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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Koopa Shell Chocolate Cake Pops! - Nerdy Nummies

Brady made Mario Kart 8 Koopa Shell Cake Pops. He really enjoys making nerdy themed goodies and decorating them. 
He made them for a date, but unfortunately got stood up. So very sad. But he was able to share them with his friends who were able to enjoy them instead. 

His motto is: "Chocolate is medicine and YouTube is Life!"

He has such a great attitude - instead of being depressed about getting stood up!
I'm always impressed that he is brave enough to try out these fun and creative food treats. He gets these ideas from Rosanna Pansino's Nerdy Nummies show. I've included her YouTube video below on how to make these cake pops. 
He made a chocolate cake. added a tub of frosting and made cake rounds. Then added a Popsicle stick and covered with white fondant.
Melted colored chocolate and dipped them. 
Then he piped on some chocolate and made them look like turtle shells. 
Well, not turtle shells but "Mario Kart 8 Koopa Shell Cake Pops"!!
I'm impressed! They turned out super cute. 
I love Brady's passion for life and doing all these fun things!!

Here is the YouTube video from Rosanna Pansino's Nerdy Nummies:

You can see Brady's other creations here: 



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August Financial Wins!

You would think that becoming debt free last month, I would NOT be having financial woes in August. This month has brought on a lot of financial challenges. 

But first my August wins:

Blog Ad check was: $109.64

I added a new customer to my business and had 1 clean in August - extra income $100.

Swagbuck Money: 
Last month I cashed in $175 in Amazon gift card money. 
This month I also cashed in an additional: $78
Bringing my Amazon credit to: $253
I LOVE HAVING FREE MONEY!

My current balance is only 1513 which equals $1.51 in swagbuck money to start off September. 
A lot of my friends don't see the point of doing all this swagbuck work for pennies. For me, it's equivalent to someone addicted to a game on-line. However, this addiction to swagbucks is making me some money. You don't earn a lot of money daily, but it does add up, as you can see by my Amazon credit balance. 

I'd rather waste my time on-line doing something that makes pennies then making no money at all. It's easy, and I do it while I read books, while I check out facebook, while I blog, while I watch TV - I have something running on my laptop, iPod or computer that is earning me money.

Some of the ways I earn money is on Swagbucks is: 
Mobile videos 36 points per day
Games 10 points per day
Daily task: 4 points per day 
Stream newsy videos on my computer - 10 videos equals 3 points. I try to get around 100 points running this. 
nGage, I run while running videos and you get 2 or 3 points per segment. 
I do surveys sometimes, but I hardly ever get qualified to finish them - so I rarely spend any time doing that. 

Anyway, Swagbucks is usually running while I am home after work until I go to bed. It is a slow process, but it adds up. I fee like $78 from last months earning is totally worth the time I put in to running swagbucks. 

Now, on to the financial woes I had in August. 

Brady's tuition was an additional $1000 to the money I had budgeted. I did not expect the rise in tuition and the additional expense. That was a total bummer. We could have applied for a loan, but I really would like him to graduation without much debt. He is starting his senior year and his total debt so far on student loans is $2000. The sad part is that he won't graduate this year because he transferred from BYU to UofU his sophomore year and all of his Freshmen credits didn't transfer. 

Jason also cost me some money to get him out of trouble and help him out. The joys of being a parent *wink.

The really sad news is that Jason and Sharon's marriage is breaking apart. Jason has moved back home. With the trouble and helping him get new tires for his car so he could commute from my home to his work - I ended up helping him out with about $550. 

I'm glad that I didn't have debt going into this month so that I could help out my children. 

I did budget to get new front tires for my car $255 before all these other expenses came about. 
I also have an order for firewood which cost $500 for 2 cords which has been budgeted for and I have set that money aside.

But, without budgeting for the additional tuition cost and helping Jason - my financial reserve is really low right now. Lower then I've allowed it to dip for several years. It causes me some anxiety when I get that low. 

Hopefully September will be better for me financially as I am trying to save for a new roof. 

The good news is that I was NOT tempted to charge anything to my credit card and did not allow Brady to get a student loan. NO DEBT was accrued - so that makes me happy. This is why emergency funds are so important - Murphy's Law always pays a visit. 

I was able to meet all the financial surprises in August. Now I just move forward being frugal and building up my savings.

