So, sometimes life is a ripple and sometimes it’s a tidal wave. The past month has been a tidal wave kind of life, resulting in both my being OBA (Officially Behind in All, including writing to you!) and so awash in gratitude that it drops me to my knees. I swing back and forth between the two and grab firm ground when I can.
Last I wrote, dirt was flying, cement was being poured, and flowers planted in preparation for Luke’s high school graduation. The flurry of activity continued up until the last minute (reminding me Noé and my wedding!), including the great ramada-raising, which now included the arrival of the mounties to help.
Luke graduated in fine style with the most enthusiastic cheering section.
Every minute of planting, building, copious amounts of watering and wine was worth it.
‘Twas the season of celebration. Immediately after Luke’s party, we headed to the ranch to celebrate Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary. We arrived just as the sun was setting on the lane.
If you look closely, you’ll see Wyatt and Wynn fishing amongst the clouds here.
Wynn and I went to spend time with my favorite horse, and inspiration for Mame in Meadowlark, Josie.
I was taken with Wynn’s hair next to Josie’s mane – the colors and textures of both…
…and made a ring from strands of Josie’s mane, now in my jewelry box.
One of my all-time favorite photos of Wynn, now on the ranch. I have no idea why we called her the The Pink Pistol…
What began with this June 4—50 years ago…
…now looks like this. What a life Mom and Dad have created.
Came back to head to Tucson for Orientation, where Luke will be studying International Business at the University of Arizona—because, he is the luckiest guy we know.
Bear Down, Wildcats! #WildcatMom
And then to Chicago to meeting again with two incredible communities that come together once a year at the Annual Instructors Conference (AIC) for the LIUNA Training and Education Fund. Once a year in Chicago, instructors in the Laborers’ International Union of North America and international educators from all over the world come to work together in an incredible week. Through the years, I’ve come to love the people of these communities deeply. People always ask me what we do at this conference. There is so much happening here, better to watch for yourself.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/131241866″>The 2014 Annual Instructor Conference Recap</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user17215533″>LIUNA Training & Education Fund</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Home to teach three classes of Orientation to the Teaching Profession. Clearly, we needed flowers and stones for our first night of class.
After class, watched this sunset unfold from our roof…