My Year Twenty-Fourteen

Found out sometime between February and March that Dad had liver cancer, with only six months to live (he’s still alive and kicking in December!)

Retired from working as a Para for the Special ED department, at Meade High School in May

Started a spiritual blog at

Traveled to see Dad, the first of June, and two days into the visit was forced to return home because my husband, Chris, was in Dodge City’s hospital with blood clots in the lungs; he survived, but started dealing with diabetes and blood thinners

Sometime in the summer, Mom had congestive heart failure, survived, and then started dealing with borderline diabetes and high blood pressure

My sister fell and damaged a rib badly, taking several months to heal

The middle of August, they found pre-cancer spots on my face and I had them burned off, two different times

The end of August, I had to rush Chris to the hospital with heart arrhythmia; again he survived, but started dealing with high blood pressure, too; so now, diabetes, blood thinners, arrhythmia, and high blood pressure

Chris started looking for a new preaching position in April, knowing it would take some time

  • First interview (May) in West Virginia; left Chris’ suit at home and had to buy a new get-up in Kansas City; visited the Louisville Slugger Factory—Second: (June) in Alabama; visited with cousins in Montgomery, on the way home—Third: (mid-July) Central Texas; visited Ft. Worth, on the way home—Fourth: (late July) in Louisville, Kentucky area; visited Lincoln’s boyhood home—Fifth: (September) in Hanoverton, Ohio—Sixth: (October) in Stratford, Texas—Hired the end of October in Hanoverton, Ohio

Moved to Hanoverton, the week before Thanksgiving and spent Thanksgiving with the Noland Family

Getting used to Ohio, helping the Noland’s as Bob Noland finds he has a pancreatic cancer tumor and gets put in the hospital in E. Liverpool, then Pittsburgh

Traveled around Ohio, visiting Canton, Akron, E. Liverpool, Boardman, and Salem—Traveled through West Virginia to Pennsylvania and into Pittsburgh

Watched the movie The Mockingjay 1

Celebrate 23 years of marriage, having lunch at the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton

Created, finished, and published several books: Discovering Ezekiel, Wind Dancers, They, Search the Word Puzzles 3: Revelation

Created Kindle version books of Dove on a Barb’d Wire, They, Wind Dancers, Mzungu Expressions, Africa Seen, and A Cross Examination

Donated most of my African artwork to the Meade HS library

Started having my hair permed this year

Received a guitar for my birthday in May (Fender) since my last guitar was stolen years ago

Received a small amplifier for the guitar at Christmas

Learned how to play the Lego Wii Harry Potter games, years 1-4 and years 5-7

Started teaching 5th and 6th grade Bible class in Hanoverton in December

Lost weight/gained weight; exercised/didn’t exercise; stopped eating gluten

Lost my Aunt Ruby Hunt this month; lost several elderly friends this year

Continued writing prose for my blog, four or more a month


4 thoughts on “My Year Twenty-Fourteen

  1. You’re such a strong person to be able to carry on after so much. Thats wonderful. Wishing you not only more strength, but also more blessings in 2015.

  2. Thank you “tpa72”! I never thought of myself as “strong” before. I just try to fight only one giant at a time before turning to the next one.

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