In a conversation a couple of weeks ago, Keely told me, "Mom, when I see you, I'm going to cry and cry and cry. I miss you so much."
Then I thought, "Not me. When I see Keely, my heart is going to burst with excitement. I probably won't cry because I'm so thrilled with what she's experiencing. I'm so proud of her."
Then my thoughts turned to heaven. "When I see my loved ones I have in heaven once again, I'm going to run to them, wrap them in my arms and cry and cry big tears. I've missed them so and I wanted them to be with me here on earth as I lived my life - the good and the bad." "I needed them." I know exactly what Keely's feeling.
But as Keely's mom, I'm feeling like what Heavenly Father must feel like . . . He's probably not going to be crying either for he's going to stand there and wrap us in his arms with a big smile and a heart that's happy with the experience and progress we were making on our journey on earth.
Look what came in my text today with this message: "The fondue we had today! It was great. It originates in Switzerland so we thought we would try it. We had potatoes, vegetables, and bread to dip it in. It was in Old Town. So beautiful with the rain today. And I LOVE this raincoat. It is so cute and flattering and held up so well in the rain. I can't wait to see you tomorrow. I got teary eyes thinking about you today."
Then I told Keely how cute she looked and Keely replied, "LOL also the "dress" I'm wearing is the shirt I bought Keaton hahahaha. I needed one more outfit for today.
My Girl will be home tomorrow . . . I'm singing in the rain. Can't wait to hold her in my arms safe.
Ken Carlson, Kim Colton, Brian Smithurst, Carolyn Adams, Gary Williams, David Wulfenstein, Ricky Nelson
Kevin Abraham, Maurice Atkin, Paul Webster, Majorie Bundy, Kelli Pope, Nance Bowler, Carol Bills, Fran Sorsenson, Kim Milne, Kathy Tisdale, Allison Adams, Joyce Spila
Heidi Anderson, Russ Neilson, Sally Frei, Judith Pittman, Glen Arnsberger, Gary Turner, Jim Condie, JoAnne Jackson, Barbara Price
Rob Piper, Alan Caplin
Mark Quinn and Burke Staheli were also there, but they are not in the picture.
Sally, Carolyn, Heidi, Kim, Nancy, Barbara, Kelli and Carol
Charlie's Angels back then - Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett. We were always teased about this; so we had to act the part again. I sure love my cousins Allison and Carolyn.
We had an enjoyable meeting visiting for about an hour and then dinner. After dinner, 4 of our teachers spoke; Doug Drake, Kris Gornicheck, Walter Cox and Merton Lovell. We sang the school song, a few classmates spoke and then we had awards that each one earned. A class photo was taken and we were so sad that more people didn't show up.
The Dog Town . . . City? Crew was elected to head up the next reunion; Paul Webster, Allison and Carolyn Adams and me - Oh NO! We will almost be 60!
I can't believe it!
It was such a fun night being with my cousins, friends and classmates. They were and are such an important part of my life that I will always treasure.
With their second walk off in three
nights the Chico Heat completed the three game sweep over the Lodi
Crushers in their final regular season home game of the Great West
Leagues inaugural season. This time it was catcher Andrew Helmstadter
who provided the walk off theatrics as the Heat rallied to score four
runs in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 win.
“Both teams played well tonight,” said
Chico Heat general manager Hunter Hampton. “The crowd tonight was
phenomenal, we gave away a bunch of stuff and people were excited and
it’s always nice to send them home happy with a win.”
The Heat took a 4-1 lead into the top of
the ninth inning before the Crushers scored six unearned runs off of
relievers Hayden Southam and Ryan Byrd to take a 7-4 lead. The inning
was capped off by a three run homerun from right fielder Chris Williams
who sent one over the train tracks in right field for the go ahead runs.
Austin Lee, or “the general” as the Heat
coaching staff calls him, started the night on the mound for the Heat
and threw five and 2/3 innings of three hit ball, allowing one run to
score while striking out a pair of Crushers on his night.
Following an unexpected victory by
Heater in the race the mascot event in the middle of the fourth inning,
Heat first baseman Cameron Olson sent the first pitch he saw over the
fence in right field for his sixth HR of the summer and gave Chico a 1-0
Heater was also tossed from the game by
Hampton after celebrating with the players following his first race win
of the season, finishing the year 1-33 in the event.
Jerome Hill added to the Heats run total
in the fifth, leading off the inning being hit by a pitch before
advancing to third base on an errant Lodi pick off attempt before scoring
on a wild pitch with a scorpion slide into home as he slid across the
plate with his feet nearly passing his head in the process.
Lodi would answer in the sixth scoring
one run as Chris Williams led the inning off with a double before coming
in to score on a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it a 2-1
game in Chico’s favor.
Chico responded with a pair of runs of
the own in the bottom half of the sixth as Daniel Schneeman led the
inning off with a base on balls before scoring on a bases loaded free
pass to Hill. Grant Dragmire would also score in the inning, swiping
home on a Lodi wild pitch.
Down 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth,
Keaton Kringlen led the inning off reaching first base safely on a walk,
Olson followed with a single to right to bring the tying run to the
plate. Schneeman would also single before Josh Falco picked up an RBI
with a broken bat blooper into right field.
Grant Dragmire was then hit by a pitch,
brining Olson in from third and making it a one run ball game with the
bases full and no outs. Marcus Wilhite in as a designated hitter
grounded into a double play but Schneeman took home on the grounder to
tie the game.
“Cardiac kids. They were coasting
through the first six innings before they fell behind but then they came
back and rallied for the win which is what they seem to have been doing
a lot of at home lately,” said Hampton. “When you play in front of
crowds of 3,000 4,000 fans that’s what the kids love and that’s why we
get the best players here in Chico, because we have the best home crowds
in the league.”
Helmstadter then sent the crowd of 2,167
home happy with a base knock into left field for the games winning run
as Falco raced in to score before joining his teammates in chasing
Helmstadter out to the left field wall in celebration. With Brock Bell
and Kringlen trailing behind the group as they attempted to carry a
water jug onto the field to dump on Helmstadter.
Keaton says, "I'm having a fun time."
It looks like they are going to take second place and head into the playoffs with the Medford Rogues.