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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Hi Everyone… PRAISE GOD… my favorite time of year is here again… and thank you, LORD… it really is good to be writing this year’s Christmas letter!
2014 has been an interesting year for us. We’ve had lots of fun, finished some big projects, took a few trips, did a lot of exercise, played with the grandchildren as much as possible… and learned about the heart!
Exciting news in January was we began a long awaited kitchen and whole-house remodel project. Completion news was we began emptying Helen’s house so it could be put on the market.
In February, we attended some of grandsons Korban and Malakai’s YMCA basketball games. Son-in-law, Eric, coached the games while Nana and Papa cheered loudly. And, of course, there were more work trips to Olympia!
March brought more home remodeling including furniture moving, floor finishing, carpeting, painting, bathroom updates and more work trips to Olympia!
Carole escaped to Seaside, Oregon, with her old friend Patty again in April. What a delight… there is nothing like a weekend with the girls!
In May, we celebrated our newly remodeled home with a fun dinner party for our neighbors. We also watched Korban’s baseball games… and Nana made a quick trip to Disneyland with the Kliskey’s to see Mickey, give Pooh a hug, and sing over and over again, “It’s a Small World” with Leo!
June brought us our granddaughter, Kayla’s, graduation from South Kitsap High School, two Red Sox games at Safeco Field and a trip for Nana to Cannon Beach with son Todd and family… and daughter, Denise and family. Jer also began a structured and long term program of weight loss and exercise.
We celebrated a wedding in July when our granddaughter, Kayla Nirakina Dustin-Ramsey married Thomas James Maddox Kirby in Port Orchard. Tom is in the Navy and they now live in San Diego. Nana and grandson, Byron, also drove to Spokane for a couple days and played with the Dammel’s at Badger Lake.
In August, Jer flew to Sacramento as Lynn relocated to a wonderful new home near Sacramento, to be closer to work and place Kai and Zoe in the same Waldorf school. We finally finished cleaning out Helen’s Olympia house and reposted it for sale after the first sale fell through.
September brought a Seahawks fun run and our grandson, Byron, moving in with us for the school year. The Kliskey kiddos all played morning soccer and we often found ourselves with a hot cup of coffee and folding chair… on a damp morning… in a wet grassy field… but what fun and excitement it was! Carole also celebrated her 50th Class Reunion at Wenatchee High School. Where… or where did the years go?
In October, Jer visited with Kai and Zoe at Lynn’s while she and Ken went to a concert in Sacramento. Kai’s hockey practice was great to watch and video!
But… my biggest surprise this year was being diagnosed with A-fib… and then having a heart attack in November with three days in the ICU! I am now the proud owner of two stints and lots of drugs! I would prefer not to do that again!
Daughter Denise and Eric prepared a wonderful turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day and daughter Jani, Brian and Karma joined us. It’s always fun to see the cousins play together. Jer’s weight loss and exercise continues to get the results he expected and the colorful Nutrisystem stuffed bears for every ten pounds lost are fun incentives.
This year, we have once again enjoyed performances at the Fifth Avenue Theater and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. The city is beautiful at night and it’s always fun to do an out and about!
December arrives and we have decorated our home for the Christmas season earlier than usual. Our home remodeling was one of the high points of the year… and the heart attack, a major low point for both of us… but I know God loves me and has been with me every step of the way. He has a plan… and I can put my trust in Him and know that I am in the best hands possible! Thank you, LORD!
Managing his weight loss program, playing bridge and Jer’s “Lakeland Computer Doctor” business continues to keep him busy… and I still love spending time with the grandkids. Hopefully, we can do another fun run together this spring!
If you would like to see a few of our year 2014 photos, you can find them at:
Know that you are loved and we are so very glad you're a part of our lives. We pray your Christmas and New Year overflow with God’s love, peace and blessings.
With Love and Warm Hugs,