Friday, December 5, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Thanksgiving this year was different than I have ever experienced. Our church feeds dinner to 1,000 people each year. It takes place at a Mexican Restaurant, owened by a Korean family, here in Riverdale, Maryland.

I arrived early, and was given the task of working with the kitchen staff. My job was to make all of the iced tea and coffee for the guests, and to serve the guests at the tables their beverage of choice.

The day went by very quickly, and I enjoyed meeting so many of these wonderful people. I took one lady's name and phone number and we plan to get together soon.

The whole town board gets involved too, and it was nice to finally be able to put a face with a name, as I have heard nice things about most of them many times.

Besides giving the guests a wonderful meal prepared by the staff, the people have the option of going outside and picking out any warm clothing they choose. Hundreds of warm coats, hats, gloves, and scarves were donated by our church as well as townspeople. The food was donated by several large corporations. We have a man who donates hundreds of loaves of bread, muffins, and bagels to our church every two weeks, and it gets distributed to the needy by our church groups. On Thanksgiving Day, the man appeared and brought with him enough bread for 2,000 people!

Inside the restaurant, live Christian music was being offered by musicians and singers. It was so interesting to see the Hispanic and English speaking people singing together for the glory of Jesus Christ!! Praise the Lord in all things!!

At the end, after all had been cleaned up, I wandered in to my new home, and got served a delicious dinner by my sweet daughter, son in law, and baby grandson. We even had pilgrim hats to wear for the occasion.

We all have so much to be thankful for, and we prayed with thanks as a family for the first time. We were missing Terry that day, but we know he was watchng from above.
A good time was had by all. Thank you, Jesus!

The Lord has blessed me with a new job in the food industry!

I always knew that if anything happened to Ter before me, I would want to go back to work. I am not the type to sit home and feel sorry for myself. I asked the Lord to show me what He would have me do with my life, and to bless me in it. I asked Jules to help me to update my resume, and so I started my quest to find the perfect job for myself, (if there is such a thing!) I sent out several resumes, and got "semi interviewed" at a very well known catering service here in Riverdale. I did find out later that the caterer wanted to wait to see how the economy was going to affect his business, before he went and hired more people for the holidays.

I know someone who is a consultant for the town, and he knew of a family who wants to open a cafe that will serve "light fare", such as homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. This just happens to be what I have always specialized in...

I googled the couple and found out their background, and I called them to introduce myself. (you all know how bashful I am....).

I made a coffee date with the wife and we hit it off right away. She is very sweet, and very intelligent. Her family comes first of course, and that impressed me more than the fact that I could become a potential employee.

The same day we met, she took me to the location where her cafe would be built. Right now it is a shell of a building, but she knows alot about building and decorating.
This building is only about 8 blocks from where I live!

I was invited over to her home, which is also close to where I live..) to meet the family. I was very impressed about how much family means to both her and her husband. The fact that they are all Born Again Christians helped to make me feel more comfortable with them.

Right now I am just praising the Lord for bringing me into their path, and looking forward to the day when they break ground, and we will all become one step closer to working and serving at "PARKER'S PLACE". It should happen sometime in January, 2009. Please pray for them (and the staff that she will be hiring.)

Hope to see you there! I promise you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Right now I am sitting here wishing that Ter could be here with me because he so wanted to move into our new home together. He has his own new home now, and I know that he is happy there, but I miss him terribly today. Maybe it is because I am leaving the apartment, which was the last place we called home together.

[I am learning alot from my course on grieving. Tonight is the last night for the 6 weeks course.
I have met some very good friends there, and we do socialize sometimes. One of the ladies is named Betty, (I now know 5 Betties!!) and we became soulmates instantly. I took her into emergency 2 weeks ago, and spent the day there with her. It wound up that she had pneumonia. Better than the heart condition they had suspected...)]

