Thursday, July 30, 2009


I was finally able to meet Sgt. Merenda's mom, Deborah. We had a really great visit and got to know each other very well. My mom and her also got along amazingly well. Towards the end of the visit, she had told me her father, Sgt. Merenda's grandfather, was a HUGE fan of Mickey Mouse. She said he would frequently go to Disneyland and even Disney World. In fact, he had just been there a few months prior to his untimely passing.

The thought of this 6'6", ex-military man and Mickey Mouse brought a smile to me face! When she told me of his love for Mickey Mouse, I got goose bumps. Is it just simply a coincidence?? No, I don't think so. I don't believe there are any coincidences in life!


  1. Awww...thank you so much..brings tears to my eyes to see him, miss him, but is so very very sweet of you. And I also don't believe in coincidences. I think there are bigger things planned, and I also think it was meant that day for our son, Richard to be ther to do all he could to save little Aviana's life and then for us all to meet. Bless your heart..
    (((Gentle hugs))) Deborah

  2. Oh..and my mom clarified to me, when I told her I sent you this picture when you asked, that actually this picture was taken the year before he died, but they went back to Disneyland also the next year (yes he loved Disneyland) when they went on their trip around the United States, then soon after returning he passed suddenly of a heart attack.
    Anyway, the meaning is the same..I forgot to look at the date at the bottom then I would have figured it

  3. I think that its awesome how your two families have intertwined. Just awesome!