Watching the stars all night was a thrill during an exciting meteor shower in August. It was amazing to see a star streak across the sky and disappear in a blaze of white. Sometimes there were several falling stars within a minute. Robin led us in the song, "Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket." Pictured here are the star gazers awake at 4:00 a.m. Even though everyone was so tired, the next day was spent gathering blackberries at Tonto Creek and putting them in a basket. The little ones frolicked in the pools of water which were abundant in the creek. Later Beth made a yummy blackberry breakfast cake for dessert after which the group laid out under the stars again for another all nighter. Fatigue won over and the group all fell asleep before midnight. Early morning brought far away sounds of coyotes, but no sign of elk.
Today. July 1 Joe was sworn in as a recruit to "America's elite warriors" - the Marines.
During the swearing in he had strong feelings that serving his country is exactly what he wants to do.
As a recruit he will spend some time each month preparing for being shipped out in March.
Being a protector and a warrior for the right has always been in Joseph's nature.
His parents are so very proud of him and are very emotional.
Spice - The 4 year old toy poodle with the indomitable spirit - She waits everyday by the backyard gate just hoping that maybe it will be the day for a trip to the cabin or to Beth's house. She even has learned to accept the big dogs sharing her space. Posed here, hoping to be invited to jump up in the swing at the cabin.
While Susie spent the weekend at work out of town, Jacob spent Saturday working at the cabin with Dad. Shown here, he actually took a little time of to have fun with "the boys". Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of his before and after job, but the property is now all cleaned up after hours of toil. Thankfully, the weather was beautiful and the doggies all had a great time romping around.
Even Spice had a fun time and enjoyed having the boys around.
How swiftly the years have passed, but how long and precious are the memories and what fun and sweet times we still have together. Through the years and problems our family has faced, we have kept alive the feelings that our family members are more precious than anything.
A family is the greatest treasure in all the universe.
All my little children are grown up now and the pattering of little feet only comes when the grandchildren come to visit -- the coloring or original art all over the walls has ceased mostly, unless a grandchild happens to find a crayon - which isn't very often -- the strange assortment of treasures under the beds have vanished forever -- there are no more unmade beds and piles of broken toys and dolls scattered through the house -- there are no more barefoot children, except when the grandchildren come --the piles of laundry are now in their own homes as they are mothers and fathers with the same challenges I had. I now have plenty of quiet time to be creative, to read, to write, to meditate....Bring on the grandchildren!!!
Happy Mother's Day to the lovely mother's of my grandchildren!!
Elder Bielefeldt has been honored with a Sotho name - "Khotso", which means Peace - so I wonder if they call him Elder Khotso?! He was also given a Sotho blanket, which is part of their traditional clothing and which keeps him warm when he's sleeping.
He doesn't want to be transferred from this area as he loves it so much, but he probably will be this week.