Happy New Year everyone,
If you look close,
in the stack of shots on the right side of the photo, you’ll see something
resembling a copper spider resting on boy hair. This interesting device (a scalp massager called
the Tingler™) has properties quite useful in family
photo sessions. It calms the native
beast and yet encourages smiles. The
main picture shows the boys in post Tingled bliss (and no, they’re not
humming the first note of a song). I
can hear some of you saying, “Tingler huh. Jim, looks like you’ve been watching way
too much late night television. Time
to hit the off button and head for bed.
You’d feel better.
Really.” I have to admit
weakness in this area (still hoping Johnny Carson will return). But my one claim to fame I owe completely
to LNT. Yes, you guessed it, the Flowbee: a
beautiful marriage between the scissors and the vacuum cleaner. I’ve been sucking the hair off my head (and
the boys’) for 9 years now and don’t see any trips to the barber in the near
future. I enjoy any chance I get to
fess up to my Flowbee ways. One notable confession of this kind
happened recently in
Joseph (14) wrestled again last season, but thinks this may be the end of
the road. He’s finding that his aspect
ratio isn’t quite right for the sport: he keeps gaining height while the
other guys keep gaining weight. At
5’10’ he’s getting close to old Dad and keeps reminding me that I’m
shrinking. He’s had fun with high
school marching band this year. They
competed in many events including one big overnight trip to
continues his fight with linear scleroderma. His left leg is about two inches shorter
and his foot is about two sizes smaller now, but there are no signs that it
is spreading beyond his leg (it seems to be petering out as his doctors
predicted). We have an interesting
collection of specialists that David sees including a rheumatologist in
Laurie’s had another active year at our church, Richland Lutheran. She’s serving on the foundation board and enjoying tapping into skills honed in her Piper Jaffray days in MN. Laurie has a long history of sinus infections (and some very distressing CT scans) which finally led to sinus surgery and septoplasty (break nose to straighten stuff) in November. She’s been a top-flight trooper in spite of the nasty side effects of the pre- and post-surgery medications.
I continue to shift focus at work from science and engineering to software builder. Still not quite sure what I want to be when I grow up. I joined BSF (the Navy SEALs of Bible studies) and am excited to find others there searching for a stronger connection and preparing for active service. Nothing quite like 150 men belting out a hymn.
Laurie and I celebrated our tenth anniversary this summer (and our tenth year in WA). I’m sure many don’t know the story behind our short engagement and high speed wedding preparations. For Laurie, it was very much like being a war bride, except a new job (half way across the country) and a nearly confirmed old bachelor were in the mix (a wedding photo and transcription are still on our Charter web site).
We made it out on
the road with visits to the
Thanks for your Christmas cards, your e-mail and your visits to WA; we really enjoy them! Take good care, and may you be blessed this new year.
Jim, with warm wishes from Laurie, Joseph, Carl, and David.
"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy…" Luke 2:10