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Dear Daddy,

Posted by hrgarippa on 10 June, 2009

Last July while I was vacationing in NYC with my family I had a seizure, these aren’t uncommon for me, as I have Epilepsy, however they aren’t common either as I take medicine to control them.

My parents, my sister Rachel and her husband Ryan along with their kiddos and my sister Mary along with her fiancé Josh were enjoying an average day in NYC when we all had to “use it” so we decided to go “use it” in style and went into Bloomingdale’s. As I exited the bathroom on the 7th floor that is where it happened, right there in the linens department. I don’t remember any of this, but here is what I do remember….

I was being strapped on the gurney, I was completely disoriented and I was crying…I kept saying over and over again, “What happened? What happened?” And there came the kindest, gentlest face I know…my daddy. (fyi…I’m crying just thinking about it.)

He said, with a smile on his face, “You had a seizure, Gienias*, but you’re okay and we’re taking you to the hospital.” He then loaded up into the back of the Ambulance with me and just sat there smiling at me. I just laid there crying, and he just smiled, that great Daddy, reassuring smile.

I’ve been thinking about that day a lot lately, thinking about my dad and all that he is to me…all he has been to me.

I have a GREAT dad.

He is strong and reassuring. He loves the Lord and has taught me to love the Lord. He is compassionate and compassionately cares for all his children and all those who are in his care. He taught me to love cooking, to love music, to love hymns, to pass in the left lane, the capitals of all 50 states, and pig Latin. He reminds me daily that “Jesus Never Fails.” And no matter what the situation of his life or my life, I know that he loves me. In fact he wrote me a poem once it says,

I’ll love you forever
No matter whatever
Our hearts will not severe
No never, no never.

I’m so thankful for my dad, so thankful that God designed before the foundations of this earth that Robert John Garippa would be my daddy.

 I love you, dad.

Gienias…His nickname for me.

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Feelin Fresh

Posted by hrgarippa on 5 May, 2009

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51.10

Do you all remember Rachel, my niece? I’ve written about her before…when she was doing the fruit of the spirit and talking about God.

Rachel, who is eight, has her quiet time every morning. This isn’t just reading a story from a kids bible, quiet time….this is serious studying of the Word. She gets out her kids story bible and then her big girl bible and she’ll compare the two…then she’ll read her kids, Utmost for His Highest. Yep! At age eight. She even writes in her journal. We are journal people in our family.

We’ll the other day after her time in the Word she went to my sister and said,

“Mommy, how come I always feel so fresh after my quiet time?”

Out of the mouths of babes, y’all…May we all spend some time getting fresh with our Lord and Saviour.

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Posted by hrgarippa on 10 February, 2009



My sister Rachel and her husband welcomed their third child and first girl, Zoe Hannah.

She was born on Friday, February 6 at 5:01 pm. She weighed in at 8 pounds 4 ounces.

Here is a picture of her proud big brothers, Jonah (the oldest, and the cutie holding Zoe) and Maddox,


I am super excited to be an Aunt to eight…yes count them eight precious kiddos….Rachel, Caleb, Jonah, Malia, Maddox, Joshua, Benjamin and Zoe. And let me tell you that eight is definitely not enough.

Here are some more pictures,

Zoe, pretty in pink…


“Yippee, I’m finally here!!!”


More pinkness, more cuteness,



AND…there might be one or two of you who are curious about what has been going on over here on the Westside. I promise to write about it, but need to get thru this week. In the meantime you can check out some of the stories here.

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aaaa lot

Posted by hrgarippa on 3 February, 2009

There is a story that my family tells, it has to do with my Uncle Chazz, and a large amount of something…the situation happened so long ago that I don’t remember what happened exactly I only remember the punch line in which he answered “aaaalot.” So now when you ask anyone in my super large family a question in which the answer is a lot, the answer is always “aaaa lot.”

So you might ask, “What’s going on at Mercy Street right now?”

Well, the answer…”aaaa lot”

Things that are beautiful, and I can’t wait to share some of these wonderful stories.

Please be in prayer for all of us…we need it.

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I Believe

Posted by hrgarippa on 9 December, 2008

Just in case you didn’t realize, the Christmas season is upon us…and folks I’m afraid it is going to be over, technically speaking, before we know it.

I love Christmas, but I’m not a die hard. I like to listen to Christmas music all year long, and I don’t mind watching White Christmas in July. And I certainly wouldn’t mind the beauty and wonder of the Holiday season being carried throughout the year.