I will not miss this apartment because I am going to be with my family, and get to see them every day. My new apartment is unbelieveable. Our kids certainly went all out to make us as comfortable as they could. My bedroom is huge, and has a very large picture window, which I have never seen in a bedroom before. On the adjacent wall I have a large sliding glass door going out onto a good size deck. I have 3 large closets and a very nice bathroom, and sitting room. The kids and I will share the large family room, but somehow I thing I will use my sitting room most, and give them their privacy. I also have a small prep kitchen of my own with tons of cupboards and counter tops. We will share the large new kitchen, which attaches to my kitchen. I bought a brand new stainless steel refrigerator with an ice maker on the outside. (I have been wanting one for years. I am a real "ice person"!)

Sunday we moved all of the large furniture. I am sitting on a folding chair and typing on my computer on a T.V. tray. The T.V. sits on the floor. Almost everything is gone now. Last night was my last night here. I will come back tomorrow to clean and hand in my keys.

Everyone (staff) has been wonderful here, but the neighbors are not friendly at all. The man next door was very nice to us, but he moved last month, and I have made one friend, Angela who lives across the courtyard from me. No one else even speaks. It is sort of a creepy feeling to me, because I speak to everyone. Some respond, but never look at me.

I am getting ready to move to the last place I will live. I am excited, but sad at the same time.
I have sent out my new phone number and my e-mail will stay the same.

Time to roll!
More later.
God Bless each of you always.

The BLOCK PARTY!!! (with Del and Emily...)

A couple of weeks ago we attended a birthday party after church on Sunday, and after that we went to a BLOCK PARTY" in our neighborhood.

Every year the neighborhood people get together and close off the whole block and party, party, party! It was all very innocent, with lots of good homemade food and friends that some people would only see once in awhile as they entered or exited their homes. The world has become such a fast paced whirl, that it is nice to sit down and talk to your neighbor at least once a year and actually be able to have a conversation!

I met a VERY interesting couple, and spent my whole time there talking to them. He (Del) was 78, and she (Emily) was 74. The week before the party they had just gotten back from China! I thought it was a vacation but it turned out that it was a work expedition.

Del, who is a retired science professor it seems, is still working! He has to travel all over the world and take samples of dirt! I guess they are looking for radiation percentages.

While they were there they had an opportunity to ride elephants! (I am lucky I can drive a car, let alone elephants!) Poor Emily, had a bad car accident 3 years ago, and broke almost every bone in her body! She still has alot of pain. (My question was: How did you manage to get up on an elephant? Her answer was: "very slowly!"

One of their hobbies is dancing, which I am finding is a popular passtime down here. they said the next time they go, they will call me. (they didn't remember to get my phone number though... I think I will give them a call once I get settled into my new home.

I really enjoyed meeting them. Guess how they met?

Both were widowers, and they are now married 10 years.

I meet the most interesting people!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Today would have been our 26th wedding anniversary. It is also exactly one month since my wonderful lifemate left me. He is in a wonderful place waiting for me to join him someday.

Twenty seven years ago I met this guy. He wasn't exceptionally good looking, but very charming. I knew immediately that he had a very caring heart, and that is what I have always looked for in every person I have met.

We dated for 6 months, then got engaged (in my kitchen), and married one year later on the same day of the month as we got engaged, September 17th. We were both romantics, which is not common in men.

We had a wonderful life together, travelling, going to movies, dinners, seeing friends, etc. One day the Lord touched me and I received His gift of salvation in my heart. I was so excited to share it with my love. He was not especially interested, but "humored" me. I had gotten saved at a Full Gospel Businessmen's breakfast. (YES! they even allowed women to attend, even in the "olden days...!

I was attending a bible study at a home, every week, and I came home so happy and excited about what I had just learned. Terry kept asking, "what do you do there to make you so happy?"
I told him he had to come to find out. He did, and he eventually joined me at a Full Gospel Businessmen's breakfast, and the Lord touched him there too! I was so happy for that. We spent 22years in Calvary Chapel churches, until we moved to Maryland and came to our first pentecostal church. What a difference in how they worshipped the Lord! It was a culture shock at first, but of course we knew that the Lord does everything for a reason.

We knew that He sent us to Maryland to be with our family. Our grandson, Seamus has Cystic Fibrosis, and we needed to be near him to help out. We also needed our family to help out with Terry as he became more ill. It was a tough decision to make after being in our nice little comfortable home for over 37 years. It was getting harder and harder to see our children and grandchildren only once or twice a year. When Woody and Christine moved to North Carolina, that broke our hearts.

