Saturday, September 6, 2014

Just what's happening in this little village

This beautiful picture was taken by John Rossignal           , he takes amazing photos.  I have to find the one he took this week.  He is now using those drone cameras.  He always has a way of picking up color.

When something happens in this village it hurts all of us.  This beautiful wedding took place two years ago this week.  The families  are so proud.  Look at the beautiful bride and her sweet husband.  He has his arm around his mother.  Doesn't she look proud of her son.
Here is the groom now.  Yes, it's a casket.  Are you thinking I lured you in to this post.  I did.  I want to get the point across.  He died two days before their anniversary.  He had a brilliant future ahead of him.  He was a pilot in the Air Force  He just had his first interview for his dream job, a pilot for Delta.  He flew all over the country and abroad.  Guess how he died.  He was changing a tire roadside when a distracted driver hit and killed him and almost his wife.  She was able to jump out of the way .  (You are probably saying what the heck are you doing posting this)  Sorry but this needs to be told and told again.  You can barely see his mother at the bottom left of the photo.  You can almost feel her sadness.  His dad and his brother are carrying the casket.  What you can't see are about 200 men in flight suits behind the formal air force soldiers.  They were all over town all day.  PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO PUT AWAY THEIR CELL PHONES WHEN DRIVING.  Also any other distraction isn't worth doing this to a bride, family, friends and community.  The driver was 19.  Imagine how she feels.  And poor Alyssa, the bride, witnessing this.  She spoke at his funeral just for a minute.  She thanked him for being her best friend and the love of her life, and for treating her like the princess she was.  So true.  Later in the day the kids and I were walking into their house and heard something so scary.  It was loud and we couldn't find the source.  All of a sudden there was a fighter jet directly above us.  I'm not kidding.  Very close.  My grands live on a hilltop above the cemetery.  I knew right away it was for Nathan.  I have know Alyssa since she was a baby.  I am friends with her mom.  I first met Nathan when he played t -ball with our son when he was five.  Both the mom and the mother in law work at our doctor's office.  PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH THOSE YOU LOVE.

To add some sunshine, I will move on.
here is Mabel on the playground the first day that I went to pick her up from school.  So fun seeing her at school.  She goes to all day kindergarten.  I haven't started back to volunteering at the school yet.  The 2 second grade teachers have asked if I would come again.  I would love to but also be there for the kids third grade teachers and now Mabel's.  Hmmm, that's five teacher.  I had some other pictures of Mabel and M. together and then downtown after they ate ice cream and were all goofy.  M. erased them.  I told him that didn't make me happy.  He said I would just put the pictures on Facebook.

 Her are my son and his wife at the opening of the exercise studio.  It has taken off like wildfire.  She has a wait list.  She uses the LaGree machines and has a franchise .  If you go back to the first picture the studio is on the other side of the trees on the left side of the blue awning.  Upstairs, up many stairs.  They have this one brick wall that is original to the building.

And here is Miss Mabel again.  This picture should have followed the school picture.  She is showing me her dance moves.  She just stated back to lessons.  She's doing three classes.  But the gymnastics is where she excels.  She is five and they moved her up to the 3rd grade level.  No wonder with her mom being a fitness instructor and a former cheerleader.  She even cheered for FSU and was on the homecoming court.  Does it look like they need a new laptop cover, hah.  That looks nasty.
Do you know her.  This is Amy Butler.  She lives in the same neighborhood where my kids do.  And, she has signed up for lessons at the studio. 
 Last but not least is Baby O.  She's the little one that I have watched for 1 1/2 years now.  Just one day/night a week.  I have met my match.  All my experience and education with children, this one baffles me.  Before her mom ever left this week she climbed onto the recliner and jumped up and flipped off the back of the chair on her head on the wood floor.  She held her breath and quit breathing for a moment.  She later had to go to ER as she acted funny.  Did it stop her from trying to do the same thing over and over again, no.  I get being impulsive and getting hurt but doing things intentionally over and over again after warnings, is just not good.
So I will leave you now.  Maybe the last of the clown pictures the next time.  See you next week.


Julia said...

So very sad about the young groom. That driver should have her licence revoked for a long time.

I feel for his young wife and family. So very sad...

Talking on the phone and texting while driving is so dangerous since there are so many vehicles on the roads.

I never heard about Amy Butler and I checked her out and she a designer business woman.

Have a good restful weekend Debbie.

Kimberly said...

so sad about the young man - Texting and driving is so dangerous. I am glad you posted this! Have a good rest of your weekend. We are waiting patiently for some rain - wasn't hot here all summer still September hit.

