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Shirley's Birthday Book

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S: Faith, Family, & Friends


1: Words cannot fully express the impact that you have made in so many lives. This book is our attempt to say "Thank You" for being an amazing mother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend.

2: Dear Mom, To express in words everything that you are to me would be like trying to fill the Grand Canyon one grain of sand at a time. There are too many things that I want to thank you for that it would take more than a lifetime to accomplish that task. Everything that I love about myself comes from you. My blue eyes, the ability to trust that "everything happens for a reason" and that "it'll turn out in the end." You taught me to be happy with myself and to never let anyone make me feel like I wasn't good enough. You always listen and you give advice. You let me make my own mistakes but are always there to pick me up when I fall. You are my best friend "Shirley", my confidante, my phone call when driving home, the crazy lady who used to burst into my room in the morning singing "wake up wake up you sleepy head, its time to get yourself out of the bed", but most importantly you are the woman I look up to and aspire to be like one day. Although my opinion may be biased, I think you are the most amazing mother in the world. I know I sometimes treated you like you were the "mega-beast" when I was growing up, but I now realize that a mom like you is one in a million, and I hit the jackpot with you. You did an amazing job as a mother (and still do!). When I become a mother one day, I hope that I can be as great of a mom as you are. I love you more than words can describe. Love Always, Jenilee | A little girl, when asked where her home was, replied, "where mother is." ~ Keith L. Brooks

4: Mom- I sit here contemplating how I can put into words how much you really mean to me, but I know that words will never be a true insight for how amazing you really are. Let me start by saying I didn’t always see how much you think of everyone else before yourself. You worked countless hours at the bingo hall (after your full time job) just so I could do what I loved: cheerleading. You constantly volunteered yourself for the greater good of our family whether it was the “mean” stage door guard making sure everyone’s sunglasses were on and the right person was being picked up or the times when you were driving a bunch of hormonal middle school girls to cheerleading competitions in Santa Cruz at 4:30 a.m. because no other parents were willing. You are the most selfless person I know. I love your more than I could ever show you, but honestly the greatest gift you have given me is the ability to take everything as an opportunity. I had always looked at “speed bumps” as a hassle and you have taught me to look at them as a learning experience and to learn and take something from them. You have given us many life lessons and I am hopeful for more to come. If there was someone looking for a candidate to write a “Motherhood 101” book I would definitely nominate you! You have done things that I might not always approved or agreed with but in the long run they have been some of the best life lessons yet. You have always taught us girls to not look for others for help, but to stand on our own two feet. I know to never rely on anyone else for my successes, whether it be a man or parents, they can’t always take care of you. To make a long story short you really are the perfect mother and I am lucky to have you as mine! And on behalf of your grandchildren (Misty, Lily, and Jack) they would like you tell you that you are an awesome Grandma! Love, Christine

5: Daughters are little girls that grow up to be your best friend...

7: Dear Momma, Where do I begin? If someone were to ask me to describe you I would say, hard working, generous, smart, beautiful, humorous, and amazing. Mom, you are the strongest woman I know and I am proud to call you my mother. Words cannot express how much I truly appreciate you and admire you. I know that we’ve had our ups and downs over the years, and probably will continue to do so, but my love and appreciation for you will never change. I am truly blessed to have an amazing mother who would do anything for me, and loves me for me. I know there are some choices I have made that haven't made you proud, but I’m learning from them whether they are good or bad. I have grown to be a strong woman and I have you to thank for that. Without you pushing me to strive, I would still be at SportClips, making nothing and not supporting myself. However, you did push me to find something that made me happy and that could possibly lead to a future job. I never understood until now, how much you want all of us to succeed and to strive for opportunities to better ourselves. Seeing the families of others that don’t push each other to succeed, has really shown me how great I have it. I know I don’t say it enough to you and dad but I truly appreciate EVERYTHING you do for me. I have had people tell me that they are jealous of our family, and not because of what we have material wise, but the bond and closeness we share. Even though all families have ups and downs, ours has remained strong, and I thank you for that. You are the support and strength of our family and without you we would not be the strong independent women that you’ve made us. You’ve always allowed us to make our own decisions and to learn from our mistakes. In doing so, you’ve provided the foundation we needed to establish ourselves as individuals and mature adults. These are things I look forward to teaching to my children one day, and help them succeed the same way you’ve helped us. I know I still have some growing up to do, and we will eventually disagree with some of my decisions. But that’s what a mother is for. To love, support, and guide their children to do their best, and that’s exactly what you do everyday. I love and appreciate you mom more than words can say. I promise to show you it more and to not be the Mega-Beast. I love you with all my heart and soul. Love Always, Kimberly Ann


