The classic film “Shenandoah” inspired my father-in-law’s “Grandpa” name
Way back in 1979, I had the honor of meeting a man who came to mean a lot to me over the next 34 years. I had just started seeing a fella who very quickly asked me to spend the rest of his life with him (I said “Yes” before he could change his mind); not long after that, he took me home to introduce me to his parents.
And that’s when I met Charles Henry Koch.
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Another year sexier! (2010)
Even though she is no longer with us, I always put up a post for my dear sweet Granny Carroll’s birthday. I was never able to see her very often since we lived so far from her, but I thought about her often (even if I was remiss in calling her when I should). I did try to send her flowers for special occasions, though – Granny’s first name was Daisy, so I always tried to make sure that any arrangement that was sent had lots of daisies in it.
In 2015, we were able to get all of the girls together to go and visit Granny for her 95th birthday – we had lots of fun just hanging out with her! (I sent her some flowers too….)
On April 28, 2001, my best friend Becky got the phone call that no parent ever wants to get – her oldest son, Jonathan, had been killed in a car wreck.
The pain has eased somewhat, but it will always be there for her and for her family. No parent should ever outlive their child – that is a pain that will never go away.
This is for Jonathan and all of those who loved him –
On April 21, 2009, I answered “Here” for my sister, Beverly Suzanne Hamilton ’84.
In 2018, Paul and I answered “Here” for our beloved daughter, Michelle Elise Koch ’13.
One day our children will answer “Here” for both Paul and me. It is the last thing that the family of an Aggie is called to do for their loved one. It is our sworn duty to do so.
Softly call the Muster,
Let comrade answer, “Here!”
Their spirits hover ‘round us
As if to bring us cheer!
Mark them ‘present’ in our hearts.
We’ll meet some other day
There is no death, but life etern
For our old friends such as they!
A** over Teakettle – typical around this place….
I don’t follow baseball all that closely (I’m a football kind of a gal), but I’ve always wanted to see a YouTube video with one of my favorite “baseball” songs – “What A Game!” from the musical Ragtime, mixed with pictures from baseball games/players/fans. I just love the humor in the lyrics (even though some of the words used are less than politically correct in this day and age), and it always seemed like a song that would be ripe for such a video treatment.
I missed Opening Day by a couple of weeks back in 2013, but I still wanted to pay tribute to America’s Pastime. I had a lot of fun putting this together – I hope you like it (click on the icon in the lower right corner if you want to view it full-screen):
When I saw this, I knew I had to include it for my friend Liesel:
Who let the (old) broads out?
The first day of high school (Fall, 1974), the girl sitting in the desk in front of me in my first class (German II, with Herr Suhr) turned around and said, “Hi! I’m Becky.”
Our little munchkin, Rebecca (c. 2004)
I’m not usually big on “Awareness” Days, but I make an exception for this one, because it celebrates some very special people. The date that was picked (3/21) is no accident – on this date, we celebrate those wonderful people who have 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. Life in a family with a DS member is a whirlwind adventure!