Friday, July 28, 2017

Special Birthdays, July 28, 2017

There are two great days in a person's life - 
the day we are born and the day we discover why.
~William Barclay

Today we celebrate three big birthdays in our family: Jeff Clark, Barbara Shepard and William Quincy Shepard.

Jeff Clark is the husband of my cousin Kim Boyd Clark. Kim and Jeff live in Grain Valley, Missouri with Kim's mom Thelma Boyd. Best wishes to Jeff for a very happy birthday!

This first picture shows Jeff yesterday at the Kansas City Zoo, where he was celebrating his birthday a day early. Also pictured are two of his grandsons Dominic and Isaac Ortiz.

My sister Barbara Shepard also has a birthday today and lives with our mom Maida Shepard in Anacortes, Washington. Barb is originally from San Diego and spent the first 19 years of her life there, but has lived in Western Washington since 1978. Special birthday wishes to Barbara!

She stays busy working for Safeway in Anacortes, where she has been employed for over 10 years. This second picture shows Barb with our brother Gary who together are the exceptional team that helps mom's with her daily care at her home on Wildwood Lane. 

This is also the birthday of our youngest grandson William Shepard, who turns 5 years old today. Born in San Francisco, William lives with his family in the San Carlos community of San Diego. He is part of a great tradition of people in our Shepard family with the name William, as either a first or a middle name. His father has the middle name William as did his Great Grandfather Eugene Shepard, while at least three other ancestors of his had the name William Shepard, dating back to the time of the Civil War.

The YouTube video above captures some moments from the last year in William's life. It is set to the music of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, singing True Colors. William's world is about to change big time because he will start Elementary school one month from today.
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Steve Shepard