Holding my "before" favorite shirt after losing 125 pounds on my journey to better health.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Almost a New Year

I have not been writing a lot on my blog lately. I have been busy enjoying the holidays and spending time with my Grands.    I have been feeling a little bit guilty that I have not been putting updates on here but I don't want to just randomly write and post.
      I want you all to know that I treasure your friendships. Some of you I have never even met but you continue to lift me up to become a better person. Your comments and messages are very much appreciated and motivating. I only hope I have been able to lift you up too. 
      I wish you health, strength, happiness, and most of all peace in this New Year.
      Now I need to go because I am being called on to engineer a light saber out of a gift wrap tube and empty toilet paper rolls.  I am going to go play and "Just keep swimming!"

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


My husband announced that he is going to retire the end of March 2016. It will be very bitter/sweet for him.  How to you say good-bye to a company that you were with when it had its humble beginnings? Starting as the truck driver 41 years ago and growing into one of the Managers in just a few short years. The building he has been working in for the last 32 years he had the opportunity to supervise the construction from the ground up. He had a voice in every part of it. That is how much the owners trusted him and his decisions.  We as a family even spent many hours assembling shelves, cleaning, and just enjoying the progress made each day. My children all have worked at sometime or other in that building.  I even answered phones one day when the receptionist was gone. (One day was enough for all of us!) 
The most important joy he has had is the people who he has met and become fast friends with through the years.  Many of them are gone now but he stills talks of them and the things they taught him through the years. He has many employees that have been with him for many years.  He has appreciated them and cares about them.  Not many can say that they were able to dedicate their life to a company and enjoy so many things about it. (Of course there are always a few rough spots but what job is always perfect?)  What a wonderful life he has provided for us his family. We have had all we ever needed and then some. That is the kind of dedicated person that he is.  He puts his all into what ever he does.  I am so proud of him and the example he has given to my children of, "an honest days work for an honest days pay." I really do think it is a reward to be able to leave this kind of legacy.  Well done Russell,  Thank you for all you have done.  I Love you.