Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas 2015

We want to take this time to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Blessed and Joyful New Year. 

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks God the Father through him."

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Wilson News 2014-Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Wilson Newsletter 2014 Merry Christmas

     As we look back over the year in preparation for writing this letter, 2014 reminds us again how much we are truly blessed.

     We continue cheering and jeering the Phillies and Eagles; enjoy the University of Delaware football games as season ticket holders; as well as shows offered by the DuPont Theater and Delaware Theater Company.

     We were able to get to NYC to enjoy some Broadway shows. We also enjoyed family vacation time at a favorite spot in Millsboro, as well as a week in Rehoboth Beach and our annual trip to Florida. Jim and Matt were able to go on a work/vacation week to Hawaii, which was a huge highlight for them. 

In June, Jim threw a HUGE 50-something surprise party for Tina at our home.  He “enlisted” our kids and our grandson to help and Tina was definitely surprised! It was a great day of celebration and seeing friends from all stages of our lives.  Our grandson, Jacksons birthday was on October 10th and we celebrated with extended family and his friends as his parents threw a great party for this special 4-year old!  We also had our traditional family party at Mimi and Grumps house with the request of “breakfast for dinner”. Jackson began Preschool-PreK-3-year-old program, which he loves and has made several friends. 

This year, we have been able to better understand some of the challenges of recent years and as a result, participated in several opportunities to give back.  For example, we have engaged in the battle to more effectively diagnose and end pancreatic cancer.  Following Matt’s lead, we supported the Delaware Affiliate Pancreatic Cancer 5K Walk/Run.  Tina has also joined the “core team” of volunteers with the Delaware Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) as a PurpleLight Chair-Volunteer.

Matt celebrated 3 years being cancer free and serves as the Advocacy Chair-Volunteer for the Delaware PANCAN Affiliate.  He has been instrumental in obtaining numerous resolutions supportive of pancreatic cancer research including one from Governor Markell.  He spoke on behalf of the Affiliation in Washington, D.C. and was awarded the Randy Pausch Award (The Last Lecture) at the annual Pancreatic Cancer Action Network meeting in Los Angeles!

The end of September brought the family down to the beach as Jim and Megan participated with the Wilmington University Team for the Bike to the Bay for MS" - a 75-mile, one day bike ride in support of Multiple Sclerosis.  We also assisted The 7thAnnual Wilmington Kidney 5K Walk in October.  Tina, once again, led our team to top honors and served on the logistic committee and Delaware Walk Committee. Jim also has had the opportunity to go to DC to ask congress for support for Kidney Disease research.  Jim is also a spokesperson in our area for kidney awareness and continues to serve as Treasurer on the National Kidney Chapter Board.  

Megan completed her Master’s Degree in June (she will walk this January), at Wilmington University and is now teaching on the college-level as an adjunct.  As a result, she is able to return to teaching which is a passion, has more time to spend with Jackson and to volunteer with school activities. Megan is an amazing momma and she definitely enjoys her role as wife and mother.

Lindsay continues to enjoy his work, (Assessment Coordinator) as well as an adjunct faculty teaching at Wilmington University. He is a wonderful daddy and husband.  He is a good provider for his family and a wonderful son-in-love!   We are so blessed to have such amazing children.

Jim and Tina enjoy time together as well as working on individual hobbies.  Jim continues to enjoy his work as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Wilmington University and his health is very good (3 years post kidney transplant)!  Tina continues to define her best “gig” as being able to run the home fulltime and be a Wife/Mom/Mimi.  Her Mimi & Me (Jackson) days are highlights of her week.  She also dabbles in her quilting and music when time allows. 

We truly are blessed and continue to be aware of what is most important and to share the talents we are given.  We are reminded to see our days through the eyes of our 4-year-old grandson: days with honesty, eagerness, and hope.  Our center continues to be the One that is always constant in an ever-changing word.

Merry Christmas and May you enjoy all that the New Year holds,

Jim & Tina

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's coming soon!

Our 2014 End-of-the-year "newsie" letter is coming in the next week or two!  PLEASE check back to read the highlights of our family's year.  ~Tina

Monday, November 17, 2014

A little late, but special all the same

Tomorrow will be exactly 1-month since our daughter, Megan celebrated her 29th birthday! I'm finally getting around to posting some thoughts about this wonderful life changing moment in our lives. There is a song that we had sung at our wedding and a song that I sang at several weddings throughout the years entitled, "Turn Around", that says how one day she was a babe and now has her own.

Tears of joy often flow from my heart and down my cheeks. I have always loved each stage of parenthood and now grand-parenting. We are blessed to have our adult children live within 15 minutes of us and we don't take that lightly.  We enjoy time together and are thankful for our close-knit family relationship. 

Megan is not only a great mother/wife/daughter/sister/aunt/daughter-in-law/grand-daughter/friend, she is one of my best friends. We are now at a stage of not only mother/daughter, but friend/friend. What a gift!  What a treasure!

May this year be a year of great joy for you.  May you have a year of peace, great health, bounties of blessings and lots of laughter.  We love you-Megan!

Happy Birthday Sweetheart


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