Gods love surround you in this 2009 Christmas season.
- And may
Christs joy and peace
- be with
- OH! It is
a time for family and friends
a time for rejoicing
and a time to celebrate
Christmas already? Well never have time to finish
this years OH! But
No . . . I guess we will barely.
year we enjoyed a trip to Bonaire (Kirk and Cassie)
and a road trip to Colorado (where we gathered
with a total of 83 Moores!) We spent time at the Omaha Zoo, the Denver Aquarium, Peaceful Valley
Ranch, The Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, The Badlands, Wall Drug, and we even
experienced the Corn Palace!
On way home we
missed seeing the SPAM Museum in Minnesota.
spent the summer as a childrens counselor at Peaceful Valley
Ranch in Colorado. (The same place the rest of us
had part of our vacation!) She called it the best summer
of her life. Shes in her sophomore year of college
at Northern Illinois
University. This year Marianne lives in a much bigger
room (a suite, actually) at the University Plaza and she continues
to work at the NIU Campus Child Care. Shes
working hard, becoming more and more independent, and
even keeping up her grades!
Though she has a
much bigger room, she sometimes likes to sleep on an air
mattress in her walk-in closet.
OH! Junior Matthew,
now 17, entered the I have my drivers
license time of life, so we hardly ever see him
anymore! One of the bands he was the lead singer for this
year won the Warrenville Battle
of the bands, he played drums for a school play and has
continued performing with the Classics Showchoir and even doing an
occasional solo concert at a local coffee
house. This summer he had lots of fun providing wedding
music at a horseback wedding!
One of the horses
plopped right in front of him almost
hitting his shoes!
OH! Andrew is now in
the 7th grade at the new Hubble Middle School in Warrenville. He
continues to amaze us with his piano talent. Cassie likes
to ask him to play a song
hes never done on the piano. Within a few
minutes he has melody, chords and even bass line going!
He spent much of this year fishing, catching snakes and
learning BMX bike tricks. He and Kirk went on a
trip for his birthday they thought they
were going to lose their tent as they camped through the
worst thunderstorm of the year!
Though safe through
the thunderstorm, they ended up catching only one little
fish on their two-day outing.
OH! Cassie is in her
second year as a full-time faculty member at Waubonsee Community
College (half-way to tenure!). She also gets
regular (numerous, even!) requests to freelance as an
interpreter for the deaf. Additionally, this year she
launched her Etsy store. Etsy is the Ebay for people who
want vintage or homemade items. She loves making fused
glass and beaded jewelry. Buying other peoples
items is pretty fun too! You can see her
store at CreatedByCassie.Etsy.com.
she still manages
to find time for Facebook.
OH! Kirk is finishing
up his third year as Pastor of Union Congregational
United Church of Christ in Somonauk. He also continues
to write for i.ucc.org, Interlinc, and ymexchange.com. This fall
hes one of the writers for the new Faith Practices curriculum, too.
Oh! And this summer he got to perform a wedding on
horseback outside the Peaceful Valley Memorial Chapel
While he was giving
pastoral advice to the couple, Kirks horse
shared his opinion. (See Matthew)
. . . JOY . . . PEACE . . . HOPE
Send us an email-
- Kirk - Prouddog@aol.com
- Cassie -- Cassign@aol.com
the snail mail edition of this year's letter
- Wanna see the difference a year
makes? Here's our 2008 Christmas letter
- Perhaps a little more? Here's
our 2007 Christmas letter
- Not Enough? Here's our 2006
- Further back? How about our
2005 Christmas Letter!
- Way way back? Maybe our 2004
- What are you thinking? Here's
our 2003 Christmas Letter!
- The way way way back
machine? 2002? 2001? 2000?
- Our trip to Florida at the end
- Christmas 2009 with the Moores
Marrs and Carusos!
- Our Road Trip Vacation out West
- July 2009
- Kirk and Cassie in Bonaire -
- Christmas 2008 with the Moores,
Marrs, Carusos and Tim!
- Florida Vacation 2007-08!
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