Monday, May 8, 2017

Time Passages . . .

Years go falling in the fading light
time passages . . . 

~Al Stewart~

Sometimes this is how I feel.  The years and months just keep fading into light and the time passes, way too quickly!

Well, here I go again . . . it's been more than a month since my last post, and again, I have an overload of "stuff" to share!

Lets start with, Shoshone Falls.  My husband and I went with Amber and James and their family on a quick day trip.  It was a quick trip, but it was so fun to spend time with them and see the falls, which were just gorgeous this year.  I posted photos of them (the falls) a few years ago, when we had very low water flow and not much snow shed.  This year, we have an abundance of water and the falls were so pretty because of that.

This was two years ago . . . same time of year.

This was this year!

 Taylor and Christian, my two oldest grands.

Amber, Averi and Taylor, my beautiful girls!  Averi loved the falls!  

A brave little Rock Chuck, way too close to the falls!

Christian graduates high school this year, so we need to enjoy these moments while we can.  Before we know it, he will be married with children of his own.

We also had a few more birthday celebrations.  My last March birthday (see how far behind I am!?) was, Emily.  She is such a wonderful young woman!  Talented, kind, smart and beautiful! What else could a girl ask for?!  We sure do love her.  

The last of the...Spring...birthdays!  Clara had a birthday the first part of May, and she was so happy to be 6 years old! What a little lady; she's smart, funny and cute as a bug!  We love her.

I have so much more to share, but I think I better just end and publish before I get distracted...again!

Looking forward to catching up!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Peek into my Week . . .

Today . . .  March 22, 2017 . . . It's Spring!  It was a gloomy day though, lots of clouds, but in the high 50's!  I'll take it.

Something from my Playlist . . . Some beautiful Irish music!  We just found out through a DNA test that my husband is 37% Irish . . . who knew! So this beautiful music is for him! And, because it's March!  

Mother Nature . . . These photos are about 4 weeks late.  They are pictures of my neighborhood . . . it was flooded.  We had more snow this winter than we have had for a long time, and with a quick thaw, we had lots of water.  These were the fields around my neighborhood (we live in the country... ;0) ) They look more like rivers than fields.

The flooding in my area has past, but there's lots of snow in the mountains, so we are anxious about the river flooding.  I took these photos of the Snake River, a few weeks ago.  I'm sure it will rise a few feet when the snow starts to melt in the mountains.  I drove by today, but didn't take a picture of the falls  . . . they were amazing!  The rocks you can see in this photo were nearly covered up!  The river is almost over it's banks in places - I'm praying that it doesn't flood.

My thoughts for March . . . March is always a busy time for us.  My mother and 6 of our 10 grandchildren were born in March, one of them on St. Patrick's Day!  It's always fun to celebrate with them, and wonder how in the world they grew up so fast.

Today is my sweet mother's birthday!!  She is 89 years young!  We had fun celebrating her special day with her.  We love her, and hope that her day was filled with all the love that she deserves!

These are two of my youngest grands, Nathan and Caleb.  These two seem to have grown up right before my eyes!  I can remember so clearly that day that they were born and how excited we were to welcome them into our family - we love them, and are so proud of them!!!  

This is, Brody, who just turned 13, and is an awesome young man!  He doesn't look very happy in this photo, because he was sick, but trust me, he can keep me in stitches - we love him, and love having him in our family!

And my oldest grandson just turned 18 . . . 18!  I don't even know how that happened!  I think it was only a few years ago that I was 18!  It has been such a joy watching this young man grow into adulthood.  He has always been a boy very close to my heart.  We love him, and are excited to cheer him on, and celebrate all that he does for the next 18 years, and beyond!  

Looking forward to . . .  Our anniversary in April, we will be married 43 years (I got married when I was 18!).  I'm not sure what we will be doing this year, but hopefully it will include a road trip!

What's cooking . . . I can honestly tell you that I have not been very creative in the kitchen for a very long time!  It's hard to cook for two people, especially when we I don't like left overs.  Any ideas?!

Creative me . . . I haven't been very creative, but here are a few ideas that I love, and want to do make.

I found this idea here, and I just think it is so cute.  You could even paint the round piece of wood to give it more color, but I love the natural look.

I also need a summer wreath and thought this was so cute!  This is an Etsy purchase, but I think I could make it by myself...but, she did a wonderful job, it's so pretty and summery!

Just Sayin'  . . . Exactly!!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!


Friday, March 10, 2017

The . . . Skies . . . have it . . .

