an experiment in communication....for family and friends of our blog to "keep in touch" and provide pictures and information about the latest and greatest adventures of Eickhaus. Also see http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/person.aspx?tid=831833&pid=-2042210641&pg=0

Friday, August 03, 2018

15 years have flown by since this life changing crime rocked our family

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Year 4 - where does the time go?

I am in my 4th year Teaching Science at CMJH. I think I might just make it to my goal of 10 years there!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Been away a while

I don't post on here often, but every once in a while, it is nice to go back and reflect on years of thoughts, pictures and memories. A lot of water has gone under the bridge, so to speak, in the last decade.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Eight years

Eight years ago today was the last time I saw my Dad alive. It snowed the next day, and I believe he passed away sometime late that night. The week of parent conferences will never be the same for me, and when the weather changes in the fall, it is always a reminder.

Friday, December 26, 2014

A Different kind of Christmas

Normally, we celebrate Christmas for several days in a row. It begins with Christmas Eve services at church, some kind of food, usually finger foods, at our house, then all the festivities of Christmas morning. Then a lunch with a Honeybaked ham and the local family all gathered around. Then comes Christmas, Day 2, when Grandma Becky arrives, bearing gifts and lots of fun for both grandchildren and adults. This year is very different,m though, because Becky suffered an accident three weeks ago that left her with a broken shoulder, and unable to fly here. So, we decided my wife should go there to see what help and company she can be to Becky. Strangely quiet here. Hopefully, this is not a sign of things to come.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7 years in Heaven

Seven years ago this week, my Dad was recalled by his Maker. Still miss him and think of him almost every day, especially when parent-teacher conference time rolls around.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dad

Today would have been my Dad's 78th birthday. I though for sure he'd still be here until he was 80, because he was tough like that. But, then, nobody really gets to call their home-going day. And he wasn't exactly on a healthy diet, and never quite quit smoking, except for those 5 months after his bypass at age 60, which he only survived by a miracle. I haven't done much better in that regard, except for avoiding all things smoking related. A month before he left for his Heavenly Home, his old high school friend and Marine Corps buddy, George came for a visit, and they drove to the top of Pikes Peak! I miss my old man, the engineer, DIYer, perpetual farm boy, and Marine very much, especially in the fall...Semper Fi and enjoy your much earned home in Heaven. See you there when the time is right. Wish I could fill the hole left in our family.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dad

It has been 5 years since I last celebrated anything with you. You are missed, by both me, Lori and the kids.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Ever wondered? Or how to rejoice in a broken foot!

Well, once again we are in recovery mode, and God is, as always, ever faithful!

On September 11, at about 6:30 in the evening, I took a big spill while walking the dog with Lori. We do not have sidewalks in our neighborhood, so we were walking along the gutter down a hill on Parkview. We came to s apot where the cement was cracked and had fallen about 2 inches. I mistepped and rolled my left foot, and I immediately knew it was broken. In a knee jerk reaction to the pain in my left foot, I shifted my weight and ended up going down on my right knee and elbow, tumbling into the busy street.
Almost before I had even stopped tumbling, two people driving by in a black Lexus SUV stopped an offered help. These angels/neighbors identified themselves as Charles and Zoe, as I recall, and they gave me a lift home, which was several blocks away.
I felt bad getting into their car with my bleeding right knee, but I could not walk on my left foot, so I was grateful they had come along. About an hour later, Lori was checking me in to Memorial Urgent Care, where they diagnoses a broken foot and a sprained right wrist and elbow.
God faithfulness did not end with providing me with caring support right from the moment of my fall, however. I have had terrific care all along from my friends at Skyway, my loving wife, my kids, and some good doctors. I ended up having to ave surgery to put in 5 screws to rebuild my foot. Now, three weeks later, I am able to walk on it, and have resumed my teaching duties both at school and church. I actually only took 3 days off school to deal with it for surgery and recovery.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Space Out like a Rocket Boy

Last month, from June 16-20, I was priviledged to attend Teacher Space Academy in Huntsville, AL. I made a lot of new friends, including a couple from China, India and even one from England. I learned a bit about being a teacher in other countries adn cultures, and I learned a lot about teaching lessons about Space. We mourned the impending end of the Space Shuttle Program together, and I thought a lot about my Dad, a veteran of the aerospace industry, who would've loved hearing about every minute of my training. We were taught many things to stimulate our students interest (the Mars generation, we were told) in STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. Days were long, beginning with a bus ride to breakfast at 7 a.m., and ending (most days) after 9 p.m. with a bus ride back to the Charger Village dorms at U of A. In between were hours of classes, simulations, and astronaut like training experiences. We even got to "crash" a helicopter into a lake and practice getting out of it from underwater to be rescued.
I got to meet Homer Hickam, a hero of mine (and my Dad's) and I got to meet several other space "celebrities". I even got to eat dinner with Mr. Hickam beneath a Saturn V Rocket in the US Space & Rocket Center.

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