Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
The celebrating began with a pre-wedding party on Friday evening.
Although there was no rehearsal, Cathy is practicing her princess wave.
Cathy's daughter, Catie, was so happy for her mom.
Everyone said you could tell they were brothers.
My new sister-in-law.
The wedding was perfect. They took a moment in their joy to remember Bonnie and Tom, a fitting tribute to their previous spouses. That was a bittersweet moment for many of us.
The reception was elegant, with delicious food, dancing and much merry making. All in all, it was a fairy tale weekend for those of us celebrating with these two terrific people.
Congratulations, Cathy and Laverne.
Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Having spent New Year's day and the day after as pajama days all snuggled in the house, I was ready and raring to go out to church on Sunday. Obviously, that didn't happen. But by Monday, we were out and about again even though the snow didn't officially stop until yesterday. Luckily, there was no wind or we would have been truly snowed in.
Being confined to the house because of the weather gives one a lot of time to think (and read blogs). Cheryl had a great post about what she is looking forward to. She asked her readers to reply in kind. I've been thinking a lot about that and here are some of the things I'm looking forward to:
~Laverne and Cathy's wedding this coming Saturday. I am almost ready to go. I am nearly packed, the card is nearly finished, not much to complete. We will leave bright and early tomorrow morning. This is a really special time for Laverne and Cathy who lost their mates and are so blessed to be starting this part of their lives together.
~Going to Henderson, NV for two months this winter. We plan to leave here early next month, take a week to drive out to Nevada, spend two months there and take a week to drive back in mid-April.
~Being engaged in 2010. Dana posted about her word for 2010 the other day. I've never heard of that before, but began to think about what word I would like to have special meaning in the coming year. I chose engaged because I want to be truly engaged in life this year. I want to be serious about my relationships with people, be engaged with others and life. I'm really looking forward to making this word meaningful in my life.
~Of course, I am looking forward to travel. We have lots of travel plans for this coming year. I am hoping to join my daughter in Atlanta in May for her best friend's graduation from seminary. We are still planning on a trip to Ireland, if we can work out the details. And then there are all the short trips around the country that we hope to make to visit friends and family.
~Oh yes, then there's turning 65 in February. Am I looking forward to this? Have I any choice about it? As I say every year at this time, "I'm older than I ever thought I'd be."
Friday, January 1, 2010
January found us struggling with snow and cold weather. The youth at church held their annual Ham Dinner to fund their trip to Snow Camp. The tree looked lonely, bereft of all it's beautiful decorations. I was able to schedule a breakfast with my buddies from the Walworth library. Of course, Jim had another hand surgery and I had my colonoscopy. On the fun side, we spent some time with the in-laws in PA and saw my sweet niece play basketball. I think I may have made a little mistake and put Super Sunday in February pictures. You can see Jason with his 3D glasses for one of the commercials. Before we left for warmer climes, the old library staff got together for dinner. We don't do that often enough. I also fit in one last scrapbook weekend before heading out. Then we were on our way to Henderson, NV. We left in a snow storm, but found beautiful weather in Chicago when we stopped to visit Paige. We celebrated my birthday and Liam's while in Chicago. The trip out is always fun, swimming in the motel pools, having great food and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Once there, we easily adapt to the warmer weather.
Poor Jim, May brought a fourth hand surgery in two years. Before the surgery, he was able to till the garden so that I could do the planting. Riding a horse has been on my Bucket List for quite some time so I took a riding lesson. Once was enough for me. A weekend in Chicago with Paige was a special treat for me.
July was crazy. As soon as Bible school was over, we were off to Boston and Martha's Vineyard for a wonderful vacation. Paige, Michelle and Liam joined us in MV for a few days. What fun. Kacy and Deb came for a weekend of shopping and then I was off to Las Vegas for camp with Gretchen. Total enjoyment. In between travels, I there was lots of time with friends here at home.
Can it possibly be September already? Oh yes! Bruce turned 60, and we had fun celebrating with him and his family. The Public Market is always fun and we spent a couple of Saturday mornings wandering among the stalls...and eating some yummy baked goods.
Kacy ran in a big Cross Country meet in Rochester in October, so I had to make tie-dyed cupcakes for the team. Also, Kacy had her best time ever. A weekend in PA enjoying the foliage and time with Mom and Dale and Carolyn was on the agenda too.