Livin' the Good Life
Jan. 28th, 2017
10:35 am - Ben Goes to Medical School!
Ben and Rebeca are now married, and they have moved to Grenada so that Ben can go to medical school. Big, big changes! Here he is, at a "White Coat Ceremony". He already looks like a doctor, doesn't he?
09:22 am - Nathen Passed His Test!
He's been studying for weeks, and he finally took the big test. He passed! He is officially a licensed Marriage and Family Counselor in the state of California. He can hang out his shingle now and get to work helping people. That is one of the things he is really good at. Congratulations, Nathen! We're proud of you!!
Dec. 13th, 2016
12:27 pm - Why I Haven't Been Posting
It has been two months since I last posted. The new Trump presidency has really got me down. The fact that my country elected the most offensive, the most frightening, person to be our president is just incomprehensible to me. I will never consider him my leader. Never. I will be watching with bated breath over the next 4 years, as I carry on with my life in as conscientious a manner as I can muster. And I will not ignore red flags when I see them. I will call them out. I'm worried about atrocities. I'm worried about cruelty. I'm worried about the destruction of our precious earth. I'm worried about things getting out of hand and nobody being able to stop it. I'm worried about white supremecy. (I'm seeing an uptick of white supremecy in the desert here. Friends of mine, with darker skin, while minding their own business, have been confronted and threatened by white guys since the election. In one case, the group of guys mentioned Trump. I'm horrified.)
It's hard not to be depressed about the future. My children's future. My grandchildren's future.
What IS heartening is that I have excellent sons, married to excellent women, and I know that they will do everything to keep themselves and their families safe from harm. They are smart and aware and will make good decisions about what to do. I think our family will be OK. It's others that I worry about. People I don't know will be treated unfairly. There are money grabbers everywhere just trying to make a fortune off our beautiful earth, at its expense. We, the people, will suffer for it. I'm for protecting the little guy. I'm for protecting the earth and our environment.
I will continue to do the things that I think are important..... helping families to be strong and healthy. That's something I can do. And I will have my eyes and ears wide open, ready to stand up to evil. I will not be quiet.
Oct. 12th, 2016
07:09 pm - Farmer Julian
Helping pick oranges
Sep. 1st, 2016
12:55 pm - Favorite Margo Picture to Date
Look at that face!
Aug. 23rd, 2016
01:27 pm - Margo at Three Months
This little girl's personality is starting to show!
Jul. 21st, 2016
09:16 pm - The Little Guy Next Door
So Ollie came over to see me yesterday, and I was feeling a little under the weather. I suggested that he go outside and pick some grapes for a while since I needed to rest. He went out and soon, as usual, I heard the doorbell ring. (He likes to try the doorbell out regularly these days.) Steve answered it a couple of times, and finally he asked him not to ring it anymore, cause he was busy working. There was silence for some time, and I got curious, so I looked out the kitchen window and saw Ollie sitting quietly on the step by the grapes. I went back and laid down. I thought he'd gone home because he was gone so long. But eventually he came in with one hand cupped over the other and asked me to guess what he had in his hand. Well, it was PEELED grapes... about 5 of them. He told me he used his teeth to get the peeling started, then carefully peeled little strips off the grape ("Did you eat the peels?" "Yes.") It took a long time to do all that peeling! But, there they were in all their freshly-peeled glory, and he was very proud of them. Did I want some? he asked... I looked at the grapes and then looked at his sticky, dirty hands, and politely declined. So he happily ate them himself. After he left, I heard the doorbell ring again. Steve told me later that he went to answer it, and Ollie said he just wanted to tell him he was going home.
So glad this little guy lives next door!
Jul. 5th, 2016
I've gotten lots of photos of Little Miss Margo all by herself, and plenty of her with her papa, but very few with her mama. Finally, here's one I've been waiting for. She sure looks like her mama in this one, doesn't she? A beautiful shot.
Jun. 29th, 2016
09:22 pm - Evening Walk
Here are Nathen and Margo on their evening walk. (Note the diaper in his back pocket.) Love this picture! (Thanks Reanna!)
Jun. 4th, 2016
07:06 pm - Sling Dad
Nathen loves being a "sling dad". Margo calms right down when she's snuggled up to her papa in her cozy sling. Nathen's happy smile says it all..... kind of like he's gotten a glimpse of all the joy that is to come. And it feels so good!!
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