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6/15/2007 Molly graduated from Kindergarten yesterday. 

The festivities were great.  I’m going miss Mrs Collins and Mrs Kathy.  Thanks for all your hard work and congratulations Molly!pictures!


8/11/2006 Some professional shots from Mike Cammeron - pictures!


7/29/2006 All Evan’s hard work just paid off! - pictures!

Evan cleaned up at his first bodybuilding competition.  He won 1st place in the novice division and placed 2nd overall to a 39y/o that was much more massive than him.  This was around 15 competitors.  There was good competition.  Evan's smile, posing and body won the crowd over.  We were all there making noise for him. 


At the pre-judging, they move you around in the line-up so the judges can compare you to everyone else.  In the overall division they moved Evan right to the middle on the first switch.  He never moved after that.  They just put the other guys next to him to compare.  It was amazing.  Once they decided a winner from each of the classes the winners would pose down in front of the crowd.  Even did this twice.  Once in Novice and once in the Overall.  The place was going nuts!


He brought home three 1st place trophies and one 2nd place trophy:


1st place Novice class 2

1st place Novice overall

1st place Open class 2

2nd place Open overall


Truly an amazing accomplishment.  22 years old, his first competition and he blows folks away.  There was a women watching the pre-judging behind me.  She started calling out his number and encouraging Evan.  She'd never seen him before.  After the round was over she yells out "Who gave birth to that boy?".  I turned around and said "I did ... uh ... I mean my wife did!".  She laughs, gives me a high five and says I was half of it then. 


We were all whooping and hollering and whistling, Evan was moving around the stage posing like he'd been doing it all his life.  The kid really was in his element.  It was a great day.


8/19/2005 What a great bunch of kids we have

25 years ago on the 16th of August two kids got married.  Most of the attendees of the Wedding said they would never make it; the poor souls being only 16 and 19 and pregnant.  Those two kids were Andrea and myself.  In the 25 years that have followed we have literally grown up together.  We’ve been through a lot of good and a lot of bad but we’ve always been together.  I love Andrea more every day we are married.  She is my heart and my soul.  However, the product of this union is our real treasure; 10 wonderful kids.  Well, the first 6 of these children decided that they would put together a little surprise party to celebrate the events of that day so long ago.  They worked very hard to organize the event and keep it a secret.  We had a great time!  Here are the pictures.  Thanks Kids…


7/8/2005 Just when you think you are dealing with things…

Evan bought me a copy of Pearl Jam’s “Rear View Mirror”.  This is a great collection of their best music.  As I was listening to the two CD set I heard a song I don’t think I’ve listened to before called “Man of the Hour”.  Anyway, the song hit me pretty hard.  Here are the lyrics.


Tidal waves don’t beg forgiveness
Crashed and on their way
Father he enjoyed collisions
Others walked away
A snowflake falls in May
And the doors are open now
As the bells are ringing out
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
Goodbye for now

Nature has its own religion
Gospel from the land
Father ruled by long division
Young men they pretend
Old men comprehend

And the sky breaks at dawn
Shedding light upon this town
They’ll all come 'round
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
G’bye for now

And the road
The old man paved
The broken seams along the way
The rusted signs, left just for me
He was guiding me, love, his own way
Now the man of the hour is taking his final bow
As the curtain comes down
I feel that this is just g’bye for now.


Pearl Jam


5/30/2005 Closure II

Here are some pictures of Dad’s gravestone.  The stone was put in place on Thursday.  Mom shows us once again that she has great taste.


5/25/2005 Liam’s Spring Tea

Andrea had the great pleasure of attending Liam’s Spring Tea at the Montessori School.  Here are some pictures.


11/06/2004 Closure

Warm summer sun shine kindly here
Warm southern wind blow softly here
Green sod above, lie light, lie light
Goodnight dear heart, goodnight, goodnight

On the stone of Eleanor McCargo, poem by Robert Richardson

Recited at the grave of George E. McCracken 1931-2004

by his beloved wife of 52 years Delores E. McCracken 10/6/2004


Here is Dad’s obituary that ran in “The Barre Montpelier Times Argus”:


George E. McCracken

November 4, 2004

NORTFHIELD FALLS – George E. McCracken, 73, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, at his home on Cox Brook Road.

He was born May 4, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of William and Emma (Headley) McCracken. He is a graduate of Frankfort High School in Philadelphia, class of 1949.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean War.

He married Delores E. Eisenach on May 17, 1952, at St. Helen's Church in Philadelphia, Pa.

