Winter Waxing Moon of the Cold Month
Grandma and Grandpa made a boo-boo. We showed up about an hour late for cooking s upper last night. Kate made a roast chicken, roasted root vegetables and snow peas while I made a pot of my chicken soup. Dinner was late, but there were plenty of left-overs.
Jen’s had a tough week with 21 third graders out on Monday due to snow. It was a test day. Wednesday was a test day, too. The school district scheduled a code red lockdown, an intruder alert where all the doors get locked. Thursday was a test day. A fire drill. These are the high stakes tests that document student performance from year to year. Plus she’s had the in-laws. Never easy, even though we get along quite well.
Joseph arrived around 7:15. He looks great. He developed a personal training program for the last ten days of his deployment. I didn’t get the count on the dips and pull-ups, but over this time period he did 160 push-ups a day. That’s along with the dips and pull-ups and whatever else. Geez.
He has gained in self-confidence and worldly wisdom as well as physical strength. Emily, a woman he has dated off and on for several years, has begun to take on more significance. They plan to meet up in Hawai’i at the end of February for 8 days to see where they want their relationship to go. He says, “I know now I’m not the only one to have a serious relationship break-up and I know that even this one is not my only option.” Thank God.
Having said that Emily, a fish and wildlife person, loves the outdoors, skis and is, “a quiet person, like me.” Most important? He says the relationship is easy. That’s a big clue to me of a good fit. We’ll see.
Jon and Jen asked Joseph to become godparent for Ruth and Gabe. Quite a vote of confidence in him, a single military man. Even with his deployments they said they trusted him more than anyone else. Good for them and him.
I took Joseph over to Superior, Colorado this morning where he will spend the day and night with his mom and step-brother, Jesse, Jesse’s wife and their new baby. Then he’ll be back here for the Wildwest Show.
Tomorrow is our next to last day here. We leave Sunday to return north, home to the land of constant cold and snow. It’s sunny and in the high 40’s here right now.