Saturday, April 29, 2017


The week of our Spring Break at school, was national librarians week.  We were out of school, so our school decided to celebrate it a week early.

One of the great things they do is, during this week the librarians really try to encourage reading.  They buy about 20 fun/different lamps.  They have the lamps set up all over the library.  Then they give each staff member 10 die cut light bulbs.  If you see a student reading when it is not required, you can give the student a light bulb and they can turn that in to be entered into the drawing for a lamp. When you turn the light bulb in, you also were offered a piece of candy.  So everyone who got a light bulb had the option to get a little something.

Adam was reading a bit before his math class, one of the first days of this challenge.  His teacher gave him a light bulb. And his name was drawn.

The next morning he was able to go to the library and pick out a lamp.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Behind the Wheel of a Car

Sometime towards the end of September 2016, I was at work and got a text from my sister.  Her friend was selling her car.  It was a little older, had some miles on it, but over all would be a great first car.  Lana thought, "Well, Austin will be driving soon.  I wonder if Mike and Amy are interested..." I talked it over with Mike and we decided to go look at the car the beginning of October. (we did not let on to Austin what we were doing)  We took my dad, so he could thoroughly inspect the car.  Dad gave the final okay, and we bought the car.  We were not able to bring it home that night, so we took several pictures and headed home. We knew it would be a little till he could drive anyhow.  We just could not pass up this deal!

Once home, we found Austin sitting at the table doing his homework.  Mike and I told him where we were and what we got for him.

This was about as much excitement as I got.  

Then he had to pass the learners test.  

He finally got that precious piece of paper last week.

That evening he was ready... start practicing with Mike.

And they headed out.

He seems to be doing okay so far.  I have gone with him once or twice, but still prefer Mike to do this stressful part of parenting.

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!