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I put together a little video about my latest skiing adventure. I hope you get as much chuckle from watching it as I did making it!

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I just got home late last night from a week of skiing with NEHSA (New England Healing Sports Association).

This was the first sports clinic that I have been too and I now realize how much fun I have missed for the past 20 years.

This particular clinic was held at Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire. I cannot say enough good about the organization, the location and the Veteran’s Administration for putting on such an event.

The skiing was SO much fun! But the bonus for me was meeting so many great participants and volunteers to make the week a huge success.

A special thanks to my ski instructors, Mark and Kevin! They were phenomenal to work with and get to know. And to Ken who joined in with our group and let us use his Go-Pro to capture one of my “finest” moments! lol

The plaque on the trophy that I was awarded says it all! And here is a link to a video to show my comedic moment. Skiing 

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sunshine_through_cloudsI thought I would use the title of my blog to do a little preaching at myself. Though I must admit that wallowing in sorrow at times is much easier. 

I do not need to reiterate how difficult the past three months have been for me. At times it has felt like I was at the bottom of a very deep, dry well; and the only help I got was someone threw me a shovel. That sounds rather dramatic, but there it is. 

As I am writing this, I am in my bedroom with the door closed and the lights off. That in and of itself is nothing rare. But what is rare is that in the living room of our home I am hearing gales of laughter and giggles from a bridal shower. One of my nieces is getting married next week and my daughter, as her maid of honor, is throwing her a shower.  

Laughter, fun, refreshments, hugs, gifts, etc. Everything that stand in stark contrast to how I have felt all summer is just a few yards away from me. Is that wrong? Of course not. Is it wrong that I just now answered a call from a good friend with news that he is getting married? Of course not! I am very happy for all of them.  

Yes life has sorrow and tears, but life also has so much love and happiness. Always look for the silver lining in whatever storm you may find yourself in. So taking another dose of my own medicine….life does go on.  

James 1:2-3 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 

So the trials of life will seem very burdensome at times and attempt to squelch our joy. But through it all, we can take comfort that the ultimate joy of Jesus Christ in our lives will produce an unshakeable faith. 

Something that my parents would have, and did tell me over the years. I must always continue to remember and live out the biblical truths that have been passed down to me.

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I’m sitting here in dad’s room alone with him, and the time is precious and needed. I have sung a few hymns to him, held his hand, prayed with him and even played some fake piano to him on my iPad.

A mix of the present and the past. He is lying peacefully in bed, breathing slowly and never moves. How much longer will this be? Only God knows. This makes day four that he has had no liquids or nourishment because he can no longer swallow.

I don’t have a lot to say here at the moment, but I did want to share an old family picture that has been taken out of hiding after many years.

IMG_1063The person on the far left is my Uncle Les, now deceased. My dad is the dashingly handsome man (my words) behind him. Next is the youngest of the four brothers, my Uncle Fred. The man with the pipe is my Uncle Walt, now deceased. The young lady in front is my Aunt Ruth, then my Grandmother, Carlotta, and my Grandfather, Carl, both deceased.

Looking at this picture now, about 60 years after it was taken, my dad looks so much like his father that it is uncanny.

From that small group came 20 grandchildren, great grand children and more than I can remember or count or future generations.

Time marches on.

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For better of worse….we are home. The house is finished and we have officially moved in. So far we have given away enough furniture to furnish another home and we have yet to unpack many of our boxes. I hope that Good Will is ready because we are coming! How many toasters and crockpots can one house possibly need.

 

I’m embarrassed to post some of these pictures because of all the clutter we are still trying to find room for. But hopefully you will find the forest through the trees and see the vision that we had when building. Of course the best thing is that it is all wheelchair accessible! To me, that has made it worth all the hassles to arrive where we are. So enjoy the pics!

 

IMG_0693This is the dining room area. Table for eight should be large enoughIMG_0711 for family and friends to sit around, enjoy a cup of coffee and solve all of the world’s problems.

