Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Celebrations All Around, February 26, 2014

Don’t lament getting older.
It is a privilege many have been denied.
~author unknown

Happy Birthday Darrell! Happy Birthday tomorrow to my brother Darrell Shepard, who is the second one in our family this month to join the ranks of the sexagenarians among us, the other being his sister-in-law Cindy Shepard of Oak Harbor, Washington. Darrell was born and raised in San Diego but lives today with his wife Mary in Kirkland, Washington. 

Darrell tells me that he has no profound snippets of wisdom to share having reached this life milestone of 60 other than the quote at the top of this post. The first picture shows Darrell with Jackson, the family dog, and one of the more intelligent creatures you'll ever meet.

Darrell and Mary continue to bask in the wonderful birth of their grandson Logan Joseph Shepard. After a difficult birth last summer, Logan continues to struggle with medical issues. He is 7 months old and is home now after a recent stay in the hospital. Logan and his parents Patrick and Nicole live in Bothell, Washington. The second picture shows Patrick sharing a moment with his son Logan.

Congratulations to Amanda and Justin! Congratulations on the wedding this past Saturday of Amanda Ortiz to Justin Davis. Amanda is the daughter of Kim Boyd Clark and the granddaughter of Thelma Shepard Boyd. Amanda and Justin had a destination wedding, being married in Las Vegas, Nevada this past weekend with a number of family and friends in attendance. Congratulations and best wishes to them and their family!

The third picture shows the new bride and groom, Amanda and Justin, during a warm and happy moment in front of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas with some of the wedding party as supporting cast in the background.

Darrell and Amanda have as common ancestors William and Bura Davis Shepard, Darrell being a grandson, and Amanda being a great granddaughter. By the way, Amanda has told me that there seems to be no obvious connection between her new husband's Davis lineage and her own great grandmother's Davis family. But it is bit of a convenient anomaly that the Davis last name has returned to an unexpected part of our family.
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Steve Shepard

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