Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tribute to Pop Pop

When I met Mike, little did I know that I had met the man I was going to marry, but I would also marry into a family and gain a wonderful grandfather-in-law.

Henry Goshow, Mike's grandfather, died on February 28, 2017.  He was 95 years old.  

He was woven into the fabric of our lives in so many ways.

He offered the meditation at our wedding.  I remember he said, "Mike, I'm mainly talking to you. But, Amy, you can listen in."

 When Austin was born, it just so happened it was 10 days before Mike's cousin was getting married in our area.  So Pop Pop (as he was known to grandchildren and great-grandchildren) made a special stop to see the newest addition to the family.

 Each time we saw Pop Pop we tried to get a four generation picture.  I knew they would be special one day, but at the time, I had no idea how special they would be.


When Adam joined the family we gave him the middle name of Henry, after Pop Pop.  We reminded him of this every time we saw him.  I loved to see the surprise on his face every time.  I am so honored that we got to use Henry.  A name that is connected to such a special man.

We even got a few four generation pictures more recently.  With this picture I had to crop it close to Adam and Pop Pop.  

Pop Pop was at an age where he had lost several of his teeth.  Adam was also at an age where he had lost several of his front teeth (for a very different reason :)  )  I Love this picture of Henry and Adam Henry and their toothless grins.

Last Easter we went to Easter service at the Souderton Home, where Pop Pop lived.  We got our last picture with him that day.  I love that we spent that morning with him, and have that special memory.

Pop Pop lived on his own until just months before he died.  Last summer Sandy, Mike's mother and I went to his apartment (in Souderton Home) and she did a bit of cleaning for him, and made a grocery list of things he needed.  However, I did not see him that day.  He was a very busy man.  He spent time in the game room, he visited people, he was very often on the go.

At his funeral service it was mentioned that he had read book where the premise is that, while on earth you continually are climbing the stairs of faith.  Pop Pop, you have made it to the top of the stairs!

This past week I mentioned to someone at work that Pop Pop had passed the response was so comforting and true.  The response was, "He has Glory!"  Indeed he has!

Pop Pop, you will be missed! You have touched each one of us!  But, I am so happy for you that you have GRADUATED TO GLORY!

Henry Moyer Goshow  August 20, 1921-February 28, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Something New That Adam Loves

My nephew, Eamon, is going to school to be a barber.  He needs to do a certain number of haircuts in order to graduate from this program.  Adam was in need of a haircut, so I made an appointment to go help Eamon, while helping us.

On the way to get his hair cut, I asked Adam how he wants it cut.  He said, "I want it like Eamon has his."  And that is what he told Eamon when he got in the chair. Eamon did a good job of making it like his own, yet making it fit a 13year old boy.  

This was the first time that Adam had his hair professionally washed.  He walked away a fan!!  When we got int he car he was talking about the wash that Eamon used to exfoliate his scalp.  (After that he washed, then conditioned, then he added a hot towel with lavender oil on it.  I can't wait to get my hair done)

I had to get a picture of Adam's first wash!

Finished product!  I have to say, I really like this cut!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

17, 18, & 19

On January 3rd, Adam went to meet with the oral surgeon to remove the 3 teeth that I mentioned in the last post.  We met the Dr., talked about what would happen and went to make the appointment.  The girl looked at the schedule and said, "Can he come back tomorrow?"  Well, sure...Let's get this over with!

The next day we went back to the office.  He didn't have to wait very long to be taken back.  I had a few questions, so I went back as well.  Adam was asking some very insightful questions to the nurse, and to the Dr. (once he came in).  I left to wait in the waiting room.  It was not long, and the nurse came and told me he was done.

The medicine they gave Adam must have been really good because, on the way home he asked me, "Mom, did I sleep during the removal?"  I told him he did not.  Hmmm...I just don't remember much of it.  I'm thinking that may be a good thing.

Only one more baby tooth!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

16th tooth...whew!

