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News Flash

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01 A practical joke
02 My grandparents die
03 English Tour
04 Barn swallows
05 Buying hubcaps
06 Group photos
07 Mr. Science
08 Backpacking, Middle English
09 Leukemia
10 Comfort Clothes
11 Marmots and Texas
12 Eagle, Turkey and Emu
12 Accident and Hike

From Alert Readers:
01 In the Foothills
02 Excess
03 Things unsaid
04 11 Kids
05 Multiple Choice
06 . . . bit my ear
07 Facts and Stats
08 Neiheisel Review
09 Family and Horses
10 Sing a Song
11 The Professional
2007 Collection
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Erma Bombeck & Martha Stewart
Around the World
Coping with DUI
Defining Pretentious
The 12 McQ's

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Dear Friends and Family,

Note: As we thought about our Christmas letter, we had to admit that time is a precious commodity. Even I tend to skim the daily paper just to keep up with what is going on in the world. So, this year, we bring you the year-in-review in headlines and pictures.

January 2003
J---- Feels Led to Pursue Possibility of Counseling Missionary Personnel
Seeks Out Opportunities for Ministry to Missionaries

March 2003
A---- and Friends Enjoy Learning about Black Bears at "Camping" Party
Educational Fourth Birthday brings Joy, Fun, Cake; A---- Growing into a Delightful Young Lady

April 2003
J---- and S---- Commit to Mission Trip
Round Trip Tickets Purchased, Plans Moving Right Along for Trip to Senegal, West Africa; High Hopes for a Sense of Direction from God as a Result

May 2003
Bradley Family Visits Family in Pacific Northwest for 11 Days
Sudafed Has Minimal Effect on S----'s Sleep Pattern, Passengers' Flight Enjoyment

May 2003
J----, S----, Brandon, & Virginia take Kids on First Camping Trip
Live Sand Dollars, Sticks, Rocks become toys at Kopachuck State Park Beach; S---- Attempts to Dine on Raw, In-Shell Crab Legs

May 2003
First Birthday Celebrated in "Grand" Style
S---- Celebrated his Big Day in WA with Grandparents, other Paternal Relatives

June 2003
J---- and S---- Get Stuck, Write Big Check at Local Health Department
Numerous Immunizations Required for African Travel

June 2003
Sudafed Further Proves Useless During Automobile Travel
S----, Her Father, and the Kids Drive to Colorado to Visit Brian, Jennifer, and Emma; Her Mother Joins them at Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

July 2003
Shorter Flight a Relief for Harried Mother and Children
S---- and the Kids Fly to Huntsville

July 2003
Part-Time UPS Pre-Load Supervisor Becomes New On-Road Management Specialist (OMS)
New Evening Hours Allow for J----'s Fall Classes; Normal Sleeping Pattern to Resume After 3 Years

July 2003
Despite Tears, S---- Leaves Kids in AL
Kids to Stay with Grandparents During Africa Trip

July 2003
Paris Not Found to be Luggage-Friendly
J---- and S---- Drag Bags Through Paris on 8-Hour Sightseeing Trip During Layover

July 2003
After 3 Days in Home of Missionaries in Dakar, J---- and S---- Proceed to Saly, Senegal for Missionary Conference; Provide Child Care and Youth Camp for MKs

August 2003
Lack of Handwriting on the Walls a Disappointment, But Not a Tragedy
Despite Not Sensing any Clarification or Specific Direction as a result of their time in Africa, J---- and S---- Return to the States with Hope, Confidence that God does not Waste Experiences

August 2003
S---- Agrees to Teach a 3-Year Old Preschool Class
S---- Gives in to Peer Pressure, Agrees to Teach a Class of Nine, Reconsiders Engineering as a Profession

September 2003
Family Begins a New Semester
Six Hours to be Final Term for J----; A---- Excels at Swimming Lessons; Enjoys New Ballet and Tap Class

September 2003
Medical Expertise Unnecessary in Toddler Gender Determination
Thrilled with Trains, Kicking, Throwing, Antagonizing Sister, S---- Continues to Prove he is "All Boy"

October 2003
Bright Star in Southwestern Sky, Spiritual Matters Under Consideration, Scrutiny
Confident of Getting an Answer, A---- Drops to Knees to Ask God if it is "His Star;" States hopefully, "He [God] will tell my head and it will go down my throat into my heart!"; Later Frustrated Because S----'s Fever had not gone Down Despite her Prayers, She Announced, "God must be working on someone else right now!" A---- Continues to Show Signs of Spiritual Growth.

November 2003
Studies Show Language Overrated
S---- Casts Aside Growing Vocabulary to Call Most Humans "DaDa" and Most Objects "Bubble"

December 2003
Mother Touts the Merits of Flu Meds, Amantadine in Particular
S---- and A---- both get Flu, Recover Quickly with Treatment in Time for Out-of-Town Company

December 2003
After Four Long Years, the Wait and the Work are Over
J---- is one of 270 Graduates; Receives Masters Degree in Counseling; Parents and In-Laws in Attendance

December 2003
Job Proves Difficult to Attain
New Graduate Needs More Experience Before He can Apply for Licensure; Most Employers Want Currently Licensed Counselor

December 2003
Back-Up Plan in Place
S---- Registered for Spring Classes; Plan in Effect Until God Leads J--- - to Counseling Job, Other

With Wishes for Peace and Hope this Holiday Season,
J----, S----, A----, and S----

[Ed. Note: Again, I grouped these by the year my Alert Readers sent them to me, not by the years they were written.]

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