Saturday, August 20, 2016

We are Tennessee bound!  The house here in California has sold.  We have contracted on a beautiful home in Adams, Tennessee.  When we move in, the population of Adams will increase to a whopping 646.  It is about 35-40 miles NW of Nashville.  We have five acres and it is a mixture of trees and meadows.  I can't wait to see it for the first time.

Our daughters are moving with us.  Karen will precede us by about a week, and handle the closing for us.  We will caravan with Michael and myself, Laurie, Mason and our six dogs.  I know it will be an adventure we will never forget!  (Trying to put a positive spin on the mammoth effort it is going to entail!)

We are surrounded by boxes and packing paper and tape.  I am trying to see some of the beautiful friends I have made during these 22 years here in California, one last time.  It is a bittersweet time. I will miss so much about California.  I love, love, LOVE California.  But it is time for a change to a slower lifestyle for us, and a bit more space to roam, a quieter existence.  The proximity to my sister and her family is something I have dreamed of.  I am looking forward to meeting new quilting friends, and watching our little grandson explore his new big backyard.  Life will be good in different ways.  I will miss so much about California.  But onward, to the next adventure.  Our "fourth quarter" is going to be amazing!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Two and a half years later!

My last post was in October, 2013!  In December of that year, a beautiful grandson was born, and through an unfortunate and sad situation, he was placed in our care to foster-to-adopt.  The adoption process was laborious at best, but we had the most amazing adoption social workers helping us along.  Mason needed a lot of medical, physical, occupational and lately speech therapy.  Our long dreamed of retirement to TN was delayed, delayed, and delayed again.

Little Mason is 29 months old now.  His adoption was final over a year ago.  His physical and occupational therapy are on hold now, and he is seen for check ups only.  He is exploding with words daily and speech therapy may be ended soon.  The blessings abound!

We are now Tennessee bound.  I will hopefully be posting more often, with pictures and stories from our adventures.  I want to get it written down (typed out on the blog!) so that friends, family, and someday, Mason himself, will have a record of all of the fun and silliness and love and happiness we have shared.  There will be scrapbooks too, but this is for just jotting down memories before they escape my cranium!  

We have contracted for a home in TN.  We are listing our home next week, here in CA.  I am oh-so-ready for this next and final adventure:  retirement.  I may be a Recycled Mom, and I may go by the name Nana, but this is our retirement adventure and I can't wait.

Nana (Joy)