I just wanted to copy/paste some material that I posted at another blog in case any of you might be interested in some of these things…& it saves me writing it up again!
Blessings to All,
From the below site (well worth the visit & extended stay within & about!):
General Discussion, Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Here’s my stuff, obviously:
Eventually I’d like to take a page out of Stella’s “book” & perhaps have some guest posts and post even more things of wider ranging interest…but one step at a time…
If you’ve stopped by here for any reason, or even just by accident, thanks for taking the time to read a bit about our situation, to pray for our needs, to share an encouraging word, or even just a passing kindly thought. We hope you are doing well, but if you struggle (as we all do from time to time) we would be happy to pray with/for you and encourage you as best we can.
PS here’s that picture that I’d wanted to post at Stella’s site, and the associated comments, from the above noted link…
Josiah undergoing pre-op procedures before the Brain Tumor Surgery Summer 2010
|From: Don Walworth
You will be missed my friend! We spent many a summer together on Otsego Lake together. May peace be with you
|From: Bill and Elaine Stoddard
Tom has been not only a cousin but best friend to Bill since early childhood. His wife, Julianne is likewise a most prescious friend and cousin. We pray for God’s comfort to all who will miss the earthly presence of this honorable man of good character and integrity. He is much loved, by many.
The condolence messages from Don Walworth & my dad Bill Stoddard are from the surviving “Bunns” of “The Three Bunns”…a nickname this trio of mischievous young men gave themselves during all of the many high-jinx of their youth (I do not know the meaning, origin, or purpose of that name). There are many wonderful stories about their Summers at Otsego Lake that often get revisited with the newer generations as the years go by…& I love to instigate the telling of such tales!
One bit of a family history tidbit, Tom & Julie met at my parents’ wedding and married about a year later. My dad recently said that Julie told him that she fell in love with Tom at first sight & knew she would marry him even when she first met him. Julie’s mother and my dad’s mother were very close friends, I believe they were either school teachers or involved in church activities with each other. They always wanted their husbands to meet, but neither of the men were interested, being too far apart in interests & lifestyle. Tom Weiskotten, Julie’s dad, was some type of minister (I believe) & my Grandpa, E. M. (Elzine Munger aka El, Al, or Lefty) Stoddard was a self-made outdoorsman who ran his own Sunoco gas station in Detroit–Stoddard’s Superior Service! Anyway the wives eventually got their husbands to meet & the guys became fast friends. Tom W. died while his daughter was quite young so when it was time for her to get married it was my Grandpa Stoddard who walked her down the aisle to give her away to his nephew! We actually called Julie’s mom Aunt Julia because she was family (by love) even before she was family by marriage!
Nelson’s Funeral Home in Gaylord, MI has handled many of the deaths in our extended family over the years, including Tom’s parents, Hugh & Bernice Thompson, his sister, Karen Hansen, my grandparents, Elzine & Vivian (Bernice’s sister) Stoddard, my great-grandparents, Rowland & Florabelle Thompson (Bernice, Vivian, & Thurman’s parents), and my great uncle & his wife, Thurman & Mary Thompson.
In fact at Uncle Thurman’s funeral many years ago Josiah was able to meet some of Karen’s grandkids that were also autistic. Josiah used to point out Nelson’s for many years whenever we went to Gaylord & remark about Thurman’s funeral that had been there, one of the early indicators of some of his unusual memory & location skills (he’d met Thurman maybe once briefly but recalled events for many years without promptings or reminders, even when passing Nelson’s less than once in a year–it wouldn’t surprise me if he still could spell out the Thurman/Nelsons details on a subsequent Gaylord trip–such is part of the miracle & mystery of autism, at least Josiah style!)
bing.com image for Pine Beach, Otsego Lake, Gaylord, MI
The above picture is pretty close to the sunset view from Tom & Julie’s cottage on Pine Beach, just around the Pointe from my parents’ Cottage on Otsego Lake…
So I need to actually get some sleep & may be getting visually “slap happy” but I couldn’t resist copy/pasting a couple of autism super power images that likely could fit better in other posts I’ve done, but I want to be able to find them again so they are finding a “temporary” home here now! Blessings, Valerie
I see my brother Curtis doing Chris Farley-esque “air quotes” based on my writing style & am basically cracking my own self up!
the images in this post were found using the Bing.com search engine…