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FC: Phenomenal Woman | "A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally"

1: "I don't trust anyone that doesn't laugh!"

2: "We gather here to celebrate you for all you’ve done For caring for your two granddaughters and your grandson You took on this awesome task that no one else could do, Because no one loves and cares for your grandchild quite like you. You had the courage to start all over again Raising your grandchildren at an age when You thought you might retire, travel and rest But the children needed caregivers, and they needed the best. Some came to you in pampers and most in tears Needing nurturing and someone who cares. Others came as toddlers, exploring the world on the run You couldn’t believe this happened – after you thought that you were done. We know it has not been easy – often quite a heavy load And there have been many bumps along the road But we are here to honor you who have done so much To change the lives of children with your special touch We thank you grandparents: we thank you once, we thank you twice And know you are appreciated for the rest of your life. Thank you, grandparents" | Gramps | Grandmother

3: "To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time."

4: “When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me." Luke 23:42

5: I know that most people in your family do not feel comfortable talking about your Mom; however, I am not one of those people. Although I never got a chance to meet her I am going to write on her behalf some words that I know she would want to say if she were here... To my dearest daughter Paula, I miss you so very much! I know that it has been difficult to live your life without me there, but I want you to know that I have watched over you every second of every day since the day God took me into His arms. I could not be more proud of you and the woman that you have become. I hear all of the letters and fun memories that your family and friends have written to you about in this book, and it gives me comfort to know that you have so many people in your life that love and care about you! The one thing that stands out is that every single person, in their own way, has expressed how big your heart is! You are someone that they can count on to be there when times are not so great. So many are scared of the hard times and run away when they see others struggling; you, my special daughter, run towards those people and ask “What can I do?” I have heard you tell Kimberly many times that you wish that I was able to meet her, and see her graduate, and one day get married (although we may be waiting a while for that! ) and the truth is I have been there and will be there for all of those moments. I live inside of you, Paula, and Kimberly sees that. You have been the BEST mother to that child and you have taken three other children and given them a mother as well. You are an amazing person, and although I hope that this is not for a long long time, I cannot wait to finally see you again! Until that day I will be watching over you and your family with pride and happiness in my heart knowing that such a special person came from inside of me!!! Love Unconditionally, Mom

6: "One of the funniest stories I remember about Paula was... she and Kathy had decided to move to an apartment of their own, 1st home away from home, it was hard on their Grandmother. Anyway, they'd gotten moved in (barely) and one night the phone rang, the girls had called to ask for "HELP"! Seems their was a spider in the room. They could hardly contain themselves. All Gramps could hear was them screaming and an occasional thump. He hurried over to find that they had been throwing shoes at the spider to keep it away. Gramps to the rescue! He got the spider and some bug spray to keep anymore intruders away! -Aunt Kathy & Uncle Duane

7: A Look Back | Fun Times!

8: Dear Paula, We want to with you a very happy birthday! I hope the year ahead is filled with blessings for you and your family. I love and miss you and I love you unconditionally. Happy, Happy Birthday! Love, Kathy, Dana, Jay, Natalie, Trevor, and Kami


11: Crazytown!!!

12: You two are soooooooo "Modern Family"!

13: Paula, | I am thinking about how lucky I am to be married to you, because you're all that I could ever want in a wife. You are my best friend, the one who always loves me, and the one who supports all my efforts. You mean more to me than words can say. Now that it's just you and I we can enjoy growing old together. Thanks for all of the wonderful memories, I am looking forward to making many more! I LOVE YOU, Roger xoxo

15: Best Friends

16: Mama, Happy Birthday!!! I wanted to do something special for you to remind you of what an amazing woman you are! You have been the best Mother; no other daughter has known the kind of love that you have given to me. When I reached out to people for their help in creating this book I was in awe at the willingness and excitement to contribute. I could not have done this without your family and friends! I have so many favorite memories with you Mom... we can always make each other laugh, huh? One recent memory is the day that you, Roger, Cole and I drove to Big Bear! After Tyler's bday party we all got in the car for the long drive (with bumper to bumper traffic LOL) and as soon as we closed the doors their was an overwhelming stench! You started gagging so bad, Roger was yelling at us to check our shoes for doody and Cole and I couldn't stop laughing!!! We drove a little further and when the smell got worse ROGER finally checked his shoes... he had so much poo on his shoe and now it was all over the gas petal! You could not pull yourself together and I thought you were going to barf; I just screamed get out of the car get out of the car!!! You joined in "Yeah get out of the car!" I said "No Mom you get out... we don't need doody AND barf in the car!" LOL My face hurt from laughing so hard! Thank you for giving me the ability to laugh at myself along with so many other great qualities... You are truly an irreplaceable woman. I LOVE YOU!!!

17: "Cause you're beautiful like a flower More valuable than a diamond You are powerful like a fire You can heal the world with your mind There is nothing in the world that you cannot do When you believe in you, who are beautiful Yeah, you, who are brilliant Yeah, you, who are powerful Yeah, you, who are resilient."

