Gina and I traveled to Baton Rouge last weekend for a birthday party. It wasn't just any old birthday party, it was a big bash for three little girls with October birthdays. Our granddaughters Autumn and Rebekah celebrated their birthdays with their cousin Katherine. Autumn celebrated her third birthday, Katherine her second, and Rebekah her first. October has been a busy month for the Grant family, with a baby born during October each of the last three years.
AUTUMN POSES WITH HER BIRTHDAY CAKE
Cynda and her sister-in-law Angela went together to celebrate all three birthdays at once. That made it very nice for family that traveled to the party. Bill and Jamy Grant, our grandchildren's other grandparents, made the trip from Shreveport, Louisiana.
REBEKAH ENJOYING HER BIRTHDAY CAKE
Cynda and Angela rented a nice community building in the park a few blocks from Cynda and Dave's house. They had it decorated beautifully with lots of helium balloons and other birthday decorations. After the party the kids had a great time playing on the playground equipment at the park.
AUTUMN PLAYING ON THE SLIDE
Katherine and her older sister Callie live just a few minutes from Rebekah and Autumn. They spend a lot of time together and really enjoy it. They have mutual friends from church, and liked having them at the party.
KATHERINE MIKAELA AND AUTUMN AT CHURCH
KATHERINE AT HER BIRTHDAY PARTY
We had lots of fun at the party, with lots of kids, food, cake, homemade ice cream, and presents. With three little girls opening presents it looked like a tornado at Christmas. We got to sing Happy Birthday three times, and each little girl had her moment in the spotlight.
REBEKAH WITH HER MOMMY AND HER CAKE
AUTUMN BLOWING OUT HER CANDLES
Although the birthday party was the highlight of the weekend, the entire weekend was great. Gina and I left after work on Thursday, and arrived early Friday morning. That gave us three full days with the girls. We are anxiously waiting until the next time we get to see them.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.