Cheryl L. who has a blog titled Copper's Wife often admonishes her readers to "hold their plans lightly." So far this year this has proved good advice for us.
Megan and Jim and the children arrived here on Christmas day and had planned to travel home on January 2nd. On New Year's Eve both Rob and Jim checked the weather forecast on the internet and saw that a winter storm was predicted to hit north of here on the 2nd. We had planned to head to Ohio that day also. We all quickly changed our plans, packed, straightened up the house, threw stuff in the freezer and hit the road early in the morning on January 1st. We caravanned together until we got to southern Ohio and then we parted ways. My friend Cheri checked in on Buddy that day and the next morning Nora took him to the Cat Clinic for boarding while we were away. We told him he was going on a spa vacation. 🙂
The weather was clear for most of the trip for Rob and me but Megan and Jim got into some bad weather as they got closer to home. We stayed with Rob's sister Deb and her husband Dan while we were in Ohio. It did snow on January 2nd and it was quite cold and windy causing the snow to drift. BIL Dan has a truck with four wheel drive and he drove us over to the nursing home where Rob's mother resides. The snow was drifted in some places so we were very thankful he was willing to take us. Rob's mother is doing somewhat better physically but is still under hospice care. That evening we wanted to take Deb and Dan out for dinner at a restaurant that is in a small town nearby. Rob called to make sure it was open and they said they were but that they were going to close early. We drove on over and found out that we were the only customers they had had the entire day! It was very odd to be the only people eating in a restaurant. 🙂
We heard that another big snow storm was predicted for the weekend so we headed back home and were able to keep ahead of the bad weather.
We also got to visit with my Aunt Nana who will turn 90 in July. She insisted on having supper for us when we visited and her kind neighbor, Melanie helped her fix things for us. They served one of our favorites for dessert--Sugar Pie.
Shortly after we returned home Rob got a call from one of his students who had returned to Greenville early and needed a place to stay for a few days. Our guest room was empty so Jesse came and stayed with us until time to move back into the dorms. We enjoyed getting to know him and were glad to be able to help him out.
The most unexpected event occurred this past Saturday morning. We got a call from our daughter Nora who told us that she was in labor and was heading to the hospital! This was four weeks earlier than expected, so we were concerned. Two hours later we heard the joyous news that little Della Claire had been born at 10:56 AM weighing 5 pounds and measuring 18 1/2 inches long. She is absolutely perfect and looks very much like her mother did when she was a baby. They came home from the hospital today and are adjusting to life as a family of three.
Here she is getting her first bath:
Here she is today holding her daddy's finger:
(That tube on his finger is used for supplemental feedings to help her grow more quickly.)
So, as you can see, 2014 has been a very eventful year for us so far. We are truly thankful for all of the Lord's provision and protection in a variety of unforeseen events the last few weeks. I hope the coming new year will be equally blessed for each of you dear readers.
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