Friday, August 29, 2014

Where has time gone?

So it's been almost five months since I posted last.  My goal has always been to post each month but it looks like that just isn't realistic with my workload.  I look back to April when I posted last to see what has all happened...  several engagement parties - for our girls as well as others, Henry's involvement in the production of The Sound of Music and Hannah's role in it, Hannah's senior trip with CCS to Washington DC and her Sr. Graduation, Alec completing his Driver's Ed course and getting behind the wheel of our van very regularly, as well as Hannah's mission trip to Nicaragua.  Throughout all of this I have been struggling with some mystery illness that seems to fade and then flare up week after week.  It looks like I am on my way to feeling totally well again - so thankful for better health.  God teaches us to be patient in adversity and His plan is always perfect.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

And finally an update...

I can't believe it's been since January that I posted last.   I have been busy with doctors appointments and fighting some sort of medical condition no one could figure out what to do with.  Throughout all of this I found out I had multiple cysts and nodes on my thyroid and after a biopsy was extremely thankful to find out they were non-cancerous.   I'm starting to feel hopeful that this is the end and that my doctor's diagnosis of viral thyroiditis may have been right after all.  (I sure did learn a lot about my thyroid - and let me tell you that for such a tiny little organ it can sure cause a huge amount of grief).   I'm so thankful to be feeling better.  Today I spent some time outdoors pulling a few weeds and cleaning up around the yard.

I'm finally looking through my photos to see what I should have blogged about.  During the last week of February we were able to take a week away with good friends and enjoy some time in Phoenix.  The entire week was very warm - in the low 80's and pure sunshine.  As I wasn't feeling well at all I don't have the greatest photos but here's a few snaps.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Holiday Fun!

Here's some pictures showing some of the fun we had during our Christmas break.  We had a small gift exchange, went overnight to Seattle, did the Seattle Underground Tour and shopped downtown at the famous Nordstroms & Macy's.  It was a great time together as family!

Having fun with Indonesian family...

Here's just a few photos of the time we spent with Mary-Lynn & Dawid (my sister and her son visiting from Indonesia).  It snowed during the first night they were here so it was a winter wonderland when they woke up.  We took them skating - Dawid's first time and he did great!  We had a fondue evening with cousins from the valley the last night they were here - and the first night Lorelle and Jake arrived.  It was a wonderful time - so glad it was possible for them to stop by here for a few days before visiting the rest of the family in Ontario.  (The last photo is at the SeaTac airport - a beautiful quartet dressed in Charles Dickens era clothing sang beautiful Christmas carols throughout the airport)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Celebrating 80 years!!

This past Nov. 5th was my Dad's 80th birthday so I flew out to Ontario to join the celebration.   I arrived on a Friday and the following day we helped set up the JCS gym for a catered dinner.  We had a beautiful time together - although we were missing my sister's family from Indonesia and mine back in Lynden.  We had a photo booth set up where people had to set up a pose for each month based on when their birthday was.  The plan is to design a calendar with these photos (and scanned in missing people) on each months page.

The following Sunday we served cake (& coffee) to the congregation after the first service.  My parents have been in the same congregation all of their married life & it's a large church.  It was lots of fun talking to people I had not seen in years.  The following day my parents had family and friends over for morning coffee & I got to catch up with many relatives.  So glad I decided to fly out and so thankful that God has blessed Dad with so many years!   More great memories!