2003 was a year of many joys and tragic losses, beginnings and farewells. The loss of Dad in November still does not seem real. He had become very active in community affairs, and he stayed very busy working around the farm. He lived a very full 83 years. We are very proud of him, and of course we miss him terribly. It was very reassuring to hear old and recent friends, family, and acquaintences speak of Dad's and Mom's many wonderful qualities. 2002 was the first Christmas without Mom. We treasure the time we had with Dad, but we also know how lonely he was missing Mom. The kindness we experienced during this time was incredible. You can click on the links for additional information. http://stevebailes.org/DadFound.htm
In May, Terry Lynn, Steve, Steph and Doris traveled to San Francisco for Heathers graduation from Seminary.And we were proud to have Sam become part of our family when he and Heather wed. We were able to tour San Francisco with Stephs fiancÚ, Josh, and his family, and Sam's family.
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http://community.webshots.com/album/75109923yZaUbI or http://community.webshots.com/album/75112382WglSgB or http://community.webshots.com/album/75113829JrYqtK or http://community.webshots.com/album/75116302DBDFCV
Josh presented Steph with a diamond on Raven Rock (Ice Mt) in June. (right) They have set Aug 7, 2004, as the wedding date in Charlotte, NC.
Meantime we were hosting the annual Ice Mt/ N.River Mills Festival and the Moonshine Ball (left). Josh and Steph (right) are the rigning Queen and King of the yearly ball. I would post photos, but I think they may have been intentionally destroyed. AAA and WV Public TV were also giving us good press (mixed blessing?) Terry Lynn and Steve are still helping coordinate guided tours of Ice Mt. http://community.webshots.com/user/icemt2003
Alex, Kirstyn Terry Lynn and Steve toured Harper's Ferry then camped at Antietam. Weeks later we also joined with the Hampshire Heritage Days Celebration.(below) http://community.webshots.com/album/84595869AFiFri
We flew back out to San Francisco for Doug and Joyces wedding officiated by Heather. It was a beautiful ceremony and a wonderful time to gather with family (left). http://community.webshots.com/album/90695524JBfJLK We also drove down to Heather and Sams home in Hanford, CA, where Heather is serving as pastor of a Methodist church. (right) http://community.webshots.com/album/90699600MarXtR
Friends and family surprised Dad for 83rd birthday in August.
Dads brother Kyle and his wife, Pat, celebrated their 50th Anniversary. We were privileged to share in the celebration with such a wonderful couple. (right) Dad was the best man 50 years earlier, and he again stood by Pat and Kyle as they renewed their vows. http://community.webshots.com/album/84799511egYpGA
Matt, Tamika and Jasmine (left)visited with us. Later we visited them at their new home near Manassas, VA. http://community.webshots.com/album/84666455VwXDxY
We got off easy with Hurricane Isabel which only caused flooding and power outages. (You can also see some snow and spa shots.)
We took Dad and to his first family reunion in Summersville, WV. Sharon and Alan met us there. It was great to put faces to people Id only heard of. (below) Such hospitality, good food, the beauty of nature-- it was wonderful.
We again hosted 36 hours of Sunday School: "Weekend in the Wilderness 2003" Hardy campers from our church spent the weekend at the Old Thomas/Bailes Inn in North River Mills (left). http://community.webshots.com/album/92594164CLSpyd.
We were Playin Possum and rounding up good roadkill from time to time. (right) http://community.webshots.com/album/72056111aofWTW We also enjoyed 1.(below) Ashville hospitality with Sharon and Alan visited Josh and Steph in Charlottsville, NC; 2. visited with Aunt Martha and Cecil and Polly on the Blue Ridge; 3.explored some waterfalls and did some canoeing and 4. biking. http://community.webshots.com/album/73139844nMgubM
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Marge Simpson (Steve), and Static Kling (Terry Lynn) were prowling the neighborhood Halloween. Steph and Pepe have signed on to do Men In Black III. (below) http://community.webshots.com/album/4514808HVyiZlCMoH
Other October doings included a visit from Craig Waterfalls, Bonfires, Shootuns_Oct.2003 http://community.webshots.com/album/98398047UQPNyN
In November, Terry Lynn and Stephanie coordinated a surprise 50th birthday bash for Steve. (left) Later that month Terry Lynn and Steve met up with Sam and Heather on Oahu. Lots of sun, great tropical food, snorkeling @ Hanauma, Waimea Falls. A wonderful couple days. (right)
Terry Lynn is teaching preschool, English as a 2nd language and she is the parent Resource Coordinator for Morgan Co. http://reinvent.k12.wv.us/lt/homepage.nsf/PreviewHomePages/terrybailes Steve is teaching 7th grade geography. Photos of Capon Bridge Middle are posted at: http://community.webshots.com/user/caponbridgems or http://community.webshots.com/user/CaponBridgeBobcat
Steve and Terry Lynn still enjoy talking about Samoa. We have enjoyed visiting University High, and Terry Lynns brother, Pat, who hosts an annual Multicultural Week at University High. Rock Foster made the poster at left when we visited with his and Elaine's church.
Terry Lynn and Steve plan to go with a high school group for a 3 week trip to Italia in March.
Lynn and Bryan Hall drove down from Vermont in November. It was a wonderful weekend, but too short. (right)
Some final photos feature 1. "Dead Eye Steph"; 2. N . River Mills locals and their pearly whites ; 3. Possible Hazards of Marriages at Nude Beaches; 4. Best Man at Kyle and Pat's 50th; 5. Pucker Power; 6. & 7. Hillbilly Luge, WV style.
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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a joyful and peace filled 2004.
With Love, Steve and Terry Lynn email: Tashunka@stevebailes.org or http://geocities.com/bailessteve
Family: http://community.webshots.com/user/wvmemab or Family: http://community.webshots.com/user/bailessteve
Family: http://community.webshots.com/user/keithbailes or Ice Mt. http://community.webshots.com/user/icemt2003
China: http://community.webshots.com/user/saina1999 or church http://community.webshots.com/user/cbmethodist
Terry Lynn: http://reinvent.k12.wv.us/lt/homepage.nsf/PreviewHomePages/terrybailesSteve: http://reinvent.k12.wv.us/lt/homepage.nsf/PreviewHomePages/bailessteve