Ethan, in his prayers, has started saying, "Please bless yehyeh, grandma, and grandpa to be healthy and safe, and mama to be happy in heaven," and today, after finishing his prayers, added "Dad, I miss mama."
Isaac has started praying fervently to "Please bless Ethan, Isaac, Lilly, and James not to die when they're kids." He was particularly attached to his mama and yehyeh -- in fact, the first sentence out his mouth after Annie told him that mama had died was, "Is yehyeh still alive?"
Lilly, with sweet innocence, when asked about mama the other day, said simply, "Mama is at Jesus' place."
James -- well, James is just James. (And thank goodness for that!)
Anyhow, moving on to lighter things -- I mentioned building a fence in the backyard the weekend before I skipped town, which I haven't done since I was just a wee thing working for Jack Payne at Classic Landscapes. Good thing, too, since it's been snowy and cold since returning home (more cold than snowy, to be honest, but there's definitely been a bit of both). Annie took photos along the way, so, from start to finish, here it is:
Measuring and cutting 4' boards with Isaac...
...and Ethan's help.
Spacing the rails
Finished view of the rails up...
...and posts lopped down.
Carrying boards from garage to backyard.
Nailing in boards.
Last full board! (I had to cut a sliver of a board to fill the gap)
Ethan, my ever-present helper.