Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Our daughter, Tami, at three months old

Every parent has bragging rights.  That is just a given.  Whether it be an overload of photographs (please be forewarned) or a few well chosen words that are repeated over and over again, this strange phenomenon is definitely a part of the human behavior.

Over the years there are many special occasions when bragging is appropriate, such as...

First Grade

One of the many sports she played and excelled in

Her first car that she bought and paid for herself

Her senior graduation

Her first official job

A Happy 21st Birthday present!!

Tami and Tim on their wedding day

The new addition to their family, Jake

Their little family...

...through the...

...passing years

These are just a sampling of our special bragging rights.  There certainly were many more, like...first steps, first laugh, first words, good report cards and wise choice of friends, to name a few.

I hope that we took the time and made the effort to let her know how much she is loved and appreciated over the years.

This past Tuesday was another one of those big bragging right days.  Tami was one of the honorees for the 2013 Outstanding Volunteer of Santa Cruz County.

We were able to attend the celebration of these remarkable and caring individuals.

Tami, pictured with Santa Cruz County Supervisor, Bruce McPherson. His grandfather, Dr. McPherson, delivered me way back when. Small world!

Tami works for the Soquel Elementary School District.  In addition to her regular job, she volunteers many hours in the classrooms, reading to the children, and also is part of a forum that is geared to resolving student bullying in schools, and mentoring at risk students.

At PetSmart with a potential adoptive family

She spends afternoons at the animal shelter where she walks dogs, has coordinated times and set-ups for dog adoption events at the local pet stores, and fosters dogs in her home.

She also volunteers for a local program called The Teen Kitchen Project.  This is a program that takes local school students, ages 13 through 17, and teaches them how to prepare and cook healthy meals for cancer patients going through chemotherapy.  Tami delivers the meals and she, personally, provides flowers so that they may have a little beauty in their lives.  She also has been known to take a client out for a movie when they feel the need to escape some of the hard times they are going through.

This beautiful little pup is an actual breast cancer survivor

Some of you know that Tami, herself, is an almost ten year cancer survivor and walks every year in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, raising money for breast cancer research.

I know, Tami, we have always tried to support you in everything you do and hope that we have succeeded in those endeavors.

You are not only an outstanding citizen in your community but, in addition, you are a wonderful daughter, wife and mother.  We love you and we are so very proud of the woman you have become.

...Dad and Mom...

Jake and Tami

I'm sharing today with the following parties:


  1. You have every right to be proud of your wonderful daughter, Tami! What a fine young woman she is. Congratulations to her on her award and achievements. Blessings, Pamela

  2. Hai una figlia meravigliosa!E' giusto esserne fiera!Si vede da questo post,tutto il bene e l'amore che vuoi a tua figlia!BUON COMPLEANNO TAMI!Un abbraccio,Rosetta

  3. What a lovely family. And so glad your beautiful daughter is a cancer survivor. She sure has a proud mom and dad..the post gave me goose bumps as I read all the great accomplishments throughout her busy life. She is a giver and she sure did deserve that wonderful award. You have every right to keep on bragging as we applaud you..and job well done mom and dad..

  4. How wonderful! You have every right to be proud, Tami sounds like she has accomplished to much. Daughters are a joy and a blessing.

  5. What a beautiful daughter you have inside and out! Congratulations on her accomplishments.I would be bragging too!

  6. Oh Judy, that is so sweet! You definitely have the right to brag on her. Precious pictures! Congrats to Tami!
    Have a great weekend!

  7. If we cant brag about our own children who can we brag about?! She is a lovely young woman Judy and no wonder you are very proud of her.

  8. Dear Judy,
    I see that you are sharing with various bloggers.
    I am still writing my comment to you.
    What a lovely writeup of your lovely daughter Tami. She does so much , with first hand knowledge on what people need.
    Great photos of her throughout her life..
    you are 'mummy'.. you have to brag.
    wishing you a lovely time together.
    val xxxx best wishes to Tami.

  9. You can sure be proud, Judy, of your daughter who is beautiful inside and out.

  10. You have a lovely daughter, Judy, and you definitely have reason to brag and be proud of her!!
    Mary Alice

  11. Judy, you have an amazing daughter, but I am not surprised! I really enjoyed that. Such a sweet post.

  12. Love that lil cowgirl picture, all are so nice and wonderful story.
    On her award and acheivement -Congratulations! Well done. What a beautiful and truly wonderful daughter you have!

  13. What a wonderful tribute to your beautiful daughter. She must have had wonderful parents!

  14. Your daughter definitely deserves to be bragged on with all of the accomplishments in her life. She is a true kind spirit to help others in her spare time. Sounds like you raised a smart and caring daughter!

  15. What a woman - you have every right to be proud and to brag about her. What a lovely spirit she must have - generosity, compassion - and fun....I can tell by her smile!

  16. You certainly deserve to be proud. Congratulations.

    Happy to have you at Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

  17. And Proud you should be. I enjoyed this post very much.
    thanks for sharing

  18. What a beautiful tribute to your daughter! It looks like you have every right to be so done good, mom!


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