As 2011 comes to an end, I have been trying to decide how to write my Christmas letter! So much has happened in this year, starting last January I said my farewell to my baby sister Nancy as she gave up her fight with this earthly life, a week later my job ended and I found myself retired with much time on my hands. I was starting to look at my future and what I should do with the rest of my life, or at least the rest of the year. In February my dear friend and first boss in Nevada County Maggie Smith passed from this life, again leaving a question about life’s purposes and circumstances. I was considering a possible move, to get closer to family and David talked to me about a possible change to moving to their property in Baja Mexico at least a few months out of the year, a place they loved and they assured me that they would fly down and spend probably more time with me then they did living 4 hours away. Circumstances again played in my delay from making that decision. Mitch, Cheri, Grant and Bailey still live within an hour and a half from me and I wondered how I could move away and leave them for longer times. Mitch is still working for Steritech and is doing very well and has expanded his area to Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada as well as the northern California region. Cheri continues with her job and home they stay busy with the many activities Grant and Bailey are involved in. Bailey enjoys softball and is on the summer and winter leagues. Grant is a sophmore and very involved with highschool, and enjoys spending time with his friends and is looking forward to getting his driver’s license next spring.
On July 7th, life dealt a blow that has changed our lives forever when we lost our David, DeDe, Luke and Ryan in a tragic airplane crash. Daily I ask myself why and have to call upon my faith and trust in God to find a peace that allows me to continue to count my blessing and cherish the love that they shared with me! I miss them and they are constantly in my thoughts. As Christmas comes I find myself thinking more about Gods love and I am so thankful for all of the angels he has sent to love and comfort me. Their many friends shared their love in each picture and each gesture they did when they put together the celebration of the four lives and they continue to remember and support in their sharing. I have been blessed with many new friends and the renewal of old friendships. I find that music and songs bring peace and help me focus on this love, the friends and family that are here to support and care so lovingly. Their lives were so full of adventure and wonderful moments, they touched so many where ever they were. Friends they had many and enemies none! This boys knew of love and peace and are a big part of my Christmas picture this year. My wishes are for us all to continue to build memories, live life to the fullest and share your love because we never know when that is what we will have left. Thank you to all of you my angels and we all wish you Peace and love this holiday season and in the New year.