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, Armon

Happy Birthday, Armon! Armon - wedding I can’t believe you’re 11 years old today! In this picture, you were all dressed up ready for your big brother’s wedding! It was a big day! Here’s a picture of you and me together, on that day! Grandma & Armon  I’m so glad I got to go to the wedding! I’m, most of all, glad I got to visit your whole family for a whole week!

Now today is your 11th birthday! This is the first year since you’ve been in the US, that I’m not baking and decorating a cake for you! That makes me sad! I loved how you loved my cakes! It’s also the first year I’ve not celebrated with you! But I’m with you in spirit and I know you’re having company for supper. So, with your family and your company, I’m sure you’ll have a good birthday!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Armon! He’s growing up so quickly! Please be with him, reveal Your love for him, help him to give himself to You completely. Please keep him safe and well. Help him to make good friends who’ll influence him in good positive ways. Help him with his school work. I love Armon so much, and You love him even more!

The Wedding – Ty and Re Buck

Here is the wedding of my handsome grandson, Tyler, and his lovely bride, Rebecca. This makes Rebecca my new granddaughter-in-law! I have two granddaughter’s in-law now! I’m so glad I got to be there for the wedding! Ty & RE  It was beautiful!

Getting ready for the wedding is perfection! Jessica, mother of the groom!  Jessica dressed for a wedding      A special hair-do!    Jessica's Hair Rob and Jessica. Rob & Jessica  Haleigh and Elmise, sisters of the groom! Haleigh & Elmise   Armon and me! Armon is a brother of the groom and I’m a grandma of the groom!  Grandma & Armon

Sometimes the waiting is so hard! Waiting  But it’s worth it in the end!  Parker, a brother of the groom, sitting patiently, waiting…Parker waiting

The church was beautiful. The long aisle was also beautiful!  Wedding Ty & Rebecca  Tree twigs, gathered by Rob, Jessica, and Armon, and spray painted white, in tall vases, lined the aisle, covered with a white runner and flower petals strewn all along the way!  As a surprise to Ty and everyone else, instead of Rebecca walking down the aisle to the traditional wedding march, the theme from Lord of The Rings, was played! It’s their favorite and was requested by Rebecca!

Ty & RE  She’s been given to Ty, by her father, and the ceremony begins! Ty & Re We did it!  Oh, look! They did it! Ty and Re are married!   Here they come into the reception! 100_5876 100_5878  100_5880 Tyler and Rebecca, first dance, as a married couple!  100_5882 Father, daughter dance.  100_5883  Mother, son dance. 100_5872  Enjoying the reception: Christy, Megan and Cameron.  100_5873  Armon and Parker, brothers of the groom, but technically, not brothers of each other! Hmmm, interesting! Best friends!

The wedding cake! Perfect for the TyReBuck theme! 100_5871   Buck TyRe    Away they go, being showered wth flower petals, on the way! Ty & Re being flowered I love you, Ty and Re Buck!

What Happened Here

What happened here? Why did we leave our house at 3:00 AM to drive an hour and a half for me to board a plane and fly to Atlanta, only to discover the flight was cancelled!

Tuesday Prayer:
“Waking or sleeping, O God, I thank you that I am in your care. Holy Lord, I rest in you today, putting all my trust and hope in you and depending on the work of your Spirit to sustain me and to make Jesus real in my life. Holy Trinity, be in and around, behind and before me this day, I pray, as I worship and serve you. Amen.”

A former college classmate, Howard Snider, writes a prayer for every day and posts them on facebook. This was today’s prayer! I read it after we returned home from Flint!

Let me tell you how this all went! Boy, does this prayer fit!

I hardly slept last night at all. I finally got up at 2:15 AM and took a shower. Jerry got up at 2:50 AM. We drank coffee and at 3:10 we left to drive to Flint so I could fly to Atlanta, Georgia. My plane was scheduled to leave at 5:37 AM.

I printed my ticket out yesterday late afternoon, so I didn’t need to check in. However, because my children insisted, I needed to ask if the ticket agent could schedule a wheelchair for me at both the Chicago and Atlanta airports. The agent looked at my ticket and said, “Sorry, Mam, but this flight has been canceled!” “What? How can that be?” I asked. “I wasn’t notified! Wouldn’t they let me know?” Well, apparently not.

