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Happy Birthday, Doctors and Shopping

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We arrived in Santa Rosa on the 24th of September and the same day I went for an Ultrasound to get ready for my proposed surgery.


On the 25th I turned 65 years old and I celebrated all day long and went to lunch with my forwarding agents Sue and Gene Beckstead and Major.They then dropped us off and Major and I had a pedicure.For dinner we met up with family—10 of us—and enjoyed a beautiful steak dinner at one of my favorite places, Cattlemen's.We came back to sister Sylvia’s house for cake, ice cream and presents!


On the 27th for lunch we met up with Amanda.  She was a Chidamoyo alumni for 2003 and 2005 and then moved to Santa Rosa to become a nurse and now works at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa.  We hadn't seen her in years so it was great to get to meet up with her!

On the 27th we went to Dr. Stephanie Huang’s office to get our ears clean and then out to dinner with her husband and twins, Lucas and Julian (all Chidamoyo alumni) Jeff Scharfen (Chidamoyo alumni) and his wife Dr. …

Maui, Hawaii

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On Saturday the 14th of September, Major and I flew off to Maui, Hawaii with Dr. Derick and Jo Taninguchi, Chidamoyo alumni from Seattle.They had rented an apartment for a week and invited us to come along to celebrate my 65th birthday!

We were so excited.Major had never been to Hawaii and I had never been to Maui.

We arrived at 1 p.m. local time and were on the beach right in front of our building within minutes! We were on the 6th floor with ocean views and we slept with the sliding doors open to enjoy the ocean breezes and to hear the waves as we slept!


We were joined by my best friend from Nursing School, Cathy Holdener and her husband Bart who had flown over from Sacramento, CA 3 days before us and were in the same apartment building, 2 doors down from us.


On Tuesday, Rachel Taninguchi, the daughter-in-law of Derick and Jo flew in from San Diego to be with us for the rest of the week.She and her husband Kevin were married by Major in December 2015.She surprised us all as she had days…

We are in the US!

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It has been awhile to write as we left Zimbabwe on August 30th and arrived in the US on August 31st.We flew Harare to Johannesburg to Dubai to San Francisco and 26 hours later arrived at home in Santa Rosa, CA.


Less and all the than 12 hours later Major was on a plane to go to Wichita, Kansas to present at Countryside Christian Church.He arrived in Jetlag but managed to present well and flew on to Seattle, Washington on Tuesday the 3rd of September.


I stayed in Santa Rosa to see my urologist here and get going on some pre-op things.On the 5th of September I flew to Seattle and Cheri Gail and Major met me at the airport and then a few minutes later Major’s daughter, Carolyn, flew in for 3 days from Kentucky where she is in college.


We spent 2 days getting ready for our auction and on Saturday night the 7th we had our fundraiser from 6-10 p.m.It was so fun seeing many old friends and alumni from Chidamoyo.There were silent auctions and then live auctions and then raise the paddle and desse…