Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fishing Trophies

Some pictures of our wonderful guests and the fish they have caught this summer. In fact for the last three weeks, the fishing has been super fantastic. Everyone I talk to is amazed at how good it has been. That's what we like to hear.











Fun with Family and Friends




What a fantastic, fun time we had the past few weeks with special friends and family who came to stay with us at camp.

First Steve and Kellie Henderson, their precious children, and Kim, Kellie's twin sister came to stay a few days with us. The weather was great and we played and sang and swam and laughed and laughed and laughed together. They are quite the musical family as they all play instruments on the Praise and Worship team which Steve leads at our church in Dryden.

Following them, our daughter Cherish and her husband Patrick came for a week of fun and frolic. It was most enjoyable to have them all to ourselves. Such a terrific couple who are still on their honeymoon. They say it will last their entire lives. :) Cherish is 8 months pregnant with their first child which is a boy. I will soon be deploying to their household to help upon his arrival to my great pleasure.

Being 8 months pregnant didn't slow Cherish down very much. She and Patrick went on a 12 mile four wheeler ride up a gravel road nearby, she went canoeing with me on the lake, she and Patrick and Joanna and I went fishing all day on a nearby lake , catching 23 fish, mostly Walleye, we all went on the pontoon boat, swimming and did a bit of blueberry picking. Time goes too fast. Wish we could keep them longer.

Now we are looking forward to the arrival early September of our son Jonathan , his wife, Reseth and three adorable grandchildren, Aaron, Titus and newly born Evemarie. It will be our first meeting of Evemarie. Can't wait.

Beauty of God's Creations






God's promise in a rainbow and enjoying the beauty of His creation in flowers. It's been a good year to grow flowers, vegetables and new grass as it rained almost every day for the first two months of summer.

We're Rocking Here at Camp





We decided that we needed to move the rock retaining wall by cabins 8 and 9 back into the bank by about 4 feet to make more room for parking so vehicles parked there would not be so close to the road. What a job!!

John used the backhoe to gather up all the old rocks from the previous wall and dump them in a pile at the back end of the camp. He then used the bucket to dig into the bank and then scoop up four feet deep of soil.

After angling it and raking it smooth, we laid down landscaping cloth to prevent grass and weeds from growing through the rocks.

The final stage was the most back breaking and time consuming. John brought down bucket load so new rocks and laid them in piles along the wall. Then my brother Rick, Joanna, John and I hand placed every single rock to finish the wall. So thankful that one is checked off the list!!
Recently John used the backhoe to bring down more blue rock to cover the exposed gravel. It looks so nice.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Something To Boast About

Fishing started off a bit slower this spring, but soon the fish barrels in the cleaning house were getting filled up.  Here are a few of the catches that were sent my way to show you.

Gary Erickson   36 inch Trout


Reid Erickson  38 inch Trout







Matt Grubb





Chris and Matt Grubb





Phil Trzeb  29 inch Walleye





Thursday, June 1, 2017

Extraordiary Circumstances

Last March when Joanna and I were at her last dogsled race of the season, the Copper Dog in Calumet, MI, she felt fortunate to breed her best female leader on the team to a super dog from a top winning kennel in Canada.  The timing seemed to be perfect. 

As she waited in the weeks to come for Viva's belly to begin swelling with puppies, she noticed that nothing was happening and felt very disappointed thinking that she didn't take.  We went on vacation down in the states and she would check with John who was home to see if Viva was getting any bigger.  The answer was always no. 

But when we got home and it was closer to Viva's due date, Joanna did feel some movement in Viva's belly indicating there was at least one puppy in there, hopefully two. 

The due date came and went and still nothing was happening.  Almost a week overdue, Viva finally went into labor.  Joanna was right there on hand in case she needed to assist in any way.

After many hours of labor and nothing happening, Joanna became worried that she wasn't going to be able to deliver and rushed Viva to the vet in Dryden, about two hours away from us.  The vet tried pulling the puppy that was stuck out with a special tool, but was unable to do so.  A cesarean operation had to be performed to get the puppy out because he had grown too big and his shoulders were getting caught in the birth canal.  He was the only puppy in there and that's probably why he grew so big.

We have kept mother and puppy in a dog kennel in the basement just to keep and eye on them and keep Viva's incision clean.  Joanna and I took out the staples a few days ago.  We can hardly believe how big this puppy has gotten in such a short time.  Of course he gets his choice of nipples for sustenance and is truly fat and happy.

Because there was only one puppy, the breeder is giving her another chance to breed her in the future.  Hopefully we will get more than one the next time around.



Our New Grandbaby

Saturday morning we got a wonderful surprise.  Jonathan and Reseth were waiting for their new baby Evemarie, to come into this world.  We knew it had to be soon.  All of a sudden the day arrived and that beautiful little nine pound six ounce girl was born.  She has two adoring brothers, Aaron 6 and Titus 4 who have been looking forward to this day with great anticipation. 

All nine months of the pregnancy, they were repeatedly hugging and kissing her through Mommy's tummy and telling her how much they loved her.  Now they get to hold her on the outside and they are mesmerized by her.  She will be totally surrounded with loving brothers and parents.  What a doll.  I can't wait to hold her in person myself.  There's nothing quite like a newborn baby.  What a miracle life is!!!