Billobob, prayer requests are typically handled off line. However, there have been [rare, maybe 2 or 3] occasions when I've posted a prayer for someone here.
Hi Iris, glad recovery is going well. One day at a time applies to many things!
I will keep your prayer requests in mind. Would you consider moving for work? What kind of work does Mr. Brandybuck do?
As for me…well, it’s all about the kids and grandkids, you know. My oldest daughter’s husband, Jesse, had back surgery #3 yesterday. We are hopeful this will be the one to get him on the road to full recovery, or at least sufficiently able to be able to get up and participate in the family. He’s been in such pain he’s been nearly bedridden for quite a long time. For a few months last year he was working from home for a call center. He was even able to drive (5 minutes) to his parents' house to “work”. They have suitable furniture (Jesse is 6'4", >280 lbs.) and a quiet home (as opposed to his home with his chatty wife and two
VERY active little kids.) But in January something went wrong with his back and his leg started giving out. The pain has been terrible ever since. So…prayers for a good recovery, and for him to take it slowly. Pride has hampered his recovery in the past. Being told to walk 50 feet, he said ‘oh no, I can walk much farther than that’, and derailed his recovery from the get go. So…yeah.
His wife, my daughter, is pregnant with their third child. They just found out.
Next oldest, the guitar teacher (BA guitar performance; MM guitar; Suzuki method instructor) and his wife and two daughters are doing well, but looking at a big transition as she quits her job to stay home with the girls. Her last day is April 9, I think. I’ve been watching the girls 3 days a week, part of the day so he can go to a couple of different prisons to teach guitar. It pays well, but the money is from grants, I think, so it can go away. And one of the prisons is about 100 miles away. He doesn’t mind the drive. Most of his teaching up until now is done in the evening. But with his wife home to care for the kids, he will open up more afternoon time. My concern for him is that, while he’s great with the girls when he has them to himself, the minute their mother shows up, he checks out. I don’t think he realizes how much he’s doing what he saw modeled by his own father, who was always ‘there, but not there’, either teaching, (Mr. Begonia taught piano in our living room for many years) or on the phone or balancing the checkbook or???
Next up is 2nd daughter, seen in my sigpic below, recently returned from several years in NYC, is looking for work as an EA (Executive Assistant) (preferably bilingual French/English) in the San Francisco area. She is also hoping for and expecting a proposal of marriage from her longtime acquaintance/recent boyfriend. So much is in limbo for that kid…
Next oldest, Army, is doing well as far as I know. He calls every once in a while. He’s counting the days til he can get out of recruiting and back into infantry/airborne. He and his wife and two kids live in Oregon, but would love to move back to Anchorage someday, but they acknowledge it’s nice to be a little closer to family.
And last, but certainly not least, the youngest. Air Force. He just finished a tour with AF Tops in Blue, q.v.
, and is back in his regular job, newly stationed in Minot, ND. I think he’s struggling with the transition from Tour, being with
someone 24/7, like living in a dorm for nine months, all these people become a short-term, pseudo-family, you’re with them ALL THE TIME. And now, suddenly, back to being on his own. But he’s a champ, so he’ll work it out. He’s never been into academics, he tried college three different semesters, but could not keep focus. Military training suits him much better. So he’s got himself registered for TA, which I think means Training Assistance, or something. Basically, the Air Force will pay for whatever classes he takes. I think he already has enough units to get an AA, and only needs another handful to get a BA. But what he REALLY wants is to get married. But, he says, “I’m old. I’m 29…” He wants to find a gal who is serious like him, most likely also military, and who has NOT been married, and doesn’t have any kids. He’s found a likely looking church to go to on Sunday. So we shall see what God will do.
Oh yeah…and Mr. Begonia.
He will be received into the Catholic Church Saturday evening at the Easter Vigil service. I have worked at keeping my distance, to make sure this is his journey, and not at all my idea. But I confess I am excited. He’s spoken with the priest, one on one, several times over the last week or so. Peppering him with all these questions, talking over different ideas, different things he was taught growing up, finding out that there are many points that are the same, and many where the Catholic POV is different. It’s been really good. And I’m excited to see where God will lead.
In other news, my very infrequent allergies have been kicking my tail all week. I mention the in
frequency because it happens so rarely, I don’t remember what helps. I try all the typical remedies, but none of them seems to really do the trick. But, if this is the worst thing that happens to me this year, I will count it all good!
WHEW!! LOL, well Billbob, I think I’ve got you beat, not that it’s a competition, heh heh. Sometimes there’s more to say, and sometimes less. Now to find some hot tea and more Kleenex.