What a challenging year. It began and ended with our mothers in rehab with broken hips – Dan’s mom in January, then my mom in November. We are thankful that both have worked hard and achieved a fairly good recovery. This week we are in the process of moving my parents to a retirement community; Mom will go straight from rehab to this new location, just ten minutes from us and about 20 minutes from Larry. Mom and Dad had been looking for some time, but it took a crisis, as is so often the case, to actually motivate them to move.
In addition, several deaths have had a significant impact on us and on people we are close to. God has clearly been with us through all the tough times and losses, helping to redirect our thinking to a more realistic view of life and giving us the strength and compassion to care for others.
We’ve had some very significant and bright times this year as well.
For three weeks this summer we toured
I’ve begun a new adventure: I decided to get a part-time job in June. I am working about 8 hours a week at
Dan has been very busy at work this year, involved in several “Boeing-wide” projects to improve the structural analysis computing system. He has done a lot of long distance conference calling, telecommuting, and some traveling. Musically, he has spent a lot of time with Matteo (his baroque guitar), playing and singing in the Continuo Ensemble, and both of us continue in Opus 7.
We’ve seen quite a bit of Celia and Keith this year, with our trip to
We’ve seen quite a bit of Colin, too, mostly on the hiking trail and at
Speaking of bears, in October, our chili-loving mama bear and her two cubs were trapped on our street and carried away to the mountains. We still see plenty of wildlife, between the deer and coyotes. There’s always something interesting for the neighborhood dogs to bark at (including us).
We hope you’ll take some time to peruse the pictures and read the stories on our blog.
We wish each of you God’s richest blessings in the New Year!
Dan and Joann