On Monday, December 19, Adam went to visit the orthodontist.  He has been going for some time now.  He has very crowded teeth, and she has been watching his dental developments.  On this visit, she pointed out that he has 4 teeth where the adult teeth are coming in over, or to the side of  the baby teeth.  I had no idea this was happening.  I guess at a certain age, I just stopped checking the boys teeth on a regular basis.  I know they brush, I know they floss, I know they got all their baby teeth, and I stopped.

After that visit, I started calling different offices and checking on their appointment dates, and how much it is to have baby teeth removed.  Adam was having a hard time with the whole idea of this.  He had 2 baby teeth removed, to make room, a couple of years ago.  He felt like the Dr. lied to him.  They said it would not hurt, he said it hurt.  They said the teeth had not been removed, when in fact, they had.  Mike and I decided that since he was a bit flustered about all of this it might be better to go with an oral surgeon and let Adam "take a little nap" while this is being done.  However, with oral surgery, comes a higher cost! 

Friday, December 23rd, Adam came to me and showed me he had lost a tooth!  He only had 5 to lose yet, and I was really hoping it was not the 1 tooth that was not to be removed by the oral surgeon.  I was very elated to find, in deed, it was one of the teeth that was to be removed.  Now we are down to 3 that need to come out.

Total of 4 more teeth to come out now.

Monday, December 12, 2016

15th tooth

On Friday, December 9, I was talking on the phone when Adam came up and plopped his tooth in front of me.  I had no idea that he even had a loose tooth!  I guess we are getting to end of this road.  5 more teeth to go!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

14th Tooth

Mike and I did not do many of the fictitious holiday characters with our boys.  Well, we only did 1.  We did the tooth fairy, although we did not it very well.

Adam had a loose tooth that had been bothering him. On November 2, he came to me, with the tooth in his hand.

I was so glad that he was able to get the tooth out.  I knew it had been bothering him, so now he would have some relief.  I made a mental note that the "tooth fairy" needed to make a visit to his room after he goes to bed.

The evening continued and life happened and I went to bed....with out doing my tooth fairy duties.  At about 12:30 I woke up and suddenly remembered the tooth.  I grabbed my phone, went to my purse and grabbed a dollar, then I went to Adam's room to make the switch.  Then I went back to bed.  I had no sooner got cozy, but I had the thought..."What if I didn't grab a dollar, what if I grabbed a 5, a 10 or a 20! I got up, grabbed my phone again and went back to his room to double check.  Yes, it was a dollar.  Now I could sleep.

When Adam got up in the morning I asked if he got anything from the tooth fairy.  His response was, "I didn't check"  My first thought was, I did all of that in the middle of the night, because he usually checks first thing, and this is the time that he does not check.  Oh my!

Later that day, I was out running some errands with Adam.  I asked again, "did you get anything from the tooth fairy?"  He said, "Yes, and mom, I know about the tooth fairy.  The only thing is...I can't figure out if it is you or dad."

I guess there is a little mystery still left in the fun we have.  We will only be able to do this for 6 more teeth.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

He's a Winner

Our area has a local summer fair.  I have gone to this fair for most of my life.  I have often gone through the exhibit building, and admired all the lovely crafts, baking, and woodworking that people submit.  I have always thought, "Wow! It must be nice to be so talented!" Never even thinking to try to submit something, because I always assumed others things were way better than mine, without even trying.

This year, however, Lana said she was going to have Grace bake some cookies.  I started thinking...Maybe Adam would like to try something.  We looked into how to enter items, and we made a plan. Adam picked a recipe.  I got the items we needed in order to make the bars.

The items were to be  turned in on Monday morning.  So, Sunday afternoon Adam got to work.

I had to work that day, but my mom agreed to take the food items in and get them submitted.  Monday evening Matt and Lana took their kids to the fair.  It wasn't long and I got a call saying that Adam won a ribbon.  He got 3rd place.  

I think he was pretty pleased.

He even got a small monetary reward.

This is his first ribbon.  He is very proud of it.

And he is already thinking of what he should make next year.