Annual Christmas update 2015

Merry Christmas to you all! Here is a recap of our year.

The big family news for the year is the marriage of our son Darrel to Jenna Siegel. They were married October 3rd in Everett. They are living in Federal Way near Darrel’s workplace, where he continues to draft for an engineering firm.

Gary is still living in San Francisco working for Google. He has been doing a lot of traveling, and just this last month was in London, Holland, Zurich, and southeast Asia.

Eric celebrated his first year of marriage to Danielle, and they are enjoying life together in Houston. He is the director of the fine arts school at Houston’s First Baptist, and also their main pianist, and also composing. They just announced they are expecting their first child in July. We are all excited! It will be our first grandchild.

Cara has been studying architecture as a junior this year at California Baptist. She is the lead soprano in her small touring group. She worked for Ikea this summer.

Theresa just turned 16 and got her driver’s license. Now she is able to drive herself to her dancing and singing lessons. She was in two major theater productions this year besides doing Awana, singing in Breath of Aire with us, and doing Christian Youth in Action during the summer.

Stuart (10) is into origami and makes amazing creations. He got pretty good at tennis this summer, and is active in Awana.

This spring Theresa, Stuart and I will be performing in Joeseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Kent Covenant Church, so we are looking forward to that.

Steve continues to work for Tacoma Power, moving into more management responsibilities. He also became an elder at our church this year, and has been speaking more.

I continue to direct a local Classical Conversations homeschool community, and teach and help lead worship at the Garden Christian Co-op. I also volunteer as a city park commissioner, and am a leader at Awana.

We celebrated 30 years of marriage together this summer.

We had a lot of home maintenance this year. We went to replace our deck, then found rot where it met the house and firebox, so we decided to replace the fireplace. In the midst of all this our septic system died for 3 weeks. We finally have the fireplace working and are enjoying its warmth this season.

Our big vacation this year was a trip to Florida with Breath of Aire. We travelled there early to enjoy Disneyworld, Sea World, and the Kennedy Space Center. Then we joined the choir for concerts in the Clearwater area.

Breath of Aire performed a Christmas concert at Bastyr University that was taped and will be broadcast on Fox 13 Christmas Eve at 11 p.m. We hope you are able to tune in and enjoy a wonderful blessing to your Christmas celebration.

The Lord has been gracious to us. We pray His blessing on you and yours this upcoming year.

With love, - Steve amd Laura