MOTHER'S DAY--My mom never gave up and she always loved me
Here's the best advice I could ever give to my three grandchildren

On this Mother's Day, thinking about life with my wife of almost 34 years

Gladys in the forest.
This was taken on our first vacation without the kids. We are waiting for a bear to cross our path in Alaska.

She deserves fields of heavenly-scented marigolds and daffodils today on Mother's Day and every other day.  This morning I went to my online depository of digital pictures and plugged in her name and it kicked back bold reminders of how we have lived lots of life together.

A big chunk of it has revolved around her being a mom.  We started out with the two of us and now have nine in our immediate family.  Our kids and their kids are living life daily with smiles on their faces.  They all love God and they are making a difference.

We've travelled to some far off places including Haiti, Alaska, Mexico and Eastern Europe.  Much of it was to see our kids.  We did it together.

We have moved into the senior citizen phase of life.  There's downsizing and a move in the future.  We are looking at where we want to land next.  We have picture of grandchildren all over the place.

I'm looking forward to everyday that God gives us together and I thank him for the very special mother of my children and my best friend.


Renewing our vows on our 30th anniversary. This was really special when our son-in-law Adam Jones, a pastor, took us through a backyard ceremony of renewal.
As I've woven my way through some pretty serious eye problems, Gladys has been with me to a myriad of ophthalmologists appointments. She's never lost the smile.
She bathed our kids and our dog Snoopy. Notice the big smile on our dog's face.
This was taken a few years ago in Petoskey during a wedding weekend for one of my cousin's kids.