I got to spend the afternoon with them today - they are so precious - each has his/her own personality -and they love every one -this was taken just before they sat at their table to have their supper - real food - real baby food that is - Ben could not get enough and Drew - he ate since I offered it to him - Joyce was feeding Savannah and Ethan -

The boys are crawling and Savannah scoots on her tummy. They are trying to pull up - Ethan is very close to doing so with Drew right behind him. I am so blesses to have these 4 Gifts from God in my life and to know and love their parents, Joe and Suzanne, like my own kids.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Another set of quads.

I am connected with yet another family who just had quads - Carrie and John live in PA. I am working with Carrie and her sister to form another team called "Diaper Darlings". The same name we called Suzanne's team.

Their quads were born on June 24th. at 26 weeks - Please pray for these babies as they continue to gain weight. The smallest is Kate, she now weighs 1 lb, 11 oz. as of this posting today.