The words on this page that you are about to read
are very special words
because they come from deep inside my heart.
I have learned that one of the good things about getting older is that we eventually learn what is important and brightens our lives, and what is of little concern. One of the things we eventually learn through the years is how much it means to have special people or "Earth Angels" in our lives.
I have always seen my life as a journey. My journey has taken me on many different roads. There have been mountains to climb, hills and valleys to go up and down, and turns here and there that have filled my life with all different kinds of challenges, obstacles and changes. But I've always made it through those times because God has always placed someone in my path to bring me some encouragement, love, honesty, strength, kindness, knowledge, skills and hope.
Creating this web site has given me the perfect opportunity to do something that I have always wanted to do. I would like to thank some pretty wonderful earth angels that have been a very important part of my life. It's impossible for me to mention every person who has somehow touched my heart during my lifetime as there are just TOO many, so I unfortunately had to single out just a few. There have also been a lot of other wonderful people that stepped into my path of life for just a short time. Nevertheless, they too, have left their footprints on my heart and have somehow left me with some sort of inspiration.
At one time or another, the people I'm about to mention, have somehow shared their lives with me. I became close to most of them as children, and I want to stay close to all of them because in some way, they have all helped me become the person that I am today. A lot of things they've said to me and things they've done for me will always be held close within my heart. I have a lot of beautiful memories and cherish each and every one of them. My earth angels have all fulfilled a different need for me and rewarded my life with some type of inspiration. My world is a much happier and brighter place because of all of them. Just thinking about them brings many smiles into my heart.
Many of the things I feel inside my heart today are there because at some time during my life, someone special cared enough for me.
My Children and Grandchildren
Words could never express all they mean to me. God really knew what I needed in my life when He gave me my children, as they are the most precious people that have ever come into my life. If it had not been for each of them, I would have never made it this far. So much of the strength of my life is in the love I have for each and every one of them. I am extremely proud of my wonderful family as they are all very loving, caring, and compassionate people. They have given my life so very much meaning.
My Sister, Nicky Shields
She has always been a very loving and caring sister. Being sisters has been wonderful, but I am especially grateful for the way our relationship has deepened and grown into a very special friendship ... one that means more to me than I could possibly tell her.
My Brother, Eddy Schrah
I've always been so thankful for him and for the loyalty and the love and warmth he always showed me over the years. I'm very appreciative of the way we were always there for each other. He always had a very special ear for listening and a broad shoulder for me to cry on, and it has not been easy to go on without my precious little brother. His death has brought much sadness and I tremendously miss his warmth, smiles, hugs, and the “I love you’s” he would always tell me. I will always love him very deeply as he has a very SPECIAL place in my heart.
My Sister, Sherri Mc Cusker
Although we lost contact with each other for many years, I have never stopped loving my "little sister." Since we have finally found each other again, I love her more than ever! It makes me very happy to know that I will finally have her for the remainder of my life and will always be able to count on her to be beside me, smiling with me in the good times or helping me through the bad. I've been able to share with her some of my most innermost feelings knowing that she will never judge or reject me. She always listens to what I'm really saying and has a very special way of understanding even though she doesn't always agree. She is a very special gift ... one that not everyone has. I want to thank her for caring and loving me so very much ... thank her for being such an enormous and important part of my life ... and thank her for being the brat!"
My Brother, Tommy Schrah
I "smile" because he is my brother and "laugh" because there's nothing he can do about it! Although we haven't always seen eye-to-eye and have had many disagreements throughout our lifetimes, I have always loved him with all my heart and know that he loves me also. He is a very caring person and is a blessing to me by just being my brother.
Sue Brumfiel and Keyne Tremain
What wonderful treasures they are to me! I cannot even describe the love I feel for them. I cannot thank them enough for the tremendous amount of love and support they provided for me when my husband (their brother) died. They listened to all the mixed-up thoughts and feelings I felt in my heart and never judged me or condemned me for anything. I want so much for them to always be part of my life because they are so very important to me. God has truly blessed me with such wonderful "sisters." I feel that I can confide in them about anything and know that they will not judge me or condemn me. Their kindness, compassion, and gentleness is a true gift to me.
My Pastor and Friend,
As a pastor, he has always tried his best to offer me some much needed spiritual guidance. As a friend, he was always right there to provide a shoulder to lean on, a very much needed word of encouragement and a peaceful calm in the midst of some of the storms of life I have had to live through. He is truly a gift that God has placed in my life's path and I will forever be grateful for him for always being there for me, my children, and my grand-sons.
My Attorney and Friend,
He has truly been a beautiful flower in my garden of life. He's always managed to give me a new perspective on different things ... including myself. There are things he has said to me that I'll always remember and ways he's helped me that I'll never forget. He's a special person that has always believed in me and encouraged me to do different things with my artwork. He's always treated me as though I am someone important. I could never thank him enough just for being the wonderful and unselfish person that he is.
