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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sunday: A Blessing, a Birthday, a Porcupine, and a trip down Memory Lane

Our friends Rich and Jeannie have increased their happy family!  They have adopted their second daughter from China.  This is a picture of Jeannie, Rich, their son Colm and their newest daughter, Li Ming being blessed at Mass on Sunday morning.

Phoebe celebrated her 26th birthday on Tuesday, but we had our family dinner and traditional North Douglas Chocolate Cake on Sunday evening, so that her friend Rachel, who was visiting from Seattle, could join us.

The birthday girl making a wish!

After dinner, I looked out the window and saw this little guy in our yard.  He climbed the fence and turned his back to us to present his quills.  We quickly brought Beans inside and closed the dog door.

Here is a picture of Charles and me (along with two of that year's Jesuit Volunteers) at the Fourth of July Parade in 1985.  Note the belly!

Phoebe, right after her birth.

Phoebe, at her baptism.

I can't believe that it has been 26 years since our beautiful daughter was born!  She has brought so much joy to our lives, and I am grateful for every year, every month, every day, every minute and every second of those 26  years!  Happy Birthday Phoebe!


  1. What a sweet tribute to your daughter. Happy Birthday to Phoebe!
    The quillie guy is definitely someone to stay away from!!

  2. I think it looks so nice and I like your tummy 26 years ago. My son will be 26 in December. So we were pregnant the same year. :) It sure goes by fast doesn't it?
    I don't know if I would want a porcupine that close to my house. The silly skunk that eats the bugs on my porch when we turn the porch lights on is bad enough. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Happiest day. Thank you for sharing.


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