Monday, August 30, 2010

Mathias Joseph Straight

Yesterday, Rachel and I went to Burlington, VT, to see little Mathias. He was born on August 9th and weighted 3 lbs, 9 oz. He was born 10 weeks early. He is out of the NICU and into a transitional unit now. Donnie and Wendy are just so happy and proud of their little guy.

While we were there, he got a little fussy so they got him out for them to hold and calm him down. I think the whole time he was just starting to get hungry.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

During the month of July, we have our zone church campmeeting. We usually are there all day on both Sundays and sometimes during the week. It gets tiresome especially for little ones. Jordan and Papa took a walk up the side of the hill to what is known as the "prayer rock". It is a very large rock where people have been known to gather and pray. It is also an attraction for the kids. Above Jordan's head you can see the kids that are standing on top of the rock. I set Jordan up on the side of the rock and snapped this picture with my cell phone. Not the greatest quality but still a nice picture.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Our trip to Wichita Falls, Texas

We flew out of Harrisburg, PA on Thursday the 19th of August with Justin's girlfriend Stacy. Landed in Charlotte, NC for a 40 minute layover which lasted longer than that. We finally boarded the plane and were number 15 in line for takeoff. We arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth airport about an hour later than we planned. Got our rental car, a Dodge Calibur, and drove the 124 miles to Wichita Falls. Met Justin at the visitor's center on base and got our passes for the weekend. Got to meet a few of his buddies. Went and had supper together at Cracker Barrel. Went to the motel, checked in and hung out for a while. I took Justin back to the base and he showed me where a few things were. Told me where to meet him the next day for lunch. The motel provided a nice breakfast for us. Stacy just loves Texas shaped waffles. She just loves making them. When we were here in Texas before she just thought that they were the greatest thing. We had a lazy morning Friday, went to the base to meet Justin for lunch, parked in what I thought was the parking lot he told me to park in, but it was the wrong one. We only got to see him for a few minutes before he had to be back at class. Spent the afternoon buzzing around the city and that is when we found the "Falls". There really isn't much else to do there other than the falls except shop. After we picked Justin up, we visited the "Falls" again, so he could see them and we took some pictures, then went out to eat at Olive Garden. It was busy and we waited quite a while before we got our dinner. Saturday we were going to go check out a mini golf place, but it was already so hot, 100+ at 11 am, we decided just to go visit air conditioned stores. We went to Hobby Lobby, what a neat place. After that we went to the Mall and ate lunch and shopped. Rachel really liked the roaches. They have a real nice mall. Thinking of something different to do, we decided to go check out Oklahoma. Well, it is more desolate than the part of Texas we were in. It was too far to really go to any of the cities, so we went back to Wichita Falls. We then tried to find some souvenirs. The tourist center didn't have any, nor had we found any in the mall. We could find ones that said Texas on them, but we wanted Wichita Falls. We asked and they sent us to the "Pecan Shed" and we were able to get some things there and also some really good fudge. We then went to Logan's Roadhouse to have supper. It is one of those places that has the peanuts and you throw the shells on the floor. It was a delicious meal. Then we went back to the motel to hang out and then to bed. Sunday morning we did Hobe Sound Bible Church on the computer. Ate with Justin, and hung out at the "Falls". We took Justin back to the base about 5:30 and headed back to Dallas-Fort Worth area to get our early morning flight to Harrisburg by way of Cincinnati. It was 101 degrees in DFW at 8:30 at night. Left DFW at 7am and were back in Harrisburg at 12:30pm. Got Stacy home and we stopped and bought some sausage and chips and Tastycakes to bring home with us. We arrived home at 11:15 pm Monday night. Went back to work to rest up on Tuesday!

Wichita Falls Trip

Here is the link to the pictures that I will caption in the very near future.

Alex Bay outing

Here is the link to the pictures that I took that day.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Sorry it has been so long since I last posted! Please forgive me. Since my last post things were quite busy. Jeffrey and Tina have moved to Massena. They bought a house and Tina transferred branches at the bank. She is now working in Massena. Jeffrey is back in school. I will get some pictures of their house and will add them to this posting. After that, Rachel and I went to Richland, NY and cooked at the Richland Holiness Campmeeting for 10 days. We had fun and enjoyed the fellowship of like believers. We hope and plan to do it again next year. We came home on the 15th of August and I went to work on the 16th. On the 17th, our store managers went on an outing to Alexandria Bay, NY to visit Singer Castle and Boldt Castle and have lunch together. Rachel was granted permission to join us on that outing. Rachel and I then left AB and went and stayed the night in Syracuse. On Wednesday the 18th we travelled to Mifflinburg, PA, stayed with the Ted and Lois Price (Stacy's parents) in preparation for our trip to Texas the next morning. Stacy, Rachel, and I flew out of Harrisburg, PA on the 19th to Dallas-Fort Worth airport, rented a car and drove to Wichita Falls, TX to spend the weekend with Justin. The next two post will be links to the trips that we took and I will caption the pictures, but not tonight. Now I am finally back at work and Rachel is busy preparing for school to start next week.