I wish you could come by today, knock on my door, sit for awhile and chat over a cup of tea. I would ask about your family and what you have been doing and I would tell you all about my dear ones and give you the latest news. Our son, Mr. J., arrived home from his missions trip to Europe on Friday afternoon. He spent the weekend resting and relaxing and enjoying time with his family. There was time to debrief, catch up with each other and just enjoy the blessings of home.You have asked how our daughter and her children are doing since losing their young husband and father in December. They are doing as well as possible in a difficult situation. Our daughter, Mrs. M., is a strong young woman. She is moving forward and making good decisions for herself and the children. Each day is a challenge as she adjusts to life as a single mom. Her kids are out of town this week. Our son-in-law's cousin and her husband have become more involved in the childrens' lives. They own a condo near Anaheim, California so they asked to take the kids - Miss A. (11), Mr. C. (8) and Miss E. (6) - to Disneyland for Spring Break! I tried to beg and plead with the kids to let me go with them! I offered to ride in the trunk of the car, in their suitcase - or their pocket - but no amount of appealing to their hearts got me a place on this trip. They offered instead to bring autographs from Micky and Minnie. And maybe a few more of our favorite Disney characters. Of course we are thrilled that they can go. And our daughter is enjoying a few days with her best friend who arrived from out-of-state for a visit.And I would share my exciting news with you! Later today I am getting a puppy!! A gift from my daughter. He is a miniature Doxie (daschund). The sweetest little guy. It all started when I took our oldest granddaughter, Miss A., to the pet store so she could see the new puppies! Next thing I knew my heart had been stolen by this little guy, but I walked away. Soon my daughter devised a plan to give him to me for my birthday - my August birthday!! Isn't he the cutest little fellow? And look at Miss A.'s eyes - she's pleading with me, 'Please - wouldn't you like to have him?' He has been at my daughter's home for a few days while I worked to puppy-proof our home. He came a 'home visit' the other day and it was fun. Miss Savannah, my cat, wasn't sure about him! Today he moves in to stay. I haven't yet decided on his name. Miss A. named him 'Jerry' - not the name I would have chosen for my puppy. She knows I may not keep that name but she hopes it can be part of his name. As you and I talk over tea I would ask if you think I should keep that name just because she chose it, or should I choose a different name? I've thought of calling him Jeremiah, which would be close to 'Jerry'. Miss A. likes that idea. Some of my family and friends think that it's too big a name for him - too many syllables. Especially for a little guy. I do have a name in mind that includes Jeremiah as his middle name but I'm still undecided. As we sip our tea I would ask if you have any suggestions. Any advice? For now I plan to bring him home and watch him romp and play, get acquainted for a day or two and then make it official. And when it's official - I'll be sure to tell you!
Edited to add: A name has already been chosen and it suits him to a T! The dear folks closest to me agree that it's the perfect name. It all happened quite suddenly not long after he arrived at our home. I misunderstood what my sweetheart called him - and I loved the name I thought he said. I'm gathering photos of our dear little pup and in a day or two I will formally introduce him to you. And I'll reveal his name at that time!