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Blessed with a white Christmas at Llenroc. And maybe an extra Almond Ring too…
Having been a member of the U.S. Coast Guard for 32 years, I had the opportunity to work with many extremely dedicated and hard working professionals.
The firefighting professionals that I had the pleasure of working with are an amazing group! When called into action, they drop what they are doing and charge forward into dangerous situations where the challenges are unknown.
The Caldwell extended family is honored to have two firefighters in the fold. Linsay and Nick Pellegrini – married, parents of 2 and ready to jump into dangerous situations when called.
The call came recently when several large fires simultaneously raced through the dry Southern California forests and urban settings. Both Nick and Linsay responded. Nick, who is a Captain, was assigned to the Skirball fire and stayed on-site for 4 days battling to save our precious resources; sleeping whenever possible while still dressed in full gear and oftentimes in the fire response vehicles. Linsay, who is a Fire Investigator, served in the LA operations center where she provided logistical and operational support for all the fires.
I would like to thank both of them for their unselfish service and willingness to respond to the call, knowing that there is a very real potential for being involved in life-threatening situations.
Thank you Linsay and NIck!
Additionally, I don’t want to forget cousin David Hataway. He was an LA and Orange County firefighter for more than 20 years and answered these same calls on many occasions. He has been retired now for many years, but I feel that he deserves the recognition also – Thanks Dave!
Merry Christmas from Colleen and Steve!
This last year was notable for one heartbreaking tragedy. On March 17, we lost Colleen’s daughter Brandi. She was 43 years old and passed peacefully in her sleep in Lake Havasu City, AZ where she lived with her husband, Gary.
Her family and close friends gathered together and a memorial service was held to commemorate her life. We have set up a memorial website in her honor and would appreciate if you could visit it and pay your respects – https://www.forevermissed.com/brandi-ann-rowe.
The family is coping as best we can, but we all miss her generous, enthusiastic spirit as well as her upbeat, optimistic attitude. We miss her tremendously!
|Those we love remain with us
for love itself lives on,
and cherished memories never fade
because a loved one’s gone.
Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart,
for as long as there is memory,
they’ll live on in the heart.
We will soon have a new family member. Steve’s son John is getting married! On Feb 19th, he proposed to Hayley Kristinnson and they are planning a mid-2018 wedding. Hayley is a wonderful, lovely person and is a psychologist working in Los Angeles at the Sports Concussion Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology.
Additionally, Hayley is a Canadian by birth, but in August, she completed all requirements to become a U.S. Citizen and her swearing in ceremony was held on August 22.
Also in August, several of the family traveled to Sequim, WA to visit Bob and Elaine at their home on Llenroc Farm. They kept us busy! We started off at the Clallam County Fair, then displayed one of Bob’s Ford Model “A”s in the local car show. And when the big Solar Eclipse happened on August 21, we were ready. However, even though the Sun was eclipsed by almost 92%, it was a big meh. Otherwise, our visit to Llenroc was outstanding!
As I mentioned last year, Steve completely retired in February. He gives retirement high marks and has been keeping busy by teaching himself the art of Stained Glass. As of the time of this writing, he has completed 3 projects and is anticipating doing 3 or 4 more in 2018.
Halloween is one of our favorite events, and this year we had the gang over and carved pumpkins. Here are some images:
So even though last year was marked with a tragic loss, life somehow has a way of continuing on regardless and we cope as best we can.
We are really looking forward to being surrounded by family and friends this Christmas season! Brandi’s kids Chris and Becca are coming to visit, and we will celebrate Christmas with Secret Santas and “A Christmas Story”. May God bless us, every one!
We hope you all have the merriest Christmas and a very happy New Year!