Sunday, September 14, 2014


OH HAPPY DAY - A brief history of Oksana's returning to her father's house and a wonderful new chapter in her life.

 This was yesterday, September 13th, right after Oksana and I had returned home from shopping for Business Casual clothing for her. I was so happy she invited me to go along.  We had a wonderful time.    
 December 31, 2010, and a very sad day in our lives ~~ because the following day, January 1st, 2011, Marc was taking Oksana to live with her mother in Indiana.  She was 1 month and 19 days shy of turning 16.  

Her visit in June, 2011 with her brother Aric. Aric is grinning from ear-to-ear  because in that 6 months time he had grown taller than she.  Aric is 4 years younger than Oksana.

Her annual visit 2012 - 17 years old. I love these two with all my heart!

 On the beach in Florida, 2013, where our family spent Christmas with son David.  Marc flew Oksana in to be with us - 18 years old.

Grandpa with his beloved granddaughter.

A joyous and happy day in the Joyce household and our lives - September 5, 2013.  Marc fly to Indianapolis to meet Oksana, who had driven about 1 1/2 hours from where she had been living to meet him. Oksana picked Marc up at the airport, their timing was perfect as he landed about 5 minutes after she arrived.  Oksana drove her car all the way home - with dad as passenger.  They arrived in Tulsa to pick-up Marcs car from the airport at midnight.
OKSANA IS HOME - We could not be more delighted !!!!!

Oksana yesterday before the clothes shopping trip.
She did such a great job.  She had done her research about building a work environment wardrobe using a few basic pieces and co-ordinating the colors to switch and match.  I was actually surprised and very please how decisive she was in making her choices.

She purchased 2 pair of dress slacks, one with a matching short jacket, two dresses (one of which is in the first photo), 7 or 8  tops (can't remember for sure!), a cardigan sweater, another button-up sweater and 2 pair of dress shoes. All for under $300!!!

After shopping we went to Braums for ice cream and then back to the house to show off all her clothes to her dad & grandpa (Needless to say 15 year old Aric was not too interested!) Both men gave their approval.

She will be looking like a million dollars when she begins her new, temporary-part time, job next week at the firm her father is Office Administrator at for the 3 state offices: Tulsa, Norman & Oklahoma City.

We are believing within about 90 days, if she does really well and we know she can and will, she will be given a permanent position and a real opportunity to work herself up and make a career for herself.
Marc is placing her under someone else for training and supervision and will totally keep his distance.  My son Marc and I have worked together at 3 different times over our careers in the Accounting Business.  The first two times I was over him, and Praise God, he had advanced so well, the last position he was my boss!!! I'm just pointing this out because our family knows how to handle working together and keeping work and family totally separated. 

I end this as I began:

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Friday, September 5, 2014

DAVID'S VISIT - August 28-September 3, 2014

What a wonderful time we had!!!!  Just mostly hanging out, having fun, acting silly, playing games and talk, talk, TALKING!!!

 Here's the 6 who were here.
Marc, Aric, Mickey (in 1st), Susan (in 2nd)
David, Jacque

These were taken Saturday morning as we were waiting for our table at Egg It On Cafe for brunch.
Then Mickey, Jacque, & David and I came to our house and the 3 of them played their X-box golf game.  That evening we invited our dear friend, Don, over to join us for sandwiches so he & David could visit. David & Mickey also spent time via the phone & X-box instructing Jacque how to connect with them so she can join in the games with David from his home in Florida. 

 A guys group hug at Marc's home one of the times we had been together and were leaving

 Having fun playing Apples to Apples game at Mom & Dad's. 

Single shot of Jacque who only got to be with us the one time on Saturday due to her work schedule and a birthday celebration on Benny's side of the family.

Just all being together and hanging out is what we enjoy doing.  Of course there was one night that David & I had to stay up TALKING very late one night (which we paid for dearly the next day!).

Mickey, Marc, Aric & David played their X-box golf game one day. Jacque, Mickey & David played the game on Saturday.  Can't believe I didn't get a picture of either occasion :o( When these golf games are going on I'm usually in the office on fb and relishing the laughter, camaraderie and fun that emanates from the living room  

David went with us to The King's Kitchen and participate in the entire 3+ hour preparation with the entire crew.  I was so upset I was so busy I forgot to get pictures!!!  It was such a treat for all three of us: Dad,Mom,Son and was a very special time.  David could not get over all the joy and camaraderie of this wonderful team of helpers who have done this every Tuesday for the past 4 years and 6 months.  It was great for him to get to meet all of them and for them to get to meet this son we talk about so much.  

It was a wonderful, fun, relaxing family time for all 7 of us. 
So thankful for his visit and he left with a promise to try and get home every 6 months.  We'll see!!!

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