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The Man, In Pictures

June 22, 2010

*this week in blogging is dedicated to the man I love

The man, the husband, the daddy, in action:

Providing wood for the campfire.

And food.

Making sure the girls of the family get proper archery lessons.

And an opportunity to pound nails into a squirrel hide (drying into rawhide for a bow string).

Coaching Col on the art of splitting wood.

Bringing home a cache of found owl pellets (the undigestables coughed up by owls after dining) for the kids to dissect.

Turning it into an anatomy lesson.

Displaying the antlers found this spring (yes, just this spring).

Cuddling his 2 pound, premature son in the hospital.

And that same child, asleep in his arms, five years later.

Despite the adventures and shenanigans, when you ask the kids what they love most about their daddy, they say “because he’s so nice, and sweet and soft. And he loves us.”



29 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2010 7:19 am

    Awesome daddy. You are very blessed. I love the naked fairy with the bow and arrow (Cupid, perhaps?)

  2. June 22, 2010 9:00 am

    That made me teary. Esp. the last two.

  3. Judy permalink
    June 22, 2010 10:07 am

    The mother of the husband, the man, the father, the brother is taking special pleasure in all of the words and pictures this week!

    I never thought of it before, but I suppose the Diana of myths began her archery lessons in just such garb – or absence thereof – the bare essentials.

    • 6512 and growing permalink*
      June 22, 2010 10:46 am

      We’re sadly having to break Rose of her nudist tendencies during mosquito season. But in channeling Diana, she does seem to shoot with more gusto when wrapped in the bare essentials.

  4. Ami permalink
    June 22, 2010 10:42 am

    Love this! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. June 22, 2010 10:55 am

    I heart Dan.

  6. June 22, 2010 12:22 pm

    Just recently found your blog and it’s really making my day. Very fine writing and excellent sense of humor. Such a pleasure to read (I laughed, I cried, and all that). Thanks so much for sharing.

    • 6512 and growing permalink*
      June 22, 2010 2:21 pm

      Ellen, Thank you for your kind words. Off to peek at your blog. Rachel

  7. abozza permalink
    June 22, 2010 12:30 pm

    Love, love, love your naked angel! And, of course, love reading about your guy, as well. Something about a Dad…

  8. June 22, 2010 2:08 pm

    what a journey, what a dad, what a mama, what an inspiring family…

    ….thanks for everything you share here….

    -the photos of him holding Col (X2) couldn’t be more tender.


  9. June 22, 2010 4:16 pm

    So glad I found this blog! I grew up at 5000 feet (close, but not quite the same!) and I miss my childhood in the mountains as I read this. I’ll be back!

  10. June 22, 2010 6:29 pm

    WOW. Look at all those antlers!

  11. June 22, 2010 6:31 pm

    what a wonderful series of daddy pictures. i’m digging those antlers.

  12. Peggy permalink
    June 22, 2010 8:44 pm

    I love them all – but mostly the one of naked Rose using the bow – gotta love that!!

  13. Melissa permalink
    June 23, 2010 12:18 am

    For real.
    What a lovely tribute!

  14. June 23, 2010 7:01 am

    what a dad!! he is great at finding owl pellets and antlers, eh?

    are you in durango? i saw *6512* and knew you must be!! i met my partner there and our daughter was born there. we have dear friends there still and miss it very much. thanks for visiting my blog!

    • 6512 and growing permalink*
      June 23, 2010 10:08 am

      We are in Durango. That’s neat that you have a connection here (doesn’t childbirth always connect you deeply to a place)? Despite living here for the past 15 years, both my children were born somewhere else. Take care, Rachel

  15. June 23, 2010 9:35 am

    Dan IS the Man! A beautiful, heartfelt tribute. Your children (and you) are so lucky to have someone so involved and passionate about his craft in your lives. I think it’s so important for children to see and feel that. I have no doubt they do every second of their lives with you guys.

  16. June 23, 2010 12:53 pm

    Is that what I’m supposed to wear when practicing archery?! :)

    • 6512 and growing permalink*
      June 23, 2010 3:08 pm

      Kyndale, I’m going to have to try it, my archery skills need a little pick-me-up. XO

  17. June 23, 2010 1:14 pm

    Channeling Diana ~ I love it! That image was too cute!! When my oldest was young, I was convinced she would grow to be a nudist. She was always in either panties or nude when we were at home. She still isn’t so fond of apparel.

    Lovely post and tribute to your husband. He does sound like a keeper! :)

  18. June 23, 2010 2:58 pm

    Your tributes to your husband are making me cry. (Luckily the picture of Rose in the buff with wings and bow made me laugh so I am able to pull myself together to face the rest of my day. Diana indeed!) :)

  19. June 23, 2010 2:59 pm

    What a lovely post. And you’re not kidding; he is the man! Wood-chopping, fish-frying, putting nails into squirrel hide!

    My sister spent a summer labeling each mouse bone she plucked out of an owl pellet with a tweezers. I love that your kids are doing it!

  20. ike permalink
    June 23, 2010 6:44 pm

    Just wanted to chime in and say that I agree that Dan is an amazing father to those lucky kids

  21. June 25, 2010 3:42 am

    These photos are incredible. Your kids are learning and experiencing so much already. So cool. And naked, WINGED, archery lessons? Awesome.

  22. June 29, 2010 9:35 pm

    I was going to say that the fair-skinned, fairy-winged, naked-as-a-jaybird archeress Rose totally stole this post until I got to those last two pictures. Then I had to stop and take them in for a few long moments. And maybe I cried a little. Beautiful, Rachel.

  23. August 14, 2010 2:44 am

    Oh, that picture of Rose with her bow! These are great pictures.


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