- Enjoy time with each of our five children. It’s only the middle of January and I’ve already accomplished this! Our youngest son, Rob, with his family, was here for the week between Christmas and New Year, 2015. They left January 2, 2016! Our other four children, January 9, 2016, celebrating and surprising Jerry, for his 80th birthday, which is the next day! Pam and Ted on either side of the window. Christy and Tim on either side of Jerry.
- Travel to Iowa with granddaughter’s, Sydney and Bella, to visit LeRoy and Carolyn and their horses!
- Travel to Ireland.
- Travel to Norway.
- Sort books, keeping only precious books!
- Clean out and throw away non-essential ‘things’.
- Remodel downstairs bathroom and reading room, making it one larger bathroom.
- Go to E. Michigan Conference as a delegate.
- Go to E. Michigan family camp.
- Plant flowers in Flower Bed.
- Yard Sale.
- Finish my writing on My Big Brother and send it to him! Accomplished in March!
- More later…!
It’s been a few days of surprises for Jerry! Our Canadian son, Tim and daughter-in-law, Shauna, came as a surprise! I almost spoiled it several times! I caught myself just in time and was able to keep the secret! On Thursday, about 3:30 PM I told Jerry I needed to go to the store to pick up a few items. Instead of going to the store, I drove to the airport to meet Tim and Shauna! When we arrived home I let them out so they could go to the front door. I drove into the garage and went in through the kitchen as normal. Jerry mentioned it took me a long time to buy a few items! Then Tim and Shauna walked up and knocked on the door! In they came! Jerry said he thought he was seeing things! He was thoroughly surprised! It was so fun! They brought a surprise gift to him from a friend, Keith.
This morning, Saturday, we, Tim, Shauna, Jerry, and I went out for breakfast at our favorite restaurant, Lanny’s. When we walked in, there at the far end of the room sat our family! Jerry could hardly believe it! How fun it was! Here we all are! Shauna, me, Bella, Gene, Pam, Ted, Sydney, Christy, Jerry, and Tim! Jerry was so surprised! They had come from Chicago; South Carolina; and Holland, Michigan! They had stayed overnight at a motel so they could be at the restaurant before the four of us got there!
When we got back home it was interesting to see how everyone was enjoying catching up with each other! Bella and Pam are looking at the calendar Sydney had made and given to us for Christmas. Christy and Ted are looking at the book of photos Christy had made and given us for Christmas! Jerry is a bit overwhelmed with everyone here since he didn’t know they were even coming! On the sofa is Bella, Ted, Christy, Sydney, Tim is sitting in a chair talking with Sydney. Bella and Sydney love Papa! They were the only two grandchildren who got to be in on this birthday surprise! Then Christy decided grandchildren couldn’t take her place on Dad’s lap! Two in-laws escaped to the kitchen to chat! Shauna and Gene. Finally, Pam had to escape to the sun room to get some work done. In today’s world, you can take your job with you, wherever you go!
We missed Rob’s family from Georgia but they were here between Christmas and New Year and just couldn’t take the time from jobs and school to make a return trip so we celebrated birthdays while they were here! Haleigh turned 19 on January 8 and Jerry will be 80 on January 10.
FAMILY! The most important and special people in the world!
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.
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! It was beautiful!
Getting ready for the wedding is perfection! Jessica, mother of the groom! A special hair-do! Rob and Jessica. Haleigh and Elmise, sisters of the groom! Armon and me! Armon is a brother of the groom and I’m a grandma of the groom!
Sometimes the waiting is so hard! But it’s worth it in the end! Parker, a brother of the groom, sitting patiently, waiting…
The church was beautiful. The long aisle was also beautiful! 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!
She’s been given to Ty, by her father, and the ceremony begins! Oh, look! They did it! Ty and Re are married! Here they come into the reception! Tyler and Rebecca, first dance, as a married couple! Father, daughter dance. Mother, son dance. Enjoying the reception: Christy, Megan and Cameron. Armon and Parker, brothers of the groom, but technically, not brothers of each other! Hmmm, interesting! Best friends!
Happy Anniversary, Rob and Jessica!
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!
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.
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.