Being debt free was suppose to alleviate any financial pressure - but life happens. 

As long as I don't go into debt again, life is good!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Motivational Monday: Three Red Marbles

Three Red Marbles

By W. E. Petersen
This story first appeared in the October 1975 Ensign Magazine


 One day Mr. Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.

      I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.

      Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller and  the ragged boy next to me.

     "Hello Barry, how are you today?"

     "H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas ... sure look good."

      "They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"
      "Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."

      "Good. Anything I can help you with?"

      "No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."

      "Would you like to take some home?"

      "No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."

      "Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"

      "All I got's my prize marble here."

      "Is that right? Let me see it."
      "Here 'tis. She's a dandy."

      "I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort  of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?"

      "Not zackley ... but almost."

      "Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble."

      "Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."

      Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.  With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one,  perhaps."

       I left the stand smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering.

      Several years went by, each more rapid that the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.

      Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could. Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts ... all very professional looking.

      They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes  followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

      Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket. "Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size ... they came to pay their debt."

       "We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she confided, "but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho."

      With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband.
      Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

    "...love one another; as I have loved you.... By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."    John 13:34-35

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Barbara Jean Anderson Gobel 1939 - 2015

June 12th Update: Barb Anderson-Gobel: Mom is still in intensive care (ICU) after her fall last Saturday afternoon. She went under anesthesia for 3+ hour surgery to stop the bleeding in her brain and to assess the fracture to her skull (Frontal to rear of her head). It's been a week of many follow-up tests (MRI/Cat-scans) and waiting for answers. While we still don't have a clear forecast of what is around the corner, the bleeding has stopped! As expected by the physicians, her memory goes in and out and at times she is very confused. On a positive note, the feeding tube has been removed and she has been eating small amounts of solid food! Our family appreciates the messages (calls, texts, emails) that we've received and are grateful for your love, thoughts and prayers! JD
From Lawrence: I want to take the time to thank everyone for their condolences, phone calls, texts, the cards that I have received in the mail and all the Facebook messages. It has been overwhelming but It's not surprising that so many people have been touched by my mother. She was always a character and the life of the party. She was always loving and accepting and I'm not sure what life is going to be for me without her in it. I know it will be lonely and sad for me for awhile. Some days will be better then others. In the end I have no regrets. I got to say what I wanted to say to her and also got to be with her the moment she left this life to be with our dad. I'll always have the gift of holding her hand and saying goodbye. I know many people don't get that chance and I am grateful that I did. I'm sure I will her miss everyday of my life. I can only hope she is at a place of happiness and peace. I Love you mom and always will.

Jodie Gobel Kramer 
I love you Aunt Barb!! Gone too soon but never ever forgotten. Rest in Peace sweet little woman. 

 Tim Burkinshaw
 Beautiful collaboration of Wonderful Pics of Her , and My Two Terrific Friends, her Boys.
Barbara Jean Anderson Gobel

Born: July 3, 1939

Died: August 23, 2015
Jason, his dad Lawrence and his Grandma Barb.
As a side note, Lawrence is writing her obituary and I'll add it here when I receive it. 
Barb was married to Ronnie Gobel and they had 2 sons Lawrence (on Ronnie's lap) and Jim (on Barb's lap). 
Some beautiful facebook comments for Barb:

Patti Fulbright:
Don't forget the deal we made last night. I am to look out for Lawrence and JD for you, and you are to say hi to Mom and Daddy for me. I just got home from meeting Bruce in Ventura on his way home from saying good-bye to you last night. Such a powerful pull you had on so many of us to bring us together this weekend. I love you Barbara Jean.

Kim Aguilera:
Miss and love you!! Say hi to my Grandpa for me and give him a hug for me. Give Ronnie a hug for me too!! Rest in peace sweet friend.

Mark Millhouse:
Aunt Barbara, we will miss you terribly but know that you are on a new and exciting journey back home. Enjoy the loves. Tell all the family that has passed before that I love them. Kiss Mimi and Pops. Slap Uncle Ronnie on the back and tell my Dad to say hello sometime. We'll all be there in the blink of an eye!

Denice Harvey:
My dear friend, you will be terribly missed by many. Larry and Jimmy are amazing men and I am truly sorry for your loss.

