For now I thought I'd post a little update about our lives right now. It may be the last hurrah...and it may not be. We shall see. And because of that, something tells me (before I even get started here), this will be a long post. You have been warned!
Steve and I are doing great, we work, we play, the normal stuff of life. We're going on an early anniversary celebration with Leslie and Fred to Napa for a wine tour for Labor Day. It's our first wine tour and we're looking forward to the cooler weather in Napa.
Our fall vacation is a simple plan this time, no cruises or trips to Florida (darn!). We're looking forward to heading to SoCal in November to see my brother, Mark, and Steve's brother, Tom. While in San Diego, we're going to sprint over to Yuma for a night and hope to have dinner with as many friends there as possible, a mini-reunion of sorts. I'm hoping it works out as it would be nice to see them in person instead of just on Facebook! And of course, there will be the pre-requisite trip to see Mickey because when you're that close, you just have to stop by and see him!
Josh and Devon are doing well. Josh did his first Iron Man (Vineman) in July and surpassed his goals at the finish. Seriously amazing! His next run is a 100-mile in Oregon next month. Yes, my son is C.R.A.Z.Y. He will run from Saturday at 6:00 a.m. to Sunday, somewhere around the noon hour. I'm just hoping we bring him home alive! (I am the worrier of the family and I take that job seriously. I admit it, and I am not ashamed! lol) Devon starts 1st grade this year, hard to believe.
Jamie, Mike and kids are busy, which is the best word for it because 4 children = BUSY! The girls just started soccer again, school is coming up next week (Emily in 5th, Allyson in 1st, Rylee in Kindergarten). Nate will be home keeping his mama company at home. Trust me, Nate will keep her busy all by himself. Let's just say he's inventive! They are adding AWANA back into the mix this year so between homework, soccer and AWANA, their weeks will fly by!
The year of 2012 has been an interesting year so far. The political and economic temps in our country seem to make the world feel a little more unsure these days. My older brother was killed in a roadside freeway accident in May. A co-worker's house burned to the ground early this summer, shortly after her mom passed away. We know two people who had suicides in their families. Steve crashed on his bicycle, badly breaking his collarbone and ribs that resulted in surgery. He's had some medical testing going on for his cancer, which is always a little unnerving. It left us with the thought, "What is going on these days?" It kind of made me dread telephone calls there for awhile, it was like waiting for the other shoe to drop!
But through it all, strangely enough for ME, the worrier, I've had peace abounding most of the time. Yes, some moments were harder than others, but while it's been a stressful year, God has left me with an unusual amount of peace about it all. (Maybe because I kept asking for it?)
The thing I rely on, count on, is that God DOES have the plan. He knows it because it's His plan. He told us we would have sorrow on this earth because sin and Satan reside here. But they are not the winners of the race, He is and therefore, so are we!
But...2012 has brought many good things too! We enjoyed a cruise in January, we went to Disneyland with some of our grandchildren, and we've gotten to see my "sister" Nancy, my niece January and her twins more this year than normal (sometimes the circumstances weren't great, but we enjoyed being together). Steve got his job in March after about 5 very dry years of unemployment and/or not-so-wonderful jobs, and he is in really good health for someone with cancer. And of course, our family and friends are blessings to us, always!
The grandkids keep us laughing all the time. Want some examples? (I know you do!)
Rylee (5): Rylee has already had flowers from a boy. She plans to marry him. :) She is the hugger of the family. She was sitting with her head on my shoulder awhile back and said, "I wish I could keep you, Nana." (Uh, you can?) Jamie had her doing the dusting the other day as they are learning the chore chart this summer. She stopped dusting and stood there for a minute, then said, "God told me that I am not done dusting yet. I heard him because he's in my heart. So I better finish." She loves, loves bugs. For her birthday last week we gave her a bug house and bug watch, which are places to store her captured bugs and worms so there aren't 40 water bottles laying around outside their house with bugs in them. Nate joins in that fun and now I'm told by Jamie that they've released several catches in the house and car. Nothing like some beatles on the roof of your car, right? You're welcome Jamie!
So there's our August, 2012 update! Thanks for reading!