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Thursday, December 31, 2015

 Christmas Week and A Recap of 2015

*Began 2nd year Participating in Quilting "Block of the Month"
*RV Trip to Joe Pool; Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

*Snow & Ice Days

*Girls' Trip to Phoenix
*RV Trips to Joe Pool and Ray Roberts
*Jenna & Jared sold their house

*Jenna & Jared announced their pregnant
*Jenna is selected/honored as one of the "DFW 100 Great Nurses" (Celebration held at the Meyerson in Dallas)

*RV Trips to Joe Pool and Ray Roberts

*Girls' Trip to Nashville
*NASCAR RV camping
*Jenna & Jared found out "It's a Girl!"
*MRI shows Rick's brain tumor has begun to grow

*4th Holiday Weekend/Fireworks Stand
*Family Trip to Lake Bob Sandlin
*Colorado Trip to ride ATVs (rode first day)

*Jenna & Jared moved into their newly purchased home
*RV Camping at Joe Pool
*Rick begins seeing a pain management doctor 

*Resigned from my part-time job
*Several baby showers for Jenna & Jared
*RV Camping trip to Colbert, Oklahoma
*RV Camping trip to Branson, Missouri
*Justin ordained as a deacon

*RV Camping at Joe Pool

*NASCAR and RV camping
*Jenna and Jared's anniversary -- 1 year
*An untraditional Thanksgiving
*RV Camping at Joe Pool as we prepared for "Marlow Mae" to arrive 

*Marlow born on the 2nd
*Justin and Keelie announce they are having another baby
*Completed the Quilting "Block of the Month"
*Justin and Keelie's Anniversary -- 14 years
*Our Anniversary -- 38 years 
*Rick's brain tumor continues to grow; Dr. Mickey says time for surgery  
*Keelie's Christmas Girl Party

And Now....Here's to 2016!

Christmas Week

Monday, December 28, 2015

Our Crazy Texas Weather

Saw this today which perfectly describes our last few days here!

Our Christmas 

We had our Christmas on the 26th. It was Anja (15 months old) and Marlow's (3 weeks old) first Christmas.

We had a non-traditional meal and warm weather. It was in the 70s, and it was so muggy we had to turn on the air conditioner.

Didn't matter at all.....We had a great time celebrating together! Love my family!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rick's Tumor

We had a very important MRI and doctor's visit this past Friday. We did not get the news we wanted but yet it was the news we were somewhat prepared to hear. Rick's brain tumor had grown even more since June. God and our doctor have delayed this for months, but the time has come. Surgery is now going to be required to attempt to remove as much of the tumor as possible. The doctor shot us straight on what is to be expected both during and post surgery. It is not an encouraging report at all. We know we are to trust that God has already gone before us and will carry us through this. We appreciate the prayers of our family and friends.

Another Baby!!

A week after Marlow was born, we were still with Jenna and Jared at their house. We got a text message from Justin and Keelie with a video attached. It was a video they had filmed as they let Jonah and Glory in on the announcement that they were getting a brother or sister! Rick and I will be blessed with another grandchild around August 2016.

Got to get another stocking on the mantel!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Our Baby!

Jenna was admitted and induced around 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2 due to low amniotic fluid. (Her due date was technically December 11.) Marlow Mae Hermann was born at 7:27 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs 10 oz and was 20 3/4 inches long. She is perfect, and we are all in love! Jared, Jenna, and Marlow are doing well.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Baby Showers

Jenna was very blessed to have friends and family host baby showers for her. Kelly gave a family one at her home in McKinney. Most of the guests were Jared's relatives. The second shower was held in Mansfield for friends and family down there. The next one was hosted by Keelie at her house. Then Jenna's staff hosted one for her at the hospital in Dallas. 

Jenna was so appreciative and, at the same time, stressed that people were having to get her something. Baby girl is going to find out soon how blessed she is to have such special family and friends.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Week 2015

On Monday, we had a great evening over at Keelie and Justin's house. She cooked a super meal, and we just enjoyed being together. On Tuesday and Wednesday Jenna had to go to the ER and doctor's office. Although the baby was not quite ready to make her entrance, Jenna was put on bed rest until the baby was ready to come. Therefore, she was not allowed to make the hour trip home. Rick and I packed up the RV and came down Thanksgiving morning. We will be here for as long as we need or want to be here (a blessing in itself because I am no longer working!). 

First of all, I have never traveled on Thanksgiving. That was weird. Secondly, Rick and I had never spent this holiday by ourselves! That was weird, too. (Although we were invited to Jared's grandmother's home, we wanted them to have their dinner as usual.) So Rick and I finally found an Applebee's open. (That was better than the McDonald's and Jack-in-the Box we found open.)

As I said, this was the first Thanksgiving Day EVER that I had not been with family. Marilyn and I kept thinking it was a little weird and even a little sad that we weren't together. Neither of her boys were here, but she did have Anja so that helped her.

Friday we spent the day over at Jenna and Jared's. I put up her Christmas tree, Rick watched television, and Jared finished a project. Jared cooked us two great meals, and we just enjoyed being together. Last night we had dinner that one of Jared's aunt and uncle's made for us.

Thanksgiving week 2015 was different but yet a great week. We are so thankful for the many blessings we have. We are thankful for the One who gives us His grace and mercy that we do not deserve.

Now we wait.......for another blessing. Our new baby granddaughter will be here soon!

