09 April 2013

Seasonal Allure

Spring, with its refreshing renewal never ceases
to please me.  From orchards, to flowers,
to nesting birds...it's lovely to watch unfold.

From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

(Photo by Kris)

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.
~Li-Young Lee~

My doves have returned after a four year absence.
I "bird-sit" when I can...to shoo cats,
blue jays and other possible signs of danger away.
It's wonderful to hear the 'cooing' slip in from the 
outside vents once again. 
The epitome of "live music."

UPDATE:  A few hours after I posted this blog, the
two little baby birds we had been watching decided
their time to leave the nest had come.  Ty was home,
opened the front door to leave, and here they were.  
This was the last we saw of them.
So tickled that in my absence he captured that moment!

Pray you, love, remember.
And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.

Camellia's my mother brought to me from
her yard.  Floating near Caramel's little grave.

My yard isn't large.
But, I enjoy every inch of it.

A tulip we purchased in Holland five
 years ago.  Still blooms...

A few of my children accuse me of being unable
to pass by a weed without yanking at it.
Perhaps this may explain...

Ty participated last month in an elaborate program at the 
High School entitled "Every 15 Minutes."It is designed
to impress upon the students the realities and 
consequences of drunk driving.  Ty didn't know he would
be participating.  It is a highly guarded secret from
the Student Body...designed to have maximum impact.
  Because he is well-known and well-liked on campus
 the school asked our permission for him to be involved.
This was his "obituary" displayed on campus.

The day of the program...multiple students were taken from their
classrooms by the 'grim reaper.'  Their phones were taken from
them and they had no contact until the next morning with
anybody except those involved.  An elaborate drunk driving
car accident was presented to the students on campus, including
ambulances, helicopters, trips to hospitals, jails,
and even the morgue.  Parents were also involved.  It was very 
effective, dramatic and well done.

Ty spent the night away from home without any contact
with us, or anyone. He stayed with other students and
 Policemen, Firemen, and school officials at the local
 Holiday Inn.  Then, a 'funeral' was
held the next morning with letters  written by both participating
 students and parents read during the assembly.  Videos were
shown highlighting the 'dead,' prison sentences were handed
down to those students playing the part of those under
the influence...and more videos were shown of those students
who were pronounced dead at the hospital etc.  An actual
pastor from the city came to our home to relay the message
about our sons 'death' by a drunk driver.  Emotions
ran high for many of the participants.  The program 
is very costly...but has been proven to be an 
effective tool in getting kids to "designate a driver."
Our HighSchool does this every two years just
prior to prom and graduation.  

It was a busy month!  Ty and Hunter Mangrum
enjoyed a sweet Eagle Court of Honor.

Friends for a long time!

Supportive friends and family came.

Spring break and a trip to Cambria with 
a few of Ty's close friends.

Spotting several whale pretty close up.

Hunter, Hunter, Hunter...

"The Grill"

Easter Morning

Oh yeah...time for church!


Kris and I enjoyed a 'hike' to the top of the ranch.

The boys at sunset.

Little bird...

Taking Photos...

And, last but not least...Kris fulfilled a lifetime wish of 
sailing on a sailboat for a few days.  Invited by his brother-in-law,
Ric Huntington, they joined a friend who was sailing in
order to be certified to navigate the seas!

Ric and Kris. 
Sailed to Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands,
sleeping both in the boat and on land.

"Captain Kris"

Dolphin came to play...

He absolutely LOVED this!!!


  1. I could comment on everything as usual... but there was too much in this blog! Too many good things. You can definitely tell Ty is the only one at home, as the blog centers around you daddy and he. Hope he enjoys it, or at least pays attention so in a few years he can look back and remember~ Loved all the photos. so home. all good.

  2. I loved this post! So many good things like Anne Marie said. :) Congrats on Ty's Eagle! That's great. And Kevin loves sailing too, he's always saying that he wishes he could go. That's so awesome that Kris got to live out one of his dreams! I love your blog, it's so fun to keep updated long distance. Keep posting!

  3. I agree with Anne Marie, so much great stuff. That Kris is some incredible photographer. I had never heard about that drunk driving thing, what an experience. And congrats on the Eagle! That CA coastline, nothing like it. I do miss that a lot. And I can't believe those dolphins, so beautiful. We used to take the boat to Catalina when I was as a child. Fun memories.

  4. Wow--you guys certainly have had a lot going on. It looks like Ty is living the high life. He has so many great things going on in his life. That is exactly how high school should be. How fun for all of you.

    I always love seeing Uncle Kris' photos. I have always been impressed with all of the interesting stuff he does. I dream of being an interesting person one day, but am too busy doing...actually, I don't know what keeps me so busy. But, regardless, I'm impressed with all that he pulls off.