Saturday, August 8, 2015

Thyme to Visit the Peace Gardens

International Peace Gardens
My family has visited the Peace Gardens a few times through the years. 
Here is Dad and Mom and my little sister, Maria.
This picture was taken in the early 70's.

One highlight of each visit is the Flower Clock.  The hands really move and tell correct time.
This summer Krysta and I drove to Lake Metigoshe State Park for Bible Camp. On the way
Krysta mentioned that she has never been to the Peace Gardens or if she has she was too little
to remember. I called Ellis with a list of things we had forgotten.  At the top of the list was our
passports.  Ellis had to work Friday and had to be home Monday morning.  He started out Friday afternoon and drove part way. Slept in Grand Forks and finished the trip on Saturday. He was able to be with us for 24 hours before he started home.  The rest of our family started for home early Monday morning.  Krysta and I ate breakfast, took down the tents, packed the little, white Ford Focus and started on our way for a mother/daughter outing. 

The Clock 2015
On the last evening of Bible Camp everyone gathers in the dining room to snack and chat.  I had just been talking to an old friend about Chicago Street meetings.  A little later another friend asked what we're doing the next day.  I said, "Krysta and I are going to Pacific Garden Missions."
As soon as the words left my mouth I knew I had been thinking one thing and said something totally different.   
I am so glad this happens to other people too.  I am not the only one.  Maybe it was the extreme heat that caused fuzzy thinking.  Monday morning another friend mentioned that she had drawn a complete blank in an earlier conversation and couldn't remember the country where her adopted children were from.  None of this is caused by aging, right?

Most definitely not!
If you are ever looking for a family outing let me recommend the North Dakota Bible Camp in the Turtle Mountains at Lake Metigoshe State Park.  Monday morning is the perfect time to drive to the Peace Gardens and wander along the paths of the gardens bordering Canada and North Dakota. Visit the Peace Chapel, listen to the bells in the Bell Tower, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shade after walking in the sun.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Logging with Dad

Can you hear that chain saw? 
  Smell the spruce trees?
      Sometimes we packed a picnic lunch
      and spent the whole day in the woods
       helping Dad. 


Mom must be the photographer
on this outing because there is not
one picture of her.
      (this was long before the days of selfies)


There's a small scale model of this on
a shelf above Dad's desk.

In December 2013 I wrote about visiting the book mobile and checking out a book named
      ~ The Taste of Spruce Gum   
                   by Jacqueline Jackson

When I look at these pictures I think about that story.  A day to remember . . .

What an unwieldy beast this computer is! I attempted to move some pictures and edit some words and add a line or two.  Then things went all askew  and refused to cooperate.  That's why there are large empty spaces with no words.  This is an experiment to see if I can fill in the blanks.



Dad and his four daughters....

It didn't work.   =/