At our house the week between Christmas and New Years had some sickness. Mostly colds, sore throats and two with ear infections. We are all on the mend by now and things are getting back to normal.
On Friday evening, I got a call from the owner of the gym where Ellen goes for exercise, Fitness 4 Focus. He had very sad news for us that we are still reeling from. Ellen's trainer had passed away. I had to repeat it back to him to be sure that's what he said. Totally, totally unexpected. We are incredibly sad.
Here's some pictures of Ellen working out with Cole. (I post these pictures because we want to honor this young man for who he was...a talented guy filled with love and desire to share his talents with kids with special needs. Not everyone is cut out for that job. He did it well.)
Cole was an excellent trainer. He really had a heart for special needs kids. He was always so kind, so encouraging. He will be missed!
Oh God, surround his family with your love!
I cannot even imagine their pain.
Ellen is handling this well. She will work through it at her pace and hold dear her memories of this special young man....and keep his picture close.
We celebrated New Years Eve at our daughter Marcy's home. We ate good food,
the kids had fun dancing....
Some played a fun game which caused gales of laughter,
We watched the Dick Clark celebration on TV and watched Mariah Carey flub badly. Oh my, that was painful and rather weird!
I was just really tired, especially as it got closer to midnight. So,
Sunday we got up and went to church. It was a slim crowd. Our service was shorter than normal again. After church we went to our favorite place to eat in Manheim, Twin Kiss! I had the special meal.... pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Delicious!! Dale and Ellen had the usual hamburgers and fries.
Monday everyone was home and we decided to pack up Christmas. So sad. I'm never ready but the house was. Yesterday I did some cleaning and it really does feel lighter around here for some reason, haha!
Last evening was Women's Group at church. I'm back in leadership again. It came about because there was a need (even before there was a need I was feeling the tug and whispers in my spirit), I felt the call to say yes, so did another dear lady but she has since had some big changes in her life and had to step down. So that lets just little old me. Relying heavily on my God!! Last evening we watched a YouTube video, a message by Lynn Hybels. She challenged us to be whom God has truly created us to be, to overcome fear, to act on our convictions and passion to meet needs, to be Dangerous Women!
It was good to be together!
Tonight I'm going out to eat with the Basement Girls....friends that I worked with. If you are new here, we call our group that because we all had offices in the basement at the retirement community where we worked. Love these ladies and it's been way too long since we have been together. So looking forward to it!
God Bless your evening! Hold your loved ones close.