My Dear Friend, Kathy O'Connor
She has no idea how very much she has really contributed to my life. I truly believe God placed her in my path to show His love for me. In the short time I've known her, she has always been there for me and helped me so very much as my life's path took me on an extremely painful and very confusing road of divorce. As I was going through an enormous emotional struggle, she listened for hours and hours to my innermost thoughts as tears flowed down my cheeks, all while encouraging me and supporting my heart. She helped me to maintain the strength I needed to want to keep going on, even when it had been so difficult at times. She is truly one of the greatest blessings I've ever received and I do love her from the bottom of my heart.
My Art Instructor and Friend,
He always went out of his way to be thoughtful and kind and would always take that extra step to reach out and care. He always gave me a spark of assurance when my doubts or frustrations would get the best of me. I could never thank him enough for the confidence and belief he always had in me.
My Cousin, Chuck Miller
He's much more than just my cousin ... he's more like my "Big" brother. We shared many joys and laughter, tears and pain together as kids and somehow we both survived it all. I want to thank him for all his heart-to-heart sharing, for his loving support and encouragement and most importantly ... for the gift of his true and honest friendship. I've never figured out, though, where on earth he has hid his robe and angel wings!
My Cousin, Bob Liddle
Ever since we were babies, we have always been very close and we've always been able to share our lives, hopes and dreams with each other. We laughed and had a lot of fun especially during our teen years. If I wouldn't have had him to watch over me during all those years, I don't know what would have ever happened to me. There have been so very many times during my lifetime that I've really needed someone and he was always there for me. I could never be able to find the words to tell about all the appreciation I feel in my heart for all his compassionate and loving actions toward me my entire life.
My Cousin, Charlie Bosch
When we were young kids, we were very close. Then I somehow lost him for about 40 years. But now I have been blessed by having him back into my life.
There is a saying that goes ..."I used to complain because I had no shoes, then one day I met a man who had no feet." Charlie is my living proof of this.
He was always very athletic but had a water-skiing accident at the young age of 38 which left him a paraplegic. In just a matter of seconds, his whole life was drastically changed. He has been a real inspiration to me because even in spite of the terrible accident, he still has a very positive outlook on life. He has taught me to never take anything for granted and to appreciate everything I've got and that I'm able to do. Charlie is a true "Earth Angel" that God placed in my path.
My Cousin, Helen Sabin
I'll never forget that she was the one responsible for my first date. I was only 13 years old and she wanted me to pretend that I was 16! (Can you imagine that)? I was extremely shy and I was soooooo very scared that night. I've never figured out a way yet of "getting even" with her. I can only thank her for all her love and concern that she has shown me for so very many years.
My Cousin, Johnny Grosso
I've always loved his warm and cuddly "Teddy-bear hugs" that he's always given to me for free. He's really "beary" special to me. I've also cherished his "just-called-to-talk" surprises that he gives me ever once in awhile. He sometimes makes me feel like I really do matter.
My Cousin, Leann Lobato
Her bright and sunny outlook has been a real inspiration to me. I am so happy that we've found each other again after 35 years. In the short time I've gotten to know her again, she has been able to spread much sunshine into my life. I feel very blessed and am very grateful that God has placed her back into my path of life.
My Cousin, Joyce Padilla
Although it's probably been at least 40 or more years since I've last seen her, I know it will be a blessing of some sort to have her back. I don't really know yet what God has in store for me by placing her back into my life again, but I know that it will be something wonderful. I'm very anxious to find out.
My Sister-In-Law, Cece Schrah
Ever since we met as teenagers, she has always been a very special person in my life. She has always been there with me during good times and many heartbreaking times. I don't know what I would have ever done without her and have been truly blessed by all the understanding, compassion, and love she has always shown to me. I don't believe I've ever met a more positive person in my lifetime and I will always treasure and love her.
My Special Friend, Mary Troxell
She is more like a sister to me than a friend. She's always opened her heart to me and has never thought twice about giving of herself. I know that understanding me hasn't been the easiest thing in the world to do, but somehow she's done it and I have much appreciation for the difference her friendship has made in my life.
All My Aunts and Uncles
They all hold a very special place in my heart. They have all at some time or another during my life shared their lives with me and were the extra hands that helped to guide me. I am truly blessed to have had all of their warm and caring hearts help take care of me.
My "Other" Mother, Ginny Ellis
Words could never describe the warm and wonderful feelings that are so deep inside my heart for her. God knew exactly what I needed in my life when He sent her to me. She has been a double-blessing and I am so very grateful for the treasure of her friendship that I know was sent to me from heaven. She has been a source of so very many wonderful things for me ... encouragement, understanding, wisdom, love, and has been so very patient with me. She has truly filled a very important place in my life ... and I love her just as much as if she were my own mother!
I would like to thank everyone so much for taking the time to listen, to understand and to care.
I would especially like to thank all the wonderful people who have taken the time to email me with such heartwarming comments. Each and every one of you have left me with much happiness and joy in my heart. I never realized before how many special people there are still left in the world. To me, you are all another "earth angel" that has come into my path of life. The words, "Thank You," cannot possibly even begin to tell you how much appreciation I really have for you.
May God bless each and every one of you!