2011 turned out to be a pretty good year for us, and a vast improvement over 2010. The best thing that happened was our daughter-in-law, Christy’s, recovery from colon cancer. Originally diagnosed as colon cancer, stage IV, in the spring of 2010, after 2 surgeries and 12 chemotherapy treatments, she is in complete remission. In January she will return to TeamKipp to broker real estate with Sharon and I.
Another big event was helping my mom transition to assisted living. We moved her from the home where she had been for 51 years. It went smoothly with lots of help from my sisters and Sharon. We have the house for sale. It’s not sadness, but there is a melancholy feeling to this process. I guess it’s the realization that we, too, are approaching the autumn years of our lives.
Christy’s Cancer, and my mom’s move kept us from going on a big trip this year. We went to Philadelphia twice to visit Megan. After returning from India in January with her Yoga Teacher Credentials, she graduated with honors from Massage Therapy School in June. Sharon and I went to the commencement ceremony as proud parents. We went another time just to look around and see the sites. For a big city, it’s nice. There are many historic sites…which I enjoy, and lots of ethnic neighborhoods with good street side markets and food…which we all like!
In the fall, Sharon sponsored a team that walked in the Susan Komen Race for the Cure. Her team made boob hats to wear during the walk; drawing lots of attention to a good cause, and made a generous donation in the process.
Jon, Christy, and their 3 sons joined us at Pickett State Park in October. Our dinner club friends came, too. We had a wonderful long weekend hiking, canoeing, cooking, and exploring. Our campfire was probably visible from the moon. We’re already booked for the same weekend next year, and have added a few new invitees.
In December, Sharon was named “Business Woman of the Year” by the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce. This is her second time to win the award. She also won it in 1994. We are all proud of her. She also turned 60 this year. To celebrate, she wanted to go on a big adventure so we’re going to Peru in the spring. In addition to the enigmatic Machu Picchu, other stops include Lima, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, and the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River.
Our Real Estate business experienced an up tic in 2011. That was refreshing. After the sudden downturn in 2007 many people went to the sidelines hoping things would bounce back just as quickly. Everybody knows now that didn’t happen…so it seems like everyone has decided to get on with their plans. Please call us if we can help you or your friends buy or sell a house in 2012.
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Until next year, please keep yourself fit, and we’ll see you in 2012!