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S: Danford Family Memories 2009-2012

1: All because two people fell in love

2: I hope you enjoy looking through this book. The pictures start with David returning from his first deployment to Iraq, but our story began with a compliment on a pair of red plastic earrings over dinner at a West Point ball (500th night) in 2005. We were married in 2007 and never looked back. Since then, God has blessed us with 2 amazing sons and a whole lot of laughs (see previous wedding picture). This is my attempt to capture some special memories we have shared together.

3: Welcome home from your first deployment to Iraq, '08-'09. So incredibly grateful to have you home safe.

4: MAKING MEMORIES | We enjoyed our time together in TX- spent time at the barn, bought a horse trailer, spent hours training Bailey, found out we were having a baby, caught up with friends, sold Bailey, and packed up our home!! | Aaron | The Hicks Family

5: From Fort Hood | To Fort Knox

7: *Christmas 2009*

8: Meeting Lincoln

9: Getting Ready for Baby... | Restoring the Dresser | Boy or Girl...?

10: Captain Career Course

11: Andrew Storms Danford April 7th, 2010 7:48 PM 8lbs 10 oz, 20.5 in.

12: Andrew | Storms

13: "Babies Are God's Most Precious Gift" | 3 Weeks Old | 4Weeks Old | 4 Weeks Old | 3 Days Old

14: 1 Week Old | 4 Days Old | 4 Days Old

15: Time to Move (5 weeks old)And our family came to help | 4 Days Old

16: 314 Hartinger Circle, Schriever AFB. We had a nice new home, but little did we know we would only be living there for 4 months before David deployed. | Growing up | 6 Weeks

17: 3 1/2 Months | 4 Months | 10 Weeks | 3 1/2 Months

19: First Camping Trip- 10 weeks old Mount Princeton

20: Despite the emergency surgery and stormed out fireworks, we still had a good 4th! | 3 Months

21: Grandma Jean We were able to travel to Grandma Jean's funeral to celebrate her life, and spend time with family at the lake. RACINE - Jean (nee: Storms) Danford, 90, died unexpectedly at home on July 6, 2010. Although in recent years she lived near family members in North Carolina and Virginia, she never missed a year visiting her home on Eagle Lake in Pan Yack Park. Jean was born on November 17, 1919 in Racine, the daughter of William Wallace Storms and Edith Hansen Storms. She was a graduate of Washington Park High School 'Class of 1937' and Northwestern University. Jean was united in marriage to William B. Danford in Racine in 1942; Bill predeceased her in 1998. Jean is survived by her five children, Steve (Linda) of Greensboro, N.C.; John (Karen) of Riverside, Ill.; Jane Ann of Great Falls, Va.; Will (Nancy) of Rollinsford, N.H.; and Beth (John) Kaplan of Millersville, Md.. She is further survived by 14 beloved grandchildren and one great grandson. Jean loved her family, all things Wisconsin, singing, campfires, horses, and bridge, in that order. A life-long member of the Republican Party, she was passionate about politics and current events. She was also a member of PEO Chapter CF in Racine. Funeral services for Jean will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on July 12, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. with her granddaughter, the Reverend Claire Wimbush, officiating.

22: Welcome to Colorado- Papa, Grammie, Paul and Aiden | 3 1/2 Months Old

23: Our first family vacation for block leave before deployment. We went to Custer State Park, Mt Rushmore, Devil''s Tour, and the Badlands! | Custer Family Vacation August 2010

24: Congratulations Ben & Betsy August 28, 2010

25: First Solid Food- Rice Cereal 5.5 Months | 5 Months | 5.5 Months | 5 Months

26: First teeth! 9/26 | 5 Months | 6 Months

27: Moving Time 6 months old

28: Operation Enduring Freedom- October 19 2010 | Goodbye to Daddy | Deployment #2 | CPT Danford | My Daddy

29: Kristen comes to help move!

30: We moved in with Papa and Grammie while David was deployed. We missed being with daddy, but were blessed to have such a wonderful home and family to live with. We have so many happy memories!

31: 2504 William Tankard Drive | 7 Months

32: Happy 4th Birthday Colton!

33: Give Thanks 2010 We are so blessed

34: Daddy read books to Andrew on a DVD, and we watched them regularly. I don't know who liked them more- Andrew, mommy, or Grammie! He also had a "Daddy Loves You" poster above his crib, and a daddy doll that he slept with.

35: Merry Christmas...Iraq Style

37: Christmas 2010 Our last time with Grandpa...on this earth!

38: Pukefest 2012 We all got the noravirus! Still good memories

39: Family Christmas in Riverside

42: We made a few trips down to North Carolina- to see friends at Fort Bragg, Joel Alysia & the boys, and even to Greensboro!

