Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
By DAYNA STRAEHLEY
A Riverside teen died last month after inhaling helium, and the boy's father wants to warn others that the seemingly harmless practice can be deadly.
Tony David said his son Micah David, 17, was earning straight A's at King High School before he died Dec. 14.
Helium is often inhaled from balloons so users can take on a high-pitched, distorted sound like Donald Duck. But breathing the gas can displace enough oxygen to cause unconsciousness or death.
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My condolences to the family and friends of Micah.
Friday, January 15, 2010
So today around 3:30 our house was surrounded by police officers! There was a swat team and a police sniper right outside of Sarah's bedroom. Apparently there was a suspect held up in a house behind us. He was eventually arrested with incident. At one point I was sitting on the sofa by the front picture window and the sniper ran by! I just realized that this is my third post in a row about Spokane crime. I need to start writing about the wonderful side of this place!
Friday, January 8, 2010
When the tenents went downstairs to start their day, they found a homeless man in the mudroom curled up with a space heater. That's not the best part of the story, however.
As it turns out, the man broke the window in the door and helped himself to a warmer spot. The hilarious part is that our tenent's dog, Moose, didn't bark, didn't fuss, and in fact, curled up with the man and went back to sleep. Okay, so Moose is not the iconic watch dog, but he is a love. We are just so happy that nothing bad happened to our renters or Moose. It seems the man just wanted a warm place to sleep. Add to this the irony that Kevin works at the local men's homeless shelter. The shelter is also keeping the warming center open all night in addition to the sleeping program so that they will not have to turn anyone away! Guess our visitor didn't get that 411. (Instead he got a 911!)
We love our Moose!!!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
We are about to refinance our rental and take a little money out to do a simple update for our kitchen. (If there is such a thing.) We are picking out countertops, sink, faucet, flooring and a few other things. It's fun, but stressful as I know I have to live with my choices for many years to come. We are blessed to be able to do this. I love the house that we are living in and I want to reflect the love we have for one another.
And of course. . . we have that beautiful, baby boy in our life. We are planning to go see him at the end of March.
Who wouldn't want to hold this little marvel??? Is he not just incredibly amazing???
Of course, I'm his grandma, so what else could I think?
Naaaahhh. Anyone can see it's so! ;-)
Daniel James at Six Weeks.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Sarah has settled into her life here in Spokane and is now beginning a new job. She was supposed to start on Thursday (when the big storm hit) but will now begin on Monday. She'll be doing a similar job that she had in Riverside (dispatching and customer service). The type of company is different however, being a printing company. She is very excited to be employed full time once again.
Credit to Barry Moses for this picture of Sarah and I. Sarah was able to join me in the colleges last day of Fall quarter. We had a multicultural potluck that was a great success! It was so great to have her there and an even greater joy to have her back as part of our daily lives.
We love you Sarah!!!
Friday, December 19, 2008
I was supposed to wake up this morning in Riverside, California. Of course the perfect storm hit and my flight was canceled. I know I can still go see the baby, but I'll miss seeing Matt on his mid-deployment leave. He leaves for Iraq early Monday morning. My sadness is unspeakable as I think about not seeing him for another 10 months.
I thank God for digital pictures as I look at this picture of Matt loving Daniel. I can't wait for the day I can see them together. The best gift I have been given this Christmas is that Matthew was here for Daniel's birth. God's perfect timing. There is plenty to be thankful for as I gaze out the window to see what came between me and my trip to Southern California.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
It's amazing how quickly I forget about the cold while veiwing my new grandson's pictures!
Then, just when I think I'm as "warm" as I can be, I see the picture of my son with his son.
I must say that there is nothing more gratifying and lovely than seeing your child with their newborn baby. I know Matthew and Amanda will be amazing parents.
Matthew returns to Iraq on Monday. I know it will be very difficult for him to leave Amanda and Daniel, but I pray that the next ten months will pass quickly and uneventfully for everyone.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sarah has just moved here permanently from Southern California. She has only been here a week but loves the area already. She is happily anticipating winter as she has never experienced living in a place that has a "real" winter. She is currently looking for work here and is expecting to be hired by someone soon. She will be such a great asset to anyone who chooses her as an employee.
This is a picture that Sarah took (last fall) near the dog park.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
We are very happy for them both and wish them all the best that life can bring. Amanda will be moving to Alaska to join Matthew. In April or May (whenever he can get leave), they will return for a family wedding. Then when Matt is deployed to Iraq, Amanda will return to Riverside to stay with her family. She will be attending Riverside Community College via the internet during the Alaska stay. They both have aspirations to be teachers: he a math teacher and her a science teacher, although Matthew is also considering a career in law enforcement.
I will keep everyone updated as we get information. At this point they will be married whenever he can get down to Las Vegas for a weekend civil ceremony.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
He then went to Fort Lenordwood, Missouri for his AIT (advanced training). He went back to Riverside on leave for almost a month and spent about 6 days with us. We were grateful for the time with him.
He is now in Alaska preparing for deployment in January to the middle east. We covet any prayers said on his behalf. We are so proud of him and this experience has been very good for him. He has been challenged and met the challenge. Way to go Matt!
Sarah is in the process of looking into film schools and considering moving to her friend Diego to New York late next year. This is a very exciting time as she considers her options.
During the few days Matt was with us, Sarah also came up. This is the first time we were together as a family in a year and a half. While we were together we enjoyed going out to eat, walking downtown and late night bowling. We really enjoyed each other's company. We also had the opportunity to take some pictures together. . . so here are some from that day!
As for me, I have exciting news about my pursuit to teach students about wildlife conservation! It turns out there is a wildlife refuge 25 miles from our house and I will begin volunteering there soon. The refuge has a variety of large mammals including moose, elk, cougar, cyote, porqupine, and river otter. They have a wonderful, large classroom with many of these animals on display. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life! I will definately keep you updated.