Goodbye 2008! Hello 2009!

A year ago our oldest had just moved her son to his Aunt’s in Syracuse, NY. Soon after, our newly married (and ‘expecting’) 2nd oldest moved to PA, where by mid-summer our 3rd grandchild was born.

During my trip to China in March our 3rd oldest moved out to celebrate her 18th birthday. I’m not sure what to say about that other than she a) didn’t want to have to follow the rules, and/or b) didn’t believe she should have to work for what she wanted.

In August/September I made my 2nd trip to Penang, Malaysia for the launch of yet another computer on behalf of my employer. By November, my employer had ‘traded me’ to a supplier. After 11 1/2 years I was suddenly part of a start-up. Same job, same building, working with the same folks (some changes in the team players), paid for by a Taiwanese company.

2008 Movies? Books? Nothing too notable. My favorite movie was probably Fireproof. Writing? Absolutely. I wrote an article that was accepted and published in Guideposts Magazine. Blogging? Wow! In September I logged in and by October 1 I was hitting the daily grind.

I am delighted that we are transitioning into the new year in such an interesting and different fashion. Today, we played a round of golf (hubby, youngest, parents) in Florida, and had a fabulous dinner at a local restaurant.

Raising our youngest is not without challenges, but I am looking forward to the coming year. Parenting, blogging, writing. The world awaits.

Peace,

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Another fun vacation day!

Monday Blueprint Madness

This is a case of form over function. Art over Engineering. Aesthetics over logic. “Cost is no object.”

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)

God is not obliged to explain His purpose to us. We are not exempt from suffering. We are not exempt from “random” acts (or life features, experiences) we can’t explain. Sometimes we do not see the logic. Sometimes we cannot understand the cost – the price we are paying. In the end, by fearing and obeying God, we are brought to righteousness, whether we understand his purpose or not.

I am praying for a few people who are suffering greatly through inexplicable times of trial. I wish that I could explain my faith, but I know that God has a greater purpose than their suffering. I trust that some day they will reflect back to this time in their life. This critical time that led to positive changes. That led to better things. Life will get better.

By remaining in faith, maintaining trust, living obediently, we can know that we are His children and He will look out for our best interest.

Blessings,

3 Generations on the course

My parents, my loving hubby and our wonderful youngest joined me as we FINALLY played a round of golf in Florida. Actually, we were “wild and crazy” and we let our youngest drive the cart (don’t tell the officials) and even hit the ball a few times, although he wasn’t officially playing. This is great because he has been a vocal dissenter on the subject of golf.

Also, we didn’t technically complete the round because it got too dark. We started at about 1pm. After the 1st 9 holes we were shepherded over to a different course (the public course is actually 3 courses). The foursome queued up behind us were so impatient they started on the 2nd hole. Then we spent 8 holes having to wait on them, while the next foursome behind us were breathing down our necks. The pressure was ridiculous. We were much happier after being diverted to the alternative course. It’s unfortunate we ran out of daylight.

I just double-checked and T, our youngest, says “yeah, I had fun.” I think we all did. That’s what it’s all about. Family time. Memories. Togetherness. Shared experiences.

Merry Christmas!

No snow or mistletoe

Interesting to spend Christmas “on the road.” We couldn’t have asked for better conditions. No delays or excitement on any of the flight legs. Our greatest misadventures were during the hour spent trying to get our rental vehicle (which turned out to be a cramped SUV). Once we arrived at Port St. Lucie we finally stopped for dinner, appropriately at TGI Friday’s. I said TGI “DINNER!” It was 10:30pm! A glass of Cabernet and a delightful salad helped calm my frazzled nerves.

We’re enjoying tropical weather in Florida and so far I would say the trip is going very well. Our youngest is anxiously awaiting the arrival of my younger sister. I hope she is prepared. She arrives Monday.

Yesterday we made it to the driving range & practice putting green. Today we’re going to the training center. Tomorrow we will actually play a round. Here’s my handsome hubby in his tie-dye after reassuring the guy at the desk he wasn’t planning on playing dressed like that (no collar & flip-flops), he was just asking about pricing.

ps I’m popping all kinds of Rx to fight an uncommon cold. I rarely get anything so common as a cold, but since the septoplasty, my allergies have been negligible so I suppose it’s only fair I get an uncommon cold.

Merry Christmas!

Because we’re traveling tomorrow, we celebrated Christmas today. It’s amazingly easy to psyche yourself into believing it is actually Christmas, even though reality (and the calendar) say it is Christmas Eve. We opened presents this morning (hubby and I are here at my parents with our youngest, joined by my younger sister) and had a semi-traditional Christmas dinner. Semi-traditional because a) it was healthy South Beach style, b) it was 2 hours later than planned and c) there were occasional bouts of testiness.

Tomorrow I’ll be checking in from sunny Florida. In advance, and in case I’m not able to log in tomorrow, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

But the angel said to them (the shepherds), “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:10-14)

Alleluia!

Almost Christmas

We’ve made it to Plano where we’re celebrating an early Christmas with my parents and my sister. It’s good to be reminded of our roots. Our backgrounds. Our baggage – luggage that contains the good, the bad and the ugly of our histories. That which makes us who we are. It’s humbling and uplifting at the same time.

I’m glad that I grew up and got over myself from the days of my rebellious youth, and I pray that my children do the same. I’ve had a couple of great conversations with M and I’m grateful for our reconciliation. I pray for all prodigal children everywhere.

Blessings,