We don’t mail out Christmas cards anymore and now create a digital greeting instead.
When thinking back on the year since last Christmas, and even with our nomadic lifestyle, the year was highlighted by time with family.
Our youngest grandchild was born in Indianapolis while we were there for Chirstmas last December. We stayed in Indy for New Years Eve with our best friends who are like family from Cincinnati, Jeanne and Ray. Then, we headed south for some sunshine and warmth in Florida. We would make 4 more trips to Indy in the course of the year, including a trip to surprise Toni on her 40th birthday and a trip to help watch all 5 grandchildren in November. We went to Durham, North Carolina the home of our other daughter and her family 3 times. We always enjoy Thanksgiving with them and were there to babysit for their 10th wedding anniversary.
We managed to attend an 80th birthday party for Tom’s Aunt Mary Ann and a 90th party for Tom’s Aunt Rosemary both in Cincinnati and made sure Tom’s dad was there to help them celebrate.
And while we were back in Cincinnati in May we participated with Roni’s grade school friends family in the SandAngel Foundation’s Strolling with Angels walk in memory of our dear friend Chris Blom Back.
While we were in Gaffney, South Carolina in May, we looked up Tom’s cousin Bruce that lives closeby and they enjoyed a reunion of such not having seen each other in 20 years. We enjoyed meeting his wife Lora and going out to dinner.
Speaking of reunions, Roni was reunited with her half-sister, Patricia after loosing touch for 50 years when we drove out to San Diego. What a blessing that was. We met her son Bob and his family as well.
We also spent time with family long gone through genealogy research at the National Archives in DC and St Louis and the Janssen Genealogical Library in Reading, PA. We managed visits to Chattanooga, Chickamauga and Mill Spring battlefields where Tom’s great great grandpa Ludwig Bosch was engaged in battle in the Civil War.
We caught up with our RV family at several rallies – the Newmar rally at the Tampa RV show, Freightliner Owners at LazyDays in Seffner, FL, Region 6 Newmar Rally and FMCA Rally in Indianapolis, the Newmar Fulltimers in Branson and Newmar International in Sedalia, MO and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta with a Newmar special event group in October.
We hope to leave the motorhome safely tucked away here at Mt Olive Shores North in Polk City, Florida with our new family of neighbors and drive back to Indianapolis with Bogey to celebrate Christmas 2017 with our family and friends.
So while we’re speaking of family, we wish you and your familya wonderful, blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with peace and love and all good things.