Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fun, Citing...Safe

I started this and then...just didn't I start back up I am not sure what happened to Saturday...And I sit here reflecting on my day Friday...hanging out with my two most favoritest girls...FIRECRACKER and her mama!   I went into work...where my computer was not working...but since I wasn't going to be there long...did what I could on others and then went to the chiropractor.   He gave me an adjustment for sure...and today I think I feel it...but feels good getting back in...ANYWAY...back to my day...

I had agreed to meet up with my daughter, Heather, and her daughter, miss Izzy Bell as she refers to herself sometimes.  We would be shopping for Aunt Aum's bridal shower...which is rapidly approaching.   So the old Oppy and I headed off after my appointment to Colorado Springs...after a little delay in the traffic on the ole I-25, we met at the Olive which I must say was pretty tasty.  The girls showed up in their matching "Jay 4 ever in our hearts t-shirts" and the Firecracker decked out in her flip flops like mom...jean shorts because she doesn't have capri's and her hair in a pony tail...cause that's what Mom had.  They are both so beautiful and amazing to me!   So blessed to have them in my life!   The Firecracker is getting so grown up and her and the waiter seemed to have their own connection.  I am sure if he would have known the extra olives were for her she would have received more than she did...

Izzy and her Mama on the train (Oppy's phone)
After lunch, it was time for some we headed for the ice cream mall.   For you that do not know...the Chapel Hills mall contains a Dairy Queen...turns out one little Firecracker likes her some ice cream.   But while there we couldn't help but notice the train.   Have you seen it travel through the mall...well Izzy loves of her standards is "Down by the station..."  So before we left we went to the find the train.  In which Izzy went up to the service desk and asked them how to get to their train.   I love that her mom lets her be independent but her mom is pretty much what do you expect!!   

On the way to look for the train...we stopped at an All Things Catholic store...and what do you think we found?   A little angel that said Isabel.   A special gift I think because we do not always find anything that is spelled the same...and we also found an Autumn...and as Heather went to pay, there were two older women there at the check out...I was back a ways but they asked something about Heather having her husband on her shirt...Heather explained he was killed in the line of duty and showed them the back.   The women asked many questions and seemed to be touched by I am quite often. 

Well after the girls had their train ride...we made it to the Hobby Lobby and Marshall's.  Well the Hobby Lobby was about enough for one Oppy and one little Firecracker and so at Marshall's they chose to go grab a drink and hang out in the truck.   When we came out of the store...there is the old Ford pickup with every window open...including the back...and one little Isabel in the back and begins hollering at us.   It was quite obvious these two were having fun.  Oppy said that Izzy had driven them several places...even Washington D.C. while we were in there.   They had also found some "junk" as these two like their junk.  Heather asked if Izzy wanted to go eat and she said I had some junk.   Oppy said it was just one chewy jolly rancher...

But then the Firecracker came up to the front seat and is just giggly...pretty wound up.   I asked about her and Oppy and their Dr. Peppers...But she kept giggling and loving on her mama and then she proceeds to lick her mama's face...a trick that reminded one of either her daddy or her uncle LaLa...probably both so the poor little girl doesn't stand a chance...but it was just good seeing joy in these two girls...

I suppose some may think I talk a lot about my granddaughter...but I think that if you think someone is should let them know!   That way they know they are special...they know that God made them special!   I write these stories for one little Firecracker...Isabel...Izzy Bell...Izzy...Peanut...partially because I am just crazy about her but also that maybe one day she will look at these and realize how much she is loved!!

And perhaps you wonder about the Fun, Citing, and safe...well this seems to be Isabel criteria when she has tried to convince me to do something she will say It'll be fun Ahma!   Then came it will be "Citing" (that's exciting) and then she finally told me SAFE!   I guess she thinks that is the one that will put me over the edge...

Our day was all of the above...I think of recent events that individuals thought that it would be Fun, citing and heart goes out to those individuals in Aurora that lost their lives as they went to a movie...I don't understand some of the evil in the world...but it does make us realize we don't know how much time we have...and always thankful for days of joy that you can tuck in your heart...

