1 of My Inspirations in Life – Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born in 1880, a perfectly healthy baby. However in 1882, she caught what was then called “brain fever.”  It was probably either scarlet fever or meningitis. Up until then Helen had been a very precocious child; for example, she began to talk at just six months of age. However, the illness was very serious and robbed of her sight and hearing at about 19 months old. Helen became very angry and confused, and she began to act out in disturbing ways. She threw violent tantrums. Mealtime was a dreadful time because she would get down from her chair and steal food right from the plates of others. Unfortunately, her parents were at at loss as to what to do to help her. Her father wrote a letter to the Perkins Institute for the Blind pleading for help. Soon, an angel named Annie Sullivan arrived.Annie w Helen

At first, Annie took complete charge of her, tackling her inappropriate social behaviors first. Annie soon began to spell words, but how would teach Helen the meaning of these words? One day, they were at the water pump. Annie kept spelling W-A-T-E-R into her hand until the light bulb went off in Helen’s head! W-A-T-E-R was the wet liquid flowing on her hands. This led to countless other breakthroughs! She certainly had not lost her precociousness; Helen was very quick and curious to learn.

 

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This is my favorite quote from Helen Keller.

 

My favorite HK quote

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Helen stayed close to Annie until Annie’s passing in 1936.

 

Older Annie & Helen

 

May 7th, Today is National Day of Prayer 2020

Our country and our world needs prayer more than any other time in my life. I was born in 1964. I think many of of us, including me, have become apathetic due  to the things that we here on the news and read on the web as well as the newspaper about corrupt leaders of our country and many other countries. Many of the “right things” they do are done to garner votes, instead of being done for the good of the people.

 

I made an error in judgement. I should have fought harder for the country I love! Instead of giving up, I should have prayed for leaders to exercise wisdom and integrity, qualities that my Grandpa Wally illustrated in his life to me and everyone else. Don’t forget to pray and to include those who are impacted by this terrible virus, physically, financially and emotionally.  I am still proud of my country!

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Glen, My 1 & and Only Special Brother/Sibling

Glen's poem from Mom

A poem Mom  wrote for my 8 year old brother How old was  I, 19 years old!

 

 

This was my brother @ 1 month old. I was nodding off in the background; however, I couldn’t wait to get home from from 6th grade to give him his mid-afternoon feeding!!! Wasn’t our mom beautiful?

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Glen and Hope

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Glen & Hope & Reyanna

 

Glen & Kristie, my daughter in 2011

 

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Glen Kristie & me me visiting her @ burn unit in Seattle. Glen flew in California

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Our Vow renewal – 2012 = Las Vegas

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Glen & I – Las Vegas!

Glen’s Wedding – Las Vegas – 2012

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Glen has always been there when I needed him the most! Glen and TJ, his wife.

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Family, with our Grandma, Christmas 2015

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Glen & Grandma

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Glen’s always been there for Kristie and me, especially after our husband/Dad passed last year! Calif. 2019

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People, 4 Legged Family, Things & Places I Am Thankful For…….

 In response to Thankful Thursdays from Comedy Plus

 

Some of my Dear Family Members

I am thankful for having my wonderful Grandpa in my life for almost 21 years.Grandpa F.

I am thankful for my parents, for the love they gave me for 45 and 47 years respectively.

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I am thankful for the love of this man for 34 years, the rest of his days.

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I thank God for the wonderful baby Kristie we were blessed with:

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I am thankful for the special cousin still with me today

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Just a few of the 4 legged kids that have blessed my life:

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I have lost a great deal by now, but each of these people and critters have brought me more joy and love than I deserve to be blessed with!

A few Special Places and Memories to Me:

 

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Becky and me @ Palomar Mt. about 1997

Barry & Me

My 23rd wedding anniversary

 

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My brother’s wedding & our vow renewal in Las Vegas in 2012

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2014 – Our Wheelchair train. I was driving my hubby around town and I loved it!

The Sun Peers Thru the Oceanside Pier - February 12, 2013

I have had many memories @ Oceanside beach and pier.

Last but not Least @ ALL, My Creator

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Hope endures

Happy Birthday & God Bless the U.S.M.C.

I will begin with a brief history of the U.S. Marines courtesy of http://www.military.com.  I am a proud wife, daughter and friend to several marines who served this country with honor: Barry A. Baker (husband), John K. Gilbertson (dad),  Albert Baker, (Barry’s Paw- Paw) Harold Deibert Sr. and Allen Weinert (friends). All of these great men, who have been in my life, have passed on now. I miss them all, especially my husband and my dad.

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.

Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of Capt. (later Maj.) Samuel Nicholas. The first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, Nicholas remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine Commandant. The Treaty of Paris in April 1783 brought an end to the Revolutionary War and as the last of the Navy‘s ships were sold, the Continental Navy and Marines went out of existence,

Following the Revolutionary War and the formal re-establishment of the Marine Corps on 11 July 1798, Marines saw action in the quasi-war with France, landed in Santo Domingo, and took part in many operations against the Barbary pirates along the “Shores of Tripoli.”

Marines took part in numerous naval operations during the War of 1812, as well as participating in the defense of Washington at Bladensburg, Maryland, and fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the defeat of the British at New Orleans.

The decades following the War of 1812 saw the Marines protecting American interests around the world, in the Caribbean, at the Falkland Islands, Sumatra and off the coast of West Africa, and also close to home in operations against the Seminole Indians in Florida. Marines have participated in all of the following wars of the United States, and in most cases were the first service members to fight. To date, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores.

Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, organized into three divisions stationed at Camp LejeuneCamp Pendleton, and Okinawa, Japan. Each division has one or more expeditionary units, ready to launch major operations anywhere on short notice. Marines expeditionary units are self-sufficient, with their own tanks, artillery, and air forces. The motto of the service is Semper Fidelis, meaning “Always Faithful” in Latin.

Now, you can see why I have a special love and affection for the Marine Corp. My hometown of Oceanside, CA proudly houses a large part of Camp Pendleton. Unlike many other countries, our military is voluntary, except for a few times in history when there was a draft. May I say, God bless and keep the USA in Your care. God bless all our vets and thank you for your service. Semper Fi and OOO RAH Marines!!!!usmc-flag