|Austin Graduating 8th grade|
|8th grade graduation|
with Favorite teacher and best friend
|In Washington DC|
|Austin's 8th grade trip to DC|
|Greg, Austin, Dixie and Emerson|
Merry Christmas 2007
Those of you who received a card from Lynn Erickson last year have seen this poem but I loved it too much not to borrow it from her letter.
|a Christmas Poem|
|Aunt April and Uncle Vince|
starting the hike that she died on
|The Start of the Hike in May 2007|
Still, the good finds its way into our life with regularity as well. We got a wonderful visit from Greg's brother Matt and his wife, Andrea and their daughter. Remi is too magical to define in a few words and it was delightful to have a chance to fall in love with her all over again. We visited my Mom and Lance and Brett's family. I am so blessed by my nieces and nephews. And THERE is the balance point. For every person our family loses, we have also gained several more. It never fills the empty places left behind but they create new places of their own and keep the supply of love running high.
|Emerson in 8th grade|
Greg's second year teaching in Brookings, Oregon. Some days he seems to love it and others he barely makes it out of bed. He feels so incompetent for all the things the job demands and I know losing his big sister didn't help. His students love him and so do we. Going back to Wyoming in August let him get together with the Goode's. We're hoping they all come here for the 4th of July on the beach.
My mom and Lance are living with change too. My brother Brett took a job that has him living back east instead of next door and he travels a lot. We all hope he's happy and yet I know Mom and Lance miss him a lot. Typical spread out American family I guess.
Emerson loves 8th grade. He still rides at Fort Dick Stables. He's playing his fiddle in the preparatory Orchestra. He's on Math team. He loves anything Star Wars or electronic. He started going to dances and had to put up with Mom and Dad Chaperoning. He did rafting and rock climbing at a middle school adventure camp in Suttle Lake by Sisters, Oregon and is very responsible with his grades. He's kind of nerdy cool and has good friends.
|Austin in 9th grade|
We went to Vince's in Salem for Thanksgiving. Here at home for Christmas. We may go to the snow on Mt. Shasta around New Year's but that isn't for sure. What is for sure is life is always taking us by surprise. Sometimes that is good and sometimes it hurt like hell. But I'm so grateful that I get to spend my life with Greg and my boys and I'm grateful that you continue to be a part of our lives.
|Double visit to Spencer's Barbershop|
|Tide pools at Crescent City|
|Me and My boys|
|San Francisco field trip|
|At the zoo|
|Remi at Ocean World|
|Willie and I|
|Another picture Mom?|
|Up at Howard Prairie Lake|
|Cousins in Cody, WY|
|Up in the Beartooth Mountains in WY/MT|
|burying Austin beside the Smith River|
|Painting the church Youth room|
|Del Norte Warrior football|
|Riding lessons at Fort Dick Stables|
|Austin and Uncle Vince|
|Greyhounds at Christmas|
|Austin, center in Stage Band|
|Christmas at the Michiels|