11: { | { | LOVE | Cheryl, Wow! It seems like just yesterday that you were a young woman all of 23 years old and just starting to date that good looking Spaniard from Vacaville. Time seems to have a way of passing quickly when you are living life and raising a family. I was supposed to relate a story about you that included me, but there are so many I wouldn’t know where to start. One thing is for sure though- through good times and bad, thick and thin, rich times and poor, I wouldn’t change a thing. I guess it’s a part of growing up and growing older together with the one you love. I cannot (and could not), fathom a day without you in my life. I like to think that a person’s accomplishments in life are measured in many ways- how they sacrifice for and treat others, how they raise their children, and how they have made that extra effort to make their indelible mark while on this earth. I would have to say that if you were to be graded, an A+ would be about right. You have always put your family and children first, you are always sacrificing for others and your children are becoming your testament on what a wonderful mother you have been. Your 52 years on this earth (or is that still 29?) is just the beginning. You continue to amaze me with your drive and accomplishments. When others are starting to “coast” in life, you are still reaching for bigger and better things. The chapters of your life are still being written, but the ones already in print are full of your generosity and accomplishments. You have, and continue to make an indelible mark in my life. Happy Birthday! Love you forever, Mike

12: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | Momma Shirls, I am so fortunate to be a part of your amazing family. I can't believe I got my own page. . . WOW! I love you and appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for Jen and I. Although I am not up to visit often enough, I always look forward to coming to your house, knowing that I will have an incredible breakfast waiting for me in the morning. You are the best. Happy Birthday Cheryl! Love, Adam

13: MAKING MEMORIES | Momma Shirley, Thank you for all you have to give. Not only did I get a hot daughter from you, I get nice presents (Merry Christmoose boxers), all the food I can eat, and a place to store my runaway pets. In all reality though, I always hear about couples resenting visits with the in-laws. In my case it is anything but that. Thank you for everything. Love, Mike

14: so many | Cheryl, A sister is someone who loves you from the heart, She is a joy that cannot be taken away, Once she enters your life, she is there to stay. A sister is a blessing, who fills your heart with love. Love, Darlene

15: LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH | My sister Cheryl is the best person you could ever want as a sister or a friend. She is always thinking of others, and will do almost anything for you. . . Almost Anything! She is such a blessing, and she always helps out. I thank God that she goes to church and prays for the rest of us! All that I can say is that I am truly blessed to have a sister like her in my life! I Love you Sis and Happy Birthday Love, Sandy

16: For there is no friend like a sister, in calm or stormy weather, to cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands ~ Christina G. Rossetti

17: To My Sister Cheryl, Happy Birthday! Wishing you a day of happy thoughts and reminiscing with this wonderful gift idea from your beautiful daughters. To tell a funny story, I would have to go back to the sucker story but then that would not be a good story or memory for you. I think back to the locked window, you will know what I mean, but again it’s a story of you rescuing me; not funny! I will just have to write how much I love you. And though we don’t spend much time talking on the phone or visiting through the years, I know that if you ever needed anything you would ask and if I needed your help I would not hesitate to ask. That is the unconditional love that comes from a family like ours. As you look back over the years, I know you see yourself as a daughter, a sister, a wife and as a mother, but I think most people would say your kindness and your generosity would give you the title of “Friend”. You don’t judge, you look for the positive in most people and situations. Life is not easy for any of us and some are always looking for a handout but you are always extending your hand. You are blessed and will continue to move through this world gracefully. As I say to my girls, you will be rewarded handsomely in your next life. May you always have joy in your heart and your home. Birthdays are meant to be Celebrated Big. Hope your's is the biggest ever! Love you lots. Enjoy! Tammy Dee

18: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. ~Cathy Allen | Dear Auntie Cheryl, As far back as I can remember I have always been excited to see and visit with you. I would always look forward to our trips to Grandma’s knowing I would get to see you and the family. There was always a feeling of love and family whenever you were around and I still look back and think of those times, especially because I am so far away now. You have always made me feel welcome and l knew that I could come to you if I ever needed anything, and that has always meant a lot to me. I remember getting to stay at your house when my friend and I were taking a trip to Marine World. You were so kind and welcoming and I felt so lucky to have an aunt like you!

