Hey, it’s July! That means we’re more than halfway through the year…thank God! 2020 has been a challenge for most people, I think. We’ve had the Coronavirus/Covid-19 that has been crippling our economy and killing people right and left. We’ve had the Black Lives Matter protests which have turned into riots (they do matter). And through it all, President Trump has been our fearless leader… or not. He seems to think that if he ignores everything it will all work out. I hope he’s right; I really do.
Looking on the bright side, though, we get to go see my mom in Michigan in a couple of days! To be honest, I think I’ve already checked out in my mind… I do dread the drive, though. Two long days… We’re splitting it up so that it is one super-long day, followed by one medium-long day. Hopefully that will make it work.
All I can say about that is, Thank you, God! The Holidays are so stressful. We started out with Elliott’s birth, then Todd’s birthday. We followed that up with Christmas, which we were planning on having at Donna’s parents, but since her dad had the flu we ended up staying home. We got to see my brothers, his wife and son, and my other brother on Christmas Eve. We actually got to go to our own Church’s Christmas Eve mass, which was kind of awesome.
Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we had Donna’s dad’s Christmas Party. Her dad was better by then, and so we all went and had a good time. It turns out that Todd had the flu all that time, and so we ended up making my brother and his family, and then my family in Michigan sick with flu…. Ugh. Then I ended up getting the flu, and so we ended up staying home for New Year’s and Preston’s birthday… Then we had Christmas with Donna’s parents the following weekend. I had a sore throat the entire time…turned out to be strep. We finally all got better.
Then we had Elliott’s baptism, which was nice, but Russell was a toot for family pictures earlier in the day. Turns out he was getting sick. He had strep the next day. Followed by flu later in the week. And then Preston got the flu and strep at the same time that weekend… Let me just say, this is getting old! Oh, I forgot to say.. Elliott had the flu at around the same time that I did. He actually didn’t do too bad with it.
Happy birthday Elliott Johan Taylor! He was born at 11:19pm on November 8, 2017 at United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls, TX. His official (but debated… he was 6lb 12oz the following day) weight was 6lb 1oz, and he was 20 inches long!
I hope you and your brothers are ready for each other!
Hi! I am Russel Taylor. I am married to Donna and we have four growing boys: Preston, Russell, Todd, and Elliott. We live in Holliday, Texas and are Christians who worship our Lord at the Saint Benedict Orthodox Church in Wichita Falls, Texas.
I am the GIS Specialist for Gunn Oil Company. Donna is a substitute teacher.