Mr. McCracken has worked in the textile business since 1946. He had worked for several mills in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. In 1980, he joined Cabot Hosiery in Northfield, where he worked as Vice President of Research & Development, retiring in 2003.

He was a member of the Green Mountain Barber Shop Chorus. He enjoyed gardening, singing, deep sea fishing, goose and duck hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dolores of Northfield Falls; five children, Kathleen A. McCracken and her special friend, Sandi Perillo of Belchertown, Mass., Dennis P. McCracken and his wife, Andrea of Haverhill, Mass., Kevin M. McCracken and his wife, Kim, of Northfield Falls, Timothy G. McCracken and his wife, Debbie, of Bellingham, Wash., Eileen M. Cole and her husband Craig of Catawba, N.C.; 19 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by two siblings, William McCracken and Mabel High.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Nov. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kingston Funeral Home, 35, Slate Ave., in Northfield. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m., also at Kingston Funeral Home. Burial at Calvary Cemetery will follow the service. Donations may be made in his memory to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Rd., Berlin, VT 05641.


11/03/2004 Pictures


Here are the pictures I have from our 10/23 get together up in Vermont.


10/25/2004 A blog for Dad


Many of you know that Dad was diagnosed recently with Pancreatic Cancer.  I’ve created a web log at:  I’m thinking this would be a really good place to share information and updates from home.  Log on and check it out.


02/06/2003 Chinese New Year


Last weekend Casey and his fellow students at 4 Seasons Kung Fu traveled to Leominster to celebrate Chinese New Year at Chopsticks restaurant.  Casey and his best friend Ben danced the Lion for almost a half hour.  Then students from 4 Seasons Kung Fu and their brother school Tien Dao Wu Shu demonstrated kung fu forms before an enthusiastic crowd.  I shot two videos.  Here are the links: Lion Dance : Kung Fu Demo


11/03/2003 Kung Fu Video


Yesterday Casey and his classmates at 4 Seasons Kung Fu traveled to Malden MA.  There the Lion blessed a new Karate/Kempo school and the kids performed some demos.  The blessing of the Lion and the eating of the greens are an ancient Chinese tradition that brings luck.  First you’ll see the Lion bite the door to bless it.  After that, you can’t see the eating of the greens from my vantage point too well but the footage isn’t bad.  Here is a link to the Video.




8/26/2003 First Day of School!


Ahhhh.  Andrea got to wave goodbye to Casey and Aidan as they started school today.  Always a good feeling.  They were both quite industrious this summer.  Casey worked for a custodian at a local School painting classrooms and cleaning.  Aidan joined Meghann babysitting for a couple in Andover with Triplets.


Brigette will start next Tuesday and Kallen will have his first day of Kindergarten 9/8.   Generally, Kallen is looking forward to school.  He will be attending the Merrimack Montessori School.  Our next-door neighbor will be his teacher.  Shirley is great!


Andrea and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary on 8/16.  We went out to eat and spent some time alone.  As you can probably imagine that doesn’t happen too often.  Aidan babysat for the four little ones.  She did a great job.  Thanks Aidan!


I traveled to Germany 8-4 through 8-8 for work.  The weather was terrible.  94 – 104 degrees all week.   They don’t believe in Air Conditioning in Europe.  Neither the place I worked at or the Hotel had any.  I couldn’t get to sleep until 1:30AM and the Dom Church in Limburg was right outside my window and the bells would wake me up at 6:00AM.  5:00AM was all the bells I could sleep through.


My diet continues to go well if slowly.  I’ve lost a total of 35lbs now.  I’m down to 200lbs for the first time since the early 90’s.  I think 15lbs more will do it.


4/15/2003 TAX Day!


Casey and five other students of his Kung Fu school competed in their first tournament.  They were amazing.  Five of the six students earned first place in for their open hand forms.  The sixth student finished 2nd behind a fellow classmate.  Casey earned two trophies; 1st place 12 – 14 Advanced open hand form and 2nd place 12 – 14 Intermediate weapons form.  Check out the competition page at his school’s web site.






Finally another update J


I’ve got to get a scanner.  I have the best pictures at home.  I’ll find room in the budget somehow.  Maybe after the taxes get done.  As soon as I do I’ll update the pictures section.


