Christmas, Vacations and 47th Anniversary

This is a long overdue blog post. So much has happened until we finally felt well and fit enough to return to our love of hiking (next blog)! First, we had a wonderful time for the start of our grandsons Christmas break. Then we had great plans to celebrate Christmas Eve with them and our daughter at the conclusion of the week. Regretfully, we abruptly left and drove back to Myrtle Beach.

We were having a GREAT time, until we all started to feel really sick. Uh oh, Covid got us. The boys ended up doing well, more like a cold for them. But we both went into double pneumonia. We are so grateful for the doctors at the hospital that saved our lives. And that is all I will say about that experience. Because sadly, a friend and neighbor of ours didn’t make it. He was one of our buddies in our gym. He was in excellent health, very physically fit, but he KNEW and loved Jesus. His memorial service was one of the most honoring in spite of all of our deep grief at seeing someone die in their prime of their life …. Covid does not discriminate.

A slideshow of the equestrian resort the boys enjoyed for the start of their Christmas holiday:

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The next week we had reservations to be in Williamsburg from Christmas Day until New Years day. It is located between our daughter’s home and my sister’s. So we planned lots more for our Christmas holiday season. Sadly, the boys were in quarantine as were we. So this trip to be with my sister and her family was on hold. 

Thankfully, we were blessed to have our grandsons and daughter return to Myrtle Beach for the boys Spring Break. We are blessed the boys enjoy our church’s children’s ministry. Jessica also enjoys our services so it was a blessing to have them join us.

Friends from Fredericksburg were also going to be in Myrtle Beach for their Spring Break week (with us March 12-19). We had to wait until Tuesday to see them. So inside games, bike riding and a day at Fun Warehouse was a great way to start their week. We then joined our friends at their resort so the boys had friends and I enjoyed reconnecting with long time friends. Here is another slide show:

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We were continuing to recover from Covid the month of March. And then my knees had another set back. This has been a common occurrence now for decades. My ortho doc informed me it is “just” arthritis – problems will come and go. The good news is that I am not a candidate for knee replacement which was music to my ears. But my prayer was to be able to return to hiking. The thought of it had been off the table for nearly 3 months. So lots of R & R for it as well as continue to do the stretches and weights my physical therapist recommended. 

Finally, we felt well enough to travel. Not to go hike, but to be with family. So on March 26, we returned to Williamsburg. We were physically able to visit my sister, her husband, sons and grandson. Plus more time with our daughter and grandsons! Some family members are camera shy, here is a slide show with my sister, Marsha and our daughter, Jessica with our grandsons. The boys enjoyed the great outdoors, starting at Blue Bird Gap Farm and ending at our resort in Williamsburg:

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That was the end of our time with our grandsons until their summer break. Their mom came and got them as it was back to work and school Monday morning. We had to promise we would bring them back and they asked especially to go back to Blue Bird Gap Farm! So the rest of the week, we spent with my sister and her husband, Mel.

Our next celebration was our 47th Anniversary, April 11. I am not a terrible driver, but every once in a while, I make a mistake. And it was an expensive one. It could have been so much worse. I tried to get Bill to focus on this fact. But it worked out:


Celebrating 47 years of marriage turning in our car for repairs.


We are living happily ever after!

After the successful trip back to Williamsburg and getting our car repaired, we knew our endurance had greatly improved. We planned two weeks to try to hike. We learned the month of April is the hardest month to go someplace “warm” – so long story short, we decided on Wilmington, Vermont and Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I am writing this blog post in the Green Mountains. Next blog will be amazing!

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1



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