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Summer Song

Summer has come and in two days will be gone. The time passed so quickly as we carried on with our adventures.

 
 

There has been a lot of family events since the summer began. Jon's brother Jeff and his family transferred from Yorktown, VA [about 2.5 hours from us] across the country to Colorado Springs. They had transferred [Jeff's in the Air Force] here about 3 months after we moved to the DC metro area and it had been so nice to have them nearby so that we could visit often and watch our nieces grow. Hopefully we will still make it out to see them at least once a year in their new location. My sister Suzie came down from Detroit in April to stay with us for an extended visit, returning home in the beginning of July. My oldest sister Sonia dropped in unexpectedly from NY as well, staying with us for a little over a month before she headed down to visit her daughter in N.C. She has now returned to the DC area and is living with my parents until further notice. My sister Alix drove up from Huntsville, AL on her way to MA and I got to meet my nephew for the first time. Finally, my sister Sandy flew out from Detroit, bringing my nephew Andre with her and we had a great visit - she was in town for just a few days to visit Dad.

 
 

Besides family mayhem, summer has been synonymous with travel for Jon and I. Trips included: NM (to see family), Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion national parks (Utah), Las Vegas, New York City, Maine, Boston, Denver, Switzerland, and Costa Rica. It seems like a lot when I read over the list. I'll be blogging about each trip starting with NM very soon.

 
 

I also managed to lose 10 pounds. The same 10 pounds I lost [and then gained back] when I had pneumonia in January. So I've reached a new low and that is great. Only a bazillion more pounds to go before I can claim to be in my "medically suggested weight range".

 
 

Jonathan and Julia both celebrated birthdays in August, and my best friends Anna and Dani also had birthdays over the summer. Anna's beautiful baby girl was born in early summer. Dani got a new dog. Our Monday night church group grew by two new members. We held a few summer parties at our place and I led our walking group on a few new hikes.

 
 

A busy summer. Looking forward to the exciting adventures in store for Autumn- travels to Andorra, Spain, Italy, NYC, Greece, Miami and Aspen; several dinner parties at our place, and who know what else God has in store for us.

 
 

God's grace be with you.

 
 

 
 

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