A Long Overdue Update
Debbie here once again. It’s now been a little over 5 years since Jill went to heaven. Over the last several months I’ve spent a lot of time re-reading Jill’s entire blog and getting it out of cyberspace and into Microsoft Word. For some reason I’ve been feeling some urgency to get this done. I don’t know if there is a time limit on how long something remains on web when it’s not being updated. I guess I just wanted to be sure I had all of her good work somewhere safe. Maybe I’ll look into getting it published. Now for some family updates.
Many of you are already aware of this, but Jill’s husband Hank, passed away suddenly on Feb. 27, 2012. We were all devastated, especially for Daniel. I became Daniel’s legal guardian for a few months until he turned 18. He lived with (and still does off and on) his best friend’s family, the Ingalls. There are not enough superlatives in the English language to say how wonderful this family has been for Daniel. God provided him with the best place possible and Jill’s family continue to be grateful to them for their willingness to help.
Daniel is now 21 and attending the University of Washington and majoring in linguistics. He’s still struggling a bit (who wouldn’t be), but working hard to find his way. I have no doubt he’ll get his life sorted out and land on his feet. He IS Jill and Hank’s son!
The last time I did an update on my mom, she had just starting dating Bill. She ended up marrying him. While he was a nice guy, he was also a little weird. I can’t say we were thrilled with this decision, but he was a help as her health started to decline. Somehow she became convinced that moving to Arab, Alabama was the right thing to do, and nothing any of us could say or do would talk her out of it. She moved there in Feb. 2014 and died there on 12/26/14. She is missed very much, but no doubt enjoying her reunion with Jill in heaven.
Last time I updated my family status, I mentioned that my husband (Brad) and I were about to have our first grandson. Reeder was born on June 27, 2011 – Jill’s birthday. How cool is that! Reeder also has a sister now, Hunter Rose, almost 3. And Reeder and Hunter have a cousin, Wesley, also almost 3. Wesley and Hunter were born exactly 7 weeks apart. So we’re up to 3 grandkids – hoping for Wesley to be joined by a sibling at some point. In addition to all that, Brad and I moved from West Seattle to Burien almost 2 years ago. We’ve been joined by 2 Corgis, Shadow and Abbey. Last October I had both of my knees replaced – a huge improvement over the nasty arthritis. I will also be retiring (finally). After 27 years at The Boeing Company – I will be out the door on May 20. Hoping to do some teaching and whatever ministry opportunities present themselves.
Kim and Bill are still in Marysville and also enjoying retirement. I lost track of the grankid count on their end, but their are a few – some they haven’t been able to meet yet. Kim’s been feeding her horse-racing passion with trips to all the triple crown races (one a year for 3 years), and I think the Santa Anita Derby and maybe some others that I’m not aware of.
Mark is still working at Boeing and still showing and breeding Cardigan Welsh Corgis. His girlfriend, Leo, is also a breeder – so they have a huge amount of Corgis at home – not to mention a couple of teens/young adults. It’s a fun place to be.
Scott and Bev have moved to Kenmore. They are two of the kindest people ever. Whenever I talk to them they are always helping somebody with something.
I think that’s all for now. I don’t know how many people are still reading this, but would love to hear from some of you. God Bless!