Monday, September 8, 2014

Back in the surf

September 1, 1994 (20 years ago last Monday) Tony was paralyzed, surfing the break at the Ocean Beach Pier. If you have met my husband, it is no surprise that this anniversary of his accident should be celebrated not morned. Tony himself has been quoted to say, " If I could do it all over over again I would, my life is greater than I have ever imagined, I am truly blessed." We were simply celebrating life and how good it can be regardless! God is good! "Seek first the kingdom of Heaven and all shall be added," Matthew 6:33. Though Tony would deny this, we were celebrating what an inspiration he is to many, most of all to his family and to his little girls. 
Tony- Thank for always keeping the faith and inspiring us each and every day! 
Tony was thrilled to get wet, ride some waves, taste the salt water, and experience the ocean again. 
The Ocean Beach surfing legends of sorts; Mouse, Rob, & Lee

This gang, plus many more, came out to witness this celebration!
{Moji, Kevin, Rudy, Ellie, Drew, Lee, Mouse, Rob, Keith, Carole, Meghan 
Carrie, Von, Kyle, Lola, Suzanne, Tony, Stacie, Tracy, Sara, Candice}
The community that is OB and that has surrounded Tony these past 20 years is AMAZING. So many solid, genuine, loving people have been present in Tony life since his accident. You see such a bright spirit of humanity in situations like these. This community of people are a true blessing to our family. 

Let get this party started...
These four guys did the hard work... Tony was in good hands... 
Mouse a retired Life Guard, Rob and Lee life time surfers, and Keith a Navy Seal. 

the girls LOVED being IN the ocean water with their daddy

...The spectators on the sand...

{Amy, Maureen, Rob, Trent}

Thanks to all who were there in person and in spirit ... especially to the strong men who made it happen- it's a day Tony will never forget. Cheers to 20 more years!

{I had to include these "selfies" from my Ellie... Classic}

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