From the desk of Candy:
Dear family and friends,
We the Presley family have much to give thanks for this holiday season. Without getting too sappy, allow me to share the highlights of 2006.
This past January, Loran and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in May, 2005 by spending two full weeks on Kauai in January, 2007. 82 degrees and tropical breezes make for a vacation that felt like Paradise. The longer we’re married and the older we become, the more we enjoy warm weather and doing absolutely nothing.
Lydia hit the big one this year – 30! I do not feel old enough for this to have taken place. She is in her third year as a legal secretary for the attorney she works for in Chillicothe. This past summer she delighted both her dad and mom by opening her piano studio and teaching lessons. If that wasn’t enough to make us smile, she started taking lessons herself again. We are so jealous of the neighbors who enjoy the endless evening hours that she practices daily.
Abigail and Scott have officially been married five years. They live in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. There is always a home improvement project going on at what Scott affectionately calls “Camp Abby”. They have two adorable children – Cole who is three and Grace who is almost two. We treasure each visit – which is never long enough. Abby has embraced being both a wife and mother. She does everything whether it’s cooking, baking, crafting, decorating or organizing the next social event in her neighborhood with an all-out enthusiasm. Let’s just says the wives on the block can tend to get just a little jealous of Abby’s skills.
Meggan gave us hope this year. She completed and graduated from Gateway Drug Rehabilitation this past summer. She continues to set short term goals – 90 N.A. meetings in 90 days and then the opportunity to go back as a guest speaker to Gateway. Next is the Constitution test for her GED. We celebrated her sobriety at 7 ½ months. At 25, she is taking one day at a time and embracing life for the first time in a very long time. Her family – especially her brothers and sisters are enjoying each day with Meggan and the chance they have to get to know the sister they thought they had lost.
Lauren became wife and mother when she married John 2 ½ years ago. Gage who is 9 and Alaynna who is 4 have been accepted into our family. They at the present are living in a home that we have been renovating for the past two years. Lauren loves to cook and makes all of us smile. She is so generous in her caring and is blossoming into a lovely woman.
Alec is our senior this year. He has a big heart and not so small in stature either. He has been managing at Pizza Hut while working forty hour weeks. He also chose music over football these past two years. We as a family love to hear him sing. His passion is gaming and he is hoping for one of those rare Wii systems come this Christmas.
Rosie is now a sophomore. She decided on making a change this year and chose to live with her sister in Atlanta and attend school there. The music program is excellent where she plays flute and piccolo. She is a straight A student again and is embracing the challenge of her studies. We miss her voice in our home but holidays are now the best for her and us!
Candace is thirty-five and locked in a fourteen year old body. She’s always been like a grown-up. She informed us today she has always had straight A’s. She will not settle for less and would really like to be challenged more. She has her first boyfriend this year and it’s fun to see the two of them together.
Ethan is 12 and in the sixth grade. He now has his own room which he takes pride in keeping immaculate. He is my third hand in the morning – takes trash out, makes his bed, helps with laundry and lunches, and has officially learned how to make macaroni and cheese. Ethan makes us smile with sports and it all just comes easy to him.
Evan, now 11 and in the fifth grade means we are now done with grade school. School has always been a challenge but studies seem to be coming easier. Evan loves web-kins and spending time with his buddy Tyler. He has a sweet spirit and soft heart which on a regular basis his older brother takes the advantage.
That pretty much sums up 2006. We’ve been in Washington almost ten years now. It’s been a decade of joys and sorrows. This year Loran and I can say we are so proud and greateful for each of our children. We look forward to celebrating this holiday season.
Merry Christmas to you our dear friends and family,
Loran and Candy