Posts tagged with: Gwendolyn

Easter 2011

April 29, 2011 by Bill Strong

What an awesome Easter! Easter egg decorating, playing, more playing. A Gramma slumber party. Easter egg hunting, Easter basket opening, more Easter basket opening, more Easter egg basket opening, more Easter basket opening. A beautiful walk to the park, a swing on the swings, a meeting with...


Happy Easter.

April 24, 2011 by Bill Strong

My how our little bunny has grown and grown and grown and grown. A little walk down Easter memory lane [brought some healthy tears to these eyes] --Easter 2008Easter 2009Easter 2010.

We wish you all a happy, wonderful Easter!



April 22, 2011 by Bill Strong
Gwendolyn LOVES to swing on the swings. I mean she a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y LOVES it. On our almost daily walks we pass several parks and one has a huge children's playground. There is no way we can get past that park these days without taking a swing on those swings -- which can be challenging if we're...

Our Little Spring Girl

April 20, 2011 by Bill Strong
Spring is definitely in the air around here -- and we're loving every second of it although the weather isn't quite sure which direction it wants to go quite yet. I just love this picture of Gwendolyn out with us at breakfast on the patio...

Life Really Is Short: Cherishing My Special Daddy Days

April 18, 2011 by Bill Strong
The reality and gravity of Gwendolyn's SMA diagnosis three years ago has completely turned my personal balance sheet on its head. Things that used to be important, aren't so much any more. Priorities have shifted. Focus has become much more micro and patience for nearly everything outside of my...

First Picnic of the Year

April 15, 2011 by Victoria Strong
The weather is finally warming up. Okay, I know I can't complain too much in comparison to my friends further east where the weather has just been so darn ornery this year. But per Santa Barbara standards, it has been too rainy and too chilly for too long. Bring out the sunshine!

We had a nice...


Little Star and Gwendolyn in Santa Barbara News-Press

April 13, 2011 by Victoria Strong

You all know that Little Star is Gwendolyn's animal BFF. She loves him so much and he loves her. I've written about them here, here, and here.

We are so lucky that Diane (Little Star's Mommy) is such a dear friend. She always includes us and she always, always makes Gwendolyn feel special. We met...



April 13, 2011 by Victoria Strong


Have you met Giant Gwendolyn?

She stomps and thunders

(and squeals and giggles)

And she's heading your way to give you tickles smile

This is Gwendolyn newest favorite thing. Every night she gets to select how she would like to be carried to bed. Sometimes she's a butterfly, other days a fairy,...


Calling Nurse Gwendolyn STAT

April 07, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Remember "Career Day"? Well, our fabulously thoughtful friends Heather, Wade, Reagan and Kendall read that blog post and quietly got to work making sweet G's career dream come true. A package arrived in the mail with a note that read:

Gwendolyn, You can be anything you want to be...

And, yes, I burst...

Butterfly, Butterfly, Our Lovely Butterfly Girl

April 05, 2011 by Victoria Strong
I may be obsessed. Okay, I definitely am. I see butterflies everywhere and they always make me smile because, of course, I think of Gwendolyn. Anthropologie has me wrapped around their oh so stylish finger with all their butterfly home goods. And now Pottery Barn has butterfly pillows this season!...

Good Things For Gwendolyn: Our Animal Whisperer and A Half Birthday

April 04, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Today Gwendolyn is 3 1/2 and I can't believe it! 3.5! I can't believe it has already been six months since her big 3rd birthday celebrations -- her first trip to Disneyland, the month-long "Birthday Bonanza" giveaways, the $36 for 36 months campaign that raised $3,300 (Wow! and THANK YOU!), and...


Grandpa Harry: June 27, 1905 - March 30, 2011

April 01, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Harry Reese Gillespie

June 27, 1905 - March 30, 2011

My grandfather Harry passed away this week and I am devastated. He was 105 years old and while I know this is the normal course of life, this is an enormous loss for me and anyone who knew him. He was kind, thoughtful, generous, insightful and has...


A Good Laugh

March 29, 2011 by Victoria Strong
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I need a good laugh. Don't we all? Having a good laugh just seems to help me refocus... look at things in a new way... let off steam. A good laugh makes my heart smile and I think...


Clever Little Girl

March 25, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Last night when I was putting Gwendolyn to bed I asked her, How did you get so darn adorable? She smiled and looked around her room. So I pointed to different decorations on her shelf and asked, Was it the angels who made you so adorable? Silence. Looking up at the stars on her ceiling, Was it the...


A Mother’s Embrace…Gwendolyn Has a “Bug”

March 23, 2011 by Victoria Strong

This is what we did today.

What's more is Gwendolyn demanded it.

In her non-verbal way she let me know she needed snuggles. She needed to hear my heart beat in her ear. She needed my warmth. She needed my comfort. She needed her mother's embrace.

And then she fell asleep.

And I cried.


Preschool Photo Shoot and the Small Things

March 18, 2011 by Bill Strong

Yesterday, Gwendolyn had her preschool photo shoot. She took her class picture with all of her school friends and teachers. And then -- just like all of the other kids -- she excitedly took her posed solo shots sitting in her purple tumbleform chair in front of a cheesy faux windowsill setup smile...


Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2011

March 17, 2011 by Bill Strong
Our sweet little leprechaun wants to wish you all a very happy St. Patrick's Day. Hope you are all wearing green today...otherwise watch out for Gwendolyn's sneaky pinchy pinchy smile And thank you Grandpa for sending Gwendolyn the cool St. Patrick's Day hat and ribbon. She loves them!


March 16, 2011 by Bill Strong

A Dream Come True

March 11, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Firstly, thank you all so much for the many birthday wishes. You really made me feel special and cared for -- and your messages, cards, and Facebook posts meant a lot to me (although Bill said I was clogging up his fb feed smile)!!! I have to say that this may have been the best birthday ever. 



Happy Birthday Super Mommy!

March 08, 2011 by Bill Strong

Dear Mommy -- I just wanted to make absolutely, positively sure that you know how much Daddy and I love you and how incredibly fortunate I am to have you as my super mommy. You're the best in the whole, entire wide world and I know you are going to have a super fabulous birthday -- celebrating...


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