The R-Word


Our daughter is a teacher.


A Special teacher!

And she is one of the many thousands who are called to a vocation of teaching

Special individuals


who deal with Intellectual Disabilities.

But she (and others like her) remind us they are more appropriately considered:



Abilities that demand our RESPECT! Continue reading “The R-Word”

Our favorite Panther!

This Weekend begins the start of one of Cuppycake & my favorite times of year.

The start of College Football Season!

Go Army! Beat Navy!

And the season returns with one of the most loaded opening weekends in a long time!

Which has led to a lot of discussion regarding which games we shall watch and those we may need to DVR.  However, a few don’t even need to be discussed because of the deep-rooted  fanaticism
wildly excessive or irrational devotion, dedication, or enthusiasm

& personal affection!


And this year we’ve added one more favorite team to our list, due in part to our favorite Pitt Panther!

Hail, Pitt!
It may be hard to tell but..The Panther is on the left.

So this Weekend we will not only be glued to all the major Sports Channels, but we will be setting aside a little time to give thanks that our favorite Pitt Panther (and stellar son-in-law) has helped us to add one more team to our “favorites to watch” list!  I’m sure we will also take some important time to raise our tailgating-beers (wrapped in cozies)  in thanksgiving to have Jake in our lives and for ALL the MANY blessings & sincere joy he has brought to our family already!

Can you tell we’re just a little fanatic over him!

Jake is the one on the right.  Hard to tell, right????

The name Jacob is defined in many ways.  The biblical definition explains: In the Old Testament, Jacob (later called Israel) is the son of Isaac and Rebecca and the father of the twelve founders of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was born holding his twin brother Esau’s heel, and his name is explained as meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. Other theories claim that it is in fact derived from a hypothetical name like יַעֲקֹבְאֵל (Ya’aqov’el) meaning “may God protect”.

And several other on-line dictionaries define those with the name of Jacob as:
very kind hearted
a fighter and a lover
never scared of anybody
and loves loves loves sports!

If we were to add to these definitions we would simply say:

the one most suited to love & care for our daughter,

a heart large enough to love not only her but her entire family unconditionally,

an infectious laugh,

and the biggest Pittsburgh Panther fan we know!

hugs n’ blessings to our favorite Pitt Panther fanatic and to all the fans celebrating the start of another College Football Season!