Julie Millard Griffith:
Well one of my other best friends died today, Barb Anderson-Gobel. I shall miss you so much, everytime I would call you I can still hear your voice, first words, hi honey. With Jim Perry dying yesterday and Barb today, it is enough. Your heart can only take so much. Love you Barb. And love you Jim. 

Pepe Ward:
Jimmy and Larry, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great lady. It seems like yesterday Rick and I were spending lots of hours driving to Oregon Rodeo's and Ropings together. And Rick working for your Dad. God has put them back together. Watch out heaven roping, Ronnie has his cheerleader back. 

Candy Brock:
My beautiful Aunt Babs. I'm at a complete loss for words .... Well I know that made you laugh!! Let's just say, I would not be me had I not had you in my life. I love you so much!!! You are missed already and forever! Kiss everyone up there for me and give slickie a beer, he won't drink boxed wine. 

Susan Bobish:
Barb, I know you like reading FB posts to keep up on things, so know that you are missed. It's just not the same knowing you aren't around the corner. Love you my dear. 

Denice Harvey: 
I am heartbroken to hear that Barb is no longer with us. I know she is walking with God. I have all the memories in my heart of her. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

Matt Fulbright:
I love you, Aunt Barb.

Karla Flores:
With a heavy heart I say goodbye to an incredible woman, she was feisty and sweet, a handful for sure but amazing in her own way. Barb, you were more than a neighbor, you were my grandma as well ... you were family and we will carry your memory forever. We love you and will miss you. 
Lawrence, Barb and J.D. (Jimmy Demar)
Barb's three children: Penny, Lawrence and Jimmy Demar

Barb gave birth to a baby daughter prior to her marriage to Ronnie and gave her up for adoption. Penny found Barb and was welcomed with open arms. 

Penny's comment on facebook: Barb not only blessed me with the gift of life, she also gave me a wonderful second family! She was quite the character and she will be missed tremendously. xoxo

Lawrence's back to Penny: We thank Barb for giving you, Penny to us. You, Steve and my nieces: Stephanie, Shanna and Cassidy make our lives so much fuller, richer and happier than anyone could wish for.

Sharon Davison's comment to Penny: Penny, I didn't realize how much you look like Barbara Jean. I know she was very proud of you and your family. She would talk about you all, a lot. I'm glad you two got together. 
Barb, Lawrence and Mitch (Lawrence's husband).

Mitch wrote this beautiful tribute on facebook letting us all know about her passing:

With great sadness we bid farewell to Lawrence's mom, Barb. She will be severely missed by all of us who knew her, loved her and were constantly entertained by her. She was a character beyond what I could have even imagined writing into my life story.

The Buddhists have an expression "when the student is read the teacher will appear." Barb was unquestionable the most profound teacher I have had in my lifetime. The lessons didn't always come easily and I wasn't always quick to learn, but in the end I was left with nothing but gratitude and the same accepting love she always gave me.

Actually Barb told me she loved me the very first evening almost seven years ago when I met her. She was saying good night to her boys. I still can hear her voice and see her smile as she said, "I love you too. I'm just not sure why yet."

Now I know why. She gave me my life partner in her son which absolutely has to be my greatest gift and joy. I had the privilege of watching how Lawrence loved and took care of her through the sweet and bitter times. Up until her very last moments on this side.

She accepted me always as her son's love and never questioned a same-sex relationship or marriage. That motherly acceptance will carry me through whatever bigotry and discrimination lies ahead. My wide wish is that every gay person out there has an in-law like Barb who just loves and gets on with life in all of its normalcy. It feels like I have struggled all my adult life to have my own family's acceptance of my 'lifestyle' only to find it resolved in my mother-in-laws embrace and eccentric antics. Now I understand that I can heal my own family wound surrounding my sexuality and their continued absence from our lives.

Blessed Be, Barb. My books are ready for school, the pencils are sharpened and my backpack is filled with fantastic stories of you, my marvelous mother-in-law. I am not certain that it will be easy to be without you as my previous year's teacher. But with the years of learning that lie ahead, I promise to take care of your Larry and keep your lessons and love close.

Facebook comments to the tribute Mitch wrote:

Linda Salerian: So sorry for your Loss. Prayers for your Family.

Linda Shields: So so very sorry for the loss of Lawrence's Mother!!! These words are truly beautiful, Mitch!!!  May all the beautiful memories you shared with her, live forever in your' hearts Please let me know if I can do anything for you!!!! Sending my prayers and love to you both!!!!

