Grandchildren in the House

February 4-9

What fun to have these five grandchildren in the house last week.

With Jared, Jesse, and Ian in school, Lydia at work, and Josiah visiting friends, I almost thought I was not going to get a group picture.

Jared helping grandpa fix the dining area light.

Jesse learning to swallow pills.

He needs to be able to swallow malaria pills when we travel in Africa – and he has trouble swallowing pills.ย 

His mom sent M & M’s along because the malaria pills are about the same size. I helped encourage the project by telling him that he could eat three every time he swallowed one.

On this day he came to my office and said he wanted to earn thirty M & M’s by swallowing ten of them. He did! We are making progress.

There was snow and ice one day that closed school. We spent the afternoon playing Scum.

We have only one guest room – and Lydia has that because she is currently living here.

Josiah got two air mattresses (to feel a bit like a bed) in our office in the basement.

The three boys each get an air mattress in the carpeted area our garage.

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Josiah had a load from Los Angeles, California, to Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and received permission to spend a few days with us. He left on Friday with a load from Reading, Pennsylvania, to someplace in Wisconsin.

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What a busy, fun week!

The Boys are Here

Photos taken: Thursday Evening, February 1 through Sunday Evening, February 4

Jere and Kristen’s three youngest boys are here while they are on a business and vacation trip to New Zealand.

The first thing Jesse did when Cerwin picked him up after school was check his parents flight path. (I think they were just landing in Charlotte.) They left Harrisburg, connected in Charlotte, flew to LAX in California, then on to Auckland, New Zealand. It was a long trip, so we had lots of time to follow their plane. Their flight from LAX to Auckland was 12 1/2 hours.

When Ian got here, I said, “Let’s take a picture to prove that you are now taller than me.” Since I am 5′ 7′, he must be about 5′ 9″.

Jesse wants the job of cleaning the kitchen floor while they are here.

First he swept, then he used the wet mop.

This is his favorite job. He calls it polishing our floor.

They spend a lot of their free time in our man cave playing games on the Xbox.

At this point Jared was on the cell phone. They take turns because most games are two-player – and we only have two controls.

On Sunday, after church, we included their big brother Josh in a lunch date at McDonalds. If you look closely, you can see that it is snowing.

Because there was a lot of inactivity on Saturday and Sunday, I told them that each one must walk or run a quarter mile on our treadmill.

Jared wasn’t sure how it would work with his “boot” – which he was wearing due to a broken toe – but he has learned to like it and feels like it is good therapy for his toe.

After a time or two, he removed the boot and is now able to wear his sneaker on that foot. ๐Ÿ™‚

He goes to the treadmill and runs as soon as he gets home from school.

Ian seeing how fast he can run.

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They usually go to bed by 8 pm on school nights, but they had permission to stay up to watch the Super Bowl. Since they are all three Eagles fans, there was a lot of noise coming from the man cave. ๐Ÿ™‚

Holiday Concert

Sunday Afternoon, December 17 – 2:00 PM

I expect this may have been a project by art class.

Welcome by Mr. Joshua Weitzel, High School Principal

Carol of the Bells by Momentum

Mykola Leiontovych – arr. Stephanie Smith –ย Stephanie Smith and Chelsea Smith, Directors

Inverno by String Orchestra – Shenna C. Shirk, Director

Antonio Vivaldi – arr. Todd Parish

En hiver “In Winter” – Francis J. Caravella

Alicia Bauman and Tim Garner, Soloists – Kiana Haldeman, Piano

Brazilian Sleigh Bells – Percy Faith – arr. Lloyd Conley

Kiana Haldeman, Piano

The Christmas Song by Symphony Orchestra

Lowden

Deck the Halls in 7/8 – James McKelvy

David Graff and Chase Grissinger, percussion

Our grand nephew – Andrew (center with bow tie)

Lo’ How a Rose E’re Blooming – Traditional German Carol

This Little Babe from A Ceremony of Carols by Concert Choir –ย Kiana Haldeman, Piano

Benjamin Britten

En Hiver from Six Chansons – Paul Hindersmith

Anchored in de Lord – M. Roger Holland

Gretchen Enterline, Soloist and Kate Huber, Percussion

Carol of the Bells – Mykola Leontovych –

Choir and Chansodie alumni joined to sing this song.

