S: Valena Ke Magill: A Celebration of 50 Years
FC: Valena Ke Magill A Celebration of 50 Years
1: Happy 50th Birthday! | I hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true!
2: Valena, This book is a dedication to your beautiful life- Your bright soul has warmed so many hearts, and in fifty years you have had such a positive impact on us and so many others. We thank you for your radiant spirit; we are gifted by it continuously. With much love, Your soul mates
3: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | Valena Ke Ottley
4: "There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."
5: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
6: "If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older."
7: Love is patient.. Love is kind.. | Valena does very well in class and I don't think I could ask for a better student. needs to listen more, but she has improved a lot with time. | V. K. O. | The School Years
10: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts."
11: MAKING MEMORIES
14: Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!
16: "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."
17: "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." - Anais Nin
20: You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mohandas K. Gandhi
22: We have changed over the years, but the sparkle in your eyes is as bright as ever, and my love for you is even stronger.
25: Knowing you will be with me in all my tomorrows, makes my today so wonderful. | love
26: Valena | Valena, Valena,I love you Valena! You've got my back and I owe you everything.Day and night we hardly ever fight. Knowing you is knowing how magnificent life is- what I know and feel about you is beyond words... How about a kiss? Brent
27: The Best Day of Our Lives
28: Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.
30: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” ~Dr Seuss
32: Of the people i know, you are the most willing to look at yourself with honesty and work on your own misbehavior and short-comings before recommending that others do so- wendall berry "a person who is willing to undertake the discipline and difficulty of mending their own ways is worth more to the conservation or spiritual movements than hundreds who insist merely that the government or industries or others mend their ways" U are a great mentor to me in my own life, helping me to see what I can do personally to effect and strengthen that which I believe to be good and beautiful in the world You are a living form of the idea that 'nobility is a matter of heart'- and antagonist to what watts called "the taboo against knowing who we are" when thinking of you i ponder the meaning that: "the object of life isn't to become somebody, it's to become nobody"- because u certainly are not nobody-
33: when thinking of you i ponder the meaning that: "the object of life isn't to become somebody, it's to become nobody"- because u certainly are not nobody- I could say you are a quilter, costume maker, a fastidious engineer of thread and needle, a skilled hand at crafts and glass... Or i could label you a runner, a cyclist, a culinary artist, the list goes on ... ... ... But really, If someone asked me who u are, I wouldn't think of the many talents u utilize or the things you can do and do well- but that the reality of u is beyond spoken language. That the idea of u can only be communicated through experiencing the actions and empathy, the embrace, the look, the nearly telepathic ability to emphasize on the level of the other And since words can't come close to describing our appreciation, great fortune, and impossible luck to have u along for this journey I just want to leave u with this "I love and i like u!" Your rebel son | I could say you are a quilter, costume maker, a fastidious engineer of thread and needle, a skilled hand at crafts and glass... Or i could label you a runner, a cyclist, a culinary artist, the list goes on ... ... ... But really, If someone asked me who u are, I wouldn't think of the many talents u utilize or the things you can do and do well- but that the reality of u is beyond spoken language. That the idea of u can only be communicated through experiencing the actions and empathy, the embrace, the look, the nearly telepathic ability to emphasize on the level of the other And since words can't come close to describing our appreciation, great fortune, and impossible luck to have u along for this journey I just want to leave u with this "I love and i like u!" Your rebel son
34: Daughters are little girls that grow up to be your best friend...
35: "A Mother's love never ages."
36: “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
37: Progress | MOM | Mom, Your light has guided me through my darkest experiences. Without your guidance, I know I would still be searching for the path amidst the darkness. There are no words to describe the depth of gratitude I feel to have you as my beacon of light. The love you emit is felt deep within my soul, and it warms my mind with calm. How grateful I am to have a mother who has guided and nurtured me by teaching me how to listen to my own truth. I am beginning to believe your confidence in me has some validity, after all I did choose you as my mother which was pretty damn wise of me! :) In my almost thirty years of life the one person I owe the most gratitude to is you. It is not possible to thank you enough for all that you do, and all that you are. Beyond being my mother you have been my best friend, and the person I strive to be most like. Mom, I love you and I look forward to having you as my mother, my soul mate, and my teacher in life for the next 50 years. Happy birthday!
39: Dear Valena, When, those many years ago, we became one, a life-long love began. Through all the years that have past since, there haven't been many pictures taken of us together. I think that is because you've been 'out there' holding up the rest of my world. Thank you. Love, Mom
40: "Twinkle twinkle little star; do you know how loved you are?"