Teri Tillman: Love

Beatrice Simson: Soo sorry for ur loss. Sending prayers for your family and condolences.

Robin Keefe: My sincere sympathy to Lawrence and you.

Mike Hardy: My deepest condolences to Lawrence and you.

Diane Haaga: Saddened by this news n touched by your words of gratitude! Prayers w Lawrence n his family today!

Sara Riggs: Sorry for your loss.

Patti Fulbright: What a beautiful tribute from one teacher to another. She was a character bigger than life and a force to be reckoned with.

Jeni Harris: Sincere condolences to you and Lawrence during this time,

Jeff Miklya: Sending you guys much love

Roberta Williams: A beautiful tribute, Mitch. So sad to hear of Barb's passing. I know that she will continue to live in your hearts, and through your stories of this unique lady. heart emoticon to you and Lawrence.

Fran Romans So sorry. My thoughts are with you and Lawrence.

Emigdio Avalos Jr I'm sorry for your loss Mitch. My prayers and condolences to you.

William White: My deepest condolences to you and Lawrence. You're in my thoughts during this difficult time!!

Maria Di Pisa Brady: What a lovely tribute. I am sorry for your loss.

Pattricia Vienna: What a kind and loving tribute to a wonderful person. My most sincerest condolences to you and Lawrence.

Maile Goodman: Very beautiful. May she rest in peace.

Elizabeth Fuller: We are so sorry and saddened by the loss of your mother-in-law and Larry and Jim's mother, Barb. We know she will be missed greatly but her beautiful star will shine on forever and ever. We send our love to all of you. Sincerely, Betsy and David.

Katy Pabst: Sorry to hear this, will keep you both in my prayers!!

Miyuki Kanno: Paul My deepest condolences to both of you. To Mitch, Barb loved you because she loved her son and the one who her son fell in love with. What a great heart she had and you are one lucky son in law!

Shauna O'Brien Law: So very sad for the loss of such a beautiful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love to her boys.

Aladdin Nabulsi: Beautiful tribute. A blessings to have been able to share great memories with her.

Marty Ray: Larry, Jim and Mitch .... SO sorry, wow, so hard to believe. I used to love going to your house and seeing her, never knowing what she might say today ! So much fun to be around. Lotsa love.

Mary Blott Godfrey: I didn't know Barb, but am moved by your tribute and realized that I too have been a student of Barb, through you and your stories (including this tribute) of course. Prayers continue for you and Lawrence...Hugs to you both.

Marlena Fox: Your words are so inspiring. I am so sorry for your loss Lawrence Gobel and Mitch.
Thresa Day: I'm so very sorry! I'm sending much love! My hope is that peace is quick to find you.
Lori Cunningham: I am so sorry for your loss... may you cherish the memories and continue to grow from all the lessons she has taught you both. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Tammy Brown: Lawrence Gobel, just read this. I didn't know she was still ill. Sure did love that sweet, fun lady. She made me fine. Beautiful tribute Mitch.

Sondra Murray: I knew this was coming, but am terribly heartbroken by the news of her passing. What a beautiful tribute. I know how hard this has been for Larry and Jim to say goodbye to their mom. Words can't express the sorrow I feel. I'm sending my thoughts and prayers to you and all who have been touched by her life.

Frank Hastings: For you Loss and for your sadness, A prayer for you and your Family. Take comfort that she is at peace and no longer suffering. Love you guys! Thank you Mitch Mitchell for your eloquence and love. I'm sending everyone love and hugs Lawrence Gobel and J.D. Gobel RIP mom

Tara Thompson: So very sorry for your loss.

Barbara Hayes: My deepest sympathy to you Mitch at this time of great loss. What a beautiful tribute you gave Lawrence. Both of you were blessed to have such a wonderful woman love you. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers Mitch. If one is lucky enough to have a mother like yours...she never really dies as she will always live in your heart.

Mirna Coloma Muro: That was beautiful. Lawrence I am so sorry for you loss. Keeping you and Mitch in my prayers.

Marty Bierbrier: Lawrence, so sad to hear this news. I know how super your mom was. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Rosina Iribe Amador: Such beautiful words.. My deepest condolences to both of you ..

