Greetings to all our friends and family! We hope this Annual Christmas greeting finds you healthy and happy. As time seems to pass by so fast, it seems just yesterday I sat down to write the annual greeting. Where does time go? They say as we get older, each year goes faster… perhaps that is true in some cosmic spiritual way?! The past year brought many changes as after a year of working full time at the church, Dan decided he prefers part-time and thus significantly reduced his hours. It has meant lifestyle changes for us, yet perhaps not too dissimilar to many as the economic patterns of the year have brought us all for a roller coaster ride (I much prefer going down on the rollercoaster rather than the economy!)! Yet with time we all adjust and we were afforded many wonderful opportunities including various travels, most notably a splendid trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We have also made the transition to “half a nest” as Mikaela proudly graduated with High Honors from Blaine. Following a couple of visits, and a nice scholarship on top of her tuition remission from my role as professor, she made the leap and yes, came to St. Kates to study education and American Sign Language!!! We cried as she left, and I continued my tears, yet it wasn’t but a week or two in ‘til I realized with our biweekly lunches and workouts, and her visits home on the weekends, that I would have as much time (or more) with her while she is at college!!
Mikaela- Mikaela completed her 3rd year playing rugby and served as the team Captain for the Minnesota Rugby Association’s North Metro team the Wolves. She misses rugby but remains dedicated to daily workouts (unlike Dan and me J … just kidding!) Mikaela is adjusting to on-campus living at St. Kates. Despite very much enjoying the college, she has decided she prefers living at home and being near mom, dad, best friend Jodi and girlfriend Jesse. School itself is challenging but is going very well and she was asked to consider serving as a math tutor in the Student Learning Center. Mikaela reports the highlights of her year as including the annual trip with mom (and this year Jodi) to Northern Pines Family Camp, the family trip to Costa Rica, and spending time with Jessie, Jodi, mom & dad.
Kristi- The year afforded many wonderful opportunities for personal, family and professional travels to visit family and friends, and to present at various conferences. I continue as a full time professor at the College of St. Catherine. In addition, I just completed my 25th year teaching early morn aerobics (formerly Northwest- now Lifetime Fitness). We took our annual charity bike ride, this year again to the MS 150 and my various national travels went North, South, East and West… all of which had their own individual beauty. I have also been actively involved with my private practice, most often with clients/ systems serving persons with psychiatric, developmental and cognitive conditions. I too am grateful as I have enjoyed a number of collaborative and individual opportunities in writing, presenting and research. As the years go by I am mindful of what a gift health is, as are the many opportunities to engage in life -long learning and to nurture relationships with those special souls that grace our lives. Highlights of my year include the many travels; the time with Mikaela as she has entered college; family, work, and personal trips; and being humbled and deeply honored to win the College of St. Catherine 2007-2008 Teaching/ Advising Award.
Dan- As mentioned, after a year of full time work, Dan went back to part time. After the transition, he started an active summer tennis program and took on a position as the Girl’s Tennis Coach at Maple Grove High School. He will also start coaching the boys at Centennial in the spring. He too continues as a Tennis Pro at White Bear and is a Christian Education Director at our church. On the side, his music is as active as ever and the Kid’s band he plays in “Sticks and Tones” has taken off and is playing gigs all over including past events at the Mall of America, the Lake Harriet Bandshell, and the Como Zoo. Highlights of Dan’s year include coaching the most successful Girl’s Tennis team Maple Grove has ever had, seeing Mikaela graduate, and continuing to play in numerous musical engagements and the family trip to Costa Rica.