Celebrating A Family Moment

A personal moment in which pride blooms with joy and gratitude, a moment which happened yesterday.

Let me scope it. Jason, my stepson, is 38 and since last December has battled illness and surgery. You are mostly updated on his healing progress, now residing with us in Leander and having his three sons, twins Jackson and Aiden [10j] and their brother, Noah [6 visit us every other weekend].

They attend grade school in San Marcos, Texas, just south of Austin.

Yesterday there was a “Reading Test” for the 4 representatives of the Sam Marcos grade schools, 6th grade classes. Jackson was on his team from Travis Elementary School.

Diane and I sat there with Jason, not yet walking on his own but it’s an important goal for him and his sons and us!

The assignment for each contestant—in their respective teams of 4 each, was to have read 20 books since this current semester started, which was early January.

Question from each book asking for particular situation to be identified with something specific noted.

Jackson typed in the answers after his team consult. We could tell from body language that he nodded with most questions—he understood and knew the answers.

And, goodness, his team won! It was such a great moment. As you can see from his body language as he holds the winning medal, he’s very humble, almost shy. But, we are so impressed he read all 20 books and knew 95% of the answers. Such a lovely moment. But even deeper it says something wonderful about his life and his future. No less for Aiden and Noah.

We are proud and supportive…and with everything else in the world, from a wedding in Great Britain to a horrific scene in Santa Fe, Texas, we focus on the good, the valued and the achievement of Jackson Herman. Go, Jackson!

Below is a picture of Jackson and his medal and then Aiden and Jackson with their father, Jason.


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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One Response to Celebrating A Family Moment

  1. Tom Widlits says:


    Sent from my iPad
    Please excuse brevity
    Tom Widlits

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