Posted By Ed on January 19, 2015
Dear Family, Friends and Fans of HouseHillman.com (with special greetings to all who still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny and World Peace),
May you all gain clarity about your true desires in this New Year! First, the news:
Oldest son Luke is now the president of his own LLC, Agrarify, for which some venture capitalist is sure to pay millions. He moved across the bay from San Fran to El Cerrito to be closer to our grandchickens, and to his girlfriend, Rosemary, a new Master of Professional Science in Biotechnology. He visited Norway in October and is considering becoming a Viking. Our true desire is for Luke to find a real job. (Hallelujah! as of January 9th, this desire is fulfilled! Luke is a senior UX designer at Prosper.)
Lucy moved to North Asheville on Memorial Day with our grand-dog, Padfoot, a very protective and misunderstood beastie. She continues with Thermo-Fisher Scientific helping Level 4 labs contain the BUG. Our beautiful daughter will run in the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February where she will soundly defeat any handsome prince poseurs. Gentlemen, get your stuff together!
Conrad the Younger is a Psych major at App State on track to graduate in May. His course of study has helped him realize a few things about our family, so he is now able to move forward into the Wide Open Future. He is considering “plastics,” but is not limiting himself to any particular pursuit. Our true desire here may now be evident.
Insanely beautiful wife, Leslie, continues in neuro-surgery (keeping records – especially of husband’s deteriorating cognition). Her great fear in life is that family members will ignore the excellent advice that she gives frequently and totally free of charge. Reading, walking and knowing what you should be doing are her avocations, and her true desire is a yellow Honda Fit (and that husband would desist).
Husband Ed is enjoying life far too much – especially my work at the Givens Estates Retirement Community in Asheville. Serving is truly a privilege where I admire co-workers and residents (many “cup runneth over” days there)! Luke and I attempted Mauna Kea in May and were turned back by the Lady of the Mountain for our hubris. We helicoptered over Kilauea as a consolation, proving once again that the Agony of Defeat sometimes ain’t so bad.
We lost our gentle and beloved Heidi in October. She was with us two and a half years, and, thanks to Pope Francis, we hope to see her again! Baracki Hussein (Rocky), our golden mix, seems to be in touch with the spirit world as he stares upward very often (weirdo).
In this new year of 2015 we continue looking beyond world insanity for signs of hope. Pope Francis, First Congregational UCC in Asheville, and many small acts of reaching across the aisle or other divides inspire us. Our true desire for ourselves is to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly; our desire for you is peace and prosperity (as you conceive these things).
Ed, for Leslie, Luke, Lucy, Conrad and Rocky