Today, March 6th, is Jack’s 84th birthday! This was taken on his birthday in 1998 when we lived in Pacific Grove, CA near Carmel. Our dear friend, Ann Wylie, sent Jack the birthday balloons from Texas. Was he ever surprised when he opened the huge, but extremely light box that showed up on our doorstep!
Here we are with Ann, we call her “Angel Ann”, and Tony who piloted the hot air balloon we rode in Albuquerque. We went up with the mass ascension during the annual Balloon Fiesta in 1997. Talk about an awesome experience! We were a little nervous at first, in fact Jack had requested the company’s best pilot when he made our reservations. The lady he talked with said, “That would be Tony!” And he was good, we quickly realized the ride was very smooth and there was nothing to worry about. What wonderful memories.
Cowboy Artist Jack in the middle 1970ies, years before we met. This was a promotional photo he used for his art shows. And if I remember correctly it was published in an article about Jack in Texas Monthly.
Jack and I on our first trip to California in 1990. These humongous Eucalyptus Trees were just around the corner from the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. The locals call the town SLO! We lived about 30 minutes from there several years later and our weekly treat was to go to the Farmer’s Market. As great as Texas is there is nothing here like the Farmer’s Market in SLO!
“THE KING OF MY HEART!” This was taken at the Atlantis Resort. We stayed there during their grand opening in December, 1998. Michael Jackson was also a guest at the time but we never saw him!
Our studio in Carefree, Arizona. This is one of my favorite pictures of Jack. I have a slide show of Jack pictures as the screen saver on my computer. Every time this one comes up I feel like he is waving at me from Heaven. Neat thing happened this morning while I was reading my devotional on our back porch. A window opened up in the cloudy sky and I could see a sunlit cloud. Very much like what happened on Valentine’s morning. I just know Jack was up there waving down to me and all of you who love him too.
Let’s celebrate life like Jack would want us to, remembering all of the great times and love he showed. God truly blessed all of us with such a generous man, full of positiveness. He certainly taught every one of us about living with “No Bad Days!” SO…..
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!