Although each majored in some type of engineering, my niece Becca met her future husband Sam in the marching band at the University of Minnesota where they both played sousaphone. With their similar interests in music, math, and science, and their faith in God, their romance blossomed. On their wedding day, you could see the happiness beaming from their faces.
My favorite memory of our 1972 family trip to the Rockies was the hike to Grinnel Glacier in Glacier National Park. At the end of the trail, we could look back and see the three lakes we skirted on the way up. It was a truly glorious view!
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October 1, 2009
Riley is a miniature golden doodle, a cross between a golden retriever and a miniature poodle. He joined my sister’s family on October 1, 2009, when he was just a few weeks old. At first he was a little apprehensive about his new home, but he quickly adapted.
November 30, 2009
After six weeks in his new home, Riley had grown a lot, including his tongue! Riley had become used to being around my sister’s family and lapped up all the attention he got. As he grew bigger, he slept less and played more. He grew very skilled at chewing and destroying the new toys he was given.
March 24, 2010
After five and a half months in his new home, Riley looked much more like a dog and less like a puppy. When off his leash, he loved to dash around the yard. His personality was very loving. He was a joy to my sister’s family, even if he did shred every sock he found.
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1. 1986: When Harry and I put some Joe Cool glasses on David (4 mo), we laughed, so David did, too.
2. 1990: John (3) loved the weird pair of glasses he received for Christmas.
3. 2005: Steven thought he was a cool dude in his suit, shades and baseball cap.
4. 2010: John showed off the clown gear he got in our family’s white elephant game.
5. 1991: Steven (3), David (6), and John (4) posed on the couch with their weird glasses.
6. 2005: Steven preened in front of the bathroom mirror with a strange do and shades.
Harry is an amazing role model. He is a loving husband and wonderful father. He is godly, considerate, faithful and hard-working, a man of integrity and perseverance. I am blessed that he is my husband and the father of our sons. It’s an added bonus that he looks good posing for pictures.
After I made this layout for Harry for Fathers' Day, our computer's hard drive died. Fortunately, I had printed out a copy for him. This page is scanned from the original, so the quality is not as good as usual. I am just happy I have the layout in some form. Isn't Harry a great model?
Did you know that it is hard to navigate by compass in Lake Superior because of the vast deposits of iron ore and other metals in northern Minnesota? This fact, along with temperatures 13 degrees below zero and thirty-foot high waves made the "storm of the century" on November 28, 1905, very deadly for those on Lake Superior. That storm cost 35 seamen their lives and wrecked or heavily damaged 29 vessels of various types. Split Rock Lighthouse was a direct result of that storm and others like it as ship owners lobbied for a lighthouse to provide a better way to navigate on Superior's North Shore.
Harry and I learned this and more when we visited Split Rock Lighthouse as we last September.
1: (Center photo) Harry and I posed by the anchor of the Madeira, one of the 29 vessels wrecked or badly damaged on Lake Superior in a storm on November 28, 1905. 35 seamen also lost their lives. Following the great storm loss, ship owners lobbied for a lighthouse on the North Shore, and Split Rock Lighthouse was built in 1910. There were no roads in the area then, so all building materials and other supplies were shipped in and hauled up the 130-foot cliff using a steam-powered derrick. The beacon was produced when a large lens, floating on a mercury bath and turning by means of a clockwork mechanism driven by 250 pound weights, magnified an oil vapor lamp’s light. The beacon shown every 10 seconds and was visible directly in good weather 22 miles away. At times the glow could be seen as far north as Grand Marais, 60 miles away.
2: (top left, Anna and Harry) We met Harry’s sister Anna at Split Rock and enjoyed many of the exhibits together, as you can see here.
3: (middle left, main buildings) The octagonal light tower stood next to a separate fog signal building. Kerosene and gas were stored elsewhere.
4: (bottom left, keepers’ homes) The head lighthouse keeper, the assistant keepers and their families lived nearby in identical homes.
5: (top right, fog horn) A gasoline-driven air compressor, housed in its own building, originally ran the sirens for the fog signal.
6: (middle right, lens) A third order, bi-valve type Fresnel lens magnified the light of a 55mm incandescent oil vapor lamp that burned kerosene.
7: (bottom left, view) The rugged beauty of the Split Rock Lighthouse makes it a favorite for visitors and an icon for Minnesota.
I used a free template from Jen Reed to create this page. Stop by her blog here to pick it up. Link your page back to Jen's blog so we all can admire your work.
In this photo, David, John and Steven were celebrating the completion of their enormous sand castle, which you can't really see in the photo above. If you are curious about what it looked like, click on the links below to see layouts featuring their sand castle.