Meeting Mckenna

6.18.21- We finally get to meet Mckenna

You’ve met Mckenna priviously but now she’s almost 100 days old. Because of the noise, loud music and gusty breezes outside we decided for a change our venue and moved indoors. As before, I’ve mentioned, Carla and I are not related to the happy parents. Abby came into our lives at age 8 and now, fourteen-years later she’s still finding ways to brighten our lives. Having a “Surrogate Granddaughter” is definitely not an official title but I would like to think of myself as being her “Surrogate Grandfather.” For now I’m just so happy to have such a pretty gift be part of our lives as well.


Mom and Dad, seen above are just so lucky. For sure, by many standards,  we might look at them and see all the material things that are not part of their lives, but as I’ve mentioned many times about happyness; 

Happyness is to have everything (you need), not the need to have everything.

Abby and Michael have a long way to go in their life long trip but I do believe they firmly understand the saying above.

I should have used a flash, Little Mckenna is hard to see, but I wanted to minimize the flashes for Mckenna’s sake. Even my small strobe light might not be good for Mckenna. I cannot think of a nicer gift for Fathers’ Day for Michael.

What a great day. We all enjoyed Mckenna, her folks, a good meal and great conversation. Surrogate Grandparents could not ask for more.

Carla and I are looking forward for the privilege of being part of this young family’s future, even if only a small part. In their arms they have all they need, what they might need God will provide, but if he’s busy, we’ll try to do our part.

Visiting Titusville, FL

6.18.21- Visiting Titusville, FL
We’re waiting for Abby and Michael to come and visit for the afternoon and introduce us to Mckenna, their first born. but first just a short intro to the new and revitilizd Titusville, or at least its waterfront.

We’re meeting Abby and Michael at the Pier 220 Restaurant. The location was excellent ambience overflowing and the night was warm and breezy, thanks to the ocean currents.

We were here a few years ago, way before Mckenna came on the scene; but it didn’t looks this good nor so exciting. Titusville is now the new home for so many new computer geeks and NASA employees; so happyto see it so lively. The rest of the town is just as vibrant. I told Carla it’s as though the town puchased thousands  of gallons of paint for the townspeople to accentuate their businesses and properties. Could easily call this location home again if it were not for the fact that it’s located in Florida.

About Mckenna, Mom and Dad. They did show up but more on their visit in the “Meeting Mckenna” blog

Baby Makenna is Home

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Baby Mckenna Clair is home-4PDF

04.04,2021 An Easter Sunday Child.
Mom is Abby. I’ve spoken of her many times since the blog began in 2013. Very hard to believe when Abby came into our lives she was only sever-years-old herself. Michael is Makennas’ dad.







As you can see from the picture above right, neither one of them look to be much older that sixteen. Please click on the link above to learn a little more about this lovely child.




Visiting Abby & Michael



you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.

RV, and be free. Only HOUSELESS never HOMELESS.

01.30.2021-Saturday…We visit Abby and Michael

I mention Abby and her life partner, Michael, from time to time in my blogs, and now more about this beautiful couple. As you can see from the picture, Yes, Abby cooks! She and Michael treated us to an excellent meal of chicken and broccoli. I actually helped a bit. What she needs is a potato masher but even without this implement the potatoes came out fine. I wasn’t just showing off, I do help even in our very small kitchen when Carla permits.

We did have a purpose for our visit, infant stuff. We learned, as we left that afternoon that they have been receiving gifts from many of their friends and family as well. Nonetheless, we can all remember back, for me over fifty years, how challenging those early family years can be.

The one thing about infants is that they outgrow their infant cloths faster than we realize.  We’ve watched Michael and Abby grow over the last 5-6 years and they look happier year after year.

Spit-up bibs are a dime a dozen, which is about how many bibs and infant can go through in a day, some days. Just confirmed from Carla that if Abby is our surrogate grand-daughter their little girl, yes girl, will be our surrogate great-grand-daughter, I like that. This gives me a second chance. I should have been a better father than provider when my kids were younger but I missed that boat. My kids both decided against kids so hopefully, with permission from Abby and Michael, I might have a chance to make up for my mistakes of my past.

Above it’s cloths, cloths everywhere, but I’m sure they’ll be outgrown very soon. Below is just the beginning of this little girl’s library. Both the kids are very smart so I’m sure the little-one will be as well. Our many years in the child-care industry enlightened us in many areas, so we know “reading” must be an integral part the first three years of her life. This first book to her life-library was one about life-“EVERONE POOPS.” We intend to broaden her library selection in the months and years to come. Any ideas out there please e-mail me.

What a great afternoon we had this day. Great company, a delicious meal and a great deal more information on the coming birth.

I’ll have much more to write from now on.