Happy Birthday, Rob

Happy Birthday, Robert Glen.


I can’t find a recent picture of just you! But this is a good one of both you and Jessica.

You were named after both of your grandfathers! They were both good men so you are honored to bear their names. You didn’t get to meet Robert because he died, from cancer, in 1951. He would have been pleased to have a grandson named for him. You did get to know Glen. He was a happy and proud grandpa to have you bear his name.

Your dad and I are both very proud of you. You’ve taken on a huge responsibility adopting two children, giving you a family of six. We wish we could celebrate your birthday with you. Happy, Happy Birthday!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Rob! Please give him an extra sense of Your presence today. Keep him safe as he drives, alert as he works, loving as a husband and dad, ever-growing in his walk with You. He’s a fine man, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, friend, and neighbor. I love Rob so much and You love him even more.


Happy Birthday, Elmise

Happy Birthday, Elmise! Oh no…you’re a teenager now! Already??? It can’t be…but it is! P1020415 Elmise  You are so pretty! You’re intelligent! You love school and do well. You’re a daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin, niece, friend, and neighbor! You’re also a music lover, student, game player, cook’s helper, Club 56er, and so much more! I wish for you a super fun, fabulously great day!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Elmise! She’s a delightful young teenager! Thank You for giving her to our family! Please guide her as she goes through life. Watch over her, keep her safe and well. Guide her in her daily life. Help her to want to live for You. Help her ambitions to be God-centered. I love Elmise so much and You love her even more!

Five Years Ago

Five years ago today a horrific earthquake hit the already impoverished country of Haiti. Time has flown by…haiti It greatly affected us, up here in Michigan. Two friends of ours had gone to Haiti to work. They had only been there a few hours and were killed instantly when the guest house, they were staying in, crumbled. One of our missionaries was also killed.

There were two little children, Elmise and Armon, in an orphanage, in Port-au-Prince, waiting to be released, to be adopted by our son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Jessica. It takes about two years for an adoption to become final! It also takes thousands of dollars! Our two precious grandchildren were among the first ones to be flown out of the country, after the earthquake! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I took this picture the day they arrived at home in Michigan. We were so anxiously waiting for them! The picture shows Tyler, Jessica, Elmise, Haleigh, Armon and Rob. They went from a family of four to a family of six! P1020415 Elmise  A recent picture of Elmise! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  A recent picture of Armon!

But, please, don’t get the idea that life is like a bunch of roses! No…is your life perfect? Well, neither is theirs. There are problems that come up every now and then. But they are still a beautiful family. I love each one of them, altogether and individually!

Sometimes it feels like they’ve been in the family forever! But, no, it’s been five years! How time flies, especially when you’re having fun! God is the head of their home and family and He is blessing them.