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Life goes on

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Yes, I have missed a few days. No, I didn’t go anywhere. I have been staring at the dwindling list of archived entries that remain. And wondering what I can do to halt the march toward its inevitable conclusion.
As of May 4, 2007—the date of Nattie’s previous post—a mere two weeks remained before we all got the terrifying diagnosis. And no one guessed that we had but three weeks after that to share her earthly presence.


Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

wordless wednesday

Stop the whirlwind! I want to get off!

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

You may have noticed the rapid passage of these archives. It was only about a month ago that we posted Natalie’s June 6-8, 2006, entries. Only God knew at that time that we had but one fleeting year to enjoy her earthly companionship. And because the scarcity of money became more and more of a problem for her, she and her blog were offline for longer and longer periods in those closing months, making the end come even more quickly.


Things you might want to know

Monday, June 8th, 2009

It was purely by coincidence that Natalie’s “Happy Birthday to Me” entry came around the day before our local ACS Relay for Life. And that just one day prior to the second anniversary of her passing. Some might call it ironic. I guess i would as well. But I post them as they come around, and that’s the way it rolled.
Regarding the June 5 “Happy Birthday” post and the June 7 anniversary, please read Heather’s beautiful letter on her site.
If anyone else has written “a letter to Nattie” this year, please send me a link to your blog or a copy that I may post here.
Meanwhile, this year’s Relay was the polar opposite of last year’s.
None of the out-of-towners could make it, and it didn’t rain. Scattered clouds and a light breeze kept the 80-degree temperatures and 50-percent humidity from becoming oppressive. Between laps of the track I sat comfortably in the shade while Anne knitted socks for soldiers. Several larger groups conducted raffles, bake sales, and other fund-raising events, but as most of our members live at least 100 miles away, I was satisfied with our effort.
Hundreds of participants continuously circled the track, and the crowd built as the day went on. And when the sun went down I was actually able to get some photos of the luminaria. It was one of the few times I had wished for one of my old 35mm Nikon film cameras, lately. Perhaps if I knew my digital “point-n-shoot” a little better I might have gotten better low-to-no-light pictures…but maybe you get the idea.
Thanks to all of you who contributed to the American Cancer Society this year in support of our team “Remembering Natalie Rose York.” Due in large part to the Alexandria Nazarene MOMS, we collected $592.89. Thank you for remembering Nattie so generously.

Rose Reading Garden update

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Thank you for your response to our report on Sunday’s dedication. Some of you inquired about donating books or money, so I asked Jen to write up the particulars. Here is her information.

…We would love donations of books. Everything donated, either the books we receive or the books we buy from the money we receive, will be marked with a sticker saying, “dontated in memory and honor of Natalie Rose York.”
Donations can be sent to or dropped off at:
Church of the Nazarene
1401 S. Harrison Street
Alexandria, IN 46001
Please make a note on the donations that these go to the Rose Reading Garden or c/o Missy Beeman.
If you are doing a check donation, please put in the memo: donation to Rose Reading Garden.

And, if that seems like too much effort, the children’s pastor has registered several books that you can purchase for the librry in one quick visit, right here on the Internet. See Missy Beeman’s registry at Christian Books
Thank you for helping to grow the Rose Reading Garden in memory of Nattie Rose.

the Rose Reading Garden is now open

Monday, June 1st, 2009

The Sunday morning library dedication far exceeded my expectations. Thanks to Jen, Missy and Pastor Mark. It was an emotional service…at least for me.
I was proud of my daughter for fatherly reasons. I never knew her the way other people did. Hearing her friends tell how she affected them as a woman, mother and fellow church member, will never cease to amaze me.
This area was virtually destroyed by water damage a few months ago. Volunteer members did an excellent job repairing and remodeling everything.


Relay for Life

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

As previously stated, this year’s Relay for Life will be on Saturday, June 6. I renewed the team “Remembering Natalie Rose York,” but I seem to be unable to adequately handle more than one thing at a time and have let arrangements slide. Consequently, we now have barely one month remaining and I have done virtually nothing about it in the past two. So we’re back to the old familiar mode of stamping out fires.


Current News

Monday, April 13th, 2009

This is largely irrelevant as almost all of you live elsewhere, but another team in our local “Relay For Life” has announced a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. Here are the details:

Saturday, April 18, 2009
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Marion Lanes
705 W. 37th St.
Marion, Indiana
2 Hours of Bowling and Shoes $5.00 (per person)
Striking Out Cancer: Priceless!
Hosted by Liz (Coopie) Williams, Family and Friends

Of course, this has nothing to do with raising money in Natalie’s memory, but anyone in the area next Saturday afternoon who feels like bowling for a couple hours is invited to join in.
And if this gives you any idas about ways we could beat last year’s total, let me know. Thanks!

My apologies…

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

I haven’t been able to keep up with Natalie’s blog this week. I’m trying. Honest, I am! Back to “normal” next week…maybe!
Thank you for your patience!

Just in case…

Friday, March 27th, 2009

entries seem spotty next week, my schedule will be very different from the usual. I should have Internet access most of the time, and I will try to post and approve comments daily, but I will be in a different place with different demands on my time.
When I get “back to normal,” I’ll try to start updating everyone on the plans for our team “Remembering Natalie Rose York” and the 2009 Relay for Life this coming June 6. And your suggestions are always welcome.
Meanwhile, (((((Y’all)))))—ND