Summer Highlights by Sharon O’Donnell

So it’s October, and I haven’t even posted anything from this summer. Wow, does time truly fly.  So here are some highlights:

Two oldest sons and husband crossing bridge on a 4 day backpacking adventure in Grand Canyon. I stayed home to be with high school sophomore still in school. Plus , I don’t backpack.


My youngest working on home repairs in West Virginia on the Appalachian Service Project with our church


California trip with my middle son, youngest son, and middle son’s girlfriend of almost 8 years. Loved it! San Francisco and central coast. This is at the Rocky Point Restaurant in between Big Sur and Carmel on the Pacific Coast Highway.


My three sons in DC in late July when we moved my oldest up there after getting a job transfer there. Miss him so much but glad he is enjoying the area and going to Nationals baseball games (even though he will always be a Red Sox fan).


So has been very eventful, and I’ve also been busy doing some songwriting — lyrics only — for a 16-year-old local artist named Brooke Hatala. Check out her website at  — and scroll down to listen to two of the songs I wrote with her and her producer, Just Hold Me and Stars.  Let me know what you think. We’re working on others now, and it has kept me busy. Hoping to go to Nashville with her in December. She opened for Willie Nelson in Raleigh area in July!  And she is a wonderful, sweet young woman who I think will go far in life.

Been also taking (along with my two sisters and brother) my 93-year-old parents to doctors’ appointments — they are doing well and going pretty strong although my father has a bad bruise on his hip from a fall last week. So glad that my siblings are all local so that we can all help with caring for them.

Youngest son got his license in August and started his junior year of high school!  Middle son is in grad school in the one-year Masters of Accounting program at NC State University. Oldest, as I wrote above, recently moved to DC.  Husband is still working in his energy consulting business.  Lots going on.

More to come later.

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