Kristi's Friends & Family Christmas Page
Greetings all! I hope you are well! As is tradition, I send you my Christmas web page including our family Christmas letter, and photos from my life this past year.
Thank you for being in my life!



A Haertl’y Christmas Greeting! 2018


Greetings and blessings to each of you this Christmas season! This past year was filled with several adventures involving many personal and professional travels including family trips to Florida, the Dominican Republic, our annual Northern Pines Family Camp excursion, and the opportunity for summer travel with dad to the Keplinger family reunion (over 80 strong) in Washington and Idaho.  I too had the blessing of numerous personal and work related domestic and international travels and also captained our 23rd Purple Pumpers team on the MS 150 (bike ride from Duluth to the cities to benefit MS). Dad was the oldest of the 3500 riders at age 85—he is still able to bike at a good clip! Dad also ventured to climb Machu Picchu; he was the oldest by over 25+ years in his tour group.  Mikaela, Bri and Caleb moved into a 2 bedroom apartment and more exciting adventures await them in 2019!!

                                                                                            Dad demonstrating his Hula Skills

                                                                                                    23rd Annual Purple Pumpers- MS 150 (we've raised over $130,000)


Dan-  Dan continues to defy age with an active workout and tennis schedule as the Maple Grove Girls’ and Centennial Boys’ coach and too teaches tennis classes at the University. He is also a teaching pro at the University of Minnesota & Public Indoor tennis. This year he was again blessed to have an 9th grader from his Maple Grove team, Zoey Adkins go to state (3rd year in a row), she took 3rd place. He too had a doubles team represented in the tournament. Dan also remained active in music with his band, plays regularly in the church praise group, and provides entertainment at some of our regular neighborhood gatherings on the lake.  Highlights for Dan in 2018 include a good tennis year, family travels, spending time on our pontoon, and enjoying the great outdoors on our motorcycle.


Left- Dan & the Maple Grove Girls' Tennis Team- They had a great season!                          Dan with Zoe- photo taken in the past but this year she got 3rd in state!


Kristi-Despite an athletic injury over the summer requiring a recent ortho procedure, I was blessed with a decent running/ biking year, and amazing travels.  In addition to family trips, I was honored to serve in a variety of guest speaker roles, and checked another item off my bucket list having now presented research on 6 continents as I had the opportunity to present at our World OT Congress in South Africa.  Additional travels included being honored with the AOTF Meritorious service award at AOTA in Utah (& skiing), a family/friends trip to Washington (with skiing), presenting at the SSO: USA Research conference in Kentucky, and other opportunities that I pause in gratitude for.  Our co-authored book is scheduled for release at AOTA in New Orleans this April.  Amidst the turmoil in the nation this past year, I have come to affirm the importance of speaking our voice, taking action, and promoting peace. I too hold to the power of faith, hope, love and prayer.  Highlights of the year include all the amazing travels, and valuable times spent with dearly loved friends and family. Thank you! :)

Left- visiting my friend Julie up on the North Shore                                                                Right- still getting together with aerobics friends- I retired from teaching aerobics after 35 years ! :)


Mikaela-  I have had a stellar and life changing year! To say the least. Within the last year I: have had a stellar and life changing year! To say the least.  Within the last year I: started dating the most amazing and wonderful Bri, fallen head-over-heels in love with her, moved in with Bri and Caleb into an apartment, gotten engaged, and, we have bought our first home! Bri, Caleb and I will be moving into our house in January! We aer super stoked and are so looking forward to decorating and making memories in our first home.  I continue to be a 34d grade teacher at Northeast College Prep; daily my kids inspire, challenge, exhaust and invigorate me! Highlights of the year all center around spending time with my phenomenal parents, the lovely Bri and Caleb, as well as my closest friends. I also throughly enjoyed the traditional trek to Family Camp as well as performing with my drumming group, Drumheart. I am forever grateful for such an amazing faimily, good health, and meaningful career. 


We send you all the warmest of wishes for a beautiful Christmas and Happy New Year. May we all seek to live life fully, love fervently and strive to make a positive difference! (My personal motto <Kristi>.

God's Blessings to Each of you!
With love and friendship

The Haertl Family

Kristi's Additional Friends and Family Photos!!!

