Known as the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan is a quaint little town near the southern most part of Alaska at the entrance of the Inside Passage. It is 679 miles north of Seattle and 235 miles south of Juneau. Summer temps. range from 51 - 65 degrees with Winter temps. a surprisingly mild 29-39 degrees. The town averages 132 FEET (yes FEET) of precipitation each year. It was indeed raining the day we were there.
It was a chilly misty rain much of the time with periods of heavy downfall frequent. It didn't stop us and we loved venturing into the quaint streets and local art galleries. Ketchikan is fighting back to perserve it's local heritage. It turns out there are 70+ jewelry stores (within walking distance of where the ships dock) that are run by businessmen who pay large sums of money to the cruise ship industry and then close up shop during the 'off' season and sell the same wares in other ports of call further south. The town leaders are diligently working to halt and decrease these types of 'touristy' businesses and bring back local native wares and arts.
At mid day, Dave and John split from my quest for 'native culture in a shopping bag' and took a very exciting excursion adventure...
An adventure that made me revert back to nail biting as a Mom and wife waiting for their return.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
By the time we got our old house ready to put on the market, it was approaching a very special wedding anniversary for us. Dave is generally an extremely practical person in most respects, but this time... well, -he wasn't :)
And we were off!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Our son John is learning to read and write. He has taken his new skills very seriously
and uses them all the time now. Many times throughout the day, he will write me
little love notes. I treasure every one of them and am incredibly grateful that he
has such a kind and loving spirit.
One day, we were out at our favorite garden center. John asked me to turn away and
not look at what he was doing until he called me. humm, OK. So when he led me over
and told me to open my eyes, I saw the heart he drew in the rocks for me.
Couldn't have asked for a more wonderful surprise. I often feel so inadequate in the
responsibility to help shepherd this precious child's heart. I'm watching him transition
from a little boy into a beautiful young man right before my eyes. Time is passing so
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Remembering when my Mom and Dad were expecting my sister (I was 3 at the time).. I was deeply concerned that every time my Mother went to the bathroom, we would all see the new baby frolicking around in the toilet bowl when she was finished ;)..
I am so thankful to have someone that is always there, understands all family situations, is with me spiritually in wanting a Christ centered home, and whom I look to for much wisdom in raising our two children. My sister has 4 children, home schooled them for many years and generally is an all around 'I want to be like her' person.
Chris, you are an amazing mother, wife, sister and daughter. My love and respect for you grows deeper and deeper with each passing year.
I love you.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
When she got up to get her coffee refill, the bird flew over to her plate and began to eat her lunch. We tried to tell her about it, but she kept on eating... Perhaps it would make a great Dial Soap commercial ... "You're not as clean as you think you are"
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
My intentions have been far greater than my actions since returning from China. I've intended to send Christmas cards each year, a 'We've Moved' and new address card to our family and friends, and lots of personal notes. Obviously that never happened and so perhaps it will be easier to keep up here.
So,"here" we are.