Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Monsoons 2017!

This year there were a significant number of fires around Arizona.
We had a spectacular view of a very large fire in the Pinaleno Mountains to the north of us.





During this time of year we are all anxiously awaiting the rains and then
watching everything green up overnight.....literally!



Even Willie, the dog, enjoys laying in the cool grass.





The corn in the field to the north of us is HUGE!
With all the rain we have had lately, it's at least two feet taller
than it was in this picture.





BUT......all of this rain comes at a cost.
All of the sudden, we are all mowing and trimming like crazy.

And, with the sudden massive downpours, our normally hardpacked dirt
road becomes a swamp, and getting through becomes a real trick.

In fact, several weeks ago, I was riding home from church with Rachel and Elenna,
and once we hit the dirt road it was like being in Nebraska on ice.
Wow, we just slid all over with no control and ended up in the ditch.
Fortunately, Joe and the boys were not too far behind and helped us.
It was bad enough that Joe had to get the tractor and pull Rachel's truck out.

You can see all the standing water in the ditches.

They tried chains, but the tires were sunk in too deep.



Dad to the rescue!







So, even though monsoons have only been around for about six weeks,
I am ready for the rain to stop!

Bring back the sunshine and dry air!  No more humidity!

Fourth of July and Courtney's Visit!


It was so great to have Courtney home for the Fourth!

Rachel was at work the first day she was here, and poor little Miss Elenna
was so confused!
Here was this young woman in our home that sort of looked like, acted like,
and talked like her mama......but wasn't.

For the rest of us it was really funny to watch!



Of course we made a trip to our local U-Pick-It, Apple Annie's,
and got their sweet corn.
It's absolutely the best ever!
The rather large red chair was a new addition this year and they all had
great fun sitting in it!



Lots of great meals and grilling out!



Glad these two girls got some sister-time in!



Joshua got some good help in painting his birthday birdhouse!



Aunt and niece continued the bonding...........



The actual Fourth of July was a beautiful day, hot, but thankfully dry.
We all got decked out in our red, white, and blue, and headed to Benson
for the traditional morning parade.
Monsoons usually start around the Fourth, but we are always hoping that they hold
off until after the festivities of the day!



Watching the parade and waiting for candy to be thrown out!



Elenna did GREAT this year!



It was such a great visit with Courtney!
Thanks for making the effort to come out for the Fourth of July!
You are much loved.......and missed!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fourth Annual Girls' Weekend!

June 3-5, 2017

I think Beth and I were looking forward to this year's get together more
than in the past!  We were both so ready to just get away from all of the cares
and stresses of life!
We enjoyed watching movies, talking, and just totally relaxing!


As usual, we went to the La Paloma Resort, and oh my, it was as
beautiful as ever!

This was the view that greeted us every morning as we went down 
for breakfast!




The grounds are so lovely, and we enjoyed our walks.







Beth and I have been friends since we were 15 - we met in French class!
Many of my high school and college friends have come and gone, but
Beth and I have remained close for all these years.

This is the two of us when we were in our late 20's and we thought we were
ultra-cool.  We were excited to see what excitement was in store for our lives!
That was my little dog, Thistle, between us.



So here is our selfie for this year.

 Man, between bifocals and short arms, it's getting harder to take
these pictures of ourselves!  Ha Ha!!



Here's to next year, Beth!  I'm already making a list of movies for us
to watch.  I so appreciate your friendship, your prayers, and your support!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jonathan - Life After the Army!

He's Back!

After four years in the Army, he has decided to pursue another course.
He is an Air Traffic Controller, and still wants to continue in that line of work,
but as a civilian now!

We were all so glad to see him!



He was very anxious to get started on the total remodeling project of his condo!



When he was with us on the farm, he had fun riding the dirt bikes with Joe!





He even took the tractor out for a spin, for old times' sake!



I can't get over how much Jonathan looks like my dad when he was younger.....



We are all so very glad to have Jonathan back on Arizona soil!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Another Year of AWANA is Completed!

The past year in AWANA has flown by!
Isaac and Joshua earned every award possible for Sparks!

Well done, boys!


Next fall, it's on to Truth and Training!

David - 18 Years Old and a High School Graduate!

May 6, 2017
David turns 18 years old!


We celebrated David turning 18 by having a great meal at
Big Tex BBQ here in town.





Then......., several weeks later on May 26 we celebrated
his high school graduation.

What an accomplishment!

An added bonus was that Jonathan was back in town for the big day!









Congratulations, David!
We are proud of your accomplishment!


Joshua Turns Nine!

Whew!  We have an alarming number of birthdays within a 30-day period!

Now it's Joshua's turn!
May 1st is his special day and he enjoyed being the center of attention!








Isaac was very excited for Joshua to open his gift.......



Water Wands !


Happy Birthday, young man!
You are such a special part of our family!