We will always remember Ellie for her love for others, her creativity, sensitivity, and delight in life! Ellie's light has spread far and wide... may it continue to shine in our hearts.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fourth!

I'm so sorry that I haven't posted in so long! I wasn't really keeping track, and just got busy. Sometimes I just don't know what to say, and other times so much happens all at once and we get busy... then it all piles up on top of me and I get overwhelmed trying to remember all the things I was going to tell you. Anyway, we are doing ok. There are ups and downs, but mostly we've been just digging into life - working around the house, both on the inside and outside.

So... some of the highlights of the past few weeks:

Back when Andy and Kim were here, we had a snowstorm! Yes, this was June. And I'm not talking a snow flurry. I'm talking 6 full inches of snow that stuck. It was crazy! Only a few weeks later we were having temps in the 90's.

Here are some pictures that Reni took:
Ethan's cousin, Garrett. Doesn't it look like he's in a snow globe? Notice the green grass in the background... that was at the beginning of the day. It continued to snow for the rest of the day!

Ethan's cousin, Alex, throwing a snowball. (Alex was one of Ellie's very closest friends.)

This picture is the same view as the previous picture - but it was taken two days later. This was actually a double rainbow. We could see both the beginning and end of both rainbows. I've never seen anything like it. One side of the darkest rainbow was at one end of the lake, and it ended at the exact other side of the lake. And the second rainbow was directly over the first - each end at the tops of the trees. Just perfect!

John's aunt Kathy came for a little while. We had such a nice time with her! It was mostly low-key (no bear sightings) until one evening when Loretta, Reni, Kathy and I were watching TV together. Grandma and all the guys had long gone to bed, and Reni had decided called it a night. Just after she left the room, I let the dogs outside. Well, apparently a bat hitched a ride inside on the back of one of the dogs, or it flew in the open door. Now, if anyone had snuck a video camera into that room, they could have made some serious money on America's Funniest Home Videos! Reni probably wishes she had gone to bed much earlier, because we called her back in. The four of us spent the next hour and a half running around that room like crazy women. My one and only moment of bravery was early on when I went for the broom. It was all down hill from there. I swung the broom every time the bat came close (and by all accounts, let out a screech/yell with every swing. Now I don't remember this exactly, but I think that must be accurate because I just remember swinging the broom then panicking that I had just gotten the bat closer to myself than the door.) So there we were - flapping around in our P.J's and nightgowns, chasing the bat with pillows (and broom). We actually started to wear the bat out. He would get so tired, that he would stop up near the ceiling. Until one of us would spot him and start the chase all over again. We were yelling and screaming and huffing and puffing from all the effort. And there were the occasional moments when Kathy and I would double over laughing. Finally, someone smacked the bat down... then began the oh-my-goodness-it's-going-to-touch-me dance (by a certain broom wielding girl who shall remain nameless for the sake of her pride). One by one, each of the others had their moment of bravery. Loretta did an up close and personal search of a chair (that I was pointing at from a safe distance). Then Kathy did the unthinkable, in my book. She actually captured the bat in a plastic bag and ran it outside. I watched the three of them from the window, as they tried to let the bat go in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, his wing was injured beyond repair. So Reni took it upon herself to do the humane thing. I left my post at the window at that point! Well, that was the great bat escapade of 2008. Let's just hope it's the last!

I hope that you are all having a wonderful Fourth of July. Thank you to all of the men and women who are fighting (and have fought) for the many freedoms we enjoy! May we never forget their great sacrifices.


At 8:15 AM, Blogger dardar310 said...

O MY GOSH! I'm sure I would have done the brave move of standing at the top of the stairs to make sure the bat didn't go out the front door!
Did any of you sleep after that chase?
I do hope my visit won't be that exciting.
Love to you all,

At 12:52 PM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

Bats - I know they are just little flying mammals but YUCK! always an adventure in the Skees household - thanks for sharing!

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find your account of the bat disturbing. Would it have been any different if it was a little cat that had accidently gotten into your home? Sure a bat is gross, but did it deserve to be chased around a room for 1.5 hours until it was too tired to fly by a group of people much bigger and stonger than it, hit with a broom so hard it's wing broke, and then taken outdoors and killed. That bat was an animal created by God.

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

To Anonymous:
I'm sorry that the story was so disturbing to you. We really did need to get the bat out of the house and were trying to do just that. All of the broom and pillow swinging was to get it towards the door, but it kept missing the door... It wasn't our intent to make contact with it, but that's what happend, and then killing it was more humane than letting it suffer. We would have much preferred getting it safely out of doors to freedom.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Jen Johnson said...

So nice to return from a little r and r in Seattle and find a post waiting for me! I was so hoping that you would post the snow pictures. I love them! Can you believe that it was in the 90's not long after.
A little FYI on the bat. When my parents were trapping some unwanted skunks at their house, the guy told them that he charges $3000 to remove a bat. I guess I am just more of a broom gal myself. That is a pretty funny story to start my first day back at work in a week! Love you guys and miss you. Would La want a couple extra kiddos for an hour one day this week so we could go to the Cafe for lunch. Let me know what you think.
Much loves~Jen

At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah, that rainbow picture is gorgeous!! What a sweet reminder rainbows are, of God's faithfulness! Thanks for sharing it.

~ dana c


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