New opportunities for volunteering continue to both challenge and reward me. I have spent the Fall volunteering as a co-facilitator in a Bible-based 12 step recovery program. I continue to serve as a playroom supervisor at our local family advocay center which provides a safe environment for children who are sent for forensic interviews related to allegations of child abuse. I am also preparing for our Spring program of Divorce Care. In the meantime I am looking forward to our NAMI’s (Greater Phoenix) Parents and Teachers as Allies Program training day on December 7th, 2013. And today, we found time at home to put up our Christmas tree, count our blessings and talk with our children and grandchildren on the phone.

¬†Despite the death of my step-mother this September, we remember her life of service and positive spirit. We will all miss her this holiday season and forever more.¬† But she left a legacy that out lives her chronological years. She suffered from blindness for nearly twenty years, and didn’t complain. She chose a positive attitude and inspired all she met. We miss you, Fran, but your love continues to surround your family.¬† God is good and we give thanks for the time you were in our lives.