Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Birthday, USA!

We're having a rare, quiet day today and while I could be out gardening in the rain, I decided it would be a good day to post since I have a lot of pictures again. My brain is taking a rest today too though so I'm not sure how much writing I'll manage for this post. It has taken me about 15 minutes to get this far already. We try to have each of the work groups over for an evening to get to know them a bit, host dessert, and just hang out. Nate and Maggie take the groups down to the river and we often join them there. Here's a bunch of pictures from Thursday's trip:

Eskimo Potato - I guess you can eat the roots:

Fireweed is starting to bloom:

Everybody enjoys the scenery:

Sooner or later this is how they all end up:

At the end of a gorgeous day and we have to look at this scenery on the way home (yeah, rough life):
I did finally manage to get the paint room mostly cleaned up and organized. You could barely walk in when I started:

Cleaning up around the paint room I found some bear scat, then these tracks, probably from the same bear that we saw behind the house a week or so ago:

We've been looking for a piano off and on for a while now. We finally managed to find one and connect before anyone else did. It came home in the usual way:
Fortunately we had another teen work group over for dessert that night. Good kids, seriously. It was amazing to hear what they had to say about their time here at Victory. I go back and forth on what I'd like to do for the desserts. I'd like to have them over one of the first days to get to know them better, but it is AWESOME to hear them talk about what has happened just before they go home. There's just not enough time to have it both ways, but if I could manage it, that's what I'd do - have them over early and then again just before they go home. As you can see, Ellie was telling everyone what to do as usual.


  1. Woo-hooo! You got a piano!! What a riot to see it coming across the lake!!! What kind is it??? Thanks for keeping the pics coming . . . it's sooooo beautiful. I hope I can see it in person some day!!

  2. Sorry so slow, Cheryl! It is a Baldwin - pretty nice sound! I hope you can come see it in person some day too! :) The Shack in the Back is waiting!

  3. Correction! Kimball, not Baldwin. Don't know where my brain is lately!


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