Today is Autumn's third birthday. I don't get to be there with her today, but Gina and I are going to see her and Rebekah next weekend. I sure wish I was with her as she celebrates her birthday tonight at Chuck E Cheese.
I remember very clearly the day she was born. The night before she was born, Gina and I were going out to eat with friends at Papa Pablanos. It was a Saturday night, and they were very busy. We were finally seated at a table that was to small for our group, but we said we would make do. Just after the waitress took our drink order, we saw that a larger table had opened up. We asked to move to the larger table. While we were waiting for our drinks to arrive Gina received a call on her cell phone. Cynda was calling to tell us that her water broke and David was taking her to the hospital. Gina was up and out the door almost immediately. Before our drinks had even arrived, the larger table was no longer needed.
Within a few minutes we were headed for Baton rouge. Gina didn't have to pack; she had already packed a suitcase several days earlier waiting for the call. We drove straight through, and arrived at the hospital around 3 A.M. Cynda had a difficult delivery and was still in labor when we arrived. We sat in the waiting room in the world's most uncomfortable chairs and anxiously waited. Autumn was born a few hours after we arrived.
You might be able to tell from the following picture that I had driven all night and had no sleep. As tired as I was, it was awesome to finally meet the baby that we had been so excited about.
AUTUMN MEETS HER GRANDPA
Even though we aren't able to be there with Autumn today, we will have a birthday party for her when we go to Baton Rouge next weekend. Here are pictures from her first and second birthday parties.
EATING CAKE ON HER FIRST BIRTHDAY
BLOWING OUT CANDLES WITH MOMMY ON HER SECOND
I promise pictures from her third birthday party. You know I love to post pictures of my granddaughters. Just so you know, I do have two granddaughters. Here is a picture of Rebekah. She turns one on October 25. Stay Tuned!
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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 The Little Things - Devotionals from a small town, using articles from the column. I published the second book in the Devotionals from a small town series, titled In the Fog, in December 2017.