Tuesday, November 5, 2013

From apartment to shining sea...

(Craig writes) Our housing sojourn continues. Since we decided to sell our home in Columbia back in 2006 and try a few different living situations ...apartment chaplains, 5th wheel camper in the backyard, then 5th wheel camper at a campground, small garage sized cottage, 2 BR duplex, 3 BR house, 2 BR city apartment and now a 1 BR downstairs beach house we are living in while waiting for the closing date on a 4 BR home back in Columbia. Seems like we would get tired of all the moving, setting up and taking down, packing up and unpacking and actually we have. The choices made to remain "open, fluid and available for opportunities in ministry and otherwise" have left us with a desire to go back to a more normal lifestyle of being in a home of our own again. Home means different things to different people at different times in their lives. At one point it meant a symbol of stability and sameness for us that had a sense of safeness and civility. That gave way to the feeling of a liability, an anchor holding us to one location and mindset of servanthood to a geographical location. We enjoyed the lifestyle of keeping options open and not being too tied down for a season. Now we seem to have come full circle in that the desire or felt need for a type of freedom from geographical anchors has reversed and we seek to re-establish the nesting instinct by buying another home. Becky is excited about decorating, tearing out walls and painting as well as restocking our once scarce supply of furniture. I am excited about the same things as well as having a lawn to mow, a driveway to pressure wash and house trim that needs painting again. Maybe advancing age put these desires back into us or maybe we are just a bit weary of living life backwards...nah, it is just time for another change. Home ownership again, bring it on! Now if I can just find my paintbrushes, my rakes, another lawnmower and my way back to the Lowes Home Improvement Center...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Its been a long, long time...

Craig writes:
So much for keeping this blog updated with current info on our lives!  Its been a while since we recorded anything so a brief but not comprehensive recap would include:

We moved from the Rosewood area of Columbia back over to Irmo for a year then decided to move back into town again.  The apartments where Laura and family lives had an opening across the hall from them so we took a two bedroom apartment on Saluda Street and now are neighbors with Laura, Tim, Addie and Whit!  It's great to have them so close and enjoy meals, coffee and just hanging out together.

My work continues to go well and I continue to enjoy it even with all of the traveling involved.  We recently returned from a cruise that went to Cozumel, Mexico - Belize City, Belize - Roatan Island, Honduras and Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island.  Has a great time with Ashlea, Tom, Teddy and Tyler as we discovered new places and visited a children's orphanage ministry in Honduras.  After leaving the ship in Tampa I got sick on the way home and we ended up staying in Palm Coast, Florida for the night.  Becky then got sick(er) but we made it back to Columbia Monday afternoon, went straight to a Minit Clinic, got $350 worth of medicine and came home to recover from the flu (Becky) and bronchitis (Craig)!

Thanksgiving this year was observed at Cathy and Bobby's house and we had most of the family able to attend.  Ashlea's family and Addie had traveled to Delaware to visit Tom's parents and then do some sight seeing around D.C. and Philadelphia.

Our search for a "church fellowship" continues.  We got a lead from Matthew this week about a pastor in Columbia that had been involved with Grace Ministries in Charlotte so will be contacting him to see about getting together.

More to come...at some point!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Camp NanaPapa 2011

(Craig writes) We had a great CNP in September with 7 of our 8 grandchildren able to attend the annual Camp NanaPapa. The theme this year was "The Swiss Family Robinson" with stories from the book, decorations with an island theme, food with strange names (snake eggs, frog eyes, live wiggly worms, dried ants and jungle juice - a.k.a. frozen grapes, garden peas, hotdog strips, raisins and lemonade/tea punch) as well as building a treehouse. The treehouse was actually more in between and around trees rather than actually being built up in one thanks to the engineering skills of Papa and his desire not to harm any live trees in the backyard. Tom and Ashlea also brought the bouncy house for us to use during camp week so the cousin campers had plenty to do outside. Each of the children got a chance to hammer some nails and put in some screws while building the treehouse but Addie seemed a bit more interested than the others in drilling holes and putting the wood together. She also wrote and directed a play, "The Red Headed Cousin" that all 8 grandchildren (with a guest appearance by Nadia) presented to Baba, Laura, Amy, Rita, Becky and me.

Becky is already making plans for next year and is considering making it a "Little House on the Prairie" theme complete with native american crafts, a visit by a real horse to ride around the yard, authentic food (gluten free of course)...you get the picture. The treehouse will probably be converted to a "prairie soddy" or suitable housing to afford as realistic imagining as possible as the children hear the "little House" stories read.

On another front, Becky and I were given gift certificates by our children for kayaking tours for our 40th wedding anniversary and we are looking forward to using them in the very near future!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thanks for the memories...

(Craig writes) Our 40th wedding anniversary party was a blast. About 90 of our family and close friends were able to join in the fun with us. Seeing so many familiar smiling faces at one time brought back many memories of life events that span over our 40+ years together. Many conversations of "remember when we..." followed by laughter punctuated the evening. One of the major highlights for me was when our children shared a few words with us on their reflections of being parented and loved by us over the years. Wow, between Bec and God we ended up with a truly wonderful family! Thanks God and Becky for a wonderful life, and thanks for the meaningful memories that have made it a full one.

The next phase of our lives together continues and I am excited about what God will do with us as we continue our journey down "the road less traveled."

Saturday, September 10, 2011

40 Years Of Wedded Bliss! (mostly...)

(Craig writes) Today is the day of our 40th wedding anniversary party and to say we are excited would be an understatement! More like uber excited, stoked out excited, wildly excited - you get the picture. We recently had a photo book made and entitled it "From 2 to 16" based on the 2 of us starting out 40 years ago and how our family has grown to 16 today. When you think of family and building relationships the fact that we are all really a mosaic of who we choose to let into our lives becomes refreshingly clear. The statement "no man is an island" becomes more meaningful the older I get. We will have a plethora of folks celebrating with us tonight from many aspects and times of our lives. Like it or not, if you are reading this you have had some input into the couple you are partying with tonight (feel free to claim only the good parts as your addition to our makeup)! So to all of you who knew us, know us or will know us in the future, thanks for your addition to our lives. We wouldn't want it any other way!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

That was a fast year!

(Craig writes) - Well it is now 2011 and I didn't record anything here from 2010. Seems like good intentions don't always work out like you envision them. One of the many notable things that happened in 2010 was that Becky was able to complete her Doula Certification with D.O.N.A. and help bring several new babies into the world! She loves doing this and is really making an impact on the families she has helped/is helping. We will also be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary this year and decided to make it a year long celebration by doing special things together all year long. Since I had to be in Florida for a business meeting in January we started our year of celebration by spending a few extra days enjoying the warmth of Florida together. Becky even ran in the Disney World 5K and received a medal while we were there. This January has seemed colder than normal for us and we had a lot of snow and ice to chill things down even more. We both have mentioned that the older we get the better warm sunny Florida looks, but would probably settle for someplace along the Carolina's Coastline as that would be closer to our wonderful family! The LifeNet dream continues to unfold as Peace Community Church became the first new church to grow out of it. Seems like the housechurch momentum is picking up again...yeah! I wonder if I will do a better job at recording snippets of our lives in 2011?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

2010 finds us with 8 grandchildren now! Wow...and to think it all started back in 1967 when Becky woke Craig up on the high school band bus to see if he was really asleep and did he want to talk, (I was asleep but I woke up to talk)! The rest of the story to follow...