nothing says happiness like a trip to the happiest place on earth!
it was purely a coincidence that the day after olivia lost her friend, her grandma surprised her with a trip to disneyland that had long been in the works! i love their expressions her when i dropped them off at the airport: pure, unadulterated JOY!
also, i want to make note of the obituary posted yesterday in our local paper, the Tacoma News Tribune: Mercedes
there is a memorial fund set up for her, and in lieu of flowers (and if you feel so inclined), you have the opportunity to donate in her memory. many of you have emailed me your sweet condolences and kind thoughts, and i thank you --we both thank you!-- from the bottom of our hearts. several of you have been touched by asthma in some way or another. it is ironic that olivia herself had a couple close scares with asthma as an infant, as did baylor. any donations received will go towards pediatric asthma research and additional funeral costs:
ask for the:
Mercedes B. Mears Memorial Fund at
Bank of America (any branch)
we will be going to the viewing tomorrow, and then to the celebration of her life on wednesday. (information included in the obituary).