The Downeys. Our best friends and family of our daughter in law. They come, they go, they come and hang out again. We love em.
Our daughter and son in law on their first visit of the year to the ranch in February for Jo and Eric's wedding. I think Mark may have been telling a fish story.Trinity. She lived in the bunkhouse with her dog Sasha and
her mama Casey and their horses Tono and Meeme. And while they have moved on to live elsewhere they will always be welcome and forever implanted in our hearts. It was a great time having them here.
Dear Anna (holding Trinity) only came a couple of times this year. What can I say... she made a new friend and his name is Daniel.
Brian and April are ranch regulars. They often come out to lend a hand. We have shared some special times. AND, April's dilly beans! I always appreciate when they bring supper for us. God bless em. They are like family. (That means underappreciated)
Our church's worship leader and our friend Mike R. and his family came out a time or two. There is nothing like good music to warm a heart.
The Ford family brightened a few weeks of our spring and summer. It was a happy time. A time to make bread and pick berries and ride Charlie, sing songs and read books.
Ah, then late June and the party for Jo and Eric. Lots of people came, but here are a few snapshots.
The Mags. Yearly visitors and lifelong friends.
The Rogers. Ditto. Second family for Eric. Justin, far left, has been Eric's friend for as long as he has known what a friend was.
My Renee. What is better than a friend one can laugh with?
Mark's two best friends from high school and college. The three amigos still up to their old games.
And the gray haired Amigo's wife, Michelle. I had a great time taking her on wild quad rides. (Clarification... it is the Amigo who has the grey hair...not the Amigo's wife. jes sayin. )
Our good friend Ryan and our son Zac. Zac also came to the ranch and cut wood a time or two or three or four. Or ten. Thanks Zac.
Amanda Sue and Teeny too. (For those of you who know those two, You now know that the party was completely unregulated and without a safety officer. The good news, no one died.)
The preg check guy came a couple times too. But not to the party. We are moving on now.
Cody lived with us for a month. He dove right in to ranch life. And who knows, he might even come back again.
Laurelbay visited many times. she loves to ride horses and help with all the cattle work. This time it was on the 4th of July.
New friends made. The daddy came and installed a radio broadband tower for internet use for neighbors and us and we have since become friends... with Jesus in common. ( and seriously, it only LOOKS like Elizabeth is the driver...I'm sure there was an adult in there somewhere!)
Oh dear, I can't remember who this adorable little girl is. Was she with Dick and Ann and their entourage, or one of Alonzo's kids or perhaps part of the Swanson family? I remember she babysat Emma (Eric and JO's terrier in her arms) all day and swam at the falls, but we didn't get to go with them because Mark was laid up from a horse fall.
The Lindsays came for the labor day weekend. We stayed busy, but I didn't get a proper photo of all of them. Shame on me. Wonderful friends from our old hometown.
Hunters who I never really met, came and went. Most had big smiles. And hey, with all that camo, you KNOW they want to be anonymous...
We ended the year with the Harris family staying in the bunkhouse for a couple of months. It was a joyous time of playing grandpa and grandma and having our dear friends, adopted family, right next door. We love them and miss them.
Although sometimes during the year our hermit mode felt a bit overwhelmed, we fondly remember all the friends and family that came and gave this place a visit this year. We live at the end of a long dirt road and we always are amazed that you come and share your lives and your hearts with us. We love you. Our home wouldn't be the same without you.
And even better than being visitors, we have a new resident on the ranch. It was a wonderful day when our son Eric wed his girl and our friend Jo.
And now... See ya in 2011. Wow. 2011. Didn't the Mayans hint that the world might end in 2012?