Sunday, March 21, 2010

Time Flies...

Eli in the Maryland Snow
Boy, have the past few months been overwhelming! Time flies! 

As mentioned in my last blog, I visited my aunt, Mamu, in Hungary. Debbie and I had always wanted to visit her, but we could never quite make the trip. I’m very disappointed that they couldn’t meet, but undoubtedly they will do so in Heaven.

Sophia in the Snow
I drove to Maryland, spent time with the grandkids, and flew to Hungary from Philadelphia. Well, I left just as the big storm hit the country and my flight was delayed for a few days.  Eli and Sophia, our grandkids, loved it; I now know why we moved to Texas. You might enjoy the attached pictures…

My aunt, Mamu, is doing quite well. She is 92 years old, but seems to be only 75 in all respects. She is extremely sharp and generally in good health. We had a terrific time just talking for the couple of days. When planning the trip I had feared we’d run out of things to talk about, but that was not the case at all. We could have talked for several more days. The visit reminded me of our guests who visit Roseland as a family and spend nights just talking, playing games, and having a terrific family moment before reentering the “real” world. It was a real joy; I look forward to seeing her again.

There was a lot of catching up to do upon my return to the states; business at Roseland has been hopping with lots of B&B guests and several weekends with two weddings per weekend. We also have lawn equipment to repair and prep for the coming season; paperwork and taxes to complete; and so on. It’s simply amazing how much time all that takes and how little time we all have. This is the first real opportunity to sit back, take a breath, and catch up.

Opa and Brayden
As if Roseland weren’t enough, shortly after my return, Baby Brayden was born. He weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. at 21 inches long. Baby, mommy, and daddy are doing quite well. He is a very good little boy and sleeps most of the time; therefore we haven’t been able to harness him to work yet. Maybe when Christina comes back from maternity leave...

Time sure does fly!
God bless,


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What a Winter!

This is a comparatively slow time of the year, so I decided to take a trip to Hungary to visit my aging Aunt who is 92. I drove to Maryland to see family and flew from there. The day after I arrived in Maryland, we had that big 30” snowfall which paralyzed the East Coast, my birthday party was canceled, and all flights were canceled. We spent my birthday shoveling snow in Maryland.

In the meantime, Roseland had 6” of snow here in Texas, which is very unusual but beautiful. Fortunately it melted quickly and Jennifer and Christina didn’t have to shovel. Our neighbor, Tim, took some pictures and I thought you’d like this one of the Hambrick Chapel.

The Hambrick Chapel at Roseland Plantation

The trip was wonderful, and provided an opportunity to readjust to life without Debbie.  I arrived back to Roseland last week.  Business has been brisk and is picking up; Christina is scheduled to have her baby momentarily, so it looks like things are going to be busy.  We look forward to seeing you soon.
God bless,