I came across this picture of my dad , I'm not sure the exact date it was taken, but I believe it had to be sometime in the 1940's. He was dressed in his Sunday best and as usual he was wearing his hat and smoking his pipe
This was the last Christmas that all my children and their spouses were together. My youngest daughter Kara and her husband moved to Oregon a few months later. Front row left to right, daughter Deann, daugher Kara, daughter-in-law Lisa, daughter Debbie. Back row left to right, Brian, Deann's husband, Alex, Kara's husband, my son Kenneth, Lisa's husband, and Bob, Debbie's husband.
God sent children...to enlarge our hearts and to make us unselfish...to give our souls higher aims...and to bring round our firesides bright faces, happy smiles and loving, tender hearts. Mary Botham Howitt
All my children together taken in 1986. Front row Debbie on left Kara on right. Back row Kenneth on left Deann on right.
I am going to brag a little being a proud mother, each one is special to me and have many times over made their dad and I very proud . Three graduated from high school as valedictorians and one as salutatorian.
Our daughter Debra Marie was born in June l956. She had black hair a lot of it. Back then no hospital photos were taken. This was taken when she was a week old. Being a new mom I was a little nervous at first but with the help of my mother-in-law I got the hang of things.
It was quite an adventure for a small town girl, who had never been out of the state of California, to travel across country and meet for the first time my husband's family. Boy was I ever so afraid they would not like me, but as it turned out I was welcomed with open arms.
My dad was so proud of his rock work. He built this barbecue pit and tables in the picnic area of Pioneer Park in Nevada City, California in the 1950"s. The last time I visited my hometown it was still there.
The high schools of Nevada City and Grass Valley were combined when I was junior and it became Nevada Union High School. My old high school became a Junior High and the high school in Grass Valley became the senior high. Eventually they built a new school between the two towns.
This is the city pool where I spent a good part of my summers from the time I was a youngster through my teenage years. I took lessons starting with beginners class ending with life saving class. We had a life guard, while I was in high school, that taught us synchronized swimming. We performed for people during our 4th of July celebration.