Too Many Neat Things for One Posting!
It's been three and a half weeks since I posted here, and there's more to tell than I can do justice to without making this a novel instead of a post! We went to Belgium and the Netherlands and had a marvelous time! It's so comfortable to go back to a place you've been before, so nice to know where you want to go and what you want to see this time. Still, we could do a third trip there, but in the meantime it's time to see more of the world, and we're going to do that, starting in Italy. I could have/should have talked for ages about that trip, then Thanksgiving with my kids all home was marvelous as well. David and Desirée were home, and Jeffrey and Samantha spent more time with us than they normally do, although they live less than five minutes from the house. Mike's Mother, Sister, and our dear Rachel were there for a Thanksgiving meal simplified by jet lag limitations.
Then last weekend, my parents were honored by their town, Quanah, as Grand Marshals for the Dickens Day Parade. We gathered in, my sister Carol coming in from Loveland Colorado after having been there the previous weekend for Thanksgiving and getting stuck with a blocked highway, having to ride a bus across the state. My sisters Mary Ellen and Kathy live nearby, and are wonderful in all they do for Mother and Daddy that Carol and I are too far away to do. Not all the eight grandchildren could get there, nor one of the three great grandchildren, but family came from Lewisville, Carrolton, and Fort Worth in the Metroplex area as well as from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. It was a grand gathering, and great fun. I'm not good at remembering people, but I'm pretty good at faking it to make people think I remember them. Fortunately I had my sisters there to grab and ask who somebody was when a crisis came. All in all, the weekend was marvelous!
You would think that would be enough to talk about, and it would, but it's not the most marvelous news of all. Last night son Jeffrey (I would link to his web site of www.DitheredThought.com but it's kind of plain at the moment) called. He asked about a day next March and whether we might be willing to have a wedding in our home. Then he asked if I would be willing to officiate as judge. I told him I would be happy, that in fact I would be more than happy, I would be delighted. It appears I'm not only gaining a daughter in July but that even before then I gain another daughter, Samantha. I cannot tell you what marvelous news this is!