Ben: Following is another lost post found in the depths of It was originally written almost 2 years, in August of 2014.



Dinner on the deck with fresh from the garden carrots and Swiss chard. Great fellowship, delicious food, loads of fun.


We got some pics of Brody from Layne and Elissa today–he turned one month old on Jan. 26!! 💜💙❤️




Getting ready for Salvador’s Painting and Remodeling to arrive 8 AM tomorrow morning to begin repairing our ceilings and walls.


We moved our living room furniture into the sitting area of the master bedroom:


Today was a perfect January day: clear skies, 73 degrees, and a slight breeze.







Nothing like holding a sleeping baby

Haven’t lost my touch? Managed to convince Munchkin to have a nap in my arms.

Danaya is in love!

Cool 20th birthday present: Get to know your new nephew.

Bonding time
Grandpa Ben and Munckin/Brody/Scooter have some quality time.

Uncles and Nephew

Uncle Davison and Uncle Brock have a turn. Love the hat, Great-Grandma Huber!!!

Unsuspecting Brody, or just Happy Brody?
Brody seems to be enjoying his first bath. 



All clean
Auntie Heidi
Auntie Daelynn

It’s not every Christmas you receive the gift of a grandchild’s  birth–and your first grandchild, at that!
Brodwin (pronounced with a long “o”), Brody for short,  was born on Dec. 26, 2015, at 3:55 AM, much to the joy (and relief!) of his mother, Elissa, and his father, Layne. Of course, his grandparents and aunts and uncles are pretty excited, too!


Tiny Brody, about 12 hours old, held by his maternal grandmother

Brody is beautiful (I knew he would be! 😉)! He is calm and alert, and looks intently at people and objects. He looks a lot like his parents, IMHO.


Those eyes…

Brody did have to spend  the night and next day in the neo-natal nursery due to a few issues, but seems to be doing well. He and his mom (and dad, who has been at the hospital most of the time) should be arriving home on the 28th.

It’s going to be ever so hard to leave for our return trip to Houston!!!


Can you see the bubbles Brody is blowing in his sleep? He made tiny squeaking noises, too!!

We are thankful for the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, for His death and resurrection, and the gift of forgiveness of sin and for victory over the ultimate consequence for sin–life instead of death.

This year, we are also grateful for the gift of our son’s son, and pray that he too will one day receive the gift of forgiveness of sins and the blessing of eternal life!

…he  is trying to answer a T/F question about whether or not the Wright Brothers’ first flight was 120 feet…and as you suggest some books to look at to find the answer, he pops off, “Just ask Siri.”

Ben took the day off on Friday. He took the Traverse in to get the A/C fixed (again), and we were prepping for a trip to SA on Saturday.

While heading out to run some errands, we spotted this regal fellow checking out the neighbors across the street.  

 Then he visited our place (kinda hard to see):


Managed to catch him flying to check out another neighbor’s place:


On Saturday, Ben, Heidi, Davison and I headed to San Antonio to do a Steeped Tea tasting and class at a friend’s home.

Brock stayed at his friend’s house (thanks, J!!), Danaya and Daelynn were working, and Mikaela is 2k miles away, so we had two of our eight kids with us.

At one point Ben turned to me and said, “We look like a NORMAL family!”


Walked the river with these fine folks.

Lovely scenery, if a little warm.


Love this covered stairway and the kids in it.

Feeling a little melancholy tonight…

…said goodbye to my dad, after one of the nicest visits we’ve ever had…

…thinking of and praying for many folks going through trials of ill health, loss, grief.

So here are a some cheerful pics of our last few days.