“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:2) May
you have a joyous Christmas celebrating the love of God!
It is good to reflect and give thanks to Almighty God for the life that He has so graciously
given us, and for this past year in which we have learned more of His love and mercy. When asked
to identify the highlights of the year, the children all talked about our vacations. In April we
enjoyed time together in a rustic cabin deep in the woods at Twin Lakes in the
High Sierra (Christmas Card photo). In the summer we traveled to Colorado
where had a wonderful, although wet (it rained 22 of 24 days), camping trip in
the Rockies. Since Stephen broke his wrist just prior to our trip, we decided to
de-emphasize mountain biking, and spend more time hiking and mountain Near Telluride, CO
climbing. In addition to descending half way into the Grand Canyon from the
North Rim, we climbed a number of major peaks in the Rockies. One of our two clear days was spent
atop Mount Yale, the children’s first peak over 14,000 feet. Later Stephen and I ascended Mount
Massive, the third tallest peak in the lower 49 states, from which we witnessed a grand lightning
storm on the slopes below us!
John mountain biking in
The children are growing fast, and not just in size. After assisting Roberta and me in the
local mountains teaching of younger children at church, Christiana has begun to serve as their teacher, and loves it.
Stephen and John now help when we teach, and are also responsible for watching the younger
children when we host family Bible Studies at our home. It is a joy to see that they all have a desire to pass on to others the
love that God has given them. Christiana is enjoying 8 th grade, especially friends, geometry, U.S. history, and science.
She is active in the youth group at church and particularly enjoys service projects. Stephen is in 6th
grade and is now engaged his fifth science fair project, hoping to repeat last year’s first place
performance. He joined church this year as a communicant member and is active in church activities.
He will jump at the opportunity to hike or mountain bike, and is keeping us in shape as we try to keep
up with him. Like his siblings, John (3 rd grade) is doing great in school, loving math, reading, and Stephen, Mammoth CA
science. When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he says a professional skier and a
scientist! All of them love outdoor sports, whether it be hiking, backpacking, alpine skiing, nordic skiing, or mountain
Roberta is the “air traffic controller” in our home, managing the schedules and
activities of our family. Her father has been struggling with cancer, and this has been a sorrow
to us all. We continue to host Bible Studies at our home, but now the one we started is
actually four, as members have gone on to plant new groups around the valley. I continue to
Christiana & Roberta in the oversee these studies, and serve as teacher and elder at church. Work at the university is
Rose Garden at Valley always rewarding, with numerous grants and projects in addition to teaching and research.
Presbyterian Church The chemistry and physics books are now widely used by teachers
throughout North America, and I hope to start a new book in the near
future. Soon we will be helping my parents move out of my childhood in Altadena into a smaller
home in Pasadena. My mother is experiencing macular degeneration and they want to settle into a
smaller, more manageable home. We are thankful that both are still very active in church and in
serving others. Camping in Colorado
When asked to identify the greatest commandment, Jesus replied: “`Love the Lord your
God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And
the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments”
Matthew 22:36-39.” As we enter the new millennium, may we never lose sight of this eternal principle and realize that our
high calling is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever!
Your Friends in Christ,
Norm, Roberta, Christiana, Stephen & john
Monument Valley, AZ