Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My mom, Lois Lind, had a wonderful Memorial Service at Glad Tidings Church in Hanford, California. She entered Heaven's gates on July 24th and her memorials were on July 29th. In California the service started at 11:00 and in Littleton, Colorado the graveside service began at 2:00 where she was buried next to my dad, Karl.
(There are so many wonderful pictures, videos, and thoughts from both of these special events, but my computer is only loading 1 picture at a time, so I feel I am limiting this precious memory.)

This picture is her Pastor Rick McCollough. He really knew her and did a great job in relating what a wonderful woman of God my mom was. We decided to put on the table 2 pictures of her. One of her in her 20's and her most recent one from her church directory. There was her "Grandma Remembers" Book, an angel from her massive collection, one of her many awards for volunteer service... this one for working with the 3 and 4 year old Rainbow Group at the church, and a tray of her fruit cake which was shared after the service. The EB Butts family sent a beautiful bouquet on the left and the family flowers were on the right.
Our family thought it was fitting, because she was "not a big deal" type of person. She just loved and served God with all her heart!

This is Bee and her Mimi after the service. We both inherited Grandma Lois' curly hair and we call ourselves "The Curly Girlies."
Cory's wife Annie is pictured between her 2 grandmas. What wonderful women they are! This was a very special moment for Annie to have both of her grandma's with her at Grandma Lois' Memorial, because the all live so far apart.

Lyle loves his 2 grand-girls. Bee is on the left and is 2, and will be 3 on October 13th. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Ainsley turned 1 on July 6th, and now lives in Virginia Beach, VA. We miss being with both girls tremendously! This was such a special moment....

Bee is playing with her Uncle Nate. They have such a great time together!

Well here is our family minus 1. Nate's wife, Meg, was out of town working. Nate & Meg currently live in Anaheim, CA. Cory, Annie, and Bee live in Brooklyn, NY, and our adopted Navy family, Kate, Jesse, and Ainsley, just moved to Virginia Beach, VA. Hanford is a lonely place without this group, but we do keep in touch with Ichats, packages, and phone calls.

We needed one picture with "Grandma Lois." She was so special to each one of us. There are not enough words to express our love and appreciation of this wonderful lady. She was a friend magnet. She made lemonade out of most of her life. She made wonderful lemon pies that many people will miss around Hanford. She loved and prayed for each one of us and trusted God with all her heart.
As I reflect on the circumstances of her last days, I am in awe of how many miracles God provided for all of us. We are so grateful to know for certain that she is rejoicing in Heaven with her friends and loved ones in her new perfect body.

I still cry everyday when I reflect and miss her, but it is not for her.... it is for me. I miss her so much. She was a great mom, she ran the race, she finished the course, and I know she heard the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

I want to thank all those who knew and loved on my mom. I have such precious memories from her stories and friends who have shown her great love and kindness. Blessings to you all!

Sincerely in Christ's Love,

Sunday, June 12, 2011

35th Anniversary

35 years ago today, we said our marriage vows in front of about 150 people gathered together at Calvary Temple in Denver, Colorado. It was a very special day for us and our families.

You never know the future and all the things that will happen your journey together.

There have been some sad times with the passing of some of our family and friends and some illnesses. But, looking back, most of our life together has been better than worse. We have always felt the hand of God leading, guiding, and protecting us and our children. We have been blessed with 2 wonderful sons who continue to make us proud parents. 2 daughter-in-laws that have enriched the lives of our sons and have brought happiness to our family. And one granddaughter, Bee, who brings more joy than we could ever imagine.
We may not look as young, fit, and trim as we used to, but our love, joy, and faith has expanded with our bodies over the years. (Even though, we would like to have the bodies of our 20's... it just is not going to happen.)

I love this man... Faithful, Loyal, Thoughtful, Giving, Kind, Generous, Helpful, Great Cook, Fantastic Handyman, HouseKeeper, Baby Sitter, Electrician, Plumber, Artist, Care-giver, Christian, Husband, Father, Lover, and soooooo much more.
We are best friend and love to be together...
Who knows what our future paths may bring, but we enjoy each day we have together and know that God will take care of our future.
Feeling so Blessed on this June 12, 2011 to be together 35 years and continuing to walk in God's light and love.

