Saturday, January 19, 2013
The year has flown by and I have neglected my blogging. We were able to take our annual trip to Virginia Beach last summer. We made a day trip across the Chesapeake Bay and drove up to Chincatingue hoping to see the wild ponies. It seemed every where we went on the island, the ponies had been but were now gone. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the day. It is such a lovely setting we always enjoy our time there.
Scott, our son was hospitalized in June due to an infection in the blood stream--thankfully, it was treatable with antibiotics. He had to have the central line for dialysis removed which meant that his treatments could not be done at home but rather in center.
In July, we attended a family reunion in Carthage, Missouri. A lovely memorial service was given for my brother-in-law, Bob. It was so nice getting together with all of the siblings and many of the other relatives. We are blessed that all the siblings are living while we have lost several in-laws. My oldest brother and his family threw a lovely Mexican Dinner buffet for the family. My sister also had us over for dinner. We stayed with a niece who had really gone to such lengths to make the visit so lovely for us. The main event was catered. All living cousins also were able to attend--even one living out of the country. Such a special time with the family that just flew by too rapidly.
At the reunion, I was able to complete one of my major bucket list items. I gave each sibling, each niece and nephew, each cousin, a family history book. The one for the siblings was nearly 200 pages while the others were more condensed and contained the portion that was relevent to them. The project was not perfect but was well done building upon the work of a great-great-grandfather and my mother's writings. I encluded a number of colored pictures. I chose a larger front--14 so that it was easier to read. I loved being able to give this to the family.
We took Scott's birthmom out to dinner. She was so glad to see her son. Due to the hot weather, she was unable to go out with us on another day. We had to cut our trip short so Scott could get back to Lynchburg for his dialysis. We gave our tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals' game to a niece who leaves in the St. Louis area and is a big Cardinals fan; the game went 12 innings so would have been nice to have seen.
Early fall, we attended the wedding of the daughter of one of my nieces living in the St. Louis area. We got there in time to share the rehearsal dinner that my niece had prepared. The wedding was held outdoors in a gazebo. There was a maple tree in the background that had already tured a golden shade. For aisle runners, she used lovely old quilts. The wedding party were dressed country style and the pastor had a sherriff's star. How lovely. The song "Marry Me" played during the processional. My brother (her grandfather) gave the bride away. The reception was held at a lovely setting. The country theme continued. The food was great, and the music was fun. One of the best parts was the participation of the children in the wedding and then the reception. Rather than a cake, Cold Stone Creamy customized icecream desserts for the guests.
This summer, my husband decided it would be his last year to teach. He will be turning 73 this spring. He loves history so much that I know it is hard for him to give this up but believe this is for the best. He has not been able to travel with us some due to his health. Over the Christmas break, he fell six times within a couple weeks with his legs giving out. He is now using a walker to get around and needs so much support. Not sure how much longer we can stay in our house as it is not too adaptable for his needs.
We continue to teach 2nd grade Sunday School. I love to see the children grow in the year that we have them. I attend two women's Bible Study groups. Not sure how this will go for us.
A nephew has been diagnosed with cancer. He is undergoing chemo and this seems to be working well as the cells have shrank considerably. He will continue on a treatment regimen over the next couple of years.
Lost 10% of my body weight in 2012. With the holidays, some of those pounds are finding their way back to my hips so for 2013, I plan to
*Lose an additional 10% of body weight so by next January I will be 20% down
*Return to the gym (when my husband is in theraphy, I can do this)
*Return to my weight watchers meetings
*Get back involed in my groups here at Spark
*Prepare to sell our home to locate in a one floor ranch style home that is suitable for handi-
*Continue to serve in the church in whatever capactiy is needed
*Continue personal growth and develeopment--reading, hobbies, etc/
*Travel if able with family.