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It’s a slow morning here in Boise…I set my alarm to wake me so I could watch the ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse last night; when I went to bed the sky was clear and the moon was open for viewing.  Well! When I woke up a gauzy layer of thin moisty clouds covered my view so though I could see the eclipse it was fuzzy…sigh.  I gave up and sought the comfort of my downy quilt and dropped back into slumber; but not before I remembered the first time I watched a full lunar eclipse soaking in the warmth of the Burgdorf hot springs located between McCall and Warren Idaho during my first ever fire assignment.  The rustic log pool surrounded by the Payette National Forest  was the perfect spot to moon watch. It was one of those nights when the moon took over the sky as it rose above the trees and tracked directly overhead during the eclipse and we had to continue to paddle to stay awake.  Only a few of us made it through the full event thoroughly water logged and groggy during briefing the next morning but with a memory that doesn’t need a photograph to recall…though I have forgotten names I haven’t forgotten the feeling of awe and total wonder I felt watching the perfection and precision of God’s hand in that moment.  The next eclipse is in October … humm … if there isn’t too much snow and the springs aren’t snowed in, maybe?


Blood Moon Eclipse


Some days are lazy and that’s ok especially while it’s raining and windy out my windows.  At least, that’s what I told myself while I read the full Divergent series in 7 days! I’ve always been a reader, a gift from my mom and dad; and I just love a good series! My first one was in third & fourth grades when I read all of the OZ books. Later in high school I discovered Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings which over the years I have read over and over wearing the cover off of at least three paperback sets. I was one of the not so patient readers of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series which addiction lasted 13 years at least before the final installment was published last year. And let’s not forget The Work and the Glory, The Kingdom and the Crown, Harry Potter and the Hunger Games.  Now, since I’ve inhaled the Divergent series I’ll go back and reread it with a calmer mind so I might find all the parts I missed in my desire to find out what happens next! If you notice, my taste rolls to avoid anything that remotely sounds like it is reality … if you’ve read a great series or found a new author I’d love to find a new world to inhabit. Oh! Did I mention the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe; the Sword of Shinara and all of the Wilber Smith trilogies and …

Some Days are Lazy


Last weekend’s Penrod cousin’s party in West Jordan Utah was a memorable success! We were disappointed that about 1/2 didn’t/weren’t able to come … we really missed them! Their absence was keenly felt and there were holes in our collective memories without them there. It is so true that you don’t realize that something is missing in your heart until it is filled .. and oh how it was filled! As the doorbell rang each time there was a catch in my throat and I at times ran down the walk to hug someone I would burst into tears; my joy could not be contained!  Memories flooded my mind and my heart and even now my eyes are filled to overflowing and what a blessing it was to gather together!  Kris(Penrod John) had started to restore many of grandma and grandpa’s old photographs (what a wonderful gift) when she is finished I will upload them to my website for everyone to access. Lisa (Nicol Dutton) kept asking trivia questions like what cookies did grandma keep in the cookie jar? gingersnaps. Kris asked what kind of candy did grandpa keep in his pocket (for us)? butterscotch pieces. I couldn’t capture here all we learned of 35 plus years of our collective lives but this has to be one of the biggies … Gary (Nielsen) and his wife Sharon together have 17 children, two 17 year olds still at home … and I thought my family was large … they put that into perspective didn’t they? We all decided that 4 hours wasn’t enough and we had a such a joyful time that we plan on another party toward the end of the summer.

We talked of our lives, our children and grandchildren, we remembered our childhood and the love of and for our grandparents and our parents; we left one another the same way we met with tears in our eyes, joy in our hearts and gratitude to our Father in Heaven for His blessings of family ties … here and now and for eternity… Families Can Be Together Forever!

Check out the party slide show on my youtube channel … keri’s family connections or why not take a few minutes and watch it now?



Tears & Laughter


Last week I ran into the grocery to pick up a couple of things .. just an in and out. Through the doors I focused on the bakery walking through the deli passing people on my right and on my left. Snagging the loaf of Italian bread and dropping it into the basket on my arm I angled into the vegetable aisle for a couple of green bananas. As I was waiting for a checkout station to open up IT hit me. I was standing in the midst of a hundred people and I could have just beamed down from the Starship Enterprise and been more connected to the human family than I felt at that moment.  I said to myself “This is creepy”. Fast forward to this week … Grandma Keri in the midst of teens, tweens, a 6 year old, their friends and assorted cousins. I was feeling that generational disconnection when this narration came to mind as I listened to the gaggle of kids in the kitchen …  “There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”. Thank you Mister Serling, now I understand.

Starship Enterprise & the Twilight Zone