I'm thankful that we had a good year. I wish we could have seen more of our friends and family far and near. We did visit Herman's family in Tifton and Albany, Georgia, and even went to the beach house near Inlet Beach in Florida with Herman's cousin Sharry and her husband James (Sackor). We saw Mikelle, Teresa, and little Savannah in Atlanta when they visited Alex's family. (Mikelle is the daughter of Sharry's twin, Garry.) Herman, Aaron, and I spent a few days in Hilton Head, so that box is checked off.
Herman's uncle Raleigh and my sister Nancy shared genealogy information with us. From 23andMe and Ancestry.com, we've learned that I am 2% Mali and Senegalese and Herman is (wait for it) 2% Swedish!
Alex's store, Taproot Hydroponics, is in its 7th year. Aaron has been with his company as an industrial electrician/trouble-shooter for 5 years. Our daughter-in-law Andrea has become a licensed real estate agent. Herman is working on projects, including a portable wheelbarrow garden. And I'm teaching online, meeting with my writers group (and sometimes actually writing), working for my church including our Little Free Pantry (Herman built it), and volunteering with the Lions Club of Fort Valley. I'm practicing my violin a little, and Herman plays his guitar all the time.
Alex and Andrea moved to a new house in Avondale Estates, near Atlanta. It goes without saying that our time with our grandchildren Ashton (to be 3 in February) and Alana (just turned 6) is the highlight of our lives.
Merry Christmas to you, and we hope you have a happy and fulfilling new year!