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I am blessed to have many family and friends who light up my life, but here is one who makes me smile everyday:

lightsup2-weband I couldn’t complete this post without sharing this layout of my other daughter who also brings me much joy:



Ok, so I really have been taking photographs every week, I just haven’t been so good a editing and posting them.

Week 21: The Cabin Girls


For Memorial Day weekend the girls and I headed north to Papa’s cabin. We were joined by my brother, Dan, his wife, Dana, and their two boys, Justin and Reed. It was an awesome weekend just hanging out by the lake, going for a boat ride, fishing off the dock, shopping, playing mini golf and going out for ice cream. I did take a ton of photographs with the intent of putting together a few scrapbook pages documenting our weekend together. I hope to complete this project in the next week or so (stay tuned).

Week 20: Ellie’s 1st Recital


Ellie with her flowers after her recital two weeks ago. At dance class today we got to view the video of the performance. Her teacher was so happy with how the girls did–us parents too!

Week 19: Anna


You’ve seen this before, but I love this shot of Anna. I am so proud of all she does.

I was recently selected by the National Society of Professional Engineers to receive their highest membership for service to the society, the engineering profession and my community. I will get a special pin and certificate at my state’s annual meeting next Friday. Here is a list of the Fellow class of 2009:

Introducing the New Class of Fellows

The NSPE Board of Directors has selected the 2009 NSPE Fellows. The Fellows program, established in 2000, recognizes active members who have significantly contributed to the profession, the Society, and the community. New fellows are selected annually for this honor.

The following are the 2009 NSPE Fellows:

  • Forrest T. Braun, P.E., F.NSPE (AK)
  • Ahmet Zeytinci, P.E., F.NSPE (DC)
  • Christian S. Bauer, P.E., F.NSPE (FL)
  • John R. Hall, P.E., F.NSPE (FL)
  • Charlotte Anne Maddox, P.E., F.NSPE (FL)
  • Andrea Martinez-Graves, P.E., F.NSPE (FL)
  • Reginald I. Vachon, P.E., F.NSPE (GA)
  • William D. Beery, P.E., F.NSPE (GU)
  • Barry Nakamoto, P.E., F.NSPE (HI)
  • Kenneth P. Miller, P.E., F.NSPE (IN)
  • Timothy R. Austin, P.E., F.NSPE (KS)
  • Daniel K. O’Brien, P.E., F.NSPE (MA)
  • Leanne H. Panduren, P.E., F.NSPE (MI)
  • John F. Blackstone, P.E., F.NSPE (MN)
  • Lisa M. Breuer, P.E., F.NSPE (MN)
  • Michael A. Meyers, P.E., F.NSPE (MO)
  • James D. Goedert, P.E., F.NSPE (NE)
  • Cornelius J. Illenberg, P.E., F.NSPE (NY)
  • Robert P. Stelianou, P.E., F.NSPE (NY)
  • Daniel E. Dawson, P.E., F.NSPE (NC)
  • Lawrence H. Woodbury, P.E., F.NSPE (ND)
  • Joseph V. Warino, P.E., F.NSPE (OH)
  • J. Steven Almon, P.E., F.NSPE (OK)
  • Marcia H. Bates, P.E., F.NSPE (OK)
  • Ronald D. Polvi, P.E., F.NSPE (OR)
  • John F. Bradshaw, P.E., F.NSPE (PA)
  • Walter J. Poplawski, P.E., F.NSPE (PA)
  • Donald D. Smith, P.E., F.NSPE (PA)
  • Joseph H. Gibbons, P.E., F.NSPE (SC)
  • Gregory D. Reed, P.E., F.NSPE (TN)
  • William F. Fendley, P.E., F.NSPE (TX)
  • Richard W. Grossenbacher, P.E., F.NSPE (TX)
  • Leonard W. McManus Jr., P.E., F.NSPE (TX)
  • James H. Wathen, P.E., F.NSPE (NSPE’s Professional Engineers in Construction)
  • Scott E. Nodes, P.E., F.NSPE (NSPE’s Professional Engineers in Government)

To be eligible for Fellow status, involvement in NSPE must include holding at least one office at the chapter, state, or national level and service at the national level. Candidates should also exhibit continuing effort in NSPE involvement, professional activities, and community involvement.

Visit the NSPE Web site for details on the Fellows program

Ellie recieved two beautiful roses to celebrate her first dance recital. Roses don’t last more than a few days, but pictures do! This is for you darling Ellie to remember your first roses for you first recital.


Saturday was Ellie’s big day–her very first dance recital! Lot of tap practice had been going on for months in her Saturday morning class in preparation for the show. She needed to be at a local high school for rehersal early in the morning. The dance classes first practiced their final bows and then each class had the opportunity to practice on the stage. Ellie’s class was performing third from the end so that meant they had to wait nearly 1.5 hours backstage before getting their turn to practice. I was so proud of how good all the girls were sharing their toys and snacks to pass the time. We had time to relax at home for a few hours before heading back for showtime.

Waiting in line backstage:


Ellie with Mom and big sister, Anna before the show:


A final kiss for luck:


Passing the time waiting by coloring, playing and hanging out with friend, Lauren:



Finally it was their turn on stage. They danced to “Polly Waddle Do Dah”. With the slippery metal taps, Ellie fell down twice during the performance, but picked herself up and kept right on dancing. A few times she stopped dancing altogether for a few seconds while her curiosity got the better of her to gaze up at the stage lights. Then she’d remember where she was and joined back in. Just before the end of the routine she lost a shoe. Now I am sitting in the audience watching this and thinking how could that happen since I know her shoes are getting tight (she’d had them all year) and I made sure I double knotted the laces (that was more than an hour earlier). But she also handled that well, by sitting down, replacing the shoe on her foot, getting up and ending the dance. She was the last one to exit the stage at the completion of their routine. Some bigger kids came onstage before she got off and she was cut off from the rest of her group and surrounded by these big kids. She got a chuckle from the audience as she looked up at them and then quickly ran around behind them. The mystery of shoe why the shoe came off was simply answered when I noticed that there were NO laces in either shoe when I picked her up. Who knows how that happened?!

The final bow:





Ellie with her teacher, Miss Amy:


Ellie got her first roses, one from Mom and Dad, and one from Grandma and Grandpa. She also got a medal:


Grandma and Grandpa came to the performance (and for you other grandparents reading this that are out of town, we did order the dvd so you can watch later):


Ellie with her big sister and big brothers who came to support their little sister:


Finally here is Ellie with Mom and Dad–we’re so proud of you girl:


Lord-webThe His Holy name challenge this time was the name: Lord. I immediately knew which verse I wanted to use: Deuteronomy 30:20, “the Lord is your life”.  Moses, the man of God, is pleading with his people, the Israelites to choose life, to choose God. Any alternative is death. The same is true today. I choose life and the Lord is my life.

Had to get my oldest daughter, Anna, to model for me too. We had the perfect opportunity last Saturday since she had just gotten her hair done. I can’t believe how much she is growing up, but I adore the young woman she is becoming.


..this time in Jordan while we were out exploring a few shops and garage sales last Friday.


Last week I started an on-line class on portrait photography at  So that means I will be practicing portraits a lot in the next month with whoever I can talk into being my model. Ellie gets to be my top model because, well, she is with me the most. At times she can be a tempermental model and refuses to look at the camera or just tells me she’s done with pictures. But on this day she was fairly cooperative. She loves being in our woods and exploring. Here are a few of my best portraits of Ellie from our outing in the woods: