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My Adoption

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Meet My Friends

In everyone's life there is a constant - friends. In my life I've been lucky enough to know many wonderful friends, some I've had since I was a baby, some I've met along the way to where I am today. I've lost contact with some, remain in contact with others. Such is life - a wonderful tapestry of the good and bad.

This part of my site is 'dedicated' to those people in my life I'm proud to call my friends ... I have many acquaintances, but friends have a special place in my heart and life. So come and meet some of the people I'm privileged to know.

When I was 11 days old I was adopted into the Tierney family. On the same day that I was adopted, family friends at the time had a baby girl called Susan Woollaston (hereinafter referred to as 'Susie'). Susie and I were the best of friends and the best of enemies for our younger years. You know how it is - you go and play with them and fight half the time, and have fun for the remainder. Throughout the years Susie and I have remained friends and it's so wonderful seeing her family and life blossoming into what she has made it today.

Moving houses became a constant a little later in my childhood and this afforded me the opportunity to meet lots of great people. 'Back then' of course if you wanted to keep in contact with someone you had to sit down and physically write letters ... something that's becoming an unknown art in this day and age. So a few of my friends dropped by the wayside as you can imagine a teenager doesn't exactly find the time to sit and write letters too frequently.

On one of our moves we lived in a place called Pahiatua. I got to attend Tararua College and the first day there I was 'allocated' a buddy. Her name was Vanessa Shepherd and she was the bubbliest, loveliest person in the class. We have been friends ever since and still have regular contact even today.

Shortly after my father passed away we were on the move again and the move took me to Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. After several months there I found out that a friend of mine in Taihape had been a pen-pal (remember those?!) with a girl called Janette Penny in Kerikeri and they asked me to say hello to her. I eventually found out who she was and approached her to introduce myself. We kept bumping into each other after our initial introduction and even shared some classes. We became friends and to this day, her friendship is one of the most endearing (and enduring) I have known.

While living in Kerikeri I also had the pleasure of getting to know Joanna Shaw and with her vibrant personality and sense of humour we were destined to be friends.

Kerikeri proved to be a place that I got to meet a lot of special people (and some not quite so special) and I also managed to find that much talked about 'first love'. My first love goes by/went by the name of Richard Cunliffe. I recently caught up with him via the internet (wonderful thing that it is) so it has been nice to say hello once again.

At the age of 18 I decided it was time to do the big overseas experience (or the Big OE as it's called in certain circles) so I started to travel. My first trip was to Australia and around the Pacific Islands. My second trip was to England and Europe. I kept returning to NZ to see family and friends. In between my first and second trips to England I lived and worked in Auckland. Returning one weekend from Kerikeri we picked up an American hitch-hiker called Ian Stone, he stayed with me for a while in Auckland. On my return trip to England I managed to meet a man named Graeme Scroggie - someone who would change my life in subtle ways.

During that stay in England I also had the privilege of meeting a wonderful couple, Bosie and Felicity Vine-Miller, who have also become so dear to me.

I returned to Kerikeri in 1990 and found that I was pregnant with Timothy. After living in Taihape for several years with Timothy I returned to Kerikeri. There I met lots of people, but one that I kept bumping into and really enjoyed her company was Caroline Pusch. She eventually ended up taking my job at Top Energy when I came to America to live.

In America I've been blessed to meet lots of great people - with all of the moving we've done, that's one of the highs (and lows) of the Air Force life. In Montana Maggie O'Hara became my pace-pal and fellow friend, I also met Annette Sather who brought joy and fun to both my children and me and has managed to keep me on the straight and narrow. In Maryland Donna Torreyson, Phyllis Martello and Debbie Duley were the ones to keep me sane through an extraordinarily tough period of my life.

This page is not finished yet - my family and I have a few more moves to make before we'll eventually be settled in one place for longer than 3 years ... and I'm very much looking forward to that day. However, I'm still looking forward to meeting future friends and acquaintances along the way. There will be additions to this part of my web-site so don't forget to come back and meet my friends.

To all of my friends out there - thanks so much for sharing my life and making it what it is today. Through the highs and lows you've been there and without you and your strengths I wouldn't be who I am today.

"He who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure" - Jewish saying

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