P.S. In 1982, we had a really different kind of Thanksgiving celebration. Marilyn was pregnant with Greg. We were all together but we didn't cook; we ate out with the family. We knew "thankfulness" had nothing to do with where you ate or what you ate! She delivered the next morning.

P.S.S. Justin has been checking our rain gauge at home. To present, we have had 7.75 inches this Thanksgiving weekend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


My first long trip pulling the 5th wheel was to Branson. My main concern was having to stop for fuel. We made our first stop on an interstate at a truck stop. That worked wonderful -- lots of room! We enjoyed camping in Branson again and got to see four or five great shows while we were there. Coming home we hit the same truck stop for fuel. I would have loved to go back this month to catch some of the Christmas shows but decided we couldn't get that far away from home with the baby to arrive soon! Another time.....

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Son's Servant Heart

Justin was recently ordained as a deacon at his church. He is such a special, loving person. He has and always will make me so proud. I love the way he loves God. I love the way he loves all of his family. I love the way he serves others. I am brought to tears as I reflect upon all the precious memories he has given me throughout the years. I loved the little boy he was, and I love the man he is!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Party for Jonah & Glory 

The kids had a combined family party for their birthdays. The weather was beautiful and perfect for a backyard celebration. After a meal, cake and ice cream, there was a kickball game with all the kiddos (big and small) taking part. 

Jonah is now ten, and Glory is seven. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Trips and a Move in August

The kids all went to Minnesota in August just not at the same time. Jared and Jenna got to go to the Hibbing area for a mini-reunion with some of his family. They had a good, relaxing time. At that point Jenna was about at the 24-week mark of her pregnancy and still free to travel. 

Justin and Keelie then went the next week to the area near Brainerd, Minnesota to be with Greg and Lisa. They had a great time and hope to go back during the winter so they can ice fish. 

Marilyn and I had been to both areas of Minnesota back in mid 2013 when we went on a girls' trip. We loved our time there, too.

At the end of August, Jared and Jenna closed on a house. Rick and I took the RV to Joe Pool Lake for five or six days of camping to help them move. The housing market during this time was simply crazy. For every house that went up for sale there would be multiple offers during the first day or two; all the offers would be for more than asking prices. Houses were a hot commodity! 

Theirs is a great house in the area that they wanted.  They got to make an offer before it went on the market. Their patience and willingness to listen to God's voice all along the five or six month house-hunting journey paid off. (Jared's mom was so sweet to allow them to stay with her during that interim time.) 

I was so thrilled when the pressure was off of them to find a house. They were now free to settle in and prepare for the baby!

I Resigned!

I began my part-time job as a diagnostician as usual in August. But after only two weeks I resigned. I had prayed all summer for clear direction as to whether I should continue to work until December at which time I would take a leave of absence or whether to quit before school started. I knew from past experiences that I would get a peace about it when the timing was right. I so did not want to let my fear replace my faith in making a decision.

And then, in God's timing, whether mine or not, two weeks into the new school year He let me know in a very clear, commanding nudge I should quit. I haven't looked back. It's been a great thing; burdens were lifted off my shoulders!

Rick has really enjoyed me not working. We have done some things we couldn't have done if I had not quit. Regardless if he has to have surgery or not in January we don't and won't regret the move. And of course, we will be free to not only see the grands - Jonah and Glory - next door, but we will be free to get down to see our new granddaughter more often after she arrives in December. 

God is Good!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

How Do I Catch Up?
Why did I do this? Why did I let it get so out-of-hand? My journaling has been null - zip - goose egg - nada. 

It's not because I have had nothing to document and/or share. Quite the contrary. Some bloggers I think would understand my dilemma. We just find ourselves getting busy with life and don't take the time to journal. 

But good grief! I have August through November now to catch up on. Not sure this is going to be easy. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Second Annual Family Lake Trip

Rick and I got to spend a few days away with our family last week at a lake two hours from here over in East Texas. Rick and I had looked forward to this trip all year. We were so fortunate to get to stay in a lake house that belongs to one of Keelie's friends. The house was AWESOME and so PERFECT for us. Justin, Keelie, Jared, and Jenna are always so thoughtful to help with the groceries and most importantly the cooking! Turn Justin, Keelie, and Jared loose in the kitchen, and you will always have great meals. (Jenna and I make good sidekicks.)

Although the water was pretty choppy, they were able to still do some stuff.  

We cherish our family time. God blesses us so much more than we deserve! Next year, we will have not only Jonah and Glory with us but another little baby granddaughter!

"It's not about making everything perfect; it's about making the most of the moment with the family."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Back From Beautiful Colorado

Our first trip after the 4th holiday was to Colorado. Rick and I left on a Wednesday. It was just Rick and me; so we took our time and enjoyed stops at some of our favorite spots. Once we arrived at Ouray the main event was to ride our ATV there with a group of people including Marilyn and Rickie; we were to ride in the mountains three to four days. 

We had to drop out after the first day's ride. I will just say that "we were both overly optimistic about what we could handle" with a large group up at 12,000 feet on an ATV with no power steering and with Rick's medical issues. Marilyn and Rickie also did not ride any more either. They left for their cabin in NM, and we turned the car toward home. 

It was a great trip minus the ATV experience. Think I'll just continue to ride it on the farm!

First night - Raton, NM
Second/Third nights - South Fork, Colo
Fourth/Fifth nights - Durango, Colo
Sixth/Seventh nights - Ouray, Colo
Eighth night - Dalhart, Tx