Thursday, February 13, 2020

Catching Up And Looking Back

Good intentions are always at the top of my list but the reality is that the best of intentions don't usually take priority when life requires a change of plan. That's what has happened here. I have great intentions and then the unexpected - not always bad - comes along and switches my plans. And so, my best laid blog plans have taken a back seat.

My sweetheart and I will be leading a group of volunteers to Paradise, California next month. Fifteen months ago the town of Paradise was almost completely destroyed by the worst wildfires in California's history. Rebuilding and recovery has begun and we are going to help wherever we can.  Recruiting for the team and the initial planning is over. Now we are in the middle of the paperwork part - reams of paperwork, or so it seems. There are a lot of forms for every one of the twenty-two team members to complete and return to us in time to meet the deadlines needed by the volunteer center in Paradise. Finances are being raised by team members and from donors, plus there are the unending logistics for getting us there and back again. And there are the details to consider for our 'down' time when we're not working on projects on location. I will share more about our plans, our destination, what we will be doing and give you some background about this soon.
We spent a week at a favorite RV park on the Oregon Coast to celebrate our forty-eighth anniversary last month. This seems to have become an annual tradition for us. When we check out at the end of the week my sweetheart reserves our favorite spot for the next year. Our anniversary trip was great this year, even though we had very strong winds that made we wonder at times if we would set sail for parts unknown. The tides were very high and we were all warned to stay off of the beaches for most of the time we were there. Not a problem! We were snug, safe and warm in our cabin-on-wheels and we were happy. 

A few days after we returned home from the coast we got a call we knew would be coming soon. Our oldest granddaughter, Abigail, was in the hospital in labor. Her precious baby girl arrived three weeks early. Safe and sound and absolutely wonderful! We headed to the hospital a couple of hours later to meet our first great-grandchild, Miss Riley Suzanne! This picture was taken when she made her debut in the world outside the hospital the next day on her way home.
So many more things are happening as they do in all of our lives. Things routine and unplanned and things that surprise and bring joy to our days. There is so much more I want to share with you. Places we've been, things we've seen and experiences we've had. I truly hope I can get back into a regular pattern of sharing here because I have millions of thoughts - and perhaps even more photos - to share. I truly hope it can happen. Honestly, I do.

With A Grateful Heart,



  1. I have a cousin that lives in Paradise and goes to a church there. She grew up in the Santa Rosa CMA church. Sweet baby great grand daughter. There is a tea farm in Paradise too.

  2. Hey, Sweetie Pooh! Oh, congratulations on that beautiful little baby! What a miracle. How marvelous of you and hubby leading up the group to go and help in California. Our daughter, son-in-law and babies just moved to Monterey. I don't think they have the fires there but we have just gotten back from a trip there and saw many areas that had burned - so heartbreaking. Thank you for the visit and you must show some of your blues and whites sometimes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. My, you are very busy. How wonderful of you to volunteer to help out in Paradise.

    And, congratulations on the newest arrival. So cute!

  4. Oh my goodness! She is just beautiful! WOW, what a huge group going on this trip. What an awesome cause too. Hope you are doing well sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy


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