18: Family is like fudge... Mostly sweet with a few nuts!!!!

19: Family

21: I remember the day I woke up and ran over to the sofa to find who I thought was my Aunt Jamie asleep on the couch. I think it scared you as much as it scared me to discover you weren't my Aunt Jamie. I later learned that you were my dad's girlfriend...the girlfriend who took Michelle and I on our first sleep over to your apartment. I recall a late night, and lots of snacks that we convinced you we had to have. You must have thought to yourself "what in the heck have I gotten myself into" when I told you I wanted to sleep on your hope-chest and not in a bed. Well you didn't run, instead you took on two little girls that were in need of a mother. Life wasn't always perfect but, I thank you for giving yourself to us, our dad, for giving me another sister, and a lifetime of memories. I Love You Love, A | Mom


23: You loved me before i was even here before you had a chance to hold me in your arms before you could see my face, touch my hand, or kiss my cheeks even before I was here...i knew how much you loved me we might not get to see each other all the time, but i want you to know how much i love you. love, jack

24: Live, Laugh, Love

25: { | { | MOM | What stands out most in my memory growing up is the sense of tradition you brought to our family. Their are things now in my own family that I still uphold always with you in mind. Your zealous ways with holidays were always such a treat, you were like a kid yourself. I thank you for that and all you have done. I am hoping this birthday you'll rejoice because you are blessed and loved so much! Love Chelle

26: Where do I begin when talking about my grandma. From her unforgettable laughter and hilarious jokes to her endless love and care that no matter what happens or how far you go, it's always there, to her constant support and encouragement she gives for you to fulfill your dreams and do what makes you happy. She'll rough someone up for you if they make you cry (really, roger will do most of it:) and be there as a shoulder to cry on and tell you everything is going to be okay. All these wonderful things sum up how much of an amazing person she is and how much of a great grandma to me she is. Happy birthday Grandma Paula, I love you very much....love Brieanna

27: Dear Grandma Paula, I love you, you make me laugh hard! your a very very kind and loving person from your funny presonality to your love of men's watches as you said at Jack's birthday. I wish you a happy birthday. I miss you and can't wait to see you again so i can show you my magic tricks. I've been doing good in school, i just started testiing and i hope i pass because it's STAR testing and it's what gets me to middle school. I love you grandma paula, see you soon!!!!! Love, Jean-Claude Lewis | Dear Grandma Paula, Happy birthday! I love you very much. I have a new DSI and i will show you how to play my new star wars games i got for my birthday. Are you going to have cake for your birthday? I like cake, and want some too. I love you grandma and miss you. See you soon. Love Mikail

28: Paula, I hope you don't mind me sharing this thought as part of the wonderful scrapbook that Kimberly has created for you. In a perfect world, people would marry, have kids, and live happily ever after. But in the real world, sometimes it just doesn't work out. What happens after that is a matter of choice and too often those choices are made with little or no regard for the welfare of the kids. I want to take this opportunity to tell you how grateful I am that you and Roger allowed our situation to be different. Your commitment to give Kimberly the benefit of having both parents involved in her life, albeit from separate households, was, and always will be appreciated by me and Gail. We all made it a priority, and it worked. Without a doubt, Kimberly is the wonderful young woman she is today, in part because of the positive choices that were made when she was 8. Thank you. It's funny, I was thinking just the other day about Jack's birthday party, all of us working together to help out........Roger and me grilling hot dogs....(OK...Roger grilling and me burning hot dogs).....and it all seemed pretty natural. Enjoy your scrapbook. I know Kimberly has created it with much love for her Mom. Sincerely, Ron | Thank you both for putting me first ALWAYS... -Kimberly


30: so many | "I remember how your Mom always stepped up during the holidays! She would call me and ask what she should cook; she was always so excited. She brought the family together and Roger and I are very grateful for that." -Sharon With your warm heart and a willingness to open up your home you aloud us all to create memories and bonds that will last forever! Thank you... we love you!!! | Kaylee wants to say thanks for all you have done for her. From the many prayers to the great foot rubs. Most of all for being the best Aunt anyone could have! xoxo

31: Well Paula, I guess you can blame me for becoming a "Fenger"! Introducing you to my brother has changed all of our lives. Where to begin? You have always helped me get through hard times. (Watching old movies all night or drinking a bottle of wine or two!) You are always there for me. Thank you! One memory I will never forget was at Lake Havasu. I never knew you were a professional innertuber!! All we could see was the top of your head and the tips of your toes. What a great sport you were!! Throwing me my baby shower, then the many prayer chains you and Kimberly had for Kaylee. I will never forget all you've done for me. Working as your assistant was a lot of fun! You and I have been through a lot together and I can honestly say one of the greatest things I've done was introducing you to my brother and now I have the best sister in the world!! I love you!!! -Debbie PS Who's older you or me?? JP

