Category Archives: Family and Friends

Pictures and stories of our dear family and friends

Dear Joie & Fitz

Hello! And greetings from Montrose! We’ve made it back to our little house on wheels, but wanted to give you the low-down on our wonderful three weeks at The Cabin.
But you knew it’d be grand, didn’t you? We had enough picture perfect Vermont days to cancel out the cool and rainy ones, and most of the other days , while maybe not crystal clear, but were winners nonetheless! We were blessed with lots of company – a sweet youngster (21!) that we met on a SOWER project , my college roommate & hubby, friends from when our kids were small who now live in VT (who we even put to work), cousins from Gary’s side, SOWER friends who came for a mid-week weekend, and a wonderful day with all of our Vermont family.
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But all of our wonderful company aside, I bet you’re wondering what Gary was up to. Right? Well, as usual, he kept himself plenty busy! Continue reading Dear Joie & Fitz

One A Day

We’ve been at The Cabin over a week, and (needless to say) it’s been wonderful. The days have been, for the most part, perfect Vermont days, the nights cool and the mornings have been starting with the aroma of fresh brewed coffee and the crackle of a fire. (OK, so the fact that those things tend to happen around 5:30AM are a bit disconcerting, but I have found that drifting back to sleep for a bit is a very doable thing!)  Instead of trying to write at length about what all we’ve been doing,  I thought I would just try to find one picture per day to share the essence of that time. (Of course, at the end I’ll have links to more pictures, if you feel so inclined!).  Here we go –
Thursday – Arrival!
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It felt so good to be opening the gate – we knew beautiful days were ahead of us!
Friday – Rain, Rain, stay and keep up quiet!
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Saturday – The sun returned, and we did some tramping about to see some of the changes in the landscape in year we missed coming.
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Sunday – Sweet worship at our home-away-from-home church, and then the SPLASH party in the afternoon!
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Monday – We missed the eclipse, but we had a wonderful visit with Continue reading One A Day

Before we go

If last summer (spent on the West Coast) was all about experiencing uncharted (for us) territories, this summer has been all about reconnecting with dear friends and establishing new relationships.

Yes, it has been a very good summer! Before we head out tomorrow for several weeks at our beloved Cabin in Vermont (little happy dance here), I thought it was time to do a bit of a wrap-up of our Montrose Summer. Continue reading Before we go

Reunion Time

We have been blessed with a great family. Oh, we don’t necessarily all see life the same way and there might just be a quirk here and there (hold up the mirror, Steph!), but at the end of the day we love each other and genuinely enjoy each other’s company.  And those are things we never want to take for granted.  All of those warm and fuzzy thoughts were brought to mind when we recently had a family reunion here at Montrose Bible Conference.
Just look at all these beautiful people!
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Like any family gathering, we couldn’t all be there. But I do think we made a pretty good stab at it. Of the first generation (that would be me and my siblings, including spouses), six out of eight of us made it. Of the second generation (our kids and their spouses), 16 out of 24. Not bad, right? And of the third generation – well, 26 of the 34 made it.
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(the littlest one, 8 mos old, was napping for the photo shoot!)
Quite a family, no?
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Ten Things

1. We were blessed to have another SOWER couple working with us last month. Darla & I worked on folding sheets and some sewing projects while Ed helped Gary in the Dorm Basement renovations.
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Loved having them here!

2. The Dorm Basement project is complete! Ok, so not complete-complete like campers will be staying there, but the new doors are in, wiring is done, the ductwork is installed and the upstairs (where campers WILL be staying next week) is all good to go.
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Which is a very good thing, ‘cause, you know – those campers arriving this weekend.

3. When Becky (head of housekeeping and essentially my boss) asked me to make some covers for the laundry carts, she assured me that she had a pattern.
Continue reading Ten Things