Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court

Minutes after the Affordable Care Act decision was announced
United States Supreme Court Building

Joshua is in Washington DC for a work trip this week. He was thrilled when he realized that The Supreme Court decision on health care would be given during his stay. He was a block away in a cab as the decision was announced. He said that it is a a moment that he will remember for the rest of his life.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Geraldine Palmer Hardin

Geraldine Palmer Hardin
12/18/1925 - 6/20/2012

Geraldine Palmer Hardin was born December 18, 1925 and died on June 20, 2012. She was a resident of Bethany, Oklahoma. Mom passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday morning. “Jerry” was born and raised in Bethany, Oklahoma and attended Putnam City Schools. She retired from the Oklahoma Publishing Company and Catholic Archdiocese, where she worked on the Sooner Catholic Paper.

Geraldine was one of four children born to the late Leon and Mary Ellen Palmer and was the beloved wife of Jene Hubbard Hardin for 41 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sisters Goldie Roberts and Winifred Davis, one brother, Herschel Palmer, son Robert Hardin and one granddaughter Jessica Wells.

She will forever be remembered by her beloved brother Charles Palmer of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is survived by her children Jerry Hardin and Janice Wise of Yukon, Don Hardin and wife Terrie of Bethany, Barbara Hardin Giager of Bethany, Catherine Maxey and husband Danny of OKC, William Hardin and wife Diane of Yukon, Susan Bauman of Bethany, Michael Hardin of OKC, Janice Hardin of Georgia, Gayla Hardin of OKC and her loving dog Bailey. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren along with countless friends and family whom were blessed to know her.

Geraldine was a member of the Putnam City Christian Church, where her parents were founding members. An avid sports fan, she especially enjoyed horse racing and baseball and was a permanent fixture in the front row at her sons’ and grandsons’ ballgames throughout the years. Of all of Mom’s many passions, her family was always first and foremost in her heart and her beautiful blue eyes lit up every time one of her family members or dear friends walked thru her always opened front door.
Mom, you will forever be in all of our hearts, we will all miss you so much, and we love you.
Graveside service will be held at the Bethany Cemetery on Sunday June 24th at 2:00.
Family wishes to thank Dr. Spence and staff for going above and beyond.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Grandma Hardin

My heart was immediately heavy this morning when I saw the 405 area code on my phone. I knew. My Grandma Hardin passed away last night. I booked flights for Joshua and I to go to Oklahoma this afternoon to attend the service on Sunday. Now, I just feel restless. I feel like I should be doing something, but what? I feel like I should be saying something, but what? Joshua and I have suffered so much loss in these past few years that I just feel numb. Numb and tired. It is hard to imagine a world where my grandma is not just a phone call away.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

An Oehler Father's Day

Joshua and I traveled down to his parent's place for Father's Day this year to spend time with his family. I buzzed around the flower garden in the hot Arizona sun to capture some of these gems just to share with you. Jeanne has such pretty plants and flowers!



Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day

Father's day is hard when your dad has passed away. Truth be told, my dad and I were never close enough that I even remember spending a Father's day with him. But still, somehow, it feels different. I found the Polaroid picture above when I was sifting through and scanning my maternal grandmother's pictures in Montana last month. It was an unexpected find. Polaroid pictures are sort of magical. There is only one like it. And, I hadn't seen this picture in years. I had forgotten that it even existed. Today, I opened my picture files to grab some information for an upcoming family reunion on my maternal side and there it was again. I guess that it was a timely reminder that he existed, and more importantly, loved me. I hope, wherever he happens to be, that he has a really great Father's day and knows that I am thinking of him.

Friday, June 15, 2012

No Place Like Home

After a week away, it feels so good to be home with my family, sleeping in my own bed and cooking my own food. Being away always make me so grateful for my wonderful life at home. There truly is no place like home and home is exactly where my heart is right now!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

ScareHalo Sprinkler

I cannot believe that it is June already and almost half of the year is gone. Summer is in full swing here in Arizona. This means a few things. For instance, less traffic and fewer people as well as barbecues and watermelon. Unfortunately it also means that triple digit weather has started and will likely remain until October. It also means that I sorely miss having a swimming pool. And, we have our work cut out for us in keeping all of our lovely plants alive through the scorching heat of summer. To make it worse, Halo has been having a hay day digging up any and all things that are freshly planted. So, today Joshua set up a ScareCrow Sprinkler to help deter him from a particular area of the yard that he is fond of destroying.

The ScareCrow senses motion and shoots a powerful spray of water if he approaches. Secondarily, it will really help water the plants in that area of the yard which gets the most sun.

This picture is my favorite. He has been sprayed a few times and isn't quite sure what to make of it. Hehehehe! 

Mostly, life is so good right now. Joshua and I are enjoying being newlyweds and spending time with the newest member of our family.

You won't find too many complaints here. We are happy, healthy and our love tanks are on full.


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