Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"Is this Heaven?"

I don't have much too add today; just an interpretation of my 5 year old Zoey.

As we were walking into the morturary in the Pismo Beach area Zoey simply asked "is this heaven?"  "Are grandma and papa here"  It made us all tear up.

Hugs to all for your nice words!


Cindy said...

Leave it to the little ones to lighten up the heaviness of the day!! Your mom would of loved that!!

Hugs Cindy and Walker

In The Wind Adventures of William and Mary Ann said...

Awwww... the delightful innocence of children.
Hugs to you and your family from us too.

-Nellie and Jonathan said...

I always told your mom on her blog that she was giving her "Grands" memories they would take with them for the rest of their lives. By spending so much time caring for them, your patents have helped shape who your girls will become. They will live on in spirit through those precious girls. We are praying for all of you to have comfort and peace.


NWlambear said...

Thank you for keeping all of us out here in blog world connected. As you can tell, you Mother touched many, many of us and I think...also....that your Mom would love to read all our comments. We really miss her. Stay strong and know your Mom'n'Dad are together forever. I pray for your healing and peace. ~Tricia

Anonymous said...

To paraphrase "Field of Dreams", the Central Coast just feels like Heaven.

From the photos, your Parents appear to have been taken by Dinosaur Caves; I hope they had arisen early to catch the sunrise from there. It can be spectacular.

Continued prayers for as much ease as possible in this time, particularly for the younger ones.

Tessa said...

Your Mom was a faithful follower of my blog and gave me so much inspiration. I would go each day to see if she had left me any words of wisdom or I'd head over just to read her blog. My heart goes out to your family during this tragic time. I know words cannot heal your hurt but please know that you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.

Carol K said...

Ah, Stephanie, you have a hard road ahead of you, but precious moments like this one with your children will help guide you along the way. It sounds like Zoey is beginning to get a good grasp on what has happened. Who better to help her understand than her loving parents? I truly believe that tears are therapeutic.

I know it's selfish of we bloggers to want to keep getting updates, but if you have the time and the inclination, we are interested and would like to share this journey with you as much as possible.

Hugs to all of you, along with our prayers! May Jesus keep you safe in His arms.

Anonymous said...

All of our thoughts and prayers with you sweetheart and your darling children. Your parents would be happy to hear Zoey's words. In fact I know they did.

I am so, so sorry. I know it is just the internet but your parents touched so many people, in so many ways - we are all still in shock.

Sorry if I didnt' say this well enough, just know we loved your folks so much.

Budhi and Cyndi said...

The innocense of the children. Oh and I can hear your Mom now saying what a page to scrap.......just in the week I knew here we talked about scrapping, and yep I could see this page being done. She said once she finished her books of the grands that she was passing all her supplies over to them to continue maing pages.

God is with you all during this trying time, and thank you so much for taking the time to share with us during your grief.

Vera said...

Your children are lucky to have known their Grandparents so well.Unfortunately it was not long enough but they will remember them forever. My thoughts are with you in your grief.

Gypsy said...

Zoey's words made me tear up as well, and I'm sure they had the same effect on everyone who reads them. We're all thinking of you and pulling for you through this ordeal. God bless.

Phyllis said...

Someone today mentioned oatmeal on their blog. HEY I thought - Margie gave me that great recipe for crockpot oatmeal with blueberries. Something tangible I will always remember her by.

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Stephanie, you are without a doubt your mother's daughter. You have her strength and she would be so proud of you and just how you are handling this all!

Thank you for taking the time to give us updates. Just as I looked forward to your mom's updates, I now find myself looking forward to yours as well.

Ali said...

Stephanie and family...thank you again for another post to keep us up to date of what is going on.

Zoey's words brought tears to my eyes too...your parents loved those girls so much and were so proud of them...I keep flashing back to the picture of your folks playing restaurant...what a precious memory for the girls.

Ron and I were out walking today in Asotin, along the Snake River, and thoughts of your mom and dad came to mind. I take those inklings and reminders from God to say a prayer for all of you.

Praying for strength for each of you along this very unexpected journey that you find yourselves in.

Merri and Steve said...

Stephanie, I haven't posted here on the blog yet as I really am at a loss of words. I do know that your mom and dad touched many people out here in bloggerland. Probably more than you or I could imagine.

I hope that you will be able to leave their blog here so her friends can have the opportunity to stop in anytime with a cup of coffee and reminisce on their wonderful life.

I know I'd like to come visit your mom! God Bless you and your family!

Sue and Doug said...

out of the mouths of babes..bless Zoey and Mackenzie..take care of each other, Stephanie..
We all miss your parents..there is huge void in blogville..as we try and cope with this tragic event.

