January 6, 2014

We kind of got up a little later than anticipated this morning, though there was still plenty of time to get the girls ready for school. The girls were awake, just hadn't come up to get us out of bed, that is until we were ready to come down. As we were headed down the stairs Jackie was on her way up. It all worked out pretty well actually. Linda got the girls dressed and I got them fed - and made their lunches.

After the girls were walked to school we came back to the house and we were going to get ready for the things we were scheduled to do, only shortly after getting home Jason received a call and his appointment with the VA was cancelled (it got moved to next week), so that freed up some time. Then within a few minutes of that I received another phone call and a meeting was scheduled for noon, with the Gary Sinise Foundation - they wanted to talk about scheduling the official ground breaking ceremony. I looked at the clock and decided that I now had a few hours to get a nice bike ride in. Well, at least a couple of hours worth of riding and cool down time. I was able to get in about 23 miles and back at the house before 11:00, so I could cool down and clean up before the phone call (I didn't want to smell bad on the phone... ;-)).

The call itself was really kind of short, but full of information. There is coordination of guests to have at the ceremony, and invitations to be sent out. We get to invite family and friends who have expressed an interest in the ground breaking ceremony, and there are those who are connected with the Gary Sinise Foundation, directly or indirectly. The actual date is sometime after the 19th, and before the 28th - so it is a ten day window to work with, and the actual date to be selected in the next day or two. As soon as I know I will post it in the blog.

Today is also Taco Tuesday (not really sure where that came from, but the girls have it in their heads that we have to have tacos on Tuesday now), so that means dinner is already planned. It worked out really well, and we all had plenty to eat - and ran out of tacos. Linda made the tacos with re-fried beans and ground beef, and then cheese for the girls. For the adults we added lettuce and hot sauce. There were also some tomatoes available, and I think I ate most of those. It was kind of fun and really not that messy to do, so I consider it a win-win.

Below I have added some pictures, and they cover several days. I will do my best to label them, but generally they start with Christmas and work there way through the bicycle rides and zoo visits with Uncle George (he came and stayed with us for a few days over the Christmas break). Any how, with the pictures you will be able to see how Jason is coming along, and how long his hair is getting. He almost never wears a shirt while at home, so apologies to anyone who is shocked by the hairy guy. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Starts with making cookies with grandpa

Jackie clowning around while Stacy and Grandpa work

You need to separate each one

Christmas is almost here

"The stockings were all hung by the chimney with care..." Okay, so we don't have a fireplace... 

Setting out the cookies and reindeer food

Grandpa got a new helmet for Christmas

This is Daddy's stocking

"This was in my stocking!"

Brothers are always so nice to each other

Stacy and Jackie telling Daddy, "Thank you."

Can we open more presents?

George got a new bicycle outfit from Jason

Linda got a new coffee maker from Jason

Jason got George two DVDs he hadn't seen before.

The girls love their Uncle George

"This is the best Christmas ever!"

Hey! It's a picture of pictures.

Jackie and Stacy received watches from Uncle David and Aunt Miriam.

New Bicycles for Christmas

Jackie riding the bike for the first time

Jason helping Stacy

Jason chasing Stacy and Stacy loving it...

Daddy comforting Jackie

"I know the first time on the bike is hard, you can do it."

Making a helmet adjustment

Daddy helping Jackie - with Gracie in tow

Riding fast enough to keep up with big sister

Happy New Year

More New Year celebrations

Thank you, to GSF and WWFS for the new van


  1. Loved all the new pictures! Great seeing all of you!
    Such amazing words of comfort! Praying right now!
    John 11:25-27 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.


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