Greetings for 2009
By Stephanie (italics by Stan)
Evidently corresponding is not one of our gifts, but we do so appreciate you – friends – your emails, letters, cards, phone calls, and want you to know we appreciate your keeping in touch. This is also for many of you who don’t have our latest information. So here’s our latest up-date. We left Arabia at the end of June 2005. I talked Stan into taking a job in Holland .One of my dreams has always been to live in Europe. Being the sweet husband he is, he agreed (like I had a choice???). So many details that I won’t go into, but honestly it was one of the best six months of my life. I loved it, but it was not fun for him. I got to travel and play all day and he got to walk two miles every morning and evening in the sleet, snow and ice, to catch a bus to go to work at a job that was too boring for him. I am so grateful to him for hanging in there as long as he did , but he came home and I stayed an extra couple of months speaking at conferences, enjoying visiting friends and the beautiful flowers! We have had our home in Houston ever since we left Arabia and really enjoy our subdivision and wonderful neighbors. Moving to Houston was a good decision and renewing old friendships has been fun and special.
The year 2008 was over-all a challenge, but there were also many blessings!
It began when Tim, while playing soccer, the last play of the game, severed his Achilles tendon. On the way to the emergency room we were real-ended! Oh well! It has been a long difficult road to recovery with an operation, many Dr.visits and casts, physical therapy and he is still working hard to regain normal usage. For someone who so enjoys sports and working out we are so proud of him for his determination to not give up!
Next, in February, for those of you have not heard, Stan had a stroke ( the stroke was minor, the side effects not so hot. Here Steph gets a little dramatic-duh-you think?) It has totally altered our lives, but has made us more determined to count our blessings and make the best of it. (Did you hear violin strings in the background?) Stan returned to work after a few weeks and is still working full-time at Weatherford. He enjoys the work and (this is where I get to say something). Staying in the oil world has been interesting.
I have had the opportunity to work as a volunteer teaching English (ESL). (Hum-m-m-m I thought Texican was a second language) at a program at our church. I’m also working with ‘MOMS’, Mothers of All Seasons. Both are such a pleasure! I have also had time to attend BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) a challenge in God’s Word and new friendships!
Other Highlights of 2008 (finally, they are actually Steph’s Highlights—I mainly work)
- It was my (Steph) 61st birthday on 08/08/08. It was also the first day of the Olympics and I couldn’t resist giving a party. We celebrated with an Olympian Party with competition at various sports (games). Tim was an incredible help. It wouldn’t have happened without him, and friends! Thanks! We had gold, silver and bronze metals and two ‘overall winners.’ Ann Harris (89 years young)won for the gals and Frank Terry(not certain how old Frank is but he doesn’t act it whatever it is),(that’s a compliment) !We stressed no athletic ability( but they did take some skill), but fun. We sang patriotic songs, while watching the real Olympics opening on TV. We prayed for unity and peace for the world as we trust God is in control.
Stan and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary on a cruise through the Baltic. An amazing experience, but we found out that we really aren’t “cruise” folks. Maybe some day we will try again, but we will forgo the crowded and hurried excursions. We would have desired more opportunity to enjoy the culture, local food, and people of the countries we visited. Still grateful for the opportunity.
Stephanie held a Bible Study this summer in our (yes-our) home - “Calm My Anxious Heart”. She is grateful for those who participated and the blessings (there’s that word again) everyone received. If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it!
Ariana’s and Catherine’s wedding. They were and still are Kim’s good friends that have remained faithful friends to us. It was so good to be with all the “girls” again! Another awesome blessing! Can’t help it …it is so true and I am so grateful!
While in New York at Catherine’s wedding, I was able to have dinner and spend a great evening with Michelle and Megan Kultgen. They are young/old friends from our Saudi days. Guess what….. another blessing!
ighlights also include several trips to get together with girlfriends! Go” Book Bags “ and “Glamour Girls” I’m ready….just set a time and place.
Steph missed one major occurrence that happened a couple of weeks ago---she fell on the stairs and cracked (minor) some of the lower vertebrae in her back. Now she is more “crippled” than I am and I am getting more sympathy from my hip pain. Oh, also –our cat had cancer in one of her legs, so to save her life we had to have her leg amputated this past month. It has been tough, but she now seems to be adjusting. I call us ‘the hop along gang”.
Christmas was good considering everything. Stan’s sister came from North Carolina for a visit. We expected to give her a very relaxing time but she ended up taking me to Drs., an MRI,. Physical Therapy, etc!!! Thanks Darlene! Christmas day was lovely. Todd and Nancy Steinke treated us to a fun day with a yummy dinner.
Tim is doing well with a combination of taking classes and job hunting. He has been a huge help to us this year. He also got engaged to a great gal with no definite plans as of yet. We keep taking it one day at a time and a lot of prayer.
Our Non-Profit organization, The Light Still Shines, is going well thanks to our good friend, Rhonda Smith. This year we have distributed a couple hundred of the DVD’s, “Going Home.” God continues to use Kim’s love of Jesus to impact others for His glory. September, the 15th 2009 will have been ten years.
The economy has affected us as it has most. Houston and Galveston are still trying to recover from the hurricane. There is still much devastation, and continues to be a tragic time for many. Please remember them in your prayers.
Yeah, in closing, I have edited and tried to make this short! You should see the long version. (You are saying no thanks) I hope you feel a long version is better than no version. (We don’t need to know.)
We are committed to pray for our new President, his administration, and for our country!
We miss our friends and Wish you all a Happy and Blessed New Year!
Sincerely, Stephanie and Stan
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