May Gods love surround you in this 2010
- And may
Christs love and peace
- be with
- OH! It is Christmas time
for family and friends
a time for rejoicing
and a time to celebrate Jesus birth.
The chances of finishing up this
letter for a before Christmas letter seem slim. OH! But
We made it!
OH! This year we
enjoyed a trip to Bonaire (Just Cassie) and a plane-and
train trip to Colorado (Kirk, Andrew, Matthew, and
Matthews girlfrend, Jenny We met Marianne
out there!) We rode horses and had a great time at Peaceful Valley Ranch and soaking in the mountain air.
The planned relaxing
train ride home was delayed by about 12 hours. Ugh.
OH! ! Marianne spent
another summer as a childrens counselor at Peaceful
Valley Ranch in Colorado. She has always loved Colorado.
. . so she moved there! Mariannes living in Greeley,
CO, working, and
establishing residency to finish up her college degree in
Colorado. She loves the independence and the Colorado
life. Shes made a few new friends and is a
co-director of the Childrens Christmas program at
her church before coming back to Illinois for the
Our grown-up daughter is 1000 miles
away from us!
OH! Matthew is 18 and a senior in High School.
The rock band hes the lead singer in (Results May Vary & the LMN
Orchestra) won the
Illinois Battle of the Bands this summer and then
recorded a new EP thats available in the digital music stores. As much as he can, hes also been
working at a new sandwich shop in town. And hes
planning to commercial music/music business next year in
college. The showchoir and college scholarship audition season
gears up right after the new year begins.
No time for
breathing in the next several months.
OH! 8th Grader Andrew is 13 years old and still
loves playing piano. He also just provided beat-box
percussion on a crowd-favorite song, Reindeer Rap, at the schools holiday
concert. Hes working to form an a cappella group
with some friends. Hes already picked their first
song! Andrew continues to also be the sporty kid in the family, spending several
summertime hours on his skateboards and BMX bikes. I
think hes also the one in the family who spends the
most time texting!
Did we mention that hes 13?
OH! Cassie continues as full-time faculty in
the Interpreter Training Program at Waubonsee Community College. Shes been on trips to
Bonaire, (for fun), St Louis, and Florida (for work) this
year and also has found a little time to make enough
fused glass jewelry to stock her new cabinet at the Little Red Schoolhouse antique shop in Warrenville. Cassie also
continues to freelance as an interpreter for the deaf.
This time of year, in addition to
getting ready for Christmas, shes grading, grading,
grading, grading ... and grading.
OH! Kirk is finishing up his fourth year as
Pastor of Union Congregational United Church of Christ
in Somonauk. He
also continues to write for Faith Practices and for Interlinc. He recently released a Christmas record, Like a Caroler at the Door. Nothing fancy just Kirk, a
guitar, and some classic Christmas songs. It sounds just
like it would if you heard him as a caroler at the door!
Its available in the digital music stores, too!
season is almost over (it does really go until Epiphany) But
you can still get the record!
. . . 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 2009 Christmas letter
- A year before that? 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?
- A Trip to Colorado - July 2010
- Our trip to Florida at the end
- Christmas 2010
with the Moores Marrs and Carusos!
- Christmas 2009 with the Moores
Marrs and Carusos!
- Our Road Trip Vacation out West
- July 2009
- Kirk and Cassie in Bonaire -
- Domain names are so expensive!
Here's a place to get them for less