The True Meaning of Christmas

Last night, I got the best Christmas gift ever.

My wife and I hosted our family Christmas party, and it was simply fantastic. All three of our kids, their partners and three of our four Grandchildren all got together to celebrate the season.

The food we shared consisted of stuffed shells, spaghetti and meatballs, prime rib, and M&M’s. The first two my wife cooked, my son cooked the meat, and the M&M’s were my idea. That should explain an awful lot about my cooking expertise.

10 with 10
10 with 10

After our meal, we all gathered ’round the Christmas Tree, going through our stockings, opening gifts, laughing and enjoying the company. Our 10-year-old and 2-year-old Granddaughters kept each other busy, while our families newest addition (at all of 10 days old!) mostly slept and ate a little. Nothing says Peace and Joy more than a newborn baby. What better gift can a Grandfather get than to feed his Grandson while sitting around a Christmas Tree, surrounded by family, and then have his Grandson throw up baby spit all over both shoulders!

That should definitely explain to all of you just how proud I am of all my children and Grandchildren.

Today, of course, is Christmas Eve. Most of our family will get together at church tonight, where we will all celebrate and be reminded of who we are truly celebrating. It is the season of giving, and my profound wish to you, dear reader, is that you are able to give to your family and friends much more than you could ever receive, and that the love that you get back from them, be they in their senior years, or 10 years old, or just 10 days old, mean more to you than you could ever repay.

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Change the World

As the world changes, you can either lead, follow, or get out of the way. I’ve chosen to do all three.

First, I’ve chosen to lead the way by adopting the newest version of WordPress, which is what this website (and many others) use as its foundation. This new version changes how blogs and websites are designed and written.

My biggest fear was that I would have to redo the design of the website, as well as each blog post I’ve written to date, to fit with the new formatting requirements. Fortunately, after an hour of playing around on my backup site, I found that there wasn’t a whole lot I would have to do. Only one or two things that I used to have to do I won’t have to do now, and there are only a couple of blog posts that will need a few housecleaning tweaks to get back to looking the way I want them to. No big deal!

I did find out that copying the original draft of my new blog post from Notepad to the website was no longer just a simple “copy and paste” exercise. New options are available, which once I get use to all of them will allow me more flexibility and creativity.

I also made major changes to the look of the website.  It was due for an update anyway.  Kind of like when you decide you want a new car.  It was due, and with all the other changes, it was also time.  The updates were the the perfect time to make the change.

So now, my website is all bright and shiny and has that new car… er, I mean new website smell.  I hope you like the new look.  Oh, and there are some more changes coming in the near future, as I learn and get used to all the new features available.

The next change to my world was one I had to just follow, because there was nothing else I could do. Until yesterday.


My first Grandson made his entrance into the world Thursday afternoon. Jacob Nolen arrived at 2:09 PM, weighing in at 9 pounds, 5 ounces and he is 20 1/2 inches tall. His Dad is happy, and his Mom is very happy! As for brand new BIG sister Miss A, she really isn’t all to keen on the idea of taking home a baby brother, so lets just say that the jury is still out.

And finally, I’ve been the “designated parent” for my eldest Granddaughter this past week. Her Mom is out of town for a couple of days of training for work, and my son is usually out the door a couple of hours before the sun wakes up, so I’ve been the one making sure she’s all set and ready to go before the school bus arrives in the morning. I am also this weeks contact person in case of trouble or injury at school, as well as the one picking her up after school from cheering and tumbling practice.

I haven’t had this much fun since my own kids were her age!

And I’ve been reacquainted with this thing called homework. I can help her out with most of it, and I was pretty darn good at math when I was in school, but when I had to help my kids with their homework, along came this thing that they dubbed “new math” and I was completely lost. Thankfully, my wife is a teacher and so she helped our kids with their math homework.

Fortunately, so far this week the math homework was simple enough for even me to understand. Even better, once I got her through the hard parts, the rest she got right away. However, as the math homework at the end of this week is heavy on the common core requirements, it’s now time for me to simply get out of the way.

It turns out that my son was pretty good at the new math, and so if there is something he doesn’t understand, he does a quick Google search for some help and then he can help Miss K with her homework assignment.

My world continues to change, as does yours. Stay open to those changes, and embrace them.

As for me, it’s time to go visit with my Grandson again.

I have found that I can Change the World.