A former high school classmate and cherished old friend when reconnecting with Roger through Facebook quoted the old saying: "When God closes a door, he opens a window." The years have seen a number of life changes for us that make that adage ring true. After being blessed with good fortune, a wonderful son and great experiences, we decided to look out that window and prepare for more of what this wonderful life has to offer. We hope through our blog to share our journey from this point forward with family, with friends and with many others. Hopefully we'll make some new friends along the way. We hope you find our tales of some interest, even amusement and perhaps an inspiration for you to treat each and every day as an opportunity and an adventure to share with those who are an important part of your life.

Monday, September 12, 2011

On the road of life to help a special Floridian!

When Roger and I returned from Cuenca, we headed to Florida. We had promised Roger's stepmom, Mary, we would help her downsize. Mary is 88 years old but still lives in her own home and she wanted to simplify. Our son's girlfriend, Thoom, graciously offered to help, so after resting a few days in Atlanta, we piled into the SUV and headed to Florida. We spent nearly three weeks going through everything, deciding what to keep, what to sell and what to donate. We also took time out to play...a little shopping, a few games of cards and a glass of wine or two. Sometimes it was really difficult for Mary to part with things she had kept for decades. But, overall, she was a real trooper! We got everything priced and will be doing garage sales and flea markets when we return in December. Mary has decided she wanted to host our final Christmas in the States before we return to Ecuador. As Mary she can find her Christmas decorations!

While Mary, Thoom and I went through things in the house, Roger built a patio for Mary. It is something that she has always wanted. We ladies definitely had the cooler part of the job! But now Mary and her buddies can sip wine on her new back patio!

Now we are back in Atlanta before leaving on our next leg of our adventures. Our son Steve gave us a wonderful surprise this summer.....airline tickets to Thailand. Thoom is originally from Thailand so she will be staying with us for a month and Steve will join us for the last two weeks. So the next few blogs will be about our adventures from Thailand.

As always, Juntos en el Camino de La Vida!

These hard working gals, Mary, Thoom & Suzanne, were ready
 to celebrate the end of  nearly two weeks of downsizing.
The Yazells in Florida:  Stephen, Roger, Mary & Suzanne
Roger & Mary on the newly completed patio!
Back in Georgia, Suzanne and Thoom cool off while the
guys watched the opening of the football season at a friend's house.
Next stop on the road of life....Thoom's native Thailand!

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