It has been a bit of time since I have updated my BLOG so I thought I would give a few highlights:
Linda and I took Stormie back to Hot Springs and spent the weekend with Linda’s sister, Judy. We had an awesome time, enjoyed seeing Judy, Anet, and Niles. Stormie had a great two weeks with Linda and I and was a great joy to have around. Chloe and Alec went to Hot Springs with us and had a blast at the Mid-America Science Museum. The museum alone was worth the trip! Alec had a blast building, what I think, would be his dream house!
Linda has fallen in love with our new carpet and living room! That made a massive change in how our house looks!
Michael and Felicia are in their last two weeks in Tulsa. They are moving to Houston, where Felicia will be going to college. Michael will probably continue working with WalMart as a Pharmacy Tech. He is loving this job and we hope to see them a few more times before they make their way to Houston.
Speaking of jobs, Matthew will be back at EMSA soon! He completed his coursework for Paramedic and is certified now. He will be starting the new Academy next week! Congratulations, Matthew.
Jose’ is home now and is getting his life back on track. We missed Jose’ and are praying for his success.
My former Father-In-Law, Lehman Jones, was hospitalized and is undergoing treatment and testing. Lehman is 84 and is need of prayers. Lehman and Patti were long time parishioners of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and now attend St. Pius X. My friend, Fr. Boniface, O.S.B. has graciously offered Masses for his healing, for which I, Lehman and Patti are very grateful. Lehman taught at Tulsa Community College up until the Summer term. I pray that he will regain his health sufficiently to return to the classroom.
Drew should be returning to St. Gregory’s soon as a Proctor in the Honor’s Hall.
December 18th, 2010, Michael and Felicia (Carlock) became Mr. and Mrs.
The event was attended by friends and family, including his grandparents, Jose’ and Frances Arroyo, Patti and Lahman Jones, father J.A. Arroyo, aunt Christina and Uncle Pat Brown and their two kids, Amanda and Robert. His brother, Andrew Arroyo was his Best Man, Matthew Arroyo and Bryan McNeil were his Goomsmen.
Terrie is trying her hand at Skip Bo! We had an incredible visit with Terrie and Bill. I know that this was not the best reasons to get together but it was fantastic to get to see them again. It is hard to believe that it has been at least 18 years since Terrie and I have been in the same room together. This is the first time that Terrie was able to meet Linda. In fact, this was the first time that Bill met her as well. Believe it or not, Bill stuck around to see his new grandchild! Now, does that tell you how we have let time fly!?
Linda showed Bill and Terrie how to play Skip Bo! Now, Linda is serious about her Skip Bo (I am usually not brave enough to play her!) Those hands in the background belong to Christina. Pat, Christina, Amanda, Rob, Linda and I joined Terrie and Bill at our house for steaks and a grilled meal Sat. Night. We gathered together as a family to mourn the passing of Uncle Bobby but renewed family ties over the weekend. We hope that the economy will work with us so that we can gather together again soon.
I had to throw in the video as well! Enjoy our playing around at the Arroyo’s!
St. Joseph, Blessed Virgin Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus statues lined up and ready for a new garden to grace. (Not to mention a couple of frogs and a turtle among other sundries)
Garage all packed up waiting for a trailer to load it into.
This post is made from my cellphone as we await the arrival of Christina and Pat, with Rob & Amanda in toe. Michael and Drew are expected to be with them when they arrive tonight to camp out on our clean floors to awaken to loading and stuffing the rest of our earthly belongings into their truck, trailer and van.
By Monday morning, our house in Texas will be but a fond memory. We will be living close to our Twelve, yes 12, grandchildren! I will be busy getting my new classroom ready with but a week to make it a new learning home for about 40 5th graders eager to experience their last year at Zarrow!
This is a video taken last week with a visit to Brody by Rainee, Chloe, and Alec.
This week has been one of ups and downs, I received my Oklahoma Teacher Certification today and last week, my Texas Certification. Linda and I got word that we have a house, then, after the brakes went out on the car and rear end had to be repaired, found we couldn’t afford to put the deposit down! Brody was denied transportation to Tulsa to be with his parents, so everything looked bleak, to say the least!
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”
Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
This quote has been ringing in my ears and we have been struggling with our faith but, true to the words I so often use (sometimes simply ‘mouth’), God did provide. We have the much-needed deposit money through the Grace of God. Thank you Jesus!
We have the generosity of my sister, Christina, and brother-in-law, Pat to thank as well, they are coming down with a trailer to help us move some of our stuff this weekend into the garage of the new place. That will make a dent of our moving so we can bring a much smaller load next weekend and complete our move.
We are not out of the woods yet, “God has done great things for me and mighty is His Name…” as Mary says in her Magnificat. Keep the Arroyo family, and Brody, in prayers. More to come…
The Arroyo’s had their Christmas in Keller a bit quietly, the grandkids were in Tulsa and the kids were there as well. Christmas Eve Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral with the Bishop Vann and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus at Midnight Mass. It was not until the 30th that we celebrated with the kids. The picture above was our Christmas yesterday.