The Flamingo

One of the colorful things we love about the San Diego Zoo is the Flamingos. They greet you as soon as you walk in the gates. Bright pinks and corals make the flamingo a lovely yet unusual bird. 

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February 21, 2011 – San Diego Zoo 

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Anniversary of Britt’s Death

It’s not always easy to think about, let alone write about, the most horrible day in your life. Not for me anyway. So today, the 17th anniversary of the day my daughter died, I’m simply going to repost my thoughts from 2011. Because in reality, after 17 years, I’m still working on my goal.

2011: I have a personal goal that I’ve been working on. I’ve been earnestly trying to come to terms with my daughter’s death. Today is a big day. A huge day. Fourteen years ago today Britt died. She was killed in a single car accident. It was a bad day. Horrific, crappy and every other negative adjective you could possibly think of. Life changing. Not only for me but for her brothers, friends and most everyone who knew her.

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I can still hear Britt’s voice. I can still smell her hair. I can still feel her touch. For that, I am eternally grateful.

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Signed Lenny Kravitz Guitar 10/22

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Walk Tall, You’re a Daughter of God

Every summer the young woman of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints renew their self worth, friendships, and most importantly, their testimonies of their belief in God. They do this at Girls Camp. It was through Girls Camp that I, at age twelve, was first introduced to the LDS, or Mormon, Church. It was after my third summer at camp that I joined the Church. My daughter Britt loved, and I do mean loved, Girls Camp. She participated in everything that went on at camp and many times would lead the activites. One of the traditional songs sung at camp is, ‘Walk Tall, You’re A Daughter Of God’. This was Britt’s favorite song. 

The young women from our local Church sang ‘Walk Tall, You’re a Daughter of God’ at Britt’s funeral. Their sweet voices brought me great peace. The last verse was written especially for Britt.

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Walk Tall, You’re a Daughter of God

1. Right now I have a prayer deep within my heart,
A prayer for each of you there is a special part.
That you remember who you are and Him who lives above.
Please seek for Him and live His way; you’ll feel His love.
 
Chorus:
Walk tall, you’re a daughter, a child of God.
Be strong—please remember who you are.
Try to understand, You’re part of His great plan.
He’s closer than you know—reach up, He’ll take your hand.
 
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 (Girls Camp 1995 – Britt’s in the front center singing “Princess Pat”)
 
2. Long before the time you can remember,
Our Father held you in His arms so tender.
Those loving arms released you as He sent you down to earth.
He said, “My child, I love you. Don’t forget your great worth.”
 
Chorus.
 
3. This life on earth we knew would not be easy.
At times we lose our way—His plan we may not see.
But please remember always—please—that you are not alone.
He’ll take your hand. He loves you! He will guide you home.
 
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 (Girls Camp 1996 – Britt is top row far right)
 
Britt’s special verse:
Today we know that she is with our Father.
Right now we are so sad because we love her.
But we will always know, we will, that she is not alone.
She’s in a place where she can always feel our love.
 
Chorus:
Walk tall, you’re a daughter, a child of God.
Be strong—please remember who you are.
Try to understand, You’re part of His great plan.
He’s closer than you know—reach up, He’ll take your hand.
 
Words and music by Jamie Glenn 
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Angels Trumpets

Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of poisonous flowering plants in the Solanaceae family. The large sun loving, fast growing, scented flowers give way to their common name of Angels Trumpets. We find it interesting that such beauty is also poisonous.

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April 29, 2011 – San Diego Safari Park 

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P&G Prize Pkg including a $25 Family Dollar Gift Card Ends 9/27

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Opportunity

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently – Henry Fordfailure is simply the opportunity to begin again this time more intelligently henry ford - Simple SojournsImage credit: Simple Sojourns

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The House Sparrows

Our backyard is home to house sparrows. At least four dozen of the little darlings. We feed them everyday and keep them supplied with fresh water. They entertain us with their antics and chatter. It’s a good trade!

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September 9, 2013 – Nikon D90 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens

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When You Wish Upon A Star

When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true! Jiminy Cricket

When you wish upon a star

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