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! Oh no…you’re a teenager now! Already??? It can’t be…but it is! 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 today a horrific earthquake hit the already impoverished country of Haiti. Time has flown by… 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! 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! A recent picture of Elmise! 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.
Dying is a lonely journey. Not only for the sick person but also for the family. As hard as we may try to avoid death, the truth is that we do a lousy job of it. Science and medicine will certainly postpone it, even staying healthy might seem to delay it, but the harsh reality is that death does not wait for you, it does not ask you, and it does not listen to you. Death ignores your feelings and wants; you do not matter to death…Death is the only certainty in life! We need to remember that our existence here is fragile, and we never have as much time with people as we think we do. If there is someone or someones out there that you love, don’t neglect that and don’t put off engaging with them because waits for no-one... Vic's Journey ended on 18 January 2013 at 10:35. She was the most courageous person in the world and has inspired thousands of people all over the world. Vic's two boys are monuments of her existence. She was an amazing mother, daughter, sister and friend. I will miss you today, tomorrow and forever my Angle Child.