6 lb. catfish As instructed by his uncle, the 9 year old was out of bed at 0700 to check the trot lines they had set the night before. The tension on his line turned out to be a 5-6 lb. catfish. Getting the fish over the gunwales was a struggle, but what a thrill! … Continue reading Whopper!
Our youngest grandchild turned 8 and made her own birthday cake. Lots of frosting ... Outstanding! Thought for the Day: Children are the rainbow of life. Grandchildren are the pot of gold. Irish Blessing
7 years old Our youngest grandchild turns 7 today. Her sister is our oldest grandchild, which turns 21 in a couple weeks. That gives you some idea of how many birthdays I've had. Hard to believe. Thought for the Day: I'm not as young as I used to be, but not as old as I'm … Continue reading Birthdays
Animals get tired, just like people. This monkey must have had a very busy day; it is obviously all tuckered out, pooped, spent, down for the count, drained, bushed, outta gas, weak, sapped, exhausted and just plain tired. His grand kids must have just gone home. Thought for the Day: On the seventh day, God … Continue reading Exhausted
All of our eight grandchildren were present for our 50th wedding anniversary and we are very thankful for that. They had fun with our hat collection. They're not in any groupings of our children, but we know who they are. Love 'em all! Thought for the Day: Children are the rainbow of life, grandchildren are … Continue reading 50th Anniversary
Senior citizens have "firsts" too. As a grandparent I have a "first" every time my oldest grandchild reaches a new milestone or experiences something new. This year it is the junior-senior prom. This is the first junior-senior prom of my eight grandchildren. When she met her three friends for pre-prom pictures, there was excitement in the … Continue reading High School Prom
As the song goes, "Turn out the lights, the party's over ..." When the party is over, it's time to give hugs and kisses, grab your blankey and get in your crib. Happy New Year! Thought for the Day: For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next yeaf's words await another … Continue reading Happy New Year!
Father's Day is more special now. The primary role of a father is to raise his children to be responsible, self-reliant adults so that aspect of fatherhood no longer applies to me. Now that I'm a grandfather, I reflect more on how my children (two sons and a daughter) are raising my grandchildren. My children have the daily … Continue reading Grandfather’s Day
Remember your first birthday? Of course you don't, maybe that's why we put so much emphasis on life's first major milestone. I get very excited over First Birthdays, especially the part where they dig into the cake. In my day there were no "smash cakes", a special little cake for the One Year Old to … Continue reading Smash Cake
Merry Christmas! Thought for the Day: Every good and perfect gift is from above ... James 1:17
In the aftermath of the Thanksgiving feast, it is easy to see the difference between boys and girls. Thought for the Day: I like children. If they are properly cooked. W.C. Fields
My wife wrote this prayer for the 2011 Thanksgiving celebration. Since then, we have two additional little "butterballs", James and Ava, to be thankful for. Nothing like grand children to make you thankful. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Thought for the Day: My cooking is so bad, my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor. Phyliss … Continue reading Thanksgiving
Whoa Nellie! The exclamation of that famous sports announcer, Keith Jackson, came to mind when I saw this beautiful mane at a local horse show. This was the first horse show I ever attended and had no idea what to expect. This was a show for local amateurs and it was worth the price of … Continue reading The Mane Event
Everything is fun for the 18 month old ... except for going to bed and getting your pants changed. That's about the only two things that get in the way of new adventures. The simple pleasure of chasing a butterfly is the best thing ever ... until the next new adventure comes along. He is … Continue reading Butterfly Hunter
I like the way cartoonists can tell a story in four little pictures and very little dialogue, so I thought I'd give it a try. Thought for the Day: We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse. Anonymous
Going to the pick-your-own berry patch is always fun ... but you have to watch your bucket very carefully. I found this little guy wandering around the Iowa berry patch gobbling up strawberries like there was no tomorrow. Once he found strawberries in easily-reachable buckets, anyone's bucket, he stopped foraging through the plants for his … Continue reading Strawberry Bandit
The Little League season is winding down; I have mixed feelings about that. The number of games these little guys plays is extraordinary, no wonder they (me too) get burned out. The hellish-hot days of July are right around the corner--yeh, I know, baseball is a summer sport, but there are limitations to my interest. … Continue reading Do Your Best!
Start the summer off right -- in the sand box. There's nothing more attractive to a toddler than the sandbox, and nothing more fascinating to them than the strange feel of sand in all of its various forms -- wet, dry, cold, hot, coarse and fine. Sand is crafty too, the way it lures the … Continue reading Sandbox
Even a four-year old has random thoughts. Four year olds generally just ask lots of questions, but once in a while they surprise you with a statement that makes you wonder what goes on in that little head. Out of the blue, my grandson starts talking about "girl babies." He says, "Girl babies … Continue reading Random Thoughts
My mother always said, "Take the good with the bad." That thought came to mind while I watched the first baseball practice of my 4 year old grandson ... there's a lot of good and bad in Little League. Stretching? Yeah, that was definitely not a priority for the four year old future stars. Learning … Continue reading Good and Bad