As 2010 prepares to be rolled into the archives of history, I thought I would share with my readers a list of some key events in the life of Frank and Suzie. It has been an interesting year to say the least. We have been
rather nomadic and less certain of what the next day was to bring. In the midst of all of this, we learned afresh the importance of trusting in the Lord. Since we have been married, we have not faced as much uncertainty in a year. Yet, we have learned more of God and more from God. He has demonstrated his goodness to us.
Here are our top ten events in this year.
1. The move from Louisville, KY to Chattanooga, TN.
The company I was working for at the time promoted and transferred me to Chattanooga from Louisville. We left behind the kids and grandkids. Chattanooga was a beautiful city, but we didn’t have any real connections there.
2. The launching of Fruzie’s Collectibles.
In April we launched Fruzie’s (Frank + Suzie). We find and sell collectibles, antiques, books and just about anything. We love combining a hobby with making some money. You can check out our eBay store here or our website here.
3. The birth of our first granddaughter, Emma.
Without question, this has been the highlight of the year. Being able to hold and kiss this beautiful little baby girl – well, it doesn’t get any better than that. Carlton and Amanda are such wonderful parents. I see such deep love in their eyes when they are looking at their little girl.
4. Spending Father’s Day with three of my kids.
Suzie and I made a Father’s Day weekend visit back to Louisville. Not only did we get to see the newly born, Emma, we were able to celebrate Father’s Day with three of my children – Leah, Carlton and Bethany. We ate brunch at a Mexican restaurant where Bethany was working. Cameron, my oldest, was at his home in Dallas. Cameron called me when we were first sitting down for brunch. He broke the news of the wonderful gift that the kids got for me. It was tickets to the Oklahoma Sooners at Cincinnat Bearcats football game in October. A great gift. However, Suzie and I moved back to Florida before the game in October. So all four of my kids enjoyed the game for me while I watched it on television.
5. Spending a few days with Mom and Dad in Chattanooga.
A few weeks before we left Chattanooga, my parents (Eugene & Lillie) came to visit for a few days. My parents are such an important part of my life. Being able to spend some time with them was priceless.
6. Meeting up with an old friend after 35 years.
In the early 1970’s, I attended the 7th through part of the 9th grades in Aviano, Italy. During those 3 years, we Air Force brats spent a great deal of time together. One of them, Marina Bruner, stopped off in Chattanooga while traveling during the summer. Suzie and I thoroughly enjoyed spending a few hours with a friend I had not seen in 3 and a half decades. We caught up and have kept in touch. I have discovered what an amazing woman Marina is.
7. The move from Chattanooga, TN to West Palm Beach, FL.
In August we decided to return to South Florida. This is Suzie’s hometown. We love the sunshine and the beach.
8. Spending a day with Leah’s family at Epcot in Walt Disney World.
In September, I drove up the Florida Turnpike to meet my daughter Leah, her husband and in-laws for a day at Epcot. The best part was that my two grandsons, Heath and Caleb were there. It was wonderful riding the rides and journeying through the various exhibits of the countries with them.
9. Seeing a relationship restored with Suzie’s mother.
After several years of being estranged, Suzie’s mother became a part of our lives again. Rekindling this relationship has been incredible. Her mother lives about 80 miles north of us. We have spent Thanksgiving and Christmas together as well as several other visits and daily phone calls. Connie, it is truly a blessing.
10. The return to the hospitality industry.
In December I landed a management position at The Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport. I feel like I am back in a familiar environment. The hospitality industry is definitely an interesting field.
As you can see, it has been an interesting year. Best of all is that God has blessed us with wonderful family members and great friends. Whether in Louisville, Chattanooga or West Palm Beach, God has been good to us. For that we are grateful.