Sunday, June 27, 2010

End of Trip

How fast time goes by.  Last Monday we were so thrilled and excited about a new grandbaby, a little girl named Macyn!

Since then, it's kind of a blur.  So much going on.  We took Jace and Kylee to the movies again on Wednesday to keep them busy that day.  Jace wanted to see The A-Team, so I took him to watch that.  Kylee wanted to see Toy Story 3, so Sondra went to that one.  We met up together afterwards.  We had Braum's ice cream as a final treat that day.

Each day brought new smiles with the new baby.  Jace and Kylee are so cute to watch.  They take turns holding Macyn and are so careful and loving.  What a precious sight.  Jason stayed at the hospital day and night with Shelly, as there was an empty bed in the room.  Thursday, Shelly came home.  Exhausted.  Both of them.  Very little sleep!

On Friday, my brother Noel and his wife (Janice) and son Mark came to town, staying at the La Quinta nearby.  My cousin from Springfield, Illinois, George Godfrey, and his wife Pat came and stayed at mom's house.  Friday night we all went to an Italian restaurant in Tecumseh, owned and run by church members there in town.  Fifteen of us in all, and it was quite fun and entertaining with conversations and picture-taking and all.  Afterwards, we went to the home of my sister Marti and husband Bill for a pre-birthday celebration for Mark who turns 28 on July 4.  We can't all be there that weekend, so we celebrate early for him.

Late Friday night, Sondra and I talked at length with little Kylee (7 1/2 years old), who had been asking questions all week about what it meant to be a Christian.  It is quite interesting to put into words for a youngster the masterpiece of love that God has for us in Jesus.  After much discussion and talk, she pronounced that she wanted to be a Christian.  She prayed a simple prayer of faith asking Jesus to be Lord and Savior of her life.  What an awesome moment.  Tears in our eyes, joy in our hearts and a song to be sung through the ages.  That was our final night in Shawnee, and it was the best!

Saturday morning we left and met a good friend, Patty Murcray, in Oklahoma City for breakfast at a Cracker Barrel restaurant there.  Patty's husband, Jim, was my best friend since college days, and he died this past December.  Patty has since moved to Oklahoma.  We had a blessed time with her.

We drove the rest of the day and finally made it to a hotel in Gallup, New Mexico.  This morning, we got up and finished our trip home, arriving in the Rialto area about 3:30 pm.  Went to Crystal and Shawn's to pick up grand-daughter Bailey for a few hours with her.  Took her to the Islamadora Fish Restaurant, connected with the Bass Pro Shop in Rancho Cucamonga there.  My brother David and Sondra's brother Alden came with us.  We all had fish and chips, sweet tea, calimari (squid) appetizers and some samples of fried alligator.  What a treat to end our trip.  I will post more pictures later.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Welcome to Macyn Dawn Greenwalt

It is Tuesday evening already.

We drove all Friday late afternoon until midnight, with mom riding back to Oklahoma with us.  Stopped in Winslow, Arizona, and spent the (short) night there in a hotel.  Drove all day Saturday and arrived in Shawnee about 1 am and spent the night at mom's house.  Got up and went to church, where I taught mom's Sunday School class of Senior Citizen ladies over the age of 70.  I teach this class each time I come to Shawnee, and we always have a great time of sharing together through God's Word.

Sunday afternoon, we went out to Dale (close by) and watched our grandson Jace play baseball.  His team was in a tournament all weekend.  They won one game on Sunday, lost the second, and came in third place for  the tournament.  It was hot, but there was shade and a breeze which helped tremendously.  This was our daughter-in-law's last day before the baby!

We then spent Sunday night at Jason and Shelly's house, and watched the grandkids (Jace and Kylee) that next morning and got up in time to arrive at the hospital in time for the birth of a new sibling.  Jason took Shelly early to check in and be ready for the surgery room for C-section birth.  It was a fun time of waiting with so many relatives there, and at 10:21 am a little baby girl was born.  They had thought they would name the baby "Hayden" if it was a girl, but at the last minute changed it.  They settled on "Macyn Dawn Greenwalt" with the first name pronounced just like "Mason," and Shelly said she will probably end up calling the baby Macy for short!

Little Macyn wasn't so little, as she weighed in at 9 lbs 8 oz.  She is a cute thing with chubby cheeks right now, and some very dark hair to start with.

Yesterday afternoon, we took Jace and Kylee to see "Karate Kid" and it was a fun outing with them.  Went to Denny's late last night after going back to the hospital to see baby sister and parents.  Got up late today and went over see baby again, then to Wal-Mart and such places, and then had dinner with my sister Marti and her husband Bill in Tecumseh, just a few miles away.  It was a relaxing time and we enjoyed the visit.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bound for Oklahoma

This week has been crazy fun and busy.

