Saturday, November 17, 2007

I'm out

My family and I are leaving for Vegas in just a few minutes. I may or may not be able to post while I'm gone. I'm not sure if there will be wireless available.
I hope y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Please travel safely to anywhere you may be going.

Much love!!

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Anonymous said...

you're not allowed to have any fun without us while you are gone! tee hee!

hey, but seriously tori, thanks so much for your kind comments about my article to the Ensign. i had to share it with you since you were hanging out with me during part of that awful hard experience.

hope you have a blast,
kathleen :)

Yvonne said...

Have a FANTASTIC TIME with everyone--especially your brother.

Happy Thanksgiving.

When you get back, stop by my blog and pick up a well-deserved award!!!

Lauren said...

I hope you have so much fun!!! You be safe too ok?

Amanda said...

Have a great Thanksgiving!!! Drive safe and have a wonderful time!! :)

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

"Happy Thanksgiving back."

(Name the movie)

Have a very safe trip - see you when you get home! :)

Kayelyn said...

Have fun and travel safe. Happy Thanksgiving.

aubrey said...

happy thanksgiving, tori!!

S said...

I am sure they are not wireless in vegas yet. Vegas is soooo yesterday...behind times:) I hope you have tons of fun, and your brother stays home from the gazillion dates he MUST be having to hang with his sis!!!

Nancy Face said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a GREAT time, and be safe!

Anonymous said...

Have a great trip and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Hello Tori, Allow me to introduce myself. I am Daniel Nash, father of the children that once lived down the street. The ones who watched and waited for your children to play out front, the ones whose mother died last year just a few doors from your home. It's 4AM as I sit here plucking out this message, but please understand that I am healing. That old wound of Oct 16, 2006 opens up now and then.
I sat down at my computer about 3 hours ago. The children are sleeping and my wife is away visiting her sister in Oklahoma. It's times like this that I think of Toni (my ex-wife). The mother that I am guessing you never met. Every now and then, I sit and review the articles of that tragic night. I replay the phone call in my head. It's Dakotas voice and he is crying. As I type this now, so am I.
I have sat here so many times, not sure of what I'm looking for but with a need to reach out into this vast cyber world and release my thoughts. Only tonight did I see your blog for the first time. All that I can say is thank you. When I read Tonja's name as a dedication on the "end domestic violence" link, it warmed my heart. To know that her loss was not in vain is comforting.
I would like you to know that the boys are doing well. Tristan and your other children were a special part of their life and they speak of them often. I would also like to thank all those who posted to your blog during that awful time last year, your feelings and prayers did not fall on deaf ears; they found me and my family. Thank you
Tori, I have a few other thoughts to convey. As I read your blogs from last year, I was offended just a bit. My impression is that you accepted my children at your home yet would have preferred that others be the ones to play with your children. Let me say, as a father, I understand your feelings but certainly do not condone them. A book that is only judged by its cover will never tell its story. Please, open the book.
Tonja was brought up Catholic but lost her faith at a young age at the hand of an abusive stepfather and a broken home. Yet with all of that stacked against her, she emerged as a loving caring individual who accepted everyone who crossed her path. She brought smiles and happiness to everyone, a gift so few of us possess.
Check out this link, and you will understand how she touched people of all race, religion and country.

My family and most of all, my boys, although not of Mormon upbringing, do have Jesus in their lives. Our family is strong and solid in our faith, beliefs, and morals. I have raised my children with honesty and integrity, love and compassion, and Jesus.
Dakota (now 13) is a tender soul, always helping the person in need. The children with the least friends in school are the ones he chooses to befriend himself.
Ryan (now 10) is advanced for his age and often looks after his older brother.
Danielle (16) whom I believe you never met is a beautiful intelligent young woman. She has been an honors student her entire life (Toni always said Danielle had her brains). Danielle is also class president, school ambassador for HOBI (Hugh'O Brian Youth Leadership), 3 time National Honor Society award, Academic letterman, SRO member (students reaching out), Volunteers at "Connections Equine Therapy" assisting disabled clients in their therapy, holds a 4.0 GPA and above all of that, has a job. WOW
You may have guessed that I am a proud father.
I wish you could have known Tonja (Toni), you could not have denied her your friendship.
She went through a hard time and made some poor decisions for which she paid with her life, but know that she was a good person and loved your community. It's all that she ever spoke of.
One last thing Tori. About those feelings that you spoke of Oct 17, 2006. She was my wife of 12 years and I will tell you, she did have those feelings. I think we all do.
It's been a little over 1 year and I hope that you have held true to that promise to yourself.
Thank you for this opportunity, I feel much better now.

God Bless and goodnight
Daniel Nash

Suzanne said...

Have a great time, Tori! You will be missed! :)

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Tori :) said...

Mr. Nash,
I was offended by my feelings also. That's why I wrote what I did. I was irritated with myself for being so close-minded and everything. I thought Dakota was a sweet kid, I just didn't know him very well other than what i would hear him say in passing as he played. I was sad I didn't get to know him better as we had only lived on the street for 6 weeks when Tonja was killed. I am so thankful that your children are doing well as I truly think of them often. I wish I had known Tonja as all I heard about her was wonderful. I would go online and read comments and stories about her and she sounds like a really beautiful person to know.
God bless your family. :)

Tori :) said...

PS. Mr. Nash- I am the one who called your last year so I could send the boys a little Christmas package. :)

Kelly Malloy said...

Have a wonderful holiday and a safe trip!

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Stepherz said...

Tori!! I hope you're having a blast! I love Vegas and can't imagine spending a whole holiday there-- you lucky duck!

Jean Knee said...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone who reads this

Anonymous said...

tori :)
welcome back sweetie.

A Little Revolution said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

wendy said...

Let me just count here - Annie's in Vegas. NCS is in Vegas. Tori's in Vegas... I hope you all get to hang out together, and maybe see elvis or get married or something!

Happy Thanksgiving!