Congratulations Claudia! Noah, Ada and I wish that we could be a part of your grand celebration today. For those of you who do not yet know Claudia, she has been a part of our family for years (thanks for picking a great girl Jack!) and today she is graduating from Nursing school. All part of her birthday month. I think of it as Claudia month, May 2008. And she is taking a bit of a break from school before going back for midwifery. Her contributions to the world are just beginning and I am so thankful to have the chance to see her fulfilling her dreams. Inspiring.

Well, that’s it. We love you. Are amazed by you and wish that we could give you hugs. Tio Claudia.

Here is a picture of Claudia, on the left, and Dara, on the right.Claudia and Dara

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My grandmother, Janeth Page, passed away on Thursday. I am so fortunate to have had a friendship with her. I stayed with her when I moved from California out here to Massachusetts and we have stayed in touch regularly since then.

I am most thankful that Aunt Pat and Grandma made it to mine and Noah’s wedding. Grandma and I had been talking about it and she just didn’t see how it could happen. And look, Aunt Pat just wouldn’t take that for an answer!

We have created a guest book for Grandma’s memorial service on Tuesday. You can access it at:

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