Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Friend's Passing

John and I spent Monday evening at the hospital with our dear neighbor and friend.  Mr. B. didn't have any children and relied on those around him  to help him as he aged.  He didn't need much help and was adamant about doing everything himself.  At 94, he was active walking and managing his affairs. He passed quickly on Monday night.  The Lord was merciful in that he did not suffer long.

Mr. B was a man of honor. He served his country during World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters.  During the Korean Conflict, he answered the call again.  He served as a medic and I'm sure saw many, many, things that were difficult to forget from the shores of Normandy to the beaches of the Pacific.  He never spoke of his service and refused to be honored for it by our community.

When he returned home, he was our town's mail carrier.  He knew everyone and everyone knew him.  He flirted with the ladies and they flirted with him until he found the one true love of his life.  She passed away from cancer after thirty years of marriage.  She's been gone since 1986.
He missed her dearly and spoke of her often.

Until the last few years, he could out walk anyone.  He walked in all kinds of weather. Younger generations only know him as the man who walked so much. When he felt he couldn't drive safely any more, he stopped.  He took computer classes and kept up on current events. 
 He believed in doing the right thing, and always made sure that he did it.

Mr. B. was a very private person and few people could get close to help him. We feel honored that we were included in that very small circle.  Saturday we will lay him to rest.  We will miss him.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

New Beginning

We are traveling today with a car load of wedding gifts and Emily's dog to her home. Bryce and Emily return this evening from a week long beach honeymoon. What an exciting time for them!

I remember when John and I returned from our honeymoon. It was such a mixed bag of feelings....excitement at beginning our new life together, opening gifts together ( my parents dropped them in our apartment just as we are doing), and dreading the grind of work the next day. Reality can be both good and bad at times.

Coming back from vacation is usually like that though isn't it? We are always happy to be home, but miss the escape that vacations provide.

I am so excited for these two.....I hope that they have the years of happy marriage that John and I have been blessed with!

To new beginnings......

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Faith and Fellowship

The church on Thursday afternoon...ready for the ceremony.

Cutting the cake.....

Saturday we watched as our oldest daughter joined a very special young man on a journey of a lifetime.  We were surrounded by so many special people in a breathtakingly spiritual ceremony followed by wonderful fellowship and joyful celebration.  Words just can't express it...

I wish I had more pictures to share, but as they filter in from all my friends and the photographer, I'll write a wedding post.

The past few months have been incredibly busy.  
 This week I'm slowing down, assessing a lot of things, and making plans for the future.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The New Year

The New Year is here and starting out in a whirlwind for us.  In a few short weeks, our oldest will be married.  Wedding preparation is full steam ahead.

Yesterday, I  enjoyed the quiet and took time to look ahead through the months to come and reflect on what a good year 2012 was for our family.  We had wonderful family times, a graduation followed by an engagement, a retirement, and a new beginning. Many things stayed the same, and some constants are good things. 

In 2013 I have a lot of things I'd like to accomplish, but don't want to take them on before it is time.  I'm going to just enjoy the next few super busy weeks.  A wedding is a lifetime to cherish.