US Land Logs 6, Year 4: It’s Another Boy!
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Weather: Overcast and Raining . . . Again
Location: East Falmouth, Massachusetts

I have written and rewritten this log at least five times and am just now getting it posted. Life with a two-year-old and newborn can be quite busy, so apologies for not getting this wonderful announcement posted sooner.

On Friday, June 26, at 4:26 am, we became grandparents once again. Our daughter Heather gave birth to her second child, Jonah Biggs Goldstone. Biggs is my mother’s maiden name and we know how proud she would be that Jonah carries her name forward. Jonah has been called ‘Bubba’ by his big brother Sam for the last few months, so it is going to take some time for all of us to adjust to the new name. Jonah weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces and is gaining daily. He’s a very calm and peaceful little guy, sleeping and eating his way through day and night. We now have three grandchildren, all beautiful little boys. Photos of Jonah’s first three days are posted with this email.

Mark is now in his fourth week as a West Marine employee and he is enjoying the job. He gets paid to talk about boats all day. Now what more can he ask for? Today is his 67th birthday and he is still going strong. I continue to keep myself busy cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, gardening, playing with Sam, and holding Jonah every chance I get. Being a full-time grandma suits me well. The weather is another story. It has continued to be cool and dreary throughout the month of June, although we had a beautiful 4th of July weekend. Here on Cape Cod, we have seen the sun less this June than anytime on record since 1903. But over the weekend we were reminded that summer really might happen this year. We were truly beginning to doubt that.

The weekend before Jonah’s birth, we enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day weekend with Jed’s parents. They were driving north from their home in Washington, DC, to Maine which is the location of their summer home and stopped by here for the weekend. Heather and I made Father’s Day aprons for dad, granddads, and for Sam. Unfortunately, Sam got sick again at the start of the weekend and was not quite up to par, but the four doting grandparents still had a wonderful time. And leading up to Father’s Day, Jed’s brother Ben visited on his way north to Maine. Sam definitely has a love affair with Uncle Ben and watching Sam try to play the violin along with Ben was truly precious.

Tomorrow Jed’s brother Toby comes to visit. He lives in Oregon but has been in Maine visiting his parents for the past week. And then next week, our son Justin and his wife Jo and Ziggy are stopping by for a one night visit on their way to London. They are flying from Albuquerque to Boston on one day and then from Boston to London the next, spending the night in-between with us. We are so looking forward to seeing a three-month old Ziggy.

There are so many other things I have to share, but if I don’t stop here this might not ever get sent. So more later . . .

090628 Cape Cod–Jonah's First Three Days
090522 Cape Cod–Father's Day Weekend