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Mondi as Cocunut Jane. The hostess role fits her perfectly as her home is a gathering place for family and friends.
Mondi with Bella. I think she was born a mom.
Mondi and her brothers at her brothers wedding. She has a beautiful smile, don't you think?
Mondi with her daughter, Britni.
Mondi with some random pirate girl at a New Year's Eve party a couple of years ago. I don't know who that strange chick is. ;) I didn't take this photo, I think maybe Buck did.
Mondi has been my best friend for more than 13 years. Even though she's younger than me and never lets me forget it! :)

We have been thru so much together - heartaches, her divorce, the joy of her children, the happiness of her second marriage to Buck, the loss of loved ones, health issues for both of us, and so much laughter and fun times. I can't tell you how many hours we spent scrapping together or talking or just hanging out.

Besides my family, Mondi is the only person who knows all my darkest secrets and accepts me for who I am. She has an old, gentle soul. Though I'm older, it's always felt like she was the more mature one who watched out for me. I think because she'd been thru so much in her life before she even graduated from highschool. Yet she's always ready with a joke or a smile or an ear if you need it. Even with her gentleness (and the fact that she's short :P ), she is a force to be reckoned with. I've seen her get between two men who were about to come to blows and back them down. And at one of the worst times in my life, she was the one who made me see how much I was hurting myself and those around me.

Really, I should say that Mondi is more than my best friend, she's family. And I'm lucky she's made me a part of hers. :)
Carley Mondi looks lovely! Friends like this are so rare and such a treasure in life...... About the photos: Did you plan it so that her dress in the 3rd shot looks like it is part of the pillar in the 4th?
Carley · 2007-08-16: 00:46
vollenda Thanks :) Nope. A coincidence. :)
vollenda · 2007-08-16: 00:55
Mabi938 She looks lovely. Enjoy your luck. It's so rare !
Mabi938 · 2007-08-16: 01:03
jet28 That's what friends are for - beautiful tribute :-)
jet28 · 2007-08-16: 04:00
????? Wonderful post in tribute to your friend - she does have a brilliant smile. Good photos. Wonder who the "strange chick" is in the last one?
????? · 2007-08-16: 04:53
photopoet Beautiful tribute for your friend. You are quite fortunate in having such a wonderful relationship. Thanks for sharing.
photopoet · 2007-08-16: 06:30
jonrake Ditto An excellent posting and tribute to a close friend!
jonrake · 2007-08-16: 07:58
Karibbean Beautiful pictures!!
Karibbean · 2007-08-16: 08:16
MidsummerSilence what a fantastic post! a lovely tribute to your friend and the soul of friendship and family. indeed a friend like that is TRULY family,.. lovely set and a beautiful woman she is!
MidsummerSilence · 2007-08-16: 08:38
chipotle that guy in the middle popped his eye out scoping mondi and the random pirate girl.

and you are absolutely right. mondi has a beautiful smile. from your post, i gather it matches her spirit.
chipotle · 2007-08-16: 08:58
abbeyh13 bella is so cute! you friend has a great smile!!!
abbeyh13 · 2007-08-16: 09:33
vollenda Thanks all.

You know how there's always someone at a party who tries to get in all the pictures, that would be the random chick. ;)
vollenda · 2007-08-16: 10:33
SheriJ 1st of all I wouldn't say you are lucky.. I would say you are blessed to have such a wonderful friend/family member as Mondi!! Such a touching story and so neat to hear of friends sticking together thru anything and everything!! You both are blessed to have each other..
I am sure Spike approves of her??
Nice new profile snap of the Spike-ster!! Was he begging??? ;)
SheriJ · 2007-08-16: 10:57
????? Very touching story about you both. I love her smile in every pictures and I can tell that she is very funny person too:)
????? · 2007-08-16: 11:31
noptek Very nice portraits
noptek · 2007-08-16: 15:32
Cabecilha # 5 is so much fun!
Cabecilha · 2007-08-16: 16:34
Rasadesign It`s good to have a good friend in the hand...........
#5 is a really Caraiban one........
Rasadesign · 2007-08-16: 17:02
storytaylor wonderful words and photos to a very special friend. there is so much joy in her eyes, and the smile gives a lot of positive energy. I understand you Vollenda, friends will be friends forever.
storytaylor · 2007-08-16: 17:23
magpy what a lovely tribute
magpy · 2007-08-16: 18:57
????? Lovely tribute!! She sounds like such a great and true friend
????? · 2007-08-16: 19:00
KC727 :)
KC727 · 2007-08-16: 20:43
vollenda Thank you very much for all your comments. :) It was my pleasure to introduce her to you.
vollenda · 2007-08-16: 23:50
????? your best friend's smile reminds me of my best friends smile.. wonderful spirit .. loving is what I see in Mondi!!!:) nice tribute...
????? · 2007-08-17: 17:54
Jannie I love Mondi's spirit. What a beautiful tribute! Patty beat me to it, she is my Mondi too!!!
Jannie · 2007-08-18: 00:51
emmetan I can understand.... Just like my best friend, Su Sann....
emmetan · 2007-08-21: 00:38
bolder was that...


actually a picture of you???

do you need to delete it now?

given your witness protection program and everything????????
bolder · 2007-08-24: 11:59
jendayee lovely tribute !
jendayee · 2007-08-29: 16:00
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