Jacquelyn Baca: So beautifully said. (((HUGS))), prayers and strength.

Lori Flashner: Beautiful message. I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are both in my thoughts and prayers.

Doug Hull: Lawrence--I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I know how close you were to her and how much you've done for her over the years. She was lucky to have you as a son. Our thoughts are with you.

Bob Guzzi: Mitch, such a beautifully worded and heartfelt tribute. Lawrence and Mitch, I'm so sorry for your loss. Barb was, or I should say "is", one special woman. Her love and memories will live with you forever. And I'm sure her soul is now onto its next adventure. You're in my thoughts, my friends. Namaste.

Molli Oliver: So very sorry for your loss.

Barbara Hayes: So sorry I miss read thinking it was Mitches. mom...however the same goes for you Lawrence of what I said please forgive my error

Adrienne Hanhauser: Dear Lawrence and Mitch, Tom and I send our condolences during this time of loss in your lives. We sincerely wish you a gentle, loving and supported time with friends and family. Mitch, your tribute to your mother-in-law is truly beautiful and without a doubt from the core of your being. How blessed you were to have had such a teacher...to continue to show you the way "inside" and to have helped you to come to a new understanding of it "all". And how blessed you are both to have each other....now and always.

Regina Saladino: I'm so so sorry Keeping your family in my prayers !!!

Cindi Benson: What beautiful words you speak. I had the privilege to meet Barb. I hope your wonderful memories will fill the empty space in your heart. Take care.

Kara Brown Bower: Beautiful message! I'm so sorry and extremely sad to hear this news! My thoughts are with you! Xoxox

Ty Dote Heart: felt beautiful words, Mitch. Sending you, Lawrence Gobel and JD my deepest sympathy. ox

Rosalina Guerrero: Lawrence, our prayers are for your Mom and Family!! We are happy that she was around this long and she taught you lessons you will treasure always, She is happy resting in Gods Mansion and is free of Pain!!.. Praise the Lord..

Antonio Holguin: prayers of comfort and healing to Lawrence, JD, Mitch and family. Love to you all!

Nicole Moscoso: Sorry for your loss.

Deneen Chin: Oh wow! Just read this and am saddened. I met Barb a few years ago when she was living across the street from you guys. I can't believe she is gone! . Sending my condolences and prayers to you and the family. strength and love during this difficult time.

Nicole Johnson: That was beautifully said. I am sorry to hear of the loss you have both suffered. Wishing you warm thoughts during this difficult time.

Steve Melonas: Well said, Mitch. Barb was like a second mother to me, too, and I will miss her terribly. I'll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Christopher Bleser: Lawrence, Mitch, J.D., I'm so very sorry for your loss. I was always very fond of Barb. Mitch, what you said was so beautifully worded and heartfelt; also tough to read as I resonate well. You are lucky to have had her in your life, even through the tough times. As you say, people often teach life lessons, many of which we are not aware we need, until a later moment in time.

Evelyn Legarda: beautiful of life your mother is still guiding parents from heaven.

Ardas Wachter-Grene: Dear Mitch and Lawrence. We are deeply saddened by your mother loss, an absence that is present always and is palpable. We've never been honored to know a son who loved and cared for his mother as you, Lawrence. Your pure goodness and mother love was a protective cloak embracing Barb with unconditional love. We've never known a son-in-law like you Mitch who with courage lit the lamp to truthfully focus to understand and contemplate your relationship with Barb and to arrive at the door of compassion, true love and kindness. We hope can help in this moment. He has taken the words and teachings from the sutra to be "Given to the Dying" and made them into a lullaby song. "This body is not me, I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginning less time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door through which we go in and out. Birth and death are only a game of hide-a-seek. So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye. Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before. We shall always be meeting again at the true source, Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.

Donna Dondlinger: Sorry for your loss Mitch Mitchell

Denise R. Williams: Lawrence & Mich I'm so sorry to hear about Ms. Barb. My deepest sympathies and condolences go to you and your family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tiffany Hobbs: That was one of the most touching tributes that I’ve ever read, and I’m sure she's on the other side bragging about you and the beautiful relationship that you and Lawrence have created. May you both be comforted and strengthened within the healing process. We love you.

Melissa Lindemer: I am so sorry for your loss. What a touching tribute. Prayers to you and your family that you may find comfort during this difficult time.

