Monday, August 18, 2008

Year 29

I was thinking about what to write for this post as I reflected on starting the new school year. I decided to click back and read last year's post entitled Year 28 first. I confess I brought myself to tears. Although I have experienced great change in my personal life in the past year, not much has changed with respect to my calling as a public school teacher. I still feel as passionate as always about my profession, and I honestly don't think I could express my feelings any better than I did last year. If you truly want to know my heart, click below and read it for the first time or second time, and let the old become new again.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Welcome to the Family!

Cruz Anthony Monjure

It is with great pride and pleasure that I present the newest member of our family . . . Cruz Anthony Monjure! Baby Cruz entered into our world at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa, Florida, on August 7, weighing in at 7 lbs. 12 oz. As you can imagine, like his cousin Nathan before him, he is a beautiful baby boy!

Proud parents, John & April

Baby Cruz with his mother and four lovely sisters:
Layna, Olivia, Jillian, and Hailey

Cruz with his Nana (my Aunt Sharon)

Bubby holding Cruz

My sister Carla was privileged to be present in the delivery room, and she has some amazing pictures on her blog. You can read Carla's post here.

Mama and Aunt Mary Lou with Layna in the hospital lobby.

Daddy, Uncle Olan, and Uncle Layne (Cruz's grandaddy)

Rhonda and Carla take care of business.

Bubby with Baby Cruz

Uncle Howie with two of his boys.

I started teasing Nathan that I had a new favorite boy, but he didn't fall for it. I guess I have plenty of love to go around.

As I walked toward the elevators, I passed this portrait of Dr. Rorebeck, the founder of St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. And no, I wasn't just snapping pictures to fluff up my blog. There was a reason I took the picture.

Curtis Gantt Rorebeck M. D.

Almost fifty years ago, on October 3, 1958, Dr. Rorebeck brought me into the world.