Hello, Old Friend

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On the 31st of January, in 2019, I am re-committing myself to blogging again.

I know, I know… I have said it before, and I will probably have to reaffirm again. But it is a start. A beautiful start to what is quickly shaping up to be a pretty good year.

I continue to heal from the surgery back in October. Yes, I am still healing. But it IS happening and that makes my heart happy. I’ve even made strides to get a little healthier by incorporating exercise back into my life. As for food, well, I have jumped on this culinary band wagon and have been attempting to cook my way through Julia Child’s famous cook book: Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Vol. 1 AND 2.)

I have a few more goals in mind for this year. I hope to take a photography class in the Spring that my husband purchased for my Christmas gift. It will be with the Atlanta School of Photography. FINALLY, people. I’ve been saying I wanted to do this for years. I’m also hoping to write again.

So here I am.

I also plan to reconnect with the people I love the most. Including old friends, as well as making sure I invest time and energy into growing the relationships that are newer. I even find myself attending church each Sunday, albeit not a Catholic Church. Tim & I decided to invest in our little town of Plains and we began attending a church just a few blocks from our home. It is a Methodist Church and the pastor is really good. I miss a lot of the elements of the Catholic Church, but unfortunately in South Georgia, the pickings for a church that fits my needs is not very strong. I cannot formally join the Methodist Church, because I do not want to part with the Catholic Church. However, my husband is a Methodist and it is simply having him transfer his membership. Good enough for me. It will serve my needs, for now.

Life has been moving along quite calmly – Tim and I have been coming up with house projects, as well as travel options for the year. The financial strain from building a house is easing up a bit and we are ready to move to the next phase.

The holidays were spectacular. I tried to attend every single event that I could. Here is a quick look at my year-end from November & December.

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We had a delicious and delightful Thanksgiving at my Mom & Dad’s house in Haddock.

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Spent some time visiting with Tim’s childhood friends. Apparently, it was such a momentous occasion that it made the local paper. 😉

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We spent a lot of quality time together. He did a great job taking care of me post-op.

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We spent a lot of time with our kids and grand.

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Isn’t she growing up so fast? And so, so, so beautiful. This is my grand-daughter – Cotton.

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This was my third year as the official light flipper during the Plains Christmas Tree Lighting. First time that it had rained. And.. um.. I was afraid I would electrocute myself. 😉

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We had a very successful Christmas Open House at the Americus Visitor Center.

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Tim came to support his sister & I as she judged the Americus Christmas Parade and I was the emcee.

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As a family, I introduced Advent into our home and all of the traditions that come with it.

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I reconnected with old & new friends in Macon.

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I even celebrated Hanukkah!

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We set up a cookie making night with the girls. They did a fantastic job!

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I got the wonderful opportunity to serve as an Ambassador for the Andersonville National Cemetery.

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One of the most moving moments during the Wreaths Across America.

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I had my coworkers come out to my house for a little Christmas party!

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We celebrated Christmas in Plains with President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalyn.

 

We threw our very first Christmas party in our new home.

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Got to enjoy a fantastic Christmas party with my work.

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AND – I got to emcee it!!!

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Our tree went up. I did it by myself because Tim was super-duper sick!

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And finally, I have been Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

And we are only on day 31 of the new year.

So much good is in store and I can’t wait to experience it all!

Here’s to 2019! I hope you embrace each day as a gift!

 

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One thought on “Hello, Old Friend

  1. I am so glad to be here . . . reading about you and life and experiences . . . and connecting again. I am trying to blog again, too. I feel it is filling a void that is so deep in my life right now, it is helping. Looking forward to EVERYTHING 2019 has to offer, my friend. (including . . . SEEING YOU!!!!) Hugs!

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