Rotary Club Student Scholarship Program offering

Winter Wonderland by Jazz Band –ย John J. Brackbill, Director (got a lot of laughs because of the lights in his beard)

Dick Smith and Felix Bernard – arr. Jack Cooper

The Littler Drummer Boy

Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone –ย arr. David Pugh

Brazilian Bell Carol by Concert Band

Robert W Smith

On a Catalonian Carl – Randall Standridge

Notice our grandson Ian with purple shirt and black bow tie – center

A Mad Russian’s Christmas – Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky – arr. Bob Phillips and George Megaw

The Holly and the Ivy – Traditional English Carol – arr. Tom Wallace

Cowboy Christmas – arr. Jeff Simmons – Our grandnephew Andrew (cowboy hat)

Ian was on symbols for this song

They had fun with this song.

Thank you applause for the directors – Shenna Shirk, Christa Schimitsch, and John J. Brackbill

We almost gave up on finding Ian afterward – but cell phones solved the problem.

Our handsome Ian

When did he get as tall as Grandpa?

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That was a fabulous concert! Great job Ian.

Birthday Lunch at Longhorn

Saturday, December 16

What fun to take these four out for lunch for Gloria and Diana’s 2017 birthdays. It was amazing to find a Saturday when none of them were working – and it suited us.

Donovan! You are supposed to be looking at your menu. ๐Ÿ™‚

After ordering – the waitress brought us a warm loaf of bread.

I took this photo with my cell phone to send across the ocean to their cousin Jana.

Her reply, “Aww. Have fun.”

Lunch has arrived!

My vegies, shrimp, and rice. Yum!

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Afterward it was a bit cloudy – good lighting for updating our refrigerator photos.

Gloria and Zach

Just before posing, Donovan surprised Diana with a hug. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I got a good picture of them.

Sight and Sound with Nate and Josh

Friday Evening, November 17

Arriving at Sight & Sound to see Miracle of Christmas.

We walked toward the building with people who came from Michigan – just to see this show. We sat in front of people who came from New York for the same purpose.

This was Josh and Nate’s choice for their 2017 birthday gift.

Outside entrance area

We had great seats – front row of the left side balcony. This is my favorite area to sit because there is a good view of the entire room – meaning you can see what is going on in the auditorium sky and watch the animals and people walking in from the back doors.

Photos are not allowed after the show starts, but I got a few of the opening announcements

  • I loved how the angel came to Mary and later Joseph.
  • I smiled at the reaction of Mary’s mother when she heard that Mary was carrying the son of God.
  • I cringed when people came to stone Mary when the village learned that she was pregnant – and not married.
  • I enjoyed their trip to Bethlehem and how other travelers crowded around them and the fire that Joseph made to warm Mary when they stopped for the night.
  • I especially liked when the angels appeared to the shepherds.

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The evening got our minds prepared for Christmas.

Thanks, Nate and Josh, for choosing Sight & Sound for your birthdays.

Jesse and Me at McDonalds

Sunday, October 12

Jesse’s parents had places to be – band competition for Ian and a wrestling match for Jared – and Jesse thought both sounded boring. He though it would be more fun to spend the day with Grandma. (Grandpa was in Nebraska.)

Jesse and me at McDonald’s. (Yes, I must learn to do a better job with selfies.)

We had a relaxing afternoon. It is not that I am that much fun to be with, but I give him space to do his own thing – like racing cars on the X-Box or playing computer games.

Thanks, Jesse, for choosing me.

Book Fair with Kristen and Jesse

Tuesday, October 17

This was my first time to visit Doe Run Elementary – a brand new school in our district.

These photos were all taken with my cell phone – because the battery was dead on my Nikon. That was a first for me. A reminder to always take my camera bag – where I keep spare batteries.

It was interesting to watch the children shopping for books and enjoying lunch with their parents or grandparents.

Kristen and Jesse

Paying his bill

Lunch

It has been a long time since I had lunch at a school.

My lunch – a banana and a chicken sandwich – and iced teal that did not make the photo.

Schools have come a long way since I was in grade school. I went to a one-room-school from 1st to 3rd grade.

After lunch Jesse shopped for more books. You can tell by his eyes that his mom was also taking a picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

Time to go back to my office and work on a mailing.

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Thanks Kristen and Jesse for inviting me.

