Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kate's Egypt rebuilt on the Mountain!

 I got to Northcroft too late last evening to climb up the mountain to see the progress made toward rebuilding Egypt, which had been damaged when several large trees fell on top of it last Spring.
 This morning I made the climb and was happy with the restoration of what once was.  

 Huge tangles of up-rooted trees, logs and massive limb debris still remain, but much has been cut up and stacked out of the way.

The roof and screen windows have been replaced.   Kate's ancient hieroglyphics are still intact...

and the Pyramids of Giza remain for other children to play in.

Although there is a bit more work to be done, I appreciate the efforts of a local neighbor and friend, Wayne Watkins, who has worked to clear the path and rebuild the little building, making it possible for us to climb to Egypt, again.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Honor Society Award

Speaks for itself...Congratulations Joe!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kate says goodbye...

Kate is going out the door again. Headed off for at least a years commitment to teach English in another country. While she has yet to finish the process and sign a contract, she is hoping Korea to be her final destination.  Tomorrow she catches a plane for England where she will join Simon, complete final papers and wait for visas to come through.   I wish them safety, good health and success in all that they take on. We will all miss Kate terribly but look forward to hearing about  her adventures. Godspeed Kate, Skype whenever possible and know that you will be in my daily prayers.
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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Kim, Tom and family came over for lunch after church today. Shannon, Molly and family joined us for the Christmas gift exchange we missed with them during the holidays. As usual, we had a terrific time together. I love every moment with each individual in this family; each gathering is a special treat!
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This is what happens when you try to leave your mother and go to another country!

(Okay, so Kate and I went to the Blue Ridge jail so she could
be fingerprinted...a requirement  for applying for a work visa for teaching job in Korea.)
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Monday, January 02, 2012

Extra, Extra!

Please note and visit the new Pedersen - Kelley Family website!
Great job Kristin.  It is so nice to see and keep up with our West Coast Family.