With a title like this, you’d think I write a newsletter every year, but this is actually the first. For some reason I feel compelled to connect with our eclectic group of family, friends, and acquaintances. Perhaps the fact that we relocate every two years (no, we are not in the military or in the Witness Protection Program, it’s just my husband’s gypsy nature) and meet new buddies each time, makes people ever more precious to me. At any rate, for all of you—from Hawaii to New York and abroad—here’s an update:
In April, Keith and I left Florida (for the fourth time) and settled once again in Utah. We wanted to get back to a change of seasons, the Wasatch Mountains, and S*N*O*W (just got 18 inches overnight). We’re fortunate that our job situation permits us both to work from home—wherever that is. I’ve also picked up the pace with my writing: a short piece, “The Christmas Box,” was published in Volume Two of the Florida Writers Association’s collection, A Slice of Life, and I am at work editing a new novel.
Older daughter Kristina, in California, celebrated her first wedding anniversary with her husband, Jesse, and soon will be popping the champagne on both leaving her job and going on safari next month. Her younger sister, Shauna, released a CD, and continues to write and record original songs. Stepson (another) Jesse, and daughter-in-law, Shelly, just moved into a new home in Florida with their children, Chase, Elijah, Isaac, and ?, who is scheduled to make his or her appearance in May.
Keith and I took one amazing trip in September: we spent five days in Istanbul and then boarded the Venice Simplon Orient Express, the same train/route immortalized by Agatha Christie. The six day ride from Turkey through Romania, Hungary, and Austria, ending in Italy, entailed spending alternating nights sleeping on board and in hotels, with pre-arranged sightseeing, lunches, and dinners in Bucharest, Budapest, Vienna, and Venice. One of the more memorable aspects of the experience was dressing formally for dinner each night on a train with no showers, in a thirty-six square foot cabin, while moving at a speed of 90 kilometers per hour.
I’m delighted to report that we not only survived the journey with our sanity and marriage intact, but just celebrated our eighteenth wedding anniversary. Together we wish you a blessed Christmas and a healthy new year filled with the Lord’s peace. Soli Deo Gloria!