Christmas 2013

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Greetings to our family and friends:

As we get closer to the day that we celebrate our Savior’s birth we hope that you join us in the preparations for this time and pause to consider its meaning for us all. We hope that these greetings reach you in good health.  Our activities this year have again been varied and spent enjoying visits with family and friends.

The major event of the year was celebrating Otto’s 100th Birthday in May.  Many friends and relatives of the family and Dad attended an open house for him.  Former parishioners came from his last church in Clayton, CA and presented him with greetings and honors from the Presbytery of San Francisco.  Friends and family came from as far away as New York and Georgia as well as Washington. Dad is doing well and adds his greetings and best wishes to this letter.  Dad created minor stirs by being featured on a couple of local TV stations as a Skyper conversing with his grandsons and great-grandchildren while being interviewed.  Sadly, his younger (96) brother Ernst in Heidelberg has not been well, having fallen and suffered injuries to his head and had to move into an Adult Home for his care.

Our activities, except for two trips to visit our son’s families, have been quite peaceful.  Our Church choir presented Brahms’ Requiem in May.  We both sang in the small group Ensemble, also.  Werner is taking a break from singing for awhile.  His new activity has been refereeing recreational soccer which, except for the aches and pains, he has been enjoying immensely.  His soccer software has segued from his Referee Assigning and Assessment software packages to developing and maintaining websites for State Referee Associations.

Carol’s major activity this year has been slowly rehabbing damage from a severed thumb tendon.  Of course that has put a crimp in her piano playing.  She is slowly getting her touch back and hopes to add some more clips to her YouTube page.  Carol continues to enjoy singing in the church choir.

We both continue to enjoy attending the Issaquah Village Theater, one of the top regional theaters.  We just saw an outstanding presentation of Les Miserable.

In May we visited Mark and his family in Arizona.  The highlight of the trip was attending Lauren’s Middle School graduation.  We now have three grandchildren in High School!  Another highlight of that trip was re-visiting the perfectly preserved Kartchner Caverns.  Lauren is playing Club and High School Varsity soccer.  Zachary continues running Cross Country and Aidan plays soccer with a local club. Zachary is also a member of the Naval ROTC.

In October we visited with Brian and his family in Georgia.  The highlight of that trip was visiting the Biltmore Mansion in Ashville, NC as well as experiencing a variety of good southern cooking at the local restaurants. Tyler plays both High School and Club Soccer.  Alyssa is a Cheerleader and Lacrosse player.  Grant also plays soccer and is a very active Boy Scout.  Tyler and Alyssa both play saxophone in their bands and Grant is a trumpet player. We relish these visits with our sons and their families.

We wish you all a Christmas of Joy as we celebrate Christ’s birth and a New Year filled with Happiness and Blessings.

Our Best Wishes,

Werner & Carol