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Silent Saturday

Posted: March 7, 2015 in Animals, Family
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Hard to believe it’s already Friday once again, but this Friday is a special one–it’s the last Friday (at least for a week or so), that the temperatures will scream “Winter!!!”  Starting tomorrow (Saturday), spring will arrive, trailing her mid-40’s or higher (Fahrenheit, of course) days and nights with double digits adorning them.  She will be so very welcome.  Even if winter makes a sally or two here and there, I’m happy knowing spring will ultimately prevail.

This week’s challenge falls right into the anticipation of spring and its glorious colors:  “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?”  A sunset sprang to mind immediately, but I thought I’d try to go somewhere different.  Here’s where I went and I hope you enjoy the journey with me.

The Weekly Photo Challenge theme, “Warmth“, slipped in early today, which is fine, as it allows me time with our daughters. For Christmas, I’m happy if there’s snow and I don’t mind the cold, but I always want family around.  Next to the warmth of God’s love for me, the love of family is the warmth I cherish the most.

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Having a difficult time figuring out what to get that person that has everything?  Having a hard time coming up with a list for yourself because you have everything you need?  Consider something different.  Consider giving a child a bike in the name of that person-with-everything and then send your friend a card telling him/her what you did.  It will be the best gift s/he receives.  Of course, you can give one from you or from you and your family as well.  It’s a great way to show the true spirit of Christmas giving to your children.

A year ago, my husband took his love of bicycling to a new, more inclusive level.  He decided he’d like to give at least two new bicycles per Christmas to children whose parents couldn’t afford to buy them.  We started a small charity, 2Wheels2Kids and encouraged people to buy a bike and give it to a child in their city, then send us a photo of the child with the bike so Bill could post the photo on the blog.  We also said that if people preferred sending us money, we’d use it to buy bikes and gift them here.

In 2013, we gifted two bikes to two boys here.  (You can see photos on the blog.)  We also sent money to two women to buy bikes for their children.  We were sent donations by two people to help with this–one with enough to buy a bike plus a helmet.

This year, we’ve ordered two bikes already, since we have two names.  The same wonderful woman who donated enough for a bike and helmet last year did the same this year.  We may be getting another name and if so, we’ll get another bike.

It’s impossible to adequately describe the joy we saw in the two boys to whom we presented bikes as well as that of their parents.  We invite you to participate if you’d like to do so or if you can.  Look in your area–churches are a great place to start, as they often know who is a single parent or not well-off.  If you give a bike, send us a photo and we’ll put in on the 2Wheels2Kids website.  Not only will you have given a gift that makes a child happy, you’ll have given one to yourself as well.

If you would like to donate a small amount or if you’d like to buy a bike but don’t want to do it where you live, you may send a check to us at the address on the 2Wheels website.  If we don’t have enough for another bike or can’t find another child this year, we will put the money in a special account and use it next year.  We don’t have charity status, so you can’t claim a charitable contribution.  One of these years…

Although these achievements weren’t due to me alone, they are some of the nearest and dearest to my heart.

(Not sure of the date this photo was taken, but years ago.)

(Not sure of the date this photo was taken, but years ago.)

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My mom and dad

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Art in the family

Posted: March 27, 2014 in Art, Family
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Our younger daughter is a print maker in the making and she’s making them pretty well.  Here are a few of the things she’s done recently. I have to add that if there are any that catch your fancy, they’re all for sale for about $25 or less plus postage. But feel free just to enjoy them and give her any feedback you like via the comment section.  I’ll make sure she sees them.  Her blog is found at http://dontwaittonight.wordpress.com/.

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We have a friend who knows a lot about electricity and it’s become a joke that everything is about “continuity.”  But although we live in a society often enamored of the “new”, “different” or “edgy”, continuity is a very important part of life.  Without it, we’re merely adrift, having to create everything new without the faintest clue how to do so.

Continuity is part of my daily life when I brew tea in a pot given to me by my great-aunt, from a set of English china dishes that she gifted me.  I warm my hands around the pot that she warmed her hands around for many years and cherished as I cherish it now.  I loved the dishes originally because the salad plates are square and I still get joy from using them.  The dishes aren’t used as much; the teapot, daily.

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As it’s almost time for a very special celebration–my 60th birthday– I thought some throwback photos might be fun.  I suppose they should be photos of me as a baby and growing older, but I found these and really like them, so…

Grandparents on my dad's side

Grandparents on my dad’s side

My parents.  Not sure whose dog that is.

My parents. Not sure whose dog that is.

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This vacation is unusual in more than just being in a new country. It’s also the one of the very few times we’ve done a tour of any kind, other than our own. Yesterday, we did two.

Since we love to ride, the horseback riding tour grabbed our attention immediately. The man at the desk, when told we were good riders, recommended a new tour, Cowboy Tours, run by a friend. He asked, “You like to gallop?” When we said yes, he booked the tour.
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