(Please be patient while loading) 2012 Happenings
WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO... January, 2012..Left NC mid-December for sunny CA. Visited Huntington's Gardens and the Observatory. February... went to Hawaii and enjoyed being at the Parker's Molokai Beach Home and our days together in Oahu. Jenette's two sisters (Judy & Joan) came to CA to help celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Mindy proved to be the ultimate tour guide and made sure we experienced the "CA life" she enjoys! That meant riding in her little convertible.
Dave & Kyle at Huntington Gardens Kyle with his NY friends now living out West Mindy overlooking LA at the Observatory Our 50th Anniversary dinner in CA
Sunset view from Parker's MKK Beach Home USS Missouri Pam and Fred with us on North Shore, Oahu Sister Jo on CA Whale Watch
March... Back home to NC! April... Trip to Upstate NY for three weeks to celebrate Dave's 75th Birthday. Highlight was to have Mindy come from CA to be with us. May... Back in NC we welcomed friends, Don and Nancy from WVA. June... Returned to our cottage in Upstate NY where we finally had the landscaping done. Enjoyed being with Scott and family.
July... In the middle of Delta Lake Bible Conference, we left for Lincoln, IL to be with Dave's family as brother Dean faced his last days. Also visited with Jenette's cousins in Rockford, IL and her childhood friend, Marcia and husband Martin. BTW, it was HOT in IL.
"Mother Anita" with Mindy & Gloria K..... Jane Reece (Now in Heaven) & Mindy..... Marcia & Martin (Jenette's childhood neighbor & best friend)
Pantagraph is the Bloomington, IL newspaper.... Cousins Larry & Shirley (Rockford, IL).....Special friends Ken & Martel (Rome).... Sister Jo at Erie Canal in Utica, NY
August... Back at our cottage to spend quiet reflective days. Sister Joan from Laredo came to enjoy some great Upstate NY weather, scenery and food (not necessarily in that order for her!) for a week. September... our annual Moffitt Beach weekend with the Parker Family. The mantle of Sunday dinner around the campfire has passed to Stu , Brenda and Amber. Then back to NC. Another blessed summer gone! October... Leaving NC at a beautiful time of year for CA.... Helping Mindy pack up for her (our) big move to TX.
November.... Loaded up two cars, 2 cats and 4 excited people for the 1,400 mile drive to Austin, TX. Praise God for how easily we found the perfect apartment for a short-term lease. Kyle had already gone online and found a newly organized church ("Uncommon Church") and our first Sunday was guest "Brian Head" (converted musician from the band KORN - - all new to Dave and me).
December... Grandson, Kyle, and Sister Joan and the two of us flew to NC to pack up our NC home for storage. Our three weeks there gave us time to spend with our dearest friends, Tom and Janet. A highlight was for Kyle to play in a bluegrass jam session. What fun! And to say goodbye to our Hardee Boys and celebrate Tom's birthday with them! With all in storage, Kyle drove the four of us back to TX.....with a stop in Little Rock to visit Sister Judy and her family. Kyle had not seen Jen and Peng's Josephine.
The year of 2012 can be summed up as a year of coming and going.
Throughout it all, we felt the presence and leading of God's Spirit.
We thank God and praise Him and Him Only for guidance, strength, and protection.
Thankful, too, for so many wonderful friends who encouraged us and prayed for us.
Thankful for our family which we could never have done all this without their love, support, and encouragement.
Ready for 2013 !!