Monday, September 29, 2014


Since my last post, we had a birthday party for Thomas.  As he is fairly new here, we invited some folks that Michael and Edward knew about their age.  Also Elmer and Anna came, David's parents came and my parents came.  Thomas is on the shy side until he meets someone so we introduced him to everyone he didn't know.  We let them play softball but we wouldn't start dinner and Thomas didn't know why.  Finally the car pulled up and we had Thomas go near as the car door opened and the young lady he was going with from Seneca Falls got out.  Her parents were also there, too.  He was so surprised when he saw her.  He kept asking us how we did it.

We had them sit together at the dinner table.  For dinner we had hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, coleslaw, chow-chow, pickled beets, and more.  Anna brought vegetable salad and cookies.  The young ladies parents brought two pies.  My parents brought chili sauce and pies.  David's parents brought jello fruit salad and baked beans.  Grandmother Olive and Edward made and frosted the cake. So we all ate very well.

After dinner we had Thomas open his presents.  He had tears in his eyes as he opened them.  Thomas got slacks, shirts, gloves, jacket, socks, handmade sweaters, fishing equipment, gift certificate for ice skating boots, and more.  We mentioned skiing items for him, but he doesn't ski and doesn't care to learn.  David told him he would take him hunting with him and if he enjoyed it would get him a rifle.  Thomas was pleased with all the gifts he received.  He said he had ever received anything like this before.

We told him and his lady that somehow we make arrangements so they could see each other now and again.  Maybe on singing Saturdays she could come here and stay over night.  Or he could get a driver and go to Seneca Falls and back.

Which leads to another subject.  Right now David and Michael, Edward, Thomas are working on remodeling the attic.  We have run out of bedrooms.  At this time, we have Katie and Susan in the same bedroom.  They don't mind it, but if we have guests, we have to move David Jr. into our room with us.  Thomas said he would sleep on the couch if we had quests, but we told him not to worry until we got guests.  Michael's bedroom has two single beds in it.  If push came to shove we could put two of the boys in together.  If it is one of Grandmother Olive and Grandfather Albert's friends, the guest could sleep in Dawdy Haus as that has two bedrooms in it.

So we are going up to add some more bedrooms.  David wants to put five more bedrooms and a bathroom up there.  We could take in more foster children and/or guests.  But, he said that is as high as we can go.  Already some of the boys are arguing who gets to bed in the first bedroom in the attic.  We decided to keep David Jr., Katie and Susan on the second floor along with some of the boys.  They all have excuses for why they should be in the new bedrooms.  David told them to wait until we get the bedrooms and bathroom up there.  It probably won't really be worked on until winter.

So we have been busy here.  It is now harvest time.  We are going into fall.

Be with God,


Next week I will be on October 7th.  It is a special day on New York State of Mind.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Everyone,
Hope you enjoy Jean's post this morning. I have having trouble with print being so large. I can't figure out what I did wrong. I don't know how to fix it. I am still messing around with it.


Gisela Suski said...

I can feel how happy Thomas was on his birthday, he is very grateful.

Evie said...

Nice to have you back Jean
I enjoyed your post glad Thomas had such a lovely Birthday,good of you to arrange for his friend and parents to come.
Hope the attic rooms work out well


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Gisela and Evie,

Tom is very grateful for just about everything. He really liked his birthday party. I will see that Jean gets your messages.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jean, So glad Thomas was surprised with the birthday party. With being new to your family and all, I assume he never expected such recognition for his birthday.
I'd say David+you are going the extra mile to work on arrangements for Thomas+his girlfriend to see each other from time to time.
Sure hope the attic will turn out well. Sounds like you need the room+then some! With 4 able-bodied men working on the project, it will be done well+expediently.
Blessings to all! Carol

Vickie said...

What a heart warming post. God bless Thomas. Is he gaining weight now?

kymber said...

Marilyn - please tell Jean how delighted i was to read of the party for Thomas - David and Jean thought of everything to make it such a special day. i am very glad for Thomas as he now has a family who obviously loves him very much. and it's funny that everyone wants the new bedrooms and is coming up with reasons/excuses for it. oh and vickie above asked if Thomas is gaining weight - i imagine he must be based on all of the wonderful food! tell Jean to pass on a belated happy birthday to Thomas from a stranger who wishes him all the best. thanks Marilyn.

your friend,

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Everyone,
Just back from work. I will have to ask Jean if Thomas is gaining weight. He really enjoyed his birthday. As Jean said, I think his greatest gift was the lady is going with showing up. I will see that Jean gets all your messages.


New York State Of Mind said...

I did something wrong. I can't put pictures on or anything to putting posts on. I have contacted Richard. There are posts on until Wednesday. If there aren't any after that you know why. Everything is so large and I can't figure what I hit to make it so large and I don't know how to reduce it. I will try to get it fixed by Thursday, but if I don't - you know why.


New York State Of Mind said...

I finally found out what I did wrong and corrected it. So I should be back to business and working on posts when I get home from work tomorrow.


Willow's Quiet Corner said...

It is so lovely to hear how Jean and her family go the extra mile to make the new additions to their family feel welcomed and appreciated. I know the new family members have to feel such a profound relief to have a warm, safe home to live in after some of the uncertainties or troubles they have had in their lives before Jean and her family took them in.

Tom said...

What a nice story. Tom The Backroads Traveller

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Willow's Quiet Corner,

I will see that Jean' gets your message. They do go out of the way to help Tom and to make him part of their home.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
Glad you enjoyed it. Will see that Jean gets your message.