Grandkids


anom-maine-dave Well here it is December.

I guess the biggest news is that we had all the kids and grandkids for Thanksgiving. The house sounded about like my elementary school bus for four days. It was great.

We were filled up with grandkids and kids. I really do have to get some pictures up on line. Joanna is still a doll, and we don’t see Josh and Crystal enough. (Josh had to work Friday so they weren’t there even though their kids were.)

And it looks like we will have Christmas this year after all. Hannah and Mike invited us up to be with them in Lake Placid. Hey even in the land of White Chritstmas, the land of endless winter. Money will be tight but we’ll be with family.

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The not so big news is that my tenant hasn’t been paying the rent on my mothers old house for three months now.  She is a former paralegal. I started eviction proceedings for nonpayment of rent and  now she has threatened to sue me for damages. I guess a judge could award her up to three months rent if she can get a judge to agree with her.  Interesting; Like the facts don’t matter?

A lawyer on the radio once recited the old lawyering maxim that said, “If you have the law on your side, cite the law; if you have facts, cite the facts; if you have neither, pound on the table.”

As near as I can tell she’s pounding on the table.

Never mind that I’ve had to raid the cash value of all my insurance policies and wipe out my savings to pay for the Septic System replacement and ongoing expenses.  I tried to get a mortgage on Mom’s old house to pay for the project and the bank turned me down. I don’t make enough money as a school bus driver to get a mortgage, even with the rent coming in (which it isn’t right now).

(Missing three months of work while I was in the hospital almost dying last April, May and June didn’t help much either.)

I’ve had the suspicion for a while that she’s saving up for something and has decided that I’m the mark to steal from to get it. Almost $4000 of rent not paid is a pretty good savings account. Yup, you betcha.

Now I’ve got to hire a lawyer too boot. Oh well what are 401k retirement savings for if not to pour down a rathole after a deadbeat tenant. I really can’t afford this landlord business, especially not in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts.

But the Lord keeps assuring my wife and me that He’s got things under control and He’ll take care of us in this situation. He has some very not nice things to say in the Bible about those who:  a) don’t pay their bills; b) try to steal from the poor; and c) rise up against Levi. He says vengeance is His;  that’s fine with me I don’t want vengeance,  I just want to be able to pay my bills.

The best vengeance would be for her to repent of her larcenous ways,  get evangelically saved from sin and become an honest and sincere person. That would make God happy, Jesus happy, me happy and most of all she would really be happy from the inside out for the first time in her life.

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Oh and in the midst of all this there is a miracle to report. I put down the deposit in the middle of September on the engineering plan for the new septic system. What with the time for the Engineers to do their thing and the permitting process through the town it was November before we could go out for bids to the contractors. None of the ones we asked were able to do the job, too busy.

A contractor by the name of Jasco Management from Blackstone MA (@ 40 miles south) saw the permit at town hall and bid on the job. I hired him to do the job on Nov 15th. He said it would take about three weeks to get it done if it didn’t snow. We had weather in the teens for the next week.  Fact: It’s against the law to build a septic system with frozen soil. (hmmm)

(Oh by the way, if you need contracting in southern Mass or RI call Fred at Jasco, he’s one of the best)

It is now the 9th of December, snow,  ice and frozen ground time in good old New England.  But The Lord has sent us warm weather for the whole 12 days that Jasco has been out there digging and installing.  The outside work is nearly done and closed up in time for this weekends predicted snow storm. Glory be to God!

My hope is in the Lord who made the Heavens and the Earth, I will not fear what man can do to me.  (“It’s all just stuff anyways.” to quote my friend K.D. Atkins)

Love to all my friends and enemies.

(You who think you’re my enemy. Hah! You’re not really my enemy,  you’re a soul for whom my Jesus died to save you from your sins and make you Holy. You’re really just a friend who hasn’t happened yet.)

Cheers

dave

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anom-maine-daveNovember Update:

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Medically I’m pretty much on my own now. Passed the big milestone Sept 23rd and my weight restriction came off. So I’m effectively healed up from my bypass operation. The nurses at Cardiac Rehab say I’m doing fabulously on my recovery.
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I don’t have the strength I did before after sitting around doing nothing for 8 months but I can start working on that now.
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So I’m Just driving my school bus and writing my Sf novels.
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The big news is that I finished the first draft of my first novel. 55,000 words and counting. It may top 100,000 before I’m finished with the style editing. 
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I’ve got some more pics of the grandkids and Joanna. She’s growing like a weed. I’ll post them later.
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Cheers
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dave

Sunday morning at the Haverhill Pilgrim Holiness Church our friend Rev. Kurt Groder dedicated Joanna to the Lord. Here is a video clip of much of the actual service. It also includes some video of Joanna, Josh and Crystal after the church service at the parsonage.

Myself

Well I finally got to meet Joanna. Josh and Crystal came down to church Sunday for Fathers Day. Joanna is a little doll (of course I might be prejudiced a little). She Looks like Abby did at the same age.

It’s amazing how small newborns are, but that’s how we all started out. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Crystal told me she inherited Josh’s work schedule (sleeps during the day and is wide awake at night). They are trying to get her off of the night shift so mamma can get some sleep (good luck kids).

Here are a few pictures with her eyes open.

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Joanna commenting

Hey it’s a tough job being a baby, takes a lot of work you know!

OK I\'m in this stupid car seat, but I don\'t have to like it.

OK, I’m in this stupid car seat, but I don’t have to like it.

daddy with his hands full

Daddy’s got his hands full.

Mama and the sisters

Mamma and the sisters.

Gramma and Joanna, heat to heart

Gramma and the princess; heart to heart talk.It\'s nice to have a sister

It’s really nice to finally have a sister.the Little engine that could, according to Gramma

The Little Engine that could, the world according to Gramma.

What do you mean dinner won\'t be for a while?

What do you mean dinner isn’t for a while?

That’s all for now, the rest of the pics are going to be on snapfish.

I’ve got to get ready to visit the my Electrophysioligist this afternoon.

The official Hospital pictures of our new little princess:

The Princess herself:
The princess herself

Crystal and Joanna Joy
Mama and Joyanna
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Here are some pictures Eleanor brought home from the Hospital on the Tuesday the 10th of June.

Joanna Joy
Joanna Joy

Crystal with Joanna:

Joanna with big brother and big sister
The Maine Withe Kids

The New Maine Withe family:
The new Maine Withes

Grandma and Joanna
Grandma and Joanna

Here is one of me with Nicky and Abby in my hospital room before Grandma went to meet Joanna:
Grandpa w Nicky and Abby

Abby and Nicky before Grandma brought back to daddy (Grandma took the shortest shower on record while they were visiting, very acitive kids you know)
Abby and Nicky

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An in the interests of equal time, here are my New York grandkids on Memorial day

Levi & Noah (Levi was camera shy on this visit)

My NY grandkids 2

The NY Grandkids

Monday 9-June-2008

Breaking news:

Dateline Dover N.H.: At 4:25 PM Crystal Withe gave birth to Joanna Joy Withe, at the Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover N.H. 7Lbs 3 oz, 19 1/8 inches long; mother and baby are doing fine. Joanna is already hungry in her sleep so we expect her to take after her older brother Nicholas who never met food or chocolate he didn’t like. [well most food anyway]

Joanna was born in a water birth so she went swimming before she took her first breath. This may presage greatness in this water loving family. In the words of her proud father Joshua she looks like her older sister Abigail and her aunt Hannah .

I will be following up on a seperate page.