Scott Umfress: Sending you both and all in your family my deepest sympathies and love-

Cameo Nghele: My condolences. Prayers and hugs.

Janice B Cinko: Love you guys, so sorry for your loss!!

Scott Slaven: Beautiful tribute, Mitch. I first met Barb nearly 30 years ago when Lawrence and I were roommates. From the first day she referred to me as her other son! Such a warm, funny, lovely woman. Love to you, Lawrence and Jim.

Kolette O'Keefe: My thoughts are with you Lawrence!!

Cristina Salvador Klenz: What a beautiful tribute to her life. So sorry for you both.

Lota Jackson: Beautifully said Mitch, I remember her fondly, always a kind heart! Hugs to you both.

Bill Untalan: I'm so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to both of you.

Kamara Regina: I hate hearing such sad news. I'm sorry for your loss.

Jo Anne Guzzi Liples: What a beautiful tribute and memory to share. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending huge amounts of love and light your way.

Jim Burchell: so well put Mitch....give Lawrence Gobel a hug from our family. Losing a parent your are close to is very hard.

Scott Anderson: That was really beautifully written, Mitch. She was one of a kind. Please accept my condolences and extend my love and energy to Lawrence and JD.

Susan Bobish: So sorry Mitch, Lawrence, and J.D.

Glori Alvarez-Torres: I'm so sorry for your loss Lawrence...

Betsy Oliver-Gallo: Lawrence Gobel I'm here for you. My thoughts and deepest prayers to you and the family.

Alicia Kern: So sorry for your loss, Lawrence and Mitch. Blessings to her spirit and may memories of Barb be a comfort to all who loved her.

Andrea Anderson: What an amazing tribute to Aunt Barb Anderson-Gobel.

Dorothy Rieko: What a beautiful tribute. Sending my condolences and lots of love to you and Lawrence.

Lillian Martinez-Robles: There aren't words on our part that will comfort such a loss. Just know we are thinking of you and praying for comfort, strength, and wisdom to heal your journey now without this important person in your lives. Big hug to both of you.

Michelle Harris Kramer: I'm sorry to hear this & what a beautiful tribute to her. What an amazing woman she must've been. Sending you both love and big hugs.

Theresa Fulbright: Absolutely beautiful tribute. I still remember how welcoming she and Ronnie were when I first met them 30 some years ago. We hung out at the river and had a great day and they drove us all over for sightseeing there in Oregon. She truly believed she would again see Ronnie, her other family members, and her little doggie "Trouble" and all her other wonderful pets. "

Ervin Leazer: So sorry Lawrence and family! My condolences!

Jill Warner: Beautiful tribute Mitch. She was quite the character. Everyone loved her who knew her. Love and hugs to you, Larry, Jim and everyone else whose life she touched.

Brigitte Kelly: I say with a HEAVY HEART U are in my thoughts and prayers Lawrence Gobel your mom will always be around U in spirit guiding and supporting U. Love you both.

Maribel Mena: So sorry to hear about your loss. A beautifully written tribute to a wonderful woman. Sending my love to you and Lawrence.

Kristian Lewis: So beautifully written. I wish I could of meet Barb. May we all cherish the Barb's in our lives. Sending you, Lawrence and families love, light and blessings through this time and always.

Kate Neale: Sweet one. How lucky to be loved and accepted by this lady. Let's reschedule our visit sooner than later.

Lisa Hilburn: One of the most beautiful tributes I've ever read. God bless you both, during this time. All my love and; prayers.

Sharon Murray: Beautiful. She will be missed. Love you all

Leanne Mitchell Dotson: I'm so very sorry for such a tremendous loss! Prayers for peace and comfort during such a difficult time!

Julie Millard Griffith: Mitch, this is so sweet hon, so sad right now

Rebeca Peete: Beautiful!!! I'm so sorry to hear the loss of you mom! My prayers are with you and your family...

Michelle Meeks Peterson: Mitch what a beautiful tribute to love  Lawrence and Mitch and your family, my heartfelt condolences.

Kristi Nelson-Black: Absolutely beautiful...

Stacy Priola: Oh, Mitch! I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute to her. Please send my hugs to Lawrence and yourself.

David Macaulay: What a beautiful lady !! So sorry!!