Hi, all!  Well, by now you know how I love the sky.  I love sunsets, sunrises, clouds, clear blue skies, the sun, the moon, the stars.  I should have been an astrologist, only I'm probably not that smart.  But, I do have a passion for taking photos of them all.  Through the years you have seen me post lots and lots of sunsets, because here in Idaho we have gorgeous sunsets.  So, I thought I would just share some of last years photos that I did not post.  

I lied, this was the sunset tonight, I just had to post it!

I'm so excited that the fire in the sky has returned.  I will most likely be spending many, many evenings looking, westward.

When we are driving, I love to look at the clouds.  I don't know if it's my sunglasses with UV protection or the windshields UV protection, but I always catch rainbows playing with the clouds. And fortunately, my camera sees it as well.

And, for your listening pleasure while you look at my rainbows . . . 

This one looks like a little angel, kissing the sun.

And, if you look very closely, right above the sliver of moon, you will see a star . . . so, the next time you find yourself gazing up at a brilliantly lit night sky, remember that the One who hung those bright lights calls you to shine as beacons of hope and life for all those around you.

Goodnight . . .



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Just Stuff . . .

It's been a kind of slow week, we have been busy with just everyday life, and it feels really's good to get back to a regular schedule.

A while back we were coming home from the, " big city", and noticed a rainbow just coming straight up from the ground . . . very unusual!

Can you see it?  It was just before sunset so it was pretty dark, but I thought it was beautiful!  I'm sure it must have been a reflection off of the snow or something, but I thought it was so pretty.  We sometimes see strange things as we are driving, but can't always stop to take pictures. This was right in front of us so, no problem.

Remember the Amaryllis that I posted about a month or so ago?  It blossomed again!  It made me very happy, I just love them.  These flowers made a total of 12 that have bloomed on this one plant. I'm going to try to keep in a cool dry spot, and hopefully, it will blossom next year - I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Last Friday, we went to the, Simplot Games, to watch my grandson compete throwing shot-put .  The annual Simplot Games track-and-field meet offers high school athletes the opportunity to go head-to-head against the finest competitors among their peers in the U.S. and Canada. There were even competitors there from Australia.

Christian, my grandson, threw 47 feet, which qualified him to throw, and perhaps place the next day. He didn't place on Saturday, but did really good, considering he was competing against some of the best high school athletes in the world.  We are so proud of him!

After the games, we picked Clara up to have a sleep over with grandma and grandpa.  She was so excited!  She has never stayed the night with us before (she had trouble sleeping in her own bed... ;0) ).  But, now that she's 5, she sleeps all night in her own bed and is such a big girl!

Glow sticks are always a hit with kids and she had fun with this one.

She also sang songs to Cole, with all the hand motions . . . he was not impressed,  although he loved the attention.  She has always been my little grand who will just go sit on his dog bed, she loves Cole, regardless of how hairy and stinky he can get.

Cole loves the kids, but is always relieved when they go home - it's hard on this old boy.  Gotta love dog noses!

Until next time!



Monday, February 20, 2017

One Month Later . . .

Photo taken by Shane D. Stears, November 2016

"They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind."

It's hard to believe that it has really been a month since my last post . . . so much has happened.

We lost a very dear friend this month. He was more than a friend, he was a brother,  a mentor, and a confidant when you needed a listening ear, and just a walk across the street away.  Always a tease! Trust me, you never turned your back to him . . . or he would get you!  We spent some of our happiest moments with this wonderful man, his dear wife and amazing son and daughter-in-law . . . our family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  I will miss his smile, his laugh, and his presence . . . he was a larger than life man and we loved him.   We miss you, Shane "Wayne".

 Shane D. Stears 
July 21, 1943 - Februaruy 4, 2017

Shane and his son, Mike, doing what he loved most.

 Bob, Mike and Shane, on the Salmon River.

Camping . . . aka chicken hunting!

Bob and Shane, gabbing.  They loved to gab.

Cole dog and Shane's beloved, Belle Dog . . . she misses him too.

This is a beautiful song, written by, President Gordon B. Hinkley.

What is This Thing that Men Call Death
What is this thing that men call death?
This quiet passing in the night?
‘Tis not the end but genesis
Of better worlds and greater light

O God, touch Thou my aching heart,
And calm my troubled, haunting fears
Let hope and faith, transcendent, pure
Give strength and peace beyond my tears.

There is no death, but only change,
With recompense for vict’ry won
The gift of Him who loved all men.
The Son of God, the Holy one.

 . . . Why should I be out of mind, because I am out of sight?  I am but waiting for you, for an interval.  Somewhere.  Very near. Just around the corner.  All is well.

Until we meet again, sweet friend . . .