February 22, 2008

We had fun in San Diego

It has been almost 40 years since we were here last. I was nineteen, she was sixteen, and we were just married. My how time flies and how things change. Thanks to our snap and drive GPS we were able to find our way around. We spent the first night in Temecula where we enjoyed having dinner with one of the Sister's on the Fly buddies of Preacher's Wife. The next day we drove to Laguna Beach where we intended to stay the night, but it was raining and there would be no walking on the beach or roof top dining, so we drove on back to San Diego. We stayed on the water overlooking the North Island or better known as the Naval Base. We walked, we ate, we ate, and we walked some more. It was a very short but pleasurable trip. I know you will be proud of me for keeping my eyes straight ahead in this photo.

February 20, 2008

The Baby

It was late Saturday night and I had just finished typing my Sunday sermon and going over it. Preacher's Wife had put our two children to bed and then quietly walked into the room and said, "It's time!" I didn't need to ask, "are you sure?" She was very experienced and just knew those kind of things. She packed her bag while I called a friend to come and watch the other two children. I was just as excited as when the other two came. When we arrived at the hospital the nurse checked her, said it probably wouldn't be long, then she called the doctor.
I sat anxiously in the waiting room wondering if it was a boy or a girl (in those days we didn't know before hand what the sex of the child would be). I had one of each so it really didn't matter as long as the child was healthy and looked like its mother. The closer we got to Sunday morning the more anxious I became because I had forgotten to get someone to substitute for me at church. What could I do? It was too early to call anyone, and by the time others would be awake, it would be too late. So I said a little prayer and just waited. A little after 7 a.m. the doctor came out and told me I had a beautiful little girl with big brown eyes and light brown hair. I was thrilled. I quickly popped in and gave Anne a kiss, saw the baby in the nursery, and went to church. I arrived at church in time to perform my duty but the sermon had changed drastically from what was written the night before. I am not sure the people were edified but I was elated. The baby has now grown into a beautiful woman and I am patiently waiting for her to contribute to the grandchild pool. Let's hear it for the beautiful baby!!!

February 19, 2008

San Diego bound

While I am trying to remember all the details around Marlie's birth to write about, I thought I would keep all you our close friends in the know as to our where abouts. In a couple of hours Preacher's Wife and I will leave for San Diego. As you know we travel all the time, and though it can be pleasurable, we don't always travel just for pleasure. So we decided to go to San Diego. It was 39 years ago since our last visit and it wasn't for pleasure. We were just married and I was stationed there preparing for active duty in the Navy. We thought we would go this time just for fun. Preacher's Wife has a special Sister on the Fly friend not far from there that we will visit, then we will throw caution to the wind and strike out to see sunny California. Anyway we are looking forward to getting away for a few days. The photo above is the USS Ronald Reagan in the San DIego Harbor.

February 18, 2008

Amy, you are so kind...

Our daughter Amy who with a little help from her husband Michael, gave us three wonderful grandchildren, e-mailed me yesterday. She felt she needed to inform me that I wasn't blogging enough. So I feel compelled to print her letter in full.

Dad,

I'm sitting in my room with only the glow of the laptop and a small oil lamp in the corner to shine light on the words that I type. And I am wondering, are you at your computer too? Probably. So write another blog, and here are a few suggestions:

1) the birth of Marlie (her baby sister).

2) growing older and wiser

3) a random memory from your childhood-to include smells, the weather outside, etc.

4) something we don't know about you like your top 20 favorite things.

Make S---- up!

Love you!
Amy

So I am sitting here trying to follow her advice. I have nothing yet, but I am sure by tomorrow something will come.

Visit her blog at: Animation of Amy

February 15, 2008

Our Trip To The Rodeo

This post is just blog filler for my wife, children and two friends who hassle me about my infrequent posting. So I will report on Valentine's Day. I thought I was a good hubby yesterday. I won't tell you about the roses and the card, but along with my endeavoring to make this a special day for Preacher's WIfe I took her to the San Antonio Rodeo. She loves the rodeo, especially bull riding. She recognized I was not my real self because I stayed until the last song of entertainer and country singer Clay Walker. The bottom line is I built up some brownie points and enjoyed myself in doing so. I could tell she enjoyed herself as well. I think the compliment that she gave me that really made my day was when she said I was becoming a socially civilized person. Anyway, I will take that as a compliment.

February 10, 2008

Waiting for Spring

Preacher's WIfe just walked in and said it was time for me to post something new on my blog. I ask why. Because it has been over a week that's why. What should I say? I don't know it is your blog. Make something up like you do when you preach. Well anyway, I thought I might begin talking about something we have been enjoying together. Of course that would be our new Airstream. We purchased it in September of 2007 and have made a few short trips. We are looking forward to Spring arriving soon so we can get back to exploring Texas State Parks. Soon I will share with you my dream of selling the house, simplifying our life, and living on the road in a larger Airstream. Please notice this is my dream not hers. She has grown quite accustomed to a king size bed and her collection of tea pots. She says that cramming all our belongings and two dogs into that little space doesn't seem simple to her. So much for my dream.