As most of you know I never knew my dad, or any of his family. I have no memories of him except one time when he came to visit when I was around eight years old.
This photo, I believe, is around the time he left. It's Dad, Mom, and the puppy he brought us, Smokey.
Dad had two brothers and three sisters. (Strangely, my mom was one of six siblings. Three males and three females.) As I got older when any of them visited Arizona they made sure to get in touch with me. Now one of my first cousins comes here regularly because her son married a local girl.
So I've been lucky to get to know the family. One of my aunts had a puppet ministry which another cousin has since taken over. When Jessica was tiny they were in town and brought one of the puppets in to visit. I don't remember the puppet's name but I'm sure one of my cousins will fill that in.
This is my cousin, Pam, and Jessica getting to know the special visitor.
I was afraid she might be afraid of him but she thought he was great.
On another visit my aunt bought Jessica a Lamp Chop puppet and taught her some ventriloquism but she didn't keep up with it. I think she still has Lamp Chop though.
Such fun memories.