I so appreciate the cards and Christmas letters we receive that catch us up on family and friends around the country. The pictures of family events are so much fun. Facebook has been showing me pictures from 10 years ago, when our grandchildren were still shorter than me. That’s no longer the case!
This blog is dedicated to summarizing our year, so mostly pictures with explanation. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
We started the year in Yuma, but flew to Kansas in February (what were we thinking???) for the 50th anniversary of our home church, Northridge Friends, where we are charter members.
From Wichita, we flew to Hawaii, along with Heidi and Tim, for Robert’s retirement from the Army. This is my favorite picture taken on the USS Missouri. He and his wife Shelly are now living in Lacey, WA where he works for the state.
In April, Sara June Compton joined the family. I think Rae (4) is mostly happy about having a sister.
April also found us back in Kansas checking out the housing market. We are now homeowners in Wichita again! This is the before picture. We’ve tried to make some improvements, but it needs more.
This was a very Bailey focused spring. Several wedding showers led up to her graduation from Friends University in early May.
Colorado gave us the cold shoulder in May, right after we got to Golden Bell for our summer volunteer stint.
Fortunately, that didn’t last long! In June, we drove back to Kansas for Bailey’s wedding to Brett Martin.
Today they have this announcement to make, Baby Martin is due in June 2023!
One of the highlights of our summer was having Marc and Jordan and their two girls come to visit us in “Granne and Papa’s big mountains”. We loved showing them around.
After a full summer of running the rv park at Golden Bell Camp and Conference Center, we headed back to Kansas to get to work on our house in Wichita. We had a driveway put in for parking the RV when we aren’t in it and then LeRoy built a privacy fence. Keep that in mind!
Fast forward to this week. The property west of us here in Yuma has a new owner this year and he and LeRoy worked together to remove the less-than-wonderful chain link fence between us…
and pulling out the posts to be ready for a new wood panel fence.
At year’s end, we’re still plugging along, still having fun and still looking forward to 2023. We consider it a blessing to have each day, because we have lost many friends who were in the same place. May God help us to be the people we need to be for him in the new year.