Casey has made amazing progress with his martial arts training.  His interest has only grown since he began his studies almost a year ago.  Sifu Chris says “Casey is one of my best students” and “he has tremendous potential”.  If only we could get Casey to pay this much attention to his homework J  There are 8 belts in Kung-fu: White, Gold, Greed, Purple, Blue, Red, Brown and Black.  Casey tested for and earned his Purple belt just this past Saturday.  In his first year Casey has covered the Crane and Tiger forms as well as staff.  One part of his testing was to complete the three forms back to back without pause.  As a purple belt, he is now studying Snake and Broad Sword.  Here is a picture of Casey with Sifu Chris.  Way to go Casey!


Aidan joined ski club this year.  She is taking up snow boarding at our local Ski Hill: Bradford Ski Hill.  It’s a nice little place to learn to love the slopes.  Aidan is having a great time learning and making new friends in the process.


Evan and Brigette have started classes at Northern Essex Community College this semester.   Even is attending full time and Brigette part time.


Even will be traveling to Ireland again this year.  Seems he didn’t drain all the Guinness on his last visit and he’s going back to rectify this oversight.


Roary has found a job he really likes.  He is apprenticed to a plumber and loves the work.


Emma is going to be 5 months old in a little over a week.  She is growing so fast and is a really good natured baby.  When she cries you know something is wrong.


Kallen will be starting school this September.  He’s the first of the last four to leave the nest so to speak.  Liam potty trained!  Molly is doing well too.


Meghann is still busy as ever.


I started lifting again.  In late November I started doing the Atkin’s diet.  I’ve lost 25lbs so far.  I’ve got at least another 15 to go.




Emma joined us yesterday.  She was born at 12:35PM weighing in at 7lbs 5oz and 20” long.  Emma’s entry into the world went very well.  Due to her being breach (oh no, another daughter with no sense of direction J), the delivery was done via Cesarean Section.  This means a longer recovery time for Andrea.  I’ll be taking the rest of this week and all of next week off to help her through the early part of her recovery.  When I left the hospital last night, both Andrea and Emma were doing great.


Because Emma didn’t descend through the birth canal, she looks like a baby a week or so old.  She is truly beautiful.  She has deep blue eyes that seem to know who she is looking at. She loves the sound of my voice and follows my face when she is awake.  Another smart one, that’s all I need J


We are beside ourselves with joy over the arrival of our newest child.  Five of our six oldest plus Andrea’s mother got to see the two of them last night.   Casey had kung fu class and a lot of homework to get done, so he won’t see them until tonight.  Meg took the day off from work and babysitting to watch the kids for me (Thanks Meg!).  That let me spend all but a couple of hours at the hospital with Andrea and Emma.


We’ve hung up our baby making tools now.  Andrea had her tubes tied while she was on the operating table.  We feel very fortunate to have been blessed with ten healthy children.  Living in this large family has brought us so much joy and fulfillment.  I can’t imagine living any other way or without any one of them.  I really feel that we are the luckiest people on the planet.




Here is an update on what everyone is doing.


  • My job is nuts just now.  We are trying to cover customers from Germany to California.  Too many timezones.  Too few people.  At least two nights a week I’m heading back into the office at 8:30PM to work support until 1 or 2 in the morning.  This should improve once our newer software gets into wider deployment.
  • Andrea and I are going to have one more child.  I guess we just like round numbers.  This will be #10.  We are taking suggestions for names.  So far Kiley Shea is out front but we haven’t made up our minds yet.
  • There is a complication… Andrea has a fibroid tumor in the wall of her uterus.  It is at the top in the rear of the uterus.  Her Obstetrician isn’t worried just yet.  She believes that the placement of the tumor will not present a problem for the baby.   We’re keeping our fingers crossed.
  • Meghann is 21 now.  Just how old am I anyway?  In addition to attending classes at Northern Essex Community College at night and working as a receptionist full time during the day, Meghann has added professional babysitting to her list of activities.  She works for a couple helping them take care of triplets.  She still lives near us with her boyfriend.
  • Roary (19) is back from Framingham State College for a semester.  He is taking a little time off to decide what he wants to major in.  He plans to go back in the fall.  In the mean time he is earning money as an Assistant Manager at a local sporting goods store and working his off days for a commercial landscaper.  Hey Dave, Roary is becoming quite a good drummer.  I guess that gene found its way to him.
  • Evan (18) is a Senior at Haverhill High School.  He worked his butt off saving money for a trip to Ireland this spring after he graduates.  It should be the time of his life.  Andrea and I sprung for the tickets as a graduation present.  Evan continues to improve as a guitarist.  He’s been lifting like a mad man too.
  • Brigette (16) continues to do well at home now.  She won’t be going back to High School and is instead enrolled in a GED (High School Equivalency) program.  With luck she’ll have this done by the end of the summer and she can begin college prep courses in the fall.  Her social life is back on track and she seems to be resuming her life again.  We’re all very happy about that.
  • Casey (13) is finally a teenager now.  He has recently begun to take martial arts classes.  He loves it.
  • Aidan (11) was a member of the bell choir and took up the clarinet.   We had a clarinet hanging around from when Brigette played in Middle School so she picked the right instrument.
  • Kallen (4 this past November), Liam (3 on 5/9) and Molly (15 months) are growing every day.  The three are inseparable.  They are three little lights in our lives that make the days busy but a lot of fun.  Liam is about three pounds heavier and as tall as his older brother.  Kallen is the ringmaster in this little circus. 
  • Molly did one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen the other day.  She came into the kitchen where Andrea and I were sitting at the table talking (a rare occasion in itself).  She looked up at me and said “pipa pipa” (pronounced pipe-a).  This is what all my kids call their pacifiers.  Now, she already had one in her mouth.  When I pointed this out to her she says “yiam yiam” meaning her older brother.  She wanted one for him.  I gave her one of his and she turned and walked back into the parlor to her brother who was sitting on the couch and handed him the pipa.  Then she went to the other side of the living room and got him his blanket.  I turned to Andrea and said, “look, she’s mothering them already”.   I wonder how long Kallen will continue to be the ringmaster…




