Yesterday, while driving down the mountain coming home from Lake Tahoe, we saw the traffic ahead braking as they approached a curve in the road. There were several people out of their cars looking around and then I saw a crashed motorcycle on the ground. We decided to pull over and help. I asked a few people what they saw. No one there had seen the accident. One lady said she had seen that bike up at Tahoe racing around the streets being a crazy, rude driver. There were about four cars of people out on foot looking up in trees and through the brush for an injured rider. I tried to study the accident from what was there to see if I could figure out which direction the person would have been tossed. There were people searching on both sides of the street. After looking for quite some time, and studying the accident we figured that someone must have taken the rider down the hill to a hospital. There was no trace of a person, just a crashed up motorcycle. It was strange.

Before getting into the car to leave a young lady asked me which Fire department Matt works for. I told her and she replied “oh, so you know the Prokoshs?” Then she told us her fiance works for another department in the valley. Matt asked his name. We both knew who he was and I laughed and said “hey, we work out with your father in law!”

It seems to happen frequently where I meet someone that knows someone else.

Reno really is the biggest little city.

It’s a small world.

So a few cousins of ours have had Etsy shops. If you have not yet heard of Etsy, it is an online craft fair. You can sell anything that you can make or re-purpose. Really, you can sell anything people would be interested in. I have always thought that was a fantastic avenue for selling things.

Not too long ago I found out how great one of the cousins shops was doing. I realized that I could make things to sell too. Then my mind just took off with ideas for things we could make. I realized this could be an incredible entrepreneurial learning experience for the kids too. So, we have a shop open. So far we are selling cupcake toppers and some of my landscape photography. We will be working towards printing black and white photos on shirts. Matt bought a screen printer back in December with the gumption to make and sell t-shirts. Since we are involved in the Crossfit world we will probably start there. Everyone loves their gym shirts! 🙂

You can check out our shop @ www.ETSY.com/shop/AlderFamilyCreations

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Cheryl

When I was 12 my family moved to Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Rio Rancho is right outside of Albuquerque. As hard as it was at that age to move away from all that was familiar and the lifelong friends I had up to that point in my life, it was a good journey. I made more dear friends in our short three year stint in Rio Rancho.

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One of those friends is my beautiful friend, Stephanie. Steph is five years older than me. She was a senior in high school while when I was in seventh grade. We met because she was working with the Jr.High youth group at our church in New Mexico. The first time we met we had on matching jackets which struck up a conversation and we’ve now been friends for twenty three years. The most interesting part is that we only had six short months together to build our friendship and then she went off to Biola University in California. A twenty three year friendship and twenty two and a half of those years have been a long distance friendship. We have the kind of friendship that picks up right where you left off-it’s beautiful. You know what is even more awesome? Our husbands like each other AND so do our kids. The kids didn’t really remember each other because it had been almost five years since we have been together, but they got right to playing and teasing each other. My house was filled with laughter, singing, conversation and ice cream with beautiful people the past couple days-it was much too short a visit. 🙁

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