About Me

I have lived in south Dakota, all of my life. My family is here, my roots are here. While I don't spend alot of time with "family", we always manage to bond together, when times get tough. Gunnar's death is more proof, of that.I also have a huge family of friends, and this "family"also pulls together, in a heart beat,when necessary. My parents live about 70 miles away, my husbands parents live about 7 miles from our house.

Monday, October 08, 2007

pumkin slayer

memories of pumpkin seasons, past!


Sugar Queens Dream said...

It's those memories that have to last a lifetime now.... I understand the loss you feel, for I have lost myself. I understand the pain in your heart for my heart breaks too.I understand the longing for I feel the empty spot also....
Mother of 2 Angels....
My Baby Binky
01-01-78 - 02-28-78
Bryan Elric Collier

Anonymous said...


I was doing some research on a fallen soldier from my area and stumbled upon your sons name - and where he was from. I used to live in Woonsocket - from 1990-95. I ran the co-op there in town. I still think of those years and the people of that area among the best people I ever met. I recognized the name Dean Senska when I read of Gunnar. Anyway, Your comments about help coming from all over the world during the days of grief is so true. Our son Jim was killed on Feb 8th in Karmah, Iraq. He was the same age as Gunnar - born Jan 30th, 1985. Jim went to school there in Woonsocket for a year - I think it was 1990 - before we decided to homeschool the kids. They may have been friends? I visit the area every fall for hunting. With permission, I may stop in for a visit? Strange, the things that bring people together.

David Holtom
Dad to Sgt James Holtom
Rexburg, Idaho

debey said...

David....Yes, please stop. We live in Forestburg. Contact me, let me know when you are comming.....i am anxious to meet you. i believe our boys wouyld have both been in kintergarten then......but that class was a big bunch, there was 2 classes, we had just moved here.Gunnar started about 3 weeks into the school year. i am unsure if the boys would have been in same class.....you can email me @


thanks, gunnar's mom
aka debey