And so my kids head off to see the Hag tonight (that is if you know who she is...sorry couldn't resist Ty) NO Merle Haggard is at the Cheyenne Frontier Days...I think of my cousin Wendy and I hopping a bus from Limon to Denver...MANY years go see the old Okie from Muskogee...Miss Isabel has plans to go to Fort Collins and hang out with Grammy...and I am sure she will try to talk her into something FUN, CITING, and SAFE! 


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chelsey's Sunset

I put in thoughts from last night...I ask for others to hold this family up in heart goes out for their loss...I pray for rest...

There is a sadness down our lane today...the lane I drive down almost every day...a house I drove by tonight and knew I needed to stop...I drive by most times and don't see John and Michelle much anymore since our children are grown...unless we travel away from our fact I had just seen them at Missouri Day and visited a bit out on the street.  Both soaking in as grandparents do...those amazing grandchildren.   They were by their son Mark's house and it was his babies that they were out and about with them.   I include some pictures I snapped because for one does this little girl and her grandma not resemble...and she just seems to be soaking in being completely ADORED...and then watching this little guy and my Firecracker figuring each other out the way the little ones do...sometimes without saying a word...and smiling thinking about how Heather and Mark had went to prom together (getting to be several years ago) and now here they both had little ones!  

What an angel...look her and Grandma have matching curls...
So funny watching them try to converse...
Grandpa John Tomky...I wish he was a little prouder of this little one...
(Can't say as I blame you she is adorable!)
What a cutie...loving the Missouri days...
But the sadness is that these little ones will be wondering where their mama is tonight and Mark I am sure thinking of the love of his life and wondering his own why's.   I was not sure whether to stop by tonight...there are many reasons we go through in whether we should reach out...they probably have too many people, or they are probably exhausted, I am sure there are many.  I remember the exhaustion that comes upon each new wave of those who bring emotion in and you are there just to take it all in.  But looking back...there was much love in all of that emotion and those from the outside do want to reach the little Power Ranger turned in.   And though I felt the sadness in the house...I felt the love...the love of family.  Mark's brothers were both there for him...his parents..his aunt...his sister-in law, grandmother and great grandfather who were there taking care of things they were the "shepherds" there taking care of in whatever way they could.  I did not want to bring more pain to them...but I did want them to know that others care.   I connected with Michelle as she is in a similar place I have been...watching your child hurt over something you have no control of and no band aid can take the sting away!   Mark has always seemed to have that sweet personality...I flash back to him at a younger time...and though hurting...he still has his twinkle in his eyes.

I do not understand the why's and how comes...I offered if there was anything that they needed but I knew that what they wanted I could not give...and Mark said...a time machine.    How we take so much maybe not always for granted but think that it will always be...I pray for their strength through this time.    I know somewhat the pain that they feel...although none of us really know the pain that another feels...I have seen closely losing someone we love...and would love that no young couple would not have to go through this....that a little one would not have to know what it is like not having a parent there.

I wish there were words that would make this family feel better...but I do not know them...but I pray for these neighbors that they might have peace...that they might have rest...that they not only feel the love that I see they give each other...feel the love of their heavenly Father...and know that others share their pain.  

As I was finishing doing chores I caught sight of the sunset...and I thought that is Chelsey's sunset...I have seen sunsets for others...and so I claim it for her.    There was more to this sunset...a portion hidden...but there all the same.   I pray that those left behind will feel that in which they may not always see...but the love and the beauty is there.   I really do not know Chelsey...but I know who her people are...and her mom and Tim's sister friends.   And so there is a connection all the same...she is someone's daughter...someone's wife...someone's friend...loved by many.

I looked at her and Mark's picture on their face was their wedding picture...he laying on her lap...and the L they formed seemed to be...LOVE...clearly shown in two precious little ones!   I am thankful of these two precious gifts that are here for a reason...they are such comfort to those left behind...and I know family is there.   I smiled as Uncle David fed all of his mashed potatoes to one precious little angel!   While Uncle Luke spent time with another.  We may never know all the why's or how come's...and it is not our place to judge or is our place to reach out to a hurting family and show our love.   To hold them up in prayer in this time of sorrow when they may have a hard time holding themselves up.  God be with you...may He give you rest...peace...and may you Miss Chelsey Rest in Peace...

Chelsey's Sunset

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Why we pray?

This morning was one of those you tuck away in your heart and keep...While the shepherd was kids were here...and so the plan was B & G's for a late breakfast before they loaded up and headed out.   Got a bit of time talking to my  son before he went out to do chores...then got to talk to Heather and try to get the crink out of her back...I don't have good enough massage skills but loved just having some time with her until we heard this, "Mom, Come!" from upstairs!   I let Mom take the lead because sometimes...a certain someone might not wake up quite all the way and if she called for mom that is who she wanted.  However, her mom got to her and she heard me and I got to do my Fee Fi Fo Fum and sniff out one little Firecracker.   Hung out on the bed and just was there...just breathing them in.  Then Izzy like her mom likes to be stretched and so we grabbed her and proceeded to stretch her.  Can't believe she can almost make it all the way across the bed.  She then decided her mom needed to be stretched and so we stretched her and then it was Ahma's turn...oh I love that little girl...

After our stretching, she walked on her mom's back, and then it was decided to go downstairs and while mom was going to shower...her and I were going to fix breakfast...we went to the "store" in the basement and got meat and biscuits...If you haven't tried the Grand's frozen biscuits...I encourage you to do so...well unless you make them from scratch and then never mind...and so Miss Izzy Bell did the biscuits...laying them out across the pan.   We had a little distraction...but she got a shower taken all by herself...with only some of Ahma's supervision (okay I was right in the bedroom but she didn't know) she is 3 you know!!!  

Then LaLa made it back and it was time for when we gathered in the circle holding hands to an innocence of a child, she asks..."Why we pray?"   Have you asked or answered that lately?    I gave a quick because we are thankful...but it has been with me all day.   Why we pray?   I have a question mark because as a 3 year old, she doesn't always put in the words such as do...and as adults...we don't always put in such actions as "do" either!!    Why we pray?  Or even DO we pray?  

We continued on with our eating and Heather says something to which Uncle Lance who may or may not always be the best source of things you should say to your mom...tells Izzy..."Tell her don't worry about it!"   To which Firecracker quickly has those words from her mouth...and I reply that was on my calendar this morning!!   For those of you who read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young will know...those that don't read it...I share...Did I say I love these readings...
"DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW!  This is not a suggestion, but a command.  I divided time into days and nights, so that you would have manageable portions of life to handle.  My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is for only one day at a time.  When you worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles into your flimsy frame.  You stagger under this heavy load, which I never intended you to carry.

Throw off this oppressive burden with one quick thrust of trust.  Anxious thoughts meander about and crisscross in your brain, but trusting Me brings you directly into My Presence.  As you thus affirm your faith, shackles of worry fall off instantly.  Enjoy My Presence continually by trusting Me at all times."
She says, "What you calendar say Ahma?"   And so I ask do you want me to read it to you.  To which she replies yes.   Lance and Heather are having another conversation while Izzy wants me to read this to her...they are speaking of Disney World and the like while I am reading this...and she intently listens to the entire reading as I read to her and she listens as though she understands every word I am telling her...oh that childlike they are such sponges...absorbing so much around them...Let it be the good she absorbs.
And I think of my earlier reading of this and my early morning time at my kitchen table...and I write:

"but trusting Me brings you directly into My Presence.   As you affirm your faith, shackles of worry fall off instantly."

This is a visual and such a great analogy as that is what worry seems to do...shackle us putting weights and limitations on us that we have no control...but it holds us back...keeping us from being worry...What those shackles can do...they can completely entrap us making us unable to breath, to walk, much less be able to soar.  They are self-bound shackles.  Ones in which we place upon ourselves.   Oh sure there are times that we also borrow other shackles from others or let them place more upon us...Why?

"As you thus affirm your faith, shackles of worry fall off instantly.  Enjoy My Presence continually by trusting Me at all times."

Faith--Trust--both KEYS to removing shackles...throw in Grace and a heart of thankfulness of what we have and not so much on what we do not have...The keys unlock even the tightest bound shackles allowing us to walk...The thing of these shackles...if you carry each days with you and do not let them go...soon you are in fact weighted down with a weight you could never bear...I know some say you do not know what I must endure--What I must bear--but will worrying about it make it go away...

I look at the scripture that goes with the reading today...
Matthew 6:34  "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
And in my writing...I stop and talk to Lance and when I go back I write on...
I stop and start wondering about Tim (note I put in wonder but is it worry?).   Will he heal properly, and what in fact will he be able to do for a while?   SHACKLES!  If  I practice what I preach, I will TRUST and have FAITH that the Lord will provide just as He always has even though at times we try our hardest to keep Him from blessing us...providing for us...taking care of the manna in which we have received...My Grace He says is SUFFICIENT!   SUFFICIENT..yes that means enough!!!

I realize our worries are small--the old if you put every one's problems in a big pile..we would probably just take our own out...Would we?   Granted there are those who seem to have it "better" but do they?   Or there are there are so many that seem to have it much worse?  Do they?  It is not my place to judge or to envy.  To worry about how my life is in comparison to others...My life is just that--MINE...I can choose to accept it and if need be change it...but it is the life I have been given.  And for that life I am thankful.
And then I read the remaining devotionals in Jesus Calling or the day...2 Corinthians 12:9 and Psalm 62:8:
"And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you.for My strength is made perfect in your weakness."
"Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him, God is a refuge for us." 
Pour out your seems I have done that...I heard someone say...anytime you and the Lord are talking...isn't that what praying is...sometimes pouring out our heart...sometimes just sharing a thankfulness...sometimes asking for help...but it is communion with our God.   There is a song by Big and Rich...called that's why I pray that I heard the other is one of those songs that touches my heart...and it does make me think of why I pray also..."I'm begging for forgiveness...I want to make a difference even in the smallest ways I am only one person but I can feel it working I believe in better days that's why I pray..."

And really prayer is just spending and getting to know Someone you love...and speaking of someone you love the shepherd is home...and really I am not worried about what will happen tomorrow...I laughed as I read God Calling as the shepherd being in construction and ladders are a big part of his job...a big part that he is not supposed to be on one for 6 months or so...but it talks of "Should I plant your feet on an insecure ladder?...But I have asked you to step on and up firmly--then surely I have secured your ladder."

Finally I include a speaking of appreciating those you love...I share a picture of "Iz and Masey" as they call each other...they are so precious...

Thank you for this day!   No worries for tomorrow I pray...


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Happy Birthday GGP

And so I thought I would get this up this morning...Today my father-in-law, Frank Pfeiff, turned 86 years young!   He does better than some guys many years younger...not sure his secret perhaps it is the P & V he is full of.    I like to give him a hard is part of what we do...he had one of his daughter-in-laws give him some compost to which he was excited to get on his garden...I told him I give him "crap" all the time and he never seems happy to get it!!!

I am thankful for "dad Pfeiff"...or often referred to as Great Grandpa (GGP) as one little Firecracker calls him.  She also seems to like to give him a hard time.    As of late with the shepherd not quite up to full speed, his dad at first went and checked on the cows...and now they go together.   What a blessing getting to spend time with your dad.

So I say Happy Birthday GGP and know that we love you and appreciate you very much!   And here is to catching many fish!!!

Also throwing in a few hugs...lyp

Brendon and Grandpa...ahhh I love these two guys!

Grandpa and the Pennsylvania and Texas kids...
Probably those cute blonde hugs...Sarah

And Katie (sorry if spelled wrong)
A Keri Hug...
Gotta love a Mushy hug..

This one was just the thorn between two the rose between two tho...oh never mind! 
Grandpa with Heather and Casey...
Well Grandpa I think you are blessed...I hope you know how many love you...oh I got more pictures!!!    Love ya and Happy Birthday!

See ya Love ya BYE!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Birthday My Brother!

Ahh today is my brother's birthday!   Happy Birthday Shaner!   And we have puddles...what a gift.   I am so blessed to have such amazing brother being a big part.   We have always been close and remain so...though we don't always talk often...or text...or see each other...we FEEL each other.   Out of the blue...usually a blue day...he calls me...or I need to call him.   We know the other is there...and for that I am thankful!

There is a song by Bob Seger that always reminds me of him.   Beautiful Loser...No my brother is far from a loser...he is probably one of the most amazing people I know...I am sure all because of having such a big sister as I....or perhaps in spite of!   God has blessed us both with an abundance of LOVE in our lives!

Anyway the part in that song that makes me think of him is..."He's your oldest and your best friend...if you need him he'll be there again..."

So I come across Kid Rock's version at Sturgis...WITH TRAVELIN MAN...yes we know these songs go together...and I think of Travelin Man...and I think of my brother...and I do think these are the memories that make me a wealthy soul!!  

I say Happy Birthday My Brother and I love you LOTS!!!!

Love  ya,

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ahhh another Versary

And I think 4 years ago about now we were probably.....hmmmm could have been dancing...could have been laughing...not really sure but I just remember a fun of those happy days!!   So much has happened in those four short years!  

Four years favorite daughter was marrying some Limon cop.   Oh he was a cocky sort at times...but just one of those you couldn't help but like him...and you know when your only daughter is getting married you are sure no one is ever good enough.   But I had already came to a place that if Heather loved him...then I would too!    And then I got to know him...and I began to like him too.   We wondered if there is a special class in becoming an officer that when that uniform goes on they take on a different persona?   Turns out they just might....probably something that helps get through some of the things they must get through...

I was talking with my friend today about how Jay just wanted their wedding to be a party.   A celebration!   And really that is what marriage should be...a celebration of two people loving each other.   And a celebration it I wish that there were many more anniversaries that Heather and Jay would just spend trying to figure out if they were actually going out to eat or something...going with a friend or friends...or not doing anything...but that is not how that love story was written.  

And while many amazing and special moments that they shared...if what that love shared with the rest of us is any symbol...then they must have been an amazing match...shown in the birth of one little Isabel Marie.   A special sign of two people saying I do...

I had some great pictures well you know me I love all pictures...but I had some of Izzy that show parts of her times you will think she is her mom...then she turns around and she is definitely her daddy's child...then she has some of Uncle La La and Aunt Aum...Grandad....Grammy...Oppy...and I am sure any faded "genes" she has comes from AHMA!!

Anyway I was playing and so I put the two slides together...I say happy versary...though I don't know if that really is what you say...but I do hope for a happy we get a constant reminder of "All because two people fell in love".   Man I should have thought of that when making her card as that was the sign that hung on their trellis and then made it in the I know this is a goofy picture of Izzy Bell...but that is what I love is the multiple sides of she can have fun or be serious!  And some of the expressions and things she says...are definitely a mix of her mom and dad!   So I say love you and thank you and Happy Versary...and perhaps I'll throw this up and go to bed...sweet dreams...   lya


It seems that I have had several blogs going through  my head but they do not seem to make it from there to here...not sure if they really have to...BUT tonight while doing chores I was thinking about my cousin Kim asking for a shepherd update so I wanted to put that as he went to the Dr. Mitchell the surgeon yesterday.   I have to say we really have liked Dr. O Mitchell.  Made us feel God has been with us this whole journey as so much went so well.   So perhaps I will just focus on this first part and go from there!  

The shepherd and I got a good start to head for Colorado Springs for his appointment...Yes his 6 week checkup...not sure where the time has gone...though I know it may have felt like an eternity...but he is doing so good...though some days harder than the others.  Dr. Mitchell thought he was doing well as well.   He is getting some flexibility and was pretty cool seeing the x-rays.  Not sure if I could get copies but it looked good...we could see the screws in his leg.    We found out what it is made of molybdenum and nickel I remember off the top of my more but will have to look it up...

But something that stuck with me and was in my thought process as I did chores...the doctor had told Tim that some will say it has been such and such amount of time...thinking that he should be back to norm...they said at least 4 weeks until checkup and will see if he can do...was funny and one of the things I like of this doc is Tim said what can I do?   Dr. Mitchell without missing a beat says, "What do you want to do?"   Turns out NO for carrying buckets of reason why is if one would fall in a hole because not paying attention to where going but more on carrying.  He also asked about on a turns out...Not at this time!

So back to my story...or at least my thought...not probably focused enough to be an actual story.    But Tim and I had discussed this about how people sometimes people who have no clue...will say it has been such and such a time...why aren't you back to "normal".   And I have seen this in many places...I think of the whole grieving process...whether through death...divorce...breakups...and it is as though some must have a rule book hid some where that not all are privy to.    As I thought0 of is not as though one day you wake up and say, "Well I don't hurt anymore!"   Whether surgery...or internal heart injuries!    We do not lose someone and all of a sudden one day you wake up and say well glad that is over and I don't miss them everyday...but sometimes with do wakeup and it isn't the first thing that pops in your head...(and you begin to remember in the event of losing someone we love0...more some days of how they lived and not how they died. 

