I am proud and happy to announce my latest grandchild, Arick Daniel Burns, was born yesterday, November 14, 2007, at 4:43 p.m. EST. Arick weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. and he is, of course, the most adorable baby ever to be born (just like my other babies and grandchildren).
Arick's father, Gregory, is my middle son, and he has had a very difficult time of it in recent years. A few years ago, he became addicted to crystal meth, and the details of that situation just boggle the mind. He stole and lied, and eventually the paranoia contributed to his becoming violent. The violence led to a three-year prison term, from which he was freed just a few months ago. I'm thrilled to say that Gregory is one of those rare individuals for whom prison was a godsend. He has matured unbelievably, and he has become a wonderful, hard-working, caring young man — the young man that I knew when he was a child that he would be. I'm so grateful to know him.