God’s Blessings

Last year around this time we were in the midst of a severe drought. We Rain Buckets 05192015 Street tring to become a river 05192015are still in a drought but the good Lord has blessed us with some much needed rain. We have a lake about 50 miles from here and it had gone from 99 feet deep to around 33 feet because of the drought, Since the first of the year we have had over 5″ of rain and today we received almost 2 more inches. The weather men here said that Lake Meredith has risen about 5′, it is now at about 48 feet so all the little rains and this one has made a big dent in the drought. We also have two more smaller lakes that have risen about 9′.

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Bike riding with Dad

My son and his family are getting ready to go camping this summer. The grand kids have been riding their bicycles just down the sidewalk on their block. They both have gotten brave enough to take their training wheelsBoys on thir bikes off. The second grader did first and then after the five year old saw his brother riding without them he decided he wanted too. My son said he came home from work and later on that morning when he went out to watch them ride he noticed that Noah was riding without the training wheels.

He asked him who took your training wheels off. Noah said I did, Why and how? well I saw brother riding without his and so I wanted to ride mine that way. Sure enough some how he used dads tools and took them off. Jeff went and got him a bicycle so that he can ride with them. He plans on taking them when they go camping. He wanted to teach them some bike etiquette so they went riding in the neighborhood and came by the house this morning and then over to the other grandparents to show them. We were out talking with them when Noah said lets rock and role and get this show on the road. He was wanting to ride not talk.

Young love

Even though we only live 50 miles away from my nieces and nephews we do not see them very often. This is my own fault for it seams we just do notIMG_0319 IMG_0320 make the effort to drive there. Any way to get to my point of this blog is we were invited to our Great nephews wedding. We thought that it was so nice of them to think about us and to extend the invention.

It was a beautiful wedding set outside with a hilly backdrop. For some reason I did not think about taking any pictures out there. But after the wedding, the reception was in building just next to the ceremony. They make such a beautiful couple and I wanted to share it. Again I would like to thank John and Kristen for inviting us to share there special day.

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Head Space by Jeff Harbin

P1040100My son is a photographer here in Amarillo. And this is a short film shot for the 48 hour film project in Amarillo Texas. This is the “director’s cut” with some polishing of the original film submitted. In case you have not heard of the 48 hour project. Several groups only have 48 hours from the time they are told what the subject is going to be. They then have to write produce and film there story in a 48 hour time period.

I swear he did not get its talent from his dad, so it must be from mom. His full time job here is a driver fire fighter for the Amarillo Fire Department and he does his photographing on the side.

Loved going to the zoo.

We had the two youngest grandsons come over last night for a sleep over. There mother had to have a medical procedure done so this is why we had them. The oldest is a second grader and the 5 year old is in preschool. The preschool was taking the kids to the Amarillo zoo today so we dropped him off and they loaded the kiddos on the bus.

There mom came through her procedure with flying colors but she did not come home in time for our son to pick up the kids from school so we picked them up. We picked up the 5 year old first and the drove over to pick up the second grader. On the way to pick up Riley, little Noah was talking to Mama. He said the Lion peed on him we said he did thinking that he just saw the lion pee peeing. While we was inline to pick up his brother a lady and another little boy walked by, so Noah said high to him. This little boys mother stopped at the car and asked if we heard what had happened. Yep Noah was right the lion sprayed several of the kids. Needless to say Mama put him the tub as soon as we got home and since they did not have a change of clothes over here she washed them. We told Noah that he had a story to tell when he gets older.

After 52 Years with the Amarillo Symphony

Amarillo SymphonyMy wife has decided she will retire from the Amarillo Symphony her last concert is today 04/25/2015. One of the local Television stations was doing a story on the 90th anniversary of the Amarillo Symphony. They also had read the story that was in the Amarillo Glob news the other day about Charlotte retiring. So Mr. Larry Lemmon’s of the TV station called Charlotte and wanted to do an interview with her also. He came out to the house and shot this footage with her and her Cello. As you can tell I am very proud of this sweet woman and this should show that she is very committed to everything she does after all she has put up with me for almost 50 years.

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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.

http://amarillo.com/lifestyle/arts/2015-03-13/closing-case#.VQeDi5YqYFM.facebook

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.