43: July 4th weekend, 2011 Lake Norman, NC

44: Grandpa's Celebration March 2011

45: The Rev. Dr. John J. Garver died March 11, 2011 Rev. Garver was born Jan. 13, 1923, in Decatur to John Milton and Grace Greenwood Price Garver. He married Patricia "Patsy" Patrick on July 5, 1947, and was blessed with 48 years of love and happiness until Patsy died of cancer Oct. 2, 1995. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of two sons, John Patrick Garver and David Paul Garver. The Rev. Garver had eight grandchildren, Ryan, Andrew, Stephen, Matthew, Paul, Mandy, Joel and Melissa; and five great-grandchildren, Aiden, Colton, Lincoln, Andrew and Madalyn. He kept albums of all of the children, their letters and photos, and provided wonderful memories for them to remember him by. He loved all of them dearly. The Rev. Garver is survived by his sister, Mrs. William (Betty) Berte of Palo Alto, Calif., his brother-in-law, William, and their three children, Carol, Marjorie (Mrs. Jerry O'Kane) and Andrew. The Rev. Garver graduated from Decatur High School as valedictorian. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in World War II while a student at Millikin University, and served his country from 1943-1946 as an aircraft armorer for fighter pilot training. While attending First Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas, God called him into the ministry. Upon discharge from the service in 1946, he returned to Millikin University, and later attended Shurtleff College to study Greek. After he graduated there, he moved to Boston to receive his ministerial training at Andover Newton Theological School. He served as a youth pastor at Wakefield Baptist Church, his first experience in the ministry ... little did he know that he'd be serving for 50-plus years after that! Rev. Garver was selected by the faculty to be the class speaker at his seminary graduation, and then began his work in the ministry. He was ordained on July 1, 1951, by his home church, First Baptist Church of Decatur. He served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Marengo for six years, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylorville for eight years, and the pastor of Central Baptist Church in Quincy for 21 years. When the Rev. Garver retired after 35 years of pastoring churches in 1986, he moved to Champaign, and was an associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Champaign in Savoy for 15 years, and after 50 years of ministry, he retired in 2001. For 30 years, he was a trustee of Judson University and was honored with a doctor's degree. Highlights of his experiences include a two-week preaching mission to Haiti, a Holy Land tour, and being selected as one of the first Merrill Fellows at Harvard Divinity School for a three-month study of church renewal. The Rev. Garver has written, edited and published eight books which he gives away as part of his ministry to others. Over 2,000 copies of "Comfort in Sorrow" have been given away. SERVICES: Memorial services will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church of Champaign, 1602 Prospect at Burwash in Savoy with the Rev. Dr. Randy Gauger officiating. Private family burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Champaign. | Grandpa gave many gifts- he never forgot a birthday or Christmas, and always made sure we had cash in our pockets and food in our stomachs walking out of his door. But his greatest gift by far was leaving us to celebrate his life. His life on earth, but more importantly his new life with Christ. There is no doubt- Grandpa is in heaven praising Jesus. Thank you Grandpa, for that most cherished gift.


47: Our little munchkin! We had your birthday party at Uncle Paul's house, and a few days later went to Hawaii to celebrate with daddy! And for the record, you had a giraffe cake. That's not a horse!

49: R&R April 2011 Honolulu, Hawaii Andrew learned how to walk and got his first haircut! We had a blast with daddy seeing the beautiful island and relaxing together.

50: Chicago Fun

51: Take me to Grandma and Grandpa's

52: Congratulations | Buck & Susan

57: Fun day with Grammie

58: Deployment is almost over, and it's time to move back to CO. Joel & Mom helped us drive, and we made a stop in Valpo and Wisco on our way. 7914 Campground Drive is our new home. Ready for daddy!

59: Welcome Home Daddy!

61: Our Little Pumpkin Halloween 2011

62: Royal Gorge Railroad

63: Thanksgiving 2011 John, Karen, and Nadia came to visit, and we were able to have some soldiers David worked with in Iraq for dinner.

65: Redeployment Block Leave- Nov 2011. We road tripped and stayed at the Sedona Summit, thanks to Uncle Will and Aunt Nancy! We hadn't done any planning and we were thrilled with how beautiful it was driving into the canyon. We also did a day trip to the Grand Canyon- Melissa and Andrew's first time there. Notice David's hand on the opposite page :)

66: Christmas 2011

70: Toddlers are fun!

71: Andrew Storms | 2 Years Old

72: Change of command April 3rd, 2012 Attack!

73: He has Risen Easter 2012

75: Happy 2nd Birthday, Andrew! We had a relaxing day at home (Grammie was here to visit) opening gifts throughout the day and going to the park, Your favorite new toys were the Strider balance bike from Grandma and Grandpa, and your sandbox! You were on an elimination diet for food allergies, so mommy made a sugar-free/dairy-free/egg-free/gluten-free chocolate cake :) You are an incredibly sweet and smart boy, and we are so blessed to be your parents!

76: Spartan Race | May 5- Fort Carson

77: Our little Cowboy

79: Steamboat Springs Happy 5th wedding anniversary! We wanted to get in a camping trip before our little bundle arrived, and couldn't think of a better way to celebrate

80: Congratulations Paul & Stephanie! June 9, 2012

82: Boy or Girl? We were thrilled to find out we were having another baby. Melissa had a great pregnancy and we couldn't wait to meet our new little bundle!

83: We spent the morning relaxing on the patio wondering when baby would come- 3 days after the due date. Melissa & Grammie went to the commissary to stock up on some food, and Melissa went into labor at the end of the trip. Labor and delivery went great, and a few hours later we met our sweet baby BOY, Caleb Patrick Danford. He was a beautiful sweet baby- a gift from God! We were overjoyed to say the least!

84: Caleb Patrick Danford July 21, 2012 2106 Hours 9lbs, 2 oz 21.5 inches long

86: 1 day old

87: 2 days old

88: 2 days old

91: 1 Week old

92: 10 days old

93: 2 weeks old

94: 3 weeks old

95: 4 weeks old

96: 2 months old

98: Brother Love

101: 3 months old

102: Mount Princeton Hot Springs

103: Caleb went on his first family vacation at 11 weeks old to Mount Princeton- the same area where Andrew went camping at 10 weeks!!

104: Uncle Will & Auntie Leslie Meet Caleb

105: David was at NTC for the month, so we took off for VA and spent 2 1/2 there making some fun memories

106: Meeting Uncle Josh & Auntie Mandy. Fun cousin time at their new home!

107: Meeting Uncle Paul & Auntie Stephanie. We had a great time watching Aiden's soccer games!

108: Uncle Joel & Auntie Alysia! Those boys had a blast together. And I got Joel to smile :)

109: Always Fun in Williamsburg

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