Brief Visit

My Aunt Missy flew into town, I picked her up at the airport and took her to my mom’s house. We watched Mom and Donna scramble to finish last minute packing and then they all got on the road to head towards AZ. A very brief visit for me, but still fun. 😀

20170517-3 Sue Snow Missy 20170517-4 Missy Sue Donna

P.S. I’m terrible at taking selfies, but Missy did pretty good with this one:

20170517-1 Missy Snow

Grandma Ellen

Yesterday I learned from my mom that my paternal grandmother, Ellen, would have turned 100 years old on Feb. 18, 2016 — if she were still alive. Wow, that’s a little mind-blowing. I’ve been pondering this since, and doing the math backwards, and it means she was 34 when they adopted my father, which I think was really an unusual age to start raising kids back then. She was an amazing yet difficult woman to know, let alone love.

In my memory she was most often cranky and brittle and telling people what they were doing wrong. That’s the hard part. I also remember her telling me wonderful stories about her life. Stories about meeting Grandpa Vern in Panama — she was a civilian working for the Navy as a secretary and he was an officer; about meeting my father’s birth mother before the adoption; about driving a car after the steering wheel had come off — to the great amazement of the mechanics when she arrived at a garage; about adopting my two aunts in Germany; about my grandfather running a circus for the local lions club for years and actually turning a profit for them. She also tried to teach me Spanish when I was little but she lived too far away then to really make any headway, but she tried.

In the photo here, the baby is my youngest sister, Janelle. Grandma Ellen is actually smiling in this photo. A rare enough thing. I think she might have been the happiest I’d ever seen her, when she was holding that baby. In the photo below, she’s sitting with my Grandma Delores, I think the first (only?) time they met.


David Harp

The photos of David that I’ve collected so far. From my own archives as well as some stolen from Jessica Harp, Janelle Garner, Shawna Garner, Karen Garner, and Sarah Bell (via FB). I hope no one minds. I thought it would be nice to collect them together.

David - great smile

Rest in Peace, David

In loving memory of my step-brother, David Harp.

Lewiston Tribune obit for David A. Harp

David A. Harp, age 36, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Airway Heights, Wash. He was born April 16, 1978, in Rockford, Ill., to Rowland Harp and Karen (Johnson) Garner.

David was a graduate of Lewiston High School and also spent eight years in Auburn, Wash. He proudly served his country from 2000 to June 2013. David was deployed to Kosovo, Iraq and to Afghanistan twice.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica Harp of Cheney, Wash; children Emalyth, Abygael and Ewyn Harp; mother Karen Garner; sisters Shawna and Janelle Garner; niece Trinity Russell; in-laws Michael and Brenda Stroh; and sisters-in-law Sarah Bell and Julie Gregory.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:15 p.m. Monday at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash.

Harp Family Visit

Had a great visit with my brother, David, and his family today. The surreal part is that I hadn’t seen him in about 20 years.