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In Memory of Danny Lepp ~ the pictures 
Jun. 10, 2011 5:51 am 
Updated: Jun. 15, 2011 7:13 pm
In Memory of Danny Lepp

The tree has been planted with love by a childhood friend of Danny and the bench has been placed!  Baking Nana and I would like to sincerely thank Brenda Meyer of the Ashley, ND Parks Board for her incredible support and assistance in achieving our goal!

Cindy has asked for all names & addresses to thank each of you personally.  On behalf of all of us, I have told her that personal thank you notes are not necessary or expected.  Getting all the addresses would be a daunting task and I know Cindy is swimming in paperwork with finalizing Danny's affairs as it is.

Together, we achieved a wonderful memory for Cindy and Danny's family ~ thank you all!
Jun. 10, 2011 5:54 am
So wonderful... it really is a beautiful memorial and filled with so much love and warmth. Peace and blessings, Cindy. Jan
Jun. 10, 2011 6:02 am
How beautiful to see it all in place, that little tree one day will be a glorious tribute to Danny's life! How nice for his family and friends to have a place to go and sit with him a spell!
Jun. 10, 2011 6:03 am
Just beautiful and so thoughtful and loving. What a great tribute to a great man. Love, Cindy
Jun. 10, 2011 6:05 am
Great job, Carrie and Baking Nana. I'm glad this looks so nice, too! Cindy has thanked everyone many times already! I'm sure she can feel the love!
Jun. 10, 2011 6:09 am
Oh, the bench is beautiful! Thanks to everyone who participated in this wonderful project, but special thanks to the hard work of Carrie, Baking Nana and Lady Sparkle!
Jun. 10, 2011 6:13 am
Oh that's beautiful!!! Just Beautiful. I'm soo glad Danny's memory will live on for others to see. Great Job!!!
Jun. 10, 2011 6:14 am
If you click onto the photos TWICE, they will enlarge for a close-up view [especially good for the bottom photos, then you can see the plaque on the ground in front of the tree! It would be nice to see that beautiful tree again September/October with the Fall colors and to see how fast it is growing.
Jun. 10, 2011 6:15 am
Wow, that's amazing!
Jun. 10, 2011 6:15 am
That just looks awesome. It will for sure be a great place for Cindy and family to go and reflect and feel close to someone they loved so dearly.
Jun. 10, 2011 6:16 am
How could I have forgotten Lady Sparkle in my acknowledgments above? The three of them are incredible!
Jun. 10, 2011 6:28 am
Very nice!
Jun. 10, 2011 6:41 am
Nice job ladies! A lovely peaceful spot for all to remember him.
Jun. 10, 2011 6:43 am
Touching and Beautiful, wonderful job to all.
Jun. 10, 2011 6:48 am
Absolutely amazing and still brings tears to my eyes. Thank you to the three wonderful woman who put this all together!
Jun. 10, 2011 7:08 am
Thank you everyone! We are certainly glad you like the choices:) Yes that tree will grow into a beautiful red maple in the years to come! Thanks also Sue for assisting with the pics (I didn't know that!)
Jun. 10, 2011 7:18 am
Absolutely beautiful! So touching!
Jun. 10, 2011 7:19 am
Thank you to the organizers. It is great to see the bench and tree in place. I'm glad you told Cindy to not worry about individual "Thank You's". Seeing the pictures is enough, I am proud to have been a part of such a memorial.
Jun. 10, 2011 7:26 am
So beautiful! Thanks for everything you have done!
Jun. 10, 2011 7:29 am
My thanks to all of you for making this possible. It has been an honor to be a part of this and see the AR community join together in such a loving and supportive way. Blessings.
Jun. 10, 2011 9:04 am
When people come upon the bench and tree, even if they did not know him, they will certainly understand he was loved by many. So glad you told Cindy not to worry about thank you's. But, a thank you to Baking Nana, Carrie & Lady Sparkle for your efforts. It allowed all of us to do something together that it would have been impossible to do alone.
Jun. 10, 2011 9:13 am
AWESOME! Thanks to everyone who organized & donated! No 'Thank you' necessary from Cindy!!!! We know she will love it!
Jun. 10, 2011 9:17 am
Absolutely beautiful! Thanks to Lady Sparkle, Baking Nana, and Carrie for your combined efforts and thoughtfulness for Cindy.
Jun. 10, 2011 9:22 am
Oh my gosh, that bench is GORGEOUS!! And that tree is going to grow up to be such a beautiful, living testament to the love and compassion Danny and Cindy inspired in everyone. Isn't it amazing what can be done when people pull together and work towards something they care about?! Thank you so much to LadySparkle, Baking Nana, and Carrie for all your hard work and dedication to this project and the book. You ladies are amazing!
