I am one of four children of Jim and Ann Spencer. I have a son Matt moving to Italy, and two children, Mark and Jami, residing in heaven. One of my wishes is to get to Italy soon and eat some real Italian food  and hit a few mountain trails with Matt and my daughter-in-law Jayne. Another is to be reunited with Mark and Jami when I’m finished here on earth.

While I am making out a wish list, let me add a visit to my brother- and sister-in-law in Costa Rica, and to my granddaughter and great-grandson in Georgia. In addition, I want to spend more time with my sister Paula, and with my brother Jim and his wife.

When God took my daughter Jami back to Himself at the age of ten, He brought another amazing lady into my life. Her name is Bonnie and we were married in 1989. I count that as a very good year. If you know Bonnie, you know why I do. We’ve had some trials, like losing Mark in 2003, my brother Dave in 2008, and other family members since, but our faith in Jesus has sustained us.

I am retired from teaching middle school, and Bonnie is  retired from a teaching career as well. I’ve hiked the entire Buckeye Trail in Ohio since, and now Bonnie and I are hiking it together. We’ve been managing at least 300 miles per year.

Bonnie and I like to volunteer together. Volunteering is the best. We always love what we choose to do, the hours are great, people always appreciate what we accomplish, and our paycheck doesn’t affect our tax bracket.

Another thing has changed lately. It seems that I have gotten more in touch with my inner child. I enjoy telling the stories of years past (all you need do is ask Bonnie), especially the years when I was a youngster.

Bonnie has told me more than once how interesting some of my stories  are, and that she must have had a pretty boring childhood. Well, the truth is, I think that is because she thinks before she acts. I must have heard that proverb wrong, judging from some of my past. But at least that gives me a wealth of material for a book I am writing on some of my childhood adventures. Stay tuned.