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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Remembering Brooke on Memorial Day

I am thinking about my cousin, (Derwin) Brooke Pitts today and want to honor him and his service to our country.
He died in Vietnam in August 22, 1969

We were friends as well as cousins when we were very young. We lived on the same street and spent a lot of time together. One memory I have is of us standing by my sister's crib when she was a newborn and watching her sleep through the bars. I was 9 and he was 7.

 He was awarded a Silver Star for heroism and gallantry in action, and two Bronze Stars for meritorious service and valor. He also had several other medals. One I really like is the sharpshooters rifle badge.

This account is from a newspaper:

As a small element of the company moved forward, the enemy opened fire from a concealed position. Sgt. Pitts ordered his men to withdraw and exposed himself in order to draw the fire away from his comrades. He maneuvered against a North Vietnamese bunker and succeeded in silencing the enemy position with hand grenades. He was wounded for the second time and fell to the ground but refused assistance. Instead, ordered his men to remain within the company perimeter. As the enemy closed in he rolled over, engaged them with a final burst of fire from his M-16 rifle. "His courageous and timely actions were instrumental in saving the lives of his fellow soldiers and in thwarting the enemy attack," the citation said.
 Praying for peace and blessings for you all who are remembering a loved one who gave his life or health for us.

 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. . John 15:11-14

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Our Trip to Lubbock

Zane and Caedon went to Lubbock to visit their cousins and Aunt and Uncle. They need to tell their parents and little brothers what they did.
The first night, we went to Isaac's play, Twinderella. Isaac was a gerbil and a sportscaster. He was funny.
After that, was Malachi's play. He was Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. It was very long.  He had lots of lines and the words were weird, but he did a great job.

                                                     We went to Zion's Ballet Recital.

We are all having piano recitals this weekend and we played our pieces for each other.
Zion had to give her bed to Granny and sleep with the boys. She had them play the quiet game so she could go to sleep. She gave prizes to the winners.

                                                 We went to the park every day.

                                                            We flew kites.

                                                                We climbed trees.

We walked around the lake looking for treasures. Some of us picked up some treasures that we should have left alone.
We did not have to go to the mall with Zion and Granny to shop for her birthday present.

                                  We hardly played with electronics or watched TV at all.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Grand Prize

I am awarding myself grand prize for my photo of Lake Powell.

I didn't offer my husband a vote and he had the good sense not to offer a different opinion.
My scrapbook page. I tried some embellishments but not sure if I should just let it hang out there by itself. Any suggestions?

This, Maybe?

He got some very nice ones, too here  his favorite for Lake Powell.
 He has so many favorites it was hard for him to choose.