19: One of my favorite memories of you is at Mark’s wedding in Tahoe. The music was on but not very many people were dancing. My mom was popping on and off the dance floor but it was mostly bare. A song came on that you knew and you jumped up onto the floor and started dancing. It was like you made it okay to dance and more and more people came to dance. I remember thinking to myself how special and fun you are. You always seem to brighten the mood! When we came home to visit a couple of years ago we stopped by to see you guys. I will never forget how sweet and kind and generous you and Uncle Mike were with my kiddos. Aiden still has that little fire truck that Uncle Mike gave him and every time he brings it out we talk about you guys. It’s a special memory for him too. I have been away from home for a long time now and I have seen all different kinds of people and families. I feel so lucky to have had the experiences that I have had because I have learned how special our family is. We are all so lucky to have each other and I feel like I have the best family in the whole world. You are one of the best people I know. You are an amazing lady and a wonderful aunt. I feel so blessed to have you in my life. I hope you have a great birthday and know that we are thinking of you and wishing we could be there to celebrate with you. Love You, Leanne

20: Auntie Cheryl, We are so blessed to have you in our lives. You have done so much for us over the years, and we couldn’t begin to thank you enough for all that you do. This is why we chose you as the Godmother for our daughter. You always put everyone else’s needs before your own. We are so proud of you going back to school to continue your education to become an even better person than you already are (as if that is possible!) and this is all done while still supporting your own children and their college endeavors. We know that at any time, we can call on you and you will be there. We would like to thank you so much for being such a great part of our lives. Love, Valorie, Darren, Kaytlin, and Hannah

22: "What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life, to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories." Love, Scott

23: Dear Cheryl, When asked to remember something special about you, what immediately comes to mind is a conversation we had humpteen years ago when you and Mike were living on Camellia and decided to look for a newer, bigger home. One of the most important things was that it have enough bedrooms for each girl to have her own. “So you’re looking for a 4-bedroom?” “Well,” you said, “or a 5-bedroom so Kayla can have a room.” For several months, she had been spending almost every weekend with you so we could enjoy Scotty’s wrestling matches without our little “drama queen!” And although I knew you were kidding about the bedroom, I also knew that if need be, you would make her your own without a moment’s hesitation. I don’t think you realized how comforting that was for me. The next thing that comes to mind is that I don’t know what I would have done when Kayla was a champion at nursing and I had to go back to work. She was so good at it that I couldn’t see any way to go except to attach her and take her with me! You insisted that I leave her with you and everything would be fine and it was! Last, but by no means least, were Scotty’s first years when he was the adored only-child in the family. You spent so much time with him and always had something new and fun to teach him from learning games and songs, to football in the backyard! With family, we often take things for granted, but I want you to know what an impact you’ve had on both our kids and how important you are to them and to us. Thanks for being who you are. With lots and lots of love, Teri

24: Aunt Cheryl, I cannot express how grateful I am to have such a wonderful aunt like you. Growing up, you were most definitely a second mother to me. With all of the countless afternoons after school I spent with you and the girls, I never felt like a guest. You always treated me as your fourth daughter, and nothing less. You were a big part in making me feel at home, and your home ultimately became my second home. I don't have one specific memory to share, but instead, my entire childhood full of wonderful memories in a large part thanks to you. I love you! -Kayla

25: "Only an Aunt can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend." ~ Spanish Proverb

26: I met Cheryl when we were in high school, and we have been friends ever since. That was about 37 years. Wow! That sure makes me feel old. Fresh out of high school Karen Govi and I shared a duplex. There wasn’t enough room for Cheryl, so we moved into a larger home. We had such a blast! We spent a lot of time driving around in Cheryl’s Nova & Karen’ Mustang (I didn’t have a cool car), singing into hairbrushes with our teeth blacked out (don’t ask me why), and having man troubles. One of Cheryl’s responsibilities was to do the shopping out at the commissary. Every week Karen or I would write bananas on the grocery list. We didn’t really want the bananas. We wanted the banana bread that Cheryl would make every time the bananas went bad. We also had chores and some pretty stiff penalties if you didn’t do your assigned chore on the assigned day. In fact, you’d have to do the chore for the next three days. Picture Cheryl with a flashlight and a pooper scooper at midnight picking up after three big dogs. We had Cocoa Ann, Toby, and Karen’s crazy shepherd. I swear that dog needed therapy. We really had a lot of fun living together, and I was sad when I went off to college. Once when Cheryl visited me at my house in South Sacramento we had a middle of the night visitor. Yep, the police were chasing some criminal and he decided to try and escape by running over the house. After that, I don’t think Cheryl came back for another visit. When I returned from college, I had a degree but no job. Cheryl was working for Thrifty at the time on an inventory crew. She put in a good word for me, and I was hired on. We spent the next four years traveling around the western states on a crew with ten other people. We saw some beautiful country from our van. The ten of us inventory clerks shared a special relationship while working and traveling from city to city. Cheryl and I became closer friends as we shared our secrets and our sorrows.

