Children Steal my Heart.

My two youngest grandsons spent the night with us last night. Noah is 5 and Riley is 7. They are so cute and innocent at that age. We played together watched some cartoons, and Mama fixed us something to eat. We have a mattress that we brought into our bed room and the boys helped Poppy drag it into the bedroom; thin they helped Mama put clean sheets and covers on it. It just touches our hearts when the boys want to come over for a sleepover and then wants to play with us two old folks.

My wife has been reading a book on the Orphan train. She was telling me how these kids were out on their own on the streets of New York City. They had no place to go, nothing to eat, and nowhere to sleep. I have no way of knowing what these children went through.  They were rounded up put on a train, and sent west. The train would stop in a town; the kids were lined up for people to look at. If the people saw the one they wanted that child would go and live with them. The kids that did not get picked were loaded back on the train and taken to the next town where they might or might not be picked to live with someone. I feel so sorry for those kids, some fond good homes though. I was so surprised the number of thousand of kids that road these trains. If you are working on genealogy and have a road block on your relatives you might check out the Orphan train.

Amarillo Globe News 03/13/2015

We had a reporter from The Amarillo Globe News paper call us the other day. He wanted to do an interview with Charlotte because she had been playing with the Amarillo Symphony for over 50 years and she has been 14205974there the longest. She has been talking about retiring so before she talked with the reporter she notified the Symphony that she was retiring. Well last Friday it was finely published in the paper. The Link below will take you there. I don’t know if you can tell but I am very proud of her.

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45 years ago. Part 2 03/17/1970

Ce at 4 weeks

The actual picture I received, my first look at her

My ship left Pearl Harbor right after sun rise, going through the narrow channel and out too open waters. It was a beautiful day and we all were getting into our routine of workday and standing or watches in four hour shifts. I knew this was St Patrick day March 17th but I gave no thought about it being a special day in my life. I cant remember the exact time that I received the message but I was paged over the ships intercom to report to the radio shop on the double. I made my way through the passageway and up the three steep stairs too the deck that the radio shack was on.

When I arrived at the radio shack doorway the radio operator said you Harbin? I said yes, he had this grin on his face and he said sign here, he noticed I had this confused look on my face wondering what was this all about. He gave me a telegram from the Red Cross saying congratulations I was the proud farther of a baby girl. I was so excited I told him thank you. As I stood there reading how big she was and that she was healthy, I thought back to the phone call that I had made the night before and the way Charlotte was sounding on the phone. She was in labor but she didn’t tell me because she did not want me to worry about her.

Several weeks had passed since I had received the news about my daughter being born. Finley we were at a port where the mail could catch up to us and sure enough I received a letter from home, there was a picture of my new daughter so I finely got to see what she looked like. Charlotte P1050603told me in the letter that she was sorry for not telling me that she was in labor, but she knew I had enough on my mind with us being so far apart and she just did not want me to be worried on how she and the baby were doing. Now every one knows how old she is. Charlotte told me that CeAnne would be mad at me by telling everyone how old she was. But I have been teasing her that she was 50 or even older than that, but now that I have told her real age maybe she want be to mad at me. Happy birthday to mt sweet St Paddy days baby.

45 Years ago. Part one.

I was on board the USS Monticello and we were in port at Pearl Harbor. We were on what was called liberty call, which simply means we did not have to work on the ship so we were free to leave the ship and go sight-seeing. Honolulu is a beautiful island so a few of us rented what is called a Volkswagen dune buggy to drive around and see the island. This was our last day before leaving to head back toward Vietnam. It was starting to get late and we were kind of lost. It was getting closer to time that we had to be back to our ship. We made it back in time so just before I boarded the ship I made a long distance call back to Texas, I was supposed to have called Charlotte earlier than this. It took a little bit before she answered the phone and when she did it sounded like I had woke her up. I had forgotten that there was a 5 hour difference in the time. This has been 45 years ago so I do not remember the exact time it was, I am thinking it was like 9:00 pm HI. time which would have made it 2:00 am Texas time. I noticed that she was keeping the conversation short so after a bit I told her I had to get back aboard ship so we said our goodbyes. I was thinking that i must of hurt her feelings and that she was mad at me. I will finish this tomorrow in part two and you will find out why Charlotte was acting the way she was.

