Giving Thanks – Post 297

Thanksgiving I believe is my favorite of all the holidays. Its a time that we can all come to gather and just enjoy visiting. There’s no gift giving pressures or guilt. Just time to be together and enjoy each others company.

This thanksgiving was even more special than past years for me in several different ways.

First of all, all of my family that lives out of town were able to come up and spend some time with us. I have not seen my brother and his family in a number of years so it was nice to be able to spend some time with him even though it was only a few hours.

In addition it was nice to be able to spend more time with my niece and her husband. They were able to spend the weekend at our house and it was just nice to get to know them more as a couple since we weren’t able to make it to their wedding.

We got to spend nearly a week with my sister Karen and her husband Jimmy. Just being able to sit around and relax together was time that I hold special.

Fortunately for my son Kyle, who left for basic training for the Navy this past Monday, he was able to spend several days with his cousin from Florida. We didn’t get to spend much time with either of them because they kept themselves busy but I am thankful that they got to spend more time together before my son shipped off.

And of coarse I am always thankful when I get to spend time with my parents. We hope to make a trip down to Florida this coming summer to spend some more time with them.

After my family all left town we then had my wife’s family over for Thanksgiving. We also had a great time with them playing pool, air hockey, and just getting together to have fun.

The Thanksgiving holidays ended in a bittersweet moment for us however. As many of you already know my oldest son joined the Navy and this past Sunday he had to report to the recruiting office to prepare to leave. So Sunday we all went to church together. My daughter bawled he eyes out all throughout mass while her brother sat next to her. After church we went  out to eat for one last family meal together and then we dropped him off at the recruiting office.

Monday morning we all went down to the federal building for his swearing in ceremony and had lunch with him. Later we met him at the airport and sat with him until his plane left for Chicago. After he boarded the plane we watched until the plane taxied out of sight.

I am so Thankful for my wife, my family and our friends. I know that the coming year will be filled with new experiences and challenges.

Bittersweet Day – Post 296

Today was a bitterIMG_8928_editedsweet day. Today we dropped my oldest son Kyle Abell off with the Navel Recruiting Office. Tomorrow, he will be sworn in and shipped off to basic training.


This morning at church his IMG_8968_editedsister bawled her eyes out while he sat next to her during mass. After mass father blessed his Saint Christopher Medal and then gave Kyle a blessing for safety. After church we had brunch, took a few pictures and then dropped him off.


IMG_8971_editedHis mom, and I are so proud of him. He has grown into a fine young man and we know he will serve his country well. He will be spending 8 weeks at the Great Lakes basic training camp and then two to two and a half years in Monterey California in school before shipping out for 4 years of active duty.


We will definitely miss him during this time.IMG_8936_edited

We plan to see him when he graduates basic and then again some time while in California. We ask that everyone pray for his safety during this phase of his life.


IMG_8937_editedKyle we love you, be safe and we will miss you.

WEEK 8.5 – Post 294

Well, it has been a bit since I have posted. I have had family from all over start arrivingturkeyday at my house this past Thursday. It is a tradition on my side of the family to hold Thanksgiving celebration on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year all my siblings and my parents came into town for the event. We all have not managed to be together for many years. Most of the family actually stayed in my house so needless to say it has been quite hectic.

The original plan was that most would arrive late Friday night or early Saturday morning but everyone except my brothers family actually showed up at various times throughout the day on Thursday. And believe it or not having them all here early was really nice.

You might expect with so much pressure having so many people in your house that it would be difficult to keep up the mental diet but it has been much easier since they all arrived than it was prior to their arrival. We have all had a very good time with not one single mishap the entire time. The stress levels have actually been much lower.

I would not be honest if I said I kept up with my readings 100% but I have managed to do so most days. Unfortunately I have not had a chance to even start on Week 9. Most of my family has now returned to their home states with the exception of my parents. They will be leaving early Friday morning. We won’t be seeing them on Thanksgiving. They will be getting together at my Aunts on my Mom’s side of the family. We will be hosting Thanksgiving Day this year at our house with my wife’s side of the family so things will continue to be busy around here through Saturday.

On Monday my oldest son leaves for basic training with the Navy so it looks like Sunday will be busy spending some last minute time with him. He will be in the Chicago area for 2 – 3 months of basic and then off to California for 2 years of training before spending another 4 years on active duty.

It looks like with all the activity for the next few more days I will not be able to give Week 9 any solid attention until Saturday evening and then I will probably catch up with Week 10 on Tuesday and then back to normal after that.

My Network Marketing business has also suffered from neglect with all this activity occurring so I am also looking forward to getting back with it next week as well. My wife has been really encouraging me to get back with it. She has seen that the checks continue to come in without too much change even though I have not been able to spend much time on it and she now realizes that this business is for real and she now sees the potential it has if I work a little harder at it. Just wish I had the time and resources to be doing the go90grow class right now. Hopefully another one will be offered in the spring. I would like to join in along with some of my team.

Happy Holidays for now. I will se you all with my full attention next week.

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