Sandra said...

I remember when my Dad passed away, my nephew was about 2 1/2. As we were leaving the funeral home he said "Bye Pop"! Another teary moment!

Lin said...

I come here everyday in honor of your mom and dad, hoping that there is an end to their story or perhaps for some closure. Apparently I am not alone.

I think heaven is wherever you are that brings you a sweet memory of your loved ones. And being that your mom and dad traveled so many places, you know that you will find them everywhere and in every beautiful sight.

Know that we are all still thinking of you and your family in these horribly difficult days.

John and Carol said...

What a beautiful story Thanks for sharing it with us.

My niece (age 4) after my Mom's funeral said she thought her grand mother would be a butterfly in heaven. With that her brother (age 7) said...maybe while she was here on earth she was a cocoon. Their thoughts of heaven and simple words gave us a very special memory.

God Bless you and your family.

Amy said...

Stephanie and Dennis, your mom was my rock after I lost my mom. I was stunned to hear the news this morning. I will miss her inspiration, her posts about her travels and the support she has provided.

Please know if there is any way I can help at all, please ask.

Amy (Clucas) White

Happytrails said...

Children have such an innocence and their words are precious....as if spoken by God. I am so glad the grands spent the summer with them and that they made those wonderful scrapbooks. It seems Margie had one ready in the MH for Zoey. What a beautiful treasure to keep forever.
We continue to pray for you all and especially those precious "grands." We miss your parents and always will.
Thanks for the update....it is always good to see a post on my sidebar from "Bruce and Margies full time journey". We would love to see it stay there and perhaps you update it ever so often on you and your family so we can keep in touch. How is Annie doing??

Take care and sending love and prayers to the family!
Mike & Gerri

Freely Living Life said...

Awww! :*) How precious.


Gailwalk said...

Stephanie, please contact me. My email is gailwalk@verizon.net. I'll send you my cell number. I feel so cut off from you all....
Cousin Gail in Virginia

Denise said...

we were at the adjoining hotel that weekend... my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you including "annie" ... hugs to all of you

Adam said...

Hey there. This story has been on my mind nonstop since it happened this past weekend. I live just down the street and walk that area often. I do a morning radio show, and wanted to give you the opportunity, if you want to, to coem in and share with us. Let us know more about who your parents were, and maybe convey the nice things you said about the agencies and officials. I'm sure listeners would love to reach out and tell you how they feel. my email is adamontheair@aol.com. If no, I understand, my thoughts and prayers are with your family. -Adam

Adam said...

After I submitted my comment, I noticed an 'anonymous' comment posted below that is in such poor taste. I hope it can be removed. How someone could use the word 'karma', and leave a post like that on a page like this knowing the family will read it is insane to me. I hope "anonymous' gets help before karma works its way back around.

Wayne and Roberta said...

Zoey's statement is so precious. Thank You for having the strength to post updates on your Mom's blog, we have all enjoyed receiving them.

How is Annie doing, she must be so confused.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

3 peas in a pod said...

We love our little Zoey, she always says the best things.. Praying for safe travels for you and the rest of the clan, and little miss Annie, Miss you guys, we will see you in a few days. Take care.

Rick and Paulette said...

Thanks for sharing that story with us Stephanie. We all got to know MacKenzie and Zoey thru your Mom's great stories about her beloved 'Grands', so it was very nice to hear another one!

khardamon61 said...

Stephanie, thank you for the kind update. We are sending you our prayers and postive energy to get you through this most difficult time. We all miss your parents and so proud of your strength in taking care of your parents wishes.

Connie,Barry said...


Thank you for taking the time to update - Zoey's words are so precious!

This has affected many, many people from coast to coast.

Sending love and prayers to all,
Connie in PA

meowmomma... said...

Thanks you sweetheart for taking time in this dreadful period in your life to come here to your Mom's blog and inform total strangers of what's going on with you all. In fact, it's a strong testament to your parents that you can carry on a kinship with us that they had developed. None of us want you to feel as though it is expected of you, so if at some point it all becomes too much for you, we will all understand.

Sending peace beyond measure to you all and some sense of understanding to little ones.


Anonymous said...

Good to hear updates. Sorry for having to go through such an awful thing. ((( hugs )))

Margie and Roger said...

We all continue to mourn the loss of Bruce and Margie and have you and your family in our daily thoughts. I'm sure Zoey knows how much she was loved by her grandparents.

Thank you for updating the blog.

Dennis and Donna said...

Sometimes kids can say the most important things at the most perfect times...How simply put...You seem to have your mother's strength. May you channel it to help your entire family at this very hard time...Extra hugs to those precious grandkids..they were so lucky to have known their grandparents.

