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Hi everyone! That wonderful time of year is here again… but this year… it’s extra special… because this year… we’re celebrating the joys of Christmas through the eyes of a two-year old! Everything is new… and everything is exciting! I absolutely love hearing the Dr. Seuss Grinch discover, “What if Christmas… doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more”; or hearing Linus in the spotlight declaring, "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the lord shone round about them, and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men’. That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie brown.”
Thank you LORD…for the delight and simplicity of Christmas! I don’t know if the years actually go by more quickly as one gets older… but I do know that when I was young… it seemed to take forever for Christmas to arrive; and now… the days seem to disappear into each other!
2010 has been another interesting year of growth for all of us. We are still a three-generational home… and we are still all speaking to each other (at least most of the time)! Daughter Jani works at Walgreen’s near our home… and Brian will graduate from Green River Community College next summer. Doing homework remains the top priority at our house with video games still coming in a close second! We continue our efforts to eat better meals and get more exercise with “The Biggest Loser” being great incentive! Besides… now that Karma has turned two, we all have to be in tip-top shape to share in her daily “discoveries”!
January found Carole with a friend in Chennai, India for four weeks. What a blessing and amazing trip it was! She hopes to go back again. Byron celebrated his ninth birthday while Nana was there.
In March, we enjoyed Palm Sunday brunch at GG Helen’s with all the kids finding and hiding early Easter eggs in her home. Later in the month, Carole made another weekend trip to Seaside, OR with her “old” friend Patty. This was a “girls only” weekend with lots of relaxation, wake-up mimosas, movie watching, yummy food, and great margaritas!
Daughter Lynn, and Kai come for a short visit in May. Luckily, the weather was perfect for grandpa Jer to share the fun of Seattle. That same weekend, we all celebrated Mother’s Day with daughter Denise, Eric, and family. Later in the month, Carole re-audited the Pursuit of Excellence… a program in the Context series that she took a long, long time ago. She also assisted the “Wall” in June. Both remain wonderful courses that I recommend for everyone! We now have a teenager in the house! Kaden turned 13 on June 11th. He joins sister Kayla, and his cousins Logan and Maddie in the now “Carpenter Grand-Teens”. Jer completed the 50-mile Tour de Pierce on the 27th with “two 10% grades and good food along the way”!
In July, Jer and Carole took a quick overnight trip to the Oregon coast to celebrate yet another birthday! (We shall not speak of Carole’s birthdays anymore after this year… although we did have a GREAT time!) Carole also flew to Spokane to play with son Todd, Kristen, Logan, Trista, and Parker two different times this summer. One trip included a Spokane Shock Arena Football game. What a blast… I loved it! On the 31st, Jer completed the Seattle Century Ride with a group of new friends saying he felt good but was really glad when he finished!
We had a wonderful surprise on August 9th when we welcomed our 15th grandchild, Leo, into the family. Leo joins brothers Korban and Malakai… and sister Kiana in the Kliskey family. He was born six weeks early weighing in at three pounds, fourteen ounces… and every bit a miracle! Denise and Eric hope to adopt Leo. Meanwhile… the entire family is loving and thanking God for him. On August 11th, I received a call from “Pierce County Search and Rescue” saying Jer had been in another bike accident! After three days in intensive care followed by three more days in a regular unit… he came home to recover. Thank God… he is now better than ever! He continues to lose weight by working out in cycling, swimming, running, yoga, and building core strength with weights. He’s hoping to do an Ironman in 2012!
Son Todd, Kristen, and family joined all of us for a fun, long weekend visit in October. It was wonderful seeing all the “kids” enjoying their time together. I wish we could do it more often. Then, in November, Jer and Carole spent a delightful Thanksgiving with daughter Lynn, Ken, Kai, and Zoe. Son Mike also joined us at Lynn and Ken’s new home in Santa Cruz, CA.
Being the “Lakeland Computer Doctor” keeps Jerry very busy these days; Carole, on the other hand, loves playing with the grandchildren and attending church activities. PRAISE GOD… all our children and grandchildren are in good health and leading active, fun lives. If you would like to see a few of our year 2010 photos, you will find them on the computer at: http://ccstrat.com/xmas/year2010pics.html
Know that you are loved and that we are so very glad that you're a part of our lives. We pray that your Christmas and New Year is illuminated by the wonderful light of God’s love.
With Love and Warm Hugs,