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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

July 02, 2009 by Bill Strong

We are here -- Vicksburg, MS!!! We have had an incredible morning and
afternoon with Harry and will post about it soon. Right now we are
cooling of in a coffee house and visiting our favorite funky art
gallery, The Attic Gallery, while Gwendolyn listens to Adele on
Daddy's iPhone smile and Harry takes a...
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Acts of Kindness: Palestine, TX

July 02, 2009 by Victoria Strong
Where do I even begin with what we just experienced in East Texas? It all began with the wonderful front page article Cheril Vernon wrote for the Palestine Herald. During the phone interview she mentioned an opportunity for us to speak publicly and I quickly said we would absolutely be interested,...
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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

July 01, 2009 by Bill Strong

Trucking through East Texas from Palestine, TX to Louisiana, across the Mississippi River and into Vicksburg, MS.


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Trip stats:

* Mileage this segment: Palestine, TX to Vicksburg, MS --- 320 miles
* Cumulative mileage: 2,120 miles
* Cumulative gallons of diesel gas: 325 gallons
* Average...
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My Grandfather, Harry

July 01, 2009 by Victoria Strong
My grandfather, Harry Reese Gillespie, is the most remarkable person I have ever known. At 104, he has lived through every major event and been witness to every new invention in the 20th century. But it is not his age that impresses me (although 104 is pretty darn impressive); it is the way in...
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Gwendolyn visits Grandmommy DeBard

June 30, 2009 by Victoria Strong

This afternoon was difficult. I knew it would be when planning this trip, but it was something that was very important to me. I took Gwendolyn to meet my mom. The last time I was in Palestine, it was to bury my mother. That was ten years ago this August and I still miss her desperately. My...

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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

June 30, 2009 by Bill Strong

Big Bird on DeBard Street in Palestine, TX. DeBard is Gwendolyn's
middle name -- named after Victoria's mom, DeBard, who was named after
a family last name.
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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

June 30, 2009 by Bill Strong

Palestine, TX. Well, Gwendolyn was sleeping when we arrived this afternoon so one of her best buddies, Elmo, had to stand in for her for her "Where On The Road..." candid. As you can tell, Elmo's having a blast as well!!!


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Trip stats:

* Mileage this segment: Childress, TX to Palestine,...
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Acts of Kindness: Rancho Sedona RV Park

June 29, 2009 by Bill Strong
These are the things that give me goosebumps - literally. And, over the last year since Gwendolyn's diagnosis, I've had the distinct pleasure of experiencing things of this nature many, many, many times. And it's not sympathy, as I really don't appreciate sympathy. It is just simple, gracious acts...
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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

June 29, 2009 by Bill Strong

On the road through Bowie, TX. Headed for Palestine, TX.
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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

June 29, 2009 by Bill Strong

Okay, so we are in a Walmart parking lot tonight in Childress,TX
(nearest stop between points A and B), but if you close the curtains
on the Walmart side and have the right frame of mind, you can find
beauty almost anywhere.


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Trip stats:

* Mileage this segment: Santa Fe, NM to Childress,...
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Where On The Road Is Gwendolyn?

June 28, 2009 by Bill Strong

Texas border...
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Santa Fe, New Mexico

June 28, 2009 by Victoria Strong

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Trip stats:

* Mileage this segment: Sedona, AZ to Santa Fe, NM --- 412 miles
* Cumulative mileage: 1,055 miles
* Cumulative gallons of diesel gas: 168 gallons

Santa Fe is beautiful and definitely a place we'd like to return. It is much bigger than Sedona and we barely scratched the...
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Petrified National Forest and the Painted Desert

June 27, 2009 by Bill Strong
Yesterday, on our beautiful trek from Sedona, AZ to Santa Fe, NM we decided last minute to take a detour through the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert. The petrified wood was interesting - especially when you consider that they are a few HUNDRED MILLION years old. They look...
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Hoover Dam by RV

June 26, 2009 by Bill Strong
On our way from Las Vegas, NV to Sedona, AZ yesterday we took the RV over the Hoover Dam. It was truly an experience! What an amazing architectural feat considering it was constructed in the 1930's. Although, I'm 99.999% certain they never, ever, ever, ever, ever imagined a 36-foot decal plastered...
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Leaving Las Vegas

June 24, 2009 by Bill Strong

We had so much fun with Heather and Wade these last few days in Las Vegas. They are such dear friends and we always love being with them whenever we can. And seeing Gwendolyn thoroughly enjoying herself with Reagan just melts our hearts.

Yesterday Heather and Wade graciously hosted a party in our...
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Ahhhh, this is the life…

June 23, 2009 by Bill Strong

Gwendolyn spent the day playing with her new friend Reagan and
relaxing in the warm late afternoon shaded pool in Las Vegas. She especially loved putting her hands and feet in the waterfalls. This is the life!
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Pajama Party

June 22, 2009 by Bill Strong

Gwendolyn is having a blast with her new best buddy, Reagan, and so are we!!! This is the girls getting their jammies on together -- they did not want to be apart after their big evening dance party. So fun! And they both couldn't wait to see each other this morning.
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Enjoying The View

June 21, 2009 by Bill Strong

Gwendolyn enjoying the view of the Joshua trees while perched in her red chair on her way to Vegas.
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Open Road, Here We Come: First Stop—-> Las Vegas, NV

June 21, 2009 by Bill Strong
And we're off...

It has been a hectic week, but exciting as we prepared for today and the official Bon Voyage! Thank you for all the well wishes and safe travel messages and comments -- we love reading them and feel so encouraged by them.

Today, I went down to Aunt Kristen and Uncle Richard's house...
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All is Well

May 20, 2009 by Bill Strong

We are almost home after a very productive meeting with Dr. Yuan at Stanford. Have we said how much we love her? She is honest with us about everything, but not clinical and always reminds us that Gwendolyn is her own person and not a statistic. She thinks Gwendolyn looks really great and is...
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