Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Dry Place

Western Arizona is a different place than Ventura County, California. It is a place of red rocks, sand and desert plants.

It's a land of cactus, of bushes with names like creosote that have teeny tiny leaves to preserve what little moisture is available, of dry, dry valleys that stretch for miles and miles.

The houses are built of stucco and painted earthy colors.
The gardens are rock instead of lawn.

The colors of Arizona are so different from the colors of Southern California. They are dusty, sun-bleached, water-parched, deserty shades. I think there is an afghan or a sweater color scheme in there somewhere.

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers for my friend's family. I watched the young widow grow up, the same age as one of my sons. Her mother is a teacher trained in the same multi-sensory methods as I; she was a wonderful example to MamaMia as her flock group leader at church when MM was in middle school. The accident occurred in Guam, a military training exercise gone wrong. If you go to google news and type in guam helicopter, you can read a short article about the accident. A short three paragraph blurb, but it has made all the difference in the world to a young wife and two families.


ancient one said...

I'm so sorry.

roxie said...

Lovely photos.

Thank you for the sad details. Life is so uncertain. You are all in my prayers.

Mary said...

I will continue to pray. My sincere condolences.


Anonymous said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm very sorry.