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Leeba Andrews

February 2015…Valentine’s week

Dear family and friends and those we have engaged with in laughter and friendship over the years,

Since 2015 is quickly rolling on with Valentine’s Day this week, I wanted to send out the Curlin yearly update of 2014. I just skimmed over last year’s calendar and will try to highlight just a few things of a very busy year. In the midst of the news filled with so much war and horror, this is on the trivial level compared to the larger issues of life, but it is the life we live. The happy events of weddings and births continued in our extended family, but for us John Radford Curlin (JR) arrived on July 30 to greet his parents Howard and Michelle and become the 6th arrow in their quiver as boy number five! He is our 30th grandchild and 16th grandson. His pink cheeked face is smiling below with his Mom. Besides weddings, we said goodbye to some dear friends of many years, among them Elizabeth Pope who had done our alterations for years and Hattie Martin who saved my life years ago when I had 6 children under 7. We still miss them.
Our granddaughter Elle finished her junior year at Madison and returned to Panama for her senior year. John spent a lot of our yearly “Panama time” by himself since Elle was here with Esther and me in Tennessee. We survived the freezing winter…won’t forget that one…and were glad to have him join us back here in March. John continued the prayer ministry with trips and skypping times as well as traveling to other places, including a time with C and MA pastors at the Cove.
Last January Caleb and Betsy started their farming internship in Virginia with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. They are learning a lot while living in their little blue log cabin, and their girls are thriving with chickens and lambs in the wide outdoors of the Shenandoah Valley.
In May and early June John and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary two years early (John style as he was not sure we would be walking on our 50th) on a walking tour in Switzerland…absolutely one of the cleanest countries with breath taking views we have ever seen! It was good we went then as I struggled with some of the walking and returned to find out I have arthritis in my right hip which continues to slow me down. John had cataract surgery and I followed so we are showing our age with aches and knee problems, etc., but we keep on walking and doing what we can to stay active.
In July we headed to see our kids in Virginia, where Caleb’s and Howard’s families live, and then on to North Carolina for Farr’s and David’s; while John took Paschal and David Scott to help Caleb on the farm, we girls had Girls’ Cousin Camp at Mia’s with all 14 granddaughters, along with Kimberly, Micah, Mia, and Betsy (Stephen coming along for the ride)…helping out with meals and crafts. Both events were successful enough to want a repeat.
In the meantime kids, grandchildren, and others were coming and going…(I’ll spare you the details.), but we always love to see them and catch-up with what is going on in their lives. Esther has slowed down a bit. She will be 93 in May. David had a hip replacement at 47 in September and feels like his life has been given back to him. (I might join him in the procedure in the near future.) John Reid turned 40 so our six oldest are in this decade with the exception of Caleb…Time is relentlessly moving on.
Some really delightful memories included watching John David Gunn shine on the basketball floor in Panama with his team winning lots of games. He has won MVP in some different events (played on the Panamanian national team) and hopes to continue to play competitive ball in the future. Elle’s team also shone, and it was fun to finally be in the winning category after years of being absolutely creamed by the bigger teams. We love to be able to see a few activities of our other Grands as Emme’s tennis (She plays number one and has been All Conference for the last two years.)and Sophie’s soccer, but there are too many to recount! Also another delight this past fall was having Masada live with us in Panama where we participated some in her home schooling and watched her navigate friendships with Elle and others.
I still continue with my “jack of all trades and master of none” activities of life. My time in the women’s prison in Panama has been one of the most encouraging and informative opportunities that I never could have fathomed years ago. Many of the women I met 5 years ago will be released this year, and I will miss them, but I know several who will leave as new creations in Christ and would say that they are grateful for what God did in their lives during their incarceration. My prayers go with them. It is a joy to do what Jonathan did for David… to strengthen their hands in God himself who will always be with them, even when others aren’t. I continue my love for reading, especially books on Church history, and try to spur our family on in reading the Bible together. We are now in Luke for this coming year.
My mother celebrated her 89th birthday with most of her daughters, granddaughters, and a few great granddaughters “who married in” in Orlando, Florida in October. We cherished the time with her celebrating her life and listening to her recount her memories of how God has worked in her life since she was young. It was such a happy time that who knows?… We might try to do it again. The problem is that we hardly sleep from so much late night visiting!
John and I returned from Panama this fall with his intention of finishing up end of life decisions, to tie up many things which others will not have to decide…so like John. He is man who prepares yesterday, (my Proverbs 31 husband). In November we gathered the clan at the Country Place... Along With Mom we were 46…What a blessing to have someone else cook for us! See our picture below.
Old age has many blessings in spite of the physical downside. We are encouraged even when sometimes cast down over things we see around us in the world and even closer to home. Our church has gone through some difficult times. We are “listening” as for the future. I am grateful that Jesus, said, He would build his church, and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. He knows those who are his, and he has the power to do what we human begins do so imperfectly. Until his final triumph during this season of seeing through a glass darkly, we press on in thanksgiving and intercession for those who struggle, that they would look UP!
Warmly,
Leeba

Leeba Andrews
Leeba Andrews
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Andrews 1983
Andrews 1983
Leeba and Finley 1998
Leeba and Finley 1998
John and Leeba Curlin - 2004 at Leonard's
John and Leeba Curlin - 2004 at Leonard's
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David Curlin's Family
David Curlin's Family
Letters from David , Caleb and Howard
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Feb 07 175
Margo - Christmas '08; Caleb and Betsy's latest and #24 For John and Leeba
Margo - Christmas '08; Caleb and Betsy's latest and #24 For John and Leeba
MARGO, LEEBA 24TH GRAND CHILD
MARGO, LEEBA 24TH GRAND CHILD
Caleb's wife, Betsy with Margo.
Caleb's wife, Betsy with Margo.
Sept. 2010: Micah(Leeba & John's 28th), Betsy, Margo, & Caleb
Sept. 2010: Micah(Leeba & John's 28th), Betsy, Margo, & Caleb
Leeba's family Christmas pic, Dec. 2011
Leeba's family Christmas pic, Dec. 2011
Leeba and John
Leeba and John
Israel 2013
Israel 2013
Please note,this is a pic of about 1/3 of Leeba's grandchildren
Please note,this is a pic of about 1/3 of Leeba's grandchildren
Family pic Feb. 2015
Family pic Feb. 2015
Leeba's  daughter in law and grandson.  Feb. 2015
Leeba's daughter in law and grandson. Feb. 2015
 FROM LEEBA - October 12, 2016
FROM LEEBA - October 12, 2016
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2/21 Our new news
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