Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Saturday, September 14, 2013




We haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, just a bit detained.

During our trip to pick up our Casita, my mom suffered a severe case of shingles and an arthritis attack in her lower back. Being that she is 93, both events took a toll on her. She spent about 5 weeks in the hospital and rehab. My brother and I decided that mom needed to be in assisted living but allowed time to lead mom to come to that conclusion herself. It is better that she was able to come to that conclusion instead of having that decision made for her.


Mom had lived in the same house for 65 years, in fact, my folks built that house…it was the home we grew up in. My brother and I have been going through the process of closing down our home of 65 years, and it has not been easy. It seems, at times like this, memories flood your heart and thoughts…I am so glad Gerri was there with me to help in this task. She has been great helping me keep a good perspective through this.


Well, mom is happy in her new surroundings and has so many different activities through the course of the day to keep her busy and active. It has been a good thing for mom and our families.

We close on mom’s house the first week in October and soon thereafter, the house will be torn down to build 2 condos.

When all that is done, we will be getting back out in our Casita and doing some traveling and chilling.