The above photo montage shows Don, Pat and other members of our family. Not shown is our newest grandson, Trevor. Pat's mom and dad are now deceased.
Don, Pat and grandson Trevor
Don's sister Nancy and her husband Don who live near Mt. Morris, IL. They both remain active in retirement... Nancy tends to her massive model horse collection and Don raises homing pigeons.
Don's mom (left), his sister Nancy (red coat) and husband Don (blue and white jacket) came for a weekend visit in the spring of 2008.
Don's nephew Joe and his wife Debbie were here in February 2011.
Our Golden Retriever "Pfeil". She is the fifth senior dog that we have adopted. She is simply the best! You can learn more about her by clickinghttp://passionforgold.homestead.com/PassionsSpellboundPfeil.html .
"Michael" is an exotic breed Bengal Snow Leopard cat. In our family, Michael is the one who is truly in charge!
Note: Regrettably, Michael and Pfeil died in 2013 and 2014. We miss them both so very much.
We are now whole once again after recently traveling to Richmond, KY to bring home our new companion Springer Spaniel "Leah." She is a retired nine years old show dog and daughter of the 2007 Westminster "Best in Show". You can see Leah in action during her younger years at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylqt7-qBBSk . She is the 7th older dog that we have adopted over the years. We are so very thankful to Karen Carrico for trusting us into the care of Leah for the rest of her days.
1. My life is likely to
last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is
likely to be painful.
me time to understand what you want of me
3. Place your trust in
me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for
long and don't lock me up as punishment.
You have your work, your friends, your
entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't
understand your words, I do understand
your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however
you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before
you strike me, remember that I could hurt
you, and yet, I choose not to bite
8. Before you scold me
for being lazy or uncooperative, ask
yourself if something might be bothering
me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right
food, I have been in the sun too long, or
my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when
I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult
journey, go with me please. Never say you
can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this
alone. Everything is easier for me if you
are there, because I love you so.
~Take a moment today to
thank God for your pets.. Enjoy and take good
care of them.
Life would be a
much duller, less joyful experience
without God's critters.
Mark, Trevor, Stephanie and the newest addition to our family, Evan (March 2009)
Mark and Evan - April 2009
"Chicks dig me" Our newest grandson
Fall, 2010 photo of Don and Pat
Thanksgiving 2011 at Joe and Debbie's home in Rockford, IL.
Grandson Evan doing a yoga pose.
Our 50th wedding anniversary photo.
More photos from much earlier days:
Early picture of Don's Grandpa Carl Snodgrass (bottom row, 5th from left) and his many brothers and sisters.
Pat and Martha Donovan on the Admirals Barge in San Diego Harbor awaiting the arrival of the USS Belleau Wood returning from her deployment in the Western Pacific.
The family name Snodgrass originated in the late 17th century in Scotland. It has been said that the name means "dweller in the smooth grass." The first records of the family in America are in the mid 18th century in Pennsylvania. From there they have spread across the continent and today there are more than 6000 Snodgrass families here. We are all descendants of William Russell and Harriet Jane McGuire Snodgrass. William & Harriet had 6 sons and 8 daughters (shown in the above picture). The home place is at Dandridge Tennessee. People by the name of Cameron live there now. His parents bought it from Satterfields who bought it from William & Harriet.
Don's sister, Nancy has visited Eastern Tennessee locations where Grandpa Carl Snodgrass and his many brothers and sisters were born and raised. Nancy has many other pictures and details (dates, places, names, etc.) of the Snodgrass family heritage. Thanks to Nancy' and Jill's organizing efforts, a Snodgrass family reunion was held September 2, 2001, in Leaf River, Illinois.