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July 15, 1984Dear Family,
Praise the Lord! Things have gone well in the nearly past week that Mom and dad have been gone. I have managed to stay as busy if not busier than usual with activities nearly every night.
My diet has been going well over the past 5 weeks, taking 15 pounds off so far. Roberta's incentive helps alot . . . I only have 10 more to go before I can start counting the money!!! It was so nice to walk into the store and be able to get a 34 in jeans instead of the 38-40 a year ago.
This past week was Vacation Bible School at Port William. We had about 90-100 kids (ages 2-18) every day. I helped teach the 5th and 6th grade, and we had an attendance of 13 everyday.
Whenever we don't have church, (on Sun. Eve.) I got to Villar's chapel, and have gotten to know Sybil (Gano) Tyo and her daughter fairly well. She invited me down for a cook out for dinner, so I am heading down to Blanchester when I get this letter done. The house seems so quiet after having Roberta, Serena, and Wendy there. But for now I am enjoying the solitude, as I know there will be lots of company when Roberta and Sid are here. I am so looking forward to meeting Greg (future brother-in-law?).
Yesterday I worked on my roses, putting new peat moss down. I got 3 4 cubic feet bales - 12 feet. I made the mistake of carrying them (75-100 lbs.) and today I am so sore . . . even my ribs hurt. I told Grandma and she said I had no business doing that kind of thing (I could tear my insides apart and get a hernia.).
Last Night I went to see Fiddler on the Roof at Wilmington College. It was the last musical that Hugh Heiland was to direct. It was very good. In two weeks they will be dong the Wizard of Oz. Eileen (Fisher) Cline was in Fiddler and my voice teacher will be in both productions.
Well, guess that's about all the news from here. Don't forget to write. Mom and Dad would really appreciate it. Until next week; Closing with Love and prayers,