Savor the sunrises and sunsets, for these small, simple moments are the essence of our lives.
|View from our sunset walk in wild Eastern Oregon|
|One of my first dragon boat races with the Mighty Women.|
|Mighty Women: Paddles up! Take it away!|
|The Mighty Women paddling in lane one of a dragon boat race.|
|Circa 1912: My maternal grandmother, Lydia Blomgren Smith (front, center) with her sisters Judith, Anna and Amy. The family emigrated from Sweden to Montana in 1906.|
|My great-grandmother, Edla Blomgren, on the family's Montana farm. She raised 10 children plus many grandchildren.|
|My maternal great-grandmother, Edla Blomgren, who raised 10 children and then raised several of her grandchildren on a Montana farm with no electricity or running water--just a wood cookstove and a water pump.|
|My maternal grandmother, Lydia Blomgren Smith, with her brother, Sam, on the family's Montana ranch, about 1914..|
|My grandma, Lydia Blomgren Smith, a young wife and mother, |
with her two oldest children, early 1920s in Montana.
|Mom, Joyce Adela Smith, Grass Valley, Calif., 1941.|
|About a third of the 41 first cousins at a family reunion at a family reunion at the farm in 1963. I am in the front row, second to the left, wearing the light pink short set. I'm standing next to my cousin, Dave Smith, who is sporting super-cool sunglasses. Notice that many of my female cousins are wearing dresses, but Mom let me wear shorts so I could run and play.|
|Paddling a dragon boat with the Mighty Women.|
|I found a snake on my pillow! (This is not my photo, but is a stock photo. |
My reaction was not to take a photo of the snake. Rather, I screamed.)