Friends and Family,
If anyone can tell me where time goes when it flies by, I sure would
appreciate it! The past couple of months really got away from us. We
finished our stint as volunteer camp hosts at the National Wildlife
Refuge in Southern Illinois on Labor Day, Sept. 1st, and immediately
headed east a hundred miles or so and set up shop at the RV park in
Clarksville, Tennessee for the month.
Our daughter, Kate, gave birth to Maeby (pronounced 'maybe') Regina
on 9/8, and thankfully, Daddy Steve was able to come home on leave for
about three weeks.
We babysat Bobby (2½ ) a lot and tried to help out as much as
was needed. On more than one occasion we voiced our gratitude for being
able to be where we were needed. We are blessed.
After one month and two days, we got back on the road again and now
we are at the family place in Arkansas. We'll be here for 2-3 weeks,
gearing up for our next project, which is buying a house in Hopkinsville,
Kentucky, the next street down from Kate's. We didn't plan on buying
a house there, but the opportunity presented itself, and we couldn't
resist. It's a project-house, but we've done plenty of project houses
before. It will give us something to do when we visit the kids, which
will probably be a lot, and when all is said and done, it will be restored
to its former self
Two years ago, after living in the house for 40 years, its owner finally
went into a nursing home at the ripe old age of 103. At 105, she is
still going strong and, better yet, still has her mind. We have been
encouraged to stop by and visit her after closing takes place. Bet she's
got some great stories and information we can use. We've heard that
she is thrilled that a couple with grandchildren down the street will
be living in her house.
Tentatively, we plan on being in Kentucky for the Thanksgiving and Christmas
holidays. Steve said he'd be home (from Afghanistan) no later than 1/1/2009
(thank God.) We're still plugging away at our CDL (commercial drivers
license) home-study course, and will go to Jacksonville, FL in February
for the 3-week residency program. We have yet to figure out exactly
how having our CDLs will play into the future, but we're confident that
they will come in handy somewhere down the line. And since we'll already
be there, we'll spend the month of March visiting friends and family
in Florida and also taking in as many Cardinal spring training games
as we can!
And so, as usual, we have our share of projects to keep us busy. Please
let us hear from you; we're anxious to know what you're doing as well!
Maria & Dave