It was funny how the Lord told me it was time to go, and on the same day Terry said the same thing had happened to him! We made the decision to accept Jules' and James' invitation to move in with them in our own apartment, and never looked back.

It was a very tough move because we had been in our home for so long, and had accumulated alot of "stuff". Everything fell into place though as we sold our home about 3 weeks after we put it on the market, and the market was already pretty soft by then.

Terry missed "home" so much. Actually I did not miss it as much as he did.

As he got sicker and sicker he constantly asked me to take him home.

Now he is at his REAL HOME with the Lord.
His death was not easy. He suffered alot at the end, but was medicated, so I want to believe that he did not feel the pain.

I miss him SO much, especially today on our anniversary. This day was always so special to both of us, being the romantics that we are.

I will be with him again some day. His last words were, "I love you SOOO much, more than you know, and I will be waiting for you at the gate."
I know he will be. He never lies.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Goodbye My Love

Terrence Patrick Michael O'Donnell
10/19/1938 - 8/17/2008
Today Terry left us to go to a better place. He is no longer in pain and is at peace. He was a fighter until the very end.
Services will be held on Friday August 22nd in Maryland. Detailed emails to follow.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


This is Jules posting for my mom. Terry was taken to a hospice facility yesterday. His condition has worsened and it was no longer possible to care for him at home.

His pain has returned and he can no longer get out of bed. He sleeps most of the day but the few minutes that is awake, he is very agitated and tries to get out of bed. We were afraid he would fall and hurt himself at home.

He is at Holy Cross Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Burtonsville MD. It is a very nice place where he has a huge private room with a big chair that folds out into a bed for my mom. She has been there with him since he arrived and won't leave his side. Everyone there are wonderful and they are doing a good job controlling his pain. He still is very anxious and begs us to take him home but I think they will change his medicine today which should help.

Mom has her cell phone with her if you would like to call. You can email me if you need her number ( She is hanging in there but is understandly very upset.

Please pray that Terry can be comfortable, both physically and mentally, during this transition. Also, pray for strength and comfort for my mom.

I'll post any updates.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


One of God's greatest creations is getting ready to go back to HIM....
My wonderful husband, Terrence Patrick Michael O. is getting ready to leave this earth.

Somehow I can't quite get myself to believe that it is really going to happen.
It feels like an avalanche is perched right above my head and I know that it is going to start
melting, and when it does, it is going to come surging down on me, and I will be drowning in the aftermath. All I can do is pray for strength to get through it all, and keep my faith and health.

I thank God every day for allowing me to spend the last 27 years with this amazing person. He has loved me UNCONDITIONALLY for so long. His kindness and overwhelming affection have been the greatest gift ever given to me. The day I met him, I knew he was a true gentleman, and sometimes they are very hard to find.

Right now he is laying in our bed, in our temporary apartment, almost unconscious all the time.
The hospice nurses and social workers come once a week to check on him, but not much else.
If it was not for our family being close by and coming to keep me company, we would be going through all of this alone.

Some people from church have inquired by phone as to Terry's condition, but I have not asked anyone to come here. I prefer to be with my husband alone as much as possible. We still enjoy being alone together, even if he is incoherent most of the time.

The Lord has performed a miracle! Ter was on morphine every two hours for several weeks. I was praying for comfort for Terry without morphine because it was affecting his brain. So far now, he has been off of morphine for 4 days and nights, and has had NO PAIN! Praise the Lord!

Thank you to all of our family and friends who have been agreeing with us in prayer! My goal is to see Terry as comfortable as possible through the whole "transition" process.

Terry is the love of my life, and the Lord put us together for a reason. (He knew I was a mother at heart, because he made me that way...) Someday we will be united forever. Halleluiah!!

Stay tuned for more info.
God Bless you all.
from theos xxxooo

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I cannot begin to describe the pride I have for my daughter.....
She has always been very special to anyone she meets.

