The last year of childhood.

On May 11th, our son Jesse turned 17. The week prior, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo by having Jesse take and pass his driving test. I remember leaving the hospital with Renee and Jesse while looking into his tiny face and knowing that one day he would be asking for the keys to the car. That day has arrived. Changing diapers and eating his first solid food are distant memories. Reading bedtime stories and wrestling on the bed are now faded photographs in my mind. He has now entered his final year as a child.

I am very proud of the young man he has become. He thinks critically and biblically. More than once, he has refused to compromise or give in to peer pressure. He knows what he believes and isn’t afraid to ask questions when he disagrees. He is ok with being different and resists any pressure to conform to what others think. He is amazingly creative and enjoys his artwork. He has big dreams and plans. I credit Renee for the many years she home-schooled him. She has spent far more time than I have with him and deserves all the credit. Hopefully, I have set a good example as a husband and father for him so that in the years to come, he will be a good husband and father.

Son, I doubt you will read this as you are usually busy playing games online or listening to music, but I wanted to write it anyway. I love you son and am very proud of the upright man you’ve become. You have had challenges, but you have overcome them. You have a great sense of humor and laugh with ease. I know that you will be blessed in whatever you choose to do in life. I am so grateful that the Lord entrusted you to our care all those years ago. We will continue to pray for you as you launch out to fulfill your dreams in the years to come. Never lose sight of the Lord and know that He will never leave you or forsake you.

Two weeks later…another update

So I have fallen into the routine of updating the blog every couple of weeks. I suppose I should update it more often, but hey at least I am updating it. Let me see now, what has transpired in the last couple of weeks? I finished the first half of my 2 part SQL course at VVC. It is an online course and was paid for by my company. I managed to get an A and have begun the second part. A couple of weekends ago, we went in search of footwear for the giant living in our house. Jesse had not driven on the freeway before and got some practice by driving us to Tanger Outlet in Barstow. We visited the Reebok store, but they only had baseball cleats in size 16. Next stop was the Van’s store in the almost deserted Outlet Center across the street. Fortunately, both Renee and Jesse found shoes they liked. Jesse then drove to the Mall at Victor Valley so I could get an AC adapter for the recumbent bike. No more batteries! Overall, Jesse did very well for his first time driving on the interstate freeway.

Mid-week I took a trip with a coworker to San Diego to attend a software presentation. The side benefit of the trip was enjoying lunch with my best friend Jim Ritch. The amount of mileage that day was a bit tiresome, but it was worth it as Jim recieved word a few days later that he had been promoted to Master Chief(E-9). Congrats brother! I also had lunch mid-week with some old classmates. It was fun sharing laughs about old times and catching up on each other’s lives.

This past weekend included getting a lot done around the house. Friday after work, Renee and I stripped the old carpet off of the front porch. It lasted two years, but had become a trip hazard. They really don’t make carpet that can stand the extremes of our weather for more than a couple of years. I don’t know if we will put any more down right away. Saturday morning, we were up early as Jesse had to be at Apple Valley High School to take his SAT. When I returned home, it was time to work on the swamp cooler. Unfortunately, the water pump no longer worked so a quick trip to Lowes and I was done working on the roof. Inside I had some acoustic ceiling to scrap off around the vent as it was looking pretty bad. After cleanup and some semi-gloss paint, the vent went up on the ceiling. Jesse called to be picked up and then we ate lunch. At around 3, I decided it was time to get the weeds in the yard cut down. I spent 2 hours mowing down all the weeds in the back yard. Renee came out and helped clean some the hazards out of the back pasture. That night, we watched an old DVD and ate popcorn.

Sunday, we went to church and Jesse did some driving in Victorville to help prepare for his driving test. We returned home and spent the rest of the day watching the Lakers win and reading. May is here so that means we have a birthday coming up. Soon we will have a 17 year old and hopefully another licensed driver in our house. Hope you and your family are well. Please let us know how you are doing. Blessings.