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My grandpa’s birthday

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

This past Friday, April 23, was my grandpa’s 90th birthday. 90 is pretty old, at least in my book, and I think there is definitely something to be said for someone who sticks around for that long 🙂 I’m rather glad my grandfather (dad’s dad) has, since I love him very much and I certainly don’t want to see him go. For those of you who don’t know, I grew up on a big farm, and my grandparent’s house is on the same farm, about a mile away. The farm office and the other rooms where my grandpa spent most of his time during my childhood were in the big white house where I grew up. So from the time I was big enough to remember anything, I remember seeing, and playing with, my grandpa almost every day.

My grandpa is a great man, he put up with my Dad anyway and that’s saying something ( Love ya Da!! ;)> ). He is pretty quite and keeps to himself unless he needs to get something done. He doesn’t show a lot of emotion, except of course, when he is teasing someone or telling a joke. Then his face splits into a wide grin and he laughs, and there is a mischievous twinkle in his eye. He teases my poor grandmother endlessly, and I know she loves every minute of it 🙂 He is always giving advice and little pearls of wisdom whenever he thinks you need it (“you know you shouldn’t eat sugar, its bad for your teeth,” “make sure you get plenty of exercise, it’ll keep you healthy.”). He is very, very hardworking and very careful, precise, and knowledgeable in his work, which has been managing our large farm for the past 40 some years or more. He is also the most generous person I know. He and my grandmother have quite spoiled us grand-kids with wonderful gifts while also teaching us the importance of hard work and responsibility.

I have learned so much from my grandfather, and wouldn’t trade growing up on my farm for anything in the world. I think every kid should get to grow up on a farm with their grandparents. I am so thankful for him and wish there was something I could do for him that could come even close to repaying him for all he as done for me over the years. I can’t, of course, though a nice batch of home-made chocolate chip cookies goes a long way in his book 🙂 My grandma certainly did a good thing when she decided to marry my grandpa, and I want to congratulate him on his 90th birthday and say: “Grandpa, I love you.”

Last week of school

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Final week is here. That means crunch time with papers and finals. Surprisingly, I don’t have any presentations I’m doing. I’ve already done one, but this quarter it is mostly papers and finals. I am very excited for this quarter to be over, because next quarter I start Bulldog training, that is, a preparatory training program for going to OCS this summer. For you non-military types, everybody in a program that is training them to become an officer in the USMC (there are several programs besides ROTC), must go to and pass OCS, Officer Candidate Training. It is a period of evaluation and winnowing of the ranks, to see who’s serious and can really do this stuff and who’s jacking off and needs to be thrown out. That will be July-August for me. The bulldog prep that we do here at OSU puts us through a lot of the stuff we’ll have to do at OCS. Its every morning (of the school week) from 0600-0800. Its going to be challenging, mostly because I’ll be very tired and worn out, and I’ll have to do all my classwork in addition to this stuff.

So, I’m excited about starting that. I’m also excited about my spring break because A: I will be testing for my red-black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, something I’ve been working toward for a long time. I’ve been taking Tae-Kwon-Do for four years now and normally I would have tested for it a while ago but I missed several testing cycles because of time conflicts when I was home on break. B: I will get to see (hopefully) my older sister and nephew, who are planning to visit if they can work it out. And then of course, the just all around wonderfulness of being home and getting to see my family.

It will, however, be strange for me and somewhat challenging this spring break because my family is preparing to move out of the house we have lived in for 22 years. Not an easy task, physically or emotionally. I suspect they’re going to make me pack up my whole room when I’m home (grrrr). I’ll live though. Anyway, please pray that all the moving goes smoothly and I can enjoy being home despite it. Also pray for my finals, and that I would be able to prepare myself, physically and mentally, to do well in Bulldog prep.

Thanks, and God bless you all.

First post of 2009

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Dear friends and family,

Whew, what a time the past few weeks have been. The end of last quarter seems like years ago instead of only a month. I won’t go into great detail about my vacation, mostly because all I did was read, work-out, and get ready to go back to college. However, there were a couple of highlights I’ll mention. The first was that my roommate, Vanessa, came to our house to spend Christmas with us. I was overjoyed that she was able to come, and many of you who are from my hometown got to meet her at Church. I am pretty sure she really enjoyed herself (at least she didn’t complain to me ;), and we had a good time showing her all about how we celebrate Christmas. Among other things, we went (more…)

Three more days before Thanksgiving!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

Another week has passed, one less week between me and Christmas break! I think this is going to be my best Christmas ever because I’ve been away from home for more than a year with only a few weeks here and there of break time, so it will be wonderful to celebrate this holiday with my family. I just have school this week Mon-Wed, then I’ll be home for the weekend, back to OSU for the last week of school and then a half week of exams, and then home for Christmas.

This past week has been pretty lax and boring compared to the whirlwind of stuff I had going on before. I did have my second Chem. midterm (piece of cake) and I took (more…)

Back from China and Starting Sophomore Year

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Greetings Friends and Family,

Sorry, I know its been a while since I sent out an update. First there were the four weeks of break, during which I never intended to write anything since I was doing nothing more exciting than working and exercising. Then this past Sunday I didn’t really get around to it, oh well. But now you get to hear about my adventures, so sit back, grab some popcorn (or don’t actually, it is very bad for you, pick up some carrots and apple slices instead), and enjoy the show.

My break was very relaxing in that I didn’t do school for four weeks (though I actually really missed it), and very un-relaxing in that (more…)