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Gold Cards

Hello all,

football players in Walla Walla sell Gold Cards. They usually do a door-to-door blitz and hit the entire city. This year, there isn't any blitz, the players are on their own.

If you buy a Gold Card, you get discounts at several local places, mostly restaurants. The discounts are good for a year. Our Gold Card always pays for itself within days; the Lorenzo's pizza deal is a good one! They cost $10. If anyone wants one, let me know. We have to sell 32!!!!

NEWS JUST IN.....

Lou, a courtly and elegant gentleman, devoted father, loving husband, died today...8/31/06. Godspeed, dear Lou. We honor a life well-lived, a man well-loved. Cathy, Drew and Damon, our prayers are with you. I found this verse. I like to think that Lou took the hand that was offered. While we are here, knowing the pain of being left behind, we can cling to the certainty of a glad reunion.



Sweet Lou

My friend Cathy is walking beside her dear Lou.
Walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
And while she fears no evil,
I know there is much she does fear.
Learning to live without her hero next to her is only one thing.
Many of you follow her blog; the link is at right.
Please pray for her, for Lou and their two sons.
Imagine how much support she can feel, if we surround her with our prayers.
Now imagine, if each person who reads this, who prays, takes a moment to write a note saying so on her blog. Then she could not only feel it, but know it.

For all of us who are left behind,
not understanding,
clinging to hope...

With Hope by Steven Curtis Chapman

This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you've gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause w…

Remembering You

(I have added a link to a page with all the slide shows over on the sidebar, under "Links." Just click on "Slide Shows.")
August 23, 2006 - Marking One Year

Early in the morning,
dew on the ground,
the very first chill of autumn,
early this year.

Football players
walk by,
begin to
take the field.
The familiar sound of
cleats on pavement,
the slam of car doors,
the heft of shoulder pads,
the clunk of helmets.
The anticipation of
hard work,
honest sweat,
passion for the game.

One of Dave's
favorite places.

A few gather,
hold hands,
pray,
taking a moment to remember
a hero.

A hero as solid
as the rock
by which we stand.

A humble hero.
A man who lived his life
out loud.

Sharing his laughter,
his music,
his faith,
his belief in you,
his huge hugs,
and mostly,
and always,
his love.







I looked around the circle,
surrounded by people that love Dave,
people he loved,
and I know
he lives on in them.
To know Dave
is to be forever changed.
To love him
to be loved by him…

One Year

Friday, August 18, 2006 3:21 AM CDT
A Year Without Dave - In Pictures





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You can see in the pictures much of what we miss.
You can hear in the songs.

I miss his smile. Yes, Kathie, Dave was always smiling. He was happy at heart, always. No matter how difficult things got, Dave saw the glass as half full. Even more, he'd be likely to say, "Look, how thoughtful, they left me room for more." He was the kind of person who made the best of everything. Some of you know about his TGIM campaign... Thank God It's Monday! Dave was appreciative of life. He was grateful and hopeful. Never once, during his entire journey with cancer did he say, "Why me?" Not once. When he first found out it was cancer, true to form, Dave said, "There are kids (students) who will have a hard time with this, I need to pray for them." Then: "Get me out of here, the hospital is for sick people." When I look at all the picture…

A Year Without Him

A YEAR WITHOUT DAVE - IN PICTURES



In the last year:

September brought football season, a young man named Meyer in a Blue Devils uniform, pride and tears, support from friends and coaches, a big touchdown! Numbness, shock and a strange kind of adrenaline got us through.

October brought Kenny's 15th birthday, our first family celebration without Dave. Homecoming...Dave, a past Homecoming King, loved Homecoming, would have been so amazed to see Kenny in his tuxedo.Halloween potluck with friends, corn maze, pumpkin guts and trick-or-treating. Dave always dressed up with the kids. Our loss, our grief, is raw and ever-present, overwhelming and unbearable.

November brought Zach's first Cougar game, our first holiday without Dave, a Thanksgiving for which we were not grateful, tearful car trip to Kelso, and Disney on Ice...finding smiles and laughter, and knowing how Dave would have loved it.

December...Kate's dance recital, remembering how he spent the last one in the hospital…

Video of Dave

Friday, August 18, 2006 3:21 AM CDT

This is not nearly as polished as the slideshow that Jeffery Townsend made for Dave's service, but it does have Dave singing!


Magic Penny, written and performed by Dave Meyer
Melt with You, performed by The Currents, Dave lead vocals
Don't You Know That I Hear?, written and performed by Erik Haroldson, for Dave
Growing Older With You, written and performed by Dave Meyer for Shell
Friends, performed by Dave Meyer and Erik Haroldson

What I Miss...

This is not nearly as polished as the slideshow that Jeffery Townsend made for Dave's service, but it does have Dave singing!


Magic Penny, written and performed by Dave Meyer
Melt with You, performed by The Currents, Dave lead vocals
Don't You Know That I Hear?, written and performed by Erik Haroldson, for Dave
Growing Older With You, written and performed by Dave Meyer for Shell
Friends, performed by Dave Meyer and Erik Haroldson



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You can see in the pictures much of what we miss.
You can hear in the songs.

I miss his smile. Yes, Kathie, Dave was always smiling. He was happy at heart, always. No matter how difficult things got, Dave saw the glass as half full. Even more, he'd be likely to say, "Look, how thoughtful, they left me room for more." He was the kind of person who made the best of everything. Some of you know about his TGIM campaign... Thank God It's Monday! Dave was appreciative of life. He w…

Hot August Nights

The start of this month is always the Peach Basket Classic. In Walla Walla, they block off Main Street and set up basketball half-courts all along the blacktop. People come from all over to play brutal games of three-on-three basketball in blistering heat. Zach and his friends, Drew, Seth and Matthew have played together every year since they were little kids. One year, they even took it all! This year, they didn't really expect to. They had all of two practices...both in Bam's pool! Their team name was People Owning On Pavement...but their shirts just said, "POOP!" How can you not like it? They had a few wild plays set up, reminiscent of the Harlem Globetrotters. Most of their fancy stuff led directly to turnovers. The Haroldson Clan came for the weekend, and it was fabulous fun. The weather relented a little, the boys had a great time, Evy's sister Annee and her daugther Mimi were passing through, so we got to see them. We had about 100 (okay, it was 8) boys c…