There They Go…

The day I didn’t want to come is here. Rob, Jessica, Elmise, and Armon are on their way south to live. Haleigh is staying with us for a couple of weeks and then she’ll also be gone. They have lived next door to us for eighteen years! But life goes on… So while I’m sad, I’m also excited for them. What does life have in store for them?

We had our last breakfast together. Bacon, pancakes, orange juice.

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Last breakfast.

They loaded up the truck Friday and Saturday. Loading the truck

Today, early this morning, they drove off. Elmise in the car with Jessica.

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Rob is securing the motorcycle.

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There go Jessica and Elmise, Jessica driving.

Armon, in the truck with Rob.

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Armon and Rob

Good-bye…

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They’re off…

This Grandma Was Determined

Miller graduated from high school at 4:00 on June 4, 2015. Haleigh graduated from high school at 7:00 on June 5, 2015. No problem…I can go to both! I have 15 grandchildren and am determined to be present at each one’s graduation, no matter where they live! Even if it means going to Malaysia, Canada, South Carolina, Illinois, Michigan! So far, so good!

This year it was a bit tricky! Miller graduated in South Carolina, Haleigh in Michigan…one day apart! I flew to South Carolina and enjoyed a week with the family, ending with Miller’s graduation at 4:00 PM on Thursday, June 4. Miller Grad (2)  Miller graduating

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Miller and me!

After graduation, there was a family and friends supper. Miller wanted home-made pizza! So there were at least four big pizzas made by my son-in-law, Sean, and neighbor, Ruth. They were all delicious! My favorite was ham and pineapple! Chips and homemade salsa and fruit were appetizers. I made a watermelon fruit basket. I couldn’t find a long watermelon! I found a round one that was shaped just right and sat up perfectly! I filled it with watermelon balls, blueberries, strawberries, and green grapes. Oreo Ice Cream Cake was dessert made by Miller’s Aunt Corrie!

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Watermelon Fruit Basket.

At 5:15 AM, Friday morning, June 5, daughter, Christy, drove me to the airport to board my United Airline plane and go home for Haleigh’s graduation at 7:00 PM that evening. No problem. I would fly to Washington D C, then to Chicago, then to Midland, Michigan, arriving at 4:00 PM. Graduation was to be at 7:00 PM! I could do this! No problem…WRONG!

I had booked my plane through Cheapo Air. That was my big mistake! For some reason, I couldn’t print out my ticket. I always had before on flights. I did confirm my flight on-line before I left home! But not before I left Columbus! When we arrived at the airport I thought my flight was with United. Oh no, it was American Airlines! Well, skipping details here, I missed my plane! A kind gentleman booked me on another flight, but not to Washington DC! To Philadelphia, then to Chicago. I made that flight!

I arrived in Philadelphia and found my gate only to discover I had missed my plane! What!? How could I miss two planes in one day? So another kind person booked me on another flight to Chicago. This time on US Air. I had to find my way from American terminal to US Air terminal! A very long way but I was given directions and I made it!

When I arrived in Chicago I had to change terminals again! This time from US Air to United. Another very long way but I found it! Next I decided I’d better find a restroom. There wasn’t one nearby! I asked and was told where to go. On my way back to my gate, can you believe it? I got lost!

I stopped to ask directions and a very kind young man offered to push me in a wheelchair! I told him I didn’t need a wheelchair, I just needed to find my gate. He took my suitcase and said, “I’ll take you there.” As we walked we visited. He was very young, 19 or 20 years; very good-looking; very friendly. I noticed he keep looking around for signs, we had to backtrack once. Finally, he told me he’d only been working there for three days! So he was still finding his way around! The name on his name tag was very strange so I asked him to pronounce it for me. “Oh! What country is that from,” I asked. He said, “Africa”. So I asked what country in Africa. His answer made me laugh! He said he googled it but he still doesn’t know! We had a good time visiting and finding our way back to my departure gate.

