Great day to ride

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70 degrees with fair, sunny skies and only 5mph wind makes for perfect biking conditions. Weather and schedules have kept us off our bikes for much longer than we’d like. However, when a day like today presents itself, you can bet you’ll find us in lycra and jerseys.

Looking forward to many more days like today and the chance to get a lot of miles in before our big summer bike trip.

Cozumel Spring Break

Spring Break 2012 found us flying to the small island of Cozumel off the Mexican coast of Cancun. We have had a few trips south of the border in the past 5 years that allowed us the relative luxury of all-inclusive vacationing.

The Cozumel Palace was a fabulous place to stay. Our room had a jacuzzi in it.

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The view from our ocean-side room on the 5th floor was amazing.

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The girls got to snorkel and and swim with stingrays.

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We swam with the dolphins – a truly unique experience. What amazing creatures.

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We got the chance to experience scuba diving. We attended a familiarization class that allowed us limited use of snorkel gear and limited our time and depth in the water. However, it gave us the chance to fully experience what it’s like to be fully underwater. The fish and coral life was very cool. Fortunately, I overcame my initial panic of being under the water. My favorite picture of the trip:

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We had an awesome time and we are looking forward to going back again. If you ever get the chance to try an all-inclusive in Mexico – do it, you’ll be glad you did.

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Sacrament of Confirmation

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This past weekend, Anna joined 68 other 8th graders from our church in the sacrament of Confirmation. This sacrament is the entrance of the young person into the Church as an adult. Her Confirmation sponsor was her grandmother, Carlene.

Pictured above is Abbot Barnabas Senecal (he presided over the Mass and administered the sacrament to each of the candidates), Father Tony Lickteig, Anna, Carlene, and Father Rick Storey.

Congratulations, Anna. May God continue to bless you throughout your faith life.

RIP, Rosalyn Saunders Featherston

My paternal grandmother, Rosalyn Saunders Featherston, died this morning.  She will be missed by all of us, but we are glad to see her join her husband of 52 years (he died 13 years ago).

Jack & Rosalyn Featherston
Jack & Rosalyn Featherston

Granny, as we called her, was the epitome of unconditional love.  I remember sitting in her lap and talking about bible verses.  I fondly recall the smell of breakfast cooking and the sound of the percolator coffee maker in the background.  My favorite memory is the gift she sent while we lived in Italy in the mid-1970’s – a tape cassette of her reading the story “Jack, the Giant Killer”.

Granny, you were a rock and a true leader.  You will be missed.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace. Amen.