Many Albertans , suffered with these fires, and the entire town of Slave Lake was devastated ! homes were lost , the hospital and law enforcement facilities damaged , and much more.We witnessed a miracle of a sort though with this , as communities pooled together , near and far to help the victims for the fire , donations of food, clothing bedding and lodging poured in , not just from Albertans and Canadians, but from The USA as well . The Royal Couple attended the site , and we were all reminded , that even in the face of tragedy there can be good found in people!
We also shared in some wonderful family time. My moms birthday celebration was an opportunity for many of the family from near and far to gather and visit . My Aunt and Uncle from Seattle attended , as well.
"I will remember you laughing”
I remember you laughing with total abandon
A wonderful memory I often reflect on
So much more to say and remember
The soul of a poet, a heart oh so tender
Square dancing or ballroom you fit in just fine
Then out to the fields and on the combine
Community minded, with an adventurous spirit
Climbing a windmill, with no sign you fear it
You took on the world and had a good look,
And saw so much more than is found in a book
Father, a husband, a brother and friend
A grandfather and uncle loved beyond end
And if you must leave us and go on ahead
We will have memories to hold in your stead
Save us a place, and wait for us there
And oh! One day, the stories we’ll share
But in the meanwhile
As time keeps on passing
In my heart and my mind
I will remember you laughing
Following the party , Martin and I packed up the truck, and With Auntie Peggy and Uncle Brian in tow , we went on a road trip to Seattle , to return them home. Those who know me well , will laugh and know that I drove the whole way! I am a TERRIBLE passenger , and seem to loose all upper body control when you take away my steering wheel. Luckily Martin is not a fan of driving a lot so we so OK .
Had a great visit with family there in Seattle , and then ,
I did it again!
I met another fellow blogger!
Mikael! of Mikael's Mania/Rising Rainbow Arabians!!!!
I cannot load all of the pics I took, and can't even link back tho the original posts as the hacker screwed that up, but here is one of my favorites!
Mikael ,and the handsome Tango We had a lovely visit, seeing all of her horses.I fell in love with many , Suede ,Dandy, Legs , the twins Surprise and trouble , and of course Mikael, and her family! Again too short a visit , but when you find good friends are visits ever really long enough?
Home and Martin returned to work till July , then had some time off for Haying .
Unfortunately in early July , a hacker attempted to access , my pay pal account, and email,(both of which have subsequently been closed ) then when they were unable to do that successfully , out of what appears to have been pure spite , they deleted my blog posts from the past 3 years . 500+ posts ! gone! . As I said , at the time , I may not be the most tech savvy gal out there , but I am stubborn and determined , and I got the blog back , without the posts and comments , but have gradually recovered the posts. This did not in fact make me jaded or defeated , in fact the outpouring of love and support I received , actually renewed my faith in human nature and I am determined to follow my mothers mantra of "the best revenge is living well!" and Live well I shall!!!
This summer also brought graduation celebrations for my nephew Brendan,
My favorite photo of the evening was this
My very proud sister , dancing with her son!
Summer also brought the newest of the Fern Valley Appaloosas
FV Quicken the Wind ( actually arrived in May )
and FV A Shocking Comet!
Ands we have enjoyed all summer watching these beauties grow!
This summer , we sold FV Sparks Image, to a young lady who's mom and I attended School together,
Bug, Chance , and also Dandy have found new people of their own!The great thing is I am able to follow up , and these folks are keeping in contact with me , so even though I have sold , them , I will at least to a point be able to watch them grow and see their careers!
August brought some fearful and stressful time ,with mom going into hospital with a presumed stroke. She was going downhill quickly and we feared the worst as she became unresponsive 3 or 4 days in. Fortunately the doctors found out the problem and My tough little mom has recovered again! Yes , all prayers are answered , and sometimes it is yes!
She is still in a care facility but has been able to come home for several visits, including Thanksgiving and Christmas .
Fall came to us as it does, and amidst the hay hauling and weaning , chores began again for the year. Martin is working away again , and I have cut down to a part time position at work. Life is going along much as is should.I took a day trip to Red Deer to meet Janice (Own a Morgan) , Shirley ,( Ride a good Horse) , and Crystal at the Supreme,(have I mentioned I adore these ladies ? each and every one . My sister and I took a quick "sisters trip" to Seattle at the beginning of December to visit family , and had a wonderful time ,thinking us girls should do that more often .
We had some sad good byes this year as well, in our families , and in our furry families as well. So when we look up and say our prayers at night , we will see some new stars in our sky , and know that we will meet again someday .
Christmas was lovely , an warm and loving family time , where we were treated to a beautiful gift of my dad singing to us , he has finally given in and agreed to let me share this with you !
Forgive the quality , as I am not yet used to the big camera on video mode ,and there is a slight hiccup in filming , but you will see I think that it is a most wonderful gift .
Dads Gift As New Years Eve fast approaches us I am looking forward to the new year coming , and looking back at my adventures with some wonder! I don't know what is coming next for us here at Fern Valley, but whatever it is I hope we are equal to the task!
Wishing you all Peace , comfort and Joy in the New Year .
Thank You for hanging in with me this far , and as always , stay safe , stay warm! I love you all!