The day she was born, she became my best friend! She was so beautiful and round and pink, I couldn't take my eyes off of her! Everyone agreed that she was the most beautiful baby they had ever seen!(We didn't even have to pay them to say that either!!)

Jules was, and is still "one of a kind"! She has always been fiercely independent, and I know in my heart she will always be true to what is in her heart.

We had to travel all over the North East to find just the right college for Jules. (not because she deserved the best, but mainly because the college had to deserve HER!) Wherever she goes she makes friends easily... I wonder where she gets that from....

Jules waited a long time to pick her prince, and when she met James we knew they were made for each other. They had so much in common: philosophies on life, diets, politics, tastes in music, sports teams, movies, live productions, travelling, food. They were both vegetarians when they met, and stayed that way for a long time. One time when we were out for dinner, James shocked me by ordering a steak dinner. I knew a proposal was in the works when I noticed that Jules ordered meat also!

The birth of Seamus might be the single most important event that has come into their lives, as far as I can tell... He has been SUCH a blessing to all of us, but no one loves him more than his Mom and Dad!! We thank the Lord for Shamey every day, and ask for a healing of his infirmity.

We are just so blessed to have a daughter and son-in-law like Jules and James, and of course Shamey is the frosting on the top of the cake!!

We are looking forward to moving into our new home very soon, and having Shamey come in every morning and say "Good Morning Ga, Good Morning, Pa"!

There are so many good things in life, so worth waiting for!!
Thank you JuJu Bee and James for inviting us to share our lives with you!
We love you all!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Many years ago, in 1962, there was a fairy tale wedding, which took place in Upstate New York.
the bride and groom were very much in love, and had been childhood sweethearts for over 5 years. The groom had enlisted in the U.S. Airforce, while the bride was still in college, and he came back home to get married to the bride. Since the groom was stationed in a far away place, called Spokane Washington, they had an adventurous honeymoon travelling across the U.S.

All was well in loveland. They made some very good friends while there, and even moved to Chicago with one couple once the tour of duty was over, so that both husbands could attend a technical college and make a living for their brides and future families .

The groom (Tom) was very ambitious and went to school full time and worked part time to support his bride and himself. The bride (Donna) worked also, until they received a surprise! A wonderful little bundle of joy, a baby boy! This was 4 years after the fairytale wedding.

But what to name the baby boy? Tom remembered a sign he had seen every day when they had lived in Spokane. "OH GOODY, HERE COMES WOODY!!" He had always liked that saying, so the boy was named after a candy truck. To this day our son's name is Woody. It is formally Thomas Woodrow, and he goes by Tom on the job, which is being a Math teacher. He would really be teased and taunted if his students ever knew his nickname was "WOODY"!!
YIKES!!!I call him Wood for short, and he answers to it.

This little bundle was such a wonderful gift to us! He was very precoscious and funny all of the time. I hope he never changes!! I thank the Lord for him every day.

He now is all grown up and has two wonderful children of his own, Alex and Cassidy, who are such a pleasure to be with, and fill our hearts with joy. The Lord has really blessed us with 3 wonderful grandbabies and we are eternally grateful.

Wood has turned out to be a wonderful husband to Christine, and dad to the two kids. He is very loving and kind, but always maintains his high level of humor. Some days he is what gets me through. I love him very much, and I know that he will always be there for me or for any member of the family. All of his students just love him, and he is very good at bringing out the best in each one of them. That is exactly what he was hired for.

I know that pride is a sin, but I can't help but brag about him once in awhile. He is my HERO, and I will always be grateful for being allowed to be his mom.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Had to pass on this great video:

Wonderful Video!

Monday, July 7, 2008

New Pix

Construction is moving along...

Thursday, July 3, 2008


Most of you reading this right now are well aware of what is taking place in our family, in particular in Terry's life and mine. Terry is terminally ill with colon cancer which has moved to the liver, and is not expected to live more than 6 months . As born again Christians we do believe in miracles and have experienced a few first hand, and witnessed some in other people's lives. We hang on to the scripture that says : "And we know that all things work together for the good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose..." Romans 8:28.

We all have a purpose here, and it has all been predestined before we were born. We both know what our purpose is, but that is in our hearts, not to tell.

