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Our Girl


We had the opportunity to visit with our daughter at our house this past weekend, who will soon be having a daughter of her very own.  While she was here we happened to come across an old box with some of her papers from when she was younger that had something I had written about her when she was only about 3 or 4 years old.  Here is the original paper I had hand written those so many years ago.


Our Girl

“She came into our lives as a blessing from above.  So tiny, so beautiful.  GOD blessed us with our little bundle of love.  At first she barely crawled, and now look at her run.  At first she could hardly talk.  Now look at her; she hardly stops talking!  Each day we grow to love her more.  Thank you LORD for our little blessing.  Thank you LORD for Valerie.  Brown eyes, brown hair, and that special warm caring smile.

 Each time I look at her, I hear GOD whispering in my ear.  Be good to her, and raise her to learn of me.  Teach her love, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy, forgiveness, and train her in the way she should go.  Teach her right from wrong.  Teach her to love others, to give unto others.  Look at her now how big she is growing, changing every day.  Thank you LORD for our gift from heaven above.  May we love her and show her your ways each day. Thank you LORD for our Valerie.”


Valerie and Papa

The picture above is of our daughter Valerie and her own grandfather, my wife’s dad.  His name was “Papa”  I can’t wait to have a photo taken with my own granddaughter.  I know people say it often, but it does seem like only yesterday when our daughter was this age.  As a matter of fact, it still seems like only yesterday that I was carrying her to her first bed to lay in after being born in the hospital.  As the days pass, I pray that I will be able to be the grandfather that my granddaughter deserves me to be.  I pray that I will be able to show her the right road to take too, and that we will have many good years together.  If we are together, they can’t help but be good!

I promise again LORD that I will teach her just like I taught her own mother.  I will teach her the road to take, right from wrong, to love others, and to give unto others….. and I promise you I will love her every single day!

60 Thoughts For My Granddaughter


I have been thinking about writing a new book in honor my granddaughter who will be born this May.  The title I am kicking around is called “60 Thoughts For My Granddaughter”

I am not sure where to take it or exactly what to say quite yet, but I know I want to leave some life lessons for her.  I also want to introduce some humor I think for things that new grandpas have to learn along the way, maybe some things they have forgotten and need to relearn.  I am not quite sure yet, but I have been doing some thinking along those lines.

What do you think?  If you have any ideas or thoughts about what I can include, let me know as I just started to try to build this in my mind now.  I welcome any and all suggestions!



Mowing the lawn with Dad

Mowing the lawn with Dad

Our only daughter is getting married in 2 days.  That’s her on top of my shoulders in the photo when she was still in diapers.  She loved to ride on my shoulders whenever she could. It didn’t matter if I was going for a walk around the block, in the backyard, or even mowing. She always wanted to plant herself on top of my shoulders and hold on to my head.

I miss those days, but I do know she is going to be happy.  I just hope I will have taught her some of the important things in life like how to be a good spouse, and how to be a good parent.  I also hope I have taught her enough about the LORD along the way and I hope she will be able to train up her own children in the same way.

I did the best I could and now it’s her turn!



I have not posted in a while since I have been busy working on a new children’s book called “Cowgirl the Smiling Doggie.”  I think children will love this book and will fall in love with the most lovable badger hunting dog in the world.

She is just the sweetest little miniature Dachshund you will ever see and will have children laughing and smiling as they come along for an adventurous ride with her. Cowgirl will even teach them a few German words along the way. 

This has been an enjoyable little book to write and I hope to have Cowgirl out for publication soon!