Travels- A few of my Personal / Familial and Professional (conferences)

St. Pete Florida:

Dominican Republic!!

Above- The beauty of the beaches in the Dominican Republic

Below: Washington:

Hiking in the Mountains                                                                                                    Visiting my friend Val

                                 Above- Visiting my cousin friends Beth and Leanne (they live with their families near Seattle)

AOTA Conference- Utah!!!  (Had a blast skiing in the mountains, sharing time with friends, and was honored to with the AOTF Meritorious Service Award)


Left- Beauty of the Mountains near Silver Fork Lodge


View at Brighton ski area                                                                                                        Gorgeous flowers at Mormon Tabernacle

                                                                                   Humbled and honored to receive the AOTF Meritorious Service Award

Left- Hiking with Friends John, Charles (Chris) & Maren in the mountains       Right- Awards ceremony with Cathy B. & Karen Sames (Karen also got an award)

SOUTH AFRICA! - (I had the honor of checking off another bucket list item <presenting research on 6 continents> at our World OT Congress in Capetown):


Having had the opportunity to travel on 6 continents, I have to say, South Africa is one of the most beautiful places I've been!

Family Reunion! - (I traveled with dad to Washington & Idaho for the Keplinger family reunion

Left- - Roses in Washington                                                                                            Right- Couer de'Alene

Left- Dad and his brother Jim/                                                                     Right- Fun out to lunch!!!!

The Keplinger Krew- My dad, Yours Truly, and Jim, Kathy & their kids & families -80+ Strong!

Above pics were at Lutherhaven camp in Idaho

Below- Northern Pines Camp in Northern Minnesota! (Our annual gathering at a church camp)

Left- Northern Pines Camp                                                Right- Our annual trip to Itasca state park from camp

New York/ Ontario & Niagra Falls!

 Niagra Falls Beauty- From the Canadian Side                                                                Niagra Falls Bridge- From the US Side


Left- Yup, we went on the Maid of the Mist into the Falls!                             Beautiful Falls

Left- Cormorats on an island between Canada & the US                                                Right- Buffalo NY cruise

Kentucky- SSO USA Annual Research Conference:

Left- photographed with friends Sheama, Wendy, and Chuck "Chris"                  Right- Molly and I presenting at SSO
   (Wendy was the Zemke Lecturer this year)

Biking and Running-!
- Despite an athletic injury in the summer (requiring an ortho-procedure), it was a great running/ biking year

Purple Pumpers 23

Dad was the oldest rider this year at 85, Richard (next to him) was the 2nd oldest at 83                               Our Annual Dinner out the night before the big ride!

Below- Despite an injury in the summer I had a relatively good running year having placed in several races including first in my age in a state run... my times are slower because of the injury but grateful to have had the chance to compete! Here are a couple of pics:


Fun times at the races :)

Miscellaneous Friends and Family


                                                Always have a great time at the Girl's Night Out events with my high school friends!

Left- Photo with my friend Sharon- out for a nice dinner                                                Right- Sailing with Sara and Dave on Lake Peppin

Left- One of our many shared lunches (with Rhoda Erhardt )                             Right- couldn't find this year's pic - with Amy, Carol & Beckie (taken at our home)

Loving Lake Living! ....


Enjoying the Lake on our Pontoon!!


t- fun times at both our home & Marilyn's home on the lake with Amy, Marilyn and Marianne           Right- Out on our pontoon with Amy, Brenda and Catherine!

 Right- Out to dinner and a concert with dear friends Linda, Chuck "Chris" and Beth                              A Haertl'y Merry Christmas to you!

Christmas Beauty     

Snow fallen splendor
breathes holiday cheer
as folks busy bustle
signs Christmas near
The fervent, the feverish
rush to the store
As the season unfolds
and knocks at our door
The trees all need trimming
The stockings must be hung
The cards must be written
The bells must be rung
Yet in all the magic
In all the cheer
Take time to pause
for time with those dear
For God's love came down
and graced our Earth's Sky
In giving his gift, for you and I
Let's pause in our thanks
to the dear Lord above
and share with each other
our kindness and love
I thank each of you
for your presence you see
and how you grace
my life journey
I wish for you
both far and near
A Very Merry Christmas
and Blessed New Year!!!



                                                                                                                       Merry Christmas from Our Home To Yours!!

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