S: Eskimo Kisses By Mercedes Noldon
FC: Written by Mercedes Noldon
1: By Mercedes Noldon 2011
3: Dear Mom, This book was written to honor your life and show appreciation for everything you do. Special thanks is owed to Me-Mom, Mamaw, Uncle Mickey, and Jarrod Lee for their contributions to these stories. I hope that you cherish the memories gathered in these pages as we all have in our hearts. - Mercedes
4: "We chose your name because you were almost born on Valentine's Day- A day for love." - Mom | Lovenia Marie Rineholt February 13, 1967 7lbs 4 oz. | Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
5: "I was wondering if I was going to be a good mother and be able to take care of all of your needs." - Mom
6: Mother- Lajauna Ferguson | Father- Leonard Rineholt
7: "When you were born your father said, 'She's beautiful just like her mom'." - Mom
8: "I smile when I think about how we use to take walks when you could finally keep up with me. I would tell you how pretty you were and what you could be when you grew up." - Mom
9: "When you were little you expressed your excitement about different things in an unusual way. Quite simply put, you would shrug your shoulders. There’s a small picture of you looking at a train set that Pop Pop had running under the Christmas tree. You were beautiful in a red velvet dress and your shoulders all hunched up in a shrug!" - Mom
10: “Da-Da” and “Ma-Ma” are usually the first words most babies speak. However, you were not most babies. "As I recall you were sitting in your highchair coloring and my sister, Mary, was writing at the table. All of a sudden I hear 'I want a pencil Mary' come out of your mouth! I couldn’t believe it but it was true. " - Mom | Me-Mom- Nettie Riley
11: Pop-Pop- Herbert 'Mickey' Riley | "I wasn't ready to be a grandmother when you were born but I was excited anyways. I remember you use to climb out of your playpen when you were little, I had never seen a child do that before. You had a lot of energy!" - Me-Mom
12: "As you know you are the one who gave my mom the title 'Me-Mom'. I guess you reasoned that since you called me 'Mom-me' ( mommy) that my mom should be called just the opposite 'Me-Mom'...So that name stuck with my mom through all the rest of the grandchildren that were born." -Mom
13: "I enjoyed teaching you as much as I could when you were young. By the time you were three years old, you were able to recite the alphabet. You were also able to write the letters of the alphabet before you entered Kindergarten. Me-Mom enjoyed reading to you when you were a baby, however, by the time you were three you were reading some words yourself! It seemed you could never get enough knowledge as a child, a trait that has continued into your adulthood." -Mom
14: Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthews 19:14 | "Your favorite thing to eat when you were small was River Rice. You would not settle for Minute Rice...it had to be the kind that took a lot of time to make and you knew the difference too!!" -Mom
15: "You were so determined to do things that I did not want you to do. I remember when you were a baby I would spank you for pulling out all the canned food from the cabinets and while you were still crying from the spanking you would be trying to pull them out again. My mom and I took turns watching you because you were sometimes too much for one of us to handle for too long. You had more energy than the both of us!" - Mom
16: "One thing I remember about spending the night at Mamaw's when I was little was that she told the funniest stories about you and Uncle Mickey as kids. My favorite was the story about how there was a pile of dog poop in the yard and you convinced Uncle Mickey that it was a chocolate milkshake. She said you gave him a straw and he actually tried it. He was so mad , when he realized that it in fact was not a milkshake, that he chased you around the house with a fork!" -Mercedes
18: Brother- Leonard 'Mickey' Rineholt
19: "One day when we were younger, you decided it was time for me to ride a bicycle without training wheels. I remember walking up to the top of the hill in our neighborhood - I was scared. I got on the bike and then you pushed me. Down the hill I went, flying over the speed bumps. As the bottom of the hill approached the road turned sharply to the right. However, I did not turn right. Instead I crashed through a picket fence, wrecking the bike. Banged up and pride lost I cried all the way back up the hill tom where we lived." - Mickey
20: "As a teenager I remember you struggled for freedom, to be on your own, and then realized that the world is a tougher place to live than first believed." - Mom
21: Mercedes Antonina Herman July 20, 1985 8lbs 5 oz.
22: You always taught me to be independent. 'No matter what always make sure you can support yourself on your own.' -Mercedes | Wisdom is the fountain of of life to him who has it. Proverbs 16:22
23: 'Don't get too close to the edge' When I was about four years old we were at Kiwanis Lake feeding the ducks. I had a bad habit of getting as close to the edge of the lake as possible. Even though you continually warned me, I didn't listen and finally fell into the lake. Those words of advice can be applied to so many areas of life, yet many of us don't listen until we fall in. -Mercedes
24: Disney... | ...Or bust!
25: The first vacation you and I ventured on was the 18-hour plus drive to Orlando, Florida. The house of Mickey Mouse, the land of Universal Studios, and Cinderella’s castle. It was my ninth birthday and I was getting the gift of every child’s dreams. However, at nine years old one doesn’t really understand how long the drive from Pennsylvania to Florida actually is. Every variation of the alphabet game, ‘I spy’, etc. was beaten to death. But at last we arrived ready to take on Disney World and all of its adventures. I don’t remember all the details of the week in Orlando. Most of my memories are synthetic, having been falsely manufactured by the photo albums that documented this event. When we had finally entered the Holy Grail i.e. Disney World, I remember being on a mission to get every possible autograph from any and all Disney characters that dared enter my path. Like anyone in a new environment I was eager to try new things, eat new foods, and of course use room service. One night while we were winding down from a long day of rides and amusement we decided to order room service for dinner. My gourmet meal consisted of chocolate milk, an Italian sub, and parsley. I think my you told me that parsley made your breath fresh, so I had to try it. Consequently my stomach wasn’t as adventurous as my eye and I “returned” my meal in the bathroom. We have lots of photos to remind us that we rode the Magic Carpet ride with Aladdin, were taken hostage by King Kong, and witnessed the finesse of the beautiful killer whale Shamu. Even now looking back, there is one thing that these pictures can’t authenticate: the bond between a mother and daughter on their adventure to Disney World. -Mercedes
26: I don't think we're in Kansas anymore...
