|Time to Ride at the Brewhaha|
|Honest Officer - I can explain everything!|
|The April Brewhaha Crew-in May.|
|Dale Curtis Atwood - My Grandson!|
|PawPaw still gots it!|
Me: "Ok shoot!"
Jesse: "Dad - I just gave birth to a baby boy!"
Me: Silence.....a pause.....and then "Gee dear I had no idea you were PREGNANT!
Jesse: "Um yeah but I need to give up the baby I'm not ready"
Me: "Ok Jess before you make any decision let your mother and I get home so we can DISCUSS this as adults."
A gulp, two, checking my pulse. Yes I became a grandpa! The circumstances were not the best they could be, however, given my daughter and grandson are healthy, and our youngest daughter, who helped in the birthing process, scarred beyond words for LIFE, all things considered we are very lucky. The drive home was, well, I think Mary and I were both in shock. I think we needed the ride home to collect our thoughts, and find those precious right things to say. As I was on my Harley, it goes without saying the ride home was going to take a toll. All the adrenaline rush was making me sleepy, and on a motorcycle that's a bit dangerous. In the end, we did find the right words, the right support, and the courage to face this new life with open arms.
Dale Curtis Atwood born May 13th, 2012, weighing 6 pounds 4 ounces, at 18 inches in length. Today Dale weighs a bit over 8 pounds is almost 22 inches long, and is already moving around like a linebacker! When he was born, we had no bed, no bassinet, no car seat, no clothes, no bottles, nothing. As our prayers were answered, we discovered that in the same friendship we had sought to enjoy the previous week together, so did those very same people step up and send an incredible amount of donations in clothing gift cards even a brand new CRIB has showed up for baby Dale. All thanks to those friends who share a passion for life! To them I can only thank you on behalf of Dale and his mom Jesse. Without such donations we might still be scrambling.
|Mom and Cheyenne Graduating!|
Other such notable events. Mary it appears has almost fully recovered from total knee replacement in January. She is moving around much better than she had for a great many years. I hope to be enjoying some riding adventures this year. Nothing firmed up, but we will be attending Rush concerts in Chicago and Detroit in September, with Toronto an additional stop in October. I'd like to hope I can make one of those shows on the Harley, but that's a ways off yet. Cheyenne starts college in the fall which will bring a new challenge as well. Jesse is managing her new motherly duties fairly well, but as Dale gets older she will have to learn to adapt to his constant changes. Even though this has been a challenging year, its been one of change, and of reckoning.
Welcome to the World Dale!!
Peace & Love Everybody!!