First off, I'd like to thank my natural mother, for being so brave and giving me a chance at life. I love you mom!!
My adoptive parents, for not only keeping that life going, but giving me a loving and caring home and raising me. They gave me their support when I wanted to start searching for my natural mother and tried to help the best they could. You have no idea just how much I love both of you.
A very special childhood friend, Sue. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't even be alive today. I'm so lucky that YOU knew how to swim!! lol
Laura, who was my best friend for many years and was there through an awful lot of the heartache, pain and tears. And also to her wonderful mother, who gave birth to Laura the day before I was born and tried her darndest to remember the other mothers' in the hospital. You don't know how much I appreciated that you tried to help me too.
Stratford CAS who provided my non identifying information that started the ball rolling.
Stratford Archives for putting up with my many hours of research, getting nauseous reading too many microfilm's, helping me find what I needed and offering support and wisdom.
The Adoption Disclosure Registry who were responsible for finding my mother. Without them, I may never have found her.
The hundreds of adoption websites that I'd registered with online. Unfortunately they weren't much help to me as no one in my natural family registered with them, but the fact that they are there to help anyone searching is great enough. There's too many to list here, but if you click on Check Out My Adoption Links, there's a bunch of them listed there.
The dozens of adoption mailing lists that I belonged to. These were a great source of support and encouragement for when I needed them most.
There are numerous people in chat rooms and game sites that I belong to who've offered hope, advice and support. I don't know who any of you really are, but thank you!
And lastly, Rick, who hates puzzles more than anything. He wasn't always very supportive, but he came through for me eventually. He spent many hours with me at the Archives sifting through old newspapers and yearbooks, and quite a bit of money on notebooks, paper, ink, disks, photocopying, plastic protective sheets, pens, stamps, envelopes, and not to mention gas going back and forth to Stratford. So I guess what he didn't give me in support, he did give me in money! lol
I have a few heart felt thanks to go out that aren't Adoption-related, but they did help me with the making and/or spicing up my page.
When I first decided to build my page, I didn't know squat about HTML or even what it really was. I knew it meant HyperText Markup Language, but the name doesn't really explain anything.
As you know, I started my site through Geocities. Why? Well, A. it's free, and B. it seemed the easiest site to be able to do a site when you don't know what you're doing! lol. I'm quite heartbroken that it's shutting down.
It really didn't take me long to figure out I was WAAAY in over my head on this, but thankfully, Geocities not only had a message forum, but a chat as well. I used the message forum a LOT! lol
So my first thanks go out to Geocities. Thanks for being there, being easy to figure out and work around in and putting up with my incessant questions in your forum... lol
There was one main person who helped me out, and beyond the call of duty I'd say. He was like my very own personal Superman. His name is Dickky91 and he has a really informative page on all kinds of HTML. If you have ANY kind of question or need to know something, THIS is the page I personally suggest you check out!! Dickky's Website Help [site is no longer available]. Anything you did, and even didn't, want to know about creating your own website.
I was checking out Sebastian Spence pages (that totally hunky Cade Foster from First Wave?) because I knew him during one of the times I lived in Stratford. I came across a really nice site [site is no longer available]. The first thing I noticed, other than the great picture of Bass, was the really kewl mouse trail that says, 'Sebastian Spence Online". I wanted one! I also liked the fact that you couldn't right click the pictures. I've always wanted to do something like that on my page, but was told once that there isn't a way to do it. But people were doing it so there's something out there somewhere!!
So my search for the "Say No to Right Clicking!" code was on... and it led me to a really great site [site is no longer available].
s for the awesome mouse trail, you can go almost anywhere on the net to get them. Crazeee herself has all sorts of neat ones, butterflies, stars... etc. But I wanted one where I could have my own text, and eventually found a great site for that at Mouse Trails. The main page is here HTML Basix.
I hope I got everyone! If I've left you out, please let me know and I'll fix it straight away!