January 6, 2006, 11:10 a.m., C.S.T.~
Hi! This is Johnny! I am sorry for not writing in here sooner, but I have been busy; have had SCADS of homework to do, and I also have been busy getting ready for Christmas (and also the Cantata at our church). But now all that is FINALLY over, and I can FINALLY relax and take a breather!!
I had a good Christmas: I got lots of nice things. I got an Xbox (THAT was my big gift!!), some more games for my Nintendo Gameboy, some more games for my computer, some CD's, some DVD's ("The Polar Express", "Madagascar", "Shrek", etc.), some clothes, some new shoes and socks and also underwear, money, and some magazine subscriptions. I also got a new television that has closed-captioning on it, and it is big enough to where I can see the words from across the room; I don't have to sit right on TOP of it like the television in the main living room! I also got some books specially made for kids with vision problems, and that ought to make my life a LOT easier in the long run!
We had company for Christmas: my older sisters Dwerlina, Steffi, Tanya, Dianna, Melizza, and Lightning came home, and we also had company from Alaska (Jenna Aurora Doucet and her husband, Michael) and Finland (Nikolas Constantinos and his wife, Sari Annike); and it was great to see everyone! I also saw my little cousins from Colorado (Lightning's children; she has five boys and a girl), and it was great to play with them! We played and horsed around, and we stuffed ourselves on sweets and Christmas cookies, YUMMMM!! :) We also had the Cantata, and that went very well, and we had special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at church, and they were absolutely beautiful! The church really looked lovely with all the Christmas lights and decorations!!
I also found out that Pastor Bilkey and his wife, Toni, have adopted another new child into their family, a little boy from China, who will be called Lee. He is about two or so, and he is absolutely ADORABLE! :) They adopted him shortly before Thanksgiving, and as you can imagine, they are beyond thrilled!! :)
I found out, too, that Jenna Aurora and Michael are to become parents: their baby is due sometime around August, and they are enjoying shopping for the new baby to be, and they are hoping that the baby is a boy. (I kind of hope that too; it seems that all the people I know have been having GIRLS, and I am kinda sick of hearing about GIRLS! LOL) Speaking of girls, Kendra Williams, my friend in Soulsbysville, California, has a new girl as well, a girl named Felicity, and she is cute; but I kinda' wish that she would adopt a BOY!! I also found out that HER friend, Louisa Mason, had a girl, so this is why I am tired of hearing about girls! LOL
My muscular dystrophy has been holding its own, but I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. I have my good days and my bad days when it comes to feeling weak, but today is a good day. I am also breathing well and am NOT nearly as winded as I have been. I pray and hope that this continues! Ronee', my sister, has been doing well, too: in fact, her doctors may take her off the oxygen COMPLETELY before long, and it has been quite a long time since she last had a bad flare up of her arthritis and her asthma; and she is getting around better. She is still on her crutches, but she is working towards trying to get off them and go to just two canes, but for now, she is still using her crutches. She isn't THAT brave yet to try to go without them! LOL So we are BOTH doing good! :)
I am enjoying my new brother and sisters from Sri Lanka and Romania. Janica, Arjun, and Rani had a very exciting Christmas, and it was cute watching little Arjun's reactions to the Christmas lights and all the presents. Rani was excited too, and Janica was pleased at all the attention that was lavished on her; but I am sure that "Santa Claus", "Silent Night", and all the other Christmas music, and all the trees/decorations were still quite strange and unfamiliar to them. I know that their English still trips them up at times, but they ARE learning, and little Arjun IS enjoying learning about the world about him, and it is cute to watch him because he is always so excited about every new thing!!
Mama has been busy trying to get caught up on her emails (THAT is a major undertaking! LOL), and she is also very happy because we kids have managed to stay healthy, and so far we have managed to escape the flu that's been going around (or going to the hospital). She is also very happy because she got a neat surprise from her work: her bosses rewarded her with a FREE two-week cruise to ALASKA; and now as I think about this, I can't WAIT!! :) This will be my THIRD trip to Alaska, and this will be mama, daddy, and Ronee' 's SECOND trip to Alaska! And it will be the FIRST time EVER for the rest of us! Yep, we are ALL going to Alaska on this cruise!! :) This is going to be GREAT!! (I just wonder WHEN we are going, but I can't WAIT to get back on board of that CRUISE SHIP!! :) ) So she has been doing great, too! :)
Daddy is doing well too, but of course, his back bothers him, so he gets grouchy at times. He IS glad that working during the pre Christmas holiday is behind him at Wal*Mart; they ran him ragged, and he worked oodles and oodles of hours, and he is just tired of dealing with the customers. He DOES love his job there, but at times, the customers drive him crazy, and he also has to put up with inept coworkers who won't do their jobs right, and sometimes he comes home grouchier than a bear that hasn't had his winter's nap yet. He could go to the doctor's about his back and all, but he's already had two back surgeries, and they haven't really done much good, so he just puts up with the pain and goes on. He has always been stubborn in that way.
Well, Journal, I guess this is all for now. I will write in here another day. Take care, and see ya later, dude! :)
~Love, your pal, Johnn-o. :)