Thanks to the Swinow Network here are some pictures of the damage in Petersburg, Indiana (my hometown) from last night's storms. As far as I know, no one was hurt but this isn't easy to see - especially after the town was hit so hard by a tornado in 1990. In Fairfield, OH we were more fortunate.
- My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
"Bertie Lou Dyson
Dec. 31, 1929 - May 14, 1933"
There was also a Darrell Eugene Dyson but I've not been able to find dates or a grave for him. I believe he may have been born after my father.
And so in the span of 13 years, my grandfather lost 5 children and two wives. Incredible.
Unfortunately, that was not the end of the loss. He went on to lose two grandchildren, my sister Dana and my cousin.
My sister Dana was born on November 22 with spina bifida. In those days, the care that is available now was non-existent and she died a few hours after her birth. My cousin also lived only a few hours. His father, who loved kids so much, was proudly out handing out cigars at work while the family tried to get a hold of him to tell him the baby had died.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Eli and Owen had their 1st birthday party today! Here are some pics ...
Does he look like a grandpa or what?
They weren't quite sure what to make of all the fuss at first ...
But they soon figured it out
Grandpa Brian is teaching a new use for a party hat ...
and Eli learned quick
Sometimes you just gotta get on top of it
Their first cupcake
Eli grabs the whole things and in the mouth it goes
Owen take a little more time ...
Its a happy birthday!
until ... its not (I think the ice cream was all gone)