Reflections at Year’s End 2003
a great year could
be predicted by its happy
beginning, this year shall have been one of the best. At Helen and
Scott’s we welcomed in the New Year with family and friends. And,
although we missed Roger and Amy, we had just heard the great news that
they were expecting a baby in July! This would be grandchild #4.
of grandkids, being grandparents is great! Bryan and Elizabeth, who live
in Vancouver, WA, have two wonderful kids. Tiffany, who turned 8 in
August, is sunny, fun, talented, and smart. She plays the violin with
amazing skill. She is studying in home-school this year in third grade,
which must be a tremendous challenge and change to the family. Grant, who
turned 4 in November, is funny, fun, talented, and smart. He is taking
piano lessons, loves to go to the kid’s gym, and finds along with
thousands of other children, that Spider Man and Buzz Lightyear are
and Scott and their little boy, Gareth (two years old in March), live
about 20 minutes away, in Redlands. We spend a lot of special times with
them. Gareth is a typical boy, interested in all things that are machines,
and curious to check out and take things apart. Scott is a specialist in
computer networking, CYBERTEK his business. Scott and Helen buy homes that
are close to being repossessed by the bank, fix them up and resell them.
You can find more out about them at their website, http://www.helenandscott.com/.
was a time when clouds obscured the sun, the family mourned. Philip’s
precious mother, Virginia Steinweg, was laid to rest. We will surely miss
her, as will the many colleagues and students whose lives she touched
throughout her life of ministry. We look forward to that great
resurrection day when we will be reunited with her.
and April I had some personal health problems, and medical tests, Things
were not so cool. April 28 I had a papiloma removed from my left breast.
May 6 the surgeon told me the lab report said it was cancer. The good news
is that he removed it all. The bad news is that it could recur (30
– 40% chance). My surgeon recommended he cut more out. My oncologist
said that would be "Overkill", so I decided against further
surgery. I also decided against radiology, because of the unfavorable side
effects. I am living a healthful lifestyle and working with my
physician to watch for recurrence. I appreciate your prayers.
get some needed R & R and Phil and I spent a week in beautiful Oahu in
early June. Everything was beautiful and fun, but most special of all was
spending Sabbath with the SDA church family and Phil’s Cousins, Jan and
Ron Sauder and their twin girls. They took us on a special hike up to a
lovely waterfall that was not on any of the commercial trips we had seen.
Now we dream of returning…
16, while they were in the Island of Guam, Amy and Roger’s baby,
Nathaniel Don Krum, was born, bringing with his precious life, joy and
perhaps some chaos to their island home. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 12 oz.
and was 21.5 inches long. They are planning a furlough this coming summer,
so we are looking forward to a special visit. You may remember they are
self-supporting missionaries on the Island of Paata in the Federated
Islands of Micronesia. Please keep them in your prayers.
worked as a substitute teacher in nearby school districts through June.
Meanwhile she was applying at a multitude of different school districts in
the State. She then worked at an elementary school in southern California,
near Yuma, AZ. The school is on the Quetchan American Indian reservation
and her classes consisted mostly of Indian or Hispanic children. Now, she
is planning to complete her accreditation with the Seventh Day Adventist
church school system and look for a job teaching in a Christian school..
I made a trip back to Pennsylvania for a high school reunion. This was a
great time for renewing friendships and seeing many friends and family I
had not seen for several years. My sister, Lynda, lives in Ohio, so I
stayed with her and her daughter, Kristi and Kristi’s son, Cole. One
night I was also able to stay with Lynda’s son, Les, his wife, Tammy and
their twins, Joshua and Caitlin. The twins are nearly the same age as
Gareth. One night I stayed with a high school friend and her husband, Judy
(Bauman) and Gary Gotthardt. Another HS friend, Nancy (Farrell) Spinning,
drove over from Ohio and we had a great visit. We went to reminisce with
our HS English teacher, Peggy J. Townsend. Then I had a delightful dinner
with another HS friend, Kay (Gibson) Dunlap. I almost did not want to
return to CA. I also looked up many classmates, class of 1959, who did not
attend the reunion. Now that I am reacquainted with so many friends, I
plan on making that trip again next year for another reunion, this time
with the class of ’59.
have had two special visits with Bryan, Elizabeth, Tiffany, and Grant this
year. First, was their trip to this area in late December and the New
Year. In September we drove there and had such a great time. We went
blackberry and huckleberry picking and toured two of the impressive,
glorious mountains that tower over the great state of Washington, Mt. St
Helens and Mt. Ranier.
year I am still singing with the group called, Canto Bello Chorale, that
performs both sacred and secular music. Helen joined the group last year.
This gives us time to be together in something we both really enjoy. I
have also been designing and creating "Christian" Dream
Catchers. The ones I completed recently have been mainly in ceramics, with
ceramic or wood beads, leather and feathers. Phil is into his second
year of retirement and looking forward to my retirement. He really
enjoys surfing the Web, continues as Health Director of our church, and is
my faithful gardening companion. He has joined a mixed group of friends
who are studying Spanish. We are planning a trip to Ecuador, possibly in
the Spring, to conduct a training of Home Nutrition Instructors.
year, the world stood back, some in awe, some in fear, some in surprise,
as war again came to the nation of Iraq. Is this another sign that
Jesus’ second coming is nearer than we thought? Many believe it is. The
time is not as important as is living close to Him. May this year find you
living closer to Him.
Phil and Marlene
Whether we have laughed and sung from joyful times God lovingly has sent, Or suffered painful trials or empathized with those whose lives are torn by strife, As a clear mountain lake beautifully mirrors both pleasant and tempestuous event, So the unfaltering presence of the Lord has blessed the experiences of our life. by Marlene, 2003