Oh yes, loving the newly renovated backyard that Lyle has put so much time, labor, and love into being a peaceful place to relax and enjoy.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Bee, Annie, and Cory Come to Hanford....

After 1 hr of failed uploads, this is the only picture of my sweet Bee that loaded.
These are the rolls that Bee and Grandma Lois made together. The pictures are very sweet, but nothing loaded.....

Monday, May 9, 2011

Successful Transfer of Bee Bees Originals

Yea... I just figured out how to copy and transfer my Bags post to Bee Bees Originals Blog.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fun time In LV - Love the Encore!

Arriving on NASCAR Sunday... Surprised that the traffic was not bad... We had a Fantastic trip to LV for a 2 night stay at the Encore.... Twin tower to the Wynn. This is one of our views from our 14th floor room. It was the best hotel to date to stay in. Really a 1st class experience.
View from the entry. Long hall past the bathroom with 3 huge mirrors across from the double door lighted full service closet.
Right side is a wall mirror of the left side. This is the TV across from the bed but open to the living room and floor to ceiling window wall of a fabulous view.
This is the living area reflecting into the windows.
Looking back to the bedroom.
Full service amenities.
Our desk area.

Living room back to the bedroom.

Ipod deck....
Today we were going to see the Cosmopolitan Hotel for the 1st time, but decided it was too much of a walk for me on my walker...
So we rode the tram to the Bellagio to see the latest garden...
This is Jean Phillipe's Chocolate store.... In Easter mode...
Space bunnies and ship are all out of chocolate!

When we got to the garden... we were surprised! Stripped!!!!! Everything that was there in November was gone... Even the windows were removed from the Orchid greenhouse!

Workmen were trying to reposition one of the branches back onto the redecorated tree. They were having a terrible time getting the steel rods to fit back into place.
Here is another branch to be put up on the tree. We were wondering what the new look would be.... When we got to the hotel lobby, there were pictures of what would be coming...
A Ferris Wheel...
But, this was the sight today....
On the way home, Lyle pulled off the road just before Barstow to see the Calico Early Man Site... Note that is is not open on Tuesday....the day we decided to stop! Went up the dirt road to the gate... but could not see anything. I guess it will be a destination on another day... but not in the summer!

Desert landscape with trails.... Now who walks all over this place to make trails???? What are they doing?
Dirt road!
Lyle drove the entire way home! We had such a great time!
So Nice to get away for a little trip!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bee's Valentine Surprises...

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and Bee's package is in the mail. In case it does not make it, she can anticipate what is coming her way from Mimi and Papa.

This flannel fabric was a gift from Taylor Bringard. I love love love it. It is perfect with the bees, flowers, and HEARTS! Soooooo Cute!
So I made PJ's ... or a light jacket for now with multi-color buttons. It has pockets that most PJ's don't have.
Next I made Bee a Bee Dress on a light pink turtle-neck.

She will need matching clips for her outfits. They are cut from the flannel and mounted on felt to make them stiff and hold up to wear.
I hope the package gets to her on time to wear her Valentine's Day surprises.

Mimi and Papa

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Honoring Quinton Bruce...

Today was a special day to remember and honor a very special man... Quinton Bruce.
I always knew him as Uncle Quint, but just called him Quint.
One month short of becoming 92, Quint went to be with Jesus and be reunited with his wife, Florence, and other family in heaven. I am sure he is a very happy man today!
Quint was a quiet man with a great sense of humor. His delivery was usually subtle, but always sharp and a thinker. His mechanical and artistic skills on cars was amazing.
I remember the time he replaced my car's back right door because I failed to close it when backing out of the garage. He fixed it like new and wouldn't take anything for his time or talent. He was just like that. Helping others and being kind and thoughtful. We will miss this wonderful man!

Well, here are pictures of friends and family that came to the church today to share in his memory. Enjoy and copy and print anything that you want to keep.

Blessings and sweet memories to all Quint's friends and family.