One of my favorite things about this season is Santa Claus. I never believed in Santa when I was a kid. I never got presents from him. I always knew he was a myth. So I’ll never forget the first time my niece, Rachel told me she received a present from Santa. I was kind of shocked that my sister was going the “we believe in Santa” route, but as Rachel’s adoring aunt I wasn’t about to blow it for her. Over the years I’ve met other families that believe in Santa and as I’ve gotten older I’ve started to believe in Santa. I’m a little bit like Doris Walker in Miracle on 34th Street, it’s taken me some time to believe.

So you might be wondering, what exactly do I believe in? The North Pole, the Reindeer, the flying around the world in one crazy night. No.

I believe in the generosity, the love, the spirit of ole St. Nick. I believe in the innocence of children all around the world being children and believing that Santa could do what we as silly adults know is impossible. I believe in imagination. I believe in faith. And I believe in this silly man with a crazy long beard, and big ole belly, that looks different to different kids but that unites children from all countries…all languages.

Here is my favorite commerical right now…I’d love to say these things to my niece who was recently told there is no Santa.

This commerical comes from this….

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

“DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
“Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
“Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
“Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

I had to include it all because it is so beautifully written and I can’t help but think that if she were asking, “Some of my little friends say there is no Jesus…no God” that this would be a similar response.

I am not trying to equate Santa Claus with Jesus, that I recoginize is dangerous ground. I am however saying that this Christmas we should all BELIEVE in the wonder of it all…The lights, the shiny ornaments, the food, the family time, Santa Clause and above all Jesus, God incarnate.

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Home Sweet Home

Posted by hrgarippa on 4 November, 2008


I’m home and I’m happy to be home. I had a wonderful trip filled with things I like best…

Sunshine. In and Out Burger. Snuggling with my nieces and nephews. Long talks with my sister Christy. Candy. Coffee. Sunflower Seed bagels and Cinnamon rolls at AJ’s. Mountains. Reconnecting with old friends. Shopping with my sisters. And Reading. More to come on my time away…but for now here are some pictures.

Also please check out the great news that my dear friends Jana and Michael are heading to Ethiopia in two weeks to pick up their sweet Daughter Ruthie. Praise the Lord for His great Faithfulness.

Sweet Joshua

Sweet JoshuaMaddox, Rachel, Malia, Caleb, Jonah

Candy Candy Candy
Candy Candy Candy
Rachel and Me

Rachel and Me

Caleb and Jonah

Caleb and Jonah

In and Out Burger

In and Out Burger



Justen and Caleb hanging the movie screen

Justen and Caleb hanging the movie screen

My dear friend Jenn

My dear friend Jenn

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The Valley of the Sun

Posted by hrgarippa on 30 October, 2008

I’m leaving this morning for Phoenix, The Valley of the Sun. Every year I take a trip at this time for my niece Rachel’s birthday. This year she will be eight. My sister, Christy and her husband Justen have a great big family movie night and invite all their friends. Justen sets up a big screen (sheet) in the backyard, Christy, Rachels (sister and niece), and I make lanterns (paperbags and white christmas lights) and we string them throughout the yard and we have lots of candy, nachos, hot dogs and pizza. It is everyones favorite party and they’ve been doing it since Rachel was two.

This time around I also get to meet my nephew, Joshua for the first time, he is seven weeks old and precious.

I love being an Aunt, it is the best role that I play in life right now. I love these six kids; Rachel, Caleb, Jonah, Malia, Maddox and Joshua so dearly and it is an incredible privilege for me to be a part of their lives and see how God is raising them up to love Him and fear Him. Soon I’ll have a new nephew, due to Daniel and Kendall in December; no name yet. And a new niece, due to Rachel and Ryan in February; Zoe Hannah.

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Posted by hrgarippa on 28 October, 2008

I found this post in the draft file…and wondered why I never actually posted it…

Did you all know that I am blessed with THREE sisters, Christy, Rachel and Mary. Each one unique, each one precious and each one my dear dear friend.







Christy, Mary, Rachel and me – In Seattle in 2005

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The Dancing Fergies

Posted by hrgarippa on 10 October, 2008

Please I beg of you…go here and see my precious nieces and nephews dancing and singing.

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More Joshua

Posted by hrgarippa on 28 September, 2008

The Ferguson’s had their family photo shoot yesterday and Jennifer did a wonderful job. Everyone should know a professional photographer.

Thanks, Jenn for keeping me connected with my family through your incredible talent.

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