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Posts from ‘January, 2014’

An update

We've been keeping pretty busy lately with a variety of activities mostly centered on family. We have been spending time with our new little granddaughter, Della and her parents. Della is now two weeks old and weighs just over five pounds and is doing just perfectly according to her doctor. She still sleeps most of the time and eats frequently but she is starting to open her eyes a bit more and to notice her surroundings. Here is my favorite picture of her to date:


Our daughter-in-law Katie was involved in a car accident about a week and a half ago which totalled their car. A car pulled out of a parking lot and hit the driver's side of her car and deployed the air bag. At first Katie thought she was fine but later she started having some problems and after some testing the doctors determined she had a concussion. She is starting to feel better and she and Mark are looking for a different vehicle. We are thankful that she wasn't hurt more seriously and that the children weren't in the car when the accident happened.

Our son-in-law, Jim has recently become the principal of their Christian school. Megan wrote a blog post about his new job a few weeks ago. Because of this they will be coming down here in February for a Principal's Conference at the university. We plan to celebrate Maddie's second birthday while they are here. I've been working on a little dress for her for next summer and have it nearly finished. It's a lot of fun to work on projects for little girls again. 🙂 In case you are interested this pattern is Kwik Sew 3775.

Are any of you working on any special projects on these cold winter days?


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Our week of unexpected things


Cheryl L. who has a blog titled Copper's Wife often admonishes her readers to "hold their plans lightly." So far this year this has proved good advice for us.

Megan and Jim and the children arrived here on Christmas day and had planned to travel home on January 2nd. On New Year's Eve both Rob and Jim checked the weather forecast on the internet and saw that a winter storm was predicted to hit north of here on the 2nd. We had planned to head to Ohio that day also. We all quickly changed our plans, packed, straightened up the house, threw stuff in the freezer and hit the road early in the morning on January 1st. We caravanned together until we got to southern Ohio and then we parted ways. My friend Cheri checked in on Buddy that day and the next morning Nora took him to the Cat Clinic for boarding while we were away. We told him he was going on a spa vacation. 🙂

The weather was clear for most of the trip for Rob and me but Megan and Jim got into some bad weather as they got closer to home. We stayed with Rob's sister Deb and her husband Dan while we were in Ohio. It did snow on January 2nd and it was quite cold and windy causing the snow to drift. BIL Dan has a truck with four wheel drive and he drove us over to the nursing home where Rob's mother resides. The snow was drifted in some places so we were very thankful he was willing to take us. Rob's mother is doing somewhat better physically but is still under hospice care. That evening we wanted to take Deb and Dan out for dinner at a restaurant that is in a small town nearby. Rob called to make sure it was open and they said they were but that they were going to close early. We drove on over and found out that we were the only customers they had had the entire day! It was very odd to be the only people eating in a restaurant. 🙂


We heard that another big snow storm was predicted for the weekend so we headed back home and were able to keep ahead of the bad weather.

We also got to visit with my Aunt Nana who will turn 90 in July. She insisted on having supper for us when we visited and her kind neighbor, Melanie helped her fix things for us. They served one of our favorites for dessert--Sugar Pie.

Shortly after we returned home Rob got a call from one of his students who had returned to Greenville early and needed a place to stay for a few days. Our guest room was empty so Jesse came and stayed with us until time to move back into the dorms. We enjoyed getting to know him and were glad to be able to help him out.

The most unexpected event occurred this past Saturday morning. We got a call from our daughter Nora who told us that she was in labor and was heading to the hospital! This was four weeks earlier than expected, so we were concerned. Two hours later we heard the joyous news that little Della Claire had been born at 10:56 AM weighing 5 pounds and measuring 18 1/2 inches long. She is absolutely perfect and looks very much like her mother did when she was a baby. They came home from the hospital today and are adjusting to life as a family of three.

Here she is getting her first bath:


Here she is today holding her daddy's finger:

(That tube on his finger is used for supplemental feedings to help her grow more quickly.)

So, as you can see, 2014 has been a very eventful year for us so far. We are truly thankful for all of the Lord's provision and protection in a variety of unforeseen events the last few weeks. I hope the coming new year will be equally blessed for each of you dear readers.


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It’s been a while

It's been a while since my last post. Christmas kept us pretty busy. First of all, Rob got very sick with some kind of bug and spent several days sleeping just trying to feel better. It took a couple of weeks and he still has a residual cough. Nora actually had the flu and was given Tamiflu to try to help her get over it more quickly. Maddie had a fever and cough before Christmas and was still coughing when she arrived here on Christmas Day. Ryan came down with a fever on Christmas Day and still has his cough and just this week little Avery has a runny nose and cough too.

Here is Avery in her little Christmas outfit:


Megan, Jim, and the two children started driving down on Christmas Eve and arrived here on Christmas Day. We had a soup supper that night and had a ham dinner the following day. We enjoyed having all the children and grandchildren together for a few meals and events but unfortunately didn't get a picture of everyone. Maybe we can work on that in February when little Della (Nora and Topher's baby girl) arrives.

It's always fascinating to see what Drew's latest interests are when we are together. This year it seems to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a fancy top-like toy called Bay Blades. He also loves playing games and learned to play a couple of new ones while he was here.

Here he's playing Racko with Rob and Jim:


Maddie is very active and is starting to say a few words. She loves to look at books and to be read to. Maddie enjoyed playing with some of the same toddler toys that Ryan likes. They are about ten months apart in age.



One day she came "walking" into the dining room like this:


Megan and Jim made a little kitchen for Maddie and here is a picture of her playing with it. I made her a little apron and some hot pads and dish cloths and we found the little Chef's hat at a thrift store.


Buddy also had a nice Christmas. He seems to enjoy having the children around and has learned how to stay just out of their reach. 🙂


My friend, Cheri, got him these little prince and princess mice which he absolutely loves!


I plan to post about a trip we took last week in my next post.


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