My wife, Deb, and I have been married for 32 years this April! Our family has been a huge part of our lives. We have three children, Aaron, Ellery, and Trey. The picture above left is our family at Christmas time. The couple to the left is our oldest son, Aaron, and his wife, Emily. They currently live in Manhattan, KS, where Aaron works as a production manager for Faith Roofing Company, and Emily is a grad assistant at Kansas State while working on her Masters degree in Music conducting. Emily will graduate in May and they will be moving to Nebraska City where Emily has accepted a band position beginning in the fall. The couple in the middle left is Ellery and her boyfriend, Logan. They are also the parents of the two little boys, Noah and Joseph (more about them later). Ellery works at the All Belong to Christ Daycare at the Lutheran Church in Cairo. The couple on the right of the picture is Trey and his girlfriend, Chelsea. Trey is a junior at Doane College where he is majoring in Sociology and singing in the Doane Choir, along with his part-time job at Pizza Hut. Deb and I have been blessed with our family.
I am very proud to be a grandpa! Deb and I have two grandsons, Noah (16 months) and Joseph (3 months). It has been a blast to watch them grow and develop their personalities. As you can see from the picture of Noah, he loves to be involved and grandma even has him helping her mix brownies. He loves to be where we are and tries to do the things we do. What a helper!?! As parents, we are so busy, I think at times we miss the small things. As grandparents, we can sit back and watch more and send the boys home when needed. Deb and I have discovered, however, there is a reason you have your children when you are young!
Besides working with kids on a daily basis, my biggest hobby is gardening and canning. I plant a vegetable garden every spring and can green beans, jalapenos, salsa, and tomato juice. We also can applesauce and peaches but not from our garden. Deb and I both love to garden and work in the yard so our rule is that Deb gets the flower beds and I get the vegetables. Come on Spring!