May 29, 2006
Our 30th Anniversary

June 2006 Norman Rockwell Exhibit - Baltimore, MD
Stephie & Aunt Becky

World War II in June 2006
Rockwell Exhibit at Maryland Science Center

June 2006
Plane at Maryland Space Center

Arlington National Cemetery, June 2006
Becky, Stephie, Leann, Christina

June 2006
Mount Vernon

Rhododendruns at Sofierö, June 2004
Queen's Garden flowers

Sweden in June

The Queen's Gardens

Here we are on our 25th anniversary at our hotel in Paris.
May 29, 2001
This was taken on a family vacation when our girls were younger.  We visited Colorado, where our oldest daughter was born.  As you can see we had a great time with the snow in the summer time.


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Mark and I love to travel when we have the opportunity.  Every few years we do something special.  We went to Paris for our 25th anniversary, in 2001, and spent a week there.
In the summer of 2003 we went to visit our daughter while she was in the Air Force and stationed at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.  We took in the sights within driving distance of there, including San Franciso and magnificent Big Sur.  
In June of 2004, I traveled alone to visit our foreign exchange daughter in Sweden for her graduation from the gymnasium. 
The summer of 2005 we visited my family in South Dakota and went to Mexico to get away from it all.  We did some beach bumming and shopping where it is cheap, and we ate wonderful Mexican meals.   
In May, 2006 our family had reason to celebrate when our grandson, Mark, was born.  We traveled to Maryland to enjoy our daughter's family and the baby's baptism.  Mark & I were sponsors for him.  Whle there, we visited many of the Baltimore and Washington, DC area attractions. 
In 2006 for our 30th anniversary, we took a trip to the New England states.  Neither one of us had been to New England before.  We stayed in a bed and breakfast for a week in Wilmington, Vermont during the month of July, rented a car, and just enjoyed spending time with no schedules.  We decided that the cool days we spent there were a wonderful change from the 100 degree days we have here in Texas during the month of August!
I traveled alone to South Dakota in the summer of 2006 to visit my mom and brother, and renew my spirits in my home state.  It is always good to go home and enjoy family around you.
Mark & I have always enjoyed traveling.  We enjoy tasting various cultures and seeing other ways of life.  Many years ago we both went entirely around the world on a concert mission tour.  We traveled to France, Italy, Greece, Lebonan, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, the Phillipian islands, Taiwan and Hawaii on the tour that took about 6 weeks to complete.  We had the opportunity to meet world leaders like Prime Minister Indiri Ghandi and the royal family of Thailand.  Over the years I have been to all but a very few of our states.  Enjoying the diversity of our world is enlightening and keeps us learning new things.

July 2006
South Dakota Buffalo

July 2006
South Dakota Sunset

I cannot say this any better than the song writer who wrote the lyrics to the classic folk song, "Home on the Range".  It fits my home state, South Dakota, beautifully.  Even though today the buffalo do not roam freely as they once did, they still roam the prairies I know as my home.    Leann McClain
O give me a home,
Where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play.
Where seldom is heard,
A discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.
Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play.
Where seldom is heard,
A discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

My reason for vacations:
"I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."  Psalm 121:1-2
Rest and rejuvenation is good for your outlook on life.

I took these pictures on our vacations.  I hope you enjoy them! 

June 2006
Our Grandchildren, Stephanie & Mark

June 2006
The Baptism of Our Godchild, Mark Alan Reitz, Grandpa M's namesake

Young Swedish Dancer in Malmö, Sweden June 2004

I spent 3 weeks in Sweden in June of 2004.  It is the homeland of my father's parents and home to our foreign exchange daughter.  I took in Swedish Flag day at Malmö, Sweden in June of 2004 while visiting my exchange daughter's home in nearby Lömma.  The dancers were having a great time doing traditional folk dancing and this child was precious as she thoroghly enjoyed the day.

Big Sur, California
Steve, Christina, Mark, Leann in Summer 2003

July 2006
Evening firelight at our Bed and Breakfast

July 2006
Mark by New Hampshire Bridge

July 2006
Vermont Sunset near our Bed & Breakfast

July 2006
Leann in Massachusetts Countryside

Archipelago near Stockholm, Sweden
June, 2004

I took this picture at sunset on a 15 hour boat trip into the archipelago near Stockholm, Sweden.  It was an extraodinarily beautiful day with intermittant rain and a gorgeous evening. 

July 2006
Vermont Covered Bridge near Wilmington

July 2006
Leann by a Vermont Covered Bridge

July 2006
Rural Connecticut Church

July 2006
River in Vermont at Sunset