Tuesday, July 5

Quote of the Day:  “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”  Unknown

Exercise Log:  Jen and I got up at 6:00 A.M. despite being very tired.  Except for one other runner, we were the only ones on the road.  We walked around the cove and went 3.44 miles.

Last night, we went up to Jen and Pete’s to celebrate the 4th of July.  We had such a great time.  I’m pretty sure they have the most spectacular view of the valley, anywhere!  There home is amazing in every way and every detail is considered.  Jen has the gift- she expresses herself through her home in a way that I so admire.  I love that while in their home, you feel like you are experiencing the outside too.  It’s very inviting of the outdoors.  When I come home, I always feel that my windows aren’t large enough and certainly aren’t showing me enough of the world outside.  The variety of flowers in their yard is amazing, too.  Pete does all the planting, landscaping and yard work himself.  Food, fun and family on the 4th.  It’s the best!   Joe’s family came too and it was so great to be with everyone.  Kate and Maggie played and laughed.  Maggie, who had been feeling so sick this week, rallied yesterday.  She could not get over how awesome fireworks were.  She was a cheerleader for FIREWORKS!  Even at 10:30 P.M. as we departed, she was trying her best to stay awake and be enthusiastic!

We came home to a large thank-you card, Fig-Newtons, Fresca and Score Bars.  Pretty much our favorites, currently!  Fig-Newtons for Joe, the rest for me.  Joe and I were doing errands on Saturday and I was prompted to call Nate and see if they wanted some bagels.  We stopped by their house just as a pipe had broken and Maggie had reached a peak with her sickness.  Anyway,  we were glad that we came and we’re able to help.  Joe was the hero as he climbed under a small crawl space to examine a broken pipe.  Remember the temperature that day- near 100.  Joe never stops giving.  He will do anything for anyone at anytime, if needed.  He never complains.  He would give the shirt off his back, literally.  It use to bug me when he wanted to help others so much.  One time, we were at Lake Powell, it was hot and we had been on the boat all day, tired and with little children, I was ready to get back to our houseboat.  Joe saw a boat that looked like it needed help so he called out to them and ended up towing their boat into shore.  I was irritated and impressed at the same time.  Even though, he says strange things some times, he is selfless in his desire to help others.  The thank you card that Mary and Nate wrote touched us so much.  She said:  “Like angels you showed up with food, extra hands and support.”  And then Nate said:  “You saved me this weekend.”    Perhaps, for me, it just felt so good to be helping another.  I have taken in so much kindness, I’m so grateful to be able to give back!

Katsey playing on the tramp

View from Jen and Pete’s house


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