41: "A Baby's Love Is Best Of All"
42: "A Baby's Love Is Best Of All" | Jackson
43: "Babies Are Life's Most Precious Gift"
44: I love Nana helps me go to sleep and gives me kisses, cause her helps me work and her helps me uh make teeth, and sometimes helps me makes guns and write my name. I love she makes me letters, and wipes my bum, but sometimes I wipe my bum myself. I love Nana’s kisses and hugas. I love you nana in the whole space world. (Jackson's reply when asked why he loves Nana)
46: Jackson may not be able to exrpess how deeply he loves you with his words, but it's easily seen and felt through these pictures and how often I hear 'I miss my nana!". His nana is very special to him, and to his mommy! As Jackson always says, "I love my Nana!" Thank you for being an amazing Nana! xoxo
49: "Brother and sister together as friends, ready to face whatever life sends. Joy and laughter or tears and strife, holding hands tightly as we dance through life." | What I envy about you is that you are a risk-taker, some may think this to be a fault in certain people, but for you this is a great thing. In taking a few extra risks you achieved a lot more in life than many. In high school I remember you as a bit anti-establishment which caused some teachers to love you and others, not so much. There's no in-between with you.I'm glad you have a family of your own that you share with me.I love you, Brent and the family- You are always there for meI love you all! Delon
50: "Cherish your yesterdays, dream about tomorrow but live for today" | Grandpa's passing reminded me how important it is to tell people what they mean to you. He is the inspiration for this book, and I know if he were given the chance to write in it he would say you mean the world to him. You are an amazing daughter who gave all that you could to make his life easier. I felt his love so strongly toward you in his last days. He always wanted his Lena near, and you intuitively knew what he needed. He was blessed to have you as a daughter, as we all are blessed to have you in our lives.
52: D A R R O N
53: Valena, you have truly been my sibling, my mentor, and my friend. You've guided me when I've been confused and you've held my hand when I've been lonely. You've stood up for me when others tried to knock me down, and you've always, always, been loving and kind. I can't think of a time when I didn't look up to you. I remember everything, it seems. When I was twelve and you took me to see star wars. It was special because it was just for me. I remember us going out to the bar when I was 17 (naughty!). I was there as a faux date so you could enjoy yourself without being hit on. I remember spending time with you, talking about plans and ideas, as you've moved through your whirlwind life. Seems hectic on reflection, but was pleasant and comfortable at the time. You've always had space for me. A spare setting at dinner, a few minutes to talk. Even in the worst of times, we've been together. Through death and mourning, we've always been able to lean on each other. To find something to laugh about, and powerful reasons to focus on the joy in our lives. We even shared the challenges of Dorothy's kids. The ups and downs of careers and relationships. You've always been there. I guess you could say that where you are, there is my home and my heart. Thank you. Love, Darron
55: Happy Birthday to an amazing woman! There isn't one thing I can remember that you’ve haven't taken to the highest level of achievement. I truly admire you, Valena! Here's to the fantastic road ahead, filled with things to make your soul sing and your heart smile! Love you and proud to call you family! Cathy | Cathy
56: Sweetie, the short version is that you're amazing, gorgeous & awe-inspiring. The slightly longer version is you are a light that brightens my day whenever I see your smile, hear your laugh or share in your creativity. Thank you for being such an irreplaceable part of our lives. Love You Beautiful! – Clayton
57: Although we've been family for a very long time, over the last few years you've become my sister... You are a beautiful and amazing person. I treasure every single time we spend together. I love you Sweetie! Vennette
58: Valena, Gifted artist Gifted craftsman Valena's so generous with her gifts Love you! Bruce & Katie
59: Bruce & Katie
60: How to put into a few words all the love and admiration I have for you? Without sounding impossibly maudlin? So often we have "thought with the same mind". Being part of your life has been one of the great blessings of mine. May we long continue. Love, Kelley
61: Valena, You are a delight to be with- you see so much beauty in the world and share that joy in creating fabulous color in glass and fabric. I treasure the quilt you sewed for me:the garden so vibrant, a quilt so comforting, the pieces interconnected and strengthened. You connect and strengthen us as a family-near and far. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! With love, Lorrie
62: When you and Brent came to visit us in Santa Cruz it was one of the funnest weekends we've had.! We drank, walked horses, went to the beach and rode bikes. Every year I hope that we can do it again! Love, Donna Stidolph
