I have been in Idaho and Nebraska the last ten days visiting family.  I suppose I should be inspired to write something....inspiring and thought-provoking after all those conversations with siblings and parents.  I should be inclined to at least be a bit eloquent having just held a grandbaby for the first time in my life.  The truth is I feel quite full and content.     Mom and Dad did a fine job of making me feel at home.  They have a beautifully grand, new home in the Rockies of Northern Idaho.  Mom delights in being queen of her castle.  But to tell the truth I liked April's little mountain cabin even better which just shows you that I'm still a country farm girl after all.

    Besides visiting Shilah, Kristy, Norv and his family on their mountain side homestead, and Daytan and Judy, I enjoyed April and her babies a lot.  Olivia and Jemima are the sweetest babies, too.  I had a good time playing dolly with them before going to Nebraska to hold and hug Gwendolyn our first granddaughter.  

    I might add here at the end that although everyone was helpful and kind lifting my carry-on up and down for me, and the man watching a sick movie full of guns on his laptop was very polite otherwise, and I didn't get a window seat twice...only once, that all the flights went fine.  Contrary to the "threat" thrust ever before us at airports, all the people I saw were ordinary people going ordinary places with ordinary goals.  I also discovered that MSP is more thorough and unfriendly toward people coming through security with prosthesis's than is the Spokane airport. The Spokane ladies at security get a big A + from me for their kind and understanding method of seeing me through despite the fact that I set the alarm off just as loudly and surely as I had at the Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport. 


  1. Was so nice to have you here Arla, I really am never quite satisfied with how much time I get to share with my family that visits because of my own family priorities. Isn't it good to be home?

  2. sigh...i just had this longing for Idaho....i think seeing grandpa's and April's baby's did it....

  3. I like the picture of you and Dad with Gwen. Very sentimental and I guess that is not a bad thing.

  4. I'm glad you had a nice trip, Arla. I still remember your parents' hospitality from when I visited them with Clark and Dru several years ago.


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