|The highest temp of the day happened at 8 am - 60 degrees F. Time to play on the porch and throw open the windows for a few minutes!|
|We are starting on Ancient Egypt studies, so of course we had to do this activity! We did it 4 1/2 years ago, too!|
|Now, break free!|
|We used less than one roll of toilet paper for both of them! It was a big roll though and they had fun throwing it around afterwards. Abishai loved it, too!|
|Justin was much more talented at wrapping Keturah and not letting the toilet paper tear.|
|Go scare Justin!|
|I was trying to encourage Abishai's fascination with building, so I built this for his cars.|
|Gotta play with Sissy's Barbies! With his cars, going in and out of the little door! He played with the little kid Barbie's and kept putting them in and out of the two beds in the playsets, rearranging the blankets and pillow as well. He kept asking for help to put the "kie" on the baby doll. Cute!|
|He would put the cars in from one side, close the door, run around to the other side, open the door and put them back through.|
|Well, I'm not sure that belongs there! Abishai also today wiped his nose on his sleeve/hand and then wiped that sleeve/hand on the side of his shirt when I said, ew, don't do that!|
And best of all, is that it is a CELEBRATION because we know Grandpa Cook is in Heaven. We can CELEBRATE him, and his influence on so many churches and people all over the place, from Maryland, to Ohio, to Indiana, to Kentucky, to Michigan and probably even further. We can pay tribute to his physical body that housed his spirit for so long (nearly 90 years!) We are grateful that we all knew him, even just a little bit, over the years, and his love of Jesus was passed down to us all, including his preaching legacy to his son Bill Jr., to Gary, to Jared and Aaron, and others. What a legacy. Here is his obituary:
He was born in Ontonago, (Portsmouth), OH, January 15, 1928, the youngest of four children to Charles Bonner and Gladys Ruth Cook. He graduated from high school in 1945 and shortly after, joined the army, being sent to East Africa to be a radio intercept operator during WW II. Upon return, he enrolled at Lincoln Christian University where he met and married Mary Ellen Bender. They wed on his favorite day of the year, Christmas, 1949.
Bill served small Christian churches as a preaching minister in IL, IN, MI, OH, KY and as the director of maintenance of then, Eastern Christian College, in MD, where he also supply preached on weekends. All told, Bill preached for his Savior for 62 years. At various times to supplement his preacher salary, he worked in a broom factory, lumberyard, as a car mechanic, as extra snowplow help in Michigan’s rough winters. After retiring from the pulpit, he worked for AT&T as a supervisor of printing presses then moved to Wabash, IN where he was an “interim” minister for 17 years for the First Brethren Church in Mexico, IN. The people of Wabash also knew Bill as a long time greeter for Wal-Mart. On Saturdays, he donned striped bib overalls to be Wally Wabash, a railway conductor w/a train whistle in his pocket. He delivered Meals on Wheels for several years, always looking for ways to be with people.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Ellen and by their four children: Polli and John Bates, Bill C. and Pam Cook, Leah and Gary Johnson, and Ed who had the privilege of caring for his parents the last two years. Bill has five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Thursday, Feb. 9th, will have visitation from 9 – 11 a.m., memorial service at 11:00. All will take place at Holt Christian Church, 2424 Washington Road, Lansing, MI 48911.
I won't be blogging tomorrow, so I'll be back to it on Thursday! Good night!