Anonymous said...

oh Stephanie thank god that comment was removed it has been eating at me all day. I am so sorry you had to read that. Some people just don't have any sense at all.

You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers

Brenda Brown ( John and Brenda's incredible Journy)

Anonymous said...


It's Leanne. I have been following all of your updates and I have spoken on the phone and also through texts with Dennis. I am so sorry, Stephanie. Jordan and I both are just so sad, devastated is more like it. Margie and Bruce were 2 of the most amazing people in the world and I loved them both very much. You are so much like your parents, Steph. You have their strength and wisdom. I cannot imagine all that you have been through since Saturday. How are the girls? I pray they are doing alright through all of this, that all of you are. I know your parents are together, as always partners in crime, 2 peas in a pod, soul mates, best friends. I wish I could erase this nightmare for you. I was absolutely stunned when Dennis called me on Saturday and told me what happened. If there is anything I do, if you just need to talk or cry, please let me know. Dennis has all of my contact information (cell, e-mail, etc.) I know your Mom would be so proud of you for updating this blog and letting people know how things are, even in your own grief. I love you all, Steph. God bless you and help you through all this.

Karen and Al said...

Thank you Stephanie for sharing a little bit of your grieving process with strangers.

I think it somehow helps all of us who never actually met your parents, but feel like we knew her. We are grieving as well.

Hopefully we can help you a little bit by letting you know how much your parents meant to all of us.

Karen and Al,
Cairo, Georgia

Wild Blue Yonder said...

Stephanie, I almost choked up when I read your post. Your daughters were very special and loved by your parents, and I am certain they were smiling in heaven at the comment.

My grandparents passed away when i was very little and all I had were stories and pictures.

I hope your mom was able to finish most of the scrapbooks for your girls. It will be a nice reminder of how special they were and how missed they will always be.

The blogging and RV community is rocked by this, and we are all working through our grief.

thank you for continuing on with sharing tidbits on this blog.
I know I can speak for everyone that reads and is working through this terrible sadness that we appreciate it a whole lot that you are sharing this with us. It will help us move past this as well.

Is that news paper in Pismo Beach going to do a piece on your parents? I saw that a reporter had made a comment on the first post asking if it was ok and to call her.

God bless.

Judy and Emma said...

Thanks for the update, through the mouths of chidren...Yes, they are surely in heaven. My thoughts continue to be with you during this difficult time. :(

Anonymous said...

Thank you Stephanie for updating during this most horrible time in your life.

We love you for it,

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

"Hugs to all for your nice words!"

And hugs to y'all too.

Thank you so much for sharing Zoey's words with us, it made us tear up, too.

I pray for comfort to you, your family and Annie.

Penny, TX

Paul and Mary said...

So sweet!

We're keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Take care of yourselves,
Mary and Paul

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Thanks for this story and your updates in this very difficult time.

MARSIAL2010 said...

I was one of the last two bloggers your Mom welcomed to her other blog on the 14th. I had planned to write to her today to ask her a couple of things about living in a mobile home. Then I read about the tragedy on another blogger's (Sharon) blog. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Your Mom and Dad seem like they were wonderful people, and I was so looking forward to getting to know them.

Kathy and Robert said...

I believe they smiled with us at that precious comment as they strolled along the "streets of gold."
Prayers and blessings, Kathy

Levonne said...

I just want to say "Yes Zoey. This is heaven." She must have felt her grandparents' presence at that moment. So glad to have Margie's blog to read today. I was just beginning to miss it and there you were.

Michele said...

Stephanie and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your parents. My heart is breaking for you. Your mom was one of the first to follow me when I started on this weight loss journey. I was surprised today to see that she had my blog linked from hers. She always posted very,, very encouraging words of support. They meant a lot to me as I have moved forward to shed 75 pounds. My deepest condolences. Your parents were very, very fine people. Michele

Anonymous said...

I, on occasion, read your parent's blog...such cool people!

What a senseless tragedy. Just unbelievable.

The better part...always...is that they were together and no horrific aftermath of someone being physically damaged or without the other...they went together. Perhaps that eases the worst of the worst of pain?

I wish you and your children the best...what great Grandparents they had!
XOXOX LAdyDi in Ga.

Darlene said...

Hi Stephanie, DArlene here at the memorial site of the accident, and want to send you some of the notes and a stuffed annie and other stuffed toys that have remained here since the accident, but they will not last much longer, if you will give me your address at pismobluebirchtwig@gmail.com., I will be happy to send them to you free, you should have them, so much love from people. I will leave the artifial flowers here as a permanent marker, the lady at the motel nixt door and I try to keep it looking nice. so many people walk by constantly and stop and read and look. hugs and love, darlene buchanan