Right now, Terry is going through alot of pain and is on morphine several times a day. We have set up hospice in our apartment, and so far the nurse and social worker only come once a week. As things progress however, they will be coming more frequently. We are expecting a miracle, but only if the Lord's purpose is fulfilled. Please continue in prayer for us for comfort for Ter. I could use some prayer also, just to get through each day. I try not to cry, but sometimes it just happens anyway.

Some days Terry is doing quite well. Yesterday we took our home health aide with us to the Silver Diner, which is one of our favorite spots, near where we live. He ate heartily, and enjoyed his time out of the house. Sometimes we cannot go out because the medication makes him very sleepy. Yesterday was an exception. Thank you, Jesus!

Terry's mind is changing. He has a hard time focusing and remembering. He does not realize just how ill he is, in fact he continually asks me to call the doctor to see what is causing the pain in his right side (liver). I would just as soon not tell him much, so he won't be fearful. Although we do talk about his cancer quite often, and he forgets it 10 minutes later. My desire is that he be comfortable from here on in.

I have had to make some arrangements here since we had already purchased a double mausoleum up North, and had none down here. It was very difficult for me to do this alone, but it is all taken care of now, praise the Lord! So I can concentrate on just enjoying him while we can be together. We still sit on the love seat, holding hands and watching "Good Morning America" or one of our Netflix movies just about every day.

I don't think that all of you know that we met through a worldly dating service when we were both in our forties. We hit it off right away, and I was a goner when I saw how good he was to his Mom, God bless her. We have been together every day since! He is a true gentleman, and a wonderful husband and friend. Thank you Jesus, again!!

Hopefully we will be celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary in September, and see what happens from there. We hope to move into our new home by September 1st, and we are very excited about it. I will especially enjoy decorating our part of the house, and also being with our family every day.

Jules and James are planning a celebration in October. Terry has a big birthday, and so does Jules, and we will combine those birthdays with a house warming. It should be fun!

We hope that all of you are well, and will drop us a line sometime. Please keep Terry's comfort in prayer.

God Bless each and every one of you! We MISS y-o-u!!
donnao and ter-bear xxxooo

Sunday, June 15, 2008


The first thing that we learned when we entered our church the first Sunday we were here, was what (who) was the glue that holds everything together, and creates such a loving atmosphere no matter what time of day OR NIGHT he is called on to serve.

!!!!******************************PASTOR BEN***************************!!!!

This is a man of God who cares for his flock in every sense of the word! He has a heart as big as all out doors, and is not afraid of showing it. It was instant love between us and him, the very first day we were welcomed into his house of prayer.

Pastor Ben's Dad used to be the pastor of Christian Life Center of Riverdale, Maryland for many years. As his Dad got older, one day Pastor Ben knew the Lord was telling him to relieve his Dad of so much work, and so he went to his Dad and told him that, and his father said, " I wondered when you would get around to it!" He has been the pastor ever since.

Ben Slye is a very handsome man in his forties, full of life and love for Jesus Christ and his sheep. No matter what is required of him, he tends to it with love and passion. You can tell he is just as effervescent on the inside as he is on the outside, because of the twinkle in both of his baby blue eyes. He has a very capable staff to assist in any matter that comes up, but he always oversees whatever the matter is by assigning tasks to just the right person on staff.

We have never known anyone like Pastor Ben, and it is evident that no one else has either. It is such a pleasure to be around him because Jesus Christ is imbedded in him so deep that you cannot help but feel safe, loved, informed, and just plain fuzzy all of the time.

There are so many projects going on at church with ministries for the poor, children's ministry run by Pastor Ben's wife Debbie, and all of the conferences attended by him and his staff. He is a very busy guy, but no matter how busy he gets, he ALWAYS has time to spend with someone who needs an ear to talk to, or needs help in any way. Sometimes we think the Lord made him His "Super Pastor", but really he is very down to earth, and just takes care of the Lord's business in any way he can, expecting nothing in return. His reward is the smiles on the people's faces that have been helped in one way or another.