32: Paula, where do I begin? We have so many memories together!!! Do you realize we have known each other for 27 years!!! Wow! That is fantastic! Do you remember the time when we took that trip to Las Vegas? It was the time where we went to eat Chinese food & Gil drank that whole bowl of a drink and looked like he could have been one of the waiters! Ha ha! Well anyway, the next day our electricity went out in our rooms and we were going to lay out by the pool that day. You didn't want to go because you were unable to fix your hair and get all beautiful! Finally, we convinced you to come down, that it didn't matter, that no one would notice your hair! You came down & we were people watching & having a good time, when all of a sudden 2 beautiful girls all fixed up, their make up and hair was perfect! You just stared at them and then said, "I bet those bitches had electricity"!!! Lol We all just cracked up! You always made us laugh and still do!!! We have been through so many things together! From children being born, kids learning to drive, graduations, dating, boyfriends, sickness, marriages, deaths and now grandbabies! That is a lifetime of memories! You have been such a close friend that we consider you family. You are a beautiful person who has always shown our family love, compassion, care, and tenderness. You have a great big heart who is always ready to give! You have been a blessing in my life & I am so thankful that God allowed for you to live across the street from our family! You are a big part of my life and you have touched my heart forever! Happy Birthday Paula, I know you try to forget them but you are too good to ever forget! Love, Love, Love you, Alise

33: You know me, I always have a verse, Proverbs 31:29 "Many woman do noble things, but you surpass them all." God Bless You! | Well, well, where do I start? Once the four neighbors all got together at the Wises to watch a movie, and it was a scary ghost movie named "The lady in white" and we all know how much Paula likes those. Anyway, by this time her and your dad had already moved to the house on Tarara so they had to drive home. It's late and they are going to leave and I sneak out of the house and get a long flowing white sheet and hide. After your mom settles in to her seat and your dad is behind the wheel I suddenly jump out in front of the car and jump toward the passenger door. Some say they could hear her scream in Sunnymead Ranch, I don't know, only thing I remember is that she called me a few choice names as the rest of us laughed. One other story that stands out is the time that the four neighbors all went to dinner at "El Gato Gordos". This time alcohol may have been a factor. After enjoying a nice dinner with a few (ahem) drinks and a quick pit stop to the bar for an after dinner baileys, we are getting up and leaving and we run into some people that Paula works with. After a brief chat she goes through the introductions, this is Pam, Gary, Ron and Nancy this is Alise and then she gets to me, and there is dead silence for 2 or 3 seconds and it is obvious that she cannot remember my name. Just as I am about to say my name she says ALBERT! Close but no cigar! She realized what she had done as soon as she said it (I think) and we all started laughing except for the people that I was just introduced to who had no idea why we were laughing. Anyway all I can ever say is Paula is a good friend that makes me smile when I see her or remember her. Happy birthday!!!! Affectionately Albert

34: HAPPY BIRTHDAY | “We celebrate her beauty, her intelligence, her sweetness, her smile, If you needed her to, she would go the extra mile. Her contagious laugh brings joy to any place, She’s a blessing in our lives and cannot be replaced. Paula, today is the day we celebrate you, To know you’re appreciated, special and very much loved too. You’re an amazing woman And on this day, the 25th of May, I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!!! Lots of Love to you, Jennifer | Philippians 4:6 “In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.” Love Heather

35: Happy Birthday wishes... sent all the way from Iraq!!! Love Daniel

36: 4 Wise Guys

37: Back in the day | Paula, Where do I begin? I have so many memories, I feel I should start at the begining though. With you and I being pregnant together with the girls, I remember laying on my back in Natalie's room with you trying to decide how we were going to decorate our girls' rooms. Fast forward a few months later and I remember you watching me from your window when I came home from the hospital with Natalie. You watched me slowly maneuver my way up the 3" stair on my porch after delivering a 9.5lb baby and you saying " Thank God for cesareans" . I can still recall the look on my mom's face when you came over with your skin tight Olivia Newton John workout outfit on, she answered the door and you asked " Is Ron ready to go to the gym?". She then asked "Are you going to let him go to the gym with her?" Or what about the time we had a girls trip to the river and you asked me why I put on a nightgown. I looked at you with a confused look and asked what you were going to sleep in? You replied with, "My sweats! What if we have an emergency in the middle of the night?". Little did I know you had a sixth sense about these things and we all ended up on the porch of Pam's trailer with the whole park after the Lander's earthquake. You looked at me with an all knowing look and said "I told you so". Since then I sleep in full makeup and clean underwear! One of my all time favorites was when we were having one of our neighborhood BBQ's in the Parker's backyard and we told you that you had a bee on you and without hesitation you jumped fully clothed into the pool. I think I can go on and on, embarrassing story after embarrassing story, but more importantly I wanted to say how grateful I am to have those memories and your friendship. I wouldn't trade those years for anything. I hope you have a wonderful Birthday! Much love, Nanc

38: HAPPY | Birthday!!! | MAY 25th

39: WE LOVE YOU!!!

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