Birth and death of USS Monticello LSD 35

She was a Thompson Class Ship her Keel was laid on my birthday in 1955 I was nine years old. She was launched August 10 1956. Commissioned in March oMo boat being launchedf 1947. She wJim EN 2as built: by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.

I served on board from 1968-1970. Even though I was already married to Charlotte and I missed her every second that I was gone. I did enjoy serving on this ship.though I could not have asked for better officers and crew mates. I was able to see parts of the world that I would never have seen if it was not for the Navy. Even though I never had to see any of the fighting on land I lost some friends there in Vietnam. We hauled a lot of troops and their equipment in and out of there. The Mo boat as we called her had a crew 18 officers and 330 men and we could carry 330 troops plus their equipment.

The Monticello was decommissioned in September of 1985 and she was taken out and sunk in July of 2010 off the coast of Kauai HI. She was used as a target and was sunk after being hit by two Harpoon missiles. From the Monticello being fired upon to be sunk. Monticello before she was sent to the bottom of the ocean.HMCS ALGONQUIN (DDG 283). I was lucky enough to get a peace of the helo platform deck after they had stripped her down to be sunk.

What a week

Charlotte and I were set up to have a colonoscopy this week. Last Sunday Charlotte was first so she spent all that day on a liquid diet. It also started raining that morning with the temp hovering around freezing. By the time we left for church it was getting icy. It started snowing while we were in church, we got out of church around eleven o clock and we had an inch or so on the ground. We had light flurries off and on all day. She had to drink that nasty clean your innards out stuff that evening. She was up about 3:30 Monday morning to finish drinking the stuff. We had to be up at the hospital by 6:30, it was still snowing so we left early. The road was not to bad because there had not been much traffic on them. After she had the procedure the doctor said that ever thing looked good, We left the hospital around 10: am. The snow had picked up, it was snowing so hard you could not see more that a couple hundred yards. We just took it easy getting home. Charlotte was pretty crazy from the anesthetic and I had a blast teasing her about all she did.

It warmed up and melted off Tuesday and Wednesday that’s what is great about the Texas panhandle Snow it does not hang around for to long. Thursday was my turn to be on the liquid diet, and drink the nasty stuff. You might have guessed by now it started snowing Thursday and continued on Friday. I drove to the Hospital the roads were a little worse than they were Last Sunday but we made it just fine. All the nurses was asking if we did not get enough when we were here before, so I just told them, why should Charlotte have all the fun. Here again every thing was great. Again it was around 10 am and  Charlotte had to drive me home this time. She did a great job and did not slide once. She had told me that she could drive in this stuff and I guess so for she did a fine job. She just did not understand why the anesthetic did not affect me the way it did her. I told her the only thing I could think of is that I have had lots of surgery’s and maybe I am used to the stuff. Here it is Saturday and we still have snow on the ground but it is hard for it to melt off when it is still 16 degrees outside. But the roads are great as long as you take it easy and we will be able to make to church again tomorrow.

Dejavu all over again

Have you ever had a time when you could swear this has happened before. About 9 or 10 years ago we were at our sons home in Houston. They live on a corner lot and there is a fire plug next to the street in front of their house. So I parked my car on the side street. A lady came to my sons front door she told my son that she was backing out of her driveway and backed into my car. I went out to look at the damage and their was a slight scratch so I told her not to worry and I found a different place to park. She was in a van and it put a big dimple in her bumper.

We went down to Houston again this last weekend to celebrate both my sons birthday and is sweet wife her birthday was just before his. Well now not only does my son have a car, his wife has a car and both grandsons have trucks. So I parked beside the house on the side street. I asked Jeremy if he thought it would be safe there. He said yes that lady does not live there any more. We were there for 4 days and everything was going great. We went over to his house Sunday morning and we were going to leave that afternoon. Sure enough we were settingIMG_0198 in the kitchen talking when we heard a knock at the front door. My son went to the door and then we heard him laughing and the he said dad the lady across the street back into you car. He then explained to the confused young lady why he was laughing. She hit the driver’s door and it was not to bad but we did exchange insurance info because the Honda was a little newer than my old Pontiac we was in before.

41 Years My How Time Flys

The mail man just delivered the mail and as I went out to get it I was wearing my summer shorts. The Temp out this afternoon is in the mid 70’s sun shinning and no wend to speak of. I started thinking 41 years ago today it was snowing like crazy. My wife was pregnant at the time and she told me that her water had broken which had us both upset because she was only eight months along in her pregnancy.