As I have stated before, we came from a very conservative church up North, and it was a shock to our nervous system when we first walked into this little church with the volume turned up so high, you would think it was the second coming! But once we heard this humble preacher with the most beautiful singing voice and the great smile just praising the Lord with all of his heart and soul, we were hooked.

We love you, Pastor Ben....... Thank you for being you, and God Bless you REAL GOOD!!!!

Do I hear an amen????

Saturday, June 7, 2008

New pix

Denise and Terry

Mother's Day

CF Great Strides Walk

Pastor Ben and Lawson and his family.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


A few weeks ago I mentioned our assistant pastor, Lawson, and the fact that he is like a second son to us. Well, we are happy to say that we have now ALSO inherited a new daughter-in-law, and grandaughter! Yes! They finally got through all of the red tape and anxiety, with the help of the Lord, and arrived here on Tuesday night at midnight from Nigeria. All went well with their flights and they are now residing with Lawson in his bachelor pad, hopefully being able to find larger quarters in the future.

Katrina is a beautiful, intelligent, and Godly woman. She is a perfect fit for Lawson, and must have the patience of Job, like he does, waiting on the Lord for several years, to provide a way for her and Zoe to come to America for good to live with Daddy.

Zoe is only a few days younger than Seamus, and is bright and full of energy, just like him, so we are all looking forward to their first play date to see how they get along. My guess is they will be competitors, but maybe not. Once we get all moved and settled into our permanent home, we will have them over alot. I know that Seamus will gladly share his toys, being the little gentleman that he is....

Sunday was their introduction to the whole church, and everyone was so excited to meet them! They had alot of prayers going up for them, and now that they are here, we are thanking the Lord for His favor in getting them here safely.

Praise Jesus for answered prayer!

Sunday, May 4, 2008


As most of you know, we had a home health aide when we lived in Walworth, New York. Actually we had two. One was Stacey for one year, and then she moved on, and we had Lynda for about 9 months before we left to move to Maryland. Both of them were EXCELLENT!! and helped us out SSSOOO much! Lynda especially was so instrumental in helping me to pack up and move. I really do believe that the Lord knew just who we needed, and Lynda was it! I know for sure that I could not have accomplished that move without Lynda along side of me and I will be forever grateful!

Well, guess what? The Lord has sent us another angel! Her name is Denise, and she is unbelieveable! Boy, when the Lord sends someone, HE really knows how to do it!

We were introduced to Denise one week ago today. (Sunday). We were shocked to answer the door and find the owner of the Home Health agency there with his employee to meet us! They came completely unnanounced, and luckily we had just arrived home from church.

All of our aides have been supplied by the Veteran's Administration, and we are so grateful for the services that they provide. We get all of our meds for Terry through them for a minimal cost, and we go to the V.A. for his primary doctor appointments and blood work. It sure helps that they are located less than 1/4 mile away from our apartment.

Denise is originally from Jamaica, and she is a lovely, soft spoken, sweet girl (woman..). We loved her at first sight. She will come twice a week, on Wed. and Fri., and stays with us for 5 hours each time. This allows me to get out and about to do my grocery shopping, banking, and a little bit of socializing. I plan on making any appoinments I may have, on those two days also. Denise has already gone with us to grocery shop and to another store, and to two different doctors, and she has only worked for us twice so far. She is ready, willing and able to do anything for us that we need help with. Next I am going to teach her how to use our washer/dryer (all-in-one) machine. It is quite complex.

About Denise: She is a loving, caring, intelligent person, who loves her job. That was self evident after 10 minutes of talking with her. She is a certified Nurse's Assistant, and she loves the Lord!
She is engaged to marry a young man who is wheelchair bound and cannot speak because of a military accident occurring in the recent past. They use tex messaging alot and Denise is learning sign language. I am sure the Lord had a hand in this too.
It is amazing to sit back and just observe all of the things the Lord is doing in this community, especially for our benefit. He has sent us an angel!! Thanks so much for all of your prayers!!

We are looking forward to many enjoyable hours with Denise, and hopefully her fiancee too.

Praise God for prayers answered!!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

more pix

Lots of pictures of church friends, our apartment complex, and more construction...

