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Joy to the World the Lord is come...

      Merry Christmas everyone! Oh my goodness… let’s say that again… MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Although this year’s sharing is a little different, we remain healthy, happy, busy and incredibly blessed!

     2020 began with daughter Denise running another “Dopey Challenge” at the Walt Disney World Marathon. Just in case you don’t know… that’s a 5k, 10k, half and full marathon ran consecutively over a 4-day weekend in Florida. Nana and Papa encouraged and cheered loudly while enjoying the grandkids, fireplace and comforts of home! At the end of the month, Denise and Eric took us to see Fiddler on the Roof at the Paramount. We love that play and it’s always difficult not to sing along!

     We were able to squeeze in a few fun events before the Covid shutdown. Grandson Korban participated in some wrestling matches, Jer and biking buddy Frank took in a Celtics game in Portland, and Kristen and grandson Parker were here for a WA East soccer game weekend. Then the world, as we knew it… changed!

     I was so grateful for the Michael W. Smith “Worship Around the World” series on YouTube with uplifting hours of prayer, praise and music during a much needed time. We celebrated Easter at daughter Denise and Eric’s home… arriving late and leaving early. We were invited back on Mother’s Day for a delicious lunch but only stayed a little while. By the last week of May, online school was almost finished and we were going stir crazy… so we bought a new used car. That was an interesting endeavor to say the least… but we love the car and are glad we made the decision to “just do it anyway!”

     Jer celebrated another birthday and did several bike rides with Frank this summer. He even did a little more Census work before he decided to completely retire again. It’s getting harder to get out of bed these days, the traffic around here is terrible and our mantra has now become “work less… play more!”

     Daughters Jani, Denise, and their families, all celebrated the 4th of July at son Todd and Kristen’s place at Badger Lake near Spokane; but Jer and I decided to stay home this time. We did celebrate my birthday and our 25th Hawaiian wedding anniversary later in the month at two of our favorite nearby restaurants.

     August was a quiet month for us but we did go to grandson Malakai’s baptism in September… and then later in the month, I joined daughter Denise and family for a weekend at a small house they rented in Westport, WA. It was a much needed getaway from all the year’s craziness! And since we’re now on the subject of craziness… I’ll mention Denise and Eric then celebrated his “dream come true” and her “BIG birthday” with a climb up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. I stayed home with the kiddos and prayed continually after seeing Wikipedia pictures from other hikers!

     Our school age grandchildren remain busy with church and studies. Kiana and Korban have begun Running Start at Green River Community College. Malakai and Leo remain at Veritas Classical Christian Academy and honored us with a Grandparents Day program in October. Kai is in his second year at Tahoe Prep Hockey Academy and Zoe remains at Waldorf Sacramento. Trista, Parker and Lilli remain busy with their sports even though their games are limited… and Karma loves cosplay, art and DIY projects. She was able to visit us for a few days in October. Great-grandson Remi is now 5 years old and full of energy and smiles… but unfortunately, we haven’t been able to hang out with him this year.

     Our family was spread out this Thanksgiving with daughter Lynn’s family, son Matt’s family, and daughter Lisa and Mike all celebrating on the East coast; son Mike played golf in California. After much discussion, son Todd and family stayed in Spokane, and daughter Denise and Eric cooked a traditional dinner for daughter Jani’s family of four and Jer and I. Hopefully, we can all get together again soon.

     Finally… we are thankful we were both able to continue our weekly Bible Study Fellowship of Genesis this year using Zoom. Jer is also studying the book of Hebrews in the same way with the men’s class from our church. Technology has been a true Godsend making it possible to see granddaughter Zoe take riding lessons, read Black Beauty with grandpa before bedtime, and recite her part in a class production. We’ve also been able to watch grandson Kai play ice hockey and score some great goals! What an unusual year… and yet, what an incredible amount of blessings we’ve been given… thank you, LORD!

     We wish you a Wonderful Christmas 2020 and a Joy Filled 2021. We love you and are grateful you’re a part of our lives. If you would like, you can find our year 2020 photos at 2020 photos. We pray the LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.

With Love and Warm Socially-Distanced Hugs,

Jer and Carole

"God Bless Us Each and Everyone"