I wanted to give him a tip for helping me. I didn’t have any idea how much I should give him. I gave him $3.00, but I wish I’d given him $5.00. If he had pushed me in a wheelchair I know I would have given him $5.00, but all we did was walk.  But guess what! I’m not the only one who enjoyed our walking and talking! Before he left me at my gate, he gave me a big hug! I’m going to look for him anytime I’m in Chicago O’Hare Airport again! I wonder if he’ll remember me? I’ll never forget him!

I arrived home on time! Jerry was waiting for me. He fixed a lunch for me, I took a shower and we left for Haleigh’s graduation ceremony! Haleigh grad 4  Graduation Haleigh (2)  Graduation Haleigh (3)  Haleigh grad (2)  The end of a very long, but very worthwhile day! My grandchildren are worth it and this grandma was determined!!!

This morning Jerry asked me how I felt about the day. Wasn’t I terribly frustrated? I was so glad I could tell him honestly that I knew God was with me all the way. I never doubted it. What a mighty God we serve!

I Don’t Like Goodbyes

Time is going far too quickly. Goodbye is coming. The two most important families in my world, here in my city, are leaving…  Moving away…   Within the next couple of months, they’ll be gone. I’ll be here. They’re excited. I’m sad.

My youngest son, Rob; daughter-in-law, Jessica; granddaughters, Haleigh, 18 and Elmise, 13; and grandson, Armon, 10, who now live next door and have lived here for 19 years, are moving to Georgia!

My pastor, David, and his wife, Leah, are moving to accept a new challenge and position. They, having ministered here to us for 20 years, are moving to Kansas!

I love a challenge and I’m not one to back away when one is presented to me! But I’m the one being left behind. The future, in my world, looks blank.

Where would I be without my personal faith in my loving Saviour? I would be kicking and screaming, heartbroken and crying!

While I am sad, I’m trusting God to take care of Rob and Jessica and family. They’ll need good jobs (Jessica, R.N. has one); nice home; good schools; good church; Haleigh as a college freshman, settled into dorm life; good friends and neighbors. They are trusting God. He knows all about their family and their move. I’m trusting God for them, even though it hurts.

While I am sad, I’m trusting God to go with Pastor Dave and Leah. Pastor Dave having just earned his Doctor in Ministry, PH.D and will be pastoring a church and teaching ministerial students in a college. Pastor Dave will need just the right treatment for his MS. As far as delivering sermons, I think Pastor Dave is the best preacher I’ve ever heard! He is truly used by God.

Because I am a true believer, I’m trusting God to give us just the right neighbors next door and to send just the right man to fill the position of Lead Pastor of our church. Pastor Dave told us Sunday how God has been leading them to this point in their lives. So…is God working on just the right man to move here and minister to me, to us?

While I still have to say good-bye, I’ll be saying it with hope in what God has in store for me…for us.

A Photo Shoot With Three of My Granddaughters

I have seven granddaughters, Annie, Megan, Haleigh, Sydney, Elmise, Isabella, and Maddie! I love each of them. I had a fun day with three of them recently. It was a cold, windy day, not a good day for a photo shoot but when you’re cousins and it’s what you want to do, it’s okay! Haleigh, Sydney, and Bella. Two are sisters, Sydney and Bella; they are all cousins.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  They may be telling secrets on Grandma!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Bella, Haleigh, and Sydney with the Tridge in the background.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Brrrrrr! You can see it’s windy! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Haleigh, Sydney, and Bella.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sydney  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Haleigh OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Bella  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sydney and Haleigh OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Sydney and Bella OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sydney and Haleigh  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  It was a good day! Now, let’s go and get warmed up!

The Butterfly House

Butterflies in Bloom! Here in Midland we have a Butterfly House in Dow Gardens. It goes from February 27 to April 19. I’ve actually been there three times this year! It’s a good thing I have an annual pass!

