Our Fifth “Child”: The Shot of the Day

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By now you know that between us, Kevin and I have four sons: David, Mark, Peter and Tylin. Did you know that we also have a little girl? Her name is Callie, and even though she’s not human, she’s starting to command as much attention as any 8 month old! Yesterday, I became acutely aware of that when Kevin called me and said she couldn’t make it to the vet in time to pick Callie up after her “dental appointment”. Did you know that February is national canine dental month? I didn’t know that either, until I got the bill for Callie’s cleaning and extraction. It was more than what I pay for mine! The shock came when I saw her name on the vet’s records. In bold, capitalized letters: CALLIE DISHMAN. I always raised my eyebrows when David called his dog “Marley Dishman”. Now I understand why. It’s a conspiracy by veterinarians to get you to give them all the loving you would a real person, including full medical AND dental services.

For 5 days now we’ve treated our little girl with twice-a-day ear treatments for the infection the vet says she has. Each treatment requires two shots of juice into each ear: a pre-treatment followed 30 minutes later with ear drop medicine. She hates this, and you can guess WHOM she hates the most as a result. I get to be the bad guy shooting the juice into each ear. It’s a real struggle, and I often end up getting more pre-treatment bad smelling stuff on me than on her. So when I picked Callie up yesterday, to my amazement the technician applied the hated drops in front of me without even a whimper by the patient. Sigh…. I guess I will never be the dog whisperer that Cesar Millan is.

Mystery Unveiled: The Shot of the Day

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It’s Johnny Leif! He came on his first visit to Grandpop’s and Miss Kevin’s house, all the way from Brooklyn to watch his first Superbowl on the big screen. Here he is giving his famous “Elwood” smile. (Family members will know what this means. “Elroy” turned out to be a good pre-birth predictor after all!) “Those people” in yesterday’s edition are JL’s parents. Just before leaving to return to NYC they were “holding” a sleeping Johnny, who, because he was sleeping, couldn’t be disturbed. I’m suppose to “photoshop him in,” whatever that means. (For more Johnny Leif pics, go to Pop’s page.)

Shot of the Day….Yesterday

Angie sent me this “before” photo of Susanna and me dating from 2001 just after Lydia’s birth. To see the “after” version please scroll down to the last shot-of-the-day. They grow up fast, don’t they! (Of course, yours truly hasn’t changed a bit. (:>) )
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Shout for Joy to the Lord

On Saturdays Susanna and I have been dropping by her local Mickey D’s where we eat our happy meals, do the climbing thing (well, only she does that) and recite our memory verses. We’ve been working on Psalm 100, which begins with the title of this blog. When we’ve mastered our verses, she’ll get properly recognized by the Sunday School folks at TNPC, and I will have had the joy of great one-on-one time with my oldest grandchild. Here we are just finishing up in the play area.

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PS: She’s decided to switch to Sundays after church, so I can help her take Callie for a walk!

Shot of the Day

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Someday, Luke will groan when he sees this photo. (Around age 14 I would guess). In the meantime let it be a testimony that in the year of our Lord 2007 he loved his Grandpop, and his Grandpop loved him back!