Our Why


Our decision to leave the city and build a log home in the mountains of Star Valley, Wyoming was brave, drastic and life-changing. As we have shared our plans, many of our friends and family members ask “Why?” “How can you leave your grandkids?” And my personal favorite, “Really? At your age?”

This decision was made with our family in mind. To create a peaceful, comforting retreat from the crazy busy of life. A sanctuary to connect with self, family and a loving Father in Heaven who has created this beautiful world.

May I refer you to this photo I took about 20 minutes ago. It is of our grandson’s first experience Kayaking. This week he has hiked, (saw a deer this morning) rode a 4-wheeler, learned to make a proper wood pile, ate s’mores, enjoyed fireworks and earned a BB Gun. He has a new appreciation for the outdoors.

These experiences and the many more we will have, explain our “why”don’t you think?


Baby Mine


What a tender and unexpected moment.  I was grateful to attend a dance performance by our grand daughter, Baylee. She is a darling 6 year old full of talent and skill. Her first performance was to an old song from Disney’s Dumbo, “Baby of Mine.” The dance was sweet, beautiful and well done. But the words and message caught me off guard. I suppose it was my vantage point.  I was sitting behind my daughter watching her watch her daughter.

Baby mine, don’t you cry
Baby mine, dry your eyes
Rest your head close to my heart
Never to part, baby of mine

Little one, when you play
Don’t you mind what they say
Let those eyes sparkle and shine
Never a tear, baby of mine

If they knew all about you
They’d end up loving you, too
All those same people who scold you
What they’d give just for the right to hold you

From your hair, to your toes
You’re so sweet, goodness knows
You are so precious to me
Sweet as can be, baby of mine


This baby of mine, my precious little girl now has two babies of her own.  She is a wonderful mother and wife. She is an example of all the things right with this world. And is full of goodness and grace.  When the stresses of life overwhelm,  as they sometimes do, I just want to stop the world for just a few minutes to be her mom and wrap her in love, safety and support.

As I watch her as she navigates the challenges of  her life with faith and strength. I am both proud and inspired by this baby of mine.

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