The first time Jerry and I took Pam and Gene, our daughter and son-in-law. IMG_0713  Gene with what I think is a Grecian Shoemaker on his shoulder.  PTD0A8~1  This is a Tailed Jay. The next time I went was with Elmise and Armon. Elmise1  Elmise is holding one but I can’t tell what it is.  Armon '15  Armon has one on his finger.

My third trip was with Sydney and Isabella. IMG_0873 (2)  Sydney with a Grecian Shoemaker. IMG_0881 (2)  Isabella has a Tiger Swallowtail.  IMG_0890 (2) A Southern White Butterfly landed in my white hair! There are many different butterflies. A couple more pictures are of  IMG_0868 (2) Blue Morpho,  PTD0A8~1  Tailed Jay, IMG_0896 (2)  Grecian Shoemaker.

Leaving is always the temptation to take a picture beside the waterfall. Dow Gardens J, A, P, G Jerry and me. Pam and Gene.

Dow Gardens Falls  Can you make out Armon with his orange jacket?

IMG_0914 Sydney and Bella sitting at the top of the falls. A very good time for everyone.

New Bucket List

This was a short bucket list I wrote in 2012. I accomplished eight of them!

1. Go to Colorado to visit my, 98-year-old, mother. 

2. Write more chapters of my parents and family story.

3. Lose 15 pounds and keep it off.
4. Ride an elephant.
5. Help Armon with learning.
6. Create Christmas card.
7. Have a get-together with my friend, Dean, and his wife.
8. Accomplish fall cleaning.
9. Create newsletter bi-weekly.
10 Enter photography contest.
11. Communicate with Andrew and wife.

Now, we’re in 2015, I need to make a bucket list for this year! So here goes…

 

17. Travel to Ireland.

1.  Go to South Carolina to Miller’s graduation. Done June.

2.  Go to Haleigh’s graduation. Done June.

3.  Go to Haiti. Done July.

4.  Finish my writing on My Big Brother and send it to him!

5.  Continue writing my parents story.

6.  Lose weight.

7.  Attend Conference in May. Done May.

8.   Have family ‘get-together’ here in July or August. Done.

9.  Continue writing Prime Time News newsletter bi-weekly. Done.

10. Create Christmas card.

11. Communicate with Andrew and Katie.

12. Sort books and give appropriate books to book receivers.

13. Clean and arrange reading room.

14. Clean wood floors and wax.

15. Ride an elephant.

16. Go dog-sledding.  Feb. 26, 2015

Well, that’s it for now. I may add to it later…

 

 

 

A Weekend With Grandkids

Actually it’s more than a weekend, it’s Friday afternoon to Tuesday evening. It’s going well. A very long ice-sickle took Armon’s attention! Icesicle '15 (2)  IMG_0579 IMG_0580

Jerry and Elmise cooked a ham and cabbage boiled dinner. It’s an all day project, starting first thing in the morning and ending with eating supper! FullSizeRender (2)  Grandpa and Elmise Ham & cabbage boiled dinner with family  Elmise and Armon love it…Haleigh does not!

I love watching Jerry teaching the kids new skills. He’s so patient and explains everything out, letting them try, then helping when they need a hand. The next big project was Armon building a fire in the wood-stove. Crinkled up newspapers came first, then kindling, then logs. Armon did each step, even lighting the match to start the newspapers burning. Grandpa & Armon  Armon  Armon & Fire  Good job, Armon! Then when it got going good, the kids roasted marshmallows!  Haleigh roasting a marshmellow  Elmise roasting a marshmellow  Armon roasting marshmellow .  We also went sledding and tobogganing. They had a lot of fun. Kids sledding  Tobaggoning fun  Our City Forest has a great winter program with sledding, tobogganing, ice skating, skiing, you name it they’ve got it! Warming House  The warming house, the fire place is so inviting! Fire place in the warming house  Church on Sunday. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Back to school on Monday. Parents come home Tuesday night. AHHHHH!