We called one of our friends to see if they could keep our 4 year old daughter while I took Charlotte to the hospital. I turn on the 4 way flashers on the car and away we went. I had to be extra careful due to the snow but we got there. I had to stay in the waiting room while they worked on Charlotte. The nurses was keeping a close eye on her when one of them said, we had a lady in here last night that was about eight months along and she had twins. So they took Charlotte to be ex-rad for they did not have ultrasound back then. Sure enough they spotted three backbones, Charlotte’s and one on each side of hers.

It is hard to believe those two boys will be 41 tomorrow February seventh. They were only 2 minuets a part. and they have been a blessing to us. I never got so tired of hearing people say oh double trouble, instead it was double blessing. We had a girl and I was hoping for a boy and the Good Lord gave us two boy’s.

Amarillo Texas at a standstill

Amarillo ended up with about 11 inches of snow. The weather men told us it was coming and this time they were right. It started with the temp around 33 degrees F and rain. Charlotte had Symphony rehearsal and it was her turn to drive, I told her that I would take her and the other lady. The streets were warm enough that when it started snowing it just melted. When we left around 6:30 pm to head downtown there was a couple of inches on the ground and the road was just wet so we had no problems getting  to the Globe News Center. I dropped the girls off and drove back home. The snow was getting a lot heavier and the temp had dropped below freezing. The rehearsal was from 7:30-10:00, I decided to leave the house around 9:15 to go pick up the girls, the drive was a lot slower the snow was around 5″ deep and very slushy.  There wasn’t much traffic thank goodness, I drove about 35-40 mph this was on the highway.  I had one truck come up behind me with his bright lights on and when he passed me it covered the whole drivers side of the car and of course the windshield with slush.IMG_0174 (2)

I made it to the Globe News Center in plenty of time. It looked like there was about 6″ of snow by this time. When the girls came out at 10:00 the snow was coming down hard I was thankful the wend wasn’t blowing. I told the girls that I was not going to go home on the highway so I drove through the residential areas. It took us about 45 minutes to get to the riders house and another 10 minutes to get home.

This morning when I got out of bed the snow was deep, our local TV station said we had 11″ out at the Amarillo Weather station. My son had to go to work he is a Fireman, Thank goodness he has a 4 wheel drive Jeep with a lift kit on it I have not heard from him so I am hoping no news is good news. I hate to text him in case he is busy. I pray that all of our first responders stay safe and warm today.

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You Are Good Enough

Sunday January 18 2015.

I posted this on my FB page so that my friends who missed the service for what ever reason would know what they had missed. It is a short version of course and it is mostly what I remembered beings has how I did not write any thing down, I have tried taken notes but it makes me miss so much and besides I can’t read my own hand writing once it gets could.

What another beautiful day the Lord has made. I wished I could be positive about it but that wind is making it hard, Okay that confession is out-of-the-way.
Once we got inside out of the wind it was warm and inviting with all the church body being there. Well we did have a few missing. Charles did an outstanding job again this morning in Sunday school. I can’t wait till next week to hear how Jesus, 100% man, had the same pains and trials that we suffer and yet came through it for us.
Oh the Praise team did a wonderful job! Bob led the music since Brad was out. Bob really blessed us when he sang Long Black Train, All the music put everyone in worship mode,
Sheldon’s sermon was God inspired and right on. When he was talking about growing up in the church, how that they were there every time the door was open Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night was right on the money.
Even though he grew up on the other side of the World from where I lived in Borger Texas, it sounded exactly the same. The only thing that sounded different was that his uncle was the pastor. I never got to know our pastor, sure I saw him every time we were there but I never knew him. Sheldon talked about how the Jews would raise their sheep so that they could take it to sacrifice to God only to be told that it was not good enough by the religious leaders of that time. He told us how that we were all told that we weren’t good enough at some things. Then he read Matthew 5:1-12 where Jesus told the people that they were blessed: no matter what.
I think what drove it home the best was the story about how he went with a man into the prison to talk with the prisoners. How that man got up in front of all those convicts and told them that the only difference was that they got caught and he did not. Then the man told them one more thing that most of them had never heard . That no matter what you have done, Jesus says you are good enough.