How heart-warming it is to hear from the other “Cook Girls” and friends who have been permanently etched into our hearts. Thank You!!! Just seeing your names paints vivid pictures and I can almost hear the sound track of your giggles. Our house was definitely lively and never a dull moment. I don’t know how Mom and Dad stayed sane.

Shirley spoke of the “Ray” manner…and we all know what she means. It reminded me of this quote from the WT: 

“Endurance:   The spirit which can bear things, not simply with resignation, but with blazing hope…It is the quality which keeps a man on his feet, with his face to the wind. It is the virtue which can transmute the hardest trial into glory because beyond the pain it sees the goal.”   “The Ray Way”.

In the past when Mom was frustrated with me and my hard-headedness, she would say, “You are just like your father!”  and I don’ think she meant that in a nice way. I only hope that is true today. I want to be just like my father, I want to stand on my feet with my face to the wind and defy the wind to blow me over. So many of our dear friends have been tested, are being tested now, or will be tested; however, we are so blessed to be part of Jehovah’s organization that constantly encourages and comforts us to keep on keeping on. You are all playing a beautiful part with your comforting words.

I spoke with Mom and Dad…Dad had just come in from pulling some weeds in the yard. I don’t know how he found any, because Mom has become quite the green thumb. Their yards are filled with gorgeous flowers, both planted on purpose and some beautiful volunteers. Together, Mom and Dad have created quite a nice place to sit out in the sun and enjoy the beauty Jehovah has gifted them. They still have that open-door policy and welcome visitors. They would love to see you, so if you are headed up the 101 in Oregon, give them a call and Dad might just make you a bowl of soup. 

Thanks again for the beautiful comments. You are certainly stirring up the memory pots. Keep them coming!