Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ivy's First Father's Day!

 Another milestone in the lives of the Bartel Family.
Here's Great Opa (102)  meeting his youngest great grandchild, Ivy.

It was just two years ago, when Suzanne's Opa,
gave her the benedictory prayer by placing hands on
Christopher and Suzanne at their wedding.
"The Lord Bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
Numbers 6:24-26

Two years later, he is praying a special prayer of peace for Ivy.
This has been a most meaningful experience for all.
Years later, Ivy will be able to watch the video tape.
 It's Father's Day today and we want to honor all these wonderful 
men who have worked hard at raising, loving and supporting their families.
Four generations!

Christopher, this is your very first Father's Day.
What a cherished gift you own.
Your smile tells us everything.

"If you are fortunate enough to have a job, do it with all your heart.
But remember that although it is a vital part of your life, 
it is only a part and although you may rise to great heights,
somebody else will one day take your place at the work bench
or at the head of the boardroom table.
Nobody will ever take your place as the father of the child
you are now cradling in your arms.
You may well work for the best part of a half a century
but the time you have been given to pass on the things
that matter to your child is so very limited.
There will be many demands on your time, 
and you will not always be able to give your children the time they ask.
But so far as it is possible, count the days.
Try not to miss one of them."
Rob Parsons

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cycling the Danube River

 Over the past months, we've been busy cycling.
And my favorite destination?
Ivy's house for a glass of cold ice tea.

But along the way, we've enjoyed cruising through the valley flats.
I'm just 'swinging' by Myka's house.
I've been waiting for a glass of lemonade.
Maybe next time.  I'll text her first.

 Past the freshly cut hay fields, always with a view of Mount Cheam.
Then we glide through Rosedale and stop at our favorite resting point,
only to find out that I have a flat tire....we will call Christopher to the rescue.

But on a more recent cycling trip...I discovered I had another flat tire.
My husband has equipped all our vehicles with jumper cables, snow scrapers,
you name it...he'll equip your vehicle with everything, even BCAA .
just to make sure you're never stuck.

But during all our cycling trips....
do you think he has ever traveled with a spare tube or a bicycle pump?
This has been my third flat tire in less than three weeks.

Well, we just managed to navigate around the corner to 
You can read about her inspiring story of living each day to it's best.
She was home and thanks for the refreshing drink and a gulp of fresh air.

 Guess what arrived in the mail over the past few days?
A survival kit for our bike trip to Europe.
Thanks obviously remembered when your Dad gave you 
the survival kit for avalanche skiing.

 Anyways, we are about to leave the valley to cycle and visit family in Europe.
Just upon leaving, I discovered another gift...
only to be opened on flight.
Thanks Hilda!

 You will hear about our travels and adventures at a later date.

Auf Wiedersehen!