Avalon – Year One

Happy March 19th.


Avalon "Lonnie" Nova Scotia Nelson

Happy Birthday.


 On March 19th I will be celebrating two birthdays. My mother will turn 82 that day and Avalon, my Flat-coated Retriever (a breed derived from Newfoundlands and  Labradors – yes, she’s big and strong), will celebrate her first birthday. I didn’t think my mom would let me take pictures of her playing with a frisbee, chewing on a fence or digging a hole in the back yard, so I published pictures of Lonnie doing those activities instead.

Enjoy your birthdays, ladies.

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Taste of Hope – Taste of Humanity

Friday, February 12th, I was lucky enough to bring my family to the Taste of Hope fundraiser auction for the  Isaac Foundation. The charity provides grants and financial support to families of children with autism. Their mission statement reflects their dedication to this cause; to provide economic assistance for intervention services and therapies to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

The Isaac foundation was created shortly after the Lytles lost their son, Isaac, to a heart defect (a condition unrelated to his developmental disability) in 2007. At 18 months old, Isaac was diagnosed with autism. He had made great progress due to early intervention when he suddenly passed away.

The Isaac foundation raises funds through various avenues, including the Incredible Race for Autism, the Faces of Hope Calendar and the Taste of Hope auction. Friday’s event featured a silent auction and a live auction. Donated items included ice cream, wine, hockey tickets, furniture, a Gonzaga signature basketball and a very cute puppy named Hope.

A popular item.

 The crowd was an eclectic mix of parents and children, doctors and therapists, advocates and professionals, but they all had one trait in common, generosity. The auction raised thousands for the foundation’s cause while providing an entertaining, meaningful evening for all who attended.

To learn more about the Isaac Foundation go to www.theisaacfoundation.org.