|1971: Met Steve while at UW-SP
1973: Married Steve and moved to Rhinelander. Worked as a teacher aide in special ed.
1978: Daughter Nicole born in New Hampshire
1980: Daughter Rebecca born in Wisconsin Rapids
1985: Began working for Rapids Public Schools in special ed. CDB program as job coach/teacher's aide.
1997: Nicole headed to UW-Green Bay
1998: Becca headed to Michigan Technological University
2001: Steve retired and we sold our Rapids house and moved to our second home up here on Lake George
2001: Spent a year planning Nicole's wedding and also started subbing in the Rhinelander School District
2002: Nicki married Jason, (HS sweetheart) and moved to Indianapolis where she's a city planner for Indy
2004: Began planning Becca's wedding when she got engaged on our family vacation to Mexico in Jan.
2005: Becca married Russ on New Year's Day, both are biomedical engineers working for competing companies in Warsaw, IN
We have been enjoying traveling these past 4 years of retirement. We really love Mexico and have enjoyed seeing many of our beautiful National Parks here in the US. We have a Jay Feather hybred travel trailer and we usually spend 4-6 weeks in Florida staying at several state parks each spring, and have spent 4-5 weeks in the fall camping out West or East or Southeast. Since we are truly "empty-nesters now" with the girls married, we have decided to move to a 55+ gated community just south of Leesburg, FL. We are having a home built for us there that will be completed by Sept. '06. In the meantime, we don't like being so far from our girls/guys. None of us like that long trip around Chicago. So, popular concensus has it that we buy a smaller home on a lake in Indiana so we can spend summers in closer proximity to our kids. After traveling all over Indiana, we have found a lake home we would like to buy, but first must sell our home up here. No hurry though, as we figure God has a plan for us....and we can find a different lake place down there later if this house doesn't sell right away. Plus we would like to enjoy our last summer here. (And yes, for those of you wondering, there are tons of nice lakes in the northern 1/4 of Indiana!)
Life has been good to us and we feel very blessed to have our good health and wonderful family. We won't be in Neenah over the 4th, as our girls/guys will be home for a long weekend. But we hope you all have a great gathering at the impromptu reunion. HI to everyone.
We now live 8-9 months of the year in "Legacy of Leesburg," a 55+ community in Central Florida. (about 45min. NW of Disney.) We are enjoying the "Florida Lifestyle" immensely. It's a ton of fun, lots of activities..... and our kids liken our experiences in our community to "college." We summer at our cabin on Beaver Dam Lake, in northern Indiana. We moved there to be closer to our daughters. Nicole and Jason live in Indy, about 2 hours from the lake. Becca and Russ live in Winona Lake, about 17 miles from us. We became grandparents in 2007 to 3 grandsons.....Ryan and Kyle (twins) born to Nicole/Jason and Ian born to Becca/Russ. We adore our "little men" and love being Grammie and Grampie.