Bethany and Kacie
We hope this
letter finds you all healthy and happy.
The holidays are a great time to touch
base and find out what's new in your
lives. We love to hear from everyone and
enjoy the pictures of new babies, growing
children, growing families, and
grandchildren. We put them on our
refrigerator and leave them up until we
receive new pictures the following
Christmas. It helps us feel close to you
all and keeps you on our minds each day.
Please keep sending them.
Life is full
and busy with a Senior and a Sophomore in
the house. Bethany will graduate in May
and just received her acceptance letter
from LSU. She is thinking of majoring in
Business or Mass Communication. She is
the Secretary of the Hi-Y Club at
McKinley and just completed a weekend of
Model UN (United Nations). She is playing
on the soccer team again for the first
time since Freshman year. She scored her
first goal on the 11th! For the second
year, she is a Pantherette, so we spent
our Friday nights watching her dance at
football games. She has danced at several
Battle of the Bands contests
this year with the Pantherettes taking
first place, and she has danced in
several parades. We watched her dance
with her Advanced Dance Class at the
school Christmas program last week.
Kacie is in
her 2nd year of high school and has
settled in well. She is class
representative for HI-Y. This is her 2nd
year playing soccer and is enjoying
playing goalie. She also performed a
Christmas dance with her Dance 3 class at
school. She takes Talented Art and just
had 2 of her charcoal drawings framed.
It's hard to believe we only have 2 ½
years until our youngest begins college!
Life will surely be different even next
fall with just one daughter at home.
are in store for our family as we are
expecting our first grandchild in June.
Amy is about 3 ½ months along. She is
also enjoying her new job, finally
getting to do what she has wanted. She
was hired to cook for Flemings, a very
nice steak and wine restaurant that just
opened in Baton Rouge. She would like to
go to culinary school and become a chef.
She and Shawn Waters, a deputy sheriff
for Iberville parish, live across the
river in Addis.
David and I
stay busy trying to keep up with the
girls as well as our own jobs. David is
in his 18th year in the Public Health
Service at the National Hansens Disease
Program. He could retire in 2 ½ years,
but also talks about staying in longer.
He's keeping his options open. He is
Coordinator for Rehabilitation and
Education now and spends more time doing
administrative work than research these
days. He hunted on several out of state
hunts this year. Click
here to read about them.
again at Crestworth Middle School working
with resource students in inclusion in
regular classes. I feel blessed to have
found a school with a wonderfully
supportive principal and some of the
nicest co-workers around (which helps
make up for the challenges of middle
school aged kids!).
Kacie, and I drove to Tampa this summer
to see Mary, Scott, Lauren and our newest
niece, Kristen, in July. I held the baby
the WHOLE week! On the way home, we met
up with Amy and Lizzy, Bethany's friend,
and spent a couple of days at Fort Walton
Beach. I got the absolute worst sunburn
of my life in just a short morning at the
beach. WEAR SUNSCREEN! I left mine in the
room like a dummy. Otherwise we had a
blast! I finally talked David into a
cruise for our 23rd anniversary in April
2005 (payback for all the hunts he's gone
on this year!!). By the way, I lost 32
pounds since August and feel great. I
hope to keep losing in the new year.
to be filled with challenges and change.
My Mom and her new husband Glenn
celebrated their 1st year of marriage by
visiting Mom's relative's in Germany, her
1st trip back home since she left 48
years ago! David's family is well; his
parents were blessed with their 7th
granddaughter! Maybe their 1st great-
grandchild will be a BOY.
grateful for our many blessings and look
forward with anticipation to the new year
with Bethany's graduation and the arrival
of Amy's little one. Life is short and
precious. Especially at this holy time of
year, my Christmas wish is that everyone
put aside their differences and
heartaches and embrace each other and
take comfort in God's love for us all.
That is God's gift to us that first
Christmas and always.
Christmas and God's blessings in the New
Now for some
pictures of the year.