Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Julie's children each sent a card, picture or story to Papa for Fathers Day. Each was special, but I picked out a writing to share, that 11-year-old William sent:
"Time in this world is fleeting, and time with a Grandpa across the continent is even more so. But the fleeting time I do spend with my Grandpa is one of the most special things around. (Especially if he lives across the continent and we only see him once every two years.)
I would like you to know that you are one of the most special people in my life, and that makes the few times I see you even more precious to me. I love you so much Papa, and I hope you have a wonderful Father's Day full of delight and happiness."
And finally, when we arrived at Joy's house for graduation, Kory surprised us with a gift. She had done a drawing of our house for an art project at school, had matted it and wrote a very nice message on the back for us. We were awe-struck at the ability of this girl. She has only had one drawing class in High School, as a freshman, yet she was able to draw so accurately our wonderful home. This is only a portion of the original drawing, as it was too large to scan. Not only is the detail wonderful and accurate in every way, but the amazing part is that she did this with letters and words. Tiny, tiny letters and words in all of it, except around the word 'Shadowood'. I asked her what she wrote and she told me it was mainly Bible verses about family. If you click on the photo and enlarge it you can see some of the writing. We plan to have it framed, and hang it above the fireplace.
Each item is priceless to us, and what a joy and blessing it is to have reached this stage of life where our grandchildren are old enough to bless us with their talents.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
and Aunt JoAnn.
It was a very rainy day, and as the graduation ceremony was outdoors on the football field, there were a few jitters about what the weather would do. We headed to the school with umbrella's in hand.
Here is the entire graduating class of Woodland High School.
A kiss for luck, and she's on her way....
Thursday, June 14, 2012
"O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
whose stern impassioned stress.
A thoroughfare for freedom beat,
across the wilderness.
America! America! God mend thine every flaw,
confirm thy soul in self-control,
thy liberty in law."
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
This past weekend we went to our daughter Joy's house for some special celebrations. Joy's stepdaughter Ashley, is engaged to a young Russian-born man, Ivan. He is from a Russian family of 8 children, and attends a Bible-believing church of Russian immigrants in Vancouver, Washington. Ashley and Ivan have been very busy...planning a July wedding, preparing their new home, studying for Ivan to become a U.S. citizen, and studying the Bible to prepare for their Baptism, as well as working at their every-day jobs. We were privileged to be able to attend their Baptism this past Sunday.
A special moment in her life....
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Amelia and I started this project quite some time ago. Back in the fall of last year she was really wanting to start a sewing project. I knew we would be moving and Christmas was coming, but we started it anyway. :) She is just begining to show real interest in sewing and making things. I had the pattern and a stack of flannel fabric to choose from already. So, she chose the style and the fabric and I began walking her through the steps as I did them, so she could see the process. We nearly completed it before we moved...when it got put into a box...and we didn't recover it for several months. About a month ago, we finally found it, pulled it out and put on the finishing touches. She and I are both pleased we did it. Even if she is wearing a long-sleeved, flannel nightgown in June. :)
I've never really had time to sew for Millie. I'm pretty certain that this is the first thing I've ever made for her to wear. I remember how much it meant to me to wear something my mom made for me when I was a little girl. I was so proud and felt so loved. I think that memory makes me squeeze in the time now.
She picked the lace at the fabric store with me. Amazing how special a simple nightgown-project can be. :)