63: Thoughts on Valena Magill Words that spring to mind: creative, generous, creative, loving, creative, loyal, creative, talented, creative, insightful, creative, strong, creative, creative, creative Our extended family lucked out with Valena and her many additions to our lives. I always wonder how it is possible for one person to do so much with such great spirit. There are many ‘Kodak moments’ you provided, from your beautiful children that warmed Kelley and John immeasurably (and of course we love them, too), to the art work in glass and fabric that we all still discuss with awe and wonder. We call each other to ask about Valena’s quilts or windows and what we discover within them over time. Some things just get more beautiful with every season, and you yourself are proof of that. One treasured memory is when you and Megan joined Kelley, Lorrie, and David for a trip to Connecticut and then New York. James was turning 2, Megan was an impossibly beautiful teenager, and David was a keen, intense new teen. You brought along a Tibetan meditation bowl and settled us all with its haunting strains, took off jogging at an absurdly early hour, talked, cooked, laundered, planned, saw, drove, toured, and shared your splendid energy with us all. I still marvel at that trip and your intrepid spirit of adventure and warmth. I wanted to live next door to my far-away family, and I still do. I wish I had a picture of Valena’s Celestial Quilt, and your Celestial Window that are my most treasured art pieces. If I get organized (HA!) I will take pictures and send them along. Until then, I hope you know how beloved and appreciated you are (despite the absence of communication) for her warm and loving spirit. Oh, and did I mention how creative she is? Blessings to you on your 50th birthday! With love and admiration, her far-away sisters, Sherry and Lorrie, and grand-mother Kelley Magill
64: April Showers Bring May Flowers
65: happy birthday to the most amazing woman i know......you have changed my world with your kindness and generosity...there are no words to truly express any of my gratitude---we love ya -have fun-thanks to you i can now enoy YOUR birthday cake without any pain !! so bring it :) lets party kelley
67: Your friendship with Debi was one to be cherished forever. I have never seen such a close bond between two women, and I know that both of you learned a lot from one another. Debi taught everyone how to become a stronger version of themselves, and to face that which we fear with laughter. I never have seen you laugh as hard as you did when you were around your best girlfriend, and I know there isn't a day that goes by that you don't miss her. I know she is up there watching out for you, and I can even now here her laugh and see her contagious smile. I know she btought a lot to your life, but I also know you brought a lot to hers. You are one of the best friends a girl can have, and she was grateful to have you in her life. Beyond telling people you love them, you show them through your actions. I hope everyone is as lucky to have a friend like you, and it's even better if they have as beautiful a friendship as you and Debi had. | My BFF
69: Valena, I can think of so many memories writing one would be too difficult. You got me and my family through the hardest part of our lives. I know there was a time when we were un-separable.. I am so thankful for that time and the person you taught me to be. I love you so much and hope you have the best birthday ever you deserve it.. Love, Becky
70: Valena, I don't even have the words to tell you how much you mean to me. You taught me what kind of Mom and person I wanted to be. You have always been there for me, and never more so than when I thought I would never make it through. But you were right there, suffering along with me. You are so amazing and selfless and I love you so much!! Thank you for everything you do for everyone. Happy Birthday! Jen, Zach, Aspen, and Cameron
72: Tamara White
73: valena and tammy | You are a beautiful person inside and out. Your generosity and authenticity is contagious and genuine. You fill a room with love, joy and completeness. LIfe would not be the same without you! Love, Tammy
74: Valena, I just want to let you know how incredible you are! Some of my happiest memories are from going to Willard and being thrown off that old water weenie. Also, though I don't remember my own use, I still have the zebra crib set and it is currently in my crib, awaiting the birth of my son. :) Love you, Jacqueline
75: "Good times are even better when they are shared" | I appreciate you and love that you have have always included me as family, and taken care of my kids. I treasure our relationship . Love, Rebecca
76: only in utah a phenomena only Valena knows | Mel & Deb
77: VALENA Fashion Designer Extraordinaire! You’ve brought Joy, Fun , Creatvity and so much more into our lives. You are a gem!
78: Valena, You are one of the most devoted, caring, loving person I know. You set such a wonderful example to those around you. You are so talented in many ways, your cooking, baking (mmm baklava), crafts and the list goes on and on. Your family is very blessed to have you in their lives. Thank you for being generous in your love and kindness towards all of us. We love you. Happy 50th.
