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Old 08-15-2009, 08:37 AM   #29
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Hi All,
Paula's L'il Sis again.

Brenda's reservation for Williamsburg,Va. is made. She'll be there 10/03/09-10/10/09 in one of my timeshare weeks.

Our friend Andrea paid half the exchange fee and "Foiled Again" aka Paula is buying their Colonial Williamsburg tickets. She also threatens to take them to Pongo Pizza! (I can feel my arteries hardening already!)

The homeschooling family in DC should contact Brenda directly so you can make more specific plans now that her Williamsburg reservation is made. If you don't have contact info Paula has her phone number or you can contact me at (kikrek@neo.rr.com)
and I'll give it to you.

BTW, I home-schooled too. They're all grown now and Rachel is home-schooling her 2 boys.

Thanks and God Bless,
Karen
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:09 AM   #30
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As of last Wednesday there was only $25 in the bucket list account. I know several people have sent money that should be arriving shortly.

It would be nice if we could raise a lot, but rest assured if you can only afford $5 it will still be appreciated and well used. Brenda's husband was able to pull off a near miracle and get the two of them a trip to Alaska at a super bargain price - so if we can't get enough to include him - it would be okay.

As Karen noted, They'll be in Williamsburg October 3-10, then proceed to DC. I don't know if they'll have time to do anything in Baltimore, but I will suggest it to them - along with Gettysburg.

Thank you all for contributing and donating your money, time and even your home.

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Old 08-17-2009, 01:54 PM   #31
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My check should be there by now.

I think Baltimore ("Balmer" to natives) is much more interesting and less "touristy" then our neighbor to the south (DC). I like Gettysburg, but it is more of a "canned" experience. It's Nirvana for Civil War buffs, but it's something of a one-trick pony. The Charm City, however, has the harbor, water taxis, great museums, urban funkiness, incredible food, Fell's Point, Little Italy, Fort McHenry and some incredible neighborhoods. Hey, I'm a native Montanan so for me to like any city, it has to be pretty nifty.

Here's my offer, for what it's worth. If Brenda and family want to include a day in Baltimore on the October trip, I'll take the day off and serve as personal tour guide. My wife is an English teacher, so she may not be available to tag along, but I've done enough "showing folks around" to do pretty well. Plus, I have GPS. Anything Brenda and family wishes to see, do, eat or drink here will be our treat. Consider it the "Remco van Lent" courtesy program.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:36 PM   #32
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Alumin-Angels ROCK!

I am so greatful for all the wonderful help and suggestions for Brenda.
If I can figure out (or con my hubby,"the geek" into doing it) how to attach a newspaper article about Brenda from last years Christmas I will.

She was bald and emaciated but took her youngest to see Santa...
Uh-Oh, I'm getting all weepy again!
Readers Digest version, Santa gave her a sleigh bell to remind her that he and all the reindeer were praying for her. He ended up joining her family for Chrismas dinner and they still write frequently. (He lives in another state.)

For those of you who actually get to meet her, please don't let her over do it. She won't complain but she tires easily, so smack her and make her rest. (I can say that, we've been friends for 27 years!)

Thanks again,
Karen
PS, Brenda put 2 new tires on her vehicle this week in anticipation. She's so excited!
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:42 PM   #33
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Oh Yeah,
If anyone is going to the "Airstreams at the Wilds" rally in September, I'll be meeting up with Paula there and would be honored to hug you and thank you personally.
Karen
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:48 PM   #34
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:04 AM   #35
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I would go but the Overlander is still in shop.

Wow... that sounds really familiar for some reason.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:58 AM   #36
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My little bit is in the mail as of this am. I only wish it could be more.

With my friend & fellow Forums member GStephens in the battle of his life with cancer, how could I not donate some little something . . .

Paula - You & your sister absolutely ROCK.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:03 AM   #37
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I called the bank and wire transfer isn't an option without an account number.

Soooooo, the flag is up on the mailbox right now.
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I'll walk a check out to the mailbox in the next 10 minutes....
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Thank you all. Several deposits have hit and the total is now over $200.

We appreciate every little bit. Times are tough and we all have too many obligations, so if you can only afford a couple of bucks, we're grateful!

Karen & I were raised by a depression era mother who could "squeeze a nickel until the buffalo pooped in her hand" and Brenda has a gazillion kids - so we'll find ways to wring the max benefit out of every cent.

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Hey - I'm here just south of DC in Lorton, VA. First, my home is open if for some reason Falls Church falls through - we have 5 open beds because we've been a licensed foster care home in 3 states and are working on licensing here, hence the empty beds Also, if there's a transportation issue, we have a big 12 pass. van that can haul just about everything and everyone wherever needed, so please let me know if I can help!
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Thank you for your thoughtful offer. I forwarded your info on to Brenda.
I pray that The Lord will sent tenfold blessings to everyone who has responded to this thread. Brenda is tickled and amazed by the kindness and hospitality being extended to her and so am I.

Alumin-Angels ROCK!
(I think we need T-shirts or hats or something!)

Paula's "Little sis",
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