Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Beach

I have no knitting content this post. There has been a lot going on the last few days with my best friend and her family home from Alberta for vacation. Tonight was the big birthday bash for her mother. They turned it into a fund raiser for the Oldest One's school that is trying to raise the money for a rock climbing wall. The wall itself is something like $5000, and the climbing gear is another $3000. So far I think the school raised $2600 or so over several months. They had silent auctions tonight on donated items, sold tickets of basket of donated things, no gifts wanted but money donations, etc. They had barbeque chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, tons of stuff. They had a personal goal of $2000. When we left at 10:30 they had a whopping $4600! And there were a lot of people who couldn't make it and have mailed cards with donations. Her dad told me that if they don't have enough for the wall when all is said and done he will go back to the businesses and try to get them to add a little more.

They are amazing people. They have adopted and fostered so many kids, all from rough backgrounds, a lot with special needs. They just recently took two more boys, half brothers, about 11-12 year old range. All of this money raised will be donated in memory of their son who died in a tragic accident last September. They have two grown biological sons. There are several kids who came and went over the years, but they have eight in addition to the biological sons who "stayed", plus the young one who passed away. Two were adopted officially (including my best friend), and two more legally changed their names to their last name. Now there are two more boys who could most likely be there for the long haul! (I can think off the top of my head five kids who were there when we were kids that moved on, plus they had a baby once that was adopted shortly after they got him.)

Anyways, I wanted to post some of the pictures I took at the beach the other day.

Look out! It's Cujo! That's my freak. :)

She loves to dig holes, and all that sand was open territory. She must have dug twenty holes.

All the rest are just scenic. Taken at Beach Meadows Beach, Nova Scotia.

Happy knitting!


Blogger Donna said...

Your friend's parents are amazing! I have often admired what they have done for children all their lives! To raise that amount of money at a birthday party boggles my mind!
Lovely beach pics!

10:28 AM  
Blogger Frieda said...

They sound like truly remarkable people ! Love. love , love your beach photos ! I'm enjoying it vicariously . Here the summer of never-ending rain continues ...

11:28 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

That's a great fundraising effort!

The kids and I have to go to Bridgewater (meet someone to give them a cat at 10) this morning, and will be stopping in Liverpool on the way back. Have to stop at your store, and go see her old riding instructor. Hope you'll be there.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Marti said...

Looks like Jewel loves the beach.

About the sock blockers...I'm not sure who Arthur is, but I picked them up at the Crow's Nest antique shop.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Miss Tonia said...

Your friend's parents are some truely amazing people. I wish that I could half as much as they do.

Love the pics of the beach. The only beach I've been to is the beach for a lake here in Ohio. Oh, and on Lake Erie.

2:46 PM  
Blogger aija said...

Wow, what a fundraiser!

Puppy is SO cute, great pics!

3:58 PM  

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