Monday, May 25, 2009

Lydia's Mud Day

A mud puddle proved irresistible to Lydia.
Splashing in mud wearing white pants- a childhood joy!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Eight Cousins

In late April all of our grandchildren were in town for the weekend. The weather was glorious and the company delightful.

Aunt Carolyn enjoyed her goddaughter Alexandra.
Gemma loved the spring sunshine, the day after her first birthday!

John Paul celebrated his 5th birthday with the help of Frederick.

Lydia graciously served Grandad tea.

Birthday parties are fun!

A great train layout completed with the help of cousins.
The older boys took turns driving the gator, with happy passengers.

Grandad practiced his free throw.

Jack enthusiastically played in the fountains at Longwood Gardens.

Spring beauty!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Catherine!

Today we celebrate the gift of Catherine in our lives!
My girl!

Thank you Catherine for being you!
A loving wife and mother, and devoted daughter, sister, and friend.
May God abundantly bless the coming year of your life!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Our Hero Fred

On April 23, 2009, The Fighting Back program had an Annual Achievement Night. Fred was honored, as well as two other individuals, Erica and Beth. Fred received a plaque with a quote from Anthony Robbins: "In every man and woman's life there comes a time of ultimate challenge-a time when every resource we have is tested. A time when life seems unfair, a time when our faith, our values, our patience, our compassion, our ability to persist are all pushed to our limits and beyond. Some people use such tests as opportunities to become better people-others allow these experiences of life to destroy them."

Fred powerfully delivered a speech heard clearly by everyone present: "I want to thank the Fighting Back program for the award tonight.
I thank my trainer Noah Maxwell for nominating me for perseverance, courage, and hard work. He makes me laugh while pushing me to exercise.
Many thanks to my trainer Mike also.
I thank my beautiful wife Lorrie, who gets me out of bed and drives me to the gym three times a week.
That may not sound like much, but getting me out of bed is not for the weak and weary.
I thank God and Fighting Back for the ability to get stronger.

To my family, friends, and benefactors, I thank you for your love and support.

I am a man whom God has blessed!"