December 2008Glad tidings we bring to you and your kin!
It’s hard to believe that it is already time for our Christmas newsletter again. How did 2008 pass so quickly for us?
After completing our 18th annual medical mission clinic in Guyana in June, we enjoyed a weekend in the Bahamas at Atlantis Resort. We went parasailing for the first (and probably last) time. We spent our wedding anniversary on the island of Cozumel, where we enjoyed horseback riding and Mayan ruins, but not the August heat. In October our patio was finally transformed into an Italian courtyard. We hosted a dozen parties before the weather got too cold. See before and after photos at www.theColeFamily.com
We are finishing our 5th year of teaching a Sunday School class for young married couples. After teaching classes with Angelique during Vacation Bible School on parenting, we were persuaded to change our Sunday class to “Building Stronger Christian Families” in January.
Michael enjoys going to work to see his Family Practice patients. He equally enjoys coming home to our redesigned yard and beautiful courtyard. He continues to serve as an elder and the webmaster for West-Ark Church of Christ. He works on our family tree when he finds a little spare time.
Jeannie spent a few days in Washington lobbying Congress to improve education. She is currently President of the Fort Smith School Board. This month the Arkansas School Boards Association recognized her service with "The Pinnacle Award," their highest honor. Jeannie teaches parent involvement workshops and ladies' Bible classes. She serves as Secretary on the Board of Managers of the Hope Chest, a ministry that provides free clothing for the poor. Being Nana is the greatest joy of all.
Steven is the computer programmer for the graduate department at the University of Arkansas. Louise is teaching at the University while studying for a Ph.D. in comparative literature. We see them occasionally since they live just an hour away.
We hope you recognize how your life has been blessed in the past year. Let’s all look forward to a grand new year with joyful possibilities.
Michael & Jeannie
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