Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
John at Window Rock, January 2009
John, who was born in California and traveled many summers out west, felt quite at home on our trip a couple of weeks ago. He is a true road warrior, and drove many graveyard shifts for our group. That John, he's a keeper!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
After helping out in the school, the pastor of the church there gave us a tour of the area. We were told that photography was not permitted, but he said it was ok, just not during their ceremonies. Still, I wanted to be respectful which is sometimes hard when your camera is almost as big as your head.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The middle school at Rehoboth is named for the Navajo Code Talkers who are heroes to the people there. These Navajos were used by the US Marine Corp in World War II because their language is so difficult to translate. The library of the middle school displayed a history of these Code Talkers.
Last night, John & I watched "Wind Talkers", a 2002 movie, starring Nicholas Cage, about the role they played in WWII.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Last week, when we were in New Mexico, Bridget got her braces off. She was thrilled! Then, yesterday, when I brought her to her orthopedic doctor, she found out she can start weaning herself from the back brace she wears for scoliosis. On the way home, she told me this has been a very good week. Braceless again.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Whenever John & I think about going to a cemetery, we always think back to when our kids were young and we would visit cemeteries out East. We would see one, and the kids would all say, "Cemetery, everybody out" (of the car). If you look closely at the ground in front of us, you can see the small white crosses.
Finally, the sun did rise...
... and the walk back revealed a new day.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The sun is so big and bright in the big blue sky and as it moves through the day, the light changes, painting the deserts and skies so many different colors.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I loved how everyone went with the flow on our trip out to New Mexico. I had my tripod with me and everyone was game to take a shot during sunset when the moon was full on the horizon somewhere in the middle of Kansas. Our group was a rather eclectic bunch, bound mainly by the faith we shared. We ran into a group from Calvin College that was in the southwest for an astronomy interim and they all knew Edward. One of them told me that he loved the fact that we had an inter-generational group, and I felt kind of like a grandma when he said this, well, at least a mom old enough to have a college student.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Betsy & Eric hamming it up
The sky was so big and blue out there!! I think some of us were mocking our gray Michigan skies a little as we entered the state, but in a way, they are kinda cozy. And we realized we missed the trees here. Nothing like a trip away to make you appreciate your home.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I hope to be back here on about the 19th or when I recover, whatever comes first :)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Though Bridgie was a little disappointed to be cast as one of the harem girls with only a single line, we decided she could make it the most dramatic 15 seconds of the play. After rehearsing with me many, many times when exactly in the play her line would occur, I was able to shoot off several photos of her moment in the spotlight.
The harem girls did some cool choreography and singing; below are a few shots of them.
Bridget, far right
Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
"I knew you would," he said.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Yesterday, I saw the sun glistening on the gunmetal grey ice. What? Did I just say, "sun"? Someone said we had only 3% of total possible sun during the month of December.
I also saw some vintage taupe snow piles next to the green grass. What? Green grass? All things are new!
I was just happy to be walking under the same sun that shines on us all. Walking? I haven't been able to go out walking in about a month because of my bad knee, but now it's finally getting better and I can get out again for long walks which will hopefully serve to get me back into rhythm.
Monday, January 05, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
The De Chine
This morning, I met some friends from church over at Biggby's for coffee, and this month, it was decided that we should do a "white elephant" gift exchange. The most amazing thing happened though - we all got a gift we loved/needed/could use!! Usually, you bring one thing that you've been kicking around only to get another thing to kick around. It was awesome! I got the above tea press which will go nicely with my nightly tea. I brought a candle with ginger bread men in it that the person who opened it said their granchildren would love. Other people brought lotion, bubble bath, and other things, and everyone was thrilled which just goes to show, one person's junk is another person's treasure.
Ok, I really, really need to go clean now, or get in a serious entropy-reduction mode as one blogger-friend calls it! Why, oh why, am I taking pictures of tea pots?