If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.Numbers 14:8
Like many grand narratives, some of the best were often rooted in legends and a bit of mystery. This tale was no exception. As details emerged, so did the many questions that raced through my mind as I hit one brick wall and then another.
In the fall of 1961, a smiling couple poses for a photo. The handsome man drapes his arm around his lovely bride while she holds their three-month-old daughter. In the background, the family ranch stretches across the mesa.
There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings.
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“I realized I had seen and lived it all—all the successive phases of the frontier, first the frontiersman, then the pioneer, then the farmers and the towns.”
–Laura Ingalls Wilder
The earliest maps were ‘story’ maps. Cartographers were artists who mingled knowledge with supposition, memory and fears. Their maps described both landscape and the events, which had taken place within it, enabling travellers to plot a route as well as to experience a story.
“Growth in love comes from a place of absence, where the imagination is left to its own devices and creates you to be much more than reality would ever allow.”
― Jamie Weise
“Most of us have nicknames—annoying, endearing, embarrassing.
But what about your true name?
It is not necessarily your given name. But it is the one to which you are most eager to respond when called.
Ever wonder why?
Your true name has the secret power to call you.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
This strange ancestor lived to be 88 years old, and he fathered 17 children. At the time of his death, he had over 280 grandchildren, well when including grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren! What a legacy!
Upon her arrival, Marie toiled alongside her husband and helped care for the sick and tend to their farm. She was also interested in the indigenous people of the area and worked to improve the relationship between the native people and the settlers.