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Are we moving to the U.K.? Great Britain? or England?

Ducky: “I’m confused. Are we moving to the U.K.? Great Britain? or England?”

It is official. We will be moving from Israel in early January, just under the 2 year mark (Wow! 2 years already) and will be in London by the end of January (Tim’s start date is Feb. 2). But before making the move to England, we first need to go to the U.S.

Like most events, it is all a whirl wind/roller coaster ride. Here is a list of everything that needs to be done:

  • Tie up loose ends in Israel, prepare to move, and pack!
  • Fly to NYC, finish the last steps of the visa process
  • Visit Tim’s family
  • Fly to TX to ship our stuff from storage (Plus coordinate our stuff in NY & CA to be shipped as well)
  • Fly to London
  • Start the next Phase… finding an apartment, unpacking, and culture shock!

We are definitely looking forward to this next adventure. We are thankful/blessed for the crazy life we live, but the process of moving is daunting. I’ll be happier looking back on the move, than experiencing it!

In other news: Timothy will be attending NIPS conference in Montreal in December and my dad will be visiting me in Israel! Tim and my dad’s trip will overlap, so I will only be alone for a couple of days, which I’m so thankful for.

Bonnie Mann update: Timothy’s mom started a new treatment last week. However, she is also battling a bacterial infection. Please pray that the antibiotics will work and for the new treatment.

Also, a very good friend of mine mom was diagnosed with stage IV cancer last week, and it just broke my heart. Like my mom, surgery is not recommended. I pray that there will be another option for her.

Holiday plans: In Israel, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even New Years are just another day. But, Timothy and I have Christmas music, movies (thank you Netflix), a few decorations, along with Stuffing mix to help us celebrate. This year, our Christmas wish is a cure for Cancer. In the season of giving, Timothy and I ask that instead of a gift for us that you make a donation. Life and family is so much more precious than toys and gadgets. However, Christmas just won’t be the same without the traditional gift of underwear and socks from my mom.


American Cancer Society: 

Cancer Research UK:

Thank you to everyone who donated to my Relay for Life fundraiser! My final total was $525! I appreciate Mandie Doak for inviting me to participate and also for honoring my mom with a Luminaria at the walk.

Please continue to give to the American Cancer Society as you can. I hope we will beat this disease within my lifetime and that we can celebrate more birthdays!

Donate to the ACS on their secure website:

Picture curtsey of Mandie Doak.

Remembering…Picture curtsey of Mandie Doak.

Relay For Life 2014

Relay For Life 2014

Special thanks to:

Mandie Doak

Laura Cunningham

Sheila Callahan

Bonnie Mann

Brenda Shinosky

Maddy Corey

Ruthanne Giattino

Shirley Pattison

Carolyn Wallman

Suzanne Meier

Karen Easter

Teresa Mann

Tony Reyes

& Team: West Fights Back!

Me with my mom Summer 2011

Me with my mom Summer 2011

I have signed up to be a “ghost member” of a friend’s (Mandie Doak, a co-worker from Illeshiem Germany, now living in Kansas) Relay For Life team. While I won’t be able to attend the event, I will be helping Mandie’s team reach their fundraising goal of $5,000. My personal goal is $200, but I’m hoping to raise WAY MORE! Please help by donating on my page (see link below) or join a Relay For Life team in your local area or as a “Ghost Member” of a friend’s team like me!

Why I’m Participating
I am participating because my life has been heavily effected by Cancer. My mother, Dorothea Ramirez, passed away on July 23, 2014 from gallbladder cancer, and my mother-in-law, Bonnie Mann, is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. While I am unable to attend the actual RFL event, I want to still be active in the fight against cancer and I want to help raise money to help find a cure and help families like mine who are fighting this disease.

Together, we can finish the fight!

My personal page, where you can donate to Relay for Life (American Cancer Society):

**Update: In less than 24 hours I reached my goal of $200, now my goal is $400! Thank you! Keep donating!

***Update pt 2: I’ve reached my goal of $400, and now my new goal is $500! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is so awesome.

Dorothea Ramirez, 62, passed away on July 23, 2014. Dorothea, known by friends as Dee, was born in Aberdeen, WA to the late Mr. Milton Hall & Mrs. Bernice Hall on July 17, 1952. She graduated from Hoquiam High School, and married Mark A. Ramirez on February 23, 1985. She was a loving wife, mother, sister & friend. More than that, she was a proud Army Wife, Army Mom, & Aggie Mom. She loved traveling, reading historical fiction, writing silly stories, & taking photographs. She was also involved in church for many years & was known as a behind the scenes woman who served God humbly.

Dee is preceded in death by her parents Milton & Bernice Hall; her brother, Milton Hall, Jr.; & mother-in-law, Carmen Ramirez.

Dee is survived by her husband, Mark Ramirez; her children, Anthony Ramirez, Laura Ramirez-Mann & Timothy Mann, Lyle & Rachel Ramirez; her grandchildren Mia Farrell Ramirez, Elijah Farrell, Aliyah Farrell, & Savannah Ramirez; along with her older sister Marie Clair & younger brother James Hall.

The family of Dorothea Ramirez wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Valley Medical Oncology Consultants (Dr. Nitin Joshi, Tara Jordan, PA-C, & the nursing staff), Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Highland Baptist Church, & her family & friends who supported her & loved her.

Mom to the chosen few, Dee to most, & Dorothea to some.

In lieu of flowers, we ask people to donate in mom’s name (Dorothea E. Ramirez) to either the American Cancer Society or The Gideon International (Free Bible service).

Thank you from the Ramirez Family.

One year ago today, Timothy and I moved to Israel. It’s hard to believe we have lived here for a year now.

So what does 2014 have in store for us?

We have decided to stay in Israel for another year. Timothy is working very hard at the Technion. This has been such a great experience for him. Last year Timothy got to travel a lot for work, and it looks like this year will be the same. Already, he has one paper accepted to the International Conference for Machine Learning held this year in Beijing ( We will also have to go back to the U.S. sometime this spring regarding Tim’s visas and we will be able to visit my parents on the west coast.

On a sad note, as many of you already know, both Timothy’s mom and my mom have cancer. Timothy’s mom (Bonnie) has been battling cancer for the last couple of years and unfortunately her cancer has returned. She will be starting chemo tomorrow. My mom (Dee) was diagnosed with cancer in November and shortly after started chemo and is still doing chemo. We pray the chemo will help heal our moms, and pray for our dad’s as they take care of our moms. I’m not really sure what else to say, besides cancer sucks.

As I say every year. I hope to be better about posting. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. We truly appreciate them.

-Laura & Timothy

P.S. See our Montreal pictures below!

P.S.S. Thank you to everyone who sent us a Christmas card. It was awesome!

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