Thursday, April 24, 2008


I just got in from taking my early morning walk today. I try do do it while Ter is still sleeping.
Our apartment complex is so beautiful. It is buzzing with activity early each day, with people starting out, vehicle after vehicle to go to their jobs. The kids can be seen walking up to catch the school bus meeting and sharing secrets as they wait. The maintenance men and ladies are already busy at work, trimming and cleaning everywhere. This complex is the cleanest and most well kept place I have ever seen. Every morning about 7:00 a.m. they are outside our door sweeping the sidewalks and even the parking lots. They are constantly painting the stripes on the sidewalks, or renavating one apartment or another.

We were blessed to find such a nice place to live until we can get into our permanent home.

The office staff are all very nice people to deal with. Any request that is made is attended to promptly, and they are so friendly, and accomodating to our needs.

The pool will be opening soon, and you can see the workers cleaning around it, and getting prepared for opening day.

As I walk along, I see such a contrast in the skyline. The apartments are located in a nice quiet residential area, and when you look about 2 blocks away, there are huge skyscrapers looming in the distance! I like to take pictures of all of it to share with all of you. Coming from Walworth, New York, a country setting, to a major comunity like this has really stretched us. We can go just about anywhere we want to now, having learned a lot of tricks and short cuts. We even went to a park the othere day with Jules and Seamus, and we all rode on an old fashioned merry-go-round, and then on a small train ride. Such a change in our lives is a good thing. Being with our loved ones though, tops the cake, and makes all of the aggravation and stress of moving all worth it!
I am glad the Lord sent us here, but we do miss all of you....

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Construction has started!

The new apartment has started being built!

Week 1

Week 2

Monday, April 7, 2008


Not everyone is blessed to have a grandchild come in to their life, but Ter-Bear and I are blessed every day with our three wonderful grandchildren! We thank the Lord for them every day and pray for their health and well being.

Not only are we blessed to have them, but they are all very exceptional people in their own right.

Alexander was born on December 19, 1998. We were SOOO excited to meet this little bundle of joy! Of course being the first you might expect us to spoil him. We tried very hard not to, and today he is a sweet, intelligent, funny, caring, and all around delightful human being.

Alex's dad is Thomas Woodrow, our son (Math teacher), and his mom is Christine (homemaker).

Cassidy was born February 7, 2000, a sweet, beautiful intelligent,loving daughter of Woody and Christine.
One peek at this beautiful child, and our breath was taken away!
We fell hook line and sinker for this sweet pink bundle of joy just like we did her brother!

Over the past 10 years we have spent many, many special times with them both. They have given us hours of joy to build our memories on. We could not have asked for two more prescious babies to be with.
Some of our great memories include:overnights at Grandma and PapPaw's house many times (including icecream sundaes every time we watched a movie together (hundreds!), trips to Sea Breeze Amusement park, lots of fun times at the movies, with Friendlies visits afterwards, shopping at Eastview Mall at Christmas time and any time! Bowling parties for birthdays, and celebrating all of our birthdays at several of our favorite restaurants in the Rochester area.

When they took off for North Carolina, we both had broken hearts for a very long time. At least now, with us living closer to them, we get to see them. They were a very BIG factor in our decision to move to Maryland.

Seamus born on September 28,2005 to our daughter Julie (full time mommy and research analyst) and James(full time daddy and part time graduate student/farmer's market guru), was a gift from the Lord to all of us and to everyone who has the priviledge to know him. He was born with a life altering disease, cystic fibrosis, and has been through more in his short life so far than most people will ever even think about. He is a sweet, loveable beyond measure adult in a child's body. He has many interests and continues to find everything he does a great adventure! He calls us "Ga" and "Pa", names that he first created and uttered at the age of 15 months when he came to visit us in Walworth, New York.

He never ceases to spread sunshine wherever he goes. He has a zest for life, more than anyone we have ever known!


All and all, we both consider ourselves the most blessed grandparents in the world! Thank you Wood and Chrissy! Thank you Jules and James! And most of all, thank you, JESUS!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

More pix

Here's more pictures of the apartment and March in Maryland: