Saturday, February 23, 2008
The owners of this house probably thought we were casing it or something, with the amount of photos I took of it.
This shot is of a car passing by on the street while the shutter was open.
Friday, February 22, 2008
There was this great big sand hill that Benson and the kids climbed up. It was interesting to watch the people that this hill intrigued. It attracted the old, the young, and everyone in between. People would run down it and fall and roll part of the way. Jeremy's approach was just to roll! He had sand everywhere when he was finally all the way down. They had a lot of fun.
When we were done in Pacific City we drove north. It was starting to get cold, cloudy, and windy. We saw these sun spots coming through the clouds. It was awesome!!!
A couple of months ago the coast had a really strong storm blow through. There were 100+ MPH winds and lots of flooding. A lot of trees were uprooted and blown over. In fact, the tallest Sitka Spruce tree, which once stood near HWY 26 was blown over. I know what you are thinking, we too are still asking ourselves why God lets bad things happen to good trees. Anyway, this is a wheelchair ramp that leads from the parking lot at Cannon Beach to the sand. I know...a wheelchair ramp to the sand? It was actually really cool to see all of the driftwood that had been trapped in the ramp and had not been cleaned up yet. (In case you couldn't tell, Benson wrote this section)
It was a really fun trip to the coast, and we really enjoyed each other's company!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Brooklyn made this card for Benson. It is really cute. The kids got him Swedish Fish for his birthday. I can't believe how long it can take with Brooklyn to pick out candy. It was quite the decision for her!
Happy Birthday Benson! I love you and appreciate all that you do for us, including cleaning up your own birthday dinner!!! What a wonderful man!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Here I am putting on his badge.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Last Sunday a good friend of mine was killed on his way to work. Mark Zylawy, known as Z-Man, was assigned to be my coach after I had graduated from the basic academy. I worked with him during June and July of 2007. He was a great officer, and a great mentor. I will never forget the lessons that he taught me during our time together.
He had a way of making everybody feel as if they were the most important person in the world. He was able to help me work through all of the little, and not so little, concerns that I had as a new officer. He went out of his way to help solve problems that had occurred during my hiring process. I remember that he always told me he was cleaning up Northeast Portland, one crack pipe at time.
The funeral was amazing. It was awesome to see the very personal side of Z-Man. It was also awesome to see the emotion that flowed freely for Z-Man from a bunch of cops.
He was truly one of the great people that have been police officers. He will be missed!