Peggy Jo Vanderbeck-Thomas shared, “This past year I have been trying to walk gracefully through seasons of change. After a delightful trip abroad, my husband and I sold our sweet lake home in preparation for retirement in a few years. I have been getting accustomed to a new town, enjoying the Connecticut coastline, making a temporary house a home, and have put my piano teaching and oil painting on hold. My daughter graduated from Patrick Henry College this past May, so we are now empty-nesters. As if all this wasn’t enough, I was put on a restrictive diet in January, which has me experimenting like a mad scientist, with recipes, finding new ways to make healthy, delicious food. With more time on my hands I have been able to join the church choir, facilitate a women’s Bible Study, act as church treasurer, and even find time to enjoy the luxury of reading. I have been particularly enjoying the writings of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield.”