Cheri Harner: Sorry for your loss Lawrence

Michelle Namaka Fonoimoana: I am so sorry for your loss Mitch and Lawrence. May the memories shine upon you in warmth to comfort you in this time of loss.... I was glad to have had a chance to meet her.... Many hugs.

Marion Buttari Harper: perfect

Shelly Castillo: Mitch, so beautiful written. I am so sorry for both of you losing such a wonderful lady and mom. Take strength from family and friends in the difficult time to come. Bless you all.

Sally Elenitsky: You have such an unbelievable gift with words that become so empowering for what you believe and stand for. Such a huge loss for all of you but she has left you with so much.

Alex Whitman-Herrero: Sorry for your loss Lawrence and Mitch. Many hugs coming your way.

Kris Hupp: With all my love and deepest sympathy! I always enjoyed chatting with Barb at your parties. Such a fun friendly lady! Sending big hugs to Lawrence and you Mitch! xoxo

Romina Seto: So sorry for your loss Mitch, but what a beautiful tribute to an amazing lady. Sending love and prayers your way Mitch. Let me know if i can be of any help.

Debbie Andres: So sorry for your loss and for Lawrence's. It sounds like you had a wonderful mother-in-law and I know you will keep her memory alive forever.

Maruta Dankers: Loved reading your tribute to Lawrence's mom. Hugs to you both! Thinking of you two!

Esther Chai Rho: beautiful tribute. sending you + Lawrence lots of love. xx

Pamela Parker Mitchell: I'm so sorry for your loss, David and Lawrence. Regardless of where I stand about your lifestyle, my heart hurts for you both.

Annette Mote: Well said Mitch. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Melissa Hall: So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you all

Susan Cabezas: Sorry for your loss.

Beth Marroquin-Mossman: I'm so sorry for your loss!

Brenda Ayala: All my sympathy and love to you and Lawrence for your loss at this time. Sending hugs to you both

Emilie Oliver Leigh: So sorry for your loss! What a great tribute to her. Thinking of you and your family. Xo

Tina Constable Jamieson: So sorry.

Kristin Gall Massi: I read that twice. So wonderful. Hugs to you and Lawrence.

Denise Appell: I am sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you both.

Gail Kempf: Sorry for your loss Mitch and Lawrence. She will always be in your heart.

Sharon Davison: Larry so sorry about Barbara Jean. But she's now with Ronnie and happy again, going to ropings and having her tomato beer. And on another sad note
Jim Perry died of an heart attack yesterday. And Mitch I know you don't know me, but I wanted to say what beautiful things you said about Barbara Jean. She will be missed by a lot of people.

Kristen Holm: I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute. hugs to you both.

Chris Guevara: Such a lovely thing to say about such a special person. My thoughts and prayers are with you both

Andrea Arias: Both of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jennifer Yi: I'm sorry. Hugs to you and your husband.

Alma Fong: Oh Lawrence I am so sad to hear of your great loss! You are lucky to have Mitch to lean on during such a difficult time. My prayers go out to you, Mitch & your family.

Julie Claycomb: so sorry for your loss.

Nat Pendle: Beautiful words as always, you have a gift! My condolence to you both. Sending hugs from Paris

Jill Miller: Our deepest sympathy to you both. What a beautiful tribute Mitch!

Susan Picking: So sorry for your s and Lawrence's loss. Her love is so big, I could feel it through this tribute. Though Barb has transitioned her love still lights up your hearts. We definitely need more Barbs in this world

Patrick W. Aina: Such sad news. My heart goes out to you Lawrence, Mitch and JD.

Trine Bacchetti: So sorry for Lawrence and your loss. Thank you for sharing your gratitude and memories. So much love in your family.

Doug Williams: I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you

Judy Bloomingdale-Vinke: I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and Lawrence and his family.

Lauren Selinsky: Oh Lawrence!!! Our condolences

Curtis Maughlin: So sorry for your loss Lawrence and Mitch! Those were lovely words, and a fantastic tribute to her life!

Tim Burkinshaw: What a touching and beautiful tribute to my Dear Friend Lawrence's Mum. My deepest condolences to You, Lawrence and of course, JD. My heartfelt thoughts are with you, at this time. xoxox

Gail Mooers: Beautiful words for a beautiful lady! much love & prayers to you, Larry and Jimmy! xoxo

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