Jun. 10, 2011 9:26 am
Looking at these photos and reading the comments brought goosebumps to me. Great job everyone!
Jun. 10, 2011 9:29 am
Thanks to everyone involved - but most especially to Carrie and Baking Nana. And to RNG for hosting the party of love for the Lepp's and writing the recipe of love. And to Lady Sparkle for all the time and effort she is putting into getting the thread and recipe into book form. (I know how frustrated I can get by the computers I use - bless LS's heart!)
Jun. 10, 2011 9:30 am
(Btw, it's gorgeous!)
Jun. 10, 2011 9:31 am
OH! And let me echo the "no thanks necessary" sentiment!!!
Jun. 10, 2011 9:37 am
Absolutely beautiful and amazing! Thank you Carrie and Baking Nana and thank you all for making this wonderful tribute happen..Hugs, Anissa
Jun. 10, 2011 9:55 am
Beautiful tribute to Danny. Brings tears to my eyes. You folks all did a wonderful job to bring this project together for all of us here at AR. No thanks necessary, Cindy, just know you're in our thoughts!
Jun. 10, 2011 10:18 am
Thank you to Carrie and Baking Nana and anyone else who put this together. You did a great job and it is a wonderful tribute to Danny. We all know Cindy appreciates it and is still in our thoughts and prayers.
Jun. 10, 2011 12:04 pm
Thanks for caring and for shepherding this through. Community is a good thing!
Jun. 10, 2011 12:27 pm
You ladies did a spectacular job organizing and completing this. The bench is much nicer than I envisioned and I am glad to have been a small part of it. All the thanks we need is Cindy's pleasure in knowing Danny's memorial will be there for years.
Jun. 10, 2011 12:39 pm
Just repeating what BigShotsMom said. It's beautiful & I'm pleased & proud. Thank you all!
Jun. 10, 2011 1:22 pm
terrific job! we all love the leppster!!
Jun. 10, 2011 1:23 pm
So happy to see these photos! Thank you to everyone for pulling together to make this happen. The bench and tree are beautiful memorials to Danny and Cindy owes us no thank you notes for this. We did it out of love for her and Danny. I am so blessed to have been able to be a part of this. We love you Cindy!!
Jun. 10, 2011 1:26 pm
good grief...almost forgot, i echo what chris k would not have been accomplished, the bench and tree, without ya great ladies! and thanks please!!
Jun. 10, 2011 2:27 pm
Please no thanks here. All thanks go to Baking Nana, Carrie , LadySparkle and Redneck gramma for their tireless work on this project. The results of your labor of love are beautiful.
Jun. 10, 2011 2:55 pm
Looks very nice! Thanks Carrie and Baking Nana for organizing this, and of course Lady Sparkle for her endeavour as well!
Jun. 10, 2011 3:35 pm
If I am not mistaken, didn't Mike H. help, too?
Jun. 10, 2011 5:21 pm
Thank you for posting the pictures. And thanks again for everything you, BN and LS did.
Jun. 10, 2011 5:32 pm
it's beautiful. what a wonderful, loving gesture by all involved. i am sure cindy appreciates it all.
Jun. 10, 2011 6:22 pm
Great pictures and many thanks to Lady Sparkle, Baking Nana, Carrie, and everyone else who made this happen. Spanning the miles in cyberspace to create this beautiful memorial could not have been a simple task, it's clearly out of love and is a testament to just how special Danny and Cindy are to this community. Simply amazing.
Jun. 10, 2011 8:53 pm
So beautiful! Thank you Carrie for posting pictures for all of us to see! The gesture of love toward Danny & Cindy has been such an awesome thing to witness. Cooks are wonderful, good people!
Jun. 10, 2011 10:15 pm
Carrie, Lady Sparkle, Baking Nana... you were excellent team leaders. You kept us all informed and I know answered me directly when questions arose. And RNG... who would have thought that "personal recipe" of yours would have brought so many of us together? This is such a fun and caring site. I complain about the weight I have gained since joining this community but it has been worth it for the friends I have gained!
Jun. 10, 2011 10:21 pm
A special thank you to Mike. I remember that you were helpful with all kinds of computer stuff to get the book going. Probably more then I am even aware of. And thanks to all out there who trusted enough in our cyber friends to do something and give of your time and money for someone we have never met in person but we all love (Cindy) and loved (Danny).
