Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Actually, we've attended two Christmas programs, the first was with Nick's pre-school on Thursday night and yesterday was pre-school through 6 during the late service at the Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens.
Here is Nick before his program began:
There were a lot of pre-schoolers to keep under control
Two longtime Holy Cross families held a wedding yesterday as Michelle Meier and Chris Poneleit got married. Dale officiated and it was just beautiful although very cold. The reception was at the Maryville Winery and this was done so well I can't even relate it all.
Katie came into town for the wedding because she was in school with Chris and has known Michelle forever. She had her picture taken with Dale after the ceremony.
One of the best parts was how they added some fun things for people to do before the wedding party arrived at the Winery, a time usually spent just sitting around. Aside from the open bar, they had a photographer who brought along props to put on for photo ops and just about every took their turn at this.
Roofers arrived this morning really early to begin replacing our roof. I seriously have to apologize to our neighbors for all the noise and disruption. I'm hopeful this work will only be an issue for a day or a day and a half.
We really needed the roof done, especially the part over the dormer which had a break in the membrane which let rain into the window of the upper window. So far the wood underneath the old roof looks good.
Dale has been in Sacramento the past few days speaking at a couple of Reformation services. Late yesterday afternoon one of the people who attended and is a pilot asked him if he'd like to take a ride in a private plane over the Golden Gate Bridge and of course Dale said yes.
I finally got to a grandson's soccer game today, we've been so tied up with events around here on weekends that it hasn't been possible before. This was Connor's 3rd grade game played in one of the least attractive parks we've ever seen. It is named Norm West Park on Mary Avenue off Manchester just east of Brentwood BLVD. Two sides were filled with heavy equipment, piles of gravel, and stacks of iron and rows of huge storm drains. Never seen anything like it for a park.
Anyway, here are the two teams lined up to get instructions before the game.
There's Connor, number 16
While the game was going on Christian and Nick were playing on the deck of a very old park house.
Of course if there's an opening of some kind you crawl through it
While the parental unit watches from a safe distance.
Ferdie came too
Nick found a pile of dirt
After the game which our guys won, there was a team picture and with 3rd grade boys you can imagine how many takes there had to be.
Then Nick walked Ferdie to the car all the while singing, Giddy up Giddy up Giddy up
Christian and Connor's cross country team at Christ Community Lutheran School, qualified for the National Cross Country meet in Mequon Wisconsin. Saturday was the big race and Christian, a 5th grader, got to run on the team of 7th and 8th graders. He did well, but his team is young and didn't place in the top 3. But look out in the future. Connor who is in 3rd grade medaled in last week's state tournament in the younger kids division but was not able to be on the big boys team.
it was a chilly but gorgeous day right along lake Michigan.
Christian really grew this summer but he's not up high enough to catch the junior high guys
Last week Katie called to tell us she was about to travel for her work on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee. Ok we said, where are you going? She said, "I'm going with someone who works on the Senate Oversight Committee to Brussels. We were asked to address the European Parliament on how to do oversight."
Dale and I at first laughed and laughed as did Katie. This did not seem real. We still picture Katie in her high school cross country uniform heading out for a meet, not standing up in front of members of the European Union and explaining the process of oversight. It turns out that the countries of Europe do not have any way of doing oversight and they now know they should.
There's wrong doing in every country's governmental agencies and a process should be in place. So Katie and Elise flew to Brussels and spent Wednesday talking to members of the parliament for 3 hours and then all day Thursday talking to member staffs. We still cannot get over this.
Here are a few pictures the parliament photographer sent her.
Talking to members of the European Parliament. Katie is second from left on the dias, Elise is 3rd from left. They said some members had headphones to get the translation.
Here they are at the end of their day with parliament staff who represented 8 different political parties.
This above was the evening after the first day of talks.
The European Parliament at night.
And security was tight as you might imagine.
And the food shops looked so beautiful and delicious