79: ! | Love, Scott, Jessica Kinley & Hudson Stolpp
80: My sis Valena, Having you as my friend is a priceless gift. Having you as my sister is an absolute blessing from God.. Both of which I deeply cherish. Happy Birthday my sis! I can't be with you in person, but I'll be there in my heart. I LOVE YOU-Kelli
81: Happy birthday sister of Sunshine! I'm not going to lie to you, 50 is one of those milestones that most people would rather bypass. But I look at it like this: We have now had the blessing of you being on this earth for 50 years, just being you and giving everyone you meet your gift of love. You make people feel special my sister, and I'm so grateful to be one of those people. Besides, I've been there and it's not bad! We just recently passed through a fire together, along with our other family members. Valena we came out the other side stronger and closer because of it. We received an unexpected blessing during that hard thing. Let's never let that go. I love you, my sister, and wish you the best birthday ever! Much love, Nikki, your sister of Moonlight
82: From the moment I met you Valena, I felt like you were my sister. Our spirits connected. I know that if we lived in the same town, you would be my best friend. Valena, you have a special place in my heart. Happy Birthday Sis!!!! Patricia Brown
83: Happy Birthday dear Valena! I am so blessed to call you friend. When I think of you I think of wisdom and grace. You are a lady that all love to be around. You are an awesome lady and mother and I am sure a wonderful grandmother. Aren't grandkids the best? Thank you for being a part of my life. Best wishes now and always. Love you- Sheryl | sunny days
85: Valena, I think you're the sweetest, most caring, most loving person. You are always there for me no matter what I need. I love you so much! Love, Shelley
86: T h e W o o d s
87: Valena, you were always my Angel to me with Amber and Jared as they were growing up. I had to work a lot and I know they spent a lot of time with Megan and Mike. Never once did you complain . You were their second Mother and really helped out a lot. I will forever be indebted to you for that. You always included my kids in everything like camping, tubing and riding bikes. The one memory that really stands out is the time we spent the day laying sod in the yard to surprise Brent . Valena you are a very special Lady in my life and I am so proud to have had you as a friend. I want to wish her a very Happy 50th Birthday and hope for many many more. Love you Valena! Pat Woods
91: Valena, I would first like to start off with saying you are truly the most remarkable person I have ever had the pleasure of having in my life. At the drop of the hat you have always been there for someone in need. It is rare to find a person in this world who puts everyone before themselves as you do. You are the most understanding person, you have the ability to understand somebody else’s feelings and difficulties, you are full of great advice, you are full of compassion, you are full of life, and you are full of love. I often ask myself how I got so lucky to have you as my aunt. You are not only my aunt, but my friend and my role model. I will never forget the times you offered to bring me into your home. You offered me a life-changing experience in times when I needed someone the most. I will always be forever thankful for your thoughtfulness and I often wish I could repay you for what you have done for me throughout my life. It is you who deserves the finest things in life, Valena. I love you more than words could ever say. Love Always, Jodi
93: Valena, I have fond memories of our time together. I would say that I always will recall that you did want better for me than I wanted for myself. I have several memories of our few years together: Vegas with Tim and his girlfriend; the little Mexican joint in Pasadena where we ate so many times and had chips and salsa and beer, the drive to San Diego to take my friends motorcycles home when we went to a ghost town, driving to Reno to get married after selling enough acid to pay for the trip-these are some of the memories I have. I am and will always be grateful for the times we had as crazy as they were, and as crazy as I was. My best wishes to you on your 50th!
94: Valena, I have always regretted that we didn't get to grow up knowing each other but am so grateful that we have connected in the past few years. You have always been my Sister in my heart. I see some of your pictures and how much we look alike and I chuckle at the fact that we both stick our tongue out when we are concentrating like Dad did. I hope we are able to find a way to spend some time together with our families in the near future. You are a wonderful person inside and out. I love you and hope you have just as beautiful a birthday as you are! Happy Birthday my Sister!!! Love, Stephanie, Amanda, Justin, Savannah and Caden
95: Beauty is never ending, proplr get old, looks fade...But the light that shines from the inside remains beautiful forever, and yours is among the brightest I have ever seen. Long days, pleasant nights. Love Josh
97: Valena, How fortunate I am to be a part of your celebration and how lucky I am to consider you a friend. You are a woman with so much creativity and talent. I am so amazed at your generosity and spirit. Thank you for including me in your tribe and for spending countless hours designing and sewing for me so that I can be the best dressed rockstar on the playa. Here's to many more years. Much Love! Cheers! Thomas
99: I just love you. You feel like a sister and it makes me wish a) that I had known you forever and b) that you lived way closer to me so I could see you more often. You are such a warm person and you are incredibly 'present' when we talk. I feel like we're on similar paths and have wisdom to share with each other. Your name usually comes up not as just 'Valena', but 'Amazing Valena' because you're so multi-faceted in you talents and accomplishments. It seems anything you set your mind to, you do so well. I like to hang around with people who inspire me to reach higher in life -you are definitely one of those people. Shaari