Hello everyone on this first Friday in December. Can you believe 2009 is just a few weeks away? I trust that all your plans for Christmas are progressing well and that it will be a wonderful holiday time for you and yours.
Today is the 18th birthday of Darrell and Mary's son Patrick Shepard of Kenmore, Washington. He is the fourth and final one in our family to turn 18 this year. The others in our family who had their 18th birthday this year are: Steven Paul Shepard (in March), Courtney Boyd (in May), and Lyndsay Aquiningoc (in August).
Speaking of teenagers, here's an interesting and encouraging family fact: of all the direct descendants of Will and Bura Shepard living today, 40% of them (16) are teenagers or younger! Over 50% are under 30 years old. It is hard to believe that our family is so young.
The first picture I am including today is actually a collection of pictures of Patrick over the past 18 years. Select the link below to see the photo presentation.
The other picture I am including today is an old family photo taken Christmas Day in 1967, 41 years ago. This is one of the pictures that Dane sent me recently from his father's photo collection. Click on the picture to see a larger view of it.
On the back row are: Phil Wilk, Rex Russell, Karl, and Gene; the middle row: Joan, Bev, Pauline, Will, Bura, Dane, Steve, Darrell, Maida and Bill; the front row: Barbara, Russell, Kim, Ellen, Beryl, Linda and Elmer.
These 21 folks represent Will and Bura's entire family in 1967. The only absentees were Thelma, Terry and Darren Boyd (who may have been late arriving); and Gary and his wife Jackie, who were living in Michigan at the time. This picture may have been taken at Elmer and Beryl's home on Osage Trail near El Cajon.