Last Sunday, Mom was with us in church.  We went out to Marie Callendar's for lunch, and it was delicious.  We even bought two pies to take home for dessert - coconut cream and banana cream.  David could not decide which he wanted most, so we just decided to get both!  We have enjoyed watching the Lakers throughout the series, and Mom even watched it with us as she enjoys some sports too.

Sunday afternoon, David went with me to a tow yard, where a man in our church is an employee as a tow truck driver.  He allowed us to look at some cars that were to be auctioned off at a lien sale.  He test drove one and this last Monday morning, David drove off in a 1994 VW Passat at a bargain price.  He got the car for $1000 and had it registered by the middle of the week.

Alden is getting ready to get a truck driving job and has put in his application with a friend in the church, who works for a trucking company.  He just recently puchased a notebook computer and is real happy with that.

Sondra has been doing some spring (summer) cleaning around the house, as she is off-track from her tutoring position in the school district.

My job at the Census Bureau has been quite hectic lately, as we are finishing up with one of the main operations of the census this week.  Again, it is quite tiring with the schedule, but it has its bright moments as we work together.

Sondra and I leave tomorrow (Friday) for Oklahoma.  Mom will be riding back with us as well.  We rented a Nissan from Hertz for the trip, so we can have peace of mind (with no breakdowns) and good gas mileage too.  We are looking forward to being with Jason and Shelly (and our two grandkids back there - Jace and Kylee).  The new grandbaby is scheduled to be born (C-section) on this coming Monday, June 21.  We can't wait to see whether it will be a boy or girl, as they have not wanted to find out ahead of time.  What a wonderful time we are looking forward to.

I don't know if I will have time to write any blogs while there, but we will see.  I will have pictures for you, that's for sure!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Early Morning Hour

It's almost 4 am.  I am up early in preparation for this wonderful day.  It promises to be a fine Sunday morning.

I have not added any news or events this past week due to busy days with family and work.  It has been a whirlwind of a week.  Meche (David's wife) arrived and was here but a week.  She is still working at the University in Tuxtla-Gutierrez (capital city) in Chiapas, Mexico, and therefore could not take more time off.  But, it was a sweet and precious week for David and Meche together.  It did not take long for the tentativeness of the years of being apart to be reworked into a time of sharing and happiness.

We took them on an evening drive to Mt. Baldy nearby.  Went to Coldstone for ice cream one night.  Last Sunday they were in church with us, and that was a very special time.  Our church is friendly and gave them a warm welcome.  After church, we went to Cal Baptist for the buffet brunch in the cafeteria.  Family and friends joined us - Roger and Julie, David and Charity (and kids), Alicia and Michael, Kirk, with church members Ken and Beifei Edwards as well.  After coming home, Steve Greenwalt met us with his new big rig truck and got to see David and Meche too.  It was a busy day indeed.  Quite a reunion of sorts.

The rest of the week just flew by, with me working and all.  Took David to get car insurance, as he is planning to get a vehicle real soon.  He and Meche opened a bank account nearby, one which she can access at her bank in Mexico.

Late last Tuesday evening, mom flew in from Oklahoma.  So, we had another family gathering of sorts on Wednesday night.  John and Cathy came into town, David and Charity with kids, Alicia, and Roger and Julie.  We had gone to Lotus Garden for a fine dinner of Chinese food.

David had his first In-and-Out Burger.  Went to The Hat with mom and Sondra and me for a hot pastrami sandwich and chili-cheese-fries and onion rings.  We have eaten well, enjoyed company and relatives and friends, and have taken advantage of time to the fullest.  It was hard to say good-bye to Meche as she left early Thursday morning, boarding a flight at LAX bound for Mexico.  But it was a good week, indeed.

Mom is staying at Roger and Julie's house for the time she is here.  David is using one of their cars to get around right now (as Roger and Julie are gone on vacation for a week).  This gives him an opportunity to go over and have breakfast with mom each day now.

We are a busy bunch right now.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Exciting Day

Yesterday, my brother David got out of federal custody. It was a day of celebration. David's wife, Meche, flew in from Mexico on Thursday evening, and we picked her up at LAX. Yesterday (Friday morning), we went to the Kick Back Jack's Restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga for breakfast. Sondra and Meche picked David up at 7 am as he was released from the Rubidoux Re-entry House. I was working (from 3am - 7:30am) and met them all at the restaurant. Evan, Crystal and baby Bailey were part of this gathering. My brother Roger was also able to be there for a shared time of joy and food.

After some time at home, I took them to the Marriott Hotel by the Ontario Airport to check in for their 2-day stay there. It will give them a nice time to be together alone with privacy, and a time to enjoy a beautiful hotel. After they checked in, all of us went over to Shawn and Crystal's house for a BBQ. The ribeye steaks were awesome. After dinner, I dropped them off at the hotel.

Last Tuesday, David went for a second interview at Coronado Stone manufacturing plant in Fontana. We will see what works out for employment there. Thursday he took his behind-the-wheel driving test and passed! He is now a licensed driver again in California.

Yesterday was a good day!