For the past months we have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new grandchild. Our wait is soon to be over. By the end of the week we will be grandparents once again. We are so excited. Gina has had her suitcase packed for two weeks.
The fall of the year has been the time of the year for our grandbabies to be born. I can remember how we anticipated the birth of our first in the fall of 2005. One Saturday evening we were at Papa's, a local Mexican restaurant. We had been waiting for a table, and had finally been seated and gotten our drinks when some friends came in. We waited for a larger table to open so we could sit together. Just shortly after being seated at the larger table we got a phone call. Our daughter was on the way to the hospital. It was time to have a baby. We jumped up and left without ordering, ran by the house to pick up the pre-packed suitcase, and were on our way to Baton Rouge ten minutes later.
We made it to Baton Rouge, an eight hour drive, several hours before Autumn was born. What an awesome feeling it was to see this tiny beautiful baby; our grandaughter. Being a grandparent is the best!
In the fall of 2007 we were once again anticipating the birth of a grandbaby. We arrived in Baton Rouge the night before my daughter was to be induced. That morning we were to get Autumn up and bring her to the hospital to be there when her sister was born. Before we were ready to go we got a phone call telling us to hurry up; Rebekah was already here. From the time the doctor broke the water until she was born was 20 minutes. The doctor went back to her office in the hospital and turned on the monitors - realized what was happening - and turned right around but wasn't able to get there in time. Around the hospital Rebekah was known as speedy baby.
Autumn loved her new little sister, and anytime we were in the room with the new baby she would hold out her arms and say, "I holdy, I holdy". She didn't love Rebekah quite as much when Grandma would hold her. We were careful to give Autumn lots of attention.
The girls have moved in together to make room for a new sibling. They have really enjoyed being together. The are such beautiful little girls, (and that is a completely unbiased opinion).
I'm looking forward to meeting my new grandbaby with anticipation.
We can never know about the days to come But we think about them anyway
Anticipation, Anticipation Is making me late Is keeping me waiting
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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.