Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Family Take at the Lake 2012

No family is perfect.

We argue,

we fight,

we even

stop talking to each other at times.

But in the end,


is family.

The love

will always

be there.

When I deleted my nearly-four-year-old blog in 2013, I deleted the post in which I shared images of what our family looked like in 2012. I hope you enjoyed these today almost as much as I did.

My younger brother snapped them with my li'l ol' Sony camera on that Labor Day weekend. The 'winner' color image became our Christmas card and 100 black and white notecards used for thank yous and sharing other greetings or condolences.

Planning and recording a family photo has since become an annual event-- the family's gift to me-- and I'm so grateful.  See 2013's Sedona, Arizona photos that appeared on Kelley Highway here at Family Fix on Route 66.

Either Mrs. Erica Stone or I was recently behind the lens when we captured 2014's family photos at Pointe Dume, California. I'll share them next time.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Old Yesterday Hands

is the most important thing in life.

Comes into us at midnight very clean.


It's perfect when it arrives
and puts itself in our hands.

It hopes we've learned


something from yesterday.
~John Wayne

Our old yesterday hands
Waimanalo Beach, O'ahu, Hawai'i

Friday, October 17, 2014


Without young people,
no future.
Without old people,
no history.

A pair of new shoes was presented
as a going away gift
for a missionary wife.

"How did you know my size?"
she asked.

"We found your footprint
in the sand

and measured that."

Where do your footprints lead?

Who's measuring your steps?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Another Warrior Has Gone Home

Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family.

Edward L. Killeen
18 June 1922 ~ 03 August 2014
Steve Killeen photo

Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance.

Keep me loyal and helpful to my supervisors and to the duties my Country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.

If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.

I blogged about meeting Mr. Killeen here.

Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer. Amen.
Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines
by Marion F. Sturkey

If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines!

Steve Killeen photo

The following e-mail was in my Inbox this morning. I apologize that the screen shot's blurry. (Steve, I have edited it for my readers' clarification.)

Hello, Steve.
Dave and I were deeply sorry
to learn that you've lost
your dear dad,
your "buddy," your hero.
Kindly accept our condolences,
and thank you
for letting us know.

Another valiant World War II hero
has gone home.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Truth for a Lie

Take inventory.
What have I taught my children
that is a lie?
~ Dr. James Hughes

It's not gossip
as long as you tell the truth.

I never heard my mother participate in idle gossip or make a disparaging remark about another person. In fact, I never saw in her even the hint of an emotion unbecoming to someone who had drunk from "the river of the water of life" (Revelation 22:1) and who had eaten of the "living bread that came down from heaven" (John 6:51).
~ Frederick William Farrar


Gossip needn't be false to be evil--
there's a lot of truth
that shouldn't be passed around.
~ Frank A. Clark


I said, "I will guard my ways,
that I may not win with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle...."
Psalm 39:1 NASB

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ima Changed Her Clothes at Refashion Co-Op

It only takes one thing
to change everything.
~Kelley Dibble

Ima Sewing Machine's at it again! Look at the silk that was was once a duster and is now a vest.

Perhaps you've seen this little mustard dress before. I bought two dresses and butchered one to embellish the other.

When I needed a brooch to bring out the green in the silk vest, I busted up a bracelet.

See all my refashions here!