The Moore Family - December 2009Welcome to!

May God’s love surround you in this 2009 Christmas season.

And may Christ’s joy and peace
be with us all.
OH! It is Christmastime … a time for family and friends … a time for rejoicing … and a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth.
But…What? It’s Christmas already? We’ll never have time to finish this year’s OH! But…! No . . . I guess we will – barely.

Kirk Cassie Andrew and Matthew at Crazy Horse
OH! This 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!
But…On way home we missed seeing the SPAM Museum in Minnesota.

Beautiful Marianne
OH! Marianne spent the summer as a children’s 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. She’s 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. She’s working hard, becoming more and more independent, and even keeping up her grades!
But…Though she has a much bigger room, she sometimes likes to sleep on an air mattress in her walk-in closet.

Matthew at Caribou CoffeeOH! Junior Matthew, now 17, entered the “I have my driver’s 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!
But…One of the horses “plopped” right in front of him – almost hitting his shoes!

It's not every day you get to hold a goat.  Andrew and a kid
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 he’s 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 father/son camping/fishing trip for his birthday – they thought they were going to lose their tent as they camped through the worst thunderstorm of the year!
But…Though safe through the thunderstorm, they ended up catching only one little fish on their two-day outing.Beautiful Cassie

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 people’s items is pretty fun too! You can see her “store” at looking very cowboy
But…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, Interlinc, and This fall he’s 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
But…While he was giving pastoral advice to the couple, Kirk’s horse ‘shared his opinion.’ (See Matthew)

Kirk and Cassie -- Thanksgiving 2009
Marianne at College
Matthew leading a singalong
Andrew holding a tiny snake
LOVE . . . JOY . . . PEACE . . . HOPE

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Here's 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 Christmas letter
Further back? How about our 2005 Christmas Letter!
Way way back? Maybe our 2004 Christmas Letter!
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 of 2009
Christmas 2009 with the Moores Marrs and Carusos!
Our Road Trip Vacation out West - July 2009
Kirk and Cassie in Bonaire - January 2009
Christmas 2008 with the Moores, Marrs, Carusos and Tim!
Florida Vacation 2007-08!
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