It’s Amanda Shoemaker’s Birthday Today!

It’s July 13th and that means WE CELEBRATE our beautiful, talented and kind daughter Amanda Nicole Shoemaker! We will never forget the fun memories with you and all of the goodness you brought to our lives. I am Amanda’s Step-Mom.  One of the toughest jobs I’ll ever sign up for willingly.  Started the job inContinue reading “It’s Amanda Shoemaker’s Birthday Today!”

Good People Should Not Die Young (ESPECIALLY)

Open Letter To The Entity Taking My Friends And Family From My Life: Too young. Too young. Too young. I am still sitting in the reality of losing one of the most kind, loving, friendly, funny and GOOD friend just days ago. Collapsed at work.  Autopsy has not confirmed (to his family’s satisfaction) what exactlyContinue reading “Good People Should Not Die Young (ESPECIALLY)”

Amanda’s Bench

There is a bench at the Hummingbird and Rocky Peak trail  intersection that my husband put there in honor of our daughter Amanda Shoemaker.  The bench that was there was falling apart and he asked the Santa Monica Conservancy if he could repair it. From scratch.  He ordered special wood and sanded, carved and finishedContinue reading “Amanda’s Bench”