27: After four years I decided it was time to head back to school and get my credential. It was hard to leave the crew, but it was time to move on. By that time, I had gotten married and a year later Cheryl married Mike. I remember telling Randy that Cheryl was dating a guy name Mike Ramos. I asked him if he knew Mike, and of course he did. Tony and Randy had wrestled together at Vacaville High School, and Julian had been there more than once when Randy needed him at a meet. Well, after they got married they started having those sweet baby girls. It was hard to get together through the years, as we both had hectic schedules. Cheryl was juggling three children, a husband, a full time job and some part time jobs, volunteer work, and a home. I never understood where she got/gets her energy! We had and still have one standing date every year. We get together to bake Christmas cookies. We haven’t missed a date in 28 years and about 25 years ago Dawn joined us. Where did the time go? I don’t know, but I do know that Cheryl and I have a long history together. We have always gotten along very well, and she is such a hoot to be around with that dry sense of humor. We still don’t see each other enough, but we keep in touch, and I consider her one of my dearest friends. Love, Sharon Riehl

28: Cheryl, We have been through many experiences in our long friendship together. Some of our favorite memories are those that included children, water, dirt, tents, and camp fires or Christmas trees. We created so many special memories for ourselves and for our children. Some good, some funny and some just plain weird memories. Like the time we went camping at "NEGRO BAR" recommended to us as a great camp ground. HaHa!!!! What do you mean the trailor is considered a separate vehicle??? Can it drive itself??? And what about BACON. I love bacon, I could eat a whole pound of bacon..... And my personal favorite, one night the four of us sitting around the camp fire playing card games and Cheryl announces "HONEY I'M TIRED, I"M BONE TIRED", in her best southern accent. And what about Christmas trees, Oh, Christmas Trees! Do you think you could pick out a bigger trunk on a tree than the one you picked out that one year, "Incense Cedar"? Really? But they smelled good. Ricks favorite memory is the time we (Randy, Sharon, Mike, yourself, Rick & I) all went to Hotel Del Rio in Isleton, for prime rib and you and Rick were slathering the horseradish on your steaks, tears running down your faces, WOO!!! Love, Dawn Marie

29: Dear Cheryl, It has been more than eleven years since I moved away from Vacaville and I still miss it dearly. My children were born there and I had wonderful friends close by. And in all of my professional career, I can easily say that the years spent at Will C. Wood High School were the most meaningful. What made my time special there was the work that I was able to do and the unparalleled partnership that you and I had. I looked forward to going to work every single day. You were such a support as well as a good friend. Our little family there in room B13 (Andrew, David B., Jim, Nathan, Dennis, Heidi, John, Vanessa, Trina, the other David B., Thomas, Chris, Tim, Josh, Stephanie........) continues to mean a great deal to me and I will never forget how special those years were. They were a gift. Congratulations to you on your birthday! You have a very special family and I am honored to have been invited to take part in your celebration. I'm envious of those who are lucky enough to work with you. All the best to you in your future endeavors. Much Love, Anne Wallace (Koch) With children Olivia and Sam

30: My Dear Friend Cheryl, What a wonderful way to celebrate your life and your birthday! I have many found memories of time we have spent together. Working on Grad Night to the wee hours of the morning, even when we were not supposed to be the ones staying till the wee hours! Being so exhausted that we would laugh until we cried and wondering why we still did it! But I have to say the most fun we had together was the band tour to Canada! The night we realized why the kids were so quiet at night and willing to go their rooms! They had found the porn channels that we were not able to block, as they were on public access TV! We laughed ourselves silly over that one. Oh what an educational experience they had on that trip! Then of course the day that 3 of our students got lost on the mountain and even though we were not their chaperones we were the ones left holding the bag and finding them! How did we always get to be the responsible ones?! I hope that with this book you realize how much you are loved and what a phenomenal person you are! Your big heart and wonderful spirit does not go unnoticed. You have always given of yourself without any expectation of receiving anything back. May you continue to have a wonderful life that you will begin to reap the rewards of your giving heart! We sooooo need to do lunch! Love ya girl, Debbie Nevins

31: Mom, We hope that you enjoyed your book of memories and "Thank You's" We love you! Happy Birthday! Love, Jenilee, Christine, & Kimberly

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