January started off with a Bang!
I did not think anybody could ever drag me to Vegas,
but here's Judy and I doing our weekly plank exercises
as we both go into the New Year celebrating our 60 birthdays.
We go back along way...and have sure enjoyed our times together.
What will we do this year Judy?
My actual birthday, Feb.13th, 1952-2012,
standing on the shores of Saint Monica, waiting to board
the Cunard for a 12 day voyage to Hawaii.
He's the engine behind me....
We both love cruising and knows how to plan the details
that created a special surprise trip just for the two of us!
Laughter is enjoyed along with his well designed surprises.
And our dearly beloved Papa turned 100 on March 2, 2012.
Thank you Helen for all your love and support that you continue to give to Papa.
We will never forget our family ski trip in March.
A handsome young man, Christopher asked for our
daughter, Suzanne's hand in marriage...
And of course we said
April was the month for a tour for farmer's wives.
We headed south to the boarder, Seattle and guess who forgot her passport?
We all enjoyed the shopping, food and sights of Seattle.
It's never long enough.
And of course, you will recognize some familiar faces.
Not only cooking brings us together, so does farming.
Ah....Memories of my five years working as the Volunteer Coordinator
at our local hospital, Chilliwack General Hospital.
Recruiting volunteers and developing programs became
part of my duties which fit so well for things that gave me passion.
And then there was that day....
I retired May 31....and I can still feel that pit in my stomach.
I loved my work, I loved my boss, and felt valued all the time.
June demand more of my time as we prepared for another party for Papa!
We hosted family and friends from afar.
Suddenly in July, the focus changed once more.
I am sure you have spotted these two old Mennonite women in previous blogs.
They made their appearance out of no where again.
We all arrived together in the month of July with members from Menno Media.
We sat down and signed new contracts for our upcoming book called
Celebrations, due to be released May 1, 2013.
The whole weekend Summit was hosted and prepared carefully
by many of the authors themselves.
It game me time to think about wedding decor as we hosted supper.
The decor for the wedding was white accessories with brown linen
accents, coffee beans, yellow sun flowers and our own back yard.
August came and we enjoyed every last minute which led up to the wedding.
No greater joy than to have both of us escort her through the doors.
And it looks like I was giving instructions once again.
These friends knew exactly what I needed.
Thank you to a wonderful group of girlfriends
who have been there to support me for many years.
We are a bunch of lifers.
Then a quick trip to Osoyoos with my favorite little men.
They bring me joy beyond...they bring me laughter.
And I love them to pieces.
September brought my sister and I closer together,
as we celebrated birthdays and anniversaries together.
But what we did not know, was that we would both be
planning a celebration of life for my
dear brother Lorne, who passed away far to quickly.
Dec. 3, 1950 - September 12, 2012.
We miss you Lorne!
October, brought us together again, as a family,
around the patio table, enjoying a feast of turkey which was deep fried.
we, together with friends enjoyed a get away to the warm Pacific Islands.
And you can see,
we really knitted up a stash as we created our winter
touques for Christmas gifts. Have you ever heard of the Fish Hat?
Many good times chatting, eating, knitting, walking and
enjoying the warm ocean waters.
December arrived and I am reminded of some unique surprises,
Water funnels created for watering the trees and
Wooden dowels created to making noodle racks.
Once again, as I look back I am thankful for my family and friends,
who have been a support along my journey.
There have been many surprises this past year which have made me smile.
I hope I can go into the New Year smiling and looking at
and savoring the moments that allow me to cherish Christmas all year long.