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Car 1 Plastic Bag 1 Pattersons 2

So the car and the bag will have to call it a draw. Fortunately for the Pattersons comprehensive insurance covered it with a pretty low deductible. Nationwide was relatively quick and we got the car back last week, new axle and all. Even more impressively we got the insurance check in the mail the same day we picked up the car!

--Josh 02:44, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

Car 0 Plastic Bag 1

So just a quick update! we have been busy. Jenny is now only six weeks till her due date. Work has continued to be very busy, we are continuing to forge ahead in our ministry teams, and Connect Groups will be starting up again shortly!! (next week)

Today, while coming back from a Baby Dr visit, the brakes in Jenny's car went out at McDonalds. Great place to loose your brakes, no damage or anything fortunately. However the $$ damage was just beginning. We pulled into the parking lot, ate lunch (I was hungry after all) and then called our extended warranty company. Fortunately they picked up the towing expenses, though as I would find out not the repair. How you ask did my brakes go out? hold on, I can hardly believe this... 2pm I'm working away (yes still on that big robotic machine) and I get a call from the Ford service department. He says we found the problem, your brake line was severed.... AND your front right axle was bent!!! Its going to cost 1179$ to fix! I ask well will the warranty cover it? He says he needs to do some more research, and will call me back.

2:30pm Ford service guy calls back, he says your not gonna believe this.... so you must have run over a plastic bag.... it wrapped itself around the axle and break line, and as the wheel turned it winched the brakeline into the axle, severing the brakeline, and warping the axle. And no, warranty won't cover it; however insurance may.

So poof just like that some plastic bag that probably breaks when I put my jug of milk in it does almost 1200 dollars in damage to our car!!! The bright side is that at least it didn't fail while doing 80 down the interstate. God is keeping some eye out for us.

Anyway we called the insurance co and they assigned an adjuster but we haven't yet heard from them.

--Josh 01:35, 19 September 2009 (UTC) Permanent Link

Third Ones a Charm?

So another year has passed. Still am not managing to update the blog as well or often as I should like. In the run up to Jordan's Birthday this year jenny and I have both tried our hardest to exhaust ourselves! Between construction, baby prep, cleaning and assorted drs appointments (7 in the last 3 weeks) we have been busy as all get out. On the brite side Jordan's new slide got finished just in time for her birthday (11am for 11:30 party!) Jenny got the house clean, and I think everyone had a good time (well except perhaps Judah, but who can blame a 6 year old boy forced to endure a party of 3-6 year old girls.)

A big thanks goes out to everyone who made it such a good time. Especially those who didn't complain about my "flame kissed" hamburgers.

I Actually got a couple decent pictures put up for the first time in a while: Birthday Pictures

Guess thats it for now.

--Josh 04:31, 24 August 2009 (UTC) Permanent Link

First Half Summer Recap

Its been a busy summer so far!!! There has been so much going on, I haven't even had a chance to update the front page. Been waiting on scanning pictures, moving pictures etc, so I figured I'd sit down and do a quick text only update, maybe I'll find time to put in pretty pictures later!!!

Our new baby (Justus) is due in late October! so Jenny is well along in her pregnacy now. We are working on a variety of room preparations including dissasembly of the old guest safari room, adding a wall in the bonus room (thanks Joe, Paul and Dad) ; We got curtains, and new furniture. We have even transitioned Jordan to a big girl bed so that Justus can have the crib.

Right now I am writing this on our second to last day of our yearly beach trip. This year we rented a house in Island Quay with Jenny's Mom and Sister.

Any way we are off to see Fort Macon, I will add some more later!

--Josh 15:17, 18 July 2009 (UTC) Permanent Link

Passing of A Grandfather

Jordan doesn't even know it yet, but she has lost her Granddaddy. I was thinking of all the things that Don Rudd was and none of them seemed adequate as a single word description; but to my little girl he is granddaddy, and he made the whole world an adventure. He was a Father To Jenny, Andy and Brittaney; A Husband to Phyllis; A father-in-law to me. He was a Scout leader to many; a friend to others, a boss to some, and employee to others. He has done so many things that affect so many people. He has helped raise an entire generation of young men in Winterville.

I don't even begin to know how I will explain to my little girl why her Granddaddy isn't here. I know she will be sad; I don't know how much she will understand. I don't remember anything from when I was 2 or 3. But whether she understands or not, I know she will miss her Granddaddy. His big strong hand and arms could lift her up, pull her along or just swing her. She had him twisted around her little finger, if she wanted to sit in the car and watch DVDs, well then they sat in the car and watched DVDs. For everyone else Don had good and bad traits; but for Jordan, he was perfect; he could be seen through a child's eyes of wonderment.


I remember my camping trips with Don, we had been planning on doing one sometime this spring, but hadn't yet gotten around to it. Sometimes after getting tired out on a particularly steep portion of trail, he would take a break, sit down on a rock and just stare out onto the valley bellow; his face would split into a huge boyish grin; He loved the wonder God created in this world. CampingCollage.jpg

I'm not a great writer, and I don't know what to say; There are so many things that have ... and have not been. Don was all these things and so much more. We will miss him ... Jordan will miss her Granddaddy.

He always sang this song to his daughter, my Wife, Jenny. Its become somewhat of a tradition in our household... So this is for you Don...

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

--Josh 02:09, 17 April 2009 (UTC) Permanent Link

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