The same as with recovering from surgery...and again it does parallel losing someone....through death...divorce...breakups...or just circumstances.   You do get to feeling a little bit stronger...I think even doing my chores...I get to feeling a little bit stronger and things that were hard soon are not as  hard...I love the song by Sarah Evans...A little bit stronger...I sing this often doing chores...I watch those around me and think of them...I think of my daughter...of others...and of my shepherd who is getting stronger everyday...

Stronger that is if he doesn't try to do too much.   I loved when the doctor told him..."We are just trying to save you from yourself."   Isn't that many times who we do in fact need to be saved from--ourselves?  The internal things that seem to haunt us...cripple us...and all the while searching for something or someone to save us...not listening to those voices that say, "DON'T!   That will hurt you!"

Yes all of this was going through my head PLUS as I was doing chores and while doing them and thinking on these things...a dragonfly flew by.   I am not sure if I have mentioned much of dragonflies...but a series of things and different events...I think of those that have gone on...and sometimes I will see things that I feel God just sends as little exclamation points or Selah moments...After we lost Jay...the following summer I had different moments in which dragonflies showed up at moments that just seemed to be a sign of those that had gone tonight while feeling I feel a little bit stronger...along flew one of those dragonflies.   Made me think of Jay favorite son-in-law.   I think 4th of July was like his HOLIDAY!   He wanted to get married on it but the logistics of that were a little more so he settled on the 5th of July...and so I think of Heather tomorrow...but I think of the fun we had at their wedding...and so I try to think of yes HOW THEY LIVED!!   Many stories come up from that day!   And yes you could feel sad all the day but you could also remember the FUN!   And so a little bit stronger...but NO there is no time limit or rule book I know of that says time for healing from knee surgery 45 day...38 minutes....time for healing from losing someone you love...1 year (I put that because many have said well it has been a that I pull the bull sh** (yes I whispered it!) card!   IT is a process in which each person goes through individually.  

I think of many get togethers that we have attended as of last and I smile because at each event it is though someone has on a t-shirt as a reminder of the dragonflies...the sunrises and sunsets...that are there if we will only pause and feel it.  So I feel a little bit stronger...the shepherd is feeling very much stronger and for that I am very thankful...yes my shepherd is on the mend and coming back!!

And so I put in a pic of the Shepherd and the Firecracke doing chores...not sure if you can tell how much faster he is walking and he is helping do chores...and this is a pic that I have several for my whole BLOG BackLOG...

HAPPY 4th of July! 


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Grace my friend...

And I hurry to beat the deadline of wishing my friend Mary a Happy Birthday...oh sure I could have gave her a card...but I chose a blog this year!   She has been such an amazing friend!   The other day we went to the Christian bookstore in LaJunta over lunch...the woman asked where we were coming to and we said there...we were on our lunch break...looking for grace (okay some sort of gift I was certain would jump out for me and actually was looking for hope...alright back to my story!)   When we left I told Mary hard to explain what we are...friends, coworkers, mothers of friends, quite a collection if a guy sat and thought about it.

But friend is on the top of my descipt...I have been blessed to be able to work with such a good friend.   We have grown closer and closer and I am so thankful and blesssed to call her friend.   This journey we have been on has been one that has been a precious gift...and so since Mary began with her focus on Grace...I went with the theme for her birthday...I had left her a gift on her chair for Friday though I was out Flex Fridaying...I have another going on that one.  She sent me a reply that said, "Thank you 4 grace.   A gift I did nothing 2 earn."   Isn't that the thing of G-R-A-C-E.

I put in a picture of green...and I say thank you and Happy Birthday my friend!!  

If you look closely you can see hidden in the tree...and I think of Grace...a word I want to know more about...but I thank you my friend...Happy Birthday!

This song just seems to be...while I love Todd Agnew's version of Grace like Rain...This one by Aaron Keyes is kind of a cool version...and I love the pictures of rain...and seems a version Mary would like...