On March 11th, we celebrated our twin sons 13th birthday... they read clues, then searched throughout the town for presents we had hidden in secret places. On the same day, a deep groan devastated the heart of Japan.
On April 22nd, we celebrated our oldest son's 16th birthday. Five days later, I stood eagerly on the deck as he and his dad drove up the driveway after getting his driver's license. Later that same day... a howling gale devastated our home state of Alabama.