Merry Christmas from the Turners!
It has been such a fast year with a lot of hard things, as I’m sure you are all experiencing. But in the midst of it we have much to be grateful for.
David lost his last two parents this year. Carl, our Dadish, required more and more of David’s time as his memory was failing. Yet, he continued to live alone and drive himself to the poker room each day to take people’s money. Sadly, in September he picked up COVID and was unable to beat it. We were both able to be with him during his passing, as was his grandson, Ryan. David misses Carl greatly as they were very close.
David’s mom had been living with congestive heart failure and this led him to take nine trips to Santa Barbara to see her this year. We are so thankful he had that time with her, and that our birth kids were able to visit as well. Both of us were with her the last week of her life in November. We are very thankful for David’s siblings who took such good care of her, allowing her to stay in her home. Her memorial service was beautiful as she was loved by all who knew her. We grieve them both this holiday season and so many other loved ones we have lost this year.
Jacci made the big decision to retire from her therapy job! Exactly thirty years ago this month she started working as a therapist. The last year and a half have been extremely taxing on all mental health professionals, and with the added stress of the deaths of family and friends, she lost her desire to keep working. She has one more week and then will be free to write and work with Christian Formation and Direction Ministry (CFDM). Speaking of CFDM, her first online cohort has entered their second year and is going strong. She also enjoyed helping Fresno’s CFDM first year training cohort this year.
In terms of writing, Jacci’s critique group keeps her moving forward and she is now the Published and Listed (PAL) coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Nevada. She looks forward to coordinating more writing gatherings in the future. But the most anticipated event will be the Audible version of her latest book, Tree Singer, coming in January! A dear friend who is a professional voice actress in LA is doing the audio version and it will be fantastic!
We look forward to a quieter 2022. With the days getting longer we can’t help but hope the world will get brighter as well. We certainly need the light of the Holy One to get us through this coming year. One thing that has given us joy this year is joining a small group. After a year of isolation, knowing a small group of people are there for us has been a delight. May you also be surrounded by family, deep friendships, and Light this coming year.
We send you much love.
David and Jacci
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