27: When I was thirteen we drove to Colorado for my birthday. I had no idea how long it would take but I was thrilled to be going on another fun vacation with you. On this trip I remember we played the license plate game where we had to find a license plate for each of the fifty states while we were driving. I think I almost had a facial injury when you excitedly pointed out ‘Hawaii’ at a gas station. The drive was as interesting as the actual vacation. In Arkansas we visited a zoo with mutant animals, including a five-legged buffalo and the world’s largest prairie dog. As fun as the zoo was we continued our trek to Colorado, totaling three days of drive time. We had a full week of activities that I had never experienced before. The most invigorating was the white water rapids adventure we ‘conquered’. On my birthday we went on a hot air balloon ride that I will never forget. We visited various mountains and peaks, absorbing all the beautiful sites that this state had to offer. The funniest thing that happened wasn’t discovered until we returned home to watch the video recording from our escapade. There was some very unflattering footage that involved me pleading with you to turn off the camcorder while you were on the phone. It was filming me eating ice cream and, unfortunately unbeknownst to me, I had a glob of it on my cheek the entire time. Like Disney World the best part of the trip for me was the memories we accumulated along the way. Although we observed spectacular sites and an amazing culture, the time we spent together on our ‘mommy and me’ vacation was special in its own way.
28: Chocolate Chip Cookies We often see the TV commercials of a mother pulling freshly baked chocolate chip cookies out of the oven to serve to her smiling children. Only to then realize that these cookies came from a package of pre-portioned squares of dough. These advertisements are trying to sell the idea that any family can achieve this “Leave It To Beaver” moment by simply baking these prepackaged lies. From what I can recall my involvement in the baking process gradually become more significant as I got older. When we first started my job was to add the portions of ingredients you had already measured. This progressed to using the electric mixer and then measuring the ingredients myself. Finally the most important task of creating the masterpiece—in my eyes—cracking open the eggs. This was often the most daunting step in the recipe. To crack the egg without any particles of eggshell getting into the dough while simultaneously preventing a gooey mess on the counters would mean that the student had surpassed the master. Although we didn’t create any cheesy wholesomeness portrayed in a Pillsbury commercial, we did bake some delicious memories together. -Mercedes
29: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels PREHEAT oven to 375 F. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
30: Jarrod Lee Klein II September 5, 1991 7lbs 6oz
31: May the Lord continually bless you with heaven's blessings as well as with human joys. Psalms 128:5
32: "I definitely wouldn't be the person I am today without you. You made sure I graduated, became a proper gentleman, and tried to prepare me for the future". -Jarrod Lee | " You made me feel special, you knew I was worth more than people gave me credit for". -Jarrod Lee
33: "I remember when I was about five years old we lived in a motel room for a little while. You would mess with Mercedes and me by showing us the moth on the wall so we would freak out. You told me specifically not to climb the dresser because it wasn't stable. That morning I decided to climb it anyway to change the channel on the TV. I should have listened because I ended up getting crushed under the dresser when it tipped over". - Jarrod Lee
34: " When I was about six years old I started sleeping on the floor behind the door. For some reason I felt safer sleeping there, but you would get frustrated because I wouldn't sleep in my bed. So one night you sneaked in while I was sleeping and put a cicada on my blanket. When I woke up and saw this horrid bug on me I flipped out. You told me you put it there to get me to sleep in my bed instead of on the floor. I started sleeping in my bed again and we kept the cicada in a magnified plastic box". -Jarrod Lee
35: Unique Discipline The earliest form of discipline I recall from my childhood consists of the tried and true, “Go to your room and think about what you’ve done!” Now at the ripe age of five thinking about what I’ve done probably involved about two minutes of genuine reflection of my poor behavior and about 10-15 minutes of playtime until I was busted for my lack of remorse. But all in all I have to give you credit for trying; you were a first time parent after all. However, you became craftier with your technique. as I got older. It ranged from holding my arms straight out in front of me while holding a phone book to writing a the same sentence 100+ times that reflected my crime. The most unique, however, were the essays. As I grew older and was expected to show more intellect in my academics, you followed suit in showing more intellect in my punishment. And so the age of the essay was born. No more grueling manual labor or monotonous sentence writing. Instead I had to contemplate such topics as “ Why I will never do drugs”, “How I would feel if my brother died” and “What is the purpose of Mother’s Day”. I consider you a sort of black mail hoarder. You keeps thing stowed away in a secret location to bring out at the most opportune moments. I know my essays are amongst your loot. Some parents hang on to old embarrassing baby photos; you hang on to essays. -Mercedes
40: The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree...
41: Written by Mercedes
43: High School Graduation 1986 | Then...
44: ...and now | Adult Practical Nursing Graduation 2003 | Mercedes' High School Jarrod Lee's High School Mercedes' Adult Practical Graduation Graduation Nursing Graduation 2003 2009 2009
45: And Jesus said unto them ... , "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to younder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you." Romans 1:17