He said, “If you drive to Lansing, I can get you on a plane leaving from there, but you’ll have to hurry!”

Jerry had dropped me off and he was headed back home! So I called him, thank goodness he had his cell phone with him! While I was explaining to him that he needed to turn around and come back so we could drive to Lansing, the agent asked where we lived. I answered Midland.

“Oh, I can book a plane for you from MBS.” So he then issued new tickets for me from MBS, which is where I wanted to fly out of to begin with! I only chose Flint because the difference in price was so much lower on American Airlines, rather than United, which flies out of MBS. He issued the tickets for me right then, for flights on United to both Chicago and Atlanta!

So we drove an hour and a half back home. We both laid down and slept! When I got on my computer I read the prayer Howard Snider had posted for this day! I sat there and read it a second time. It spoke right to me. I read it to Jerry when he got up. He was amazed, like I was, how it fit us so perfectly for this day!

So now, here I am in Atlanta, Georgia. I had good flights.  I did have wheelchairs waiting for me, both in Chicago and Atlanta. One of my feet has been swollen ever since I was in Haiti so I really did need the wheelchairs. I would have had quite a long walk in both airports!

How thankful I am for my daily walk with the Lord. He leads me and guides me. One of my favorite verses is Nehemiah 8:10. The joy of the Lord is my strength.


Jessica, Armon, Elmise, and Haleigh look happy I arrived!


Happy Birthday, Tyler

Happy Birthday, Ty! I suspect this birthday isn’t quite as important or exciting as most birthdays are…your big day this year is coming up on Saturday, August 15! Your wedding day. But let’s celebrate your birthday here.

Tyler  Twenty-three years! That’s a good age, an exciting age. Grandpa was 23 when I married him! I think life is very busy for you right now. You’re finishing up college, you’re doing quite a lot of speaking, actually preaching. God is using you. And…you’ve been courting Rebecca! Life is good!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Ty. He’s a fine young man. He’s soon to become a husband. Please guide him in the way You want him to go. He’s a student, a traveler, a speaker, and soon to be a groom! Please keep him safe as he drives, and travels by other means. He’s a son, a brother, a grandson, a fiance, a nephew, a cousin, a friend, and a neighbor. I love Ty so much and You love him even more!

Happy Birthday, Jessica

Happy Birthday, Jessica!

Jessica with Tulips This is one of my favorite pictures of you! Of course, I took the picture and the tulips are from my own back yard! But the most important part of the picture is you! You are beautiful! I miss you beyond words. I wish for you the best in your new endeavors: your new home, new job, new friends, new church, and more. I wish I could celebrate with you today! Talking with you earlier this morning, I know that you and Rob climbed Stone Mountain very early this morning and watched the sunrise! That’s a good way to begin the day!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Jessica! Please bless her as she lives for You and then for her family. Help her in her work as a registered nurse. Please keep her safe in the Atlantic traffic, keep her well, be her strength as a wife and mother. Give her wisdom when trials come. She’s a wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, and neighbor. I love Jessica so much and You love her even more!

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, Rob and Jessica!

11054480_10203749146603427_8928236494717856378_n (4)  Nineteen years, how did it go by so quickly? This picture, you gave me permission to use, was taken today up on Lake Huron! You had a little overnight  ‘get-away’ time. You both look so happy. Getting away is always good.

Big changes are coming for you this summer. Tyler, your oldest son, is getting married so you’ll be gaining a beautiful daughter-in-law, Rebecca! Haleigh, your oldest daughter, will be enrolled in college. You and younger children, Elmise and Armon, will be moving to Atlanta. That’s a lot to handle, all in a three-month time span. But one advantage to moving to Atlanta is that you’ll be near Tyler and Rebecca and near Haleigh, at her college.

So, while we’ll miss you, to pieces, we’ll be praying for you every day, just like we have the entire nineteen years of your marriage.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Rob and Jessica! You have a plan for them so I’m trusting You to be with them in this big move they’re making. Jerry and I will miss them tremendously. But You have promised to be with them and with us. Continue to bless their marriage. Please keep them close to each other and close to You. We gave them to You long ago and trust them to You now. We love Rob and Jessica so much and You love them even more!