7410 Oxford Place, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903-4232
December 1996

Dear loved ones,

Season's greetings from our house to yours. Since we cannot seem to find the time to personally visit with all our friends and family, we hope this message will remind you that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We write these words to share with you some of our joys, adventures, challenges, and accomplishments of 1996.

Our entire family flew with Angelique's high school choir in April to Washington, D.C., where we toured numerous sites. The choir performed at the Jefferson Memorial. The four of us also spent a week in June in Guyana, South America, on a medical mission. Afterward we played in the sun on the Carribean island of Antigua.

Michael and Jeannie returned to Washington, D.C., in June where Jeannie attended the 100th annual National PTA Convention. Michael spent the week attending a medical conference nearby while Angelique and Steven spent 2 weeks at church camp in Northeast Arkansas.

Michael traveled in April to a meeting near Aspen, Colorado, as a representative from the computer committee of Holt-Krock Clinic. He is a member of the missions committee at church and again served as director of the mission trip to Guyana. Genealogy is still a fun hobby, but his work with the computer is taking up most of his spare time. Michael serves as an Internet teacher of the World Bible School correspondence courses. He manages several World Wide Web sites which you can check out from http://www.ipa.net/~mcolemd

Jeannie is serving as Northwest Region Field Service Representative for the state PTA Board of Managers. In July she taught in vacation Bible school. She teaches and leads singing in ladies' Bible classes at church on Tuesdays. Jeannie now has her own Web page on the Internet. Her duties as chairman for the 1997 statewide PTA convention are keeping her very busy lately.

Angelique, 17 and a high school senior, earned college credit in July attending Harding University's Honors Symposium. Busy directing various high school drama and choir performances, she is spending many hours away from home. Using her computer graphic skills, she designs most of the choir and drama program guides. Angelique has attended major theatrical productions in Tulsa and Dallas with other drama students. Her high scores on the college entrance exams have earned her a merit scholarship. She takes private voice lessons, sings alto with her school's elite chorus, and earned a seat in the all-region choir.

Steven, 15 and a ninth grader, is in the junior high band and takes private trumpet lessons. He was on his school's Knowledge Master Open team, which recently placed 2nd nationally in their division and 1st in the state. He was also on the Cybersurfari team (surfing the Internet for "treasure") at school and is presently contending to be on the Quiz Bowl team. After teaching himself the Windows programming language during the summer, Steven has learned to make major modifications to some computer games. He has enjoyed several trips and service projects with the church youth group and was a puppeteer at vacation Bible school.

We would love to hear from you. If you haven't yet mailed a note, we hope you will tell us of your recent experiences. May God bless you with a Christmas surrounded by those you love most.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Michael, Jeannie, Angelique, & Steven Cole

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