While my siblings and I worked on remodeling one of my Dad's rental properties for him; my husband was busy with our basement remodel (more on that later). Our first born graduated Sunday afternoon and that night I found myself driving my Dad to the ER because he was having chest pains again. Praise the Lord he did NOT have a heart attack but they did keep him overnight for observation and he has yet another medicine to take.
My 80 year old Dad has had some health issues that he hasn't gotten answers for yet. He has spots on his lungs and an enlarged spleen. Last week, I drove Dad (and Mom, too) to Manhattan where he had to have bone marrow collected so they can run test on it. To see my Dad come through the door, into the lobby where we were waiting, with tears rolling down in face, I knew it was a painful procedure because my Dad is one tough guy.
He was crying really hard and when Mom asked him about the pain he said he wasn't crying because of his pain but because he was so glad it wasn't Mom, that had that procedure done (he loves her so much). He said "First time I've felt pain like that, in my life". Thankfully, his discomfort was short lived and hopefully he will find out what is going on with his spleen, when he goes back to the doctor to find out the results, May 27th. I love my Daddy and pray God gives us many more years with him. He means the world to me, to all of us and Mom needs him by her side.
OK, so moving on. Our first born graduated from High School Sunday. The 14th was his last day of school so by his breakfast plate of waffles I put a little note to him. I wrote something like "Hey Bud it's your last day of high school. Celebrate the day but remember all the memories. I remember dropping you off at Pre-school and I worried you'd cry and want to come home with me but it was I who cried...all the way home. Time as gone by so fast. I guess you won't be calling me anymore and saying "Hey, Mom can you bring me my book bag to the office"... and no more PB & J sandwiches to make for sporting events or just "because I like them". I'm proud of the young man you have become and I will pray for you til my last breath son." With tears in his eyes he said "Mom, I wish I hadn't read this before school" and we went outside and I took, for the last time the traditional PICTURE on the Porch" for his last day of school.
Graduation was at 2:30 and it was a comfortable 75* and NO Rain!!! With only 53 graduates it was a pretty short ceremony. ☺ Tony looked so handsome in his cap and gown...I was one proud Momma. We had an Open House at our house afterwards and he had a good turn out (and he got an amazing amount of CA$H, very generous friends and family). I'm so glad Dan got the basement finished; it was so neat to see (hear) Tony and a bunch of his friends hanging out down there. Dan regrets he didn't do the remodel a few years ago but it happened when it happened and its great it is now finished (a few little things Dan wants to finish yet) and the kids can have friends over, to hang out down there. (The joke is when the kids are grown and out of the house, we can rent out the basement as an apartment).
Tony handed me a DVD and told me to watch it with Dad Sunday night (he went to his friends, that's a girl...if you get my drift) Open House. I wish he had watched it with us. Tony made a DVD of pictures of his life, with a ton of pictures and some of my favorite songs playing. Yep, I cried like a baby and Dan got teary eyed, too (I saw KJ wiping her eyes). At the end he Thanked us for all we have done for him and for raising him up, in the church and raising him in the Lord. At the end he had a great poem he found online but re-wrote to fit us. We are so BLESSED. I'm going to miss him when he heads off to college in the fall. He makes me laugh daily (and from visits with guest at the Open House he is known even at school for being so funny).
Tony and I watched the Senior DVD and they showed highlights of football, basketball etc. and he was the only Senior for Cross Country and nobody had taped any events (can you blame them, cross country is a pretty BORING event). ☺ Tony got permission to "re stage" a cross country race. Let me just say, I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. You can hear the girl running the camera laugh, too. He started out running but he looked more like (no offense) Forrest Gump. Then he ran around a tree, hid behind a sign and as you know they race on a golf course, so he jumped into and back out of, a golf cart. Later, there's a guy golfing and Tony takes the guys golf ball and runs off with it and the golfer jumps in his cart and chases Tony (Tony told him to do all that) down the course. You have to see it to get the full effect, it was funny. Love his personality, the world needs more Happy people.
So anyway, I managed to get Tony's scrapbook done (I had better start on Nick's NOW as he graduates in ONE year) and I even wrote him a poem (I might include it at the end of all this) and also a booklet of newspaper articles I've clipped out, over the years. I have another one to add, as Tony made it to State tennis over the weekend. He and his doubles partner finished 5th at Sub-State so they advanced to State. Unfortunately, they did not place at State but as Tony said "I got a cool t-shirt out of it".
I'm taking Tony Thursday to check out York College. Thursday night he will report to soccer practice and see if he can make the soccer team (and maybe get a scholarship). ☺ The coach knows he didn't play on a school team (we don't have one) but he did play on a rec team here 4 years and was usually the goalie. Friday a.m. he will take a tour of the campus etc. (As his Mom, I'm hoping he picks York, as he'd only be 2½ hours away and we could meet in Lincoln...OFTEN. He liked OCU but didn't like the 350 miles and he hasn't ruled it out yet. He's pretty sure it won't be Pratt though because he longer plans to pursue being a game warden (we've heard it's really hard to find a job...you know with government budget cuts). In the meanwhile, we pray that God will guide him to where he needs to be.
Tony got all day yesterday off but today it's back to work...for Dad. As a type this they are home for lunch (leftovers from his open house, sandwiches, grapes, CAKE (he LOVES LOVES LOVES CAKE) and his "friend" is eating with him. Speaking of CAKE; here's the cake my cousin Joni made for the open house.
|Tony LOVES CAKE!!!|
|BEFORE- N E Corner|
|AFTER- same view N E corner|
|South Wall with "Door" picture frame|
Nick is a busy kid. He went on a few trips for FFA this school year. He got first place at a regional FFA meet in Entomology and took 3rd in the State, for Entomology. He likes to be outdoors. He went turkey hunting a few times (no luck) and has gone fishing and camped out a few times, too. I'm always happy when he walks in the back door and returns home safe. He'll be working for Dan again this summer but first he's going to go up to Iowa and help Uncle Paul on the farm for a week.
|Nick in his FFA jacket and tie|
KJ is ready for summer!! She hopes to have more free time to practice her piano and violin and since Uncle Gregg left his guitar here; wants to practice on it, too. She wants to make some money this summer but I doubt she would like to do the kind of work Dan does all day. She wants to do an art piece for the basement, also. She got a first place and several 2nd places at the annual Mother's Day Art Show and was named #7 in the Top Ten in art. Here's a picture of "Nick's Boots" that took 1st place in several art shows this year; most commenting on the amount of "detail" she put into it. Dan made the frame out of leftover barn wood and we hung it up in the basement.
Praying for a child so dear
God answered them; in His time
A little boy; to call mine.
We named you after your Grandpa's
You learned to walk, you never crawled
You talked and read before most
I’m your mom; I’m going to boast.
You’re like you dad; one smart cookie
You end your text with "Oakie Dokie"
Quick wit, one liners and plenty of laughs
Your cars always dirty and "out of gas".
You sleep like a log
You love our dog
You clean your room
But won’t vacuum.
You played every sport
You name it, you tried it
Except for Golf…
You just don’t like it.
Mouth full of braces
Stitches 4 times
You’ve gone lots of places.
You’re a great big brother
You help your mother
Work for your dad
Rarely get mad.
Love BBQ wings
Like PS3 games
And trying new things.
Scholars bowl, too
You learned some Spanish
And cooked a meal or two.
Since God blessed us with you
We can’t wait to see
Where God will lead you.
Have a SON-filled week and keep my father in your prayers.