Susie said...

Debby, That is so heart breaking about the death of that young man. My prayers for his family and wife.
I bet you like seeing all the kids at school. You seem to be a good kid person.
That's great about your son and DIL 's new business. Blessings to all, xoxo,Susie

Blondie's Journal said...

Debby...this is such a tragic story but I know this sort of thing is happening all the time. I will be honest. Once I was texting at a red light...I thought it was okay. When the light turned green I started to go and was just setting my phone down when the car in front of me stopped and I nearly hit him. Since then I keep my phone in my purse. I have my phone always only because I want to know if something happens to my kids or my elderly FIL. But I will never use it again while I'm moving. Even though it would have only been a fender bender, it scared the heck out of me.

On the other hand...I enjoyed the pictures of your family. You are blessed!!!

Jane xxx

Edna B said...

This story is so tragic and so true of what is happening all the time on our roads. I think the driver should be punished with more than just losing the license for a period of time. I think some jail time (after all, someone died as a result of her bad habit) would be a good punishment.

I'll say a prayer for this young bride, and I'll make mention on my blog.

I hope your day is as nice as ours is. Hugs, Edna B.

Julia said...

Hi Debby, thanks for your comment, The words were a bit mixed up and my son in law left a comment that you can solve the problem by turning off the auto-correct on your Kindle.

I hope this help.

Vicki Boster said...

Debby-- your story has broken my heart. I can't even imagine the heartache that was caused by this foolish act of texting while driving. The laws should be magnified for these acts. I'm so sorry for your friends loss.

You have a beautiful family-- I love the idea of the exercise gym-- I'm sure it will be successful!

Thank you for visiting and for your offer to help-- I'm so grateful:)


Very sad :( for the entire family and friends..
Thank you for the sweet comment on my last post.

White Lace and Promises said...

Oh no! My heart breaks for this family, this mother, this wife. I just gasped when I read this. How absolutely horrible. Tragic. I know the funeral was very heart-wrenching with a military funeral. One of my best friends was coming home from duty on Memorial Day about 34 years ago. He was killed in an accident with an 18 wheeler. It was just an accident. Just sad when they are fighting for our country and something like this happens. Prayers. You are have beautiful family.

White Lace and Promises said...

Amy Butler? You have got to be kidding. Wow! Right down the road?

must love junk said...

What a tragedy!! So sad :(
I'm praying for their family.
Your grands are absolutely adorable! And how cool you 'know' Amy Butler-I have her books!
Have fun at CL :)

NanaDiana said...

My heart just aches for that family, Debby. For the mother and the wife and the community. How very, very awful. All those lives changed because of inattentive driving and the the young girl that hit and killed him will live with that guilt for her whole life.

How wonderful about the exercise studio. I am glad it is going so well for them.

Those are some cute kids there...and that last one looks like a real corker. You can tell she is full of it! lol God bless YOU for taking care of her.

Hope you have a great week, Debby. I will be around blogging this week. xoDiana

bj said...

Very sad story. Sometimes, I think cell phones with calls and texting, are the worst things to come along. So many sad things happening involving texting.

Musings from Kim K. said...

Oh my. What a terribly sad story. Prayers for that young woman and her family. I'm so nervous about my daughter being a new driver now. We are constantly talking about her cell pone and driving. That thing has to be locked up and put away while she's driving. Best wishes with your newest babysitting child. She sounds like a handful.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That photo "is" amazing like you said! OMG what a tragic accident. I will be praying for the family. I am right there with you on the cell phone problems of our crazy world. I think our government needs to do something about this. Phones should not work while your in the car....period!

Kelly said...

OMG! I can't get over that sad story you shared. I HATE to hear that a wonderful person lost his life by someone who was negligent at the wheel! It's scary to know how many people are not paying attention because of their cell phones! Yes, I know of Amy Butler! She's famous! That's pretty neat that she'll be working out at your family's studio. Good luck with your latest child to babysit. She sounds like a challenge!

Julia said...

Debbie, thanks so much for visiting Vicki's blog and offering to help her get some supplies for Josephine's kids in Uganda. We all have our miseries to bear but these poor little children needs caring people to make their lives better. They don't ask for much.

You have such a sweet heart when it comes to children. You're very special and warms my heart.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Such a sad ending to a young man with a promising future. I don't think the younger generation realizes how dangerous phone use is while driving.

Congratulations to your son and his wife on their opening of the exercise studio!!

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