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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Team Jonah and Great Strides

Today was the big day! Today was Great Strides 2009! Thank you to all of you who supported our family! Team Jonah raised close to $22,000 and had well over 100 walkers! We were able triple our family’s personal fundraising goal thanks to generous support from family, friends and coworkers. It was an overcast morning in Placentia, CA but perfect for a 5k!



IMG_8279Bekah was TOTALLY into the warm up work out (Sponsored by Total Woman Gym). She was front and center doing every move perfectly! :)  

IMG_8274IMG_8281 Friends Shanna, Kate and Luke and………….. us


Anna and her buddy Luke. Quite the duo!

IMG_8284 Anna sucked on a lollipop the entire walk and then fell fast asleep just as we walked back up to the park. Perfect!


The Nelsons


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just Days Away!

We are just 3 days away from Great Strides 2009! We are so excited to take part in this event and support our friends the Ostermanns! A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post telling all about this event and our inspiration for participating.

Here is my previous post.

If you would like to support our family you can click  HERE  and then click on Josh, Emily, Rebekah and Anna Nelson.

We thank you for your prayers and support for this great cause!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day ‘09

We had a wonderful Memorial Day!

Our church has an annual picnic jammed pack with activities!

Bekah on the Swings ( thanks Rebekah P. for the picture! )


Josh playing volleyball.


The “almost-married” couple. The big day is just weeks away!


Anna so proud of her parade ribbon.


Our family knows how to do a picnic right!

Cousin Alee with Anna….. and some corn.


Mommy with some lemon bars. 


This is Rebekah’s response to getting the green “participant” ribbon instead of the RED “I love a parade” ribbon. You can’t please everyone. :)


Anna has a little help on her parade route. Thanks Grandma! :) 


We had a great time with family and friends yesterday.

We do say thank  you to all those who have given their time, service and lives on behalf of our liberty! We are forever in your debt. May we never forget!

Friday, May 15, 2009


Now that the tears have subsided and I am able to compose myself, I will share with you a tragedy of great proportions. Yesterday (during and overall peaceful day at home) I decided to make my first ever Lemon Meringue Pie! I have a women’s Bible study that meets on Thursday nights and it happened to be at my house last night. The Bible study girls always appreciate a good dessert and are usually willing to try out my baking experiments.  So after four hours, my mixing and beating, baking and cooling, watching and waiting FINALLY came to an end and I had the end result!

Here it is!


I was so proud of it! And I especially couldn’t wait to try it!

DSC_1725 And then tragedy struck! Minutes before the ladies were to arrive I felt the pie and it still felt a tad warm. Well I couldn’t serve warm lemon meringue pie so I decided I should put it in the fridge for a little bit, to completely cool off. So after I tried to find a place for it in an already full fridge I placed it on top of  another container  thinking it was steady……… well as you can see it wasn’t!



DSC_1729 I screamed as if I had just seen an alien, stepped back, took a deep breathe, held back some tears and then…….. ran to get my camera!


So the Bible study ladies had to settle for Toll House ready made brownies and I have NO desire to attempt making a lemon meringue pie anytime in the near future! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Please Join Us….

…. in supporting a worthy cause, a wonderful family and amazing little boy!

On May 30th our family is participating in the GREAT STRIDES walk in Placentia CA. GREAT STRIDES is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest and most successful national fund-raising event. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. Rebekah and Anna have a very special friend named, Jonah, who is living with this disease. And so… we are walking as part of TEAM JONAH!

Jonah is a wonderful little guy with a sweet and gentle spirit.  Our girls love playing with Jonah and his twin brother Javan. Jonah is, indeed, an active and happy little boy but his days consist of endless medications and breathing treatments. I cannot begin to tell you how much I admire Jonah’s parents for their diligence and faithfulness in taking care of their son. They never rest in making sure he is taking everything he can and doing everything he can to continue to stay healthy and active. But still more is needed…… A CURE! Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. However, precious lives are lost to CF every day. That's why our help is needed!

We would greatly appreciate you sponsoring our family in the walk. The easiest way to make a donation it to go to www.teamjonah.com, click on our name and make a secure online donation.Your generous gift will be used efficiently and effectively, as nearly 90 cents of every dollar of revenue raised is available for investment in vital CF programs to support research, care and education. We are so eager to show our support for Jonah and his family by raising money for TEAM JONAH! Any amount you can donate would be greatly appreciated and all contributions are 100 percent tax deductable!

Thank you for your support!

Josh, Emily, Rebekah and Anna Nelson


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Our hearts rejoice….

Today I had the privilege of throwing a shower for my sister. As a family, our hearts truly rejoice over Donna’s upcoming wedding.

The big day is fast approaching and ALL the preparations are in full swing.  Here are some pictures of this special day….

The “CANDY BAR”….. not exactly the best insurance policy on fitting into that bridesmaid’s dress.


The cupcakes…


My mom, sister and….. me. I have an issue with closing my eyes in pictures. This is the best we got. :)


The flower girls and the bride. What kind of mother puts her girls in WHITE dresses and then hands them a chocolate cupcake!? That would be me!


Pyrex: A definite reason to smile!


Ok I have to just brag about my 2 year old for a minute. NOT ONLY is she potty trained ( in less than a week), at the end of the party she climbed up on the couch in the “den” and took a two and a half hour nap! Can I say………. ANGELIC?


And Rebekah, being quite awake after cupcakes and full access to the “Candy Bar” had a lot of energy to burn, so she made use of all the gift ribbon………… by tying Grandpa to a chair.


A wonderful day! God is gracious and we look forward to all God has in store for Donna and Philip!

Friday, May 8, 2009

What have you done this week?


We’ve been doing… mostly…… this…


Anna is an official “ BIG GIRL”! :)