While we were visiting our kids down by Houston for Thanksgiving. We were having a great time hanging out with the family. We made the 630 mile trip down on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and had planed to drive back the Saturday after. The Houston kids wanted us to stay one more day so we went ahead and stayed. Of course it happened they finely got me to go shopping with them but they had to promise to take me to Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen to eat, we love this place and every time we go down there we make it point to eat there. After this we went to one of those outlet malls so the girls could shop and one of my sons need to get him a suit. It was colder than usual so I found a place in the sun out of the wend to set and wait for them to finish up. The temperature there was in the 40′s which for me was not that bad as long as I stayed out of the wend, it’s usually in the 70 and 80′s so the kids that live there was freezing, but the rest of us are from the Panhandle of Texas where it can get well below freezing this time of year. Afterwards we drove down too Galveston Texas which was about 30 miles away. We went to a place called Moody Gardens where there are several things to see. They were having what was called the festival of lights and that was all we had a chance to look at. Charlotte and I left out around 7:00 Sunday morning to drive home, it took us right at 10 hours to get home.
"We salute the veterans and survivors of Pearl Harbor who inspire us still. Despite overwhelming odds, they fought back heroically, inspiring our nation and putting us on the path to victory. They are members of that Greatest Generation who overcame the Depression, crossed oceans and stormed the beaches to defeat fascism, and turned adversaries into our closest allies...They remind us that no challenge is too great when Americans stand as one.
Friday the day after Thanksgiving and my grandsons 18 Th birthday he had a football game. The school he is going to is in the playoffs and this was one of the three games left before they might go to State. They were up against a team that the odds were for them. This is the last year my grandson will be playing for he is a senior this year. We were down here a few months back and watched a game but he was injured and did not get to play, but this game he played the whole game. Within the first 5 minuets of play the other team scored a touch down. I do not know if that was what motivated the Pearland Oilers, (the team my grandson is on) but after the next few plays we got an interception and took it for a touch down. After that they held them off and won the game 21 to 13. I do not want to jinks them but it would so great for him if there team won state since this is his last year. Update 12/07/2013 I just found out that they won their game today 10-3 yea Oilers.
I have so much to be thankful for, a Loving God and children and grandchildren who love me. We came down to Houston to see our kids for thanksgiving and also to celebrate my oldest grandsons 18 Th. birthday. Our other son and his kids were able to come down also, so we have all four of our grandsons together and it is great seeing them all together. The younger two look up to their older cousins and just follow them around every where they go. Their poor old dog is about 11 years old and she don’t know what to think about these two young ones but she will just lay there and let them hug and pet her. The daughter was unable to make the trip and she was truly missed by me and the wife, but her brothers said it was great for they got more attention without her.
We had our first snow of the winter season this weekend. I heard that we got about 3.5 inches. We got out this morning and went to church, it was petty slick out but we made it just fine. We had a great day with praising our Lord with singing and then a great sermon about our God and his Son Jesus Christ.
After we made it back home the wife was cooking us some lunch when we heard some one at the door. It was our son and the two grand kids they came over to shovel our drive way and sidewalk. It is such a blessing to have them live so close and that he worry’s about mom and dad. The little 4-year-old was getting after the shoveling but the six-year-old was more interested in hitting his mama, and poppy with a snow ball. Mama had fixed some home-made biscuits and had put some little smokey sausages in them making pigs in a blanket. The four-year old told me not to eat them all because we have to share, those two are just so cute I think I could watch and listen to them all day.
It is so upsetting seeing and hearing about all that is going on, not only in the United States but around the world. It has not been all that long ago when people respected other people. I was raised to respect other people and people who had authority over me. I was also raised that not everyone believed in the same God that I believe in and even if I think that the believe in their god is wrong it was not for me to judge. I am to love and respect them and let them see the God that I believe in is living in me, and then and only then if they want to meet my God I will introduce them to Him.
When I was growing up we could go off and leave the doors unlocked, we could go to bed at night and leave the windows open for fresh air and never dreamed that someone would come in and rob,or kill us. We went to school and had an opening prayer. If the kids did not want to pray he or she did not have to they would just set there quietly. If he or she wanted to pray to their different god they could. We had no fear of walking down the street, going to school, shopping, or to church. If we acted up we would get a swat on the rear end from a teacher and then when we got home we would catch it from our folks. I never thought that I was being abused by getting a spanking. Now if I were to get bruises on my face and arms okay that might be abuse but I do not see getting a bottom busting as abuse. I truly feel that this is the biggest reason our kids and adults have no respect for one another because they know that no one can discipline them.
