It is so hard to believe another year is almost gone. There will only be one more Monday in the year of 2009 and it makes you wonder where did it go? Psalm 90:10 says: "In themselves in the days of our years are seventy years; And if because of special mightiness they are eighty years, Yet their insistence is on trouble and hurtful things; For it must quickly pass by, and away we fly." So time for man on the earth goes by very quickly and yet Ecclesiastes 1:4 says "the earth is standing to time indefinite." Time indefinite - what a wonderful hope and yet it is hard for mankind to fathom until he stops and thinks about it. When we are younger time stretches out in front of us - indefinitely. It isn't until we are much older and faced with our own mortality that time takes on a bigger meaning and seems so short. It is then that the words "time indefinite" become much more meaningful to us and something we long to obtain.
2009 was a pretty eventful year - some good events and others not so good. I was diagnosed with Cancer on March 27th after having a growth removed from my neck. That was a really big surprise but so far, so good. I don't dwell on it for the most part but it is there - especially today. The last time I.T. was in the hospital, a dear old friend was also diagnosed with cancer and is losing his battle to it this week. That was very fast - and it just doesn't seem fair. The reality of this old world is that our time here is fleeting and the reason it seems unfair is because it is not how it was meant to be. The good news is most of you who are reading this know that this is not the way it will continue to be much longer and for that - we can breath a nice big sigh of relief. In the meantime though, we have to deal with the passing of time - realizing that it will mean more and closer losses as we get older.
We lost I.T. in June and his youngest daughter a few weeks after he died. That was hard for everyone - so many emotions to deal with at one time but we are all still here. Bentley has been having a lot of problems with his job - hopefully it will get better for him soon. Page is being a little overworked right now because of circumstances beyond her control but seems to be managing okay. Leah is still working a lot of overtime but seems to still really love her job. Little D is getting used to his new role and doesn't have the anger and frustration he was going through at the old property. Page2 is doing well - growing up and so sweet. Big D and I are plugging along. We have been getting his Medicare/Social Security/Health Insurance straightened out but aren't all the way there yet. It is hard to believe Big D is 65, that I am 63 and that we have been married for 44 years years. All the kids are coming in this weekend and Page1 will be with me until Wednesday and Page2 will be with me the whole week. I can't wait to see them.
So come on 2010 - show us what you have for us! We have a new song book and new songs to learn, Roseanne and I are looking forward to our little getaway, Eileen is doing so well and we also hope to get away for a quick weekend - maybe with the other three girls in the car for our convention this past summer, trying to pick a time to visit with Fran down at Oak Island, need to pick a time to visit my sister Ann in PA, want to see more of my babies this year whether is it them here or me there, praying Ava will hold on another year because we can't afford another car, and enjoying my career of regular pioneering. Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping - into the future..... now I need to record my time for today......