Jun. 11, 2011 4:18 am
Yes, Mike designed a very professional book cover, trust me, it is beautiful!
Jun. 11, 2011 4:19 am
The unity is glorious out here, you guys really do help one another. Simply amazing.
Jun. 11, 2011 4:20 am
I think it's beautiful. Yes, let's give Mike Harvey a big Thank You!
Jun. 11, 2011 4:46 am
Wow! Thanks to everyone that made this possible! It is beautiful! I am proud to be a small part of such a great group of people. And no thanks from Cindy is needed either.
Jun. 11, 2011 5:03 am
Beautiful! Thank you everyone for all your hard work. What a wonderful tribute...makes me want to take a road trip to see it in person!
Jun. 11, 2011 8:12 am
Wow! Looks great Carrie! Thanks Carrie and BNana, LadySparkle, and Mike Harvey too for organizing a wonderful tribute!
Jun. 11, 2011 8:35 am
That is BEAUTIFUL, and a wonderful tribute for Danny. What a peaceful way to remember and reflect.....
Jun. 11, 2011 2:00 pm
Great job! Thanks for all your time and effort, it didn't go unnoticed! Hopefully Cindy will find peace with this momento.
Jun. 11, 2011 4:40 pm
I am so deeply greatful to be part of a community that is so loving and caring. Thank you ALL for the time, effort and hard work that went into this project. No thanks necessary for those of us who could only donate, that was the easy part.
Jun. 11, 2011 8:01 pm
When something is done with love, thanks isn't always necessary but to you ladies that got this and the other project going and got it done-Thank you!
Jun. 11, 2011 9:11 pm
Just absolutely wonderful! Gorgeous! I am so glad to know such awesome people! Well done! And I am sure our Cindy can feel the love :)
Jun. 11, 2011 9:58 pm
I am PROUD to call you Friends! Such tenderness, Kindness, and genuine LOVE from people like you is Refreshing and inspiring:)God Bless you ALL!! Terrific job and great looking bench! I am sure it will bring Our Cindy comfort in her days when only her Dear Danny will be able to help with, sitting next to her,holding her hand in Spirit. Thank You:)
Jun. 12, 2011 2:19 am
Absolutely fantastic job Carrie, Baking Nana and Lady sparkle! ! So moving to see the everybody come together as one for dear Cindy ... And the spots chosen seem lovely .... divine infact. This is something that will live on through the decades and generations ... perfect! God bless you and yours Cindy today and always. :)
Jun. 12, 2011 4:40 am
BEAUTIFUL ~~ such a loving gesture.
Jun. 12, 2011 7:17 am
How gorgeous and touching. You did such a wonderful job Carrie. Thank you!
Jun. 12, 2011 9:11 am
Very beautiful memorial, well done to everyone
Jun. 12, 2011 10:00 am
it looks great, you all ROCK!
Jun. 12, 2011 4:17 pm
My dad died 24 years ago and his golfing buddies planted a tree on one of his favorite greens on the golf course. That tree is huge and it is wonderful to stop by and see it.
Jun. 13, 2011 2:50 pm
That is lovely to hear Linda. I imagine Danny's granchildren will play in that park one day:)
Jun. 13, 2011 4:31 pm
It looks lovely! Everything from the tree, bench to the stepping stones. Thanks for posting the pictures.
Jun. 13, 2011 5:34 pm
Thanks to all of you who helped put this together, along with the book.
Jun. 14, 2011 1:54 am
ABSOLUTELY Beautiful! I am stunned and without words.......Thank you all so much. Allrecipes has truly been a gift in my life these past 4 years....I am so proud to know you guys.....I love you and thank you so much...Danny would be SO proud!
Jun. 14, 2011 6:21 am
Cindy this was truly a gift from many hearts and was done with nothing but love for you:)
Jun. 14, 2011 8:19 am
I agree no thank you notes nessasary Cindy. We know you are happy with it and that is thanks enough. Carrie, Lady Sparkle and Baking Nana rock!
Jun. 14, 2011 12:28 pm
Wow! What a beautiful tribute - and what a great job done by everyone involved! I'm so happy to be a part of such a wonderful community of people here on AR.
Jun. 14, 2011 12:57 pm
What a wonderful memorial & tribute to a 2 people so well-loved! Thanks to those that organised & arranged it. I hope Cindy finds some comfort when she has the opportunity to see the tree & bench firsthand!
Jun. 15, 2011 7:13 pm
That is beautiful. He will be sincerely missed. This was a beautiful way to keep his memories and spirit alive. :)
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