Sunday, September 7, 2014

Life Is Good, And The Flowers Are Blooming....


 We who were friends with Tina would like to reflect some of the sunshine that she shone so brightly to us.





I knew Tina for about a year. I remember the first time I saw the name of her blog Life is Good, I thought what a wonderful name for a blog. I never knew that in the short time I had to make her acquaintance the impact she would have on my life. Her first ever comment on my blog:

  • Tina  a year ago
    Not a godzilla fan...but I appreciate a blogger who takes the advice of his children. Mine have given me many a good idea for a post.
    Tina

    @ Life


 My kids planted sunflowers in the front of the house, and now they have started to bloom. In remembrance of Tina and her love of life, and sunflowers...
  





 



This last picture is in the corner of my back yard. I haven't had the heart to mow it down yet. I'm sure my HOA will let me know when I need to take care of it.



The family has also set up the Downey Education Fund, which will go toward a college fund for Tina’s two boys. You can donate via PayPal here - 
 

51 comments:

  1. Look at all those sunflowers!
    Her first comment was funny. Yes, her kids gave her many ideas.
    She'd been a dear friend and part of the A to Z Team for years. I'll miss her so very much.
    Look at your sidebar, David - it's a mass of sunflowers!

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  2. She is probably smiling warmly upon all of you who planted sunflowers for her up in the heaven...

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  3. That was just awesome.. Tina is so snarky and thank you for the sunflowers everywhere! thank you...

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  4. Beautiful post :)

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  5. A wonderful post David and I like how her very first comment touched you so much. BTW I notice you changed your Avatar. ;)

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  6. My kids and I planted the ones in the front, God planted the ones in the back yard.
    It's a sunny day no matter what.

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  7. She was a great person, and still is!

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  8. She was a beautiful soul! I love that your kids planted sunflowers for her!

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  9. She just came out of nowhere and made everything awesome.
    Tom has many faces!

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  10. They love sunflowers! My daughter helped me take some of the photos.

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  11. They are so pretty. Tina was good at saying just the right thing.

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  12. Thanks Elizabeth, she never ceased to amaze me with her kindness.

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  13. Great post and pics, David. Damn Texas HOAs. -_-

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  14. Thanks. I think I'm ok as long as they don't peek over the fence.The HOA president has a two story house behind mine, but she can't see that corner of my yard! *Evil Laughter* HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

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  15. Darned HOAs. Fence it in, then they won't see. :P
    Great tribute.

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  16. Thanks! It is literally in the corner of my yard, I guess I could put a little fence around it and make it a permanent garden! ;-)

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  17. Tina was such a special person... she touched many lives...
    Life is good!

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  18. I hardly knew her, but her last comment to me (that she wanted to know me better) shows her spirit. She was always focused on other people, incredibly selfless. Thank you for bringing renewed focused on not only sunflowers in bloom, but her "life is good" mantra. It seems you're embodying that mentality with your family and loved ones too, David. It's a great way to pay tribute to Tina.

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  19. I've seen many sunflowers about the blogging world today. Such a lovely thing to do.

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  20. Thanks Robyn. I went through all her comments on my blog...her love for life, and her kindness was always on display.

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  21. She was a special person, and it shows in the response of those she touched.

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  22. So wonderful. Creatures ate mine so I'm glad to see someone else has some real ones! Very nice post.
    Thank you,
    Heather

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  23. Tina will be missed by many. I love your sunflowers.

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  24. Very nice flowers.
    Good to see I'm not the only one who thought to add a "Tina was here" comment.
    She really gave so much to all of us.

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  25. So sorry, I hope they enjoyed it...or it gave them a tummy ache, whatever your preference. ;-)

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  26. Thanks Lynda, I was lucky that we have had rain every afternoon for about a week.
    I was afraid they wouldn't open in time.

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  27. David, this was PERFECT… just perfect!!!! (And lol to the HOA) Tina would love this. :) :) :)

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  28. Sorry I never got to know her. She'll be missed

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  29. I was glad my kids got involved. They didn't know her but they read my blog so they knew enough to appreciate her. Plus they love sunflowers!.

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  30. If Tina didn't know before how many people loved her, she does now. HOAs are like that :)

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  31. I'm sure she is enjoying every minute of it.
    I've only gotten 2 nasty letters from the HOA, and one was for my neighbors kids leaving their bikes between our yards. I showed him and we both had a good laugh about it.

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  32. I love that you planted flowers for Tina. What a beautiful way to remember a beautiful woman.

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  33. Thanks Elsie. Like I said before My kids and I planted in the front yard, and God in the back.

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  34. Once again, a lovely send off.

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  35. Thanks. It has been nice seeing all the yellow everywhere.

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  36. Amazing that your flowers grew so quickly. Beautiful tribute for Tina.

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  37. I think that the weather helped. It has rained every afternoon for a while, pluss my daughter gives them lots of love. ;-)

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  38. your kids and you deserve one big hug

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  39. Sweet tribute and wonderful sunflowers!

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  40. Thank you Tyrean. Tina was a great friend.

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  41. Hi David .. lovely to see your kids' sunflowers sprouting up .. and TIna would have been chuffed to see the children's flowers ... she was an amazing, inspiring lady .. and will be missed - cheers Hilary

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  42. You have a wonderful garden. I wouldn't have the heart to mow down the flower-strewn weeds, either. I'd happily let my lawn become all native growth if it were up to me.

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  43. Thank you Shannon. They apparently took root in the one corner of my yard by the fence. I have left them alone for the time being.

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