Saturday, June 25, 2011

An All Star and His Mom, June 25, 2011

When one goes back to look
at the house of their childhood,
it has always shrunk.
~Mark Twain

Hello Family and Friends,

Greetings to all of you from warm and sunny San Diego. Cindy and I are leaving later today for a month away from home, so my postings may not be as regular as they have been, especially for the next two weeks when we will be out of the country. But I will be back with news and comments about family past and present.

Happy Birthday Kyle! Tomorrow, June 26, is the 7th birthday of Kyle Christian Sauvage, son of Kelly and James of Weatherford, Texas. Kyle is the grandson of Gary Shepard and the Ggrandson of Maida Gower Shepard of Anacortes, Washington. The first picture, taken this spring, shows All Star Baseball player Kyle. The second picture (below) shows Kyle with his mom Kelly Shepard Sauvage.

Kelly: Kyle is doing great, going to summer school/summer camp every day. He is having a blast. I love hearing about how much fun they had. Kyle made the All Star team in baseball again this year, one of the top picks in the league. He loves to play any position but is an awesome first baseman. His favorite player is Adrian Gonzalez… even though he no longer plays for the Padres. Kyle is still a die-hard Padres and Chargers fan! He played basketball this past winter for the first time... the highlight was hitting two buzzer shots! In the Spring he played Coach Pitch 1 (on the Padres!) hitting a grand slam on his last at bat of the season. He didn't stop smiling for days!  Kyle is a natural athlete and will be great at whatever sport he chooses. My family says he gets that from them. I say he gets it from me! 
August Family Reunion. The time for our August 13 Shepard Family Reunion is drawing closer all the time. Gary and Cindy Shepard, who are graciously providing for the food, need to know the number of people attending. So if you have not already done so, please notify me, or one of the Anacortes family members if you plan to attend. We look forward to a wonderful gathering with friends and family from far and near. As in previous years we will have a photo table at the reunion where you are encouraged to bring old or new family pictures to share.

Louise Gower, 1909-2011. I just received word that my mother's aunt, Louise Pennington Gower, died earlier this month at the age of 101 in Oklahoma City. The sister-in-law of my grandfather Leroy Gower, aunt Louise was a remarkable woman who reached the century mark in 2009 with great energy and love of life. She was the last living member of that generation within the Gower family. Our best wishes go out to her daughter Jimmie Lou Scherf and her entire family in this time of loss.

Can You Help Locate Old Family Photos? I'd like to remind all the readers of this blog once again that I am searching for original pictures (or good copies) of old family photos. In particular, a recent history of the Davis family contains an old picture of Jane Buskirk Davis. Do any of you readers of this blog know where the original of that picture resides? I would be glad to work with the owner of that photo, or any other old family photos, to get good quality digital copies made. This would be a wonderful way to assure that generations to come will have access to pictures of family members from long ago. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
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August 13, 2011

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