July 7, 2014

Thankful for.....

I had planned to post about our 4th of July lake weekend but instead I'm going to give a shout out to my wonderful son-in-law. Let me tell you briefly about "The Don".... He was a friend of my son's and was 21 years old when I first met him. He came by the house one day and as corny as it sounds, when he saw my 16 year old daughter, I think he lost his heart to her that day. He kept hanging around and "dropping" by when my son wasn't home....after several weeks of this he asked me how I felt about him asking out my daughter. I told him it wouldn't work, he was too old for her, she couldn't go places with such an "older" guy and while I didn't mind him being her friend, that would be as far as it could go. Well.....five years later the week she turned 21 they got married!

He hung out at the house for those five years and I really got to know him. He was always respectful to me and my daughter and at that time, her dad and I were going through a long, drawn out messy divorce, my son had joined the Navy and to be honest, he was a real blessing and joy to have around. They had their twins (now 10) after 7 years of marriage and now are expecting baby #3 in January 2015. 
 (Shannon and Taylor - 10 weeks)

(Chilling at the lake)!

 When the twins were in day care and they would act up, the helper would say "I'm going to call your dad" to which Jackson (the boy twin) would reply "don't call the don" (their dad's name)! So now he shows up as "The Don" on my caller id!

Today my daughter and her husband were supposed to leave for a week in the Big Easy. I met them at the mall for lunch and Jackson had a meltdown about them going. My precious grandson has a mild form of Asperger's and is very attached to his daddy. While he can go a day and sometimes a night at our house, he just wants to be at his house and with his mama and daddy. He had a little meltdown at the mall and was very upset. I tried to comfort him by telling him we were going to the zoo, would get ice cream and all the other things I know he loves to do. My son in law got very teary and said they just would not go...it wasn't worth Jackson getting so upset. I really don't think my daughter wanted to go anyway....walking around in that heat and being 15 weeks pregnant she just wouldn't have a good time. When we got to our cars, Don said he didn't like going anywhere without the kids anyway....they are a very, very close family and do everything together....which I think is so sweet. He kept saying to my daughter "Honey, are you alright"..."what do you want to do"...."don't worry about going to work this week, we'll all just do something together" (they own their own business and she works there). I guess the point of this rambling post is to say how very blessed I am to have "The Don" as my son in law. He's truly like a son to me and while we've had a few ups and downs, we've never ever had words or disagreements. The only thing "bad" I can say about him is he's a huge Alabama fan....and we're all Auburn fans!

I'm still planning on doing a post on our lake weekend....it was wonderful.

Also, I would appreciate you all remembering my 94 year old mom in your prayers. She has been having some set backs at her assisted living residence and next Monday we are taking her to a hospital for testing for depression, dementia, etc. After that, she may be entering a 21 day rehab facility to try and get some mobility back in her legs....she has been confined to a wheelchair for over a year now. She is very confused and depressed....not like her at all. If the hospital stay followed by rehab doesn't work, we will be moving her into a nursing home....something none of us want. Any prayers would be appreciated.

Have a great week!


Stacey said...

Judy, he sounds like a wonderful man. Thinking of your precious mom too.

Katie Clooney said...

Judy... what a beautiful testament to your SIL! I will keep your Mom in my prayers. Poor thing. As Bette Davis said "Growing old is not for sissies."

Nancy said...

sending blessings and prayers for your mom :) you are definitely blessed to love your son-in-law, he sounds like a good egg!

Kelly said...

You are very blessed to have someone so dear in your family! I can only hope that my two boys will have good spouses one day too. I laughed when you called him "The Don". It made me think of "The Donald" (for Donald Trump). LOL! So sorry to hear about your mom's health problems. I know at that age, anything can happen! She's lucky to not be already in a nursing home. I bet the physical therapy will be good for her.

Gary Howe said...

sounds like a wonderful son -in-law and a awesome father...sending prayers and hugs for your sweet mom.....pat h..
dang don't know why hubby pic on here!!!

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