 

 

 

 

 

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IMG_0710This pic is looking over to the living room area from the dining room. A nice, comfy wrap around sofa, fireplace, TV and piano. A little bit of everything for everyone.IMG_0690 Ignore the Chhuahua wearing the cone of shame.

 

 

 

 

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Here are some shots of the kitchen area. The craftsmanship on the kitchen cabinets is amazing. The pics here do not do it justice. The area is very open allowing for lots of maneuvering room for me. Also a shot of the front door and the door to the right of the kitchen goes into the hall leading to the garage with Wendy’s and my room on the left and the laundry room on the right.

 

 

 

IMG_0699One of the bookshelves I bought for the study. This one is four feet wide and six feet tall and we could use about five more of them for all of the books we have. So if you should ever visit, don’t be surprised of finding books just about anywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is one of the bedrooms down the hall complete with bookshelf. Every bedroom also has its own TV so you can escape the herds for a little quiet time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0713Another bedroom. And as you can see we are gradually getting pictures hung onIMG_0714 the walls. Amazing how the little things turn a house into a home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0703This mess is Wendy’s and my room. It does look a little bit better IMG_0704than this now. And our bathroom. You can see the sink cutouts and roll-in shower for me.

 

 

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Well I guess this ends the virtual tour. I hope you enjoyed it and ignored the mess. Feel free to drop by for a visit and we may just be able to find an extra coffee cup. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The busy little bees continue to buzz and the ants continue to march as the finishing touches take place on our new home. I try to roll myself in once a day or so just because I am nosey and eager to see the work. So here are a few more pics to update.

Remember I had this home designed barrier free and landscaped so that no ramps are needed to get into the home. I hope you enjoy them!

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Back wall with all of the windows of the open concept area with trim work complete and wooden floors down.

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Fireplace in the living room area, built in TV area above the fireplace, and kithen off to the right.

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Corner bedroom of the home. Wood floors throught the entire home except bathrooms and laundryroom.

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View of kitchen taken from where the living will be.

 

 

 

 

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Front entrance with kithen on the right and hall on the left leading to library, bedroom and bathroom.

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Kitchen…I hope you can see the beautiful crown moulding here and countertops.

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Bathroom floor in Wendy’s and my bathroom.

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The cutout in the vanity will be where my accessible sink will be placed.

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Barrier free shower for accessibility. Has oversized drain in the back corner with a 2 inch drop from the entrance. This meets ADA and VA requirements. The door is 36 inches wide.

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Roll-in shoower with the plumbing fixtures on the back.

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Wendy’s and my bedroom also with wood flooring.

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Wendy’s and my bedroom.

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Greetings fellow bloggers and blogees. What! Blogee is not a real word?! I can’t imagine. 😉

I was informed it was time for an update on the house. Not mentioning any names of course, but here is the update, as requested, from someone in South Africa. Fortunately for all of you other readers that are just tingling with excitement and anticipation, you get the update also. I will just tack on small notes to the pics, and the videos speak for themselves.  Enjoy!

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The is taken from the back corner of Wendy’s and my bedroom. The door on the right goes into our bathroom and the door straight ahead goes into the hall coming in from the garage.

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This is taken from the kitchen area looking down the main hall in the house. The first door on the right is the library. The last door on the right leads into Wendell and Hilda’s area of the house.

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This is taken from the back corner of the dining room. The main part of the house is an open concept consisting of the dining room, the den that you see here and the kitchen is off to the right. The door on the left also leads into Wendell and Hilda’s end of the home. The two holes on the right that you see will be for the fireplace on the bottom and a built in TV on the top.

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This is taken from the back corner of the kitchen looking into the main part of the house. Lots of Windows for lots of light. The double glass door will lead out onto the patio at the back of the house.

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This is taken from the bathroom door in Wendy’s and my room, looking across the back of the bedroom.

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This is the tub/shower enclose and my roll in shower in Wendy’s and my bathroom. The roll in shower is barrier free with a two inch slope down to an oversized drain at the back of the shower.

 

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Front of the house taken from Avery Road.

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