So many lively & lovely steps this week ...
Many began here; along Clark's Creek. I used to walk here years ago, in the mid-to-late 90s. It was here that many thoughts congealed into decisions; decisions that lead to our move to Arizona. Now here I am again.
It's a peaceful domain, and no matter which direction I've taken during my early morning saunters, the scenery of pre-Fall in the Northwest is ever-so-compelling. I like to think these flowers - Chrysanthemums, Sunflowers, Dahlias - have bid me "welcome home".
But I've gotten ahead of myself, so let's begin at the beginning.
What equally great fun to witness the Wolfpack's most avid fan (3 month old Kole) cheer them on!
From football to hospitals, the grandsons garnered our attention this week. 15 Year old Erik had surgery, so it was our privilege to visit him while he spent 5 days post op. He's recovering at home now; and doing remarkably well.
Off to Portland we went early in the week to meet up with some dear friends, Darrel & Diane. They "summer" in Oregon due to Arizona's temps, but most of the year you will find them preparing & leading the Tucker Small Group back in Arizona. (If you're checking in here, Joan, you can be sure I'll return so you and I have a chance to visit too).
This is my oldest sister, Dolores and her husband, John. He turned 79 this week, so their entire family (I quit counting after 20 ... and some were missing!) and we gathered to celebrate. What a treasure is this brother-in-law! Since I was 8 he's been a significant part of my life, and the lives of so many. What a great sense of humor, John Wayne style, and indomitable spirit!
Yesterday, as I pushed off from Clark's Creek, it occurred to me that scenes and smells from yesteryear (and few can equal the earthy ambiance of the Puyallup Valley) are fertile ingredients for thankfulness. All conspire to be the composition that is my life, be it a life lived in snippets or decades.
What a good life it is!
P.S. Today is made especially rich given Elaine's post-surgical report by husband Billy. I thank God for the outcome; and the two of them for being such faithful witnesses. What a team!