I would say that sending a paper copy of our Christmas and New Year’s letter is “so last year”. I would, that is, had that letter materialized. Posting this one online, I can argue that I’m saving trees (paper) and printer ink. Maybe, it will sit here on my old blog, lonely, or maybe, it will stare at me accusingly, daring me to write yet again. So, with this letter, a beginning to a new year and perhaps a new habit. We hope that you enjoyed the Christmas season in health, surrounded by family, and made wonderful memories to relish during the coming good year.
Many changes give stories to write this year. Our “farm” grows quieter, though we still boast a few too many domestic animals for my dear husband. Moving to town is a draw for us, yet what would we do without the scream of the fox at night, or the sight of deer crossing the backyard in the evening? Each night, I look up at the stars after feeding the remaining horses, and I think about life.
William remains at home, pursuing more indoor activities such as building a computer gateway to his virtual world, earning his second degree red belt this year in Tae Kwon Do, and at nearly thirteen, setting a good pace to soon be taller than at least all the female family members.
In the mountains of Colorado, lives musical newlyweds who love, laugh and forge a future. After each earned their Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin Wallace University this past spring, our daughter, Lauren, married her best friend, Jesse Hodgson in an intimate wedding in northern Ohio. Settling in Denver, they work, teach music, and Lauren is studying to complete her certification in Dalcroze Eurythmics (a method of music education using movement). We are joyful to be joined with the Hodgson family and so happy for Jesse and Lauren.
“Storylines” was the theme of Anna’s senior thesis show to complete the requirements for her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Three beautiful paintings, each 5’ x 7’, were hung in the Grunwald Gallery of Art. She will graduate this coming spring with minors in art history and French, planning to take a year to work before continuing to graduate studies.
Mid-summer also brought career changes for K, as he joined Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, a company contracted with YUM! Brands here in Louisville. He has already delved into interesting projects for the fast food industry. His side “occupation” is as chief builder of floating frames and canvases for Anna’s paintings.
As for me, I have spent this year as a pancreas. Yes, you heard right. Late in 2013, William was diagnosed out of the blue with Type 1 Diabetes. I have spent a year studying endocrinology, nutrition, nursing, exercise physiology, and hacking medical devices to provide better control of a disease that never takes a day off. We remain hopeful that the research to cure this disease is moving forward quickly, and in the meantime, we push for any advanced medical technology available, and some that aren't yet. #WeAreNotWaiting
Being a pancreas is a full-time job, so I have retired from Lowe’s paint desk, having developed strong arm muscles and much knowledge about home improvement that I do not plan to use anytime soon.
If you are still reading, know that we cherish every connection and friendship, and look forward to being part of this coming year with you.