Yes I think time is a very fleeting thing. Time has a way of getting away from us in the form that suddenly we feel so old when those we know do something awesome. Or suddenly you find yourself facing a mile stone in your life and wonder where the other times went to. In a very short period time my wonderful husband and I will celebrate 40 years of wedded bliss. Now wait just a minute did say bliss? Yes I said and somewhat meant bliss. As we all know there is no such thing as a perfect marriage. I would not trade the last 40 years with Richard for all the tea in China let alone any other country. I would trade the health problems we have both had, I would trade some of the terrible arguments that we used to have and the things we said to each other that hurt. The arguments played a part however in making us into the couple that we now are. We rarely say a harsh word to each other and I can honestly say he is my best friend. I enjoy just sitting around the family room in silence as I watch him sleep. Ever so grateful that his life was not cut short on several occassions. We enjoy traveling where the mood takes us. He lets me go alone sometimes and misses me like crazy when I do. I have alway let him go with my blessing and a hurry home. It was harder for Richard to be home alone and left to do the simple things on his own. He is finally no longer afraid of the washing machine and the dryer. He will if he has to wash his own clothes. Cooking on the other hand is still pot pies and tv dinners or if he is lucky an invitation to Erin's for a home cooked meal. That is okay I am glad he likes my cooking enough to really miss it.
Okay so much for that kind of time. Now for another kind and that is our children and grandchildren getting older. Time sure flies when we are having fun. Sam is a 14 year old who at the rate that he is growing is going to be taller than his Dad who is at least 6'5". He wears the same size shoe as his Grandpa, but he is much skinnier and very blond. I wish he lived in Idaho so I could watch him grow up. We recently gave him an old 1954 Ford Pickup. It is in need of lots of work but him and his Dad will have fun working on it together. It was always suppose to be a Father Son project just not that father son combo. Christian is not getting tall like his brother but he is growing just the same. I would think that by the end of the year he will be as tall if not taller than this Grandma. Isabelle will be a 5th grader the next school term. Just this week she had the opportunity to do a 15 minute teaching session in her class room. She chose orgami, the very old art of folded paper. She was able to get one of the very oldest figures down enough to teach her class and that was the crane. As long as she used the largest piece of paper she had no problem. I will have to show her some more figures, maybe we can teach each other. Then last but certainly not least Lainey, our 6 year old twenty ager. Lainey is a lot like her mom in that way. I suppose ones life does have a way of coming back full circle. Lainey is not easily rattled has a mind that works to way to fast for her own good and will be the first female president of the United States. Well one can hope can't she? HaHaHa! They are all so very different in their own way and all loving.
As far as their parents are Jason have moved away, gone on their own trails. Jason has worked for others, for himself, for others again and himself again. He has such a head for his own business that he makes what ever he puts his hand to work to his advantage. His wife Christy is still busy with work at the Mayo Clinic and has gotten her BA and now on to her Masters. Of course she keeps with the boys and all of the things they do.
Erin is busy working in the ICU at St. Lukes downtown Boise, she has a new boyfriend that is an absolute dream of course that is my opionion. Challis has a great calming effect on her and the girls. She seems content and very happy. He was raised in a Christian home with the values and demenor that goes with that raising. He does not yell and realizes that they have a father but can be a good mentor to them. He has a dog and a cat that goes very well with her 2 dogs and her cat. She is moving back in with her Dad and I but only for a few short months. She needs to save some money to make a down payment on a house. I guess as parents we do we have to do to make our kids lives easier than ours were.
Time is only as good as we make it. I have learned over time to cherish each day for what it is and what it has to offer. It may not be a wow type of day but as long as when I open my eyes and I see my bedroom, if I can feel the floor beneath my feet, I can smell fresh coffee and I can walk down the hallway. I am truly blessed by my savior to still be on this earth and among the living. God Bless you all and have a great evening.