|The Birthday girl with her birthday PIE?! :)|
|Enjoying eating birthday apple pie ala mode|
It's hard to be grateful for my brother's untimely death, and especially when it happened on Rachel's birthday, making it a happy/sad day for the rest of our lives. And this year it was the 1st anniversary of his death. SO hard! But I am grateful that I am comforted that he now doesn't have to deal with stresses of this old world anymore! And he definitely had more than his share to deal with. He's in SO much of a better place now!
|"Olivia" and "Sebastian"... or is it? Maybe it's "Viola"? But WHY is she dressed up like Sebastian?!|
|Ok, THERE is "Sebastian" and "Olivia" - You gotta see the play! :)|
I'm grateful that we live in a place where our winters are beautiful and that we don't have to deal with snow and ice and can actually go out and do things such as spending an afternoon at the park in Fountain Hills, AZ, where the tallest fountain in the world is. Or going to a fun place called Rawhide, a place set up like an old western town and where they have fun shows with "cowboys" and gun battles and horses who are beautiful and do entertaining tricks, stage coach rides, fun shops and GOOD western-style food! We had a blast there recently... well, Sarah & Rachel and I did. Poor Hannah was sick and had to sit this one out, and Bob was working, but we definitely want to go back again when the whole family can go. Really fun place! :) Oh yes, and please feel free to remind me of how much I love living here when it's summer and 115 degrees outside and I'm complaining about the heat! LOL!
|Sarah and her new friend. LOL|
|Wow! Pretty talented girls! LOL|
|Rawhide - 2 cute cowgirls posing with some cute cowboys! :)|
|Stage coach coming into the station at sunset|
|Stage coach ride at sunset - SO beautiful!|
|SUCH a handsome guy! :)|
And I'm grateful for today and the blessings it brings and for God's ever-steady presence in my life.
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever."
1 Chronicles 16:34