BC: Created with love by Cassie McKenzie
FC: All Of The McKenzie's
1: Laughter | The best medicine
2: Once Upon A Time a girl was born. Her name was Martha Meisch. She was the apple of Mary and Augustuv's eyes. She grew up to be a beautiful strong woman. One day while skating, her prince charming came along. He asked her to skate through life with him. Since he was in uniform, she couldn't resist. This was the beginning of Martha and TJ McKenzie.
3: The next thing you know, Alexander James is born. Long and thin, even then, I am sure. | #1
4: CHERISH | CHERISH YOUR FAMILY FOR THEY ARE YOUR TREASURE. A STOREHOUSE OF RICHES. WEALTH BEYOND MEASURE. | ____________________________________________________________ | THEN
6: Next comes Kathryn, every Mom's dream! Always such a girl, and Mommy's little pearl! | #2
7: Bonnie was next. They thought, "What the heck... We need one to watch over, and over and over." But what a good cook. | #3
8: CHERISH | CHERISH YOUR FAMILY FOR THEY ARE YOUR TREASURE. A STOREHOUSE OF RICHES. WEALTH BEYOND MEASURE. | ____________________________________________________________ | NOW
10: Then came Harold A pretty baby I am sure Where his hair went, no one knows for sure. | #4
11: #5 | A few years went by and guess who showed up? It's another boy! Thomas Jefferson McKenzie. What a good boy he will always be.
12: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
14: Now the kids are older, except for that darn baby. Always tagging along and following Kathy. | "You take care of my baby!" Mom would yell. "Don't get in any trouble!" Dad would tell them. Oh but there was plenty of trouble to be had. Like the knock down drag out between Alex and Dad. Which simply means that Dad knocked Alex down, then dragged him out! But that's ok, it's all part of becoming a man.
15: Then between the boys, it was tit for tat. | A little of this and more of that. Revenge it seems, was the name of the game. | You hit me first and I will get you back. Tommy says everyone was fair game in this. Except for Kathryn, since she was his "big sis."
16: Bonnie saw her fair share,of trouble and strife. Of beating up the boys to get through life. And some, twice.
17: And where was Harold along the way? Down at the Scrap Yard is where he wanted to play. So, then he was known as "Scrappy" and that was OK.
18: Live well, laugh often, love much
19: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. - Cathy Allen
20: Then they had Kathryn, what a beautiful caring person. Loves taking care of the unfortunate ones | Whether it is special needs children or taking care of Mom (that's not to say Mom is an unfortunate one). She does so much for everyone that could never be repaid.
21: Next came Bonnie to be a part of the family. They thought they needed someone to watch over, and over and over. Bonnie married John but eventually had to let him go, but not before bringing Jeb into the picture to be her pride and joy.
22: "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln
24: Let's see about the stories I was told. Bonnie sunk Daddy's boat and had to walk home, crying all the way. Alex tore off the outriggers, and then had to pay. Dad had his boat keys taken away, while sitting at the Rustic. Mom chewed him out, in front of his friends.
25: Kathryn, Bonnie, Scrappy and Tommy, broke into the neighbors house, not even trying to be quiet as a mouse. | All of them ended up cleaning up the mess. Except for the "He's Just A Baby" Tommy.
26: FAMILIES ARE FOREVER
28: Tommy cut yards to get his first boat, go cart, and dirt bike.
29: Mom and Dad also had a house in the Keys. With an awesome back yard of ocean and breeze.
31: IT'S NOT WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR LIFE, BUT WHO WE HAVE IN OUR LIFE THAT COUNTS. - J. M. Laurence
32: Then the sad day came, it finally hit. When Dad had to leave, and God said, "This is it." But he left several behind, to carry on for him. "Take care of your Mother" I'm sure was his wish.
33: One thing is for sure, of this there is no doubt. You have been good and faithful servants, in always being about. You have watched over your Mom, Alex, Kathryn, Harold, Bonnie and Tom. | Life goes on and kids grow up into Men and Women, from little pups. Alex got married to Karen #1 and had two beautiful children in Keith and Kelly. | Keith had Kayla and Christian. What an awesome pair. Now he has Gen and Giana, who are beautiful and fair.
34: Kelly is so beautiful and smart as a whip
35: She's married to Bruce Bennett, who seems to be a good pick.
36: Now Alex is married to Karen #2, She keeps him going and together they'll get through.
37: Kathryn is the care giver, always giving of herself, Whether it was with children with special needs or Mom, and Bonnie, well, I'll let that one be.
38: Bonnie married John, but had to let him go. But not before Jeb came along, And stole the show. Jeb is pretty awesome. A bright and smart young man. His future is good, his talents are strong, and his attitude is, "I can!"
39: Now we are back to Harold. Who is a special person. | He loves being "in love" and laughing and working. | Martha is so beautiful and loves the sea shore. | He has TJ and Martha. TJ is self sufficient and has intelligence galore
40: Tommy says the pecking order starts with him. Even though the rest may think different. He loves his brothers and sisters (Especially Kat) And would let no harm come to them.
41: To be in the middle of all of this, I feel like I am the lucky one. And married to the best Who treats me like a princess.
43: It's the moments I spend with you that build the memories which last a lifetime. -M Gutierrez
44: "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln
45: What beautiful faces, and beautiful smiles. You are part of me and I am part of you. How wonderful is that? Family.
47: Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage. - Lao Tzu
49: IS NOT MEASURED BY THE BREATHS WE TAKE BUT THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY | LIFE
53: Families fill our lives with happiness and laughter leaving us memories to treasure today and forever after.
54: Is she beautiful or what?
55: But Mom says she is blessed And has seen what few have She has all of her family with her All except of course, Dad. But I believe he's here. Here with us today He's in each one of you beside you all the way. There are a couple others missing That could not get away My son Anthony, Christopher & Angela and Granddaughters Zoe and Dellia too. I want all of you to meet them And them to meet all of you!
57: We have so enjoyed you being here To celebrate Mom turning 86 So let's meet up again, When she turns 87!
58: Alex and Karen
59: Keith and Genevieve (Giana)
60: Kayla and Christian
61: Kelly and Bruce
63: Bonnie and Jeb
64: Harold | Mom, I will always remember the way you loved us all and I love you just as much! Sorry to be such a Pain-in-the-Ass
65: Martha and TJ
66: Tommy | Mom, Rest assured that I will always be here, near or far, and will love you always. I will also make sure that everyone is ok so that you never have to worry./ I promise this. I love you so much! Tommy
67: Cassie | Mom, I want to let you know that I absolutely love being your daughter-in-law. You have raised an awesome family that I am so proud to be a part of. I love going to lunch with you and spending that time together. You make me laugh, and I love it even more, when I can make you laugh. Love forever, Cassie