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When the music fades, all is stripped away, and I simply come…
Longing just to bring something that’s of worth that will bless your heart…
I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus…

       Hi Everyone! ALLELUIA… It’s Christmas time… and here I am PRAISING JESUS and appreciating the music of Matt Redman again…

       2015 has been another interesting year for us.  We’ve had lots of fun, took a few trips, did a lot of exercise, and played with the grandchildren as much as possible.

       Jer began a new plan of exercise beginning New Year’s Day with the Lakeland Hills New Year’s 5K run! Grandsons Korban and Malakai played Upward Sports basketball while son-in-law, Eric, coached the games. Nana and Papa, of course, cheered everyone on!

       In February, Jer took a trip to daughter Lynn, Ken, Kai and Zoe’s home in Loomis, CA. He also did the Cascade Bicycle Club Chilly Hilly… a very hilly 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island.

       March brought the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and the beginning of Carole’s cardiac rehab along with one of her favorite sayings, “Stuff’s gettin’ better!”

       Davey Andres Ventura arrived in April!  Davey is the grandson of Carole’s “old” friend Patty and he was born while Mom Katee, Dad Ale, and Grandma were staying with us. What a blessing! Jer continued his exercise plan with the 100-mile Puyallup Daffodil Classic!

       In May, we celebrated our 20th anniversary at the Disney Resort Aulani in Hawaii. The Kliskey family joined us (or maybe we actually joined them) in the delightful 5-day trip! Jer made another trip to CA to attend the Tour of California… and then did the Flying Wheels Century Ride after returning home.

       We celebrated the end of school in June with a trip to Cannon Beach with son Todd and family… daughter Jani and family… and daughter Denise and family. Excitedly while we were there, our first great-grandchild, Remington Patrick-Joran Kirby was born at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA to granddaughter Kayla and Tom. Remi weighed in at 4.5 pounds but is mighty in love and spirit… and is catching up quickly. Jer continued his exercise plan with the 100-mile Tour de Paws for the Auburn Valley Humane Society.

       We were blessed with some extra time with the Dammels in July while granddaughter, Trista, played soccer in tournaments here. Nana, returned to Spokane with them and stayed a week. The visit ended with a 4-mile family run/walk called the Cherry Pickers Trot. But… the biggest news of the month was Jer completing RAMROD… the Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day. 150 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing… what can I say… he’s amazing! Granddaughter, Karma, later visited Nana and Papa for a week and had a great time playing with the Kliskey cousins, swimming and going to Vacation Bible School.

       In August, we did dinner and Godspell at the Tap Root Theater in Seattle with daughter Denise and Eric.  It was wonderful! We also attended Carole’s WHS “mini” class reunion in Woodinville. There was a big storm that day and we actually had to move the party because the Redhook Brewery had no power! Jer’s workout this month was the 200-mile RSVP (ride from Settle to Vancouver BC and party)!

       Our grandson, Byron, continues to live with us. He began high school this year and is doing well. Grandkiddo’s Kiana, Malakai and Leo all played soccer this fall and we often found ourselves again with a hot cup of coffee and folding chair… on a cold morning… in a wet or frosty field… but truth is… we loved it!  Korban played flag football on Sunday afternoons, so our weekends were usually pretty busy.  September is fair month and I always love going to the Puyallup Fair. This year I went with the Kliskey family and saw Toby Mac and Chris Tomlin in pouring rain. It was so much fun!  Jer’s highlight was the Bonney Lake Triathlon and finishing first in his age group.

             In October, granddaughter Trista, returned to this side of the mountains for another soccer tournament. I loved seeing her play without having to drive to Spokane.  Daughter Denise and Jerry ran the 5K Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk while I did the mile walk with the grandkids. Jer drove to daughter Lynn’s for another visit. This time he saw Grandson Kai playing hockey and was also able to connect with son Mike.

       Granddaughter, Kiana, has traded in her French horn for a piano… and practice is now actually fun! If I can get Grandson’s Malakai back on the guitar and Leo on drums… we might have our own family band and get some bookings! If nothing else… we’ll just have a lot of fun!

              In November, grandson Leo’s school honored Nana and Papa with a Grandparents Day lunch and program… and on the other side of the mountains, grandson Parker is playing amazing basketball! Thanksgiving was celebrated this year with Jerry, daughter Denise and granddaughter Tanya running the 5K Turkey Trot.  Jer took 1st place in his division and we all followed the trot with a yummy turkey dinner at the Kliskey’s later in the afternoon.

       December has arrived… our home is decorated with love and lights… and of course Jer and Denise did the Reindeer Run 10K in Puyallup this weekend in pouring rain. If you would like to see a few of our year 2015 photos, they are on our home page at:   Year 2015 In Pictures 

       Know we love you and are very glad you're a part of our lives. We hope your hearts overflow this Christmas with the joy of knowing Jesus and the excitement of singing His praises!

With Love and Warm Hugs,

Jer and Carole
"God Bless Us Each and Everyone"