Danyel did a lot of the planning from Germany for Di’s Memorials. She got on Face Book with people regarding the Memorial Ride for Di at her beloved Rock the Dock with her friends. Barbie, Debi, Joe, Tim, Marie, Gwen, Misha, and several more were private messaged. We were in a joint message. The logistics were calculated and Joe, Tim and Marie did a run on their bikes for what would have been a much longer ride than what we actually ended up doing due to the weather. I rode behind Joe, Danyel behind Tim and Sam behind Mike-no small task due to his size. 🙂 Thank you to everyone that gave rides to the kids and Di’s friends that shared stories with us. I stand amazed at the hospitality and love shown to us. Joe and Debi were instrumental in hunting down rides, jackets, helmets and gear to keep Sam and I from freezing. Shari, Joe’s wife, equipped me with the jacket and chaps I wore. Sweet Marie fixed the do-rag to keep the hair out of my face. Danyel wore her sisters. Thank you to all that helped us!
There was a patch made up by a man named Jerry, and he also made a mirror that is hanging on the wall at RTD. A friend of ours here in TX made T-shirts for Danyel, Sam and I to wear from this logo. Several family and friends have had them made in honor of Di’s memory.
As we were getting the Obit ready for down here in TX, Joe told me of the rallies Di helped him and others with. They ranged from animal abuse, veterans and children that had incurable diseases. He said she was one that volunteered without hesitation. Diana had a big heart that showed in many ways.
One story I think of is about a lady she heard screaming outside of the place they were. Diana went out and got between her and the man beating her almost to death and told him to deal with someone who would fight back. Diana took the lady home with her, and took care of her wounds. She made her stay with her until he moved out of her home. This lady says she would have been dead if it weren’t for Di. Much love between them and she misses her very much.
There was another story of how some ladies saved Di in a previous attempted suicide. The whole point is there was much love given and taken in our trip to Tacoma, WA. When we got on the plane to go we were in shock and didn’t know what to expect. The people we stayed with were awesome and so very understanding. Merilee even came down for a little bit to RTD . The grace and mercy God showed was far above we could ask or think.
Di and I agreed to disagree about things. In the growing up years it wasn’t always pleasant. I was so very touched by what more than one person said to me about Di’s and my relationship. She never said anything but good about me. I was her Mom and she honored me. Period. That’s what love and family is about.
Thought I’d end this chapter of the stories I’m writing with some pictures. Hope you enjoy them. Sam, Danyel and I love our new family and pray for them that our Father God keep them in His Hand as they ride in the wind….rubber side down! Blessings to each and everyone of you!
“The presence of God takes up residence in a person enabling them to live above human standards. That is grace.” Bill Johnson