I have noticed that the US government is so busy trying to take God out of our country that I guess they can’t see that the country is falling apart. This country grew with God involved and taking him out will not help matters any. We all need to get on our knees and ask Him for forgiveness and ask Him to heal us. I know that I have not been perfect and I still make wrong decisions but my God is an amazing God and He has adopted me as one of His sons and takes very good care of me and my family. Our country is so far in debt but we keep shelling it out instead of taking care of our own people. We need to take care of this world that we live in. We as Christians our just pilgrims in this place we call earth, for we are just passing through on the way to are heavenly home and so we need to leave it in better shape than we found it for our kids and grand kids.
This week end is veterans day weekend, and today is Saturday November 9 th. The Amarillo Police department entered their Handicap patrol car in the veterans day parade which the city has every year. They asked only the veterans who volunteer for the patrol to ride in the car and there were four of us. I was so blessed for as we were driving up Polk street in down town Amarillo, the people would wave at us and some of the veterans that was not in the parade would salute us as we drove bye and it did not matter which branch of service you were in. This was very humbling and brought back memories of why I was in the military and how much I love my country.
- APD recognizes volunteers at luncheon (amarillo.com)
Two days after Halloween and we were watching the grand kids on Saturday afternoon. Grand kids are so much fun and you never know what their little brains are going to come up with. We went from playing cars on the floor to reading books and having a picnic out in the back yard. The boys decided that they were ghost and wanted to scare poppy, maw maw gave them white pillow cases to slip over their heads and they came in making scary noises. Poppy turned into a monster and told them he loved to catch little ghost and eat them so the chase was on. Of course with Poppy the chase did not last to long for there was no way I could catch them. I set down in my chair and tried to get them to come and give me a high five because they could out run me, of course the six year old told his little brother don’t do it its a trick. I told them no I was the nice Poppy and Riley said no you have on the same shirt. I looked around and said is there another Poppy around wearing my shirt because I am the nice poppy. The four year old said he wanted to watch TV so I asked him what do you want to watch. I had recorded Elf on a Shelf back when he was two and he always remembers that so that is what he asked for he loves that show. So we went from Halloween to Christmas in just a couple of hours. Little Noah fell a sleep while watching Elf on a shelf and Riley got up in Poppy’s lap to play a game of Mahjong on my laptop.
Charlotte and I was eating supper and playing a game of cards when we heard the doorbell ring. This little Power Ranger was at the door saying trick or treat, I did not recognize him so I was getting some candy ready when Darth Vader came around the corner. Then I saw my daughter-in-law walk around the corner than and only than did I realize these two were my grandsons.
Well all good trips have to come to and end. We were up and leaving the motel around 5:00 am. I knew this was a holiday weekend but I wanted to get on the toll road and away from the big city before traffic got to bad. It worked we could see the lights of down town Chicago off in the distance but traffic was not bad even pulling over to pay the tolls wasn’t to bad.
Charlotte got a picture of the river as we crossed back over. We were getting hungry because we did not eat breakfast. We spotted a Cracker Barrel just off the highway in Davenport Iowa. We always enjoy eating at Cracker Barrels the food is always consistently good. While eating I noticed a black man and his family coming in to be seated, he was wearing a Vietnam Veteran hat. After we finished eating I went over to the man and thanked him for his service. He looked up at my hat which was the USS Monticello hat and I noticed his eyes getting wide and also his daughter eyes were also. He told me that he also served on the Monticello but it was a different time than me. I thank this was so neat to run into a fellow veteran who served on the same ship. I told him that I was just coming from a ships reunion which made him excited but also sad because he missed it, so I told him to be sure and look up the ships web site and sign up for the next reunion.
We made it home to the daughters house and needless to say she had a couple of happy hound dogs glad to have mama home. Of course Charlotte had to get a picture of me in my favorite spot at Ce’s house. Charlotte and I stayed there a couple more days then drove on home to Amarillo.