Weekend Visitor

Friday, September 15 through Monday, September 18

What fun to have our grandson Josiah here for the weekend. I am sure his parents noticed the pictures that included him at our church picnic. ๐Ÿ™‚

He is an over-the-road trucker – based out of North Dakota – and had been on the road since mid-July.

We text and talk on the phone now and then, but that is not quite like seeing him.

He asked his dispatcher if he could get a load to the east so he could stop in with us to check on his mail and get supplies from his storage space. He did it.

Then he asked, “Can you get me a load to Maine so I can visit my parents?” The dispatcher wasn’t sure about that, but in less than half an hour found a load from Baltimore to Wells, Maine! He told Josiah to spend a few days with his parents and call when he was ready to get back on the road.

The next time I talked to him, he was in New York picking up a load for Alabama.

Methinks he is enjoying his job as he was ready to get back on the road after spending a few days with us, and again after being at home in Maine.

Live 10:27 Ministries Banquet

Thursday, September 14

Our granddaughter Jana went to Europe in July on a backpacking mission trip with Live 10:27 Ministries. We were invited to join her, Jere and Kristen at the ministry banquet at Calvary Church, Lancaster.

Earlier in the day I was surprised to notice this pretty gift bag inside our garage.

Inside was a corsage and boutonniere. I thought maybe they came from Jere and Kristen because they were the only ones who knew we were going to the banquet – and it was our wedding anniversary.

Jere said no, but call Dad. Jere knew about it because Cerwin called him from Maine before placing the order.

Since we were going to the banquet, he thought it would be fun for both of us to have a corsage. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love the photo bomber in this photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

A table setting

Sandy (Sanford) Good – Jana’s team leader – Jana, Kristen, and Jere

Not sure why they were hugging, but I liked it.

The room

I was surprised to discover that the young man sitting next to me was a teacher from Greenwood Mennonite School and knew Daniel and MaryAnn Yutzy and Mark and Polly Yoder – blog/Facebook friends of ours.

There was a note at each place setting – with short testimonies from this or a previous trip.

The evening program

I think this was preparation for speaking.

The July team

Welcome – Mr. Bill Arnold, Board Chair

Prayer – Mr. Mark Strunk, Board Member

Special Music – Emerald Peters, former student/friend

“Lord, take me where my trust is without borders.”

Jana was the first speaker from the July Team.

Talking to two girls in Belgium. The purpose for beginning conversations with people on this mission trip is to make them think about life and God. She said one of these girls was an atheist.

“God is loudest when I am quiet.”

(She is now in South Africa to serve a six-month term with Youth With a Mission. She will train with her team for three months and at this time it looks like she will be going to the country of Jordan – her first choice – for three months.)

Kristen and Jere listening to Jana

This may have been when Jana said, “I think I should have listened to my dad and written a few notes.” ๐Ÿ™‚

Tyler Warfel, teacher at Greenwood Mennonite School, shared how Dr. Good has impacted the school.

Sarah Eby, July Team Member

“I will never forget what I learned on this trip.”

Brook Nissley, July Team Member

“The trip was far better than I expected.”

Sandy Good, Program Director

The team members who were able to attend the banquet.

They were each asked about their favorite thing about the trip and the least favorite. They also demonstrated a few things that happened on the trip – like how someone was in charge of counting the number of people to make sure everyone was there when leaving for a new area.

“Always keep your word.”

If you promise someone that you will send them something from the United States when you get home – Do It!

Mr. Tom Ponessa, former student, friend, investor – T.W. Ponessa & Associates.

Mr. Tim Wentworth, Board member, told us about the financial needs of Live 10:27 Ministries before the freewill offering.

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One thing that impacted me from the team members who shared about their July backpacking trip – It was a life-changing experience.

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Because it was our anniversary, Mrs. Good gave us a beautiful centerpiece.

Dutch Apple with Dustan and Jenna

Wednesday, September 6

What fun to spend an evening with Dustan and Jenna at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.

It was Jenna’s choice for her 2017 birthday gift.

We enjoyed delicious food and catching up on their lives.

My Pina colada. Yum!

Our view of the stage during dinner.

A pretty light fixture above us

We saw the Broadway musical – Pippin.

A story of a young man who was searching for happiness and fulfilment.

My favorite song was Take Time…

Time to take time, cause spring will turn to fall in just no time at all….

My favorite part of the evening…

Time with Dustan and Jenna. ๐Ÿ™‚