Jeanette asked about us. We're a bit overwhelmed, as usual. I've been working hard on a 92-year-old friend's autobiography. She typed it in 6 weeks on an old manual typewriter. I had it scanned and have been correcting scanner errors and making revisions as she gives them to me. I should have entered it from scratch--so many scanner errors. And my computer keeps having problems, different ones all the time, and I have a new one unpacked on the floor of my study, for 4 weeks now, as I want to get this job done before I maybe can't function at all for a while. I also have now been told that Vista probably won't work with my WordPerfect, which is a dismal thought.'' Working as her agent, I want to get this ready for publication sooner rather than later. Her story needs to be told--45 years of teaching in the seminary, etc.
Bob has had trouble getting his visa, but it finally came yesterday. He had to postpone his flight, now will leave next Wednesday for Seoul and return Dec. 24. It looks as though I will probably go over mid-Oct. with Lyndon, a couple of days ahead of the Phil's Asian tour that starts there. Beth and girls will fly up from Wellington. Then I'll spend a few weeks with Bob there. He has been making arrangements for snowplowing, lawn-mowing, etc.
Beth's family visited about 4 weeks ago, Beth and the girls coming in on a Tuesday night from their visit in Pittsburgh, then Lyndon arriving Friday after flying back to L.A. for concerts in between. Every minutes was busy--shopping for clothes for the girls, picking blueberries and raspberries and peaches, going to Midway to get Lyndon, friends over for potluck after church, more friends for supper that evening, then their departure Sunday morning after a waffle breakfast, a walk in the woods here, and informing each other of estate issues for both families.
Lyndon and the girls returned to Wellington a week ago, and the girls are back in school. Beth flies from LAX tonight. Their house sold yesterday for sure. Beth arrives in NZ Sunday (losing a day), and Lyndon leaves on Monday with the NZSO for the Olympics Arts Festival in Beijing, then returns to L.A. in September. Beth has been meeting this past week at Loma Linda with some colleagues in research from Canada. She's also looking forward to her job as director of research for Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington--she put in 2 weeks before coming to CA, so she could mull over what she'd like to do with it. She's also still on 10% salary with LLU-SN. As soon as they get settled enough, the girls plan to start writing for the Adventist Review's "Kids' View" section.
About 3 weeks ago, Margaret and boys flew to Sacto and picked up a Prius they were buying, visited relatives in Calistoga, then drove to Beth and Lyndon's, where Kevin flew in for the next weekend. While Beth packed household stuff for storage and later shipping, M. entertained the 3 younger kids, and Lyndon took Kevin and Samuel shopping for a new violin for Sam. They got one that all were happy about. Then Kevin flew home, and the other 3 drove home via the Grand Canyon and I don't know what else.
James is still in Collegedale, working on a computer project. Laura is now in Denmark, assistant dean of girls at a boarding academy. She's been there 3-4 weeks and absolutely loves it. If you're on Facebook, find her pictures there.
Paul and Sharon continue as usual, busy again with the start of school right now. He wrote that he will now have 2 classes of freshmen, rather than the one he's usually had, so he's getting pretty well loaded at CMU, plus his pastoral responsibilities.
That's a lot, but it's only a short paragraph about each member of the family--just the way it is. :-)