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Old Family Photos

R1-03934-0025 R1-03934-0024 R1-03934-0023 R1-03934-0022 R1-03934-0021 R1-03934-0020 R1-03934-0019 R1-03934-0018 R1-03934-0017 R1-03934-0016 R1-03934-0015 R1-03934-0014 R1-03934-0013 R1-03934-0012 R1-03934-0011 R1-03934-0010My father had a huge stack of old photographic slides. We never owned a projector, so I never had a chance to see what was on these slides.

Yesterday, Sharon came home with the whole lot of them digitized at Walgreens.

Some of them are flipped, and I haven’t had a chance to fix them yet, but if you can’t read, you wouldn’t care…


I hope you enjoy going through them.



I didn’t chop down the apple tree.

But I did tear up my foot on the steel fence post that we are using to support that apple tree.
So, after two hours of bleeding, Sharon finally convinced me to go to the emergency room to get it all fixed up.
Then she posted a picture of my foot on facebook. Ouch. Got a lot of sad comments on that photo.

We had a really dry 2011. We were about 15 inches short of rain, and the lake is drying up. There are wells just north of here that are running dry, and the LCRA is having to truck water into those communities. So, we pray for a lot more rain…

Newbie & Junior: For the Wedding

Vera’s song that she sang to two camp counselors who tied the knot at Texlake Girl Scout Camp, July 2010

There was gossiping going about you and me

Being together

So we decided to play along with them all

Then one day I was thinking about us

being together forever for the rest of our lives.

You and me will become a family

But there is only you and me to start

And we’re taking little steps at a time.

You and me used to be just friends

but now we’re man and wife

So you may kiss the bride.

Oh yah nah nah nah oh oh yeah.

Vera’s Letter from Camp, July 6, 2010

Dear Mom, Dad, Aric, and Scott,

I am having fun here and I have 12 girls in my group. We both sleep in different places but we have two cabins. I met new people like Emma, Avery, and (blank). (Guess she couldn’t remember her name…)

On Tuesday for dinner we had chicken, potatos, carrits, sunflower seeds to! What we ate often that’s bannaboat it with bannas, marshmelos, miny kisses, it was good.

How was your time family? I miss you all but I will see you all on Friday. I love you all. Kisses and hugs.

Love, Vera


10:30 pm


I ran across this essay that Vera wrote at school, thought it was pretty neat, and thought I’d share:

“Let Freedom Ring”

Freedom is yellow.
It tastes like lemon pie.
It smells like lemon.
Freedom likes pie.
It hates cookies.
Its favorite sound is people talking.
But it hates to hear bad words.
Freedom lives in Texas.

Crossing Over

It’s the end of an era for us. One of the Hasting boys has been at Steiner Ranch Elementary since 2001, but today #2 “crossed over.” Parents and faculty worked hard to make the event really special, and the young men and women moving to middle school responded with their nicest manners during the long-ish event. In spite of some technical difficulties with part of the presentation (my part, of course!), it ran smoothly.

It’s amazing to see how these kids have grown. We’ve known many of them since they were kindergartners, and they’ve grown so mature!

This class (about 130 kids) was particularly academically focused, scoring 100% in math, 99+% on language arts, and 98+% on science TAKS. A great many earned the Presidential Award for academic excellence. We’re so proud of them!

Warming Up

Well, it’s April 3 and it’s already beginning to warm up here in Austin, enough so that we’re breaking out the lawn equipment for the much-dreaded “landscaping season.” (That’s 9 months each year.) Our neighbors have already been hard at it, disturbing the post-winter quiet with the mellifluous sound of leaf blowers. We’ve resisted as long as we can, but already our lawn is horribly overgrown with grass and (yes) some weeds.

Isn’t it too EARLY to have to start this? Maybe global warming *is* a real possibility. Heck, even the snowmen are being really impacted by this trend:

On the positive side, we’ve planted upside-down tomato plants and have high hopes that they’ll eventually sort themselves out (currently they’re trying valiantly to grow UP in their hanging pots). They’re high enough that they may escape Sydney’s reach. She’s pretty bad about picking off the ripe fruits. This year she’ll have to content herself with the odd berry or try to graze on the rabbit’s herb garden!

Fixing Miss Betty

What happened in Ole Miss.? We rebuilt this house for an elderly lady that had been born here and refused to allow it to be torn down…


As you can see, it should have been torn down…


Even the Golden Arches were in trouble, one year after the big wave.

It was some of the hardest 3 days I’ve had in a long time. It was amazing though to have people just humbling themselves before the people of this little community. We had a Certified Financial Planner driving nails and holding lumber. We had an unemployed guy working to make somebody else’s life more bearable. We had a software engineer, doing whatever he was told needed to be done, even when he thought he could be better used elsewhere. We had a former pro football player serving dinner to everyone else. God is good.

St. Theresa’s Prayer

My wonderful and inspiring friend Cindy emailed this to me today. A simple and beautiful prayer.
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love
that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the
freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each
and every one of us.