S: Seasons of Change
FC: Gordon's 80th Round up
1: A weekend of celebration and memories | August 5-7, 2011 Sterling, Coloardo
2: 80 and counting | $$$
3: Party preparations | It takes a team...
4: Let's Party
10: Friends and
17: The party continues at the house
18: The Dughman's
20: The Word's
21: The Fillinger's
22: Dear Dad, It was so much fun to put this together for you! Everyone who helped you celebrate has been touched by you. Whether it's a family member, friends, friends that are like family, a family that took you in, a co-worker or a neighbor... The most common thread through all of these is the art of leather-work...be it just a simple key-chain, or every cowboy's most important piece of equipment, his saddle. You are truly gifted and we are all richer for having been the recipient of this art in all that you have created over the years.
23: It was my joy to help plan and prepare this party for you! I regret being unable to convey these thoughts that day, my emotions just got the better of me. However, I couldn't let it go unsaid to you. This photo journal recognizes many relationships that you have built over the past 80 years, but it's my privilege to call you Dad! Love, Cheryl
24: Dad: It is with love, gratitude and admiration that I honor and celebrate you and your 80th Birthday!! It is honestly hard to put into proper words the love I have for you. I love you for being a great Father; and for loving me. I love you for providing the essentials (likely peas fall into this category) and the not so essentials, (this could be my beloved mustang). I love you for always making me feel safe. I love you for your story telling; some serious, bringing me to tears, and others providing incredible humor. There is no one better at “coloring” a story for a little added listening pleasure!! I love you for the times you stopped by to see Corey, during the day, when he was a newborn. I love you for being a wonderful loving Grandfather and now a “Great” Grandfather. I have the greatest of gratitude to you for all that you are and what you have imparted on me. I’m grateful for your sense of humor and all of the laughs, some at the expense of others (maybe that isn’t so good) we’ve shared. I’m grateful for your instilling a a strong work ethic. I’m grateful you were able to see beyond my red hair and what this could have meant as a handicap I’m grateful for the
25: demonstration of your commitment to your word, I fondly recall you paying off a mashed potato bet with Bailey. I’m grateful you demonstrated and taught the importance of integrity! I’m grateful for all the great times we’ve spent together and the memories created; the holidays, the special occasions, and the trips to various destinations to name a few. The admiration I have for you is countless. I admire your strength, tenacity and perseverance that you developed as a young child. I admire your knowledge and common sense. I admire your honoring our country, “volunteering” to serve in the Marines, moving to the “big city”, and a very successful career with Public Service. I’m very proud of you and your many talents, first and foremost your expertise in the leather craft is unprecedented and a gift. From the simplest of tasks to the most complex, I’ve not seen anything you couldn’t repair, replicate or create that involved leather. You are an artist, with an incredible talent for drawing and whittling. I am blessed and privileged to call you Dad!! Love, Carol
26: This book was made with love by: Nicole and Cheryl Photography: Nicole Party Planners: Gladys, Cheryl, Carol