Wow, it’s been almost a year since I’ve updated this page.  Where does the time go?  Here is a list of what’s been going on recently:


  • Brigette came home from the hospital 11/29.  She is doing real well.  Thanks to all those that sent cards and prayers. 
  • Molly just turned one on New Year’s Eve.
  • Christmas was its usual smashing success.  Santa hit a home run with everyone again.
  • Andrea is taking Yoga classes now.  She loves it.
  • I’m still working at Integral Access.  It’ll be three years in March.  Not bad for a startup.




Ok, it’s been a while… I’ve been busy…deal with it J  Finally I’ve gotten around to putting up the pictures I’ve been promising.  There are three sets available: Roary’s prom, Christmas 2000 and Molly’s birth.  Enjoy J




On December 31st 2000 at 7:47AM Molly Catherine McCracken was born at Anne Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA.  Molly weighed in at 7lbs 7oz and measured 21” long.  Molly and Mom are doing just great.  The McCracken clan has a lot to be thankful for this New Year. 


Andrea woke up at 1:20AM and saw some signs that could have indicated trouble.  The trip to the hospital was rushed.  It had snowed much of the day and the roads were cleared but icy.  Flying down Rt 113 we got pulled over by a Groveland MA cop.  He ended up giving us an escort from there.  By the time we got to the hospital we had picked up a rear guard from the Newburyport Police Department.  Thanks again to both the Groveland and Newburyport Police Departments for their help! After all was said and done we had Andrea in a hospital bed at the Seacoast Birthing Center by 2:00AM. 


After an initial exam, Dr Newhouse reassured us that there was nothing to be alarmed about (It’s somewhat refreshing to find out that there are still things about having babies that we don’t know J).  Then we settled in to wait and see if labor followed.  Sure enough at 5:00AM Andrea started with regular labor pains and it took less than 3 hours for her to deliver Molly at 7:47AM.


Later that night we tried to make it to New Years Eve together but were both falling asleep in her hospital room by 9:30PM.  I went home and crashed not caring to see Dick Clark make his 29th annual migration to Times Square.  It was the first time in 22 years Andrea and I have not been together for New Years Eve.  Neither of us minded much though.


True to form, Andrea insisted on coming home to be with “her kids” the next morning.  She was home by 1:00PM roughly 36 hours from the time she left the house in the middle of the night.  A much happier return after an anxious departure.


I plan to publish pictures of Molly and the kids shortly.  Look back for the addition of a pictures page!


Molly’s Pictures

Christmas 2000 Pictures

Roary's Prom Pictures



We live in Haverhill MA.  Haverhill is a town just about 40 minutes northeast of Boston MA.  My wife Andrea and I have lived in Haverhill since we were married in 1980.  We have 9 great kids.  We were lucky enough to be able to buy the house Andrea grew up in.  It’s a great neighborhood to raise kids in.  Her parents live with us.


The kids are gonna kill me, but here is a summary of all of them:


Meghann Ann 22

Roary Michael 20

Evan Patrick 19

Brigette Lynn 17

Casey Sean 14

Aidan Elizabeth 12

Kallen Thomas 5

Liam Joseph 4

Molly Catharine 2

Emma Kiley 1


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