2004 – A Year of Changes (Becky’s notes)
Change can be good, but going through those changes isn’t necessarily easy! In January, I had major surgery. God blessed me with a beautiful private room during my hospital stay and many family and friends to help with chores during recovery. It was painful physically and a real challenge to return the house to “normal”. I’m feeling fine now, but needed to add a daily shot of insulin to my regimen. Ron changed jobs a few times this year (see his notes). One of our rentals changed tenants and repairs were needed before a new renter could move in. We still have some repairs to finish. Change can be good, but going through those changes isn’t necessarily easy! In January, I had major surgery. God blessed me with a beautiful private room during my hospital stay and many family and friends to help with chores during recovery. It was painful physically and a real challenge to return the house to “normal”. I’m feeling fine now, but needed to add a daily shot of insulin to my regimen.
Mae Robinson, one of our “God daughters” married Ed Gruss this June and my brother Stephan Roufs married MaryFrancis in a most unique celebration! My Mom and sister Liz took a missions trip to Africa this fall and plan to go back. I wasn’t able to do as much at church this year because of health and time constraints, but still manage to sing and play keyboards with two worship teams, decorate, garden and prayer group. The biggest change of all is our house/yard. Construction is messy, disruptive and noisy...
Everyone says it will be worth it when it’s done…! We broke ground on June 15th with prayer and shovels. The bulldozers moved in two days later. Seven months later – outside is done (except a few minor things) but inside there is much to do (as I write this, no utilities in the new part are up and running so no sheetrock or insulation). God is good and we have had a LONG fall so Ron could finish up outside. It hasn’t been unbearably cold yet either so we haven’t frozen completely inside. God provided an apartment full of furniture for us miraculously and He has met every need. Hopefully we’ll get the inside done this winter and landscaping done in the spring so we can get back to “normal”! So many wonderful people have put countless hours of work into making this addition a reality. We are truly blessed! One more change I never thought possible was our Christmas tree tradition! We couldn’t find a time for our excursion onto the tree farm for the “perfect” fresh tree. But God provided a beautiful, though artificial tree and all the trimmings for it from our furniture givers. Our pet situation has remained the same, though from time to time we were minus Carmel – seems she likes to explore the neighborhood! Lady Belle turned 13 this year and is having trouble seeing and hearing…but she is still top dog! Sylvester, Jon’s cat, did a bit of exploring this year during construction – he would sneak out any opening in the walls and climb scaffolding or just sit out on the balcony watching below. He even needed a bath! There’s so much more to share…come on over to see what God has/is doing…call and check up on the progress…and please keep us in your prayers. We want to be in the center of His will.