Saturday, November 2, 2013

# 483 - California Visitors & Stefie Volunteering

This momma is glowing. My youngest daughter, Stefie, is working on her Master's Degree as a Child Life Specialist. These days, she focuses on her studies, on a part-time job and upon volunteering.

For Halloween, Stefie volunteered at a hospital here in Texas so the children could participate in festivities. She did not really have a costume, so she made a wonderful outfit of her Houston Texan apparel along with the football player smudges under the eyes...but I think she's so darn cute!

Stefie is 23 years old, has her B.S. degree, and I know I am her mom, but she is a beautiful person, inside and out. I have been beyond blessed with my two daughters.

It's wonderful to see my youngest enjoying the start of her career path, working with children in hospital settings. Stefie is a professional trained to help children through some of life's most challenging difficulties...sickness, surgeries, injuries, etc., A noble profession.

Another bit of Fall beauty I get to feast upon electronically is my grand-daughter, Coraline. Here she is in her little Mermaid costume!

My oldest daughter, Heather, is doing a great job with her first baby.

Heather and her friend - Heather's face is painted
with Halloween whimsy.

She's learning how difficult and incredible it is to be a mother. It's a never-ending position that has more rewards than can be expressed.

I sure wish I could have been there to give her some sugar from grandma!

And here is my son-in-law, Henry. He's having a tad bit of trouble seeing during this photo.

As for me, I found Halloween this year to be odd as I am usually handing out candy in our old neighborhood, usually to approximately 200 kids. So, this Halloween in the woods, by ourselves, with no neighbors, was kind of odd. I truly missed seeing the kids dressed up and having fun.

However, this week I did get somewhat unexpected visitors from California --- my UNCLE JOE and my AUNT JOYCE!! My Uncle Joe is my grandfather's brother, so it makes me feel comforted to be with my Uncle Joe...that man is the most "grandfatherly" man I've had to fill that roll. I adore him. And my Uncle Joe is a God-fearing man who is against drinking, yet he is as tough as nails. I love how he says, "I've never seen any one's life improve because of alcohol, but I've sure seen a lot disintegrate; men become mush on alcohol and a real man doesn't have time to be mush."

I think Uncle Joe owns half of Orange County in California; he's 84 years old and still works for the water district full time, and he runs his own plumbing shop. Over the years, he built over a dozen homes and he rents those out, so he owns a few blocks in his neighborhood. He's a true representation of American success that follows hard work and stoic diligence. And, he's a LOT of fun. He's a practical jokester, which always brings me delight, especially because he gives me GREAT IDEAS.

Uncle Joe and Aunt Joyce called me a few days ago, to tell me they were about 15 miles away and should be at our house soon.


I FLEW into action trying to prepare. Sgt. Dave had to meet them at the local Walmart to lead them to our rural property, which they were having trouble finding. They had an old fifth wheel with them and they parked on the other side of our acreage and stayed a night, but the rain had them heading out early this next morning...before the rain made the ground too mushy.

So, I had a great week, but as for Halloween, I didn't get any candy, which is a traumatic experience, but I hope everyone else had a great time this past week!


Karen said...

Love the Halloween fun, look at that beautiful grandchild of yours!

I had a good time reading all the past posts I've missed. Our chickens are slowing down here, too, we're lucky if we get two eggs a day from the six of them. I love the cottages; the hardest part will be picking out the one you want. 200 trick-or-treaters back in the city? Wow, that's a LOT of candy, lol. We haven't had any out here in years. I'm glad things are going well for you, Lana, and that you love your acreage. I know it is a huge change from living in a big city. Hugs to you!

LindaG said...

Your aunt and uncle look like wonderful people!
Coraline is such a cutie. I can imagine you wished she was there. :-)
Good luck to Stefie on her Master's Degree, and Congratulations, too.
Have a blessed week. ♥ said...

Karen - thank you! I think I've come closer to picking a cottage that will also give an upstairs bonus zone for guests and to serve as any needed secondary bedrooms. As for Halloween, I did not miss out on spending the normal $100. on candy so we could participate in the festivities of the neighborhood. All our neighbors joined the fun --- miss that, but we are making up for it!

Linda - My aunt and uncle are close to my heart. And little Coraline is such a sweet grandbaby --- I do wish we lived closer to each other. Stefie is staying busy, getting ready to have a wonderful professional life that will serve her and the public well. Blessings back to you!!!