Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Cowboy

Few cowboys ever owned much.
The primary reward of being a cowboy
was the pleasure of living a cowboy's life.

We lost a real cowboy when we lost Leslie Amadore Hencratt at age 76 on April 12, 2012, and I lost my "Unc".  Uncle Les was really my mom's cousin, but we called him Unc.  He and Aunt Leora could not have children, so my brother and I gladly filled in.  I must say, looking back, we were sooooooo spoiled rotten by Unc and Aunt Leora.  At the time, I didn't realize how spoiled we were; I just felt very loved and knew I could get away with ANYTHING and get ANYTHING I wanted.

So the Hencratt family and friends gathered in Cottonwood last week to say our final good-bye to our brother, cousin, uncle, and friend.  Our long-time family friend, Dan Woolery, did an excellent job officiating.  Unc was laid to rest in the Cottonwood Community Cemetery next to his sister and mom and dad. I laughed  to myself because there were more people at the service WITH cowboy hats on than without.  Of course, after the service, in true Hencratt family fashion, we went to the Cottonwood Community Center for a huge potluck!  Even in tough times, there's nothing you can't eat your way out of!  :0)

Unc was born in Red Bluff and moved to Cottonwood when he was a little boy.  He grew up on a ranch and spent 40 years working as a ranch hand on two different ranches (same owner) in Shingletown and in Goose Lake.  He always grew a HUGE garden and hunted.  He lived a very simple life with few modern conveniences.  As the quote above says, Unc's pleasure was living a cowboy's life.  A few years ago, losing his eyesight forced him to "retire".  He loved the land and animals and took great care of both.

He also loved ME with all his heart!  Unc called me "Judy Ann" from the day I was born.  When I was little, I would ask him, "Why do you call me Judy Ann?"  He would smile (which he rarely did) and say, "Cause that's your name!"  He introduced me to Rocky Mountain Oysters when I was very young.  Boy could Unc fry up a skillet full of Rocky Mountain Oysters, and whenever he did, he always saved some for me.  By the time I was old enough to realize what they were, I LOVED them.  If you don't know what Rocky Mountain Oysters are, you can look it up on Wikipedia.  So many memories floating through my mind; too numerous to share!

A rare smile...Didn't see those too often
Unc was a quiet man!  I once read this quote about cowboys:  "Cowboys talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much."  That was my Uncle Les!

Oh how I will miss him!  

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A "Sock" and No Shoes

I absolutely LOVE the fun things Redding Christian High School has for the students. Each month the Student Council plans a great activity for fun and fellowship! On March 9th they had a Sock Hop! (I know, I'm soooo far behind in blogging).  They had sooooo much fun! Dressing Up.Eating.Dancing. = FUN!

Jeff, Hannah and Lyle

The senior class members that attended the Sock Hop

Then on April 10th, Redding Christian School sponsored "One Day Without Shoes" through Toms Shoes. The whole school was invited to participate. When you arrived at school, you "checked" your shoes in at the office and got them back at the end of the day. The purpose of this activity was to experience what children in other parts of the world experience -- having no shoes to wear! It was a cold and rainy day, so the kids REALLY got a feel for what it is like for less fortunate children. T-shirts were available for sale, and the proceeds went to purchasing Toms Shoes. The elementary students were given a coloring page so they could design their own Toms Shoe. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Leaving for the DR

Lyle left on Sunday with a group of 25 kids and 4 adults from Redding Neighborhood Church to go to the Dominican Republic on a Missions Trip. They drove to San Francisco, flew to Miami Florida, and on to the DR. On the agenda for the week...cement work, cement work, and more cement work!!! He won't be home until Monday, April 9th.

They are meeting up with David and Aleah who moved to the DR in January. They, along with another missionary couple, will be heading up teams that come to the DR for various work projects. Aleah is the daughter of one of my good friends.

David and Aleah have been posting a picture everyday on their blog. Nice to see Lyle in their picture last night:

This is what David wrote on their blog: "They’re finally here! It’s only been two and a half months but it feels like we’ve been getting ready for teams forever. And finally our first team. I couldn’t think of a better group to have for our first team. The High School Ministry from our home church Neighborhood Church in Redding, CA.

I’m writing all of this a little late because it’s been pedal to the metal since they arrived. The group arrived 15 minutes early, at about 8:15 pm local time. We then loaded the bus and went to Rick and Tammie’s for a quick dinner of empenadas. During dinner we gave a brief orientation and welcome. Then we took the group to the hotel they’re staying at for the week.

Aleah used her spanish that she’s learned in the last two months to check everyone in at the hotel. I’m so proud of her. Seriously, I was surprised.

There will be a lot more to come this week. I’ll do my best to keep up. We start off tomorrow at 7am with prayer and breakfast and then it’s off to work. We’ll be at two construction sites. We’ll be working building a school and a church. It’s going to be a good week."

P.S. Will be VERY weird to have Easter without my two children!! :0(

P.S.S. Lyle shouldn't get separated from the group or lost with that bright orange sweatshirt! LOL