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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:56 PM
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A Very Late "Thank You" to our friends @ DU from our family
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 07:58 PM by Keseys Ghost
Back in the last days of August, while my wife and I were in Crawford, Hurricane Katrina wiped out our world. Worst of all, our nighmare was, in the days following the storm, that we had no word regarding our daughter's safety/survival. You very loving people at DU, I later learned, organized a search for our princess. For that, I shall always be indebted. For that, you will all always be our family.

Love should be returned at all times.

We found her, safe and sound, four days after the storm. She is stronger for the experience and her mother and I are better parents and more grateful human beings for the tough lessons learned.

I've posted this photo elsewhere on this board, but I wanted you to see your Sarah (in purple) at Mardi Gras:




On behalf of Sarah Jane and all of the people who cherish her, I thank you sincerely.

Her mother and I will never forget the love you showed our family.

ONWARD!

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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:59 PM
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1. I missed your story
But I'm so glad that your entire family is safe. Your daughter is very beautiful.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:01 PM
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2. Our turn to thank you for sharing this.
So glad you are safe ang together. Sarah is beautiful.
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:05 PM
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3. I would be beside myself if I didn't know where my children were
but she seems so young to have to have gone through that nightmare. I am so glad that she is safe and that you all are trying to get on with the gettin' on. Hope you had a blast at Mardi Gras!

Hugs to Sarah too!
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Minnesota Libra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:07 PM
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4. I wasn't here in August but I am SO GLAD ......
....you and your family are all doing all right. Sending a big :grouphug: :loveya:
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:10 PM
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5. Thank you for the update.
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 08:11 PM by Hissyspit
So glad to hear how everything turned out.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:11 PM
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6. I know that those who were able to help
consider themselves fortunate to have had the opportunity. She is a beautiful girl. :loveya:
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caligirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:12 PM
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7. Nice to have a good outcome from a tragedy. Thank you for posting the
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 08:13 PM by caligirl
news and photo. You must be doing a great job with your daughter, she looks very happy despite what she had to go through.


:hi: :grouphug:
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:13 PM
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8. I can't even imagine going through such horror.
Best wishes to you as you put your lives back together...
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:16 PM
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9. that's your baby? I love this picture so much I captured it for my
happy file.
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zeemike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:18 PM
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10. What a beautiful little girl
Those 4 days she was missing must have been the worst kind of hell I can imagine.
But that people here at DU were willing to help does not surprise me, there are a lot of good people here.
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:19 PM
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11. You people are the best!
ONWARD!
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:20 PM
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12. I was too angry. I didn't pick up on your story. Glad you have peace.
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:21 PM
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13. Before the storm, before school started, with us in Crawford
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Mikimouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:22 PM
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14. That's great news! She is beautiful, and I am very happy to...
know that your experience was positive. I remember the first postings that came from Camp Casey about your daughter. Sending hugs.
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Wordie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:32 PM
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15. I don't know how I missed this, but I'm so very happy that this story had
a very happy ending, Keseys Ghost. I'm glad DU was able to help.

Welcome back to DU!

:hi:

:grouphug:
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:34 PM
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16. Thanks for the welcome back
I was "Dylan Garcia" in another virtual life.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 06:05 AM
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47. Thanks for making my Sunday morning
quite special. Your daughter is lovely.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:34 PM
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17. Thanks for letting us know what happened. I remember the story
and am glad that all turned out well for you.
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:35 PM
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18. Everyday I dance!
Never sweat the small stuff, right?
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:54 PM
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23. Right!
:grouphug:
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NastyRiffraff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:00 PM
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19. Thank god she's all right
She's a little doll! As a mother, I can't even imagine what you went through. I too missed the whole thing (I was worried about a couple of friends in N.O.) but I'm glad everything turned out all right and that little girl is with you again. What a sweet smile!
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Acebass Donating Member (926 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:15 PM
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20. Your so right Buddy!
We do have some good friends a DU...
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:17 PM
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21. A final photo and I'll let it go


Thanks, many thanks.
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OhioBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:22 PM
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22. she is adorable
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 09:22 PM by OhioBlue
I'm so glad everything worked out for you.
:grouphug:
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Ksec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:00 PM
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24. That pic looks like the sixties.
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 10:01 PM by Ksec
I dont know how you people handled that storm and its aftermath. I live in a flood prone area, right beside the huge Ohio River and we get them every 5 years or so. Luckily Im high enough and dont get them. Ive helped people many times as waters rose.

Your flood make ours look small, and that saying something because we get some doozies . Good luck and I hope you get some comfort from the day to day recoveries.

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cally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:04 PM
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25. I'm glad you are all safe and together now
I remember checking during those terrible first days to see if your daughter was finally found. I know there was much discussion about who could get to where your daughter might be. I'm so glad it all worked out. Your daughter is wonderful. :hug:
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:44 PM
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27. Yes, my daughter is wonderful!
All of the little girls, and the little boys, are wonderful.

