I hope to be back next week. I'd like to post regularly. I want to finish well. This Sunday I have a State Exam. I want to finish well. Must study. So much going on, so many changes, so much to do. I want to finish well.
" His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." (Matt. 25:21)
My dad finished the Christmas letter and included a bit about each of us kids.
This year was a poor year for fishing, for me, that is. I didn't go as
often as I should have. But, I did some some trout fishing, which I hadn't
done before. I discovered two nice lakes on the San Carlos Apache
Reservation, Dry Lake and Point of Pines lake. The elevation of both is
about 7200'. The country is beautiful and the fishing excellent. Come
over and go fishing with me. Our recreational activities this year were
held to a minimum. I spent a considerable amount of time in Phoenix,
either training for, or waiting for campus and political demonstrations to
occur. When we weren't out of town, we had to stay home by the telephone
waiting to be called. This next year, I hope we will have more time of our
own. I have been doing some researching on ghost towns and early mining
camps in this area. I plan to do some exploring around them. Maybe I
will come up with something interesting. I am going to speak for
Kathleen and the kids. We would love to see you. If you should get
anywhere near here, stop by and see us. Our number is in the book, just
give us a call. We can go fishing, exploring or whatever. Carolyn
thinks school is great this year, and I suspect it has something to do with
the fact that she has all men teachers. She puts forth a lot of effort
into her work and her grades show it. She is 11, and in the sixth grade
attending a new Jr. high school that was just finished this fall. She is
still taking piano lessons and has a lot of music theory behind her.
Carolyn keeps herself busy and rarely has a spare moment which helps to
relieve her abundance of energy. She sings in our church choir, is active
in 4H, learning sewing, cooking and continuing her knitting. She is also
involved in various school activities. Reading is a favorite pastime with
the Nancy Drew mysteries at the top of her reading list. This year at the
county fair she won several blue ribbons, plus to her delight, quite a bit
of prize money. Greg won a blue ribbon in the fair for his
electrical entry. He also won a county award for his work in electricity.
His 4-H activities this year include: geology, cooking and dog care. I
have the boys group in cooking and they are really getting good. Greg is
not the daydreamer he was last year and he is to busy learning history and
volunteering for every science experiment that comes along. He still
spends a great deal of time in the hills looking for fossils. Joanne
is a happy, 8 year old in the third grade. Joanne especially loves animals
and babies. She was thrilled over winning two blue ribbons at the fair,
one for cookies and one for a knitted pair of slippers. She too enjoys
reading, but most of all cooking. She has made cookies, cakes, pancakes,
biscuits, and complete dinners. She also likes to draw and write and asked
to share one of her poems. Santa Claus This is Santa fellow His
stomach is like jello, He is fat and plump and he can jump, jump,
jump, He's got eight reindeer, than can even fly over a sphere, I hope
he comes this year, For I want his reindeer. by Joanne Laurie is six and is in the first grade. She is delighted to find
she too can read. Laurie says she has a corroded smile, being at that age
when she has a few permanent teeth, lots of baby teeth and gaping
spaces in between. She also does well in school and has become quite a
chatterbox. To Laurie, the highlight of the year was when she got to be a
flower girl for a friend's wedding and wore a floor length dress. She
thought she looked just beautiful and I must admit, I thought she was kind
of cute too. Our thoughts are with all of you and we wish you a Merry
Christmas and a Joyous New Year.
I love that my dad seemed to capture a bit of our personalities, even way back then. Laurie is still very social, is beautiful and loves doing well in all she works to accomplish. No longer has a corroded smile.
Greg should have been an engineer. He is very gifted in all he undertakes both at work and in his personal life. I do not think he is interested in dog care at this point.
Carolyn still has more energy than expected and accomplishes a lot. She continues to be an avid reader, involved in many various activities and could also be called the dog whisperer and rescuer.
I don't write nearly as much as I'd love to. My poetry hasn't improved, but I still love cooking.
That's about all for now, from the Christmas letter of 1970.