Thursday, January 2, 2014

It's Been A While...

Well it's been a long while since I posted anything on my blog. Here's a real quick update: In August  2013 my wife and I and our children (Marianne and Stephen) and our granddaughter spend a week in Hawaii (Oahu and Maui). Shortly after we returned, we took a trip to northeastern WA and picked up our Australian Terrier puppy (2 1/2 months old). We named him Ozzie Bear. We then returned home in central California. Then in late October 2013, we moved from our home in central California to the small town of Ridgefield, WA. Now, we are only 8.6 miles form our children instead of 862 miles. We waited five years on the Lord to guide us and let us know when we should move, and He lead us both at the same time. Every thing about the move went smoothly and we both knew that it was God's Spirit leading us. We love where we live. Every where we go we see God's beauty in the landscapes that we drive through or around. We just spent Christmas Day at our house with our children for the first time in seven years, and it was wonderful! We are both anxious for spring to arrive so we can see all of the flowers and blooms around us. It is so great to live where there are 4 distinct seasons. It's quite a change from central California. Well, that's a quick update. I hope that all of you that read this blog have a wonderful, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


On this day 39 years ago; I and my beautiful wife to be left Lindsay, CA and headed for Las Vegas. And on that day at 12:30 PM we were married. Before we left there were statements made by some folks (including some 'friends') that our marriage would never last. Well...Shirley and I have proved them wrong every month of every year since.

Shirley, my wonderful and beautiful wife;  I thank you for loving me and being there for me all the 39 years that we have been married. Together, we have braved the ups and downs and the good and bad times; and I thank you for your loving and forgiving heart during those times when I hurt you. But through it all, and because we chose to place God at the center of our marriage; we have 'survived' and I know that I am a much better person because of God and your love for me. I thank you for being there, for supporting me and sticking with me through the 'better and worse' times in our lives. I just thank God so very much every day for blessing me with you as my wife. I look forward to many, many more years of being your husband and dealing with life together as 'one.'  Sweetheart, you are indeed 'one in a million' and I love you soooooooooo much. So, happy anniversary Shirley; I love you!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Good morning my friends and family. Today is a truly wonderful day for me! Why?...Because I am helping my wonderful wife and friend's birthday. Almost 39 years ago my loving and awesome heavenly Father sent me an amazing woman to be my wife and life's partner. Soooooooo, Shirley, my awesome wife; happy birthday!!! Second only to God; she is the most caring, compassionate, loving, forgiving and considerate person I have ever had the extreme privilege in knowing. She has shared her life with me all these years, through 'thick and thin,' 'good and bad,' and rewarding and depressing times. There have been times in our marriage when I really missed the mark as her husband and friend...but she still forgives me and continues to love me completely. She has been, and continues to be my anchor through bad and depressing times. She is an awesome mother,  grandmother,  sister, aunt, Christian woman, and friend.  Sooooooooo, Shirley my wonderful, precious, beautiful and loving wife; I wish you a happy, enjoyable, loving and awesome birthday!!! This is indeed your day, so enjoy every minute of it!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Awbrey's Birthday!!!

Well, here it is; August 6th. This is an important and precious day for me as my beautiful granddaughter Awbrey is 14 today. time has flown! It seems like it was just yesterday when I first saw her at the nursery at Antelope Valley Medical Center. I remember vividly how upset I was with the nursery staff for letting her hair ribbon slide down on her face and irritating her. But, they were quick to remedy the situation as they could discern the concern in my eyes. This young lady has been in my heart and on my mind daily for the past  14 years and will remain there as long as I am on this planet! She is bright, compassionate, loving, caring, concerned about her family and friends and the world. The first time I held her, she wrapped that beautiful small hand around my finger, and I knew that this would be not only my second chance as a parent, but from then on as a grandparent! She has never ceased to amaze me with her knowledge, love and wit! So to Awbrey ('Toodlebug,' 'Bre') my precious and wonderful granddaughter...I wish you happy birthday sweetheart! Have a great day and remember that I love you very, very much!!!  Papa G