I reckon that's why we're here, or what?

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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:17 PM
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26. I was a mod then, and it was sheer chaos here, but Sarah Jane got to
the greatest page with every update Brainshrub gave us. people were so worried and we all felt like we personally knew and had a stake in the storm thanks to her.

You are so welcome and I am so glad that lovely little lady looks so happy and safe in that picture.

thank you for posting!
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:45 PM
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28. I throw you a kiss from all of us!
ONWARD!
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:47 PM
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29. Oh, and, thank goodness for Paul @ brainshrub
I need to send him a Kingcake....
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:49 PM
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30. I didnt know-- WOW thanks for sharing and yes . . . . . . . . . . . . .

ONWARD ! ! !

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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:24 PM
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33. ONWARD!
We've not yet finished saving Sarah Jane's world.

So much to do; so little time....
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:55 PM
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31. So glad to hear everyone was safe
People were very worried at the time.
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:07 PM
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32. Thank you for your concern
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 11:07 PM by Keseys Ghost
You are among the ones I need to thank...
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:05 AM
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34. It meant so very much to us
We've been criticized for using our contacts to find her. For that, I offer no apologies. She is my daughter. What are contacts for, at the end of the day?

But she stands as a symbol. A symbol of what was lost and what was recovered. Who we are and who we might be.

We are blessed, humbled, and glorified by her survival.

We are radicalized and empowered.

We go ONWARD!
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:23 AM
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35. Give a big hug for Sarah from me!
:hug: I remember your search... I was searching for my mother during that time. :hug:
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:27 AM
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36. Love ya, Rat!
How's ya mama?
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:44 AM
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37. She's back in Treme
... but unemployed. She was an art teacher but most of the schools are still closed.


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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:49 AM
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38. i remember your story. we were all so concerned. there was so
mush going on from all directions. i was very proud to see the networks that worked together as the word got out you were seperated from your daughter. and we were all thrilled and relieved to learn your daughter was found and safe.

enjoy life
peace
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spuddonna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:51 AM
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39. She is so beautiful! :)
I'm so happy that you were reunited! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful picture... peace!
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:42 AM
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49. Doesn't she look like an angel
just makes me smile to see that pix.
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nofurylike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:56 AM
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40. precious!! gratitude to you, Keseys Ghost!! eom
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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:03 AM
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41. I'm glad to see her safe and happy.
What a crazy time that was.

DU had so much traffic and craziness at that time that we couldn't search, etc--so I bookmarked a bunch of threads in my browser. I just checked, and they're still there. Yikes.

If you want to see any of those "Katrina" threads, please let me know (caution: they will make you cry!) and I will PM you the links--they have personal info in them, so I don't want to post them.

Best to you and your family. I'm so pleased to hear from you!

Rachel
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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:15 AM
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42. I was a weird, violent, crazy time
All I wanted was to hold her again.

I was insane.

Business, property, money...bullshit....

Screw it! Where is my baby?

Trying days....
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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:22 AM
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43. I can't even imagine.
Not for a second.

Your story was certainly a reminder about what's really important.

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Keseys Ghost Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:25 AM
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44. A Warrior Before the Storm and After
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:42 AM
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45. I remember
Edited on Sun Mar-05-06 01:46 AM by EC
you were helping Cindy with her legal woes, and found a world of hurt yourselves...


Glad to see her dancing with flowers in her hair....
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 05:52 AM
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46. Thank you for the support you showed Cindy
Katrina wiped out that story as well, but you guys were on the "front lines" in Crawford during some trying days.

I was very happy to check in and learn that Sarah Jane was safe and sound. So many were lost that we may never know...


We need happy endings.

Thanks for all you are doing. :hi:
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peacefreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:27 AM
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48. Your search for Sarah Jane put the human face
to the horrors of both Crawford & New Orleans. One of the things that DU does so well is to humanize the events around us. Cindy Sheehan wasn't just a face on the tube. Sarah Jane & Maddy McCall & Swamp Rat & merh & many more are real people who have shared peices of their lives with us. If you know something about them, you can't do anything but care about what happens to them.
So give that sweet Sarah Jane a hug & tell her the story about how she had thousands of Aunties & Uncles worried about her during that big, bad, horrible storm. Blessings. Peacefreak
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Acebass Donating Member (926 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 09:44 AM
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50. Your forgetting someone aren't you?
Smudge the Cat!


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WestHoustonDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 11:52 AM
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51. I'm glad things turned out so well
A big hug from Houston's Vast Left Wing Conspiracy!
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:01 PM
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52. I remember when this happened to your family last year.
It is easy to question and doubt an outcome when you are out of touch with your precious little one. She is beautiful and looks to be a very happy little girl.

I thiank you for your support of Cindy when she needed it. I don't blame you for not wanting to take Sarah there. I live in Tx, and August is Hell.
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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:11 PM
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53. Your little one's smile is priceless.
Peace
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 09:17 AM
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54. Awww... adorable!
Onward!
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