• 11/22/2010 Transplant plus 4 yrs plus 77 days!
    We are home from what is Bonnie's third trip to Boston docz since Aug 31 (Transplant anniversary). This week we are celebrating our 22 anniversary. Both of us are busy on the book and with grandparenting. Bonnie's left eye continues to heal the "defects" that probably resulted in an attack of graft-vs-host disease this summer. Her Boston surgeon put a piece a placenta on the cornea and stitched it shut the first week of Sept and again in October. Most of the October stitches have come off, but Bonnie is keeping it well gooped and taped shut in an effort to give it a couple of other weeks of rest to secure the healing. Daniel is the sick one these days with terrible hip pain and now a very bad case of the crud. And still we are happy and doing well. We had a wonderful time with the kiddos at Halloween. Bonnie made Halloween coloring books from their own past Halloween pictures (at They all came to hear Bonnie preach on the 21st; they are getting more and more accustomed to being in church and liking it more. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving at Jen's house with them and the other four grandparents. We loved seeing grandson Jackson and his mom, Dr. Deb in Boston. Jackson is quite the kindergartener and athlete these days. He's quite into playing chess. The book writing is squeezed in between doc and kiddo visits and church activities. We enjoy beautiful sunsets over the ocean every night.

Christmas 2009

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    Welcome to Daniel and Bonnie's 2009 Christmas Album. Here are Bonnie's 140 photos. I'll be adding more from Ron and Jennifer sometime (soon I hope).

Jackson Visit

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    Jackson spent a few hours with us today (January 21st).

Travels 'n Stuff

  • 05-07 Fireworks Bellingham
    Here are pictures of our friends, places we've been, remodeling projects we have done or are engaged in.


  • Aunt Deb holds 10 week Lucas
    Some pictures from Zac and Luc's visit to Boston to see their cousin Jack

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November 10, 2009


Margaret Benson

Grand-children are a blessing. One does not realize just what sort of blessing, or how very blessed one is, until one has them. But they are indeed a doorway to being amazed by life once more, as we watch them develop. They do so much, so fast! And they help us look at the past through a different lens. I too find myself wanting to get all the pictures together so our Lucy will know who all the people were who were once so important to her parents, and grand-parents.

Peaceful times are a blessing too. I'm so glad that you guys have been having such a time, and hope it continues.

I am also glad that Daniel's health is good.

Many things to be thankful for.

Have a safe trip to Boston, and a truly Happy Thanksgiving.



Beautiful image all Daniel. Thank you for capturing this love. Don't like the fever or the lung congestion though. You both live on the edge all the time. I know that. It is all a gift. much love, betsy


Ah...this type pad, Facebook, new! Hoping we will hear Bonnie's fever has broken and you are off safely to Boston. I'll be thinking of you. I leave for 45 days in Japan 12/1. Seems too soon. much love, betsy P.S. Bonnie, Mark is retiring 12/18!

Rosemary Remacle


Such a beautiful and thoughtful posting....may God grant you both a peaceful and joyous Thanksgiving in every sense of the word. Bonnie, be well.


...Post Thanksgiving blessings. Haven't heard from yu all in awhile. I suspect/hope "no news is good news!" I leave for Japan on Tuesday. Have a lot to do! Love you guys. love, betsy


Bonnie: I said some special prayers for you this morning at Mass because I know that Advent is your favorite season. Love you, Beanie


Hummm....I just wrote a fairly long comment but under post from 4th, not 11th....... Maybe you'll see it? betsy


December 10th...almost a month since we've heard from you.....Thanksgiving, now into Christmas, endings and beginnings. Things said, things unsaid. Alone is Sasebo Japan---seeing things from afar. Tapping into my own childhood roots, deep in Navy tradition long ago abandoned. Things are not always as they appear. Words can not always explain the way it is. Here I see naval ships in the harbor. Gray bastions of steel. I feel safe. I find it hard to say this. It is not where my politics lie. But 18 Christmas's of my life bases were a part of my life---they are like "the family farm"........ I cannot imagine how that sounds to anyone. Fractured family. Fractures mending here in silence as I work with children, look into their eyes, sit quietly.

At home I have patients saying good-by to loved ones this Christmas. Dear ones I will never again see. There is so much that words can not adequately explain. As I come back here day after day I wonder if words cannot adequately explain things for either of you. What I know is I can send prayers and blessings for spirit to work it's way with you both. I feel very close to you this Christmas. Namaste, betsy

Mary Wetzel

Thinking of you so much these days. Just wanted to let you know that before I 'hit the hay.' Much love, Mary


If anyone has news of Bonnie or Daniel could they ad to this conversation please??????? Please! Betsy


.................................... betsy

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